A brand is in a name. Global Force Wrestling is about having stars from across the globe. Ring of Honor works as the wrestlers shake hands prior to the match. World Wrestling Entertainment is trying to entertain through wrestling. Total Nonstop Action Wrestling used to work for the company when the X Division was on the forefront and they focused solely on the wrestling. It doesn't work anymore.
IMPACT Wrestling makes more sense as a name and as a brand. What does it mean exactly? It could be named after its TV show (IMPACT) which makes sense since the focus for them is on their TV show. IMPACT could talk about gibing each segment significance to the viewer and a reason for it happening. It could talk about the hard-hitting action that fans want to see. IMPACT Wrestling is a brand that the company could more easily market at this point. While I don't see it happening anytime soon, if I were in charge of TNA, one of the first moves I would make is changing the name of the company.
*I've done a bit of homework regarding the July 22-25th tapings which we don't know is One Night Only or something else. While I can't answer when this content will air, I do have a much better idea of what the content actually is.
Those tapings featured a multi-staged tournament. The 32-person tournament features eight 4-person blocks. Participants in each block face each other round-robin style. There is a 15 minute time limit for every match. The blocks include UK, TNA Originals, X Division, Knockouts Division, Rising Star 1, Rising Star 2, Tag Team Specialists and TNA Main Eventers.
Much like the G1 Tournament in Japan, the participants from each block who score the most points advance to round two. This is more of a traditional tournament with single-elimination. While I couldn't tell you the exact brackets, it does appear that Lashley did the best by defeating Shera, EY and Matt Hardy in the tournament.
* Its interesting to compare how all the major wrestling organizations treat their "Superbowl." WWE has Wrestlemania, NJPW with Wrestle Kingdom, ROH with Final Battle, AAA with TripleMania, Lucha Underground with Ultima Lucha and TNA with Bound For Glory.
Last week I watched Ultima Lucha before and during No Surrender. Their crew did such a good job this past season making their show unique and fun to watch and that carried over into Ultima Lucha. They decided to air a 2-hour finale as well as make Ultima Lucha a two-week event. We got 8 matches over 3 hours of TV. We got three new champions being crowned, the rise of a faction, culminations of storylines, excellent action, and great atmosphere. Even without all the cliffhangers I would have left the show feeling I got my money's worth.
While some may disagree, the current state of TNA feels a lot like the current state of Lucha Underground. Both companies are TV driven products and both companies tape out of one home base. If it were up to me, I would use Ultima Lucha as my inspiration on how to present major shows.
I previously stated how I believe that TNA should move Bound For Glory, Slammiversary and Lockdown from a PPV format to 3-hour, Live, Bell to Bell specials airing on TV. Both Ultima Lucha and NXT Takeover events have shown that having major shows on TV works if treated right.
Doing that this year might have made Bound For Glory and Slammiversary come off as bigger events than what they actually were. Those that read the spoilers know that the TNA vs GFW rivalry will culminate in a Winner Take All Lethal Lockdown Match. This PPV-caliber match airs three weeks before Bound For Glory. This left TNA two weeks to build up their "biggest show of the year."
TNA chose to do this because their TV product is their primary interest. This is why I believe their major shows should be moved to TV.
* Aiden O'Shea, Crimson, Grado, Trevor Lee and Tomasso Ciampa all seemed to join TNA as new additions at this last set of tapings. This is a good collection of new additions (even Grado) that will help fix their depleted roster. There still needs to be a few more names though as the tag team division and Knockouts Division will need new faces.
Austin Aries also worked these tapings despite his contract ending. I am hoping that TNA will continue to use him as he is an important name that can improve match quality and add more star power to the roster.
* Ever since early July, my main goal has been to streamline the site. 90% of the content you find on the site can now be categorized into one of four areas: TNA Weekly, Columns, Live Coverage or Taping Results. Very simple. The other two areas not listed are TNA 101 and the VIP Section.
The VIP section is a reward for our TNAsylum family who have supported us throughout the years. Entrance is chosen based off of evidence of comments on the site or longevity. I can't tell you exactly how regularly we will be putting new content on the site but I can guarantee that those VIP-exclusive columns will remain exclusive to that area.
There are still plenty of spots open for new VIP members so please continue to show your support.