Ladies and gentlemen, it’s another pipe-bomb promo … TNA style!
Thursday night on TNA Impact Wrestling, AJ Styles gave his own version of the pipe-bomb promo. But instead of mentioning guys like Colt Cabana and Luke Gallows, it was Low Ki and Jay Lethal. And instead of Stephanie and Vince McMahon, it was Dixie Carter.
The message was powerful and the delivery was much better than it was three weeks ago. And while AJ Styles is no CM Punk, Dixie is no Stephanie McMahon either. And therein lies the problem with TNA. They are trying too hard to do things that work for WWE. What works for the WWE may not work the same way in TNA because, quite frankly, they just don’t have that type of talent.
The only positive that may come out of this is a revamping of TNA in 2014. With so many questions surrounding the company — especially its older stars — it finally might be time to create that “alternative” that AJ was talking about. Dixie needs to let Hulk Hogan and Sting’s contracts expire so they can trim the fat, and get back to what fans loved about TNA seven or eight years ago.
Gone are the stars of the X-division, and the fast-paced style wrestling which you couldn’t get with WWE. And how can you even call the Knockouts Division a “division” at all? There aren’t even a handful of women that currently wrestle, and the division lost its top feud with Gail Kim and Taryn Terrell due to circumstances beyond their control.
Bad decisions and bad luck seem to follow this company.
But with Impact potentially getting off the road, and contracts of older, more expensive stars expiring, the future of TNA may hold some positives. And if there is one person that could deliver some really positive publicity, it’s Jim Ross. With his sudden retirement, TNA has an opportunity to right its wrong in not signing Paul Heyman, and do anything to bring in good ole’ JR. The price tag might be too high and he likely would decline, but it’s more than worth the gamble.
(And by the way, if JR wants to gut the roster, including Hulk Hogan, Jeff Jarrett or even Dixie herself, do us a favor, TNA … let him!)