Positive Signs for TNA Going Into 2014
By now, we’ve all heard the criticisms about TNA’s handling of Bound For Glory, e.g. “no one went, the matches weren’t big enough, the stories weren’t built properly, etc”. Regardless, many TNA fans are seeing positives out of what’s happened in the aftermath. Here are a few of them.
The feud between Kurt Angle and Bobby Roode, which has developed in leaps and bounds since BFG, is showing that Angle is still a wrestling machine and Roode is a main player in TNA. Also, the battle between the returning Ken Anderson and the newly defrocked Bully Ray is showing fantastic promise. Anderson is showing more passion than he ever has in his TNA career, and it’s showing in his matches, too.
Don’t forget the role of AJ Styles, who has absconded with the world title that he won from Bully Ray at Bound For Glory. One thing that TNA should be commended for is that they have taken full ownership of this angle rather than echo the aborted version that the WWE used with CM Punk, and make no mistake, that’s exactly what it was – aborted. Instead of bringing him back right after the fact, TNA has sent Styles away to defend the title in other companies around the world. This is a great move not just for the storyline, but it also raises global awareness of the product that TNA has to offer.
Then we have Dixie Carter, the ex-damsel-in-distress president of TNA turned mega heel, whose expressions and mic work have grown in strength over the past few weeks. While AJ has been away, a title tournament has been underway for a new TNA Champion, and it’s come down to Jeff Hardy versus Magnus, one of TNA’s biggest draws against TNA’s biggest future star.
The only draw back thus far, if you can call it that, is the lack of matches in the two-hour Impact programme in exchange for more promos. On the other hand, promos need to be had to let the fans know what direction their favourite wrestlers are going, and for the most part, they’ve been pretty quality.
Signs are pointing to the fact that TNA is on the road to bigger and better things, and in a market where a huge portion of the audience equates “wrestling” with “WWE”, that can only be a good thing, because the more successful examples of wrestling we have, the better the industry is as a whole.