Hulk Hogan: How Exactly Has He Helped TNA?

The more things change, the more they seem to stay exactly the same.  In this case, I’m talking about Hulk Hogan and his inability to not give himself a filter when it comes to running his mouth.  So according to an interview that Hogan did with a newspaper in the United Kingdom, he said about Dixie Carter the following:

“Is Dixie Carter really in the wrestling business, or is this just a hobby? You either run with the big dogs….Or stay on the porch.”

Now, here’s where the hypothetical comes in.  If this was WWE and not TNA and it was Vince in charge and not Dixie Carter, then anybody that said this would be fired faster than you can say Bruno Sammartino.  However, reality setting back in here, we have to remember that one difference between Vince and Dixie is that Vince is not afraid of being a bastard, or of being cold-blooded. It’s unfortunately the one thing that Dixie Carter has yet to learn or embrace in the wrestling business in that sometimes you have to be cold-blooded and vindictive because when you don’t, you’re just a doormat and you’re letting the inmates run the asylum.  In this case, it’s not so much the inmates that are running the asylum in TNA.  It’s only one inmate in particular and that unfortunately is Hogan.  Not just Hogan himself but his entourage as well.  Where Hogan goes, his groupies follow and by groupies I mean Eric Bischoff, Bubba the Love Sponge at one point, The Nasty Boys, Bischoff’s talentless schlub of a son, and more recently Brooke Hogan. Hell, at this point I wouldn’t be surprised if they add in Brutus Beefcake and Hogan’s spoiled snot of a son onto Impact.

Here’s a recap for you Dixie.  Since Hogan has come in, the following has happened with TNA:  The ring that separated your product from the others was taken away, the cage match that went so perfectly well with that ring is gone, matches that were made for TNA such Ultimate X, Elevation X and King of the Mountain have pretty much become extinct. Guys have been in the company and proven they can be stars in AJ Styles, Christopher Daniels, James Storm, Samoa Joe and others are pushed to the way side for WWE Table-Scraps with the blind hope of making them something bigger, something that never happened (Bobby Lashley, Mr Anderson, The Pope) and the X-Division has become nothing more than a memory as well as the Tag Team division.  In other words Dixie, You let desecrate and pillage your own product. And for who? For what? Kevin Nash said when criticizing Aces & Eights that history repeats itself.  Looking at TNA, history has already been repeating itself because right now, you’re looking at Hogan & Bischoff bleeding another company dry.  And no, WCW wasn’t killed by the AOL/Time Warner deal, all that deal did was put WCW out of its misery.  So the million dollar question here is will Dixie Carter do as the Briscoes say and “Man Up” or is she simply waiting for something to put TNA out of its misery? All for the mistake she could’ve avoided by bringing in the guy responsible for making TNA and the very meaning of the word “Impact” disappear.

 

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Raw To Become 3 Hours, Like That Worked for WCW

The buzz is all around about Monday Night Raw is going to go 3 hours on a regular basis.  Back then, I might have been excited about this. Back then, you had stories that people enjoyed and that weren’t insult to everybody else’s intelligence.   Sadly, this is unfortunately going to be 3 hours of the same crap that we’ve been getting from Raw for the last couple of years.  And by that, I mean that it’ll be 3 hours of too much talking, not enough matches, the matches we do see for the most part serve little to no purpose, and the same mind numbing stories that has left many of us wanting to punch a hole through our TVs.  The last time that we saw a wrestling company try to add an extra hour to a 2 hour wrestling show, it ended up going under.

WCW tried to make Nitro 3 hours, and that did more damage than good.  The talent was there for sure, but come on. You had Eric Bischoff and Vince Russo running things.  They could’ve been up to their necks in talent and they would still be too stupid to know how to use any of that talent. The second that you saw Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko, Perry Saturn and Eddie Guerrero all jump ship in one cluster, you knew that there was nowhere for that company to go other than straight down.  So what exactly does WWE have that will make people want to watch all three hours of Raw?  A better question is if Raw is gonna be 3 hours, what do they need Smackdown for?  What can Smackdown  give the fans that will make them still tune in after watching 3 hours of Raw? How will doing this move not over-saturate the product more than it already is?  What do they have that will attract fans to watch all 3 hours of Raw? More of John Laryngitis or Michael Cole’s oh so brilliant, and unbiased commentary?  Pardon me while I heave.

That third hour that Nitro added to itself might as well have been the final nail in the coffin for WCW.  Give me one good reason why we shouldn’t think this way with the WWE, considering the crap that they’ve been giving us lately? Their PPV’s keep losing money yearly and that same money seems to be going towards UFC & MMA.  WWE should try and find a way to freshen up the product and compete against UFC, but the problem is the fact that all these years after WCW went under, they forgot how to compete. They’ve forgotten how to actually put an effort into their product.  Why else would we get the same stories that we’ve seen time and time again? TNA and ROH are nowhere close to being a competitor and WWE is seemingly focused on the little kid demographic, and yet ignoring the demographic that has been the core of their popularity.  Eddie Mac on “We Want Wrestling” said it best that the little kids aren’t the ones that are buying the PPVs or the merchandise. They have to go through their parents or whomever to get those things and in most cases, it’s people that have been fans longer than the little kids.

What reason is there to be excited for a 3 hour Raw on a weekly basis?  The last couple times that we’ve seen a 3 hour Raw, it sucked and you always had one or two hours that were worse than the other.  Other scenarios are to have the first hour start strong and then decline the rest of the way.  Back then when Raw was something to watch, you had stories that excited people and made them want to tune in every week.  Now, you just have lazy booking which is one of the only explanations that anyone could probably think of as to why an off-camera suit is now getting pushed above everybody else that actually contributes something in the ring.  It’s bad enough that you’re going to have your franchise guy in John Cena possibly put over a guy who was so bad as a wrestler that to be called “mediocre” would’ve been a step-up.

John Laryngitis is not a strong enough character to carry a 3 hour show. He’s not even acceptable to carry a 2 hour one.  People are bored to tears and annoyed whenever he talks.  The whole concept of “People Power” is stupid as hell and nobody’s buying into it.  He’s your typical heel authority figure and that’s the problem.  The WWE has milked that type of character for all it’s worth and it’s to the point where there is nothing they can give us that we haven’t already seen or heard before with that character.  John Laryngitis is a one note character and that’s all he’s going to be.   He can’t give us anything we haven’t seen before and the heat he gets is not a good thing.  Even the good heels found a way to get the crowd to hate them, but still attract the crowd and not repel them.  WWE’s going to make Raw a 3 hour show, than give us something that will actually make it worth watching.  Otherwise, I’d suggest to start shopping for a burial plot, maybe right next to WCW.

 

TNA Shows Vince Russo the Door, One Down and Two to Go

NA NA NA NA. NA NA NA NA. HEY HEY HEY. GOODBYE. NA NA NA NA. NA NA NA NA. HEY HEY HEY. GOODBYE.

TNA does the smartest move that they could have done in months. Vince Russo is officially GONE from TNA.  Yes, that’s right. The same guy that gave us the “Last Rights” match and the “Electrified Cage” match, the stupid heel turn of Chris Sabin and God knows the list goes on and on, is officially done in TNA.  I can’t express this enough when I say this but here goes:

YAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Him being let go is not the biggest shock here. The only real shock of all this is that it took this long for TNA to actually do it.   The guy didn’t make their product any better and this is the same guy who played a big part in WCW’s downfall.  Set aside the AOL/Time Warner deal because the fact of the matter is that what company would want to be part of a wrestling product that was clearly inferior and circling the drain? TNA should take notes that if you want your product to work that you don’t hire the guys responsible for bringing one wrestling company to the ground. Eric Bischoff acted like it was own personal ATM machine and Vince Russo tried to be the next Vince McMahon.  And as far as Hulk Hogan, he simply bled the company dry and when the ship started sinking, he jumped ship faster than a rat on the Titanic.

What good has come out of TNA since these guys became part of it? The six-sided ring was taken away and with it, Six Sides of Steel. The King of the Mountain match has become extinct and Ultimate X barely on life-support along with the X-Division itself.  The X-Division is also not even close to what it used to be as it’s now Austin Aries and whoever is left.  Nobody knows who is holding what belt anymore except maybe for Bobby Roode and the world title.  Nobody knows who is holding the tag team titles and when asked about the TV title, the only reaction people have is: “TNA has a TV Title?”

Then you have the talk about Spike TV’s deal with TNA coming to a head in the Fall of this year. Ironically enough, it’s the same time that Hogan and Bischoff’s deals come to an end. I’d say if TNA was smart they’d let those two leave and not re-sign them.  Then again, if TNA was smart, they wouldn’t have re-signed them this past year.  They’d have let them go so they can rebuild, but Dixie Carter seems to think that Hogan is still a draw and Bischoff is still some kind of genius with tricks up his sleeve that we’ve yet to see.  In order, let me say it simply like this:  He isn’t, he’s not and he doesn’t.  Bischoff is still under the delusion or belief, however you want to look at it, that controversy creates cash but the only problem is that Eric Bischoff doesn’t know how to be controversial.  Hell, he doesn’t know how to cut a promo anymore without crowd getting bored within five seconds of it.  And if he’s not doing that, he’s taking the Bill Watts & Erik Watts approach with his own son who nobody gives a damn about and look at it as being force fed like David Flair was to the Nitro crowd. Only difference there is that they didn’t take a prestigious title belt and hand it to him on a silver platter like David Flair was with the U.S. Title in WCW. Then again, give TNA one week and they’ll do just that with one of their belts. Of course, none of their belts have prestige anymore.

Bottom line is that if Spike TV doesn’t sign a new deal with TNA, TNA doesn’t survive. They got lucky when they had Fox Sports and got a new deal with Spike TV. They won’t get that lucky again, especially when back then, they had a product to actually sell.  It may not have been as mainstream as the WWE , but TNA was a lot more presentable and a far better product back then than it is now. They had an X-Division and they had a solid tag team division to rely on.  They don’t have that anymore nor do they have good stories, rivalries or championships that mean a damn.  Neither Hogan or Bischoff care if TNA does go under, they’ll be happy as long as they get the last bit of blood money that the bleed out of Dixie Carter and this company.