Ok, I’ve been a wrestling fan for many years, I’ve worked in wrestling for about 10 years now. I’ve always followed the big leagues and the local stuff. I never intended on going to the national scene (even if i had the ability). But this blog is coming completely from a fans perspective.
First is the big one for me… when fans chant E – C – W! is has noting to do with anything you did Vince. Yeah you helped out heyman back in the day, giving him money, and even a little TV time on Raw early on, however the true ECW fans remember the bloody wars they put on, they remember having to run out of the first second and third row as RVD or a Dudley or Sabu landed in what was once your seat….. the buildings were small and intimate, it was a fun time… you cared about them because they made you, Raven – Stevie – and the 85 Dudley family member entertained you…Vince , it was big and passionate because of Paul E and Wrestlers he had with him, not because you brought it to Sci – Fi gave them a cheesy belt and jobbed the originals out of the company.
Second, Guess what WWE, you can try to hid all you want, changing Wrestlers to Superstars, calling wrestling sports entertainment, but come on now, having your announcers call them entertainers, and ban them from calling it wrestling or even referring it to any sport event… interesting that you still Call yourself World Wrestling Entertainment, changed from World Wrestling Federation, which came from World Wide Wrestling Federation….. my guess is they will be World Wide Entertainment soon, getting the wrestling out of their title even more…
Third, I’m glad your bringing in new characters, but what is up with the god awful names you give everyone these days….. the worst had to be changing Monty Brown to Marcus Cor Von… sure no one will know the former TNA x division champ, who played professional Football for the Patriots, no one at all… I know you just want to own the name rights to their characters so that if they leave no one will know them… it worked so well with Razor Ramon and Diesel, oh wait you made them house hold names anyway and gave them an idea for possibly the greatest Faction ever made… Sometimes I wish Vince, Steff and the rest of the staff would let wrestling breath a little. If they took the same approach in the 80’s as they do now, they might not have had half of the great Wrestlers that they did, one must wonder if Hogan, Savage or Jake the Snake would have ever been as big if they had to read fully scripted interviews.
but at the same time i have to slap TNA around a bit…. you had an X division that gave you world wide exposure, why did you get rid of it and then have the Dudley’s beat up the entire division by themselves… the “Legends” can bring people, but you should really showcase yourselves as a different product, cause right now i feel like I’m waiting WCW Saturday Night, and it Blows
Changes I’d make in wrestling… first off Tag divisions matter, WWE you have so many guys you don’t know what to do with them, half of them have shit gimmicks or none at all, so why not invest them in a tag division till you know what to do with them, face it had you not done that with Shawn Michaels we might never have seen him as a champion, you can argue that Diesel is the same way along with Bret Hart. Second to that, since you don’t care about Tag Divisions, you shouldn’t have two sets of titles…get rid of one. Third… the IC title matters, I remember watching the old wrestlemanias and thought matches like Ricky the Dragon vs Savage stole the show, the belt mattered, even with Honkey Tonk Man, Bret Hart, Moutie, Michaels… now no one cares… why don’t you create a division for that belt, give them something to do, not just the two wrestling for that belt on that night… it seems everyone is in the heavyweight division, which it shouldn’t be.
changes to TNA, keep your legends title and everything your doing with them, and I applaud that you have somewhat of a tag division, but build and capitalize on the X division, that was your bread and butter, that’s what got people talking about TNA, it wasn’t Kurt Angle or Christian no offence to either of them.
that’s all for now, should be interesting to see what WWE does next, I’m sure their entertainers in the Traveling Road Show should be interesting to see what direction Vinny Mac wants the company.