Trust me, I would be the first person to say that iMPACT wrestling has it’s issues. Some of the TV matches can be pretty bad, probably because there is no guidance for fresh talent, they have no developmental program. Their business strategy leaves something to be desired too.
However, I find that they do often deliver some really unique and quality pro wrestling television. The problem is, even when the X Division deliver exciting, death defying moments, the crowd is completely silent.
TNA have been putting out some great stuff lately. The heavyweight championship picture is really fun, featuring Drew Galloway and EC3, two big characters with a lot of charisma and presence. As well as the champion, Bobby Lashley, one of the best pure athletes in the industry today.
When not wrestling for TNA he is fighting for Bellator, giving him that shoot fighter credibility. Brock Lesnar fighting at UFC 200 wasn’t the first time someone has fought while still under contract with the pro wrestling promotion.
The X Division often put on some hellacious matches, exhibiting the high-flying cruiserweight style with some insane high spots. ‘Hurricane’ Shane Helms is allegedly taking a mentor role off-screen as well as on-screen which can only be a good thing. Unfortunately when you see these guys putting on a fast paced show on an episode of iMPACT the crowd are dead.
Furthermore, TNA give all of their talent a chance to shine. For example Eddie Edwards facing Bobby Lashley, X Division championship vs world heavyweight championship, winner takes all. The reason this is so interesting is that Eddie Edwards is a tag team wrestler but without splitting up The Wolves they gave him an opportunity to showcase his talent in the main event.
There has been a huge reaction to the Final Deletion segment. The cinematic high-production segment took the Hardy brothers feud outside the iMPACT zone. The Hardy boys fought on the family compound in the North Carolina countryside. It was over the top and ridiculous but I found it wickedly entertaining.
The attention that this segment has gotten may bring fans to TNA. The key to attention is to get people talking and it has certainly done that. It has divided pro wrestling fans, some believing it to be hurtful to the business and others enjoying it for what it is.
I personally believe there is space in the industry for both styles, the pure sport style similar to the Cruiserweight Classic and the theatrical style with more fantasy nuances like Lucha Underground. I find it odd that the puritans criticise as it is a larger than life industry in the first place.
Nevertheless, people are talking about it. That can only be a good thing as it means more ratings and better attendance figures which brings better crowd reactions and also contributes to a higher viewership. It could be the perfect solution to the problem I have just talked about, building a more loyal fan base. It could get TNA out of the financial trouble they have found themselves in and therefore benefit the industry.