Total Nonstop Action (TNA) pro wrestling has always had an interesting history. The company responsible for Impact Wrestling has never really broken out in the way that its executives surely wished, although over the years a cult following had been developed. This makes the current nosedive that TNA is experiencing all the more upsetting for some. Of course, it doesn’t take a genius to realize that this whole incident has been a long time coming, and that the people most responsible are the people behind TNA itself.
Since its conception in 2001, TNA has always been intended as an alternative to the WWE. By providing a non-paperview option of pro wrestling, TNA effectively appealed to fans as a very viable choice for entertainment. The WWE has always been very forthcoming regarding their views of other wrestling companies. They see no competition, because wrestling shouldn’t be about that. Rather, there should be as many options as possible for fans. This is easy to say, of course, when you’re on top of the pile as the WWE is. It’s still very true, at least in my opinion. Fans should be given as many options as possible. When there is more success for all of the companies, that means more choices for us.
So perhaps the biggest mistake of TNA was trying to be a direct competitor to the WWE. Despite the companies best efforts, TNA has never really been regarded very highly. Even wrestlers working within the company have been less than enthusiastic about it, with Booker T’s uninspired performance as a TNA wrestler being particularly memorable. Low morale lead to low enthusiasm, and the fact that TNA never really tried to be anything other than an imitation meant that it was always an uphill battle. If anything, TNA has been running on borrowed time for quite a while now, and the likelihood of the company finding another network television home is hardly the first time that TNA has been without a home, but the difference is that this time it will probably be their last. TNA will go the way of the dodo, whether we like it or not.
Finally, Dixie Carter. The longtime president of TNA has always been controversial, but now that the ship is sinking, so is her reputation. Carter is now apparently in danger of losing her majority share of the company. In recent years, the TNA president has not been regarded very well by fans and wrestlers alike, who have been of the belief that her powerhungry and greedy behavior has further ostracized fans. Whether this is true or not is up for debate, but there is no denying that not everyone has been a fan of her antics. This, coupled with the general demise of viewer ratings has spelled nothing but trouble for the flailing company, and not even AJ Styles can bring it back from the brink at this point.
TNA dying a quiet death has been foretold for many years now, but that doesn’t mean we have to like it. I personally hope only good things for the company, as do many fans. Here’s wishing for the best.