Oh, by no means do I believe that TNA has been completely unwatchable (although in parts of 2010 it was), as they still have some very good matches on TV and PPV, just that the product used to be even better and "cool". Now I see so much negativity towards TNA because of the mistakes they have made, and hopefully they just go back to basics and make the product as good as it used to be or better.
I agree that TNA has worsened in the last couple of years, and I also agree that there are many reasons/people to blame. However, did I expect it to get better and better and better as time went on? No way. Look at WWE from Summer 2012 to WM 29, some of the worst stuff IMO that I've ever seen, but it's managed to get way better.
I feel like all I'm reading lately in the forums and blogs is the same stuff about TNA. I'm not telling people what to do (and don't get me wrong I liked this blog), but it's like the whole "we're sick of Cena" thing: a futile attempt to vent our frustrations. Don't worry, it will either A: eventually improve in quality again or B: deteriorate to the point where they go out of business and we won't have to worry about it anymore. Probably choice A.
Either way, I think TNA, as it is right now, is still a very watchable program. I find it very close to the same level as RAW and easily better than SD. The last few TV ppvs contained better matches than I've seen on WWE TV in years. Besides the Cena Punk match before WM, there is almost no other memorable TV match this year that comes to mind from WWE, but I could list a dozen from TNA. Also, their actual ppvs are worth watching as well, and often better than those of WWE. Just sayin... but hey, maybe the next commenter will disagree.
Anyone remember when Stevie Ray was announcing for WCW? Just abysmal. Thank goodness he never made it to the commentary table for WWE or TNA.
Semi-relevant side note - what about the standard of ring announcing? Hemme or Borash? Roberts or Garcia?
Very good blog sir! I do like the idea of Regal as a commentator but I think he'd be best used as a GM. When he was the RAW GM he was incredibly entertaining. Oh you missed Booker T but I guess he was only doing it temporarily but either way he was horrible. When Punk was out with an injury I really enjoyed his commentating work. Very very entertaining.
Gordon Solie: the G.O.A.T.!!
Gone are the truly entertaining days of commentary. Unfortunately no current combination of commentators is even worthy of warming up the announce table seats for the greatest (and by far, the most entertaining) commentating duo of all time IMO - Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby "the Brain" Heenan. JR and the King were phenomenal (IMO, 2nd best of all time) during the Attitude Era, but their passion and commentary content was clearly disingenuous as the produce waned toward the end of the Ruthless Aggression Era.
To make the produce truly more entertaining for the fans, both WWE and TNA have to restructure their flagship announcers. Boot Cole and King, and Taz and Tenay. WWE would be well advised to bring back some of the best talkers in history - e.g. Ric Flair, Roddy Piper, Goldust and William Regal - whom WWE is fortunate enough to still have at their disposal. For TNA, Jeremy Borash is the best of the crop, and IMO would be extremely entertaining paired with a heel wrestler commentator such as Matt Morgan (bring him back!) or Robert Roode (who's both one of the best wrestlers and best talkers in the world).
If wrestling truly considers itself part of the the entertainment industry, why not give the fans the most witty, knowledgable and intriguing announce teams comprised of the best talkers available, instead of prepackaged gruel from the current crop of "company men" (or in Taz's case, based purely on past experience without any merit) who are being shoved down our throats by both organizations week after week?
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