Is tna's roster too big?
by, 05-20-2013 at 02:33 PM (1441 Views)
Nobody can deny that TNA has one of the best rosters in wrestling today, and nobody can deny the fact that the roster is going from strength to strength. I think the TNA roster has some of the best talent going, however, I believe that the TNA roster is too big for it's current one show a week structure.
When we look at the TNA roster it is easy to see that a lot of the talent remains unused each week because one two hour show a week is simply not enough. Do not get me wrong, I am not having a swipe at TNA or the ability of it's roster, but merely making the obvious observation that reducing talent would make for a more effective back room writing staff. Having to write so many angles for so much talent takes the snap away from drama and angle pieces for the top tier talent.
If you were to break the roster down to 15, you can see that it's quite sufficient to run a show a week. The TNA roster is, however, growing all the time with it's gut check, and this is merely introducing talent that will not be widely used, if used at all. Example: Taeler Hendrix, I have seen her twice on impact since she won her gut check. Taeler is a big talent that remains under used each week.
So what can actually be done to improve this dilemma? Well it is my opinion, that for TNA to grow any further it will need to make a roster cut, or run two shows a week. It is not going to grow with the terrible writing, and the poorly executed sons of anarchy NWO wannabe storyline of the aces and eights. Personally, I think the aces and eights are being featured far too much, and this has backfired in a major way for TNA. This is coupled with poor mike skills from the likes of Mr. Anderson who makes me cringe so much when he speaks. The man lacks speaking ability, the entire way he flails about in ring, and that toothpick chewing is 90's gimmick cliché apple-sauce.
If TNA introduced a second weekly show, and dropped a few PPV's the company would grow and thrive, though, I am not as business savvy as some, but it's common sense that with it's current structure TNA is in a static state. The company is really not growing all that much, and with more and more people admitting they are tiring of TNA, I think it is time the company front runners sat up and listened to it's fan base. The big roster is hitting the company in a bad way, by focusing on so many angles each week, and skipping to and fro between so many wrestlers, it is taking away from moments which could have been quite memorable for the company.
In closing, the TNA roster is too big for a one show a week structure. I wholly believe that the franchise should expand to two shows a week, push new talents as they continue to do now, but focus one of their weekly shows on different talent, i.e. Smackdown and Raw. There are too many angles, and other out of ring segments, with far too much emphasis on post match comments. Too much emphasis on aces and eights, trying to recapture the memorable WCW NWO days, and failing in an epic way. Of course, I could sit here all night, and pick faults with TNA, but what company is void of faults? It is in addressing faults that they can be resolved as best they can. TNA has the potential to be a company that everyone speaks about. With a reduced roster, or two weeklies and a bit more production value, the company could be a giant as opposed to the static state it is in.
This is all of course my own opinion.