Skip to main content

Can't Go Back to 2002. I Just Can't


In 2002, my love and interest for pro wrestling dwindled. It literally hung from the balance the way we see the Undertaker walk the top rope. Things just weren't as exciting anymore with one brand, one stlye, and one philosophy be presented to and for wrestling fans. Wrestling fans know the story and history, the WWE owned everything, and thus, the urgency and innovation in the industry came to a complete halt. 

Then TNA Wrestling came around for this pro wrestling fan. Unlike many, I've followed the company since night one. For this pro wrestling fan, it helped revitalized a dismal pro wrestling business.

Yet, here we are in 2016, and rumors are rampant about the financial troubles for TNA Wrestling. For the Nashville based company, this marks the fourth year in a row the end of summer has brought controversy, gossip, instability, and sheer concern for fans of the product. In some ways, the cyclical alarm creates a desensitized feeling towards the company which always kicks out of a pin at two, but this one - this very time - it feels different. This time, it feels like a true crossroads for the company.

The stories are out there. The articles have been read throughout various outlets. A change in ownership is near. And of course, for me, the biggest concern, Vince McMahon and the WWE are interested in purchasing the company. That would be the worst case scenario. That to me, would set the wrestling business back once again. Just my opinion. 

Regardless, I can't help but admit that TNA Wrestling has done this to themselves. I've said over and over - again, just this pro wrestling fan's opinion - TNA lost it's soul, or whatever special entity it possessed before then, during the four year administration that was Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff. Every bit of equity TNA built with returning, new, and existing pro wrestling fans were thrown out of the window during that era with ridiculous decisions, awful talent signings, and the overall terrible decision making. 

And while I appreciate Dixie Carter making TNA Wrestling a reality when it could have folded two months into it's existence, all of the blame falls at her feet. Those were her decisions, and many times, she let many of these twists, turns, moves, risks, and decisions happen under her command. 

Have you seen TNA's website as of late? Their managing of media and social platforms that are vital in today's environment? Ugh...no excuse. Really, there is none. 

I still wonder about a world where TNA and Hogan/Bischoff never crossed paths. Would they still be on Spike TV? Would business better? Maybe we are still here. Who knows?!

Really, it's all a shame too. The TNA television product is the best in all of pro wrestling on television. The product has been innovative (I'm a huge fan of the Grand Championship concept), entertaining, athletic, and overall, just better. I haven't been this into the product since 2006.

And as I sit here and type this all out with just over 24 hours away from Bound For Glory, one of the company's premiere events, it's hurtful to see that this is the fate for the company. Especially, when some pro wrestling fans have been rooting against the company's success from day one. But here we are. And let the record show, I am rooting for Billy Corgan to outright purchase the company. I haven't been more excited about anyone being a part of TNA Wrestling's leadership - ever. He just get's it. 

And I'l be completely transparent, in one year, he's done more for TNA than Hulk Hogan and all of his wrestling star power has ever done. But I digress. 

All in all, the next forty-eight hours will be telling for TNA, IF there is a TNA after tomorrow night's event. But one thing is for sure, I can't go back to a pro wrestling world of 2002. I just can't. 

Recently Read Posts

Dear Son, Prior Generation

--22 Days Old---

Dear Son,

It's been three weeks since you entered this world, and ever since then, you've given us joy, smiles, love, countless Google searches, plenty of shoulder shrug I-give-up moments, countless "spit-up" shower/laundry drills (we have this down now - it's such a tight operation), a lifetime subscription to sleep deficiency and an immediate annoyance to parenting advice from those who wish to give it unsolicited.

But you know what, between all the unknowns, the shrugs, and the fatigue, you flash a moments smile, and we're back in the game. And if we capture it on our phones, it's like a bases loaded, 3 RBI, triple.

Yet, as the days peel off the calendar board, and sunrises and sunsets aren't exactly lining up mentally in our place in comparison to earth's time continuum, this third week of your existence brought you visitors - your first! - in the likes of your grandparents.

By now, you probably know you are lucky and that yo…

The IF Factor: Questions Answered #81-90

81. If you could enact one law in your country that does not currently exist, what would it be?

There would actually be quite a few. However, I would go with gun control. Nothing too elaborate, but the type of control that requires screening and effective security of allowing firearm usage in this country. 
82. If you could own only one thing for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
I would probably choose a good pair of pants. Weird? Yes, most definitely. But a good pair of pants sets the tone, and for a big and tall guy like myself, dictates the comfort for the day. As hard as pants are to find for us big guys, I'd like to own one pair, thus renting or borrowing everything else. If you happen to be one of those folks that has your perfect pants size in every store, you most likely won't understand this.

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 7/8/18

3 Up

1. Independence Day - So, it wasn't on a weekend. And it yes, if you look passed the shady propaganda of immense filtered propaganda, there is some real ish there. However, despite it's imperfection, oppression, and disregard for truth, America is great. Happy Birthday to a special nation!

2. Boys Rescue in Thailand - As of this post, only four of the thirteen boys have been saved. However, the rescue missions have captured the world in the lengthy and tremendously daring attempts to save these boys. The quest will continue well into next week.

3. Golden State Warriors - I wrote about it this past week (Applaud the Golden State Warriors), but these dudes just added another - ANOTHER - all-star! As mentioned, what the Warriors are doing in the modern era of sports, and salary caps, and of course, egos, is absolutely tremendous.

3 Down

1. Race-Blind" Admissions - I can't believe this hasn't gotten more push in talks on the mainstream front. This administration i…

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 7/15/18

3 Up

1. Thailand Boys Rescued - This story was captivating, and even becomes downright addictively intriguing when you really get into the research methods used to save these boys and their coaches. And let us not forget some of the fatalities that occurred to get this done as well.

2. World Cup - How absolutely phenomenal was this event? I'm already sad to see it go. With a newborn in tow for myself, I watched so much of it, and it all, was so, so, so good. Best in my lifetime, for sure. Congratulations to France - albeit via immigrants of African nations. But that's a different message for another post on immigration hypocrisy.

3. Isner vs. Anderson - 6 Hours and 36 Minutes. Just as great as the World Cup has been, Wimbledon was just as fantastic. Isner and Anderson provided an absolute classic.

3 Down

1. Papa John - This dude is an absolute clown. This story is such a reminder of how these scenarios only result in action due to public backlash. And of course, how recording, …