Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Jason Powell's TNA Blog

Hi guys - figured I'd save the Raw talk for Thursday w/Ari - you don't need to hear me repeat then what I say here, and besides, considering we're going into a PPV this weekend, while it was an entertaining and fun show, it wasn't especially newsworthy.

What I do want to mention however is a blog Jason Powell over at wrote last night; in light of a very dominant main event group at the top of TNA (Kevin Nash, Sting, etc.), and a lacklustre creative including the contoversial likes of Dutch Mantell and Vince Russo, and more particularly the controversy in recent weeks of Jeff Jarrett's rumoured affair with Kurt Angle's estranged wife Karen, and his (Jarrett's) subsequent removal off the air despite being part-owner of TNA, led to Powell suggesting strongly that Dixie Carter hire Paul Heyman (former head of ECW and former longtime WWE creative team member) as head of creative, to redirect the admittedly lacklustre product and do some ego housekeeping.

You can find said blog by clicking HERE.

The first thing remarkable about this entry is that it's gotten responses - often the wrestling industry deals with the much-loathed internet fan (and particularly internet blogger/reporter/dirtsheet writer/'15 year old with a computer in his mother's basement') by ignoring and jeering them; in the space of an hour or two after Powell's blog, not only had Heyman himself responded (which you can read HERE), so had Wayne "The Honky Tonk Man" Ferris (HERE). I guess the idea that wrestling as an industry wants TNA to succeed (it is well-known competition is key to keeping any company but Vince McMahon's in particular) is important, and seeing as it set itself up as an alternative to WWE and the dying WCW, yet finds itself in its growth falling into a lot of the same pits and traps, touches a chord with those impressed with the young talent and aware of what the veterans have to offer them if only their egos could be kept in check.

Personally I don't understand Paul Heyman's unequivocal response that he wouldn't want to work for TNA - even if it fails, even if he isn't the company's saviour, it's a challenge that I think would be good for all involved. If his reasoning is that he doesn't believe in the company, what better reason to get involved and make the changes you want to see? If he does, then why wouldn't he want to get on board with tweaking a product he already respects? Unless he's happy to just be a spectator and commentator on wrestling at this point, which having accomplished what he's accomplished I can understand and believe. Anyway it's all food for thought; an excellent blog from Jason Powell and an interesting response from wrestling insiders. I encourage you to check out all of it.


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