OWW X Factor: Re-branding TNA – Making a Great Wrestling Promotion

X factor

Okay so I must admit that I have hoped for a while now that TNA would take the necessary steps to more or less fill the void of WCW and the void of Nitro. But I’ve come to the realization that the people running TNA simply don’t know what it takes to be a force in the Wrestling industry (WWE knew but has forgotten about 12 years ago). TNA much like WWE doesn’t know how to move on from past methods that worked and current methods that have not worked. What wrestling needs is a culture change, much like the one that occurred in 1996. And NO I don’t mean Hogan turning heel and forming the nWo. The culture change began earlier in the year when ECW really got heated up with talents like Raven, Tommy Dreamer, and Shane Douglas through various angles.

Now as far as TNA goes let’s get to how their culture change should go about happening. The two main areas of change in the creative department of the promotion and the wrestling roster.

Current Creative Team My Creative Team
Hulk Hogan
Eric Bischoff
Bruce Pritchard
Dixie Carter
Dave Lagana
Matt Conway
Me, Xavier Nowlin!!!
or
Paul Heyman
Gabe Sapolsky
Tommy Dreamer

Now I did put my name…because I think I’m a genius with brilliant booking strategies hahaha, but the other three would make a great team. Or have one of them as a Booker. Now since I’ve created a creative team, let’s change the TNA roster.

TNA Roster New Roster
Jeff Hardy
Austin Aries
Bobby Roode
James Storm
Bully Ray
Sting
AJ Styles
Daniels
Kazarian
Mr. Anderson
Rob Van Dam
Abyss
Samoa Joe
Kurt Angle
Kenny King
Magnus
Matt Morgan
Zema Ion
Devon
Doc
Knox
Chavo Guerrero
Hernandez
Gunner
Crimson
Christian York
Wes Brisco
Garett Bischoff
Joey Ryan
Eric Young
Chris Sabin
Jesse Godderz
Robbie E
Robbie T
King Mo
Jay Bradley
Puma
Rockstar Spud
Sam Shaw
Alex Silva
Velvet Sky
Miss Tessmacher
Tara
Mickie James
Madison Rayne
ODB
Taeler Hendrix
I would release:Zema Ion, Chavo Guerrero, Hernandez, Devon, Garett Bischoff, Eric Young, Tara, Gail Kim, Mike Tenay and TazI’d put Wes Brisco, Jesse Godderz, Robbie E, Robbie T, King Mo, Rockstar Spud, Taeler Hendrix, Sam Shaw & Alex Silva in OVWThen I’d sign Scott Halls son Cody Hall and assign him to OVW

Then I’d correct one of TNA’s biggest mistakes and go sign the top Indy stars. I’d sign:
Kevin Steen
Colt Cabana
The Briscoe Brothers
Adam Cole
Eddie Kingston
Adam Pearce
Awesome Kong
Beth Phoenix
Melina
Sami Callihan
Michael Elgin
Petey Williams
Mike Mondo
Mike Bennett
Cliff Compton
Luke Hawx
Alex Shelley
Brian Kendrick
and bring BACK The Pope

I’d also bring back what’s missing from major wrestling promotions MANAGERS!!!

Truth Martini
Steve Corino
Prince Nana
Shane Douglas

New Commentary Team
Jeremy Borash and Eric Bischoff or even Kevin Nash

Interviewers
Todd Kenely
Christy Hemme
SoCal Val

Ring Announcer
Larry Legend

 

So now my TNA roster looks like this:

Main Roster

Austin Aries, Bobby Roode, James Storm, AJ Styles, Mr. Anderson, Samoa Joe, Kevin Steen

Mid Card

Kenny King, Magnus, Gunner, Crimson, The Pope, Alex Shelley, Luke Hawx, Mike Bennett, Mike Mondo, Michael Elgin, Adam Pearce, Eddie Kingston, Jay Bradley

X Division

Adam Cole, Sami Callihan, Petey Williams, Brian Kendrick, Christian York, Chris Sabin, Puma, Joey Ryan

Tag Teams

Briscoe Brothers, Christopher Daniels & Kazarian, Cabana & Compton, Doc & Knox

Knockouts

Velvet Sky, Brooke Tessmacher, Madison Rayne, Angelina Love, ODB, Mickie James, Beth Phoenix, Awesome Kong, Melina

Attractions

Sting, Bully Ray, Jeff Hardy, Abyss Kurt, Angle, Matt Morgan, Rob Van Dam

The wrestlers who are attractions would be just that. Something that wrestling used to do was have stars appear few and far between making it special when they did appear. Also in my booking plans it would help to have younger and better talent featured in TNA programming. The mid card of the roster would eventually see Gunner, Kenny King and the Pope push to the main event. I’m really high on Gunner and Kenny King as the two top guys in the next year; they have ALOT of untapped talent and potential.

As for the X-Division it will be pushed like it was in the earlier days of TNA. Meaning it will main event Impact and even pay per views at time. The way to get a belt over in wrestling is to give it the spotlight when the participants involved are treated in a major way. I would get rid of the Knockouts Tag Titles as well. Next I’d push Samoa Joe as the top guy in the promotion as well as Austin Aries. Samoa Joe a guy who’s been sooooooooo misused for the last 5 years that it baffles me. How could a guy with so much talent be killed, beaten and buried so bad?! (Much like EVERY young talent in wrestling since 2001) In my opinion Samoa Joe and Austin Aries are the two most talented people in all of wrestling.

Now back to the overall culture change, what else is there? Well I’d want to go back to Monday Nights and head to head with Raw. Even if ratings aren’t the strongest, Monday is simply seen as the night of wrestling and TNA has to make an Impact by taking some percentage of a bigger wrestling audience. As Paul Heyman once said “You must take from Vince McMahon”. TNA’s mistakes in 2010 were so obvious on Monday’s. Mostly horrible television writing as well as going on Monday January 4th and then not coming back until March to little hype by then. Also Pay per views, I’d go to 8 a year. TNA simply didn’t know how to promote Pay Per Views which has baffled me for years. Now what’s next to change…..THE NAME. What is TNA??? It doesn’t even have the word Wrestling in its initials. So what name do I change it to. Well that’s quite simple, I re brand TNA as being the IWF = Impact Wrestling Federation. I love IWF, plus it’s a slight nudge at Vince McMahon for being the Federation all those years but now not being able to use that. So IWF is in place and all that’s left is the booking.

The end for now….

— Xavier Nowlin

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