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A Total Non-stop Product
September 5, 2004 by Sam Roberts


Has anyone noticed on TNA nearly every PPV there is either a Gauntlet or some sort of gimmick match pitching 2 nations together, its very rare that they have a main event just pitching one wrestler against another in a match not evolving some crazy stipulation even on there TV shows...

I'm looking at the results and the last time this happened was July 7th when Jarrett beat Ron Killings to retain his belt (what's with that, Jeff Jarrett retaining a title belt, my advice stick to the back room). I'm not saying stop these stipulations because there entertaining to watch but so is good 1v1 wrestling- that's if the two athletes are god enough and well matched. I'm sure TNA could find 2 superstars to wrestle and make a much better match with more excitement (for everyone) than a ladder match with Abyss and Styles which has recently been shown on British TV (note: I am British therefore am several months behind in most Indy promotions) the match basically evolved around two or three highspots with a whole lot of nothing in between.

I (and I'm sure many other wrestling fans) would like to see a feud with two well-matched main event wrestlers (like the aforementioned AJ Styles). I know TNA have the wrestling talent to make the matches work and I'm sure they have the writing talent to make a feud like this work for the fans. There was a time that cage matches really were special, an icing on the cake to end a feud but now they' are "just another match". TNA have made some great stipulations over the time there is no doubt in that, the 6 sided cage and ultimate x probably the most exiting (TNA also have done well not to use those constantly and wear them down Hell In A Cell style).

But is this the new era of wrestling, highspots and stipulations that will have "Total non-stop action" is this what wrestling has become over the past few years, or is TNA bringing out a product that is far away from the main competition in Indy wrestling which seems to be the pure wrestling product I am speaking of in ROH. My thoughts are TNA think (and are possibly correct in saying) that people wont tune in if there isn't a big stipulation match to speak of therefore TNA don't get there cash, as the alternative product though I would like to see (even if it was on there TV shows) great singles wrestling.

by Sam Roberts..


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