The Katz Files
TNA in Retreat
The Kingfish Arnie Katz analyzes TNA after the retreat to Thursday he predicted on Monday morning came true by Monday night.
Bubba the Love Sponge, it was widely reported, attacked TNA’s Dixie Carter. Among his complaints is that she listens to Internet journalists instead of Hulk Hogan.
How I wish that were true! Still, perhaps Dixie likes to read “The Katz Files.” If so, the best advice I could give her would be to do as Bubba the Love Sponge said and listen to Hulk Hogan.
Specifically, listen to the show-closing segment with Sting from the 5/3 iMPACT. that featured the confrontation between Sting and Hulk Hogan. So much of what is wrong with TNA is encapsulated in that segment that I don’t see how TNA (and Spike TV) executives could watch it and not immediately start to develop an exit strategy.
Let’s review the ways in which that segment represents a wrong-headed approach and a failure to reach TV’s standards for The professional entertainment.
* Why are Sting and Hogan in the show-closing segment? Neither man belongs in that position. Sting is doing nothing on the show and Hogan isn’t, and shouldn’t, wrestle. The spotlight should’ve been on the RVD-Wolfe match.
* The dialog made no sense. I defy anyone to explain why Sting and Hogan are at odds. I have no idea why Hogan is so enraged all the time. He just keeps shouting a bunch of meaningless and sometimes out-dated catchphrases. I think he wants TNA wrestlers to get to the ring on time and work hard, but I doubt Sting is actually against those things.
* Sting’s heel turn is ridiculous. He just isn’t suited to the role and, as a result, performs badly in it. Having someone write him something to say, or at least some character motivation would help, but a babyface turn would be even more effective.
There’s a lot of good stuff in TNA and a lot of people on the roster who put out tremendous effort, but the negatives are killing the promotion. It’s time to quit thinking that Hulk Hogan has the Midas Touch or whatever and start looking at the show with uncompromising objectivity.
TNA is returning to Thursday night to regroup. It has lost a battle, but not necessarily the war. Hogan and Bischoff have done some good things since coming to TNA, but it is plain that they are not equipped to run TNA without one or more people in management with the authority to trash their bad ideas and the knowledge of when to do so.
I’ll be back on the weekend with another installment of the Internet’s fastest-rising pro wrestling column. I hope you’ll join me then and, please, bring your friends.
— Arnie Katz