- TRYING TO BE WWE
This, to me, is what ultimately killed TNA. Impact Wrestling was, for a little while, a legitimate alternative. Was it a real number two? Probably not. But at the very least, it was a product that was different than WWE, and available nationwide, and around the world. You really can’t ask for more.
But over time, TNA moved away from what made the show standout, and tried to model their show more and more after Monday Night Raw. Gone went the amazing x-division, knockout and tag team work. In came 20-minute promos by non-playable heel authority characters.
Out went the innovation. In came the status quo.
And that’s the real killer. The people watching TNA aren’t looking for status quo. If they want to watch WWE, they can watch it USA Monday night, the WWE Network Tuesdays and Thursdays, and SyFy on Fridays, and “pay-per-view” events every few Sundays. TNA fans want something different, and they can’t have it.
If and when TNA goes away, its fans will watch ROH on Sinclair. They’ll watch GFW, wherever GFW airs. They may seek out some decent indy wrestling on MavTV. But you can bet your last dollar they won’t go out of their way to find more of the status quo.