TNA wrestling fans must be wondering what the hell is going on. Just 9 months ago they where putting on the best wrestling PPV every month and one of the worlds greatest wrestlers of all time had just joined its ranks. Now 9 month later they’ve managed four terrible PPV’s in a row and several of its stars are losing faith in the company, just like its fans.
So have TNA wrestlings management just had a blip or is there more to it. In my opinion it can all be summed up in just two words- VINCE RUSSO!
Many fans of the old WCW still hold Eric Bischoff to blame for the ultimate demise of their favorite wrestling brand, but this is unfair. Bischoff was given an open checkbook to sign who he wanted and he did just that. Did he buy guys who weren’t up to the job of making WCW number 1? Hell no, russos near me Bischoff got the guys to make WCW the best and they did, it’s hardly his fault he spent too much afterall he was told to spend whatever it took.
WCW became a fantastic company under Bischoff putting on some of the best in ring action of the 90’s but WWE and Vince Mcmahon clawed their way back to the top. WCW management decided it was down to Bischoff so they fired him but who could take his place.
One man who was getting a lot of credit for the WWE’s revival was a story writer named Vince Russo so WCW poached him and made him their chief, it was the beginning of the end for WCW. Russo didn’t seem to have a clue about the audience he was catering for and nor did he care. WCW was always more wrestling based than the more story line driven WWE but Russo paid no attention to this. Suddenly the match quality became almost non-existent and the stories where pathetic.
The final nail was hammered in when Russo made actor David Arquette the companies World Champion. It was a shocking decline for WCW who just months earlier where the number one wrestling promotion.
If this had happened in any other industry Russo wouldn’t have being allowed near a top job ever again. Just imagine if someone made Coca Cola bankrupt could you really see Pepsi letting the same person run their company. Yet that is almost exactly what TNA are doing.
Russo may not have the same level of power in TNA wrestling but he is still in a decision making position and this should be a huge worry for fans of TNA wrestling. His love of stupid gimmicks has already started to show with the awful Electrfied Cage and Last Rites matches as well as the terrible return of the Blindfold match. The greatest signing in TNA history has also started to tell friends he isn’t happen with TNA’s current direction. It is no surprise TNA has started to go downhill.
Jeff Jarrett may feel he owes Russo as he was the man who promoted Jarrett to main event status in WCW but Jarrett needs to learn in business there is no place for compassion for fallen comrades. Unless Jarrett gets rid of Russo now shortly wrestling fans could be left remembering another promotion that has become no more. Russo is TNA wrestlings self destruct button and for the sake of wrestling lets hope they don’t push it.