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My Top 4 reasons why Impact Wrestling is better than WWE in my opinion.
WWE VS Impact Wrestling.
WWE RAW Average TV Ratings Change
The Evolution of WWF/E since the Attitude Era and Ratings Plunge.
Back when the company was called the WWF, it experienced a golden era. It was in direct competition with WCW, another major wrestling show of the 1990s. Back then, WWF was getting beat in ratings. Then, in 1998-1999, WWF signed Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock and Chris Jericho, and the WWF soon rose to new heights. With the acquisition of talent from the Ohio Valley Wrestling promotion, WWF soon began attracting new audiences. As much as 12 million people watched WWE and the ratings in 1999 soared to an average of an 8.1.
Then, with WCW gone bad, WWF started to change its format. WCW was getting beat in ratings and the WWF stood tall. In 2001, Time Warner Cable and AOL merged and decided not to run with WCW anymore. Now, WWE was the only major player in the network. During 2002-2005, the ratings dropped to an average of 5.9.That was the Ruthless Aggression era, where anything was possible.
Then, when John Cena became WWE Champion for the first time, ratings were steady at 5.4. Then, trouble hit WWE's waters. WWE kept pushing John Cena as the top guy in 2006 and 2007, and that hurt their ratings. When Linda McMahon ran for Senate, the WWE was a scandal. WWE still continued to push John Cena down people's throats, and that hurt their ratings even more. In 2008, the ratings were at an even 3.66.
In 2009, it was at a 3.69, because of something WWE did right. In 2010-2013, WWE's ratings dropped from a 3.55 to a 3.45. Then, in 2013-2016, WWE was insulting fan's intelligence, shoving John Cena down people's throats, The Authority's promos opening up every show, major fan favorites not getting the push they needed; all that was costing WWE hundreds of thousands of viewers. In 2014, WWE had an average of 3.9 million people. In 2015, that number dropped to 3.5 million people. I'm sure that this year, WWE's viewership will drop again.
The reason why fans (Hardcore) are tuning out of WWE is because of overly scripted promos, cheesy lines, boring opening promos, almost no wrestling (the move from 2 to 3 hours have effectively reduced the amount of wrestling in proportion to the show by more than 40%, when it should've increased it by 30%) (TNA reduced the number of hours it aired to 2 hours in 2011 from 3 and look how much more wrestling in proportion to its shows there was) (I wasn't a fan of TNA back then, but you get the idea) and you get overprotected people with no talent who are booked strong and people with talent who are underutilized.
I expect that by the end of 2016 and the year-end ratings come out in January 2017, the rating report will plunge by 25-35% to a 2.4 or 2.35. WWE are now constantly getting under 3 million people watching the product and constantly getting below a 2.3 rating. The worst RAW in history occurred on the October 3rd edition of it's show when the ratings fell below a 1.8. Those average ratings should continue to plummet well into 2017.
The Evolution of TNA, Glory Days and Network Changes.
TNA Impact! was created in 2007 when NWA abruptly parted ways with NWA. That same year, Kurt Angle became the inaugural TNA World Heavyweight Champion but had his championship stripped from him because of a double pinfall attempt. TNA was holding steady, but Dave Meltzer, a well-respected Wrestling critic, gave TNA The Worst Show of the year award, a title that TNA had held for 9 consecutive years. During that time, Legends from WWE and WCW began appearing in TNA, like Scott Steiner and Ricky Steamboat and the NWO. TNA, and Eric Bischoff, in 2010, replaced its signature six-sided ring to a traditional four-sided ring, and TNA was in competition with WWE at the time.
In 2011 Hulk Hogan appointed Dixie Carter as President of the company. In 2013, after Dixie Carter turned heel, she asked Hulk Hogan to join team Dixie, and he walked off. During 2014, Wrestle-1 and TNA were having a year-wide talent exchange, and it ended at Bound For Glory 2014, which was the worst Bound For Glory in TNA's History. Also, on that very same year, TNA returned to its signature six-sided ring.
TNA didn't have enough money to fund its Spike TV deal, so they changed networks and went to Destination America in January. TNA was on a roll until July, when GFW had a cross-promotional exchange with TNA. GFW wanted to take over TNA, so they had a Lethal Lockdown match to determine who took control over TNA, and TNA won, so the GFW storyline was over. When it was over, TNA appointed Billy Corgan as executive director to TNA Talent.
TNA, however, was running out of money, so TNA made the decision to move to Pop TV. TNA, as usual, was on a roll, but the last several months provided exquisite entertainment. Sure, it has its ups and downs, but TNA proved that it is a far better show than WWE even years before Hulk Hogan came to the company. When Billy Corgan became TNA President, it changed the very foundation of TNA.
TNA is a Wrestling Show
TNA is foremost, a wrestling company, while WWE is a Sports Entertainment company. For those of you who don't know the difference between the two, look up any dictionary containing said terms. TNA provides a mostly wrestling-related product, with little to no interruption of wrestling at all. You get 35-55% wrestling in TNA.
WWE, however, only dedicates 5-10% of its time to this sort of stuff. The rest of it is either filler, cringeworthy segments, backstage interviews, or 20-second backstage fights. There is the occasional 3-minute brawl, but it happens so rarely that the last time it happened was the late 2000s, at least, if not earlier.
TNA Actually Pushes Guys We Want.
With the exception of Daniel Bryan, CM Punk, Randy Orton, Brock Lesnar, and even the late great Eddie Guerrero, WWE has pushed John Cena to the moon for the last 11 years. In fact, almost 78% of the WWE Championships that have been changing hands have gone directly to John Cena, a guy that we do not want getting pushed, and we are going to see the very same thing with Roman Reigns in 2017 and the 2020s. In Fact, I see a few more John Cena World Championships between now and 2022, and I see a few Roman Reigns World Championships between now and 2025. TNA Pushes Guys We Wanted.
In 2012, TNA fans wanted Jeff Hardy to be World Champion, so TNA arranged for Jeff Hardy to be World Champion. in 2015, TNA fans wanted Drew Galloway to be World Heavyweight Champion, so in 2016, he became World Heavyweight Champion. Also, there's a rotation of guys at the top of the card for years in TNA. Austin Aries was TNA World Champion before Jeff Hardy, and then Bully Ray twice. Chris Sabin (though he wasn't the right type of champion), was right in the middle of those two reigns, then AJ Styles, then Magnus, then Eric Young, then Lashley three times, with Bobby Roode in the middle of Lashley's first and second reigns, and Kurt Angle EC3, Matt Hardy and Drew Galloway in the middle of Lashley's second and third reigns, and then Eddie Edwards, who shocked the TNA Universe when he pinned Lashley in a TNA World Heavyweight Championship match by hitting the Boston Knee Party from out of nowhere.
In WWE, about 78% of the last 35 championship reigns have gone to John Cena. John Cena is a 15-time World Champion, not because of his talents, but because he was handed those opportunities on a silver platter, which breaks any known law of receiving opportunities, while Lashley had to work hard to earn his 3 World Heavyweight Championship reigns, and Eddie Edwards was chosen by Lashley because he was "an easy choice" which turned out to be false.
That being said, guys like Drew Galloway, Lashley and Eddie Edwards still have to earn their paychecks, but John Cena's living large with a loving wife named Nikki Bella. WWE pushes guys we don't want as champions, like for example, why is The Miz a multiple-time Intercontinental Champion? It's because of those shitty Marine movies he makes. The Marines 3, 4 and 5 have all but one disaster name on it, and that's Mike "The Miz." Mizzanin. It feels like the intercontinental championship has been hogged by him for more than 180 days, or 6 full months.
We also have the New Day, which I don't like for any reason at all because they represent what's wrong with the tag team division. I can't believe that people would actually like the New Day like this, and they have been Tag Team Champions for more than a year, which breaks any known law of the tag team championships. RAINBOWS AND MY LITTLE PONY DOLLS ARE NOT WHAT MAKE THE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS SPECIAL!!!!!!
Stone Cold Steve Austin on Low Raw Ratings
RAW getting a 1.87 Rating and Final Deletion Fallout
TNA's storylines are Creative, and they have continuity.
As evidenced in the Final Deletion Match, TNA has been having a kind of roll since 2015 with its storylines. From EC3's quest to becoming World Heavyweight Champion to Jeff and Matt Hardy's Rivalry, the storylines seem to fit like a jigsaw puzzle.
During the build to Wrestlemania, Shane McMahon returned and was asked to face The Undertaker at Wrestlemania by Mr. McMahon. he accepted, but if Shane lost, he would never run Monday night RAW or Smackdown Again. But when he lost, he ran raw, and the storyline continuity stated that when he lost, he wasn't supposed to come back to RAW or Smackdown.
During the Hardy's Rivalry, Matt Hardy mentions his brother's middle name "Brother Nero" as a traitor, and on April 2016, Jeff and Matt had an awesome match that ended in a no contest. Then, the "Broken" Matt Character appeared and had a rivalry with Jeff. Matt Hardy reinvented himself in the process. Then, they had the final deletion Match, in which the loser must give up the Hardy name. Jeff Hardy lost, and he lost the hardy name with it. Now, Jeff Hardy finds himself with the Obsolete Mule Gimmick. That's what storyline continuity is about.
Little to No Redundancy.
Let's face it. TNA is very small. At least it doesn't have repeating storylines, unlike WWE. Let's face it. WWE is a giant redundancy magnet. You have storylines written 20 years ago that are being played out well past its due date. On an episode of RAW, I watched a segment which, at first, didn't sound too terrible. But as I continued watching it, I realized that it was horrible, so I stopped watching it. I then researched the segment and discovered that it is almost identical to 1999. What's more, the recent segment was the worst one ever. A few days later, I watched the segment from 1999 and noted some key differences between the two. The first thing I noticed was that the segment was oozing with a feeling of entertainment. Then, I noticed that there was some attitude. The Rock was oozing with attitude and charisma. The final thing I noticed was that Mankind was just trying to get the Rock'n'Sock connection back together. That segment felt great. The 2017 rehash was not great. Also, you have the same wrestlers in the main event every week. That's not good for business.
My conclusion is that TNA is better than WWE is so many ways. You have the creative part of the process. You also have guys who are legitimately supposed to be at the top on the top, not just one guy at the top for an extended period of time, and you've got guys who are doing creative things. Best of all, just like Aron Rex said, TNA is a wrestling company where opportunity is equal. You don't have your opinions thrown out the window and your intelligence insulted by them. So enjoy TNA and try some of that Impact Wrestling.
Update October 3, 2016
We got what we wanted again at Bound for Glory 2016 where Bruce Blitz gave out his prediction on who will win, and who he liked to win and ALL OF THAT HAPPENED!!!! Unlike Clash of Champions, where NONE of what he wanted happened, TNA gave fans what we wanted. So, that's the update.
Update October 11, 2016.
Meanwhile, in WWE, the WWE company got what they wanted. At Clash of Champions, they wanted Roman Reigns as the United States Champion, and that's what they got, much to the chagrin of Hardcore wrestling fans (Hardcore being WWF AND WCW fans before the 1990s). They also wanted the New Day to retain the WWE tag team championships (Let's call it the Rainbow My Little Pony Championships), and that's what they got, much to the chagrin of Hardcore Wrestling fans. They Also wanted Kevin Owens to win like a b---- mother------, and that's what the WWE fans got, yet again, much to the chagrin of Hardcore Wrestling Fans.
When Kevin Owens won the WWE Championship on an episode of RAW (granted, he was handed the WWE Championship by Triple H, who I used to abhor as part of The Authority) I was surprised by the results, because I believed that Roman Reigns would be the second WWE Universal Champion, but that was not the case, we got what we wanted. Bruce Blitz, a MEGA hardcore wrestling fan, who used to be in the ring, got what he wanted, but with a side note that Kevin Owens should've won this on his own, NOT with any help from ANYBODY, ESPECIALLY TRIPLE H!!!
WWE, and Vince McMahon, I ask you to learn from TNA and their success, despite them being a smaller company than yours. Just a simple tweak in your storyline continuity, how you run things, and how you book wrestlers, especially your talented wrestlers, and your show, whether it's Monday Night RAW or Smackdown Live, will improve in ratings and, hopefully, get your viewers to watch your shows again. As long as you keep your shows running like they are now, your shows, especially Monday Night RAW, will continue to bleed in viewership and your fanbase will plummet like a deep gash through a severed aorta. As I say "wrestling without work will wither like a worthless currency."
Vince McMahon, the way you have been running this show for the use of insulting Hardcore AND pro wrestling fans has gotten so tiresome that even USA network will have to cancel your show if you don't improve your ways. The thought that your show, Monday Night RAW, even exists in 2016, has been disquieting and reprehensible to the point where I can't watch parts of your show anymore.
I'll give you an example. When John Cena was United States champion, I wanted to see him lose that championship, but knowing his record in WWE, that was not going to happen. When Kevin Owens won against him in his first pay-per-view match, I was shocked, but he AND you had to change the game and have him beat Kevin Owens 2-1 in a pay-per-view. When Bray Wyatt Battled against him at Payback 2014, I was pretty sure that Bray Wyatt was going to win, but when John Cena won the match, Bruce Blitz, owner of his site, was more than disgusted. He mushroomed into a rant that set the Blitz Team on Fire, and again when John Cena won his fifteenth WWE Championship.
Gritz, a member of the Blitz Team, even screamed in anger and cursed the living daylights out of his mind when he heard that John Cena won his championship. Vince, just retire John Cena before he gets his sixteenth WWE championship, because when he gets his sixteenth WWE Championship, then I will never watch WWE AGAIN!!! So, f---- you Vince for continually screwing us over.
I will write an Eddie Edwards Article soon. Just wait until I finish writing an Eddie Edwards Article, and I'll give you a link.
Update, October 12, 2016
The Long Awaited Eddie Edwards Article is here. You can read the article here.
No Mercy Update October 13, 2016 (I know, it's late)
Fans got what they wanted, for the most part. AJ Styles retained his WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Dean Ambrose and John Cena by doing an illegal move against him and then pinning Cena to retain. Also, Dolph Ziggler put his career on the line when he faced The Miz during a Title VS Career Match. The Spirit Squad got involved, but that was not enough to distract Dolph Ziggler and he got his title back!! Also, Heath Slater and Rhyno defeated The Usos to retain their WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championships, and I got to tell you, they are billions of times more entertaining than "the 'Rainbow My Little Pony Horn Blasting D----Headed Mas---------' New Day"
What Bruce Blitz didn't want was for Nikki Bella to win against Carmella, and that's what he got. Now, I am a member of his site, provided I pay for my service ($5.99 for 1 month, $9.99 for 2 months $24.99 for 6 months and $34.99 for a year's worth of membership), and I got to tell you, Bruce Blitz is a passionate fan of pro wrestling, MMA, UFC, Football (American), Basketball, Hockey....you can name them all. He also plays video games and records them on his site. My last day is October 18, so for a while, I won't be a member.
Of course, if you like this article, then you can always donate here, since I can't do my taxes.
Elimination Chamber Update.
Well, we got what we wanted. WWE did something right this time. After that exhilarating and scintillating Royal Rumble match with John Cena and AJ Styles (some might call it horrid. I'm not a Cena fan anymore), where Cena won his 16th World Championship, the Elimination Chamber proved to be a godspeed for Bray Wyatt, as he won his first WWE Championship after more than three years of being in the company. As he eloquently put it the Tuesday after the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view "Ladies and Gentlemen. Welcome to the era of Wyatt." It really is the Era of Wyatt in WWE. He pinned John Cena twice in less than 48 hours. I'll provide an image when available.
John Cena Champion 2017
Bray Wyatt Holding the WWE Championship.
Ten Reasons Why WWE Ratings are at an all time low.
Father's Day Update Part 1: WWE Edition.
I'm back, and this is your Father's Day Update. Since that god awful Wrestlemania 33 main event, where Roman Reigns "retired" The Undertaker by defeating him, WWE has done some good, until the Superstar Shake-up. Since then, a jobber by the name of Jinder Mahal, whose match win record is less than 19.7%, is WWE Champion, RAW ratings, Smackdown ratings, and Viewership Numbers are anemic (Average of 2.745 million viewers over a 2-month period), with the WWE Universal Championship absent from television until recently.
Brock Lesnar is the current WWE Universal Champion, but he's a part-timer, just like John Cena. As of this writing, Samoa Joe is set to face Brock Lesnar for the WWE Universal Championship at the weirdly-named pay-per-view "Great Balls of Fire." Also, since Wrestlemania 33, Shinsuke Nakamura appeared on Smackdown and captivated fans across the US. Right now, he is one of six participants in the men's Money in the Bank ladder match at Money in the Bank. Also, I'm starting to like the Miz a lot more now.
He's a 7-time Intercontinental Champion. I like The Miz a lot more now because of what he did in the weeks preceding Wrestlemania, where he "exposed" John Cena and Nikki Bella for the frauds that they are. He told the truth in those promos. He's now on RAW. I'll give you a prediction based on what I've seen and researched. RAW viewership will fall below 2.5 million viewers before June ends, and to below 2.25 million viewers before Football Season begins. I predict a huge dropoff below the 2 million range before the end of 2017. I'll provide updates whenever I can.
Father's Day Update Part 2: Impact Wrestling edition.
Since this is the Impact Wrestling portion of the update, I'll get straight to the point. Since November 2016, TNA has done excellently. They've done Tag Team Apocalypto on December 15 for the Hardys (who are currently in WWE since they were unhappy with how TNA handled their contracts), They've introduced Race for the Case, Lashley defeated Eddie Edwards to win back the World Heavyweight Championship, and Anthem Sports revived TNA.
Then, on March 9, the new owners and wrestlers came and rebranded the company as Impact Wrestling. Then, on March 23, Karen Jarrett came to the company and thanked everyone. Over the ensuing weeks, GFW and Impact began to intermix until the two finally did merge. Now, Sienna is the only woman to hold both the Knockouts and the Global Force Wrestling Championships separately. The Latin American eXchange are dual tag team champions. Alberto El Patron has the GFW World Heavyweight Championship and is set to face Lashley for a title unification match at Slammiversary XV.
Rosemary and Sienna are going one-on-one for a title unification match at that event as well. On April 20, 2017, Low Ki and Sonjay Dutt returned to the ring and competed for Trevor Lee's X Division Championship. While competing, Low Ki unknowingly injured Dutt's right eye, rendering it completely swollen shut. On June 16, 2017, at 7:40 AM Mumbai time in Mumbai, India, Sonjay Dutt, a man whom many called the greatest X Division Wrestler to never win the X Division Championship, finally won the X Division Championship after 15 years of failing to capture the championship. I'll give you updates whenever I can.