I’ve been a wrestling fan for many years now, it’s something I’ve loved since my childhood and it’s something that’s carried on into my adult life, it also appears to be something that’s being passed down to my daughter as well. Over the years I’ve enjoyed many workers coming and going, watching what they do and giving respect where it’s deserved.
There are times where a gimmick is actually a really good thing in the business of pro wrestling, this weekend alone we have a pay per view focused around ladder matches for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and a briefcase holding a contract for a shot at said title anytime for a calendar year, but there comes a point where a gimmick goes just a bit too far.
You can call me a purist, a bit old school, whatever you choose but the biggest thing to me has always been that a company should allow the product it puts into the ring to do the talking for them above anything else. For better or worse this is why I’ve been a WWE fan for as long as I can remember, there’s a reason they’re the biggest company in the history of the business, and have been for as long as I can remember.
Over the last couple weeks there’s been a vote running in the supposed “competition” for WWE based in Orlando, that being TNA/Impact wrestling. When the company debuted their weekly Impact shows back in 2004 they also debuted a six sided ring, something not seen in the United States making them seem just a bit more unique than WWE with their traditional four sided ring. I’ll admit I’ve never been the biggest TNA fan, but this concept did draw my attention at first.
A few years back TNA took the step of bringing in Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff to try making the company into a legitimate threat to at least go head to head with the WWE Monolith. One of Hogan’s first moves was to make a ruling that the six sided ring must be taken away in favor of the more traditional four sided ring, much to the dismay of the TNA lifelong fans it was just a “sellout” move. Personally, I felt this was a good idea as it made the company look more legit.
With all that taken into consideration it’s a shame that TNA has never really been able to grasp that concept. This week the voting concluded with the 6-Sided ring being selected by their fans to be the focal point of TNA once again. This seems to be a last ditch effort from TNA to do something different especially in the face of the negative press predicting their demise of late. Once again TNA has decided that the shape of the ring is more important than the story told within said ring. I don’t care how many sides you have on your ring, if the work in the ring doesn’t up to expectations the company as a whole could be in trouble, but I’m sure TNA won’t have to worry about that too long, I mean we’ve already seen how well they’ve been doing at building stars…right?