The NWO formation, Goldberg, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Shane Douglas desecrating the old NWA title. All of these moments and characters were game changers in the world of wrestling. Each of these moments marked a point where the pendulum swung in the favour of that respective company. It is this type of moment which TNA so badly needs at this point in time.
The booking in TNA has become a lot more solid, consistent and logical over the past year. There has been a new star created in the form of “The Greatest Man That Ever Lived” Austin Aries. There has also been a shift in focus away from older stars like Sting towards the younger stars like James Storm and Bobby Roode. However the ratings have been very disappointing, especially when considering that TNA decided to go live and move an hour earlier in an attempt to attract more of the youth audience. This is why TNA needs to create a game changer.
The current Aces and Eights storyline is beginning to develop quite nicely with members only being revealed slowly, whilst seemingly decimating the roster one by one. Sure it’s an idea that stems from the NWO but it’s a recipe that can work if done correctly. Devon was an interesting if underwhelming reveal at Bound For Glory but we all realise he is not going to be the mastermind behind the rebel group. I believe TNA needs to have the leader be a massive surprise to create a real water cooler talking point. One person who could fit the bill would be Dixie Carter.
Dixie has always played the sickly sweet Southern belle who is forever the victim (The Immortal storyline and the recent AJ/Clare Lynch disaster). But the current “releases” of many TNA stalwarts like Devon, Matt Morgan and the ever popular Velvet Sky could be a reason for Carter to turn rogue and find her inner bitch. By creating Aces and Eights she can regain control of her company from Hulk Hogan, who let’s not forget took over TNA with Eric Bischoff through hostile means two years ago. Sure Sting ended uo regaining control for Dixie but in her eyes was it a case of the gate being closed once the horse has bolted? I can see D-Lo being another member of the “biker gang” who is ensuring more possible members get on the TNA roster (Christian York). He would be one of Dixie’s right hand men alongside Devon and maybe a returning Jeff Jarrett.
Another option for TNA’s game changer would be to buy a stake in the struggling ROH. The company still possesses some of the greatest in-ring perfromers in the world, despite its current financial difficulties. By becoming an owner of the company, a fantastic and believable invasion/crossover angle could occur. ROH could claim it created the two biggest names in wrestling today, CM Punk and Austin Aries, and deserves more respect. Whereas TNA could say it has become the only viable competition to WWE in the modern wrestling world. A dream match would be Aries vs Richards. This invasion would also enable a bitter Jim Cornette to make a return to the company he lost faith in. Cornette stripping pieces off Hogan and Dixie Carter would be TV worth watching.
My third option would be also tying in with Aces & Eights. It would involve creating a new behemoth of a babyface to be the figurehead of TNA’s response. An ideal candidate would be Jesse Sorensen. This guy managed to get over with many fans even when lumbered with an appallingly cheesy footballer persona. The guy already has the perfect come back story (thanks to his horrendous neck injury suffered in a match with Xema Ion), he is good looking and extremely athleticly gifted. All he needs is to learn to work the mic and to be correctly booked. He could be TNA’s biggest star.
These are just ideas. If any of you readers wants to add ideas of your own or critique mine, post below.