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Impact Wrestlers EC3, Lashley, Spud (plus Borash) Will Improve WWE

Impact Wrestling Stars  EC3, Lashley, Spud, and announcer Jeremy Borash set To  Improve, Influence WWE Now and After WrestleMania KOP breaks it down.
Plus, more on Enzo Amore, Braun Strowman, Elimination Chamber and a rant about Ronda Rousey’s entrance into WWE.

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Jeff Jarrett and Global Force Wrestling Invade TNA…For Future Talent

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Jeff Jarrett’s appearance and the idea of a Global Force Wrestling Invasion of Impact Wrestling are supposedly meant to help a wrestling company on life support, but we should all really see what is happening with this move.

I think TNA President Dixie Carter is trying to do right by her contracted talent by allowing Jeff Jarrett to be on hand to make a smooth talent transition for wrestlers to make their way into a new wrestling organization by a familiar face to many.

Wednesday’s hot-shot booked live Impact Wrestling broadcast looked desperate with appearances by the likes of Jarrett, a blown-up and out-of-shape embarrassment in Vader and Matt Morgan.

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Can’t really blame Double JJ for taking the opportunity and swallowing his pride by taking an invite to scout which TNA talent he can secure for GFW tapings after TNA loses their Destination America timeslot.

I look at it as Jeff is looking out for the guys that help him build TNA from the ground up and making sure they are looked after. Eric Young, James Storm, Magnus and maybe even wrestlers like Ethan Carter III, Lashley, MVP, The Hardys, The Wolves, the X-Division and the Knockouts. If he can’t afford bringing in talent from Japan and Mexico to fill his empty house shows, why not go after the talent to do the same thing he did back in 2002. Start up another wrestling company and hopefully get it right this time. -KOP

Impact Wrestling Has Finally Started to Learn From Past Mistakes

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From the first tapings at the Manhattan Center in New York City last June, Impact Wrestling and TNA overall finally started to make the very long and arduous turn back to becoming a better wrestling promotion. They have started to make the turn back into a respectable promotion and have stopped the bleeding of negativity that have clotted  the company since the promising days of the 60-minute adrenaline rush.

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Ironically, TNA is back to where it was back in 2006, but they have basically not made any progress. I’m not going to list all the mistakes this company has made: Hogan/Bischoff, Vince Russo, Aces and Eights, Immortal , Orlando Jordan, we remeber and cringe at them all.

Remember when Mick Foley was general manager during the rebranding of Impact Wrestling with the slogan, “Where Wrestling Matters”, and only years later that the promotion has inadvertently gone back to an old school philosophy.

The World Heavyweight title picture has had Lashley holding the belt for 256 days, restoring validity and prestige back to the belt. Kurt Angle as new world champion only reinforces the importance of the title in the company. The Wolves as tag team title holders got elevated with the titles given all of their great matches with Team 3D and the Hardys. Even with the forfeit of their belts last week, TNA has been smart to give a lot of focus to a tag team tournament to crown new champions by including some of their main event talent in the mix including the Hardys, EC3 and Austin Aries.  Then there’s the Knockout title picture with a returning Awesome Kong, Gail Kim and champion Taryn Terrell.

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Promos and backstage segments have been scaled back and more TV time is spent in the ring. TNA has made the most of a huge step back from getting dropped by Spike TV and landing on Destination America. They have used their roster effectively, they have cut costs from the taping schedule to the elimination of house shows.

Although they have lost more than half of their audience from the TV move, TNA does have a chance to monetize from their situation by coming back to pay per view for Slammiversary this summer and Bound for Glory in the fall.

TNA has been very smart with their booking of their television show and more notably their main event matches each week, they are well positioned to make some waves with a limited number of live pay-per-views once again.

Staying the current course, TNA’s growth back to a million viewers from last year will probably take more than a year, but at least their course is back on track. -KOP