The Hot Topic: WWE vs TNA
By Scott Reid
Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome once again to The Hot Topic, where we take a look at the big news in wrestling which is splitting the opinions of fans, and ask you, the readers, what you think.
This week, we take a look at the debate of which company is currently producing the better product: WWE or TNA? Both companies have been on a roll in recent months, with their PPVs exceeding fans expectations, and their weekly shows putting far more of an emphasis on in-ring action. However, which company is standing tall above the other? The McMahon Empire of WWE, or Dixie Carter’s Total Nonstop Action Wrestling? Let’s take a look.
World Wrestling Entertainment and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling are currently two of the biggest company names in the world of wrestling. Each with a wealth of great talent at their disposal, and a global audience tuned in to their programming each and every week, WWE and TNA have both seen massive popularity boosts in the last few years. While WWE has a legacy dating back to 1952, it, like most companies, has seen periods of decreased popularity and interest from fans. TNA, a company which only has 10 years of experience under its belt, has slowly been clawing its way to the top levels of the wrestling world, gathering more and more fans each day. Now, however, both companies seem to be in a state of increased popularity, with fans being more excited about both WWE and TNA than they have in recent years, and this may be down to a change in programming by both companies. But who is currently producing the all-round best wrestling product?
Many fans would say that, at the moment, WWE is producing the best product. In recent months, and for the first time in a while, Monday Night Raw has been a must-watch show for wrestling fans. When it was announced that Raw would be extended to a three-hour show, fans were originally hesitant, however, the expansion has really given WWE an opportunity to focus more on in-ring action. Viewers are being treated to a greater number of matches than would normally be seen on the two-hour broadcast, while still being given plenty of promos to keep the storylines fresh and exciting. And speaking of storylines, fans have certainly not been disappointed by WWE when it comes to quality feuds involving the biggest superstars in recent months. CM Punk and John Cena have once again been locking horns in a heated battle for respect, Triple H was embroiled in a brutal feud with Brock Lesnar, and Daniel Bryan and Kane have gone from destroying one and other, to using their issues to claim the WWE Tag Team Championships. Whether it’s been violent, or personal, or funny, WWEs recent storylines have certainly been keeping the fans entertained and wanting more, and the WWE superstars themselves have been stepping up their game both in the ring, and outside of it, to give the fans the best show possible.
WWEs recent Pay-Per-Views have also been positively received by fans. This year’s Money in The Bank and Summerslam shows received extremely positive reviews from fans, and Night of Champions, which took place only a few nights ago, is already being regarded as one of the best PPVs of the year, due to its emphasis on quality in-ring work, and a lack of unnecessary mic-time and social network advertising. Main evented by John Cena vs. CM Punk in a fantastic WWE Championship match, and sporting a full card of great matches, Night of Champions is a shining example of the right direction that WWE appears to be going in, and why fans are once again excited about the WWE product.
Some fans, however, would say that TNA is delivering the best wrestling product to the viewer’s recently. TNAs weekly show, Impact Wrestling, has kept fans gripped in the last few months. This is absolutely due in part to their phenomenal roster, and the fantastic matches that the wrestlers have been competing in, week after week. Stars like Austin Aries, Bully Ray, and Jeff Hardy have been continually performing at a truly brilliant standard, and as a result, have been delivering matches that have kept fans tuning into Impact Wrestling each week. However, a large part of TNAs recent success is the current Aces & Eights storyline, and the Bound for Glory Series tournament which came to a close a few weeks ago at No Surrender. The Bound for Glory Series to determine a #1 contender for the Heavyweight championship has kept fans on the edge of their seats, as there has been no clear winner throughout the tournament, and with the scoreboard ever changing, viewers have been making sure not to miss a second of it. Jeff Hardy went on to win the tournament after defeating Bully Ray at No Surrender, with the fans gripped right up until the final 3-count. The Aces & Eights story, however, has grabbed fans attention not because they want to see how it will end, but because they want to see what will happen next. The rebellious army of invaders has been running rampant throughout TNA for months now, and viewers have loved every second of it, watching the masked villain’s contend with the TNA roster each week. While this storyline has been going on for a while now, it has certainly kept the attention of the fans, and has made for some very exciting programming indeed.
So what do you think? Has WWE been producing the best wrestling product for fans in recent months? Or has TNA stepped up and proven that it can be the best in wrestling programming?
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