View Full Version : Dusty Rhodes no longer TNA booker
05-10-2005, 06:42 PM
According to pwinsider.com, Dusty Rhodes is no longer the head booker for TNA. The source reports that TNA management wanted Rhodes to work with a booking committee, instead Rhodes decided to step down. Despite the demotion, Rhodes is expected to remain with the company as the Director of Authority. Rhodes assumed the role of TNA booker shortly after the Victory Road PPV back in November.
05-10-2005, 09:41 PM
Lets see..... a new CEO a few weeks ago and now a new booker. The wind blows with change. I give it 6 months and if no significant success, the Carters euthanize TNA.
05-10-2005, 09:46 PM
I'm surprised it took this long.
05-10-2005, 10:30 PM
Its ashame too, because WWE needs some competition. Without any real competition, they are free to push Triple H to the moon. Notice all they do now is focus on H as champion, or him trying to get the belt back. Without competition, they can do that and not have to worry about fans flipping over to another network.
The only way we can be saved at all from that crap is for some billionaire to decide to get back in like Ted Turner did. Someone with the money and power to compete with Vince. Only then will the competition force WWE to focus on someone other than Triple H.
We can all hope cant we?
Yeah, we're not just hoping...we're praying. Although, I'm not holding my breath. Unless TNA gets a better tv deal, they're dead in the water, no matter what Panda chooses to do.
05-11-2005, 11:42 AM
I just don't see anyone getting big enough to be a nationwide threat to the WWE in the future. Lets not forget that the old NWA/Georgia Championship/Crockett tv was always in debt and when Turner bought it he kept it alive out of loyalty. The serious money was made and then lost under Bishoffs tenure.
Regional promotions might have made money and had local tv but nobody has come close to making the kind of money McMahon made nationally. He rolled the dice and won with Wrestlemania but it was off of 3 characters that get got rich: Hogan, Austin, Rock.
If the WWE were to crumbling, I think U.S. wrestling on a national scale would be dead forever. Regional wrestling might actually pick back up and local tv might be possible. But, I just can't see anyone pumping the kind of money in that it takes to succeed nationally and the tv/cable networks don't really seem to want wrestling anymore. Panda has lost 20 million and can't get decent tv. So, we have to ask ourselves what it takes to become a true national WWE competitor--50 million plus tv? Nobody will be willing to take that much money and invest in wrestling. The only way it makes sense is if the tv network owned it ala Turner to where there is a symbiotic relationship between the network, advertising and the programming.
Could even the WWE survive without major tv and the money the tv rights brings in? House shows are not good and ppvs draw because of tv promotion. Had no tv picked up the WWE, Vince might have been financially smarter to sell the company for whatever he could get, liquidate assets and put his money in the bank rather than spend 3 years watching the business die trying to survive on dwindling ppv. But, he does have tv and did monster business with Wrestlemania so he continues to rule the monopoly.
05-11-2005, 04:06 PM
This just my opinion....
TNA could get nationwide and challenge WWE, or I should say could have....but they cut off their own nose just to spite their face...
Everytime TNA gets some momentum....they kill it off because apparently Jeff wants to be the biggest star in the company. When TNA started, it was the X division that was hot and people were talking about, what did Jeff do, put himself over Lynn, Daniels, and AJ, then brought in Waltman as the champ...
Raven came in, the Raven/Jarrett title match was one of their biggest selling ppvs....Jeff not only puts himself over Raven but he beat up the entire ECW faction...then later that summer shaved Raven's hair...he replaced the ECW guys, who were over w/ the Harris Brothers and Disco...
I don't care much for him, but Jeff Hardy has a big fan base, so what does Jarrett do, he beats him and moves Hardy to midcard, and then fills the entire top of the card w/ Nash, DDP, Waltman, Gunn, I mean it's terrible..
Then Monty Brown was getting over big time...what's he do.....he beats him and then turns him heel for no apparent reason other than Brown was getting to big..
Jarrett has beat every person in the lockerroom including the tag teams, over tag teams aren't safe, AMW, who in their right mind would break them up just to beat both of them...Jeff Jarrett...
When you have a guy who thinks fans screaming "please drop the belt we really hate you..." is good heel heat...you have a problem..
ROH probably will never go nationwide but they are the best thing going today, in my opinion. For a company to make it big they have to develop new stars and not feature all the rejects that the WWE gets rid of.
05-11-2005, 06:24 PM
Now TNA is going to lose Monty Brown..
- Monty Brown is on the verge of starting negotiations with WWE
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