Originally Posted by Papa Pillman
I don't think this is accurate. Yes people tune in to see Hogan, Hardy and Angle, and when he's around they tune in to see Sting. But along with those guys, I think just as many people also tune in to see AJ, Daniels/Kaz, Roode, Aries, Joe, Storm etc. Hell, I bet if we really looked at quarterly ratings breakdowns that slightly more people are tuning in to see Aries at this point than any of the former WWE/WCW guys you mentioned.
So to assert that TNA isn't capable of building characters of interest that weren't already established mainstream stars is just flat wrong.
If they were drawings 1.5's when Hardy, Angle, etc. were on screen, then dropping to 0.5's when the TNA built guys came out then you would have a point, but that simply isn't the case.
As for the topic itself... We just had an identical thread about three weeks ago. So I'll reiterate the same points:
Guys like Aries, Hardy, Styles, Storm, Roode, Kaz, Ryan, Morgan, Anderson, and Joe mostly have atleast five or even ten years left.
It is likely that the guys who will be the next wave of TNA stars once most of the current guys decline probably aren't even on the roster yet.
It isn't as if the WWE has already fully depleted the Indy ranks of its young talent, preventing TNA from finding more future pieces.
There are lots of top Indy stars still in their twenties who may have no interest in TNA for now but once they have accomplished their indy goals, or have been passed up by the WWE, TNA may become an option. Especially if TNA continues to grow as a company and can begin offering more monetary security than touring the country on the indy's offers.
ROH alone has a roster full under 30: Adam Cole, Kyle O'Reilly, Eddie Edwards, Davey Richards, Micheal Elgin, the Briscoes, Cedric Alexander, or Roderick Strong for example. All could one day fit that mold of a guy wanting to try TNA, like King has recently or like Aries did a couple years ago. And that doesn't mention the other 20 somethings in Chikara, PWG, Dragon Gate etc. like Sami Callihan, Willie Mack, Brian Cage, Chuck Taylor, Tony Neese, TJ Perkins, and so on. The Indy circuit is full of the guys who will likely flesh out the main roster over the next several years.
There is clearly no need to panic. If we are having this same conversation four or five years from now, and TNA is still featuring basically the exact same crop of talent that they are currently, then it will be time to get concerned.