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Old 12-16-2016, 06:11 PM
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First of all, i want to state of the bat that i'm not really of fans of what the hardy'S are doing right now and i tend to fast foward all their vignette because i just can'T stand it. Having written that, i did try to watch the show last night and as much as i was hoping that i could get into it, i just couldn'T get into it at all and i gave up after the third match and what's the replay of 205 live that i had pvr earlier in the day instead.

But after listening a interview with jeremy borash on last sunday edition of the law and seeing the rating, it got me wondering if this is really what the futur of the business will look like in the next few years or if this is just a fade that will past as soon as something better comes along.
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Old 12-16-2016, 08:13 PM
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Total non stop deletion was awful! I was hoping for a good show. It might have been the worst wrestling show I have ever seen. I was embarrassed for the wrestlers! I like the broken Hardys thing but only in small doses. Perhaps I did not understand some of what was going on because I have only been watching the broken Hardys for a couple months. I don't know but it was awful. I expected a lot more.
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Old 12-16-2016, 08:25 PM
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Had to feel bad for the wrestlers obligated to appear but the swipe at HHH was classic but overall it was a farce.
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Old 12-16-2016, 08:55 PM
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I read KB's review of it and even though I had wanted to watch it, was kind of glad I didn't. Sounded like a right giant clusterfuck. If this is the way TNA is going then I feel sorry for them. Matt and Jeff maybe have been allowed just a little too much rope to run with here. Might be time to pull them back a little.
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Old 12-16-2016, 08:58 PM
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It's a fad. It's wildly popular right now (though it's also utterly polarizing), but I don't see years-long staying power here for the same reason we don't see even the most popular characters refusing to evolve or try new things two, four, six years into their runs.

Broken Matt is great, but he's done things like this in the past. They, too, reached an expiration date, which required him to move on to something else. Now, granted, this Broken Brilliance thing is more appreciated than his "cold-blooded" gimmick, complete with island-like braids, or even his "Matt Hardy Will Never Die" gimmick, but Broken Brilliance will also face its own mortality.

TNA is smart to keep striking at this while the iron is hot, but this isn't going to revolutionize their product. Rebranding might. Just look at the viewership numbers for all the proof you need here. TND and the Final Deletion did alright, but neither broke 500,000 viewers night-of. I'd argue that's largely due to the TNA brand itself being so utterly broken.
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Based on everything I've read, especially a good number of detailed reviews for the show, it comes off very much like a fad to me. Pop is one of the networks I don't have, so I didn't see the show. Based on what I've read from a lot of people online and from reading various reviews on wrestling sites, it didn't come off as something that I'd have enjoyed watching.

I give TNA credit for trying to think outside the box. However, if they were drawing in the low 1 million range, which they were usually doing during their most productive years on Spike, I don't think they'd resort to doing this because it comes off like a stunt. Back in July, the "Final Deletion" episode averaged about 410,000 viewers whereas last night's TND episode averaged 329,000 viewers, somewhere around 25% less than FD did and on the low end of what the show usually averages. So, it's not breaking down walls or anything when it comes to bringing up viewership.

Still, as I said, I give them credit for trying to do something different. At the same time though, I also don't think they had anything to lose and when you've got nothing to lose you sometimes just try for a Hail Mary.
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I didn't really liked TND this past Thursday.
I think the talent pool in TNA is really small.
They need to sign a lot more indy guys that don't work in Japan to exclusive contracts..that way the product we will be better and deeper.
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This Broken Matt stuff are best when they're isolated away from the roster. When you throw in all the boys in there, it becomes a mess and it makes everything look hyper fake.

It's fine if in Matt's own world all this stuff makes sense. At least then it's quarantined and we can just assume he's a nutjob. But it just doesn't work that well when the whole roster's in on it.

It was fine as a one-off type of deal, but this will hardly revolutionize anything. It's great for Matt and Jeff, it's great for TNA in a way, but it's not "the new way to watch wrestling" or anything remotely close to that.

What it did show is that over the top things can be entertaining as hell. It definitely did something that's never been done before. But, like any good thing in wrestling, please don't oversaturate the product with something that works.

Wrestling companies do that. Something works in its own world and then they decide to shove it in every segment, every show, every social media post, to the point where we feel abused by it and it loses whatever entertainment value it has. Because it's pushed on us. "Like this more! It works!"

That's not how it should be. The best way to do wrestling is when you have a number of angles, like the Matt Hardy one, that just work in their own world and they're isolated in their own environments. If they mix, it's very quick and very subtle. Otherwise it'll blow in everyone's face and ruin a good thing.

For example, I fucking love pizza. But if I ate pizza every single day for the next month, I wouldn't want to even think of it because it'll make me gag. TV content is the same. Do it smart, and it'll work. Shove it down our throats and we'll lynch you for it.

So far the Broken Matt stuff have been done well. Small slice of pizza there, one whole pizza one week - it's fine, there's still variety. TND was basically getting served 5 different kinds of pizzas in a 2 hour span and you were forced to eat it all because you like pizza. Nah, man. Too much pizza, I don't care if it's varied.
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I watched it but ended up just jumping to the main event.

I think filming at the Hardy compound is fine if it's only one match, I would have been more interested if it was just the Tag-Team Apocalypto match.

The whole broken character still has legs and is interesting, but I think TNA is trying this concept too much and the novelty is wearing off.
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They need to reign the Hardy's in before TNA loses all credibility.
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