Just when I thought things were looking up, TNA goes ahead andre-hires Ed Ferrara.
If you have no idea who Ed Ferrara is, to make a long and tragic story short, he did a lot of work with Vince Russo in the WWF and was the guy who jumped to WCW with him in 1999…and everybody knows how that turned out. Aside from helping put the final nails in the coffin of a company that was the biggest in the world at one point, he’s also the worthless piece of garbage who playedOaklahoma,a character designed to make fun of Jim Ross right down to the Bell’s Palsy.
The reason this hiring makes me so angry isn’t that he mean-spiritedly mocked arguably the greatest announcer in the history of wrestling for no good reason 10 years ago, but rather that it can only be seen as a vote of confidence in Vince Russo and his booking style. Sure Impact has been pretty good the last few weeks, but that doesn’t undo the last 3 years nor does it change the fact that Russo and his ideas have been a failure everywhere they’ve gone unless Vince McMahon was there to keep them in check. As much as I’ve enjoyed the last few Impacts, I know that as long as Russo and company are in charge it’s only a matter of time until we’re right back to the stupidity again. History has shown that he just can’t help himself, and as soon as the turmoil dies down behind the scenes and the heat is off we’ll be watching 2 minute matches and nonsensical angles presented in the crash TV style he made famous, the style that makes sure that nothing has time to sink in or make an impact for lack of a better term on the viewer.
In spite of what I say most of the time, I really do want TNA to succeed. Wrestling needs competition, and that’s never been more apparent than it is now. Unfortunately as long as the company keeps going down Russo’s road to nowhere, that competition will never be known as TNA.