Noted Bleacher Report columnist Akvar Minondes ripped TNA President Dixie Carter for failing to sign former ECW owner and WWE Smackdown head writer Paul Heyman earlier this year.
In his column, which is the most widely read MMA / Wrestling blog on Bleacher, Minondes writes "TNA is a laughing stock as pay per view debacle proves Paul Heyman was the answer."
Minondes continues with a rant against Carter’s failure to give "Dana White" -like authority to the controversial Heyman. He writes:
"Sunday night’s TNA pay per view was a complete disaster. How much longer can Panda Energy fund this sinking ship? With Dixie Carter’s mother Janice now overseeing the spending, how much longer can Bob Carter allow the bleeding to go on? How long until Spike TV executives Doug Herzog, Kevin Kay and Brian Diamond are sick of seeing their network resources squandered by Hulk Hogan, Eric Bischoff and Vince Russo?
A few months ago, the talk of the pro wrestling world was Dixie Carter’s pursuit of The Mad Scientist himself, Paul Heyman. The former owner/operator of ECW, whose character creations and development spearheaded pro wrestling’s 1990s boom period, understands network politics and family-controlled enviroments, since he was also the head writer for WWE Smackdown. Heyman’s run as Smackdown’s head writer was perhaps the most critically acclaimed era for the show, and while Raw was running angles like HHH having sex with the corpse of Katie Vick, Smackdown was kicking ass with Brock Lesnar, Los Guerreros, Chris Benoit, Kurt Angle, Edge, and Rey Mysterio. Heyman also took advantage of the developmental system and was the 1st to call John Cena to the main roster.
Even when something is done very well, like the Team 3-D Retirement Match, it’s watered down because of how many fake stipulations Bischoff and Russo have burned through. Seeing Sabu forced out right afterwards was depressing, not emotional. Tommy Dreamer should have retired with the closing of the original ECW. He doesn’t belong in a wrestling ring anymore. He’s slow, awkward, and a bad worker. He works hard, but that’s all he has. He’s a buzzkill.
The finishes are convoluted and contrived, The constant mentioning of Dixie and her family is so obvious a carny shell game, and yet the blind boss just doesn’t understand she’s being played by these charlatans."
As of this posting, Heyman has not commented on the story, which has prominent placement on Google today for those searching pro wrestling. There’s also a poll, which asks fans how much longer TNA will be in business, with very interesting feedback from the fans reading the story. There’s also a discussion about Heyman’s interview with AOL Fanhouse MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani in the late summer in which he spelled out his plans for TNA. You can read the entire blog HERE.