Many TNA fans and critics have found themselves, for better or for worse, comparing the current TNA product with the defunct wrestling promotion of WCW. There are numerous examples of how these two companies are very similar. And, these similarities have not gone unnoticed in the TNA locker room. Wrestling legend, Sting, was a major star of WCW and continues to thrive as a star in TNA. In fact, the similarities between the two companies is what has kept him with TNA. According to a March 15 report by PWTorch.com, Sting made the following comments about TNA and WCW:
"It's the same answer every time - the brand. I just love the brand. It reminded me of the old-school WCW days and actually launching Monday Nitro and becoming the talk of the town, then the talk of the world. I saw the same kind of potential here with this group of guys, and everyone behind-the-scenes, as well."
Sting would also go on to tell KISS radio station, in Jonesboro, that he loves the crowd and it continues to keep him wrestling.
Sting was a key element in the global success of WCW. His role in the mid-to-late 90's was a catalyst for WCW's rise in popularity over the WWE. Sting battled Hulk Hogan and the NWO for several years, as that storyline propelled everyone involved into superstardom, fame and piles of cash.
Currently, Sting finds himself fighting another evil force known as The Aces & 8's. However, this time, he's been on the same side with Hogan. And like WCW circa 1996, TNA also has a character that's walking the shadows with unknown intentions or alliances.
AJ Styles made his return on the March 14 episode of Impact Wrestling and he attacked both the heel tag-team of Bad Influence and the good-guy cowboy James Storm. He furthers his mysterious ways in last night's taped episode of Impact, which will air on Thursday March 21. AJ refused to answer what he's doing back in TNA. He also refused to explained what happened while he was gone for the last several months.
It should be no surprise that TNA is similar to WCW because the men that made it so popular back in the 90's (Sting, Hogan and Eric Bischoff) are running TNA now. It's a case of going back to what worked the first time. Let's just hope that TNA doesn't end the same way WCW did, which was being put out of business by the WWE.
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