Saturday, 21 June 2014

The Wrong Ends by the Wrong Means

#6sides or #4sides?

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That's what TNA asked on their Twitter feed this week. Apparently, they want us to choose what their wrestlers will be performing in.

Of course, there are benefits and drawbacks to both ring set-ups.

For example, a six-sided ring is unique and eye-catching, but could come across as gimmicky.

And a four-sided ring is easier to recognise, but doesn't particularly stand out.

Do I have a preference? Naturally.

I voted for the six-sided ring because it's what TNA had when I first started watching. And I'm a stubborn curmudgeon with nostalgia goggles.

Do you prefer the classic six sides? Or the more traditional four sides?

It doesn't matter. There's a more important question that needs asking.

Should we the fans be the one who decide this?

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Now I'm not saying that we aren't important. Without fans, a wrestling company is not going far.

But without wrestlers, a wrestling company doesn't exist at all. So it should be the highest priority to make sure that the talent are happy.

You know, the men and women actually using that using that four-sided or six-sided ring.

And TNA employees and alumni have mixed opinions on six sides.

On Wednesday, Chris Sabin said on Twitter that he liked it.

But then you've got Austin Aries, who does not.

Aries said on his Facebook page that he found it harder to move around and less forgiving on the body.

And AJ Styles appears on the fence.

He said on Chris Jericho's "Talk is Jericho" podcast that he preferred the six-sided ring.

Image © Tabercil via Wikimedia Commons.

But he also admitted that taking a Kurt Angle belly-to-belly suplex on a four-sided ring was pillow soft in comparison.

And that is important. More important than whether the six-sided ring looks unique. More important than nostalgia for TNA's past.

If a six-sided ring causes more pain and is less fun for the wrestlers to use, there is no reason that we should switch from the four sides.

And that's why TNA shouldn't leave this decision in the hands of us fans.

I'm willing to bet 90% of us don't wrestle. I know I don't.

We don't know what it's like to perform in any kind of wrestling ring, four-sided or otherwise.

So how can we accurately weigh up the pros and cons of either set-up when we can't judge how it is for the performers themselves?

Simple. We can't.

And so we shouldn't.

As Aries put it on his Facebook page, this is people who don't wrestle letting people who don't wrestle decide what he has to wrestle in.

Image © Mike Kalasnik via Flickr.

Doesn't that sound ridiculous to you?

It's like a non-engineer asking another non-engineer how best to set up a work station for an engineer. It's a waste of time and potentially dangerous.

So whether you prefer #6sides or #4sides, it shouldn't matter.

We shouldn't be the ones deciding this anyway.

TNA, please. Don't ask us about this.

Ask your talent.

It's their livelihoods and their bodies. It should be their choice.

– Stark

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