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Vince Russo removed as head writer!

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October 7th, 2011, 11:08 am #1

So I read last night on 411mania that Vince Russo has been removed as TNA Head Writer. He's still on the writing team, but now he's working under Bruce Prichard. This can only be a positive thing for TNA and it's looooong overdue (Russo was hired back as head writer around this time in 2006). I'm wondering if this change actually happened a month or so ago, because lately Impact Wrestling has been pretty watchable. I figured it had something to do with them finally taking themselves seriously due to building Bound For Glory, but damn if it doesn't actually feel like a wrestling show now. I'm digging the build for Angle/Roode, Austin Aries as X Champion, Kid Kash feuding with Jesse Sorensen, James Storm in general, and even Samoa Joe looks like a threat again.

Could things be turning around creatively for TNA? Or is this just a fluke where they had a couple of good tapings, Bound for Glory will suck ass, and things will be back to Nitro circa 2000 before I know it?
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October 7th, 2011, 12:40 pm #2

I was thinking last night that Impact was incredibly watchable compared to, say, a month ago. I chalked it up to the show being on the road, but this makes sense as well. I like the direction of the show, but I'm wary of Prichard being head of creative AND talent relations. That seems like too much power/work for one person. Unless he becomes something like "head of wrestling operations.".
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October 7th, 2011, 5:00 pm #3

I don't hate Russo as much as most people. Not saying he is great or even very good, but I don't think he is as bad as people say

that being said, TNA was crappy lately, so this is a good change, for now at least

And being head booker/writer for 5 years is a long time, time for new blood

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October 8th, 2011, 6:41 pm #4

A few months ago I was watching about 10 minutes of Impact and then deleting the episode from my DVR. Now I'm sitting through 85% of the show and actually looking foward to the next episode.

Something is up.
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October 15th, 2011, 11:29 am #5

I just read that Dave Lagana has signed with TNA. Lagana is the former head writer of Smackdown (I believe from around the 2004-2006 era) and was the head writer of ECW after they canned Heyman (so think around the New Breed stretch of that show). He has since worked with Ring of Honor and hosts the popular I Want Wrestling podcast and website.

He's proven himself to have a smart wrestling mind on his podcast, which I listen to frequently, so this can only mean more good things for TNA. Apparently, his job there involves looking at ways to branch out TNA for more television shows, rather than jumping in on writing Impact as of right now.
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February 16th, 2012, 11:09 pm #6

Just found out that Vince Russo is officially gone from TNA completely now. It looks as though Dave Lagana is being added to the Impact creative team, as his work on the India Ring Ka King project has been well received.

This is the best news I've seen from TNA in ages.
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February 17th, 2012, 2:13 am #7

SamoaRowe,Feb 16 2012 wrote: Just found out that Vince Russo is officially gone from TNA completely now. It looks as though Dave Lagana is being added to the Impact creative team, as his work on the India Ring Ka King project has been well received.

This is the best news I've seen from TNA in ages.
Russo completely gone and Lagana is taking over? That's fantastic news! Hopefully TNA can turn the corner now and take on the right direction they need.
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February 17th, 2012, 10:23 pm #8

Viceroy Virus,Feb 16 2012 wrote:
SamoaRowe,Feb 16 2012 wrote: Just found out that Vince Russo is officially gone from TNA completely now. It looks as though Dave Lagana is being added to the Impact creative team, as his work on the India Ring Ka King project has been well received.

This is the best news I've seen from TNA in ages.
Russo completely gone and Lagana is taking over? That's fantastic news! Hopefully TNA can turn the corner now and take on the right direction they need.
Well, Bruce Prichard is still head of creative, but Lagana is joining the team. That's progress. Though, if I were to spend enough time looking back, the Smackdown product under Lagana wasn't setting the world on fire, back in the day.

But at least it wasn't a hideous clusterfuck of nonsense like TNA has been over the past five years.
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February 18th, 2012, 6:53 pm #9

SamoaRowe,Feb 17 2012 wrote:
Viceroy Virus,Feb 16 2012 wrote:
SamoaRowe,Feb 16 2012 wrote: Just found out that Vince Russo is officially gone from TNA completely now. It looks as though Dave Lagana is being added to the Impact creative team, as his work on the India Ring Ka King project has been well received.

This is the best news I've seen from TNA in ages.
Russo completely gone and Lagana is taking over? That's fantastic news! Hopefully TNA can turn the corner now and take on the right direction they need.
Well, Bruce Prichard is still head of creative, but Lagana is joining the team. That's progress. Though, if I were to spend enough time looking back, the Smackdown product under Lagana wasn't setting the world on fire, back in the day.

But at least it wasn't a hideous clusterfuck of nonsense like TNA has been over the past five years.
Either way, it's not Russo in charge.
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