TNA has been heavily criticized over the past few years for relying too heavily on WWE stars to bring in viewers. But the company seems to be making a change as 2015 saw the rise of EC3 and other new stars within the company. When talking to The Associated Press about Impact’s debut on POP TV, TNA World Champion Ethan Carter III said that he doesn’t think big stars are what people want to see in TNA.
“As far as competing head on with WWE, they’re top dog in the game. We need to provide an alternative and focus on ourselves. I don’t think signing big names in wrestling is what fans are interested in as much as seeing new characters develop into something out of nothing.” Carter said.
It certainly seems that the company is headed in that direction as EC3 is once again the World Champion and Mike Bennett along with his wife Maria Kanellis had a pretty noteworthy debut during the Impact premiere on POP TV.