I have just finished watching the most insanely beautiful two hours of television I think I will ever see. From Total Nonstop Action, Impact Wrestling presents Total Nonstop Deletion!
The wrestling industry is filled with stories of organizations who, when their backs were against the wall, thought of the craziest things they could imagine in the hopes of bringing back their audience. During 1996 to 1997, the WWE was trailing their competitor WCW in the ratings, almost getting to the point where the company went bankrupt. Yet after changing the tone of the show from a family friendly enterprise to cutting edge, adult material, they were able to quickly close the gap and eventually win what was called the Monday Night War.
Fast forward to 2016. The TNA organization has had some ups and downs that would have sunk countless companies before them. With money woes that have seen the company get sued many times over, the future of the organization is in serious doubt. Yet they have one shining light that could lead them out of the wilderness.
“Broken” Matt Hardy.
Total Nonstop Deletion is the culmination of an almost year long story that saw Matt Hardy go insane, becoming the “Broken” Matt character. To try and describe the character would not do him justice. Add to it the sheer dedication he’s had, keeping in character during interviews as well as on social media, and you just have to admire the passion he’s bringing.
The main event of Total Nonstop Deletion was the Tag Team Apocalypto Match for the TNA Tag Team Championships. Taking place on the Hardy compound, we see the teams fighting near a volcano (don’t ask), fighting near a river, fighting in front of a country store, fighting on a city street. Roman Candles are used as weapons.
The biggest pleasure you’ll get from the show is the humor. From pulling off the in ring debut of Matt Hardy’s one year old son Maxel, to having Brother Nero (Jeff Hardy) face off against a kangaroo, to Shane Helms reliving his days as a member of the faction 3 Count in WCW as well as bringing back Hurricane Helms. (Fact: The Hurricane Helms character first debuted in the WWE on August 27th, 2001 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a show I was in attendance for!) There’s even a joke at the expense of Triple H, the Vice President of Talent Relations for the WWE.
This is a must watch show. It is a brilliant, insane masterpiece. But I caution TNA. You want to do everything you can to maximize everything Matt Hardy is doing for your brand but you also don’t want to over expose the character and some of the craziness he’s brought to their show. Leave the fans wanting more. If a show like this were done week in and week out, it would grow old quite fast. With that, please, go out of your way and watch Total Nonstop Deletion! You will not regret it.