Posted by TNA Wrestling News Staff on Jul 8, 2014
Former WWE Talent Rips TNA For Their Six-Sided Ring

Former WWE Talent Rips TNA For Their Six-Sided Ring

Former WWE, WCW and ECW talent Lance Storm recently wrote a blog on where he says it’s a bad idea for TNA to bring back their six-sided ring. Storm wrote:

“The first and obvious fact is that the 6 sided ring is stiffer. Now granted I’ve never worked in a 6 Sided ring but I’ve spoke to many who have and they say unanimously that when they switched from the hexagon to the square ring the ring was significantly softer. Creating a 6 sided ring is more mechanically challenging and constructing a floor that gives well is much easily accomplished with only 4 sides. A stiffer ring means 1 of 2 things are going to happen, the boys will either have to tone down their style taking either fewer or less dramatic bumps, or they are going to have to put up with increased damage to their bodies which will eventually lead to more injuries and potentially increased dependency on pain killers. Neither of these options are a good thing and this alone illustrates how this particular decision should not be made by people in the company who don’t have to work in it.

Another factor that no one seems to be aware of is that the 6 Sided ring doesn’t shoot as well for television, and TNA Impact Wrestling is becoming more and more a Television wrestling company. Why doesn’t is shoot well for TV you ask? Well it’s quite obvious if you sit down and think about it a little. When you set the ring up for TV you need to have a clear view from the Hard Camera (the stationary camera used for most if not all distance shoots). To get the best view you have to put a flat side of the ring facing the hard camera. In a square ring you then have flat sides along the right and left side of your TV screen. This allows the majority of your running spots etc. to run side to side on your screen, which is the best angle to shoot most spots.”

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21 Responses to “Former WWE Talent Rips TNA For Their Six-Sided Ring”

  1. Tiffanydude says:

    Not really ripping, he's just giving his opinion. I agree TNA shouldn't have changed the ring but hopefully the ring boosts up views, but I highly doubt it.

    • oh0K says:

      Id bet the ratings may see a boost, and they'll say see six sides did bring viewers. However I believe the boost will be due to filming in ny

  2. Ringmaster44 says:

    Changing isn't going to make anything better, the only thing they need to do is allow their good wrestlers time to have actual matches over 3 to 5 minute exhibitions every time, and allow better variety of feuds. That's all you need is simple yet well done exciting feuds and stories along with great wrestling and matches.

  3. tna4life says:

    All TNA needs to do is to add addition padding to the ring and go from there. Problem Solved !!

    • OldManEaston says:

      it is a myth that wrestling rings are padded to begin with. They are not, I can assure you. At best there is a thin layer of foam, that is so small it doesn't really do anything but, prevent the mat from being torn to hell by the plywood and wrestlers scratched to hell in the same way. It offers virtually nothing in the way of cushion. You can't add much more because then you would alter the integrity of not only the visual presentation, but it would make it actually more dangerous to work in. If you have ever walked on a thick layer of foam, you would know how hard it is to get your footing and balance, let alone trying to perform wide open on this type of surface. All you would be doing is causing more ankle and knee injuries in the long run.

      • Orlando013 says:

        I'm going to have to disagree with you on that one. I have stepped into both the 4-sided and 6-sided rings and the 6-sided ring that TNA featured was much softer. My kids and I felt like we were walking on a soft bed when we entered the 6-sided ring to get a picture with A.J. Styles holding the World title. The 4-sided ring I stood in was back in the WCW days when they had a similar promotion for fans taking pictures with the Nitro Girls. The ropes are obviously stiffer though, and I noticed it by just climbing in. So I can imagine how it will affect the wrestlers.

        • OldManEaston says:

          I am not sure what you are disagreeing about, because I have never been in a TNA ring and I wasn't talking about them in particular. Just wrestling rings in general. None of them are particularly padded. All of them have a little bit of give when you walk on them (some more than others), but they are not particularly soft. Take a bump on one and you would see what I am talking about. You have to learn to properly bump or you WILL hurt yourself. It is not like falling on a trampoline, a bed or even one of those Greco-Roman wrestling pads. That is why in any credible school, it is the first thing you are forced to learn. As far as TNA rings go, I only know what wrestlers have said, and that consensus is that it is was a stiff ring. Other than that they appeared to be stiff based on the sound, but a lot of that goes in to how they place the mics, and is not definitive.

          • Orlando013 says:

            I understand what you are saying and agree with you about taking bumps. I'm just stating that I have stepped into a TNA 6-sided ring and it is considerably more padded than the standard 4-sided ring I stood in with WCW's ring. Your statement seemed to generalize all rings so that all I was referring too. Either way, TNA needs to keep focusing on their talent and utilize them to the best of their abilities with good storylines. Easier said than done…:)

          • Philly_Cheese says:

            Some rings are more padded than others. I've been in rings where there was nearly no padding, and others where you can take bumps on it all day and not be in pain. Given that being said, it's very possible for the ring to be less stiff than what people are assuming. TNA started using the 6 sided ring for recordings lately, and we haven't seen any major complaints since, which says a lot. I think a lot of the wrestlers who didn't want it worked in Mexico at some point, and those rings are infamous for being horridly stiff.

  4. The Broodwich says:

    F@ck fear drink beer

  5. JoeWrestling says:

    Why is toning down their style a bad thing? Also, how is it going to eventually lead to more injuries since I thought they were going out of business, and or will be releasing said wrestler soon. If TNA is so bad as guys like this keep saying, isn't this better for their long term career because they will quit. Problem solved. You are worried about TV production.. UFC has a cage, and that cage horribly ruins visibility by all too.. they aren't going to change to a 4 sided boxing ring like other MMA just for better viewing angles. Besides, you'd have an even better view if you removed the ropes completely, so just do that then, since ref doesn't want you in the ropes.. people get hurt even more jumping off ropes, keep them on the ground nice and safe and great visibility. Problem solved. Get rid of the fans too, since all that cheering is just encouraging them to do reckless things they wouldn't otherwise do, and is causing injuries. In other words, the argument isn't about safety or production, just about keeping it the same as everyone else.

  6. hangers says:

    I've never watched him, but my friends say he was really boring and unimaginative during his time in WWE

    • Cezar_TheScribe says:

      Lance Storm is one of the better wrestlers.

      He was highly decorated in WCW.
      Storm was the first and only, WCW wrestler to hold three belts at one time.

      You should watch Lance Storm and Justin Credible, The Impact Players in ECW.

      • Mr. Excitement says:

        Loved the Storm vs. RVD feud in ECW.

      • hangers says:

        I know who Lance Storm is, I've watched him wrestle in WWE, WCW & ECW before, I was just making a point against his comment of never working inside or with a 6 sided ring but it being far inferior to a regular one due to hearsay and assumptions.

  7. Cezar_TheScribe says:

    The Impact Players need to come to TNA.

  8. Dale says:

    Lance Storm is about as relevent as a mcdobalds drive through in antartica. However why the heck has nobody inproved the wrestling ring in thirty years is anyones guesse. WWE and TNA should be doing that or hiring others to do it for them.

  9. VikingBlood says:

    Ranting on TNA again I see Lancey Poo

  10. Orlando013 says:

    Actually, one of the best matches I ever saw in a "Six Sides of Steel" match was America's Most Wanted vs. XXX. When Elix Skipper did that tight rope walk at the top of the cage and hit that spot…that was so sick and dangerous. Thank God nobody got hurt. But it was an exceptially good spot and so was the match. The crowd was so hot that night. I'm actually looking forward to see if creative can rekindle some of that lost excitement with the six sides.

  11. iamanadult says:

    The stiffer ring makes for much more realistic spots. I remember when they first switched to 4 sides, the x division suddenly turned to cruiserweight.. 4 sides just looks trampoline-like in comparison

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