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WWE/TNA: Top 5 Sinking Ships in Pro Wrestling

Justin WatrySenior WriterApril 15, 2012

WWE/TNA: Top 5 Sinking Ships in Pro Wrestling

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    Everything about sinking ships is bad. As the same goes with every genre, there are plenty of other sad tales to be told.

    With the wrestling business, it is no different! Here are the top five "sinking" ships in WWE or TNA...

    Side note: Honorable mentions include Sin Cara, Randy Orton, and Dolph Ziggler. All three men have a great, great future ahead, but their past few months have been on the decline.

5. Alex Riley

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    Truth be told, I am a huge Alex Riley supporter. The man has plenty of "it" qualities, and I think his future is very bright. It may not be this year. It may not be next year.

    However, I trust he will make it in this industry.

    Even with that being said, this man has been on a downward spiral for the past year.

    Remember when he turned on The Miz and the crowd went wild?

    Remember when he pinned the former WWE Champion live on PPV clean in the middle of the ring?

    Remember when he was "endorsed" by Stone Cold and John Cena on Raw?

    Yeah, that was a fun time. An injury after that sidelined him, but he just never has been given a chance since the summer.

    The last time he was on Raw was Lord Tensai demolishing him.

4. Matt Striker

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    Many say that Michael Cole is the worst announcer in WWE these days.

    I disagree. The man knows his role and plays it well. Whether he is acting as a heel or being fair, he has been a great asset to the company.

    Matt Striker, on the other hand, just doesn't do it for me. He had some nice work on ECW, but his transition to the "big leagues" just never worked.

    As positive as I try to be in life, this man being replaced after last year's Royal Rumble was definitely the right move. All you have to do is watch the video I posted.

    It was becoming "Mike Adamle" territory. From his call at the Rumble to a few months earlier when he blew the "Free or Fired" ending with John Cena, it was time for him to go.

    Now, you rarely even see him backstage doing interviews. It has been a rough year for Striker.

3. Brand Extension

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    Mr. Excitement is now running both Raw and Smackdown.

    He appears every Monday and Friday evening.

    The talents may be exclusive to one show, but it certainly doesn't look like it anymore. It used to actually mean "something," but those days are long over.

    Smackdown talents show up on Raw unannounced. Raw guys challenge for Smackdown titles. Divas appear whenever they want. There just isn't any structure to the brand extension.

    As exciting as the Draft is every year, there isn't much of a point in 2012. Unless WWE has plans to get rid of the "Supershow" and separate the shows again...

2. Evan Bourne

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    Air Boom was set to revive the WWE tag team division.

    The announcers put them over as a huge deal. The company began promoting Evan Bourne and Kofi Kingston as a legitimate force.

    They feuded with the New Nexus. The duo even had an entertaining match with Awesome Truth on a live PPV event. Things were looking up for the two men.

    Until life decisions got in the way...

    There really is no point to recap the past few months for Evan Bourne. Everybody knows what has happened, and I think the entire WWE Universe is rooting him on.

    His stock may be very low right now, but it is up to him if he truly wants to reach his potential...

1. TNA Impact Wrestling

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    Two months ago, Hulk Hogan said Garett Bischoff was the future of the business.

    For the past two years, Hogan has also been promising TNA would reach the "next level."

    He and Eric Bischoff also brought in high hopes for ratings, PPV buys, and many other business factors. Their salaries would certainly make it seem some sort of increase would be necessary.

    Well, that just hasn't happened. Last week's Impact drew a 0.99 rating.

    There is supposed to be some sort of huge event tonight called Lockdown? Apparently, it is one of the biggest events all year? I feel next to zero buzz.

    While Hogan may be the figure head of this topic, he is not the only problem. It is just the entire company that seems to always go backwards, instead of taking steps to further themselves.

    Also, it looks like we are in store for another few months of Impact being filmed in Orlando. It is just a huge cycle that never seems to go up.

    This company has far too many talented performers to be in a sound stage year round. While they are not in damage of being "sunk," they certainly aren't showing signs of being safely afloat.

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