Sometime ago, in an edition of TNA Today (great video interviews by TNA), Al Snow discussed the entire idea behind TNA Gut Check. He gave us all the inside scoop and answered all the questions possible.
Why aren't Gut Check winners on Impact? Where are they? What are they doing? How does an aspiring wrestler get involved in Gut Check? All that good stuff.
Well, as Al said, the Gut Check winners are given an Impact Wrestling contract. However, it starts off as an OVW developmental deal and, from there, TNA will keep a close eye on their progress in OVW and decide when to re-introduce them to the TNA audience.
We've seen five editions of Gut Check on Impact, right? Started in April, the last one was in August with Chris Lewie, so yeah, five.
I feel like it'd be wrong not to mention those Gut Check winners here and comment on their odds of making it in, and being successful, in TNA.
The history making, inaugural Gut Check winner, Alex Silva. He's the youngest OVW Television Champion in history and, now, has his sights set on the OVW Heavyweight Championship.
The, "Lone Wolf" Alex Silva has made quite an impact since his return to OVW several weeks ago. Silva returned and helped Randy Royal take on Bolin Service 2.0.
Since then, Silva has had that Heavyweight Championship in his sights. He drew lucky number 30 in the Nightmare Rumble at the latest Saturday Night Special (their equivalent to a PPV), and was one of the final three men in the match, but fell short of victory.
On the latest episode of OVW, 681, Silva picked up a big victory over former number one contender, Jamin Olivencia.
Silva has been on fire since his return to OVW and he's got a bright future, not only in OVW, but in TNA.
We've seen Taeler Hendrix fill the role as an inspirational wrestler on Gut Check. She was misdiagnosed with cancer at a young age, and has shown the ability to bounce back from such a life changing experience.
However, in OVW, we see a much more of a fiery side to the first ever female Gut Check winner. Don't let her pretty looks fool you, Taeler can also be one of the meanest girls on the OVW roster.
Whether shes bossing around her boyfriend, Dylan Bostic, or beating down some other women in OVW, Taeler is the definition of a feisty redhead. She's in the midst of her second reign as OVW Women's Champion and on top of the division.
Taeler can play both sides of the coin and hold her own in the ring. Taeler Hendrix could very well be a top performer in the TNA Knockouts division in due time.
I, personally, think that Sam Shaw had the strongest performance in Gut Check to date. He has yet to make his debut in Ohio Valley Wrestling, but it is highly anticipated.
As Al Snow said in an edition of TNA Today, Shaw should be making his OVW debut in September. Well, it's September and it's only a matter of time before Sam Shaw arrives.
Shaw displayed a pretty high-risk style in his Gut Check against Douglas Williams, and Mike Tenay expressed Shaw's offense as, "full throttle". Shaw could play an interesting role in the future of the X-Division.