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Recently, TNA seems to be on the hunt for younger stars.
Whether it's Kenny King, Joey Ryan, Matt Morgan, DOC or Garett Bischoff and Wes Briscoe, TNA has become serious as of late in its attempts to keep a steady stream of young talent moving into the company.
TNA wouldn't be alone. Recently, WWE—with its use of Damien Sandow, Ryback and Brodus Clay—has also expanded its roster by adding fresh faces. But it's TNA that stands to benefit most from this boom in the youth movement.
With TNA being so small, top spots in the company are highly competitive. Therefore, the introduction of a Joey Ryan or a Matt Morgan would be felt more strongly in TNA than it would be in WWE.
Similarly, when the X-Division adds individuals such as Kenny King to breathe fresh life into what is currently a stale and injury-laden league, the company should be applauded for taking such a chance.
Add in the Gut Check winners currently working the ropes in OVW, and there is literally a platoon of new wrestlers ready to take over when AJ, Daniels or Angle start breaking down. And judging from Thursday's Impact, that time may not be too far away.
Angle's match with Devon looked painful. It's pretty well known that Angle has been working with an injury for some time, but it was never more apparent than this week. Although I still consider Angle to be the best pro wrestler in the world today, he looked miserable in the ring with Devon.
AJ Styles has been written out of TNA storylines with his current losing streak and, as I have said before, challenging his character makes sense with as stale as he has grown.
Now is the best time for new talent to be introduced.
That transfer of power was very visible Thursday. In King, we saw a new potential X-Division Champion. We saw Morgan and Ryan as new contenders in the tag team division. Recently, we've seen Christian York work a great match against former Heavyweight Champion Bobby Roode, and the people waiting in line to challenge Devon for his Television Championship are too numerous to name.
If Thursday showed us anything, it's that TNA is moving forward.