Among TNA's long list of released wrestlers, Crimson stands out as someone WWE should pursue.
TNA has recently made budget cuts, shrinking down their roster by releasing Joey Ryan, Christian York and Madison Rayne, among others. PWInsider.com reports that Crimson is the latest to join them in the unemployment line.
Crimson is no blue-chipper, but his potential, drive and, most importantly, his size should stir up WWE's interest.
At 6' 6'' and 252 pounds, Crimson would be one of the biggest guys in NXT were WWE to add him to the mix. As much as WWE has recently learned to let skill and athleticism be just as much a determining factor as size, being big is still a big deal.
Like in the NBA, size, because it's uncommon and unteachable, still matters.
It's why an NBA team would think about signing Greg Oden despite him not playing since 2009. It's why WWE should snatch up Crimson and see what comes of it.
The former TNA tag team champion is only 28 and has a robust supply of aggression and intensity in his tank. With guidance and the right direction, perhaps WWE can maximize Crimson's potential.
Many of WWE's recent additions to NXT are quick, talented and engaging, but small in stature.
Adrian Neville, Sylvester Lefort, Sami Callihan and Sami Zayn are all under 6'0". Samuray Del Sol is just 5'6''. While their stature doesn't mean that they can't succeed, as Daniel Bryan is proving right now, it showcases a lack of size in developmental.
WWE appears to be set in terms of exciting high-flyers and interesting characters, but they need more monsters and giants to balance things out.
Crimson may or may not be the answer to the question of who the next wave of WWE big men will be, but it’s worth giving him a shot. Try to put some more mass on him, and see what Billy Gunn and company can do with him.
It's likely not going to take a huge deal to sign him. His choices are essentially the indies, Japan and whatever WWE might be willing to offer him.
For Crimson, NXT isn't exactly playing Single-A baseball in Midland, Michigan.
NXT is brimming with talent and is currently producing fabulous TV. Wrestling in and around Orlando, Florida, with the potential of an eventual call-up could entice the Cleveland, Ohio, native.
WWE shouldn't see Crimson’s release as indication of his inability to succeed but as an opportunity to load up on talent. This lesser-used star TNA can't afford to showcase may turn out to be a valuable asset.
Suit up the gladiator, and see what he looks like swinging his sword against NXT's best.