Are Things Finally Changing in WWE and TNA?
Considering how the WWE has been structured for the past decade and how TNA has been over the past few years, the last few months have been quite odd in the wrestling world.
On WWE's end, we're seeing names like Kofi Kingston, CM Punk, Sheamus, and Yoshi Tatsu make names for themselves on their respective shows. With TNA, it's Matt Morgan, Desmond Wolfe, and The British Invasion.
For years, fans have been demanding that the WWE create some fresh stars. With the top names getting old, it seems like we may finally be getting a wave of new talent: younger guys who put on exciting matches and cut entertaining promos.
Kingston recently entered what could be a breakout program with Randy Orton, a guy who's been on top for the past few years. Kingston could launch himself into the main event if he continues to deliver stellar promos and have fantastic matches. Hopefully the writers continue to get behind him much like the fans have.
For me personally, Kingston is one of the most entertaining wrestlers to watch. He's just got that "X Factor" about him.
Sheamus just started on RAW two weeks ago but has already gotten some key TV time. While I would personally have had him make an impact in a way other than destroying Jamie Noble, he at least has people talking about him.
While many on the Internet want to make "blinded by the white" jokes, Sheamus is a big guy, a new face, and can work a good match. Something the WWE hasn't had in a while and could have had with someone I'll get to in a moment when I discuss TNA.
If Sheamus can move past the squash matches and enter into a solid feud with Miz, Swagger, or even a main-event guy, I think he has the skills to be a main eventer. At least give him a trial run like Kozlov had last year.
CM Punk has been around for a while but he's a great break from the revolving door of Edge, HHH, Cena, Orton, Taker.
While those guys can still go and deliver money matches, you need a newer talent on top to show that "yes, we are pushing new talent". Punk is arguably the best promo in the company and a fantastic heel.
Not to mention, he is an incredibly talented wrestler who can work with anyone. Really, he's exactly what you want in someone you build a company around.
While he seems to get in hot water more often than not, at least the WWE won't have to worry about him going down to a wellness violation. He's someone you can put a little faith behind when giving him the belt.
Yoshi Tatsu is probably the least known of these men being on ECW but he's one to watch. While I'm hoping that the name won't last, he's been putting on entertaining matches for a while now.
As someone who follows Japanese wrestling, it's great to see a talent come to the States and have some success. The WWE hasn't had the best track record in promoting Japanese talent, usually giving them very stereotypical gimmicks.
Tatsu hasn't suffered that yet and the fans pop pretty big when he comes out to the ring on Tuesday nights.
Before I move on to TNA, not only have these men above started to make a name for themselves, the WWE developmental system is chock full of talent.
Joe Hennig, Kaval (Low Ki), and Brett DiBiase could be on TV any time now. Plus, they have Bryan Danielson waiting to debut at any moment. It's a good time to be a WWE fan right now.
On TNA's side, over the past few weeks we've seen some interesting changes coming about. Though with Hogan's impending debut and possible backstage pull, any talk of new faces could become a moot point.
Hopefully, that isn't the case because TNA to me is more exciting than it has been in quite some time. Before I move on, discussing two men I think could be a future TNA Heavyweight Champion, let me give you this statistic: Since TNA began in 2002, they have only had a total of four homegrown heavyweight champions.
By homegrown I mean someone who made his name in TNA, not the WWE, WCW, or ECW. Those men are AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, Abyss, and Ron Killings. Even though Killings came from the WWE, he was nothing more than a lower midcarder.
The guy I want to focus on mainly with TNA is Matt Morgan. Morgan is a former WWE developmental talent and the man I eluded to earlier when talking about Sheamus.
Morgan has all the tools to be "The Guy" for TNA in years to come tall good looking heavyweight who can actually wrestle.
Morgan is a great athlete and with a few tweaks to his moveset, he is no doubt an excellent choice to be the face of TNA in 2010. People like the big guys, Andre, Big Show, Taker, Kane, whoever. Morgan is the next in line to be the best big man going.
That's something TNA could use after the absolute botch-fest that was booking Abyss during his initial main event run against Christian and Sting. Morgan just oozes "future champion" when he gets in the ring.
Outside of Morgan, we've got the former Nigel McGuinness coming into the fold. The now Desmond Wolfe has certainly made a name for himself in a short period of time. TNA saw what he can bring to the table and put him right into a big time feud with a top name.
Obviously, McGuinness made the right decision to side with TNA as he might have found himself in developmental hell within the WWE. Wolfe is injury prone but when he's on, he's one of the best on the planet bar none.
I'm anxiously awaiting big matches out of him against Daniels, Joe, Angle, and Morgan. Nigel's got the look and talent to be a leading heel for the company in the coming years.
Finally I want to bring up this point. Perhaps this excitement I find myself having about both companies having fresh faces is an illusion.
It might only be because of the fact on the WWE's end we don't have John Cena and Randy Orton trading the belt and wrestling each other on every PPV and RAW.
In the past three years we've had only six different WWE Champions which does seem like a solid number but keep this in mind, they also had 16 title changes, half of those coming this year alone.
With TNA, we don't have ex-WCW/WWF names on top anymore with AJ Styles as the champion. And a growing list of young challengers who could succeed him. But let's put our hopes behind that 2010 could be one of the best years for mainstream American wrestling in a long time.
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