I have tried watching both TNA and WWE the last several months and the one thing that remains consistent is that it is either stale and boring or I don't care.
Now, I know that there are a lot of people who feel the same, but there are just as many, if not more, who disagree. I also know that there are people like me who know independent guys that they think should get a shot at the big time.
My guy is a wrestler who goes by the name of the "Man Scout" Jake Manning, who's gimmick is basically an overgrown boyscout who doesn't take kindly to people not taking kindly. Either way, he is an independent who has fought all across the Southeast and Northeast and has fought some of the best.
He actually had a match in ROH against Jerry Lynn this past spring. He was technically a fall guy in the match and here is the link .
Jake is a friend of mine whom I have seen work his way toward his goal since late 2003. While working with him in a TV production house, all he ever talked about was trying out a career in wrestling, and I say kudos to him for going after his dream.
He started out in a very small circuit in Illinois and worked his way up the ladder there. Actually, he even got an invite to an OVW camp where all they did was throw him through the ringer, steal his gimmick (he was Mr. Elite and you may also know that persona as a Mark Jindrak attempt to salvage his career) and send him home at week's end.
I have the T-shirt that proves it.
Jake Manning would ultimately chase his dream to the Carolinas, where all he has done is have matches against the likes of the Flairs, Jerry Lynns, and Rikishis of the world.
What is my point, you may ask?
I think that Jake Manning deserves a shot at the big time, whether it be Next or a Superstars or Smackdown taping. He has developed the skills to have quality in ring matches and has the personality to be either loved or hated by wrestling fans young and old.
If companies like the WWE are looking for young guys to build a future with, why not look to Indies like Manning? CM Punk was one of the best Indies before the WWE snagged him up, and he even took a fall to put Manning over in a federation that 99.9 percent of fans have never even heard of.
Wrestling needs a jolt, and with the turn that WWE has made towards the Nexus generation, why not give Manning a shot?
I know I am biased here, but a I challenge any wrestling fan to look him up and watch a match of his!
Heck, I'll even give you his myspace page address, which he keeps current with his best matches throughout the years.
I don't want to get into a rant here, but the WWE and maybe even TNA needs some new blood and Manning gives them that plus a talented skill set in both the ring and mic.
I think that bringing in the guys who truly have a "real" passion for the business would help what I and others consider a business that needs some new blood injected into it.
As always, this is just my opinion and I could be wrong, but what do you think about bringing in Indy guys who have the experience and passion for the business?
Do you think that bringing in these guys would help or hurt the business?
Please feel free to place your comments below and please be respectful as there are many guys out there who are passionate and looking to make their big break into the industry that they love so much.