Another one bites the dust.
When WCW was riding high in the mid to late 90's, one of the biggest knocks on the promotion was their lack in ability to actually build their stable of talent. Sure, Bischoff spent Ted Turner's money and brought in the likes of Hogan, Lex Luger, Macho Man Randy Savage, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, Curt Hennig and MANY more of the WWE's main attractions, but in terms of homegrown talent?
Well, there was Diamond Dallas Page, Goldberg and...
Sure, WCW had Chris Jericho, Rey Mysterio, Chris Benoit and many other talents that would go on to become top draws in the WWE, but in WCW? They were mid-carders at best.
Say what you will about Total Nonstop Action prior to Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff's arrival, but they were building their stars. Sure, they latched on to several mid tier castoffs from the WWE (as they still seem content to do) but while a familiar face might have stopped the casual wrestling fan to put the remote control down for a minute and watch, it was the TNA talent that kept those same fans watching week in and week out.
Perhaps no wrestler more typifies this fact than "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels. The former leader of Triple X, a former NWA champion that had feuds with Jeff Jarrett, Samoa Joe, AJ Styles and America's Most Wanted, Daniels, AKA Curry Man AKA The Fallen Angel was a mainstay in TNA for eight years who put on some of the best matches in the history of the company.
Apparently that resume wasn't good enough for some members of TNA's front office, as he was given his release in March of 2010. It has also been suggested that Christopher Daniels, after jobbing to the newly arrived Sean "Val Venis" Morley, decided that he didn't like TNA's current direction and asked for his release. He can now be seen in Ring of Honor.
So while TNA decided to let one of it's best potential stars walk, what about the other potential stars of TNA? Well, it would appear that Hogan and Bischoff really haven't learned their lesson from the past, as many main eventers are from the WWE while TNA's former main eventers have been pushed to the back of the line.
AJ Styles, the longest reigning TNA champion ever and the only former TNA, TNA Tag, X Division and TV champion has basically disappeared into obscurity with Fortune after a horrifically bad Ric Flair style gimmick. A new fan wouldn't think that he had much more to offer than fellow stable-mate Kazarian, but this former world title holder could and should be one of the main centerpieces of this company.
But AJ's misuse can't hold a candle to the thoroughly botched potential of Samoa Joe. The unexplained kidnapping angle, the feuds that never last or go anywhere, the squash matches that never seem to lead to title shots.
You throw a way to misuse Joe out there and TNA's probably already bouncing it around creative as a legit idea as we speak.
The sad part is the fact that his current feud with MMA enthusiast Jeff Jarrett, while nonsensical at best, is really the only sustained opportunity that he's been given in nearly a year.
How's that for treating your most talented wrestlers?
Other honorable mentions include the breakup and destruction of not only LAX, but the subsequent burial of Hernandez and the release of Homicide, a Team 3D versus the Nasty Boys "feud" and the losses of too many X Division athletes to name here.
Meanwhile, TNA continues to grow more top heavy as they sign "big" names or familiar names, letting the Desmond Wolfe's (buried before getting injured), Consequences Creed's (released) and other diamonds in the rough wither on the vine.