Last week at Genesis, we saw the debut of former WWE superstar Matt Hardy. Hardy defeated Rob Van Dam in what I thought was a fairly bland ten minutes of wrestling. Early reports for Impact are now sighting that another aging WWE star has returned to TNA.
Kevin Nash? Nope. Sean Waltman? Nope. Scott Hall? Close.
That's right, Steiner is back. Why? Who really knows.
TNA tapes Impact several weeks in advance, so Steiner won't be back for a few week. But, that's besides the point; Steiner shouldn't be back at all.
Steiner left TNA shortly before the Hogan/Bischoff era in a rather uneventful fashion. Steiner lost to another departing star, Bobby Lashley, at Final Resolution. Steiner was the last person officially in the Main Event Mafia.
I don't understand this move. Steiner is 48 and doesn't have much to offer. He was serviceable in the tag division, but that's mainly because of Booker T. A Steiner Brothers reunion would be the only thing of any real appeal, but that's definitely not happening.
TNA has too many wrestlers, and Impact is only on once a week. TNA recently purged itself of a good number of its washups by getting rid of most of EV 2.0. Sending Stevie Richards away looked like a great idea. If Steiner is taking his place, then maybe not so much.
TNA has a good thing going on. Immortal is mostly consisting of the young guys who can go in the ring. Anderson was one of the few WWE stars who was worth signing. Older stars such as Kurt Angle and Rob Van Dam still have appeal and stuff to offer.
Steiner, however, does not. He's old, he was a background character in the Main Event Mafia, and no one cared when he left. Will anyone care that he's back?
Why TNA feels the need to continue adding wrestlers to its roster escapes me.