I haven’t written an article here in a while but some recent happenings in the wrestling business and some observations have left me puzzled. From the CM Punk storyline to the Bound for Glory Series to John Cena acknowledging that he does pay attention to the IWC (he actually mentioned the five moves of doom), there's a lot to talk about in wrestling these days.
However, some of the things I have read and heard from my fellow wrestling fans have confused me. So here are five questions I have for the Internet Wrestling Community. This is the TNA/Impact Wrestling edition. I hope to do a WWE edition later.
People always bash TNA for hiring and pushing Ex-WWE talent, yet whenever someone gets released from WWE people say TNA should hire them.
It’s the same arguments every time. First it’s about how WWE misused them and how they were held down. Then they all say the person could really be a moneymaker for TNA if the push the guy and give him the ball to run with.
Then as soon as the guy is hired, he gets labeled a “WWE Reject.”
Speaking of that label…
Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin are the current ROH Tag Team Champions. I have yet to hear a single person refer to them as “WWE Rejects.” Monty Brown, Chris Harris, Lance Hoyt and Consequences Creed all were released by TNA and went to WWE.
None were called “TNA Rejects.“
I honestly think this slogan was a bad move for TNA. I only see people using it against them. Everyone has their own idea of how to “make wrestling matter.” I personally think that the Bound for Glory Series makes it matter.
Not only does every win and loss matter, but even how you win matters. I want to know your opinion, though. What does TNA need to do in order for you to believe they are living up to that slogan and that wrestling matters?
I know that this sounds odd. However, for years I’ve heard wrestling fans, wrestling journalists and wrestlers say TNA should put more focus on the X Division. However, I’ve never actually heard anyone say that they like it or that it’s good. They always say to push it because it will set you apart from WWE.
My response to that statement is that midget oil wrestling will also set you apart from the WWE. That doesn’t make it a good idea. Can anyone give me a good reason to push the X Division other than setting TNA apart from WWE?
I was thinking about this earlier this week. This Punk angle is really hot. It got me to thinking about the Monday Night War and how this is the type of angle that would make people switch over from WCW in order to watch it.
Then I started thinking about TNA, and I asked myself: If I were head of TNA creative right now, what would I do in order to take the wrestling world's attention off of CM Punk? I couldn’t think of anything. How about you?
Any and all answers are very much appreciated. As a thank you, here is a photo of current-employment-status-unknown Gail Kim.