Yes, the headline sure looks interesting. It is one that we have all read many, many times before. Also one that always ends up meaning nothing a month after it happens.
WWE fires a talent. TNA comes in and scoops them up, hoping to "catch lightning in a bottle" from a well known star. That is the theory at least; ratings should go up, buy rates should go up, house show attendance should go up, yet none of that actually happens.
TNA averaged a 1.1 rating two years ago.
Since then, Jeff Hardy has signed, Rob Van Dam has signed, Ric Flair has signed, Tara has signed. Booker, Steiner, Nash and Sting all have had runs. Matt Hardy was signed, Team 3D was signed. Mr. Anderson signed, The Pope signed, Eric Bischoff signed. HULK HOGAN signed with TNA!
Last week's TNA rating? The same 1.1 number.
I am expected to believe that a few more middle of the road signings will make a splash? No.
That bring us to the latest batch of rumors! Gail Kim is likely headed to TNA, now that her time with WWE is well over. Excuse me for a second, but didn't I say this exact thing months ago? Yes, I did!
Gail Kim heading to TNA was a no brainer, so I can't take too much credit, but it does still bring up the topic—will it matter?
The days of great women's wrestling on Thursday nights on Spike TV are long gone. She is not headed to TNA for the in ring action, believe me. It certainly can't be for the money; there have been reports for years on how low the women are made compared to the men in TNA.
This report in 2008 details why Gail Kim left TNA for WWE; it was mainly due to money. Make no mistake, Kim took the paychecks for the past three years. She never signed looking for "great and exciting" matches. It was the higher pay scale.
Unless TNA suddenly feels like paying her a boatload, the problem is still there.
I already covered my thoughts on Kim's exit from WWE. I did not like her actions on her final WWE Raw telecast. She was 100 percent in the wrong, and now she will go to perform in an Orlando sound stage in front of 1,000 people who do not even pay admission for god knows how much money.
The other rumored name is NXT star Lucky Cannon. The report is more of a tease than anything, but the possibility is still there. He was released almost 90 days ago and is a young guy.
Of course, he was arrested in the past, so he should fit in with TNA just fine. I kid, I kid.
My thoughts? Not a bad move in general, it is certainly better than hiring an older guy with no value left. Get a young guy, groom him and make him your "own" star.
Sadly, Lucky Cannon just doesn't do it for me. WWE spent months trying to shove him down our throats, and nobody accepted it. He was doing nothing entertaining, so WWE let him go.
Also, my belief is TNA is incapable of making a "real star," so no matter what he does in TNA, it simply will not make a difference (see above names for proof). Nobody created by TNA is a "real star", and Lucky Cannon will not change that.
I wish him all the best. I wish Gail Kim all the best, even though her departure from WWE was very unprofessional. I wish them both "luck," but TNA really needs to stop hiring people.
On 11-1-11, I will make a MAJOR announcement that will change the way you read my work forever!