With the current state of TNA combined with WWE's losses of CM Punk, Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns, now could be a good time for some former stars to make their way back to Vince McMahon's Playhouse.
Personally, I'm a guy who prefers to see who is next. I want Sami Zayn, Adrian Neville and Tyler Breeze to get that call and start doing big things, but I also realize that's not how the game works. Cesaro got that call years ago and he's still hitting his head on the glass ceiling. Adam Rose got that call and he makes me wish he never did. The Wyatt Family got the call and things went south so quickly that they are basically re-starting them from scratch. The WWE main event scene, for whatever reason, only has room for a few guys to make the leap at once, but former established stars? There's tons of room for them.
There is value in that. There's a reason that WWE brings people back all the time. People you recognize from the past help lapsed fans figure out how to rank new guys. (Can good wrestling, announcers who promote and valuable titles do that too? Of course! But why do that?) People from the past can help guys from now seem more important. (Just look at Dolph Ziggler and Fandango.) Most importantly, people from the past can breathe some life into a stale product. Tired of Kane and Randy Orton in the main event every week? Here's Kurt Angle. Tired of Triple H burying The Miz? Here's Jeff Hardy.
That's the thing, though. Guys can come back, but that doesn't mean it will be good. It could be good, it could be stale or it could be worse. There's no way to know, but I'm going to try and figure it out with a simple system I call...
PLEASE DON'T COME BACK
When my son was first starting to eat regular food, his mom gave me a book called Eat This, Not That which was basically a guide to what is healthy/unhealthy at chain restaurants. You know, because I am an idiot who thinks 2-year olds should eat McDonalds for every meal. The premise was simple. Don't eat a Big Mac, eat a grilled chicken sandwich. Don't eat ice cream, eat a salad. It was so stupid, but in a way where you could see someone reading it and actually being surprised and then being disappointed in the human race. The target market for this book is not the smartest bunch to say the least. I recently came across this book while cleaning and it made me think of TNA.
I want to like TNA, I really do. I like so many people on their roster and I like how they aren't slaves to a specific look or style like WWE is. Their in-ring product is often better, but their everything else isn't and their desire to be like WWE is their ultimate downfall. Still, it's the closest to WCW we're ever going to get. Unfortunately, they always seems to take up the worst qualities of WCW, but just like WCW no matter how terrible it gets there are always a few bright spots. How can anyone hate a company that employs AJ Styles, Austin Aries, Robert Roode, Christopher Daniels and Samoa Joe? I can't. It's impossible. So I'm always watching from afar. I'm always peeking in and hoping for better, but they always let me down. This must be how my parents feel about me.
TNA has actually gotten a lot better about who they use. Jeff Jarrett is gone. Robert Roode, James Storm and Austin Aries have all made giant leaps while AJ, Joe, Daniels and Kazarian are all important parts of the show. That's huge, but at the same time 3 of the 4 major titles are currently held by former WWE guys whose best days are behind them. That's not good. They're better than that.
So let's try fixing TNA with some small This/Not That changes. Read more