Is the Grass Greener in TNA?
by, 11-03-2011 at 07:48 PM (3207 Views)
Welcome back Splashers to this follow-up blog. Last weekend I talked about how the WWE had no problems using wrestlers from other organizations, and I got some excellent feedback. In that blog myself and my readers had no problems pointing out that when all those wrestlers came to the WWE, their careers flourished.
Before I go on I want to give a few shout-outs to a few of my readers: timfeyenoord, toobeastly33, The Next Big Thing, steveorton, B-ri, The Brown One, Saint Nick, and finally ColonyInk for beating me to the punch on this follow up (Read my feedbacks on my last blog for those of you who missed the joke.)
Also in my last Blog I stated that Rey Mysterio Jr. won his first World Title in WCW, I was mistaken. One of my readers “ryker” corrected me, and I checked it out, and I double checked, Rey won the TAG-TEAM Titles to become a double champion. I apologize. Thanks ryker.
OK Let’s get to it!
While TNA is clearly the smaller company, I see them doing the same thing WWE has been doing for over 30 years: grabbing viable talent wherever they can. Now I know some of my readers may debate the word “talent” with some the names mentioned today, but let’s not get off track. TNA has had no problems picking up legendary stars such as Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan, and has also picked up troubled stars such as the Hardy Boys. Let’s take a look at the list and see who has found greener pastures in TNA.
While Kurt Angle’s career began in the WWE, the truth of the matter is it never stopped when he left. Kurt Angle continues to headline PPV’s and win World Titles. Kurt Angle has said in several interviews regarding TNA, that it’s a much less stressful environment. Although Angle did take a significant pay-cut, the amount of days he works were also cut significantly. TNA is well known for letting their wrestlers work on the side, which the WWE only does unless they get a cut.
Mickie James was one of the best Divas the WWE had. As far I’m concerned the WWE lost out BIG when it comes to Mickie. Since her arrival in TNA, she has won titles, been in cage matches, and done things no WWE Diva has ever done!
“The Pope” D’Angelo Dinero
While Pope has not has the most successful career in TNA, he has been able to do something he would never have been able to do in the WWE: He got his degree in criminal justice with high honors this past May. Name a WWE superstar who can work, and go get a degree with honors.
Jeff Hardy’s success and troubles have followed him back and forth to WWE and TNA. When Jeff is clear of his demons, he is one of the best in the business, and even the WWE knows that. TNA was foolish to keep him on TV while he was battling the same demons I’m referring to. In the end I hope it was a wake-up call for Jeff. Did the WWE lose a star or a problem? It’s too early for me to really tell.
Booker T, Kevin Nash, & Mick Foley
All three of these stars were once with the WWE before they came to TNA. While Booker T and Kevin Nash never won the World Title during their stay in TNA, Mick Foley did win the TNA World Title once. Booker and Foley only stayed with TNA for 2 years, Nash stayed for over 6. There were rumors that Nash was close to re-signing with the company, but there were money issues. In the end all of them found their way back to the WWE.
Gail Kim has been back and forth to the WWE and TNA several times. During her both times in the WWE Kim has always been a stepping stone, whereas in TNA she was a headliner. She even had a heated feud with Awesome Kong (Kharma) for the Knockout’s Title. Kim in my mind is another big loss for the WWE. They never used her properly, and I’m glad to see her back in TNA where she belongs.
Matt Morgan may have debuted in the WWE, but it was the TNA that gave him his career. In the WWE Morgan was nothing more than a stuttering, moron who was someone’s sidekick. In TNA is a contender for the World Title. Morgan is another prime example of how the WWE takes good talent and misuses it.
During Christian’s short stay in TNA he won his first two World Titles. Something that the WWE never gave to him, until he returned. It’s unclear as to why Christian left the WWE in the first place, but many can guess as to why he went back so quickly…The bigger paycheck. There was also some speculation that Edge was a factor as he was still wrestling for the company, but at the end of the day the mighty dollar bill is everyone’s motivator. I guess it’s fair to say that Vince McMahon has become the Ted Turner of the 21st Century.
Bubba & Devon Dudley
No one but the Dudley's made their fame. When you have 22 tag-team titles from all over the world, no one company can say they made that team. They have split in their final years, and like most teams, one rises and the other falls. In this case Bubba appears to have gotten lucky playing the heel.
Frankie Kazarian is a “TNA Original”, and an X-Division legend. He went to the WWE in 2005 for a very short period, and is even undefeated. However Kaz left the WWE as they had no plans on revamping the Cruiserweight Division, and feared he would be nothing more than another forgotten stepping stone in the company. Kaz returned to TNA, continues to win titles, and claims he’s happy in TNA.
There is no doubt that Mr. Anderson’s (Formerly known as Mr. Kennedy) career started in the WWE, but what did he do in the WWE? Not much! His biggest accomplishment was in 2007, where he won Money in the Bank, but due to an injury he had to “lose it” in a match with Edge. Shortly after his return, he left the WWE. He debuted in TNA in January 2010, where he won two world titles.
One of my readers (The Brown One) pointed out that TNA tends to sign former WWE stars, push them to the World Title within a month’s time. And for the most part that’s accurate, however they don’t keep the title on that person long, so I think TNA is just getting contractual obligations out of the way. They don’t always keep titles on one person for 6-10 months at a time, so the title itself stays fresh, and just recently they gave the World Title to James Storm: A TNA Original.
I could continue on as TNA did the Hardcore Tour, where they signed just about every member from ECW for a short time. Some other names that I didn’t mention were RVD, Matt Hardy, Tara(Victoria), Winter(Katie-Lea Burchill), Scott Steiner, and Taz. But I think after reading this blog, I think many can agree with me that the grass can be greener in TNA. Over in the WWE you either shine or you’re a stepping stone, there really is no in-between. The WWE roster is overloaded, and continues to look for new talent every day. Until next time Splashers…See You when I See You -Rick Starr