Bravo, TNA. You Almost Made Me Believe...
by, 07-27-2012 at 11:24 PM (6614 Views)
To start, I'd like to say I love TNA Wrestling. I've been following the company for about seven years now and I've refused to change the channel, regardless of how poor the product was. As I'm sure everyone would agree, they've gotten a lot better over the past couple of months and I think they are, for the most part, moving in the right direction.
I've been loyal to the company for years, I've attended multiple live events and I was in the first row at Lockdown in 2011. However, regardless of the fact that I love the company, I will not hesitate to provide criticism when it's necessary. And, you've guessed it, that's what I am going to be doing in this blog. My idea behind this blog is very specific, I'm only going to be talking about one small piece of the product. I don't know if more blogs will follow, but I was just so irritated that I had to create a blog for my thoughts.
I've read many blogs on this site and I frequent it quite often, so I thought it was the best place for my post. ANYWAY, enough is enough -- let's get on with it, eh?
A few weeks ago, TNA signed Chavo Guerrero to a contract. I didn't hate the signing, I don't think it was necessary, but I didn't hate it. He's a solid worker, always has been, and I'm sure he carries with him a lot of wisdom that he can drop on some of the younger guys in TNA. However, TNA took an interesting route with this signing. They sent out a press release, advertised him on their website, and they hyped his debut on Impact Wrestling. They were giving Chavo the "star" treatment. They were treating the acquisition of Chavo Guerrero as a "huge step" in the right direction for the company. Come on, really?
The guy has had a view high spots in his career, but he has been a resident of mid-card or below status for most of his tenure in this business. He's had some success in the tag division with Eddie and his biggest claim to fame was winning the ECW World Championship, but by the time he won that belt it meant absolutely nothing. He was a solid Cruiserweight, but that means nothing in the WWE. My point is: the man never reached the Guerrero platform. As I said, always been a solid worker, but he never truly accomplished much. He was designated as a constant jerker of the curtain in WWE towards the end of his stay, which ultimately ended when he requested his release.
The idea behind this is TNA built Chavo up. They made us all believe, or attempted to make us believe, that he was a big star. And you know what? When Chavo made his debut, I started to believe it. I mean, I saw him and I saw Chavo Guerrero, but thanks to TNA's hype - I thought I was looking at a star. A diamond in the rough! A superstar that WWE never utilized. A great signing by TNA! But, after all of that hype, and after they had me believing that Chavo could potentially hang with guys like Kurt Angle and Austin Aries, they put him into a feud with... who?
This is obviously over the top, but between Kid Kash, Gunner, and Hernandez, they've all had as many appearances on TV as Chavo Guerrero in the past three months -- and he just made his freaking debut! Kash and Hernandez have been rotting off-camera for months. They both randomly came back at Slammiversary for a single's match, and Kash was involved in the X-Division stuff at Destination-X (only because TNA had no one else) and Gunner? He hasn't been used since May. These three guys have no heat, no build, and no energy behind them. And now they are going to throw them into a program with Chavo Guerrero?
Great job, TNA. You made me believe, at least for a second, that Chavo was going to be pushed. But nope, instead he has to float in useless land with Kash, Hernandez, and Gunner. I couldn't careless about Kash and Hernandez, I think Gunner should be TV champ, but that's neither here nor there. They gave Chavo so much hype, so much awesome-ness behind his debut, and then they just threw it all away with some random, out-of-no-where feud. I don't care if Kash and Guerrero have a past history, it's in the past for a reason. This is a new start for Chavo, where we thought he was going to be a star.. but evidently not.
Sorry, I was just ranting and venting in this blog. I felt like TNA did very well making Chavo appear like a big time star, but then they just said "forget it, we have nothing for him" and threw some under-utilized workers his way.
Good luck, Chavo. Here's to hoping you still have a contract after this feud.
If I do any more blogs in the future, they probably won't be like this. I was just really upset about their handling of his debut and I wanted to get it off my chest. Thanks for reading.