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My view on the TNA talent!

Rating: 7 votes, 3.86 average.
Hey all! This is my first ever blog, so be nice!
These are my opinions on the talent roster listed on the TNA website, as of 2:30pm UK time, 19th August!

ABYSS: Fantastic worker for a big man, better as a heel! solid on the mic, similar to Kane in that he doesn't need to be in the main event to play a big role for the company

AJ STYLES: Mr TNA. One of the best in the world in the ring, rapidly improving mic skills! Liking the cocky heel, much better than the cowardly heel he was a few years back.

AMAZING RED: Great athlete, good at high spots, but perhaps struggles elsewhere! Seems to be in and out too much! Must be concerned if TNA starts releasing people!

ANGELINA: Focus of the Knockouts. Solid all rounder, tho better as a heel!

BEER MONEY: Best of 5 with MMG was unbelievable! not sure what's left for them as a team! Storm I think will always be a solid mid card guy. Roode however, has the look, skills and charisma to headline the company!

BRIAN KENDRICK: Never really been a fan, although he submission feud with Doug Williams was very good! could push that side more to try and stand out from the pack?

CHELSEA: Eye candy, nothing more! If she can't/won't wrestle, let her go! There are enough attractive wrestlers out there to take her place!

CHRISTY HEMME: Good backstage interviewer! has good chemistry with most of the roster, especially Mr Anderson. Shame she can't wrestle anymore (neck injury?), but still worth her place!

D'ANGELO DINERO: Seems to have it all! Ability, look, mic skills, but for me just can't quite find that x-factor needed to push him all the way! Think he's better as a heel!

DAFFNEY: Great gimmick, good worker and good promo skills! With her look, she brings something different to the Knockouts! Should be given a decent run with the belt!

DANIELS: Requested his release some time ago, but still listed on TNA website. Bring him back in! Awesome in ring, solid mic skills and could be a main eventer if given a proper chance

DESMOND WOLFE: Criminally underused! Fantastic debut fued with Angle, followed that with a solid series against Pope, then wasted against Abyss! Was the first #1 contender on the fan vote, and as a reward got jobbed in 5 mins on impact!

DON WEST: Bring him back as a commentator! Have a 3 man annonce team with West as the heel he was before Taz came in! He was a riot!!!

DOUGLAS WILLIAMS: Liking the anti X-division gimmick. One of the best technical wrestlers in the business. Needs to improve mic skills to get to the top in my opinion!

ERIC BISCHOFF: GET RID!!!! Too obsessed with what worked in WCW and talent that were stars elsewhere! Don't know what his role is backstage, but needs to be doing something outta this world to justify his job!

ERIC YOUNG: Went form being leader of World Elite, to the bands bitch to comedy act! Never been taken seriously, despite good talent! Should think about a move to Japan where his ability will get hm further!

GENERATION ME: Great debut against MMG, solid Ultimate X match on PPV (Destination X???) losing to MMG, then disappeared! Perhaps seen as too similar to the guns?

HAMADA: Great in ring, brings another look to Knockout division. Could use a manager with strong mic skills maybe?

HERNANDEZ: On the end of a big push late 2009, then got lost in the shuffle with the Hogan/Bischoff era! Could reform LAX to stay visable until Hulk and Eric leave! Great potential for the future.

HOMICIDE: Rarely used, although crazy gimmick he had a while back was fun! a reformed LAX seems to be his best hope at the moment!

HULK HOGAN: Overpaid and Overrated! HAS to be involved in every major angle (EV2.0). Sooner he and Bischoff leave the better in my opinion!

JAY LETHAL: Glad he dropped the Macho Man gimmick, it had run it's course! Interested to see how far he can go! Seems to have the office support, but i don't think he has the tools to carry it! I hope he proves me wrong!

JEFF HARDY: On his day, can carry a show. Sadly, seems to be coasting in TNA. Could be an embarresment if things go wrong in court.

JEFF JARRETT: I'll be forever grateful to him for founding TNA! I like the fact he stays mainly in the background now. Should be used sparingly to help other talent develop.

JEREMY BORASH: i like him! I find him funny and informative! For me, he gets the balance about right!

JESSE NEAL: Showing real improvement all round. I had my doubts when he debuted, but signs are good for a long career! Still can't see him headling though.

JIMMY HART: Not seen him since Nasty's got fired! Good! Not needed on screen, but could be used ti help guys develop promo skills?

KAZARIAN: fortune could be what he needs to elevate himself from the mid-card. Solid worker, and on the stick!

KEVIN NASH: Big Sexy was washed up 10 years ago! Time to get rid and use the money on younger, hungrier talent!

KIYOSHI: Now playing the Suicide character! Will soon head home to Japan as TNA will do nothing for him!

KURT ANGLE: the best in the business, bar none! Excellent all rounder, happy to give the rub to the younger guys! TNA really needs him to stay healthy!

LACEY VON ERICH: Looks fantastic, untill she steps between the ropes1 Needs to go and get some more training!

MADISON RAYNE: Has really improved over the last year! Great look, good worker and strong on the mic! Have a feeling Vince will try to sign her at some point soon1

MAGNUS: ring work improved vastly when teaming with Doug Williams, and should continue to improve with Desmond Wolfe. always been a good talker, and showed humour on TNA Today skits with JB!

MATT MORGAN: For me another one who has it all but can't quite put it together to break into the main event picture! Enjoyed his tag team reign! Possivle alliance with Fortune could help.

MICK FOLEY: Been a fan for 20yrs since his WCW/Cactus Jack days! These days, probably not worth the money! Can still go in the right enviroment, but should be used as special attraction, not part of the main roster!

MIKE TENAY: i like his work and think he is probably the best currently on tv. 3 man team with Taz and West should be explored!

MOTORCITY MACHINE GUNS: The reason i started watching TNA. Exciting, innovative and charasmatic, they remind me of tthe rockers circa 1988, in terms of how they're changing the style of tag team wrestling !

MR ANDERSON: One of the best on the mic, but for me, isn't upto at in the ring! Better suited to WWE where in ring ability isn't as important to the fans (John Cena, Batista). Probably not worth the money, unlesss the assholes t-shirts are selling well!

ODB: Like Daniels, requested her release! Sadly missed as she is a good worker with a strong gimmick! May well come back when Hogan/Bischoff leave.

ORLANDO JORDAN: Cheap heat gimmick, nothing more! I'll struggle to ever take him seriously again! modern day Goldust, without the humour!

RAVEN: Best days are long behind him! Could be used as an agent/trainer and occasional wrestler, but not much else!

RHINO: Never really saw what the fuss was about! Had occasional strong showings, but far more forgettable bouts. Needs to find some sort of character to warrant his place on the roster!

RIC FLAIR; fortune could be the best thing for him! Please don't let him wrestle anymore, he is destroying his once great legacy! Still being paid too much!

ROB TERRY: Seems to over with the fans in Orlando! Can't see why! Modern day Lex Luger, great physique, very little actual ability! Get rid!

ROB VAN DAM: Badly mis-used in WWE, but pushed too fast in TNA, especially when he's on a limited appearance deal! Should have dropped the belt in the ring!

ROSIE LOTTALOVE: 4th rate Kong! Get rid!

SAMOA JOE: Everything that's wrong with creative in one package! A killer monster 2 years ago, joined MEM and got jobbed out. Kidnap angle was a joke! Never really recovered! another one hoping Hulk and Eric leave soon!

SARITA: Finally getting a chance to show what she can do! Different style to the other Knockouts, means she is worth her place on the roster! A push as a heel wouldn't be a bad thing for her or TNA.

SCOTT HALL/SEAN WALTMAN: Both been released I think. GOOD! Never want to see either anywhere near a wrestling company ever again!!!

SHANNON MOORE: I just don't get it! Match with Jeff Hardy at the Whole f'n show was the first thing of any note he's done in years! Far better X-division style wrestlers already on the roster. Let him go.

SHARK BOY: Is he still there? Haven't seen him in ages! Good for a giggle every now and then!

SO CAL VAL: Easy on the eye, but what purpose does she actually serve? Unless she's gonna ring announce or manage full time, I don't see the need for her!

STEVIE RICHARDS: Not got it in the ring anymore, but is great on the mic! Should be used as a heel manger.

STING: My first wrestling hero, over 20yrs ago! Should bow out at Bound for Glory, and then retire, while his reputation remains!

SUICIDE: Unless Daniels comes back to play him, leading to him losing his mask and coming back, no point in keeping this gimmick!

TAYLOR WILDE: Competent all rounder, needs a decent angle to help her reconnect with the fans

TAZ: does what he does well! As mentioned earlier, I want a 3 man team!

TEAM 3D: Getting past their sell by date. Need to focus on training others and helping the next generation carry the business forward!

TOMKO: TNA's version of Batista! Get rid

TOMMY DREAMER: Should be backstage after EV2 has finished. Should hang up his boots, and pick up a pen! Gotta be better than Russo

VELVET SKY: Looks amazing, very strong on the mic, but seriously needs to improve her ring skills!!

Remember, these are only my opinions, and if anyone who I've criticized proves me wrong, I'll be more than happy to admit it!

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  1. crazyj11's Avatar
    The only two I disagree with are So Cal Val and Tomko. I'll start with So Cal Val.
    She does so many things on TNA's YouTube channel. She does about as much on there as Jeremy Borash and she's quite good at what she does.
    Then about what you said about Tomko being TNA's Batista. Well he can't be TNA's Batista if he isn't in the title picture 24/7. Also to be like Batista you have to be a big guy, who is always in the main events and can't wrestle to a certain extent. Oh yeah you have to make your debut in your mid 30s. Tomko has got talent to a certain degree but TNA just isn't letting him Showcase it.
    Oh and as for Eric Young, he has competed in Japan before. Here's one match I have found of him competing there:
    He enters last in the battle royal.
  2. Mazza's Avatar
    Fair comment about Batista. What I meant is that he's a big guy, who can do about 3 power moves and that's it!
    All I've seen of Val on youtube, is a trivia question on TNA today, and backstage stuff on PPV's, which Christy could do!
  3. TLK's Avatar
    Since you put this comment up. Homicide, Rosie Lottalove and Tomko were released from their contracts. But I like the first post you did and agree with some of the talent TNA has and who deserves to be given a push in the company and some who need to be pushed out of the company.

    Also Maybe TNA should let Explosion be a seperate brand to impact and let the young and up coming talent be on screen and perform and hopefully impress the fans.

    Who i think deserves a push in TNA.

    Desmond Wolf/Nigel McGuinness.
    This guy is being jobbed due to heat on him backstage which from reports his Ego has put him out of favour right now but this guy deserves a big push as he is one of a few British Gems that Wrestling has and can go toe to toe with the best.

    Give this woman the appreciation she deserves. Push her to a title shot and be a champion. Fantastic talent and should be given a big shot.

    Eric Young.
    Misused, abused and not being utilised well. Also he has had more face/heel turns in months than most wrestlers have in years.

    Generation ME.
    Reminds me of when the Hardy Boyz when they first got a big push by the WWE. Maybe an image change and also Utilise them more against other teams to put them over would make these two young guys the future of tag team wrestling.

    Jay Lethal.
    I agree with you that i'm glad they got rid of "Black Machismo" as he is now gaining popularity in his own right and not a throwback gimmick. Ric Flair likes him and is giving this young man the time to get over with the fans and TNA. I want him to do well.

    Jeremy Borash.
    Get him backstage like he was a few years back and not a Ring Announcer. Steven De Angelis who was the Ring Announcer at Hard Core Justice should be a permanent Ring Announcer as I feel he fits the role very well and has a powerful voice.

    I agree this guy has talent and a sense of humour as well. Develop this guy well and he can become a big name one day.

    Motor City Machine Guns.
    I think TNA should now go back to it's roots and get the X Division back on the map and maybe have an X Division Tag team Championship and get some of the younger high flying talent pushed more and Make MCMG be one of the tag teams to promote it.

    Matt Morgan.
    A big man that is not not being used right. Reminds me of a young Mark Calloway who was a mid carder in WCW until the WWE Made him the Phenom and a legend. Give Matt Morgan a character change and make him a major force.

    Samoa Joe.
    Anyone remember the Abduction angle? It died so quickly it was forgotten.
    Make this guy the tweener and give us the Samoa Joe we all know and want back. A guy who does not give a sh*t and has awesome matches.

    Who I feel needs to be pushed out of TNA.

    Hulk Hogan.
    A man who 30 years ago was a future legend and 30 years on is hogging the spotlight. Give the young guys the spotlight.

    Eric Bischoff.
    Unless he can come up with something more interesting instead of going back to 1997 then let someone else with fresh ideas to do the job. Elimination Chamber was a great concept by him though.

    The BAND/NWO/KLIQ...whatever.
    I know with the exception of Kevin Nash, the rest have gone. But Kevin Nash. Same as Hulk Hogan. Time to hang up the Boots and let the younger guys flourish. and too money motivated.

    Lacey Von Erich.
    Take her to a wrestling school and then bring her back when she CAN wrestle.

    Orlando Jordan.
    Sorry this guy is no Goldust, and his Bi angle is just too tacky and maybe a bit too much for some people to stomach. Yes he is Bi in real Life but people want to see WRESTLING not a man looking effeminate. I do not have an issue with peoples sexuality and maybe some gay/bi men feel he is a bit too OTT.

    Vince Russo.
    The guy who practically killed WCW and made David Arquette WCW champion. Reason why Jim Cornette is not with TNA. It is because Cornette was honest to admit that he could not give 100% commitment while Russo is in charge of creative. Cornette bought substance and bite to TNA. Russo brings dross and crap angles.
    Updated 08-21-2010 at 08:22 PM by TLK (adding some words)
  4. Patrick's Avatar
    ABYSS: As long as he doesn’t do main event I like him.

    AJ STYLES: Phenomenal. What else can be said about the guy. He is the TNA original and I fell he will be the one that people remember most about TNA should it go under 15-20 years from now.

    AMAZING RED: Great worker. He does the old fashioned route and gains the fans love simply based off his amazing in ring skill. He puts the wrestling back into Pro-Wrestling.

    ANGELINA: She is by far my favorite womens wrestler between the top two (WWE-TNA). She plays a great face and an even better heel. Not to mention she is also a very gifted athlete.

    BEER MONEY: I remember when they formed. I did not think very much of them at the time. But as time went on, Beer Money grew on me. I do feel they should really incorporate the money aspect into their gimmick though. Maybe have them hire henchmen with Robert Roode’s money.

    BRIAN KENDRICK: Another good worker. It is a shame that the X-Division has been a bit lackluster lately though. He’s one of those guys that makes a better contender for a title than actual champion.

    CHELSEA: She’s simply eye candy to me. I haven’t seen much of her other than her pretty face. So it’s hard to judge. Personally I don’t think Desmond Wolf needs her as a manager.

    CHRISTY HEMME: Good wrestler, good interviewer, good eye candy. An all around good asset to the company.

    D'ANGELO DINERO: It’s amazing how much WWE wasted on this guy. I mean, he used to be a nobody in the big ocean, now he’s a shining star in the small sea. All I have to say is Pope is Pimpin!

    DAFFNEY: The company could move on without her. Maybe since she doesn’t have Dr. Stevie no more, pair her up with Abyss and her and Janice can share him lol.

    DESMOND WOLFE: Personally, I don’t feel he is as great as others say he is. He is a great mic worker as well as wrestler. He really needs just one big push before I’ll pay any more attention on him though.

    DON WEST: I liked West as an announcer, but I like Taz more so I wont say bring him back. Maybe utilize him more often? Maybe turn him into the next Jim Cornette?

    DOUGLAS WILLIAMS: Get that freakin title off of him! Good wrestler though. He’d be a better TV champ.

    ERIC BISCHOFF: A good persona to have around. He is the Anti-Vince if you know what I mean. His ideas could be better, but when he’s on fire, baby he’s burnin.

    ERIC YOUNG: He has proven himself to be a good heel. But what Eric Young needs to do is tune up his wrestling skills just a little bit and then throw him into contendership for the X title.

    GENERATION ME: My current favorite tag team. I see a lot of Shane Helms and Shannon Moore in these two. Keep them around TNA!
    HAMADA: Good wrestler, but nothing for her in TNA.

    HERNANDEZ: The next big thing. His skills are amazing in almost everything he does. He has proven himself as a tag and singles wrestler. Something most can not do.

    HULK HOGAN: He would be better if he only spoke once during the night.

    JAY LETHAL: Glad to see his Macho Man gimmick over. Although, I still do not feel much coming from Jay. I feel he is only there because he is one of the originals.

    JEFF HARDY: Go back to WWE. Leave your bad wrestling and bad attitude in the bad company.

    JEFF JARRETT: Forever a Double J fan. Much respect to him for starting TNA. Although I do feel he plays on the founder gimmick too much. Maybe quit wrestling and solely be a man of authority.
    JEREMY BORASH: Keep this dude in TNA. Maybe even give him an in ring talk show? I know it’s very WWE to do that, but this guy would make me want to watch it.

    JESSE NEAL: Keep it up kid!

    KAZARIAN: He is just one small push away from busting out onto that main event scene and finally capturing gold. Hopefully fortune does not hold him back at all.

    KEVIN NASH: I like big sexy, but he needs to stop wrestling. Maybe take a year off and make a big return far from now. Until then, not much hype from this guy.

    KIYOSHI: Suicide now I think. As Kiyoshi he never did anything amazing other than wrestle good. Seems to be the same with Suicide as well. Get him away from that mask and put him into the X division title picture.

    KURT ANGLE: The best in the world.

    LACEY VON ERICH: Go away.

    MADISON RAYNE: Vast improvement done on her part. She is talking better, wrestling better and can very easily get that heat when needed.

    MAGNUS: Keep him ni a tag team. He’s an okay worker, okay talker. Nothing special about this guy.

    MATT MORGAN: Worst wrestler between the big two companies.

    MICK FOLEY: I almost feel that he is tainting TNA. If TNA ever got a second brand I would put him and Don West as commentators.

    MIKE TENAY: Good commentator. He does not know how to excite the audience that well though. He really needs to scream when needed. His job is to provide voice work. He needs to incorporate all aspects of his voice. But overall he is good.

    MOTORCITY MACHINE GUNS: Great tag team, TNA, don’t you ever split these two up! They really set the bar for younger workers.

    MR ANDERSON: Amazing. He is a super heel/baby face and everything in between. His mic skills are the best IMO. Dare I say he’s a crossover between Cena and Austin on the mic?

    ORLANDO JORDAN: Okay, I swear I’m not gay, but I love this guy! He really plays up on the freaky gay guy we all try to avoid at the party. He does not need mic skills to make him a great character. But I do feel that he would get stale rather fast. We can only see so many pieces of gum get stuck in So Cal Val’s mouth.

    RAVEN: Go away.

    RHINO: See above.

    RIC FLAIR: Retire.

    ROB TERRY: Build this guy up! Send him back down to a school where he can really give it good training for a few months. Improve the wrestling as well as the mic skills and you my friends have the potential next Triple H.

    ROB VAN DAM: Ugh. He made the TNA World title look bad. He’s past his prime.

    SAMOA JOE: Badass! Keep him as a badass. Whether it be heel, face or out in space! Maybe give him one run as the tv champ before going main event again though.

    SARITA: Her and Taylor Wild are only there to keep the womens tag titles relevant.

    SHANNON MOORE: He’d make a great X division champ. But theres not much more advancement he can do beyond that. Maybe ink inc can work with Gen Me in a feud over the tag titles.

    SO CAL VAL: Okay, I’m a little biased here. I love redheads. I like her as an interviewer and all around personality.

    STEVIE RICHARDS: Wasn’t Hardcore Justice your last stand buddy? Just go back to the indies or retire already.

    STING: Most well known worker to have never worked for Vince McMahon. A feat only few can accomplish. Although, I do feel that he ruined any momentum AJ got when he retired him last year. He should really do one last retirement angle then call it good.

    SUICIDE: See Kiyoshi.

    TAYLOR WILDE: See Sarita.

    TAZ: A great announcer. He’s probably the best in TNA. Don’t let this guy go.

    TEAM 3D: Good tag team in their prime. But I feel they should focus in training the guys who need it at their school. Guys like Rob Terry.

    TOMKO: Thank god he is gone.

    TOMMY DREAMER: Okay, we can only take s much bitching and moaning about how ECW is your life. Quit crying and go spend some time with your family already. You deserve it.

    VELVET SKY: Second favorite female performer. Although I do feel some more wrestling training wouldn’t hurt at all.

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