TNA's biggest problem to me is that they don't have their own version of John Cena. Now I know a lot of the TNA die hards and Cena haters are gonna jump down my throat for that post, but that is what they need to be competitive. Look at the WWE for instance. Do you think they got to the top by having a revolving door of top talent, like TNA does? No they've always had one top guy who was above everyone else. They had Buddy Rogers, Bruno Sammartino, Pedro Morales, Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart, Shawn Micheals, Stone Cold Steve Austin, the Rock, Brock Lesnar, HHH, and now John Cena. Look at WCW as well. When they were at their best they had that "It" guy that both TNA, ROH, and ECW all lack.
Now to cover the TNA die hards and Cena haters saying that isn't what TNA needs. Well you are 100% wrong from the business wrestling sense. You can't argue against a guy who is guaranteed to sell tickets, merchandise, and get mainstream attention for your company. I would love to hear a counter argument to how that is bad?
As for who should fill this role, I don't think anyone on the current TNA roster will be able to fill this role. Please save the butthurt until you read my explanations please. While I love Austin Aries and believe he is one of the greatest wrestlers on the planet today, he is not tall enough to attract the non-die hard wrestling fans. Also his age is something that goes against him as well. I think he would be better served as the temporary replacement like Shawn Micheals and Bret Hart where. As for Magnus while just like Aries I do love me some Magnus, his non-American background will hurt him in the long run to the non-die hard wrestling fans.
As for possible candidates for TNA's "John Cena":
1.) Crimson-I think TNA needs to resign this man ASAP and model him after what WCW tried to do with Goldberg. He has the size, the atheleticism, and the look for TNA to build their company around him. My only worry is his mic skills, but I believe that can be over come with mic training. Plus with his history with TNA it'll be easier for the fans to accept him quicker.
2.) "The Pope"-This man could've been dynamite for TNA if they weren't so stupid in the way they handled him. He was easily one of the best guys they had on the stick, if not the best, and squandered him with stupid feud after stupid feud after stupid feud. The only reason I have him higher on the list than Austin Aries is because of his race, he can appeal to the black demographic, and that he is bigger than Aries. I'll never figure out how TNA could fail with this man so many times.
3.) Magnus-I feel Magnus' most natural fit for TNA is as their top heel or number two face. I can't see him as the top face, and this might be petty, but because of him not being a natural American. The biggest thing about being the top face is connecting with the American audience and I think it'll be a lot harder for Magnus to connect on a national scale.
4.) Austin Aries-This man is pure gold on the mic and amazing in the ring. Again I believe his age and height would make it hard for him to fill the role of being TNA's John Cena. If it wasn't for his height and age he would be number one on my list.
5.) DOC-His mic skills are a little rough, not bad, just not as refined as someone like Aries, Magnus, or "The Pope". However his size and look could make him look like a total bad ass. Sort of like how Diesel was for the WWF.
Well there was my only "problem" with TNA and the solution. Let the hate and butthurt start flowing.