No idea if anyone still on this site gives a damn about TNA, but this week we've already seen 4 top level talents leave TNA.
Drew Galloway has announce that he's done with the company after about 3 years with the company.
In his time he's won the Grand Championship and the TNA world title and he's really shown on a big stage that he can be a top level talent, both as a face or as a heel. By the time he left he was without question one of TNA's top singles guys. He's proven to the world what he wasn't able to prove in WWE, and that is that he has the potential to be a top guy.
Where does Galloway go from here? I personally think he'll end up in WWE. I think there's plenty of scope to use him there either on the main roster, in NXT or indeed as part of the UK division. I think he'll end up in WWE, though I think he could have a great run in NJPW also. He's only 33 so he has time on his side, so if he wants to experience a different culture and style then we could see him go to NJPW for a couple of years before returning to WWE, which is his ultimate goal (see his appearance on Chris Jericho's podcast).
This morning several news outlets claimed that Mike Bennett, and thus his wife Maria Kannelis, were both done with TNA, and indeed seemingly have been for a while. Apparently their contracts expired back in 2016 and they've been on pay-per appearance deals since then in order to finish up storylines. Bennett came in with much fanfare as 'The Miracle' but he incredibly hasn't achieved anything in TNA, outside of a small run as X Division champion when he was on a crusade against the division. I've heard reports that he's a bit of an asshole, which is a shame since he has a lot of potential.
I'm not sure if WWE would pick him up if I'm honest since I think he wants his wife to be part of any deal. I could see them both come in but he'd have to check his attitude first. A ROH return is unlikely I think since I heard he left there on pretty bad terms. People may brush this off as not a big loss to TNA, but Bennett was a top level talent or them so it's a loss. And Maria has been excellent in her role as KO Division manager or whatever she was.
Lastly, but certainly not least, The Hardy Boys have confirmed that they're leaving TNA, amazingly because TNA tried to renegotiate new deals that had already been agreed with the talents.
Matt and Jeff Hardy are without question TNA's top two talents currently. Despite not being singles competitors as of late, they're still the main event attraction for the company. Jeff always has been and always will be one of the most over and popular guys in the business. People just love him. Matt since coming back for his current TNA run has been rejuvenated and has really had a new lease of life in his career. He came up with a new gimmick in ROH of being called 'Iconic' Matt Hardy, and 'Big money Matt'. He then brought that to TNA and was an instant hit as a heel. He then of course became 'broken' and since then his career has gone to new heights and he's become one of the most popular characters in the business. He then 'broke' Jeff and he too became and the 'Broken Hardys were born. Jeff has also had a new lease of life in terms of his character, since the 'Charismatic Enigma' stuff had become very stale to me.Given that these two are two of the most popular and over guys int he business right now, you'd have thought that TNA would have gone out of their way to try and keep them. Why on earth would you try and renegotiate their new contract offers after you'd already managed to agree on new terms? Absolute madness if you ask me.
This is going to be TNA's loss though and somebody else's gain. Who's though? Many are doubting that the 'Broken' gimmick would work in WWE as people feel that WWE would try and take too much creative control from the Hardys, who are the ones driving this gimmick. I would say though that in recent times, WWE have been much more lenient when it comes to creative freedom, especially when it comes to the top talents, and on top of this, WWE aren't stupid. They'll be aware that The Hardys are the ones that are the driving force of this hugely popular gimmick so I think they'd recognize that and won't try and control it as much. Others feel that the gimmick wouldn't work in a PG environment. I disagree however. I don't think there's anything to the gimmick that wouldn't work in a PG environment. Hardy biting opponents on occasion during matches is one thing that of course wouldn't work but otherwise I can't see anything that wouldn't work in a PG environment.
I think the one thing that is standing in the way of a Hardys return to WWE is Reby Sky. Matt Hardy fired out a few tweets thanking TNA for a 'WONDERFUL' time in TNAand wishing them the best. Then, Reby fucking Sky comes in with a tirade of about 10 tweets blasting TNA to pieces and bashing them. She literally went crazy and came across as a mental person. WWE won't want anything to do with that crap and that's the one thing that I can see casing a problem between the Hardys and WWE coming to an agreement. Matt Hardy has had the luxury with TNA of working a limited schedule, having his wife and kid with him pretty much at all time and as of late, he's even been able to film a good chunk of the work form his own home and estate. I think that's going to be hard to come by in WWE. I do think there's a way around it though. If WWE keep both brothers on the same brand, given them a limited live event schedule, give them their own 'Broken tour Bus' so that Matt can have Reby and Maxel traveling with him then I think we have a shot. I don't see WWE using Reby in a regular on-screen role though, and I certainly can't see them using his infant son on screen either. Perhaps using them in pre-taped stuff from the Hardy compound could work, but on-screen on live tv? no chance.
All in all, I see the WWE going to bat to get the Hardys back. They're one of the hottest commodities in the business right now and they're a huge asset to whoever brings them in. There's a lot of money to be made with them on board and WWE will surely want a piece of that.
So, is this it? Will more talents leave? I've heard that EC3's contract is up later this year. He's not been pushed as before as of late so could he leave? Eli Drake must be getting tired of waiting for a main event push, which he absolutely deserves.
Also, is this it now for TNA? With several top commodities leaving they'll need to be replaced. A hell of a lot of fans tuned into TNA just to see the Hardys so losing them is a blow. Anthem and Jarrett say that they have a plan and a direction that they're going in but it's very murky waters ahead for TNA still, and if they're going to be unable to convince top guys like the above to stay then I can't say that they future is too bright.