John Cena has been sidelined. Do you know what that means? WWE is wounded. Now, I am NOT blood thirsty, at least not in the traditional sense of the words. Right now, however, it means that WWE will be doing some unorthodox pushing to bring someone new to the table in order to compete at his level. My best guess is Ryback as he's been toyed with as an experiment for the fans. The problem? He wasn't his own creation.
Do I have anything against Ryback? Not at all. I applaud WWE for trying. They HAVE to try. Why? Because, as I have said over and over again, WWE has been squandering their veterans and not elevating their mid-card quickly enough. Randy Orton, John Cena, Alberto Del Rio, CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Sheamus, and from time to time, the Big Show. That's the top tier for TWO World Titles. With all due respect for the transitional champions, as WWE has made them to be, Miz, Jack Swagger, and Mark Henry couldn't draw a crowd....at least not the way WWE wanted them to.
TNA has brought challengers out of the woodwork to challenge for their World Title. The most simple concept has been a breeding ground for top notch talents to cut their teeth in a hurry. The Bound for Glory Series, marred as some would say it is, has brought Bobby Roode, James Storm, and Bully Ray out of the mid-card and into full title contention. Joining the top tier, already being held by Jeff Hardy, Sting, RVD, Mr. Anderson, and the occasional bouts with the likes of AJ Styles and Samoa Joe, TNA is wrought with top tier talents to fill in, no matter what pinch TNA finds themselves in. Even Matt Morgan, upon his return, could shore up the odds.
My point? Right now, TNA is in a MUST-WIN situation. They truly need to capitalize on the departure, small as it will be, of John Cena in order to turn the tides once more. With less than 2 weeks until the big day, I hope they have at least one ace up their sleeve.