Thursday, December 6, 2012

Survival Tactix: Breaking Out.....

As we near the end of the year, I think it important to recognize a few of the TNA performers who look to make break out performances in the coming year. But before I launch into that, I'd like to take a moment and express an apology for the lack of writing prowess from my partner here in recent days. I understand his word processing device is giving him a few fits, so please send a prayer his way so we can resume throwing down on the professional wrestling world as a whole in the coming days.

SO.....I've been reading my share of updates and listening to the rumbles in the floorboards at TNA headquarters and these are the guys we can be sure to look for in the coming months......

Bully Ray......

Yeah, we all know who he is, but even his elimination from the Bound for Glory Series couldn't keep him from being one of the company's best talkers right now, not to mention more popular top tier talents in general. Bully stands to gain a great deal in the current story with the Hogans and Austin Aries and I daresay he'll become even closer to the coveted spot I've been predicting for months now. It's he who will dethrone the mighty Jeff Hardy, by my best guess.

Christian York......

Seing him take on Jeff Hardy AND Bobby Roode in consecutive weeks is a testament that TNA is high on the guy and want to see him succeed. Here's the thing about York....TNA knows they have something special with him, they just don't know how best to fill him into the roster. Does he begin somewhere in the middle? Does he take up his true start in the X Division? Right now, no one really knows WHERE to put Christian York. Unless they decide to align him with another current star, York's direction might be meandering upward instead of cruising.

Matt Morgan......

Once Morgan had resigned with TNA, he was promised a more prominent place within the company. I would say he's been given that thusfar. I will say, though, that he needs to brought to the top quicker than he's being promoted right now. He is on the short list of quickest big men in the business right now and could have been a World Title holder by now had his last year injury not taken him out of consideration. Rest assured, however, that by mid year, Matt Morgan will be holding the strap.

Joey Ryan.......

TNA has lightning in a bottle with Ryan right now, and they know it. Without Matt Morgan, he couldn't maintain his quirky, annoyingly heelish persona and make it work. But WITH the aid of the Blueprint, he is the Shawn Michaels with Diesel of TNA. NOW, before any of you get it into your heads that I think Joey Ryan is in the same league as HBK, let me stop you right there. The formula of arrogant, and heelish athletic character guarded by a human wall was done BEST by Michaels and Nash, in my opinion. HOWEVER, that's where the similarities end. Nevertheless, TNA is looking for big things to come of this alliance.

Austin Aries.......

Without a doubt in my mind, Austin Aries is the single most versatile member of the entire roster right now. He could be moved into the main event and no one would give it a second thought, but he could also, like last week, show up in an X Division match against the current champion. He talks VERY well and moves in the ring like the veteran he is. I see much more entertainment value in his credit account that will allow him to put even more names on the roster in the top places.

NOW before I go ANY further, I'd like to talk about the top tier for just a moment. Right now, there is NO PLACE ON EARTH with a stronger top tier than TNA. I'll even give you a minute or two to look........

WWE's top prospects right now, can't begin to keep up with those in current contention for the top prize in TNA, the World Heavyweight Championship. Bully Ray, James Storm, Bobby Roode, Jeff Hardy, RVD, Mr, Anderson, Kurt Angle, the list is expansive and long of those who could challenge for the title and not look silly going into the card. But the problem with having that kind of line-up is multiple title reigns. Jeff Hardy has held the belt how many times in TNA? Three. In a 4 year span, he has held the World Title 3 times. Save for Hardy, though, I see very few people on the landscape of the TNA title scene right now with those kinds of credentials as far as TNA credentials are concerned.

So do they re-crown a former champion or do they create a new one? That, right now, is the only concern I have with the top tier right now. TNA needs to determine just how many people they want to be sitting there biding their time for their own title shots down the road. Keep in mind, though, that with the passage of time, a former champion's time to shine begins to wane, making it necessary for TNA to do something to freshen the title chase for said former title holder. Winning a belt from a sitting position takes time.

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