Sunday, April 21, 2013

Survival Tactix: Solutions and Problems.....

In a report just this week, Bruno Sammartino had the chance to meet with Vince McMahon Wrestlemania weekend in the hours before the Hall of Fame ceremony. In that meeting, Bruno complimented Vince on his new product. This shows that SOME enjoy the product now, but there IS news that shows it might be coming off the rails.....

CM Punk is said to be having some SERIOUS problems with WWE's Creative Team. In fact, some reports are going so far as to say Punk went to ask for his release after a disagreement. As a way to diffuse the situation AND allow him time to heal, WWE upper management made the call to take him off TV for a time. Rumors abound, however, about how long he'll be away. Some believe he's worked up enough to insist on being away until SummerSlam, while others believe he'll be back much sooner. Only waiting and watching will show which is which.

Moving over the line into TNA, attendance numbers are remaining strong and members of the management team are happy with them moving more tickets at their live events. Now, officials are looking at how they are going to rein in new viewers to catch their show at home. Taking the show HAS helped, make no mistake about it....and I've covered my take on the problems more than enough....so what I would like to do is delve into a few performers on the roster who could make a good addition to the TV utilized bunch.

1. Taeler Hendrix.....I've spoken my disgust at TNA's lack of forward movement for their newly acquired talents via Gut Check, but no opinions are quite as strong as those for Miss Hendrix, the first female Gut Check winner. She earned her place last year and has yet to be brought to the surface for a proper showing in ring. We're talking about a match that lasted less than 5 minutes for an Open Fight Night challenge with Tara and, with all due respect for those in high rank, THAT'S NOT ENOUGH!

2. Joseph Park.....I want to see some movement here. Mr. Park is Abyss. We all know it to be true and, unless the man is sincerely wanting to be done with the Hardcore Rules character, I'm thinking it needs to come to a head sooner than later where Bully Ray has to answer for his deeds at the hands of the monster. I've got my own ideas as to how this meeting could come about, but however it's done, it needs to come soon.

3. Matt Morgan.....So far, his promise to clean up all of Hogan's messes isn't materializing. I do hope there's movement on THAT front VERY soon. The question I'm asking is if he joins up with AJ and Sting to battle the Aces and Eights without having to join Team TNA. I certainly hope so...

4. Jay Bradley.......Since Bradley isn't a member of the Aces and Eights final roster, he SHOULD be a member of the shadowy team that's responsible for taking them out. Matt Morgan, Sting, AJ Styles, Jay Bradley, Abyss, and a couple more......

5. RVD......Why him? Let me put it another way.....I said that TNA doesn't need his expertise anymore, but if the powers that be are set on bringing him back, THIS is where I'd put him.....

6. Sam Shaw......He's been waiting patiently for revenge and has been denied. When the call comes, he'll be ready. He hasn't forgotten the beatdown he got upon his debut.

If TNA decided to go full bore with a three team-three way dance type of match, it'd bring the house down, make no mistake. The teams......

Matt Morgan, RVD, Sam Shaw, AJ Styles, Jay Bradley, Abyss, and Sting

Devon, D-Lo Brown, Wes Brisco, Garett Bischoff, Anderson, Knux, and DOC

Kurt Angle, Samoa Joe, Jeff Hardy, James Storm, Magnus, Bad Influence

I realize that Bad Influence hasn't been featured as a face team as yet, but with AJ driving a spike between them and them not being a part of the Aces and Eights, it makes sense to turn them closer to the face side of things. Like it or not, this is a HUGE list of performers and having them ALL featured on TV on a near weekly basis is quite the feat. That's 21 people, for those of you Math majors out there. 21 people on a single storyline and, when you take into account 2 to 4 Knockouts per week, 3 or 4 X Division performers, and 2 or 3 Tag Teams, that's 29 to 32 members of the roster each week on TV. Out of a nearly 42 member active roster, that's HUGE! I dare WWE to come close with all the shows they've got running right now.

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