When I began writing this roster split, the vibe I had was of the RAW/Smackdown roster war waged between the two feuding managers, Stephanie McMahon and Eric Bischoff. Having said THAT, I would put THIS story on a higher tier. Why? Because of the circumstances confronting this story, in particular, TNA would set itself apart from the earlier WWE incarnation. With a phantom second branch, IF this project has that in mind, instead of a fully bolstered, massive roster splitting itself between two managers, TNA would have a brand new story to tell.
Pressing this notion to the side, I'd like to finish the roster planning with the teams AND the X Division.....so I think it best to begin with the X Division.
This is it, people. Seriously....this is what the X Division is down to.....and this is where I fall in the matter: If and when the story takes place, TNA's rosters will HAVE to put more into this division in order to make the jointed PPVs worth the money the public at large will pay for them.
As for the Tag Team Division, since TNA has become rather lean in that department, this will complicate the process. The way I see it, we have three legitimate tag teams and a short term: Bromans, Bad Influence, the short term reunion of Beer Money, and the Wolves. Because of this fact, I have arranged the division something like this:
Let's face it, since we have to look into new talents ANYWAY, we might as well allow The Bromans their own space to grow, whereas Daniels, Kaz, and Edwards and Richards are well seasoned veterans who can raise up a new generation of tag performers and would fit nicely into a brand new brand.
NOTE: My next column is going to be called "Let's Go Shopping" in the hopes that I can put together a wish list based upon the list of Gut Check voting candidates TNA introduced last year to fill in some gaps in the respective rosters.
So let's have a look at the score:
18 on the West, 15 on the East. That means we'll be looking for about 20-25 on the East and 22 or so on the West with one or two wild cards thrown into the number. It seems like an even spin on things, but I'll let you all be the judges once this roster has been compiled.