When I was a kid, which was a long time ago during the territory days of professional wrestling, I would imagine ‘Supercards’ and put together my own matches. This was before the internet and I had to rely on basic cable and Pro Wrestling Illustrated (anyone remember this one?) to know the who’s who of the sport. These days, there are only a fraction of the promotions remaining, with limited exposure for young wrestlers.
It’s definitely a different game now. So, this led me to think about how current talent would fare if they wrestled for the competition. How would John Cena or Sheamus go over if they signed with WWE. How about R-Truth? I broke down the field, let’s start with the five workers who would thrive on the TNA roster.
Given a lame gimmick, Zack Ryder is a very talented worker who could chase after the X-Division or TV Title (there is still a TV Title, right Hulk?) Ryder got a small push over a year ago in the Kane/Cena/Eve angle, though he is primarily used a jobber. A top-notch tag team talent, imagine Ryder with Rob Terry, Sam Shaw or the hoping-to-return Zema Ion (“Breaking necks and cashing checks!”)
WWE Divas are a joke compared to TNA Knockouts. Period. Kaitlyn is the WWE’s diamond in the rough, the most talented Diva (other than Natalya), and her angle with AJ Lee will likely go nowhere (like most AJ Lee angles). Though I’m sure she’s thrilled with the experience provided by WWE, she’s bored. I would love to see Kaitlyn match-up against the likes of Gail Kim, Mickie James and Velvet Sky.
Before he was the schizophrenic, ‘Little Jimmy’-talking R-Truth, he was Ron ‘The Truth’ Killings, former NWA World Champ. R-Truth was phenomenal in TNA and used poorly in the WWE. I would love to see Killing return to TNA in the role he left. This is one talented worker I think was ruined by the WWE brass, while giving him the Tag Titles with three different partners, feuding with two of them, John Morrison and The Miz)
Captain Charisma regained his footing with his time in TNA, and it gave him and Edge a chance to shine on their own. Some people are born for this business and Christian is one of them. Although he’s facing Alberto Del Rio at Summerslam for the WHC, I would still love to see him in TNA challenging for the World Title there. He’s overlooked in WWE, mostly by the fans who only see the ‘Edge and Christian,’ and not the true Christian, the former Intercontinental Champ, NWA Champ and leader of Christian’s Coalition. The most important thing on Christians side right now is the support of Vince McMahon. If he wins the WHC at Summerslam, expect him to retire shortly after, just like his best buddy Edge. If not, I’d rather see another run in TNA than a slow fade.
1. Tyson Kidd
Straight from the Hart Dungeon and once publicly termed a ‘workhorse’ by CM Punk, Tyson Kidd is one of the best technical and overall wrestlers in the sport. Tyson Kidd in the X-Division would send shockwaves through the company, the roster and my very own spine. I think the last match I saw with Tyson Kidd was a tag team with The Great Khali- and I only half-watch ANY match featuring Khali. Imagine Kidd vs. Austin Aries, Kenny King or AJ Styles.
The talent who would NOT see success in TNA Wrestling include;
The WWE Champ’s Cinderella-story is one of legend. Vince and the WWE made John Cena what he is today, and with sub-par ring ability combined with a whole lot of charm and charisma, Cena would NOT go over, and I believe would not be able to keep up with the likes of Austin Aries and Chris Sabin, TNA’s two best workers.
4. Daniel Bryan
In my opinion, Daniel Bryan is the most gifted in-ring worker in ALL of professional wrestling right now, and WWE barely knew what to do with him. Unfortunately, I have seen talented workers in TNA fall at the wayside due to the two-hour programming and lack of exposure. Daniel Bryan is another WWE Cinderella story, much different than that of John Cena- meaning that he worked hard, created a craft instead of a gimmick, and is now at the top of his own game, and the entire sport. Daniel Bryan will be WWE Champ at SummerSlam, barring something really dumb by WWE Creative.
3. The Miz
Mike Miznanin is an actor with mediocre wrestling ability (Can You Smell What The Hell I’m Cooking Here!). His character work, like The Rock, is what gets him over. In TNA right now, it takes more than that to get off the ground. I have always believed that TNA emphasises in-ring talent, whereas WWE still focuses on gimmicks. TNA already has their ‘Miz’ in the talented Kenny King. Someone who should have never been WWE Champ, The Miz and his various gimmicks are best suited for WWE, preferably at the announcers table.
2. Randy Orton
The son of Cowboy Bob Orton is not going anywhere, if WWE had any creative sense. Orton is a talent who has gotten better with age. If you remember the ‘Evolution’ Legend Killer Orton was brutal, handsome and deviant. Orton is now the ‘Viper’ and ‘Mr. Money In The Bank’ and soon, new WWE Champ. Can you imagine Orton vs. Magnus or Samoa Joe? Epic, though unlikely. Orton would take TNA by storm at first, but the direction of the company would eventually work against him.
The Celtic Warrior is simply a cartoon character. Think The Ultimate Warrior with a brain and a vocabulary. Limited ring-ability, colorful voice and character, Sheamus would be a hard person to book in any promotion Ridiculous as a heel and too ‘Barney the Dinosaur’ as a face, TNA Creative would have fits trying to book him. Seeing Sheamus get schooled by AJ Styles would be comedy act.