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TNA Wrestling has been accused of copying or at the very least “drawing inspiration” from many WWE storylines since its inception. Thus it should come at no surprise that their current main event push is drawing a lot of comparisons to what WWE is currently doing with their new WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
It appears that TNA is trying to create their own “B+ player” that has been held down by management and not allowed the full opportunity to succeed until now. They seem to be trying to ride the coat-tails of the “ultimate underdog” story that was just told at Wrestlemania 30 and trying to turn Eric Young into that underdog in his quest to resolve his war with Abyss and ultimately capture the TNA Heavyweight Championship. However, in typical TNA fashion, they rushed right past the story and straight to the pay-off.
It’s classic TNA story telling. Instead of building up their competitor over weeks or even months with well developed stories, tremendously wrestled matches, and progression up a proverbial ladder they chose to rush things along. They seemingly inserted EY into the main event story just weeks ago (probably when they finally realized Bryan would in fact be in the title match at Mania), having him reappear in the Abyss drama. They then rushed through his issues with Abyss and made him the #1 contender. They didn’t even let that sink in a week, giving him his title match later in the same show and HAVING HIM WIN THE TITLE. Maybe they partnered Abyss with Magnus to get to this point all along, but I don’t really have that much faith in TNA storytellers. This was them rushing through another story that could have been very good if played out properly over time but was just rushed along (think Chris Sabin’s world title win, ECIII and Magnus breaking up, Austin Aries’ title reign, and much more).
Now I am not saying that Eric Young doesn’t deserve this opportunity. I believe he certainly does. I know a lot of people are split on this, but a case can be made on both sides. I prefer to focus on the fact that he is the ultimate company guy. He’s been there for ten years, through thick and thin, and has done everything they have ever asked of him. They have saddled him with shitty gimmick after shitty gimmick and he’s done his best to make them all work. When he finally did find his groove as the head man of the British Invasion, they imploded the group before he could properly acclimate himself into the main event scene.
EY has made a special needs gimmick work, he’s been half of the Knockouts Tag Team Champions, he’s played a serious role, been the background player of a group, and anything else asked of him. He’s simply doing what’s asked of him yet again. Fans may crap on it due to the way he’s been booked in his career and the way this story was poorly crafted. However, I ask you to consider that it isn’t his fault. He’s done everything he could to do the best at what he has been given and I would expect nothing less as World Heavyweight Champion.
He’s got his own TV show, so he is in the mainstream more than most of Impact’s superstars. He’s actually highly entertaining on this show when he is allowed to just be himself. If they allow him to do that more on the show, he will come across more real, and I have no doubt he can entertain the masses. He will also likely be doing promotion for this show across many media outlets, so this could be very good publicity for TNA and they could be creating their first mainstream star.
The timing may be questionable. It may be another TNA ripoff of a WWE storyline. However, don’t take that out on Eric Young. He’s just trying to do what he’s been asked. After all of his years of hard work he is finally being given the ball and allowed to run. Get behind him. Encourage him to run. Support him. We are always asking for TNA to change it up and to tell new stories. Well, we have one here. Magnus was just World Champion, and now we have Eric Young. They are giving us new champions, new feuds, and just trying to change things for the better. Let’s all take a second to step back from being so critical all the time and just enjoy the ride. They may not of given us a chase, but let’s enjoy the defense.
What do you think? Is Eric Young just a “B+ player?” Is he worthy of this push or is TNA just grasping at straws at this point? Are just just pulling this off to try and pop a momentary ratings boost like they did when Sabin became champ?
Eric Young can be a very fun champion. If you want TNA to get better, we need to embrace the change. He may not of been my first choice, but I like the choice. TNA rolled the dice and I hope it works out.
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