It’s not like we did not see this coming. WWE’s brand needs some much-needed help. It’s not about recreating the Attitude Era or hoping someone like Steve Austin or The Rock come back to resuscitate what has been a flat-lining main event list. What is about is finding wrestlers who can inject life back into what was the only game in town.
WWE, most notably Vince McMahon, did it to itself by buying WCW and forging forward without competition. Niche promotions like TNA and ROH cannot challenge the big brother of the business and are having issues challenging each other. But now, there is a real lack of excitement with WWE talent and its superstars.
When this happens, and it seems to happen more often than not lately, WWE creative and its officials do something to stir the pot, shake things up. Call it a combination of fear and sudden impact. The kind of which is not the idea of suspended animation, rather a quick jolt to the senses of the fan base.
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Sometimes it works as in the case of Seth Rollins turning heel and becoming awesome. Sometimes, it falls flat – as in the case of forcing fans to accept Roman Reigns as the heir to the John Cena thrown.
If there is to be a change in the near future (there is a little over three months left in the year), then WWE will have to work hard to make sure 2016 starts with a bang. That means mega surprises at the Royal Rumble.
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With the unknown concerning TNA Wrestling, things could become very interesting if the brand cuts contracts and lets wrestlers walk over to McMahon’s circus. There is no word yet if TNA will have a new television deal once it cuts ties with America.
Here are seven wrestlers (five plus two females and one ROH star) who could make a major impact, should they decide to make that move.
Drew Galloway – The Former Drew McIntrye was once thought to be “The Chosen One” by none other than Vince McMahon himself. He has a look that screams poor man’s Barry Windham and is better on the mic than we have given him credit for. And Galloway is making quite the statement for Dixie Carter’s TNA operation.
I see Galloway’s return as the leader of a potential TNA takeover attempt. And could be even better than the WCW takeover once Vince bout WCW for his very own playground.
Jeff Hardy – Hardy’s agenda in WWE before was mixed. The former headliner and singles and tag team star could return with or without his brother, Matt, and still make a significant impact on both Raw and Smackdown.
Given that the Dudley’s are already in the tag team mix, seeing these two teams battle it out again in a WWE ring would ignite fans and place more emphasis on the straps. I can
I can also envision Hardy as a contender for Rollins and the WWE World Title. That kind of heat would certainly help ratings.
Gail Kim – The thought of Kim and Charlotte or Sasha Banks for the WWE Divas Title is scintillating and salivating.
Kim is one of the best, if not the best female performer in the business and left WWE for greener pastures down in Orlando. She is one of the most decorated women’s champions of all time and gives the Divas instant credibility and oxygen.
Whoever might come with her should TNA fold or release stars again means Kim may not be the only woman wanting to defect.
Jay Lethal – I have seen online comments about whether or not WWE would sign the current Ring of Honor Champion. I say do it and don’t think too hard about it.
The best thing the WWE has going for it today and does not use it effectively enough is the idea of its cruiserweights and the action of its high flyers.
Lethal is a lethal (yes, use the pun) combination of everything fans want to see and could, like Hardy, present a serious challenge to Seth Rollins and the WWE World Title.
Lethal’s career got better once he left TNA. Maybe this is the pinnacle of his success. And he could be WWE’s biggest signing of the new year.
AJ Styles – This is the one wrestler after Sting finally signing with WWE, that I have wanted to see on USA network.
Styles is working with New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW), where he is a former two-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion. He is also working for Ring of Honor (ROH). WWE has acknowledged in the past they were not interested in Styles when his contract expired with TNA.
It’s hogwash to think the man who has done everything in a ring not affiliated with McMahon would not be on a short list of wrestlers who could come to the main event and immediately challenge for a title.
Kharma – We tried this before and it did not work. Hopefully, it will in the future.
Kharma is everything the women’s division needs and a feud with Paige or Tamina is perfect for her return.
Her size and sheer power makes her a cut above in a division of slinky, sexy women. Fans who have not witnessed her feud with Gail Kim would get to see firsthand how the chemistry in a ring between women is supposed to be.
Eric Young and Bobby Roode (TIE) – Take your pick or take both, as I would.
Both have helped to create the TNA brand and both have given their careers to the business. Each is as solid as any wrestler to get in the ring in the past decade and would certainly add to the main event level.
I’d love to see a feud with Roode and John Cena or a match between Young and Dean Ambrose.
The fact both of these men are seasoned veterans would add a lot more intrigue to a potential invasion angle, in my opinion.