It was a few months ago when TNA had then champion Matt Hardy was forced to vacate the World Championship following EC3 and his claims that the title was unfairly taken from him. Though many people believed that having Matt vacate the title a few days after winning it and then announced that he was vacating the title on YouTube. Since then TNA has been running a G1 Climax esque tournament or an expanded version of their old Bound For Glory Series.
I will admit that at first I thought that a tournament of that size would never work and how they had Hardy vacate the title was badly done and was a mistake to do. But after a few months I will say that my opinion of the World Title series has changed and I think it has been very well done especially when it come to including talents that most wouldn't expect in a World title tournament. Even though this is a simple way to have a long term direction for TV and the company as a whole it works, because it gives the matches on TV a lot more meaning and intrigue.
Looking at the companies ratings may make others believe that the tournament isn't helping, but ratings don't always come forward even with meaningful and every so often a great match that sticks out. I believe the reason for that has to do with TNA once again leaving their TV home for somewhere new in January and the lack of willingness from fans to give the company another chance.
Recently, some major reports have been circulating about the future of this brand and there time as a subsidiary of Anthem Sport and Entertainment. However, with the magnitude of this information I felt it was necessary to wait for more information to come out about this situation. It would be a disservice to this story and those involved if I didn't take this story piece by piece and deal with the information little by little. But first things first is dealing with information regarding Jeff Jarrett and his status within GFW.
At first not much was known about his status within the company at first other than the fact that it seemed as though he was removed from his position as head of creative and leader of the company. However, at this point it doesn't seem like there is much more to the story other than the idea that Jeff did have to step away from the company for personal reasons and nothing else. Though Jeff has had his problems in the wrestling business I am fan of Jeff and admire what he has been able to do in this business. With that being said I hope the best for Jeff and that whatever the problems maybe that he can figure things out.
This is one of those reasons that I always try to hold off talking about major stories in particular to allow all of the information to come up. At this point it is unclear what the future does hold for Global Force Wrestling, but what is known is that stories like this don't help the company trying to rebuild their image. I'm not sure what to expect either as when you think the negative stories have stopped just another one finds a way to make some new negative press come out. More to come on this subject!
Over the last few days on social media a variety of wrestlers and fans alike have commented on the events that took place at Triplemania over the weekend. It has been said that at this past weekend's event AAA wrestler Sexy Star went into business for herself at the expense of her opponents. During she would split one of her opponents open and would then injury GFW star Rosemary after refusing to break an arm-breaker. Following the in-ring incident Vampiro would step up and require Star apologize to all the women she was in the ring with. This however, didn't stop a number of wrestlers from coming calling out Sexy Star for her unprofessional actions.
Now I will include some tweets from wrestlers but most of this will be my opinion on this situation. It's like Allie said that when you get in the ring you expect to be taken care of by your opponent and not have to worry about them hurting you. We doing know why Star decided to shoot on them but what I do know that someone needs to discipline her and make sure she knows that she is never to do it again no matter her reasoning. Nobody is bigger then the promotion they work for no matter the name and that wrestling will always continue no matter who is on top. Star has no right be in a locker room for a very long time because after this incident how could anyone trust her after this.
In the last few years the landscape of the wrestling world has changed with a variety of stars moving from one company to another. Recently, we have been seeing a lot more people walk away from WWE and move to greener pastures elsewhere then ever before. The up tick in roster turnover has not only effected the WWE but also had been a heavy influence over TNA. Looking back at the roster last year for both TNA & WWE both their rosters have changed in a drastic way.
A few months ago reports had been appearing that Rey Mysterio Jr could not only be on the radar of Global Force Wrestling, but that they might have offered him a contract to join the company. Even though some might say that Rey's best years are behind him and that GFW could be more productive with their money. I think if Global Force and Rey could come to an agreement it would extremely beneficial for both sides.
Since he left the WWE I feel as though we have seen almost the rebirth of a legend. It seemed at one point during his WWE run that he lost his passion for the wrestling business and needed something to bring it back. Now we are unsure what did happen as far as how his contract talk fell apart. However, had Rey ended up signing with GFW he absolutely would've been an asset to the company and had given them another person with someone name recognition to help rebuild the company.
I have always finding new talent and developing them from the ground is the way to go for the formerly known Impact Wrestling. This company has done that a lot of the years with names like Abyss, Zema Ion, Robbie E, Jessie, AJ Styles, and variety of others. But another way to find new talent is by giving a wrestler a complete make over and they did this to perfection with Ethan Carter III. However, the last year has been anything but kind to the newly created GFW and they need ways to start fresh.
One talent that could use a makeover and I would love to see given a chance on a national level is Michael Elgin. Michael was at one point a talent on the rise in ROH and even captured the World title. But in the end it was that run with the title that really spelled the end of his time in ROH due to the company trying to sign him exclusive due to them having a problem with how he was booked elsewhere. In turn I guess you could say Elgin chose PWG and independence over a paycheck with ROH.
Since then Elgin has been thrilling crowds working for both PWG and has seen his stock rise big in New Japan over the last few years. At this point it seems a return to ROH is out of the question, but how about a debut in a company that is searching for some new faces. I don't know about you, but I would love to see Michael Elgin vs Lashley in a GFW ring that has a nice ring to it.
A few months ago a former X-Division champion worked a match in the small Mexican wrestling promotion known as CRASH back in April and suffered a scary injury. For years in TNA we have seen numerous unknown stars come through the company to give new bodies to the X-Division as a way to rebuild the division the terrible booking that killed the division. One of those names that really stuck out from the pack and became sort of the leader of the division his name is DJ Z.
I will admit the last time I saw DJ he competed against I believe Andrew Everett and the match was very weak due to a clear lack of chemistry between the two. But it was also a clear indication of how much things have changed in the X-division over the years.
Now for the injury, back in April DJ went for a 450 splash off the top rope and something went wrong. Some how DJ would fracture his colon and suffered internal bleeding from the splash. At one point there was talk that Z may never be able to get back in the ring again due to the severity of the injury he sustained. But now according to recent reports it seems as though DJ Z could be returning to wrestling again very soon which is amazing to hear. I have been a very big fan of DJ since his days on the Indies and am very happy that he could be coming back soon to the ring.
Recently, news broke that three stars would be leaving GFW for various reasons and those stars include Matt Morgan, Magnus, and Davey Richards. Now I know most of you will say that you didn't even know Matt Morgan was back and that's because he was only working house show events and didn't work TV due to just being back part time. At this point in his career Matt is retired and working a 9-5 job during the week and only came back to Impact so he could work weekends without leaving his current job.
Though losing Davey is a big loss I actually have a tremendous amount of respect for him and the decision he made. Now for those who don't know Davey is actually a trained EMT and has been in school to become a doctor. Considering that Davey has been balancing medical school, his family, and wrestling for the last few years you have to applaud his commitment and passion for both wrestling and medicine. Sadly, it has hit the time that Davey had to pick between medical school and wrestling, he chose medical school. I hold no heart feelings to Davey and hope that becomes and extremely successful doctor as I know this has been something his been working for since his days in ROH.
Though some fans may look at this as a bad thing because the company continues to lose big names. But even though Jeff has said some stupid stuff the last few months one thing that he said that made sense is that fans need to give Jeff and co a chance to rebuild and invest in the new faces like the fans did back in 2002 when the company first began. I would second that logic as I would like to see the company bring in some new faces and give some more stars from the Indies a shot on national TV.
With the anniversary show in the background and the new company name official with no change insight it's time for Global Force Wrestling to maybe change the image of the old company. In my opinion wrestling is like baseball in that you start with one and build backwards. Keeping this in mind every good baseball team needs a leadoff hitter someone to set the table and get the excitement up. Wrestling is the same way as the opening match on a wrestling show is just as important as having a good leadoff hitter in baseball.
In building the roster I think the best choice would be to have a veteran that could work the early matches against youngsters to help get them comfortable in the ring. There is no doubt that with the addition of the GFW roster the former Impact Wrestling has a lot of new faces, but with those new faces having some balance would help.
I know I may have said that the WWE should look at Colt Cabana, but I think he would also be a big help to GFW and give them a fresh face that could create a new identity for the company. Colt has always been a favorite of mine from his time in Ring of Honor and I think allowing him to work on a national stage would be a well deserved gift for a veteran and help the company.
Since his debuted in TNA under the mysterious mask under name of Suicide and then later known as Manik. Now almost 2-3 years after debuting under the mask and remaining under the mask for all of that time it has lead TJ to want more. It was a few weeks ago when TJ started his campaign to get TNA to allow him to become TJ Perkins in TNA and dropped the Maink gimmick. So basically he wants to unmask and be himself as a way to repackage himself get rid of the gimmick he's had for almost 3 years. I do that it is time to drop that gimmick all together in my book when they changed his name from Suicide to Manik I thought it was a good time to drop the gimmick and let him be TJ, but TNA chose to keep him masked and just change his name.
Now even though TJ would like a name change it is being that said that he's being ignored by TNA management in his efforts to get his name changed. In general if TJP never had been unmasked or was making a lot more money because of his mask then he could without out it those would be good reasons for him to keep the mask on. However, TJ has been wrestling for over a decade at this point and is only still in his early 20's which tells you the type of career this kid may still have ahead of him. I think letting TJ be himself in TNA would allow for a fresh set of idea to go TJ's way as he would be portrayed as a new face even though he had already been with the company. But we shall see what happens as you never what TNA will do next. Even though TJ isn't showing much in the WWE right now, he still is young enough for them to right the ship and for TJ to realize whatever potential he may have.
For almost the entire second half of last year we heard about seemingly never ending bad news that plagued Impact Wrestling. Near the end of the year it was reported that Dixie Carter had officially sold TNA Wrestling to Anthem Sports and Entertainment. Once the new company began to take over they brought back Jeff Jarrett to take care of the wrestling side of the company.
Double J was once the leader of the company before being sent home but in many ways he was also the one responsible for the original success of TNA in the first few years. Soon after Jeff would announce a name change for TNA to Impact Wrestling which is taking us back to the rebranding that was attempted a few years ago. But as I mentioned a few months ago the attempted rebranding wasn't really working and that they lost a good chance to stabilize the company.
Recently, it was announced that the company would be rebranding again this time as Global Force Wrestling. Once the champions of Global came to the company I think everyone knew that it would only be a matter before they shrunk the number of titles back to a smaller number. When TNA got repackaged I thought that they should've picked a name totally different from what they had to start fresh and new. I for one need to say that I hope that this "new start" for the company gives them the right place to stability.
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