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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