Ask 411 Wrestling 08.28.13: Darren Young, Stone Cold, AJ Styles, The Rock, More!
Posted by Justin Watry on 08.28.2013
Will WWE use Darren Young's sexuality in storylines? Why did WWE come up with the Money in the Bank idea? Would WWE induct TNA wrestlers into their Hall of Fame? All this and more covered this week in Ask 411 Wrestling!
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Usually, I tell a little story about life here in Wisconsin. Other times, I just ramble on about the current wrestling scene. In one case, I even introduced myself to the great 411mania community. Remember that? Yeah, feels just like yesterday. In any event, today's opening is going to be about all of YOU!
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Kane and Rob Van Dam wrestled a tag match on Heat before WrestleMania in 2003, not 2004. Just a simple typo - my mistake. Outside of that, the other major challenge was if Lex Luger had been 'promised' a WCW Title win in his contract. That tip toes into rumors and unconfirmed reports. Honestly, true or not, it does not change much. He had a 'ratings pop' title victory and was not going to be champ long-term. Once again, see Chris Sabin from last month. Create buzz, add some excitement - then go right back to normal a short time later. If that is your kind of thing, go right ahead. Seems questionable at best, pointless at worst...
Your Turn, Smart Guy...
Last week, I asked a classic Who am I? question. Much to my delight, there was some actual interaction in the comment section. Hooray! A few got it terribly wrong. Others were close but also wrong. Thankfully, some were able to pinpoint The Miz as the correct. While it was with some hesitation, gdc03120 had the name first. I think my clue about Calgary was the dead giveaway. However, it was needed to narrow the answer down to the Summerslam 2013 host. In any event. I also want to thank Maravilloso for a more detailed response. Miz did beat Shawn Michaels (at least) twice in early 2010 during tag team title matches. Months later, Miz lost the United States gold to Bret Hart on Raw. Finally, his infamous one night only appearance as (the masked) Calgary Kid in 2009 was to earn back a Raw spot.
This week will also be a Who am I? question. Remember, no cheating!
I wrestled in an opening match for a WWE pay-per-view event in 2008. In the past, I have lost at two straight WrestleMania events in a row by pin fall. I was a tag team champion in 2011. I have never been IC Champion. Who am I?
Questions, Questions, Who's Got The Questions?
Let's begin with a flashback to last week and the best replies to a main guy who was left off a WrestleMania card....
ONITA100: For a guy not being on a WM card who should have been, I'd point right to Snuka at WM 1. Although he was bumped for Mr. T for the celebrity star power. Regardless, no reason the #2 over babyface shouldn't have been on the card in some form or fashion.
Fair name here. I would argue he was still involved with the main event match. Not a bad spot to be in...
jlevysan: Jack Swagger in 2009: He was ECW WORLD CHAMPION at the time (yes, I consider the ECW belt a world title. it was the top (only) belt on its show, and it was defended all around the world. If anything, it was more a world title than when it was in ECW, but I digress) you're telling me they couldn't find ANYTHING for him at the big show? He had just finished a program with Finlay at the time, and was about to start his feud with Christian. A triple threat match in the mid-card might have been a great match - a great way to transition from one feud to the next, and a great welcome back moment for Christian, who had just returned from his run in TNA.
Another good name. Online rumors (yes, rumors) suggest WWE soured on Jack Swagger after a dreadful match in February 2009. Regardless, he could have been given a nice spot at WrestleMania 25. No doubt.
Before moving on, you can also add Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow to the discussion from this year's WM29. However, it comes with the caveat that their match was cut last minute.
Bell Bivins Dev asks a bunch of questions, so let's respond to this in rapid fire fashion!
Justin, what up? How come they picked Ben Affleck to play the next Batman, and not you, with Sforcina taking on the Superman role? The tagline "Ask 411ers collide!" would have to put them in the seats.
I would lose. It would not even be a contest. That would not make for a very entertaining movie. As for Ben Affleck, I think he is still riding that wave from Argo (which was great). Outside of that, he has not done much for me as an actor. The guy is simply banking off his Argo success right now. He could probably live off that for the next 5-10 years. I do find it hilarious all the Batman fans threatening to skip the upcoming movie(s). It reminds me of all the "Boycott WWE" forums you see online day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year. Just laughable. Those folks are not going anywhere. Complain and whine all you want. When push comes to shove, you will be watching wrestling...and Ben Affleck as Batman.
Up next: Bell Bivins Dev asks about Christian and his potential WWE Hall of Fame induction.
So as Christian tried to rehab "one more match" into a rally cry for some reason, it started to occur to me that perhaps this match wasn't just Christian's last chance at a world title, but maybe his last chance at future entry into the WWE Hall of Fame.
We've reached an era where enough men win one of the belts that Christian won't simply make his way in on the merits of his two championship reigns, which were short and exceptionally short. He provided plenty of great entertainment and competition over the course of his career, but he was often associated with others--even when it wasn't Edge, it was Jericho, or Rock for a short while. Additionally, Edge's early retirement/enshrinement means he won't be going in as part of an Edge and Christian pair, which perhaps would have been his best shot.
Ultimately, what it may come down to is what value is given to his TNA career, where he was not only a multiple time title holder, but a real main eventer, faction leader, and relevant from the start of his time in the company right until the end.
The missing variable may be what will TNA's ultimate fate be? Increased success and sustainability over time; full-on chapter 11 closing up of the shop; middling irrelevance while not fully dying; or a VKM purchase which has it's own variable outcomes: he keeps them open as a separate entity; he keeps them open as a clone of the New ECW; he welcomes in their top talent and dumps the rest; he shuts them down and continues to pretend they don't exist; or he shuts them down but WCW style revels in using their tape library to create additional content and also to bolster the superstars he has who were once there.
Since we can't predict among those many possibilities (although feel free to if you wish), can you give me your take on whether Christian is a Hall of Famer, and on how much his TNA career will contribute to his case?
Christian is a definite future WWE Hall of Fame inductee.
You could make the argument that just his WWE career up to 2005 was worthy. Before he came back in 2009, his matches, title victories, moments, promos, and tenure more than deserved a mention. Again, that is before his TNA debut and WWE comeback years later. Not to dig up an old story, but have you seen some inductees? Yeah, Captain Charisma certainly passes the criteria set by Vince McMahon. Edge already being enshrined does not change much. The precedent is there for multiple inductions. If Edge and Christian both go in separately AND as a duo in 20 years, that'd be fine by me.
As for TNA, I am going to touch on that more in the next question. However, pertaining solely to Christian, it really does not add a ton to his wrestling legacy. Maybe a little to his personal pride and ego. To many backstage in WWE, it never even happened. In my book, he is a two-time World Champion. In the WWE Universe, he is also listed as a two-time World Champion. What TNA Impact Wrestling does from this point forward will only matter to their 'originals.' Christian had his HOF spot wrapped up long before his TNA and certainly since his 2011 feud with Randy Orton.
Finally, Bell Bivins Dev transitions that into a discussion about TNA wrestlers which is sure to strike up controversy!
In addition to Christian, there are a host of other guys whose ultimate candidacy would seem to be determined at least in part based on their TNA accomplishments. I wouldn't include Sting in this discussion because he already had a career worthy of inclusion just based on his WCW exploits. Same for Kevin Nash and Scott Hall. This otherwise leaves two different types: TNA lifers, and guys that have a combined TNA/WWE resume.
There are only three TNA lifers I can envision, at this moment, having an opportunity at the hall of fame. A.J. Styles is the most obvious answer, and Samoa Joe still deserves consideration despite his last couple of down years because his final resume may have more on it. The darkhorse here would be Bobby Roode, because his title run was one that was of such great length that he's got a piece of his resume all set--but he's got many years ahead that he'll have to remain on top.
The WWE/TNA guys would include Kurt Angle (a lock as long as he can get on good terms with WWE), Jeff Jarrett (WWE resume added little but TNA resume is first-ballot heavy), Jeff Hardy (both feds of the resume help, plus the tag team years), Bully Ray (only even considerable if TNA is given full weight), and RVD (TNA adds a tiny bump to ECW/WWE accomplishments). I don't think we really need to talk about Ron Killings, Raven, or Rhino, and I suppose Vince Russo and Eric Bischoff fit in somewhere in this also.
Who's in, who's out, and what does TNA service time get you?
Okay, get ready folks...this is going to be a doozy.
1. Raven, Rob Van Dam, Bully Ray and Rhino would go in for their ECW (and WWE) work despite working elsewhere. Vince Russo, Eric Bischoff, Jeff Jarrett, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, and Sting would go in for their WCW (and WWE) work despite working elsewhere. Jeff Hardy and Kurt Angle are Hall of Famers based on their WWE tenure despite working elsewhere. R-Truth is hard to imagine being inducted into ANY major Hall of Fame, even though I enjoy his work.
2. In case you have not noticed, I am disqualifying anybody who already appeared for ECW, WCW, or WWE. From Kurt Angle to Jeff Hardy to Kevin Nash to Sting to Raven, they are all MORE known for their work outside of TNA.
3. As for the TNA lifers, I can't imagine WWE inducting any of them. I really can't. As noted with Christian, the company does not mention them, acknowledge the company or even act as if they exist. I do not even consider their top belt to be a "World" Title. Thus, why should Vince McMahon care if AJ Styles has won 56 million different titles and flew around a giant 'X' hanging above the ring? WWE has had multiple chances to sign Samoa Joe and passed each time. Bobby Roode would be a wonderful addition to the Raw or Smackdown roster. However, in his mid-30's, didn't his contract expire earlier this year 'by accident' or something? Was WWE knocking down his door ever five minutes offering him a blank contract to sign? Of course not. Selfishly, I'd love to see them inside a WWE ring, but I do not make those decisions.
That is almost like asking if the 'top' stars in Ring of Honor will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame one day. Really, as talented as those wrestlers are, they have next to no chance. Again, the WWE is the WWE. They have inducted guys from outside companies but only because of the success and financial gains. ECW had its cult following but was a HOT company during the Attitude Era. WCW went down in flames but was on top for a good amount of time, drew huge television ratings and gathered sold out arenas. NWA, AWA, Japan, and others have all been recognized with HOF inductions by WWE due to the numbers/live gates/business/money created.
I know this has been brought up before, but AJ Styles, James Storm, Austin Aries, Bobby Roode, and Samoa Joe would have to appear for WWE in order to matter on the largest stage possible. Being in a throwaway match years back on Heat or Velocity does not count. I mean a legitimate run. All of them can make good-great money in TNA (or ROH) for the next five to ten years and be able to retire happily. That is fine. However, if you want your legacy to live on for generations and generations, it has to be through WWE. Bruno Sammartino understood that and agreed to a deal in 2013. Sting will realize that eventually and sign a WWE Legends contract within the next year or two. AJ Styles seems to be mulling that very decision over right now, if the rumors are to be trusted about his current situation. Call it a monopoly. Call it the WWE Universe. Call it unfair. Call it reality. Call it whatever you choose. Should you want action figures sold, t-shirt money, video game royalty checks, talk show appearances, DVD features, movie roles, Make-A-Wish spots, autobiographies, a Hall of Fame induction, wrestle in front of 10-15,000 fans every week, seen by 4-5 million viewers each Monday night, recognized the world over, and a dream making match at WrestleMania with over one million pay-per-view buys, there is only one company to sign with: WWE!
On the other hand, TNA is just kind of "there." The show takes place on Thursday night, and then life moves on Friday morning. A 1.0 TV rating for many years, 400 paid attendance at live events, non-existent pay-per-view buys? I can't see Vince McMahon eager to induct those 'top' stars into his Hall of Fame.
The TNA Hall of Fame? Yeah, absolutely.
The WWE Hall of Fame? Not very likely.
Moving on, Grant asks about Money in the Bank...
Over the years since Money in the Bank's introduction, do you feel this gimmick has devalued the ability of the company to build new stars as a result of the method of crowning champions? Before its' use, stars were slowly built using actual storytelling methods that lasted a significant period of time with many of the most notable first time coronations like HBK's slow build to Wrestlemania 12 or Austin's pursuit to 14, Brock with his King of the Ring victory then destruction of the Rock at Summer Slam or even Eddie against Brock and lastly Batista against HHH at Mania. These victories seem so much more memorable as they had context and told a tale more so than a quick 20 second hatchet job with a slight variation plus a cheapened win that do, at times, very little to solidify a star in the fans consciousness. Most first time champions for over five years now have went down the MITB route; there is really little to distinguish their stories apart.
I understand there is a great deal more television time than there was ten years ago, and the briefcase creates a sense of the unexpected about it and can be used to push a wrestler who seems to be on the cusp of something greater yet it seems to be a device created specifically for its era where long term booking is a lost art form and there may be a connection between it's introduction and the inability for larger stars to be produced? Perhaps the fans do not really buy into MITB champions as legitimately on a psychological level as the previous method that may have ingrained characters into their minds in a different more hardwired way or do you feel it has its virtues?
A similar question was sent my way a few weeks ago (for a different website).
My response was that it all depends on the person. Just for example, Edge seemed to do just fine by his first WWE Championship win coming through a "cheap" Money in the Bank cash-in. However, Edge was starting to become a major player anyways, so that may not fit perfectly. On the flip side, RVD cashed in fairly and won the belt in a fair manner. I do not think fans looked at him different afterwards. He was a face before then and continued to be after ECW One Night Stand - the guy just so happened to defeat John Cena in the middle of the ring. Of course, that helped...but how much? We may never know as he blew his opportunity a few weeks later. However, let't not open that can of worms.
I do think The Miz was looked at differently after his cash-in. The Awesome One had a very solid 2010 campaign but was not viewed as a top guy until the MITB victory in July. Months later, he defeated Randy Orton in a back and forth contest that went a few minutes. It was not your standard ten second title win when the champ was down. That legitimized him and created shock waves throughout WWE. He immediately went from an upper mid-card performer with tons of potential to somebody you had to pay attention to a WM headliner. Now, none of that exists for The Miz in 2013, but the point stands on the briefcase helping out big time.
Ultimately, it comes down to what WWE is hoping for in the gimmick. Just look at 2013. Randy Orton won a briefcase, despite being OVER with the live crowds, and being a multi-time WWE/World Champion since his debut over ten years. He certainly did not need a boost, but the briefcase was a means to an end (his heel turn). Then look at Damien Sandow. He is there with Edge, The Miz, Mr. Kennedy (before he got injured), and other heels that WWE wants to slowly mold and let build before cashing in. If it works out long-term will be seen in a year or two. However, that is a mixed message. One guy is established. The other is rising up the card for the next 12 months.
If WWE wants to treat the MITB PPV as a project to spice up characters looking for a reboot, that is one thing. If the MITB PPV is supposed to be like a King of the Ring or Royal Rumble 'moment' where you break through the glass ceiling before getting a main event spot, that is an entirely different story. Right now, there is that middle ground with so-so results throughout the past eight years. Could it be used better? Should the gimmick be portrayed in a new light? Let me know in the comment section. Should MITB be given to guys who need a fresh start or character change, like Randy Orton? Or should MITB be only for young stars looking to get some credibility before becoming champion? I am fine with switching it up, due to their being two top titles, but it is a fair question.
Stone Cold Steve Austin walking out in 2002 is on the mind of Anthony. Check it out!
What was in the plans for Austin if he never would have walked out in 2002?
Well, I think most agree on plans for the next Monday night episode of Raw.
WWE wanted Brock Lesnar to beat him in a King of the Ring qualifying match thanks to interference from Eddie Guerrero (who was feuding with Austin). No build. No hype. No promotion. No commercials. No promos. Just Stone Cold taking on The Next Big Thing at the drop of a hat! Right or wrong, you have to admit that'd be ridiculous. Imagine The Rock coming back to host Raw in 2011 or something for a guest appearance, and Vince asks him to face John Cena THAT night with no build, hype, or anything and lose. Rocky would take two seconds to think about it, laugh in his face, and head back to Hollywood. Obviously, circumstances are different, but that was the basic premise - give away a major potential PPV main event for free and no advanced warning. Not happening.
From there, it is anybody's guess. Would his feud with Guerrero continue on? Maybe a little longer. Could WWE give us the Brock vs. Stone Cold match at Summerslam, instead of Brock vs. The Rock? Maybe, but not likely. It would not fit with the WWE Championship scene at all, even though Rocky returned in July and shoehorned his way into a quick one month title reign. I suppose the company could have tried to convince Hulk Hogan and Stone Cold to work Summerslam (or beyond), but The Hulkster was gearing up for time off. That does not even put into account the strict brand extension in 2002. Looking further down the line, original plans had WrestleMania XIX featuring The Rock vs. Bill Goldberg, not Stone Cold. By the time early 2003 rolled around, Goldberg was not 100 percent signed yet and Steve Austin was coming back in need of a big opponent for his final match. Thus, all the Goldberg-Rocky stuff was put on hold for a month to let Stone Cold finish his career.
Not to beat a dead horse, but all of this is just speculation. Some fans believe these things. Others will claim another backstage source is correct. Another will cite another story, and the beat goes on. None of us were backstage in 2002 and know the whole story. I am sure a few will try to say otherwise though...
All the current WWE title holders are heels, huh? Axl from Paris has a question on that!
I have a "historical" question. Since Summerslam 2013, all the titles in the WWE are held by heels. Has it already happened since we have the current set of titles (WWE/WHC/IC/US/Tag Team/Divas)? Thank you!
It has happened before.
As a matter of fact, you could almost count earlier this year in January. CM Punk was WWE Champion. Big Show was World Champion. Wade Barrett was IC Champ. Antonio Cesaro was US Champion. Eve was Divas Champ. The only questionable part is that Team Heck No were tag champs. I suppose Kane and Daniel Bryan were face at that point, so you can't really count them entirely. A lot of it depends on your definition of "heel" of "face" at that particular time period.
After a little searching, the WrestlingForums website has late February 2010 listed an answer:
WWE Champion: Batista
World Heavyweight Champion: Chris Jericho
United States Champion: The Miz
Intercontinental Champion: Drew McIntyre
Womens Champion: Michelle McCool
Divas Champion: Maryse
WWE Tag Team Champions: Big Show & The Miz
Even if you would combine the Divas/Womens title belts like today, both girls were heels anyways. I am sure there were other times in the past (the comment section will likely chime in very, very, very politely), but yes - it has happened before.
Edit: On Sunday afternoon, PWTorch posted an article on their website concerning this exact matter mentioning the February 2010 heels listed above. Also, they added Armageddon 2003. Triple H was World Champion. Ric Flair and Batista were the World Tag Team Champs. The Basham Brothers were the WWE Tag Team Champs. Tajiri was the Cruiserweight Champion. Randy Orton was the IC Champ. Brock Lesnar was the WWE Champion. Big Show was the US Champ. Molly Holly was the Women's Champion.
Speaking of current events, Ben wonders what is next for Darren Young in WWE...
So now given that Darren Young has "come out," how long do you think it will be before his sexual orientation is used in an angle?
I am going trust WWE here.
Yes, that is a leap of faith. However, the company handled Darren Young's initial announcement to near perfect. From the Superstars to the executives to the nicely worded press releases to all the media attention to Raw/Smackdown last week, it was all done so well by. Thus, do not expect any Billy and Chuck scenarios, Goldust teases, or even a ridiculous Vito character. The world we live in today is far, far, FAR different than any other past era. That much is crystal clear. It's not even about WWE being PG or all the charity work - it is just common sense.
Again, I am going to trust WWE here.
On Monday afternoon, the day after Summerslam, I wrote an article (on a different website) about Darren Young and how he SHOULD be treated going forward on WWE television. Basically, what I said was exactly what you saw on Monday and Friday night last week. Change nothing. Keep the music. Keep the dancing. Keep the promos. Keep the tag team together. Do not mention anything on-air about his sexual orientation. There is no need to. It has no bearing on his television character whatsoever! You have to remember the man playing "Darren Young" revealed his sexual orientation. Not Darren Young. What happened outside of the 'wrestling bubble' should not alter a thing about The Prime Time Players and their spot in the tag team division. Do fans care about Neil Patrick Harris' his sexual orientation, while he portrays a ladies man on the television show How I Met Your Mother? Of course not. The man is a great actor, and what he does in his personal life means nothing to actual story lines. I hope WWE continues that trend and would like to think they will.
So far, so good.
Changing gears, Mike S. asks about The Rock vs. Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania X-8 in 2002.
After recently re-watching Rock v Hogan from WrestleMania 18, it got me wondering about what the expectations were. I genuinely can't remember whether Hogan got a face reaction when he came back to Raw with the nWo. Were the bookers expecting Hogan to be cheered like he was against the Rock? And was the plan for him to hulk up, or was that done on the fly when they saw they way things were going?
The finish went just as planned, including the 'hulk up' moment. Outside of probably The Rock glaring at the Toronto fans in disgust or a few small audibles, everything was already set in stone.
You could tell the nWo run in 2002 was not going to last the very second they arrived at No Way Out in February (video posted below). I would know. The event was held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I still remember to this day my buddy remarking how loud the live audience was when Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, and Hulk Hogan stepped into the ring. The ovation was just unreal. After the entire Monday Night Wars mess with WCW, I think fans were just happy to see those three men back in WWE. In story lines, the nWo was coming in to KILL the company. Yet, fans cheered them non-stop and even when they started to feud with Stone Cold and The Rock, it was mixed reactions at best. Look no further than that classic face to face confrontation with Rocky and Hogan on Raw. Listen to that live crowd!
It was very apparent plans had to be changed. I know many do not put much stock into Hogan's autobiography, but he even stated that Vince McMahon wanted him to wear the red and yellow colors for WrestleMania X-8. Instead, that was nixed last minute and saved for a later date. Whether you believe this tale or not, the nWo was not going to work like many probably hoped. Hogan was getting cheered way too much (and abruptly became Undisputed Champion at Backlash as a face). Stone Cold was not happy with his booking at the time, and X-Pac was returning to the company. Everything just added up to what we saw play out. It was not perfect by any means, but things happen in life that are not always expected. That is why I avoid 'fantasy booking.' It is quite simple to write things down on a piece of paper and just assume everything goes your way without any problems at all. That is now how it works in the real world. WWE experienced those very unforeseen circumstances in early 2002 with the nWo.
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My Darn Opinion
I should just rename this the "TNA" section going forward, huh?
As most know, TNA Impact Wrestling is going through cut backs and roster shifts. Now, last week in this very column (cheap pop!), we all discussed Hulk Hogan, Eric Bischoff, and Sting. All of them are on the tail-end of their careers in the wrestling but can still offer something IF used right. That is a foreign thought for TNA, but do not even get me started on that.
However, what about the other releases made? I noted before that WWE does not really need anybody right now from their roster, ROH, or elsewhere. Want is a different story though. Just going through the long list of stars let go, I wonder what they could do in FCW/NXT or even a fast track to the main roster (not likely). Outside of Matt Morgan, I really struggle to believe many former TNA stars will be in WWE anytime soon. Definitely could be wrong though...
For instance, would WWE risk bringing in a young athletic Jesse Sorensen? Probably not. What about someone like So Cal Val, who may not wrestle but does a ton backstage? Maybe worth a try. Then you move to guys like Joey Ryan, Christian York, Tara, D'Lo Brown, Devon, and other veterans who may be up there in age but can still perform. I assume Tara (Victoria) would be welcomed back in a mentor role for the Divas just because of her close ties to people in WWE. Perhaps Devon too? The others may be on the indy scene for awhile, just hoping WWE gives them a chance backstage or on-screen.
I think the real question is about folks like Crimson and Luke Gallows, who are surprising young yet still somewhat unknowns to a large portion of the wrestling world. Now, neither man has impressed me very much in TNA (or even WWE). However, these are kinds of talent WWE scoops up and makes 'their own.' Obvious examples include Mick Foley, Stone Cold, The Undertaker and many more who left WCW without fulfilling their huge potential. WWE grabs them and creates a couple of main event legends.
A part of me wonders if some of these guys just released are going to sign with WWE and become big stars in the future. Then in a few years, we all look back to the summer of 2013 and think "Wow! TNA let THAT guy go. What a terrible move." Trust me, I understand the situation. TNA has to cut back on some costs, which means tough decisions must be made. That is just running a business. Fine. However, letting go of Sting, Hogan(s), Bischoff and a few other veterans who are going to be retired in a few years anyways would certainly save you a TON more money than letting go of potential stars in their 20's, right? It's not like ratings would move - they have not budged in five years. I really am curious to see if TNA has released a hidden gem just waiting to be discovered.
What do YOU all think? Has TNA let go of lower card wrestlers with not much to offer or future WWE Superstars?
Now, let's get some "ME!" plugs out there for all of you...