Brian Damage & Craig Wilson
It’s that time again as we look back at This Week in Wrestling. In this edition Brian discusses the future of TNA and shares some of the more interesting pictures and videos he’s stumbled upon this week while Craig talks about the mounting injury problems faced by the WWE.
Five-Star Owens Splash
The WWE Don’t Care Much for Lana & Rusev, Do They?
This week Lana received the book and cook treatment, with the conclusion being that the WWE don’t really seem to care much for her as a character. There was further evidence of that this week with the WWE wishing her a happy birthday…on the wrong date.
It doesn’t make us think our conclusion in the piece was that off the mark…
The State of TNA Wrestling
This past week word got out that two of TNA’s cornerstones, Eric Young and Bobby Roode, were leaving TNA after over 12 years of service. It’s a song we have heard all too often in recent years with the promotion. They’ve lost big names like Sting and Kurt Angle, they’ve lost the faces of their company with guys like AJ Styles and Samoa Joe and now the loss of Young and Roode.
Is this the beginning of the end of TNA wrestling? It’s a question that has been asked countless times over the years and somehow, some way, Dixie Carter and company have been able to survive. They’ve lost TV deals with Spike, Destination America and yet, found a home at Pop TV.
TNA has seemingly had 9 lives in a rather bearish pro wrestling market. Despite bad gates at house shows, loss of talent and television deals TNA keeps chugging along. I for one am rooting for its survival. The more high profile promotions then the better the business will be. There have been rumors of checks bouncing and talent not getting paid on time.
Former TNA world champion Ken Anderson was recently fired from the promotion and has basically told fans what he thinks of TNA…
How much more loss can TNA withstand before finally calling it quits? The wrestling hasn’t been bad, actually it has been pretty solid. They still have a strong following overseas and the roster despite the recent losses is still very good. I still think there is a place for TNA and its remaining fans. Keep this in mind, despite all the losses the promotion has suffered through, TNA has lasted longer than ECW and has lasted as long as WCW (14 years) Not too bad for a company whose demise is regularly mooted.
Do Injuries Highlight a Lack of Depth in the WWE Roster?
From a WWE perspective, the most frustrating thing in the lead up to this year’s WrestleMania has to be the impact that injuries have had on them being able to book the show they wanted. But, furthermore, do the injuries show that the WWE doesn’t have the strength in depth that many believe it does?
What isn’t in doubt is the sever effect that big name talents like Seth Rollins, John Cena, Sting and Randy Orton has had on the WWE’s ability to book the WrestleMania card it wanted to. After all, an interview with Sting this week revealed that he was expected to be part of WrestleMania against The Undertaker then it was meant to be John Cena vs the Deadman before it became the current option.
The current option, of course, being the reintroduction to WWE programming of Shane McMahon. A man who hasn’t wrestled a match for the company since 2009 and hadn’t even been seen on TV since 2010 but is now thrust into a bout against The Undertaker.
We really can’t be sure how the WrestleMania plans would have panned out had those big name stars not pick up injuries. What we do know, however, is that this year’s card is one of the most underwhelming in recent memories. Something, no doubt, caused by the number of superstars on the shelf.
For me, a lot of this is the chickens coming home to roost for the WWE. For years the WWE have used part-time performers to make WrestleMania, their flagship event, a show fans wanted to buy instead of making the stars of the future. It left the company an injury or two away from struggling to make a memorable WrestleMania card: where we are now.
Looking at the card, there are three main events: Triple H vs Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar vs Roman Reigns and the aforementioned Taker and Shane match. Of that trio of matches, only Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose are full-time workers on the road day in, day out.
It is always a balancing act for the WWE in making WrestleMania appealing to the masses while at the same time creating stars for the future. It’s becoming increasingly clear, however, that for a reasonably lengthy period of time the WWE has gotten the balance wrong. It’s also difficult to have any sympathy for the promotion as a result.
I guess this individual likes Booty Os cereal….right?
Let’s get this straight, Hulk Hogan cheats on his wife with a beautiful girl and gets paid $115 million for it? Must be nice!
Costumes of the year!
Just in case you forgot, Dean Ambrose is hardcore!
I realize that Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler is a big mark for Batman and he actually owns a bat mobile, but this pic is a tad creepy.
Oh what a difference a good make up artist can make for a WWE diva. This if you didn’t already know, is NXT’s and Total Divas Eva Marie.
The most suicidal, homicidal, genocidal…Sabu errr I mean SaBOO!
What do you get when you mix a horror movie about real life serial killer Ted Bundy with the Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michael’s theme music? Hilarity…that’s what!
Last Week on the Blog
Last Sunday’s Sermon looked at whether the WWE product was getting you excited about WrestleMania, Monday saw us Book or Cook Lana, on Tuesday we asked Whatever Happened to Deuce ‘N Domino?, the WrestleMania X8 match between Holywood Hogan and The Rock was the focus of Wednesday’s ‘Matches from History‘, Thursday we listed the Top Five Guys That Did Better in WCW or NWA Than WWE and rounded off the week ‘The Way We Was’ focussing on Raw and Nitro from this week 20 years ago.
Next Week on the Blog
In tomorrow’s Sunday Sermon we wonder what match will close WrestleMania 32, we Book or Cook Tyler Breeze, ask Whatever Happened to Jimmy Jack Funk? take in another classic WrestleMania match as we continue to countdown to WrestleMania 32.
All previous ‘This Week in Wrestling’ pieces can be read here.