The WWE recently released nine wrestlers, Teddy Long, and referee Marc Harris. Most of the releases were not surprising, but the sheer volume of the firings was unexpected. Now that these wrestlers are no longer with the WWE, rival promotions are considering which, if any, they should sign. The WWE’s closest rival, TNA, must seriously consider if any of these wrestlers could help them in its battle against Vince McMahon. Should TNA sign any of these wrestlers?
TNA is already under attack for copying WWE storylines. If TNA were to bring in a Russian female talent right now, wrestling fans would jeer it as an attempt to mimic Lana’s popularity in the WWE. Also, Aksana recently injured Naomi with a sloppy move by kneeing her in the eye.
Brodus Clay: Yes
Most big wrestlers try to portray larger than life monsters. But Brodus Clay truly fits the part. The WWE killed his potential with the ridiculous dancing gimmick. In TNA, he could play the character that fits him best. Personally, I would love to see Brodus Clay feud with Samoa Joe.
Camacho no longer had anywhere to go in the WWE after his tag team with Hunico dissolved. I was surprised at Camacho’s firing because he worked a good feud with Adam Rose in NXT. Since Bully Ray trained Camacho, TNA may sign him. However, his character would need an overhaul.
Curt Hawkins: No
Curt Hawkins never recaptured the glory days of his early work in the WWE. He and Zack Ryder won the WWE Tag Team Championship in 2008. Never as charismatic as Ryder, Hawkins would have difficulty getting over in TNA. He would need to be in a faction where someone else does the mic work.
Drew McIntyre: Yes
It was easy to forget that Drew McIntyre was once the “chosen one” in the WWE while he was playing air guitar in 3MB. Slowed by injuries in the WWE, McIntyre is a great wrestler with a great look. With the right storyline, McIntyre would quickly ascend to the top of the TNA roster.
Evan Bourne: Yes
I’m recommending TNA sign Evan Bourne under the assumption that he is healthy. If he has recovered following his car accident and he can wrestle the same style he did in the WWE, Bourne would be a tremendous asset for TNA. In fact, he would make an outstanding TNA X-Division Champion.
Jinder Mahal: No
Jinder Mahal’s WWE release should come as a surprise to no one. He never made an impact in the promotion, either with The Great Khali or with 3MB. There is nothing currently happening in TNA to which he can contribute. Hopefully, Mahal can continue his wrestling career in smaller promotions.
Like Curt Hawkins, JTG experienced tag team success early in his WWE career. He was way over with Shad Gaspard in Cryme Tyme. Because he has not been able to replicate his tag team success as a singles wrestler, I believe that signing JTG would be an unnecessary risk for TNA.
Teddy Long: No and Yes
I believe that Teddy Long has gotten as much out of his character in pro wrestling that he could. The former referee, manager, and authority figure has had a great career in the NWA, WCW, and WWE. Although he couldn’t help TNA much on-air, Long would be asset for TNA behind the scenes.
Yoshi Tatsu: Yes
Of all the recent WWE releases, this one upset me the most. Yoshi Tatsu had a great run in ECW. He had a catchy entrance song, a fast-paced wrestling style, and positive energy. Tatsu would be an outstanding addition to TNA’s X-Division and he would be a huge hit on overseas tours as well.
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