Big Trouble For TNA, WWE’s New Faction, Undertaker’s Streak, Cesaro No Longer Swinging

With Spike TV reportedly canceling Impact Wrestling, what does that mean about the future of TNA as a company? Are these the final days if a TV deal is not reached elsewhere?

The biggest story of the day is without a doubt the future of TNA Wrestling. TMZ broke the news that Spike TV has informed the company they will not be renewing their agreement that is up in October. I followed-up with complete details, explaining how the two parties had actually bridged the gap in negotiations but a major misstep ultimately resulted in the cancelation of Impact Wrestling. You can read that article at this link.

As for what this means for TNA, it’s not good. The company has already reached out to executives at Fox Sports 1 in attempt to gauge interest but they must find a new domestic TV partner. If not, they’re in big trouble. TNA has clearance internationally, however, it’s imperative they remain on television in the United States. I believe there are a lot of workers that are shocked this morning, with a considerable amount of unrest about the company’s future.

Today is not a day for celebration, for anyone. I understand there are plenty of “TNA haters” that are brushing the news off but there are a lot of people whose jobs are at risk here. I hope for their sake, TNA is able to find a new TV home.

What is your opinion on the new faction of Xavier Woods, Big E and Kofi Kingston? Is there any need for another mid-card group following the demise of 3MB?

It’s interesting that in the weeks after The Atlantic accusing WWE of a race problem and Mark Henry discussing it, the company has green lighted a faction that has been teased in various forms. I’ll embrace any plan to feature Xavier Woods, Big E and Kofi Kingston more prominently but am not overly optimistic, seeing it as a second-tier faction along the same lines as 3MB. I hope I’m wrong and they’re in for a bigger role but I do not see them getting the main angle like the faction of Lashley, MVP & Kenny King has in TNA Wrestling.

I was shocked when Undertaker lost the streak at Wrestlemania XXX. Surely the streak should have been left undefeated. Is there any reason why Undertaker decided to have it broken?

There was mass shock across the industry when Brock Lesnar went over The Undertaker at Wrestlemania XXX and that’s because WWE did a great job at keeping the outcome under wraps. There was literally no talk of the streak ending beforehand and it was a moment where we were all caught off guard. While I was initially against the streak ending, after finding out the full story ,I am OK with it. Undertaker had felt a lot of pressure in recent years over the streak and didn’t want to retire undefeated. According to sources close to The Dead Man, he wanted to “do the honors” after so many had done them for him. From what I understand, had he lost it at Wrestlemania 29, he probably wouldn’t have even worked Wrestlemania XXX. Now that Brock Lesnar has ended the streak, Undertaker is free from the pressure of competing or “saving the show” if he does compete. Undertaker came out of this year’s show banged up and is far from a guarantee for next year.

Why did WWE have Cesaro stop doing the swing? It was great move and it helped get him over with crowd.

I believe Cesaro stopped doing the swing because it was considered a babyface move and WWE currently wants him working as a heel. The abrupt separation from Paul Heyman leaves Cesaro once again a question mark on WWE TV. Will he find a role with The Authority with an elevation inevitable or is it yet another setback?

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  • Rayner Chee-bai

    Thank you TNA, we had great laughs together

  • Mike McCarthy

    I have high hopes for Woods/Kingston/Big E, they were booked strong on Main Event (even if it was against jobbers). I’d be satisfied if they were continued to be booked against jobbers for a while as long as they look dominant.

    Now to the race issue. This does nothing but prove the ongoing race issue in pro wrestling. We should be focusing on the fact three talented workers who were lost in the shuffle are being given a golden opportunity. Instead we’re comparing them to MVP/Lashley/Kenny King simply because both groups are African-Americans. The Wyatt Family and 3MB are all caucasion and they haven’t been compared to eachother for the reason we’re comparing NOD2 to MVP/Kenny King/Lashley.

    • Lombard

      Jinder is Indian not Caucasian

      • Mike McCarthy

        Can’t believe I missed that.

        • Lombard

          Roman Reigns is Samoan not caucasian

          • Mike McCarthy

            Samoan is frequently categorized with White, if you’d like to stop being condescending that’d be great. I know what nationality a main eventer is, forgetting about a jobber is entirely different.

          • Bob’s Diner

            Samoan is NOT considered white – what the what???
            Come to my country and tell a Samoan they are white. You’ll be lucky if you are able to tell me what happens to you

          • Venom

            What country are you from? I don’t consider Samoan white. They have a more east indian complexion.

          • Bob’s Diner

            New Zealand; being a part of the pacific, we have a somewhat large population of Samoan, Tongans and Fijians (they are still a ‘minority’ but certainly the Pacific Island culture is recognised)

          • Venom

            Wow I thought you were American. But then you hinted not having the Network so i thought you were a fellow Canadian.

          • Bob’s Diner

            Aw man, American? Now I’m sad…
            I’m sure my undying love of Bret Hart should make me an honourary Canadian ;-)

          • Mike McCarthy

            Not what I said, not offering a comment for someone who can’t read.

          • Bob’s Diner

            “Samoan is frequently categorized with White”
            That is what I read – perhaps this is an American thing? But they are most certainly not categorised with ‘white’. You get REALLY defensive about this stuff. I don’t get it.
            Why would you categorise them with white?

  • Vin Sidious

    Cesaro = Another example of WWE pumping the brakes on a guy on the verge of elevating to the next level. The crowds were making this guy an organic star and WWE has done everything they can to take the crowd support out of him. I don’t get it.

    • Venom

      I’ve always said I blame young guys get hit and cold on Brock Lesnar being pushed to the moon at 24 and then walk out on the company. This is why they now rely on part time talent.

      • David F

        but to repair Cesaro now WWE should allow him to do the swing. big problem with WWE pushing young guys quick and dumping them too soon. I agree with Vin though WWe should have capitalize on Cesaro face turn but they screwed it up. WWE should also give guys like Samoa Joe, Roode, and Austin Aries a shot if TNA folds. Those guys earned at least chance to get on WWE TV

        • Venom

          I think if TNA folds WWE could buy them and then buy contracts or bring people in but that means a lot of the mid carders in WWE and NXT will lose their jobs.

          But does Panda Energy need WWE? it’s all about the tape library and lot of the companies that WWE bought the tape library from didn’t have the resources to make high quality DVDs by remastering them and marketing them. TNA already has the resources I mean money does talk and the Carter’s could just want to wash their hands with the whole thing.

          • Bob’s Diner

            I can’t see many of the TNA roster being picked up by WWE if TNA go under. Half of them are people that were already released by WWE and another 30% are people they passed over for various reasons.

          • Venom

            Not many like when they bought WCW contracts. But that was a different time as WCW was big enough to have an invasion angle. I can never in a million years (and I know they say never say never in wrestling but this is an exception) we’ll see a TNA invasion.

            I can see Kurt Angle training guys at NXT. Samoa Joe, Austin Aries. I can see MVP returning since he left on his own terms and they probably would want him back. Another good thing is owning names that TNA owns. Like I k ow Alex Shelly and Chris Sabin are fre agents. But if WWE did buy TNA assets, they’d own the Motor .city Machine Guns name which is on elf my favorite tag team name. TNA did a lot of things wrong but one thing they always were creative on we’re names lime that or Main Event Mafia. Unlike WWE that just fuses names together like Rated RKO, JeriShow….Rybaxel.

          • Bob’s Diner

            I think the only real gain WWE would get out of an acquisition of TNA would be the video library for the network – they could put on something like a 2-hour best of Samoa Joe without even having to do much, and maybe a weekly look at the best (or maybe the worst?) or TNA

            Otherwise, you are right – guys like Samoa Joe and Austin Aries would be lucky to get trainer jobs and that’s about it. I could maybe see Magnus getting a chance due to his look, but then he’d have to spend about a year or two down in NXT. Otherwise I just can’t think of anyone they would look at as ‘must have’. Most of the roster would be deemed too short or too old. The lack of interest in AJ Styles speaks volumes

          • Venom

            But promotions like AWA, MCW, all the other territories like Georgia had old footage just sitting there that WWE bought, cleaned up and remastered. They didn’t have the resources to do that, put them on DVDs and sell them. For them, selling it to WWE was more beneficial.

            TNA shot footage in HD and has the resources to still sell there footage. They don’t really need WWE. Unless they’re paying a huge amount that the Carters/Panda Energy can’t pass it up.

            I was just referring to Angle as a trainer. I think Austin Aries, Roode amd Samoa Joe woud be great in WWE would be great addition but definetly name changes for all of them. I mean we can only have 1 Austin in WWE history.

            Magnus was really hit but TNA ruined his character (and that’s when I stopped watching) but I think he has potential.

            I really wish guys like Samoa Joe (and also Kevin Steen) would consider laying off the sweets and get a better physic. They’re great wrestlers, good at promos, they can just lose a litt,e weight and they’d be great.

          • Bob’s Diner

            And this is where I think the real crux is – WWE really have no need to purchase TNA. Like you said, they have a tonne of footage they are sitting on right now doing nothing – why would they need to add footage of a rival company that has a limited history? They wouldn’t take on any of the talent. I think Roode and Aries would be all kinds of awesome (Joe too – especially if CM Punk was still there) but I doubt Vince or HHH see money in any of those guys.

            Angle would make a great trainer – he is one of the all-time greats, in my opinion. Do you want to see him get one last run in WWE though? Or would you rather he just moved backstage quietly?

          • David F

            I just hope Roode, Aries and Joe get a shot but you prob right not gonna happen. It would be sweet to see Velvet Sky and Angelina Love bring up the divas division

          • Venom

            I don’t mind seeing one last WWE match with angle. But I have to admit, if I hadn’t bothered seeing much of TNA last few years to see him on it, it doesn’t matter if he quietly works as a trainer.

    • David C

      The WWE didn’t want to have too many big faces at one time. They’ve been putting all their effort into making Reigns the number 1 guy at the cost (one could say) of allowing the organically over stars much like Ziggler and Cesaro shine. They simply see more money in Reigns.

  • Venom

    1. Someone said in a different article that TNA should consider relocating to Europe where they have a bigger fan base. It can be like the New Japan of Europe.

    2. I know people find racism and stuff about current events offensive. And some of the stuff like Lanas promo defiantly was. However, if a topic like black wrestlers being held down is a hot topic I don’t mind if it’s brought in as an angle.

    I think saying just black wrestlers is ridiculous and the Mark Henry interviewer only cared about blacks. I think visible minor or altogether get crapped on. Japanese or Indian wrestlers always end up as comedy guys.

    Now I’m not sure who they can add to their group that’s not Caucasian but not black either since Jinder Mahal is gone and I doubt Kenta would be brought in for that.

    R-Truth isn’t a member yet? Maybe he’ll refuse to join them and gets beaten up?

    • Smark Twain

      Hopefully R-Truth joins and they finally change his goddamn name to Ron Killings and make him serious again.

      • Venom

        That won’t happen since he owns that name. WWE wants to own everything.

        • Smark Twain

          Unfortunately you’re right but I know that’s because of Vince. Hopefully Triple H doesn’t feel that way and could help since he changed superstars names before when repackaging them. Doesn’t have to be “Ron Killings”.

          • Venom

            Either way, his lat name isn’t very PG. they can refer to him as Ron but I think R-Truth is fine. And I think they did their best in being as close to his TNA persona. Ron “The Truth” Killings to R-Truth. Better then K-Kwick. Althiugh I think the name K-Krush had a nice ring to it.

  • Plutocrat

    I’ve been waiting for a Kofi heel turn for a long time I just wish that it was solo rather than in a stable in which it seems Woods will be the leader.

    • K!NG

      Woods is just the mouth piece IMO.

    • packerpf

      Woods the mouth, Big E the muscle, and Kofi as the awe or glue that keeps it together.

  • JR Texx (Jamie)

    It’s unfortunate that people could lose jobs, let’s just hope companies like WWE pick at lease some of them up if it comes to.

    Edit: I have so much respect for The Undertaker for letting someone have the win, saying that he wanted to do “the honours” like many did for him. Still kinda upset that it’s ended, but kind of glad in a way as well.

  • packerpf

    How can you insult the new faction with 3mb?! This new faction has some proven workers they just want something for them. 3MB was workers on the edge they had nothing for but needed comedic relief. Cesaro needs a new “heel” signature move if they are eliminating the swing (although it was awesome to see it in its time).

  • Robert Olley

    i’m not a massive tna but i hope it gets a new deal with a network that gives them more wiggle room which it may make then real wwe competition

  • JR Texx (Jamie)

    The last question answered itself. He wasn’t supposed to get over with the crowd, he’s supposed to be a heel…