Why I’m Against Adding To The Shield, Roode’s Return, Explaining TNA’s Major Problems

What are your thoughts on adding to The Shield?

Several readers have inquired about WWE replacing Seth Rollins in The Shield by adding another member. WWE is aware of the speculation, which is why they played into it with an article on dot com over the weekend where they listed 6 Seth Rollins replacements. For those that missed it, dot com listed Adrian Neville, Big E, Dolph Ziggler, Cody Rhodes, John Morrison and Daniel Bryan. I don’t know where WWE plans to go from a creative standpoint but I don’t like the idea of “adding another member” to The Shield. After everything the trio accomplished, anything else is going to come off as watered down. WWE should play out the defection of Seth Rollins before pushing all three in singles competition. Take a look at past successful factions, very few have endured the same level of success in a later version.

Is Bobby Roode going to return to TNA any time soon?

Bobby Roode’s “suspension” from TNA is fictitious and was done to write him off television, while showcasing the on-air authority of MVP. I expect Roode back at Slammiversary on Sunday.

Do you believe that Dixie Carter and company are hoping to gain enough exposure and credibility that Vince McMahon would step in and deliver a big payday to the Carter family and TNA investors?

Dixie Carter and her family had the opportunity to sell TNA Wrestling to a group involving Toby Keith and Jeff Jarrett last year and they would not sell. To put it quite simply, they wanted too much money and wouldn’t take a penny less. While the Carters vehemently denied trying to unload the company, I know there were internal talks about doing just that if the price was right. Obviously if TNA’s problems continue and they are not renewed by Spike TV, people will point to Vince McMahon as  a viable suitor to purchase the tape library. Why wouldn’t he be interested?

TNA is currently in trouble, regardless of what some of their loyalists will tell you. Recently, I expressed my concern on social media about Jeff Jarrett, as part TNA owner, starting a competing promotion. Loyalists pushed back hard, arguing it wasn’t a big deal and TNA is just in transition. That’s just not the case.

Jeff Jarrett owns as much as 29% of TNA and is starting a competing promotion. Jarrett’s new promotion, Global Force Wrestling, is financially backed by Toby Keith.  This is the same group that was trying to purchase TNA last year. They’re not only going for TNA’s share of the marketplace but their talent roster as well.  I fully expect strong plays to be made for top TNA names such as Kurt Angle, Samoa Joe and possibly even AJ Styles.

Last week’s Impact garnered a viewing audience under 1 million viewers. While we can easily point to stiff competition up against the 2014 NBA Finals, drawing such a low number at a time when their deal with Spike TV is coming up is nothing short of dangerous.

Finally, photos surfaced over the weekend of the company’s Basebrawl live event in Bowie, MD where the show just didn’t draw. Let’s not even mention the company is facing a major issue with the Slammiversary main event as MVP has a knee injury.

I want TNA to succeed as much (if not more) than the next person but to act as if they’re just in transition and are guaranteed their spot as the “number 2 promotion next to WWE” would be to flat out deny the facts.  This isn’t a company in transition, this is a company in trouble.  It’s a very important week for TNA as they need to reset strong with Slammiversary and their television tapings in New York City.  However, I would be lying to you if I said I was optimistic.

From the Ask WNW vault…

February 2013: Does having pay-per-views like Elimination Chamber, Hell in a Cell and TLC hurt the prestige of the gimmick matches and cause them to lose luster? - No, I like the way WWE has handled their B-level pay-per-views with the gimmicks. I’m not a big fan of gimmick matches but when used correctly, they work. WWE has been able to integrate the gimmicks into their B-level shows, making them more meaningful and giving viewers a reason to order, without killing the gimmick matches themselves. They’ve done this by putting the gimmicks on one or two “main event” matches of the show but not making every bout on the card a gimmick. I do not feel the gimmicks should be completely exclusive to their respective pay-per-views as I would have no problem with a Money in the Bank ladder match at Wrestlemania. That was talked about for this year’s show but upon last check, they’ve decided against it.

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  • Xavier

    Why have Rollins turn on The Shield just to add another member? If that was the case then why not just keep The Shield together and bring up someone from developmental to replace Batista in Evolution? Out of all the guys that I’ve mentioned as possible replacements for Seth the only one that makes any kind of since is Neville. Bryan and Big E in The Shield, really?

    • Patrick

      true but history shows if you add members to a group after a original member leaves the group is never the same.

      NWO was watered down with half if not most of the roster in the NWO.. and the 4 Horsemen were not the same after Ole Anderson was kicked out they had a revolving door of members in the group. Fans have their opinons on the Horsemen…and the members………….but my opinion is the original group was the best. DX got lucky when they added the Outlaws and X-Pac after HBK left do to injury.

    • Jason Bagemehl

      I think the only person that would really make sense is Chris Hero aka Kassius Ohno. Who I heard he was actually discussed to be part of shield before they plugged Roman Reigns into the role. Sure hes not currently under contract ..doesnt mean they cant bring him back.

      • J Vomkrieg

        That would be the same Kassius Ohno they let go because he wasn’t motivated enough? I think Hornswoggle has a better chance of being the next shield member, at least he is on the roster and wants to be a WWE superstar.

    • Avalanchian

      Bryan would make sense to rejoin since he will be giving up the title this Raw most likely. The Shield is about justice and maybe Bryan needs himself some.

    • J Vomkrieg

      Neville or Zayn (who wasn’t mentioned), the other guys make no sense (Morrison? WTF?)

      That said, I agree with you. Adding someone to the shield is probably not a good plan. But if they do, it needs to be another newcomer.

  • David F

    WWE always like to milk out factions for all they are worth. Look at New Nexus and Corre Although I agree Ambrose and Reigns should move on to singles I have feeling WWE may keep them together until SummerSlam. I would like to see Sami Zayn be the third member. It would give Zayn instant credibility being associated with Shield and plus he is great worker.

  • live1213

    When it comes to TNA problems you are right but, (yes there’s a but) they can hold 2nd and get a greater viewership if they just stop with these stupid storylines they seem to get nervous and jump around (all storylines are copies) but they must make since fit into the game plan James Storm, Bobby Rhoode misused bad. The tv title needs to be drop create the American title it’s too many storylines the American cowboy James Storm, from America’s heartland Mr. Anderson, The America soldier Gunner, not mention America’s gold medalist Kurt Angle. They need to get fans engross into it. You don’t need Ric Flair for fourtune Bobby Rhoode, Kenny King, MVP, and Magnus. These are things fans would grasp too and one last thing bring in the Red Dragons storyline we ran u out ROH we’ll run u out TNA(American wolves)

    • Bob’s Diner

      Actually if they keep this up they will no longer be number 2. In fact, some could well argue that they already aren’t number 2. Certainly worldwide they are probably not even in the top 5

  • JR Texx (Jamie)

    No they shouldn’t add another member, they can have tag team matches like Orton & Rollins V Ambrose & Reigns, I would guess Reigns is closer to Rollins and Ambrose than pretty much anyone else at the locker room at the point, and facing Rollins in the ring might give him the boost he needs..

    it makes sense my head.

    BUT, it could also be a storyline for D.Bryan to get into when he comes back.. not as a member of The Shield, but could certainly join them in the ring, but that’s just silly.

  • Lebron James

    I would love for John Morrison to return in any capacity. Easily the most talented wrestler to never win “The Big One”.

    • David Jr.

      Mr. Perfect, Owen Hart, Roddy Piper, Goldust, Rick Rude, Arn Anderson all never won the big one and are more talented than John Morrison.

      • Herman Tank

        Wasn’t Rude WCW’s champ for a while? Can’t remember and I never really watched WCW…

        • David Jr.

          Well yes technically he was the WCW International World Heavyweight Champion 3 times, but it’s not the title that Hollywood Hogan, Goldberg or Booker T held.