Justin Barr



A lot of fans love to tell you, "how they would change the business." A lot of fans love to tell you, "Why W.W.E and/or T.N.A sucks." Well, this fan is going to tell you, "Which talent would benefit from the switch." With an over-abundance of talent in both companies and, fans always in need of seeing fresh but, familiar faces. Gone are the days, fans would see talents jump from, E.C.W-to-W.W.E-to-W.C.W. In an era of 90-day non-compete clauses, and spoilers, it is hard to surprise the fans with anything. But, what if there was none of that, in this era? What if both companies decided to trade talents? What if the talent weren't so "job-scared" and, decided to "jump ship?" Would it freshen up the talents, who are in need of a, 'new coat of paint?' Would it expose talents, that we see a lot of potential in, as guys who couldn't 'hack it?' Or, would those talents finally, show us the potential that, we always knew they had? In W.W.E, you have very few "main-event" talents, you have a few more who are on the "brink of greatness" and, you have a lot of talent floundering in the 'mid-card.' In T.N.A, you have some talent who have gone as far as they can, you have some talent that have no direction and, you have a lot of guys who are back-and-forth in the mix. With all of these questions and, knowing where talent stands in both companies. The real question is, which talents "benefit from the switch" and, what companies benefit from that talent making the switch?

Let's start with the W.W.E. talent, who would "benefit from the switch." Like I said, there is a lot of talent floundering in the 'mid-card.' This guy fits the bill so much, that he may not even be considered a 'mid-card' player at this point. That is, Drew McIntyre and, he is one of those guys that is probably not a big surprise to most people because, a lot of fans do see the "untapped" potential in him. He is 27 years-old, a great story-teller and, for a guy his size, can bump and sell around that ring, to the likes of a Dolph Ziggler. The problem with Drew is, his lack of promo-ability and, charisma. But, I think a lot of that, has to do with what creative has written for him and, the way he has been told to portray his character. In fact, in his early career before W.W.E, he was known for his charisma and, in seeing early promos, he is not bad on the stick either. He falls under the category of, "needing a fresh start." T.N.A could use a guy his size, with his abilities, to help freshen up the T.N.A roster. Drew also possesses the ability of, bringing out the best in anyone, he gets in the ring with. It begs the question of.. Would T.N.A be better suited for the once touted, "Chosen One?"

Another talent in W.W.E that would "benefit from the switch" is, Jack Swagger. Sure, he is a former World Champion but, in the eyes of the "W.W.E Universe" he is a, LOSER. At 6'6, 250 lbs., 30 years old, with high-level amateur credentials. Swagger has the ability to have good matches with anyone but, he is just another guy floundering at that, 'mid-card' level. He has always shown a strong work ethic and, great intensity in his matches. Is he great on promos or, does he have the best charisma? No he doesn't but, he is decent-to-solid in both departments, with the ability to improve. The main reason Jack Swagger would, "benefit from the switch" is because, of the great matches he could have in T.N.A. T.N.A loves to use, "reality" style programming and, would build Swagger's persona around his amateur credentials. Think about it.. Swagger is ready-made for feuds with guys like, Kurt Angle, Samoa Joe or, RVD. The matches would be very good to possibly GREAT! Besides, what else is he going to do in W.W.E? LOSE! The guy needs a "fresh start" and, would be a good fit, to make the switch to T.N.A.

The last talent from W.W.E is, Natalya Neidhart. We all know, if you compare the Knockouts and the Divas, who has the better roster when it comes to Women's Wrestling. With that said, Natalya Neidhart is really, the last of a dying breed in the Divas Division. Sure, Layla, A.J and, Eve are not bad in the ring but, Natalya is a 'work horse' wrestler. You wouldn't know it, because she is barely on T.V and, when she is her matches are never over 5 minutes but, this woman can "GO!" Even though she isn't hard on the eyes, she doesn't really fit, how W.W.E wants their "Divas" to look. In, T.N.A the "Knockouts" look good but, work-rate is much more emphasized. Natalya fits the bill in this scenario and, would "benefit from the switch" possibly, more than anyone on the W.W.E roster. She could, right away have great matches with any "Knockout" on the roster and, fit in as if she had been there for years. She has and, will pretty much always, flounder in the W.W.E. Honestly, making the switch would be, the best benefit to her career.

In T.N.A there are obviously more talents that would benefit from the switch, than there are in W.W.E. But, to keep this blog from becoming a novel, I am going to keep it at three. The first one, hands down is, Magnus. At 6'3, 235 lbs. and, only 26 years old, Magnus has been with T.N.A since 2008. T.N.A has done relatively nothing with Magnus, the whole time he has been with the company. The main thing is, I don't even have an answer as to, why they don't really use him. He is a good talker, shows solid charisma, 'jacked to the gills' and, very solid in the ring. T.N.A may be half-way using him with Samoa Joe right now but, let's face it, he would be better suited in the W.W.E. He could easily be slotted in a storyline with Wade Barrett or William Regal, just based on the fact, that he is from the U.K. It's not even the point of Magnus needing a, "fresh start" at this stage of the game. Magnus just needs a "start" period. The 'look' that Vince McMahon looks for, is easily defined in Magnus. For that reason alone, along with the actual talent that he brings to the table makes, Magnus the first T.N.A talent to, "benefit from the switch."

Another guy who, for nearly the same reasons as Magnus, that would benefit from the switch is, Gunner. At 6'1, 240 lbs and, only 29 years old, Gunner has been wrestling for 10 years. He is seasoned, shows amazing intensity and, is also 'jacked to the gills.' Like Magnus, T.N.A has really done nothing with Gunner, to this point in his career. Gunner is a very under-rated ring worker, shows an intense charisma and, solid in his promo ability. W.W.E could benefit from guys like, Magnus and Gunner, in a big way. They are ready for T.V and, if used right, could freshen up a very stale 'main-event' portion of the roster. Gunner would fair well in feuds with guys like Sheamus, Cena, Punk, etc. He also has, the 'look' that Vince McMahon loves to have, in his superstars. Gunner also has a background to go along with his intangibles. He is a War Veteran and, with W.W.E so heavy on, supporting and promoting the troops, he fills that role as well as anyone. Gunner could definitely "benefit from the switch" and, I would say, needs to make that switch soon.

There is a lot of talent from T.N.A, who could fill this third and, final spot. A few months ago, I would of said Matt Morgan but, he seems to be finally getting the strong push he deserves. Part of me thinks, with a little bit of developmental, Crimson would be a good candidate for this spot. Another part of me thinks, Bobby Roode because, he is so great of a talent, that he belongs in W.W.E just to show his skills on that big of a stage. But, the third and final spot goes to (drum roll please).... A.J Styles. A.J has been with T.N.A since day one and, since the Hogan regime came in, he has been 'lost in the shuffle' for the most part. I know it isn't on the same level but, after 14 seasons of being with the Indianapolis Colts, Peyton Manning rejuvenated his career as a Denver Bronco. A.J Styles was T.N.A's Peyton Manning, he was there 1st round pick in 2002, and at one time, the face of T.N.A. Well, after over 10 years in the same spot, A.J isn't getting any younger and, has done all there is to do in T.N.A. A few people may not think A.J would "benefit from the switch" but, I tend to think otherwise. A.J is talented enough, motivated enough and, is respected enough, that I think he would thrive in that high-pressure situation. I believe the switch would breathe new life into a very talented but, stagnant character. A.J Styles at this stage of his career would, "benefit from the switch" and, the W.W.E as a whole, would benefit as well.

Whether any of these talents ever decided to make the switch or, not. One thing is for certain, it is a topic in wrestling that will never get old and, never die. Whether your a T.N.A fan, a W.W.E fan or, a fan of both, we all know plenty of wrestlers who would "benefit from the switch."
Pumbaa Zekunt
Interesting concept...

Drew and Nattie I agree on... well except for the Ziggler reference for Drew, Drew can sell well, Ziggler over sells to the point the move looks faked...

As for the TNA guys, Magnus is the only one that could get anywhere in the E... Why do I say that? AJ has already tried and f...
  • November 22, 2012
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RawHeadRex
Yoshi Tatsu should go to TNA
  • November 22, 2012
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SweetStunnerPain(SSP)
Love the idea...similar to what Pumbaa Zekunt said, I agree with just about everything...the only notes that I would add would be that of gunner...unlike your other choices, which I believe are spot on, I doubt that Gunners solid promo skills in TNA can hold a cradle stick to the promo talent he nee...
  • November 22, 2012
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Kyle Vaughn
I think AJ is at a 'now or never' part in his career.. Earlier in his career when WWE wanted him, I don't think he was ready and he was a lot skinnier at that point.. I am of the belief the cream rises to the top at some point if they don't release you.. AJ is talented enough and, I believe would ha...
  • November 22, 2012
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Pumbaa Zekunt
AJ might be able to cope with the WWE schedule but there's one major thing that is missing from this conversation...

Unless TNA goes belly up it's a pipe dream... AJ is TNA through and through, it's like saying Kurt Angle will return to the E, or that Sting will finally go to Vince... None are going ...
  • November 22, 2012
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Kyle Vaughn
I know AJ isn't going to WWE.. The blog is more about if he would benefit from going..

With Gunner you are right to a point.. You say he hasn't improved.. But, how can he improve when he is never on t.v? And, how can we tell if he has improved at all, because he is never on t.v.. lol.. that's not ...
  • November 22, 2012
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SweetStunnerPain(SSP)
Wow Pumbaa Zekunt way to go with the cop out last resort by saying "we'll it's not going to happen because he's with TNA",....while point of this was a "What if" thing...
  • November 23, 2012
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Pumbaa Zekunt
I'm well aware it's a what if... But it's a pipe dream of a what if, not a probable one... It just had to be brought into the conversation...

Even so the E would just not be able to do much with AJ, his promo work would hold him back below people that can at least talk... Although he would teach a lo...
  • November 23, 2012
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Pumbaa Zekunt
And Kyle, that's a good point, but in the rare matches he has had he hasn't shined at all, and when you are given the ball it's up to you to either run with it or drop it... And too many times Gunner has fumbled...
  • November 23, 2012
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CMK17
Christian needs to go back to TNA, he was treated 20x better there
  • November 23, 2012
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SweetStunnerPain(SSP)
Pumbaa Zekunt funny thing is, the same could have been said about WCW...86 weeks straight and the "E" came out on top...TNA isn't on WCW's level (yet, if possible) so it's very probable.
  • November 23, 2012
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Pumbaa Zekunt
It's also not being run by the same people as WCW was... Sure Hogan and Bischoff are there, but there's no Ted Turner and no AOL...

And besides, TNA isn't wasting anywhere near the money WCW was, they have a much more sound business model, unfortunately part of that business angle is the Impact Zone ...
  • November 23, 2012
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SweetStunnerPain(SSP)
No Ted turner or aol but substituted by Dixie Carter and the problems on a continuing deal with Spike...they can't spend as much money as WCW because they don't produce the same figures as a wrestling company in the high 4.0 ratings...and similar to WCW, TNA is stuck in that a specific area that hol...
  • November 23, 2012
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Pumbaa Zekunt
No AOL makes the biggest difference... AOL didn't want the wrestling company, while Dixie on the other hand does... If TNA were to lose out on their deal with Spike they'd go back to weekly PPVs until they got another TV deal... That has always been their back up plan...

The rise and fall of WCW is a...
  • November 23, 2012
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SweetStunnerPain(SSP)
Very good point...it was noted in the DVD of those facts, specifically when AOL said lets drop this wrestling company....my point is if a Giant can topple over as big as the mighty WCW, it can happen to a smaller federation....
And the sad part about not being able to obtain a structured concrete dea...
  • November 23, 2012
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Adam Troy Brown
I could go on and on on each of the wrestlers you chose but I want to stick with AJ Styles for this comment. Right now he is 35 years old and no doubt has a good 10 years left in his career if he chooses to stay around that long. Yes I know this is more of a what if situation in your blog, but hon...
  • November 23, 2012
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Pumbaa Zekunt
That's the thing SCS we can't guarantee we can only speculate... And if the once mighty WCW can topple over so can WWE after years of stupid decisions a Hogan (Cena) and Nash (Orton) at the top, huge losses as a company, and possible future mistakes... We can't guarantee their existence either... Bu...
  • November 23, 2012
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SweetStunnerPain(SSP)
Without a doubt...one of the main difference is that like quoted in the past, the company isn't "ran by the inmates". TNA however, with the model you've given, Hogan & Eric would fit the same positions, Jarrett would be Nash, and Stung would be the Scott Hall...

And for backup plan, Indys isnt really...
  • November 24, 2012
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Pumbaa Zekunt
Oh it isn't is it? Who is the current COO? A inmate that married his way to the position he has... Vince might still be in control, and might well be for sometime, but Vince himself blurred the line of being a inmate and being a business man when he himself got in the ring, hence why it was his fath...
  • November 24, 2012
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SweetStunnerPain(SSP)
Ah, glad you brought up that point with mentioning the COO because comparison fails to mention the process of being a mentee to the process rather than being thrown all the power at once. You and I both know that H has a leash on him by a businessman so that he knows which choices to make and that h...
  • November 24, 2012
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