The Katz Files
Rating the TNA Roster 3
The Kingfish Arnie Katz continues his monthly series that rates each TNA wrestlers’ recent performances, analyzes strengths and weaknesses, and even charts future courses for major TNA stars.
Check the first two columns in this series for the long-winded explanation if you haven’t yet read it.
Comment: His feud with Brother Ray has some puzzling aspects. For some reason, Bubba is acting like a heel, but Jesse Neal isn’t doing a lot to encourage fans to root for him. Neal’s alliance with Shannon Moore, whose character is confusing, to say the least, doesn’t clarify his position.
Comment: He is still on the roster, though his presence on the show is next-to-non-existent.
Comment: His heel character is quite interesting, helped along by the mutual animosity between him and AJ Styles. One of them needs to turn face so they can carry their feud into the ring. Kazarian is a good babyface, but Styles really doesn’t play the heel all that well. Most likely, Kazarian will be the rulebreaker and Styles will work as a tweener with a grudge against Kaz.
Comment: His choices seem to come down to teaming with the unpredictable and sometimes unreliable Scott Hall or do a rerun of his Eric Young connection. In the long run, it may be better to bite the bullet and go with Nash and Young. TNA is no longer very sensitive to fan objection to multiple, rapid character flips, so TNA might as well get the benefit of having Young in the team.
Comment: He’s still on the roster, but rarely gets TV time.
Comment: He has returned to the ring and will now pursue the goal of working his way up the rankings. It would be good if TNA didn’t take that climb too literally. He has spoken of fighting each person above him in the rankings, but it would be more reasonable for him to leapfrog a few as he piles up the victories.
Lacey Von Erich
Comment: She is very pretty and sexy.
Comment: She is not a very glamorous or dynamic champion. She ill soon drop the singles title and go back to her reasonable effective team with Velvet Sky.
Comment: They’ve shortened his name – and shortened his TV time, too. He has a good look, but he is still fairly green. If TNA had a development group, a few months there would probably result in a big improvement for him.
Comment: The story is wacky, but kind of enjoyable. Morgan pretending to be a tam team is not the newest idea in wrestling gimmicks, but he has carried it off pretty well. He needs to move past it now into a singles feud, possibly with a returning Hernandez/
Comment: The Professor does a solid job under trying circumstances.
Comment: Is his babyface turn a long-term change or just the prelude to a betrayal? He desperately needed to do more than the microphone shtick – and he has certainly added a bizarre and intriguing element with his new friendship with Jeff Hardy.
Comment: The bodacious blonde is apparently in the doghouse, which is a pity. ODB is one of the Knockout division’s best wrestlers and may be the top talker, too. She has a vibrancy and magnetism that elude most of the other Knockouts.
Comment: His character is still in flux and has not yet crystallized sufficiently for fans to get a handle on it. They seem to be making him into a freak, but they can’t decide what kind.
Comment: H is still shown on the promotion’s roster, but he may actually be gone. He was a great creative talent in his prime, but illness and injury have shortened his career.
Comment: The War Machine is on the roster, but he seldom has any impact on the show. He has more value than that, but has possibly gotten lost in the shuffle.
Comment: He now has a Four Horsemen-like group, which is the best way to use him. Ric shouldn’t wrestle, but he can still talk when he is sent out with something definite to say.
Comment: More plot support, including an attempt to elevate the prestige of the Global Championship, would be a big help. There’s no reason why the GC can’t become the equivalent of WWE’s UC and US belts, but TNA must develop a competitive title scene and a more intense antagonist for Terry.
Rob Van Dam
Comment: He’s the champ and doing a pretty good job of it, too. RVD excites the crowd and delivers fine matches. What else do you want?
Comment: He is part of the show again, but it’s hard to say what part. Samoa Joe is one of TNA’s outstanding attractions, but you’d never know it from the way they’ve buried him for about the last six months.
Comment: She has returned from her tour, but she is not yet having much of a role in t5he promotion. She’s a very strong worker, so figure that will change.
I’ll be back on Friday with another part of my TNA roster ratings. I hope you’ll join me then and, please, bring your friends.
— Arnie Katz