Rating the TNA Roster 2

The Katz Files
Rating the TNA Roster 2

The Kingfish Arnie Katz continues a new, monthly series that rates TNA wrestlers’ recent performances, analyzes strengths and weaknesses, and even charts future courses for major TNA stars.

Part 2

Check the first column in this series for the long-winded explanation if you haven’t yet read it.

Daffney
Mic: B
Ring: N/A
Comment: The Queen of Scream is totally wasted in her current role in TNA. She’s an appendage to someone (Dr. Stevie) who is not very exciting and is also unlikely to have a meaningful match, She can talk, scream and even wrestle a little, but she doesn’t get much of a chance.

Daniels
Mic: B+
Ring: A
Comment: His skills are so manifest that it’s a continual surprise that he hasn’t blossomed into a man event performer. It’s still not too late, but the new TNA regime doesn’t seem to have much interest in him. Maybe when he hits 50…

Desmond Wolfe
Mic: B
Ring: B+
Comment: He is easily the best recent addition to TNA, even if Hogan-Bischoff have largely undercut his breakthrough performances with inept booking. Wolfe can be a big star, but at this rate, it could be in WWE rather than TNA if they don’t resume his push.

Don West
Mic: C
Ring: N/A
Comment: His current role as king of merchandise harks back to his earlier career when he sold baseball cards to the uninitiated on one of the shopping channels. He is completely miscast as Red’s manager, a role that appears to have gone away within the last few weeks.

Dr. Stevie
Mic: C
Ring: C+
Comment: His gimmick appears to have run its course. He either needs a new storyline or an exit visa.

Eric Bischoff
Mic: C+
Ring: B
Comment: The World Elite is dead, which shows that you can never tell in advance the direction from which good fortune will arrive. Teaming with Nash won’t help much, but it’s got to be better than having him lead the wrestling equivalent of The Legion of Substitute Heroes. Does anyone recall when Eric was a popular face? Might be worth going down that road again—and not stopping before reaching the destination wouldn’t hurt, either.

Eric Young
Mic: A-
Ring: N?A
Comment: It looks like Bischoff will assume the role of villain, one that suits him very well, so that Hulk Hogan can be the savoir who rescues TNA from his mercenary clutches. Bischoff is well-suited to this role, so it could work if Hulk’s general obnoxiousness and out-of-control ego don’t sabotage it.

Generation Me
Mic: N/A
Ring: B
Comment: It may be too soon to comment on this tandem. They don’t seem very exceptional at this point, but the future may see them produce more.

Hamada
Mic: N/A
Ring: B+
Comment: The daughter of a famous Japanese wrestler, Hamada is a credit to his memory. She is a terrific worker who could well be champion if only she had even a little facility with the microphone. Tag team wrestling, where she could have a verbally skilled partner, might be the best way to employ her abundant talents.

Hector Guerrero
Mic: B+
Ring: N/A
Comment: He’s the Spanish-language announcer and can still play a role in some of the skits.

Hernandez
Mic: B=
Ring: B+
Comment: It’s hard to sell a guy as “Super Mex” when his tag partner is so much larger. Hernandez moves exceptionally well for a big man and has the potential to be a very popular main event wrestler if he gets the chance. This guy has it all – and he is still improving!

Homicide
Mic: C+
Ring: B+
Comment: Thing were going well for Homicide until that Steel Asylum match in which he couldn’t climb out and instead hit everyone with chairshots. He remains one of the strongest competitors in the X Division, so it’s likely that he will be back in the thick of things before too long.

Hulk Hogan
Mic: B-
Ring: N/A
Comment: I guess this is about the time when TNA should begin wishing that Hulk Hogan was as smart and as knowledgeable about pro wrestling, as he thinks he is. So far, the new regime is a dud.

James Storm/Robert Roode
Mic: B
Ring: A-
Comment: Beer Money is probably the best tag team in pro wrestling at this time. I miss Miss Tennessee, but this dup always delivers exciting entertainment.

Jay Lethal
Mic: B
Ring: B+
Comment: He’s one of TNA’s Forgotten Men. The Randy Savage imitation is getting a little old, but this guy has a big future in sports entertainment, though possibly not with this promotion.

Jeff Jarrett
Mic: B+
Ring: B
Comment: Now that the out-of-ring troubles have receded, Jeff may be able to get back to something he does exceedingly well, wrestle. His complete role is still unclear, but it looks like he will soon be fighting the New Order both in and out of the four-sided circle.

Jeremy Borash
Mic: B+
Ring: N/A
Comment: JB has developed a colorful non-wrestling character that is much less obtrusive than, say, Bubba the Love Sponge. His main event introductions are good, too. Sadly, he doesn’t seem to be much in favor with the current management team.

I’ll be back on Thursday with another part of my TNA roster ratings. I hope you’ll join me then and, please, bring your friends.

– Arnie Katz
Executive Editor
crossfire@cox.net
(2/9/10)