Rating the TNA Roster 2

The Katz Files
Rating the TNA Roster 2

The Kingfish Arnie Katz continues his monthly series that rates each TNA wrestler’s recent performances, analyzes strengths and weaknesses, and even charts future courses for the whole roster.

Part 2

Have you noticed how many of the cronies Hulk Hogan brought into TNA have become tremendous stars, great performers and stellar gate attractions? In case you haven’t noticed, the answer is: Not Many. The Nasty Boys, the Band, Sean Morley and Bubba the Love Sponge came and went in a hurry and it wouldn’t be a shock to see a couple more of that crowd resume their retirements.

Meanwhile, there are a lot of men and women working on the mic and in the ring for TNA. Let’s continue the analysis of how each of them is doing as of the first week in August, 2010.

Daffney
Mic: N/A
Ring: N/A
Comment: Things haven’t gone well for Ms. Zombie Hot since that green wide-load injured her. Daffney appears to be sincerely trying to learn to wrestle, but her frail physique may not be up to the demands of working regularly in the ring. Her career is at a standstill and, if they don’t come up with something for her to do, could be nearing the end of its TNA phase.

Daniels
Mic: N/A
Ring: N/A
Comment: He is still on the roster, but doesn’t appear to be actively involved in the show.

Desmond Wolfe
Mic: B-
Ring: B
Comment: It’s hard to believe that, only six months ago, Desmond Wolfe was the hottest heel in TNA. His story is a heart-breaking example of what may result when bad angles happen to good wrestlers. They haven’t done anything interesting or consistent with him since TNA dropped his angle with Abyss. Granted, it was nothing special, but they might’ve thought of replacing it with something rather than consigning one of their most appealing stars to the filler matches.

Don West
Mic: N/A
Ring: N/A
Comment: If TNA wants to get serious about collector cards, they’ve got the man to sell them.

Douglas Williams
Mic: B-
Ring: B+
Comment: Think of him as a more mobile and athletic William Regal with somewhat less verbal skill. Williams has successfully emerged from the British Invasion to assume a fairly important role in TNA. He’s not really a good fit for the X Division, which also indicates the low esteem in which current TNA management holds that approach to wrestling.

Dr. Stevie
Mic: C-
Ring: C
Comment: Sometimes, it is better to be lucky than to be skillful. The EV 2.0 angle couldn’t have come at a better time for the ECW veteran. He’s not doing much at this point, but he’s still in the show and in front of the cameras.

Eric Bischoff
Mic: A-
Ring: N/A
Comment: Sometimes, less really is</I. Circumstances have greatly reduced his air-time in recent weeks and he has responded with more intense segments. Don’t get too used to him as a babyface; TNA looks like it is working a major, long-term heel angle with him.

Eric Young
Mic: B
Ring: B
Comment: Now they want to team him with Orlando Jordan. This has had the unexpected result of not only burying Young, but hurting Jordan as well. This guy can be a star, but it’ll never happen if things continue in this dreary, directionless booking.

Generation Me
Mic: C-
Ring: B
Comment: The clock ticks ominously. GM never overcame the false start as heels. Their infrequent appearances on
iMPACT TNA often puts them in enhancement roles.

Hamada
Mic: N/A
Ring: B+
Comment: She returned to TNA on the 8/5 iMPACT and promptly formed a team with Taylor Wild that took the Knockout Tag Team Championship from the Beautiful People. It’s a good pairing. Wild needs a partner with a little size and wrestling ability, while Hamada does best with a partner who can work the microphone.

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: C+
Ring: B
Comment: He has returned from his sojourn in Mexico, but he hasn’t yet found his place in the current version of TNA. He has worked well, but there really isn’t a storyline. That will change as TNA heads toward Bound for Glory on October 10. Rumors have it that Lax will reunite for a run for the tag team title.

Homicide
Mic: N/A
Ring: B-
Comment: He’s employed, which is something in the current deep recession, but he isn’t getting a lot of air-time. That situation will improve radically if he again teams with Hernandez. Otherwise, his TNA career is on life support.

Hulk Hogan
Mic: B
Ring: N/A
Comment: You’ve got to hand it to the Hulkster. Fresh from multiple surgeries, Hogan turned in his best mic work and his strongest action sequence since he entered TNA.

James Storm/Robert Roode
Mic: B
Ring: A-
Comment: Is Beer Money about to make yet another turn? The way they put over the Motor City Machine Guns before match number four, their series suggests that Storm and Roode will be tweeners, if not actual faces, in their next program. I expect the duo to reclaim the tag team belts in the final showdown against the Guns on The Whole F’n Show.

Jay Lethal
Mic: B+
Ring: B+
Comment: His feud with Ric Flair has elevated him to TNA’s elite level. Now it is up to him to hold what he has gained and, if possible, propel himself upward into the World Heavyweight Championship competition.

Jeff Hardy
Mic: B-
Ring: B+
Comment: The Charismatic Enigma stands somewhat in RVD’s shadow at the present time, but he is a true-blue main eventer who always delivers high spots and high excitement. If TNA can keep him happy and working, Hardy is most likely headed for the heavyweight championship.

Jeff Jarrett
Mic: B+
Ring: B
Comment: It’s god to see him returning to action, but it hasn’t added up to much. Double J has done some high impact rants and some exciting run-ins, but it’s a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing. All of the booking for him has targeted a particular match that loomed in the immediate future. TNA really needs to come up with something more imaginative than that he is TNA’s founder. That’s a good element, but it shouldn’t be the only one.

Jeremy Borash
Mic: B+
Ring: N/A
Comment: He is a highly valuable non-wrestling contributor to the TNA show. The promotion should resume using him in backstage dramatic scenes.

I’ll be back on the Monday 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
(8/7/10)