Rating the TNA Roster 3

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.

Part 3

Hardcore Justice, largely irrelevant to the rest of TNA, is now history. The Whole F’n Show, perhaps the most appealing free card TNA has ever mounted, could bring quite a few changes and surprises.

So, in the quiet before the storm, let’s continue the August analysis and ratings…

Jesse Neal
Mic: C
Ring: C
Comment: Can he rebound from the sudden death of his angle or will be become the latest victim of TNA’s inconsistent booking? His report card definitely has the notation: “Needs Improvement.”

Jimmy Hart
Mic: N/A
Ring: N/A
Comment: He is still on the roster, though his presence on the show is next-to-non-existent.

Kazarian
Mic: B-
Ring: B-
Comment: TNA killed his feud with Styles and the Creative Committee hasn’t replaced it with anything much. It would be better to put him back under the hood as Suicide.

Kevin Nash
Mic: B
Ring: C-
Comment: He’s walking, he’s talking. Something is bound to happen soon.

Kyoshi
Mic: N/A
Ring: B
Comment: He was reportedly the man in the Suicide mask when the Dark Savior made n appearance.

Kurt Angel
Mic: B+
Ring: A-
Comment: The logic of his climb up the rankings isn’t exactly air-tight, but it is a very entertaining way to use Kurt Angle without directly in the heavyweight championship picture.

Lacey Von Erich
Mic: C-
Ring: C-
Comment: Maybe this is wistful thinking, but it seems like the third-generation performer has improved. The road is long, but she should be congratulated for putting in the work, if she actually is progressing.

Madison Rayne
Mic: C+
Ring: C+
Comment: She has held the title longer than many expected but Rayne’s reign may be drawing to a close. She may go into tag team wrestling for a while before becoming a number-one contender.

Matt Morgan
Mic: B-
Ring: B-
Comment: He desperately needs a fresh storyline, because the old ones are finished. If I wee booking a promotion that has a 7-ft. monster heel, I’d aim him directly at the babyface champion.

Mike Tenay
Mic: A-
Ring: N/A
Comment: The Professor does a solid job under trying circumstances. He’s a natural color commentator, but his play-by-play is as strong as anyone currently working on a national level.

Mr. Anderson
Mic: B+
Ring: B-
Comment: TNA sees him as a John Cena type babyface – and it looks like they may be onto something. The whole “asshole” gimmick is a bit hard to understand intellectually, but no one can deny that it is getting over with the fans. A program with AJ Styles and a stint as the TV Champion might be a good next step for a hot attraction who isn’t quite ready to be a legit contender for the World Heavyweight Championship.

ODB
Mic: N/A
Ring: N/A
Comment: She’s gone. That’s a big loss, and a big mistake, for TNA,

Orlando Jordan
Mic: C
Ring: C+
Comment: Orlando Jordan could be a valuable contributor to the TNA promotion if they put about twice as much effort into defining his character, maintaining consistency and putting him into an interesting plot. He’d probably settle for any plot if it means he’ll have the same persona two weeks in a row.

Raven
Mic: C+
Ring: N/A
Comment: Illness and injury have sharply curtailed his ring performance and, with it, his career as an active wrestler. One thing he can do, because he has done it in the past, is use his off-kilter creativity to help develop characters and storylines. If the EV 2.0has any legs, Raven could possibly earn his keep on the creative side.

Rhino
Mic: N/A
Ring: N/A
Comment: He is one of TNA’s Forgotten Men. I don’t think he is washed up, though TNA generally treats him as if that were the case. He was a spear-carrier in the initial build-up of the EV 2 group, but his circumstances could markedly improve if the extreme idea catches fire in TNA.

Ric Flair
Mic: B
Ring: B-
Comment: The launch of Fortune has been impressively awkward and ham-handed, even for TNA. It has gone into another lull as the spotlight stayed on the Lethal-Flair feud. And what can you say about a so-called Creative Department that has not come up with “Fourtune” as the way to spell the name of the faction, so they can copyright and trademark it?

Rob Terry
Mic: C-
Ring: C+
Comment: He dropped the strap, which was inevitable. He looks great, but he is still a development project in the ring and on the mic.

Rob Van Dam
Mic: B
Ring: A-
Comment: He is rapidly growing into the role, which means that TNA will take the title off him fairly soon. That’s a hasty move; waiting until Bound for Glory or even longer would make a lot more sense.

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
Executive Editor
crossfire@cox.net
(8/9/10)