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Why TNA Needs Y2J
May 5, 2005 by Daniel S. Garcia


First and foremost, I want to send my condolences to Chris Candido's family and friends. My thoughts and prayers go out to each and every one of you.

I am a huge wrestling fan. I love the WWE, TNA, AAA, CMLL, LLL, you name it and I'll watch it. I started following TNA about two years ago. I watched their monthly PPV's as often as possible and once Impact! started I made sure I tuned in every Friday afternoon and if I couldn't I'd tape it. Sure they have their fair share of flaws but I still watch and I know a lot of other people are too. But yet, TNA Wrestling really isn't considered a threat to the WWE despite having a strong roster of talented athletes.

Chris Jericho has done it all and pound for pound he is one of the best ever. He is one of those performers who could have a match with literally anyone and still find a way to entertain you. But yet, he isn't content with his character's current role in the product. With the upcoming Draft Lottery him turning heel and/or making the jump to SmackDown! wouldn't exactly lead to any significant improvement. More than likely he would just be doing the same thing he was on RAW but for a new roster of opponents.

Jericho is arguably in the best shape he has ever been in. Like many fans I would love to see Y2J get another title run. I would also love to see TNA move up and give the WWE a run for their money. I think it should be Jericho who finally defeats Jeff Jarrett for the NWA Heavyweight Championship. Don't get me wrong, AJ Styles truly is without question a phenomenal athlete and could very well defeat Jarrett at Hard Justice. But not only would Jericho's debut in TNA breathe in a much needed new life for his career it would also help TNA make it to the next level. Can you imagine how huge Y2J vs. A.J. Styles would be"

Jericho is a gifted competitor and with his size, quickness, charisma and versatility could go toe-to-toe with anyone, anywhere. In addition, TNA's more relaxed schedule would allow him to spend a great deal of time at home with his family and focus even more on his music career. Its essentially Win/Win for everyone involved. Some would say that Y2J has been all over the world and competed for every major promotion and doesn't have anything else to prove, which is true. However, this man could be the last piece of the puzzle for TNA Wrestling's mainstream success.

by Daniel S. Garcia..


Jack Malone wrote:
As much as I agree with all the compliments you paid Jericho, I have to disagree with your opinion on a potential move to TNA. To me, this would not be a good move for him. Sure, WWE isn't doing him a lot of good right now, he has been stuck in midcard hell for a good long while. But you have to wonder, would his status on TNA be any better" He'd most likely play the same role that all the other faces play on TNA right now and that is Jarrett fodder. He may be given one title reign, but only as a transition champion until Jarrett next takes the belt. See, Jarrett is the Triple H of TNA, hogging the belt and the spotlight. No new stars are ever going to be born with these guys running the shows. To me, Jericho would be better off on Smackdown! where guys seem to be given a better chance. Hell, if Bradshaw can make it on Smackdown!, then so too can Jericho.
Rhey Higgins wrote:
As much as I agree with all the compliments you paid Jericho, I have to disagree with your opinion on a potential move to TNA. To me, this would not be a good move for him. Sure, WWE isn't doing him a lot of good right now, he has been stuck in midcard hell for a good long while. But you have to wonder, would his status on TNA be any better" He'd most likely play the same role that all the other faces play on TNA right now and that is Jarrett fodder. He may be given one title reign, but only as a transition champion until Jarrett next takes the belt. See, Jarrett is the Triple H of TNA, hogging the belt and the spotlight. No new stars are ever going to be born with these guys running the shows. To me, Jericho would be better off on Smackdown! where guys seem to be given a better chance. Hell, if Bradshaw can make it on Smackdown!, then so too can Jericho."...Couldn't have put it better myself. As bad as Y2J is being held back on RAW, it's not nearly as bad as what would happen if he were in TNA. As bad as Cena is, I don't think he's stupid; he (if he has any respect for the business in general and Jericho in particular) would actually do the right thing and put Jericho over as the TRUE and RIGHTFUL WWE Champion. Plus, if Y2J left the WWE, I would hav no reason to watch anymore.
Chiefofmea wrote:
i think the heading should be the other way round (why y2j needs tna) because lets face y2j cant do anything else in the wwe as we've seen with his latest feud with shelton. so i my opinion your right in saying that its best for both parties if y2j goes but has lost the determination that he had when he entered the wwe/f, and i think he lost it when he lost the title to hhh at wrestlemania, but i mostly agree with all of your column
cochran_p wrote:
I agree with Jack. As long as TNA is a world for Jarrett, it will never ever be the competition that WCW was for the WWF. Jericho would be best to stay with the WWE. Jericho is current in Midcarder hell because his contract is up shortly. I am sure once he works things out with the WWE Jericho will have a bright future once again.

Currently, Smackdown is the best show. They have the most interesting talent rooster, and with the addition of maybe Jericho, and Orton Smackdown would be the show to beat.
Latrez Alford wrote:
TNA needs more than Y2J. They need a miracle, luck and a prayer if they want to keep the business running. They are already in the tens of millions in debt and a business cant continue to operate. They cant afford to pay wrestlers (Shawn Walton). They cant even afford for guys like DDP to even be booked. I am one to stick with the underdog thats why im such a big WWE fan cause with all the drama they went through with "The Monday Night Wars". I hope some how they turn things around because they do have a lot of talent. The problem is one of the guys running the place is only a mid-card wrestler at best if he was in the WWE. Y2J won't be any help to them at all. He'll just be another wrestler for them to not be able to afford. Only hope they have is if Stone Cold, The Rock and Goldberg come there and work for free. (A miracle, luck and a prayer). Theres no way that'll happen so I wish TNA all the luck.
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