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 hole roster.
TNA Week continues here at “The Katz Files.” As the promotion barrels towards its next pay per view, here’s how things lo0ok as of mid-June.
Comment: Injured by Rosie Lottalove in the latter’s tryout match, Daffney is about ready to come back to the show. It may take her a little while to find a role and there’s no telling how any injury might affect6 her ring work.
Comment: He is still shown on the roster/
Comment: The angle with Abyss for the favors of Chelsea has done neither man much good. Abyss seems like a heel for making her a prisoner, while Wolfe looks like a semi-babyface with all his protestations that he won’t allow any harm to come to his valet.
Comment: He’s got big deals for you.
Comment: The British-born wrestler has held the X Division Championship longer than anyone would’ve expected. Even the travel foul-up that left him out of a PPV title match only lifted the gold for a couple of weeks.
Comment: They use him very sparingly on television, which is another way of saying that he is more or less buried at the present time.
Comment: You don’t want to miss two episodes of iMPACT in a row, because then you’ll miss a couple of Bischoff turns and won’t know what he’s supposed to be. Right now, EZ-E is a babyface, but don’t bet on that continuing for very long. E’s a natural heel and he is likely to return to that stance within the next month.
Comment: Is there no end to the trials of Eric Young? The latest calamity to befall him is getting thrown in with The Band. It makes no sense at all and contradicts the previous Nash-Young storyline in a way that insults the intelligence of every fan.
Comment: They’re still on the roster, having so far avoided getting their release despite the false start and injuries. They’re a bit on the small side, but they have shown some ability in the ring that could be developed. Right now, though, they appear to be roster-filler.
Comment: Despite great ring skill and lots of hard work, Hamada is unlikely to get a huge push from TNA, because she doesn’t do anything on the mic. She is fun to watch and a credit to her father, The Great Hamada/.
Comment: He’s the Spanish-language announcer and can still play a role in some of the skits.
Comment: He has been working in Mexico, but he will return.
Comment: He has returned, but it’s too soon to tell what they have in store for him. They might be saving him to team with Hernandez in an LAx revival.
Comment: Hogan is actually doing better now than a month ago. He’s less intrusive in the show and has even reduced the number of meaningless, double-talking rants that never fail to leave the readers saying, “Huh?”
James Storm/Robert Roode
Comment: Beer Money is one of TNA’s elite tag teams, one of the greatest currently working for any promotion. They’ve reverted to heel, but it hasn’t mean much yet, because TNA hasn’t crafted a compelling story for them. Maybe it’s time for another of those tag team tournaments to fill the title that The Band could vacate. Beer Money needs some high-impact, meaningful matches to restore the team’s luster.
Comment: His current push is one of TNA’s most clever current strategies. While still doing his entertaining imitations, Lethal is gradually being repositioned as a serious wrestler and potential contender for the TNA Heavyweight Championship. He’ll need to move past Ric Flair as quickly as possible, but that looks to be in the card, anyway.
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.
Comment: He’s getting back into the show, working his way toward one of the central positions. He’s certainly not the best in TNA any more, but he can still bring it. Perhaps more important, he has a special, close connection with the fans that makes anything he does seem significant.
Comment: It looks like JB won’t be one of TNA rumored budget cuts. That’s a good thing, because this guy definitely earns his keep. They haven’t involved him in the storylines much lately, which might be a mistake. He usually does pretty well in the dramatic scenes, like a less sour Gene Okerlund.
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