Impact Wrestling (TNA) has a decent amount talent with their new ownership. They did great things with Bobby Lashley before Anthem got there. Prior to their departure, The Broken Hardys were the highlight of 2016 in wrestling. Anthem brought in Jeff Jarrett and TNA supposedly were going to start anew. Unfortunately they didn’t and bringing back Jeff Jarrett was the first sign. They brought back old members of creative including Dutch Mantell. They brought back old talent such as Low Ki, Sonjay Dutt, and Magnus. It was supposed to be a different and new TNA. Instead we were given the old TNA. They recycled the GFW versus TNA feud and brought in all it’s titles signaling the end of GFW. They now have a roster featuring talent from both companies. Some of these wrestlers have no business still being in TNA and should move on to bigger and better things. Some of their “talent” should stay in TNA for the rest of their career.
Here are 8 Impact wrestlers who should join the WWE and 7 wrestlers who shouldn’t even think about joining.
15. Should: Andrew Everett
Andrew Everett is currently injured and out of action with a torn meniscus. He will be out of action for a few months with an injury like that. Prior to that, he was teaming with former X-Division Champion Andrew Everett and the two were apart of the Helms Dynasty led by Gregory Shane Helms. For a wrestler that’s worked mainly in the indies, Everett has a good deal of charisma. He is very athletic inside of the ring and is able to pull incredible feats inside of the ring. His finisher is a 630 Senton. If he goes to WWE and pulls that off he’ll immediately become over with the audience. WWE’s Crusierweight Division could use more people and Andrew Everett would be perfect.
14. Don’t Stand a Chance: Josh Matthews
Josh Matthews has got to be trolling when he says he’s the best commentator in professional wrestling. He claims to be better than Jim Ross, Mauro Ranallo, and Michael Cole. To put it bluntly, Josh Matthews sucks. He is nowhere near the best commentator in wrestling and is somewhere near the bottom with JBL. The amount legitimate “go away” heat that Matthews has is astounding. His heat is close to the level of Roman Reigns. Matthews has had some choice words about his former employer. He said that TNA is better than WWE. He has also said that he doesn’t enjoy Vince McMahon yelling in his ear on commentary. Both parties seemingly lack interest in one an another.
13. Should: Trevor Lee
Trevor Lee is currently one of the key members in the X-Division. He was a member of The Helms Dynasty alongside Gregory Shane Helms and the aforementioned Andrew Everett. He is a two-time X-Division Champion and although TNA has devalued that title so much, when he carried it he felt like an important member of the roster. They took the title off him and put it on Low-Ki. That is an example of TNA relying on already established stars to get them by. The look of Trevor Lee is different. He’s not ripped like most of the smaller wrestlers such as Ricochet and Neville. In fact, his look is generic and WWE surely could do something about that. The Cruiserweight division could use more bodies and Trevor Lee is seems perfect for the job.
12. Don’t Stand a Chance: Matt Morgan
Matt Morgan is 40 years old. TNA wasted away his talent and great look. WWE did the same back in 2004. They gave him a gimmick where he stuttered. There’s no redeeming qualities from that. Then WWE had the nerve to cut him. If anything Morgan should’ve just left. In TNA, he turned heel and face so many times it’ll make your head spin. He never got a run with the World Title. They tried giving him a main event push on more than one occasion. They brought him all the way to the top just to bring him back down. He left in 2013 and retired until his return this year. Once again he is 40 years of age and WWE is more than likely not interested in a 40 year-old wrestler who failed in two different companies.
11. Should: Matt Sydal
Matt Sydal wrestled on WWE’s main roster for four years. Then he was known as Evan Bourne. Sydal’s WWE tenure saw him beloved by many fans because of his finisher. His finisher was a Shooting Star Press and his version of the move has to be the best it’s ever looked in wrestling history. Sydal’s first championship was the Tag Titles which he won with Kofi Kingston. They were known as Air Boom and were put together because neither man had anything going on. It was all ruined when Sydal was suspended twice for his use of marijuana. After he a foot injury, WWE released him. He recently resurfaced in TNA and after a few years away from the WWE, he should most definitely make his return. Fans will remember who he is as he was over in his time with the company. He could be an established wrestler that the Crusierweight division needs.
10. Don’t Stand a Chance: Low Ki
Low Ki won Season 2 of NXT during it’s game show days. He won over the likes of Curtis Axel, Alex Riley, Husky Harris, and Titus O’Neil. Like most winners of WWE competitions, he was released. Not only was he released, he was released a few months after winning the competition. Low Ki then did indies and TNA off-and-on for seven years. He’s had three different runs with TNA since his WWE release. His second run includes being a member of the Beat Down Clan with Samoa Joe and MVP in 2014. He left again and returned in 2017. He won the X-Division Championship for a fifth time when he ended the reign of Trevor Lee. In true X-Divison fashion he held the title for a short period of time before dropping it to Sonjay Dutt.
9. Should: The Wolves
Eddie Edwards and his on-again, off-again tag partner Davey Richards were given a tryout with WWE in 2013. At a time where they severely lacking tag teams, WWE decided against signing the tandem. The Wolves then went to TNA. The two were a flashy tag team with great athleticism and a great look to them. The won the tag titles five times and had when Richards was injured, Edwards had a successful singles run. He won the X-Division Title twice and even won the World Championship. TNA currently has them feuding against one another and is even involving their real-life partners Angelina Love and Alisha Edwards. After the feud finishes there’s only so much more they can do on their own as they are bland on their own. If they were to go to the WWE they can start from scratch with team.
8. Don’t Stand a Chance: Bobby Lashley
Bobby Lashley was looked at as one of WWE’s future major stars. The only issue was and similar to Roman Reigns was that they booked him straight to the top. There was no build or struggle to him getting to the top. He was released after an injury and made the switch to Mixed Martial Arts. Lashley has had a very successful Mixed Martial Arts career and has an astounding record of 15-2 Although he hasn’t faced the highest level of competition 15 wins is something to be proud of at his age. He’s 40 and WWE more than likely won’t be looking for someone that old. Also Bellator MMA wouldn’t allow him to work the heavy WWE schedule. TNA has made gold with Lashley and hopefully they don’t let him slip anywhere.
7. Should: Sonjay Dutt
The current X-Division Champion has been wasting his career away in the indies and in TNA. He is small wrestler with charisma and a character. With WWE looking to appeal to the independent market, Sonjay Dutt would be perfect. Although Jinder is fine in his current role, he isn’t the best in-ring talent. Sonjay Dutt is great in the ring and is much more entertaining. Unfortunately, Dutt is 35 years of age. He may on the downside of his career and it’s unfortunate he wasted his time in the waste of a company that was Global Force Wrestling. At 194 pounds the current Cruiserweight Division could use him. Some fans will know who he is similar to TJP but Dutt has much more charisma than TJP.
6. Don’t Stand a Chance: Brandi Rhodes
Brandi Rhodes was a former backstage interviewer for WWE. She was names Eden Stiles for whatever reason and while she was there she married Cody Rhodes. They both left the company in 2016 when Cody was frustrated with his position in the company. She joined TNA along with her husband that same year. She is absolute garbage in the ring. Every move done by her is sloppy and she botches often. She sets women wrestling back five years in terms of her skill inside the ring. Vince McMahon unlike his son-in-law doesn’t attempt to rebuild bridges and in wrestling you’re not supposed to stick up for your significant other. Surely Vince feels some way about that.
5. Should: Rockstar Spud
Rockstar Spud continues the theme of charismatic small men that wrestle for TNA. Spud is so good on the microphone and when he was with EC3 he fit the role so perfectly as his cowardly apprentice. He excels as a heel or face. Right now TNA has him feuding with Swoggle, the former Hornswoggle. He deserves so much better than Swoggle. I understand that he is a comedic character but he has shown that he can be serious as well. He’s been wrestling for 16 years and is only 34. They could have English man versus English man with him and Neville. Or they can include him in bouts that involve the United Kingdom Championship. Spud’s talents are clearly being wasted in TNA
4. Don’t Stand a Chance: Scott Steiner
Scott Steiner recently made his return to TNA and that caught many off guard. He came to the aid of Josh Matthews and announced he will be his partner at Slammiversry against Joseph Parks and Jeremy Borash. From the last time Scott Steiner was in a wrestling promotion up to now, Steiner has announced that he is basically upset at everybody in the wrestling business. These people include Triple H, Hulk Hogan, and Dixie Carter. Since he dislikes Triple H he virtually has no chance at coming back. Triple H has rebuilt bridges with The Ultimate Warrior, Bruno Sammartino, and Kurt Angle but Steiner seems dead set on his ways. Hopefully they can squash the beef one day but I don’t see that day happening any time soon.
3. Should: James Storm
James Storm should be a WWE wrestlers and the fact that he isn’t by now is shameful. He was given a tryout match but chose to remain loyal to TNA. TNA planned on reuniting Beer Money but Roode fled to the WWE. This left Roode with zero to do in TNA and they’ve already been missing the boat on him for years. They gave him two groups that were complete failures. The Revolution and the Death Crew Council accomplished zero before disbanding. Since he’s been in TNA he has won 14 Tag titles and only one World Championship. He’s earned so much more during his time with TNA and he’s one of the few originals left. He should have left AJ Styles and Bobby Roode.
2. Don’t Stand a Chance: Alberto El Patron
Alberto El Patron has made a complete fool of himself since leaving WWE. He’s gotten drunk and dissed the WWE and Triple H. That’s not smart if he ever wants to get rehired by a real professional wrestling company. He claims that WWE are racists which isn’t an outrageous claim but he did himself no favors in his return to the company. He was clearly just cashing it in and that could be told by his in-ring performance. He asked for his release and it was granted. He joined TNA and no one has cared to say the least. No one really cares about him as much as they once did. He recently broke-up with his fiancee Paige who is training for her in-ring return. If it were up to her she surely wouldn’t want him back.
1. Should: Magnus
Magnus has been looked at by WWE for years and still hasn’t gotten contract by the company. He’s a perfect wrestler for the WWE. He can talk, he can wrestler, and he’s not generic. He is the current husband of Raw women’s wrestler Mickie James and it’s unbelievable that she couldn’t talk him out of returning to TNA. He was pushed straight to the top in GFW but the company folded rather quickly. Now he’s back with TNA and we have to wait even longer for him to have the opportunity to wrestle for WWE. Magnus was one of the best things TNA had going before his departure and now we wait to see how they use him this time.
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