The Smarkdown Hotel – Hot Forum Topic of the Week: Ken Anderson’s TNA Contract Is Expiring; Should He Leave?

Michael Sullivan

Some of the commenters state that they found Mr. Anderson compelling in his current role as the Vice President of Aces & Eights, but that never worked for me. Like user I Dig Rask!, I'd want Anderson to re-invent himself once that stable dissolves. I thought Anderson's best work was as a lone-wolf, loose cannon heel – his feud with Kurt Angle in 2010 is the level of work I'd want him to replicate. In particular, this promo was one of my favorites of that entire year in wrestling in any organization, even if the end of the segment (thankfully edited out when TNA posted it on their YouTube page) looked a bit like a dry-humping session.

But the best idea in the thread belongs to Kizzani, who imagines Ken Anderson resurrecting himself as a manager. Anderson is considerably smaller now than he was during his WWE run, and it seems like reducing that bulk (as well as a couple of sabbaticals that he took from TNA) has resolved the problems he had with frequent injuries earlier in his career. Still, with his age and injury history, he's unlikely to remain an in-ring performer for too many more years. Now that Kizzani has mentioned it, I can't get the idea of Anderson as a manager out of my mind. All of his biggest strengths transfer perfectly – if Ricardo was able to generate heat with his faux ring announcer gimmick, then Anderson would be an evolutionary advancement on that model. His voice is nearly as memorable and powerful as Vickie Guerrero's, but he would provide the satisfaction of being able to occasionally enter the ring to face a physical comeuppance. He has a great understanding of ring psychology, how to play to the camera, and how to put over stablemates and opponents. In short, he has all the tools that could make him a top-level heel manager, and perhaps the decreased rigor of that job description might make a decrease in salary more palatable to Mr. Anderson. Anderson.

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