In Over His Head, Memo to Daniel Bryan, More

Mark Madden

john gaburickJohn “Big” Gaburick was a producer in WWE. He had very little to do with the creative process.

In TNA, Gaburick is in charge of the creative process.

Christy Hemme has barely been in the wrestling business. She’s been a ring announcer and posed naked for Playboy.

In TNA, Hemme is part of the creative process.

TNA, not surprisingly, is at a loss for ideas. So they call Vince Russo.

The next thing you know, there’s a stalker angle. Samuel Shaw gets committed to a mental institution because of the result of a wrestling match. It’s Obamacare gone wild. That’s straight out of Arkham Asylum.

If any company could help itself by being an old-fashioned wrestling promotion, it’s TNA. But it settles for being WWE’s mentally-challenged sibling. Maybe TNA ownership should be in an insane asylum.

If WWE gets programming on Spike TV, that could mean the end of TNA.

That’s the last thing WWE should want.

Legally, WWE should never want a total monopoly.

TNA also serves an invaluable purpose: Making WWE look better than it really is.

There’s no reason to like TNA. There’s not one good thing about it. Not one.

Gaburick is “big.” As in, over his head, big-time.


Daniel BryanDon’t let your marriage be involved in a wrestling angle. That often ends bad.

I know suspension of disbelief is our friend. It would have been impossible to take The Undertaker seriously otherwise.

But let’s say Kane would have pulled Brie Bella Bryan (a/k/a Triple B)  under the ring. What happens next? Does Brie get dragged down to the depths of hell? How would the ring crew not know about that? Does Brie get raped? Don’t kid yourself, that’s definitely what’s being implied. Where were the police? Does WWE have an exorcist on staff? Would they have filmed a scene for

I love Bray Wyatt’s character. Boy, is he good. But what’s with the backbend? What’s the practical application? Not much of an offensive maneuver, Brain.

Who quits The Shield? Will Ric Flair screw Evolution? That’s Wrestling 101, but that’s the stuff I like.


file_277803_0_performance-centerWWE is totally sold on the concept of its training center. It’s state-of-the-art. The instruction is quality.

But WWE’s exclusionary policy makes the training center a bad idea. If you work for TNA, you’re disqualified. Extensive indy experience is not preferred.

WWE wants the training center to be the exclusive funnel for talent. Two words: Cookie-cutter. Most of those produced will look the same, talk the same, and work the same. Not 100 per cent; Bray Wyatt is certainly unique. But Wyatt will prove the exception, hardly the rule.

Explain the wisdom of Xeroxing. Some of the top talents of the past would never get a shot in today’s WWE. Mick Foley jumps immediately to mind.

Having just one way isn’t often the best way.

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