Re: TNA: Changing The Face Of Pro Wrestling
February 13th 2006
TNA Bookers Meeting
I sat down at the table with Jarrett, DíAmore, Borash, Tenay, and Taylor. I looked around at everyone and Jarrett was the first to chime in.
Jarrett: Open them
Me: Open what?
Jarrett: Donít play game with me kid. Open the damn slips
I reached into my pocket.
Me: ShitÖI must have left them at home.
Jarrett: Well you better get your ass up, get in your beat up car, drive your ass home, get the slips, and come back.
Me: Jeff calm down, Iím just kidding.
Jarrett: This is no laughing matter kid. I want to know what names are on those slips.
Me: Well without further adoÖ
Jarrett: Scott, whatís the hell is more important than those slips?
DíAmore: Well for one, the future of upcoming storylines and two, the future of the names on the slips.
Me: Scott, I canít move ahead until I know who we need to cut. I donít want to push somebody and then come to find out everyone wants him gone.
Jarrett: Open the slips now.
I opened the first slip and read off the names
Me: Shark Boy, Apolo, and Kevin Nash
I looked at the faces in the room and came to the conclusion that the slip had belonged to Tenay. I read off the second slip.
Me: Shark Boy, Gail Kim, Johnny Devine
I looked at the faces and DíAmore was not happy when I read off Devine. I tried to match the face with the slip but it wasnít working. I read off the next slip.
Me: Apolo, A1, Simon Diamond
I again looked at the faces but came up with nothing. I read off the next slip.
Me: Simon Diamond, Shark Boy, David Young
I realized reading faces was not my specialty. Maybe thatís why Jericho and Christian are always begging me for poker games. I read off the fifth slip.
Me: Jeff Hardy, Kevin Nash, Apolo
I knew that slip had belonged to me. I had read off the final slip.
Me: Jerry Lynn, Sonjay Dutt, Sabu
I knew right away that Jarrett wrote that slip.
Me: First things first. Out of all those names read; Lynn, Sabu, and Devine are going nowhere. Jerry Lynn helps out the X Division guys far to much for me to release him. Any X Division match we put on, Lynn has a hand in it. Whether it be putting together a chain of things or planning out one big spot, Lynn helps those guys out. Sabu has been inactive but with good reason. I gave him the time off because of all his hard work throughout the years. He will return in the near future. Devine stays because I like him in Team Canada. Scott is the talker, Roode and Young make a great team, Petey is the X Division guy, and Devine is the interference guy and both he and I like that role after coming off the operation he just had. Every other name I read off is up for debate. Iím looking to release 5 guys max. Hereís what I want everyone to take into consideration: How much they make, how much they currently do, how much they can do, and how easy it is to book them and be effective with the booking. So, discuss.
Jarrett: Kevin Nash stays. Heís a good friend of mine and he has great name value. Heís not going anywhere.
Me: Honestly, I donít care about your friendship. Business is first right now. Nash makes too much money to sit at home and collect a check. We try to bring him back and he just gets hurt. Also, we have plenty of name value now to where we can release him. Guys like You, Christian, Sting, and Jericho will bring in enough of the older fans to help us out. Also with the man weíre bringing in tonight, he will bring in older fans.
DíAmore: Iíve got to agree with the kid. Nash is making more than guys like Styles, Joe, Daniels, Abyss, Shelley, and others. Yet they bust their ass for us while Nash does nothing.
Jarrett: But when heís healthy, he delivers. Remember our match last year at Against All Odds?
Me: Yeah, one year ago. What has he done since then? He put on a pretty bad match with Kip. TNA tried to book him at Lockdown and he was injured the night before the PPV. TNA tried to book him at Bound For Glory and he was injured again the night before the PPV. Heís wrestled two matches in one year and heís been booked twice but failed to compete. All this time and he still collected a nice paycheck. So, majority vote. Raise your head if we should cut Nash.
Everyone but Jarrett raised their hand.
Me: Ok, for now, heís gone. Anyone else?
Tenay: Apolo seemed to be mentioned a few times.
Me: Well when Konnan said he was cutting the dead weight, he was talking about Apolo. Apolo knew this, Konnan knew this, and I knew this.
Tenay: So does that mean heís already gone?
Me: Not necessarily. If you guys can think of something for him to do after The New Crew drops him, throw out some ideas.
Borash: What about a feud with The New Crew?
Me: That would require me to team Apolo up with 2 new guys against a pretty established team. I honestly donít feel like wasting my time with that. So, majority vote.
Everyone raised their hand.
Me: For now, heís gone. Anyone else?
Borash: Shark Boy was on the list a number of times.
Me: Hereís the thing with Shark Boy. I like him personally and I like what he does in the ring. The problem is that heís been built so much as a jobber that I canít give him a rub at this moment. I donít want to keep him because of personal reasons though.
Jarrett: Exactly, you wouldnít let Kevin stay just because we are friend, so I say Shark Boy goes.
Me: Back up your reason and I may agree.
Jarrett: Heís a jobber. Thatís what heís done his entire career in TNA. Heís nothing but a comedy character who wonít make it here or in WWE. Let him go to the indies.
Me: Majority vote.
4 people raised their hand.
Me: Ok, gone for now. Thatís 3 gone so far, which leaves room for 2 more.
Jarrett: Sonjay Dutt.
Me: What about him?
Jarrett: Release him.
Me: Man Jeff, thatís a hell of an argument but I think Iím going to pass on that.
Jarrett: Heís turned into nothing but a jobber as of late. Youíre pushing guys like Strong, Aries, and Lethal over him. I canít even remember his last match and whatever it was, it was probably a squash.
Me: Thatís better. The thing is, Sonjay has a lot to offer. And if I could actually find a way to book him, he could be huge.
Jarrett: But you canít find a way to book him. And you said it yourself, take into consideration future booking.
Me: Fine, weíll go with a majority vote.
Sadly, there was no majority, the room was split 3 to 3.
Me: Weíll toss Sonjay aside for now and come back if needed. Finally, Jeff Hardy. He has let this company down time and time again. I donít care about his merchandise sales. Weíve got Christian Cage, Chris Jericho, Sting, Samoa Joe, and AJ Styles merchandise in the works. I promise you that they will all out sell Hardy. I have no booking plans for him and I donít want to book him. So he can either sit at home and collect a check like Nash or we can free up more money. Majority vote.
Everyone actually agreed with me. I guess they were sick of Hardy as well.
Me: Ok, thatís 4 names gone. I honestly donít see the need in releasing anyone else. Guys like Dutt, Young, Kim, and A1 make nothing and could help the company if we can get bumped up to a 2 hour show. As a note, I talked to Simon Diamond last night before the PPV and asked him to be a road agent for the company. I told him that I didnít have booking plans for him but I felt that he could help out some younger guys with his knowledge. He agreed and we settled a deal. So for now, heís staying. Anyone else want to comment on the releases?
Nobody spoke up so for now, everything was settled. After that, we discussed the build up to Destination X. Thatís right, I couldnít get the rights to Starcade so the PPV name remained Destination X. I could have legally battled it but decided against it. It was now up to me to remove the sour taste of last years Destination X.
My Comments: Thanks for the review RatedR, Iíve been reading up on yours but with 34 pages, itís tough to get caught up. Iíll start hitting you with reviews when I feel ďin the mixĒ. Backstage at the Primetime Special could be up today (Tuesday) but Wednesday at the latest