Tag Teaming With James Ellsworth
Join Date: Apr 2012
Re: If TNA hadn't fucked Anderson's character
To be fair to Anderson, when I first started watching TNA on a regular basis just over a year ago, he was feuding with Sting. I had no idea who he was or his past history. But as he was feuding with Sting I imagined he was a main eventer and to be honest, I didn't see anything in his work that led me to believe he didn't deserve that spot. And his turn as surfer Sting was good fun and his little feud with Immortal was interesting, too.
What I'm trying to say is, like many here I now think of Anderson as being a stale midcarder. But I didn't think that when my first exposure was that little run. SO I think he has better things in him, it's just he's not been involved in any feuds and storylines for a year so he's almost been bound to get dull. And throw in the tweener/heel/face confusion and he's just been treading water.
Then again, I get the impression TNA is quite meritocratic nowadays - if a wrestler is willing to work hard, have ideas and take the initiative, then TNA will let them run with it. Just look at Bully Ray, Chris Daniels and Aries - I'm sure no-one in TNA was planning for him to be heavyweight champ when he came back last year! The trouble is, a lot of the ex-WWE guys don't seem to have that drive (RVD, I'm looking at you!) and they just seem happy to do the bare minimum and do no more than what they're told. I don't know if that's because their gimmicks were handed to them by Vince and their promos were handed to them by the WWE writers, but they don't seem to be as willing to experiment and take risks as some of the other guys on the roster. Both RVD and Anderson need to do something new, desperately.