Learning to break kayfabe
Join Date: Apr 2010
Re: Mr. Anderson?
I was a huge fan once he arrived in TNA. In fact, he and The Pope were my favorite things about TNA in 2010. And I'd never really watched them in WWE, I just thought their characters, mic skills, and storylines were really entertaining. Good characters to build the company around and maybe take TNA to the next level, maybe be the next Austin and Rock (obviously that didn't happen, not sure what went wrong). People can criticize TNA 2010 and call it WCW or call me a non-true wrestling fan or Russo mark all they want, but those guys alone, plus a few others like Wolfe (he was brand new to me, too), combined with the unpredictability and edginess of it all, made it entertaining to me.
Maybe Anderson's goal was to be World Champ and, once he attained it, he figured he achieved everything he wanted in this business and that's why he seems so unmotivated now. But what's weird is people saying he's more suited for WWE, since I just can't picture a guy like him thriving in a PG environment with scripted promos. That'd be like Steve Austin trying to thrive in such an environment.
But I'm still a fan, whether its cool to hate on him now or not, so I'm hopeful he and the booking team gets him back on track. I'd prefer him as a heel, though I'd rather see him on his own than as another Aces & Eights thug. I don't really see him as a follower.
Its just sucked lately that, as good as TNA's booking's been (IMO), and as many of my favorites are getting pushed and used properly (Aries, Bad Influence, Parks,...), it makes it all the more frustrating that guys like Anderson and Pope haven't been used properly (and guys like Shelley and Kendrick get let go). I've just come to realize that, no matter who's booking, it will NEVER be a perfect situation, where all the guys you like are pushed and all the guys you don't like aren't pushed. Will never happen, no booker I'll ever 100% agree with, not even Heyman, so you just have to hope the good outweighs the bad. But yeah, hope that both Anderson and Pope can turn it around this year and be as entertaining (and healthy) as they were.
Last edited by Silent Laughter; 01-05-2013 at 07:51 AM.