Wrestling Free Agents
by, 11-03-2011 at 04:45 PM (6236 Views)
It's been awhile since I've posted a blog, but given how there is a few blogs/forum posts about the term “Left over” I feel like I have to chime in, but given my habit of typing long messages I figured blog form would be best.
First for purposes of full disclosure, I have an admitted bias to the WWE, as my older blogs have indicated. However, I'm not here to argue that WWE is better, or that TNA sucks. My argument lies with the idea of “Wrestling Free Agents” and the idea of “What is a Leftover?”
Moving on... some definitions (in relation to this blog)
Free Agent: This is referring to a performer who is not under contract with the WWE, TNA or ROH.
Left-Over: A Free Agent who is past his or her prime and sometimes is released under negative circumstances.
Timfeyenoord's blog “The Leftover Stars of WWE & TNA” made an argument that TNA has a lot of former WWE stars and thus, are weaker than the WWE.
This is a rehash of an old IWC argument that the TNA will never be better so long as they use washed-up stars. There is some truth to this, and this argument has been used in both a correct manner, and incorrect manner.
I believe the argument that Timfeyenoord made, is an incorrect one, because it makes no distinction between a good “Free Agent Pick Up” and a bad one.
To pause for a second, let's move over to the NFL and NBA worlds.
Drew Brees was just hitting his strides in San Diego, when he was traded to New Orleans. Upon his trade he was already putting up respectable stats, and was considered a great pick up for New Orleans. He since has gone on to even greater things.
Lebron James was considered Cleveland's hero and was arguably one of the bigger stars in the league, upon his contract expiring before going to Miami. While I'm not going to argue about “why”, it was considered a huge positive move for Miami in the skill sense.
On the flip side, Emmitt Smith of the Dallas Cowboys was/is a legend in Dallas. He went to Arizona and spent his final time there as a washed up Running back. Chad Ochocinco to the New England Patriots is another example.
I could make another example of Michael Jordan going to the Washington Wizards, and I'm sure any sports fan can think of others.
When you think of WWE, TNA and ROH in the idea of competitive teams, you have to think about what is considered a good “Free Agent Pick Up” for the WWE, TNA, and ROH.
TNA is the #2 Federation in the English Speaking World, it's only natural that they are going to get some of WWE's "scraps", after all, the main goal of a wrestler (most of the time) is to be in the WWE. However, the WWE only has so many spots on it's main roster who are worth TV time. Eventually many stars will quit/be "future endeavored" etc. from the WWE for a variety of reasons.
However, who should be considered a good “pick up” for TNA and who is a bad one.
Kurt Angle is an example of a great pick up. He quit the WWE on his own accord, had plenty left in the tank and has done great things for himself and TNA. Anyone arguing against that is just delusional.
D'Angelo is an example of someone who under-achieved in the WWE (his fault or not, is a different discussion), but actually improved and built his stardom in TNA. He is a decent pick up.
Mr. Anderson feels like he is being force fed to us, that's probably why many get the "left over" vibe from him. He is a “not-bad” pick up.
Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair we're great pickups in the short term because of their name recognition and experience, but poor in the long term because they are draining too much money and TV time. This is simply mismanagement by TNA's execs.
Matt Hardy – The Prime Example of a Bad “Free Agent” for TNA.
However what about the WWE?
Sure, I'll just make a quick list:
Chris Jericho, Big Show, Eddie Guerrero, Triple H, Daniel Bryan
DDP, Goldberg, Scott Steiner, Kaval, Chris Masters
The point in all this?
Simply the argument that TNA is bad because all they have is Free Agents from the WWE is just dumb, because then you could say that the Miami Heat we're stupid because Lebron James and Chris Bosh we're leftovers from other teams, when they are making a boat load of money from the “Big 3” now. Or how the New York Yankees suck because all they do is buy their players, while their huge amount of trophies over the decades obviously proves you wrong.
However, if you are arguing that they make more poor Free Agent Decisions than good ones, then you have a better and more understandable argument. If you are going to argue about “Left-Overs” then, make better points and better examples. Because if you need a example of someone stupid in pick ups, Look at the Oakland Raiders for most of last decade.