Originally Posted by Cabers
I got a good chuckle out of this association...
My take is that Pope is that he is very talented with a mic. He has a natural ability to make me interested in what he has to say. In the ring, he is solid, but has many areas he could improve upon. Pope is a character that can carry a feud on the mic, but is usually carried in the ring; a dynamic that can work well when dealing with others who aren't as solid with a stick (Styles comes to mind).
As for his twitter declaration, I am not so sure if it's a work or honest. For the past few month, Pope has been pushing only comments of fans that have been expressing their desire to see him back in the ring and featured more. This was the same trend that happened with both Shelley AND Eric Young before their resulting paths. With Devon and Morgan, it was pretty much sold that if TNA had a chance to keep them; they would (Devon with the Team 3D school talent and Morgan with his Direct Auto spokesman position). With Pope, I can see where he'd fall into the "Shelley" side of the ball as it hasn't always been "creative" issues for his absences. He has had several injury issues and he has a track record of being one of the main guys who the "Originals" had a problem getting along with back stage.
Do I want Pope to stay? Of course I do. The guy (when used) can hold the fans attention and I think he'd be even better in front of a live audience. However, I can also see why his contract has been able to (supposedly) expire without a renewal being confirmed. In my own personal opinion, I believe he will have a new contract just as EY had his new one only days after his previous one had expired.