TNA world title situation
SPOILER ALERT: If you don’t want to know what happens in the Sting-Kurt Angle match for the TNA world title that was taped last week for this Thursday’s Impact, do not read any further.
Without going into details about the various twists and turns that occur between Sting and Angle on the show, the end result is that Angle has the title back.
Just as I predicted after Sting won the title from Angle at the Bound for Glory pay-per-view on Oct. 14, Sting’s reign was short-lived. I just don’t understand why Angle was booked to lose the title in the first place.
It’s no secret that TNA booker Vince Russo loves frequent title changes, but I think the best thing for TNA is a lengthy title reign for Angle. I’m talking a year or 18 months. It would lend credibility to the title and build up anticipation for Angle’s eventual defeat. Then, when he does drop the title, it will be something special, and the wrestler who beats him will have truly accomplished something.
But Russo doesn’t think that way, and if you try to explain to him why it would be better for business to protect the integrity of the title, he’ll dismiss you as “thinking like a wrestling fan.” I know, because that’s what he said to me back in 2000 when he was the WCW booker and I was the editor of the company magazine.
From April 2000, when Russo returned to the WCW creative team after a few months on the sideline, until the end of that year, the WCW world title changed hands 15 times. That May alone, there were six title changes. I worked there and even I had trouble remembering who the champion was on a given day. There’s no question in my mind that the plethora of title changes under Russo was mind-numbing for the fans and a contributing factor in WCW's decline, although the company was probably beyond saving by that point anyway.
At least in TNA, Russo hasn’t scripted himself or David Arquette to win the title. Well, not yet, anyway. According to The Wrestling Observer, TNA has been talking to Arquette about bringing the actor in for an angle. Like I’ve said before, TNA is looking more and more like WCW (the Russo years) all the time.
It was announced at last week’s Impact tapings that the main event for next month’s Genesis pay-per-view will be Sting and a mystery partner against Angle and Kevin Nash, with the wrestler who scores the pinfall getting the world title. Could Arquette be the mystery man? After all, Arquette won the WCW world title in similar fashion. The Observer’s Dave Meltzer doesn’t think so – he believes Jeff Jarrett will get the spot – but I wouldn’t put anything past Russo.