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October 20, 2009

Nigel McGuinness headed to TNA instead of WWE

Former Ring of Honor champion Nigel McGuinness, who was believed to have signed with WWE in early September, has instead signed with TNA and is in Orlando today for the Impact tapings, reported.

Various Internet reports last month had McGuinness – and fellow ROH star Bryan Danielson – going to WWE. I had believed for a while that it was just a matter of time before WWE or TNA acquired McGuinness, but I always thought he was better-suited for TNA.

After the reports surfaced that he was going to WWE, I wrote: “He works a European style that, on the surface, doesn’t seem like a great fit for WWE. In TNA, I think McGuinness would have become the big star that former ROH champion Samoa Joe was projected to be, but who ultimately fell short of expectations.”

McGuinness, a talented worker and decent talker who played a British heel in ROH, would fit in perfectly with the World Elite heel faction, which includes British Invasion members Brutus Magnus and Doug Williams.

Posted by Kevin Eck at 4:54 PM | | Comments (11)


I was wondering, hasn't Nigel McGuinness been in TNA before? Anyone can correct me if I'm wrong, but I think I remember him being in the X-Division before.

And a great sigh of relief, hearing that they won't be buried by Vince and co.

this is cool, and as well a nice bullet point for why TNA needs to go live on whatever night they choose to do their show. These are the kind of moves that lose all of their "WOW!" factor when you read that it happened at tapings 3-4 days before the show airs.

I watched Bound for Glory on Sunday, and somehow found myself enjoying it. Now Nigel goes to TNA? Looks like I'm going to have to start watching Impact.

I think the introduction of Nigel into the British Invasion could drive a wedge between them over time, or he could play the Hernandez role.

Okay, that's officially what I want to see. Nigel and Hernandez teaming up.

Paul, Nigel was in TNA twice. Here you go:

August 11, 2004 - TNA PPV: Kazarian participated in a 20-Man Gauntlet Match (Petey Williams won the X-Division title)

November 13, 2005 - TNA Genesis: Shark Boy defeated Nigel McGuinness in a Pre-show match.

Not sure why WWE didn't lock up Danielson and McGuinness to contracts immediately. They should have known that TNA was interested in both guys since they're potentially great fits for the company.

Evidently, the reason Nigel signed with TNA, according to Mike Johnson, is because he didn't pass WWE's wellness examination (Danielson did). Good scoop for TNA, tainted by the fact that it was a man who couldn't even pass a WWE drug test.

In WWE he would have faced the same uphill battle Punk faced (and still does, to a degree) since he's not a McMahon creation, so I can see why he wouldn't want to set himself up for three years of frustration and disappointment. At least in TNA he knows he's going to be booked just as poorly as the other 6,000 guys on the roster.

I have to wonder if anyone in the WWE realizes how little goodwill they have. Sure, you go there for the big contract and such, but I can't imagine anyone relishes going to work in a staid, static, top-heavy atmosphere where they'll have to contend with an insane old man at the top, his daughter and her ladder-climbing husband, old-timers who have latched onto the hull of this Flying Dutchman of a company, an insanely busy work schedule, no support, the possibility of getting dropped if you can't break through the glass ceiling...

More than anything else, WWE's mindest of "we're the top, where else you gonna go?" is what's killing them. It's entitlement writ large and it's going to really bite them in the a--.

Good news!! Amazing performer in all aspects.Hate the whole name change thing.Yes WWE loss is definitely TNAs gain.They have really for once steeped up their game as they head into a new era of the "young guns"(thats from the upcoming PPV proo). Hopefully this new era doesnt get bogged with Russo's silliness and Nigel or ..ahem..Desmond gets used properly.

Good for TNA. This kind of business will only make the wrestling world more interesting.

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