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The Written Wrestling Promo, 4-28
April 28, 2013 - Zach Baker
Last week I mentioned I'd write a blog this week about an angle that could get me interested in WWE again.
But I changed my mind after watching last week's Impact.
Last week, I wrote some positive things about TNA, but all that goodwill was essentially destroyed in a two-hour program.
Most wrestling fans have an appreciation for Hulk Hogan and Sting. Hogan, of course, is one of the biggest stars in the industry's history, and Sting has been a star for almost 25 years.
But these men have seen better days. Hogan has had multiple surgeries and is past 60. Sting looks tremendous for a man in his 50s, and moves around well for someone who has wrestled for the last two decades.
But at the end of Impact, those two were responsible for taking down the promotion's top heels. Mind you, this is something the full-time performers of Impact --Samoa Joe, Jeff Hardy, Magnus, Kurt Angle -- were unable to do.
But I think this is the problem: When Hogan is in a promotion, he looks in the mirror and still sees 1987, even though he can barely throw a punch anymore. And if Hogan can't wrestle, then what good is he to Impact? He's someone being pushed heavily who can't pay it off.
As for Sting, there are even more questions, specifically about the kind of draw he ever was. In his prime, Sting was never the biggest star in a successful promotion. The closest he came was in 1997, when he was a playing a non-speaking mysterious character who was positioned as the superhero for WCW against the nWo.
The thing is, he got in the ring, and his drawing appeal cooled. Certainly, there was some horrible booking that led to that, but the point is, if you're Impact, do you build your promotion around a part time guy who was a questionable draw in his prime, who is now in his 50s?
It looks that way. At next week's Impact, (SPOILERS) Sting will get a title shot at the promotion's next pay per view in June.
Remember, TNA only has four pay per views now. And they are using one of them to put a man over 50 in the main event.
Hogan and Sting in main event spots. Seems all WCW-ish.
And we know where that is now.
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