Best For Business: Hulk Hogan's Next Move, Ethan Gets A Background, Low Ki Retires And More
But this is great for Hulk Hogan himself. This needs to serve as a wake-up call for Hogan: You're not as valuable as you think you are, brother. You're now the aging veteran, desperate to remain relevant. For a year's work, you'll (reportedly) make less than Brock Lesnar makes for one match. That has to sting, right? (Pun fully intended.) Good.
The time has come for Hulk Hogan to really give back. Not say he's giving back while worrying about #1, but to truly give back to the fans, the "boys in the back" and the product itself. Put someone over who needs it. Not AJ Styles, Jeff Hardy or Magnus, but Kenny King, Gunner or Rubix. Be the ambassador TNA needs you to be. Talk about the company at every media appearance you make. Go to Bellator and appear on television with your Impact Wrestling t-shirt. Work house shows, putting over the talent and signing autographs for free. You've been knocked down a pególearn something from it, become humble (without the assistance of The Iron Sheik) and make TNA a better place.
No one can take away what you've accomplished, Hulk. But it's not about you anymore. And that's okay.
Ethan Carter III: Sometimes we can be blind
I have to admit, I was (and still am) very excited about the upcoming debut of Ethan Carter III, or EC3. The man behind the character is an amazingly talented wrestler, and he can do wonders with the persona. I don't buy the MVP comparisons for a secondóoutside of having their names in lights, I don't see any similarities. And I'm an MVP fan. But I totally missed the boat.
You see, when his full name was revealed to be Ethan Carter III, I was down. "Cool, EC3, I can get behind that." But when I focus on EC3, I miss the most important word...Carter.
As discussed in the Daytona Beach News Journal, (http://jawbreaker.blogs.news-journalonline.com/10503/dixie-carter-adds-family-member-iron-claw-from-the-wyatt-family) it's easy to expect EC3 to be the spoiled nephew of Dixie Carter. That explains his actions in the TNA headquarters in his vignettes, including his attitude towards women and other assistants around the office.
Now, being involved in the Dixie Carter storyline could mean a fast push for EC3, and an eventual program with AJ Styles. Both of those are great things. Michael Hutter, the former Derrick Bateman and current Ethan Carter, us a multi-talented wrestler. He can wrestle, he can talk, and he does have the dreaded "it factor" that one needs to break through in the wrestling industry.
He's going to get his chance, and I'm fully willing to see this one out. The performer deserves the chance to make this work, because it could be a career making role for Hutter. Just as much as this Dixie Carter storyline could go down as WrestleCrap, Ethan Carter III has the potential to be a major player in TNA for years to come.
- Great call by the WWE in putting on Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs. The Shield as our Raw main event. One product of the (real-life)Triple H leadership in the WWE is longer title reigns with more important changes. Having the titles change hands in the Raw main event did wonders for their prestige. While the WWE doesn't always get this right (Hell In A Cell's main event still doesn't seem to be about the WWE Championship), they got it right on Monday night.
- So are Los Matadores & 3MB feuding? This really seems to be setting up for Fernando, Diego & El Torito vs. Heath Slater, Drew McIntyre & Jinder Mahal in a 6-man tag match down the road.
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