April 28, 2010 Leave a comment
It’s been hyped for a few weeks and finally on Monday, Eric Bischoff revealed that TNA’s new ranking system – likely used to determine championship contenders – would involve fan interaction. I headed over to TNAWrestling.com and checked out what the hullabaloo was about and discovered a link to a ‘Create a Survey’ site. On it, I could vote for 10 contenders:
- Kurt Angle
- Jeff Hardy
- Mr. Anderson
- D’Angelo Dinero
- Jeff Jarrett
- Rob Terry
- Desmond Wolfe
- AJ Styles
The first thing that jumped out at me was the #1 pick on the ballot was Kurt Angle who just a week ago announced that he would be taking time off. Therefore, what happens if the fans turn out in droves for him and he wins heavily? The possibility has led me to vote for Angle about 5 times now, and I heartily recommend anyone reading this to do the same.
The second thing I noticed was that this is kind of a weak ranking system. Mr. Anderson has been losing to Kurt Angle for a while now and Desmond Wolfe loses to pretty much everyone. If this is a ‘ranking’ rather than ‘a popularity contest’ then why wouldn’t Matt Morgan, who’s been on quite a roll as of late, be included? What about Kazarian or either member of Beer Money, Inc? How about the recently returned Samoa Joe?
If there’s more to the ranking system than just this, we haven’t learned of it yet. Much like Sting’s heel turn, I have a feeling it was announced long before TNA had any idea just what it was and therefore are making it up as they go along. The rankings will likely be completely storyline based and I have a feeling the fan vote is going to be rigged to put whomever they want into the title picture, especially with Angle on the ballot. And frankly, I can’t blame them if they do. Fan votes, while often predictable, can occasionally throw a wrench into the gears. My thought? You’re going to get Jeff Hardy as the heavy winner (despite my Angle efforts) and we get a rather bland face vs. face program that leads to an exciting match we already saw on TV.
And as for the ranking system? It’ll be gone by Slammiversary.