Bobby Lashley Is A Great Choice For TNA Wrestling Champion

It certainly isn’t a popular decision in the Internet Wrestling Community but TNA Wrestling made the right move last week on Impact. Bobby Lashley is not only the perfect choice for world champion, he is the only choice.

Social media was out of control Thursday night minutes after Bobby Lashley defeated Eric Young for the TNA world championship. The move was mocked by many who are neither Lashley fans nor TNA fans for that matter. Yet a closer look at the booking reveals one of the smarter moves TNA creative has pulled off in quite some time.

The irony of the criticism is that most of these same critics were mocking the company for putting the title on Eric Young. Young’s ability to grow a beard during the height of the Yes Movement earned him a run as champion. Everyone saw the reign for what it was, a complete copycat angle from the WWE. Ironically most of those same people are upset at the latest title switch. I don’t get it.

Lashley may not be a darling of the IWC but he is the right choice at the right time for the title. Who else in the company, including Eric Young merits a run? I could easily say Kurt Angle but he is out of commission. The only other likely suspects have had their shot and while critics may differ on their analysis, nobody has moved the needle. Lashley is a fresh face with a ton of credibility at a time that the company desperately needs a shot in the arm.

Lashley may not be the best worker in the company but he is one thing that no other active wrestler in the TNA is. He is a legitimate tough guy. Lashley not only has a pedigree in amateur wrestling but is a semi-retired MMA competitor. Now how good of a fighter Lashley is another topic but the bottom line here is that Lashley is the only guy in that locker room who fights for real and there is something to be said for that.

Eric Young was a nice story but to the casual fan watching Impact at home, nobody believed that Young had a shot against the tough heels in the company. Lashley is a guy that casual fans at home know is the real deal. Does it matter in a worked product? I think it does to some extent. Again this is the casual fan I am talking about here and TNA needs to draw as many of those that they can.

Lashley was also a part of the second biggest WrestleMania match of all-time in regards to drawing power. Like it or not, Lashley’s WrestleMania 23 match against Umaga was the second biggest headliner in Mania history under the first Rock vs. Cena match. I am simply talking about the match that drew the second largest amount of eyes on it in the history of the event. That is a very big deal and one that Lashley rarely gets credit for.

The other wink-wink here is that TNA finally got one over on the WWE. It is widely known that Brock Lesnar is expected to challenge for the WWE world title at SummerSlam. Most rumors seem to indicate that Brock will get some kind of run with the title. Now it will look like WWE, not TNA are the copycats by putting a hybrid MMA fighter/pro wrestler in the top spot with the title. What that means for business is probably nothing, yet perception is reality and maybe TNA can finally break out of that reputation as a second-rate WWE copy?

I am not expecting blowout matches but you rarely get those in TNA championship matches anyway. That’s for the undercard. Yet what I do expect is for TNA to grab a little publicity and turn a few heads with their new bad as* champion. For a company that rarely gets attention for anything positive, that’s a great thing.

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Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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