TNA Wrestling fan favorite and original Jay Lethal has fought his last match for the company after a disappointing 7th place finish in the X Division Xscape Match at the 2011 TNA Lockdown event. For a company that is prone to making decisions that range anywhere from silly to the utterly bizarre, this decision will do nothing to quiet the negative criticism from pro wrestling fans.
While this isn’t exactly the death of the X Division, I think it’s a clear message that the writers don’t want to focus on the high flying, daredevil style that is a breath of fresh air from the stomping around of over the hill veterans that currently hog up all the air time.
You never like to see people lose employment, but what does management see in guys like Rob Terry, Gunner, and Murphy that they didn’t see in a guy like Lethal who helped keep the company afloat through thick and thin? If this was a booking issue, turn Lethal heel but at least keep him television. If you cut the Immortal fat, they could have done something cool like having him join forces with Robbie E to create a Jersey themed team, join Immortal and fight guys like Kazarian and the Bucks in the X Division and battle with Beer Money for the tag titles.
I’m not certain how much money Lethal was pulling with his TNA contract, but a possible silver lining here is that he is talented and young enough to have a shot at a WWE career. I’ve heard ideas float around about a possible remake of the Nation of Domination (involving guys like R Truth, Zeke Jackson, JTG), which is an angle I think could be moderately successful and that much more entertaining with a maestro of the mic like Jay Lethal.
TNA can mull over name changes all they want, but if a show is called Crap on a Stick but puts you on the edge of your seat every week, it still beats the pants off the “leader” in pro wrestling. Especially when that leader is firing their best employees and hardest workers and keeping their World title on a fifty year old.
What else is on TV, tonight? This officially sucks.
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