Your New TNA Champion

          The powers that be over at Impact Wrestling decided after a pretty anticlimatic run by champion Eric Young they were going to dump the title into new hands. We all thought that MVP was going to grab the gold (glad that didn’t happen, not even Triple H is that egomaniacal), but instead the odd man out, Bobby Lashley, is the new man with a bullseye on his back.

          This move may have been celebrated by some, but ultimately it should be scrutinized as another attempt by TNA to highjack WWE programming. The rumor mill for the past month or so over in Vince McMahon’s camp is that Paul Heyman’s client, Brock Lesnar (You know, that guy who broke some sort of streak or something?), is eventually going to return and once again hold the most coveted title in the company.

          Brock Lesnar, the ultimate fighter. Brock Lesnar, the mixed martial artist. Brock Lesnar, the collegiate amateur wrestler. Why are all these descriptions important? Because they all apply to Bobby Lashley as well. Lesnar and Lashley have similar resumes. They both wrestle part-time. Hell, even their last names start with the same letter and have the same number of syllables. What TNA has essentially done is preemptively stolen an idea from WWE before it can be implemented. It’s truly extraordinary to behold and is a real testament to the sad state of where Impact Wrestling has fallen.

          Maybe it was all the heat they took from mimicking the Daniel Bryan “Bearded Hero” storyline so blatantly after Wrestlemania that made them finally take the title away from Eric Young. Maybe it was just an attempt to finally give the title to a black wrestler. (The belt has been held by someone with white skin since the company’s inception….) Maybe it was even just a subconscious stab trying to beat WWE to the punch. Whatever the case, it’s a failed attempt on TNA’s part to make their programming any more bearable.

Article by Jamie Curtis Baker

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