I could talk a little bit about how I thought that the WWE was making a mistake by releasing Bam Neely a few weeks ago. I could also talk about them releasing Scotty Goldman (Colt Cabana) last week. My opinion would not be based on what you saw on TV, it would be based on what I personally saw of their work on the independent scene several years ago, not what we all saw on WWE TV.
If you have two guys that are really good, and how good they are isn’t perfectly clear on your television screen, then I think most of the blame has to lie with the promotion. Enough said.
TNA recently made an even worse decision by deciding to release Petey Williams after he worked his ass off for five years with that company. Some reports said that TNA “wanted to get in some fresh faces” so they didn’t renew his contract. They say that while half of their roster has been recycled from the “good old days” with Steiner, Booker T, Sting, Foley, and Jarrett (I think Angle is still at the top of his game so I didn’t list him along with the others).
Project126 has both the emotional ending of his final TNA match (also shown below), and a tribute video as their “Wrestling Video of the Week #4“.
In addition to that, TNA could not come to contract terms with Sonjay Dutt, one of the other great cruiserweights and one of the reasons why I started watching this promotion in the first place. Not clear if he was making unreasonable demands or if management was being cheap (I’m assuming this is all over money and not time off), but I’ll assume that management is cheap.
With both of these guys gone, I’ve got two more reasons why my TNA viewership will most likely take a dive.
I agree with you. It’s a shame that guys like Scotty Goldman and Sonjay Dutt are released when guys like Crime tyme and Kip James are on TV.