Last Thursday night on Impact Wrestling Sting recaptured the World Heavyweight belt from Mr. Anderson. The veteran’s win may have popped a big rating for TNA but it also underlined the failure of Mr Anderson to connect as a champion with the majority of fans. It was the Green Bay native’s second tenure as the TNA flag bearer yet it ended as abruptly as his first.
Fans don’t seem to care about Anderson enough to invest in his championship reigns and it feels like so far TNA have seen this fact and pulled the trigger to remove the belt from his waist as quickly as possible. Sure the “Joker” character has breathed new life into Sting’s persona and added an interesting twist to the storyline power struggle within the company between The Stinger and the Hogan/Bischoff regime, but had it not been for the lack of fan interest in Mr Anderson as champion I believe the belt would not have changed hands so swiftly.
Don’t get me wrong Ken Anderson has received tremendous support during his WWE run and in his time at TNA, but for me he still doesn’t represent all that a champion should. He is cocky for sure and has a good amount of charisma yet his in-ring skills leave a lot to be desired- with many moves looking sloppy (a concern during his time in WWE)- and his presence isn’t larger than life. Even being aligned with the heat drawing Immortal faction doesn’t seem to advance Anderson as a legitimate wrestling superstar. He just doesn’t have “it” for either myself nor a lot of TNA’s audience.
Right now TNA seems to be pushing the younger guys like Crimson and Gunner, with the grapevine saying that Bobby Roode is marked as a future main eventer too. These guys could be World Champions in my eyes, as each of them possesses a larger than life presence coupled with an intensity that Mr Anderson does not have. They may not own the mic skills of Anderson but this can be mended, with Roode especially showing excellent potential on the stick. TNA would be wise to maybe push Anderson down to the upper mid-card for a while at least and elevate someone else soon before fans really turn on the Green Bay resident in an “X-Pac heat” way.