With Moose cashing in his feast or fired shot against Alex Shelley for Hard To Kill, I am one of the firm believers that this event should end in a title change. The dawn of the new era of TNA sure is exciting, and Moose winning would personally be my way of capping it off. This article is based around my reasons why Moose is the ideal guy to hold that TNA World Championship leading into the new era.
While Shelley winning the world championship will go down as one of the greatest moments in the company’s history, the reign has lost a lot of steam in recent times. This is to no fault of his own; TNA’s taping schedule has been all over the place at the moment, and they’ve not given themselves any opportunities to build up interesting storylines. All of this, plus Shelley’s injury on the UK tour, has slowed down his momentum tenfold, causing his reign to be somewhat of an afterthought since Bound for Glory.
As much as it pains me to say, this loss of momentum is one of the main reasons why I think hitting the reset button on the world champion is the best idea.
Moose’s First Reign
I, for one, was a thorough enjoyer of Moose’s run with the Impact World Championship. While every match wasn’t crazy workrate-wise, they were mostly, at the very least, enjoyable. The triple threat against Morrissey and Cardona and the Full Metal Mayhem against Edwards are prime examples.
The main thing that really made this reign great was how strong he looked as the world champion. For all of his reign, he was booked like a dominant beast, making his loss to Alexander all the more special. To have a monster like him leading the new era would be a perfect way to establish the top babyface of the new era, who is the one to eventually get that big win over him.
As you can see in the image above, Moose recently signed the longest deal ever in the company’s history. This makes it a no-brainer to stick the title on the guy that you know you can trust to be around for the long haul. With a company like TNA, which in recent history has been a revolving door for talents, getting only six-month contracts for a lot of talents, it’s good to have consistent names on TV like Moose in the main event scene.
Furthermore, if Moose isn’t going anywhere for a long time, then they have to build him up again. For those unaware, Moose hasn’t had the most successful 2023. The matches have been great (his match against Kevin Knight, for example), but he hasn’t had a consistent storyline push, with him most noticeably being on the losing end of a rivalry against Joe Hendry this year. So this is the perfect chance to build Moose up to the stature he once had as the monster heel on top of the company.
Establishing A New Era
As I have mentioned multiple times in this article, a reset on the world champion is a great way to establish the new era. It’s an easy way to do it, and it drums up some early interest for the product. A lot of new people will be watching the product, so presenting them with someone with the star power of Moose is a great way to get it kickstarted.
While I do recognise that some may have divisive opinions on The Wrestling God, it’s hard to deny his talent and stature, which would make him such a good champion to lead TNA into the new era.