So of course the Torch board is abuzz with the news of Paul Heyman possibly going to TNA, and Paul Heyman possibly turning TNA around, and Paul Heyman possibly turning water into wine. Slow the fuck down here. Paul Heyman ran his own wrestling promotion and it went out of business. It was a failure, mainly because of his own poor business management skills. Paul Heyman was a booker in WWE before he cracked under the corporate structure therein and went out in a blaze of glory.
Well that sounds an awful like James E. Cornette, doesn’t it? Cornette ran his own wrestling promotion and while it was critically acclaimed for awhile, eventually he ran out of fundage and it went out of business. Cornette booked for WWE for awhile before he eventually cracked under the corporate structure and went out in a blaze of glory. (Or, eventually, to OVW. Which is better than “blaze of glory.”)
Now, TNA had Cornette right under their noses and totally failed with him. They didn’t even let him burn out. They just plain never gave him the opportunity. I argued with a friend of mine the other night for like 10 minutes about this. Paul Heyman doesn’t need TNA. He’s in a position where he can afford to only go there if they meet all his conditions. And if they don’t meet his conditions, then they can screw off. And of course they are not going to meet all his conditions. So why would he even go there, try it out and then burn out, if he knew there was eventually going to be a burn out? He doesn’t need that aggravation.
TNA is not a wrestling company. I don’t remember the last time I saw TNA put on a wrestling show. They are not a serious company. They are a vanity project. They are a science project. They think they don’t need to give someone like Jim Cornette or Paul Heyman complete creative control. And therefore, they probably will never get those men under their employ. And subsequently, nothing will ever really change. Until further notice, we can continue to ignore TNA just as we normally do. I’ll let you know when there is some real news to report. – Dusty