The latest WWE news is a bit of a good one for potential wrestlers: former WWE stars have opened up their own wrestling academy in St. Louis, MO, to provide a proper training academy for potential future wrestlers. But is this WWE news really just more proof that the TNA acquisition is, indeed, going through?
According to Bring Me The News, the first to report the latest WWE news about the wrestling academy, former WWE star Mr. Kennedy (real name: Ken Anderson) has teamed up with former TNA Wrestling star Sheik Abdul Bashir (real name: Shawn Daivari) to open up The Academy: School of Professional Wrestling. For $3,000 (and $1,000 for just the first class), potential WWE superstars will be trained in the various wrestling arts in the hopes that they will be recruited for the next round of the WWE draft.
The Academy certainly has its supporters, including one Kurt Angle, who said that the school is one of the best that there is in its class:
“They are exceptional wrestlers. The school they have opened will be one of the best in the world. They understand technique, psychology and what it takes to be a superstar on the pro-wrestling circuit. I highly advise anyone who has a goal of becoming a pro-wrestling superstar to go to this particular school. You are in incredibly good hands.”
— Ken Anderson (@mrkenanderson) May 20, 2015
Of course, this latest WWE news about the newest wrestling academy opened jointly by WWE and TNA stars is doing nothing but furthering the rumors that the WWE’s acquisition of TNA Wrestling is inevitable. Despite previous reports that TNA Wrestling matches have been canceled, 411 Mania is reporting that this is not the case at all. This frequently updated story confirms that, as of this writing, no fights or talents have been canceled for the upcoming tapings. In addition, as of this writing, there have been no changes in ownership in the company.
TNA Wrestling owner Billy Corgan — best known as the former lead singer of 1990s alt-rock group Smashing Pumpkins — is set to talk to ESPN Radio later today, at 11:30a.m. EST, to discuss the future of TNA Wrestling and to confirm (or deny) any of the WWE news reports about its pending sale.
— RSN – WWE News (@myringsidenews) September 28, 2016
If, indeed, the sale of TNA does indeed go through, it looks like this won’t be a welcome bit of WWE news for Vince McMahon and company. According to Daily DDT, who has been following this WWE news from the beginning, the sale of TNA Wrestling to the WWE will serve no benefit for either company.
In terms of the WWE, this sale could only mean further financial trouble for them: Raw is suffering tremendously in the ratings (it averages less than three million viewers per broadcast), and the WWE having a monopoly on the wrestling world could only mean more lost viewers and lower ratings. And, of course, lower ratings means lower advertising dollars.
For TNA’s part, the sale of their company to the WWE can only mean trouble down the road: of the two companies, TNA produces wrestlers that are much more consistent, from a technical viewpoint, in the ring (think of Samoa Joe, Austin Aries, and AJ Styles). If the WWE acquires TNA, it will discard these wrestlers, and they will be left to fend for themselves on the fickle indie wrestling circuit. This could lead to wrestling becoming less of a technical sport and more of a spectator sport.
What do you think of this latest WWE news? We’ll keep you apprised of all of the latest WWE news, including the news about the impending TNA sale to the WWE, as it becomes known to us.
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