As the debut in TNA for Ken Anderson was nearly certain, it got me wondering what his gimmick would be with his new employer. I think many assumed he would be Mr. Anderson in TNA. That was the name he was using just recently on the senior citizen tour with Hogan and Flair.
I was thinking though, how funny it would have been for him to make his first TNA appearance, grab the microphone, and when he goes to introduce himself we would hear.....
So much irony and humor if he would have gone with Mr. McMahon as his new name. The storyline from 2007 that he was going to be a son of Vince McMahon but instead it ended up being Hornswoggle because Kennedy got suspended. The irony continues as Kennedy was his WWE name and the real middle name of Vince McMahon.
If anyone thinks Mr. Anderson plans to make the rest of his wrestling career in TNA, think again. He is in TNA because its the next biggest wrestling company in the United States and on television. It also provides an easier schedule that allows him to keep his hand in other potential non-wrestling projects. WWE is the top dog and the place he would want to be. Its where his wrestling idol, Stone Cold made his career, its the company that put Stone Cold on television and got Ken Anderson really interested in wrestling. WWE offers greater exposure and money!
While wrestling as Mr. McMahon would have been clever and just the verbal shot that Hogan and Bischoff would have love their new “surprise” to bring to the table, it would have not put him in any good water of ever trying to return to the WWE.
After going to TNA for a while until you have hit your personal “star status” ceiling and then coming back to WWE, you may get a roster spot back, but don't expect to get great treatment. Christian is the best example of that. He should be doing bigger things than being the ECW champion. Although there is hope as Jeff Hardy had a stint in TNA several years back and returned to the WWE to become a world champion.
So is it career suicide for Mr. Anderson that he is in TNA? I don't think it is.
He hasn't been with the WWE in 8 months, and as of his debut in TNA, he was in no better position of returning to the WWE than he was back in May. I think that if his time in TNA is long and productive enough, he can try to go back to the WWE and fight for a spot.
If Mr. Anderson is in TNA for a short 2 months, or his television appearances become random, than its due to injury, his heart not being in the product, or TNA not having nothing for him to do. All which would be extremely unattractive in your interview to get back with WWE and gain the trust and interest of the company and his fellow wrestlers.
However, if his run with TNA is steady, it keeps him relevant and a WWE return would be possible. A WWE return would mean he would have to avoid being buried and humiliated, but at least he would be back on the winning team trying to earn a spot versus beating guys like Jeff Jarrett to qualify for a title shot.
I think the best thing for Mr. Anderson to do while in TNA is to use it as a televised tryout for WWE. Stay healthy, stay good on the mic, and don't say anything stupid like.....
“Whatcha gonna do Vince McMahon, when TNA is coming for you?”