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SLAM! Roundtable: WWE firings and hirings
By SLAM! Wrestling


Cartoon by Annette Balesteri, our SLAM! Wrestling Editorial Cartoonist


With no immediate possibility of an NHL hockey draft, the SLAM! group gathered around the table to talk about everyone's second favourite subject, roster moves in the WWE.

As we all know by now, Jamie Noble was recently let go by the Fed, while Viscera and Gangrel were brought in. While the latter moves are likely one-shot deals and not permanent positions, it still makes you wonder what exactly WWE is looking for to fill out their roster. With that in mind, the SLAM! staff offer up their opinions on who should come and go in WWE.

SLAM! Speaks Topic #3 - "If you were in charge of talent in WWE, name one wrestler/manager/etc. you would fire, and one personality you would bring in."

Greg Oliver
No one makes me change channels quicker than Coach. He's a bad announcer and a worse personality. As for bringing someone in, I see the retro craze in the sports world, and the WWE's pending 24/7 channel. Why not have a respected, old-school announcer like Lance Russell, Bob Caudle or Les Thatcher (even Bobby Heenan) host a segment with a clip and interview with a star from the past? Make it at a regular time and I'll watch every week.

Chris Sokol
If I were WWE, I would fire Luther Reigns. No mic skills, no wrestling skills, nothing. If this were Christmas, I'd have to buy him a clue and possibly some talent. He doesn't bring anything to the table except size, and that won't get him very far. To quote Mr. McMahon and Donald Trump, "you're fired!"

If I were WWE I would hire AJ Styles. I know it was attempted, but not at a good time. Styles is a family man and thought of them first. He is "phenomenal" and deserves a straight up contract.

Jon Waldman
While any wrestler losing his or her job is never a good thing, there are a few places that you can trim the proverbial fat. My number one choice would be Torrie Wilson. Wilson has not displayed any sort of developement in her character or in-ring work since she came into wrestling in WCW, and her "value" as eye-candy is no longer there. As for brigning in a personality, while some may suggest a certain Ugandan Giant, I have to go with Sting, simply because he has that big-name drawing power and is a more-than-decent worker.

The Last Word

John Milner

If I had to cut one wrestler, maybe Albert. I mean, really would anyone miss him if he was cut? I can barely remember which roster he's a part of and no matter which show he's on, would it change one iota if he just suddenly wasn't there?

As for bringing one in, I'm gonna go out on a limb with Devon Storm (aka Crowbar). I remember him being pretty decent when he was with WCW and to be honest, one of my favourite storylines was his infatuation with Daphne (stands to reason, she'd have to come in as well). I realize we already have one romantically-inclined storyline (Kane-Lita...well, not TOO romantic!) but I think if they did a slow burn with Daphne-Storm, it could work.

Even without Daphne in tow, Storm would be a decent mid-carder they could kinda groom for the next level, the way they did with John Cena.

Now it's your turn. What are your thoughts on the WWE hirings and firings? Send us your opinions on who should go and who should come in Titanland. Please be sure to include your full name in your response, and to leave the subject of your e-mail as SlamWrestling, otherwise your e-mail may not be properly received.

compiled by JON WALDMAN