Top 10 Wrestling May 2, 2013 18:49:03 GMT -5
Post by LWPD on May 2, 2013 18:49:03 GMT -5
Al, after giving this some time to review, these are 10 people we need to meet with this Saturday before the PPV:
2 Cold Scorpio
Juan Francisco de Coronado
Some of them need to be let go, some of them can be repackaged, and some of them I feel deserve a chance for redemption. I know that neither one of us wants to keep someone from a paycheck in wrestling, but the reality is simple. We only have so much money to go around, especially with the licensing fees we are being charged for titles and booking (NWA, in particular, is a major expense). And with the two wrestlers we talked to over the weekend, some of the roster money can bring in both of these men to Top 10 Wrestling. We have a great thing going now, with lots of positive momentum. But a chance to add two former world champions with minimal baggage and costs is an option we have to pursue, and pursue quickly.
As I see it now, we agree on which three must go from this list. They simply cannot be kept on payroll when there are other wrestlers who are doing much better work. They are dead weight, as far as I'm concerned. Two of them I think could make a great tag team, and with King of Trios coming up, it could be a boon for them both!
Two of them I am totally on the fence on. We'll see how the interview process goes. I'm also going to bring in Jim Cornette to help mediate. The final decision is yours, but I want his input on this. He watches the shows and has his ears hearing from all the crews. His counsel is something we should take in consideration.
For the final three of them, I really like your idea of putting them in the opening match of the PPV in a Triple Threat Match. With Eddie Kingston's suspension, we need an eighth man for the ROH Championship Gauntlet match. Putting this group in a match where a winner not only keeps their job, but they get to enter the tournament is short notice, I know, but we are running out of good options here. And if we are going to fill this spot, I want it to be with someone who is with the company. Bringing in an outsider, while attractive, is counter-productive to motivating the locker room to perform at a high level. I am glad that you recognized this right off the bat and made the suggestion.
Before I close this email, I want to again tell you that you did the right thing with the Eddie Kingston suspension. While Kevin Steen clearly deserved to be suspended, Eddie was a harder call to make. But in watching the replay, that was a blow to the knee that could have been avoided. I don't like to see wrestlers taking liberties with the other. I may complain about some of the expenses, but you and I agree that we give something to our injured crew. The fines and suspensions help pay towards that, but I know how this can wear down management over time. Know that you are the best man for the job, and I am proud of the great work you are doing for the company.
Give me a call on Friday to discuss travel arrangements to Kentucky. - J.
Top 10 Wrestling, James Steinhoff, and Al Snow have all declined comment on the situation. But NWA President R. Bruce Tharpe issued the following response:
"If this is indeed accurate, I don't like the reference to us being a "major expense". You get what you pay for, Mr. Steinhoff. Please try and remember that."
To be continued...
The old 'leaked email' controversy. A well written and very entertaining piece of writing. Nice work!