The Ballad of Matt Morgan

Nick Paglino

Matt MorganTNA’s loathsome incompetence can be summed up in the misuse and non-use of Matt Morgan, recently ex-of that promotion.

Morgan has a good look, is a legit 6-9 and can pass for 7 foot. How can you not use Morgan properly? Engage him in David vs. Goliath feuds. If you think Morgan is money, put him over. If not, use him to build smaller guys. Morgan is useful.

Morgan left TNA in June ’12, then returned this past September. Between then and now, Morgan had an absurd partnership with bush-league nobody Joey Ryan, a vague connection with Hulk Hogan, and otherwise didn’t do much of anything. His biggest impact might have been making Sting look weak and feeble when Sting couldn’t properly apply the Scorpion death lock on Morgan’s long frame.

Now Morgan, at his own behest, is out of TNA.

Is Morgan a proven star? No. Would proper use of Morgan have made a difference? Probably not. TNA’s weekly show will always be watched by a million and small change. Booking and personnel won’t change that.

But Morgan has the look and size most preferred by wrestling promoters. If you push Morgan and he doesn’t get over, if he can’t cut the mustard, if he doesn’t connect with the marks – then that’s on Morgan.

But there’s no excuse for not using Morgan. Consider Great Khali. Khali is as useless as a 7-footer can possibly be. But WWE keeps using him.

Why? Because Khali is a 7-footer. Bigger isn’t always better. But it’s definitely the way to bet.

Morgan’s future is up in the air. But wherever he goes, Morgan will be used better. That much, he can count on. Because he couldn’t be used worse. It’s hard to imagine WWE wouldn’t at least see some minimal value in Morgan.

But working indies would be better than TNA at this point. I was with WCW during the promotion’s dying days. What’s happening at TNA now makes what happened at WCW in 2000-01 look like the movement of a premium Swiss watch.

As I recently mentioned in this space, something’s happening at TNA. Between lots of late paychecks (including Hulk Hogan’s) and Sting sending out feelers to WWE, confidence in the promotion’s longevity is not at an all-time high.

I’m getting odd feedback to the possibility of Sting going to WWE. No one would blame Sting if he did. Money talks. But many would be disappointed. Sting was the last ninja, the one guy who didn’t need WWE and had no use for it. That earned Sting respect. That comforted guys who never got a chance in WWE.

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