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Since: 20.6.02
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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.03
First off, who knew Shark Boy was still employed?

In a statement from his website:


    I have officially requested and been granted my release from TNA Wrestling. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at TNA for giving me the opportunity to perform in front of their audience since the very early days of the company. Thanks especially to the great TNA fans who have given me their support throughout the past eight years... Now on to the next chapter!


This is fairly newsworthy because Shark Boy is one of the very few TNA Originals that were still standing. Shark Boy had some great moments in TNA dating all the way back to the weekly PPV era, when he was tagging with New Jack and made one of the best comedy tag teams of the last ten years. He also did a hell of a "Stone Cold" Steve Austin impression, which was pretty neat until TNA decided to overplay it to death.

The only TNA Originals remaining, I believe, are Styles and Jarrett. Am I missing anyone?

(edited by It's False on 4.3.11 0036)



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Since: 2.1.02
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#2 Posted on
    Originally posted by It's False
    The only TNA Originals remaining, I believe, are Styles and Jarrett. Am I missing anyone?


James Storm was on the first weekly PPV as well.



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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.14
Mickie James was also on the first show, although she obviously hasn't been there the entire time.

The same holds true for Amazing Red. He joined TNA in the first year (not sure which show) but was out of wrestling altogether for a couple of years. (Yes, he's still on the roster.)
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Since: 23.6.10
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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.77
Was Shark Boy really the paycheck that was breaking TNA financially??

Obviously he's not a main event talent or anything, but he's good for comic relief and the kids.

Not that it is a huge deal either way, but there are probably a dozen guys I would have cut first.
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Since: 28.8.09

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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.31
Did you read the thread? He asked to be released.
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Since: 23.6.10
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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.77
Oh, well that's different. Ok then, my reply should've been:

"How bad is your company when freakin' SHARK BOY wants out?"
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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.11
TNA guys can work indy shows, but TNA gets a fee on top of what the wrestlers get paid for using their talent (or a cut of what the wrestlers could get paid, depending on how you look at it.) If you're a guy who's barely used on TV like Shark Boy, it makes all the sense to ask out of your TNA deal.



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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.62
I think Sabin and Kaz may have joined that first year too, with Kaz taking a brief hiatus to WWE mid-decade. Shelley and Abyss weren't too far behind either.




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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.47
If you're the WWE, and you want to continue targeting the younger audience AND employ masked performers, how do you not grab this guy?



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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.00
    Originally posted by Matt Tracker
    If you're the WWE, and you want to continue targeting the younger audience AND employ masked performers, how do you not grab this guy?


Where does he go once you sign him, though? Raw with Evan Bourne and Daniel Bryan, or SD with Rey Rey and TAFKA Mistico?



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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.03
    Originally posted by Matt Tracker
    If you're the WWE, and you want to continue targeting the younger audience AND employ masked performers, how do you not grab this guy?


It may not be that simple, just because of how much copyright/trademark control the WWE may demand. If going to WWE means giving them the rights to the Shark Boy name and gimmick, it may not be worth it for him.




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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.47
    Originally posted by CEOIII
      Originally posted by Matt Tracker
      If you're the WWE, and you want to continue targeting the younger audience AND employ masked performers, how do you not grab this guy?


    Where does he go once you sign him, though? Raw with Evan Bourne and Daniel Bryan, or SD with Rey Rey and TAFKA Mistico?


I'd spread out the masks and put him on RAW.



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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.00
If they were interested in him, the WWE would re-package him with another gimmick and name alltogether- one they can copyright. "Shark Boy" is too indy for them anyway.

(edited by PaulKTF on 4.3.11 1536)
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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.59
    Originally posted by PaulKTF
    If they were interested in him, the WWE would re-package him with another gimmick and name alltogether- one they can copyright. "Shark Boy" is too indy for them anyway.
How about as "Dean Baldwin", the lost Baldwin brother?



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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.00
    Originally posted by hansen9j
      Originally posted by PaulKTF
      If they were interested in him, the WWE would re-package him with another gimmick and name alltogether- one they can copyright. "Shark Boy" is too indy for them anyway.
    How about as "Dean Baldwin", the lost Baldwin brother?


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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.51
How about a time-traveling shoe salesman?



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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.00
    Originally posted by ekedolphin
    How about a time-traveling shoe salesman?


Only if he's managed by Ed O'Neill.
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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.00
    Originally posted by CEOIII
      Originally posted by Matt Tracker
      If you're the WWE, and you want to continue targeting the younger audience AND employ masked performers, how do you not grab this guy?


    Where does he go once you sign him, though? Raw with Evan Bourne and Daniel Bryan, or SD with Rey Rey and TAFKA Mistico?


With Austin returning this Monday, we can finally get the Stone Cold Shark Boy/Austin meeting! ;)
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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.00
He'd be nice on a mid card tag team ... if the WWE did things like that.


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#20 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.84
    Originally posted by PaulKTF
      Originally posted by ekedolphin
      How about a time-traveling shoe salesman?


    Only if he's managed by Ed O'Neill.







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