Dustin has been off the roster page for a few days no so this is unsurprising. Tomko is more unexpected, although it was obvious that they'd cooled on him recently.
Originally posted by From PWInsider, via 411- Tomko finished up with TNA over the weekend. Tomko is done with the company because he was having issues with the creative team. He often turned down ideas and didn't work with the company, so the decision was made to part ways with him.
- Dustin Runnels is also done with TNA. The company decided that they had nothing creatively for him. The door is open to use him in the future though.
IIRC, WWE very much tried to bring back Goldust about a year ago, with plans to push him as a near-the-top heel since they had no depth. But he blew it 'cause he pulled out of a SNME and, despite having Dusty in his corner, was deemed to be too unreliable and in-no-condition-to-performy.
Who can blame Tomko for not wanting to work with THAT creative team at this point? He was more over than he had ever been in his career until the creative team threw it down the shitter with another idiotic swerve. It was played out so poorly and Tomko hasn't recovered since. Good for him for getting out.
I won't miss Black Reign or his rat at all. Good riddance.
The swerve might have been dumb but he was still over after that, he could have been salvaged. I think the bigger problem is the last few weeks he's be regulated to six man tag matches with scrubs like Billy Gunn and Beer Money. If they didn't have anything to do they should have just let him squash people until they had something for him. I definitely like him better than Matt Morgan (although if I had my choice I'd prefer Hernandez got the big man push). I'm not sure how he got left out of the AJ/Christian/Rhyno vs. Angle feud either since he was a bigger part of that angle than Team 3D.
Tomko is one of those people who I think gets crappy treatment in TNA, but will never have it any better in the WWE. Which is too bad, because I've grown to really like him the last couple of years. I get the feeling the same situation will happen to Christian soon enough since he going nowhere in TNA as well. Maybe they can both come back to the WWE together and actually get pushed better this time around. Then again, maybe I'm being too optimistic.
As for Dustin, if you asked me up until a couple of weeks ago, I would had definitely taken him over Cody Rhodes. But Cody has really blossomed after being teamed with Ted Dibiase Jr. and having to see Golddust for the twenieth time has no interest in me. Really, I rather see him retire and be a booker or trainer; I think he might have plenty of knowledge to pull both off pretty well.
I think one of the saddest things I've ever seen is Goldust practically begging for a bigger pop for the "Shattered Dreams" (I think that's what he called the kick to the nuts in the corner)
like this: *Goldust points at the guy straddling the second turnbuckle* *slight pop* "Come on!" *motions for a bigger pop* *same pop* "COME ON!" *motions again* *some boos* *finally does it, to a bigger pop*
"Tattoos are the mullets of the aughts." - Mike Naimark
Tomko really seemed to come into his own in TNA (& probably Japan too, for that matter) ... I could really see WWE bringing him back now that he's more seasoned ... I think he could have some decent big-man feuds with Batista, Undertaker, etc.
A Cody vs. Goldust one-off deal could be rather intriguing.
Originally posted by HokienauticI have a vague memory of something between Golddust and D-Lo, but can you remind the class, please? Thanks.
I have no specific memory of an angle. That's not my point.
I'm unsure of the effect of the WWE bringing in guys from so far back. Part of me thinks it's a good balance to the very new performers who hold gold. All the male champions are WWE newbies.
Then again, I'd argue the company should give precious TV time to folks who can go and work the crowd. If D/Lo can do more than prod the Sanitno/Phoenix angle, good for him. If Goldust can win us over with strong promos and ringwork, give him a chance. But if "no" to either, let's continue the trend toward new guys and see how they do.
Interestingly, the former Mrs. Goldust is now doing the radio-show circuit to promote her house giveaway contest.
"To be the man, you gotta beat demands." -- The Lovely Mrs. Tracker
Originally posted by supersalvadoranTomko is one of those people who I think gets crappy treatment in TNA, but will never have it any better in the WWE. Which is too bad, because I've grown to really like him the last couple of years. I get the feeling the same situation will happen to Christian soon enough since he going nowhere in TNA as well. Maybe they can both come back to the WWE together and actually get pushed better this time around. Then again, maybe I'm being too optimistic.
Oddly enough, WWE already made this same bone headed mistake when they split Tomko from Christian and killed his heat. And I hate to say this given the state of the business, but Tomko doesn't look like the bad ass he did before with his recent weight/bulk loss. He looks more like a local tough guy at some watering hole.
Christian's face turn totally killed his momentum. He is SO much better as a heel, I still can't figure out that turn. I doubt a move to WWE is necesary, just turn him heel again.
"I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."
Jumping on Downtown Bookie's point, I think a lot of the programming lately has been too dependent on smarky knowledge. Basically, WWF has acted like all of its viewers are intimately familiar with WCW and ECW talent.