WWE Acquiring TNA Would Help Stars Like AJ Styles and Samoa Joe


With the possibility of TNA being purchased by WWE hanging over the collective heads of the industry, the acquisition of the defacto number 2 wrestling company would only help bolster some of the talent already in or associated with WWE.

Fifteen years after Vince McMahon bought WCW, he could very well buy out TNA, as it was confirmed by Billy Corgan. While this being an obvious huge deal is a no-brainer, perhaps overlooked is the idea that such an acquisition would make the WWE stars who once worked at TNA even bigger because the company would be forced to acknowledge their accomplishments there. WWE often describes these stars as world-traveled and being winners wherever they were, but now they could actually put them over as such by mentioning the prestigious titles they won.

For example, AJ Styles would be billed as the first person to ever hold the WWE Championship, the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, NWA World Heavyweight Championship, and the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, as well as the RPW British Heavyweight Championship. This would automatically make Styles more decorated than any of WWE’s own triple crown or grand slam champions; arguably a greater feat than Ric Flair or John Cena.

Another one who would benefit from such a purchase would be Samoa Joe, as well as Bobby Roode, both of whom would be also officially recognized as a TNA World Heavyweight Champion. Should Joe capture the WWE Championship down the road, it would only add to his impressive resume, which would also include the ROH World Championship, although WWE does not officially acknowledge such title reigns despite name dropping ROH as an organization, as they had not done for CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, or Austin Aries. Aries himself would also be considered a TNA World Heavyweight Champion and a ROH World Champion.

This would also further cement both Sting and Kurt Angle’s legendary careers. Sting, already a WWE Hall of Famer, would have the TNA World Heavyweight Championship added to his resume alongside the NWA World Heavyweight Championship and the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.

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Kurt Angle, a sure-fire first-ballot WWE Hall of Famer would receive an even bigger rub than that of Sting should a TNA acquisition occur. While a return to WWE is up in the air, what is concrete is that Angle would be officially recognized by WWE as a WWE Champion, WCW World Heavyweight Champion, and TNA World Heavyweight Champion, perhaps the only man to ever hold the three titles of the United States’ three biggest wrestling promotions of the modern era. On a smaller scale, Jeff Hardy would also go to TNA and become TNA Heavyweight Champion, which would stack up nicely with his WWE Championship and the former WCW World Heavyweight Title.

Jeff Jarrett, another no-brainer for the WWE Hall of Fame was a six-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion when it was defended under the TNA banner to go along with his USWA Heavyweight Championship, WCW World Heavyweight Championship and AAA Mega Championship.

Putting over several of the former TNA talent currently working in WWE as previous world champions could possibly help sway some of the wrestlers who have not yet committed to signing with WWE, such as James Storm, who is a 1-time TNA World Heavyweight Champion.

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While all of these talents certainly do not necessarily need such attention as a result of a possible sale, an official acknowledgement from the biggest wrestling company in the world, who has been known to live in its own bubble with its own interpretation of wrestling history, would only make their respective, individual careers that much greater in annals of time.