TNA President Dixie Carter’s initiative to bring in new talent to IMPACT Wrestling is off to a great start as world-renowned tag team specialists Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards are now a part of the company. While Dixie wanted The American Wolves to take part in a try-out match, a possible snide-remark towards WWE, Richards and Edwards were signed to TNA contracts by a mystery investor. Whoever that investor is, kudos to him or her. (video below)
Best known for their time in Ring of Honor Wrestling, The American Wolves have each won the ROH World Heavyweight championship; are two-time ROH Tag Team champions; and Eddie Edwards is recognized as the inaugural ROH World Television champion. It was shortly after their brief second reign as the tag team champs that The Wolves decided not to resign with the company and pursue their WWE developmental deal down at the Performance Center in Florida.
“With a heavy heart I can announce that myself and ROH have parted ways for good and I will not be at Final Battle. Please continue to support them and the incredible talent they have. Thanks for the memories. It was an amazing ride.” – Davey Richards
Renamed The American Pittbulls: Derek Billington (Richards) and John Cahill (Edwards), debuted on WWE NXT TV in an unsuccessful attempt to throw off the NXT Tag Team champions The Ascension. They left almost immediately after because word has it, the 13-time WWE champion Triple H had lost interest in The American Wolves. How in the world would Hunter lose interest in Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards? Had he not seen their incredible matches in ROH and 2CW? Had the C.O.O. lost his mind? Well, after Richards fell on his head as a result of a miscue spot between him and Rick Victor, Hunter had every right to question them. Imagine, Hunter is in charge of a widely publicly traded corporation, he cannot have reckless talent in the WWE ring.
The Pittbulls–I mean The Wolves’ departure from WWE might be a blessing because let’s face it, there was no way the names Derek Billington and John Cahill were going to draw. Let’s go, Billington… It doesn’t even sound right.
What does it mean for the TNA faithful having The Wolves on IMPACT Wrestling? Well, the social media sites are already beaming at the seams for the eventual confrontation between The Wolves and Bad Influence (Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian). All former ROH competitors, these gentlemen have known each other and have squared off in the ring before. If booked properly and scheduled for TNA’s return to pay-per-view at Lockdown in Miami, FL, then it would undoubtedly become an epic encounter.
However, not everyone is thrilled to have The Wolves in TNA:
The Bro Mans, Robbie E and Jesse Godderz, are clearly concerned of The Wolves arrival seeing as they are the current TNA World Tag Team champions. But Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards don’t always have to wrestle as a team. As the way of Beer Money, Inc., The Wolves hunt as a pack, but they are more than capable of hunting on their own. Singles matches against Samoa Joe, Austin Aries, Kurt Angle would be at the top of the list.
Answer the Question: What are your thoughts on The Wolves joining TNA Wrestling? Should they have stuck it out in developmental for WWE?
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