5 TNA performers that were signed by the WWE
Recent reports suggest that Samoa Joe, who is currently working with Ring of Honor is about to sign a contract with the WWE. Joe was in attendance at last week’s NXT tapings to meet Triple H, and if the sources are to be believed, he can sign with the company as soon as next month. For those who do not know who Samoa Joe is, he is arguably the best heavyweight in the wrestling circuit today. Joe signed up with TNA nearly a decade ago, and was with the Nashville based organization till the beginning of this year, when he chose to leave TNA.Joe is a former TNA World Heavyweight champion, as well as a multiple time X – Division champion, and epitomized everything good about the X – Division during its heyday nearly a decade ago. Joe has also expressed his interest in getting into a program with the former WWE World Heavyweight champion, Brock Lesnar after he signs with the organization, as reports suggest that Triple H has been a fan of Joe for some time now. However, Joe will not be the first TNA original to sign with the company, as in the past, a few other TNA originals decided to jump ships to the WWE.In this article, we take a look at what happened with the five other TNA originals, and if their decision to come to the WWE paid off in the end.
#1 Chris Harris aka Braden Walker
“Wildcat” Chris Harris’ career in TNA was a successful one, during which he was a part of one of TNA’s greatest tag teams, America’s Most Wanted, along with “Cowboy” James Storm and Gail Kim. Harris was also a seven time TNA world tag team champion, and he along with Storm were a part of some of the most memorable tag team matches in TNA’s history.
Harris was released from his contract in 2008, and a couple of weeks later, Harris revealed that he had signed a contract with the WWE. Harris was renamed as Braden Walker, and Walker wrestled just two matches on ECW, before he was released by the WWE. Harris then worked for several independent promotions before going back to TNA in 2011, but didn’t stick around for more than a week, as TNA opted not to use Harris again.
From being a part of one of the best tag teams in the world to being reduced to an afterthought, it is fair to say that Chris’ decision to go to the WWE didn’t go as planned.