Forbes’ Alfred Konuwa took to his blog to play devil’s advocate against that prospect:
WWE has no use for this brand. Literally every one of the GFW’s most marketable stars are already under contract with WWE in some capacity. Names like Bobby Roode, Samoa Joe, AJ Styles even previous defects like Drew McIntyre and The Hardy Boyz have already been re-imagined as resurgent stars thriving in greener pastures.
All Impact Wrestling really has to offer are tape libraries, which very well could be an overrated commodity in and of itself, especially when it comes to solving WWE’s looming problem of attracting subscribers beyond its currently low ceiling of hardcore fans.
As WWE goes through several cutbacks in order to rally its profits, all while trying to figure out how to make WWE Network more mainstream after it seems to have peaked at 1.6 million subscribers, spending money to acquire a damaged product with a minuscule audience would defeat the purpose of its mission statement in 2017.
Matt & Reby Hardy made some offhand remarks regarding the situation:
The Hardys will outlast all. pic.twitter.com/I5VnK6CNBZ
— REBORN by FATE (@MATTHARDYBRAND) September 6, 2017
who gets the owl?
— Lucas Day (@Lukelakers) September 6, 2017
— Mike McMahon (@MikeMcMahonPW) September 6, 2017
Man, I DONE owned that owl ? https://t.co/T0DZ7PyBsh
— Reby Hardy (@RebyHardy) September 6, 2017
Bubba Ray Dudley also chimed in to let GFW talent know that it isn’t their fault the company they work for has become a hot potato burning holes in its owner’s pockets:
To all the great talent in TNA,
The problem IS NOT and HAS NEVER been you. Keep working hard. Hold your heads high.
— Bubba Ray Dudley (@bullyray5150) September 6, 2017
Many are also wondering if WWE might take an opportunity to capitalize on this turn of events. At the very least, WWE could get their hands on the video library which contains footage of some of WWE’s biggest stars like AJ Styles, Samoa Joe and Bobby Roode.