by Adam Davey
On Thurdsday 2nd May, TNA Impact held a press conference from the Exhibition Centre in Glasgow.
In attendance was both Jeremy Borash and TNA President, Dixie Carter. The reason for the whistle stop tour to Scotland was to announce a first for wrestling in the country - a live taping for TNA on foreign soil that was going out "live" (well on a time delay of a few hours).
Not only this but the event was being held at the yet to be opened Glasgow Hydro venue, which made this a triple "first" - first live event from the Hydro, for TNA outside of the US and the first time the Hydro had held a wrestling event.
All in all, some big announcements for both TNA and the Scottish wrestling fans.
However, this was not the biggest news. for my money, that came out of the event.
Q&A with Dixie
As part of the announcement, the audience were invited to ask Dixie questions.
As with many fan based press conferences, the questions were of a mixed quality and fairly obvious in the main (you know the type - "Whats your favourite TNA moment etc"). Each of these questions was answered with a enthusiasm and a collected manner, even if she had answered them a thousand times before at every press interview she has done.
However, there were a few questions that stood out.
First up was about the onscreen persona of Dixie. Would she ever reconsider reinventing herself as "Miss Carter" in the same way that Vincent Kennedy McMahon became "Mr McMahon"? The reason it stood out was the reception it got from the crowd (who loved the idea) as well as the answer that was given - it was largely ignored! Maybe, she just didnt care for the question but my hunch in the way she avoided it, suggest to me that there might be something in the off! But this answer was only a prelude to the other question that merited an uncharacteristic answering style.
Someone asked Dixie about which star she would like to see return.
Unlike every other question (bar the Miss Carter one above), the cool, calm and collected response went out of the window. Without a moments pause, Dixie blurted out "Christian Cage". The answer was given with a real passion and excitement - it was like a school girl telling a friend a secret that they couldn't hold in any longer.
She talked about how Christian was part of the TNA family and how he was welcomed back (and enjoyed) his brief appearance at last years Slammiversary.
But other than the delivery of the answer is there anything else to this suggestion?
What has Christian been up to lately? For starters, he hasnt been on WWE programming since July of last year - 10 months is a long time in wrestling, especially in a promotion that has never valued him as a star. Yes, he won the World Heavyweight Championship but does anyone truly believe that he would have been in this position if it wasnt for his good friend Edge retiring? Yes, Christian was over and talented (and had paid his dues for that matter) but the way he was booked by WWE showed that he was not someone who was respected by management.
Will he ever get another shot in WWE for the top titles? Theres more chance of the Brooklyn Brawler taking the streak, in my opinion.
Reports have stated that he has been fit for some time, so other than being at Wrestlemania Axxess, do we truly believe that he is happy to sit around doing nothing?
What of his greatest opponents? Well Jeff Hardy and Bully Ray have just had a World Title match in a variation of the infamous TLC match. Surely this is tailor made for the Cage Coalition to return to save TNA from the Aces and 8s?
The next Impact PPV is Slammiversary, which is coincidentally 60 days after the last sighting of Cage in WWE (at Axxess). Add to that the excited Dixie response, the protagonists of the World Title scene, a 60 day no compete clause, the complete lack of direction within WWE and I would suggest that the stars have aligned for the Cage Coalition to make its way down the ramp in Boston on June 2nd.