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YOU’RE WELCOME: I normally don’t watch TNA anymore, but I deliberately watched Thursday’s version of Impact Wrestling because I wanted to see the debut of the former Damian Sandow. As a long-time Sandow fan, I was not disappointed.

Sandow, who is now going under the name Aron Rex, came out and cut a “worked-shoot” promo about his departure from WWE and why he signed with TNA. It was a good promo, got the fans behind him and has folks excited about what he can do in his new company.

Sandow took any lame gimmick WWE gave him and made it work. The most recent was the “stuntman” gimmick he had with The Miz where he went as “Damian Mizdow.” It was so entertaining and so funny that “Mizdow” actually got more over than Miz did. And, in typical WWE fashion, they had Miz squad Mizdow in matches and quietly break that up.

Sandow was one of only two wrestlers who won the Money in the Bank briefcase who cashed in and didn’t win the World or WWE Title (Cena is the other, only because Cena wouldn’t do a straight up cash in and instead set up a legit match for the following week). WWE seemed to love booking him as the midcard loser.

As Aron Rex, I think he can do what Drew McIntyre did once he jumped ship and became Drew Galloway. I think Rex will win the TNA World Championship sooner rather than later and show all the disgruntled WWE stars who feel they are blocked by a “glass ceiling” that there is no such thing in TNA.

Ironically, viewership for Thursday’s show was slightly down from the episode before, drawing 2,000 views less. So take that for what it’s worth.

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Dan Gilles has been a sportswriter in Northeast Ohio for 21 years and been a fan of Cleveland Sports his entire life. He primarily covers high school sports and has also covered collegiate sports, the Lake Erie Crushers and other various pro sports as well. He has written for several newspapers and is currently with The (Elyria) Chronicle-Telegram. Dan is a 1992 graduate of Admiral King High School in Lorain and also has degrees from Lorain County Community College and Cleveland State University. When he's not writing, he plays the drums for a local metal band, is a Saturday night DJ at a local bar and plays in four fantasy football leagues. You can follow him on Twitter @DanGilles1973.

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