Alex Shelley going to the E is intriguing news. When I started watching Impact in 2005, he and Samoa Joe were the two that stood out to me as having the most potential to be the biggest stars in the company and the future of the business in general.
I gave up on being a regular TNA viewer in late 2006 when it went downhill under Russo's influence, but I would check out Shelley matches once in awhile and he always delivered. I love that he got to have one on one matches with Sting and Christian.
He sold really well for them and did some solid work in what were basically glorified squashes and his tag team matches were of course always smooth. I even saw him wrestle live and he was a consummate performer. He was also the only 'X Division' guy (again, along with Joe) who seemed to have some solid speaking skills...very natural on the mic.
Back in '06 I remember other wrestling fans agreeing with me that Shelley could be the next Jericho, and I could see his career going the same way that Jericho's did now. I mean being great but underused in one company, then finally getting the success he deserves when he jumps to the other.
But hopefully he could do that without starting off as shakily as Jericho did. Poor guy seemed to run into a brick wall after his strong WWF debut with a whole bunch of bad booking (i.e. Chyna feud) and sloppy matches as he struggled to adjust to his new surroundings.