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TNA News: “The Pope” D’Angelo Dinero Wins The OVW TV Title, Does It Spell A TNA Return For Him?

Elijah TV Champion

At Ohio Valley Wrestling’s TV episode number 734, “The Pope” D’Angelo Dinero returned and captured the OVW TV Title. His arrival was booked as a surprise and it looks as though he was introduced as Elijah Burke as opposed to his TNA name but that isn’t official yet.

Though this could simply mean The Pope is appearing solely for OVW, it does create the interesting implication that he could return to TNA Wrestling. Obviously, OVW serves as TNA’s training camp and if officials were to be impressed in Pope again one thing could lead to another. Would he get a fair shake this time around and possibly be used better? That is debatable as is the argument that TNA didn’t use him to his fullest potential when they had him.

Regardless of how the company were to use him upon re-debut, this is great news to any fan that was dying to see him return as it’s one giant step closer to that point. It won’t happen over night and we might not see him in TNA until a couple months down the line if ever but the door should be open as the company could use another contributor to its dwindling midcard.

Whether or not this could lead to a return, Pope being once again featured on a weekly program should be a great thing for his supporters nonetheless. Here’s hoping that he enjoys his time in OVW, has a solid reign with the TV Title which mind you is almost near impossible if you follow the company and that TNA keeps an open mind when considering his potential return.

About Jacob Stachowiak

I'd explain it to you better but I left my crayons in my other jacket.

    TNA, like many companies with layoff fever, may have cut too deep into its roster for a quick financial fix, so you never can tell, they may have to bulk it up again at some point, especially now that they’ve apparently ditched the ersatz ultimate fighting angle. I always liked the Pope: my favorite bit was when he was stuffed into a coffin by Abyss and was later resurrected to the harmonizing of a live gospel choir. He was good on the mic too, he had a way of saying “daddy” that gave that old pro wrestling exclamation a twist. Yeah, I hope he comes back, but I dunno, recent tries to reintroduce old favorites (Homicide, Shark Boy) have gone wanting. Maybe he needs to join As & 8s; they could probably use a dose of his mojo.

  • Kevin Berge

    I’d like to see Pope again in TNA but only if he’s over his injury issues and TNA has plans to use him. Last time, even when he wasn’t injured, he was never on TV because TNA has no idea how to use him which is weird because I think he’s got potential to work in almost any spot in TNA. He just needs to be used.

  • Logan Randall

    I don’t think I ever really saw enough of the guy to give a constructed opinion about him, but good for him if he’s back into wrestling. This article came out of the blue Jacob, haha.

  • Brett Chandler

    I’ve always liked The Pope/Elijah Burke, but it feels as if every time he’s supposed to become a big deal, he runs out of stuff to do/gets nothing to do and eventually just goes back down the totem pole until he gets released. There’s no doubt he’s talented, but if he does indeed return to TNA, that’ll probably be the last chance for him to do something big in the wrestling world. Personally, I would not have minded seeing him in the ROH World Title Tournament instead of KUSHIDA, who did jackshit in there.

  • charliegroenewegen

    Never ever even considered an OVW return for The Pope, let alone returning to win a championship. Totally surprised by the news, but in the good way obviously.

    1) What’s left of Crimson’s Coalition sucks, especially with Flash Flanagan as their leader (Crimson & Wayne made that group) so them losing the title is only a good thing IMO. 2) It could mean Pope maybe on his way back into TNA? Evan Markopolous, 18 yr old that got denied on Gut Check, has recently arrived to OVW & now Pope? I’m starting to think TNA could be using OVW as a way to usher those guys in particular back onto the scene. Using OVW to give Evan a place to develop more as a wrestler & OVW almost as a way for Pope to shake off any ring rust or see if he’s still injury prone before bringing him onto IMPACT?

    Anyway, I’m probably overanalyzing all of it… Pope will come & go in OVW within no more than 6 months and never step foot in TNA again, so I’ll just enjoy this while it lasts. If anything does happen (Pope back in TNA), then cool, he could be a solid upper mid-card/potential main event star for them maybe.