September 17, 2013 by DiVineDiablo
Ahh, my fellow Jobber Blogs, or Blobs I would like to call you… that means fans. And I will no doubt lose some by referring to them as my “Blobs”. However, I shall stick with my judgement.
Well it’s been a strange week for the Jobber Blogger, I left my last issue, that’s #66 for those who can’t subtract, or indeed if I forget to write the title properly. I had some good bit of response from #66, both positive and negative, clearly I wouldn’t be writing these if I wasn’t a fan of TNA, it’s just sometimes they seem to do so many things all at once which annoy the hell out of me. That doesn’t make me hate them, only find it frustrating because of how much I want to see them succeed.
But a week later, a busy week at that, trips down south, a full weekend of events, the Jobber Blogger has finally watched No Surrender and is back on track to giving you his Worthless Opinion.
Though I would like to take this time to note something on a more personal note, with regards to my older issues, especially the more “negatively” viewed edition of last week, I would like to say that I will be putting down the pad, and retiring it, making this, the last issue. But of course, there’s no point in worrying about things, so on with the show!
TNA: No Surrender – 12/9/13
For the longest time TNA has had a track record of giving us, the fans, these awesome spectacles of Pay Per Views, they always delivered. Even if some of the booking was rushed, or certain matches weren’t great, on a hole I have always felt their PPV’s were the best in the industry, and the best I have seen for a long time.
Every now and then TNA really give us a crap show, and last week did kind of suck. So it is with great joy to say that No Surrender was Fantastic and hit home run after home run. No Surrender is the pure example of how good their Locker Room really is, sure they have so many crap ideas, and terrible bookings, and dodgy contracts, and money issues, and countless problems. At the end of the day, the heart and soul of what their business is, is successful!
Bully Ray kicked off the show telling everyone how pissed off he is about Anderson’s up front approach to his issues with the President. However Bully claims he is happy to Forgive, and at the end of the day, like most things TNA related… it’s Hogan’s fault.
Which is Hogan’s queue to come out and face the music, of course being completely oblivious to anything being his problem. Of course being Hogan, his segment did pretty much involve him blabbing about stuff that isn’t relevant, he’s like a Teenager whom thinks everything revolves around him.. but in a good way. Still, Hogan’s reaction blew the roof off, so does that solidify his pay check… time will tell. Anderson makes his way out, blowing off a possible Hand Shake to the Hulkster and getting face to face with Bully Ray.
Bully is willing to forgive Anderson, if he would step up and Apologise for his actions, and then they can move on. Anderson did however apologise for being out of hand, and that he can’t wait to get more out of hand tonight and punched the Champ in the face.
Okay, so let’s put it this way, Anderson was on fire, everything that he has done correctly built to this one night where he was beat for beat perfect.
Austin Aries vs. AJ Styles – BFG Semi Finals
Ask anyone who is the best in TNA, and most people will tell you AJ Styles, and that response is built from an 11 Year bulk of fantastic work. He has always been the face of TNA Wrestling, and whether he was in the infamous “Claire Lynch” storyline or the best matches in the company’s history, AJ is synonymous with TNA and the best in the industry.
Now the only other case of the best in TNA boils down to one Austin Aries, who last year filled out the “Match of the Year” nominations all on his own, let alone anyone he steps in the ring with he can have a fantastic match with. He literally is the definition of “Raising Your Game”. Plenty of people claim to have this ability, but only Austin Aries actually delivers it.
So one would assume when they collide they will have a match of epic proportions. Their last bout had a dodgy ending that left everyone wanting more, and it was probably that ending which tainted the potential of their match. However I think everyone will agree, AJ Styles vs. Austin Aries – No Surrender 2013 – Match of the Year.
It might be a little premature to declare it the match of the year, but I don’t see anyone topping it, the only other contender will be the main event of Bound for Glory, but both ingredients aren’t there.
AJ still used this “Evil Ways” intro and then the “Get Ready to Fly” continuing, it still doesn’t really flow, but hopefully a combination, or just simply going “old school” will be in the near future.
Trying to write down the highlights of this match is just simply pointless, Watch it, end of.
The crowd was on fire for the entire night and it really lifted the atmosphere, Aries landed a full force Drop Kick to AJ running off the Ropes, and connected with his Brain Buster for a mere 2 Count.
Aries really stood out the more slightly impressive as the match progressed, but his fearsome Drop Kick in the corner was counted with AJ elevating him to the Top Rope, and proceeded to connect with his Styles Clash from the Second Rope to gain the Win and progress to the Finals.
Bobby Roode vs. Magnus – BFG Semi Finals
Part of me wants to try and launch a law suit against Magnus, many moons ago when I was a humbled crafty E-Fed’er I went by the name of Jake Damons, one of my top most loved Created Wrestlers, whose catch phrase was “The Future Is Now!”
It appears Magnus was a fan of my feeble Writings and Storylines for his praise about being the Future, made him declare that the Future is Now!
And yes, I am fully aware that this is a coined phrase used in many other areas outside of Professional Wrestling, and indeed I was not the first, but I like to brag. One of my fondest memories was actually attending a 1PW show in Doncaster in 2005 I believe, (a good portion of the TNA guys were performing there) and me and my friends (fellow E’feders) saw some guy with a “Future is Now” T-shirt and I was proud… it wasn’t mine, but still, for that split second, I felt like I mattered!
Bobby Roode paced back and forth demanding to start the match, part of it seemed like they were fueled and ready for battle, wanting to get the match over with quickly to move on to the finals. But it also felt more like they were short on time and wanting to fit in more segments and longer matches to come, so they had to pick up the pace.
It was obviously going to be hard to follow Aries and Styles, but Roode and Magnus did put on a good solid match. As good as Magnus is, I do however still feel he is out shinned by the other stars. In the end it was Magnus who caught Roode with a Jack-knife cover and picked up the Win. A little naff at times to see a match of this magnitude end with essentially a “Roll Up”.
Roode continued his frustrations backstage, blaming the whole thing on Hogan… obviously
And Roode further declared that there will be no Winner of the Series.
Speaking of Hogan, he sat down backstage with Manik (TJ Perkins… Suicide) for a rather odd segment. Basically it was the usual, “you look like a kid… but with the mask on, it works”.
I turned his “M” into a “W”! Yay Photoshop!
TJ wants a chance to prove himself, and asks for a match against Jeff Hardy, it’s like playing WWE Smackdown – Shut Your Mouth Campaign mode all over again.
Dixie then entered the room to break the news about Tito and Rampage being pulled from Impact, as they are getting “too physical” and it might ruin the appeal of Bellator MMA’s big Fight. Here’s a thought, let them be in MMA, and keep the Wrestlers in TNA… that sounds like it might work! o.O
Bully Ray vs. Mr. Anderson – World Heavyweight Championship – Last Man Standing Match
Hogan made the Match a Last Man Standing bout earlier on in the night, but I didn’t mention it then because it seemed to ruin the flow, the “Feng Shui” if you will.
Bully also had a segment backstage with the remaining members of The Aces and Eights, Knux, Wes and Garrett, saying how disappointed he is with how the Club is seemingly falling apart. And that he expects them to back him in this match.
Okay, sure, The Aces and Eights has had as many downs and ups, but like always when you watch a Video Promo of an up and coming match featuring The Aces and Eights, it is extremely good! I haven’t seen any type of Wrestling Storyline that actually runs the way it does, and sure on a week by week basis it feels watered down and takes a long time to get going, but watch it together as it has developed, it’s very good.
Before I go into the match itself, let’s just make this clear and point this out.
A lot of people really like Christy Hemme, and I was one of them, but a lot of people actually don’t like her. And Bully used Hemme in the match as a shield, and she seemed to damn near fall out of the piece of cloth she wore as a Dress.
“Aries insulted my Dignity!”
I’m not going to go into a big rant about being offended, I personally don’t care, but how can she build the entire up roar over Aries doing something in Character that worked, that could have easily tainted his position in the company, and in the same breath pretty much wear nothing on television herself. Stupid TNA even let it get that far.
I think it’s fair to say that Anderson has won the most “intense” Wrestler award, he was fantastic, and I don’t know if that’s because he was excited for Time off, or potentially leaving the company, or if he was just happy to be back in this position.
Either way, Anderson can at times be amazing, or dull, and finding that balance appears to be very hard, but The Aces and Eights has allowed him to be at his very best.
Again, Aces and Eights can be a bore at times, but my god was this match great. The crowd was all rallied up, and Bully and Anderson tore it down. Their look, the story, the attire, the music, a hardcore environment and a crazy crowd shows how much potential there is in this faction. To me, it reminded me of the much beloved “Attitude Era” that we have seen in a long time in any Wrestling organisation.
They can harness this and keep it running.
Either way, the match was great, it picked up with Bully pushing Hebner to the floor and Anderson dropping Bully with a Mic Check on a chair. This soon turned into Anderson being singled out, as Brooke Tessmacher herself dropped Anderson with a Low-Blow, and Knux, Garrett and Wes picked him up, delivered the “Kiss of Death”.. should be Knux’s finisher. And Triple Power-Bombed Anderson.
Heading to a 9 Count Anderson got to his feet, Bully dropped him with a Chain Shot to the face that busted him open, again a close 10 Count later and Anderson got back to his feet. Finally Bully speared Anderson through a Table that kept him down for the Count. This is exactly how I’ve wanted a match to end for a long time, having just one guy keep coming against the odds, even in an losing effort.
Anderson was then Stretchered out of the ring by EMT’s who appear to have no idea what they are doing as they dragged and dropped him multiple times trying to get him on the Stretcher. But Bully wasn’t finished, throwing him to the floor, stripping him of his Cut, and finally Pile-Driving him on the Stage.
I get that the ending was powerful and no doubt serves as a way to get Anderson potentially off TV and maybe out of the Company, but I sort of hoped they would battle it out, and come back stronger. Especially if Anderson does finally take his punishment, sit in line and finally take out the President at a later date. I would rather he remained with the faction even if they didn’t get along, rather than just completely kick him out and injure him. This however does mean Anderson could come back and remove Bully Ray from being President and taking over himself, which I think the strength and longevity in this Faction would lie.
I for one hope TNA and Anderson come to an agreement on his Contract “apparently” and he remains with the Company, he is a true asset, and when he’s good, he’s great. But if not, then this will go down as probably his best match ever, and yet another strong contender for Match of the Year.
The Cowboy James Storm and the Modern Day Viking Gunner made their way to the ring. This is the sort of segment they could have done backstage, or just not needed, but I guess it helped pad out the show and promote next week. Though it is flawed in a few ways.
Storm apparently was just happy sitting back and watching the BFG Series Finals, though he said Gunner wanted to fight, so they want someone to step up and challenge them.
Which is when Chavo and Hernandez stepped up to the Challenge, yay!
It does seem that Chavo could still be potentially turning Heel, stating that the best Tag-Team in the World is whatever team he is in. Which basically makes Hernandez expendable. And it’s also a big fat lie because Chavo sucks.
That is flaw number one, the biggest flaw is Gunner taking the mic and saying that if Chavo and Hernandez can beat them next week, they might get a title shot. (Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t Wes and Garrett just beat them… where’s their title shot?) But more importantly, Gunner stated “Get in our business again, and I’ll bash your skull in”.. tough words. But, wasn’t the whole point of this segment because Gunner wanted to fight and called someone out, they came out, then he told them to get out of his business. Tough words, Thick as sh*t… now that’s a T-shirt!
Magnus vs. AJ Styles – BFG Finals
So AJ actually had a different mix of his music, it was the same, only with less pause, and it worked even less. Surely they could have just decided on a mix by now, I could do it in 5mins, why it is always different.
Also AJ looked really beat, but that could be because his match was fantastic, and Magnus won with a Roll Up.
Regardless, it was a huge main event, and by no means could they outperform AJ – Aries or Bully – Anderson. Half way through the match the boys from EGO hit the ring and beat them down, only to be escorted by a group of Ref’s, and the match carried on regardless. So their plan sort of didn’t work.
Magnus once again tried for the Texas Cloverleaf but AJ countered with what I thought was a Triangle Choke Hold, but Taz declared it’s known as the “GoGoPlata”. So I’m sure Undertaker changed the name, because otherwise it makes him sound like he’s the Caterer at Funerals.
AJ was battling Magnus from the Top Rope and after a series of fast paced rapid fire Forearms to the Face, Magnus fell, leaving AJ free to land the “Spiral Tap” and pick up the win, moving on to the Main Event at Bound for Glory.
Well, I called it. AJ to Win, Day One.
I love the over a year long journey they took AJ on to get him back into the main events, and I am sure he will defeat Bully next Month also.
It’s been far too long since he’s been TNA Heavyweight Champion, and let’s be honest, last year’s match of the year was Bully Ray and Austin Aries, Bully had many great matches with Joseph Park, Bully had yet another Match of the Year contender with Anderson, so Bully vs. AJ Styles sounds like a perfect mix.
Things got slightly more interesting for after AJ won, he took the mic declaring that what he said a few weeks ago was merely the tip of the ice berg for how he felt. He then went on to Invite Dixie Carter out next week, so he can get the rest of his chest. No doubt the whole “Contract Negotiation” thing will come into play, which begs the question, is all of it a Work?
Either way, TNA delivered one of the best PPV’s this year, and a packed card full of amazing matches. I for one am fully excited for next week, let alone Bound for Glory.
… Oh wait, did you think at the start I meant I was retiring? Slap yourself my loyal Blobs! I purely meant my Note Pad was full and would be retiring. I have a Thick Mighty 400 Page Brand New Note-Pad coming out next week, so stay tuned for fresh paper and dodgy scribblings!
Also yes, I totally worded it that way for a reaction!