September 22, 2013 by DiVineDiablo
Well it appears my fake retirement speech last week got the attention of at least one person. I’m sure more than one person rejoiced at the idea. Regardless of any of that though, I did however make a slight claim which isn’t exactly entirely true anymore. I claimed that this week will the first from a Brand New 400 Page Writing Pad! And here on the side sits my Brand New 400 Page Writing pad, but unfortunately I used it before I watched impact, and being a soppy bugger Wrote out a letter and now it only has 399 pages left. Of course things could correct themselves as there might have been a manufacturing problem, and there could indeed be more or less pages than the 400 advertised on the front… you’ll be happy to know I have not been through and counted them all.
Why am I so tired, that’s a good question, if I’m honest I don’t think I’ve caught up with my sleep from my trip down South.. I had to go through London… I swear visiting that place even briefly is like taking years off of your life. I’ve never found anywhere I hate more and more each time I go. Ah, the joys of being a Country Lad, sitting on Sheep and throwing Poop at the Farmers. I’ve never done either of those. Though there is nothing like coming home to the Manure filled air!
Speaking of Manure Filled Air, let’s get chattin’ about this week’s TNA: Impact!
Impact Wrestling Logo
TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 19/9/13
Yup, a special date indeed.
That is all I’m going to mention on it being a Special Date. Last week was a good show from Top to Bottom for TNA, and obviously with No Surrender being out of the way they are back to the usual TV Schedule, so out with all the matches and in with Promo’s and behind the scenes Segments.
Magnus kicked off the show, first with getting beaten up backstage by Ego, but then out in the ring. He claimed to the crowd to be injured, hurt after a gruelling battle for the BFG Series Finals one week ago, asking if the Crowd remembered! It is still weird, because we all know this was filmed mere minutes after the end of No Surrender, in front of the same crowd. I guess they have to drop these “TIME MENTIONS!” into the Promo’s to solidify to the crowd that they’re watching next week’s Show, and to remind people at home what week it is.
I suspected Magnus and Roode would end up feuding to fill a Grudge Match for Bound for Glory, maybe even for a Number One Contenders shot. With Magnus so irate from last week’s interference from Ego, and the beat down before the show, he calls out anyone for a fight.
Kazarian runs to the ring as if to accept Magnus’ challenge, followed by Christopher Daniels and finally Bobby Roode as all three of them beat down on Magnus. Which is when Sting and Samoa Joe run down to help out and scare off Ego. I fully believe Magnus claimed he didn’t have his “Family” with him when he challenged Ego, also wasn’t The Main Event Mafia put together purely to stop The Aces and Eights.. so why are they venturing off into other Faction Wars. Either way, a Big 6-Man Tag was set for the Main Event.
Jeff Hardy vs. Manik
Before the match took place Chris Sabin, with now on screen and long-time real life girlfriend Velvet Sky, had a chat with Manik. Manik of course not wearing his Mask doing the whole “I’m not facing the Camera” type of gimmick. Sabin went on to talk about how awesome he is himself and how Manik wouldn’t even be the X-Division Champion without Chris Sabin’s involvement in the entire Division, let alone dropping the belt to Challenge for the World Championship.
This match was born from Manik asking Hogan if he can face Jeff, for it is a “Dream Match” of his. Which is somewhat Ironic, because as per usual Jeff and Manik do the whole Move-Counter Move impressive athleticism stuff and then have a Stand Off. Which is when Jeff decided to Pose in front of Manik, for some reason, and then applauded him, which is the funny part, because Jeff applauded Manik in a type of “this guy is good” but in reality, I think Manik might actually be better from a Technical stand point.
However the match wasn’t that long, and Jeff soon dropped Manik with the Twist-of-Fate and connected with the Swanton Bomb picking up the win.
And of course as everyone suspected, Jeff and Manik show a sign of respect, and then Chris Sabin gets in the ring to do the same for Manik, and then beats him up.
Yes, it is a bit of a “By the numbers” Heel Turn, but at least Angry Sabin could be a better Theme Song than “Hail Sabin”.
Sure I made fun of him…. most times I mention his name, but I was actually quite impressed with Sabin’s Angry side this week. I think it is exactly what he needs to be interesting currently, after such a run of being incredibly annoying. Though it does come across as “I don’t know what to do with him, let’s make him heel, because he’s not THAT good, and he can feud with Manik for the X-Division title at BFG”. That probably sums up TNA’s Creative Writing 6 Months in Advance.
ODB vs. Mickie James – Knockouts Championship
Well this has been a long time coming, of course they were prepping Taryn Terrell for this shot, but she had to go and get pregnant, seriously, priorities?
No doubt she’s off Hot Messing it up elsewhere. And next in line is the crowd favourite, once fired, brought back, barely used and now new Knockouts Champion, ODB.
This was all to set the stage for Mickie James’ contract issues coming to a head. Her contract was about to expire, and I’m sure she is now top of the Pay Roll in the Knockouts Division since Tara has gone. Which basically means they can drop the Belt, and then try and negotiate. Which apparently went as Mickie turned down the offer and is done with TNA, but now more rumours state she is still in the negotiation process. Put it this way, Mickie James is amazing, and the best Women’s Wrestler in my opinion, not to mention how great she is with Character work. Her current Heel run has been awesome and in this match her attitude and talent shines. If TNA want to build a great Knockouts Division once more, then they need Mickie James as the Hood Ornament, Champion or not.
ODB did her own version of Hulking Up, in a much more scary manor
The ending was a little Sudden, Mickie had full control, looking to drop ODB with a Corner Tornado DDT I believe, which was counted into the BAM! and picked up the win.
Either way, I like ODB and she is a credit to how TNA apparently want to showcase Women’s Wrestling, with Wrestlers, rather than just Models who can’t do anything. It’s a shame the Division is so scarce of talent of late, a few years back it was Thriving, and as interesting, if not more interesting at times than the Male Division.
Eric Young and Joseph Park both came out to Celebrate the Title Victory with ODB, which is when Bro’Mans hit the scene.
Yup, Robbie E and Jesse have not been fired yet, I’ve always been a Robbie E fan, I think he has great character work and great in ring skills, yet he always draws the short straw, I do understand that he is the more “joke” Wrestler, but still.
Robbie E still has an Issue with Joseph Park and challenged him to a match, but with Park wearing a Suit, it was EY who took him on. And literally one Roll Up 2 seconds later, and EY won the match.
Leaving Robbie E to challenge Joseph Park once more, and literally one Roll Up 2 seconds later and Park had won the match.
It was a little “dumb” and they could have just let them all fight, but in the end it was the Bro’Mans just outright attacking EY and Park, throwing Park into the Ring Post which busted him open, and of course he went into Abyss mode and took them both out.
And at this very moment, I would like to say “enough”.
I’m rather sick of the whole Bleeding thing now, it happens every match, and it’s been a running thing for well over a year, either develop the story, or just stop it. At this rate it looks as if they want to keep Joseph Park as a Wrestler rather than Abyss. I don’t know if Abyss is even going to turn up again anytime soon. I guess they are looking to angle these two teams into a Feud, or even potentially filling up the Tag-Team Division. Regardless, a EY and Park team is a welcome addition. Regardless of it all, they need to do something before they make ODB even angrier!
The Aces and Eights, or what is left of them, Bully Ray (with Tessmacher) Wes Brisco, Garret Bischoff and Knux make their way to the ring.
Basically the whole segment is the aftermath of last week’s Awesome Last-Man Standing match between Bully and Anderson. The fact Mike Tenay said there is no update on the condition of Anderson does imply they haven’t as of yet just cut ties with him and wrote him off of Television… currently. Bully put all of his praise onto Tessmacher for being the sole purpose he has been successful, and how much she has helped develop everything. Which of course gives the remaining “Brothers” a reason to step up wanting attention back their way.
It is a shame that the message of The Aces and Eights has become “nothing”, they were once an invading faction trying to gain control and over throw management, seemingly with a point to prove. But when new comers like Doc or Knux are in the mix, surely they have no personal gripe with Dixie or Hogan, more to the fact of being over-looked as Wrestlers and fighting for the spot light. Either way, it just boiled down to getting Bully the title.
One by one Wes, Garret and Knux showed off their dislike to how Bully is running the club and each time Bully turned that back on them in a controlling manor. But it was Knux who actually stood up and for the first time in a over a year he’s been with TNA, we finally got to really see him as a “Guy” rather than a number within the faction. And he’s good on the mic, I actually liked seeing him take control. More to the point it was interesting when he mentioned that there were 25 Guys in the Faction, with only 4 left (5 including Taz… if that counts?) and that is a testament to how Bully Ray runs the Club. Not to mention that they have kept Bully in power to keep the Gold in the faction.
This is where I hope they take The Aces and Eights, make it that Bully Ray only developed them to make himself World Heavyweight Champion, and the rest of the faction went along with it to keep the Power the belt holds within. But it became seemingly more relevant that Bully only wanted them to help him for his own selfish reasons. Which is why they could have Anderson return and take over the reigns as President of The Aces and Eights, and still keep them a “Heel” faction, without being complete “Bad Guys”. Knux could become the new Vice President, and they can recruit and grow. The idea behind the faction, the look, the music, it all works. It’s just grown stale, but if they play that off as Bully being selfish, it will hold on to the values that were originally created. If TNA is moving in a new direction then The Aces and Eights could be pivotal in changing Management, or pivotal in keeping a huge slice of persuasion as a Renege Faction within the Locker-room once more.
Either way, Knux didn’t back down to Bully’s intimidation, and it was Bully who stepped away from the fight.
Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez vs. James Storm and Gunner
This much “anticipated” match was the result from last week’s Challenge, but stay out of our Business segment. Chavo is continuing to build his Heel character by claiming as much as he’d like to Wipe Their Faces off the matt…. not sure quite what that means…
Chavo is apparently injured and not cleared to Wrestle, which is an interesting thing to note after turning up in Ring Gear.
Either way, Gunner and Hernandez locked horns, and I really didn’t make any notes.
It’s the usual Big Guy vs. Big Guy match, entertaining, powerful, all the usual. In the end it was a Back Breaker from Gunner that won the match. And the MDV celebrated accordingly!
Apparently just because Gunner beat Hernandez, that doesn’t mean they can’t still Wrestle a Tag-Match. I guess everyone has forgotten that Wes and Garret beat the Champs huh?
EGO vs. Main Event Mafia
I nearly fell asleep through this Match. I don’t mean that to sound like it was boring, it was rather late and I had finished work rather late too. But that aside, it was kind of boring.
It was a straight forward typical Tag Match, Sting got singled out, ref didn’t see the tag, everything went crazy (which was pretty good actually!) a bit of Tag-Team Wrestling then a Cheat to Win ending.
A few things that stood out, Magnus and Joe should be a Team Again, they are good together, but I doubt that will happen any time soon. Why the hell is MEM even bothering with EGO rather than just finishing off The Aces and Eights straight after they lost another member and are falling apart, that’s a good place to really ruin their alliance right?
Either way, in the end it was Roode who landed a Bat Shot to the back of Magnus behind the Ref’s back and won the match. Leaving Magnus with yet another loss after Months of being at the top of the Leader board. No doubt Magnus and Roode are entering a feud, and maybe this might be the end of the Main Event Mafia, one can only hope, because they are terrible.
AJ Styles – Dixie Carter – Face to Face
So the part of the show everyone wanted to see. It was no surprise what direction TNA were heading in with this whole “AJ Styles – Rebellious” thing, but I think it might have caught a few people off guard with what actually took place.
AJ did the usual “Day 1” rant about being here to build the Company before Dixie even got involved. And that band of brothers who helped create this new exciting aspect of Wrestling and Division, and growing Brand / Talent, was then bought out by Dixie Carter who has no idea of the Wrestling Industry and a rich father who bought it for her. That is all actually true.
AJ claimed that she broke up the Chemistry that was once TNA, and instead replaced the likes of Jerry Lynn (no big loss), Low Ki, Jay Lethal (big losses) with MMA Stars and high paid “Talent” from other companies who take a paid vacation and then leave to go back where they came from. Again, true points.
AJ then said despite what the internet reports, he doesn’t in fact have a TNA Contract. Which is when Dixie makes her way to the ring, to some Boo’s as well I might add, mainly because there is a lot of Bad Reaction to a lot of the Creative Changes within TNA, and obviously AJ Styles represents the old and the original, so he being the Face of this “change” will draw the fans to his side and against Dixie, if that’s what AJ claims.
Dixie said that she is entirely accountable, and she is sorry. And then turned that into a big Heel Rant about how AJ is only “better than Average” that is found elsewhere, and the Phenomenal One gimmick is just an illusion she herself created as a Marketing Tool. She said AJ is nothing like he used to be and she can’t even remember the last time he had a 5Star Match (she obviously didn’t watch last week). And that without her Rich Father he wouldn’t have a Pay Check, would still live in a Trailer, and as much as AJ claims this is the house he built, in reality it’s the house that Dixie Built.
AJ tried to forge a “rebuttal” but Dixie shouted to Cut his Mic, Turn off the Lights and end the show.
It was actually better than I thought it would be, but unfortunately it still comes across Scripted. The problem is, I find personally that TNA is usually either doing their own thing, or is ahead of the Competition, like The Aces and Eights (Shield) and then AJ – Dixie romance thing was also copied. However the biggest thing to happen in recent memory was of course CM Punk’s “Pipe Bomb” which was also Scripted, but the timing was perfect. CM Punk had a legit gripe with the company, they let him speak his mind (within reason), CM Punk’s contract was also ending right after the Money in the Bank PPV. So connect the Dots, AJ Styles “might have legit issues with TNA”, AJ’s contract is supposedly up after Bound for Glory. They are trying to capture that magic. I don’t think they can, because the audience knows that this is hot controversy, it was once created organically, you can’t recreate that, because people are expecting it.
More to the point, if AJ was really annoyed he could have ranted about Bischoff, Hogan, the recent Releases of Stars, Money being wasted on crap they don’t need. I do like the fact they mentioned the MMA guys, which goes to show TNA are well aware that the fans don’t care about them. But my guess is that they won’t be paying top Dollar for these guys as their contracts extend to Bellator, and to Spike TV.
So my guess is TNA are 100% behind this, and AJ Styles is in no way going to leave the Company, nor would they ever let him. All of it, my guess, is to play the internet, blurring the lines, and making Styles’ potential BFG Title Win one of leverage where he could take the Power out of TNA.
What if they let Styles turn up in ROH again with the Championship, that would be cool. At the end of the day it seems TNA are restructuring themselves, they have let go of people they don’t need currently, maybe even those who don’t fit their vision going forward, at least currently. There is talk of re-evaluating Hogan and Bischoff’s contracts, so they could easily be gone. Not to mention talk of coming off the Road and setting up base somewhere old, or new.
They obviously had plans a long time ago, and if they do it right, they could angle Dixie, Hogan and Bischoff as the heels, AJ Styles could bring in a new (old) TNA to recapture a huge audience number. They could re-brand, six sided ring, anything could happen.
More to the point, what if Dixie Carter is behind The Aces and Eights all along, or what if she pays them off to screw over AJ Styles. Or at least tries to, perhaps Bully will, and the other faction with then side with AJ. But there is ground work in place, and if they are reshaping the company, which would explain the recent lay-offs and behind the scenes chatter, some of it a work, other legit. But Bound for Glory could prove a huge changing ground for the TNA Landscape, and I for one am actually rather excited to see where it all goes from here!