Well hasn’t this been an interesting week. Well okay so it’s sort of the start of the “interesting” week. But with it being Half Term, yes The Jobber Blogger himself is busy this week. And yeah, so what, I like to fill my days off with other activities and the such. Either way, it is a Sunday night, and I’m cracking open the ol Word Document to spill my deep seeded feelings and opinions on this past week’s TNA: Impact.
TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 17/10/13
Of course the other reason is right now, Bound for Glory will be starting in the States, and with me having very little time this week to get caught up with my Ramblings, it’s about time I get a move on with it, for Watching, and Writing up of Bound for Glory will be soon upon me.
Dixie, just like last week, kicked off Impact, but this week she was followed by Two Guards, one of them was named Atlus, or maybe Atlas, I don’t remember. That is my best attempt of a joke mentioning the name it read on the Neck of his Uniform. I assume the other guy was called the same, even if he did look like the type of dude who would be kept as far away from Children as possible. Saying that, the other guard has been seen around Impact for quite some time now, I would guess that his name is in fact not Atlus, and that it could be a name for the Arena they filmed in, either that or he works for that find Video Game Publisher who brings us great Games from Abroad with top notch localisation. But I would assume that isn’t the case. Of course to keep things relevant, Atlus has since been bought out by Sega, and the guy in the crowd was showing the world his displeasure with such a buy-out!
So yeah, Atlus and Atlas carried out a Briefcase for Dixie, and Dixie “doing what is best for the Company” decided to get rid of that Pesky 3 Month long Bound for Glory Series idea, and just let anyone beat up AJ Styles and take him out of the Main Event, and in the process getting themselves a Shot at the World Championship against Bully Ray, and earning a lovely $50’000. Now this apparently is the Money that AJ turned down last week, and remember that Dixie told AJ that this money is the most amount of Money he has ever seen his entire life. Now I know Math isn’t my strong point, that’s why I decide to give off worthless opinions of a Wrestling show each week, but on average Minimum Wage, least here in the UK, you earn £6.31 per hour. Now working a Full-Time job at 40Hours a week will earn you a little over £1000 a Month. I rounded it up, but who cares. So you will be on £12’000 a year, or there about. Now remember that this is Minimum Wage, anything more skilful than shall we say, sweeping a floor or working the tills, tends to pay above that. So within 5 years of working Minimum Wage you will see that amount of Money. Which means Logically AJ Styles would be Wrestling for Minimum Wage for 11 Years with TNA, and not even got close to earning $50’000. Sure, he doesn’t Wrestling “full time” 40 hours a week, but hey, TNA must be really underpaying their Talent.
Regardless! That is all piddle trollop folks!
Of course AJ would be earning big money, and $50’000 is “Chump Change” to a Main Event Wrestler, in TNA or not. Still, the Theme of the night was a $50’000 Bounty on the head of AJ Styles, and Bully Ray was the first to step up… least vocally. Soon to be followed by Magnus, who was darn tootin’ annoyed that Dixie was “besmirching” the Bound for Glory Series by being rid of its Winner so quickly. This of course coming from Magnus’ heard work through-out the Series, yet no-one complained that Anderson got a Main Event Title-Shot by not even getting close to Winning the Series. So you know, swings and roundabouts, wrestling and logic.
In the end Magnus took this motivation to Challenge Bully to a fight, with his Reasons being, and I quote “$50’000 might be Chump Change to you, Boss, might even be Chump Change to you, Champ. But it sure as hell isn’t Chump Change to me, or to the good folks of Tulsa Oklahoma” Well first off, that’s just outright insulting to anyone who lives there and does more their lives than running the Till’s at Wallmart. I digress, he goes on to say “Look at me when I’m talking to you (points to Dixie Carter) you can understand how serious I am, when I tell you, that I’m so sick and tired of hearing you talk each and every week, so you can take that $50’000, Bully Ray, I will fight you tonight for Free”.
How the hell does that make a lick of sense? But hey, it’s Pro-Wrestling, and actually I’m glad that for the first time Bully actually stepped up on Air to say that Magnus has all of this “Tools of the Trade, next Big Breakout Star” and then call him a disappointment. Obviously I think Magnus is rather good, but I don’t need everyone on the Show to be saying that to me, it makes me dislike him. Which is good for a Heel turn right? Still, Magnus, Whom only a few weeks ago said he doesn’t see it in himself, took offence at Bully agreeing with him, not seeing it in him either, and so they had a fight. Yay!
Christopher Daniels vs. Hernandez vs. Robbie E vs. Eric Young – 4 Corners Match – Winner Tag-Team Advantage at Bound for Glory
Okay, so I shall just spell out what this match was. Before Bound for Glory starts, there is an Hour Long TV Only part of the show where Bad Influence go up against EY and Park, Bro’Mans and Chavo and Hernandez. The winner of that what I assume must be a Gauntlet Style, or Elimination Style, or Something style match, will go on to face Storm and Gunner on Bound For Glory itself. So this match is to determine the “Man Advantage” meaning whom wins this match, their respective team will “Enter” the Match last, thus having the best advantage to be the Number #1 Contenders.
That’s a whole Paragraph of Nothing. They really need to emphasise more on the Tag-Team Championships, because whenever we see any team go on about them these days, deep down we know they’re lying, they didn’t want to be a Tag-Team. There is no “Glory” for the Tag Belts anymore it seems, and Tag-Team Wrestling is some of the best, so I really hope TNA’s “New Direction” includes a great Tag-Team Division Revision. Now that’s a Tongue Twister.
I think it’s on one hand a good thing to give the “BFG – Pre-Show” a Match with significance, but it also means the Tag-Team Match at Bound for Glory itself seems a little Thrown on the Card, because they sort of feel it has to be. In the end however it was EY with his Top-Rope elbow drop on Christopher Daniels, but Robbie E creeps up from behind and throws EY out of the ring and Stealing the Victory.
Gunner vs. Knux
This all came about with AJ Styles heading to the Ring to speak his mind on this “Bounty”. I believe he was attacked before this by Jesse Godders. AJ called everyone out declaring “I’m not going to Run, I’m not going to Hide. Come and Get Paid”. I really like what they’ve done with AJ these last few Months, sure I didn’t think they needed to bring him back to help Main Event Mafia against Bully Ray. But in the Long Run AJ still Feels the same. I like that he appears to be a Lone Wolf still but getting beaten down every step of the way, but still fighting back. Thanks to AJ not stepping down, Knux and Bischoff from The Aces and Eights stepped up to take out AJ. Which is when James Storm and Gunner came down to help out AJ, leading to a very interesting Stare Off between AJ and Storm. This has me thinking that AJ is banding together the TNA Originals, so I fully expect Storm and Gunner to Drop the Tag Belts at BFG and Storm to be on AJ’s side going forward.
I don’t quite get why Gunner and Knux had a fight on the show, it would have made more sense if Knux and Bischoff could move forward with a Tag-Title Shot. But alas, they can’t, least not any time soon. Saying that, I am glad the two of them squared off, because it really shows the Potential in Gunner. If I can find it, then I shall attach a Clip of his Impressive Fall-Away Slam on Knux.
The main point was that Bully earlier on in the night got Knux and Bisch all fired up to take out AJ, and each of them having each other’s backs, and with Knux struggling, he calls out for Bully, who didn’t come to help him, and Gunner connected with a Spear picking up the Win.
As much as I think AJ is going to have a one-sided Battle against Bully at Bound for Glory, I think a turn from The Aces and Eights, maybe even a Return from Hogan and Anderson will be what finishes off Bully Ray’s Title Reign. I am still holding out hope that Bully is either “downgraded” and needs to prove himself in the Club, or he is outright kicked out. But still leaving The Aces and Eights as a Faction, Motor Bikes or not…. hopefully not.
In other news Brooke now fully cementing herself as a “Whore” is in the Back taking Photos of her “Rear”. Just like all Ladies do. Hooray!
Chris Sabin (w/Velvet Sky) vs. Samoa Joe
Before Sabin and Joe took to the Ring, Sabin was seen backstage wanting to try his luck at Cashing in on Dixie’s Bounty by taking out AJ Styles. Velvet reacted by claiming Sabin seems “different”… she’s only just noticed…. Well, if she didn’t know…
I’m so glad that Catch Phrase didn’t take off… along with her Catwoman esk 50’s Whore look.
Joe however found Sabin backstage and talked him out of trying anything with AJ… in as less of a gay way as you can possible make that sound. This also clarifies that alliance between AJ and Joe, also TNA originals, etc, Change etc.
Sabin and Joe being Two of the 5 involved in Bound for Glory’s Ultimate X Match for the X-Division Championship. Though Sabin had, had enough of Joe and made a run for it, using Velvet as a Shield (again) but then dropping Joe with a DDT on the Stage trying to get a count out. In the end it was Joe who reversed a Roll-Up into the Rear Naked Choke and took the win.
This led to Austin Aries running out and Attacking Joe for getting involved last week and adding himself into the Ultimate-X match, which then led to Jeff Hardy getting involved and then finally Manik.
There was however a big play on Ladders, obviously that is Jeff’s speciality, and one was involved in the closing moments of this segment. So there is a good chance that a Ladder will make its way into the Ultimate-X Match.
Magnus vs. Bully Ray
Both Magnus and Bully showed why they are the Present and Future of TNA Wrestling. No doubt about it, but Magnus is really good in the ring, and of course Bully is a great Talent to work with, no matter who it is. But this match acted as feeding more fuel to the fire between Magnus and Sting.
Magnus had the Champ on the ropes, really on a roll since his recent “losing streak”. But Hebner got knocked down (obviously) and Bully grabbed his Steel Chain to gain a Cheat Victory, Sting got involved, Hebner was distracted by Sting and the Steel Chain and Bully Low-Blowed Magnus and picked up a Win.
Thus this making more issues between Sting and Magnus, I actually really hold out Hope for this match. I want this Match to be “Something” to really mean “Something”. They are “Bigging” it up, with Flair putting Sting on the Map. And I hope they both deliver a Top Ratings Match, but I also have a lot of doubt of it being a Classic. I’m sure it will be good though.
Kurt Angle made his way out to the ring to tell everyone that it’s “Great to be Back” and that Bobby Roode reminds Kurt of himself 5 Years Ago. Though Roode’s “Hall of Fame” ceremony made it personal. I guess there is a big element of Mockery in E.G.O’s Hall of Fame that would annoy Kurt, but then that also makes Kurt really big headed and a glory hound to be annoyed at something so petty. Roode countered Angle’s statements by saying that he doesn’t want to be Angle, maybe some years ago he did, but that he views himself better. I’m sure Roode doesn’t stand a chance of Winning, but I’d really like him to. Though no mention of Kurt being gone because of Rehab, which would have been a nice “mature” touch. But meh, whatever.
Daniels and Kazarian got involved, and in the end it was Roode who made Angle tap out to his Cross-Face. Shades of Angle and Benoit all those years ago. But here’s a nice titbit for you, I always hated Chris Benoit, especially when everyone found out about the “incident” and I always found Benoit to be insanely Over-Rated. I never liked any of his matches, and he was the utter Sh*test World Champion I can remember. And I never swear.
Benoit wishes he was as good as Kurt Angle, and can only dream of being as good as Bobby Roode.
AJ Styles – Bully Ray – Contract Signing
Well, Dixie’s Plan to get AJ removed from the Main Event at Bound for Glory didn’t really Pan out very well. Though Bad Influence did give AJ a good beat down in the back, but he fought back and sprayed them a Fire Extinguisher before making a Run for it.
Contract Signings are still kind of Silly, least in Wrestling, but they are mildly entertaining also. Bully Signed first then gave AJ a history lesson of Ric Flair and Dusty Rhodes, and how Bully is going to end AJ Styles and put him and his Family on “Hard Times”. Then he referred to himself as Darth Vadar, which lost him a lot of Respect. It’s like what’s the point of Gaining Points with the Wrestling references to then undo all of your good work by mentioning Pop Culture.
AJ did the usual “talk back” then signed, and of course then they both had a good old Fight. But more importantly AJ took the Brief Case off of Dixie Carter and threw her $50’000’s all over her.
A good show from top to bottom, and certainly feeding the fire leading into Bound for Glory.
I can’t wait to watch BFG and I will be back as soon as possible to give you my thoughts and opinions!