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The Jobber Blogger #94 – TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 6/3/14
I am Energised! And yes, let’s hope that leads to some Star Trek references this week! But no, it’s not Star Trek that energised me, it’s not even that dream I had about Jeff Hardy which I no longer remember… or blanked from my mind. Rather, I have been stocking up full of that glorious thing we call Nostalgia! What is it about these things we loved as a Child that just tickle your excitement bones for remained of your life. I watched The Matrix when it first came out, and I love it to this day, but it’s not something I find myself geeking out over. But from the ages of 10 and down things like Biker Mice from Mars, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and the 90’s Spider-man cartoon get me giddier than Miley Cyrus’ next bright idea of being “controversial”.
I suppose I have that nostalgia with Wrestling too, but it’s just not as strong. Sure the old school Hardy Boyz entrance theme still rattles my giblets, and just thinking of SummerSlam 2000 has my slobbering like Anderson in the midst of a Biker Gangs arrival.
I am so prepped and excited for Lockdown that if I watched this in this current mind set, I would no doubt give it a 10 out of Horse, which ironically is the new scale Tesco use to gauge how much “Beef” is in their Beef…. also horse.
TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 6/5/14
Oh holy high hell Batman, we’re going back to America! I love the British crowds, but I am sick of them now. Perhaps just taping one show a night would be better? Or better yet, Air Live again one night, then Tape, then try and keep it up to date.
Though as a “Go Home” show, which I also shouted repeatedly whilst watching, TNA did however manage to keep up their streak of “Good Wrestling Television”. As opposed to their up and down streak, and even a year or so ago their patented “Total Nonstop Promos” streak.
But alas, I digress, not everything can be about Wrestling, in a Wrestling show.
Bobby Roode and The Bromans kicked off the show, and further ruined the Space Time Continuum by just HURTING my head with these incessant Title Changes.
TNA come to the UK, a few days in the UK they go to America, The Wolves defeat The Bromans in America at a house show, they come back to the UK, a day later they are in Japan where The Bromans win the belts back… and now they’re back in the UK.
Was it really that important? What makes it crazier is that TNA planned this… this wasn’t a random “you know, we should drop the belts, to give the House show audience something good, or even drop the belts in Japan”. This was planned, Two Title changes that happened over a Month later than when they filmed these UK Shows. I get that they probably wanted some Titles to change hands in the Wrestle-1 event in Japan, and to do that, they obviously wanted the belts on The Bromans, so therefore they needed to lose them.
The Wolves are fantastic, and I don’t by any means want them to have the Belts already, I barely know this team. They are impressive, and they are quickly becoming one of my favourite teams, and Davey Richards’ recent talk of WWE/ROH and TNA gained him some huge respect in my eyes. But The Bromans have been building to this moment, not to mention Bad Influence, TNA teams, losing out to some new guys in a matter of weeks (days if you look at it in actuality). I think a Title Change after Lockdown makes sense, but right now, you’ve messed with my head and now my hair has no style.
Aries interrupted Roode, in what is yet another great Austin Aries move, I’ve always said, I want him as slap bang in the middle of a Face/Heel you could get. The fabled “Over Heel”. I made that up.
The crowd love him, even though he’s not going to suck up to the good guys. Aries aligned himself with Roode, makes sense from a TNA point of view, MVP represents yet another “WWE guy” with some new talent, as at least Roode, Aries, Robbie E and Jesse are established TNA guys. Aries also wants a slice of Roode’s 10% ownership, yet another reason why I love that Aries teamed with Roode. The Bromans were quick to jump on the ownership bandwagon also.
MPV with The Wolves (and yes, a cut down Entrance theme this time, it’s like they read my blog last week and went back in time to correct it on a show they recorded a month ago…) Arghh!
Without any surprise really, MVP announced that Jeff Hardy will be joining his team at Lockdown. Which gives MVP a pretty big advantage.. even though Jeff is a “WWE” guy too, though I think you could make an argument for him being as much of a TNA guy now as he is a WWE guy.
The most intriguing part of this was Dixie saying she was in New York last week… also ironic given that this show was filmed right after last week’s one… she’s lying to us all! Unless she was just on the phone to New York for an hour before this segment filmed. Clearly mine and Magnus’ warnings of London didn’t ring true enough.
Regardless, she said, and I quote “I was in New York to secure my Victory for Lockdown”. Not an exact quote, but when does that ever stop us journalists. What that means, I don’t know. But it’s exciting to think about.
Though of course what is perhaps the most thought tickling, is Bobby Roode and Jeff Hardy back in the same ring, after of course, what happened last time…
MVP and The Wolves vs. Robbie E, Austin Aries and Bobby Roode – Man Advantage for Lockdown
Yes, the winning team in this 6-Man Elimination Tag-Team match gets the “Man Advantage” for Lockdown. Oh how I love Elimination Matches, I want more of them. Maybe even one of those Timed matches where the final pinfall / submission winner before the clock runs out wins. Like the old Hardcore matches, but only with a significant belt.
There was a lot of moving parts in this match up, but the biggest story driven element is that of Austin Aries saving Roode from defeat multiple times, and eliminating Eddie Edwards, not to mention helping Roode cheat to pin out MVP.
In the end it came down to Roode and Aries against Davey Richards, but that was cut short when Aries went to town on Richards’ shoulder with a Chair, getting himself DQ’d and the match thrown out.
Davey was then given an ultimatum, he had an hour to Rest Up and restart the match between himself and Bobby Roode, or forfeit the match to Roode – More on this later.
Samuel Shaw vs. Eric Young
Plenty of meaty awesome-sauce from this one. Not only was Odo Shaw rather good, but having EY come out in London to a mass of EY Chants was a sight to witness. Never understood why EY has been pushed further than he has, he’s a fantastic Wrestler and easily one of the best Characters in Wrestling. Sure, I miss his crazy bandana neckerchief and angry short removing attire, but EY is EY.
To make it even better Anderson filled in for the role of Christy Hemme, everything from announcing himself as the Ring Announcer to announcing Sam Shaw as “Creepy Bastard” which was even more hilarious this week than last, to yet another Creepy Bastard chant (I hope this sticks around).
It’s a little weird to have a guy Wrestling in the attire Shaw does, but I guess that does sell his character, plus he does have some rather crazy looking tattoos which don’t fit quite as well, I wouldn’t have thought.
Shaw brought a cup of Tea to the ringside with him, and yes, it’s our Cat-Nip people, I crave it, like Miley Cyrus craving attention for being controversial.
What?… Too many in one Post?
Shaw through this Tea in the face of EY, who he then shoved into Anderson. This knocked Anderson down for a brief second when Shaw locked on his Submission Choke hold once more. And with Anderson out of the way, Shaw went on his journey to find Christy Hemme…..o.O
EC3 hit the ring to declare himself the “American Icon”. Which I have no problem with.
Angle though confronted EC3 having taken a disliking to his “American Icon” moniker. EC3 left without confrontation, and then returned quickly to attack Angle, and also to attack Kurt’s leg once more.
Though Angle was only Wrestling two days prior to this match, we all know his Leg is more banged up than TNA are trying to let on. It’s rather obvious as Kurt doesn’t look stable on his feet at all. So to know that, and then watch EC3 attack his leg again, it wasn’t somewhat difficult to witness.
It now appears that the Kurt Angle vs. EC3 match at Lockdown has since been cancelled, maybe Kurt isn’t 100%, maybe they want to sell the Storyline slightly longer and have Kurt and EC3 in a Cage next Month? Or even at Slammiversary. Or maybe they took JR’s comment of Kurt Angle being booked in a Mid-Card match to heart and called it off.
Kenny King – King of the Night.
I like that Kenny is coming back, he’s awesome, though it’s almost a re-branding with it saying “Coming Soon”. He’s been quite a few times before.
I hope this time he gets to stick around a little while longer, and actually make more of an Impact. He’s got a lot of Talent, TNA need to use that.
Gail Kim, Lei’D Tapa and The Alpha Female vs. Velvet Sky, Madison Rayne and ODB
And going from the talented Kenny King, we find this mess. See, I love, LOVE! That we have Lei’D Tapa and The Alpha Female in TNA, I want more fresh faces in the Knockouts. I’ll say it again, I Want Angelina Love back and let’s reform the Beautiful People.
But it just bugs me how much Tapa and Alpha suck, Velvet Sky… I’ll say that again – Velvet Sky, defeated The Alpha Female.
How does this happen? How is it Lei’D Tapa isn’t a Force to be reckoned with. Velvet isn’t going to do anything to beat these two, it’s not like it’s even a struggle for her. She just wins, as if she’s beating Madison. Least Gail Kim can sell Velvet’s ability, and that’s believable, put her up against these huge towering power-houses, and Velvet is still hitting them around like they’re nothing.
Throw in Gail trying to help them to win… what kind of booking is that?
Samuel Odo Shaw finally tracked down the whereabouts of Christy Hemme, and blinded by…. something, he clearly couldn’t tell that it was a Wig. Kudos to Anderson for selling the skit, despite how dumb it might have been.
When I say dumb, I by no means meant that I am not happy this took place. I rather enjoyed it. In as least a creepy way as possible.
Gunner and Storm had their little last minute interaction before Lockdown, saying that Gunner is a different man when locked inside the cage. Gunner said that, not Storm… just to clarify. Instead of just being your usual Cage-Match, it’s now a Last Man Standing – Cage Match. Which is awesome!
I’m hoping for good things from these two, I know they’re capable of it. This whole journey was been to put Gunner on the map, and it’s working. This is his chance to shine. If his bout with Magnus is anything to go by, then this could be fantastic.
I’m hoping to chaos, and surely they can get outside the Cage too under the rules of the match?
Storm hit a cheap shot on Gunner, and finished him off with his Last Call – Superkick.
Bobby Roode vs. Davey Richards
That’s the first time I’ve written Davey’s name as a Match header. It is odd to think of them as Davey and Eddie. They don’t sound like Wolves.
Roode tried to get a Count-Out Victory, but obviously Davey came to the ring to compete. MVP talked him round to fighting backstage, and Davey said some crap about MVP’s speech in Japan (which hadn’t happened at that time).
The props go out to Davey, though he did run shoulder first into the Turnbuckle, get dropped with the Roode Bomb and then locked into the Cross-Face and Tapped out.
The whole thing sells Davey, which is a good sign, unless you want them to stick around as a Team. Already Davey is being played off as “The” guy from The Wolves. The second you plant that seed, Eddie loses his position. Furthermore it creates that “he’s going to turn”. Which is ridiculous to put in place this early. I don’t expect anything to come from it. Other than Davey being a Team Player. I honestly hope to see The Wolves a Tag-Team…. always. At least for a good few years.
Roode then locked on the Arm-bar after the Bell Rang, and then made a run for it before MVP and Eddie got to the scene. So now, Davey is going in “injured” to Lockdown. I’m still unsure of who I want to win. Probably MVP with the idea of complete “Change”. Though a Bobby Roode controlled TNA working with Dixie isn’t a bad idea either. Win Win?
Samoa Joe and Magnus had one last “Face Off” before Lockdown. And no, they didn’t exchange Faces.
Typical last minutes intense speeches which will no doubt be added into the Video Promo. Magnus responded with a Joe like Head-Butt, though it wasn’t enough. This encouraged Joe’s wrath and he beat down on Magnus and then made him Tap-Out.
Lockdown is Live Tonight if you’re lucky enough to be in the US. If not, then it’s up Tomorrow if you’re cheeky enough to seek it out Online. And it will be airing on Wednesday here in the UK!
The Card is as follows!
Manik vs. Tigre Uno
Bad Influence & Chris Sabin vs. Great Muta, Sanada & Nakanoue
Mr. Anderson vs. Samuel Shaw
Gunner vs. James Storm – Last Man Standing
Madison Rayne vs. Gail Kim
Team Roode – Bobby Roode, Austin Aries and The Bromans vs. Team MVP – MVP, The Wolves and Jeff Hardy – Lethal Lockdown
Magnus vs. Samoa Joe – World Heavyweight Championship – Joe’s Rules – Knockout / Tap-Out
I hope to have my Lockdown Write up posted for Tuesday, Wednesday at the latest!