Well it is finally here, The Moment you’ve all been waiting for! The Jobber Blogger has blogged his first One Hundred of TNA Shows! It’s been a long road, and no, nothing has changed. I guess my banner has changed, the format has changed, a few little “things” I threw in have changed. And I finally have possibly got some readers. The Jobber Blogger started as just a Blog on MyIGN, and since then got me work with TheWrestlingPress.com – which closed down…. in no part due to me, I would hope. CageAmateursUK.com now of – striketapandgrapple.com as well as the new and growing TheSteelChair.com.
And no, I’ve never seen a Penny for my work. But who knows, what’s the point in Writing Blogs if you don’t… do anything… ever…. with them.
In a weird Twist-of-Fate, it seems The Ultimate Warrior got the last laugh, now I would like to clear up that I am a Fan of Warrior. The Ultimate Warrior was a fantastic, one of a kind character that has never been replicated, nor ever will. The dude was creative, and he made it work. That doesn’t mean that I don’t think he has made a lot of stupid decisions, because he has, his career with riddled with more of them than championships, and was shortly lived because of. I am however glad he made it back for the Hall of Fame and had his Warrior-esk promo on Monday Night Raw, even if he still seemed oblivious to his actions. But like everyone, it was Sad news to hear of his passing, a True Legend in the industry, a true Icon of Professional Wrestling, and it’s sadder to think that he just made it back, had the chance to rectify the lost years, and then it was over before he even got started. But at least he made it back, and had the opportunity to rectify those errors and mend those fences, and went out with his head held high. – Rest in Peace – Ultimate Warrior.
TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 10/4/14
Well what a weird Show to land on my 100th Issue huh? I think those reading this will know of the news, and I do feel that part of the show was ruined given that the ending of the show was spoiled for me thanks to Social Media, but the whole show left a Sour taste in my mouth.
And it’s a bad taste, and it’s entirely on the shoulders of TNA. I would even go so far as to say that I dislike it. The show was good, the moments were good, but the reasons, are pitiful.
Rather than ramble my way through the Card as per usual, lets hit the Nail on the Head.
Eric Young is the New World Heavyweight Champion. A part of me hopes TNA read my blogs, for me pushing EY is something I am proud of. Eric Young is fantastic, and this has nothing to do with me thinking he doesn’t deserve it. But let’s be honest shall we, there is only One Reason, and one reason alone why EY is the new World Heavyweight Champion, and it’s because the “Competition did it first”.
That is the part that leaves the Sour Taste in my mouth. This wasn’t TNA’s plan, this was “hey look, WWE’s underdog with a big beard and scruffy look is really popular… we have one of those” – Title picture.
Eric Young deserves to be put on the highest level, because he is a great Wrestler, one of the best performers, does that mean he should be World Heavyweight Champion, yes. Personally I don’t think TNA has ever done enough to sell EY as someone Capable. I fear this will just be a flash in the pan, he’ll drop the belt back to Magnus at Sacrifice. I want him to hold on to the gold for as long as possible. But why this is annoyed is simple, Eric Young has been a fan favourite for years, he’s been a great Wrestler for years, he’s been in a better position on the Roster before now. His show Off The Hook is a big success that TNA never capitalised on. TNA want to go on about being the “alternative” well guess what, when you copy the Big Dog, you’re not an Alternative, you’re an uninspired, shadow of the competition. Not only is it insulting that you can’t think of anything for yourselves, not only do I find offence that you want to pull in a new audience by doing the same thing, but you don’t put the time into putting over Eric Young, it feels like you’ve used him because he “fits” for you currently.
If I wanted to watch scruffy Bearded Daniel Bryan be the Champion Underdog, then I’d watch that show. But guess what, I don’t watch that your show, because I don’t enjoy that show, I enjoy your show, and your product, and when you just do the same thing, you’re not an alternative, you’re a lesser copy. And as a loyal TNA fan and advocate, I resent it.
I only hope they have something planned for EY, but it pains me to think he’s just another Chris Sabin, a flash in the pan for a grab for ratings, yet another glimpse of “copying the competition” which was pathetically short lived, a quick decision without any thought of the process. They didn’t have anything prepared for Sabin, he didn’t even have a T-Shirt. Your new World Champion on a Push, a load of fans rallying behind, and you can’t even sell Merchandise, is a bad sign.
To be honest, TNA’s World Heavyweight Title Picture has been bland and boring for years. The belt goes on guys with little effect and development. How many “one off’s” have there been? Where are these awesome Feuds.
Think about it, James Storm, Chris Sabin, Bully Ray, Mr. Anderson, Austin Aries, Bobby Roode, Magnus, Eric Young, AJ Styles, Jeff Hardy – one shot at the top then gone, back to the murky mid-cards and fillers before you inevitably leave the company. I get the whole rotation process, but you make a Star, then forget them, make a star, forget them. Eric Young’s best chance at this rate is to hold the belt till Sacrifice, and even then I’m not sure he will. And that will be it. I hope it isn’t. I hope EY defies the odds and actually has a decent Run, maybe shift the landscape, and have someone like Bobby Roode rise up and take the belt, or James Storm. I want that. Build a feud, make it hatred. Your World Champion is of course your hood ornament, he’s the guy to build your ratings and advertise your product. When you shift them about because “the other company” did it, that makes you look weak. You decided to put Magnus in that position, you spent over a year Building his Credibility, proud to be the first American Wrestling promotion in 108 years to put a British Wrestler as your Top Talent, and now you want to go to New York and pitch your show to a new audience, maybe a new Network, with what… hey looks here’s Eric Young, he’s really popular with our Audience, I know we didn’t believe in him before, but look at Daniel Bryan…
I will take all of this back if TNA does something good and unexpected…. but we all know after watching you years, that won’t happen. And if it doesn’t, then we fans deserved better, and above all else, Eric Young deserved better.
Yup, James Storm, Gunner, Bobby Roode, Bully Ray, EC3, Bobby Lashley, Abyss, Eric Young, Sanada and Willow competed in this 10-Man over the Top Rope Battle Royal.
I love things like this that determine Number One Contenders, but at the same time, I would love something like James Storm just walking up to the Champ and kicking him in the face and telling him he is going to take that belt from him. No run-in, just a straight forward, Badass Heel taking business into their own hands, and making it really personal. Storms recent work with Gunner show that he is the best guy for it. And don’t make him run away and cower from fights, make him Strong.
Still, the Battle Royal was fine, EY didn’t do much till the end, which would have been better to get people behind him from the get go. I don’t know why no-one was eliminated till after Willow entered at Number 10, unless it didn’t count till all participants had entered the match. Either way, Willow was eliminated by Rockstar Spud’s interference and EC3. From there on out it winded down to Abyss and Eric Young, which is at least nice as EY has been battling the Monster for a good period now.
Not sure if EY’s injury was legit, but when he got thrown over the top and held on the first time, his Arm was most definitely bent the wrong way and I remember thinking that it didn’t look good. So there’s a fair chance it could be legit.
Either way, EY and Abyss closed out the match well, and though the finish wasn’t anything we haven’t seen before, it still worked just as well leading to EY winning the Battle Royal. Which was bizarre enough hearing Eric Young’s name and World Championship Match in the same sentence.
EY called out MVP and brought forward the Sacrifice Main Event to the Main Event of the night with the World Championship on the line.
Backstage Rockstar Spud had set up a “Welcome Back” celebration for Dixie Carter, which ended with Willow trashing the Room and attacking Spud, which was actually rather good.
There’s really little point in this match, the only Entrance they showed was Angelina’s, who is returning, reformed the best thing TNA has done with the Knockouts, so who is going to win?… Hmm.
The only thing to pull out of this match was that Brittany was rather impressive, I still don’t like that they named her “Brittany”, I don’t think it does her any good. Like Miss. Tessmacher, when her real name is Brooke Adams… that’s much better.
In the end, Velvet used her Deodorant spray in the face of Gail Kim which led to Angelina using the distraction to pick up the Win and will go on to face Madison Rayne at Sacrifice for the Knockouts Championship.
Dixie Carter is back to make someone “Feel her Wraith” and although it was played as if “Who Will it Be? We have no idea!?” – Well who else would it be?
Dixie calls out Bully Ray, and the two of them have at it. I like that Bully is a face, but I also hate it. He’s much better as a Heel, I know he can rally the crowd, but he did it as a Heel anyway, he still got cheered and chants as a Heel. I find his “rise” to Good Guy a little too quick given his more long term stay on the Roster as the top Bad Guy. The pandering to the Crowd is a little on the nose for my liking.
Still the crowds hatred for Dixie is still there, which is rather good. The segment didn’t really go anywhere or do anything until Dixie actually had at it with Bully. She played the Angry woman Boss really well, and the slap felt authentic. Unlike Bully Ray when he’s pandering to the crowd, doesn’t feel half as authentic as him being a Jerk.
Bobby Roode soon then attacked Bully from behind with a Chain, beat him down and set up a Table on the request of Dixie. Bully then broke free and Roode scarped, leaving Bully staring down Dixie Carter in a midst of “Put her through a Table” chants. And then it Cut to the next segment with Dixie backstage talking about going home for a Bath… what happened? Stupid.
Yes, just like last week, when Jesse had a Doctor’s Note for his injury and the match got called off, this week was set to be called off too, with Robbie E’s flight being cancelled and he not being able to attend and defend the World-Tag-Team Titles. Jesse though had both Belts with him, and if Robbie E made it in time for Bell-Time, then it’s Match On. If not, then Jesse and DJ Z defend the belts.
The funny thing is that MVP claimed Robbie E’s cancelled flight was legit, despite that he doubted them. Which means they must have done something dodgy to the Plane, or they got really lucky. Because what are the odds.
As always The Wolves are on point, and perfect. So no doubt they will be taking the belts at Sacrifice.
Otherwise the Match was fairly short, and before The Wolves built any momentum Robbie E turned up and Pulled out the Referee before he could Count to 3 – potentially. Robbie E then shoved the Ref getting a DQ, and retaining the Belts.
Christy Hemme called out Samuel Shaw to talk about “commitment” as far as their Relationship is concerned. Straight away the “Creepy Bastard” Chants kicked off, so that’s good.
Christy said she was wrong about Shaw, and did this weird Spider-looking Crawl with her fingers as she caressed his face.
Anderson then turned up with a “Psychiatric Services” Van and came to get Shaw to “Commit” him.
Anderson has shaved, and bleached his hair going back to the old school look. Which honestly, I don’t care for. I think he should keep his natural colour, grow out his beard again and be a Heel, he was great with The Aces and Eights, and quickly become mediocre and bland.
Anderson throws Shaw in the Van, but he kicks the Doors open and makes a run for it.
Shall we guess at a type of Ambulance Match for Sacrifice, only a “Committed” Match.
I think I got most of my opinions on this matter out of the way in the opening nearly 1000 Rant.
As far as the match is concerned, it was a short match, but a surprising ending. I mean that as I didn’t expect EY to counter Magnus’ attempted Back Body Drop, by grabbing a hold of him and Pile-Driving him to the Floor and picking up the win.
But it was a Legit move, with a Legit effect that would see Magnus fall victim. I certainly didn’t expect that to happen. I’m happy for Eric, hope this works out really well.
I guess we will find out soon enough.