The Jobber Blogger #106 – TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 15/5/14

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So last week turned out a little bit negative. And sure, my cynical negativity has branched out further in other areas, but at least this week’s Impact ended on a note to pull me back to the middle ground. But first, the Negativity!

Kazarian is officially done with TNA, and so is Hernandez. Now, I don’t want to come across mean, but I’m somewhat surprised Hernandez was still on the Roster. He’s good, but he just didn’t “fit” that well in anything. The best thing he had going was with Chavo, and Chavo was just as terrible, so it’s only right they both be gone. Now on the flip side of that is Bad Influence. Kaz and Daniels, TNA originals, and of course with AJ Styles they make the trio of that core group people love, I guess you can make an argument for Samoa Joe… bets on how long he will last?

This is the run down, TNA apparently didn’t even offer new contracts to Kaz and Daniels and decided to let them go. So you can say, well that’s insulting after how many years? But of course the alternative is pretty simple too. Christopher Daniels, I love the dude, but I can be honest and say I was never that keen on him prior to Bad Influence. He was alright, I didn’t think his look suited his gimmick, I didn’t really like the Fallen Angel gimmick. Kazarian also impressed me in the ring, but again he had a hard time finding his place. When Fortune was created, Kazarian popped. But unfortunately he never really had any ball to run with, even a small deflated one.

AJ Styles’ life was made difficult by Kaz and Daniels, and at that time rendering them somewhat unlikable, Kaz turning on AJ, Daniels being a douche. But then something happened, AJ went on to do his own thing and from it, Bad Influence was born. Now the beauty about Bad Influence is that TNA pretty much gave Kaz and Daniels the keys to their own creativity. And what you got was two best friends, being themselves, albeit a more hyped up offensive version at times. But everything come Amazing Spider-man to Stupid T-Shirts, to calling the Fan’s “Ass Puppets” and more, it just worked. Throw back Thursdays, EGO, everything they were doing worked. Now in the ring, they worked even better. Kaz and Daniels can WRESTLE, end of. And they are damn good at it. When you can put themselves across through Bad Influence, that draws a whole lot of eyes and hype to their Matches, and they deliver, that makes them something special. The fact they only held the belts for a short amount of time is a joke. Specially in a Division that barely exists… that they are in the middle of. They had no competition to their level, yet they weren’t considered to hold the Championships. Regardless, in the long history of TNA, Kaz and Daniels probably rank somewhere low, given that they haven’t hit the Main Event status over half of TNA’s roster has. So really, they probably just don’t fit with the Direction TNA are going. Which is sad, but it is a business. They aren’t young guys anymore, the key to success in Wrestling is to keep things fresh, and hope that the freshness works. Being in a tight spot financially and you have two guys who you probably really like, but don’t have anything for them right now, why would you keep them on the pay checks? It’s a tough call, but if they can afford Four brand new Hot Indy Talents on the same wage to try and develop their future potential, then that’s the safe bet.

I wouldn’t say the Door is closed, aside from the fact that you do start to wonder how long TNA can keep going at times. The problem is this, sure Global Force Wrestling is on the Horizon, and that’s exciting. Now I would love a TNA version 2.0 where the guys who were messed around buy those in power got their chance to make a Career they should have had. What does it say when you start a Brand New Wrestling promotion and fill it with guys who are known as TNA Guys, been on TV for over 10 years. The people that don’t care about TNA and those talents, that’s already gone. A new promotion should be a good balance for sure, but ideally, it’s new talent, new belts, new stories, new feel, new stars. So I wonder where Kaz and Daniels will end up, but I sure hope they land somewhere to carry on.

So yes, I have grown accustom to their departure, yet it does still sour me. Not from a business perspective, because I totally understand it. I suppose when Bad Influence is gone, and Rob Terry is back… how do you deal with that reality?

Sooner or later TNA is going to be a completely different place, with very little Original Stars left. It’s almost like WWE losing Rock and Austin, which… they also did… but they didn’t go anywhere else.

And on the swing into the positive, TNA did at least please me in some regard. What regard? Well Read on!

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TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 15/5/14

Eric Young kicked off the show, ticked from last week’s turn from MVP. EY even went so far as to “promise – this kind of stuff doesn’t happen on my watch”. I don’t understand how that would even be possible.

EY is probably the good Fall Guy for someone to Turn against. EY is obviously popular, so it can develop a Heel (MVP) pretty quickly. Having a Trusting Face that MVP was turn against that guy, can work well too. You just need to keep on top of it, because the great Heels very quickly become fan favourites, and that’s bad news for your goody too shoes Champion.

We at least managed to avoid a “Why MVP Why?” segment. Anyone who knows me, will know that I can’t stand the “reasons” speech.

I mean it was there still, it was just better than I expected. MVP is out to control all the power, plain and simple, nothing personal, no other business, he just wants the Championship.

I do like that. I’ve been saying I want someone to just step up and take the fight to the Champion. I do think MVP can quickly be a “turn and run” guy. Whereas someone like James Storm can probably achieve the same results in his opposition.

Willow vs. Magnus and Bram – 2 on 1

I don’t really know what to say. The more we see Willow the more stupid he gets. I like the idea, but it’s just maybe too late for Jeff to develop it. Clearly TNA has too much invested in Jeff Hardy that they won’t let him develop it. It’s almost at the stage of “here’s Jeff Hardy being weird again”.

He’s not a Character.. he’s Jeff being a Character… and a Wrestling show about guys with “real problems” and gripes being these Characters, acting it out… you don’t need another dimension on top of that. I suppose it can either be a really good thing… or more often than not be utterly dumb.

I hope that Willow can get established, because it does open the Doors for future potential. IE Jeff comes back as himself, and sooner or later is under stress, leading into a more “Hardcore” environment, and he could transform to Willow. I just don’t know if it would work so well given that it’s Jeff.

Again on the plus side, I am liking Bram so far. I think he is playing this “best friend” angel rather well, and doesn’t seem to be that bothered by the fact that No-body knows who he is. I am wondering how long it is before TNA put him in a new Tag-Team with James Storm though.

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It could work…

Magnus is trying to find his inner violence… which is confusing in itself. Normally in these circumstances the one trying to find themselves is the good guy… right. Yet Jeff is the good guy, I don’t know. It doesn’t matter. I just don’t think Magnus needs yet another “change”.

Bram threw a Crowbar, pipe, wrench, stick at Magnus to use against Willow, Magnus refused then got pinned, leaving Bram annoyed. Angry Bram is bad… bram.

Gail Kim vs. Velvet Sky

So Gail came out, high fiving Fans, shaking hands, generally encouraging the fans to a sea of Gail Kim chants. Did I miss something?

When did she turn.

She wasn’t a Face last week… though I did like her slight jab at the Evening Gown Match.

She hasn’t done anything to turn yet, aside from a couple minor altercations with The Beautiful People. I hate Turns, I really do.

Specially Face turns. It’s like Bully just coming out and being the good-guy getting the Fans chanting, he’s spent years and years making them hate his guts. Then just one thing and he’s their best friend and people buy into it. It’s stupid. I know it shouldn’t annoy me, but I mean at least make it gradual, don’t just be like a sudden change of heart, and everything is fine again.

Gail wasted no time in calling out The Beautiful People which led to Velvet sneak attacking her and then the match was on.

Velvet put a bag on Gail’s head… and then lost. Pretty much sums it up.

I don’t know. Seems like Angelina has had no time to breath as Champion. She came back, it felt like a big deal, Beautiful People reunion, straight into a feud with Madison, 6 time Knockouts Champ, and now she’s the number two Knockout to Gail Kim’s reputation and fan base. Which means if you’re going to push Gail to this degree, that usually ends with a Title Change. Probably not the first time, but eventually, Gail can’t be dethroned. So Angelina practically means nothing currently.

Kazarian vs. Crazy Steve

So this was The Menagerie’s second appearance. Thankfully I preferred it.

Kaz didn’t have to job, in fact… nothing really happened, but it was borderline okay… not good… and not quite bad, but could easily drop into that category.

Knux at least has more suitable attire. But I think the idea of this faction is for them all to be “different” from each other. And so different that they can’t actually act together, and everything is a mess. Least that’s what I took away from it… and if that’s the case, then I’m on board. I am actually more suited to the idea that Rob Terry has no idea what he’s doing and it’s stupid, rather than me trying to take him seriously, because seriously TNA, I’ve seen him Wrestle, for years, why are you paying this guy?

Anyway.

Kaz eventually just left, Crazy Steve was attacking his Balloons, which on a side note, he did a top rope splash, and missed them, which is rather hilarious.

In the end he pulled down the Ref’s trousers and got a DQ, so least Kaz won?

“The Freak” was on the apron just pulling on the ropes, part of me hoped he’d fall… I’m not ashamed to admit that.

I’m still not sold, but I am curious. In the end though, the first sentence in my notes sums it up best – “I enjoy The Menagerie – Freak just sucks”.

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We finally saw Austin Aries again, for about a Minute, he just called MVP a phoney then EY jumped on MVP and started attacking him. Austin Aries is the perfect example of why TNA sucks – the Heavyweight Championship picture, is terrible. There’s nothing else, just one shot, your done, next guy. Bobby Roode was the start of something great, the best TNA title run and World Title run I can remember in Wrestling for years, Austin Aries’ rise to the top was perfect, because it was “real”. Aries carried himself because he’s freaking great. Then it just went downhill, and quickly. I think Jeff was fine, then Bully was the start of the irrelevant Champion. The Aces and Eights should have (and I still think were meant to be) more than they were. Bully was crap as the Champ, Sabin was the utter worst, AJ’s run sucked, Magnus sucked, and EY is alright. But let’s be honest how long will it last, and will he get there again…. doubtful.

Austin Aries has been an afterthought for far too long, and he’s capable of being the best on the show, and he’s not. I do think it probably started with the whole “Christy Hemme” thing in some ways. But he should probably get out, and should easily be put to the test in GFW.

Either way, EY and MVP tore it up, but MVP soon got the upper hand by trapping EY’s arm in a chair and stamping on it. In the end after EY was beaten down, MVP agreed to EY’s original wish of defending the World Championship each week, and EY vs. MVP in the Main Event was created.

Mr. Anderson vs. James Storm

I don’t know what it is about TNA, but they make the mid-card so predictable, and easy to fall into, and fall further down out of, with dumb stories and silly reasons to feud.

Anderson and Storm is a good example of this, despite the fact that I think they are capable of having some good matches.

The thing that stood out the most though, was that Anderson once again seems bored. I don’t blame him. He must be sick to death of his gimmick, I am. Does he need to do it all the time?

I’ve said it before, but he was finally “going somewhere” when he was in the Aces and Eights, turning him Face, letting him feud with Bully, in a very personal, violent feud, it could have paid off. It didn’t, instead they turned Bully baby face and now Anderson is nowhere again.

What I find interesting the most about this pairing, is that Storm is obviously a true – through and through American born and bred guy. Yet Anderson’s new attire is showing a patriotic side to him, I never knew existed. Could be why they went with “Kennedy” back in the WWE rather than Anderson.

I do think the whole American Revolution is at the forefront of its popularity currently, and Anderson wears the Snake logo’s and Don’t Tread on Me / Join or Die slogans with pride. It’s a weird thing to associate with Anderson, but I like it.

So these two being strong American enthusiasts from totally different environments, is a more interesting clash, than Storm accidently kicked him.

Storm grabbed his Beer bottle, took a Swig, then attempted to smash it over Anderson’s head. Instead Anderson caught him, the Ref grabbed the Bottle and Storm spat beer in Anderson’s face from the distraction, dropped him with the Last Call Superkick and won. – If only it ended there…

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America’s Finest, in a battle of the greats!

An interesting and somewhat unexpected part of the show was a trip to Visit Samuel Shaw in his Straight Jacket, calling for Christy. He had a guest – Gunner. I don’t know why Gunner went to see him, but I do find it interesting to find out. I still think it would have been cooler if Anderson ended up being committed, and it changing who he was. I suppose Gunner with his strict Army background is probably a safe match for Shaw to balance himself out against. Who knows… it’s Wrestling.

DJZ vs. Tigre Uno vs. Sanada – X-Division Championship

I’m starting to think that when Sanada is done with TNA, probably after feuding with The Great Muta, is still my prediction. It seems Zema is going to be the one taking the X-Division gold. Now of course that doesn’t mean he will cashing it in. Hell, Sanada might cash it in, and get screwed out of it by The Great Muta. Either EY remains champ and Kenny King tries to grab the X-Division title, maybe losing it to Austin Aries is my hope. Or, MVP is the champ, and Aries cashes in. I just want Aries back in the main events.

Either way, this was a good match, and you wouldn’t expect any less. I suppose my original point is this, despite DJZ’s push in the division and Sanada’s exposure, it was Tigre Uno once again who stood out as the best. Which is disappointing, because I honestly feel he probably won’t get a look in anytime soon for the Championship.

Should I mention it’s funny that Uno lost a “Best of 3” series… and then gets another Title Shot. Good booking, stuff like that kind of bugs me a little.

Anywho, Sanada picked up the win from his Tiger Suplex on DJZ and retained his Championship.

A running theme this week, much like last, was Bully Ray going after Dixie. This time Dixie was arriving home with Spud and a Cameraman and Bully had numerous Tables set up outside her home reading “Dixie Fears Bully”. Spud and the Cameraman went in the house to find him. In the end though it was Bully and Dixie face to face, with him wanting Dixie to admit that she fears him. Which is when EC3 attacked Bully from behind. So we know where this is going next. Still, I enjoy these segments currently. Though I do wish to have Dixie address MVP on TV.

Eric Young vs. MVP – World Heavyweight Championship

There wasn’t really much of a match here. Obviously the idea was these two battling for the Championship at Slammiversary, but it had been brought forward.

I’ll just get to the good stuff, Kenny King got involved and caused a DQ. Which does seem a little bit silly. Surely MVP would have wanted to Win the belt there and then? He didn’t seem so phased. The Ref refused to restart the match. This just left MVP and King beating up on EY when Bobby Lashley ran to the ring. Which pretty much paints the picture itself. So Lashley joins in attacking EY, leaving MVP, King and Lashley united.

So a few more Heel Turns, and another stable. But I do like the power angle, and is it offensive to point out they are all black? I’m sure that’s a part of the idea. Something I really like, it’s a good Nation of Domination.

Shame I forget Lashley is on the roster every week. Still, I look forward to seeing where this might go.

A few lose ends it might seem, but it could also look like they’ve been planning this for a while, which would throughout the whole TNA copying WWE thing.. which I still think is blatantly obvious.

Regardless, you have got me back on board… a little. Now run with it!

Till then,

Dan Wilkinson

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