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THE JOBBER BLOGGER #115 – TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 10/7/14

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Welcome, my legions and legions, at least a few, fans! Yes, TNA IMPACT has commenced, and finally! FINALLY! We’re hitting the New York shows next week! Now you might come forward and ask me, hey, Jobber Blogger, hey, Dan, why no TNA News over on TNR? I’ll tell you why. Because everything was leaking about these awesome New York shows…. nearly 3 weeks ago! 3 WEEKS! Well two and a bit, but I like to be dramatic and exaggerate. Also who knows when you read this?

The fact is, TNA taped these shows and from the very early things I read, they were awesome! And that’s all I want to know. I don’t want any spoilers, and unfortunately the internet is riddled with them. So, I just decided to avoid reading anything related to them. Thankfully currently it’s old news, yes that’s right, next week’s show is old news. I HATE TV Tapings. It’s terrible. Live! That’s what you want. Filming two shows back to back also sucks, we know you did it, why keep everything on this crazy blurred lines “next week” “I had a week to think about it” blah blah black bollocks.

Was that too much?

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So yes, I’ve put off actually getting started with Writing this in favour of drinking large mugs of tea and watching The GameOverGreggy show. But hey, there’s only so many times you can watch an American eat ridiculous American foods right. Am I right?

I feel I’m right.

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TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 10/7/14

Guess what everybody! Kurt Angle is no longer the Director of Wrestling Operations! Which was the role MVP somehow managed to get with a title that makes no sense. But he got fired and that job went to Kurt Angle, but he’s had a name promotion, he’s now the TNA Executive Director!

Yep, these titles mean nothing.

TNA’s Executive Director of Wrestling Operations will surely be next, with his replacement being The Executive responsible for Directing the Operations of TNA’s Wrestling Based Television Programming Schedule of allotted Time Slots and Storyline Developments for all on-air Talent and Television Tapings which MAKE NO SENSE!

Good title.

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It’s very nearly the world we live in

Kurt kicked off the show with his “Cheat Sheet” once more, yay! There’s a good characteristic of the guy running the show – the one who has no idea what he’s done.

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I’m sure he’s used that line in court too.

Was that too much?

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So Angle announced the matches which TNA over-laid with Video, so if the start of your show was utterly boring enough having some guy yet again stand still talking about the matches you’re going to see, we instead will therefore make it that bit much more exciting by putting video over the top of him. Oh Wait? Couldn’t you have just have done that in the first place to explain the matches on the Card, WITHOUT having Kurt read from a piece of Paper?

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To make matters worse, they re-dubbed Kurt’s announcement of the Knockouts Match, which just made the entire thing look so poorly made and cheap, and just, really, put a little more effort and thought into these things. It felt very “that’ll do”, we’ve put Reverb on Kurt’s obvious voice-over, so it’s close enough. Pfft.

So yes the interesting part was Kurt calling out Willow, and then calling Jeff Hardy “the most competitive Wrestler on the roster” which really, against the likes of Bobby Roode, James Storm, and clearly Austin Aries, it’s a little bit of a stretch. But Kurt wanted to reassure Jeff that he’s not MVP

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And certainly, that he isn’t Dixie Carter

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So with that being said, Willow can leave and Jeff doesn’t need to hide behind “violent” reasons of being “wrongly treated”. And yup, that was supposed to be the main theme of the show, it was just underplayed physically, and then with Mike Tenay’s constant ramblings on commentary about whether or not Jeff Hardy will show up just annoyed me a little.

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Magnus and Bram vs. The Wolves – World Tag-Team Championships

So Magnus has shifted from the World Championship scene straight to the Tag-Team Championship scene by being teamed up with a new comer who is better than he is. So that’s something.

Not to mention a new comer who would be much, MUCH better off being teamed with the likes of Gunner or Storm (aside from the fact we’re all sick to death of Storm in new tag teams).

Here’s the problem, Magnus feels like the afterthought now. The Wolves are more impressive and entertaining in the ring. And Bram is just generally more entertaining, he’s very unhinged, he looks better, his music is better. He doesn’t wear a body warmer thinking it makes him look like a tough guy.

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So I’m Immature…. what of it!

Davey Richards (again) turned up the pace, getting a Sun-set flip on Bram, with Eddie doing the pin-with bridge for the Win. This led to Bram getting annoyed and attacking the Wolves straight after the bell with Magnus trying to pull him off of them. So I’d say Magnus and Bram might be getting the belts sooner or later. I don’t know if that’s good or not?

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Bobby Roode (who already looks awesome) just with a few weeks back to being a baby face, but his music is cool and Roode is just awesome. Totally down with it.

I did like that Roode talked about doing anything possible to keep the one thing you want the most. Which at first thought was a little gay as I assumed he meant beating up MVP. But he was talking about his World Championship run, so that was awesome, it was Roode levelling with the fans as to why he did what he did. Which makes sense, not to mention he’s still (in my opinion) the best World Champion of recent memory, in any Company. Not sure if that holds its weight as a Face to the same degree.

Anywho, MVP came out in a wheel chair, Roode went on the attack, King got involved, EY got involved, Bobby Lashley got involved. Etc.

I like it because you sort of forget that MVP, King and Lashley was “going somewhere”. This whole – no one’s put together a stable like this before, for only a matter of weeks before they’re now irrelevant.

Which to me, brings forth the most interesting Question in this current predicament, “What is MVP’s Place in the Company now?”

He came in as the new investor, it was different, interesting, turned heel and all that crap, but it wasn’t “horrible” despite we’ve seen it I don’t know how many times before. But now, he’s just MVP. He has no power, he’s not really a Wrestler on the roster. I don’t know where he is.

I don’t see him rising up to the Main Event scene any time soon. I think that time has gone with his injury and a new direction (a better direction).

So what is there that is going to keep MVP in TNA? Because I don’t think just being a Wrestler in endless grudge matches, is going to be enough. Time will tell.

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Austin Aries vs. Sanada – X-Division Championship

So first of all, I do apologise to Linda, I made a note of course to mention this match up last week, but then it’s sort of like, why?

Because nothing really happened, so it just made more sense to give the back story when I have the actual match to talk about.

Yes Aries sat down with Kurt Angle last week to talk about his re-match for the X-Division Championship since losing it to Sanada before Lockdown. And so Angle gave him his re-match. This led to Aries and Angle having this weird “mutual respect” kind of talk about wanting to Wrestle each other to see who is the best. Funny thing is, Angle said he wants that match, but Angle won’t be cleared to compete before his contract is up. He’s already (apparently) turned down a new TNA Contract, and he’s recently stated that his next Contract could quite easily be his last, so everything points to him being out of TNA by the end of the year. So no Angle vs. Aries. Besides, there’s only one person who would disagree with Angle, and that’s Angle. Kurt probably was the best Wrestler, but Aries holds that position now.

And let’s look at the facts for that opinion, purely with this very match.

It was AWESOME!

Of course if you’re a Wrestling fan, I don’t need to tell you it was awesome, hell if you were like me, you’d know it was awesome before the match even got started.

This puts Sanada in a great light, and obviously, just further increases the credibility of Austin Aries.

So it’s simple really, I was struggling to find reasons for why Aries could be the “Wrestler of the Year” again this year, but this match, makes up for all of those matches where he wasn’t even on the Show, because in one match, he’s out-done everyone else in the Roster for the last half of a year.

AustinAriesthebestSure we had James Storm talking to Sanada again, which I still feel is really out of character for the Cowboy, but I hope they have a good “development idea” for that story.

Also something else which was pretty awesome, there was one hell of an Austin Aries chant going on during Sanada’s entrance, and that Chant fit Sanada’s music perfectly!

Another reason Aries should be at the top, no-one else draws that much of a reaction, and it’s entirely based on his Work. Doesn’t matter where he is in the card, what kind of silly storyline, Austin Aries = legit, and Wrestling fans know it. On the flip side you can say Jeff Hardy draws the biggest reaction, maybe so, but his fan base is totally different, not to mention, he can also draw a negative reaction, especially when pitted against Austin Aries. So it’s just kind of baffling why Aries isn’t always in the lead within TNA’s rankings.

So what about this match? Just freakin’ watch it.

Awesome stuff, Austin Aries picks up the win and becomes the x5 time X-Division Champion.

Which comes to a realisation I had, which I shall get back to later!

And of course, this goes down into the “Match of the Year category” without a doubt, probably the runner…. not that I remember the others… also a good sign.

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Bully calls out Rhino, and Rhino comes out with EC3 and Spud. So I liked the “shoot” kind of feel about this confrontation. Aside from the fact it’s firmly stuck in Storyline “whatever”. They mentioned Paul Heyman, WWE, being fired from TNA, all kinds of stuff, it’s cool. But also, somewhat irrelevant.

One thing I’m 100% against is that everything needs to be done for “reasons” and that people need to know them. I’ve always hated that. I like the fact that people want to know, but then why tell them? So Bully was over-bearing with his “WHY!!!!” “WHY RHINO!” “You were my friend” crap. I hate that too, especially from a guy like Bully Ray. He shouldn’t be after answers, it should be as simple as “I don’t care why, but I’m going to beat the crap out of him anyway”. Done.

In the end Bully got attacked and Tommy Dreamer came to his rescue. I also hate that the ECW guys have this “reoccurring” thing every other year or so. For someone that doesn’t give a flying crap, I’m even more sick of seeing it, again…. again…. again. I have a horrible feeling we’re not seeing ECW has-beens, and I’m sure it’s not the last time they all come out to play… again.

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Angelina Love vs. Brittany vs. Madison Rayne vs. Gail Kim – Knockouts Championship

Totally legit complaint that Angelina didn’t get a fair one on one re-match for her Championship. I know it’s storyline crap booking, but it just makes no sense. If you have a face fighting Champion, or face wanting a rematch, and they WANT as many challenges / opponents, fair enough. But to screw them out of it, and then they’ll just play it off as Angelina complaining. But if she was a face then it’s “this isn’t fair!”. Meh, you’ve made the rules, stick to them.

Brittany was very impressive in this match, which is awesome. We need more Knockouts with interesting characters and awesome in the ring. The ending of the match was quite an eye-opener. Brittany ran and jumped over Gail did a handstand into the ropes, bounced back into a standing Moonsault, which was impressive. Madison then dropped Brittany with this over weird hug, trapped head, drop thing. Madison then got took out with Angelina’s awesomely cool Botox Injection, for Angelina to then fall prey to one of the most Creative Finishers – Gail’s Eat Defeat.

The majority of the guy’s finishers suck in comparison to all of those.

Not to mention I believe Gail is now a x4 Time Knockouts Champion, Madison x5? Angelina x6. Which makes the Knockouts Championship, and the X-Division Championship the best Titles to hold. Also the Tag-Team belts too, with actual Teams, like Beer Money back in the day.

So you have developed Wrestlers, in this very competitive focussed Division and not everyone has Championship runs, some have a few, and the best have a lot. That’s how it should be.

Look at the World Championship Scene, Austin Aries, once, Bobby Roode, once, James Storm, once, Eric Young, once, Jeff Hardy twice with a possible (won back quickly), Mr. Anderson once (with a quick win back I think?), Bully Ray, once (again with a quick win back, so doesn’t really count). The list is sooooo long. It’s stupid. AJ Styles, Sting, Kurt Angle, these guys held the belt a lot. But now it’s flavour of the month territory, whoever fits. Magnus was supposed to fit, that’s gone. It’s a mess.

Things seem to be shifting in Roode’s favour, especially with the Bound for Glory series up and coming, so he might actually (eventually) and hopefully get there again. But hell, I want Aries there again. They rotate the players so much that over half of their roster at some point has been World Champion once. That sucks. I get that you have a lot of good talent, but people reach limits, then drop so quickly, the turnover is far too great. Yet when you have guys who should always be in an arms length of the belt, they should remain with that distance. Rather than going off of TV or just being shoved in some stupid storyline or naff tag-team.

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20 Man Over-The-Top-Rope Battle Royal – World Heavyweight Championship Number One Contender Match

I didn’t bother Writing down everyone who was in the match, because it’s not relevant.

Jeff Hardy came back which was supposed to be the big part of the show. It kinda worked… just not enough.

The only thing I like about that, is it gives Jeff enough time to be Jeff, so that one day, he can bring Willow back should he need to go to that “certain place” for a crazy match.

Crazy Steve was the first eliminated, that sucks. We’ve barely seen him do anything, yet he has a huge followed, an awesome character and people want to see him. Yet The Freak has a good bit of TV Time in this match, and he’s terrible.

Knux seemed to injure his leg I thought, not heard anything (but then not been looking?) hopefully he’s alright. I honestly hoped for a faceoff between Knux and Bully as a “look where we are now” type of moment after the Aces and Eights.

Abyss (who wasn’t in the match for some reason) came out to fight Bram. Storm and Roode seemed to be trying to build toward something, but it just got passed by. It’s weird how Roode is becoming a top Good guy again as Storm is now the top Heel (in my opinion).

In the end it came down to Eric Young and Jeff Hardy. It’s almost difficult to now look at EY as a threat, I know he was Champion at one point in time, but really, what’s the point now. Is he ever going to get there again?

Also what if he did win, Lashley would just go through him with ease.

So yes, the returning Jeff Hardy won the Battle Royal and will go on to face Bobby Lashley next week for the World Championship. I bet he doesn’t win, and Kenny King gets involved, and then the Hardy Boyz reunite to fight them… probably.

Jeff gave a promo after his win (and I really didn’t miss those) where he described himself as “Extremely Rougher than most” which I think amounts to “nothing really”.

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Lashley then came out and stood facing him. Which is better than a fight, I like a good stare down, and really, Jeff shouldn’t even stand a chance.

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I’m excited for the New York shows, and you should be to!

Till then! 

Dan Wilkinson

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The Jobber Blogger #114 – TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 3/7/14

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Well here we are, my first Day Off in over a week (new job included) and I’m spending it Writing up this week’s TNA: Impact! Yes that’s dedication folks! But you know what, I do this to myself and set it as my deadlines, I actually plan my week around being able to watch and Write up Impact, and I love that.

It gives me structure and I honestly feel it’s warranted and relevant, and I look at The Jobber Blogger as a type of “work”, so it needs to be done, and I’m happy to do it.

You will also be pleased to know Impact didn’t suck this week, in fact it was a good show! Some of it sucks, but that’s only in terms of how they’ve decided to film it.

But let’s not focus on that too much, I shall save that for when I get into it, and no, I won’t talk about my random Guardians of The Galaxy binge spending! Else we’ll be here for a while!

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Yup, it was the day before Independence Day when this aired, and funny enough weeks and weeks before it when it was filmed. I’m sure the New York tapings were done on the 26th or 27th (or both) of June, which means this was filmed what, a week or so prior to that.

The Television Tapings suck ass. Sure back in the 1990′s it’s fine, who can spoil anything. But it’s 2014, everything that happens is splattered all over the internet, and I’m doing my best to avoid anything from the New York shows, because I’m sure they’re something special.

Which brings me to my most enjoyable and biggest gripe from this week’s show. The fans in attendance, have NO IDEA what’s going on. They would have seen Slammiversary and possibly the show after that. I guess they might have known Bobby Lashley is the World Champ, but they wouldn’t know that Kurt Angle is new Director of Wrestling Operations, or that Bobby Roode is indeed a good guy again. Unless TNA started their show by spoiling it. Which might be true, they did start the tapings in the UK I attended last year by filling people in on what happened.

I like the idea of people just turning up and the show they watch is like far in advance of the show they last saw. It’s a weird mix of when it airs, and how early it was filmed and how much more they’ve filmed already. It’s confusing and annoying, it ruins the “spark” for it not being live.

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Anyway, Kurt Angle kicked off the show introducing himself as the new director of wrestling operations, and making his first order of business to reinstate Earl Hebner, much to the joy of some over excitable dude in attendance.

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Stupid “firings” don’t mean anything, everyone knew he would be back, and never even went. The only decent thing was Feast or Fired, and thankfully Chavo got fired and we’ve not seen him since, Huzah!

Angle then got out a piece of paper calling it his “Cheat Sheet” because he’s made so many good matches he couldn’t remember them. Or in other words “we weren’t prepared enough”.

When someone apparently running the show needs a piece of paper to remember anything and read from it, that’s a bad sign going forward right?

Angle then made a series of matches, but Samoa Joe took offense to him being left off the list and decided to call out Kurt on being “just like everyone else”.

Sure Joe then spun it on the whole “you love the World Title, how long will it be before you give yourself a shot”, rather than the “we all know you don’t want to be in TNA, and hope to leave in a few months, so why would we trust you to do a good job!”

Which the latter would have been far better, if people actually call Kurt out on his pro WWE motives.

Either way Angle and Joe got a bit heated with Angle saying “that’s the Samoa Joe I want to see” and Joe saying “careful what you wish for”. Which pretty much means naff all. Joe’s been stale for many years now and keeps hinting at his “true self” and then never does anything. I’m a little board of Joe now, if I’m honest.

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Knux and The Freak vs. Jesse and DJ Z vs. The Wolves – World Tag-Team Championships

We saw the very end of Jesse and DJ Z’s entrance and then the entirety of The Wolves’. TNA put so much time into making The Menagerie something “different” and their entrance best exemplifies that, so to continuously skip it, surely devalues them?

I was wondering where Robbie E is, but apparently it’s because of his Clown Phobia. So no idea what’s going on there, or if in fact he will be back to do something related to it soon.

Rob Terry wore a different mask in the ring to the one he wears for everything else, and I don’t hate it. I do however hate his stupid ridiculous neck tattoo. But for the character he’s playing it’s fine, but to think he looks that dumb in his personal life, well…. it’s kind of stupid really.

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Taz did have a bit of a slip up when talking about the Freak stating “even if he is a man!” which I’m sure he meant in a Man vs. Monster type of way, but obviously came across far more gender orientated. Funny stuff…

Davey Richards got the hot tag and closed out the match quickly taking a Win for the Wolves.

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Bobby Roode vs. Kenny King – Street Fight

This marks Roodes’ first match back, earlier on in the show he went after MVP but got attacked by King, hence forth making this match. Angle found Roode and Roode told him what happened, so Angle tried to solve the problem, but it didn’t dawn on me till MVP and Kenny King started joking about the “principles office” and telling on people, at just how stupid and immature this all made Roode look.

I kind of hope it’s a running gag now, that if anyone attacks Roode it’s all “are you going to run and tell on me now?” I’d laugh.

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Roode barely got any reaction despite the fact TNA are working hard to pushing him currently. I love Roode, and I think he’s back at the fan base level, but obviously those in attendance have no idea where Roode stands. Wrestling really is dumb at just how quickly people move around and jump between Heels and Faces.

Roode and King brawled around the arena for a good while, then brought a Chair into play. A good physical match, and if anything I enjoyed King’s mouthing off trash talking the most. In the end Roode hit his “Roode Bomb” still hate that name, on the Steel Chair and took the win.

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Brittany called out Madison Rayne so she could apologise for not taking Madison’s advice seriously, and how she made an error blah blah blah. I can’t say I exptected Brittany to attack Madison, but I certainly didn’t rule it out. I thought it would be more that she would say whatever to bring Madison closer to her. To then eventually turn on her. But hey, just outright beating her up worked too.

I can’t help but notice that Brittany had a good bit of Blonde in her hair, Beautiful People…. mmhmm.

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Ethan Carter the Third vs. Bully Ray – Tables Match

One of the main things to take away from this match is just how good both sides have been in their current positions on the roster. Bully is a ridiculous good guy, because he really shouldn’t be. I do think he’s great at getting the fans going, but better if he didn’t pander to the other baby faces quite as much. But either way Bully got the crowd going every step of the way, and just as a counter measure, EC3 did very little to draw the heat on him. So together, they work very well.

I think about this a lot, but Bully didn’t look at himself as a “TNA Guy”, he views himself as an ECW Guy. Which is fine, the “guys” are those who are usually responsible for building their respective brand.

But when you think about it, Bully was in ECW for I believe 4 years, the WWE for 6 years and TNA for 9 years. So next year, Bully would have been in TNA for longer than both ECW and WWE combined, which in my opinion, makes him a TNA guy. Not to mention the fact that he’s had the best years of his Career and his most success whilst being a part of the TNA Roster.

Either way, Bully had EC3 up for a Power-bomb through the Table when Rockstar Spud delivered a Low-Blow. This led to the return of Rhino, no idea if Rhino is “back” or just doing a couple of dates like before. I’m sure we knew he was coming back for the New York tapings.

Rhino ran for Spud, then stopped and Gored Bully instead, aligning himself with EC3. So interesting to say the least.

I do like a good return and Rhino’s was rather unexpected, even better when they return with a pop and turn. EC3 then put Bully through a Table for the win.

Despite how much Bully is walking around talking big, he’s been getting his ass kicked for ages now. I don’t remember the last time he won.

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Gunner and Samuel Shaw turned up on Impact, last week was the final segment I presume of Shaw in his padded cell. Gunner being able to get him out as long as he is in constant care of him. This is a weird idea, the whole Shaw thing has been weird since the get go, but I don’t hate it, I’m intrigued. I like the fact that they bumped into Anderson first who obviously wasn’t best pleased to see Shaw. And then of course they went to visit Christy for the same reaction. I’m starting to think Shaw is putting it on, and Gunner will have to feud with him. Oooo, maybe Gunner ends up getting committed and comes back rather weird, now that would be interesting!

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Gail Kim vs. Angelina Love – Knockouts Championship

I don’t know how to word the introduction to this match. This is the kind of match that makes me “feel” something. And I shall explain that by saying it was fairly obvious who was going to win, but me personally, didn’t want that to happen, so I hung on to that hope.

Velvet kept getting involved, and Gail did an awesome job of selling her being pushed into the Turnbuckle post from the outside. But alas, poor Velvet got removed and Gail was on fire.

This pretty much just goes for the whole “Good guys dominate” now that Kurt Angle is in charge.

That hope I held on to was present when Angelina connected with the Botox Injection as Gail was climbing the Ropes, sending Gail to the floor. I was fairly sure it was count out victory time till she insisted on pinning her.

So yeah, Gail won.

I do very much so like Gail, don’t get me wrong, most cases I’m fine with her winning and being the Champ. I just love Angelina so much.

Regardless of all of that though, this match was fantastic! I’m even tempted to mark it down for Match of the Year nomination territory! Probably won’t be when I look back on them…. but I also will do it anyway! Coz that’s how I roll. Also role.

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Eric Young vs. Bobby Lashley – World Heavyweight Championship

Roode gave EY a motivational speech, which EY pretty much delivered to himself now I come to think of it. Either way, Roode and MVP came to ringside but both were sent to the back.

The match pretty much focussed on EY’s endless struggle to mount any offence on Lashley, and also injuring his leg in the process.

EY put up a fight, but Lashley dropped him with the Dominator and then Speared him for the Victory and retained his World Championship.

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I do like Lashley currently, I think the whole “non talking” with MVP as his manager type of deal is maybe too much Lesnar territory. But Lashley is impressive, I like the fact he didn’t need to do anything to win, other than be himself.

I don’t look at him as James Storm level’s of danger, violence and bad guy territory, but currently, I’m happy for Lashley to beat down the opposition.

Though they did beg the question “who can match Lashley”. Which really, there isn’t anyone.

 

Till then,

Dan Wilkinson

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The Jobber Blogger #113 – TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 26/6/14

Jobber Blogger logo2What a weird week!

So yes, this is going up late again, I know. However, what you might not know is that this is probably the first time where I’ve ever watched Impact so late. Least since Challenge TV first started airing Impact on Tuesday nights. It’s been all go, and lots to do and to think of what is different in just one week…. is crazy.

Well, I have a new job, and whilst on the topic I would like to give a big thank you out there to the people that actually made it possible. This includes Dan and Jon from CageAmateursUK (now StrikeTapandGrapple) they were the first people to pick up my blog. Of course David from TheWrestlingPress, but in a lot of ways it’s The Steel Chair’s own Adam Carr that helped me.

To I think I started this blog purely to just write about Wrestling, give myself something to Write about each week and see what happened. But in turn, it led me to understand a lot about WordPress, SEO, and all kinds of website knowledge that actually helped me get my new job. So a big thank you to those and of course to The Jobber Blogger!

So yes, this might in fact move my plans a little later than… planned, but it’s all about settling in and finding the routines. This weekend has been packed, new induction thrown in, work all weekend then straight into a new job. It’s been go, go, go. But now I can actually plan my time a little better, so hopefully, The Jobber Blogger will keep to his newly out of time watch plan schedule of clock ticking chimes time.

So TNA Impact happened this week. I feel it’s almost bad on purpose to let everyone get excited for the New York shows. If that’s so, then they succeeded. Here’s why!

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TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 26/6/14

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Angelina Love and Velvet Sky vs. Gail Kim and Taryn Terrell

Yes, Impact kicked off with a match, and I love the Knockouts! Well, okay technically there was a bit about MVP, Lashley and King arriving, but it’s not even worth mentioning…. aside from that there mention… which is there, before this part…. etc.

I love how Velvet Sky manages to make Angelina look so much better every week. Is that weird? Angelina having White leg warmers made her look better than the black ones Velvet wore. That’s Wrestling journalism 1-o-1.

So here’s the main thing I took away from this match.

Taryn whoAnd no, part of me is tempted to run my “Hot Mess” banners again from last year, with my never ending struggle to understand just what the hell that nickname meant. No, what I mean this time, is that Taryn is being billed as “someone”. And really, she left just before she got going. She was the referee, but I barely remember what she looked like, aside from what she wore and her hair colour. I remember Gail then treated her bad and Brooke Hogan added her to the roster. Then Taryn and Gail had what, two matches, then she left.

So for her to “come back” as this… Star, seems a little weird to me. Though Taryn was very good. Which then brings about my gripe, she seems much….. less good, now.

Of course part of me is just looking for how she managed to have a child and still look that slim, same with Madison. And then I am obviously more consciously looking for errors and “rust”. Clearly she will have been Wrestling and Training long before her recent return, but she does look a little “out of shape”. Not in a disrespectful way, but she seemed to struggle keeping up her stamina whilst running, and her top-rope cross-body block, whilst good, nearly missed.

Or here is the other side of that story, she’s teaming with Gail Kim. Now Gail Kim is perfect at Wrestling. Like literally perfect. Wrestling never looks more fake then when you watch the Women wrestle, least.. most of them. They seem to stumble a bit more, they’re a tad slower, maybe even more cautious. This isn’t a complaint, just an observation.

However Gail Kim is the opposite of that, she Wrestles, and does it extremely well, she’s very fluid, very fast, always on point. Which means when she’s working “with” someone, she can usually cover most of the other parts easily. However when there is her, and someone not as good, it shows.

All in all, I am glad Taryn is back, and I’m sure she’ll be up to speed in no time! In the end though Gail picked up the win on Angelina with Eat Defeat. Also just because you all asked so nicely, apparently…

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MVP and Kenny King made their way to the ring accompanied by random Girls, as that is clearly the sign of success and celebrations. You know, sex with strangers, and hence forth… disease.

This was big old Bobby Lashley “THE DESTROYER!”‘s celebration of being the new World Champion. Something else I found interesting, Lashley is just being called… Lashley. Seems they are giving him the Brook treatment.

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MVP prattled on about conquering the world because he has the World Championship in his stable. This still makes no sense.

EY came out fighting and got beaten down, leading to Bobby Roode once again jumping the guard rail to save him. And EY wasn’t annoyed that Roode didn’t do it earlier “last week” and help him, oh I don’t know… win?

Roode then had to the usual “Since day one!” speech that means your credible. Also he had to praise Eric Young’s work and fighting spirit, which is also another check box to be a good guy. And then last but not least, my new favourite hated phrasing “Time to get TNA back!” with the added bonus of “For each and every one of the fans!”

Oh how I hate that. Thankfully TNA swerved this same old crap nicely, so I’m pleased.

This blessing came in the form of a badly executed package of crap named Earl Sullivan Armstrong, who appeared like a cross between Clint Eastwood and Sam Neill, Sam Eastwood you could say… or Clint Neill.

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Also sounds like a nail-product when spoken quickly with a bad accent.

This though is better than the Kevin Nash lookalike who turned up last time. Or that other chap who looked like someone else I don’t remember. Anywho, so this “Board of Directors” dude came out and fired MVP from the role of Director of Wrestling Operations, which is much better then just dragging this out to be a match for Bound for Glory. It seems maybe TNA wants to please fans, and going back to the six-sided ring, planning a really big show in the New York tapings and clearly finding Slammiversary was such a success when it had little to do with all of this crap.

Then Roode punched MVP.

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DJ Z vs. Manik vs. Crazy Steve vs. Sanada – X-Division Championship

The second best match on the card.

Again, they probably didn’t need the silly intro backstage to set up this match. The X-Division usually works best when they just… Wrestle.

There isn’t really much to say to be honest, other than Crazy Steve was awesome, Manik is impressive (unless he takes his mask off or talks) and Sanada won… obviously.

TNA really annoy me when they make things so obviously… obvious, then push it down your throat just in case you didn’t notice. How many times do I need to be told about The Great Muta and his connection to Sanada now, guess what, after 4 Months of heading it every time he’s on the Show… I don’t need to hear it anymore.

So when Sanada wins, Mike Tenay adds “The Great Muta must be pleased”.

Really? Must he be pleased. So basically he’s not going to be pleased, he’s’ going to be pissed. They are going to fight, something is going down. It’s obvious, you telling me directly it’s not, makes it more obvious. Don’t say anything… then it’s better. I can see it now, “The Mentor, The Apprentice, They Were Once Like Brothers!” SHUT UP! It’s Crap! CRAP CRAP CRAP!

CRAP DAMN IT!

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In what was yet another annoying segment, Dixie Carter and Spud made their way to the ring to celebrate Dixie gaining back control over Wrestling Operations. The very fact it was laid on so thick about Dixie believing to get it back, well you know what I’m going to say anyway.

And in fact, this guy in the crowd also wanted to say what he pleased, and TNA seemingly were happy to air it…

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He could have meant, “no-one cares you suck” in which case people are happy to see Dixie. But I’m sure he meant, just that no-one cares what she was saying, and that she sucks. It was a weird mix of “informative fan” meets “idiot fan”. No-One Cares Dixie…. also you suck, the whole you suck part therefore means he like most are in fact… stupid.

Guess what, I don’t care what he says, in fact I’m sure No-One Cares about this guy’s opinion.

As always Dixie managed to draw a huge negative reaction, and I must admit, I chuckled when TNA showed a shot of an old woman in the crowd covering her ears. It looked like she was hating the loud response from the fans and how horrible Dixie indeed is. But then, I’m fairly sure she didn’t even want to be there and got dragged by some relative and hated the experience. Still…. chuckled.

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Ronson Johnson Blackhead – the board of Directors guy then came back out to tell Dixie she wasn’t the new Director of Wrestling Operations. They’re going to need some snazzier, punchier titles, this is getting hard to type!

Of course, Spud stole the show with a Spit-Take which would only have been better if he had indeed took yet another sip of Wine, and then spat that part out too.

Blah blah blah, Dixie whined, Bully Ray came out (to an awesome reaction I might add) and Bully got his hands on Dixie, with her being pretty close to going through a table. Woop.

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James Storm vs. Mr. Anderson

This was a little bit weird, fairly sure their feud wasn’t that engaging the first time. So now they’re dragging it out a little longer… because why not. I do think that Gunner and Sam Shaw could fit into this somehow, so there you have it. Perhaps they could be the bond between Storm and Anderson.

Regardless of anything, anyway, Storm is awesome. The best Heel on the roster by far, the very fact he’s not in the main event scene right now pains me. If only I could write TNA! I REALLY WANT TO!

Anderson hit his rolling slam thing…. mini green bay plunge, only he “injured” himself. Which I’m sure was a work, but it looked pretty damn authentic, so kudos!

Anderson tried to drop Storm with a mic-check but Storm held the ropes sending Anderson down by himself, he got back up groggy to yet another awesome Last Call Superkick.

What was more out of character perhaps, and also interesting, was James Storm seeking out Sanada backstage, giving up a bit of abuse and then adding on the pressure of Sanda’s X-Division Reign, and if he will cash it in for a shot at the World Championship, and not to “chock” trying to win the big one. So perhaps something could be interesting coming out of this.

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EC3 and Tommy Dreamer had a fight!

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Magnus and Bram vs. Abyss and Willow – Monsters Ball

I have to admit, I like the team of Willow and Abyss, I liked their promo, I like them together. Fits. Magnus still looks like a gay man.

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Yet again, Bram impressed me. I love how he moves around, I love his crazy stare, and really intense attitude. He’d fit well with Gunner and Storm. Not so much Magnus.

The Monsters Ball never disappoints, and this was the second in recent memory, and again, didn’t disappoint. Obviously the highlights were Willow climbing to the top rope only to have Magnus throw a chair at him and he fall off the top through the Barbed Wire Board, scary flash backs to Daffney, that Guard Rail looked too close for comfort.

Abyss then choke-slammed Magnus onto some Thumbtacks, which is weird, you don’t normally see Magnus in that kind of environment. In the end though it was Bram who did this awesome creepy stalking thing on Abyss then hit him in the stomach with Janice for the win.

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So this took me a little by surprise, this year’s Bound For Glory is going to be in Tokyo Japan. This has me really, really excited. I honestly can’t wait to see it, I know this might sound like sarcasm, but I’m being serious,… seriously.

I’ve obviously seen Wrestling in Japan before (on TV of course) but not a full show like this, an American PPV, in Japan. That excites me, I’m sure we’ll see Sanada and The Great Muta and probably a lot of other Japanese stars too, so yeah, very unexpected, and totally pumped!

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And of course the show then ended with the reveal of the “new Director of Wrestling Operations”. Which was also blatantly obvious. Though I’m slightly more interested then I was actually seeing Kurt in action, than when I just assumed it would be Kurt.

Also the no-one cares fan now suddenly cares.

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MVP, Lashley and King made their way to the ring to confront Kurt, who didn’t back down, and even went a little… weird.

And then made a World Title Re-Match next week with Lashley vs. EY and then reinstated Bobby Roode.

Roode and EY then started fighting Lashley and King, and that was it.

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This was Bobby Lashley’s first week as the TNA World Champ, and to be fair, I almost forgot he was the new Champion. It was very understated.

Either way, TNA have done a nice job of correcting the main dragging issues with their show and finally putting an interesting angle on it. Literally. Kurt Angle.

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Till then!

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The Jobber Blogger #112 – TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING 19/6/14

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What do you mean it’s up late! What’s up late! SUNDAY! SUNDAY!!! Well okay, so it’s a little late. But guess what, some of us have a life you know, and although most of mine revolves around wrestling and comic books and video games and oh my! But yes, sadly this week’s edition is a little late to leave the press-room. I have a good explanation though… I went away for the weekend, it was great, thanks for asking. I crammed in Impact on Friday but didn’t get home till Monday, then busy day Monday, yes including work, and same on Tuesday, and so here we are! Wednesday, and it’s The Jobber Blogger time!

Speaking of The Jobber Blogger time, I am officially hitting 2014 in the face with my face, I’ve started my very own blog page… hopefully that works wonders. Yes –

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It’s time to kick it up a notch!

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I love the 19th.

But, did I love this week’s edition of Impact? It’s all starting to come back to me now, and yes, it was pretty good. BUT! And a big but, I might add, it did feel a little “short” in comparison to the greatness that was Slammiversary.

Let me fill you in on the reasons, Slammiversary was TNA – full force, Wrestling, Wrestling, Wrestling, and guess what, a show packed with Wrestling with the best locker-room in the industry, that makes one hell of a great show. So to come off of that and have Impact, albeit a good show, but it was less Wrestling and back to the ever flowing Storylines.

Part of me is getting a bit bored of MVP’s current ordeal, but hey, Impact shakes things up, so let’s go with that.

MVP, Lashley and King kicked off Impact, something I really didn’t need, but I get it. I just hate the format of “talking” and long, long, long repetitive talking to kick off a Wrestling show. Least we’re past the days of having Hogan stumble around on his announcements to boot. MVP was obviously “annoyed” over Eric Young’s successful title defence from Slammiversary. To add, MVP was also blabbing on endlessly about how he’s annoyed about the Board of Directors’ threats toward him. Some crap about this being his show, and he’s going to do as he pleases.

EY then came out, some weird Camera Angles later and they were just re-treading the same ground we’ve seen for weeks now. I don’t need to witness them yelling at each other. Either way, it did at least hit something worthwhile …. eventually.

Eric Young vs. Kenny King – World Heavyweight Championship

Yes, MVP wanted EY to defend his belt on the show, and Kenny’s “hot headed”.. ness, added to him making the challenge, and so the World title was to be defended right away.

Least on this show, it makes sense to have MVP talk it through before hand, it just find it annoying. Perhaps, they could have started the show with MVP backstage yelling about how much he’s annoyed and making the match as he walked toward the ring, and then boom, Impact starts, World Title match right off the bat.

Unfortunately the talking just gets worse and worse.

MVP and Bobby Lashley stayed at Ring-Side, which in turn brought out Samoa Joe, Austin Aries and the Wolves.

Obviously I didn’t expect Kenny to win, he’s a great talent and continues to impress. I honestly feel Kenny will play more of a role next month with Destination X. Either way, King set up EY for the Royal Flush, which was counted into a Small Package giving Eric Young the win, and retaining his World Championship.

After the match had finished however MVP, Lashley and King were still surrounding the ring, as MVP decided to take out his frustrations with the Time Keeper, slapping him around.

Joe, Aries and the Wolves came down to stop MVP’s assault on the Time Keeper which of course ended in a brawl. MVP then made Bobby Lashley vs. Eric Young in the main event, defending his World championship for the second time, and also placed Joe and Aries against the Wolves for the Tag-Team Championships.

All of this was at least good, it’s different than the usual, but it just took far too long.

– This is actually a re-edit, I got down to page four and realised I hadn’t mentioned the Firing of Earl Hebner. Earl Hebner got “fired”.

earlhebnerfiredtnaAustin Aries and Samoa Joe vs. The Wolves vs. Willow and Abyss – World Tag-Team Championships

I honestly didn’t expect Willow and Abyss to be a team in this match, I thought it would be the obvious, Bromans. But thankfully Willow and Abyss made for a more interesting dynamic.

Though did beg the question what happened to Bram and Magnus, but more on that later as it turns out.

Despite the fact that Willow debuted in the Lockdown Main Event, we’ve hardly seen him interact with other Talent. Sure he’s done it all as Jeff, but the new Character is a little weird, so to see it bounce back from other established stars was interesting, and yes, he did the crazy Back Plunge again.

I hope Willow and Abyss don’t become a “team”, I’m sure they won’t. Specially on the news that Matt Hardy is coming to the New York tapings to re-team with Jeff.

In the end it was in fact Willow who got singled out by The Wolves, and some double team moves later, The Wolves took the victory.

This is yet another sign that Willow really isn’t all that dangerous, clearly.

Dixie Carter and Spud made their way to the ring to call out Tommy Dreamer.

Dixie had such a negative reaction, that it really shows one of two things, either she’s really good at being a Heel, or there is something Wrestling fans just utterly hate about Women.

Very few people can just get under the fans skin to the extent that Dixie has. I would throw Vince McMahon (though he can easily swing to a face) and of course Eric Bischoff.

I’m fairly sure most people see Dixie as portraying a Character, but at the same time people do seem to think she’s the one making all the bad choices they hate. And actually removing Dixie will fix issues…. it doesn’t quite work like that.

So here’s what else is funny, Tommy Dream, Bully Ray and Dixie Carter all insisted that this House of Hardcore mess was not a “work”. Despite the fact that it clearly is, one, Tommy Dreamer works for TNA. Two, he wouldn’t turn up otherwise. And most certainly, three, he wouldn’t be given a mic, and then give a storyline fuelled promo that had absolutely nothing to do with why he was invited in the first place.

Wasn’t Dreamer supposed to be annoyed that Dixie screwed over his Main Event and his fans from his own promotion. Yet he spent the entire time talking about how great TNA is, and that Dixie isn’t the woman he once met who was passionate about giving back to the Wrestling fans.

Some crap about how he could see Dixie in her private Box at Slammiversary during the Von Erich’s match.

Either way, a good heartfelt Wrestling promo that touches on the real issues, always wins the fans over. And that’s exactly what Dreamer did, he won everyone over by talking about how great TNA once was. Dixie then kneed him in the Crotch, which was… better. Leaving Spud and mainly EC3 to beat up Dreamer. I guess this is just getting started right. Despite how absurd it almost seems to say Bully is working with Dixie (storyline) if Dreamer gets involved on Bully’s side, I believe Bully will turn all the more.

dixiecartertommydreamerThe Wolves vs. Magnus and Bram – World Tag-Team Championships

Yes after their successful defence earlier on in the night, MVP made the Wolves do double duty just like he is doing with EY. This time The Wolves had to defend against scary bearded man and George Michael.

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This is what I feared, we’re being told that Magnus is different, he put on some silly body warmer to look different. But yet doesn’t feel different at all. He doesn’t Wrestle different, he doesn’t fight different. It’s just Magnus. Bram feels different.

The best part of this match is the reasons behind it, Davey Richards was on fire (as usual) but in the end Magnus just attacked with a Chair, and then Bram joined in, going to a DQ.

Abyss and Willow then ran to save The Wolves and also get their hands on Magnus and Bram.

After the match thought, we saw Magnus and Bram backstage who said that they weren’t out to Win a match, just to beat up The Wolves, and had been paid to do so. See, I like that.

Then Willow and Abyss attacked them again, including Willow diving in the air screaming… which was kind of cool.

Because Gail Kim is a good now all of sudden for some reason, she re-introduced the returning Taryn Terrell, based on the fact that Gail and Taryn had their infamous “Last Knockout Standing” match last year at Slammiversary, Taryn had gained Gail’s respect, and so she wanted to welcome her back. Which is funny because after that match they were still feuding, so Gail wasn’t that pleased or “won over” apparently at the time. Is that too picky?

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But because Taryn beat Gail, then Gail beat Taryn, there was no “tie breaker” match, and so the challenge was issued.

The Beautiful People then turned up, stating how Angelina is the leader of the Knockouts Division. Of course they ended up fighting, with Taryn and Gail getting the upper hand. I still kind of hope for Taryn to join forces with the Beautiful People, but who knows.

Maybe Madison will eventually be “if you can’t beat them, join them”.

Bobby Lashley (w/MVP and Kenny King) vs. Eric Young – World Heavyweight Championship

 Yes, MVP made the stipulation that everyone else was to escorted out of the Arena. The only people left would be Bobby Lashley, MVP, King, EY and Brian Heber.

Brian was used in this position given all that went on with his Dad being “fired” and same old same old.

EY made a phone call to Kurt Angle to help him, Angle turned up but got held with Security, Lashley and King. All Angle said was “what are you doing MVP?” then MVP kicked him out, so a big waste of a phone call there.

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EY actually managed to hold his own against Lashley, least for the main part. Which sort of sucks. I’d rather see EY have a chance, but for him more so to get beaten down, yet keep fighting. I would prefer that, rather than Lashley actually nearly being beaten.

EY hit the Pile-Driver on Lashley, but Kenny King pulled Brian Hebner out of the ring. In the end though, it was EY who missed his Elbow Drop only to be speared by Lashley, to then get the three count, and now Bobby Lashley is the new World Champion.

Kenny King then puts EY’s arm in a chair and starts to attack when Bobby Roode jumps the Guard Rail and everyone backs off. Yes, Roode is back from his suspension and even had his awesome “Off The Chain” music playing.

So let’s break this down.

One, it bugs me Roode made his return this way. Awesome to see him back obviously, he’s one of my favourites, however Roode surely could have helped EY before he lost the Belt?

Two, Lashley shouldn’t have had a hard time to defeat EY, would have been better if Lashley just wore him down and beat him up. Just like how he made quick work of EY before Slammiversary.

Three, it sort of sucks EY has lost the belt, they could have dropped the Belt at Slammiversary, which makes you think perhaps the original plan was to have MVP take the gold. Given that he won’t be cleared to Wrestle for a little while, the plans needed to change. Also dropping the belt on Impact would be more unexpected, and a Live Crowd helps.

Four, and this is the best one yet. TNA got a lot of stick for dropping the Belt on EY the very same week the WWE dropped their belt on their hairy bearded underdog. So now, you hear the rumours of Brock Lesnar making his come back to the WWE to properly Main Event Summer Slam for the World Championship, no doubt he probably winning also. So who better than to have Bobby Lashley, Bobbly Nobbly’s and all be the TNA World Champion, for TNA to say “look who is copying who now!” in TNA’s ever growing immature attempt to be relevant against the competition.

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Either way, it was a good Impact, a little odd, nothing anywhere near as exciting as Slammiversary, but whatever.

Lashley’s World Title victory didn’t feel all that relevant, but I look forward to that more so in this week’s coming show. It’s when TNA hit New York (and we get to watch the shows) that will be special. It’s in New York, the 6-Sided Ring is coming back Full-Time, Matt Hardy, loads of stars coming back, should be awesome!

Till then!

Dan Wilkinson

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The Jobber Blogger #111 – TNA: SLAMMIVERSARY – 15/6/14

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Issue #111! It’s a special number, and somehow according to my facebook numbers last week’s The Jobber Blogger covering the Go-Home TNA Impact show did crazy numbers. 701 people saw the post via Total Nonstop Rewind. How the hell does that happen. I don’t see any boost in numbers though at TNR received no new likes or gained any comments.

I don’t know how to use the Internet. But what I do know, is that I’m going to try! Yes those plans I mentioned are most definitely in the works, little by little. But you’ll pleased to know I will give you more ways to dislike me… socially.

MY GOD! A phrase that is more hilarious than shocking these days, but TNA: Slammiversary! What a show. I’ve grown to accustomed to trying to praise TNA, and really searching through all I can to find the positives. But just like the TNA of old, there is one area where they are untouchable. And that is the Pay Per Views! Forget the silly storylines, forget the endless talking and crap, it’s just Wrestling, Wrestling, Wrestling from the best Locker-room in the industry. Sure that Locker-room is missing some names now than it was a few Months back, but TNA hit a home run with Slammiversary, to the extent that TNA is receiving some pretty big Positive comments from the high up talent within the Bizz.

But what was the best about Slammiversary? Well, I shall tell you!

Though on a side note, I did forget to add in my Predictions on the last Jobber Blogger so my new topic of prediction based games was completely a miss. But still, there’s always next time eh?

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 TNA: SLAMMIVERSARY – 15/6/14

I’m a little confused as to the what the official number of Fans in attendance was, it seems to be around 2,500 which isn’t that many. But they certainly made the show. And it’s the Live Events with a crazy crowd where TNA stand out. You get so used to guys working in front of a pretty dead crowd, and even though the matches might be good, but when the fans in attendance aren’t involved in the match, it makes the kick-outs and pin falls just feel flat. Even watching at home, you just don’t as invested. When the crowd is going crazy, you can see the Wrestlers eat it up, and that’s when you get that magic only Professional Wrestling can deliver, and that seeps through the Television and just makes you excited.

Slammiversary is the first time in a long time where I felt so proud to be a loyal TNA Fan. It hit home what everything is worth. I Love TNA, and I only want them to exceed, for my personal interests as well clearly, as a fan. Slammiversary embodied that, in its fullest.

Eddie Edwards vs. Davey Richards vs. Tigre Uno vs. Crazy Steve vs. Manik vs. Sanada – 6-Way Ladder Match – X-Division Championship

You could perhaps say it was a little disappointing to not have The Wolves in tag-team action on the card. Certainly a great Tag-Team match was the main thing that was missing. Having them in this match and for the most part working together acted as a good dynamic, but perhaps could have benefitted from placing other talent here instead of.

But the dynamic certainly played to the benefit of the match for having The Wolves compete, really upped the game of everyone else included.

Uno was the second guy to make his entrance, which seemed to go on for ages. I made a point to note that, but as we’ve since found out one of the Stilt Walkers from The Menagerie fell over.

There are two main things to mention from this match. One, Crazy Steve already has a big fan following, I don’t know if people know something I don’t know from his work prior to The Menagerie, or simply they just love Crazy Steve as I do. He clearly is working this gimmick brilliantly, and people are eating it up. So I fully expect we will be seeing more of him in the coming weeks, which is awesome!

Second, and most importantly:

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Tigre Uno stole the show, as he has done every time I’ve seen him perform. He is brilliant, yet I still feel TNA haven’t done him any favours yet. He’s being used to all of these X-Division matches to help showcase the division, but he’s not doing much to further establish himself. I’m sure there are reasons why, given he debuted well, he’s being used a lot, but obviously next month is Destination X, and given the role the X-Division Championship holds, Uno probably doesn’t fit into the plan’s they have. However following Destination X, I’d like Uno to have a good solid Championship Run, because clearly, there’s no-one better, and TNA have some awesome, awesome talent, so that’s saying a lot.

I don’t know if it’s just because this match was the first of the night, but for my money, I think it was quite possibly the best match on the card. Not to sell any of the others short, but it was exactly what you want from TNA.

Manik performed a Sun-Set flip – Powerbomb to Davey Richards from the top of the ladder, with a second Ladder propped up from the middle to the ropes. Richards landed hard, and kudos to him for staying in that position with his head between the Ladder steps till the match ended.

Sanada took the win and retained his belt, and in a lot of ways, Sanada was the “sore thumb”. He didn’t seem quite as on the ball as everyone else, nor did Manik, which was quite surprising given his track record. I think it’s fairly safe to assume that Sanada, the X-Division Championship, Option “C” at Destination X and The Great Muta, are all playing a pretty big part in the coming weeks.

I will have to re-watch this bout at the end of the year, but I was so pleased with it and moved by it, I’ve marked it as a possible Match of the Year candidate.

Bobby Lashley vs. Samoa Joe

This was one of the matches I wasn’t sold on going into Slammiversary. And that is purely because I just don’t find the Main Event Storyline particularly interesting. If anything Slammiversary seemed to play it down, and that made the night better.

With MVP unable to compete, it gave this match a much needed boost. It’s not to say Joe and Lashley can’t compete great together, because that clearly isn’t the case. I just didn’t feel motivated enough by their recent interactions to witness a PPV – Grudge Match. I’m not that invested, I don’t believe there’s much needed motivation on either side. However giving one of them the chance to Main Event, now you’ve got my attention.

Before the match got underway, it was the only main Storyline element of the show. MVP made an appearance on crutches, backed up with Lashley and King. I’m not against having MVP on the show, they just needed to make it a little snappier for my liking.

MVP made the same announcement TNA did online days before the event, not only that but Taz and Tenay just made the same announcement seconds before MVP.

But on closing end of E3, it’s only fitting some guy in a suit slowed down the pace to talk for a while.

Lashley debuted some new entrance music, which isn’t too bad. His old one has a stupidly long intro which I always felt halted its impact (pun intended) but the actual main theme was pretty intense.

Lashley and Joe as two big guys made a great pairing, and they both worked extremely well against each other. If anything they both help other because of their separate credibility.

In the end Lashley counted Joe’s Whip into the Corner, nearly sending Joe into the ref, Joe put on the breaks but then turned around to a Lashley spear for the win.

Kudos for Lashley taking the win, and cleanly.

Magnus (w/Bram) vs. Willow (w/Abyss) 

Magnus had a bit of new look going on, well, he pretty much just wore a body warmer and called it finished. He still doesn’t pull off the look in my eyes when he’s next to Bram. Maybe Magnus should rough his hair and beard up a bit. Currently he looks a bit too much like George Michael.

Something I was very interested in seeing was the reaction to Willow. Jeff always gets good reactions, but he’s also very close to becoming TNA’s John Cena. A lot of people don’t like him, and a lot of people are vocally against him. Least you go back to Hardy vs. Aries at Bound for Glory, and people did not want him to win.

So Willow is a flip side to that. Jeff will always balance on the edge, so he will never be enough of what people dislike. Willow is the way for those people to like him, or to despise him further.

Thankfully the reaction to Willow was great, I like the character, and I love the entrance, the reaction led Jeff to kick it up a notch, which worked wonders.

Yet Willow has a big problem in my eyes. He’s a baby face. And it doesn’t work.

Willow gives Jeff the wiggle room to be against the grain, yet he’s seemingly not allowed to push it too much. Having a violent baby face probably doesn’t go so well. Yet Willow is pushed enough at us as being this violent, unpredictable force. Yet he rarely does anything. When Willow first came on the scene after Lockdown, he was. Since then, he’s been toned down. He’s been Wrestling Magnus and Bram, and getting his ass whooped. I don’t know about everyone else, but it’s like Willow isn’t even a threat, I don’t buy Magnus’ and Bram’s legitimacy because of their presence against Willow, when we’ve seen nothing of Willow’s aggression.

This led me to thinking, is it time TNA has another belt. It’s either all or nothing for the Locker-room these days, and with so many great Wrestlers stuck in the mid-card, surely there should be a top of it.

If there was a highlight from this match, it would be that Willow did a suicide dive – backwards – from the Top rope to the floor. I’ve never seen anything like that before. Thankfully both Magnus and Bram were ready and prepared for it, because a lot of the time, the guy on the outside barely catches the other when they jump forward.

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Willow hit the Twist of Fate, but Magnus kicked out. Bram then pulled out the Turnbuckle only to have Abyss bring out Janice. Yet in the end Abyss being lured away from the Ring led to Magnus gain as he pushed Willow off the top of the ropes whilst he was attempted the Whisper in the Wind, and finished him off with a new move, Back Suplex into a forward slam, Magnus taking the win.

As has become a Tradition, the TNA Hall of Fame shall be sticking around. And this year, it actually felt rather good.

I still don’t feel they need or even should have a Hall of Fame, but clearly they want to get as many big name talents in there before the competition. I can honestly say, I didn’t know who was going to go into the Hall of Fame, and clearly they aren’t close to retiring anyway.

Team 3D is to be inducted come Bound for Glory, and it was a pretty awesome moment.

Bully and Devon had some good speeches, the crowd was electric, it felt right. The Slammiversary crowd and the inspiration and desire from Bully and Devon actually made TNA feel “legit”. That’s a thing I’ve always struggled with, will TNA’s reign actually be remembered to the likes of WCW, and right then, was a chance that it would be.

Kenny King vs. Austin Aries 

King vs. Aries is one of those matches that just get me excited. Kenny King is one of the most unusual and entertaining guys in the ring, and Aries, is just the best.

One thing that might not be the best about Slammiversary is that the Guard Rails weren’t very secure as Aries and King threw each other into them and subsequently into the crowd itself.

Aries and King is my kind of match up, both guys with awesome move sets, willing and able to do crazy things, yet grounded enough to just “Wrestle” on a level of their own.

The finish came when Aries drove King to the mat with a Top-Rope Brain Buster, putting Aries (rightfully) forward into the Main Event.

The thing with Aries is that you can’t really go wrong. Let him be himself, don’t try and push him down our throats, TNA tried that once and it backfired. That’s the best thing about Aries, he is awesome because he is legit. And people respond to that amazingly well, you know he will deliver, because he can. He’s a “Wrestler” and the fans love him because of it. Though as of yet, this hasn’t exactly been the year of Austin Aries, The Jobber Blogger’s Wrestler of the Year for two years in a row. It was rumoured he was in the “dog house” for something, who knows. But apparently that’s gone, and with Destination X right around the corner, I’m hopeful for Total Nonstop Aries.

Marshall and Ross Von Erich vs. Jesse and DJ Z

So this is a weird one. The Von Erich’s were played up to be on the show, especially an appearance by Kevin. I get it, Wrestling royalty, not to mention the hometown favourites.

But, these guys aren’t signed to TNA. They just turned up to apparently say “hey, look at us”. Which was what booking would have you believe. Clearly this got turned into  a match, but where else would it go?

Everyone left the ring with Marshall and Ross standing there waiting for an opponent, despite that they never claimed there would be a match. It was an awkward introduction, but never mind.

I know some people aren’t pleased that the Von Erich’s didn’t get a clean victory. But at the same time, if they’re not signed to TNA, why would they beat TNA’s own established talent.

Zema is still a little “odd” but at least I think he’s finally found his “style” during his time with the Bromans. The Von Erich’s started getting the upper hand when Jesse introduced a Steel chair and the match was thrown out via DQ.

This led to Kevin Von Erich getting involved and locking on the “Iron Claw” to DJ Z.

A bit random, be interesting to see if the Von Erich’s are going to stick around, or if this was just a one off type of deal.

Gail Kim vs. Angelina Love (w/Velvet Sky) – Knockouts Championship 

The silhouette entrance The Beautiful People have been using of late didn’t quite work so well at Slammiversary. Too many lights but you got the gist of it.

Although I didn’t mention it earlier, Bully Ray was showing off some new “ink” in the form of a pretty big Tattoo on his upper Left Arm. Yet Bully wasn’t the only one, as Velvet has covered most of her Left Arm in a new tattoo also. It’s still a little too new for me to like it. I like Angelina’s tattoo’s, but then she’s always had those from when I’ve been a fan, and they are somewhat understated.

Gail is clearly leaps and bounds above the competition of most female Wrestlers. She’s very fluid, and precise. And last year we were introduced a more “hard hitting” side of Gail, and that’s something which was front and centre in this match.

Both Angelina and Gail raised the bar with some hard hitting moves and bumps.

The match took a slight swerve for the gimmick approach when Velvet sprayed Gail Kim in the face with Hair Spray right in front of Referee “Stifler”. This adding to the fact that Velvet has been sweet talking him to their side. TNA has already announced the return of Taryn Tarrell, given she was Knockouts Ref for a while, maybe this will develop in her returning to Refereeing.

“Stifler” let the Hair Spray slide as Angelina connected with the Botox Injection but just got a 2-count.

Earl Hebner then came out, banned Velvet and removed “Stifler” from the match so Earl would be the Ref. Of course Earl ended up getting knocked down, and Gail attempted numerous pin attempts, “Stifler” was on the outside and didn’t count, but tried to revive Earl. Angelina then rolled up Gail and “Stifler” counted the fall.

So a little unnecessary, I enjoy a good clean Wrestling Match, but I’m fairly sure this is just part of the story currently. I’m happy Angelina retained though, that’s what I wanted most of all.

Ethan Carter the third vs. Bully Ray – Texas Deathmatch

The Texas Deathmatch is just another one of those Wrestling names for the same thing. It’s a Last Man Standing match. Which I think makes the match sound better.

Given that this was the headline match for the PPV, I’m a little surprised it didn’t go on before the Main Event.

Again, this is the main storyline developing match, but it’s not surprising as TNA are heading to New York City this week, and the fallout from this bout will no doubt be front and centre.

Bully obviously for the most part dominated EC3, big open hand chops and cheese graters to the chest to name a few.

Bully pulled the Ring apart once more to use the Wooden boards underneath. Shades of last year from Slammiversary when Bully ended Sting’s Championship career. A moment in TNA which I still think about.

Funny to think one year later and most people have forgotten the depths Bully went to as a Heel, and now they encourage his same behaviour. And like how EC3 put it, Bully is the villain, breaking into houses, threatening people’s families, businesses’ and wanting to hurt a woman.

Spud got involved bringing a Kendo stick, but Bully obviously made quick of Spud. In the end, Dixie came out, and was trying to get away from Bully, she ran into EC3 both falling to the floor with Dixie being “knocked out”. Bully put Dixie on the tables outside of the ring but EC3 hit Bully in the back with a Kendo stick, Spud pulled Dixie out of the way as Bully fell through the Tables and didn’t make the 10 count, letting EC3 pick up the win.

James Storm vs. Mr. Anderson 

I’m fairly sure this match went on before the Main Event due to the involvement of the Dallas Cowboys.

They ran a Video Package for this match, which really wasn’t all that worthwhile.

Storm and Anderson having beef with each other because Storm accidently kicked him is a little silly. It works fine, but I need a video package for it. Storm and Anderson are the kind of hot headed guys that want to fight, that works for me.

There is one thing that stood out above anything else, and that is how awesome James Storm is as a heel. The fact he’s not in the Main Event scene is terrible in my eyes. That’s all I want. Storm just being a bad freakin’ villain. Not backing down, just bringing the fight. And it works.

The match was fairly short, but it did include an old school Green Bay Plunge from the second rope by Mr. Anderson, which is still an awesome move.

Storm spent most of the match distracted by the Dallas Cowboys, which was a shame.

Storm got out his Beer Bottle but some of the Dallas Cowboys jumped the Guard Rail, distracting Storm and ending with Anderson catching him with a Mic Check for the win.

Eric Young vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Austin Aries – 3-way Steel Cage Match – World Heavyweight Championship

On a side note, I just typed Bobby Lashley’s name like “Bobbly” – I chuckled a little.

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It is a shame that whatever plan TNA had in place for MVP didn’t quite come to pass. Though I do believe it will go on just a nicely regardless, if not, save MVP vs. EY for a later date.

That being said, despite the build up time for the main event, it delivered.

Just about half way through was when things kicked into another gear, Aries with a hurricanrana to Lashley from the Top Rope, with EY dropping an elbow off the top of the cage. Aries then grabbed EY for a Brain Buster for only a 2 count.

Lashley was impressive through-out the match, and successfully speared his way out of the Cage Door, no doubt it could have been a tricky thing to perform correctly.

This left EY and Aries to battle it out, Aries getting the upper hand till he attempted the Brain Buster only to have EY kick off from against the Cage and land – Pile Driving Aries for the win.

A good match, a great PPV.

Not sure what’s next for EY or even TNA for that matter, but I believe it’s New York on Thursday, and it’s going to be special.

TNA are hosting a Poll for fans to Vote on which TNA ring they want, the Four Sided or the Six Sided, Voting ends on Thursday – Midnight, the results up on Friday. Pretty sure it will be the Six Sided.

TNA have also announced that Matt Hardy is making a return to the Company, don’t know if this is just a one off type of deal or what.

Slammiversary was a great success, with the New York tapings in place and some big ideas, quite honestly it seems the Ball is definitely in TNA’s court and they seem to be playing it with everything they’ve got.

Till then!

Dan Wilkinson

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The Jobber Blogger #110 – TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 12/6/14

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To think, 10 issues ago was issue 100. There’s some math to kick you in the knee caps! Or shins, if you happen to be a strange alien being at the mercy of one Captain Kirk’s instinctive kick to the groin… accidentally.

Well, that could potential be the most inappropriate way to start this, but hey, what could be better?

Yes TNA heads toward Slammiversary, live tonight actually in the US. But the question is, does their “go home” show deliver. I may have come across a little “negative” last week, and while this week’s show didn’t annoy me as much, I was very much so looking forward for it to end.

When did that happen? 1 hour and a half of Wrestling and I’m bored. The main event should be the thing you want more than anything, but yet, it was just the same old tired boring routine. On the plus side, the same old tired boring routine has had a little bit of a shake up! And yes, that’s good!

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TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 12/6/14

Sadly, Impact did not kick off with a match, but a match wasn’t actually far behind. The TNA World Champion – Eric Young made his way to the ring (in Wrestling attire… a pretty good give away) and called out MVP.

A whole load of un-necessary garbage later the theme for the show was set. EY was going to war against MVP, Lashley and King, and should be able to win, he gets to pick the stipulation and have his “fair fight”.

Eric Young vs. Bobby Lashley

Believe it or not, but Lashley was the only one between he, MVP and Kenny King to be dressed to compete, it’s like they pre-planned this match?

Either way, this took me a little by surprise. Which is the best way to describe TNA’s main theme this week. See when it was set that EY needed to defeat MVP, Lashley and King, I therefore assumed it would be a handicap match. King again making orders (somehow) claimed EY couldn’t even defeat two of them, and so the challenge was set. Again, I expected this to be 2 on 1. But no, it was a gauntlet… with gaps. EY had to compete in three matches to get his fair fight, all of them spaced out throughout the show, which as it happens… seems fair. Too fair really.

It gets further confusing when Lashley makes quick work of EY, beats him down, injures his back, catches EY mid air and Powerslam’s him to the mat and picks up the win.

My instant reaction was, Awesome! EY got his ass kicked by big bad Bobby Lashley and now EY can’t name his stipulation. Nope.

Just because he lost, doesn’t mean he still can’t win. A stupid idea. Surely if MVP was that bent on having the advantage, it would be a handicap match. Should it not be that, giving a slight edge to EY, it should be that EY wasn’t able to actually lose. He lost, straight away. That should have been the end of it, and quite frankly something I wasn’t expecting. I was expecting an entire show where EY “defies the odds’!” phony injury and all. Still.

Lashley wasn’t done and Samoa Joe came to his aid, thus pitting Joe vs. Lashley at Slammiversary in a mid-card match no-one gives two craps about seeing.

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Now That’s Booking!

Magnus and Bram made their way to the ring. Bram looking pretty intense and awesome and Magnus looking like he has a hard time selling the idea of him being intense and awesome. He looked like a presentable version of Bram. I hope Magnus can pull off the gimmick, but right away he’s the less impressive guy in the ring, Magnus works being Magnus, Bram is a natural at playing this crazy intense violent dude. So Bram debuts as this “crazy intense violent dude” and I believe. TNA then tell me “Magnus is just as intense, crazy and violent” and I don’t believe it. Put them side by side, one is trying, one works. So the former World Heavyweight Champion – veteran – Magnus, now looks less legit than the new guy…..

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Good Booking!

Magnus was given the same old crap speech to explain himself. I really don’t think he needed to, nobody really cares enough, and he’s playing a heel, it’s not like he’s changed, he just ditched looking smart for Bram’s clothes.

Magnus blabbed on about “they” changed him to who he was. Yet this entire “change” apparently only covers the few Months where he was Champion, not the how many years he was the exact same guy beforehand, only without a Championship and catchphrase.

Willow wobbled his way to the entrance ramp, and actually did an alright promo. Jeff sucks trying to be himself, he is charismatic in everything, but dialogue. So Jeff being even more awkward as Willow is just… awkward. Unless they edit it with snazzy effects and reverb, then it’s kind of cool. Jeff jumped between his two personalities, and I actually expected him to ditch the mask and return to being “Jeff Hardy” again, but instead he didn’t. He did however talk about “we”, which was quite good, I’d rather have Willow come out with a blow up doll dressed like Jeff to compete. Instead, Abyss turned up. Abyss obviously back with issues against Magnus, so now it starts to make a bit more sense.

He still looks sort of stupid though, and not at all intimidating like he used to.

Robbie E (w/ Jesse, DJ Z) vs. Knux (w/ The Menagerie)

The Menagerie is this weird blend of good ideas and poor execution, which is always TNA’s staple of work. For instance, the idea of The Menagerie is quite good. The Freak sucks. Crazy Steve is awesome, yet rather than being more awesome, he’s sort of more “comical” and that makes him child friendly in my eyes, rather than being creepy and dark. His look is creepy and dark, how he moves is creepy and dark, the way he snaps is neck around is awesome creepy and dark. But then he’s being stupid, and with the rest of them (namely The Freak who is also known as Walking Stupid) undermines Crazy Steve’s credibility and potential, I feel, at least.

I like having the music playing and crazy lights, but then it always puts the advantage to Knux, they used to do the same thing with the Bromans, so it would be better if it went back and forth a little.

The match was alright, but it has far too many moving parts and gimmicks on both sides for there to be anything to dig your teeth into and get to know anyone as “wrestlers” or characters.

Knux didn’t have too many problems in picking up the win, with multiple distractions on both sides. Crazy Steve then tied his balloons to the back of Robbie E’s trunks, so he freaked out and ran around stupidly. Kind of funny, I get the whole having “characters for everyone” but The Bromans, especially Robbie are very credible in the ring, it would be nice to see Robbie given the chance to be a bit more serious at times. Though Tigre Uno has recently said he’d like to Wrestle Crazy Steve, and implied that he’s very good in the ring, so I’m anxious to see him actually Wrestle.

Ethan Carter the third and Spud brought out “Brooke”. Or Miss Tessmacher, or Brooke Tessmacher, correctly called Brooke Adams. Can’t they just call her that now?

It was awesome to see Brooke back, she’s one of my favourites, aside from the whole “sexualised gyrating move set she does”.

Despite the fact Brooke turned heel very quickly, ditched the fans, got a new persona… got written off of tv for months and months, she’s now back and a face. But whatever, Wrestling, get it.

EC3 was hoping to learn some dark secrets about Bully Ray, but the whole segment got vastly better when Spud took charge.

Spud who put the spot light on Brooke and removed an envelope with evidence that Brooke’s child is indeed Bully’s. Obviously, entirely incorrect information, but highly entertaining. Including everyone’s favourite – the Titan Tron pictures. With a side by side of Bully and some random Baby.

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Bully came out to Brooke’s aid, with a horrible, horrible idea of Bully apologising to Brooke and telling her how awesome she is, including a Hug. We don’t need to see that. We all know Bully is married outside of Wrestling, the whole Aces and Eights thing was a good idea, he ditched Brooke when he lost the belt, he’s a bad guy. Now he’s a softy good guy, it’s almost difficult to watch.

EC3 then challenged Bully to a Tables match, which was then one upped by Bully to a Texas Death-match.

Okay, theory time.

Bully Ray is on Dixie Carter’s side. They needed a way to eliminate MVP and the control he has, the best way to do that is give him the power, with Dixie being entirely sure MVP was just as corrupt. And he was. Bully was thrown in the mix to “fool” people, just like The Aces and Eights. Only this time, perhaps more clever?

So my guess is in the end Bully won’t put Dixie through a table, because they are aligned, and always have been. Perhaps even with Bully getting back the World Championship. As far as EC3 and Spud are concerned, Dixie clearly has no issues with throwing them to the hands of Bully just to get her company back and prove a point. That’s my theory. Bully is being “too good”.

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Eric Young vs. Kenny King

This was the match of the night, King is a fantastic talent, and I love the current position he is in. Against EY, they both put on a great match, and The Royal Flush – King’s special move, is awesome!

Though a little annoying he just then spent time showing off rather than pinning EY, a clear sign we know how the match is going to play out.

EY then hit the Pile-Driver on King and I cringed, again. You could see King move his head up a little too early, but I don’t blame him one second. The whole move is just bad. I don’t know why they are continuing it. I guess if all parties are happy to do it, fair enough. But it’s almost like “the pile driver will set us apart from the competition”. There’s a pretty damn good reason why they don’t use that move, and I wish TNA would be the same.

Brittany vs. Madison Rayne vs. Gail Kim – #1 Contendership – Knockouts Title

It’s a little annoying that these number one contender matches need to take place, and usually do just before a PPV. The Knockouts have some interesting stories going on currently, can’t they work them into a Title match without having the randomly win an opportunity.

Brittany spent the first part of match copying Madison, and also doing her best to help her in a 2 on 1 type of situation.

Angelina and Velvet crashed the match to join commentary which led to a great little line from Tenay “right in the midst of this three way…… excuse me”.

Madison obviously got more annoyed with Brittany and in the end hit her. Angelina and Velvet made their way to the ring to try and help Brittany win but instead assisted Gail Kim who dropped Brittany with “eat defeat” and is now the Number One Contender.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Brittany joins The Beautiful People, only for them to abuse her and beat up or something. Also remember Taryn Terrell is expected back, would be pretty neat if she were to join up with The Beautiful People too. Not to mention the Von Erich’s are coming to Slammiversary, so perhaps a possible reunion with Lacey isn’t out of the question either.

MVP vs. Eric Young

Yes the main event is here, and it’s the very same main event they were planning for Slammiversary. And it was boring.

Lashley and King beat down EY before he got in the ring, MVP power-bombed EY into the Corner Turnbuckle which looked very, very dangerous how he landed.

In the end MVP just got a Chair and beat up EY getting himself disqualified and thus giving EY a victory so he can pick the stipulation. MVP’s plan of course was just to beat down on EY, which makes sense I suppose.

EY chooses a cage match. And thankfully MVP injured himself recently on a house show and cannot compete tonight, so the match has since been changed, which actually makes the card much more exciting.

So rather than having EY vs. MVP in a Cage for the World Championship, EY will instead face the Winner’s of the Bobby Lashley vs. Samoa Joe and Kenny King vs. Austin Aries matches in a Triple-Threat Cage Match for the Main Event. So well done, the main event is now a little more exciting, and two randomly booked mid card matches (aside from King and Aries to be fair, should be awesome) are now much more interesting.

Speaking of Slammiversary!

Willow (/Abyss) vs. Magnus (w/Bram)

Angelina Love vs. Gail Kim – Knockouts Championship

Bully Ray vs. EC3 – Texas Death Match

Bobby Lashley vs. Samoa Joe – Number One Contender – Main Event

Kenny King vs. Austin Aries – Number One Contender – Main Event

James Storm vs. Mr. Anderson

EY – vs. winners – Triple Threat – Steel Cage- World Heavyweight Championship

Plus the Von Erich’s, plus the TNA Hall of Fame inductee 2014.

Should be a good night, I aim to have my Write up for Wednesday!

Till then!

Dan Wilkinson

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The Jobber Blogger #109 – TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 5/6/14

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Why is it there is always so much stuff to do. Least it feels that way. Ah my old friend, ye’ Jobber Blogger. You are always such fun. I remember writing little things about “possible plans going forward”. Well, those plans are still in development, but that’s about as much as I have to announce right now. I feel like a Spoke’s person from E3. Which is, as some of you may know, right now! But alas, my gaming needs and addictions (though rarely.. play them?) will take a bit of back seat for me to catch up with the good old Wrestling.. mess.

I don’t even know where TNA is going, the ratings are going down, that’s one thing for sure. But then no Live TV hurts a show trying to be live TV. It doesn’t feel exciting, it doesn’t feel relevant, we all know this happened weeks ago. The performers are probably sick to death of doing multiple week’s worth of TV in one taping. The audience get tired of watching it (believe me). And yes, people then get sick to watch it on TV, especially if you were actually in attendance. Slammiversary isn’t far away and neither is the New York shows, which hopefully will add a lovely bit of mixture to the pot. Yet despite the “popular demand” TNA would have you believe, the tickets apparently aren’t flying out of the Booking window. One of their recent out-door shows looks like a naff country fair where hardly anyone is interested in anything and only attend because it’s “local”.

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MVP apparently is injured, Tommy Dreamer might be pissed off with Dixie pulling Bully from his House of Hardcore event, it’s a bad sign when TNA need to use “NEED TO USE!!” Tommy Dreamer’s House of Hardcore fans and audience to pad out on of TNA’s (One Night Only) PPV’s. Who even watches them?

I’ve never felt any desire to watch a One Night Only TNA PPV. I don’t want to. Why are you wasting your money on them? They’re clearly not working.

Hell, Eric Young clearly isn’t drawing in the big crowds and attention TNA had hoped. But then EY feels less like EY and more like “new cooperate EY” without anyone trying to change him on air. I really don’t know where things are going to go. The Wolves are good… but I’m not like “bothered” or must watch tendencies. The Menagerie, I’m starting to enjoy seeing them less. EC3 never really “ticked the box” for me. James Storm is still good, Roode, Aries, EY, but hey, TNA is different, and it’s changing. I’m still on board to watch…. but for how long?

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 TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 5/6/14

Samoa Joe kicked off Impact, with MVP and co looking for Joe backstage, it was Joe who went straight to the ring playing “Hard to miss”. That’s not even a weight joke.

Joe calls out MVP and co and challenges them all to a fight. And guess what, I don’t care. I don’t want to see them fight, I don’t even want to see Joe that much. Everyone is being built, and no-one is winning in the area to define themselves. Eric Young vs. MVP, that vision has gone. I’m lost in this mess of EY, MVP, Lashley, King, Aries, Bully, Joe. Who am I supposed to think is the clear threat? Who is on who’s side… why do I care? Bully is being pushed the most, Aries has the most compelling argument, Joe, I find Joe boring, MVP, meh. Not bothered anymore.

I don’t care who is the Champion, they’ve never shown me any reasons to believe that actually being the Champion is worth being the Champion. Where is this “power!” that comes with the belt. What power does EY have? It’s a big old mess, and I just struggle to be bothered. I really do.

Aries got involved trying to “even the playing field” between Joe, MVP, Lashley and King. This led MVP to make a match between Aries and Joe – loser gets fired. Only rather than making it that simple, it was described as “Joe, you don’t actually have a full-time contract yet, sort of, given that I didn’t bring you back, due to you not being satisfied with your opportunities. And Aries, I don’t like you, and you had to sit at home anyway.” blah blah blah, whatever.

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 Bram vs. Willow

More things I don’t care about. Angry Bram screaming like an Angry British dude and Jeff Hardy dressed weirdly screaming like a woman.

If there is a positive, it’s that Bram is actually presented, and feels like a bigger threat than he is. He’s not all that experienced, yet he does feel like a big time player, given that Willow (Hardy) should easily be able to defeat him.

I quite like Bram’s intensity, and I enjoy it lately when Willow rises that too. But the interesting dynamic of involving Willow and his transformation from Jeff Hardy, only really applies to the World Title, Dixie Carter, EC3, Spud, and yes, Magnus. But this sort of “he’s violent” so I shall fight him mentality seems to make Willow more of a goof, to be beaten up so much?

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Bram gets out his friend, Mr. Ply bar who coincidently is the four legged best friend of Magnus’ old chum – Mr. Turnbuckle

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Magnus makes his way to the ring, ready to stop Bram – again, for no reason. And instead decides this time, he’s going to be “his old self” again…. also for no reason.

Magnus beats down on Willow, would have been better if they used the old Aces and Eights Hammer, that looked violent and deadly. This.. not so much.

I don’t get this change in Magnus, I don’t understand why it’s needed, or where it’s going. And again… I don’t care either.

Eddie Edwards vs. Davey Richards

Yes, if you’re not a fan of The Wolves by now, then seeing them in Flip Flops would probably put you off them for good….

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Eddie and Davey broke into MVP’s office then decided to call him names, then complained because he put them in this match against each other. Here’s a tip… don’t be a git. What would you expect, am I supposed to feel bad these two were made to fight each other because the put their flip flopped feet on MVP’s table and called him names for doing his own business. Where the hell is the good line and bad line in Wrestling, surely being so strict on either side is just as bad.

Davey then called MVP a sheep in Wolfs clothing…. so there goes the rest of the fan base…

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Eddie and Davey then spent the match rolling around on the floor with each other in the best display of two grown men performing continuous forward rolls.

Kenny King came out to moderate the match and tried his best to encourage them to “fight”. In the end Eddie gained a quick pin on Davey (I believe) and they then both beat up King.

The Bromans trying to avoid The Menagerie went to the ring to talk about The Menagerie. So The Menagerie came out to attack The Bromans. Robbie E scared of clowns, DJ Z vs. Crazy Steve in a Horn Battle. Freak sucks. Yup… good bye credibility.

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Okay, I am at least pleased to know that TNA had a plan for Samuel Shaw after getting him committed. I like that involved Gunner. But now Shaw has an imaginary friend, apparently, named Dave. Whom only he can see. So either Dave is a ghost and we’re all going to enjoy some Wrestling television we’ll regret watching for years to come. Or this will just “pass” as him being crazy.

Least some stink clouds have a nice rectum it came from, and in this case it’s Gunner looking at Shaw’s drawings. Pretty sure if your being committed to a padded cell and straight jacket, they wouldn’t give you things to stab with. But whatever.

The last of the pictures Shaw had drawn however, was one of Gunner. I shall rise above the bottom of the barrel gay jokes and decide this might be nice. Gunner asked Shaw if he would finish the picture for him.

And a Very First, for The Jobber Blogger, I have an Exclusive Scoop!

Yes, I managed to ask the kind folks over at TNA for the exclusive picture debut of Samuel Shaw’s – Gunner!

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I’m not going to lie… I expected better…. even of myself.   … Also that was a lie, but to be honest, that’s pretty good!

Austin Aries vs. Samoa Joe – Contract vs. Contract

Yup, the second best match from 2012 was to be contested. What, did it live up to the hype? Of course not, it’s TNA in 2014, they barely do matches anymore. It’s just “stuff” to propel further “stuff” in a direction heading to an area filled with “stuff”. All to decide once and for all “whatever”.

MVP had put Brian Hebner in a position where he must “do the right thing” and call the match down the middle and have a winner and a loser. Bully Ray and EY confronted Hebner about doing the right thing. And guess what, here comes a pet peeve.

“I Have a Family to Feed!”

Shut the absolute hell up!

I don’t think I can take this clichéd crap-ola anymore. They were once like Brothers, I need to put food on my table.

Really? You’re not exactly on minimum wage are you. You want me to feel sorry for you and to sympathise with your poor, poor income. Shut up! It winds me up something fierce!

I couldn’t give two craps about your family, on a personal level sure, I get it. On a Wrestling show, to sell a story line, I don’t want to hear about it.

I’d rather Hebner was fired. It pisses me off!

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So yeah Bully punched Hebner in the face throwing out the match. MVP got angry, Bully and co challenged MVP, Lashley, King and EC3 to an 8-man Tag – First Blood match. Which King accepted and then apparently that was a secure decision. MVP didn’t have to do it, so I don’t buy for a second he was annoyed. FACTS PEOPLE!

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You might have seen these through-out the Issue by now, the best part of this week’s show was indeed Mr. Anderson being himself, dressed up as James Storm taking the piss, and being hilarious doing it. I enjoy the confrontation between he and Storm best, I love Storm as a heel. Storm just came out, beat him up, and that’s all it needed.

Madison Rayne vs. Angelina Love (w/Velvet Sky) – Knockouts Championship

I don’t actually remember the last time I watched a “Wrestling” match on Impact.

This is all story driven crap as well. I like Madison, I love Angelina. But this was just as irritating as everything else on the show.

Earlier in the night Madison told Brittany to “DO NOTHING!” tonight to even try and help Madison. LEAVE ME ALONE, DON’T COME TO THE RING, DO NOTHING!

So Brittany comes to the ring, obviously. Sure she didn’t cost Madison the match, Madison lost because Velvet sprayed her in the face with Hair Spray, Angelina took advantage and retained her Championship.

Then afterward, Madison goes to Brittany  “what was that? Why didn’t you help me!?” REALLY!!!

Is this the best you can think of, is this the best dialogue. “Because you told me so”. Am I supposed to believe Madison is that dumb? Really?

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 Ethan Carter the third, MVP, Bobby Lashley, Kenny King vs. Bully Ray, Eric Young, Samoa Joe and Austin Aries – 8-Man Tag – First Blood Match

 You know what, I’m just getting more annoyed the more I remember this show and what TNA is today. The match sucked.

Bully punched EC3 in the head with his chain, the match was over before we saw blood… then there was blood…. don’t care, bored of this.

The only redeeming quality was MVP, Lashley and King looking like good for nothing thugs after the match when they singled out EC3, held him down in the back and beat the crap out of him. I liked that.

Dixie running in, yelling for them to stop, and it finally putting an interesting dynamic between her and MVP. Let alone makes MVP actually feel like a threat. So that, could be interesting.

Till then, I pray for Global Force Wrestling to be awesome, and look forward to that ROH PPV with Kaz and Daniels… which I only just remembered was happening… so yeah pretty much just GFW.

Till then,

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The Jobber Blogger #108 – TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 29/5/14

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TNA try again this week, but it’s just drifting along for my liking. I’m hoping for a good solid Slammiversary, but one has to question, how do we get there?

EY’s momentum as Champ has certainly dipped, even the ratings are dropping in every main event segment, which shows perhaps that his pull to the Animals, isn’t that big of a draw.

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Though it could also be that no-one cares about MVP, Bobby Lashley and Kenny King. Or perhaps, let’s be honest, how many times have we seen this take-over story now. Every year… literally, without fail. After 107 issues I still find myself wanting to say the words “I Hope”. Well, I don’t hope anymore. Fool me once, 4 years later, same old. I should have learnt by now to expect the worst. Drifting along is TNA at its best right now. Sure I like the team of MVP, Lashley and King, but perhaps something else would have been better rather than the tried and failed take-over story. Eric Young is good as the Champ, but I’m not drawn to him, never have been. If anything I miss his more wacky ways, bringing Austin Aries into the picture alongside Young just makes me want Aries as the Champ.

I honestly don’t know what they have planned, Bully is on a push, I bet that Roode comes back as a Face, Aries is on the rise, and you can’t count out MVP. Destination X is coming in quickly and I would expect that to be Champion crowning time. Unless it’s EY defending against say Kenny King.

Watching TNA these last few weeks have been enjoyable, but I’ve not felt excited to watch the show, hell I even forget to watch it sometimes, or it becomes a “I’ll fit it in”. Here’s hoping?…

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Bully kicked off the show hot on the heels from his beat down last week. Everyone should love Bully, least respect him. I don’t feel he’s hit the level he was at a few years back, pre-Hogan married. Bully was a Bully, and he would tell you to your face, even as a fan Bully would scream at me and tell me why I respected him, and he was right. It’s a little odd to see him as such a full blown Face right now, sure he carries it, but it’s not his strength. Though not everyone can be heel, lord knows the majority prefer it.

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Bully unveiled Six Tables, one each for Spud, EC3, MVP, Lashley, King and of course Dixie Carter. Bully vowed to put everyone through Tables, which is being made such a big deal that there are only possible outcomes. Either Bully needs to put Dixie through a Table, which if you were a betting man, would be happening next month in New York, or, Bully pulls a 180, and we find out he’s been aligned with Dixie all-along to let MVP get into power with a plan in place from the get-go.

I think it’s leaning more toward Dixie going through a Table…. which seems absurd.

MVP with Lashley and King got in Bully’s business while EC3 and Spud jumped Bully from behind. EC3 grabs the Table which is reserved for Spud when EY, Aries and The Wolves come out to even the odds. Which of course ends with Spud being put through a Table by Bully.

MVP, Bobby Lashley and Kenny King vs. Austin Aries and The Wolves – 6 man Tag

The start to the show ended with this 6-Man tag. Least it has a somewhat productive opening. Sure the idea was to get people interested in the main-event, and putting Spud through a Table might set the stage for an exciting show to come. I swear if Impact kicked off every week with a Tigre Uno match, I would be a happy Blogger!

I’ve never looked at The Wolves without expecting to be impressed before. But I recently heard that someone wasn’t a fan, which is kind of an eye opener. You here great things from The Wolves, and then I just sort of expected them to perform at that level. On a personal note though, I still think they’re fantastic. But, when teemed with The Greatest Man that Ever Lived, they can only shine so much.

Aries was on fire, made the tag to the “injured” Davey Richards, who hit his Foot Stomp, but then got speared by Lashley with MVP finishing him off with his Yakuza kick for the Win.

Note that Bobby Lashley in a Tag-Team match who ran in for under 5 seconds, hit one move and left, was not an illegal interference.

Tigre Uno vs. Bram 

I can describe this match with one word, “Sucks!”

Now why does it suck. I can tell you, Bram’s singles match debut, was against Tigre Uno.

So Bram is supposed to be this hot-headed violent intense guy with a beard… and no, not Gunner.

If you go back to Lockdown where Uno made his debut, you heard nothing but praise for him, he just came off of an awesome Best of 3 Series with Sanada. His in-ring work is unique, and matches the style of which TNA was founded on. He has flying streamers in his entrance for crying out load. No one has any special gimmick in their entrance anymore. Yet Uno was squashed by Bram.

Uno didn’t even have any momentum, was just flat-lined. So yeah, they’re different guys for different styles of Wrestling, but to bury Uno so quickly was painful to watch.

On the plus side however Bram did have good music, I don’t like his socks on his legs or arms though. For someone claiming to be a tough guy, he shouldn’t be wearing socks that high. Is that a legitimate critique…. yes, yes it is.

Bram hit an Impaler DDT, which was pretty neat, takes you back to old school Edge and Gangrel. Magnus wasn’t impressed with Bram though and decided Bram should fight Willow next week. I do love how this no longer has anything to do with Willow, aside from that Willow is looked upon as this “crazy guy”, yet is easily beaten down. He’s only won because of hesitation, not because he’s scary or violent, or anything positive. Just Jeff Hardy in flares screaming like a woman.

The Bromans vs. Anderson and Gunner 

Lots of Tag-Team matches this week, but they’re good ways to build storylines at the same time. We actually found out that Anderson has served in the US Military, which explains my recent interest in Anderson patriotic attire. So on that ground, I like the comparison already between he and Gunner. Through in Gunner’s interest in trying to help out Sam Shaw, and Anderson being responsible, it creates a good dynamic. I like that. What about James Storm?

Nothing really major to report about the match, aside from DJ Zema was being even more annoying than usual with his DJ desk..and I loved it! It cracks me up every time you hear the horn. I wish they actually played on it more so that it acted as a good distraction. It just doesn’t get old, and the fact that it probably annoys the hell out of some people, that’s just perfection! The next step is to wind people up in the crowd and actually Film their reactions.

Either way, Anderson hit the Mic Check, Gunner followed it up with his Diving Head-Butt for a Win.

The second anyone mentions a Losing Streak or Winning Streak you know a Storyline is going to be in place. And sure enough, The Bromans on a losing streak, then The Menagerie turn up.

Which is good on one hand because they have yet to find a “place” or a focus.

Rebel now has glow sticks to dance with, not really as daring as Fire Dancing, but it still works. Crazy Steve is even more awesome, The Freak sucks. I want Knux to wear a Hat, it would just finish the look. I’m a big music guy, but I don’t actually like The Menagerie’s music, it’s too “Rocky” rather than being more dark, weird and carnival like. The traditional Carnival music they play before they enter is more to my liking.

The Freak through around Zema, that was it. Hopefully this actually leads to some matches, as we’ve yet to see anything from The Menagerie since their debut.

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 The Beautiful People vs. Brittany and Gail Kim

Brittany went to Madison Rayne about helping her out in this tag-team match, but Madison refused, telling Brittany not to get involved, and making her promise she wouldn’t have the match. So Brittany asked Gail instead and danced around is if they were best friends.

Again, the match didn’t really do anything. I find the Beautiful People to be rather enjoyable. There’s just something about Angelina that I love. I love her promo’s where she’s just horrible to people, and as annoying as possible, it makes me smile.

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Gail Kim is an awesome Wrestler, let’s just put that out there. She can Wrestle so much better than most Women, through in Mickie James and Tara. Either way, Brittany got tagged in, (she’s not too bad either!) so Brittany and Velvet were the legal two. Angelina hit Brittany with the Botox Injection, then Velvet pinned Brittany and The Beautiful People won.

Yet Tenay was all over Angelina for cheating, and being Illegal. That makes no sense. Every tag-match has the legal and illegal members running around everywhere. Only the legal contender can be the deciding factor. Angelina’s involvement is no more illegal than Bobby Lashley’s to kick off the show, yet that was fine. Stuff like that winds me up! It’s the same rule for everyone!

Anyhow, Brittany they got up and called out Madison Rayne, asking Madison why she didn’t help Brittany in the first place. Brittany was annoyed that Madison doesn’t like her, “The whole thing is getting weird”, and then Brittany declares that she likes Madison. Wow, didn’t see that coming. Oh wait.

So the fans chant Boring really loudly over the segment as Madison announces a Rematch next week against Angelina for the Knockouts Championship. Here’s a guess, Brittany makes Madison lose. Called it.

Bully Ray vs. EY – EC3 Special Referee

Earlier on in the night, Dixie accompanied by EC3 called out MVP, to continue their talk from last week. Money Power and nonsense aside, Bully and EY then crashed the segment. Both of which were fired up but being talked down by the other “Time and Place”.

Till the main event was made, EY vs. Bully.

Kenny King came out first to be the Special Ring Announcer, Bobby Lashley was the special Enforcer and MVP was the Special Time Keeper.

Bully and EY had a little bit of a match, something that is supposed to look like “mutual respect”. I think we were supposed to think, gee, I want to see EY vs. Bully for the World Championship without the interference of MVP and co.

But no, I don’t want to see that. Unless Bully turns heel and takes the belt.

The match didn’t run too long before Bully just Booted EC3 in the face. This in turn just kicked things off as Lashley, King and MVP jumped in on the attack.

Then Samoa Joe returned got involved, beat them up and stared down MVP to close the show.

Quite a good return, but, what does that mean.

On a side note, I remember Dixie saying that Rampage Jackson is ready to come back soon, and if he returned, maybe with King Mo to join up with MVP, that I would be interested in.

Till then,

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The Jobber Blogger #107 – TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 22/5/14

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This might be a first, it is currently 1:42am, and I am settling in for Writing up The Jobber Blogger. Yes, it’s late, I know. I do like the routine of Writing this up by Sunday at the latest and then it’s ready to go as soon as Impact airs in the UK. Though for those unaware, it is Half Term time…. in May. When the hell did this happen? I don’t remember ever having so much time off when I was in school. They’ve only just gone back from Easter! Weeks, that’s all it’s been and now the bloody kids are off again and I have to work more! Though in turn they are keeping me employed by actually…. turning up and creating business. Without the holidays my work would be rather quiet indeed!

And no, it’s not a camp, or weird Children related industries. It’s a Cinema, sure I’ve mentioned that before. Who cares.

Impact is same old same old this week, and no that’s not a “bad” thing…. it’s just not a great thing.

It’s different enough to feel different, and that is a good thing. Impact Wrestling

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One would hope that The Jobber Blogger will be up on time next week, but hey, not enough of you send this around for it to be a job! That’s a joke… I don’t think I can get paid by ranting about Wrestling shows…. what’s that, you can?

Well I’m probably not at “that” level, I like things my way, and to hell with talking about the show and reviewing the show and giving things Ratings. Stupid, irrelevant, pointless. Opinions! That’s what matters, mine isn’t better than yours, but I wrote my down, so suck it.

One thing TNA has been doing lately to piss me off, is the use of Kazarian. It seems it’s becoming a tradition to send out your Stars the worst possible way. AJ Styles, big title push, kick him off the show, bring him back, screw him over. Sting, sent out in a equally humiliating manor. Kurt Angle, injured at every step. And now, Kazarian, who had to job to Knux, run around Crazy Steve, and this week, the show kicked off with MVP, Lashley and King arriving. Kaz was on the phone with a “hang on Chris” which was a nice little touch, then he got beat up by Kenny King. Was that Kazarian’s last ever bit of work for TNA, getting beaten up for looking at a black guy. I’m going to miss Bad Influence, and hey, I’m not stranger to Ring of Honour, but we already know Christopher Daniels is going back with a “mystery” tag partner, who we all guess is Kazarian, so if they both turn up, I’m going to watch….. probably.

So MVP, Lashley and King kick off Impact, I do wish they didn’t push this little opening. They didn’t really explain any motivations for their “Heel turn” aside from just – Money, Power, Respect.

I don’t think having each of them take it in turn to talk about themselves and why they did what they did really achieved anything. But hey, been there done that storyline, why make anything else different?

I like a good Heel turn as much as the next guy, but what I like better is when it doesn’t need to be for reasons, that require said individual to walk out in the opening of the next show and explain why he isn’t a sell out.

Lots of ass-kissing, visionary this, money power that, a mention of “Dat Paper” later and The Wolves come out to confront MVP.

Now if The Wolves were aligned would have been cool, but then of course it would be better if they were black. Again, not in a racist manor, but I think that’s cool, I like that.

The Wolves did the usual “we looked up to you”, thankfully a good mention of “once they were like brothers” was not in the script. Though it was mentioned later on between Davey and Eddie themselves, don’t think I didn’t spot that, TNA.

MVP called Davey, Eddie, not sure if that was a joke or not, or just a plain human error… I chuckled a little, though if it was the other way round and Davey called MVP, Kenny by accident.. well that’s just a whole different level of BooBoo.

Lashley then Speared Eddie in the ring, and MVP walked Davey to the edge of the Ramp where Lashley speared Davey off the Ramp through a Table on the floor. Awesome way to start the show, aside from the inane chit chat, a good bit of Stage Throwing does wonders for my Wrestling appetite. Dat Paper

Just when you think you’re done with the Opening Dialogue of the show, Eric Young came out to talk about MVP. So yay, that happened! And then straight away MVP, Lashley and King are back out. It’s not Total Nonstop Promo, level’s of bad and annoying. But Wrestling damn it. You have no idea how good a Wrestling Match is to kick off Impact. Start the show with The Menagerie, that would be neat.

Anyway, good ol’ respectable Champ Eric Young jumped to the name calling game, Scumbag, Sell-out, words thrown around. Who cares! Why do you need to put names on people you don’t like. Surely calling them out to call them names is as childish as rolling on the floor trying to punch each other… oh wait.

They all get a fight, Austin Aries runs out to EY’s aid, set up matches for later. Couldn’t they have done this before? Why didn’t EY or Aries help out poor Davey. Meh, whatever.

Angelina Love vs. Brittany – Knockouts Championship – Open Challenge

Angelina offered out this Open Challenge, which is only for those who have never held the Knockouts Championship before. Of course this was played as Angelina “dodging” the competition. This also annoys me. What is it, a Month or so since The Beautiful People reformed, Angelina came back strong, not taking any crap, said it straight as it is. Took the fight to Madison, beat her up, took the Belt from her, she was dominating the Division, and now she’s scared of everyone, in how many weeks?

Why is it that she’s running away from Gail, and Gail is no longer backing down from anyone, Gail has been backing out of fights for years. I get it, Wrestling, good guy, bad guy. But it doesn’t make sense, and I don’t like it.

I want a Champion who is a Heel, who is dominant, and won’t run, won’t budge, and kicks ass. James Storm – World Champ, I want it.

As much as this might “irk” me a little, there is however a silver lining, a word that allows the complete 180. This does suck, Velvet a little help BUTT

Indeed, this does suck, But, Velvet did point at her rear whilst saying the Word but. I don’t know why, but I’m not afraid to admit that I “lol’d” a little.

So yes, Brittany accepted the Open Challenge (who else is there…. really, who is there?) though perhaps if it happens again, then Taryn Terrell might turn up, so if Angelina does defeat Gail, then my money is on that return.

Regardless! Distraction from Velvet, Angelina wins etc etc. With her almost losing to Brittany, but thanks to Velvet’s distraction didn’t, again, I get it, good guy, bad guy, etc, but really? butt really

They put some lipstick on Brittany, which I thought was a nice gesture, bag on the head, Gail out, fight. Usual stuff. Angelina vs. Gail at Slammiversary? Angelina better win.
Austin Aries vs. MVP

So this happened, a Rematch from the first time they fought. So it seems Aries is back currently. I don’t know who long for, but just having him on TV makes the world of difference. Oh how I’ve missed Austin Aries. I do think if things carry on the way they are, then Destination X could be very interesting for Aries.

Though I’m probably wrong.

As much as I’d love to say this match was great and Aries is back on point… it really wasn’t that special. The usual match, Aries throws around MVP, because he’s a bad guy now, so he gets beat up more, it’s a conscience thing. One might even say Con-Science. But also probably not.

Aries was in control went to hit his 450 Splash, King and Lashley both came out to attack Aries. EY then back out to help.

Dixie then turned up with EC3, and finally confronted MVP, offering a delightful question of “what I can do for you”. Which is much better, Dixie wanting a united front between her and MVP. Though it could turn out to be a suckered MVP in and then take over once more. I don’t know anymore.

Bully wasted no time in going after Dixie, but it was King, Lashley and MVP who beat Bully down, with EC3 putting Bully through a Table.
Magnus (w/Bram) vs. Willow – Falls Count Anywhere

I do feel that this might boil over to Magnus vs. Bram, and suddenly I’m rooting for Magnus. When did this happen. Willow sucks at this point. He’s just Jeff Hardy, being an idiot, getting thrown around whilst he screams like a woman. There’s a phrase for it…. looked good on paper

Bram Flakes wasted no time in shouting at Magnus to hit Willow in the head with the, crow pliers, thing. “Cave his head in!” in a lovely British tone, reminds me of the recent elections.

Alas, Magnus swung for the gut, but wouldn’t and couldn’t bring himself to hit Willow in the head, which is a good thing. And then Magnus lost, once again doing the right thing, and paying the consequences… he’s like Spider-Man.

Sort of.

Spider Magnus Eddie Edwards makes his way back after being with Davey in the “hospital”. He then calls out MVP, Lashley or King for a fight, King answers and they brawl.

I actually like King a lot in this position. I’ve always been a big fan of his, but he’s struggled to find his place. Even being a bad guy recently didn’t quite feel right, but him being a hot headed, slightly unhinged guy running with the power. I like it. I even like his silly cackle, laughing at people who get injured. Also this segment does a lot to put over Edwards, another good move to balance out the playing field between he and Davey.

Anderson and Storm met in a Bar to compete in a Drinking Contest. Anderson drank Water whilst Storm got drunk, then Anderson took advantage and beat him up. He didn’t take advantage and put the “moves” on Storm, like most people would in that position. o.O I’m not quite sure what I admitted to in that sentence.

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Eric Young vs. Bobby Lashley

Main Event time and EY took to battle against Lashley. One thing I can say, Lashley = Impressive.

The more I see him in action, the more I like him. I’m glad he’s a big part of this puzzle, and it can’t do anything to hurt him going forward.

Pretty much the same outcome as MVP vs. Aries, only Brian Hebner was threatened to “do the right thing” by MVP before the match.

EY hit the Piledriver, King and MVP out on the attack. Lashley hits the Spear, and Powerslam, Hebner doesn’t DQ and Lashley pins the Champ.

Aries then comes back to EY’s aid with a Kendo Stick, though it didn’t phase Lashley, and MVP, King and Lashley all stood tall to close the show.

So nothing new, but I do like this Stable of MVP, King and Lashley. I actually hope it gets added to.

I do think Bobby Roode and or Abyss will come back to even the odds soon enough.

This might just be “sailing” along, but it’s not boring. I do feel MVP, King and Lashley are legit enough to sell this rise to Power better than the likes of The Aces and Eights and especially Immortal.

I hope TNA don’t look at “correcting” this for Bound for Glory, to yet another temporary power storyline leading into more of the same in 2015. Sick of it now, no matter who is in charge.

Till then,

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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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