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The Jobber Blogger #104 – TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 1/5/14

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Isn’t life great when things feel like a Chore? Yup, it’s one of those weeks again. The Jobber Blogger flies in a day late, but currently I don’t know what to think about this old crazy thing we call “Wrestling”.

The WWE hasn’t been my thing for a long time, and I love TNA. I really do. In fact this week’s show had me rethinking that phrase over and over, “I love TNA!” But then you hear the horror stories, and the backstage rumours and politics, and people leaving, and you just think, what’s going on?

Christopher Daniels has left TNA, Kazarian is looking to leave, and most people think when his contract is up in a few weeks, or whatever it is, he will be gone too. Change is never a bad thing, TNA has filled the gaps with some great new talent, pushed some fantastic older talent, and it’s in a good place. I suppose people will look at this as “They’ve lost yet another TNA original”. But hey, this isn’t the first time Christopher Daniels has left TNA, and it’s not the first time Kazarian has either. Gail Kim left, Angelina Love left, Bobby Lashley left, hell even Jeff Hardy left. But they’ve all come back. Sometimes things just don’t “work”. Doesn’t mean anything is wrong on either side, other than those sides just aren’t running as parallel as they once were.

 

This is an exciting year for Wrestling and for Wrestling fans, Jeff Jarrett, the guy responsible for pouring everything into TNA, is bringing GFW to the world, hopefully by the end of the year. No doubt it’s a fair way off from being anything “spectacular”. But this is ground one, for those people who didn’t know of TNA from day one to jump on board. Competition is the life blood of any business, people are always going to draw comparisons, and it’s never about running anyone out of business, but if you’re not striving to be the best, then you’re doing it wrong. Clearly neither GFW or TNA have what it takes to battle the WWE, but the contrast, similarities and friendships surrounding TNA and the now growing “force” of GFW, it will be real interesting to see some familiar faces and cross over’s.

But hey, that’s distant future talk, this is the right here and now, and this week’s TNA: Impact… did it right. Impact Wrestling Logo

IMPACT WRESTLING – 1/5/14

Yup, we are in the Fifth month of the year, only a matter of weeks and we’re half way through the year, already. That’s crazy.

Impact kicked off with Eric Young fresh from retaining his Championship against Magnus at Sacrifice, looking for his next challenge. MVP keen on the idea pulled in Mr. Anderson, Gunner and Bobby Roode, as the three men who were victorious from Sacrifice. Here’s the thing I like, and yes this “spoils” it a little, but obviously storyline wise, it was Dixie Carter who screwed Bully Ray out of his Tables match, and so therefore MVP overlooked Bobby Roode’s victory. Yet allowed him to participate regardless. And they let Roode win. Roode defeated Gunner and went on to Challenge EY, that’s awesome. They in one move downplay his credibility, but then let Roode without cheating show how legit he is. I respect that. And that draws me into liking Roode (not that I’m not a big enough fan as it is).

To determine who battles EY, Anderson, Gunner and Roode each drew a Card, the two lowest numbers go to battle, and the highest number (Roode) faces the winner of the first match, with the winner of that match taking on Eric Young in the Main Event. A semi little tournament thrown together. And it’s great.

Sure Impact was a little “promo” heavy to kick off the night, and in all honesty I like it when Promo’s are unexpected.

Magnus made his way to the ring to moan about being left out of MVP’s little tournament. But Abyss stood in the crowd stalking his former “employer”. Yup, they still haven’t told us if Abyss is employed or not, which sucks. Mainly because he was never unemployed before. A good way to tell a story is to actually tell all of it, not just make stuff up that you never told and expect people to go along with it. Though I suppose we don’t have any choice but to go along with it.

Magnus and Abyss went at it, brawling, till Magnus escaped the fight. What was unexpected and most awesomely awesome was this guy I believe was called “Brad”. A scruffy British… scruff, and former good friend of Magnus who told him that he has lost who he is, and his suits are stupid. He even said Magnus is stupid and a shell of his former self, because now he has money and success, rather than going around pubs drinking looking like a homeless man. I think the word Brad was looking for, rather than “you’ve changed!” is “you’ve grown up”. Which I think is awesome about Magnus, and currently that puts him in a higher opinion for me, than he being some typical English drunken hoodlum. But new characters are always cool, especially with a violent “past”.

Going for the win for the most non-Wrestling segments on a Wrestling show this week did win, the third segment saw Bully Ray carrying a Table to the ring with “Dixie” spray painted across it. I do like however that Bully just brought it to the ring, pointed it out and pretty much said “By the end of the night, you’re going through that Table!”.

What I would have preferred is for this segment to just crash a Match, for no reason have Bully come out. That would work better for me, and break up the “chattiness”.
Anderson vs. Gunner

There really isn’t much to say about this. It was a rather short lived match. What did stand out to me though was Anderson. Anderson has been a little lost in the murky mid-cards since dethroning Bully Ray from The Aces and Eights. Whereas Gunner has been pushed to the Main Events, even battling for the World Championship.

Put them both together, despite that Anderson is the more experienced, Gunner still feels like he should be the betting man’s choice just given his recent Run. Yet having them both in the ring together, I found myself more on Anderson’s side. Which surprised me. I like Anderson a lot, I do think his best place was within The Aces and Eights, but he does seem to be in a better place recently, at least in his matches. He carried himself really well against Gunner, and that just makes me wish Anderson was perhaps given more room to be “Anderson” on a platform that meant something.

In a weird twist Ending, Storm got involved yes “again”… James Storm TNA business 2

Only Storm “missed” and ended up costing Anderson the match. He attempted his running kick to the back of the head in the Corner, but because Gunner reversed the momentum and threw Anderson in the Gunner, Storm ended up attacking Anderson, leading to the Hanger 18, and Gunner picking up the Victory.

Of course this pretty much just means Anderson is now going to feud with Storm and there is nothing else in it than that. But it’s a little lame that, that is the only way they can think of starting a rivalry. Though on the flip side, it’s far, far better than Angle’s “My son paints his face like Jeff”.

Seriously.
Ethan Carter the third vs. Spud – Exhibition Match

There is something superb about EC3 and Spud together, and Spud’s natural talent easily makes you like him the most, and more. EC3 is doing great work though, and he and Spud talking through the “don’t try this at home” speech was classic.

What was even better was Spud dressed as 2002 era Kurt Angle, shortly after having his head shaved. Angle Spud

Though to bring the mood down, Kurt Angle showed up, said he is finally going to face EC3 next week, and he’s going bring the pain.

What is a pain is Kurt Angle, he’s at the WWE return game again. When asked “if you were to go back to the WWE, who would you want to face” and his reply was “if?”.

That just pisses me off. And it pisses me off as a Fan, I’m sure there are a lot of people backstage in TNA who this just rubs the wrong way. Why pay a guy when he doesn’t want to be there. Get up, get packed, get out. Looking forward to when he’s gone if I’m honest, I like Kurt, I respect him, I respect his decision to go back, I understand it. Just don’t parade it everywhere, to me, it comes across incredibly insulting with regards to TNA, a company I care about. You don’t want to be there, fine, go away.
Gunner vs. Bobby Roode

Rather than having Gunner take on Roode straight after, and or Roode taking on EY straight after, there was a good bit of breathing room between every match.

Whilst on the topic of Gunner, I do want to say that they have done a great job with getting him over, and that he does a great job too. I still think there is more room to grow. It’s a little weird seeing someone as Scruffy as Gunner trying to get the crowd rallied and them behind him. He just doesn’t look like a “good guy”. He’s tough, built, battle tested, violent, scruffy looking. I honestly think if he tweaked his look to fit his Gimmick, he’d have something great. Go with the Army thing, I’d keep the colours, but change his attire. Make him a “warrior”. Gunner Warrior

His ring jacket is awesome, throw in some more unusual Wrestling attired but themed with the Army colours, add some Camouflage face-paint type of design, and you’re onto something pretty awesome.

Something I haven’t seen before was when Roode ran Gunner forward into the ropes, Gunner holds on, leans back causing Roode to fall and Roll backwards. Seen that plenty of times, but as Roode was rolling back onto his Knee’s Gunner had caught up with him and dropped him with a DDT. That was fantastic!

Though of course in the end Bobby Roode picked up the Win with his “Roode Bomb”. I do wish he chose a better name.

Dixie made her way to the ring after showing no concern to Bully Ray and his threats.

Dixie was surrounded by Security, three with her and a line to block the entrance way to the Ring. She was bragging about being the only woman in history to ever put Bully through a Table.

Long story short Bully came out, talked the Security round to getting out of his way, beat up on the Three guys in the ring and was face to face with Dixie.

After placing Dixie between his legs setting up for a Power-Bomb, MVP came out to stop the whole Segment.

I doubt they’d put Dixie through a table. I know they are wanting to build Bully as a big part of the show going into New York. No doubt having him against the Authority of Dixie is the plan. This is the problem with TNA, they recycle the same thing a few times without ever committing to an idea, and then it never see’s it’s true potential. Like they had an idea then changed their minds about who should be within it.

When Anderson first came back he was clashing with Dixie, and it was exciting, but never amounted to anything. AJ Styles, didn’t amount to anything. Most recently is of course Eric Young who was threatened to have a make-over, then didn’t amount to anything. And now it’s Dixie and Bully, which seems to at least have a direction. I think it’s the best choice so far, but who knows. Maybe Dixie will be going through a Table in New York?

Willow vs. Storm

This is one of those matches that feel “strangely placed”. Just having a Match on a card of this kind of clash, usually means something is in store to develop.

Especially considering they’ve been building Willow as a Character, but having him just come out to a Match, and come out first, feels a little strange.

I totally understand that Willow is a strange thing to get into, but I love it.

I think his theme is awesome, his look is awesome. And I love that Jeff is doing different moves under the mask. I know overall it’s pretty much the same onslaught. But it almost feels very old school Jeff Hardy with an unorthodox approach to high risk moves.

I hated Jeff’s adaption of the Twist-of-Fate which goes into a Stunner. I thought that sucked. I love the fall out Cutter, traditional move. However, currently as Willow, the Twist-of-Fate is done like the Stunner, only he holds onto the guy and stands back up himself. It’s weird, looks weird, and I like it.

Speaking of things I like, he did a Baseball slide and just slid out the ring in the same pose and dropped an Elbow drop on Storm who was on the floor! That was insane and awesome, and more of that!

The match escalated with the Steel Steps, and Storm reaching for his Beer Bottle, but Willow had his Umbrella…. yes that is a fair pairing.

Storm got pushy with the Ref, the match got thrown out and as Storm was leaving, guess what, Anderson got involved and Mic Check’d Storm to the floor.
DJ Z and The Bromans vs. The Wolves and Sanada

The Bromans had a good rant at MVP about how unfair Sacrifice was. And no, not for the last minute DQ rule, but for the 3 on 2 advantage they had, and it throwing off their offence and timing.

I actually didn’t write much down for this match, what I did Write was “FANTASTIC”.

This was a brilliant match, Wolves and Bromans have been tearing it up as it is, throw in Sanada and it was just fantastic.

People flying everywhere, great Tag-Team Wrestling, and how awesome are The Wolves?

This is the future of TNA, and it’s a future I am liking a lot!

Eddie Edwards dropped his Top-Rope foot-stomp on DJ Z to put him down, Sanada then landed his Moonsault and Davey Richards finished him off with the Final Foot-Stomp for the Win.

Watch This Match!

The Beautiful People – Beautiful Celebration.

Earlier on in the night Angelina had reportedly gotten a letter from the board of directors regarding her recent win as Knockouts Champion. Stating that now she is the champion she must show a more appropriate manor, for her actions reflect the Company.

Of course she and Velvet were not going to do that, and the main source of problems were of course their “attire”.

Angelina and Velvet turned up to this “celebration” in formal gowns, only to pretend to Strip off. By just removing their gloves, and then laughing about fooling everyone.

Yup, they wrote the letter themselves and used it to tease a striptease. I don’t see how any of this fits a Celebration.

Anyway, Gail Kim confronts Angelina, which is pretty awesome to have Gail turning face. She’s been Heel ever since she came back, and for her to represent the Knockouts Division makes sense, and so naturally she turns against those more “bad” than she is.

Gail goes on the attack, reaching for their Gowns to undress them, needless to say, they both escape.

But are then met by Brittany and Madison who Strip them both instead…. Yup, that happened.
Bobby Roode vs. Eric Young – World Heavyweight Championship

EY is awesome! I do fear he will be turned against, but he’s been a fan favourite for so long that I hope that isn’t the case. Having him front and centre and actively defending the belt is a good idea to keep him fresh and respected.

Not to mention that he with his awesomely wacky music amongst “EY” Chants, and standing tall on the Ropes holding the Belt over his head – it just works.

Earlier on in the night EY had a backstage interview where he said that Roode is the best guy to take Championship from him. Obviously the history between these two is great, and I’d actually really like that to be taken to a higher level.

Roode and EY feuding for a little while would be great.

Again going back to the fact that regardless of MVP playing dumb to Bobby Roode’s credibility, he himself backs it up, and so do those around him. I like that.

EY once again pulled out a Pile-Driver, which looked Horrible, though Roode obviously was fine. But still, it just unsettles me to watch.

EY kicked out of a Roode Bomb but in the end it was EY’s top-rope Elbow Drop which got him the victory.

A very good match between the both of them, but what was the best thing to happen, was EY extending his hand out to Roode, and picking him up.

Nothing more than that, but that was enough to make everyone feel good! Not sure what direction this is going in now, but I certainly like the mutual respect, and general respect being placed on Roode.

As much as this show was packed, next week looks to be a full card too!

EC3 vs. Kurt Angle

The Bromans vs. The Wolves – Tag-Team Championship – Ladder Match

and the Debut of The Menagerie

I am actually really looking forward to the Debut of Knux’s new stable of wild animals with a Circus, Carnival twist.

Till then,

Dan Wilkinson

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The Jobber Blogger #103 – TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – SACRIFICE – 27/4/14

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I would like to start out with a Heart Felt “Thank You”, for your over whelming and out-pouring Birthday Wishes for me this past Monday. And by over-whelming, I mean… One.

But that one tickles my Senses like Spider-Man falling face first into a pit of Villains coats… and they had knifes and sowing kits within their hidden pockets! Scary stuff!

Yes TNA Sacrifice has been and gone, I am starting to feel like the names are “fine”, but they don’t really offer anything to say… “Sacrifice”. Maybe it’s time to shake things up and find a “Theme” for PPV’s such as these. Say a new “King of the Mountain” type of Match where the World Champion has the Deck stacked, and what would he, and his opponents “Sacrifice” for that Gold. IE their body, with crazy moves.

Crazy moves sums up Sacrifice, another Solid Bell to Bell PPV from TNA. Sure it has some “odd things” within it, but overall, TNA’s problem is never it’s product, the product is always good!

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 TNA: SACRIFICE – 27/4/14

 Did you expect me to end the opening Paragraph rant with “the product is always good!”. Because I certainly didn’t. Speaking of me not certainly doing, didn’t, anything. I shall get back to that later!

Yes I decided to throw my face into my Hat and come out with some “Predictions”. So The Jobber Blogger shall play along as I told how stupid I was, and how awesomely right I am!

 The Bromans and DJ Z vs. The Wolves – 2on3 – World Tag-Team Championships

This one was a pretty safe bet. It’s been obvious since The Wolves debuted that they were the best Tag-Team going. It was only a matter of time before TNA paired them with the highest prize they could win.

Be right back, off to put on my Joggers!

Okay back, now equipped with Warmer clothing. The study in which I write The Jobber Blogger’s each and every week (or multiple times a week) is like an Arctic Tundra, filled with Eskimo’s coats with pocket knives and sowing kits in hidden compartments.

I actually didn’t expect the actions of recent weeks to lead to DJ Z being a factor in the match, but the 3 on 2 mentality clearly shows the lesser shall prevail.

True fact.

Speaking of DJ Z, he has since shaved the head which adorned the hair he was once loved, and has dyed it funky colours, like a Hip Jeff Hardy. He even colour-coordinated his attire to match that of his Team Mates.

I’ve always thought Zema was pretty good… but his “gimmick” sucked. I like him better with The Bromans, but he still doesn’t “click” as he’s found his true “form”. I like quotation marks… what of it.

Also due to the recent Tom Foolery from The Bromans, MVP had made the match a No DQ bout, but wanted to inform The Bromans once it’s Bell Time. So to do so Eddie Edwards had a little “note” from MVP with the ruling. Like the many, many… well every PE lesson I had for the last 2 years of School. Good ol MVP. No, don’t be silly… he didn’t get me out of PE. Now look at me, sitting down watching Wrestling, playing Video Games and Blogging…. bliss.

Edwards eventually got singled out, (as so often happens) what I thought was rather interesting was that Eddie and Zema seemed to exchange a good couple of Hard shots back and forth. One might think that there was some “bad blood” between them. But, it was probably just, whatever. Another scientific explanation.

whatever

In the end good old Davey Richards got the Tag and it was go time with The Wolves shifting it up a Gear. Their Tag-Team presence is fantastic, and I always talk about their Timing, but I can also say this, Davey Richards is one thing – Legit. Not to down play Eddie at all, but it’s so blatantly obvious, he is going to be over-shadowed, and fully eclipsed one day, the same eclipse to perhaps be The Wolves last howl?

That’s all poppy cock and whizz hardy! What is true is that The Wolves are the new TNA – Tag Team Champions. And properly this time, not like their “House show” victory title run mess.

This also means that I was right!

Jobber Blogger WIN

 Mr. Anderson vs. Samuel Shaw – Committed Match

Okay so when I wrote #102 of The Jobber Blogger, I didn’t even include Anderson vs. Shaw, it wasn’t mentioned on Impact aside from their continued “feuding”. It wasn’t till WrestleZone put up a post breaking down the Sacrifice card fully.

So I went back and amended it, but it didn’t state it was a “Committed Match”. The stipulation states the Winner. From the get-go I knew I was going to be wrong about Shaw winning. But up until that point Shaw had a fair number of victories over Anderson. I do believe Anderson won the last match, which meant this could go either way. Should it just be a match, I would have expected Shaw to possibly pick up an under-handed Win.

However if it’s a Committed match, then Anderson can’t lose. Just, impossible. He’s like Superman in this environment. Though if he did lose would be most interesting. Do they actually send their Talent to a Psychiatric Hospital? What would happen if Anderson actually had to endure that? Now that would be better.

Still, let’s just carry on shall we? Shaw does a good job of being the Crazy dude, though I do think it might limit his Wrestling abilities currently, I don’t even know if we’ve seen the last of him, or what is going to happen. Anderson seemed in good form, he’s always a bit hit and miss. But for this match he seemed on point. Very straight forward, very loud, very violent. It was good.

Shaw chocked out Anderson at one point and yet again started to pursue Christy, this just led to Anderson getting the upper hand and taking the fight to the back. He was pounding on the back of Shaw, and throwing him into the Guard Rails. I do remember Shaw was a bit of a risk taker, so he’s probably quite happy doing these spots, but still. Anderson then dropped him what looked rather hard, onto a Cart, which he then ran into some of those nicely placed storage boxes in the back. Shaw got a tiny bit of momentum back on his side till Christy showed up, Low-Blow’d him, and Anderson dropped him with a Mic Check to the floor / back of Van. Then threw him in and closed the doors.

Silly match, but if it has Storyline implications then it would be pretty cool. Wait and see.

Jobber Blogger LOSE

 Spud and Ethan Carter the third vs. Kurt Angle and Willow

 I found it hilarious when Kurt and Willow stood side by side. I know it’s Wrestling and all that. But Angle as the only guy to transition from Olympic Wrestling to Pro-Wrestling, it was just funny. He’s stood there, donned in his American Flag themed Attire, years of training, Olympic Gold, and here’s Jeff Hardy, jigging around, screaming like a woman and sliding across the floor with an Umbrella. Kurt…… you’ve made it.

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I do believe this got a fair bit of “Boring” chants at the start, but I do feel it was to do with the opening part of the match. Not that the crowd didn’t want to see it, but I do have a problem with the crowd, which I was address later on when it’s more relevant.

Spud had his fair share of chants too, which is awesome. It shows he is really coming into his own, and there is no doubt that his popularity is going to grow. I think movements like that only work when they aren’t played upon. The second the becoming acknowledged, they become irrelevant. A hard balance EY is going to face going forward.

What was cool though was Willow jumping off the Top Rope with his Umbrella…. admittedly he did just land straight on the floor with EC3 and Spud barely softening his landing at all. But then, that also makes it slightly funnier.

Funny is probably is how this is best described, EC3 even hit a Stinger Splash, the screaming “wooo” and everything. It wasn’t acknowledged by Taz or Tenay, but it certainly tickled my humorous horn.

Spud eventually got singled out, Willow did the whole “Twist of Fate / Stunner” thing, Angle did a modified half way through Angle Slam, but Jeff’s Swanton for the Win was awesome, it barely gave him any leaping room, so he just jumped vertically and shifted in mid air to land it for the Win, awesome!

Though it is annoying, like IGN’s own Matt Fowler pointed out, Willow is being “Jeff Hardy” more than he is Willow.

Jobber Blogger WIN

 Tigre Uno vs. Sanada – Best of x3 – Final Match – X-Division Championship

The problem with the Best of x3, is there is always going to be 3 matches. Which would be cooler if say Sanada won on Match #2. That’s why a Best of x5 gives you more wiggle room to build momentum and desperation.

Either way, a great pairing and some great matches. But this, this was the best.

The match we’ve been waiting for from these two.

Uno locked in this crazy looking Submission, trapping Sanada’s head between his legs, and tying up his legs whilst pulling on his Arm. It just looked… crazy. Most submission holds usually show a sign of some form of Wiggle room, this just looked nasty.

I genuinely thought Sanada might be hurt multiple times through-out this match, which I guess comes with the territory of Uno’s Lucha Libre style, mixed with the X-Division, and PPV level.

Uno dived over the ropes, looking as if one of his knees landed hard on the top of Sanada’s head, causing him to instantly grasp and point at his collar bone.

This of course doesn’t sell Sanada short, who is great in his own ways, but if anyone stood tall in this environment, it was Uno.

Uno’s Capture/Cradle Suplex-DDT thing is insane. We saw it last week on Impact, but it’s an insane move. This took Sanada out, setting him up for his Sabre Tooth Splash, but missed, leaving Sanada to hit one of the most powerful Moonsaults I’ve seen in recent memory and taking the win.

The problem I have with this match is simple, The Crowd.

Part of the reason I love TNA, is because it makes you feel like you’re a part of the “grown up” Wrestling community. Sure you have kids watching and you have idiots.

I remember watching TNA live in Manchester last year, and the people in front were swearing and yelling all kinds of insulting derogative things towards the Knockouts. Now granted, you can dislike Women’s wrestling, I didn’t for a long time. The WWE’s Women’s Division was always so terrible. Now the Knockouts can struggle here and there, but over all they can go like no other Wrestling Company has let their Women perform at.

So you have these great new talents in TNA, and I for one love seeing a Mexican and Japanese style enthused in the mix of the American / British wrestling ensemble TNA offers.

Which makes me annoyed when you have such idiots in the crowd sayings “Let’s go Goku”.

I can appreciate and laugh at all kinds of jokes, and remarks. But when it’s blatant disrespect, that annoys me from an Audience I am so passionate about.

Uno and Sanada have had some of the best matches in recent memory, and for my money, this match was the match of the night. I can’t say enough good things about it, and I just hope that it would encourage a respectful crowd. Rather than distance themselves to a formality we’ve seen for years.

Jobber Blogger WIN

 James Storm vs. Gunner – I Quit Match

There is only one complaint I have about this whole feud, and it’s the stupid re-use of that crap we have every time a Team breaks up, and in TNA, that’s very often.

“THEY WERE ONCE LIKE BROTHERS!”

No they weren’t, didn’t you watch the show?

And if they were, then clearly them fighting makes them more like Brothers. Why do they need to be Brothers to sell me on a feud, they don’t like each other, jealousy, whatever, who cares, FIGHT!

It’s Wrestling damn it!

I know it’s not a recent thing, but Storm obviously has been doing different things with his hair recently, should I comment on that? I notice these things. But also he has gone for a more Goatee look with snazzy Sideburns, rather than the full beard he once had. And Gunner another guy with a big beard has now trimmed his down to a much thinner Goatee. I do wonder if that is to make EY stand out as the guy with a Big Beard. Seeing as how Dixie invented it… and half of her Roster have them.

While I was fairly sure Gunner would eventually win this match, I was pleased at just how violent and aggressive The Cowboy was.

It was a brutal match, everything you would expect from an I-Quit match. It is hard to think of different ways to end such a match that we haven’t seen before. This, which is a very similar ending to AJ Styles vs. Tommy Dreamer, and Jeff vs. Matt Hardy, when Jeff tied Matt to a Table and climbed to the Top of a Ladder, and of course could see what was going to happen next and Quit the match.

I do look forward to more creative ways to finish these types of Matches. But there is one thing that they will always have in common. Brutality.

Gunner must have bladed first, but Storm smashed a Beer Bottle over his head, and the second he hit the mat he had a cut. It looked pretty good… in the sadistic way that Wrestling provides this Story Telling.

Storm wasn’t done, ripping the Belt from the Ref and trapping Gunner in the Ropes, he violently attacked him, whipping his back constantly till he just stumbled backward into a ferocious Last Call Superkick.

Again, this match didn’t play in Storms favour, but it did solidify him as the Badass Heel I want him to be. You wouldn’t want to mess with this guy, that makes him a great counter balance to Eric Young. And I stand by that.

Still, Gunner built his momentum by smashing his head into the Turn Buckles, the ending came when they played the Two Steel Chairs set up front to front ala Lockdown. Only this time Gunner placed a Guard Rail between the Two Stains and Superplexed the Cowboy straight onto it. Very little give, and Storm’s injuries following show that he has some fractures and bruising. Gunner wasn’t done and picked up a Shard of Glass from the Beer Bottle and placed it against the Forehead of Storm, which is of course when he Quit.

Another great match.

Jobber Blogger WINAngelina Love (w/Velvet Sky) vs. Madison Rayne – Knockouts Championship

The Knockouts seem to silent the Crowd as of late. I don’t know why that is. Maybe they’re not paying attention, maybe bored. Maybe in awe. Who knows.

Angelina of course controlled the majority of the match, though I did add another note of her being awesome.

Make Over Predator

Madison hit the “Rain-Drop /Rayne-Drop” ?? Then set up Angelina for the spear, she hit nothing but turnbuckle post, which led to Angelina connecting with her Botox Injection running Axe-Kick. It’s such an awesome move for a Knockout to use also, plus plays well to Angelina’s Long Legs and Big boots. Which should be a Cover of Storm’s old Longnecks and Rednecks.

In the end Angelina attempted a Top Rope cross-body which she missed. Madison then connected with a Spear, but Velvet played the deciding factor, spraying Hairspray in the eyes of Madison as she stumbled back into a Roll Up and Victory for Angelina Love. The x6 Time Record Breaking Knockouts Champion!

Jobber Blogger WIN

Bully Ray vs. Bobby Roode – Tables Match

Bully cut a really good “Bully Ray” styled promo going into the match, probably could have done without the Double Sledge through a Table though. Having Bully hit a table and break it, to me, makes the Tables look weak, not make Bully look Strong.

At first I thought Gunner and Storm would take a higher place on the Card than this match, but I guess with the Storyline implications in place it makes sense. But Bully felt like Bully in this match, coming down to a huge “Tables, Tables, Tables” chant as his music played and he got Face to Face with Roode. It just cemented that Big Match feel.

Sure the crowd were chanting sh*t factor at Roode, but then Roode is the best, so it doesn’t really count. Also –

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Sums it up

Tables matches also suffer from what I said was the problem last time, one Table just isn’t enough.

Bully was trying to Powerbomb Roode through a Table, he countered Twice, but on the Third time the Ref got knocked down and Roode went through the Table. Which obviously didn’t count Oh, the irony. Is that even ironic? I don’t know.

It’s almost cartoonish levels of stupidness when the Ref’s going flying these days, but people just think “meh… Wrestling”. Not “do something different”.

Bully placed Roode on the two tables side by side on the outside, Bully then made his way up the Turnbuckle when a skinny bearded bloke pushed him off through the Tables. Of course, the Ref saw Bully go through the Tables and Roode took the Win.

I should really start betting more on Roode. I always want him to win, and he does. Yet I don’t think he will.

Regardless, of course my joke from a few weeks back was actually True… and now it’s insignificant, so yay.. and Damn you, go out to Dixie Carter.

Donned as a rodey, screwed Bully out of this match. Obviously he didn’t lose anything aside from a Tables match being “his speciality” and just the pain of going through Tables.

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 Magnus vs. Eric Young – World Heavyweight Championship

I don’t think EY is losing popularity yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised for it to start happening. Apparently it’s already happening with Daniel Bryan, but it always does. When it goes from being “our thing” to everyone’s thing, people resent it. They almost done feel Worthy anymore.

Which is why a legit push for an awesome talented Heel always works better, and continues to work. When you change that Heel to be a face, it just doesn’t work anymore.

EY was talking about how he gets motivated when the Crowds chant “Go EY Go, Go EY Go!” a Chant I’ve never heard. To me it sounds like TNA are really pushing Chants and Crowd interaction to create “movements”. Here’s a thing, let it happen… don’t make it happen.

Also Magnus called himself Wreck-it-Ralph for some reason….

The Main Event though didn’t feel like anything was going to be “sacrificed” and I don’t even feel like Magnus really felt like a true contender. Probably with the lack of Build up and announcements that he would actually be cashing in his Rematch.

But what was really good about the Main Event, is that it was a Wrestling Match. No fancy gimmicks, no silly ending, no weapons, no Ref’s flying around. It was just EY vs. Magnus – Wrestling Match – World Championship. Simplicity, and perfect.

EY has easily shifted his game into the highest possible gear since being Champion, EY has always been a great Wrestler, but it’s his time to show everyone, he has always been a great Wrestler.

The match kicked off with some great Headlock take-downs by EY, and the Wrestling continued from there. Magnus’ patented Re-bound from Ropes Clothesline was on point, so was EY’s Top-Rope Moonsault, even though he missed.

Magnus caught EY from the Top Rope and dropped him down in his “Driver” manoeuvre for a Kick-out.

This led him to grab a Crowbar of sorts, only for it to be taken from him, and attempted a Low-Blow on EY whilst the Ref had his back turned, EY countered, dropped him with the Pile-Driver for yet another Kick-out this time from Magnus.

Alas, EY eventually Caught Magnus one last time with yet another Pile-Driver, followed it up with his Top-Rope Elbow rope and retained his World Championship in impressive form.

It’s a shame that the Main Event was “built” more, but the actual match quality no doubt made up for it. It at once secures Magnus as credible, and secures Eric Young, as Worthy.

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Over-all Sacrifice was a top quality PPV. Not quite sure where things are going to go from here on out. Certainly Bully Ray and Bobby Roode / Dixie Carter aren’t done by a long-shot. Knux is returning to impact with his Girl-Friend “Rebel” along with his friends, Crazy Steve and The Freak. A new Stable, perhaps a kin to the Wyatt family?

Certainly exciting to see what happens going toward Slammiversary.

Though on a closing note, as legit as it might be for Wrestlers to lose to a Pile-Driver, and how TNA can be different to use it. I still feel uncomfortable to witness it. It’s not worth the risk, on the odd occasion, perhaps. This regularly, I’d rather they didn’t.

Of course that isn’t my call.

What did you think to Sacrifice? Did you like it? What didn’t you like? Who did you pick to Win?

Let me know in the Comments below or head on over to Facebook.com/TotalNonstopRewind and let your Voice be heard!

Till then,

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The Jobber Blogger #89 – TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 30/1/14

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Welcome to the Jobber Blogger #89! The second proper instalment over on TheSteelChair.com and like always I ramble on endlessly about nothing!

Though perhaps nothing isn’t quite at hand here, as TNA embark on yet another (I’m sure to be awesome sell out) UK Tour, the question at hand is this: does it really matter?

I think the short answer is no. Nothing TNA does matters, Wrestling History is going to go on with them or without them, and unfortunately the WWE is always going to the power that controls the History of the Industry. Lots of rumours floating around that Sting is about to Sign a WWE Legends deal, everything from him just being involved with a WCW DVD to the Launch of the WWE Network and their WCW Content. To him being RAW’s General Manager and all kinds of stuff. Now this seems to be the most “official” word yet of Sting and WWE actually coming to terms, I would even go so far as to say that Hogan’s recent TNA departure and WWE involvement would partially be life line between Sting and the WWE also. I guess what I’m getting at, is if Sting goes to the WWE, he will be looked upon for all of his work outside of the WWE… in WCW. The WWE don’t care how many times he’s been TNA Champion, how many years he’s worked for that promotion, they won’t even blink an eye that he’s in the “Hall of Fame”. It just didn’t happen.

That’s the thing that bugs me the most, see I love TNA, that’s well documented, but if Bobby Roode went to the WWE, sure some people would know of his work, but it would never be mentioned. When Booker T went to WWE via the buyout of WCW – he was credited with his Five Time World Heavyweight Championship reign. All of the WCW guys carried their legacy, hell even ECW carried their legacy, and that was a terrible promotion.

But TNA, who had all the right faces, and all the right ingredients, they just don’t affect the WWE, Ric Flair returns with no mention of TNA (aside from his now infamous WWE 2K14 Panel with Foley) when Hogan returns, there will be no mention, when Kurt Angle inevitably returns, he will have just “Been gone” for several years. No one cares.

They’ve even said if AJ Styles were to wind up in the WWE he would be a mid-carder at best despite he carries a huge weight of Wrestling Greatness through-out the industry, to the point where Kurt Angle left the WWE purely to Wrestle Styles. It’s like everything TNA is doing, should they one day go out of business, it was all for nothing.

If they could gather the ratings and pull in higher numbers, WWE would have to pay attention. And one could think that this is the current trend in Wrestling today. Like any Wrestling fan I’m reading and trying to find out what’s going on with the Royal Rumble / Daniel Bryan / Batista and now of course CM Punk. Clearly the Daniel Bryan thing is a work, and it’s clearly working! Batista is just “one of those guys” from an era that wasn’t even that popular. I think he feels he’s a type of Stone Cold / The Rock, but nope, WWE sucked then and it sucks now. I never got on the Batista train, doesn’t appeal to me. And now the Wrestling Audience is smarter than ever, they know guys like Bryan and Punk work hard for their slot on the show, and then they lose it to some muscle bound Hollywood type who can’t Wrestle half as well purely because his name might carry some “cache”. Least he isn’t as insulting as The Rock’s “triumphant return” for those who grew up watching him to suddenly realise that he actually is terrible as a Wrestler.

Now in the same vein, I don’t look as CM Punk as anything special. I like Punk, but let’s not beat it round the bush, Punk got lucky as he was given the opportunity to “mouth off” and that’s what made his Career. Since then, he’s done very little till now. And only now is important because people don’t know if it’s legit or not, I would say it is a Work, but who knows? Even if it’s not he will go back to the WWE, no chance he’ll turn up in TNA, I’d love it if he did come to TNA, I think his look and style suits their product more so. But what would that mean to the Industry? Guess what, nothing. I bet over half of the WWE’s audience don’t even know TNA exists. And those who do, would probably tune in to see Punk, then tune right back out again. Their viewership would increase, but I don’t think it’s a wise investment. Punk would go back to the WWE, he wouldn’t be loyal to TNA, I don’t even think he likes TNA. His first stint there wasn’t very good, so I don’t think he’d be in a rush to go out. People who question if TNA could “afford” him is ridiculous, TNA are stupid with Money and they paid Hogan more than WWE offered him, and he still left. That says it all really.

TNA always struggle to capitalise on what they have, and granted they are smart enough to listen to their fans, but everything they do just ends up being subpar. I hope they do something great, but I just don’t think they will. If these rumours about Sting are true, then I would say that AJ Styles and Jeff Jarrett have officially left the company, and then if that is true, then TNA are in serious trouble.

Anyway, without this turning into a huge rant about why I like TNA, what TNA does wrong and why I don’t like the WWE, let’s just get down to the business at hand!

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TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 30/1/14

Yes, for the first time ever TNA Impact airs in the UK before the US. And it came straight from Glasgow Scotland, though they did label it as “LIVE!” it wasn’t. But that doesn’t really matter.

What matters is simple, TNA should just get a home over here and film it in the UK because it looks like a force to be reckoned with when they Tape over here, they pack out of the Arena’s (even on the Camera’s side) and they have crazy crowds. Of course I’m not being entirely serious.

Not to mention they did have some Audio problems through-out the broadcast, but least they didn’t Tape it and then Dub the Commentary on top of it, and I hope they don’t do that for the rest of the Taped shows, because it ruined it for me last year.

Magnus kicked off the show and was met with a sea of “Boo’s!” which I was a little surprised by. Though as he did point out, it is Scotland. I would imagine he would be cheered when they get to the UK Shows.

What made me laugh in a type of “ironic” way, is that Magnus and Dixie Carter represent what the Internet have always said TNA should do. As he put it “thinning of the heard / putting the old stars out to pasture to make room for the new”. And yet this was met in a negative light. Though for years everyone’s said that TNA’s downfall is all of these old guys that they bring in for hopes of a Ratings boost, and now look. Hogan and Bischoff have gone, Sting has gone, Nash has gone, Steiner’s gone, Bookers gone, Foley’s gone. Who is left? Angle is going to leave, and I can’t wait to slam the door behind him. You could make a case for Bully and Hardy, but Bully has had his best years in Wrestling in TNA, he isn’t the same guy he used to be, and thank him for being Loyal to them. Same can be said for Hardy, he’s had the best two years of his Career in TNA and he’s in a much better place in his life than he’s ever been before.

So the people get what they want, but they aren’t happy.

Such is life – C’est la vie, Monge tu and Duck a l’orange

EC3 stepped up to get in the face of Magnus when he claimed to “single handily” rid TNA of Styles, Hardy and Sting. The first of a few confrontations between the two. Angle and Joe however crashed the segment and despite Dixie Carter not giving her blessing – it all boiled down to a match – Magnus and EC3 (who Magnus handpicked I might add) vs. Kurt Angle and Samoa Joe – Contracts vs. Number One Contender Shot

I think Spud said it all really

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 Gail Kim and Lei’D Tapa vs. Velvet Sky and Madison Rayne

Even writing that I wrote Gail Kim and Madison Rayne, subconsciously I combined those two together more so than Velvet and Rayne. Not having the Beautiful People in TNA is a sacrilege. Of course having them in TNA without Angelina Love is a far worse crime. Also nice job on the Video Edits of Velvet and Rayne together (without Angelina).

Madison Rayne suits spoiled little jealous Blonde Girl so much more than she does her current role, just as The Beautiful People suit Heels far better than a Face faction.

Though how could anyone be angry at someone who had a hand in accidently hitting Earl Hebner in the face. Velvet hit her (bad) Bulldog on Gail for a two-count but when Gail kicked out she raised her hand and hit Earl in the fact,… that’s a lol moment.

Gail hits Earl

Madison hit a spear on Gail out of no-where, Velvet finished Gail off with “In Yo Face!” and took the win. Before I go on about how short this match was, I just had a brilliant thought. I Hope and Pray that X-Pac – Sean Waltman wrestlers somewhere in the indies, and does his X-Factor, for someone in the crowd to tell him off for stealing Velvet’s move! If there is a God in Heaven! Please! Let this happen and be on Video! Some child telling him off for stealing a Woman’s move would just be hilarious and the icing on the cake for his so-so career.So yeah, once again the team of the best Female Wrestle in the world, and her huge gigantic powerful scary body guard, were defeated by Wrestlers who can’t Wrestle and let’s face it, Velvet can’t even run the ropes right after all these years. I love them all dearly, but at times it’s just a little too “fake” to be believed.

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Chris Sabin heads to the ring afterward to do the great “Bad Guy” move… but also had me laughing like crazy of “Say you’re sorry now, and we’ll go in the back and you can give me a massage”. Just like the short lived run of Joey Ryan who had the best line when he chose to introduce Matt Morgan rather than Hemme when he told her to go make him a sandwich. Needless to say, Velvet told him that they are over and left.

James Storm and Gunner vs. Bad Influence – Gunners World Title Briefcase on the line

James Storm had the worst segment on the show, though it was made slightly better by some guy in the front row making Animal Noises. He could have been cheering but I haven’t heard anything like that before. Storm called out Gunner to “put an end to this”.

And then we were subjected to this horrible segment where they made Bro-Love with doing things for their families and blah blah blah, and when Gunner was in the Marines, and blah blah blah, and then Scotland fans started chanting USA. And what the hell was happening?

I’m sick and tired of the whole “I did this for my Family!” speech, can’t you just do it for yourself. Am I supposed to think that you’re struggling to pay your pills and put food on your plate. I manage it by working 12 hours a week in a Cinema, I’m fairly sure you’re getting paid a hell of a lot more than me. If you can’t make that work then perhaps you should consider changing your life style. And not buy the most expensive Cheese and 1837 Bottle of Wine for your evening of “fine dining”.

What happened to them just chasing a Career in Wrestling, you want to be a Wrestler, you want to be the best guy, awesome, go out there, win the World Championship and do it for your own damn Career and legacy. I don’t want to watch sad back stories in my Wrestling show about how you can’t buy your children 3 games consoles and then afford to send them to the best School in the country and buy them a Porsche for their Graduation present.

I feel this is going to be a good Ranting episode, just wait till I get to Kurt Angle!

Thankfully Bad Influence got involved and so I bring back the long forgotten but most fabled element of my Blog:

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I’m now hoping Storm renames his character – The Monkey Fart James Storm and together with Gunner their Tag-Team name can be – Beard with no Brains. I’m game.So this of course ended in a match – with Gunner once again putting his Briefcase on the line. Funny because when he first decided to do it, Dixie had a issue with it, but then agreed as a way to make him pay for interrupting her. Since then Gunner has been defending it left right and centre.

The idea is that Bad Influence told Gunner he can’t trust James Storm, and much to everyone’s dismay, Storm didn’t do anything untrustworthy.

Gunner was impressive as always and worked with Storm to win – with a top rope Head-butt none the less. Then Storm and Gunner celebrated their victory and left for some more Bro-Loving…. beard style.

Earlier on in the night Kurt and Joe singled out Bobby Roode and threatened him so he wouldn’t get involved in their match with their contracts on the line. This led to Roode giving Dixie Carter an ultimatum. Roode only helped get rid of AJ and Sting for a Title Shot, and Roode demanded it be at Lockdown, and until that is agreed, he won’t be doing anything to help Dixie or Magnus further. Makes sense.

Spud was sent on an errand to find out who this “Investor” is, and do that he called out the Wolves.

Again, Spud stole the show, he got in their faces screaming and claimed to have seen a good bit of American television and tried to interrogate them with his torch. Till he just slapped Davey Richards I believe, and then was dropped by the Wolves and a double team move.

The Wolves had pretty good music, and I do look forward to them being used in the ring (which is coming up soon I believe).

 

 

Abyss and Eric Young vs. The Bromans (w/DJ Zema Ion) – World Tag-Team Championships

I am confused now.

I think there is a piece of this story missing. Park was still Park, even in Monsters Ball, and after Monsters Ball, then last week he showed up as Abyss… there was no “connection”. So is he now just Abyss and Park is no more. Or are we going to find out they are two different people. And why the hell did they stop trying to make sense of it all with Bully Ray.

I also don’t get why they got a Tag-Team Title Match. And I still think EY should go for a Mad Scientist look.

The match looked as if EY was in control of Abyss, till then Abyss just had enough and cleaned house including taking out some British Referee who had his 15 Mins of fame I’m sure.

Abyss then Choke Slammed EY and went crazy. Leading to next week’s Abyss vs. EY – Monsters Ball match, which is supposed to be the final part in EY’s plan.

I don’t really know what I want to happen anymore, probably just get Abyss back, though one would question why someone would chose to do that. And they’ve opened up a lot of good “horror movie” type stories, but then just walked away from them. So as always, they probably won’t capitalise on their potential.

Christy Hemme and Samuel Shaw had another segment, where they were at his house. I’m sure that wasn’t his house, because it looked terrible. Maybe they do get paid really badly and so I should apologise to Gunner. Either way, speaking of things being stupid, Shaw had his hand in the Candle which he didn’t realise. That’s a character trait. And it’s going to come in handy when he fights… flame man?

Still, Shaw then went to his room with a piece of Christy’s hair and put it on this Mannequin Doll he has of her in his Shrine Room.

Do you think somebody ought to tell him she posed for Playboy?

I like segments like these, but it’s where Wrestling crosses over into Television and it doesn’t work. It’s supposed to be as if the Camera men are following these two on their time off. That’s fine, but then why would a Camera man be in his secret closet. It makes no sense. Clearly Christy is capable of watching the show and therefore would have seen all of this anyway. It’s not TV, it’s Reality Entertainment. It’s a strange mix, that just makes you not buy into things, and then it makes even less sense. Like having a Motorcycle Gang without Bikes whose slogan is about Walking… WHAT!!?

 

 

 

 

Bully Ray makes his way to the ring pushing out a Coffin, then went on to talk about all the things he “used to be” and that Anderson took them all from him. The coffin symbolises the burial of The Aces and Eights and everything Bully stood for, so it is fitting that this culminates in a Casket Match. Or “Coffin Match”. Not to be mistaken for the “Coughing Match” which is entirely different.

Anderson and Bully got into another fight, but I am glad to see this type of Match. Sure it’s a silly gimmick match, and part of me wonders if Bully could actually fit in the Coffin he had with him, smart game plan really.

I do wonder where they both go from here, but I look forward to watch it unfold.

Magnus and Ethan Carter the third vs. Kurt Angle and Samoa Joe – Contracts vs. Number One Contendership

Basically, if Angle or Joe lost, they leave TNA. And if Angle or Joe pin either Magnus or EC3 they get a World Championship shot.

The investor added the stipulation that if anyone interferes in the match they will be fired. I still need to buy those shares, buying shares sounds great. I could buy a share in TNA and start demanding things.

Earlier in the night Magnus spoke to EC3 about how he doesn’t like him, and that he has to Team with EC3 and should he lose he must defend his title. Which is sort of silly, as Magnus agreed to the stipulation and also chose EC3 to be his partner.

That aside, I actually love that Magnus is a fighting champion. Sure he has a lot of help, but he’s not running from fights, he’s demanding them. He also isn’t afraid to show that he’s happy to be the face of TNA, but that doesn’t mean he likes who he’s aligned with, but he will do whatever he has to, to further his Career… I respect that. Screw this for my family crap.

The good news is that Samoa Joe made Magnus tap-out. That’s good because I always wish Joe was more old school. He was intimidating to watch when he first showed up in TNA, it was shortly after I finished up with my “Wrestling Training” attempt and I remember thinking “screw getting in the ring with this guy”. Joe was a force, and I felt sorry for his opponents. It wasn’t till I saw him in a Q&A I attended a year later where he seemed like a great guy outside of the ring. The last few years or so, Joe has been a shell of his former self, so I’m glad to see him be the one to get the Title Shot, though I do think Joe will be fired shortly after ala AJ Styles. But if Joe came back full force, undefeated, quick matches, impactful moves and unstoppable, I’m on board for that journey.

The highlight would be Dixie leading Spud to the ring holding hands and Spud keeled over from his attack earlier on in the night. What is more interesting is that Joe stated he and Angle will be staying in TNA for a long, long, time.

Now Angle has always said he would go back to the WWE, but of late he’s been saying “I can’t lie to myself any longer, I want to go back”. Well good riddance. I like Kurt, but if he doesn’t want to stay with TNA, to help build TNA, then leave. His pay check can go toward getting new talent or better invested in something to build the product.

What is more ridiculous is that Kurt now wants to be in the TNA Hall of Fame, asking Dixie to roll out her Chequebook and induct him, and invite the new investor.

So let’s get this straight, Kurt Angle, who has had a great run in TNA, gets arrested for DUI… again, and leaves for rehab. Upon returning he has beef with Bobby Roode who says Angle isn’t Hall of Fame material…. then Angle rejects the Hall of Fame.. proving Roode to be right… but still has a problem with Roode… despite he was right, and Angle showed it.

Angle then says he needs to cement his position within TNA once more, and win the World Championship once more, which to me, says “hey, I screwed up, I made a mistake, I went to rehab, but I’m back to be the best!”. So Angle injures himself and loses countless matches, then barely wins a Cage match against Roode by “falling” and then Joe wins the Tag-Match and gets a World Title Match.. and it’s then that Angle feels he has proven himself to be Hall of Fame Worthy?

Are you kidding me.

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That was Kurt’s Road to Glory and Journey to the Immortals. He’s happy with a losing streak, a close victory and a win by his Partner. That’s enough for him to want to be in the Hall of Fame? I still don’t get how he beating Roode by falling faster than Roode crawled is “winning the war” after Roode beat him three times in singles competition alone. I would revoke the Offer and tell him to get lost. Speaking of Revoking the offer, Dixie had a fit and shouted for this Investor to turn up. And he did, being MVP. Surprising everyone.  Well least he tried, but everyone was expecting it. And much to my dismay, I actually rather enjoyed it, and I look forward to seeing what happens next week.

Least TNA have learnt from that horrible “August 1 Warning” flop in their face.

So a good show, even if I had a good rant!

I’m sure Storm will turn on Gunner, and I hope to see MVP and the Wolves next week and look forward to more twists and turns in the road.

Till then!

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The Jobber Blogger #86 – TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 9/1/13

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Well I think it’s safe to say Writing these blogs are a pain in my ass! And trust me, I’ve multiple related Ass-Pains over my life. What was my last Ass-Pain you say? How about slaving over a 6’500 Word Article on the Best of TNA Wrestling to get one Comment! ONE! Sure it’s an awesome comment and I humbled, I beat my original record, and last year’s Blog got One Comment also.. but that one was negative. So a Hearty “Up Yours” to that guy! I’ve improved!

I did plan on my opening Paragraph to be entirely Wrestling based, and it kind of was. So let’s say this, TNA close out the year 2013 in awesome fashion! WHAT?! Yes, we all know this episode was filmed weeks ago, and it only just aired now. HOWEVER! It Was Immense!

Immense is a word I barely use. And speaking of barely anything, I just realized I’ve completely moved on from what I was originally going to Write about, to drift into something else, to then forget to Write about that and eventually come back on the rails to the ending of the first thing I forgot.

WRESTLING!

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TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 9/1/13

Yes, all of the above is indeed Irrelevant, but what is an Elephant is that TNA put on one hell of a show and it showed in the Ratings as they smashed the ratings getting the best viewership they’ve had in months. Which just kind of sucks because I’m sure it had all to do with AJ coming back, and now he’s gone, so that was the end of it. But it does show that their plan is working.

But what made this show special Mr. Blogger, well sit right there Timmy you over eager bastard, and I’ll tell you!

Dixie kicked off Impact by bringing out AJ’s final TNA contract, the Contract for “one more match” and then that’s it. AJ with his Phenomenal music and all came down to the ring, it’s a little bit gay (yes, gay, used the in the most correct of circumstances) that he didn’t just play “Evil Ways” for the entirety of his entrance, but as they say… “fish on a flop.”

The whole segment was Dixie enforcing her role not allowing AJ to speak, changing the match to a No Disqualification and declaring “I will never rest till I don’t have to see your face again”. With AJ’s best efforts to say there are guys in the back who hate her as much as he does, Dixie stated they won’t help him as she owns them too. But one phrase I thought was rather “nifty” again the correct use of the word, is that AJ claims the TNA World Championship has never gotten more respect since he took it away from Dixie Carter.

Everything from Dixie not having a Clue as to running a Wrestling Company throwing every single bit of Negativity TNA has garnished in its entirety back at her. The whole thing is just like a recent “Shoot” AJ has done:

I have my own ideas as to how this is all going to play out. TNA has been criticised for years, and they’ve taken everything thrown at Dixie and made her a heel because of it. That is her accepting to it and taking the heat from it. AJ leaves, Jeff leaves, maybe even Sting, Joe, Storm, you name it. Jarrett sets up a new company, TNA originals (and favourites) jump ship, Dixie continues to bury TNA till they both face each other again. They can blend the lines, it’s a whole re-brand – re-start for TNA I’m sure of it. Everything from the Six-Sided Ring to going back to that style of Wrestling, they can pull in the old audience and a new audience and do something that has never been done before. What else would all of this be?

Either way, Magnus and AJ had a good face off in the ring, and it pleases me to actually say that. I’ve always liked Magnus, and AJ, but neither have been great on the mic, and they both were. They made it feel like a huge match, with huge potential and high risks. So well done!

Eric Young and Joseph Park vs. The Bromans (w/ DJ Zema Ion)

Dixie had a flurry of backstage segments “motivating the staff” like Gail Kim and Lei’D Tapa as well as The Bromans, though Robbie E did seem a little unwilling.

Isn’t it great to have EY back on every show, I do wish he went back to his old crazy attire rather than the Wrestling attire, or a new “scientist” attire would be pretty good.

The match was cut short with Gail and Tapa beating down on ODB in the back, this of course led to EY running to her aid and leaving Park at the hands of The Bromans. I am still confused this whole “Abyss is back!” from the Monsters Ball means… he’s not back at all. And in fact, not even been Abyss at all, he did nothing against Bully and got his ass kicked against The Bromans.

I still can’t emphasize just how much I love Zema Ion in his current role, it’s genius and cracks me up every time, I can’t get enough of it. And in the end The Bromans hit the “Bro-Down” on Park and won the match. Then proceeded to take apart the Guard Rail and bring that in the ring to repeat the move, “injuring” Park and taking him out of action for the remainder of the night.

 James Storm hits the ring and calls out Gunner, claiming he’s been a part of some of the best Tag-Teams in TNA and in the Wrestling Business altogether, but one thing tears them apart better than anything else, and that’s the World Championship.

The thing I like about this, is that Storm has reasons to be annoyed, playing the face, whilst Gunner is actually the one in the right but portrayed as the Heel. It’s awesome like the clever idea of turning CM Punk Heel against Jeff Hardy, it was so well done, that the fans literally turned him Heel by doing the same thing he would have done anyway, just Jeff’s star power as a face is what turned the fans.

Storm and Gunner shook hands for “one more match” with the World Championship shot on the line, hanging the Case back up. So I fully expect Storm to stoop to Bobby Roode level of success or “Beer Bottle” to defeat Gunner. Bridging the gap for a potential Beer-Money reunion! Oh Please let that happen!

Samoa Joe vs. Ethan Carter the third

Joe got in Dixie’s face about her treatment of AJ, and her desire to rid him from the company. So in return he got in a match against EC3. EC3 however jumped Joe backstage already wearing him down before the match got underway.

Just like EY and Park before, Spud got involved, which lured Joe out to attack Spud, and also like Zema beforehand, Spud is doing an amazing job.

The distracting led to EC3 hitting Joe in the leg with a Wrench injuring his knee and the match being thrown out.

Joe was then advised by medicals to leave the arena.

After this show, if anyone thinks AJ’s leaving still isn’t a work, they’re crazy.

Kurt Angle vs. Bad Influence – Steel Cage Match

In preparation for next week’s battle against Roode, Angle laid out an open challenge. Which was met by Bobby Roode bringing down fellow EGO team mates Kazarian and Daniels to do battle with Angle.

I don’t get why Steel Cage matches have the pull that they do. If these led to TNA’s viewership this week, then what’s going on with that?

Though the match wasn’t too bad, usual run of the mill Cage Match really, which also led to this funny picture:

my name is kurt angle

Angle pulled off the second rope German Suplex, with Kaz “moon-saulting” down onto Daniels, then getting Angle Slammed and Kurt picks up the Win.

Soon after however, Angle was posing for a Photo Shoot then Al Snow pulled up and shouted Kurt to get into the Car, it’s an emergency and he needs to get him out of here and to an airport. Which is super interesting, Al Snow has just taken Jeff Jarrett’s role backstage, and now it seems he’s in cahoots with Dixie and gets Angle out of the way. More reason not to believe Jarrett isn’t in on all of this thing as well, it makes sense. And clearly is that way already in Storylines.

Bobby Roode vs. Sting – Steel Cage Match

Backstage Sting found both James Storm and Gunner knocked out from Beer Bottle shots, and that is when he decided to get in the face of Dixie also, “what happened to you?” So this is his punishment for doing so.

Bobby Roode on the other hand is aligning himself with Dixie, and this is his way to prove that. So I like the faction that’s building, clearly they can’t run all of the “good guys” out of TNA and make it a pure Heel show, though that would also be pretty neat.

Given that not so long ago Roode got praise from The Rock, it seems he has taken that to heart as he has been working on development the old “Rock Flip”. After taking certain moves Roode is starting to flip and flop around the ring like Rock used to. Is that insightful Wrestling journalism?

Sting locked on the Death-Lock when EC3 and Spud ran to Roode’s aid, EC3 distracted Sting as he climbed up the Cage as Spud threw a “Baton” to Roode, who then used it to beat down The Icon and escape the Cage.

A weird “turn of events” on Impact was Anderson and Bully Ray’s confrontation. Anderson determined to put an end to it went back to the Church that held the “Funeral” for The Aces and Eights. Which is also where he found Bully, sat at the back. Bully did the more “biblical” type of speech thing once more as the weird music played out again. Everything from Anderson taking the Colour’s from him to trying to set Anderson on fire last week.

Bully apparently left Anderson a “present” in the Coffin, which I believe was some type of White Clothing or something, not quite sure. Then “dun dun dunnnn!” Bully had left as Anderson turned back around.

Don’t know what on earth they are trying to do with Bully, but I don’t hate it, and I’m actually rather anxious to see where it all goes.

Speaking of where things go, next week is Genesis, the first Special “PPV” of the Year and it’s packing the following:

Bobby Roode vs. Kurt Angle – Steel Cage Match – If Angle doesn’t win, he can never be inducted into TNA Hall of Fame

Sting vs. Ethan Carter the third

Madison Rayne vs. Gail Kim – Knockouts Championship

Mr. Anderson vs. Bully Ray

I’m hoping Anderson and Bully might get to Main Event again, though it will probably go to Roode and Angle. Still, it looks interesting and I can’t wait to see how everything plays out, especially in the aftermath of this week’s show.

AJ Styles vs. Magnus – Undisputed TNA: World Heavyweight Champion

While people want to blab on about this is what WWE did with CM Punk, and they’re right. However I think TNA as using that formula and taking it one step further.

To say this was a match, is crazy, it’s an all out battle with chaotic…ness.

Magnus “tweaked” his Knee getting out of the ring, apparently, but unlike the usual match where you know people are going to run in, you have the usual “match” then something big happens where they’re both down, or the ref is taking out, and then someone gets involved. Nope, none of that crap, we know all along Dixie is going to try and screw AJ at every turn, and it’s right off the Bell.

EC3 and Spud hit the ring in no time attacking AJ, which is when Sting comes out to his aid.

Now Sting went crazy again backstage at Dixie after his Match with Roode, but Dixie wanted Sting to know that if she wanted him “taken out” he would be, rather it was a message, and she wants him on her side (Which would be really interesting actually). Instead Sting came out to help AJ.

The Bromans and Zema then hit the ring taking out Sting. AJ managed to mount some offense back but Bad Influence then took out AJ right away.

Magnus jumped in ready for the Count but Earl refused to count the three. Even pushing Spud around as he does. So as Earl leaves, Dixie brings Brian Hebner to the ring.

AJ again fights back, throwing Zema out of the ring right on top of the Camera man, which was pretty awesome actually.

AJ then locked on the Calf Killer to Magnus then Kaz takes out Brian Hebner so no Ref to see Magnus tap.

Sting takes out Bad Influence, AJ hits the Styles Clash on Magnus but no Ref. So Earl Hebner comes running back out to count, Spud does this awesome “pathetic” dive to stop Earl which was hilarious.

Everything was all over the place, and totally fantastic. AJ did this great Dive over the ropes taking nearly everyone out. In the end it was Bobby Roode who pushed AJ off of the Top Rope then hit his Death Valley Cutter thing Three Times on AJ before Magnus went for the Pin.

Dixie dragged down Referee Stiffler I believe, who then counted the Three, leaving Magnus as the Undisputed World Champion, and AJ had no chance whatsoever to win.

So what does all of this mean? I’m pretty sure it means AJ is not done in TNA. If he truly felt the way he did, of course he wouldn’t have gone through with a Match like that. This match screams “STORYLINE” and “ITS NOT OVER!”

It’s just beginning whatever it is, and it was an awesome show. I love random craziness and unpredictable out of control shows. It’s what The Aces and Eights should have been like. I am sure all of this is connected, and I can’t wait to see how this all plays out next week and for the following Weeks. Nor can I wait to see what the “Main Goal” of it all is either, but I’m sure it will all fall into place, and be something rather special.

Till then, we’ve got Genesis next week!

Dan Wilkinson.

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The Jobber Blogger #85 – The Best of TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 2013

Main BannerIt’s that time of year again when everyone rolls out their “Best of 2013”. Last year I believe I did it on Boxing Day, but for 2013 it was stuck in my head from the get-go as to who would be that “Break-out Star” or the best match.

Being the first Calendar Start to Calendar End year that I’ve been covering TNA every single week, I had quite a back-log of Notes to flick-through to find my Favourite Matches and refresh myself on my favourite PPV’s etc.

But something you find pretty quickly is this, If you Remember it, then It Was the Best.

Though saying that, that phrase doesn’t ring-true for everything, there are many matches through-out 2013 that had twists and story developments that you remember just for that fact alone. Same goes with the infamous “Wrestler of the Year”. But I shall get to that as we roll out the chosen Winners.

First I would like to take a Look-Back on 2013, the things TNA tried and failed, the Changes and the Stand-out moments they delivered.

PPVS a year

2013 was the first trial period of cutting down on the PPVs. Something that makes sense to me. Not every PPV is this big spectacle and huge event. So TNA eliminated them, we had Genesis and then nothing till Lockdown in March. As the year rolled on however and the idea of Destination X came about in July, they then brought back their Monthly events as Live Televised Specials.

From doing that, the “PPVs” stood out with being something big, like Slammiversary and Bound for Glory, going into next year just to be Lockdown – Slammiversary – Bound for Glory I believe.

Which means every Month in between they will have their Special Shows but aired Live on Television for free, this format seems to have been drawing bigger Ratings for TNA, so that’s smart. The PPV Buy-Rate has been dropping over the years, and it’s clearly a going-out-of-fashion market. If TNA can capture a Streaming Service or Subscription like the WWE Network, then they could quite easily capitalise on this Audience further.

On the Road

Going on the Road is something Hogan and Bischoff wanted to do since the moment they stepped foot in TNA. And let’s face it, it makes sense. Sure the Impact Zone was cool and they had all their equipment there to produce good lighting and effects. Wrestlers gravitated to TNA because they didn’t need to Travel so much, so that gave them plenty of “Me Time”. But for a Wrestling Business, the same faces in the Crowd every week, and those horrible “Tourists” who clearly walked into the Building thinking it was some kind of “Attraction”. You need to be on the Road.

The best Impact’s from the Impact Zone were always the ones right before the PPV. People would fly down so the Universal Studio would be packed with TNA fans. That’s what you want.

Take your show on the Road and guess what, TNA fans turn up, and different ones. Not only that but different locations expands your awareness, meeting new people, bigger crowds etc. But just from a Television perspective, the Show excels with a good crowd, that’s what Wrestling is based on. And the Impact Zone didn’t have that every week.

Though on the downside is Money, and TNA seemingly have taken quite a hit on that front over the year of 2013.

In the end though, I feel going on the Road was a big deal, and though now they are looking to secure somewhere to carry on how they used to. That’s a big step back in the wrong direction. Wrestling shows need their passionate fan-base, people don’t like it if it’s not Live television because now with the internet, it gets ruined. And let’s face it, the Wrestlers work best when they respond to the crowd, and to get the best crowd, you go out and find them. Not only that, but they pay to come and watch TNA, so hopefully they can figure out a Schedule that works best for them, both in quality and money stability. CutBacks

Going on the Road drank the funds rather low for TNA, now not stupidly low, they have a rather rich foundation. But 2013 saw the release of a lot of Stars, either from Cut-Backs to them just leaving. Doug Williams, Joey Ryan, SoCal Val, Matt Morgan, Devon, RVD, Hulk Hogan, even down to the latest of AJ Styles and Jeff Jarrett TNA founders and originals the list is rather long. Now I fully expect some of these people will be back in TNA at some point. But right now, it seems they are gone. It’s a sweet and sour thing really, people obviously don’t like the idea of certain stars leaving, but let’s be honest, TNA has a Roster far too big for the One-Show a week they run currently anyway. How often do Wrestlers just disappear off of Television for Months and make a “Come-Back” for no reason. Obviously they can only fit in what they book, and what ideas they have in creative going forward.

So really, most of these aren’t a big loss. You can probably make as much arguments for them not being used properly by TNA in the first place, in which case, no big deal really.

I certainly have forgotten most of the people now not with TNA, and Wrestling needs to stay Fresh, you need to mix the old with the new, only hopefully the new are actually good.

But if it saves money and keeps around the guys people want in TNA, then it’s not a bad thing. Every company needs to make cut-backs, and clearly paying guys to sit at home is a bad idea. TNA have been paying their stars to not work for far too long.

The downside to this is that they have brought in new contracts (apparently) which pay their stars per appearance. Now TNA developed this “Live Show” then straight after “Taped Show” deal. Which means the Wrestlers would get paid once for a deal that used to pay them twice. Now with 2013 closing out, and even the first two weeks of 2014, Impact has been Taped 6 weeks in Advance, now theoretically that is one Pay-Packet for 6 weeks worth of work.

I’m fairly sure no-one is badly paid, but it’s certainly a Pay-Cut for stars, and clearly it’s not working out. If the rumours are said to be true, then TNA original AJ Styles never got what he wanted, and the “unhappiness” behind the scenes is what led him to leave TNA.

HOGANBISCHOFF

This all fits in nicely to the departure of Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff. It’s just about 4 Years ago when they both officially joined TNA. And it was a good run, but people both fans and Wrestlers alike said from the get-go – Get Rid of Hogan and Bischoff.

It could have been creative differences, it could have been money, but as 2013 ends, it seems clear that both parties have parted ways.

TNA never let Hogan and Bischoff have a huge hand in the Creative side of the Company, though TNA also claimed that they had more sway then they let on. Fact is, Hogan helped build the biggest Professional Wrestling company in the World, he helped put Wrestling on the map for a long-stay Television audience. Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan together built the only Wrestling Company in the history of Wrestling to actually Draw bigger ratings and more money than the WWE. But they also had a hand in it falling apart, albeit it a lesser hand. So clearly they would appear valuable to TNA. The problem is, the only sort of “Creative” ideas that come about are the same ones that put WCW on the map back in the mid 1990’s, and that’s the whole invading Faction.

The Immortal Faction was a good idea, and Jeff’s Heel Turn was well done, but, it did suck, let’s be honest. They were a terrible faction. The Aces and Eights was a great idea, with utterly poor execution and in the end a slightly different twist on the idea, that still did nothing really.

Hogan as the General Manager was a bore, it was the same thing every week. He drew big reactions and his name sold their product. But having him in the ring blabbing about and stumbling over his lines was never a good way to start the show. Bischoff I feel would have been a better on-air talent, but he was never seen again since the closing moments of Immortal. As both have gone away, TNA is actually producing some of the best Weekly Shows and ideas they’ve had in a long time, if not ever.

People like to go on about the “Old Days” of TNA, but their Booking was one of the things I always hated. It seemed Dusty Rhodes would just come out and read from a piece of paper for the next PPV with who will be fighting who for what in what match. Most of the time they continued the same matches to the next PPV. It was sloppy and boring and had no structure.

Hogan and Bischoff had a hand in Re-Imagining TNA and Re-Branding it of sorts, and that’s smart. You want to sell your Wrestling Product to any type of Market / Sponsor you give them the biggest name in Wrestling who is an established Star World-Wide and has been for the last 25+ years in Hulk Hogan, and that’s a good sell.

While it’s sad to lose that, Hogan and Bischoff’s pay-checks will open up more possibilities to the guys that really matter, and that’s the Roster.

aceseights

The Aces and Eights were the focus point for a good period of 2012 and the majority of 2013. The fact they were a “Biker Gang” was pathetic. I encourage anyone to work from their influences, no idea is an original idea. But to just say “hey Sons of Anarchy is cool, let’s do that” is stupid. It doesn’t translate to Wrestling, why the hell are they a Biker gang?

They could just create a Faction as they did and leave Bikes out of it, for 18 Months we never saw one of them Ride a Bike. And the only clips we saw of Bikes, had them sitting on them, or some “masked people” riding them, and there was only about 5 clips of those at most. So what was the point? Next time make a plausible faction.

My main gripe with The Aces and Eights was that it suffered from TNA’s “never-ending failure” of bad execution and poor pathetic pay-off.

They had this invading faction that weren’t necessarily Wrestlers who were all masked, sending threats to Hogan and Dixie, jumping Sting, beating up guys and causing chaos. That’s awesome.

Gradually things started to form, and people knew Bully Ray would end up at the head of the Table eventually. The problem though, is I think they changed their minds. If The Aces and Eights was a faction build by say an Eric Bischoff or Jeff Jarrett to try and regain TNA would have been incredible. And everything seemed to be going on that path, then every so often they would just “change it”. Joseph Park’s big exclusive discovery that got smashed on his Laptop and he hit in the head with a Hammer, that went no-where. When Hogan and Sting got kidnapped it was obviously Eric Bischoff in the role of the mysterious leader.

When it was time for Bully to take over, what was left? A faction of guys no-one gave two craps about and Bully Ray as World Champion. The entire development of The Aces and Eights was to put the World Championship on Bully… and that’s it. It ended at Lockdown. Then the faction was Bully Ray with his idiots who tried to keep him in Power. Hogan did nothing which he clearly could have done, and for some reason they were all on the roster. To the point that a few months later they weren’t even a problem anymore and Hogan didn’t seem to care. Even The Main Event Mafia didn’t seem to care. It had no pay-off. It was awesome appeal, great ideas, but poor execution and a pathetic end.

newstars

Speaking of bringing in New Faces, 2013 has ended with a great handful of them.

EC3 though still not really “over” in my eyes, is a great addition. He suits the role of Dixie’s nephew and so far he has managed to establish himself rather well.

On the other hand you have Lei’D Tapa the Gut Check loser who was brought back, that’s a great move. She’s something different but yet again, poor execution to building her character. I love the idea of not bringing in Power-Houses with your typical “Squash-Match” ideas. But to make her impactful for two weeks then a lackey the next, she’s lost all of her momentum and now I don’t care anymore.

Rockstar Spud, someone I wrote off almost instantly, has quickly become one of the best things on TNA Impact every week. Winning the British Boot-Camp was great, he made his debut and then was only seen once since till the end of the year. So I was more than sure he would be getting cut, but what they’ve done with Spud lately has been great work, not to mention he just Shines in the role.

To me though, the best showing of New-Comers has to be Norv Fernam and Dewey Barnes, don’t get me wrong, I don’t really care if they stick around or not. But I do like them. The thing I like the most is that normally when you have a new “Power House” debut you get some local talent who gets his ass kicked in the squash match. Now this is what Norv and Dewey were, till they became regulars. Now to debut these guys against a talent like EC3 actually brings in 3 new stars, establishes them and puts them over all in the same move. It’s clever.

dixieheel

To close out the most important things TNA has done in 2013 though, it has to be Dixie Carter’s Heel Turn.

I think it surprised people, they didn’t expect her to Turn, of all people. Not to mention just how well she fits the role. The thing with Wrestling Management is that it always works best with Heels in Charge. Dixie is the perfect person to gain Heat and draw that rebelliousness out of the Baby Faces. It also creates good Heel Turns in other stars to align themselves with Power.

The problem however lay in the fact that it’s sort of becoming yet another Faction thing. You will have Dixie’s TNA and they who oppose her, most likely the “TNA Originals”.

Either way it has been exciting TV since Dixie turned, her contrast with AJ Styles was great, and more recently Jeff Hardy. The one thing I enjoyed the most was Mr. Andersons brief run-in with the “law” though it ended a week later, it would have been a great contrast also.

It was a smart move Turning Dixie Heel and putting her front and centre each week, and it’s one that has quickly paid off in establishing new talent also. So I for one look forward to see where that all goes in 2014.

Well that was certainly a Long Introduction but now it’s time to get to the Matter at hand and start dishing out the Awards! And yes, the Awards are simply just a Banner I made, but I’m sure they will never see them and if they did, they would be proud!

newcomer nom

I think I pretty much covered the ground with my “New Stars” section above. But 2013 didn’t really see many “New Faces” more like November – December did. Gut-Check was a great new idea put into place last year, though most of the people they gained through that have since been “Released”. So in practice, it was a bad idea. However, TNA have managed to bring in some great new faces this year, and certainly some who I think actually fit into TNA and have the ability to stay around for the long haul.

I put it down to Ethan Carter the Third – Lei’D Tapa and Rockstar Spud because really… who else is there?

Best Newcomer - ROCKSTAR SPUD

But clearly, it has to be Spud who takes the win. EC3 is a great new addition too, but I don’t feel he has found his “place” yet. He’s the typical “new guy” and they’ve not done anything new with him. Nor has he actually had a proper match to see what his in-ring work is like

Lei’D Tapa is a great addition to the Knockouts, but her appeal has quickly been halted by making her Gail’s lackey. I feel they have missed a beat with Tapa, I think there is great potential to re-build it, but not till she is done with Gail. In the long run, it might be best to establish her name whilst being associated with Gail. But time will tell.

Rock Star Spud on the other hand, his gimmick and charisma was fine, but bringing him back as Dixie’s Chief of Staff was the perfect move. He has a great look, his size fits perfectly for people wanting to push him around and dislike him. His attitude and dare I say it “being British” is probably enough to encourage more people to dislike him and want to beat him up and the fact that Dixie won’t be getting thrown around means Spud can take the brunt of her decisions for her.

Spud has been the highlight of the last few shows with a great Backstage Segment with Sting to organising the Thanks Giving Meal (the British way) and Driving to Gainesville Georgia to find AJ Styles. They have been segments I have missed from Wrestling in a long time, and he plays the part perfectly. Mix that with the fact that he can actually Wrestle rather well, I think he will become a Character who you rarely see in the Ring, but will actually surprise those who don’t see him as a Wrestler.

All in all, for his additions to TNA in such a short amount of time, there is no doubt that Spud is the best Newcomer to TNA, and the one to look forward to in 2014.

return nom

Wrestling Fans love a Good “Return”. Whether it’s unexpected or not, people love to see old stars coming back from injuries or storylines. It’s one of the staples of the business and probably the biggest “Pop / Buzz / Ratings” when done correctly.

A few people have “Returned” this year, I mean Sting returns at least 3 times a year. But the most notable ones were Mr. Andersons come back after being beaten down by Bully Ray, Chris Sabin’s triumphant return after 2 years of gruelling rehab and AJ Styles’ long awaited return from his own hiatus.

Best Return - AJ STYLES

I feel sort of Bad for it not going to Sabin. Sort of bad being I don’t feel bad, but in reality he had the truest of Come-Back.

Sabin blew out his knees with the same injury, the second being on his first Return to the ring, so no doubt he had a lot to prove and probably the biggest gut wrenching effort to get out there and carry on. Sabin’s return also saw him Rise to the top with a short World Championship run. So it was a good return on all fronts.

Mr. Anderson on the other hand easily had the weakest, he was written off of TV because his Contract was up, but then came back a couple of Months later. I’m sure this thing has happened in Wrestling for years and years, but with the Internet people know what’s going on behind the scenes a little better. Still, Andersons departure was because he stepped up to fight Bully Ray and paid the price. He still paid the price on his return but he managed to bring down Bully Ray and eventually put an end to The Aces and Eights 18 Months later. So his return was good, but this story is still going into 2014, and I feel we haven’t got to the best part yet.

AJ Styles however for many won the Best Return. AJ’s story has been years in the making, the whole breakdown of Fortune and more battles with Christopher Daniels was the start of this story. The Dixie Carter romance, the infamous Claire Lynch debacle. All of it was to build to AJ’s growing depression and problems with TNA. He would eventually lose the chance to Wrestle for the World Championship for an entire year and losing to Daniels cleanly at the hands of his own Finishing Move is what drove him away. AJ was then “spotted” out and about with this whole Aces and Eights recruiting thing going on, but when AJ came back, he was different. Longer hair, rough looking, new attitude, something completely different to what people know. He was sick of TNA, sick of being the good guy. His return match at Slammiversary against Kurt Angle was great, the second “Evil Ways” played out over the PA was when you knew what AJ had become was something Special. That entrance alone set the stage for the Main Event at Bound for Glory, the clashing of personalities and attitudes both different and similar already set the tone for an inevitable match against Bully Ray. Though AJ fought his way through the Bound for Glory Series, defeated Bully Ray for the World Championship then left TNA because of Dixie Carter all set the stage for the direction of the Company.

Though no-one really knows what is happening with TNA right now, it’s safe to say this AJ Styles storyline and “real life issues” has been the biggest news . rumours in Wrestling for the closing months of 2013, so therefore AJ’s Return was both a huge surprise and a lasting effect.

ppv nom

Obviously it would be a short category if you only chose from the Four actual Pay-Per-Views this year. I simply chose to look at PPV’s as Specials, because that’s how I imagine most Wrestling fans view them.

But seeing that there are now only Four should mean that those four which you paid for, should be the best right?

It wasn’t super easy to narrow down the categories, but I did to what I feel were the best. Lockdown didn’t make the cut because it just wasn’t as good, the Main Event is a huge part in the History of TNA going forward, but the rest of the show was a little sub-par I found. Kurt vs. Wes? Lethal Lockdown? Not even every match was in a Cage which was what the whole selling point of Lockdown originally was.

So in the end it came down to the two you would expect, Slammiversary and Bound for Glory, with a third entry from Turning Point.

PPV of the year - Turning Point

Whilst I’m sure some people might be surprised by what I class as the best Show this year, but try and think what stood out to you the most from Slammiversary and Bound for Glory. It would be the main events… and that’s about it.

Slammiversary sticks in my mind because of Bully vs. Sting, which did make my list of Match of the Year potentials, but that sticks in my mind because it was an emotional match. The same can be said for AJ vs. Bully from BFG, it was a big match, but it’s a Story driven one.BFG wasn’t a “disappointment” per-se, but given it’s supposed to be the biggest show of the year… it didn’t match any type of Hype.

Now the Reason I went with Turning Point is because when I watched Turning Point, and even in my Write-Up I called it the “One to Beat”.

Now this goes into why I love TNA the way I do. It reminds me of the Wrestling I used to love, and when Turning Point kicked off, it did so with a Bang. Bobby Roode jumps James Storm in a Bar, it was an awesome bar-room brawl that hasn’t been seen in ages. I love, love, love backstage segments. And I especially love them when they’re not just the normal “in the back of the Arena” ones. So this was a great impactful way to kick off the show.

Samoa Joe and Magnus, though their match wasn’t great, it started amazingly. Joe pops up on the Titantron and challenged Magnus to the back, and they went at it from the back to the Ring. I love that. It’s exciting, it’s different, unexpected.

James Storm and Bobby Roode’s “Florida Death-match” again, the Match didn’t do much in the way of excitement, but the brawl was great. I loved the spontaneousness of it, I loved what the match was and how it ended.

And of course Andersons struggle to end The Aces and Eights was a true “Turning Point” for TNA going forward. It was a great Main-Event that wasn’t linked to the World Championship.

From Start to Finish Turning Point reminded me of Watching Backlash in 2000, it was Raw, it was Hardcore without being over the top and it was exciting, impromptu, unexpected and actually lived up to its name for setting the Stage for the future of TNA going forward.

knockout nom

The problem with Knockout of the Year is that there really isn’t many. Mickie James makes this list because he heel turn and Championship run in 2013 was great, but she then left, but left after her part played was very meaningful.

ODB has had a great year, since coming back to TNA and hooking up with EY, ODB has never been too far from the Screen, not to mention the Crowd love her.

The worst part is however that Taryn Terrell was on fire, she was poised to be the next big Knockout. She was doing things no-one else has done before and was on the verge of a big push before she left due to her Pregnancy. I’m sure she will be back, but she wasn’t around enough for her to become what she is capable of.

Lei’D Tapa fits in this, but again, not done much, and now thankfully Madison Rayne is back full force. I honestly hope that 2014 is a great year  for the Knockouts, because they struggle to keep it fresh. Which is why, the Knockout of the Year has to be:

Knockout of the year - Gail Kim

Gail Kim is known worldwide as one of if not the best Female Professional Wrestler on the planet. So how can you argue with that? She’s stayed at the top of the Division even when she wasn’t Champion for a brief period.

2013 closed out with her trying to find more competition, and sure this acts as a nice way to bring back Madison, but in reality, it’s true.

There really isn’t anyone left in TNA who is on Gail’s level, and that’s why she is the Knockout of the Year.

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TNA’s Tag-Team Division suffers from the same fate of the Knockouts.

They don’t really have anyone. The Bromans are the first “Team” to be made in TNA in quite some time. Sure Storm and Gunner had a quick run and it was a pretty decent run, but for the first few Months after they won the belts, they weren’t even on Television. And their run acts purely as a way to develop a Storyline, so they’re not even a Team.

Same can be said for Aries and Roode, who as a Team were fantastic, but it was so short lived there’s very little point mentioning it.

The Bromans have been fantastic of late, since Jessie debuted it was obvious he should be with Robbie E and for whatever reason it took them a long time to put them both together. They finally did and at Bound for Glory they really stepped up having one of the best Tag-Team matches of the Year against Storm and Gunner and actually Winning the Tag-Team Championships. It was a rite of passage because till then Robbie E and Jessie have always been the “losers” so for them to actually come across impressive probably seemed out of Character, but they are extremely capable. They might even have swayed my hand if they had been paired with Zema Ion longer. Ion’s addition to The Bromans is the proverbial Peanut Butter and Jelly. Not only does he suit the Broman role brilliantly, but making him a DJ at the foot of the Ring announcing them to the Ring and playing noises over their Matches, it’s a thing of beauty. And something totally new, so they are easily THE Team to watch out for in 2014.

But of course that means the TNA Tag-Team of the Year – 2013 is –

Tag-Team of the year - Bad Influence

How could it not be Bad Influence? They’ve been the best Team in TNA for over 2 years now, that just shows how little TNA actually push Tag-Teams.

But even with a Division full of Teams, Bad Influence would take a lot of effort to dethrone, Daniels and Kazarian together with their own input and creative ideas are unstoppable.

I think their Joseph Park stuff of late has been a little too brutal for them, but their messing around and ideas are a thing of genius. Their EGO Hall of Fame is one of the best Wrestling Segments in a long time, they work flawlessly together and they have branded themselves outside of TNA so well.

The very idea that anyone can match their talent, yet alone be better than it, is just ridiculous. Of course I love Tag-Team Wrestling and I miss Tag-Teams, I loved the Beer Money, Generation Me, Motorcity era of TNA, we need more Teams. So in 2014, that’s something I hope to have.

match nom

This was the Category I struggled on the Most. The rest sort of Answered themselves, or you knew instantly beforehand.

But Match of the Year was a tough one.

I went through Every Match this year and pulled all the ones I thought to be something Special. This resulted in a Collection of 19 Matches which started a whole process of Elimination.

Watching and Re-Watching to find “The One”.

Now I don’t want a Match of the Year to be something grounded by Story Telling. Clearly you can have a Great Match and it can move a Story forward as well as, like Bully vs. Jeff from Lockdown as an example. But when I know I’ve watched a good match is when you “feel” it. It takes you by surprise, it draws you in, it makes you excited, it actually throws you off who is going to win.

That’s the beauty of Wrestling that nothing else on this planet can deliver. It really is the strangest mix of media, but when it’s done right, it’s perfect. That’s what I wanted.

Those 19 Matches then came down to 9 Matches that moved forward. Those 9 then turned into 7 and bit by bit I pulled it down to Three, and it was no easy task. Two of the Matches stuck in my head from the first time I watched them, and one of them was something I had to Re-Watch to get the beauty from. In the end it came down to Bobby Roode vs. Austin Aries from Destination X 2013 – Austin Aries vs. Sting from Impact 14/3/13 and Manik vs. Chris Sabin vs. Austin Aries from Impact 4/7/13

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Even when I was rolling out the “Nominees” Banners I still hadn’t decided which Match to go with. But in the end, I went with what I always wanted to be The Match of the Year.

Bobby Roode and Austin Aries have been tearing it up for over a Year now, and they’ve gotten pretty good at working together with it. Either as a Team (Dirty Heels) or against each other. It’s no secret I love Austin Aries’ work, he’s truly the best in TNA, hands down. Any match he is in, you’re in for a treat. Which is why last year when Aries actually faced Roode for the World Championship, I actually didn’t care for that match so much. I got why it was great. But Aries and Bully and Aries and Joe stood out to me far greater than Aries and Roode.

So fast forward a Year and Aries and Roode go at it again at Destination-X and its Perfection. It’s hard hitting, fast-paced and point for point perfect. Not to mention Aries’ suicide Dive through the Ropes which took Roode onto the Steel Steps was something I’ve never seen before.

Manik vs. Chris Sabin vs. Austin Aries was the one that stuck in my head since I first Watched it. Sure Manik was taken out leaving Aries and Sabin to work it alone, and that created a great match. In the midst of Aries dressing up as Manik to win back the X-Division Championship, and Sabin’s quest for the Main Event at Destination-X it was a mix up of goals. But Manik impressed from the get-go as always, a true great addition to TNA, which is weird because he’s a Newcomer and also not. But Sabin and Aries fought it out beautifully, counters and kick-outs galore till in the end Sabin’s “All Hail Sabin” from the Top-Rope was enough to finally put away Austin Aries.

But Aries vs. Sting, there’s just something about it. I hate that it doesn’t have a Winner, as The Aces and Eights break it up. But Aries vs. Roode, we’ve seen many times. Aries / Manik / Sabin we’ve seen many times. But Aries vs. Sting has happened Once, and that’s it. Aries has stated since he wants to mix it up again with the Icon, and that is actually my most anticipated match should it ever see the light of day once more.

For me Aries vs. Sting has an awesome crowd, from the Get-Go it’s special. Roode and Aries enter to a great reaction, and Sting who returns to Chicago the home of some of his biggest matches in his Career and the Reaction is amazing. The thing I love most about it is that obviously Sting can still get it done, but he Wrestlers so much differently now. I wouldn’t say people let him off lightly, but he never seems to take much onslaught. Austin Aries has the ability many Wrestlers strive for, Anyone he Wrestlers with, is an amazing Match, Aries can raise the game of anyone, and does so, every time. Sting is no different, Sting is on fire in a way you rarely see, and Aries doesn’t hold back, he goes at Sting full-force like he would with anyone. Mix that with the Amazing Crowd, the fact they’ve never fought before or since, and you have a Match that stands on its own, completely unique, and utterly entertaining.

That’s why Austin Aries vs. Sting is different, exciting, and quite clearly – The Match of the Year.

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I’m sure some people would like to make a play for AJ Styles in this category, but he isn’t in it because he’s not even been on Television for the Majority of 2013. Nor has he had 5Star Matches, he has had great Storyline Matches though.

Bully Ray falls into this Category because he controlled the Spotlight for the majority of 2013, on his rise to the World Championship to the entire Aces and Eights run, Bully commands the structure of the show as it’s best Heel and one of the best performers in the ring from a physical Wrestling standpoint, to a Storytelling wrestling standpoint.

It has been a long time coming for Bully to be a World Champion, and while I actually think he as President of The Aces and Eights isn’t as strong as him just being Bully Ray a Heel, this has easily been the year of Bully Ray.

Jeff Hardy on the other hand is someone I didn’t actually expect to put in this category. Hardy won the fans vote for Wrestler of the Year last year in TNA itself, but he’s popular, so that’s why. Since Jeff has been back, he’s been excellent. Even his mic skills have seen a little improvement on the odd occasion this year. Jeff’s in ring work has been some of the best Matches he’s ever done. Jeff’s normally remembered for being Crazy and not actually for a “Wrestling” point of view. But Jeff actually had 5 possible Match of the Year candidates this year. He always steals the spotlight in the ring and his work has been getting stronger and stronger. For Jeff to be where he is in his Career, it’s truly exceptional for him to continue to excel at this stage. He’s always been a fan-favourite and in 2012 he proved himself, and in 2013 he not cemented his statement but exceeded his potential and value to the industry.

With that being said, it’s quite obvious who takes the Title of the Wrestler of the Year:

Wrestler of the Year - Aries

How could it not be Aries? You want great Wrestling, you look to the best Wrestler there is, and that’s Austin Aries. He has a great character, great mic skills, great storytelling ability and he is the best in the Ring. Period.

Out of those 19 Matches I considered for Match of the Year – Aries was in 9 of them. As my process of elimination grew narrower guess who ended up in every single Match of the Year Nominee – Austin Aries. I believe that is called a “Common Denominator” and Aries is the Common Denominator of Greatness. For the second year in a Row no-one has put on better Matches than Austin Aries. And when AJ and Aries clashed this year, Aries even said it, AJ “Was” the face of TNA for great matches and must see talent, today, that’s Austin Aries.

His ability is exceptional and something truly unique, plenty of people in the business like to brag about how good they are, but no-one is actually as good as Austin Aries, and that’s why he is The Wrestler of the Year.

It has been a Great year for TNA and clearly they have had a lot of problems as always and maybe even more plaguing them today in the early stages of 2014. Whatever happens, their Product has been incredible and their addition to Wrestling History cannot be over-looked.

Here’s hoping they can execute great idea with great pay-offs this year, and that they really pad out and spend time developing their fantastic Divisions – X-Division – Knockouts and Tag-Team especially.

But in the closing segments, just as it was last year, 2013 is the year of Austin Aries.

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The Jobber Blogger #84 – TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 2/1/14

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Welcome to a Brand New Year! And unlike the opening sentence, nope there is nothing new at all about this blog. Well aside from the fact that it is written about this week’s TNA: Impact of course.

I do hope everyone enjoyed their New Year celebrations, and given my opening Paragraph said there was nothing new, there actually is! No better way than to start the year with a double bluff! Happy New Year! Got you, it’s only 11:57pm! In the face, in the drink and down the stairs!

So yes, News! I like news, it’s interesting, entertaining and oh wait, I don’t actually watch the news. I do however keep up to date with Wrestling “news” and Video Game news, and then that about covers my Worldwide knowledge of global happenings. A possible Guardians of the Galaxy or new Spider-Man Cartoon? I’m in! Take that War!

Well it’s officially taken me 3 attempts to spread the news, The Jobber Blogger is expanding! From this point on his words of wisdom and cultural disdain will spread the IGN Blogs to CageAmateurs UK (Strike/Tap and Grapple) and now onto the new Sandy Shores of TheSteelChair.com

Bring on 2014 like a Flying Wad of Cashing straight into the pocket! I’m selling out!

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TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 2/1/14

Yep, it’s the first show of 2014 says TNA, but it’s not though really is it. This was filmed over a Month ago. And so is next weeks, so don’t go spoiling it for yourselves. If you want a lovely way to stay up to date with TNA News, head on over to facebook.com/TotalNonstopRewind and call in on the TheSteelChair.com for articles about said news! And eat your way out of that Holiday Depression!

Apparently I found the opening video of Impact rather funny this week, though I don’t remember why, so excuse me whilst I refresh my memory. And now I’m back! I feel like how I imagine Lindsay Lohan feels after she awakens from yet another desperate attempt to further her career, yet can’t remember the night before and searches for it on the Internet.

Impact’s opening Video was a strange mixture of Comedy meets Excellence. No, you can’t have both. With such phrases like “From the United Kingdom, that means, He’s British!” “To rule under Dixie, forever, and ever, amen”. What kind of weird thing is this.

Ah, alas the humour is wasted unless presented in a Visual form. Maybe…. nah.

So Kurt Angle kicked off Impact this week, and I guess he’s suffering from a Lindsay Lohan situation to, for he didn’t seem sure of his own name and perhaps feared people had forgotten it also. “My name is Kurt Angle”, ah, the whole thing reeks of Scripted Television.

Kurt Angle is my name

Angle felt 2013 was the worst year of his Career, and in order, I quote “Beatings from The Aces and Eights and Personal Problems”. Well The Aces and Eights was a storyline and therefore your Job, the personal stuff he did on his own. Either way Bobby Roode soon crashed the segment hoping Kurt was about to “Hang-Up his Boots” but much to everyone’s dismay, he didn’t.

No, instead they made a Steel Cage Match for Genesis, Angle vs. Roode, if Roode wins Angle must leave and never accept the TNA Hall of Fame induction. So I guess this time, Angle will actually Win. Though who knows, maybe Roode will. Either way I feel Angle will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this year and therefore this whole Storyline resulted in a way that they had another Year under their belts to think of who else they could induct, seeing as they have no-one else. Obviously they have tons of guys who should be there, but they are in their Prime, it’s more of a “end of career” thing. Still Roode and Angle closed it out with a fight, coz it’s Wrestling and that’s what they do. So Rockstar Spud made a Tag-Team match where they both get to chose their Partners.

Gail Kim (W/Lei’D Tapa) vs. Madison Rayne

So it’s another Open Challenge, but I’m sure the rules were to anyone outside of TNA, and Madison is on the Roster (I presume). That’s why Gail didn’t fight ODB under the Open Challenge ruling, so it makes no sense. Still, Tapa had an expression on her face like she was ready to beat down on Gail Kim…

Tapa uh oh

Either that, or she just suddenly had the biggest Bowel Movement of her life. That means Poop. How Big you say?

Tapa This Big

As normal, I made very few notes during this match. I wrote down that Madison has improved in the ring… I hear being Pregnant will do that to you. Also as I wrote down “she has improved” she made an error in the ring. But still, the main statement rings true. Not sure if she works as a Face yet though.

The main note I made was that her Outfit sucks. It’s like she’s trying to hide something, perhaps after becoming a Mother she realised that she was hitting Middle Age and rushed off down to her local Tattoo shop to cash in on a nifty Drawing of her Favourite Nolan-Batman Villain.

Madison tattoo

I can’t wait for the New Batman movies, Nolan’s films were rather dull. But without going on a big rant, let’s all just agree that Nolan is hugely over-rated.

In the end however, Madison managed to Pin Gail once more by countering her Eat Defeat into a Backslide and winning.

Chris Sabin (w/Velvet Sky) vs. Austin Aries – X-Division Championship – Rematch

I haven’t really thought about this before, but if Aries beat Sabin for the belt, Sabin cashed in a Rematch, won the belt back, therefore Aries shouldn’t have a Rematch? Right? Because otherwise they will be in a continual loop. Unless of course Aries was “screwed” out of the Title.

Sabin and Velvet continue to show how bad of a couple they are. To be honest, I didn’t need to see Sabin treat her badly for me to come to that conclusion. Just put Velvet Sky next to Chris Sabin and it looks like a mismatch. Velvet is attractive of course, but then the Tramp Stamp and sluttiness of her character degrade that, pair that up with how she looks outside of the ring and she looks worse, then I think Sabin is the type of guy who shouldn’t be with that kind of girl. Being the old Nerd / Popular Girl thing. Then on the other hand, Velvet does seem like a nice person, and Sabin has scruffy hair and a fuzzy face and really is a rather weird looking chap. And it’s like what’s going on?

The Story of this match is that Sabin wants to win with the Championship, and he wants Velvet to help him win, and if he doesn’t leave with the Championship after this match, then he will leave without her.

Aries was cooking on all cylinders, but then, he always does. And here’s a lovely Plug for my up and coming Best of TNA 2013 article, featuring my chosen “Match of The Year Nominees”

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Aries hit his fast paced hard hitting Corner Dropkick on Sabin, and rather than capitalising as he always does, he shouted at Velvet to climb on the apron, which she did and Sabin then Low-Blowed Aries and Won back the X-Division Championship.

My problem with that is the whole Sabin seems fine after getting the Drop-Kick. Aries would have hit the Brain Buster by now, and yet Sabin spent the time just telling Velvet to do something rather than selling the move he would normally do. I get it from a Story-Telling perspective, it just breaks the flow.

Sabin then went on to Congratulate himself, which I commend.

Samuel Shaw vs. Norv Fernam

Well yet again Norv has awesome music, I couldn’t find it however and instead ended up watching more Clips of Brock Lesnar’s baby scream from Raw.

You know, Norv and Dewey had a far greater introduction to TNA than EC3 did, it was much more creative. Samuel Shaw, I think he is best summed up as “Meh” currently. He was “Meh” before, so I get the whole idea of letting him get some air-time as a new Gimmick. Seeing as the whole “Surf’s Up Dude” thing didn’t work for him, or Christian York. Least Shaw was somewhat more impressive in the ring, though I also don’t care. But he certainly has a Crazy Face, and if that’s what it takes to have a good career in Wrestling then so be it. I suppose a weird smart dressed Wrestler who has a crazy face and stalks Women is a new gimmick… right? I still think it would be far funnier if he carried around a Drawing Pad and coloured crayons and drew “dark / scary” pictures when he met people he didn’t like.

But Taz and Tenay did at least managed to mention that Shaw is a good Drawer, something which I seemed to have forgotten was relevant to being a Wrestling Fan.

It was your basic Squash match, though Shaw won with a Submission victory, so that’s at least nice to see a new Submission used to hopefully give him the wins.

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 Kurt Angle and Gunner vs. Bobby Roode and James Storm

I can’t help but feel they did this “Beer Money” reunion the wrong way, I suppose it’s probably because Roode is supposed to still be viewed as a Heel, and having the Crowd on his Side takes it away from Goody Too Shoes Angle. You know what I would like to see, I want Gunner to be proven right in the end, and that Storm is a paranoid dude who didn’t get that Gunner was trying to do nice things for him and Storm snaps and uses a Beer Bottle to smash over Gunner’s head to either win the Briefcase from him, or the Championship, putting Storm in the same shoes Roode once was. That could be a good catalyst to bury the grudge between Roode and Storm and be the starting of a Beer Money reunion properly. Just spit ballin’.

Gunner is becoming increasingly good, I like his look, I like his Ring Jacket. I like how he fired himself up smashing his face into the Turnbuckle. I think something really big could come from his potential. I said it from the get go, this pairing with Storm was to mould Gunner.

But that doesn’t put Storm in a good position though after Gunner is established.

I still feel strongly that Storm is in need of a Heel Turn, he was a good Heel, and he’s been dragging his Spurs on the ground for too long.

Angle never got the Tag in the match, as it was dominated by Roode and Storm, the whole match was weird having Face and Heel teaming on each side, they couldn’t go too far with Storm and Roode breaking the rules, especially if Angle was in the ring. Still Angle eventually had, had enough and tore it down with German Suplexes, Gunner then picked up Bobby Roode to finish him off with the “Gun-Rack” which then left him open for Storm to hit The Last Call Superkick on Gunner and Roode dropped him with his Death Valley Cutter thing I wish he named already, and Storm and Roode picked up the win.

They didn’t “Beer Money out” I assume to leave a gap between the Heel / Face of both guys, but it was a nice little match. The Gunner / Storm story is shaping up well also.

EC3 hit the ring to continue his “Winning Streak” after proclaiming to have changed the Wrestling industry. Which isn’t a good thing as most people who aren’t fans of TNA seem to Loath EC3. But seeing as Jeff Hardy left TNA last week, EC3 apparently contacted him via Twitter and Challenged him to a Match tonight, Jeff’s music played, but alas he didn’t make it to the ring, so EC3 counted him out. A clear sign Hardy obviously isn’t done with the Company, weird as Hardy’s role is linked the AJ’s and with Jarret leaving, it all just seems too suspicious for my liking.

Still, it wasn’t that Hardy didn’t want to accept the Challenge, as a matter of fact the only reason he didn’t make the Match was because he was on a Flight back to North Carolina at the time. To his credit though, he did attempt to leave the plane mid flight.

Jeff PlaneSting got in EC3’s face once more, taking a page out of Storm’s book and making everything “his business”. Sting just called EC3 a LapDog and wanted to Fight him. And eventually with the help of the Crowd EC3 accepted Sting’s Challenge for Genesis.

Bully Ray vs. Joseph Park

I am glad they actually addressed this, EY booked this match for Park given that it was 2 years ago this Week that saw Bully Ray vs. Abyss in a Monsters Ball where Bully led Abyss outside, and he disappeared from there on out. Leaving to Joseph Park turning up, etc. So it does appear that there might be answers to that question at the end of this Story somewhere. So I am optimistic currently!

Bully told Park before the match that he would hate to see him Burn for the Sins of Anderson, and in the match Bully just sprayed “lighter fluid” all over Park till Anderson turned up. Bully then sprayed “lighter fluid” all over Anderson and threatened to set him on Fire, then Bully left. So.. that was strange… but good also.

Which of course brings us to Magnus’ Coronation!

Spud did the main Introduction which was awesome, he’s really good in this role as Chief of Staff. Though it did drag a little bit toward the end…. then EC3 did yet another Introduction, which I have no idea why, that dragged even more and ruined the whole start of the Coronation.

Dixie then finally came out after two introductions and told the Story about how she found Magnus / Signed him and proud of him to represent her Company as her World Champion, so Magnus finally came out, after three introductions.

Magnus skipped the Usual heel turn promo “Why, Magnus, Why?” crap, though did fall into the “The Fans turned their backs on me!” crap. Who cares, I hate this thinking that “Bad Guys” need “Reasons”.

Gunner then crashed the Coronation demanding his World Championship Match, but that just led to Spud, EC3 and Magnus beating down on Gunner, and with Gunner pinned down Magnus was ready to hit him with the TNA World Championship when AJ Styles finally  came back.

It was a little on the nose with AJ’s return to TNA, very expected. Even if I didn’t know it happened before hand or not. AJ and Magnus shared words but at least Magnus still has a sense of Pride and accepts to fight AJ next week to determine the Official TNA: World Heavyweight Champion.

A clumsy ending, the pay off was still good, hopefully will be more so next week.

I can’t wait for Genesis so TNA isn’t airing things that happened ages ago, and we can keep up to date with it as it happens.

Till then.

 

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The Jobber Blogger #81 – TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 12/12/13

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Come one, come all, and maybe a third! But that’s it. Ah yes, what seemed like a Funny idea in my head has quickly become that of a harsh reality. And my potential Three Readers… and that’s pushing my luck.

Speaking of pushing things though, I would like to take the time to Recommend this fine nifty album from a very multi talented individual, I give you – Misanthrope – by – Brian Altano.

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I feel like I have done good, but seriously, for anyone who might be an IGN reader, then of course, you’ll probably already know of this. But it’s a Great Album so send your support! Also it’s COMPLETELY FREE!!! You need to Pay Money to get things worse than this! So check it out!

It’s like Christmas has come early with my over-bearing generosity, but what has also come early has… nope, my mind didn’t work quick enough to make that into a joke… but then an innuendo did appear rather vividly, so I shall leave it at that. I might pride myself on bad jokes, poor demeanour and a stink so foul it makes your computer screen cry a little, but dirty jokes are beneath me!… like a Hooker.

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 TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 12/12/13

One year later, and 12/12/12 is firmly behind us, gone are the chances of the same day, month and date landing on each other. But the world is still here, so there is that. And also on the Wednesday it was 11/12/13, and for those idiots out there who struggle to count, god bless the year!

Impact kicked off in a type of “impactful” way, though I do love a Wrestling show to start with Wrestling once in a while. A developing story through-out the night was Spud heading to Gainesville Georgia to bring back the TNA: World Heavyweight Championship from AJ Styles. But in the ring was the “Feast or Fired” briefcases and the Wheel of Dixie set up, though Kurt Angle turned up, trashed the set and moaned about Bobby Roode eliminating him from the World Title Tournament last week. Roode then blabbed about how he should be annoyed because he slipped off the Apron and went through a table, and then they had a fight! Angle declared he could beat Roode twice in one night… if only we knew what was coming next. So yes, clumsy start to the show aside, the 2 out of 3 Falls match set for next week should be awesome. Whilst on the topic, I miss themed 2 out of 3 Fall matches, but I don’t think we’ll be getting that come Final Resolution, and with Angle vs. Roode, that’s probably a good thing.

Bad Influence vs. Eric Young and Joseph Park

With a little pep talk backstage, EY told Park that he had a plan and not to worry “I know what’s inside you”. To be honest, this thing has escalated quicker than I thought it would have, but again no bad thing seeing as it has taken over a year to actually do something. During the match Park was held down and literally being slapped around by Christopher Daniels and Kazarian, EY stepped in to help, then tried to motivate Park, but in the end resorted to punching him in the head until he bled, so Park would go into “Abyss Mode”, which of course led to the victory.

EY then actually told Park to his face “18 Months ago you came looking for your brother, but you couldn’t find him, the reason you can’t find him, is because, You Are Abyss.” So hopefully this will get more interesting again soon, personally I would have preferred it if this Story didn’t drag out quite as long as it did, and it would have been better to play less on the fact that he turned into Abyss at the sight of his own blood, and have little sections where maybe Park would become more nervous backstage. Maybe looking through his Wrestling gear, then quickly shutting his bag, and later find out that he had the Abyss mask in his possession, things like that. Where the story is currently, I don’t know how they are going to tie it all together. What happened after Abyss fought Bully Ray and Bully led him outside, and he was never seen again. Surely that could be linked to The Aces and Eights, which made sense with Joseph Park showing up and finding out things for the faction. But that obviously never progressed, and now they aren’t together anymore. So what the hell happened to Abyss, why does Joseph Park exist as a “split personality” and just what was the point? I really hope they have something planned, but I can’t help but feel that closing the door on the Aces and Eights, and quickly wrapping up this Storyline is a way for them to shut out Eric Bischoff and start a fresh. So my hopes of it actually having an “ending” are unlikely.

Ethan Carter the Third issued his latest challenge, to one Jeremy Borash. Instead of a repeat from last week, The Icon Sting stepped up and ranted about “Entitlement” and told EC3 to “Man Up” and enter the Feast or Fired match later on in the night. Either that, or to face him one on one. Sting is the perfect guy to show a reflection between the old TNA and the new “Heel Dixie” TNA, and his whole issue with Entitlement either toward EC3 or eventually Magnus, is going to come full circle very soon, I’m sure. EC3 however got in Sting’s face and claimed he accepts, and then left to go enter himself into Feast or Fired. Though apparently Sting and EC3 are on a collision course, and personally…. I don’t know if that’s a good pairing. But time will tell.

Gail Kim (w/Lei’D Tapa) vs. —

Gail’s Open Challenge continues, and this week it was ODB who stepped up (sort of). Despite the fact that Gail’s Challenge is to people outside of TNA, though ODB was out gunning for Lei’D Tapa. So their inevitable bout can’t be far away! But as always, Gail and Tapa managed to beat down ODB, which is when the second best Surprise of the Night occurred, and Madison Rayne turned up to help out ODB.

Honestly, all these people moaning and complaining about TNA letting Madison go, obviously she was going to come back. And I am more than happy that she has, Madison is awesome, though she is still doing her “Heel Wave” thing, which doesn’t really suit a “face” Madison. She’s always been better as a Heel, so will be interesting to see how well she handles herself as a Good guy, or whether she will really quickly join up with Gail once more and be a Heel.

Dixie Carter headed to the ring to hold the “Face Off” between Magnus and Hardy one week before Dixie get’s “Her World Champion”. Also I hadn’t noticed before, but Dixie’s Eye’s are 100%, exactly the same as Jeff Hardy’s Painted on Eye’s. I wasn’t even sure if she had her eyes open or closed for the segment, till she blinked, and it was like, holy crap… they are her real eyes! FREAKY REAL EYES!!

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Magnus did the usual crap of “I Respect you more than anyone else in this business” which obviously will eventually turn out to be “I said it, so I got further, I hate you all”. As he has said the same speech to Sting, Angle and now Hardy…. so now we know he’s lying. Hardy then did his weird screaming speech about last year at Bound For Glory he won the World Championship by Defeating Austin Aries, and this year at Bound for Glory he only “Defeated Purpose”. Which to me… sounds like he was insulting himself.

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Though it could also be a slogan for Kurt Angle… as he defeats himself also.

Still Dixie then announced the match type for Hardy vs. Magnus next week, and it will be “Dixie Land”. A great idea with a crap name, so I’m sure after she’s done being a Heel, that the match will probably get a new name. From what I can gather, the idea is, the Belt is hung up high on the Entrance Ramp, and the match starts with both guys in a Steel Cage. You can only escape the Cage by going over the top, running up the entrance ramp, climbing a Ladder and getting down the World Championship. I love new Match Types, and this sounds like a blast, with some horrible injury potential. But should be good… maybe that’s why they put Hardy in the finals, as he will probably gladly fall off a Ladder, off a stage, through multiple tables… I called the ending.

Austin Aries vs. Chris Sabin – X-Division Championship

This match seemingly came out of nowhere, I saw a Graphic for it to promote the show, but it wasn’t built up at all. Which is great, I love random Championship matches, even more so when they have great endings and new Champions.

Though this match doesn’t live up to their X-Division Title match earlier on in the year (also with Manik). The ending itself made it an awesome match. Also Aries has a great beard…  I think that’s relevant Wrestling commentary right there.

Velvet played a part in the match, namely Sabin grabbing a hold of her and she getting dragged in the ring, and then tried to be used as a Distraction. But in the end Aries just dropped Sabin with the Brain Buster and won the X-Division Championship.

Given that Aries’ first run with the title was the longest in company history, I would be more than happy for him to hold the best till Destination-X next year, and Win the World Championship once more. Also for those of you who are counting, yes this is the Number One Surprise from Impact this week.

Spud trying to get the World Championship Belt back from AJ Styles was a true highlight of the show, I love random “backstage” videos on my Wrestling shows. And having Spud going through-out a Redneck country was awesome. Also I would like to say now that Spud has quickly become one of my favourites on Impact, he was alright before, but he really suits this role. He harassed some guy in a Petrol Station for Directions, talked in a racist manor to a bar maid, sang God Save the Queen really badly in a Pub, and in the end broke into AJ’s house to find the belt.. then sit down, then AJ caught him and Spud ran off. Great stuff! Here’s hoping for a new World title Design, coz I’ve never been a big fan of the Current one.

Feast or Fired

Anderson was the first out to enter the match, but then Bully Ray turned up and beat him up then Pile-Drive’d him on the Stage once more, and it was a horrible landing. But what was more horrible was Bully Ray instead of being the best Heel in the industry, not to mention one of the best Promo’s guys in the industry, he sat over Anderson for about 5 minutes quoting the Bible. I am sure there is a point, but I really don’t think it suits Bully’s character. Though it could also look like a new Bully Ray coming back with a Vengeance, which is really exciting.

Samoa Joe vs. Hernandez vs. Chavo Guerrero vs. Chris Sabin vs. Curry Man vs. Dewey Barnes vs. Norv Fernam vs. James Storm vs. Gunner vs. Zema Ion vs. Austin Aries vs. Ethan Carter the Third

Though there aren’t really any rules in the match, it’s simply grab a briefcase and get out, so people worked as Teams and it’s all out chaos. It was awesome.

A great concept, and I can’t wait to find out who got which Prize.

Everyone did this “Dive out of the Ring” thing, leaving only EC3 left, who toyed with the fans, then just grabbed a Briefcase and ran off, so I thought that was pretty good. Zema Ion grabbed the next case, and awesome to see him back in the Ring now that he’s back with the Bromans. Though I never cared for his Ring Attire, I like his new hair, so I hope he changes his Attire to fit also, then he’s cooking on all cylinders. Chavo Guerrero grabbed a Case with help from Hernandez, I really hope it’s not the Tag-Team one, coz that would really annoy me. And finally James Storm was well on his way to getting the last Briefcase when Gunner violently shoved Storm off the ropes and grabbed the briefcase for himself instead.

Earlier on in the night, Sabin and Aries both entered themselves into the match, given the change of hands with the X-Division Championship. Storm and Gunner also bumped heads once more, with them talking about the future of their team, plus Storm saying he could be the next World Champ, which Gunner obviously took offense at.

I hope it’s a good mix up, the whole potential of this match means it can shake things up. So Chavo having the Tag-Title shot would suck. I still think there is a chance that Storm will get the Briefcase from Gunner and end up getting fired. Who knows! But it would make sense to pad out Final Resolution before people find out which briefcase contains which prize.

After Magnus and Hardy had their Face to Face earlier in the night, Dixie invited them to her VIP banquet meal after the show, and it was Hardy who turned up, so that was awesome. Though we already know where things are probably going to end up, it’s still great to plant seeds.

Speaking of next week, Final Resolution is as follows:

Jeff Hardy vs. Magnus – New World Heavyweight Champion – Dixie Land Match

Kurt Angle vs. Bobby Roode – 2 out of 3 Falls

Gail Kim and Lei’D Tapa vs. ODB and Madison Rayne

and the results from Feast or Fired.

Should be a great show!

Till then.

Dan Wilkinson.

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The Jobber Blogger #77 – TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 14/11/13

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I guess Saturdays are the new Monday.. well, with regards to having time to Write, rather than the horrible feeling of dread when it comes to School, Work or the Dole Office (say hi to AJ for me).

Of course, it probably isn’t a good thing that my Blog brings with it a certain amount of Dread, that should be something I should correct, but time is of the essence, and the best thing about essence is that it carries a Distinct Smell. Sort of like Disinfectant, least only by the fact they share the same opening 3 letters.

I guess I could make a Disinfectant themed Jobber Blogger banner, I shall add it in my Ponder Basket and see what happens after I re-evaluate my “Can’t Be Arsed” Basket’s current dilemma.

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TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 14/11/13

TNA did a good job of keeping up its current standards. Since Bound for Glory the show has felt much more polished, even if it hasn’t quite gathered the initial excitement from the first show to follow the PPV. It’s certainly much better than having a big ranting issue about things coming just short of expectations.

The Aces and Eights kicked off Impact showing their new “aligned” faction. Part of me feels there were multiple ways this could have gone, BFG itself looked as if The Aces and Eights were going to show up in full effect once more, given Bully’s backstage promo had him talking to “unseen” former members. Then no one came to his aid, and Impact following looked as if Garret and Knux were responsible for getting Anderson out of Jail, and Anderson taking charge as a possible new leader. Then all of that was reversed to undo all of this “internal heat” and just keep Aces and Eights together as a faction.

Either way, I think it is safe to say The Aces and Eights are finished as of next week. Bully accepted Anderson’s match, and Anderson raised the stakes to if he wins The Aces and Eights disband, and if Bully wins, Anderson will leave TNA for good. Through in some nice heartfelt threats like “I would love to Pile-Drive you’re pregnant wife” and you have the opening of the show, with of course some lovely fighting to boot!

Knux vs. Anderson

Anderson didn’t want to wait till next week to get his hands on The Aces and Eights, so an impromptu match was added pitting Anderson against Knux. I think it’s fairly safe to say Anderson will be winning next week, though an unexpected twist or turn would be a lovely addition. Still, Anderson won’t be leaving just yet. I worry that if Anderson does the whole “solo” thing once more, will he go back to just being boring and irrelevant as he was before he joined The Aces and Eights. You need to find that sweet spot with him, and it’s between being Face and Heel, more Heel than Face is where Anderson thrives. He needs the old Stone Cold type backstage segments and great promo’s to keep him afloat.

As for the match at hand, Anderson spent the majority of it getting picked apart by Knux. Still seems like we’ve never really had a chance to see Knux be himself, I personally didn’t care till he stepped up with some great promo’s against Bully, but I would bet after next week we probably won’t see much of him again.

I can’t help but feel there is so much un tapped potential within the Faction, but on average I guess they didn’t hit it big with the audience, and they have probably dragged this all out far too much. The Aces and Eights will always remain as a stupid themed faction with awesome potential, that never ever achieved the heights people thought it would.

Anderson in the last second caught Knux with the Mic Check and won the match.

Also the mic check sucks, I’ve never understood that move, or even the desire for that to be you’re finisher. It looks awkward and messy to set up, and the payoff is minimal. But then Sting managed to make a Reverse DDT a Finishing Move, and that sucks just as much.

Christopher Daniels vs. Joseph Park

It seems a lot of “Story telling” is now going to be told by the Wrestlers themselves in their own time with these “365 – Where Action Never Ends” short videos. A novel idea, but if it pays off or not in the long run is what will be the deciding factor. On a personal level I find my own attention to Social Media to be lacking, it’s a cesspool of cowardly hate, and pathetic attempts to market apologies to anyone who should be remotely offended to the slightest thing.

Still, Park challenged Daniels because he through his Apple-Tini in his face last week. So Daniels in his own little video with Kazarian and later Roode, accepted, in his own hilarious manor of “He looked thirsty, so I gave him a drink, his stamina has always been in question”.

The story of Joseph Park is an odd one, I guess more on this later? But he seems much more capable in the ring, I know he’s been getting better. But straight away he seemed “confident or efficient” where as I only remember him being better, but anxious.

Joseph Park has also probably run his course, and really, when it’s all said and done, he is a great Character and extremely well played, but people want Abyss, and they want this to “go” somewhere. Rather than remain as stagnant as it currently is.

Daniels landed a Low-Blow on Park, and picked up the Win.

Ethan Carter the Third vs. Norv Ferman and Dewey Barnes – 2 on 1 Handicap Match

In what at first seemed like you’re basic run of squash matches, they have cleverly introduced 3 new Wrestlers. Whether or not Norv and Dewey will remain once EC3 has been “developed” remains to be seen. Either way, Norv and Dewey, little by little are getting more over with the audience, so a possible Team is not out of the Question.

What is more exciting though was the plugging of Playstation 4’s Launch Party Event on Spike TV following Impact. So I hope that helped pay off with some ratings. I would love to see Impact and Playstation form a type of Marketing Team. My favourite Games Company meets my Favourite Wrestling Company, it’s perfect!

Also EC3 won.

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 Well thankfully it seems that this “Friends of AJ Styles” thing is actually planted in the show, rather than it just being ran. I am pleased Dixie acknowledges this, because it annoyed me a little last week.

CONTINUED!

Yes, I took the rest of Saturday off, something about a String of early mornings and late nights at work seemed to have defeated me yesterday. I went from feeling rather “with it” to a more tired, rushing type of sense. And all of you don’t read this for rubbish purposes! You read this to be entertained, to laugh, to smile, to hate me and never read it again.

So yeah, Dixie had a big Stink over the Friends of AJ Styles’ video updates, and she is determined to get to the Bottom of it. So much so that we even have a clip of her on Impact’s “Where Action Never Ends” Storming out of a Spike TV meeting, as they stated that AJ has a “share” of TV Time slotted to him. I personally would have used that time to just stand still and fart with a stupid expression, but I guess showing the Title Defence’s makes sense too?

Dixie then headed to the ring to talk about her “Most Brilliant Heavyweight Championship Tournament in Wrestling History”, for the record, it is a great idea! What makes it even better is she goes on to say “last week Jeff Hardy defeated… someone”. So I guess she didn’t watch the show.. or she forgot? But can we blame her? Really, it was Chris Sabin?

Forgetting Sabin

Dixie went on to announce the Match Stipulations between Storm and Roode, Joe and Magnus. Storm and Roode will compete in a “Bull rope Match” which I assume means they are tied together. Always been a rather “silly” idea, but there have been a few which have worked out alright. I have 100% faith in Storm and Roode to tear it down, but whilst on the topic of them both, Storm looked like a Main Event guy again this week. He has a great style, awesome in the ring, and he’s gotten so much better on the mic, it’s just a shame he has been bogged down in meaningless stories of late, so hopefully some higher calibre feuds are in his future.

Joe and Magnus on the other hand will compete in a “Falls Count Anywhere” Match, whether or not these two will go full on with their physicality is unknown, given that they might play the “mutual respect” angle, before Magnus fully turns it up. Either way, Magnus will be winning this one, and I would bet Roode will beat Storm too.

However Samoa Joe wasn’t finished, as he took this time to get on Dixie’s case about her “Bad Business Decisions” and Joe is determined to Win this Tournament and then he will defend the TNA Championship against AJ Styles, wherever in the world, like any honourable champion would. This marks the first time anyone has actually stood up for AJ, so yay Joe? I still think Joe, or Storm, Hardy (because he has too) and maybe even Angle would have dropped out of the Tournament in favour of AJ’s recent quest for change.

Gail Kim (w/Lei’D Tapa) vs. Hannah Blossom

Hot on the heels of Gail’s “open challenge” from last week, TNA Boot-camp star Hannah Blossom makes her first TNA appearance since the London Shows back in February. It’s nice to know she’s still around, and this seems like as good a time as any to Plug a Podcast I did late last year once more! So have it!

Although Hannah actually put up a good showing, it was Gail who obviously took the win, with the help of her Figure Four on the outside around the Ring Post, and then of course “Eat Defeat” for the pinfall.

But perhaps the biggest thing to mention was that I believe the Crowd were Chanting:

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 Joseph Park came back to the ring, stating that he first came to TNA over a Year and a Half ago when he was searching for Abyss. Funny how he never actually found him and then since that point hasn’t bothered trying to find him. All I remember is that “Abyss” warned him that if he gets too close to the fire he will get burnt, and that he should stay away. And he didn’t stay away, and he was fine because of it. I am sure this was supposed to play into the Aces and Eights storyline, but nothing happened, so who knows.

Anywho, he loves the fans and can’t leave, blah blah blah. It seems after all this time, it’s only Bad Influence who have upset him, claiming he will never be as good as his “brother”, and to prove a point to himself, he is at least going to try. So Park challenges Abyss to a match next week.

This is interesting though, it’s like Undertaker vs. Undertaker, or Kane vs. Kane. Only this one is actually slightly more creative, given that he is playing both Characters, and doing so extremely well. They will either get a double to play as Abyss, or something more exciting will happen where he starts to come to terms with he is, his brother.

Austin Aries vs. Kurt Angle – World Title Tournament – Submission Match

Should I find it funny that Angle wore the “Main Event Mafia” T-shirt to the ring after they disbanded last week, maybe he didn’t want to be left on his own? Or maybe he just didn’t get the Memo?

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Before this match gets underway, it is cut to go backstage, earlier on in the night The Aces and Eights wanted to cheer up Knux for losing, and all decided to go to the Strip Club, then Anderson got Garret who was stood in a corner by himself for some reason. Anderson handcuffed him, and then un-handcuffed him and carried him away. Makes sense…

Everyone knows Kurt Angle is great, but Impressive is the word I use on Austin Aries, I suppose Angle was impressive when he went into “Wrestling Machine” mode rather than being the silly Heel he started out as. But Aries just has “everything” in his arsenal.

Bobby Roode made his way to the Entrance Ramp and sat atop the stage watching the match, causing certain distractions for Kurt. And no, he wasn’t sat there making Arm-Pit trumps… although

Aries and Angle had a good match though, no doubt about it. Not on the same level as Angle and Roode, and not on the same level as Hardy and Sabin had last week. Angle countering Aries’ fast paced Dropkick into an Ankle lock was awesome, Aries’ set up of Dropkick / Brain-Buster and Last Chancery is always impressive. The best chain of moves came with Aries’ attempting a 450 Splash from the top rope, but Angle moved, Aries went to Roll through, but couldn’t with his ankle “injured”, Kurt grabbed him for an Angle Slam, which Aries countered mid move to a front face lock, once again looking for the Last Chancery.

The end came with Angle using the “Cross-Face” Roode’s finishing Submission, to get Aries to Tap-Out.

To finish the Show, Anderson came out straight after with a beaten down Garret Bischoff, Anderson then proceeded to Pile-Drive Bischoff on the entrance ramp, leaving Roode and Angle looking on in shock. Anderson then tore off Garret’s Cut.

Overall Impact was a strong show this week, and with Turning Point coming in fast for next Thursday’s Impact back in Orlando, it’s going to get even better.

James Storm vs. Bobby Roode – Bull rope Match

Samoa Joe vs. Magnus – Falls Count Anywhere

Anderson vs. Bully Ray – No DQ – Club vs. Career

Joseph Park vs. Abyss

Just to name a few, personally, I can’t wait!

Till then.

Dan Wilkinson

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The Jobber Blogger #76 – TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 7/11/13

November 9, 2013 by DiVineDiablo

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I am on the Ball! Not literally, I tend to find chairs work best at a desk, though I have often contemplated sitting on one of those bouncy exorcise balls and rolling up the hip count, like Dwight. By now I expect everyone to realise that I speak utter crap, and obviously the very thought of Exorcise should tickle your thought bones! A Wrestling Fan being into Exorcise, hah! I think not, as I sit on my arse to watch over an hour of Wrestling a week stuffing my face with Strawberry Laces and the most movement I get is writing down pitiful, pointless, irrelevant comments for my Weekly Blog!

Yes! It Is I! The most pitiful, pointless, irrelevant Wrestling Blog on the Internet! Shove that in your Sock Holes! BRING IT ON!

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 TNA: IMPAT WRESTLING – 7/11/13

Yup… if my “bothered” o-meter actually vibrated with productive tendencies, I might have actually got the “Chutzpah!” to make a Seven Eleven related Banner. Why is that even relevant? It’s not… really, that’s the short answer. I was playing that “Logo Quiz” game on my Phone and I got stuck on it, and I knew what it was, but all I kept entering was “Twenty Four Seven” damn you GTA and the years you’ve ruined my chances at Logo Quiz Games! It’s not violence that has sunk into my mind, it’s the incorrect names for shops, like I often question is it GAP or ZIP… which one was the less stupid of the two to be a Real Shop.

Dixie is seen backstage with, and I quote my notes accurately “Black Dude” when Anderson confronts her, asking for a Match with Bully Ray. Dixie of course is happy to play along as Bully has been the “Butt” in her thigh for quite some time now, letting AJ Styles make a mockery of her. Funny enough though, it’s literally Swings and Roundabouts because AJ Styles made a mockery of himself, or at least his “Friends” did, but more on that later.

Also I do believe that the new Voice Over guy sounds a lot like the Grindhouse Movie dude, and if that is true…. I am in heaven and I take back all of my criticism of his vocal chords and I shall kiss his blood stained shoes and concealed deadly weapon coat tails to the day I decide not to. Which might also be the same day I decided to take part… coincidently of course.

Main Event Mafia kicked off this week’s Impact, at least the “in ring” opening of the show, in what I would like to say is the best thing the Main Event Mafia has done… ever. And that’s to say “We not going to be a faction anymore” YES!!! This show is off to a great start.

Sting took centre stage to say that MEM was formed once again to Dethrone Bully Ray and to stop The Aces and Eights, and mission accomplished. Well yeah, I guess, but not really. Bully doesn’t have the title, true, but The Aces and Eights are still around, albeit a much worse version of what they once were. The idea that they needed to be stopped is just ridiculous anyway, they haven’t been a threat to anyone in over 6 Months.

Sting though is off on his new journey to Battle “Entitlement” which is as good a time as any to point out that:

Entitlement:

“to give somebody the right to have or to do something”

“to assign a title to something such as a book”

“to confer an official position or honour on somebody that brings a particular title with it”

Well, on the heels of last week where Sting made no sense and angrily left Dixie’s office to whine and do what she said in the first place, I am thinking Sting’s new journey is of course to assign a title to something such as a book.

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He did however make a point to have “Respect for the ones who came before you” to which he then Hugged Kurt Angle telling him he loved him, and then Hugged Samoa Joe telling him the same. He then tapped Magnus and walked away. Which to be honest, Magnus hasn’t really done anything wrong at this point, so it makes Sting look more of a sore loser, also no one really cares all that much, but I like the tension building between the two, so I approve.

Either way, no one likes Seeing Sting walking around with Shades and a Suit, what kind of look is that? Of course it could be worse as some horrible fan in the crowd pointed out, mocking the legacy of Sting.

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It’s either he was mocking him… or his Art really sucks…

Joe however had the best exit speech saying “we’re great friends, but I want to remind you why we make better enemies”.

Magnus blabbed about Winning the Title Tournament and going through Angle if he needs to, blah blah blah. Then Kurt whined some more about how his own moves defeated him against his Matches with Roode, and that he needs to Win the World Championship (for some reason again) to think himself worthy of the Hall of Fame. Of course, this all makes no sense, I don’t even know why half of these guys are willing to participate in the Title Tournament, surely Joe, Storm, Hardy, Angle etc would be on AJ’s side and refuse, and recognise him as the true World Champ?

Still, Angle’s rant caused Bobby Roode to come out and feel Embarrassed for Kurt who is “making excuses” this turned into a big Fight, that was on and off again for the rest of the show. At one point Angle remained in the ring on a chair and said he will wait all night, or even till next week if he has too, which is funny, because in TV World, next week is an hour and a bit away for Angle.

In the end MEM and EGO team mates tore Roode and Angle apart, then Kaz and Daniels attacked these Black Dudes in the crowd, the very same from the opening of the show, I’m not trying to be racist, I don’t know who he is. Turned out he’s PacMan…. which seems incorrect to me on many different levels…

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Also why is he taking a Dump?

Velvet Sky vs. Brooke vs. ODB – Knockouts Championship – #1 Number-One Contender

I think it is safe to say, no one cares anymore. The Knockouts Division looks awful currently, yes Lei’D Tapa is a fantastic addition, but she’s done nothing currently, and also “currently” her position looks as if she will be firmly kissing Gail’s backside for the foreseeable future… possibly.

Which means I am sick of Velvet, Brooke and ODB being in EVERY Match. But hey, they have no one else left, so they might need to work on that.

The main point of this match is for Gail and Tapa to keep getting involved, and then they just beat everyone up. The highlight however was a very intense face off between Lei’D Tapa and ODB who did not hold anything back as they wailed on each other. And no, I don’t mean in a literal alternative meaning / spelling sense.

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Gail then said she has beaten everyone in the Division, and there is literally no one left to Challenge her. Which is true. So she has issued an “Open Challenge” to any Female Wrestler in the World to fight her, and if Gail is beaten, she will even put up a Title Shot.

I LOVE Open Challenges, anything that has excitement about possible new comers. Of course this could also mean Tapa herself might attack Gail, which would also be great. But getting a new addition I think would be better, and then Tapa turned. Who knows.

Okay, so remember that Mockery of AJ Styles I mentioned, well because, as you know “he has left the company, and never to be seen again” crap, so on Impact, there was a Segment, which I kid you not, titled “The Friends of AJ Styles” who bring you amateur video footage of his recent Title Defence in AAA Mexico. An easy way to find out who is making these videos is find out where the team responsible for TNA’s utterly Poor Hall of Fame Ceremony footage are, and BINGO! Surely they could have found a better way to promote AJ Styles and keep him on people’s minds, without the need to bring you Video Segments, that is stupid. If you were watching a Match and then the video feed went, and you saw some footage or something, that would be neat, it would appear as if some people within TNA are on AJ’s side and pushing for the change in TNA. It could lead to great Segments trying to find the “Rat” in Dixie’s team who is responsible. Or they could just have Joe, or Storm talking backstage and mentioning AJ’s travels. Rather than a really naff looking title screen from the “Friends of AJ Styles” who send in video clips, which get played as part of the show.. because that’s normal.

The Aces and Eights have been blowing up backstage through-out the show, It started with Anderson confronting both Knux and Bischoff, telling them that the best thing they did was getting him out of the Cut, and for them both just to get out of the club. Garrett and Knux called Taz into the Ring, which would make this Taz’s what, Fourth Appearance with them in 10Months. Bully made his way to the ring also. This is where Anderson came down to Watch from the side lines, as Garrett complained about everything Bully has done and took off his Cut. Knux also said he was Finished with the Club, but a tie vote would rule in favour of the President, of course Taz off of the heels of last week saying the club sucked, said Anderson was right, and took of his Cut. Bully got in Taz’s face telling him to put it back on, and Taz went all high pitched and squealy as he said “Make Me!”

Bully turned all of this on Anderson’s meddling, and Anderson announced their Turning Point match will be a No DQ. Bully then said “for someone who worships Stone Cold Steve Austin so much, you forgot the first rule”. Which is when Knux and Bischoff attacked Anderson and threw him in the ring where Bully beat him down with his Chain.

Yup, I hope they keep this level of Aces and Eights shenanigans up, because that was awesome. I was totally sucked in to them shutting down the Club, I fully expected that was the way it was going, then all of a sudden, they were more united than ever. I honestly didn’t see it coming, so kudos, it was awesome. I want The Aces and Eights to grow, more members, more power, more chaos, I really want that. Like REALLY WANT THAT!!!!

Ethan Carter the Third vs. Dewey Barnes

I made a note to write down his name correctly this time, yup same old crap.

Though Dewey’s music is awesome, I shall look for it and embed it if I can find it.

EC3’s music is also good.

His finisher is the “One Percenter” and that is also good… but that is all.

Also two searches said I couldn’t find it… and that’s two searches too many!

Bad Influence vs. Eric Young and Joseph Park

Backstage Kaz and Daniels got at Park, throwing his Trick-Or-Treat “Candy” at him, saying how strange it is he is here this week, and Abyss is not. EY stepped up to save the day and challenge them to a match. Which led to a lovely awkward moment of EY and Park celebrating, whilst it was blatantly obvious Kaz and Daniels were stood at the other side of the room off camera watching.

I guess this is just building the feud between the two, and I hope it leads to Abyss / Park realisation, because I am bored of that story now, it just needs to “happen” or go in a different direction.

In the end Daniels grabbed the Time Keepers Hammer, ref went after it, Daniels through the Hammer, got his Apple-Tini, lobbed that in the face of Park, Kaz crucifix pin, and the Victory goes to Bad Influence.

Roode came to ringside a little earlier on in the night and shouted for Kurt, then left. So this time, Angle came out and shouted for Roode, saying he isn’t a hard man to find, which is ironic as Roode couldn’t find him earlier and Angle didn’t even come out to his challenge.

It was however Austin Aries that got in the face of Kurt Angle, as Aries and Angle will battle next week in the next match of the Title Tournament, and Dixie’s “Wheel of Dixie” determined it will be a Submission Match, so that should be awesome. Roode then came out and attacked Kurt, then all three of them were fighting each other. Yay?

Jeff Hardy vs. Chris Sabin – World Title Tournament – Full Metal Mayhem

Aside from the fact that every time they talk about a Full Metal Mayhem match which Jeff Hardy is taking part in, they feel the unnecessary need to label it “Tables, Ladders, Chairs…. and stairs”. When they did that before, I let it slide, but numerous times through-out the night promoting this match, they felt the need to include Tables, Ladders and Chairs, I get it. It’s his most famous matches, but that doesn’t mean you need to say those exact words, Full Metal Mayhem is a concept from TNA that explains the match type rather well. The fact they can’t say “Tables, Ladders and Chairs” which I’m sure is because it has some “copyright” issues, so they say, Tables, Ladders, Chairs and Stairs. Really? What matches do you remember where Stairs come into play as a deciding factor.

Also TNA plugged Jeff’s new CD, which without researching I assume is another TNA Released Album of remixed songs where Jeff badly sings on top of. I shall look into this further, but I am hopeful this CD, the aptly named “Plurality of Worlds” will sit among his other classics, such as:

“Disbandment of Soil” – “Eccentric Roll down the Hill” – “Waddle on the Wind” and my personal favourite:

Jeff Hardy Album

So with that rant over and done with, this match was Fantastic!

Everything you would want it to be, it delivered on. It actually took me by surprise, mainly because the majority of Match Types haven’t lived up to the hype of recent, Ultimate-X is the best example from BFG.  Adding that to the face that this is just Impact, rather than a PPV, they don’t tend to raise their game to big levels for a standard TV Match. But they hit big move after big move.

It was so destructive Jeff merely tried to open the leg of one table and pulled it clean off!

But in all seriousness he went flying off the Top Rope through a Table, even though the timing wasn’t perfect as Sabin started to move, then Jeff jumped, so whatever. Sabin also leapt off the top rope and Jeff put his knees up, still going through a Table.

I couldn’t tell if Sabin annoyed Jeff, he hit him rather hard, then Dropkicked the chair into his face rather violently, which looked to give Jeff some issues, I for one thought he might have lost a tooth, but I’m not sure. So in retaliation Jeff swung the chair over Sabin’s head in a fit of rage. It was brutal.

The finish came with Jeff literally throwing himself over a Ladder and free falling face first to the floor, to then last minute Roll it through into a Modified Swanton Bomb, and picked up the win.

I haven’t seen a match that delivered on this Brutality for some time, maybe not since Jeff and Aries tore it down with their Ladder Match. Regardless, I shall be happy to include this in my list of potential “Match of the Year” Candidates.

If you missed this match… go watch it…. NOW!

And if this is the standard the opening the Match of the Title Tournament sets going forward, then the rest of these awesome bouts should be fantastic to witness!

I can’t wait for Angle vs. Aries next week (hope Aries wins) and Impact pulled out some surprises with The Aces and Eights, and kept everything hitting hard and fast.

If they can keep this going, then TNA are chugging along with some major momentum in my opinion.

Till Then!

Dan Wilkinson

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P.S

On a funny note whilst doing my Spell-Checking, the final thing I misspelled was my own Name!

That’s a first! And I can’t tell you how proud I am… hence adding this to the end of my blog!

UP YOURS!

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The Jobber Blogger #73 – TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – BOUND FOR GLORY – 20/10/13

 

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I’ve finally come to the realisation that I just wouldn’t be able to keep a Full-Time job. Actually, like most, and the majority and especially every issue of The Jobber Blogger I start off with a Sentence and then utterly correct that sentence the sentence after. I have not just come to any realisation, nor do I think a Full-Time job is actually above my level of “doing things”. I like to keep myself productive, it’s like they say “Productivity is the heart of my arse”… pretty sure I just made that up and it makes little sense, but if that isn’t a T-Shirt Slogan, I don’t know what is. But I feel obliged to Stand By my slogans, tag-lines and grammatically incorrect phrasing. Does that make sense to you, you say? Well, I know how you mean. Take that, it’s on the Internet! You know who I’m talking about! And like Wikipedia proudly exemplifies “Everything you read on the Internet is true!”.

So TNA threw out their Annual “Bound for Glory” Pay Per View Event, and not in an “overall” opinion manor, but there were highlights, of course, and then certain things didn’t live up to the Hype. Now me saying not living up to the Hype is me saying it was bad in parts, because it really wasn’t, it’s just on average, my expectations were higher than what was delivered. This paragraph, especially the last Sentence is a trademark of my “Spiffing” Good Grammar…. another T-shirt idea.

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TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – BOUND FOR GLORY – 20/10/13

 

First things first, this year’s Bound for Glory Banner (without going back and checking every other BFG Banner) remarkably resembles Ye’ Olde NWA / TNA font, a subtle hint / subliminary reference me thinks?

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As always, the show kicked off with a rather nifty opening Video Package detailing the journey of one AJ Styles leading to his Main Event Match with Bully Ray. For my money, TNA really has great Story telling, to think this all happened well over a year ago, with Claire Lynch, through to Christopher Daniels beating him, losing last year at BFG to not Wrestle for the title for an entire year. Leaving, the mysterious new look, new attitude, it’s a Rebirth of TNA and they put their “Poster Boy”, the Face of TNA front and centre and they broke him down, sent him down, brought him back better than ever. The old saying goes “Don’t put all your eggs in the one basket” but AJ Styles is what made TNA, and if anyone can shift them into a New Era, a new Direction, it’s AJ Styles they need on the front lines. And Bound for Glory is all about AJ Styles.

This for the record is a great thing. AJ has been on fire of late, since his Return he has been something new and extremely interesting / entertaining to watch, partner that with this ominous “New Direction” and TNA has become a very interesting place.

Jeff Hardy vs. Austin Aries vs. Chris Sabin vs. Samoa Joe vs. Manik – X-Division Championship – Ultimate-X Match

 

The whole “not living up to my expectations” is pretty much entirely centred around this match. I will first lay out why I was excited for it, 1- it’s the X-Division, “THE” Division that built TNA, and with a new direction, surely this match goes a long way to revamp the Division. 2- Chris Sabin has been an X-Division Wrestler since day one in TNA, Samoa Joe has been one of the corner stone’s of the X-Division, let alone TNA. 3- Austin Aries is in this match. 4- It’s Bound for Glory.

Now on the flip side, I can name one thing that I honestly feel let this match down, and not in a totally negative way that I wish it wasn’t there, just wish they did it differently. And that one thing is: Jeff Hardy.

Yes, Hardy launched his Career with Wrestling a totally different style, yes you can argue he helped to develop this “X-Division” Style of Wrestling long before TNA even existed. But the X-Division matches generally are fast paced, full throttle and of course that has it’s fair shares of errors and mistakes, but they naturally are expected, and part of the adrenaline, not to mention part of their talent in how quickly the performers correct them. There was however one point toward the start of the Match where Jeff just looked like a headless chicken, really at a loss of what to do, and tried to get involved but that made him stand out all the more. He was the proverbial “Sore Thumb”. To make matters worse, as I feared from Impact, but he introduced Ladders to Ultimate-X.

Sure, I get the appeal, I’m a lifelong Hardy fan, I love Ladder Matches, but bringing a Ladder to Ultimate-X is like wearing Wrestling Platform Boots.

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The whole idea and concept of this match is to struggle and climb your way to the Ropes above the ring, and shimmy across to the centre where you try and get the Belt down. The Belt isn’t That high off the Canvas in the first place. Bringing a Ladder into the match ruins the entire concept. You can reach the belt with a Foot Stool, the whole point of the Match is the concept of the match. If you could just go “you know what, screw dangling upside down trying to get the belt down, I’ll just wear stilts to the ring” then these matches would have sucked years ago.

I like the idea of putting Jeff Hardy in the X-Division, and yes an X-Division Ladder Match would be great. But this is Ultimate-X, part of the excitement is to see Jeff Hardy bring his Style to a new Match-Type. He claimed “I Want to do something I’ve never done before” which either implies he wants to be a part of an Ultimate X match… which he failed at. Or what he really meant was “I want to Ruin everything”… which he succeeded at.

On the positive side, Jeff had new music again as he always does at Bound for Glory, which is exciting, I always like new Music, specially from Jeff. Further more Joe and Aries got a great reaction from the Crowd… Jeff…. not so much.

There was some great high points in the match, Manik once again stood out the most for being so fluid in the ring, and he actually corrected a lot of the minor “errors” through-out the match that actually really played in his favour as a performer.

The ending was a bit naff, Jeff dropped Sabin with the Twist of Fate, Sabin instantly rolled out the ring then had a shouting match with Velvet Sky about her getting in the ring to Stop Jeff from winning. Should it bug me when someone connects with their finisher which normally would lay them out for a while, or result in a victory, but on the other occasion, it just takes them out of the way but they’re really not that hurt from it. Sabin could clearly get right back up and in the ring. Anyway, Velvet was pushed in the ring by Sabin, Jeff was distracted and moved her out of the way, and Sabin ran up the Ladder behind him and got the Belt.

 

Bad Influence made their way to the ring to have a good rant about how they should be on the Card at Bound for Glory. And in the truest words ever spoken from one Frankie Kazarian “Not since the Premier of Broke Back Mountain have two men been screwed more than Bad Influence”.

Of course this whole Segment served a Purpose, but anyone who is a fan of TNA will actually agree with their words when they spoke about this being about TNA, and they “Are” TNA. Still, they then went on to complain about not Winning the Bound for Glory – Pre-Show Tag-Team Number #1 Contender Match, but they should be put in the Tag Championship Match anyway.

Eric Young then confronted the duo claiming they Created a Monster. Now I didn’t see the Pre-Match, I’ve since tried to find it, but I will continue looking, because it does sound interesting. Either way, Bad Influence then beat down EY and Abyss Returned, with his old and awesome Music. Abyss took out both Daniels and Kaz then picked up EY showing an alliance. I really hope Abyss sticks around this time, he has had what, 3 appearances since Slammiversary? He won the TV Title, then was never seen again. I just hope they finally Wrap Up the Joseph Park / Abyss Storyline or at least get it going again in an Interesting way.

The Bromans (w/Mr. Olympia) vs. James Storm and Gunner – World Tag-Team Championships

 

Now, despite what I wrote in the title of this match, at first I thought Robbie and Jesse were just being occupied to the ring by a Walking Cloud. I would say “discoloured” or “pollution” but no doubt that would be flagged as Racist. But really… when did this ever become a Good Look?

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Gunner was wearing a new Ring-Jacket, which actually is pretty cool, though it’s just something to Wear to the Ring, it goes a long way to creating a “Look, Style, Gimmick” that really suits him. I still think some crazy Face-Paint wouldn’t go a miss either. The Tag-Team name of “The Sinner and The Saint” was thrown around. But let’s face it, Americas Most Wanted, great team, Beer Money best team (in terms of home grown TNA), but yet another James Storm team, again. Enough is enough.

Unless Storm just wants to be a Tag-Team guy all the time, with multiple different teams, he’s like the Band you loved but keep coming back with new members till you just don’t care anymore.

If anything AMW put Storm on the Map, Beer Money put Roode in the Main Events and this new ensemble is just making Gunner look good and Storm look increasingly irrelevant.

Gunner Jacket Image

Here is a good bit of Blog Journalism that not everyone might have got, the Image on the back of Gunner’s Trunks is the Eddie Logo from Iron Maiden’s 2006 Album – “A Matter of Life and Death”. Clearly Gunner is obviously more of a “Rock” guy anyway, but “AMOLAD” is an Album Written about War, and Gunner being a Former Army Man himself, obviously the connection fits perfectly. Part of me thought I could hear an “Iron Maiden” chant breaking out.. but then I probably just made it up myself like when you see faces in your carpet… watching you… whilst you sleep. If you sleep face down on your carpet anyway. A good tip is, get a bed.

Gunner Maiden

Speaking of Gunner being impressive, he performed a great Fall Away Slam from the Top Rope. James Storm fell of the Ring-Apron and had a Nasty Cut on his Leg (not that this was his contribution to the match).

My favourite thing about this match, even though The Bromans are easily the “Clowns” of TNA, both Jesse and especially Robbie E are great in the ring. And they showed it in spades, and the crowd ate it up, which was an awesome reaction to get for them both.

The ending was fine, albeit somewhat confusing. Robbie E threw one of the Tag-Team Belts into the Ring, this distracted the Ref, then The Bromans performed a Double Move and Won the Match. But the whole Throwing of the Belt was really unnecessary. Mike Tenay was yelling on commentary about “illegal double team!” but both teams were performing Double Moves with the whole “Breakdown” of the Tag-Match lark going on, so really they did Nothing illegal.

I am glad that they picked up the Win, since Gunner and Storm won the Belts the Division has been bland, and we’ve barely seen them since. So hopefully New Champions might shed some new light on the Division going forward.

The Hall of Fame – Induction

 

Let’s not beat the drum anymore on just how pointless the TNA HOF really is. For a company that’s 11 years old and all of its home grown talent hitting the Prime of their Career, it’s going to be many, many, many years before any of them should be in a Hall of Fame. Which means the guys TNA puts into the Hall of Fame are those who are older “legends” from other companies… which defeats the point. It reeks of “We’ve inducted Sting before you WWE, and we’ve inducted Kurt Angle before you too!.. So Nerr!”

Regardless, just like last year’s HOF Induction Ceremony, it looks… awful. TNA have some of the best Cameras on the Market, they released a whole Video about how good their Cameras were because of the great Resolution and Frame Rate they capture at. You watch any of their “Super Star” video reels, they look awesome. Their video packages are such a high standard. So why the high holy hell, for the last 2 years running does their “Hall Of Fame” ceremony look like it’s been filmed from a proud Father sat in the Audience using their Trusty Old Cam-Corder. It’s terrible. They get people’s heads in the shot, it’s resolution is crap, there is only the one camera the entire night so it pans back and forth badly. The sound is naff quality. And the room looks like a School Play with some badly lit curtains a projector screen and a basic Microphone.

Nothing says “Hall of Fame” like an Amateur production.

Furthermore, everyone knows this is Wrestling, it’s a Storyline based show, so the President of TNA: Dixie Carter was not at the Ceremony because it suits her “Current Heel Turn”. Who cares? It makes more sense she is there. For Christ’s sake, Jeff Jarrett who hasn’t been seen on TNA since Kurt Angle himself beat him at Lockdown a few years back in one of TNA’s most personal feuds for Jarrett to leave the company was sat next to Kurt Angle. Not only that, but Kurt’s ex-Wife who is Jarrett’s current Wife was on the table too, and they are all clapping and having a great time. Surely that’s more confusing to the average “fan” than having the Boss in the Audience?

Anyway, so to Induct Kurt into the Hall of Fame, Sting was sent out, seemingly without a Script for it was the most half arsed speech I’ve ever heard. I sort of like the idea of the previous Inductee to Induct the new inductee. But Sting had a great lot to say about Kurt’s in ring skills and relevance to the industry, then he went on to say “he’s also a family man… he’s got kids, in the audience.. a nice wife… errr” it’s like, what is that? So Kurt came out to do an even more half arsed “thanks” for saying “you have no idea how much this means to me”…. “I can’t put do it justice with words”. Well that sounds like the most polite “this is sh*t” to me. Sting then gives Angle a Watch, and also Angle knows how to open a box, unlike Hogan who tore the back off the thing, then the front.. then just opened it.

Angle then “respectively” declined the offer to the Hall of Fame, which I couldn’t tell if it was a Work or not, but did genuinely seem upset, it could be legit. Because everything was going well till he got arrested yet again for DUI then went to Rehab and came back just in time for his Induction. That doesn’t sound like a very good legacy to leave behind. So I get it. I just don’t get it also.

Gail Kim vs. Brooke vs. ODB – Knockouts Championship

 

There is a huge “Why?” about this Match. As I mentioned last week, since when did Gail Kim earn the chance to be in this match? As she was defeated by ODB for ODB to Wrestle for the Knockouts Championship in the first place. Since then Gail hasn’t been near the title picture, nor was she involved in the Brooke / Velvet number one contenders matches. She did feel somewhat out of place, for at least ODB and Brooke are both relevant for this Match and for Television / Storylines currently. Not to reiterate, but Gail didn’t do anything to earn her way into this match.

Brooke was impressive, though her lack of a second name still seems strange to me. ODB did a really good job of carrying the match forward for both Brooke and even Gail. To be fair though, the most notes I wrote about this match was just quotes from Taz on Commentary. Getting Fan Access (WWE) mixed up with Fan Interaction (TNA) and the rather hilarious by play between him and Tenay. Plus Taz’s continued rant about Referee “Stiffler” was just classic.

Either way, the Ref was taken down, and then Lei’D Tapa made an appearance, like I’m sure most people expected. ODB had a drink from her flask but was beaten down on the Entrance Ramp, Tapa then made her way to the Ring where Brooke jumped from the Top-Rope on her, only to be caught and Power-Bombed back into the Ring. This is where Gail pinned Brooke and Won the match.

Lei’D Tapa then got the Knockouts Championship, and what I was hoping, was she would hand the belt to Gail in a, “I’m next in line” type of Manor. But instead she handed it to Gail and Gail jumped on her and hugged her. So this is my problem with that. One, I still don’t think Gail deserved to be in this match. Of course she is deserving of it, but if you’re going to put in the match, actually make that known rather than just having your commentators announce the week before “also Gail is in it”. More than that though, Lei’D Tapa was interesting because she was different, she’s this big, powerful Knockout, that I really want to see more of. She’s like a Good Awesome Kong. The problem now is that she’s just Gail’s lackey. She is no longer threatening, she’s just a “bodyguard”. She instantly looks weak because Gail is jumping all over her and celebrating. She isn’t intimidating, or dangerous, or anything like that. She now just comes across Wimpy and Pathetic, like a Female Bane.

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Bobby Roode vs. Kurt Angle

 

Simply Put – Match of the Night.

With Angle turning down the Hall of Fame it pretty much just made everything about why these guys are fighting,… true… or wrong, depending on how you look at it. Angle was annoyed because of the “mockery!” and how Roode claimed he was undeserving. Angle retaliates with Violence. Then he gladly sits at a Ceremony, eats catered food, listens to loads of guys spill their guts on what he means to them and the industry. Then walks out and says “meh”, what a jerk. And he has the audacity to get annoyed with Roode for being completely and entirely Right about Angle from the get go.

Reasons and Logic be damned, I like the fact that this match wasn’t a big “built up” Story feud. It felt like a good old fashioned Wrestling Match, perfectly Placed on the grandest Stage TNA offer.

The match was fantastic, and I love it when I get so into a Match that I just really want someone to Win, even though I know it doesn’t work like that, but still. I cringed when Angle applied the Ankle Lock on the other Ankle to which he normally does, it bent horribly… the wrong way. The counters back and forth were fantastic, not to mention Angle countering the Cross-face, rolling through and turning it into an Angle-Slam.

One of the best moves was from Roode when he dropped Angle with a Death Valley Driver turned into a Neck-Breaker ish Cutter move. Roode uses a number of “Signature Moves” like the Spear, Cross-face, Spine-Buster and Northern Lights Suplex, but he’s never had that one “FINISHER”. So I really hope he develops this, as that.

I even got high hopes when Angle applied the leg-vine to his Ankle Lock and it looked as if Roode was going to “Pass-Out”, Brian Hebner (ref) picked up Roode’s arm for what I imagine would be the “drop 3 times it’s over rule” but Roode looked up on the first time he lifted his arm, and it looked as if Brian put Roode’s hand on the Rope. This was met with a huge “Boo” from the Crowd. But at that moment I thought, what if Brian Hebner is going to Screw Kurt Angle because Angle turned down the HOF Induction. I thought that would be awesome. Evidently not, it all became rather confusing though, but then just was forgotten.

The finish was just as impressive with a Top Rope Angle Slam which led to a 9-Count, Roode made to his feet, Angle didn’t move, Roode then fell on Angle and got the 3 Count. Angle still didn’t move.

I can’t tell you how glad I am that Roode won. To be fair I want Roode to win everything, he’s fantastic, but with everything else surrounding this match, I wanted him to beat Angle all the more. I would be happy for Angle to be Heel to be honest, it almost felt “right”.

The stupid thing was the EMT’s run down and bring out a Stretcher, and yet again, for the second time in Recent Memory, I Hope and Pray, that these people are just Actors or wanna be Wrestlers, not actual trained Health and Safety EMT’s.  Because they badly placed Angle on the Board, and didn’t fasten it, and then tried to Push it to the Ring Apron where it looked amazingly Awkward, and Angle nearly fell off the board multiple times. Comedy aside, this looks worse than the amateur HOF Ceremony.

Anywho, Angle then did the “I’m too proud” and got up and walked off. I only wish he actually sold the fact he was injured in the first place, because he seemed just fine.

 

 

Ethan Carter the Third vs. Norv Ferman

 

I think that was this guy’s name, local Wrestling talent, picked for his “look”.

A good debut by EC3, the idea he is Dixie’s nephew is a little odd, see how that develops. But I really like his gimmick, his music and his charisma thus far.

A basic Squash match, but no bad thing either. I wrote down “Good Finish”… I don’t remember his move.. .but apparently it was good….. Carter won.

 

 

Magnus vs. Sting

 

For those of you who read my Blogs, I mentioned I hope this match actually is a “Classic” that will put Magnus on the Map, like the Flair vs. Sting match of old. Well, it wasn’t.

It was a weird mash up of confusion. And I love Sting, but let’s be honest, he’s never been “that” good in the ring. And these days he just seems to do the same thing… multiple times…. a lot. It’s just back hands, Splashes, and Suplex’s, with his finishers and the occasional Drop kick. Sting is very good at getting you on his side though, a la vs. Bully Ray in Sting’s last ever World Championship Match. I still think Sting needs to fight Aries, and it needs to be “big” because Aries will get Sting to perform at the best of his ability, because Aries wouldn’t let him do any less. Their brief bout before was awesome, so it is something I highly anticipate.

Anywho, Magnus had new attire, I like new music and new attire for Big PPV’s it’s good. His new attire is good too. But this weird mash up comes off of them being “friends / allies” yet Magnus who isn’t really moving that quickly to being a “heel” is taking “opportunities” like underhanded things and un-sportsman like things. Sure the whole, do what it takes to win thing makes sense, but it just seemed a bit strange so suddenly. What was more Sudden was Magnus flat-out mocking Sting, that seemed bizarre.

And then that bizarre got more bizarre with Sting doing Ric Flair’s infamous “fall on the face” which made no sense.

Is Sting trying to be Flair, and Magnus trying to be Sting? Is that their only claim to fame, Magnus’ best chance of being great is to try his best at replicating something that happened 20 years ago. And was Sting trying to emulate Flair? What was going on?…

It was fine, but average, which was what I feared, it certainly isn’t going to be something you look back at and think, yep, that put him on the Map. Because it didn’t. Magnus vs. Aries… that might.

Magnus made Sting tap with his Kingsland Cloverleaf, again, the Tap came suddenly.

Magnus then went super pompous and celebrated at every Corner, leaving Sting to follow him around trying to Shake his hand, Magnus then shook his hand in a very belittling manor and left.

 

 

Bully Ray vs. AJ Styles – World Heavyweight Championship – No Count-out, No DQ

 

The No Count-Out, No DQ was a stipulation added after Impact. I don’t have a problem with it, but it could have been emphasised better than Dixie putting it on Twitter.

It also means “Something is going to happen”.

Earlier on in the night we Saw Bully Ray talking to what looked like open Shower Cubicles… which is… weird on many different levels. But he went on about The Aces and Eights fooling everyone once more “They thought you just Split, they thought you were Dead, and they thought you would never Trust me Again”. Which in turn sounds like he means DOC, Anderson and Devon in that order. It was interesting to say the least.

Bully had a Promo before the match where he quoted Axl Rose… this hot on the heels of him claiming to be Darth Vadar makes for a very mixed signal.

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Since AJ came back at Slammiversary to fight Kurt Angle and he walked out to “Evil Ways”, I knew that he and Bully would clash at Bound for Glory. They had that look, that theme, and just from the music and the setting / atmosphere both created around it, it was a Collision Course.

So I was so happy to have AJ walk out purely to Evil Ways and not his Phenomenal Theme, it was the perfect setting for the Match. To make it even better Bully walked out to the Lyrical version of The Aces and Eights theme.

Little subtle details like this, but it’s those little details that really set the Stage for the Match.

Obviously Bound for Glory over the years has been the PPV where something big went down to determine the Storylines going forward. The formation of Immortal, The Aces and Eights invading just to name the most current, and obviously this year is will AJ Styles take the title / power and change TNA for the better. But a No DQ basically means all bets are off, Aces and Eights could turn, Dixie Carter could align with The Aces and Eights, Hogan could come back, anything big. But nothing like that happened, which isn’t a bad thing by any means.

But it also means that Bully and AJ are capable of having a fantastic 5Star match, they’ve already had one before in their Last Man Standing match last year. But the run-ins made for a stop start type of pacing. But the idea was AJ Styles was battling to Win, because he had to Win at any cost.

Bisch ran in first, gave Bully a Hammer, this led to nothing in the end. AJ standing up to Bully and taking his powerful Chops to the Chest was a great scene, as each Chop left fresh hand prints on his chest, yet he wouldn’t back down. Knux then came down, Chokeslammed AJ, Bully pinned him, only got a Two Count.

AJ did a Spring-Board 450 Splash from the Ring through the Announce Table… pretty much landing Face First on the floor, which looked horrible, but then a great Big Spot for the Match. Taz gave Bully a knife, again, he cut the Canvas to expose the Wooden boards of the Ring beneath. Bully then called out “The Boys” who I guess is whomever he was talking to in the Shower earlier on, but no one came down to Help him.

Dixie then made her way to the ring and handed Bully a Chair, AJ spring boarded back in the Ring hitting the Chair at Bully. He then hit another Springboard 450, but Dixie threatened Heber if he counted the Three, causing Bully to finally kick out with Hebner’s slow reluctant count.

In the end of course, AJ hit Bully in the head with the Chair, landed Spiral Tap from the Corner and Won the Match.

He celebrated and then left through the Crowd with Dixie looking on as AJ secured the TNA World Championship.

 

Clearly the odds where in AJ’s favour to Win the belt, but you never know. I can’t say how happy I am to just have AJ back as World Champion, it’s been far too long. Though I do love the journey he has gone on, and I seriously hope and can’t wait to see where this direction goes next. I think everyone is hoping for a “Revamp” to TNA, with AJ to lead the change.

Regardless, a great Main Event, and a great Bound for Glory.

Let’s hope this coming Year in TNA is fantastic and takes them to the Level they deserve to be at. Say what you want about them, but their Locker Room, their Story Lines and their product of Wrestling, is what I always loved about Professional Wrestling, and it just baffles me more people don’t like it, or don’t get it, or don’t watch it, or don’t know about it.

 

Till then.

 

Dan Wilkinson.

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