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The Jobber Blogger #71 – TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 10/10/13

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Let’s all rejoice, my loyal “Blobbers” for the imminent and somewhat untimely release of my Blog is once upon among us. Yep, that opening sentence will indeed make as much sense, if not more sense than the estimated 3000 words which shall follow.

You know something that plays on my mind, I have been doing this Blog for a little over a year, and by little over a year, it’s probably a Month and a Bit, probably because I already forgot which date marked my year. But that is irrelevant details, clearly I want more people to read my ramblings, the very thought of having Discussion let alone criticism and death threats, is something every Writer wants. I feel my “Blog” gives off a different style of opinion / break down of the Events over in TNA: Wrestling land, but of course I want some Feedback.

What do you guys like, or dislike about my Blog? What would you want more of, any ideas to help it grow? Certainly an audience is keen motivation to continue it, but after 70 issues out there in the world, with one comment on IGN and a few other loyal readers along the way, the reception to these are minimal.

Tell me where to stick it! But do so in nice thoughtful ways, with humorous ideas and mannerisms, like the old fabled “Shut Up You Git, Else I’ll Poo In Your Hat!”

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 TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 10/10/13

The newly hated Dixie Carter kicked off Impact this week by addressing the Closing segments of last week’s show, and the somewhat “flat” Quitting of Hulk Hogan. He who shall remain nameless from hence forth, she declared whilst riding on a trusty steed. Nope, not quite, she did however insist Hogan renames nameless from this point forward and had a big rant about how “Egotistical, self-serving” he was. The funny part about all of this, is that Hogan has a great Fan-Base, no doubt about it. But he also has a lot of people who don’t like him, either they get caught up in Hulkamania in person, or they just get shouted down. Regardless, Dixie spoke the “internet tongue” about Hogan, yet was met with a negative reaction. Which is only funny because Dixie has turned Heel on the back of the current complaints about the Company, all of which is yet again blurring the lines between TNA’s Storyline and “reality”.

Dixie continued her heated rant moving on to AJ Styles about putting Bully Ray in a match with Samoa Joe last week, so she is going to give Bully a Break, and do the return this week. Which really, seems rather fair, let’s be honest.

There is a strange divide building, The Aces and Eights were created to Battle TNA Management and bring the “power / belts” into their Faction. Half of this was sort of achieved, but now it seems Bully is siding with Management. And on the public front, everyone’s favourite TNA Star – AJ Styles has done nothing but spoke positively of having Hulk Hogan with TNA. So could a possible AJ endorsed Hogan alignment be coming up after BFG to bring about New, Old Changes to TNA, but at the hands of Hogan to try and swing the “haters” in the other direction? Who knows!

Sting stepped up, as he usually does to play the “Good guy – in the middle” to solve everyone’s problems, but this act got Dixie on his case also, saying “Everyone’s contract (in relation to the recent Lay-Offs?) are under Review” and how dare Sting book his own match for Bound For Glory, so Sting was given a Tag-Match partnering with Magnus, and if either of them lost, they won’t make the BFG Card.

Something very noteworthy of this entire segment was just how much the Crowd hate Dixie already, and it is impressive, sure they have used the “Changes” as motivation and she as a Figure Head, but Dixie always got a lot of love and praise from the Crowd, maybe it’s because she’s a Woman and playing the “Dumb, Rich” card to create more Heat. Obviously on the flip side, Sting always gets a good reaction, but he got a Great Reaction just from playing off of how much the audience loathed Dixie. An interesting thing to come which could create great tension, especially with the rise / push of AJ Styles to represent the “old”, this really does make you think TNA have been planning this “Change” for quite some time, and wherever they are looking to take the Company, I think a lot of people are going to be pleased.

Austin Aries vs. Jeff Hardy

I guess when most people Write Blogs, they either just break down the show, throw in some narrow minded “they should have done this” crap and then “Score” it. Well, sure, I like to include my opinion, but I know full well my opinion is Worthless, I am not going to let it feed any negativity toward TNA should my opinion be of that nature. And I am not going to be so moronic as to “Score” a Show or Matches. I will give you my opinions, but that will be as far as it goes. I like to mention each Match / Segment so that readers can read which part they wanted to, and to give little break downs of the match / show / opinions and news.

I find it incredibly tedious to actually break down and write about a match, I will simply tell you to watch it or not, again, my opinion. Most of the time I just mention details or talk about irrelevant things. For instance Jeff Hardy was sporting his more Old School attire once again, this I approve of, he looks like the Jeff Hardy I grew up watching, not that it really matters in the grand scheme of things, but he looks awesome, it’s always been one of his appeals.

Aries on the other hand seemed to be wearing new ring gear, or at least not much worn ring gear, which with Bound for Glory right around the Corner, you would think he would save them till then. Aries also dropped an Elbow Drop just as Jeff was trying to move out of the way and he caught him properly on the head, it looked Painful!

“It looked Painful” is a crappy description from a Wrestling Writer.

Put it this way, in a straight forward “Wrestling Match” between both Aries and Jeff, this has to be my favourite. And sure enough, they are both going to Raise the Bar for Ultimate X coming up at BFG, so if this is just two of the “5” guys competing, then we are going to be in for a Treat.

Speaking of being in for a treat, a Brain Buster from the Top Rope to finish the Match, I simply wrote “What!!!????” How insanely cool / dangerous did that look!

Aries picked up the Win in what I class as another “Match of the Year Contender”.

Samoa Joe made an appearance straight after the match to put himself in Ultimate X also, now making it a 5-Way, all I can think of is “Poor Kenny King”. There is still time for King to join the Match too. It does seem like the X-Division is being focussed on, no doubt again in relation to the “Change” fast approaching TNA.

Jesse vs. ODB

It has been a while since a Woman has Wrestled a Man one on one, and off the heels of Jesse’s loss last week, he threw out the Challenge to the Knockouts Champion. Rather silly really because EY would have beaten him off of his Elbow Drop, and Park would have beaten him off of his Splash, put them both together, plus ODB’s Splash, he wouldn’t have won anyway.

But logic be damned,  it’s Wrestling, and that’s why we love it!

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The more important points to mention are Eric Young and Joseph Park’s “Road Trip to Bound for Glory”. Where the duo take a 10-day Road trip to the Biggest show of the Year. This could of course mean they might win in the Tag-Team Challenge before the Event starts for the chance to Wrestle for the Tag-Championships. Pure speculation.

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Also Lei’D Tapa made her second appearance (Post Gut-Check) and beat down ODB in yet another impressive display. But more on this later when that pesky Logic comes back into play.

 

The “Extraordinary Gentleman’s Organisation” or E.G.O Held their “Hall of Fame” Ceremony. However first of all, I managed to spell each word of EGO wrong on my first attempt, so yay for spell check, and furthermore, Kaz and Daniels’ Comic-Book nerd background certainly comes into play for the name in the first place.

That being said, this Hall of Fame ceremony was blatantly obvious where it was going to end up, and frankly it’s “Pay Off” wasn’t as entertaining as the Ceremony itself. Also I seem be using quotation marks an awful lot in this blog, isn’t that good, I feel like Fred Durst writing “Hot Dog” to see how many F’Words I can fit into one song and then counting that number as part of the Lyric. In a completely unrelated manor, as a Young little Limp Bizkit fan growing up, one I find it highly amusing that at one time the WWE Called them their “Favourite Band” publically, and then shortly after they performed a song called “Crack Addict”. Oh how I wonder if they would publically endorse them now, and yes, I finally bought myself a Copy of “Gold Cobra” their newest album, and it’s rather good!

E.G.O’s HOF Ceremony had numerous high points, like Kaz and Daniels’ dressing up as the fans with a hefty throw back and insult with their homage to “Dumb and Dumber”. Taz’s “I want a suit like that” deserves a good ol mention too.

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But the highlight came with Bobby Roode playing just as Stupid as his EGO Partners, and for someone like Bobby Roode who as at once a dangerous top of his game competitor, can also be the more bumbling fool too. We have seen this side of him before, even though he was always the more serious side of Beer Money, his run with Aries was nothing but comical, and he weeping over Kaz’ home made “Video Montage” was great. Also the Video Montage had me in stitches.

And then the moment everyone was expecting, Kurt Angle returned after Roode’s speech about how he deserves the Hall of Fame spot more than Angle. And yes, Angle looked in great shape, so I for one hope he put as much effort into his Alcohol Addiction that he did into Working Out, but he came back on fire. So much so, that he German Suplexed Kaz right on the back of his head, maybe even on the Microphone placed on the floor that seemed to really shake him up. Angle is now set to compete at Bound for Glory taking on Bobby Roode in what could be yet another potential show stealing match-up.

Velvet Sky (w/Chris Sabin) vs. Brooke – #1 Contender Match – Knockouts Championship

This was the rematch from last week after Lei’D Tapa delivered a beat down on Velvet. And since that match Velvet is now “injured” and ripe for the pickings, to one Brooke Tessmacher. Also now she has officially dropped the “Tessmacher” name, it’s been a long time coming, though “Don’t Mess with Tess” was a good Slogan. It still baffles me why they don’t just call her Brooke Adams, because one, it’s her name, and two, it’s a good name. Just calling her “Brooke” sounds disappointing on delivery, or just strangely over emphasised on her Ring Entrance.

Sabin is now full-on rocking the 118 guy look and being more of a jerk by covering up Velvet. Personally I think most men wouldn’t want their “Better Halves” to display themselves as much either, but we all know this is just a joke. Though it is weird to see him with his Girl Friend that flirts with everyone and rubs her ass on the ropes, it’s like he’s hired a Hooker to accompany him to the Ring.

In the end it was Sabin trying to give Velvet advice that led to Velvet being caught by a Roll Up from “Brooke…..” and losing the Match.

Even stranger is that apparently the Winner of this match goes on to Face ODB AND! Gail Kim at Bound for Glory. We all know Gail is great and everything, but since when did she qualify for this match? If anything, she is the most undeserving as it was ( I believe) ODB that beat her to get to Mickie, to Win the Championship in the first place. Surely it should be Lei’D Tapa who should be in with a Shot after her recent attacks, or just ODB vs. Brooke….

Bad Influence vs. Magnus and Sting

It appears as if the Main Event Mafia is pretty much no-more, though I guess Angle is finally back, but then The Aces and Eights are pretty much done for as well, so who really cares. What everyone should Care about, is Bad Influence and how great they are.

Like expected the theme of this Match is that Sting is better than Magnus. As Magnus was the one who took the main Beat Down, and Sting had small runs of being on the attack. In the end it was Magnus who landed his Impressive Top Rope Elbow Drop, but then proceeded to be “cocky” and try to win with the “Kingsland Cloverleaf” which Daniels broke up.

This leading to Sting tagging himself in and cleaning up the mess and Winning the match, leaving Magnus to be shown up.

It’s simple, but clever matches, sure we’ve seen it time and time again, and there hasn’t really been much “innovation” brought into matches since the days of “Lie, Cheat And Steal” from the late Eddie Guerrero. Still, it served its purpose and Magnus’ Heel Turn seems even more prominent. He’s pretty much always been a Heel, and every time they’ve tried to Push him, it sort of seems flat, least this past Year seemed to have worked well, but to Turn him Heel once more, could work in both directions. Personally I think he works either way, so long as he isn’t the typical Heel or typical Face in both regards.

The Aces and Eights vs. AJ Styles – Handicap Match

Bully chose which Match AJ Competed in, and he obviously gave this chance to his Brothers, Knux and Bischoff. Earlier on in the night they complained at Bully for only being the Three of  them left. But Bully didn’t miss an opportunity to blame it all on Mr. Anderson. Saying that Anderson is the one who caused the break-down of The Aces and Eights. Interesting, as his Mention brings him back into Story, specially where Bully is concerned. So a possible Anderson return is very likely currently. Personally I still want Anderson to come back, de-throne Bully and re-build The Aces and Eights, I think there is a lot of Gas left in the Faction, with or without Bully. I fear they are just planning to End it altogether though.

Just before AJ took to the ring, Dixie Carter confronted him, offering him a Check that was “More Money than he has ever seen” to just pack his bag and leave the Company. They haven’t really explained why Dixie hates AJ so much, they just seem to Clash. Obviously AJ tore up the Check and through it back at Dixie.

Long Story short, AJ showed just how Phenomenal in the Ring he really is, he looks the best he’s been in a long time, if not ever. I personally really like AJ’s new look and I think it suits a change, and also acts as great motivation for him as a Character to grow, both in the ring technically and as a Character whilst not competing. He defeated the Odd’s doing what he does best, and not in a “Super Cena” kind of way, in an out-smarting, quick moving, impressive, never giving up attitude that actually gets people behind you.

It eventually boiled down to Knux and Bischoff making an error and AJ winning from a Quick Roll-Up victory. However the celebration was cut short as Bully made his way into the Ring and proceeded to give AJ a Beat Down with his Chain in an act of “Getting the job done himself” in front of Knux and Bischoff.

Of course we expect AJ to take a beating going into Bound for Glory, but it also cements Bully as a Bully and as the toughest guy on the Roster that you don’t want to willingly cross paths with.

Though it was a steady (get the job done and stories in place) show from top to bottom, it still is building great momentum heading toward Bound for Glory. And what we see next week, and especially Bound for Glory itself, I think TNA is going to be coming out of their biggest show in a fantastic position.

Till Then,

Dan

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The Jobber Blogger #70 – TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 3/10/13

October 7, 2013 by DiVineDiablo

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Back to Ye’ Ol’ Mondays! Aren’t they fun, and no, I haven’t been working this Weekend, just how things have fallen. I knew I had Monday evening free to Write it up, and of course IGN’s own Matt Fowler doesn’t get the Wrap-Up online till Tuesday, of course he does mainly Cover Raw, but I like to look at it as a One Up regardless!

I have been giving my loyal “fans” some thought this past week, also because Jobber Blogger Super Fan – Linda, didn’t leave feedback from last week, so that’s a rather Hefty Black Mark against her name now. I’m sure she won’t take that seriously.

Also “Blobs” just don’t seem to cut it as a Snappy Enough name to continue the Theme of what I was going for. I am, however, The Jobber Blogger, so I would like to now claim that my Loyal Fans are, Blobbers! Yes, it’s a much more sensible title that I didn’t just randomly think of on the spot.

Speaking of randomly thinking of things and also rambling about things on the Spot, behold the remainder of this Blog!

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 TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 3/10/13

I’m sure everyone noticed this, but the “Previously on Impact Wrestling” Voice Over Guy, and of course TNA’s usual Voice Over Guy  was different this week. And I shall be the very first in saying “he sucked”. And let’s leave it at that.

I for one would think I could do a good VO for TNA’s video packages, of course I would try and read it like a Half Arsed Solid Snake with grizzly throat pronunciations and strange face pulling. Long Live David Hayter!

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 AJ Styles’ kicks off Impact this week, and continues to use his “Evil Ways” theme for the opening of his Entrance. Something really awesome about this Theme is just how quickly it numbs the crowd into Silence. I think that is a testament to AJ’s current position. AJ had a few things to say, number one that he likes Hulk Hogan, which he has in fact come forward in interviews and said Hogan has been nothing but Positivity since he joined TNA, and he has stuck around for 4 Years, he is only looking at leaving now purely because TNA might not resign him. AJ was out to talk about Bully Ray, and this marks the first time they have actually really acknowledged each other since AJ won the BFG Series.

TNA continue to push the fact that AJ is not under contract, which I highly doubt, least if he is not, then he will be agreed to something, I am sure of it. Still with AJ having “nothing to lose and everything to gain” he declares he is “All In” against Bully Ray.

Bully made an appearance to talk back at AJ about how AJ claimed he “Hopes to Win”. I honestly don’t remember him saying that, but I’m sure it was in the script. Still, AJ arranged to have Samoa Joe battle Bully Ray in the Main Event, which seems a little odd. It’s like Bully needs to prove himself, rather than AJ taking the fight to Bully. Still, it looks as if AJ is creating a “Old School” TNA Faction, his “Band of Brothers” and Samoa Joe is at the top of that list.

 Kenny King and Chris Sabin vs. Manik and Jeff Hardy

So this was a little unexpected. It did actually take me a little while to think who would be teaming with Manik, seeing as Aries was Ring-Side. Then of course it makes perfect sense to have Jeff be that guy, seeing as Manik’s “Dream Match” a few weeks back was with Jeff.

I honestly found it hard to fathom why King was in this match, least with how it ended. I for one am a big Kenny King fan, and I am glad to see him back, but he does seem to be used as a “Filler” currently. Either way, I was also surprised he didn’t have his head bandaged up from his Match against Aries, which only took place an hour or so before this one (taped on the same night) which of course led to the wound being re-opened.

A good solid match overall with Sabin continuing his “Heel Ways” but the finish came with Manik doing his front knee drop thing, and Jeff following that up with a Swanton Bomb for the Win. Sabin then attacked both Manik and Jeff, and Aries ran in the ring to attack Sabin. I was expecting a One on One Sabin vs. Aries match, but instead Aries challenge Sabin to fight himself, Manik and Jeff Hardy in a Four-Way Match. Which I don’t think is quite how it always works. And then Jeff Took it up a Notch, BAM! By making it an Ultimate-X Match, which Jeff has never competed in. So basically, both Aries and Jeff made themselves an X-Division Championship match at Bound for Glory, and poor Manik had to go along. Apparently he Agreed, but of course he would. My point was, what happens to Kenny King now? Is he just back on the Side-Lines? And why does Sabin get to be a Jerk and get Two Title Matches back-to-back. He jumped Manik one week, got a Title Match the next, and now he acts like a Jerk to annoy Three Guys, and they include him in a Championship match just to get revenge. Wrestling Logic, how I love Thee!

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One of my favourite scene’s of this week’s Impact was Hogan and Sting shooting the breeze backstage. Sting saying he has Hogan’s back, and both of them discussing Dixie Carter’s “Power Trip”.

Dixie’s assistant then hands Hogan a Watch, which he “HULK’S UP” to Tear Through, and rips the top ribbon, and then the bottom of the Box off, before he just lifted the Lid to reveal a Watch.

Though Hogan’s line of “She is worse than Bischoff… he never gave me Anything” was priceless.

Magnus vs. E.G.O – Gauntlet Match

After EGO’s continual assault on Magnus he has taken it upon himself to Single-Handily defeat them all one after the other to prove himself the better man. It’s been a running thing now to have Magnus lose and for him to take that loss hard.

First up was Christopher Daniels, who really doesn’t get much chance to Showcase his abilities, because Daniels’ is fantastic between the Ropes. After a BME Attempt, Magnus’ caught him with his Foot, and then dropped him with a Driver (Magnum Driver?) to pick up the Win.

Of course next out was Kazarian, who yet again is fantastic between the ropes. But it was Magnus with the “Kingsland Cloverleaf” that led him to a Submission Victory. Also whilst on the topic, the Texas Cloverleaf has always been one of my favourite Submission Holds, and Kingsland Cloverleaf has an awesome ring to it. So kudos for that!

And last but not least, Bobby Roode. Before Roode made his way into the Ring, Kaz hit Magnus with a Low-Blow, a good back and forth match between the two, but in the end it was Roode with an “Ankle Lock” funny enough, to which he also lay down and applied the leg scissors for the Win. It was a Blatant “Kurt Angle” Finisher, which I am sure is planting Roots for Angle’s Return. What annoys me about this is that it makes Bad Influence look Weak, and they are far from it. Let’s be honest, Magnus has just become a more “Main Event Player” since the BFG Series. Put him up against AJ Styles and Magnus comes across the Under-Dog, yet TNA is built on AJ Styles vs. Christopher Daniels, and Daniels has and can beat AJ, which means he has the better chance of defeating Magnus. I know the logic behind it, but still, to have them defeated for Roode to be the “Big Dog” of the Pack, is kind of Silly. Roode is the Cemented Main Event Star in EGO, but Kaz and Daniels are top contenders in their own right and more than capable of beating Magnus in a Singles Match, rather than being defeated back to back.

Either way, Magnus stood up after yet another Loss and was treated with a good reaction from the TNA Crowd, Magnus of course flipped out and through yet another Strop. Which is when Sting decided to come and calm him down.

What followed was much better than I anticipated. Magnus, after Months and Months of being called “the future” of Wrestling, obviously just fell short of Winning the “big one”. And with everyone “seeing “it” in him” he doesn’t see it in himself. The whole thing was cleverly crafted, obviously Sting went on to talk about grabbing the opportunity, and Magnus saying he fell just short of it and that Ric Flair was who put Sting on the Map, and who is going to put Magnus on the Map. Which is when Sting offered up the Challenge of he facing Magnus.

It was well done, though Sting’s “ME!” came a little out of No-Where, the idea of Magnus vs. Sting is great, I actually hope they can have a big “Put him on the Map” type of Match. I’m sure it will be surrounded with Magnus turning Heel and joining Dixie Carter, or at least turning heel against Sting. Time will tell.

EGO had an awesome backstage Segment with Kaz and Daniels singing Roode’s “Off The Chain” Song, and then dropping the Bombshell that next week they are inducting Roode into EGO’s Hall of Fame taking the spot light from Angle’s BFG Induction. For one, who cares if they have their own ceremony, two TNA’s HOF is dumb and stupid, I can admit that, and everyone can see it’s their way of trying to Grab any kind of Glory away from the WWE First. And with a Company whose owners are considering selling the business, when you’re future is unsure, why do you have a Hall of Fame?

Brooke vs. Velvet Sky – #1 Contenders Knockouts Championship Match

First of all, Chris Sabin didn’t want to come out and help Velvet, that might be because he was about to go shoot the next 118 Ad

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And the biggest mess of all, Brooke Tessmacher is now simply “Brooke”.  I don’t have a problem with them dropping the Tessmacher name, it’s dumb and crap and they might as well just name her “THE SLUT!” because Tessmacher sounds like a Porn Name. Her Real Name of Brooke Adams is an awesome name, why not use that?

Before the match got started Lei’D Tapa turned up, BROOKE!!! ran off, and Velvet got the crap kicked out of her. It was a good debut, though it perhaps could have done without this

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Either way, having Lei’D Tapa debut like that was Strong, sure she’s going to be compared to Awesome Kong, but I’ve always found Kong overrated. Tapa’s debut would only be better if she hadn’t already turned up in a more “Human” form via Gut Check, this kind of Debut works much, much better!

Speaking of Debut’s, we even got our first “glimpse” of Ethan, and personally, I loved it! But words don’t do it justice:

Samoa Joe vs. Bully Ray

It was a rather odd idea having this match, my thinking is they wanted to show an alliance between AJ and Joe, but if AJ leads a new Old School TNA Faction, and Bully Ray or Anderson leads The Aces and Eights, and then there’s EGO and Main Event Mafia, TNA is breaking up into Factions. Too many Factions!

Regardless, Joe is looking more Old School, which I’m sure is no coincidence, he and Bully went back on forth in a good match. In the end it was Hebner who got taken out, Joe made Bully Tap (yay predictable!), Bully got his Chain, hit Joe, Hebner saw it, Bully got DQ’d.

Bully then threw Hebner to the floor and proceeded to removed the Matt’s on the outside to expose the Concrete to Pile-Drive Samoa Joe onto. This is when AJ jumped the Audience Barrier and attacked Bully, then retreat to Celebrate in the Crowd.

Yes, AJ got kicked out of the Building earlier on in the night by Dixie Carter, which would be better if he and Bully talked, Carter threw him out, then AJ made a deal with Hogan to get Joe to fight Bully. That would make more sense. Either way, doesn’t matter.

AJ’s celebration in the Crowd is also reminiscent of CM Punk, still, AJ has the added bonus of being the Face of TNA, and issuing in a possible and much requested Change for TNA.

Hulk Hogan’s Decision

Hogan making his choice of either being a Team Player or not was the Theme for this week’s Show. Obviously the ending was what they were building to, but what it was really seemed a little dull for an entire theme to be based around. I mean Dixie didn’t really give him much of an ultimatum, nor did she give him a time frame.

The whole segment seemed to be a little flat, even with the “pay off”, but basically Hogan blabbed about how he’s not happy how Dixie has been doing her Business, but he gets it. And that her “offer” whatever the hell it was, was an amazing offer, for somebody else, and he quits.

Her offer was pretty much work with me to run things, which wasn’t really much of anything to be fair. And yes, Hogan’s contract was set to expire, and both parties are looking for him to Re-Sign but it all comes down to Money. So Hogan quitting is just a way to get him off of TV should they not come to a deal. I actually think Hogan as a new Aces and Eights President to battle Dixie would be cool. The main issue I find, is I think Hogan is a team player, I don’t know how much of this “backstage heat” is legit or not. The fact is, I think having Hogan paid to be an On-Air character is limited. A role of GM is good, sure, but he’s not Great at it, nor I don’t think he is needed, he would be better used elsewhere. Or they should have a bigger plan for him than just in the role of GM.

Still, say what you will, I would prefer it to see Hogan stay with TNA, his name is priceless in gaining any professional attention, either from Fans and of course from Marketing to Business Deals.

Not to mention having Dixie cling to his Leg down the Entrance Ramp was a great touch. Though it is funny how quickly the Audience has gone against her, and how quickly she has been reduced to a Tramp, the phrase “Take a Ride on the Dixie Train” did wonders to the Crowd. Now she’s a grovelling, clueless, rich, sleazy mature woman. But, she is very convincing on Air, and I actually think I prefer her in this Role, and going forward, that could be Pivotal for TNA.

Good things one would hope are around the Corner!

Can’t wait for Bound for Glory where they really Shake Things Up!

Till Then,

Dan Wilkinson

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The Jobber Blogger #69 – TNA: Impact Wrestling – 26/9/13

September 30, 2013 by DiVineDiablo

 

Jobber Blogger logo2It was inevitable that one day we would reach this “infamous” number. I’m sure Stan Lee had the same reservations when he wrote “Amazing Spider-Man #69” though he did (unbeknownst to him) name Peter’s love interest after Marijuana.

I do wonder if I could sell my “Jobber Blogger” Themed T-Shirt ideas to my craving “Blobs”, but part of me feels I just don’t have the right mix. That and a limited audience currently.

Sure, I got to talking about T-Shirt printing and credible business ideas after talking about sexual numbers and drugs, what’s wrong with that? It’s not like I make random, controversial or stupid remarks on a Weekly basis!

Don’t give me that face!

Yes, that’s the one!

We all know I am more along the lines of trite, conceited and a little bit crap really.

But like any healthy diet, you need a good dose of Crap in your life, and that’s where I step in!

Wrestling!

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Impact hailed from the very excitable crowd of : drum roll :

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Impact kicked off with Sting approaching the much hated… and easily hated Dixie Carter, Sting being a big supporter and great friend of Carter… well, apart from that one time…

However it seems Dixie has been avoiding Sting’s texts, but like anyone with any sense, your best bet is to just call them, it works wonders. But Sting happens to be overlooking the biggest part of this:

1: her character now essentially is (I don’t know anything about the industry, also most things, my Dad has money)

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2: Dixie isn’t a young Whipper Snapper, this new technology probably goes over her head

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and yes ladies and gentleman, Number 3: … she’s a woman.

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Which is when Dixie pretty much told Sting not to worry about her, she can handle herself, and strangely enjoyed stroking his suit jacket. So let’s add another one of her list of qualities:

4: she’s a whore

Bully Ray along with his “Main Squeeze”, I never got that phrase, is that someone he squeezes more than anyone else? Or is it that this someone squeezes you more than anyone else. Either way, I am guessing it is this problem and trail of thought that led to the design of the Stress Ball, and like anything Ironic… and of course in turn associated with the said number of this issue, these things have a “handy” way of coming Full-Circle.

Bully had a lot of positive things to say about Dixie’s turn to the Dark Side

Dixie Dark Side

I guess this makes the casting of Morgan Freeman even more relevant for Bad Influence – The Movie.

Bully was taken aback by Dixie’s retaliation to AJ’s hat, hair and beard, and even praised the President of TNA for getting into AJ’s head so much so, that Bully doesn’t even need to worry about his Title Match coming up at Bound for Glory.

Of course Bully didn’t miss an opportunity to bad mouth the fans, saying Dixie is the sole person responsible for AJ Styles ever performing in front of these “Morons”. Needless to say, some people took offense to his rash, unbridled use of his Politically Incorrect remark.

Boo Mentally Challenged

There is more irony to be found in this, with The Aces and Eights created to “over-throw” management, and then just being on their side in the end.

Wes, Garret and Knux all stepped up to confront Bully, in yet another show of them falling apart, claiming Bully is more bothered about keeping the Belt around his waist than he is about his “Brothers in the club”.

This led Bully to tell them to once again get in line, and that they better win their match tonight against The Main Event Mafia (for some reason) or else whoever Loses, will be out of the Club.

Bro Man’s and Gail Kim vs. ODB, Eric Young and Joseph Park

 

Before the match Park was seen attempting to “Shave” backstage before EY stopped him, finally coming to the conclusion that the sight of his own blood causes Park to go crazy. What is more important is Park “slapped his Face” getting Shaving foam everywhere, a clear sign that he is a proud endorser of the Electric Shaver!

It was a strange match, strange in a good way I suppose, it sort of feels like they are finally (finally) trying to solve the problems Joseph Park has been having for over a year now. Funny because he’s a lawyer, which should mean he’s really smart, although he did get Shaving Foam everywhere,.. literally.

We all know he is the same guy as Abyss, but what is weird is that with Abyss we know he’s going to get up, fight back, battle through anything, With Joseph Park, he looks really vulnerable I find. It’s a good set up of polar opposites by the same guy.

Speaking of things being strange, Eric Young has continued his use of much more sensible Wrestling Attire, which I sort of don’t like. I miss the silly Bandanas and Shorts.

In the end it was Park with a Second Rope Splash, EY with a Top Rope Elbow Drop and finally ODB with a Splash on the ground for them to pick up the Win.

 Austin Aries vs. Kenny King

Sure this had quite a build up to get to this point, Aries made his way to the ring to speak of where he goes from here after coming up short in the Bound for Glory series. Once again Aries speaks the truth, even if he is not “Headlining” the Pay Per View, he will be the Main Event. Which promptly led to Kenny King’s return. Now King hasn’t been seen in a while, and I am sure he has come back with new Music, but just like the last few themes, they just haven’t got it right. His first Theme was great and suited him much better, he should just continue to use that one.

King is holding a grudge on Aries for when King lost the X-Division Belt to Chris Sabin, it was Aries who stole the belt from Sabin in his “Manik” switch that took all of the attention away from King’s rematch. Though go back even further to last year’s Destination X and Kenny King and Austin Aries had a segment backstage where they implied King will be in Aries’ position a year later, and he very nearly was.

This all led to Aries challenging King to a match, King refused, then sucker punched him, and then the match took place.

There is very little to say here, simply Watch this match if you love Wrestling, Kenny King is amazingly gifted in the ring, and Austin Aries, well he’s Austin Aries. They put on the Match of the show, which included King getting badly busted open.

It was Aries’ Brain Buster that led to the Victory.

Shortly after their match, Aries was backstage and got confronted by Chris Sabin and Velvet Sky, Sabin continues his “Heel” gimmick, though Aries’ “Hey Velvet” and completely ignoring Sabin had me in stitches. Sabin claimed to be “Greater than the Greatest Man that Ever Lived”, Aries said he will Test that Theory, and I certainly enjoyed the Mention of Sabin laying on his back getting his ass kicked for 15Mins, and finally winning with a Hammer.

There was a short Video Promo for Lei’d Tapa who “Is Coming” which is exciting, we saw her via Gut Check, obviously they should just not have done Gut Check and ran this Video Promo and her “Impact” would have been far Greater.

Then later in the show was a Video Promo for “Ethan is Coming” judging by the “Bling” on the lettering, it’s safe to say this guy is going to be another Robbie E / Jesse …. or he’s Black.

Also Kurt Angle is making his “Return” to the Company at Bound for Glory, whether or not he will be Competing or not, we do not know.

Chris Sabin vs. Manik – X-Division Championship

After Sabin’s attack on Manik last week, it led to this Match-Up. Though I didn’t know you could beat someone up and get a Title Shot, sort of makes the whole 3-Month BFG Series a little irrelevant.

There are numerous things wrong with this match, for one the intro Graphics shows the Old X-Division Championship Belt, Sabin bent Velvet over to kiss her on the Ramp and also why is Velvet hanging around with him on Air anyway?

Interestingly though, Sabin did try and “unmask” Manik, but he held on to his Mask, which pretty much makes no sense as we see him all the time backstage without it on.

Sabin then pretended his Knee was injured, and followed that up by Throwing Velvet into Manik, then kicking him in the face. Say what you want to about him, but that is a rather good move.

The Finish of the match was rather similar with Manik locking in a Submission Hold, and Sabin reaching for the Ropes, instead grabbed Velvet and pulled her in the ring, the distraction led to Sabin trying a quick Roll-Up on Manik, which was Reversed and Manik won with a Roll-Up, where Sabin’s shoulders clearly weren’t on the Map. Something I noticed and Taz pointed out straight away, no doubt done on purpose. Of course the real probably comes with where Earl Hebner was actually looking when he did the Three Count:

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Sabin then attacked Manik once more which led to Austin Aries running out and pulling a Steiner:

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No doubt the Aries – Sabin match up a few Months back will become a One on One bout at Bound for Glory, and will have the potential to be the match of the night.

 The Aces and Eights vs. The Main Event Mafia

Before the match started, Knux had a great promo getting Wes and Garret fired up, why they haven’t let Knux be more of a out spoken “Brother” till now, I don’t know, but he’s really growing on me as a Character. If Anderson does come back, and they keep the Aces and Eights going, Anderson should be President with Knux as VP.

On the Flip side, Magnus was throwing a Strop backstage earlier on in the night about Ego, and Ego had a promo about how good a Loser Magnus is.

I am a little sick of 6-Man Tag matches right now, one last week and two this week, albeit a “Mixed Tag” but it has the same effect. Magnus looked great in the ring as always, but Ego made their presence known and knocked him off the Top Rope injuring his knee and he left the match, making is a 3 on 2 situation.

Regardless of the odds, in the end it was Joe who made Wes Tap Out for the Win.

Bully Ray came out to deal with Wes, and said he is a disgrace to his colours and to hand over his Cut.

Wes refused to hand over his cut, and in the end Bully delivered a Pile-Driver and got Garret and Knux to remove his Cut and hand it over. Bully did order them by stating “I don’t pay you to think” if you pay a “Club” surely that’s the wrong thing. They tend to be there Voluntary, because they want to be there. Knux and Garret picked up Wes to help him to the back but the Tension between Bully and Knux is building, just like it did with Anderson. I fear they will just end The Aces and Eights and be done with it, which is a shame because I think the Faction can move on to better things without Bully rather than dying with him.

Hulk Hogan – AJ Stlyes – Face to Face

Hogan came out earlier on in the night to get the Crowd to cheer for AJ, stating that AJ can lead TNA on to new and better things and take the Belt from Bully, but obviously he wants his Champ to be signed, and he will correct it.

AJ signs the “contract” which is when Dixie Carter came out to correct Hogan’s errors. She claims Hogan was brought in to help build and promote the Brand, and he has done that, but not to forget that he is just an employee, she then Tears Up AJ’s Contract.

Dixie is actually very good at being Heel, I think someone in her position, it is easy to get the Crowd to hate her, but of course it must too be a strange thing for her to go from being much Loved, to be so easily despised. Dixie told AJ to get out of her ring, and she moved her attention to Hogan.

I think TNA once again have been very good at playing the internet, for Dixie stated that “99% of you don’t know her World, and for the last 4 to 5 Months the majority of the Internet Criticised her” via her #AskDixie.

I think they have very cleverly crafted this out to get Feedback, and to piss off a lot of people to help cause this switch from Dixie and AJ and the new direction of the Company.

Dixie ended it with giving Hogan an ultimatum, to either “get in line on Team Dixie” or go on the Side-Lines like AJ Styles.

I actually know what happens next, but I will spare you the details till next week.

I think despite all these “Problems” TNA seemed to be having of late, I think they have a good few tricks up their sleeves, and I would even bet that we haven’t seen the last of some of the people they “let go” either.

Time will tell, but the Road to Bound for Glory is getting mighty interesting!

Till Then.

Dan

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The Jobber Blogger #68 – TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 19/9/13

September 22, 2013 by DiVineDiablo

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Well it appears my fake retirement speech last week got the attention of at least one person. I’m sure more than one person rejoiced at the idea. Regardless of any of that though, I did however make a slight claim which isn’t exactly entirely true anymore. I claimed that this week will the first from a Brand New 400 Page Writing Pad! And here on the side sits my Brand New 400 Page Writing pad, but unfortunately I used it before I watched impact, and being a soppy bugger Wrote out a letter and now it only has 399 pages left. Of course things could correct themselves as there might have been a manufacturing problem, and there could indeed be more or less pages than the 400 advertised on the front… you’ll be happy to know I have not been through and counted them all.

Why am I so tired, that’s a good question, if I’m honest I don’t think I’ve caught up with my sleep from my trip down South.. I had to go through London… I swear visiting that place even briefly is like taking years off of your life. I’ve never found anywhere I hate more and more each time I go. Ah, the joys of being a Country Lad, sitting on Sheep and throwing Poop at the Farmers. I’ve never done either of those. Though there is nothing like coming home to the Manure filled air!

Speaking of Manure Filled Air, let’s get chattin’ about this week’s TNA: Impact!

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TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 19/9/13

Yup, a special date indeed.

That is all I’m going to mention on it being a Special Date. Last week was a good show from Top to Bottom for TNA, and obviously with No Surrender being out of the way they are back to the usual TV Schedule, so out with all the matches and in with Promo’s and behind the scenes Segments.

Magnus kicked off the show, first with getting beaten up backstage by Ego, but then out in the ring. He claimed to the crowd to be injured, hurt after a gruelling battle for the BFG Series Finals one week ago, asking if the Crowd remembered! It is still weird, because we all know this was filmed mere minutes after the end of No Surrender, in front of the same crowd. I guess they have to drop these “TIME MENTIONS!” into the Promo’s to solidify to the crowd that they’re watching next week’s Show, and to remind people at home what week it is.

I suspected Magnus and Roode would end up feuding to fill a Grudge Match for Bound for Glory, maybe even for a Number One Contenders shot. With Magnus so irate from last week’s interference from Ego, and the beat down before the show, he calls out anyone for a fight.

Kazarian runs to the ring as if to accept Magnus’ challenge, followed by Christopher Daniels and finally Bobby Roode as all three of them beat down on Magnus. Which is when Sting and Samoa Joe run down to help out and scare off Ego. I fully believe Magnus claimed he didn’t have his “Family” with him when he challenged Ego, also wasn’t The Main Event Mafia put together purely to stop The Aces and Eights.. so why are they venturing off into other Faction Wars. Either way, a Big 6-Man Tag was set for the Main Event.

Jeff Hardy vs. Manik

Before the match took place Chris Sabin, with now on screen and long-time real life girlfriend Velvet Sky, had a chat with Manik. Manik of course not wearing his Mask doing the whole “I’m not facing the Camera” type of gimmick. Sabin went on to talk about how awesome he is himself and how Manik wouldn’t even be the X-Division Champion without Chris Sabin’s involvement in the entire Division, let alone dropping the belt to Challenge for the World Championship.

This match was born from Manik asking Hogan if he can face Jeff, for it is a “Dream Match” of his. Which is somewhat Ironic, because as per usual Jeff and Manik do the whole Move-Counter Move impressive athleticism stuff and then have a Stand Off. Which is when Jeff decided to Pose in front of Manik, for some reason, and then applauded him, which is the funny part, because Jeff applauded Manik in a type of “this guy is good” but in reality, I think Manik might actually be better from a Technical stand point.

However the match wasn’t that long, and Jeff soon dropped Manik with the Twist-of-Fate and connected with the Swanton Bomb picking up the win.

And of course as everyone suspected, Jeff and Manik show a sign of respect, and then Chris Sabin gets in the ring to do the same for Manik, and then beats him up.

Yes, it is a bit of a “By the numbers” Heel Turn, but at least Angry Sabin could be a better Theme Song than “Hail Sabin”.

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Im Angry

Sure I made fun of him…. most times I mention his name, but I was actually quite impressed with Sabin’s Angry side this week. I think it is exactly what he needs to be interesting currently, after such a run of being incredibly annoying. Though it does come across as “I don’t know what to do with him, let’s make him heel, because he’s not THAT good, and he can feud with Manik for the X-Division title at BFG”. That probably sums up TNA’s Creative Writing 6 Months in Advance.

ODB vs. Mickie James – Knockouts Championship

Well this has been a long time coming, of course they were prepping Taryn Terrell for this shot, but she had to go and get pregnant, seriously, priorities?

No doubt she’s off Hot Messing it up elsewhere. And next in line is the crowd favourite, once fired, brought back, barely used and now new Knockouts Champion, ODB.

This was all to set the stage for Mickie James’ contract issues coming to a head. Her contract was about to expire, and I’m sure she is now top of the Pay Roll in the Knockouts Division since Tara has gone. Which basically means they can drop the Belt, and then try and negotiate. Which apparently went as Mickie turned down the offer and is done with TNA, but now more rumours state she is still in the negotiation process. Put it this way, Mickie James is amazing, and the best Women’s Wrestler in my opinion, not to mention how great she is with Character work. Her current Heel run has been awesome and in this match her attitude and talent shines. If TNA want to build a great Knockouts Division once more, then they need Mickie James as the Hood Ornament, Champion or not.

ODB did her own version of Hulking Up, in a much more scary manor

ODB Angry Picture

I’m Angry

The ending was a little Sudden, Mickie had full control, looking to drop ODB with a Corner Tornado DDT I believe, which was counted into the BAM! and picked up the win.

Either way, I like ODB and she is a credit to how TNA apparently want to showcase Women’s Wrestling, with Wrestlers, rather than just Models who can’t do anything. It’s a shame the Division is so scarce of talent of late, a few years back it was Thriving, and as interesting, if not more interesting at times than the Male Division.

Eric Young and Joseph Park both came out to Celebrate the Title Victory with ODB, which is when Bro’Mans hit the scene.

Yup, Robbie E and Jesse have not been fired yet, I’ve always been a Robbie E fan, I think he has great character work and great in ring skills, yet he always draws the short straw, I do understand that he is the more “joke” Wrestler, but still.

Robbie E still has an Issue with Joseph Park and challenged him to a match, but with Park wearing a Suit, it was EY who took him on. And literally one Roll Up 2 seconds later, and EY won the match.

Leaving Robbie E to challenge Joseph Park once more, and literally one Roll Up 2 seconds later and Park had won the match.

It was a little “dumb” and they could have just let them all fight, but in the end it was the Bro’Mans just outright attacking EY and Park, throwing Park into the Ring Post which busted him open, and of course he went into Abyss mode and took them both out.

And at this very moment, I would like to say “enough”.

I’m rather sick of the whole Bleeding thing now, it happens every match, and it’s been a running thing for well over a year, either develop the story, or just stop it. At this rate it looks as if they want to keep Joseph Park as a Wrestler rather than Abyss. I don’t know if Abyss is even going to turn up again anytime soon. I guess they are looking to angle these two teams into a Feud, or even potentially filling up the Tag-Team Division. Regardless, a EY and Park team is a welcome addition. Regardless of it all, they need to do something before they make ODB even angrier!

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Still Angry

The Aces and Eights, or what is left of them, Bully Ray (with Tessmacher) Wes Brisco, Garret Bischoff and Knux make their way to the ring.

Basically the whole segment is the aftermath of last week’s Awesome Last-Man Standing match between Bully and Anderson. The fact Mike Tenay said there is no update on the condition of Anderson does imply they haven’t as of yet just cut ties with him and wrote him off of Television… currently. Bully put all of his praise onto Tessmacher for being the sole purpose he has been successful, and how much she has helped develop everything. Which of course gives the remaining “Brothers” a reason to step up wanting attention back their way.

It is a shame that the message of The Aces and Eights has become “nothing”, they were once an invading faction trying to gain control and over throw management, seemingly with a point to prove. But when new comers like Doc or Knux are in the mix, surely they have no personal gripe with Dixie or Hogan, more to the fact of being over-looked as Wrestlers and fighting for the spot light. Either way, it just boiled down to getting Bully the title.

One by one Wes, Garret and Knux showed off their dislike to how Bully is running the club and each time Bully turned that back on them in a controlling manor. But it was Knux who actually stood up and for the first time in a over a year he’s been with TNA, we finally got to really see him as a “Guy” rather than a number within the faction. And he’s good on the mic, I actually liked seeing him take control. More to the point it was interesting when he mentioned that there were 25 Guys in the Faction, with only 4 left (5 including Taz… if that counts?) and that is a testament to how Bully Ray runs the Club. Not to mention that they have kept Bully in power to keep the Gold in the faction.

This is where I hope they take The Aces and Eights, make it that Bully Ray only developed them to make himself World Heavyweight Champion, and the rest of the faction went along with it to keep the Power the belt holds within. But it became seemingly more relevant that Bully only wanted them to help him for his own selfish reasons. Which is why they could have Anderson return and take over the reigns as President of The Aces and Eights, and still keep them a “Heel” faction, without being complete “Bad Guys”. Knux could become the new Vice President, and they can recruit and grow. The idea behind the faction, the look, the music, it all works. It’s just grown stale, but if they play that off as Bully being selfish, it will hold on to the values that were originally created. If TNA is moving in a new direction then The Aces and Eights could be pivotal in changing Management, or pivotal in keeping a huge slice of persuasion as a Renege Faction within the Locker-room once more.

Either way, Knux didn’t back down to Bully’s intimidation, and it was Bully who stepped away from the fight.

Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez vs. James Storm and Gunner

This much “anticipated” match was the result from last week’s Challenge, but stay out of our Business segment. Chavo is continuing to build his Heel character by claiming as much as he’d like to Wipe Their Faces off the matt…. not sure quite what that means…

Chavo is apparently injured and not cleared to Wrestle, which is an interesting thing to note after turning up in Ring Gear.

Either way, Gunner and Hernandez locked horns, and I really didn’t make any notes.

It’s the usual Big Guy vs. Big Guy match, entertaining, powerful, all the usual. In the end it was a Back Breaker from Gunner that won the match. And the MDV celebrated accordingly!

Gunner The Viking

Gunner

Apparently just because Gunner beat Hernandez, that doesn’t mean they can’t still Wrestle a Tag-Match. I guess everyone has forgotten that Wes and Garret beat the Champs huh?

EGO vs. Main Event Mafia

I nearly fell asleep through this Match. I don’t mean that to sound like it was boring, it was rather late and I had finished work rather late too. But that aside, it was kind of boring.

It was a straight forward typical Tag Match, Sting got singled out, ref didn’t see the tag, everything went crazy (which was pretty good actually!) a bit of Tag-Team Wrestling then a Cheat to Win ending.

A few things that stood out, Magnus and Joe should be a Team Again, they are good together, but I doubt that will happen any time soon. Why the hell is MEM even bothering with EGO rather than just finishing off The Aces and Eights straight after they lost another member and are falling apart, that’s a good place to really ruin their alliance right?

Either way, in the end it was Roode who landed a Bat Shot to the back of Magnus behind the Ref’s back and won the match. Leaving Magnus with yet another loss after Months of being at the top of the Leader board. No doubt Magnus and Roode are entering a feud, and maybe this might be the end of the Main Event Mafia, one can only hope, because they are terrible.

AJ Styles – Dixie Carter – Face to Face

So the part of the show everyone wanted to see. It was no surprise what direction TNA were heading in with this whole “AJ Styles – Rebellious” thing, but I think it might have caught a few people off guard with what actually took place.

AJ did the usual “Day 1” rant about being here to build the Company before Dixie even got involved. And that band of brothers who helped create this new exciting aspect of Wrestling and Division, and growing Brand / Talent, was then bought out by Dixie Carter who has no idea of the Wrestling Industry and a rich father who bought it for her. That is all actually true.

AJ claimed that she broke up the Chemistry that was once TNA, and instead replaced the likes of Jerry Lynn (no big loss), Low Ki, Jay Lethal (big losses) with MMA Stars and high paid “Talent” from other companies who take a paid vacation and then leave to go back where they came from. Again, true points.

AJ then said despite what the internet reports, he doesn’t in fact have a TNA Contract. Which is when Dixie makes her way to the ring, to some Boo’s as well I might add, mainly because there is a lot of Bad Reaction to a lot of the Creative Changes within TNA, and obviously AJ Styles represents the old and the original, so he being the Face of this “change” will draw the fans to his side and against Dixie, if that’s what AJ claims.

Dixie said that she is entirely accountable, and she is sorry. And then turned that into a big Heel Rant about how AJ is only “better than Average” that is found elsewhere, and the Phenomenal One gimmick is just an illusion she herself created as a Marketing Tool. She said AJ is nothing like he used to be and she can’t even remember the last time he had a 5Star Match (she obviously didn’t watch last week). And that without her Rich Father he wouldn’t have a Pay Check, would still live in a Trailer, and as much as AJ claims this is the house he built, in reality it’s the house that Dixie Built.

AJ tried to forge a “rebuttal” but Dixie shouted to Cut his Mic, Turn off the Lights and end the show.

It was actually better than I thought it would be, but unfortunately it still comes across Scripted. The problem is, I find personally that TNA is usually either doing their own thing, or is ahead of the Competition, like The Aces and Eights (Shield) and then AJ – Dixie romance thing was also copied. However the biggest thing to happen in recent memory was of course CM Punk’s “Pipe Bomb” which was also Scripted, but the timing was perfect. CM Punk had a legit gripe with the company, they let him speak his mind (within reason), CM Punk’s contract was also ending right after the Money in the Bank PPV. So connect the Dots, AJ Styles “might have legit issues with TNA”, AJ’s contract is supposedly up after Bound for Glory. They are trying to capture that magic. I don’t think they can, because the audience knows that this is hot controversy, it was once created organically, you can’t recreate that, because people are expecting it.

More to the point, if AJ was really annoyed he could have ranted about Bischoff, Hogan, the recent Releases of Stars, Money being wasted on crap they don’t need. I do like the fact they mentioned the MMA guys, which goes to show TNA are well aware that the fans don’t care about them. But my guess is that they won’t be paying top Dollar for these guys as their contracts extend to Bellator, and to Spike TV.

So my guess is TNA are 100% behind this, and AJ Styles is in no way going to leave the Company, nor would they ever let him. All of it, my guess, is to play the internet, blurring the lines, and making Styles’ potential BFG Title Win one of leverage where he could take the Power out of TNA.

What if they let Styles turn up in ROH again with the Championship, that would be cool. At the end of the day it seems TNA are restructuring themselves, they have let go of people they don’t need currently, maybe even those who don’t fit their vision going forward, at least currently. There is talk of re-evaluating Hogan and Bischoff’s contracts, so they could easily be gone. Not to mention talk of coming off the Road and setting up base somewhere old, or new.

They obviously had plans a long time ago, and if they do it right, they could angle Dixie, Hogan and Bischoff as the heels, AJ Styles could bring in a new (old) TNA to recapture a huge audience number. They could re-brand, six sided ring, anything could happen.

More to the point, what if Dixie Carter is behind The Aces and Eights all along, or what if she pays them off to screw over AJ Styles. Or at least tries to, perhaps Bully will, and the other faction with then side with AJ. But there is ground work in place, and if they are reshaping the company, which would explain the recent lay-offs and behind the scenes chatter, some of it a work, other legit. But Bound for Glory could prove a huge changing ground for the TNA Landscape, and I for one am actually rather excited to see where it all goes from here!

Till Then!

Dan Wilkinson

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The Jobber Blogger #64 – TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 22/8/13

The Jobber Blogger #64 – TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 22/8/13

August 26, 2013 by DiVineDiablo

 

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Ahh, the Bank Holiday Monday!… Yup, I have no further things to add to the idea of Bank Holidays. The only “day off” I get is Christmas day, and even then I feel fairly confident they would make me work if given the chance. Though to answer everyone’s biggest question… no I am not working today, but not because it’s a Bank Holiday. Surely this just means the Bankers go on Holiday today and take pockets full of your money that you invested. I am fairly sure that isn’t true, the meaning of Bank Holiday, I don’t even know. But why should I know, it’s a Monday morning, and I’m writing about Wrestling! What more do you need to know then that.

Also last week’s Blog of Jobbering goodness post over on Total Nonstop Rewind (www.facebook.com/TotalNonstopRewind) did better than 95% of the other posts. That goes to Linda once more for being awesome and sharing it out there! Perhaps this week I can claim two readers, and oh yes, be prepared with your hand in front of your face for some good old Face Palming!

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TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 22/8/13 – Hardcore Justice part 2?

Okay, so what exactly is up with this being Hardcore Justice part 2? They didn’t really emphasise that to any huge level, people had no idea it was supposed to be a “Continuation” of the whole Themed PPV – Television Broadcast. But that is just splitting hairs, the real travesty comes with, just what the hell are they doing over in TNA Land?

TNA opened up to Bully Ray, Anderson and Tito Ortiz backstage where Anderson whined about not being best friends with Bully Ray. Well okay, it was pretty much a “I have no idea what you are doing, when did you become friends with Tito”. But it was done in a whiney begging for attention kind of manor. Which led to Bully Ray being the typical “Bad Guy Boss” telling Anderson to mind his business and get on with his job.

This is the problem with The Aces and Eights,… okay so The Problem, the whole thing is a mess! A faction which is built of “Biker” Gang Wrestlers, whose entire purpose was to Invade TNA, get a job, and help Bully win the World Championship and keep it. That is it. Now everyone is running around doing Bully’s bidding, why the hell is Anderson, who has worked so hard over his career to get into the position he is, why is he doing all he can to be Bully Ray’s lap dog, and keep the Championship on him. The whole idea is this tightly knit group of guys who bonded over a common enemy. Why did they need to invade in the first place, it was a yearlong plan, when Bully has had multiple World Championship matches beforehand. Technically if this was a real thing, they could have rigged the match before. Why did he need to Marry Brooke, why did he need to be best friends with Sting. The whole thing is stupid, if it was to gain trust, win the Championship, hold a power position and leverage the Management, then yeah, that’s awesome. But just to win the Title, Bobby Roode used a Beer Bottle, that seemed so much easier than this Faction of non Biker, Biker Gang members. What was a “Cool Factor” is now just Bully Ray and his bunch of bitches, might as well have them shinning his shoes whilst he shouts at them. It’s pathetic.

Bobby Roode, Christopher Daniels and Kazarian the self proclaimed E.G.O (Extraordinary Gentleman’s Organisation) made their way to the ring.

Roode was congratulating Bully Ray on his World Title victory, and his ability to screw the system once more and make a friend. That’s a strange congratulations, but I suppose it could be an untapped “Greeting Card” genre?

Friend Card

Roode is now in Second Place on the Leader Board and not much longer to go before the BFG Series wraps up. However with the Three of them, they are looking to add one more member to their ranks and make their Chances even better of battling it out amongst themselves for a shot at the Bound for Glory Main Event World Championship Match. Roode wants to add Austin Aries to the mix.

This is when James Storm and Gunner crash the segment, and it took me by surprise, I forgot these guys were even in TNA again, let alone they were the Tag Champs. Storm took offensive to Roode claiming Aries can trust him, of course with Roode turning his back on the Cowboy and Winning the Championship.

Storm then proceeded to Punch Roode in the face, and thus an “impromptu” match was born!

Bobby Roode and Kazarian vs. James Storm and Gunner

Christopher Daniels is competing later on, on the card and so he was sent to the back whilst the others fought it out.

I suppose there wasn’t really much to prove here, other than a good old heated fight. But I was thinking once more about the whole Bobby Roode heel Turn, and if that isn’t enough to give Hogan some control in the Creative department, I don’t know what is. They would have just built Bobby Roode made him a face, given him the Title, and that would have been it. The very idea that Roode worked So Hard to make it to the Main Event, and fall short by Angle cheating to win, to then live with the fact he had gained nothing for all of his hard work. But a mere few days later his Tag Team Partner won the Championship on his first try, that right there is awesome character work to send Roode crazy. Then of course Roode learns from his defeat and Cheats to win The Big One and goes on to become TNA’s best World Champion and one of the best World Champions in Wrestling for a long time. People gave Hogan crap for making Roode loose, but he developed Roode to be a huge star with huge potential and a whole locker-room of talent he can fight for a long time.

Well that was an unexpected Rant, but it’s true!

TNA really need to Develop some Tag-Teams, I for one miss Tag-Team Wrestling, it was one of the best things through the 90’s. I miss having Wrestlers wanting to be Tag-Team Wrestlers. Even a few years ago, TNA had a thriving Tag-Team Division that put it much higher than the competition. Now, now they have a mash up for Champs, and two other teams, but neither of them are shown as a team currently or in pursuit of the belts.

Long story short, Storm was setting up Roode for the Last Call Super-kick only to have Roode hide behind Earl Hebner. This is when Kaz ran in with Tag Belt in hand, to get met with a Super-kick from Storm. Roode capitalised on the opportunity and low-blowed Storm, rolling him up and getting the win.

Sonjay Dutt vs. Manik

It appears that Sonjay’s nickname is officially “The Greatest X-Division Wrestler never to be Champion”, I guess really, if he won the belt now, he would lose the only claim to fame he has that’s unique. Might as well fire him now and be done with it.

TNA have officially changed the X-Division Matches back to 1-on-1 for their primary match type. I guess this means they can change it up now and then when they want to. I don’t get why they need to have a “Set” match type. Can’t they just be matches, and a whole range of them?

People think it’s to save money, that they don’t have enough Money to constantly pay other stars to come in and take up a place in the 3-Way matches. Of course it made no sense in the first place. I do still like that they try things to see what works. I get a feeling Manik is going to turn Heel, and become something more of a “Character”, and I think Sonjay might be the chosen victim to do that with.

Dixie Carter recently signed TJ Perkin’s (Manik) to an official TNA Contract. In the video she even talks about how good he has been since putting on the costume. Which is funny, because Hogan called him the Original Suicide. Either way, TJ looks like a kid, but in the Costume, he’s awesome.

Don’t get me wrong, he’s a fantastic Wrestler, it’s just it needs to be one or the other, stop showing him outside of the Mask, or stop him wearing a Mask.

Taz blabbed on about not liking Manik, and not understanding why he needs a Mask. So I am hopeful that the Manik Character will become something much more interesting, and indeed something we don’t really see within the X-Division.

Also Manik won.

Jay Bradley vs. Hernandez vs. Christopher Daniels vs. Joseph Park (w/Eric Young) – Street Fight – BFG Series – 20Points

Just like the Ladder and Tables matches from last week, this Street Fight was to dish out yet another 20Points in the BFG Series.

Roode and Kazarian made their way out to ring-side during the match. But one of the things that really caught my attention was how much Jay Bradley stood out in this match type. He was physical, brutal and entertaining. The Street-Fight (Hardcore) mentality really suited his Style and Character and I for one think that’s something they could showcase.

Austin Aries made his way to the Ring and distracted Hernandez. Daniels picked up on the Distraction as Aries then went around Double High-Fiving Roode and Kazarian. Then he dropped Daniels with a Brain Buster and legged it being chased by EGO.

Bradley then hit Park in the face with some Brass Knucks, but that only proceeded to Bust him open, which of course did the usual, and a Blackhole Slam later, Park had won the 20Points.

Bully Ray made his way to the ring for a Championship Celebration.

There isn’t enough of these… or there are too many of these. Perhaps too many.

Bully took the time to just blab about himself and being World Champion once more, and of course having a friend in Tito Ortiz. Though building off of last week when Bully was “on the phone to Brooke” he called her out to tell the world the truth.

And yes, it was Brooke Tessmacher. So we are now supposed to believe that all along the Phone Calls to “Brooke” were to her. Which is good, because with Brooke Hogan gone from TNA, it means Tess can her name back.

They made out, which was horrible, then she sucked his Wedding ring off of his finger. It was gripping television…..

The best bit was Bully Ray talking about having the “Hot Brooke” with him, Tito Ortiz, and of course his Brother Taz.

Taz Day

Gail Kim vs. ODB

Well last week I talked about how ODB hanging Gail with her Bra looked rather nasty. Well it seems Gail got her own back this week with this:

Gail Kim ODB Drop

Aside from that, I didn’t make any notes. Gail eventually caught ODB with a Crucifix Pin and won the match. Whatever momentum ODB had, Gail has now evened it out. Which my guess would be the two of them square off once more for a Shot at Mickie James at Bound for Glory. Or bring in Velvet… or even Tessmacher come to think of it. Okay, I am going with Tess. I like Tess… even when she is somewhat manly in the face.

The Aces and Eights vs. The Main Event Mafia – Loser gets Fired

Devon, Garret, Knux, Wes and Anderson make up the Aces and Eights, and Anderson made a point to call out their illustrious leader who sat on an office chair of all things a top the stage.

This just made the whole “play up to the leader” thing worse, with Anderson now looking like a spoilt child craving their Mothers attention. Sick of the Aces and Eights now, it’s just wasted potential.

Speaking of a general waste of time, Sting, Samoa Joe, Magnus and Rampage Jackson obviously made up the Mafia. I could care less about the Mafia, they drew big when they were first created. But back then they actually embodied with Main Events, this is the Mid-Card (it’ll do) Mafia. And they suck the life out of the program.

And yes, it gets a lot worse.

AJ Styles makes his way out to the ring. Stands still, then his “Phenomenal” Music plays and he throws off his Jacket and acts all happy and excited with Tenay claiming the old AJ to be back.

This can be summed up with one phrase “WHAT A WASTE”

They spent how long building AJ’s Character, over a year and a half, nearly two years. It all comes into fruition, it’s new, exciting, edgy, and then they’re like, Meh, a few weeks later and just scrap it.

They have obviously scrapped it because they need someone to fill whatever they had planned with Angle. But couldn’t they have just used someone else? AJ was doing so well with his new gimmick, it wasn’t being used to any huge degree, but I had such high hopes for it.

Turning him back, for no reason, it’s just dumb. He’s spent so long talking about being out for himself, and I bet next week he will walk out and just give a crap promo about being wrong. It’s annoying, it’s pathetic, and it really sucked.

Speaking of sucking, The Aces and Eight seem to be on their way out as a Faction, another waste, they could have made a great Aces and Eights Tag-Team, and have them with the belts. it would have given the faction more power and helped define the Tag-Team Division.

Devon had the Television Championship, Bully World Championship. They could have done so much more, now I don’t even know why TNA are bothering to keep Wes, Garret and Knux on their pay-roll.

Rampage Jackson got a little moment to show off what he can do. To say he used to be a Wrestler before going into MMA he was just “alright”.

The match was a bit of a mess, seemingly no-one told Rampage not to just stand there and watch. Sting got a low-blow and nearly lost, but Rampage and Joe just stood outside the ring, leaning on the apron watching.

In the end AJ Styles pinned Devon after the Styles Clash.

I was so hoping AJ would turn on the Mafia, but it seems all hope is lost.

It was such a pathetic waste.

What if Sting just got his Baseball Bat and just Violently attacked Samoa Joe, for example, I mean like really whaled on him and beat him down badly and Joe lost his job. How awesome would that have been. If it was just so unexpected.

The very idea Sting is aligning himself with the idiots that didn’t help him in the first place is dumb. And now after AJ Styles’ quick turn around, I don’t know what I think of TNA currently. I am finding it hard to praise them, they are making a tone of mistakes, and a lot of bad choices, and they need to really change their PR team, and their Creative team. They are the home of “Good Ideas” and utterly crap execution.

Dan.

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The Jobber Blogger #63 – TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 19/8/13

August 19, 2013 by DiVineDiablo

 

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Well doesn’t this suck, it’s a Monday evening, I am writing this because I just didn’t have the time over the weekend. Sure I watched Impact on Friday, big Whoop, I worked the weekend, and I’m going to get all defensive and complain! And no… I barely worked on Saturday, but does that really make me a complainer? I like to look at it as minimal complaining. After all I am getting this done a day after Impact aired in the UK, so all my UK fans, “Shout out to Linda” Woo! I have a fan! Are up to date and craving… my … random…. wisdom?

So I was talking to my Boss at work, and he questioned the logic behind typing out a Blog for a TV Show, because obviously, you can just watch the show. I don’t want this to be an “Informative Breakdown” of Impact, this isn’t a substitute. Sure I want you to know what happened, but I want to talk about it from my perspective as a Wrestling nut. Not in a literal sense… like:

Wrestling Nut

More of, I’m crazy about Wrestling, just not Brooke Hogan levels of crazy

Brooke Hogan crazy face

never gets old

Praise the lord, she’s been released. Unless this is one of TNA’s “Releases” and she’s going to turn up in a Suicide Costume and become World Champion for a Month. Urghh! I hate being right! Correct that, I love being right! And no, I wasn’t serious about Brooke’s return, but I am entirely serious of her being released.. and indeed praising the lord. So what the hell was I on about. Wrestling.. Blog, my opinions… and you might think to yourself, well Dan, Jobber Blogger, arse face (common nick name for me) “why should we read your opinions?”…. BECAUSE, THAT’S WHY!! NOW SHUT UP AND READ!

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I wonder if anyone took my “shut up and read” as offensive, specially with timely use of the words being entirely in Capitols. I don’t know….. I feel this might very well be a proverbial “Good One!”

Good One!

What is it with my Arm pits just dripping whilst I’m typing, I’ve noticed this to be a new trend. Perhaps after a  year of Writing these at least once a week, my typing speed level has increased so much so that the sweat runs from my finger tips and up my arms to then just fall down my side. Also one whole freakin’ year! Where’s my god damn hat! Balloons, party strings? Nothing, even my number one fan who I forced to read “some” of these didn’t even remember the occasion. Hell I only just remembered myself after looking to make sure. 12th August 2012 was the Debut, and what a year it’s been… that about sums it up. I am joking, it’s been awesome and I love writing these, and I’ve finally gained a loyal reader. Yep, just the one. I will however spam this to my Boss, because he’ll get a kick out of it, or something, or deep regret, only time will tell but if I were a betting man, then I’d certainly vote for the latter. And to be honest, I should be a betting man because I would love to make my entire mission for these to fill every reader with “Deep Regret” that’s a Writing talent University’s don’t already run courses for.

So yeah, Impact Wrestling. Jeff Hardy kicked it off by blabbing to the Camera man about how he’s going to win his match and gain some points, sure he did his usual “SCREAM TO GET MY POINT ACROSS” but hey, it’s Wrestling.. it nearly works. Austin Aries then interrupted moaning about how he is sick of Ladder matches. And so it was match time, from that amazingly important and seemingly relevant piece of footage. I wonder who wrote that, and how long it took them,… and for how much. I am only joking, least mostly with a hint of paprika.

 

Austin Aries vs. Kazarian vs. AJ Styles vs. Jeff Hardy – Ladder Match – BFG Series 20Points

Well it was a great match, but one would expect that regardless, after all its TNA and they put on the best Wrestling out there. Not to mention that all of them involved in this match are at the top of the industry standard, if anything Jeff Hardy looks the weakest amongst them all (aside from Star Power) and that’s saying a lot. But with a match of this magnitude, is it any surprise, that I, being myself, would make the first note of Jeff rubbing his face paint off before the match.

Jeff Wipe Face

It’s more funny because he only put it on mere minutes before he took it back off again. Sure, he was probably going for a “Jesus Towel” type of deal when he lobbed his scruffy rag into the crowd. And yes, Jesus Towel is indeed a thing… and with a quick search to Google to prove my point, I bring you!

Jesus Towel

No idea what I found, it’s half the fun of doing it.

I never understand why I don’t become a Colour Commentator for professional Wrestling, picking up on the little details like Jeff rubbing his face paint off and the fact AJ actually took his shirt off to compete. Is it weird that I notice things like this. Is it more weird that I note them down and proceed to Write about it? Either way, it is somewhat relevant as AJ has Wrestled in his “NO ONE” Shirt since his new character gimmick, and it marks the first time he hasn’t worn it. Also on a fun play with words idea, AJ’s newest shirt shows his immediate distaste for Homosexuals:

A bit on the nose isn’t it?

Still it could be worse… it could be this monstrosity of an idea:

WTF?

The match packed in some awesome highlights, one of them being Kaz full-on throwing a Ladder at Austin Aries. AJ pulls Aries off of the Ladder and muscles him into the “Styles Clash” only to be caught by Kaz dropping AJ face first also.

But as I expected, Christopher Daniels and Bobby Roode got involved, and it was Daniels’ Apple-Tini to the face of Jeff whilst on the Ladder which led to Kaz picking up the Win and the 20Points in the Series.

What is stupid though is the fact that sure Jeff had liquid in his eyes, but he lay on the floor motionless. He didn’t even sell the fact he couldn’t see. It was like a chair shot to the eyes apparently. I don’t even know if that makes sense.

Kevin Nash had a good rant on Twitter about the ending, but put it this way, the Ending of that match was better than 90% of the entirety of his Wrestling Ability. He does know how to draw in some cash though, but he better be careful about pocketing anymore, case the weight tears his quad again.

Dixie Carter and the Main Event Mafia, of course minus Kurt Angle, and Rampage has finally got a suit, came out to talk to the Impact Audience. They wanted to address the fact that Kurt has entered himself into Rehab after yet again being arrested for drinking under the influence. See, this is the kind of thing I respect TNA for, when they actually come out and say what has happened and address it head on. It gives them respect, everyone knows what happened to Kurt, and obviously everyone wants him to get himself sorted. So it begs the question, when Jeff couldn’t fly abroad because of all of his legal issues, which they themselves documented when Jeff returned, why did they make up some stupid injury angle, when they could have just explained it.

I do wonder if Kurt needs to come back and “work his way back up the ranks and gain respect” like Jeff did. If not, then that’s kind of playing favouritism.

The Aces and Eights crashed the segment with Anderson just talking about the current man-advantage and who MEM are going to recruit for next week’s Tag-Team Match where the loser gets fired. Like any type of promo, they all ended up fighting each other. But with Anderson in a leadership position within the faction, it’s a perfect platform to allow him to be himself, and he Shines at it.

 

Gail Kim vs. Mickie James vs. ODB – Hardcore Triple Threat

Despite the fact that Mickie is actually trying to play a Heel, and doing it more “creatively” she actually gained 99% of the Audience behind her. That’s the difference with Wrestlers trying to be a good Heel, rather than just doing the “bad guy routine”. As an example, Gail Kim has been doing the bad guy routine since she came back to TNA, always talking about how good she is in this one dimensional mono tone. And of course Gail is awesome, but people don’t care about her current position. I suppose actually, thinking about it, this makes her a better heel,…. because if anything people don’t like it. Or warm to it, like the best Heels, who become fan favourites. I’ve said it before, Bully Ray = best Heel in the business.

Is it bad that the only notes  I made about this match was the above paragraph, the fact that No Surrender is back next Month as a part of a Special Impact PPV TV broadcast, and that Hulk Hogan is off in more meetings again this week. Or at least so they announced. We expect to see Hogan back on TV soon, but no-one really knows where he has been, or what he’s been up to.

So ODB decides to do something a little different and wears two “Undergarments” and proceeds to Ripping one off… with… some kind of result. But what’s more drastic is her “hanging” Gail over the Ropes with it. Of course we’ve seen Wrestlers getting “hung” before, but this looked rather painful:

ODB Hangs Gail Kim

Either way, ODB “the new Taryn Terrell” dropped Gail Kim with the “BAM!” on a Chair and Won. This might have something to do with using Gail to put over ODB and have her take the Championship from Mickie at Bound for Glory. Apparently Taryn was going to get that push, but she is currently out from being Pregnant, and Mickie’s contract is coming up again for negotiations. I certainly hope they keep Mickie signed on, I would hate to see her leave, but seems like they are planning for the “worst case scenario”.

Bully Ray is seen backstage on the phone to who we believe to be “Brooke Hogan”, saying such things as “next week we will tell the world” and mentions their “relationship” and “Love”. So no idea what that means. Obviously next week’s show was Taped right after this one went off the Air. So Brooke wasn’t “released” at that point, but it could be this was used as a way to give her an exit. No idea quite how they are going to handle it, but it was certainly a rather odd thing to include, or at least random.

Sting went to see Austin Aries about joining the Main Event Mafia and trying to eliminate one of The Aces and Eights members next week by replacing Kurt Angle. Aries said no, which is awesome, because it would have really ruined his Character to be buddy buddy with anyone, certainly in a situation where he would risk his Career for someone else’s gain.

This led to Rampage Jackson and Samoa Joe hitting the ring.

If I can say one good thing about Rampage, it would be that I quite like his music.

It was rather obvious from the get-go where this was going. However I didn’t expect him to get the mic and just plead for people to like him “hey, give me a chance here, I’m new”. Should have just gone out there and begged to be loved. It’s a Wrestling crowd, totally different, even to the MMA crowd, despite their similarities. And the biggest thing they have in common is the stubborn nature, so unfortunately people are going to hate an MMA fighter joining TNA as much as the MMA fans would hate Wrestlers going into their world.

So of course Rampage calls out Tito Ortiz, who just looks so dumb dressing the way he does at the age he is at. Either way, Tito and Rampage suck on the mic, and the fact that they spent the entire segment talking about their up and coming “MMA” fight rather than the topic at hand in TNA, says it all. It was all “we’re partners, trained together, MMA this and MMA that” no one cares. I don’t care!

I get it, makes sense… I don’t care though.  Anyway, the whole segment picked up when Tito’s music played once more and everyone did their best “Act Surprise” face when Bully Ray walked out.

You can see the Smile on Bully’s face as he tries not to laugh at the fact he walked out to the Wrong Music. Either way, Bully insulted them both, which was a clear sign that one of them is going to turn “Heel ” and be on Bully’s side…. interesting!

Also watch the segment here:

 

 

2Min 21second mark to Bully laughing

Magnus vs. Samoa Joe vs. Anderson vs. Bobby Roode – Four Way Tables Match – BFG Series 20Points

According to Taz a True Champion is made out of “poise”.

And I quote: “calm self-assured dignity, especially in dealing with social situations / a graceful controlled way of standing, moving, or performing an action / a state of hovering or being in suspension / to be balanced or suspended, or place or hold something in balance or suspension / the centimetre-gram-second unit of viscosity equal to one dyne-second per square centimetre” Take your pick.

Magnus and Joe play favourites as they help one another out during the match, surely that’s an unfair booking. But hey, when the good guys do it, it’s totally fine.

Joe also uses the Ring-Bell and places it over the groin of Bobby Roode and proceeds to ring it with a Hammer.

But in the end, it’s Kazarian who throws Daniels’ Apple-Tini in the face of Magnus and Roode Power-bombs him through a Table, picking up 20Points and becoming Second on the Leader Board.

Roode This Guy

Bully Ray vs. Chris Sabin – Steel Cage – World Heavyweight Championship

Before the match, Bully and Anderson had a heated promo backstage showing Friction between the President and VP of The Aces and Eights faction. It’s a strong promo, but what more would you expect from two of the best.

And on the flip side Sting was asked what he thought of Tito Ortiz joining the Main Event Mafia, to which he replied “Tito is going to be an asset wherever he goes, but will he be to the Main Event Mafia?”…. Well surely is he’s going to be an asset wherever he goes… then yes! Ughh! I’m not really that annoyed, I just like to make fun…

See this, it's my hand

So Bully had the crowd on his side, again, not surprising, best Heel in the business. Despite the fact that what he did to Sting did actually get you to hate him… least during the match and slightly the week after. Then Sting went and formed a crap faction and now I don’t care anymore.

Bully felt like Bully again, yelling at the top of his lungs to Sabin “I’m going to Smash your Face in, and Take your Title!”

I love it when Bully is just allowed to be Bully, I don’t like it when he runs from fights, I want him to the be the bad guy that gets in your face and doesn’t back down. I want him to be that level of ruthlessness. Though this is rather funny:

Last week I said that I just wanted to see Bully completely man-handle Sabin, and sure Sabin can put up a fight, but I wanted to see Bully just beat him down and beat him up. And for the best part, that’s actually what happened. Bully was throwing Sabin into the cage repeatedly in all sorts of powerful, painful ways.

Sabin did have some impressive offense himself, after Bully challenged Sabin to hit him in the face, Sabin delivered a good few Forearm hits, and ripped off his Cut and even dropped him with an impressive Death Valley Driver. Sabin then proceeds to use Bully’s Cut as a Whip.

There was a slight “botch” it seemed when Sabin went for a Hurricanrana from the Top Rope, but Bully caught him, trying to Power him back up, but then both Fell awkwardly. This however was followed with Bully rolling on the floor, holding onto his shoulder and screaming.

Either way, the ending of the match came with Bully lifting Sabin onto his shoulder and “accidently” knocking the Ref down, this was then further enhanced when Bully “accidently” sandwiched the Ref against the Cage. Sabin dropped Bully and went for a pin count, but no Ref. So Sabin went to leave the Cage via the door when Anderson turned up and violently smashed the Door into Sabin.

Anderson you shall not pass

Rampage Jackson and Tito Ortiz made their way to the Ring, Rampage through Anderson off the Ramp to the Floor. Which is when Tito hits Rampage in the head with a Hammer he had concealed, and Bully played off of the distraction dropping Sabin with a Power-Bomb and stacked him up for the Win.

So glad to see the World Title back on Bully, this seemingly was the plan all along, to have Bully retain the Belt to Bound for Glory. I strongly feel with the return of Sabin, and the chance to boost the ratings, they threw in the whole “Destination X” idea. I actually think that is what happened last year with Aries, and that Roode and Storm were meant to main event BFG. But it worked out fine in the end, and everything is back to normal now with Bully having his World Championship back.

This might also mean that I can perhaps go back to liking Sabin again…. perhaps. Time will tell.

All in all though, this was a solid Show from top to bottom. The ratings grew in America with it being another “Themed” TV “PPV” so it’s no surprise that No Surrender is coming up next month.

I always felt that Rampage was going to be the one to turn and join the Aces and Eights, but perhaps with Angle’s untimely trip to Rehab, they had to scratch that plan, maybe it’s why Rampage finally has a Suit too.

Be interesting to see where Tito fits in, though I don’t really “care” that he’s in TNA, I’m not sold it’s a good move yet. This might make some much needed steps in proving me wrong.

Stay tuned for next week!

Till Then!

Dan.

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The Jobber Blogger #62 – TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 8/8/13

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August 12, 2013 by DiVineDiablo

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Well well well, if it isn’t some crazy Wrestling fans, for some reason Reading my ramblings of the latest edition of Impact Wrestling.

I do often wonder if I didn’t write about this in such a derogative tone that more people might read it? Of course that doesn’t make any logical sense, because if people don’t least attempt to read it in the first place, then they wouldn’t know how derogative it is. Also for what it’s worth, I happen to think my Writing is Superb!

Ahh, so egotistical ramblings are more likely to put people off than me just saying negative comments. Don’t you hate it when you’re typing and you just see this Sea of Red spelling corrections, it’s like why do you even bother to try and learn to spell. Because is why!

Okay, so this might be a little late, I would apologise, but I don’t believe in the word Sorry or the actions of which an apology is presented. I will however explain that The Jobber Blogger has been on the Travels, and as much as I would like to tell you it was a Wrestling Related trip, with interviews and career building meetings, it was in fact just a trip to the seaside.

Speaking of just a trip to the Seaside, Impact offers up “Just an episode”… nothing special, but it does have a few highlights that make my Fingers like Danger to Spider-man! Oh Yes! I can use this material!

Game On OddFather

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TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 8/8/13

Part of me actually likes the Direction of Taz of late, of course nothing actually explains where he was the last few weeks. But all we know is that he was somewhere and last week Hogan was so annoyed at him, he didn’t let him in the building. A whole week later, he’s fine with Taz returning to duty. Though of course, perhaps he didn’t have a choice, because Taz just called the shots. Which is good, it’s the first time in a long time that Taz has been relevant to what is happening, even his “Heel Turn” to the Aces and Eights wasn’t capitalised on.

Impact opened to Taz, Bully and Anderson intimidating Mike Tenay, with Taz telling him to get out of the way and he is going to show him how a Real Announcer works.

Bully Ray, Taz and Anderson from The Aces and Eights kick off the show, with Taz and Anderson making their way to the Announce Table, and Bully yelling over Taz’s queue to actually talk to JB. It was a whole mess of bad timing and pleasant banter! Pleasant in the sense of it being entertaining, the banter was actually a mixture of violent threats and possible sexual insinuations.

Bully took the opportunity to explain why he was in such a bad mood, Number One, Tito Ortiz, well what a coincidence, it seems Tito put every Wrestling fan in a Bad Mood just by turning up. What a great way to kick off a career in Professional Wrestling “let down from the first second” it should be his Slogan. For some reason Bully referred to him as Blondie? I’m not sure if he’s something I’m not… but the guy looks pretty bald to me.

One of the other reasons Bully is so pissed off, is Chris Sabin, and again, I whole heartedly agree, Sabin is annoying the hell out of me. Some people just aren’t meant to be Champion. I fully feel this was a “X-Division / Spike the Ratings / Comeback Hype” move that they squeezed in for some much needed Viewership Numbers. I could be entirely wrong…. I really hope I’m not.

For someone who gets called “Kid, Boy” and other insulting slang because he’s Small, and he uses that as his “Motivation” to battle against the big guys, the “Bully’s”. Well Sabin contradicts that very attitude when his attitude is so annoyingly childish. “Bully, you’re so full of crap, you’re eyes are brown and you’re breath smells”. Really? That’s our World Heavyweight Champion?

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Next he will be sticking notes to your back and running off giggling.

Not to mention his ability to just blow so much Hot Air he diminishes his own credibility is astounding to watch. My God, does he represent the typical “By the Numbers Promo” he just has a Mono Tone and rambles off the good ol Check List of points, “I can beat you, I believe in myself, I will beat you again in our next match”.

This is why Bully is so good, he’s much better when you’re not tying him into stupid “realism” story lines, like being Married to Brooke, but when you let Bully be Bully, you believe what he is saying. He doesn’t just rattle out a loud of Scripted “points” he will be a Character, he has a Personality. The very fact Sabin’s whole run of being Champion is him literally Thanking the Main Event Mafia, because he WOULDNT HAVE WON otherwise. His credibility is based on him cheating to win, with the help of 5 other guys, because on his own, he got his Ass Kicked. He prides himself on that logic. That’s terrible…. beyond terrible. For everything he supposedly strives to prove himself against and over, he diminishes it all by openly telling everyone he wouldn’t have got it done by himself.

Well, least they didn’t have a “Sit by a Desk” type of Contract Signing, and Brooke Hogan simply Quoted an e-mail from Hulk. Either way, Bully didn’t read his contract when he fought Chris Sabin, as Bully apparently signed a Contract that if he cashes in his Rematch Clause, and looses, he will never Wrestle for the World Championship again. Now yes, he has the whole “Aces and Eights” thing that would force management to write in a clause like this. But, on the flip side, Bully didn’t need to fight Sabin, and or want to, Sabin is the one who took the gamble to fight him, so surely it should have been Sabin with everything to lose, and everything to gain. Not everything to gain, nothing to lose and Bully lucks out regardless of what happens. Not to mention Hogan could of fired him, or stripped the belt from him, or booked him in many, many Championship matches, but he didn’t, he didn’t do a damn thing. So whose fault is that.

The only upside is that means chances are the belt will go back to Bully. I honestly would love Bully to win cleanly, by just beating the hell out of Sabin in a brutal match, sure have Sabin put up a fight, more of a fight than he did when he won the belt. But to actually have Bully win, because he is big, tough, intimidating, and World Championship material. Though I would gladly settle for anything that puts the belt back on Bully.

Jeff Hardy vs. Samoa Joe – BFG Series

 In the first of the “Audience” Voted BFG Match Up’s, Jeff and Joe battle it out, with Anderson still on Commentary.

It really is building to the point that I don’t care about this Faction war anymore, but I hate The Main Event Mafia… a lot. And with Taz stepping up, not to mention Anderson’s new role in the Club, I am starting to just see more and more opportunities for The Aces and Eights to be a bigger force than they are.

If Joe wasn’t in the MEM, then I really do wonder where he would be in this whole Series. Jeff is probably one of the top paid and top Superstars on the Roster, yet it feels like they have nothing for him of late. I highly doubt he will win the series, so I don’t think he will be jumping into the Main Events again for a while. Which either means he will get back into the Aces and Eights feud, or he will just find some random grudge. And hopefully something that is better than Kurt Angles “I don’t like the fact my son puts socks on his arms” motivation of a few years back.

The match came to a close with Anderson simply standing up, Joe looking at him, and Jeff rolling up Joe for the win. It’s a wonder Joe made it to the Second on the leader board really.

 Magnus vs. Anderson – BFG Series

It’s strange, but Anderson never really draws out much “Awesome” from his actual in-ring efforts. Well aside from when he did the Senton Dive and completely missed.

 

I kind of find the same can be said about Magnus, yes they’re both good. But Anderson is most entertaining in the ring when he can be an idiot, and that’s better presented when he has more of a “Storyline” going outside of the ring, where he can ramble on the mic and do his little gestures.

Magnus on the other hand is impressive in the ring, but he’s not exactly a Bobby Roode or Austin Aries, AJ Styles, etc etc.

Though Anderson did throw himself out of the ring head first into the Announce table, which was a highlight. And of course Magnus’ collision with the Ring-Steps which put a big mark on his back. But the best part about this match up, was Bobby Roode’s involvement.

Roode randomly attacked Anderson with a Chair, which caused Magnus to be Disqualified. Of course that also means that the rule book of the Bound for Glory series is a little stupid. Surely there is a limit of how much you can get other people DQ’d, rather than doing something yourself as a competitor to cause the disqualification.

But with Roode’s involvement, Magnus drops 10Points in the series.

So the part everyone was looking forward to, right? Tito Ortiz – the “Huntington Beach Bad Boy” well… he doesn’t look like a Bad Boy anymore?

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Hey, I’m not judging, I’m sure he’s awesome at what he does. But he does is not what TNA offers. And all of those whom love Tito and have followed his work, well guess what… I said it last week, and I’ll say it again, that’s not this audience.

In what was a good move, they didn’t let Tito actually say anything, and no that’s because of “building the hype” it’s because I’m sure he’d suck on the mic. So instead we get a repeat, almost exactly, with Kurt Angle coming out to get in the face of Tito.

Angle takes this time to blab on about how this is his Ring, and that Tito must respect that and get out of his way. Okay, so when Rampage Jackson signed, he’s a hot talent in MMA, he’s been in the new A-Team Movie, it made headline news, he goes face to face with Kurt Angle, it was exciting, if not a little irrelevant. Everything that was good about that encounter turned to crap when they made Rampage a follower of the Main Event Mafia. I just hope they actually let him turn on them, that could be interesting, currently, I couldn’t care less.

So why exactly bring in Tito Ortiz, to do the exact same thing once again, if they are going to continually bring in MMA guys, from the looks of it, Kurt Angle is the only guy they are going to use. Which means this is going to get continuously boring, not to mention completely un-needed.

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Bro Mans and Mickie James vs. James Storm, Gunner and ODB

Earlier on in the night Robbie E and Jesse talked about Bro’s before Hoe’s and that’s why they ditched Tara. At least she got a nice send off from the company huh?

The bigger news is that I completely forgot about the Tag-Team division, more to the point completely forgot about Storm and Gunner. Why is it we only have two Tag-Teams in the company, and that they’ve been “feuding” on the house shows, who knew this was still going on. Yet they wasted all of this air time on Tito Ortiz, think of the awesome Tag-Teams they could have brought in with that money.

There isn’t much to say about the match, only then that the ending was good, Storm landed one hell of a cool looking Last Call Super-kick to Jesse. Storm and Gunner then hit their “Double Team” move and took the win.

This is when Gail Kim got involved and attacked ODB, so I do expect them to square off at Hardcore Justice, for the hell of it.

Kazarian vs. Christopher Daniels – BFG Series

I did actually kind of resent the fact that they actually tried to build tension between these two going into this match. Though I thought they would come out of it just as much of a Team as they did going in. They had a little bit of a back and forth battle, before they both just climbed out of the ring and counted to 10, and celebrated the Double Count-Out which I believe gives them at least 1 point.

Bobby Roode then made yet another surprise appearance he brings Kazarian and Daniels in the ring with him as he talks about landscape of TNA with The Aces and Eights and Main Event Mafia, and there being strength in numbers. Which looks as if they have formed an alliance, promising one of those three will win. It will be nice to see either Aries join with them, or for Aries to break off completely and go on his own.

Bully Ray and Devon vs. Chris Sabin and Kurt Angle

Yes, I wrote down Sting to begin with, but they played the old double switch a roo, thing. Sting distracted them as Angle attacked from behind. Funny because of that was reversed and The Aces and Eights did it, they would get complained at.

The funnier thing is the mere sight of Sting and Sabin side by side, it just makes Sabin look even more inferior…. and I like Sabin… that’s how much he annoys me!

It’s been a while since we’ve really seen Devon do anything, and it’s another wasted opportunity, because he really suits the Aces and Eights attire and general theme of the faction. Not to mention he can get it done in the ring and is capable of being a force behind the scenes too.

Obviously this episode of Impact was taped before Angle went out Celebrating and got arrested… again…. again for Drink Driving. He has since decided to enter himself into Rehab, which means next week will be interesting. I actually hope Angle does the match and is in fact the one Pinned and “forced to leave TNA”. I honestly don’t see a better option, Angle has created a great storyline exit for himself.

Bully Hip-Tosses Sabin over the ropes to the Steel Ramp, Angle get’s the 3D, Bully then throws himself through a Table (as you do) and Sabin lands a Top-Rope Cross-Body and picks up the win.

I still think the fact Sabin can pin Bully, is dumb, specially with a Cross-Body, either way, it gives the edge to Sabin next week. But I really hope Bully tears him apart.

With the success of Destination-X being a free on TV PPV, Hardcore Justice next week should be great. Not to mention it actually has more going on than just a Main Event.

Till then!

Dan

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The Jobber Blogger #61 – TNA: Impact Wrestling 1/8/13

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Welcome one, welcome all! Perhaps even welcome more, but not too many, I’m really anti-social. It’s why I want to be a Writer for a career, I can’t stand people. They have them… faces…greasy faces with bad manners and expect me to do things! Well up yours! You can praise me from a far whilst I scowl and swear at you from a distance…behind a curtain… under the cover…. reading Spider-man comics.

So isn’t life fun, I suddenly just realised I could use this platform to complain about my life… I say life, I have nothing to complain about, well aside from Work, I’m not a fan of my job. It’s finally hit the “I’m done with this” feeling, and by finally I mean as of a year ago. I’ve had at least 4 “ways to leave work” plans in motion all of which I was talked out of. All this “it’s easier to get a job from a job” lark, hey, you only live once, why waste so much of my life doing something I don’t like. Sure I get paid, not a lot, but it’s money, and that of course in turn feeds my Comic book thirst and video game cravings and random spending on things I probably don’t need. But alas, the final verdict is to just bite the bullet…. and quit. I can’t quit, I have too much pride, so I’ve sunk to theft to get fired.

Ahh, anyone who has read this before knows that I am joking… mostly… about the theft part at least. So I shall encourage you to Read On, mighty readers, you. Let your eyes be my audience and I shall steal your life with worthless ranting about Wrestling!

GAME ON!!!

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Speaking of worthless, this week’s TNA lived up to TNA’s own moniker or always having good ideas, but Terrible, TERRIBLE execution. It’s like they have the Good Cop, Bad Cop in management:

Good Cop – “So I have this awesome idea of this mystery guy sending in cryptic messages about coming to Impact next week, and no-one will know who it is, and it will build all this Internet Hype and we will have this Huge platform to do something awesome!”

Bad Cop – “Hey that’s a great idea… let’s make it so who debuts, No One Has Heard of!! HAHAHAHAHA!!!! And get this, HE CANT EVEN WRESTLE!! MWHAHAHAHAH!!!! And he SUCKS!”

Good Cop – “errr….? okay?”

TNA! TNA! TNA! TNA!

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I will save most of my rant for when I get to that part in the show, but aside from the Terrible ending, this show was solid.

We finally see Taz back, he does nothing but walk around outside yelling about how angry he is.

Don’t you hate it, when your sat with your arms apart and you just feel sweat dripping down your side.. it’s not even that hot.

Either way, Taz was banned from the Impact Zone because he “no-showed” the last two weeks for some reason. It’s stupid that it’s gotten this far, Taz could have been doing this when he first joined The Aces and Eights. I would like to see Taz used more than just an announcer, but who knows how this is going to play out. Though having him backstage as a “care free” interview personality could actually be rather interesting. Taz however was irate, and so angry, he called “Someone”…. that about sums up TNA’s fantastic writing.

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Austin Aries kicks off the show by making his way to the ring, and this week he looks slightly better. He seems to like doing weird things with his facial hair, and weird things tend to just look… weird.

Though Aries has had a good few different looks over the years, so who is to say what is best?

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Aries wanted to congratulate Chris Sabin (who the more I see as World Champ, the more I hate him) the only good thing about Sabin being the champion is that he can put on a great Main Event with Aries, and I for one would love to see that. And of course have Aries win the belt back, because he’s a fantastic World Champion. Sabin just isn’t at that level. But of course Aries’ main point was to discuss he winning the Bound For Glory series, and his big match tonight with AJ Styles.

I really liked the fact that Aries pointed out that for the first 10years of TNA, AJ Styles was the top guy, the best in the industry. And since A-Double has been back with TNA, he has been the most high profile performer.

And in typical Wrestling fashion, Roode crashes the segment.

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Roode and Aries had an official “Break Up” with them both getting a little heated with one another, which works out fine as Roode is sick of being on a losing streak and declares “I’m going back to what won me the belt” and “people have forgotten what I am capable of”.

Of course I agree completely, Roode is the pinnacle of “World Champion Material” and for my money nobody has been a better World Champion in TNA since he had the belt, or even since AJ Styles last held it 3 and a half years ago.

Bobby Roode vs. Hernandez – BFG Series

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Is it bad that I enjoy the little “slip ups” it’s not in a “taking the piss” type of manor… it’s just really funny.

I still don’t know quite where to put Hernandez in all of this, I guess it’s kind of good that he is in the BFG Series and being used regularly. I do fully expect Chavo to turn on him eventually and that be a Grudge match at some point around Bound for Glory. But Hernandez is pretty good in the ring, but of course not as good as Bobby Roode.

They have a good back and forth match, Roode tried for the Cross-Face victory, but then went to his “what brought him to the dance” type of style (the very same style he still uses…) and landed a sneaky Low-Blow on Hernandez and Rolled him up holding the tights, but only getting a Two-Count. Roode proceeds to go and trash the outside area just as he did last week, and throws multiple chairs in the ring. Brian Hebner then removes the chairs as Roode uses a Beer Bottle and Smashes it over the head of Hernandez and gets the win.

I still find it funny when they sneakily use weapons that leave a distinct mess but the Ref plays it off as “meh, whatever”. Good ol’ Wrestling Logic!

Roode gets his first win in the Series and earns himself 7Points.

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For the first time since we’ve seen TJ Perkins as the man behind “Suicide / Manik” I’ve been excited for the Character. And he actually pulled it off really well. Talking about how using this “Manik” Character and Mask created an identity to make a name for himself, when just being himself wasn’t enough. It was a little glimpse of a Dark Character turn that would see the good youthful TJ being drawn into the Manik character. Almost like a Superman / Rorschach where the Costume is their true identity, and the man beneath is the disguise.

Of course this segment was ruined by Chris Sabin pulling his “Sulky, I’ve been Slapped” face blabbing on and trying his best to cut a promo that sucked. I can’t even begin to explain how much I hate Sabin as World Champion. I used to love Sabin… now I can’t stand him!

Jay Bradley vs. Joseph Park (w/Eric Young) – BFG Series

So before the match the new partnership of EY and Park showed EY giving Park a gift to help him out in the ring. The gift was Amateur Wrestling style Head-Gear to protect Park from taking too many hits to the head / being busted open and losing control.

It’s interesting to think about, but seeing as pretty much everyone else (if not… everyone else) who has won Gut Check has recently been Fired, you have to think, if Bradley wasn’t a part of the BFG Series, would they have fired him too? I still like Bradley, but thus far, he isn’t exactly anything special. It’s a strange position for him to be in given his experience and development, not to mention the recent layoffs.

Bradley focus’ on Park’s head-gear and eventually removes it, setting him up for the “Boom-Stick” to which Park catches him with a Samoan Drop and picks up a victory and 7Points.

The Main Event Mafia have their own “Club House” variation set up in the back that is all fancy decorated, I guess it shows they are in touch with a more “classy, sophisticated… womanly… side?”

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Sting talks about that to take down The Aces and Eights, they need to make “Sacrifices” and are they all ready to make this potential Sacrifice, and make an offer to the Aces and Eights “They can’t refuse!” I am sick of hearing that saying too. But it’s not as bad as Rampage Jackson adding “No matter what they say, I came here to fight!” Who is he talking about? Why did anyone give him a line to say? This guy sucks so much!

I hate him nearly as much as I hate Sabin being World Champion. Why are you spending money on Rampage Jackson? How the hell did he get an Acting Job. Whatever “build up” he had when he first debuted is just gone now. He looks impressive, he could have worked quite well as an “Angle” but not a official part of the Roster.

Manik vs. Chris Sabin – Champion vs. Champion

If there is any good to be found in Sabin being World Champion, it’s that we get this match! Sabin and Manik put on a great opening set of moves, counters and reversals to “test the water”. But you know what this showed above anything else, the very same thing I said since “Suicide” came back… he is better than Sabin. And putting them against each other made a great match, but he is better than Sabin.

TNA’s saving grace is it’s “WRESTLING” part of their Roster, and Sabin and Manik led the way with a fantastic match, a match that for me goes into the category for Match of the Year.

There is little else I can say that will do it justice, just watch it if you haven’t seen it already.

Sabin connects with his “Hail Sabin” and picks up the win. Which is when Bully Ray attacks Sabin from behind. Now I have expected Manik to not help out Sabin, and in a way, he didn’t. He just so happened to get in the way and Bully turned his attention to Manik, which left Sabin an opening to fight back at Bully, and Bully to leave. But after the “what the hell are you doing?” storyline of Bully’s lawyer last week, it was better to actually have Bully be a Bully and just beat up the guy.

Earlier on in the night we saw a White – Hummer – Limo arrive, with everyone speculating that the #August1Warning was inside. Taz who was still rambling and wondering around outside decided to show the world who it was. And instead opened the door and just laughed. And we see there is a Laptop set up with the same Warning Videos being played.

Gail Kim vs. ODB

I keep making a note to mention this every week, but Gail Kim’s new mix of her music is really good! I always felt the original was a bit too drawn out and took a while to get going. They revamped the intro which goes straight into the Vocals, so it fits better. Good stuff!

So guess what, after nearly a year of Taryn Terrell being made the official Knockouts Referee after what… 10years of having the normal Ref’s refereeing the matches, and then Joey Ryan and ODB. We actually just go back to having the normal Ref’s again. Jee… that seems like a good idea, why did it take them this long and pretend like it was such a big deal.

Though I did think, since her feud with Taryn, Gail has been front and centre for taking some hefty damage. The Last Knockout Standing match, the Ladder Match, and now ODB throwing her around pretty damn rough. I do wonder if Gail is happy to take this sort of onslaught.

Either way the match was more of a brawl, Gail attempted the Figure 4 Leg-Lock on the outside / Turnbuckle, but ODB countered. They ended up brawling on the outside and eventually got Counted Out, and continued to Brawl, so this is not done yet. Perhaps it will continue to Hardcore Justice, and letting them raise the bar once more? I don’t know.

AJ Styles cut a little Promo, he has done this before, but AJ isn’t always great at Promo’s, and I seem to remember some of his more recent ones didn’t quite “work” as well. But however this one, he nailed it! AJ is still my pick for the BFG Series, I love this re-invention and as always, TNA can bring in who they want, but AJ Styles in the heart and soul and always will be the Face of TNA Wrestling, and if he isn’t front and centre, then you’re doing yourself a disservice.

The Aces and Eights are in the back sorting out their problems, with Bully handing all the Main Event Mafia problems to Anderson, and Bully will focus on getting the World Championship back from Sabin. Which is when Brooke makes an appearance telling Bully that next week’s Contract Signing will have some implications he won’t be happy with. And that a “Happy Wife is a Happy Life”

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Sums it up nicely?

Austin Aries vs. AJ Styles – BFG Series

A dream match, and it truly is, and was. Yes you can make all kinds of interesting matches out of these Wrestlers. But Aries vs. Styles is probably at the top. Though Aries vs. Kazarian I would love to see too.

They both had some hard hitting moments through-out the match, especially when Aries climbed the Top Rope and AJ Drop-Kicked him to the Floor. Though I did find the crowds “Come On, Beiber!” Chant to be rather amusing.

AJ attempted the Styles Clash on the Ramp which Aries countered into a Back-drop that sent AJ straight to the floor in a very painful looking manor. Aries then attempted his “Suicide Dive” through the Ropes to the Ring Steps like he did last week with Roode. But AJ Side stepped, sending Aries face first into the Steps.

Another match that will be a contender for Match of the Year, if it wasn’t for the ending.

AJ landed his Pelé on Aries which was a desperation move, and both of them falling to the floor, only Aries landed with his Arm on top of Styles, but he also moved Styles’ arm on top of himself. It looked really awkward as a finish. Either way apparently Aries got his Shoulder up just in time and took the Win. A dodgy finish to an otherwise Show Stealing match.

The Main Event Mafia make their way to the ring to close the show with an “Offer” to the Aces and Eights. Also:

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That never gets old. Though recent events might show that Angle isn’t in the best frame of mind of late, so it might explain his choice of Sun Glasses.

And come to think of it, maybe that explains what was going on a few weeks back?

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The Aces and Eights led by Anderson make their way to the ring to hear what the “Offer” is.

The Aces and Eights vs. The Main Event Mafia – 5 on 5 the one who gets Pinned / Submits must leave TNA for good. So this could be a way to get more Budget Cuts but tie it into a Story. Though time is against the Main Event Mafia for Angle is going to enter himself into Rehab. So either he is there now, or he could actually be the one to lose and “leave” TNA. Though for him to be entered into the Hall of Fame in a few months, the timing is all over the place.

Chances are a member of the Aces and Eights will lose, probably Garrett or Wes, or Knux… pretty much any of them aside from Anderson and Devon… but mainly Anderson. It’s an interesting idea, but it depends on who takes the fall, personally I want Rampage to turn on the Main Event Mafia, and probably take out Angle and Angle be the one to get pinned and disappear for a while.

Which is when the Lights go out in the Impact Zone, which is cool, so far so good right?

And then “MMA Legend” Tito Ortiz turns up.

So let’s put it this way, I know of the name, I don’t know who he is. But it appears that most people are not happy that he is in TNA. And this is my two-cents on the whole matter.

I get why TNA is doing this, having Stars from Celebrities to other Sporting Athletes is no strange carry on for Wrestling. From Mike Tyson to Mr. T to Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mickie Rourke, (David Arquette anyone?) there is a huge long list of “famous” people outside of the Sport to get involved. Spike TV runs Bellator MMA which is doing some big business for them, it follows Impact, so the mixing of both brands does business both ways and keeps Spike TV happy. UFC / MMA is the biggest Sport to have come out in the last few years, it’s reach is huge. It shares some Fans of both Sports and of course there is some huge cross over’s from the likes of Brock Lesnar to Dave Batista and even The Undertaker. So for TNA to bring in King Mo, Rampage Jackson (which did make headline main news) and now Tito Ortiz, I get that it sheds a bigger light on TNA. But here is the problem.

Most Hardcore MMA fans love the Sport because of what it is, and what it isn’t, is Wrestling. Sure they have Amateur Style Wrestling as part of the Mixed Martial Arts, but it’s not in the realm of Professional Wrestling, they are in no way the same thing. So a good portion of their Fan base and Audience don’t want to watch them try and be actors and do silly story lines and “pretend” fight. The bigger problem is just how Hardcore and Passionate the Wrestling fan base is, and it’s the true old school Wrestling fan base that is drawn to TNA, so you bring in guys who aren’t Wrestlers, and try and cash in on a bigger Audience, guess what… People Hate It!

To make matters worse you have just recently fired some top talent like a Doug Williams, Matt Morgan, Tara, Joey Ryan, Crimson and the list goes on and on, and you replace them with a higher paid Non Wrestler like Tito Ortiz…. guess what, People Hate It More!

TNA is what it is because it has the Very Best “Wrestling” Locker-Room in the industry. Now it doesn’t, because you dilute it with Celebrities and try and play it off as okay. I don’t care in the slightest about all of these MMA guys, let MMA be MMA, and don’t try and promote yourselves because of their success. This is the problem, TNA always, ALWAYS falls short, and it’s over dumb choices like this. If you debuted a Brand New Wrestler, who was impressive, that would have been awesome. If you had brought in a Talent people knew, that would have worked with the potential to be awesome. Even if you just brought back a Gut Check competitor, or even a recently fired employee, that would have worked. But instead you bring in this guy… you made a mockery of yourselves, and you ruined yet Another perfect opportunity to do something big and meaningful. All you did was appeal to a certain Audience, and it’s not your own Wrestling Audience, no you pissed them off.

So let’s get to what actually happened, Tito walked out with a Stupid expression on his face and stood there for the best part of 5 Minutes as the Camera cut back and forth from his Stupid Expression to the Wrestlers pretending to be “Shocked”. It Sucked… a lot.

However Anderson did save the day as they cut from Tito’s Stupid Expression to Anderson who was doing this:

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I think Anderson speaks for us all.

So a major Blunder yet again by TNA, and if TNA are going to be remembered by anything, it would be for the amount of times they themselves created fantastic opportunities, then shat all over them.

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Sting (no one saved me)

AJ Styles

The list goes on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on.

One day.

Till then,

 Dan

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