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

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

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

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It’s time to kick it up a notch!

Impact Wrestling LogoTNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 19/6/14

I love the 19th.

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

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

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

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

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

Eric Young vs. Kenny King – World Heavyweight Championship

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

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

Unfortunately the talking just gets worse and worse.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So let’s break this down.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Till then!

Dan Wilkinson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 TNA: SLAMMIVERSARY – 15/6/14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Second, and most importantly:

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

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

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

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

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

Bobby Lashley vs. Samoa Joe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kudos for Lashley taking the win, and cleanly.

Magnus (w/Bram) vs. Willow (w/Abyss) 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kenny King vs. Austin Aries 

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

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

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

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

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

Marshall and Ross Von Erich vs. Jesse and DJ Z

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ethan Carter the third vs. Bully Ray – Texas Deathmatch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

James Storm vs. Mr. Anderson 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A good match, a great PPV.

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

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

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

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

Till then!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tigre Uno vs. Bram 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Bromans vs. Anderson and Gunner 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 The Beautiful People vs. Brittany and Gail Kim

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bully Ray vs. EY – EC3 Special Referee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Willow vs. Magnus and Bram – 2 on 1

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

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

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

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

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It could work…

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

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

Gail Kim vs. Velvet Sky

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

When did she turn.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kazarian vs. Crazy Steve

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

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

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

Anyway.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Anderson vs. James Storm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eric Young vs. MVP – World Heavyweight Championship

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

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

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

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

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

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

Till then,

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The Jobber Blogger #105 – TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 8/5/14

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I honestly don’t know how I feel about this week’s TNA: Impact.

Aside from a random rather quick tiredness thing that kicked in during it, or, perhaps boredom. Impact just seemed off. And I don’t know if that’s because I’m going “off” it. I love TNA, and will continue to watch it, but the company we all loved has certainly changed. Hell TNA in 2010 enthused with irrelevant old school Wrestlers was much more exciting than the product we have now. It felt back then that TNA was finally heading in the right direction. AJ Stlyes was the World Champ, Beer Money and MotorCity were in the best of 5 Series, Sting had come back hanging around in the rafters. But now, it’s just, different.

And it’s not a bad different, there are a lot of good things going, but I do feel the release of Christopher Daniels has soured me a little, and having Kazarian come out to Wrestler a Jobber’s match, knowing full well he’s going to be out the company in no time, it’s just sad.

The main issue TNA always, always revolves around is that they never change enough. No matter what changes they might make, they don’t change the right people in the back to make a difference, and they always go back to attempt that “One Idea” which brought WCW so much success. But hey, it’s not the 1995, you’re not WCW, you’ve tried it I don’t know how many times now, let it go.

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TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 8/5/14

It’s yet another packed, but not amazing show. It has great things going for it, good ideas, good matches. Some nice debuts, but everything has a sprinkle of “been there done that, didn’t work, try again”.

Impact opened and continued through-out the night with Bully Ray heading to the Offices of Nashville to find Dixie Carter.

Sure this actually had some redeemable qualities, Spud and Bully have great chemistry together on screen and I hope it continues. After Dixie left the offices, she had Spud in charge to keep order and keep Bully out. Of course Bully just picked him up and decided to Run the headquarters himself for the day.

This is perhaps a good insight to TNA’s failings, the filler drones with brain washed catch phrases and slogans were “running” the ship. Of course we all know these were there for the segment, but perhaps it’s a pretty decent insight as to what actually goes on behind the scenes. I do feel that the on-air product of Wrestling, and those running it, are at times so mismatched, that it’s no wonder it doesn’t work. You have Wrestlers who love Wrestling, hone their Characters, but the people making the decisions are snobs in suits in a different country looking at it as “Television”. They clearly aren’t onto a winning formula, because it’s not working. Jeff Jarrett worked so well because he was the bridge between both worlds.

Ranting aside, Bully put Spud through a Table and found Dixie’s home address on his Mobile Phone.

You might want to know what my favourite part of the Segment was, the opening with Bully Ray in his Car driving to the Headquarters where he is playing “Rock music”. Bully is someone who has been very outspoken for his love of Rock Music and the “today Wrestler” with their Video Games. Yet having Bully, most probably forced to play this particular song, driving along, bobbing his head to modern day teenage rock crap was rather hilarious. modern-teenage-rock-crap-600x373

Eric Young made his way to the ring to issue out an Open Challenge, stating that he wants to be a Fighting Champion, and the promise is to Defend the World Championship every week. I don’t remember him ever saying he was going to do that. Not to mention his Second week as Champion, he just sat at the Announce table for the main event. So there went his “streak” a week later.

Regardless, apparently MVP hadn’t booked him in a match so EY was out to make his own Title Defence, dressed in the “Canadian Tuxedo” – which is also very similar to – old-teenage-rock-crap-600x373

Bobby Roode was out the gate first to accept the Open Challenge. But of course this was pulled down with EY defeating Roode last week. But Roode had to defeat Gunner, completely over-looking the obvious of EY winning a Battle Royal, and defeating Magnus in the same night. Either way, Roode sweet talked his way into yet another Championship match by purely having “History” with EY.

Clearly I have no issue with Roode being in the main events, I love Roode, it just seems that at one time “being like Brothers” again, plays a deciding factor in two people having a match.

Though straight after the segment MVP called off the match, a little annoyed that EY didn’t even let MVP tell him his plans for the night. In which MVP is going to announce EY’s Slammiversary opponent, and someone who he has never faced before. So stay tuned folks!
The Beautiful People vs. Madison Rayne and Brittany – Evening Gown Match

Yes, the Bra and Panties matches re-emerge. I honestly can’t tell you that last time I remember watching a match like this, it did take me back to the guilty feeling of watching the old WWF Bra and Panties matches and being worried of someone walking in trying to figure out just what the hell you are watching.

It’s almost impossible to sell Wrestling as a legitimate show, let alone sell it as a good portrayal of Women. TNA have built this huge foundation of the Knockouts Division on the basis of “Women Wrestlers”. I do believe it was on the reasons why Tara (Victoria) was drawn to the Division. Well having your Women “Wrestlers” strip each other sort of defeats the purpose, and undercuts all of the efforts to credibility you might have once made.

I get it, The Beautiful People are supposed to be racy, and you have attractive Women, and these kinds of matches will probably draw ratings. But it’s for the wrong reason. I do wonder if those involved are actually happy to do the match, I expect they probably are, but then someone like Gail Kim, who prides herself on the division and really being the cornerstone of the Knockouts Division as one of, if not the most well respected, acknowledged and best Female Wrestler in the industry today. Is she pleased to see these kind of matches return?

It’s hard to sell people on your new talent, Brittany, whom already has the misfortune of being named Brittany, now do people look at her as a new Wrestler, or just eye-candy. I love the Knockouts Division, and I love it because TNA were proud to display them centre stage, even in the Main Events, but this, I just don’t feel is needed.

The Beautiful People won with the help of Velvet returning to the ring in a Towel and flashing the Referee, who was so stunned he didn’t notice Angelina use the hair spray in the face of Madison. So now their Referee’s are horny adolescent perverted morons. Awesome work.

Though to lighten the mood I did make this

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Ethan Carter the third vs. Kurt Angle

At last, good news!

Kurt Angle successfully sold no-one on his poor “Leg Buckling” during the match.

But this in turn led to EC3 picking up the Win.

And yes, Kurt Angle has actually gone for Surgery. It’s been an injury he has had for around 5 years and finally gone to get it fully repaired. He had minor surgery before on his ACL, hence his short lived return. But he needed / wanted to go the full shebang, Which is good.

On the flip side, this probably means that this was Kurt’s last TNA Impact Match. Kurt’s rehab will take 4 -5 Months. We are in May, so that means he is ready to Compete for September – October. And of course his TNA Contract is up in September, and he most definitely wants to leave.

He might come back here and there, you never know. But Kurt will join AJ and Sting as TNA employees who had a rather naff exit from the company.

I myself have been saying that you can tell Kurt doesn’t really want to be in TNA anymore. His speeches, even about the Hall of Fame are to be more proud of yourselves, and TNA is great. Nothing like he used to say about loving the company or anything like that. He constantly talks about going back to the WWE on Social Media. So let him go already. I’d rather he not be in TNA if he doesn’t want to be there, and that money is better spent elsewhere.

He’s had a great run, done a lot of good for TNA, and I like Kurt, have him back where he belongs, with a retirement match, Hall of Fame induction, maybe go on to be a trainer – perfect.

Also this is sort of funny, given that his most recent come-back prior to this had him feuding with Roode, were Kurt was so feeble he kept defeating / injuring himself with his own moves. EC3 then took him out, he finally got into the Hall of Fame which pretty much sucked. Then got injured again, no-showed a PPV, made a crappy come-back, injured again and got beat then leaves. Great year. Angle-Defeated-600x357
The Bromans vs. The Wolves – World Tag-Team Championship – Ladder Match

This was easily the match of the night. Though after saying that… there weren’t any other matches.

I didn’t even realise that till now.

I love The Wolves, but I was really hoping for a great Tag-Team renaissance, and The Wolves vs. Bad Influence would have been great. Bad Influence dominated the landscape of TNA for pushing 2 years, as the best Tag-Team, despite their poorly limited Title Run. But they were a true highlight. Now they’re gone, so that sort of sucks.

This match wasn’t really quite what I wanted. That isn’t to say that there wasn’t some great spots in the match, because there were. And a couple of things I hadn’t seen before. I do feel this is probably just another stepping stone to set the stage for a great Final Match between The Wolves and The Bromans at Slammiversary.

The highlights of course were Eddie Edwards suplexing Jesse from inside the right to the floor, but Jesse held on, and they both just toppled over the Ropes. That’s the top highlight, and it was great, never seen anything quite like it, and it looked rather nasty to boot, which isn’t a good thing.

Davey leaping from the Top-Rope to Foot-Stomp Robbie E who lay across a Ladder balanced between the Ring and the Steps, again looked nasty.

And of course DJ Zema being hip tossed from the Top of the Ladder in the ring straight to the floor on top of Robbie and Jesse, leaving The Wolves to retain their Championships.

A good Ladder match, which I do strongly feel was to just whet your appetite.

Kazarian vs. Knux

This was the one I was most looking forward to. I love debuts, and especially those which have been building for a while. But the Menagerie perhaps weren’t quite what I hoped.

And take this any way you want, but this felt exactly like you’d expect a TNA idea to play out.

Say what you will, the Menagerie are different enough, but the core idea is most definitely to counteract that of the Wyatt family. Which whilst on the topic, I’m not a big fan of the Wyatt’s. I love the idea, I love the music, the entrance, Bray is awesome. I just don’t think it’s perfect, and I don’t like his Brothers.

This go around, I was rather excited. I actually started to really like Knux in the closing days of The Aces and Eights. He showed he was pretty good on the mic and quite commanding once he had gained the right stage. So it does please me that he is still around. It still bugs me that any mention of The Aces and Eights just isn’t there.

Rebel I like, I’m sold on that, she seems good, I want more Knockouts in the Division, so I hope she is an active Wrestler, which I’m sure she will be. So having her apart of his faction is great too.

Crazy Steve stands out as my favourite, he actually seems to be the most in tune with his Gimmick and playing it to strengths.

And then of course, he’s back… again. Rob Terry, rather than being “The Freak” Rob Terry, he’s just back as The Freak. But to probably hide his identity they just put a bag on his head. That pretty much sums up that Character. He is doing the same stupid flexes, he looks like he struggles walking let alone Wrestling, only now he has a bag on his head. I hope he proves me wrong. But as of right now my interest in this new faction, which is right up my alley has decreased entirely based on the fact that Rob Terry is in it… He’s terrible doesn’t do how bad he is justice.

I thought the music was alright, I liked the Stilt Walkers at the ringside, but another one of my gripes is Knux himself. I’d quite like him to actually go to a bit more effort, maybe look more like a “Ring Leader”. Rather than just a scruffy guy in jeans and a tank top with a beard.

The bad side is Kazarian having to lose to Knux, first time we’ve seen him in ages, Christopher Daniels has gone, Kaz still doing the Bad Influence gimmick, and it’s just sad. Then he has to job, and probably out the company in no time.

Willow vs. Magnus (w/Bram)

So Bram Flakes himself now has a TNA contract, as he went off to make a deal with MVP. Who do you like them…. cereals Bram-Flakes

I do like his British-ness.

Willow seems to be a dying thing too, his excitement has gone, now he’s getting beaten up, put in random matches, and like Matt Fowler from IGN said, he is called Jeff Hardy more than he is Willow. It’s borderline “what’s the point” territory.

This “match” was cut short when Bram got involved, throwing Willow into the steps, getting Magnus a DQ. He then handcuffed Willow to the ropes and attacked him with Magnus’ good friend, Mr. Turnbuckle.

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I like the violence, no doubt this means Willow will be more violent in retaliation, no idea if Bram is going to develop Magnus to a face, or heel, or make him likable. I don’t know. They spent so long on making Magnus who he was, getting him over, turning him heel, making him champ, switching that really quickly to EY then trying to reboot Magnus. No idea.

And last of all, despite MVP came out to the ring earlier on in the night to “announce” EY’s Slammiversary opponent, Bobby Roode got involved, they ended in a brawl.

So this was take two, MVP brought EY to the ring, told him what a great job he’s doing, and announced his Opponent for Slammiversary as someone he has never faced before.

See my gut feeling was it’s going to be Willow, which would have sucked. Then my other feeling was it was going to be MVP. And of course, MVP then attacked EY.

This is where we are, 2Months, that’s all it’s taken for MVP to be like Dixie Carter, like Hulk Hogan, like Eric Bischoff, like The Aces and Eights, like Immortal, like Jeff Jarrett. How many times?

I don’t hate MVP turning, but I do hate that it’s yet another crappy Power Control storyline. They do it every single year. MVP wins control at Lockdown, but oh no, at Bound for Glory he will be defending his Wrestling Operations to someone else.

At least Dixie’s heel turn came out of no-where. If it just stayed between her and AJ Styles it would have worked, but they over did it by making her a dumb rich daughter that didn’t know anything and ruined her company.

2 Months!

Can’t we just have “someone” in Control of TNA who we don’t need to know about, who we don’t see, who isn’t feuding with everyone else in crappy match stipulations. I’m sick of it.

I will however give this time to play out… but you can already see where it’s going. Hey, Maybe Bully Ray will be in charge next… again.

Woo!

Till then,

Dan Wilkinson

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

by DiVineDiablo

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The Jobber Blogger

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

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

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

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

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 TNA: SACRIFICE – 27/4/14

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

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

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

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

Be right back, off to put on my Joggers!

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

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

True fact.

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

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

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

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

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

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

This also means that I was right!

Jobber Blogger WIN

 Mr. Anderson vs. Samuel Shaw – Committed Match

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jobber Blogger WIN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jobber Blogger WIN

 James Storm vs. Gunner – I Quit Match

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

“THEY WERE ONCE LIKE BROTHERS!”

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

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

It’s Wrestling damn it!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Another great match.

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

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

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

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

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

Jobber Blogger WIN

Bully Ray vs. Bobby Roode – Tables Match

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

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

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

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Sums it up

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Magnus vs. Eric Young – World Heavyweight Championship

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Certainly exciting to see what happens going toward Slammiversary.

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

Of course that isn’t my call.

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

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

Till then,

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The Jobber Blogger #90 – TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 6/2/14

Jobber Blogger logo2Last week’s show from Glasgow got praise and negativity at the same time. This most likely because of a good crowd, a different look and I’m sure the debut of MVP played a part also. However looking back on it, nothing very exciting happened. Just your normal run of the mill matches and no great excitement on the Card front.

The same can be said for this week’s show, though the Ratings perked in the US in comparison to last week. Though this again will probably be spiked with the debut of MVP.

I can’t quite seem to find where I stand on all of these happenings. I believe CM Punk leaving the WWE is a work, it makes sense. If it’s not a work, then he comes across as a douche really, let’s be honest. Nor do I think his “Star Power” with the most deserving of quotation marks is really anything to go crazy over in the first place. Which of course leads to Sting. Things certainly look as if this time after many years, Sting is actually going to the WWE. Then there’s more information coming out from Jeff Jarrett and Toby Keith’s plan to buy TNA and instead just decided to make their own company… perhaps. I really don’t know what to believe anymore. And if these are a work… then they’re working.

I recently watched the AJ Styles – Shoot Interview “Leaving an Impact”. Though the trailers / previews certainly edited it in a way that seems rather more shocking, in actuality it’s very tame. AJ is nothing but supportive of TNA, and has the door open. Though you can make arguments for TNA offering him a lower contract, but they did eventually offer him what he asked for, and he rejected. But AJ said he wants to work the Indies again, and what other chance will he have to do so. I expect AJ will be back in TNA some point this year. I don’t buy this isn’t in some way planned.

But hey, that’s the beauty of Wrestling, and for years and years people knew what was going to happen, and for the best part, we still do. Thanks to the Dirt Sheets and certain predictability areas, but for these topics, we just don’t know. And that’s a good thing! Impact Wrestling LogoTNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 6/2/14

I guess, part of me isn’t excited watching TNA anymore. I enjoy it, sure, but I’m not getting that feeling where you witness something that makes you excited! That makes you go on YouTube and find that certain Entrance theme for that certain Star and listen to it on Repeat and have the sudden urge to buy merchandise. Not had that since AJ had his Return Match at Slammiversary last year.

Abyss vs. Eric Young – Monsters Ball

I did state that nothing was quite as exciting, but I can’t tell you how refreshing it was to start Impact without Promo’s. Without Dixie. Instead it’s EY and Abyss attacking each other in the back and the Match picks up from there. A creative and needed change to the format. Despite the fact we all know that next week, it’s all about Dixie starting the show most likely.

I am still confused on this front, Abyss didn’t seem to turn up for a long time. Then he did twice randomly. Then only when Park saw his own blood for a small amount of time. Now he’s Abyss all the time for no reason and blood isn’t involved. I don’t get it. Do I need to get it?

To be honest, yes. If you’re going to put effort into developing something, least stick to it, or make it work. Tie up the loose ends, have it make sense. Give more development. The first Monsters Ball did nothing to get Park to realise he was Abyss.

It is awesome having Abyss on Impact though, he is one of those guys you associate with TNA, his look and character is phenomenal and sorely missed.

The match though was as you would expect, rather tame when compared to others, but with enough meaty high spots to make you enjoy it! Thumbtacks made their appearance, though EY flipped over the Monster from the Second Rope and Power-Bombed him to the Canvas. Abyss punched EY whilst he was perched on the top rope which sent him flying off Through a Table set up on the floor.

The ending came when Abyss removed Janice, a Cricket Bat variation, clearly not getting the original through Customs. EY then after numerous attempts Unmasked the Monster, which led him to violently Blackhole Slam EY and take the win.

Abyss then looked at himself in a small broken bit of a mirror. I actually like the ending, though not sure where it’s going to lead. Obviously I don’t want him to lose the mask, it makes his character. But will be interesting. EY did a post match Interview backstage and said his goal was to unmask him, but has no idea what happens next.

MVP made his way to the ring, which officially marks his true Debut with TNA. I do find it funny that people always moan about TNA bringing in stars from other companies, but yet everyone is behind MVP’s character as an investor, despite the fact he’s just yet another made star from a different promotion.

I knew of MVP, watched a fair number of his matches, but he was never someone I got behind. However, he did impress me on this show. His mic skills are very good, he has a great confidence and charismatic approach whilst confronting the audience and other stars. His confidence in turn sells the angle, so it’s all good.

The flimsy story is a little… flimsy? He had a lot of money saved up, saw what Dixie had done to TNA and therefore he invested his savings to get himself in TNA to change it. No one in his position would do that. Especially considering how outspoken he used to be about going to TNA. But alas, Dixie’s recent actions, must be met with Consequences, and MVP is all about bringing about that Change.

Part of me is now a little tired of seeing this “Power Struggle” as the main and only storyline to determine TNA in over four years. Hogan and Bischoff take over, Sting as the GM, Dixie out of control, Dixie back in Control, Hogan as GM, Aces and Eights threaten Power, Dixie goes crazy takes control, MVP is now in to change that. Can’t we just do something new. All it says to me is that they’ve tried something and it didn’t work, so they try something else by blaming the one in charge at the time. I think it is clever that they’ve placed all of the bad decisions on Dixie’s head and she’s carrying that weight as a Heel. So it would be great to see TNA rise up. But I doubt it’s going to do anything or amount to anything. I really hope it does. But how many times have we hoped now?

Spud made his way to the ring to tell MVP that Dixie would like a meeting with him, and MVP then made a match between Magnus and Kurt Angle.

Curry Man danced with Christopher Daniels styled ass to the Ring (it’s a legit thing)

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After he finished Dancing, Bully Ray wheeled the Coffin out, stood in the ring, booted Curry Man in the face, delivered an impressive but scary looking Pile-Driver and threw him in the Coffin then left.

So I don’t know if I was supposed to believe Curry Man is in a match, or if he was supposed to be fighting Bully Ray, but it looked as if Curry Man danced his way to the ring purposely to be placed in a Coffin.

Though I did realise that Bully Ray and Curry Man have similarly pronounced names. Bully Man or Curry Ray, could be a good Team idea.

In a string of “walk to the rings” Austin Aries was next up, who of course received a huge reaction (because he’s awesome and TNR’s / Jobber Blogger’s two time reigning Wrestler of the Year). Aries decided to take this time to talk about Option C and how he intends to do it once more this year!

That’s when the Bromans came out and Bro’d their way down the Ramp, and I was actually pleasantly surprised by the next part, as I couldn’t piece together why they had turned up.

Zema Ion attacked Aries from behind with his X-Division Briefcase, then hit Aries over the head with it, covered him, but only got a Two-Count.

Zema looked good though, and then went on to miss his impressive looking Corkscrew from the Top Rope and Aries then dropped him with a Knee Breaker, threw him backwards over his head, Corner Drop Kicked the hell out of him and then finished him off with the Brain Buster to retain his Championship.

Awesome!

I am glad TNA lifted the “Money in the Bank” Concept, it’s a good idea. And the Feast or Fired stipulation adds extra coolness to the concept.

Trying to Write this down really shows you how much “stuff” was in this show, and not enough Wrestling. Though something that pleased my rant from last week was in the show, where Christy Hemme had a talk with Sam Shaw about his weird Shrine Room (with the same pictures multiple times I might add). Christy saw the segment, and decided it’s creepy and only wants their “relationship” to be professional. Which is kind of ironic, given that a Camera Man was stood in his secret room.

I think it would have been better if Shaw went into the Room and the Camera Man tried to get a sneak peak, leading to Shaw beating him down violently. Or if the Camera Man sent like a lighting dude with his Smart Phone to sneak into the room, and then proceeded to get beaten down violently when Shaw caught him. But whatever.

The stupid part is that Christy must have seen his Violent Drawings, threatening the Waiter, Beating up that guy backstage (who was on this show and fine). You know, and that didn’t bother her about this weird guy she liked… but the shrine put her off.

Kurt Angle vs. Magnus

The first booking from MVP, and it’s designed to get Angle out of the ring. He’s supposed to be pretty banged up and not happy currently. Though to be fair, he wants to leave TNA, so screw him.

There wasn’t really a match here, they just did a few moves, Angle caught Magnus in the Ankle Lock then EC3 turned up and attacked him.

EC3 then went to town on Angle’s knee with a Chair, and submission locks, leaving Angle to be carried out on a Stretcher.

Though apparently Angle does a run in next week or something, so the whole idea was for nothing, as it’s supposed to get Kurt out of Wrestling to heal up. Given the length EC3 went to, to sell Kurt’s injury / absence, I would have to agree him showing up again seems a little stupid.

In what was probably the best and easily the funniest part of Impact this week. Chris Sabin had set up this backstage “date” room thing where apparently he and Velvet shared their first kiss some years ago.

Velvet eventually turned up, and a little unsure why the Camera crew were filming. Sabin told her about last week was a turning point for him, and how he sees what he did wrong, and now a Veil has been lifted.

He gets down on one knee and removes a Ring Box presenting it to Velvet, asking her “Will you?”. A teary eyed Velvet opened the box to find it empty, and Sabin continued “Will you just get the hell out of my life!?”

We all knew it was coming, but it was still rather hilarious.

Though Sabin challenged Velvet to a match next week, so… that will be weird.

Bobby Roode vs. Samoa Joe – Number One Contendership – World Heavyweight Title Shot

So this marks the Second match on the card, adding in a possible two others. One which was short and just to sell a run-in from EC3. The other short, but awesome spontaneous title defence.

Earlier in the night Bobby brought a Contract for he and Magnus at Lockdown for the World Championship to Dixie, but given Joe’s recent Number One Contender win, and MVP turning up, she couldn’t commit. Instead, she made this match between he and Joe.

It is a little annoying how winning anything now, actually doesn’t mean you earn what you won. Like Gunner with his Briefcase which he keeps having to defend. And Joe with his Number One Contender Win.

I am glad Joe is back on a Rampage, though I feel he’s not quite found his “Spark” back as he once had it. Roode on the other hand is pure awesome.

Least Impact had a great Main Event, though I made little notes on what happened during the match, I would encourage all to watch it. It’s not “put a star next to it Match of the Year contender” but it was still a great match.

Joe dropped Roode with the Muscle Buster and then got a Submission Victory with his Choke Hold keeping his position as the Number One Contender.

It does bother me though that Roode is looked at as a Looser now. Dixie even said “It’s not like you won your last match!” with regard to Roode being in the Main Event. And that annoys me because he lost to Kurt Angle in a Cage Match (with a close finish), after having a Winning streak in general, and especially over Kurt Angle for Months and Months. Stupid Heel Face rules and BS.

Impact closed the show with Dixie and MVP having a Summit in the middle of the Ring. Which would perhaps have been better if we didn’t get MVP talking earlier on in the night, followed by Dixie having numerous scenes backstage talking with Spud, to then Dixie and MVP talking backstage about coming out and talking about the future of TNA, in front of the World.

They could have just done it as a Headline to the show “Still to come!” etc.

And like anything TNA usually try and build up, it did nothing. The Future of TNA, which was Dixie blabbing on about Magnus and how people should follow her to Success. Then MVP saying “You are the Problem” and that they Agree to Disagree, he is bringing the Change, and her Running TNA as she wants to, “Is Over!”.

So it’s a good thing to move it forward… but it actually told us nothing… and did nothing. A little empty for a Finish I found, something to grab on to for next week would have been a much more exciting finish.

Still, not a bad show, I hope TNA are moving in a good direction, I really hope AJ, Hardy, Sting, Jarrett actually all play a part in MVP’s Change, but who knows?

Till then!

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The Jobber Blogger #88 – TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – GENESIS: PART TWO – 23/1/14

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The Jobber Blogger comes Whizzing in at 88mph like Marty McFly… only without purpose and motive. To think I’ve managed to whittle on for 88 issues just boggles my mind like those fish with the big eyes. Or boglins.

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Why don’t we have crazy weird toys anymore, aside from my Marvel Mega Bloks collection (damn you Disney!) I feel strangely non-motivated to collect other types of useless tat. I like useless tat, and believe it or not I will spend good money on it. It’s like anyone whom reads this, spending useless amounts of their time reading my useless tat of a Wrestling Based article!

What isn’t useless tat though is this week’s Impact – the aptly named “Genesis – Part 2” where God thought to himself, Damn, better try harder next time, something about the world being created, a big bang or Mosses. Or combine them all to have Mosses taking the role of Adam and Eve and sailing by himself performing unsanitary acts to himself on a boat before he drowns horribly.

Yup… nothing sets up the following report like a controversial religious slur….. Wrestling!

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Moving swiftly on from last week’s epiphany of eating Sultanas to Write my blog, I tried the same this week only to bite myself, so I suggest everyone reframe from doing so. They should be labelled with a health warning. Once I’m done talking about Wrestling I will be off to Write a Stern Letter to Tesco!

Impact kicked off with Dixie, Spud, Magnus and Dixie’s Lawyer – Creed. Whom fits two roles from The Office U.S, obviously having the name “Creed” and looking surprisingly similar to James Spader.

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This “new investor” Storyline has been kicked up quite a notch, after only being mentioned last week, to having him buying a great deal of shares to be able to sway the company. The nice little nod was to his intentions being “Wrestling Operations”. Which to me is a clear sign that TNA want to move the company back to the Wrestling greatness they once had. But this Investor is already calling the shots and setting up a “Hostile Takeover” – correct me if I’m wrong, but I didn’t think you could buy shares of a Company and then actually control it. I might invest my pennies wisely this month… probably in Tesco and add that Health Warning on the damn sultanas!

Of course I’m still eating them! What else would you have me do?

Magnus, Spud and EC3 made their way to the ring where I can quite honestly say Magnus impressed me on the mic. He’s never been a great talker, but this whole Heel Champion run even if it’s early days, is something he seems to be running with really well. Magnus’ main gripe was about Sting being a “man” and putting his career on the line for one more shot at the World Championship, but with this Investor in place, he managed to gain Sting an advantage by having someone in his corner.

Sting obviously confronts Magnus, a whole load of “I’m a Man” crap and Sell-out rubbish is thrown around, the biggest aspect is that the Crowd have adopted the “Paper Champion” name for Magnus, interesting to see how his home crowd reacts this week, I would cheer…. Personally speaking.

Everything breaks down in a fight, it is Wrestling after all, and we find out Samoa Joe is going to be in Sting’s corner in his Championship match.

Gunner vs. James Storm – #1 Contender Brief Case

It seems the way to win this match is to just get the case and hug it. Taz made reference to it being like “American Football” which if I dig out my old rant Banner – Hugging the case fits perfectly with that idea.

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I actually expected the crowd to be more into this than they were, quite early on Gunner hit a Top Rope Fall-Away Slam on Storm which didn’t seem to draw much reaction. Storm got more of a response from pulling off a Top Rope Hurricanrana, which took me by surprise, like everyone else.

The ending came with Storm grabbing the Brief Case but Gunner got Storm in an Electric Chair so Gunner elevating Storm to his Shoulders sort of acted like an easier way for Storm to get the case, but then Gunner dropped him backwards with Storm dropping the case. They both did a little crawl on each other type of thing before Gunner just head butted the Cowboy and hugged the Case like his favourite Winnie the Pooh Bear.

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I don’t think I was on my own thinking that this would be the match where Storm turns Heel. But alas, it’s not yet to be. I am somewhat glad Gunner kept the Case, I still think he could do with a little extra before he’s truly “ready” as a Character. I noticed he had a bit of an intro to his music now, though his music still sucks. I like his attire and ring jacket, I just think some crazy camouflage “War-Paint” would be rather cool, let him be scary and intense. Hell, try and get him over like a Soldier type of Ultimate Warrior.

Austin Aries vs. Chris Sabin – X-Division Championship – Velvet in a Cage

While I still don’t get what putting Velvet in a cage proves, surely she could have shown her independence and thus Sabin show his, and her not get involved by I don’t know… not going to the ring with him. But whatever, gimmicks be gimmicks.

What was nice and also terrible at the same time was Velvet’s “Impact 365” where she received a Present from Sabin. What stood out to me was her looking normal, she looks far better without the overdone make-up and trampy clothes. But hey, it’s her career. She decided to do an “Un-boxing” of her present for all of her fans. And within this box was a Teddy Bear (Which we never saw), a Gift Bag (which we never saw) and a Lead Pipe. Did it bug anyone else knowing that all of these items surely couldn’t fit into this one box. That aside, Velvet didn’t seem to know what to do with the Pipe, no that’s not a euphemism.

Velvet brought this big “not cute looking” gift-bag into the Cage with her. Now given the stipulation of this match, and should I be any type of competent official, I might have wanted to know what was in this giant blue bag, given that they check knee pads an all.

The match was good though, and for anyone whom would even Argue that Austin Aries isn’t the best Wrestler going today, then this Match was packed full with proof that he is.

I am actually rather glad that Velvet being locked in a Cage didn’t play more on the match than it did, for Sabin and Aries are capable of putting on a great match, and last year we saw them both steal the show many times. Though it did have a hindrance on the ending, as Sabin went to get the Bag from Velvet, he found within it a Teddy Bear. I might have even been Gunners?

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Still, Aries proceeded to push the bear helplessly down the front of his trunks, an act I found far more offensive than the Christy Hemme stunt. One corner drop-kick and Brain Buster later, Aries won back the X-Division Gold.

I guess at the end of the day, Aries didn’t win cleanly either with Sabin himself being distracted by Velvet… so I’m sure we’ve not seen the last of this. And maybe next time she will just stay out of the match for everyone’s benefit.

The Wolves had their first Promo this week in the shape of a Video Promo. I can’t tell you how excited I am to see these guys in action. I’ve heard good things and having a Tag-Team debut in TNA has been long over-due. I said it in my “Best of TNA” Article that I want a great Tag-Team Division built this year, and in January we have one of the most talked about teams from the Indie Scene come to TNA.

They are heavily linked with this “Investor” Storyline last week saying that they aren’t here for a TNA Try-out match like Dixie thought, but they have been signed by this outside investor. Again, I didn’t know you could do that through Shares? Still, this mystery investor is said to be revealed this week in Glasgow Scotland. The current rumours are its MVP – I hope not, because he sucks. His own self encouraged chant was “Boring”. It could have been Ball-in… but as there was no Ball I decided to go with what just made more sense, and how I was currently feeling.

Bobby Roode vs. Kurt Angle – Steel Cage Match

Still seems a little silly Kurt needs to be Roode to get into the TNA Hall of Fame. But hey, that’s the stipulation, given that this is going to be seen as Angle’s great victory, it sort of over shadows the last how many times Roode won?

However that isn’t the worst part, Roode seemed to be in a self-mocking mood also as he wore this horrible 90’s (I can’t afford a trench coat) monstrosity to the ring.

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I get that it’s Wrestling attire, but it looks so awful if it’s not attire or in the least bit stylish. He just looks like he’s come straight to the ring from a quick visit with the nearest Gimp.

Which quite nicely fits with another bad idea I had forgotten about. Kurt Angle has a tattoo! I had totally forgotten about that, though Ten Years ago it looked bad, now it looks like a Dirty Smudge on his Shoulder, like he’s been Wrestling Hardy and his face paint rubbed off.

Angle Tattoo

With all my joking aside, this match was a joy to watch. These days when you get a Cage Match they are usually a disappointment. Over the years they’ve been built up with these huge high spots and obviously not every match is going to have them. Though Hardy and Magnus in Dixie Land was also very good.  But Roode and Angle not only had a match I felt worthy of putting a Scribble next to, to remind myself in almost a year’s time when I write this year’s Best of TNA. But they put on one of the best Cage Matches over the last few years. Which is also great but this match now cements Genesis as having one of those “Must See Matches” like last year’s Triple Threat Main Event.

Angle climbed to the top of Cage after being egged on by the fans and performed his infamous Moonsault. Sure Roode moved out of the way and Angle had a nice bounce upon his landing. To be fair over the years when Angle has done that move before,  and his opponent didn’t move, he barely landed on them anyway. Roode was crawling out of the ring when Angle pulled him back in at the last second.

Roode hit his “Roode Bomb” which still irritates me as a name, for Kurt to kick out. What was more surprising was the awesome Angle Slam from the Top Rope which Roode kicked out off to yet another “flat reaction” from the crowd.

In the end Angle made his way up to the top of the Cage and when Roode realized he crawled his way out of the door, this ended up in a race to the Bottom which Angle won by falling the remaining distance.

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The Bromans with DJ Zema Ion cut a Promo – or better yet, a Bro-Mo. Which I actually found rather funny, they are becoming the best tag team in TNA, specially as Bad Influence have just been doing run-ins rather than anything themselves. Apparently EY and Park have a Title Match with them scheduled for next week. Not sure why, but they do. So EY headed down to the ring to get beaten up when Abyss joined the fight. The interesting note is that Abyss throttled EY till EY convinced him to let go. I like the idea of EY “unleashing the monster” and then not being able to control him. I still think EY should actually become a Mad Scientist, with his attire and gimmick.

I have no idea why Abyss showed up, nothing happened to make Park fully change… it’s all a little bit confusing.

Spud vs. Samoa Joe

With Samoa Joe being picked by Sting to be in his corner, Dixie put him in a Match against Spud. This marks the first singles Match Spud has had in TNA since they were last in the UK. Not to mention his first Singles Match on Impact in the US.

EC3 gave Spud a great pep talk backstage calling him “The British Dream” another idea I hope they run with. It ended with Spud roaring like a lion trying to get himself fired up.

Spud easily steals every backstage segment and almost every segment he is in. With Dixie saying he shouldn’t worry about facing Joe, as Spud won the British Boot-Camp he quickly added “yeah, by beating two girls!” which at once was highly amusing and a good slap in the face to Party Marty Scurll.

In terms of good promos though, Joe is one of the best, and tonight that was no different, coming at Spud with a fierce intent. The match was over as quickly as it started with Spud getting a few moves but over all Joe dominating the match. Muscle Buster straight to Submission Victory.

Sting (w/ Samoa Joe) vs. Magnus – No DQ – World Heavyweight Championship vs. Contract

Sting and Magnus had a little back and forth, but obviously the main part of the match didn’t kick off until Dixie showed up with EC3. Then it was an all out war between Sting, Joe and Magnus, EC3, Spud, Bad Influence, Zema Ion and Bobby Roode.

Clearly this was the match that got peoples interest as Genesis Part Two had the highest TV Ratings Impact  has had in over a year.

Sting battled on, but at every turn he was met with another obstacle. Until of course Magnus dropped him with the Driver and Dixie forced Earl Hebner to count the three.

Magnus held his Championship up high and tore Sting’s contract up in front of him.

I suppose the big question is what happens now, clearly this Investor Story is going to bring Sting back, and Jeff Hardy, and probably, let’s be honest, AJ Styles.

Now this could turn out to be Jeff Jarrett and his new promotion, or linked to it, with this Investor changing things in TNA and pulling power away from Dixie. Or Jeff Jarrett could have literally left the company.

Who knows.

What I do know though is that it’s exciting. Even if it is MVP revealed next week, I look forward to where this Story is going, the aftermath of Sting “leaving” TNA and the Wolves’ in-ring debut.

For us lucky enough to live in the UK – Challenge will Air this week’s Impact from Glasgow LIVE as it happens, before anywhere else!

So tune in!

Till Then,

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

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

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

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

WRESTLING!

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TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 9/1/13

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Samoa Joe vs. Ethan Carter the third

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

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

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

Joe was then advised by medicals to leave the arena.

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

Kurt Angle vs. Bad Influence – Steel Cage Match

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

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

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

my name is kurt angle

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

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

Bobby Roode vs. Sting – Steel Cage Match

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sting vs. Ethan Carter the third

Madison Rayne vs. Gail Kim – Knockouts Championship

Mr. Anderson vs. Bully Ray

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Till then, we’ve got Genesis next week!

Dan Wilkinson.

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

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

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

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

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

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

PPVS a year

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

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

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

On the Road

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best Newcomer - ROCKSTAR SPUD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best Return - AJ STYLES

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

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

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

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

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

ppv nom

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

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

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

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

PPV of the year - Turning Point

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

knockout nom

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

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

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

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

Knockout of the year - Gail Kim

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

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

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

tagteam nom

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

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

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

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

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

Tag-Team of the year - Bad Influence

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

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

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

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

match nom

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

But Match of the Year was a tough one.

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

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

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

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

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

AriesvsSting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

wrestler of the year nom

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

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

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

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

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

Wrestler of the Year - Aries

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dan Wilkinson

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