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THE JOBBER BLOGGER #126 – TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 24/9/14

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I think this is the first Jobber Blogger in some time that has been late, but guess what people, I’ve been busy! So it does happen.

I myself only managed to watch Impact last night, and though I did think about attempting the second “Watch and Write” issue, I just wanted to take it easy and relax!

Probably a good choice, as it has calmed my initial rage from watching Impact, but the more I think about it, the more it’s coming back! Isn’t that exciting!? Yes it is!

Impact Wrestling LogoTNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 24/9/14

bluelineSo TNA is Total Nonstop Mess right about now. Everything is in crazy land, I don’t know if everyone who reads this is aware, but I shall let you in on what is happening without spoiling anything.

TNA have changed the landscape drastically, yes this concerns all of their Championships, the reason because they don’t have many guys left on Contract, least not a long term contract. Long term being any point to Summer of 2015, which is only a short window as it is.

So they have put the belts on those who are sticking around till at least then, which gives them some wiggle room should people decided to leave TNA rather than do the Pay-By-Appearance method.

I get it, current problems, no TV deal, everything is up in the air. But what this means, is that come Bound for Glory – most of the people you want to watch on the Show, and the matches with the Belts to be defended, yup, that won’t be happening.

Apparently the Japanese audience will be greatly offended and confused should they turn up to Bound for Glory without knowing what’s happened and everything won’t make sense.

TNA have ramped up their TV Tapings to cover to the end of the year I believe, or least will do by the time they get to Bound for Glory. Which means the BIGGEST PPV of the Year, the first time it’s taking place out of the United States, will feature no big matches, no big championship matches and be completely out of sync to what you watched on Television.

Which does beg the question – what’s the point.

This will be like a Special PPV or a “One night Only” TNA in Japan PPV rather than Bound for Glory.

I think they have announced some titles will be defended, I didn’t read, I don’t want to know the spoilers.

This brings us to the bigger problem, 2 Months worth of Impact Tapings packed with “Filler” moments and mainly Video Packages.

Which makes this week’s Impact the first of many to come, and I hereby announce it the start of TNF – Total Nonstop Filler.

I suddenly miss Hogan.

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MVP vs. Low Ki

“Kurt Angle” had this great idea of a Gold Rush tournament. Now, I actually like the idea, I don’t like how it was tacked on.

It’s a shame this week’s Episode felt like a Televised House Show, because the Matches were actually excellent.

What I didn’t like was sitting through Video Packages of Last Week, then a stupidly long Video of MVP, then MVP taking a full length entrance, plus a Promo.

Low Ki then got his entrance, then a Video Package of Low Ki – yes the same one we saw recently. Then the match, which took 7 mins to get to.

If I wasn’t a committed TNA fan, I would have turned it off by now.

On the plus side, we had MVP vs. Low Ki. I don’t dislike MVP but I certainly don’t see this “massive potential” in the guy either. I think next to Low Ki he quickly looks a bit basic.

What I did like was MVP challenging Low Ki to the chops, which he delivered, to the point of actually making his Chest Bleed.

Low Ki had an impressive outing but MVP got the win with his “Drive By” kick.

Despite what I might have just said about the two guys, I do think MVP taking the win is the right call.

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Robbie E vs. Tajiri

Robbie E had one of the very few backstage segments this week as he bragged out “dating” Velvet Sky and then being on the Amazing Race with Brooke, who we haven’t seen in Months, who he really is Dating. So I hope Brooke comes back and they let her and Robbie be an on air couple, I’m guessing the Amazing Race is a big deal? I don’t even know what it is.

I like Robbie E, I like him a lot, always have. I think he’s good at playing the joker, but he’s actually a very talented Wrestler and entertainer, so i was pleased to see him hold his own against Tajiri.

I also take back what I said about Tajiri, guy is impressive and very much on point. I can’t seem to take him seriously though. I almost look at him as if he’s not a real Wrestler, but I do think that’s because he was portrayed badly in the WWE for so many years.

Tajiri hit the Mist to the face of Robbie E and followed it up with a nice kick to the head for the Win.

Doubt Tajiri is sticking around much after BFG, but I’d like to see The Bromans be used a lot more, they are sticking around and they are good Talents.

bluelineAustin Aries vs. Knux

This was a match I didn’t expect to be going into my Match of the Year nominees. But hey, a Wrestling match is about great Wrestling, great crowd interaction and to mix them both together, you create the magic that is – emotion.

Aries and Knux put on a great showing and I don’t think I’ve ever seen Knux perform the way he did when he was against Aries. I think Knux is due some screen time, as is The Menagerie, I do like them and I freakin love Crazy Steve!

Aries muscled Knux up and dropped him with the Brain Buster for the win , so seriously, if you didn’t watch this match, watch this match!

It’s just yet another example that Austin Aries is the absolute best, no matter who he works with, you’re getting something special. He is literally as Legit as they come – and that’s why people love him. As long as he’s on the Payroll – he should be in the Main Events – that simple.

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bluelineMagnus vs. Mr. Anderson

After dragging Magnus through some crap he didn’t need, it finally felt like Magnus was back to his “old self” again.

Though I do think he’s maybe a little dull at times.

Which means on the flip side – Anderson is far from Dull, if only at times lacking motivation, or least comes across that way.

Anderson is a guy who has great potential, he just needs support and a platform to do what he does best, and that’s be himself.

When he came back and had issues with Bully and Dixie – that felt exciting, the start of something new! But it didn’t last, they didn’t build it. I fully believe Anderson could be the key to something quite different, or if not vastly “different” from what we’ve seen, he certainly could be the key to something sorely lacking.

Another good solid match which saw a rather good counter into the Mic Check – which I still think is a naff move.

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bluelineAbyss vs. Samuel Shaw

Abyss is finally looking better. I’m not a big fan of his new attire and mask, the Coat is alright, but now he’s hair come back a bit longer and he’s got a good beard going on – it suits the look.

I didn’t really get into his newer Theme Song – but thinking about it, that Theme might suit this current look better than his traditional one.

I’m just hoping Abyss gets another revamp and used stronger. I think it’s the same comment for most of the Roster – So much potential, just never used.

I like the pairing between Abyss and Shaw and that might even unfold in a good development down the line (hopefully).

Shaw managed to hit in a sneaky Chair Shot but fell victim to the Blackhole Slam right away and Abyss took the win.Abyss Phone blueline

Austin Aries vs. MVP vs. Tajiri vs. Abyss vs. Mr. Anderson

This feels like a Filler Jobber Blogger. Again, it’s not like this was a “BAD” show, it had some awesome matches. It just lacked the atmosphere and planning, it felt rushed and “it’ll do” to fill a week.

I honestly hope that they don’t do this for every week from now till January.

If they had put a little more into this show and produced it better it would have been fantastic with these matches that really bounced out at you.

It just didn’t take off as a show, the crowd seemed to have thinned out toward the end, which I’m not means they taped the matches at different shows, or literally people just left.

But as someone who has sat through multiple TV Tapings, it does wear a little thin.

It just felt like a house show.

Not much more to say about this match, I think if this was promoted a little better and produced a lot better, the tournament would have been really engaging.

I love tournaments.

Least it all ended in a great outcome- Austin Aries.

Aries takes the Win of this Gold Rush tournament and then next week he gets to chose what Title he wants to Challenge for.

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Also in the show they filled it out with a Ladder match recap, a billed World Title Fall out which was the exact same Video Package they ran at the top of the show that just highlighted the main event. So it wasn’t a fall out, it was a clip reel.

To say this was the very last show of their “amazing” Summer in the City, why didn’t they run Video Packages of all the awesome moments that took place during the tapings in New York.

Dixie going through a Table, the World title matches, the Tag-Team Championship Series, Chris Malendez, Havok, lots and lots of material that could have made the show feel more meaningful.

Next week we finally get a new setting as TNA goes back to Pennsylvania.

Honestly, I miss the Impact Zone, I miss the stage, I miss the fireworks, I miss the production level.

Sure it was filled with Holiday goers and old people who obviously took a wrong turn, but it was special, it was “impactful”, it was TNA.

To think nearly 4 years ago TNA was about to explode, and it did for a short time. Since then it’s been going downhill, and now 4 years later, it seems to be falling apart.

Long Live TNA!

Here’s to a Revival in 2015!

Till then!

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The Jobber Blogger #121 – TNA: HARDCORE JUSTICE – 20/8/14

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We’re getting intimate in this issue, it’s you and I reader, 1 2 1.

Or in other terms, it’s issue #121, but who cares? I like to be tantalising.

Speaking of things being Tantalising, what a mess TNA is in huh?

Bully Ray wants out because TNA just can’t negotiate his contract, and he’s said to not be the only one. With TNA’s TV Negotiations with Spike being up in the air, they can’t even think about re-signing any of their bigger named stars.

So that leaves us where?

TNA has brought back the Six Sided ring and done their best to push the product, but it’s not sticking.

Jeff Jarrett left, AJ Styles has gone, Bad Influence has gone, Chris Sabin has gone, Sting has gone, Hogan, Bully Ray claims to be leaving, Kurt Angle wants out. Tons of backstage personnel have left.

Spike TV is currently cancelling Impact.

Awesome.

Not to mention there is a major concern with Bound for Glory this year as it takes place in Tokyo, apparently the event isn’t even being plugged.

It will be a big arena.. with no one in it. Least the Japanese audience have the reputation of being “silent” so hey, it might not be noticeable. That’s called looking at the glass half full folks!

tnajapanAnother dumb thing TNA have done is the Hall of Fame. A company that hasn’t been around more than 15 years has its own Hall of Fame. It’s blatantly and painfully obvious they just want to induct those the WWE will no doubt induct down the line. Hey, its their money right?

But after 2014 is all and done with, what will TNA’s Elite Hall of Fame look like?

tnahalloffameThe very people that should be in a TNA Hall of Fame are still actively in their prime, and also don’t work for the company.

Whatever it is, TNA just doesn’t work. It’s as simple as that, it just feels like it’s a matter of time. They’re pushing it out there, and it’s just slipping through their fingers, one day, in a year or more, sooner or later, TNA will eventually close its doors at this rate.

The ironic thing is the guy who loved TNA more than anyone else, wasn’t allowed to have control, so he left, being Jarrett. That set off a string, with the likes of AJ Styles most importantly wanting out.

Now here we are, Bully Ray being the top guy, a Locker-room leader, talking high praise of TNA, rallying up the guys in the back, letting them know TNA is a secure place to work. Now he wants out too.

I thought Jarrett was storyline, I thought AJ would be storyline, now Bully seems to be storyline, but I’m sure that’s because they need an exit strategy.

It’s called Dixie Carter, who will be the death of TNA – but more on that later.

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bluelineTNA: HARDCORE JUSTICE – 20/8/14

Yes, it was the return of Hardcore Justice! Which didn’t feel like a PPV, but they’re not supposed to anymore. What is an interesting fact, is that Tommy Dreamer, Rhino, Al Snow, Bully Ray and Devon all Hardcore guys, all from ECW, all in New York, on a show All About Hardcore! And none of them had a match. So that was nice. bluelineBram vs. Abyss – Stairway to Janice

You know, in a lot of ways, Abyss sucks these days. He’s kind of the same, he is capable of being the same, but he just doesn’t feel the same. He doesn’t feel like that force, and if I’m honest, he just doesn’t look like it.

I hope his current “thing” leads to him getting back to where he was. I’m not a fan of his new attire at all, and I wasn’t that keen on his old one. I miss the Denim Shirt look.

abyssthroughtheyearsOn the plus side it does seem like he is growing his hair back, so I guess Joseph Park is all wrapped up and done with. It was a good idea, it just didn’t really go anywhere, but yes, as I’ve said many times, that is TNA’s writing in a nut shell – good ideas, poor execution.

Which means the interesting dynamic is Bram. He’s like a more legit Abyss these days. He’s new, he’s arguably more intense. I hope he actually likes these kinds of matches, and they haven’t just booked him in them. Because if he genuinely likes the Hardcore style, then that’s awesome, because he’s very good at it.

With the build up to this match, I actually thought TNA might go real old school and bring out Barbed Wire Massacre, but thankfully they didn’t, because those were pretty damn brutal to watch.

Although the Stairway to Janice is a little bit of a dumb idea, and Abyss much like Mick Foley is always at the hands of his own weapons. So it would be nice if Abyss got to “stretch” a little. Though he did hit Joe with it not so long ago. I think that was Abyss? I honestly don’t remember anymore.

Bram dived through a Barbed Wire board, Abyss was tipped off a Ladder into the other, Bram took a Black Hole Slam onto the Tacks, but in the end Bram with Janice, once again took the win.

Realistically this should mean it’s over and done with, Bram wins. Which in my head says Abyss needs to go crazy. And then it’s done and better. Yes…

Bram and Magnus had an interesting little meet up backstage with Magnus looking at Bram as the bigger star. So they’re probably going to collide at some point. But currently with Bram being as dominant as he is, what chance does Magnus have? A Body Warmer? Really?! bluelineEC3, Spud and Rhino

This is something I wasn’t expecting to take away from this week’s show, and it’s called “I actually quite like EC3″.

ec3likeWhen did this happen?

I did however like it when MVP, Lashley and King beat him up in the back, but this very segment was the typical nerve grinding trash that annoys me, and I think I swung the wrong way to what they wanted.

On a side note, Spud’s hair cut is just getting ridiculously bad….

It could be worse, he could pour a bucket of Ice Water over his head. Because that’s a thing now.

Hey Ho! It’s gone Viral! But Hey Ho! Everyone’s lost track of the point of it, and they’re just pouring water over themselves… such is life, such is the internet, such are idiots.

Full God Damn Stop!

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EC3 passed the Blame for Dixie going through a Table right onto Rhino’s soldiers. And sure, it’s the whole Storyline thing again, but really, wasn’t Rhino Hired for the sole purpose, of not letting that happen. So EC3 isn’t exactly Wrong.

I’ve suddenly found a Reason to dislike Rhino, because EC3 blamed him, he then went all Brock Lesnar type of High Pitch squeally talking about Ethan’s Ass.

Also something about Dirt Porn?

rhinodirtpornCould have meant Dirt Poor, but my mind only works a certain way, and if that way is funnier, I’m going with it.

Then Mr. Crappy Hardcore got his Ass kicked by EC3, and I liked it! I enjoyed Ethan kicking the crap out of Rhino, and even pushing Spud to the floor. So if that was your intention, well done. Also I guess this means EC3 and Rhino will have a match, and then once again, Rhino will get fired.

Because that’s how he rolls…. not literally…. but also,……. literally.

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bluelineLow Ki vs. Samoa Joe – X-Division Championship

I guess it’s no secret, I’m not really that wild about Samoa Joe.

I like him, I’m glad he’s still around, I just don’t know where to place him. I’d happily have put him in a strong “TV / Global” Championship run. But he doesn’t quite fit the bill for the main events anymore. And I mean in the best of ways.

When Joe debuted, he was intimidating to watch, let alone think about being in the ring with him. He doesn’t command that presence anymore, but his reputation has stuck with him.

However, against Low Ki, in New York, as the new X-Division Championship, I’m glad to say, this is the first time I’ve seen that Joe, in a long time.

When he took the brunt of the chop and kick onslaught from Low Ki, then built up steam from mid ring to connect with his Forearm to the head. That moment when Joe turns around all fired up and the crowd are going nuts for him, That, right there, is Samoa Joe, and it’s freaking cool!

This was the X-Division of old, it’s not just about being a High Flyer, it’s about the competition, the competative nature, and Joe showed that, as did Low Ki in spades. This was the most competitive and exciting X-Division Match since Austin Aries’ original run the Championship in 2012.

As I said, this is supposed to mark a new re-birth of the X-Division, and Joe fits the bill better than anyone else right now to carry that torch. For that reason alone, despite how awesome Low Ki is, we all knew Joe wasn’t going to lose that belt.

A Short Muscle Buster later, and Joe picked up the win.

But in terms of the matches and the style that built TNA Wrestling, this was it. It’s just a shame a lot of the top stars and pioneers aren’t around to join in.

That doesn’t stop Samoa Joe vs. Low Ki from going into the Match of the Year Nominations though.

Because it was that good!

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bluelineMr. Anderson vs. Samuel Shaw – I Quit

A bit of a random match to throw out there. It almost feels like Anderson and Shaw weren’t quite at the right point to have a match of this brutality again.

There really isn’t all that much you can say about the match either. But currenty, Anderson is still maintaining that level of what makes him cool. His new Anti-smoking program hits home too, so all is good.

Gunner came out to watch over the match, but in the end it was a nasty Arm-Bar that caused Shaw to Quit.

I’m struggling to find vast amounts of interest in this storyline anymore.

bluelineThe Hardyz and Team 3D tossed around this “idea” of chasing the TNA World Tag-Team Championships. Which of course involves The Wolves. Now really, this is old news. Despite it being just announced on Television, TNA themselves announced it a few weeks back, but what I didn’t know, was why I love this idea so much!

It’s not just The Hardyz vs. Team 3D vs The Wolves.

It’s a freakin best of x2 Series. Shame it’s not 3, but the 3 teams involved give it that much needed wiggle room.

The first Team to win x2 Matches, win the Belts. Each match gets a new Stipulation, so we’re going to have this series run for a little while, and no doubt the deciding match will be Full Metal Mayhem. Probably Bound for Glory.

Also awesome on Matt sticking around for the foreseeable future, that’s a boost!

bluelineOne of the other top promoted segments on this week’s show was Mike Tenays interview with Dixie Carter.

As I said last week, how the hell are we supposed to move on from Dixie’s “reign of terror” when she’s still part of the show.

Not only is she part of the show, but she’s coming back when she’s “healed”.

Now I love the fact they made her heel, against AJ Styles, that was perfect. Great timing. It started to run a little thin after AJ and Sting were “fired”.

I like the idea of putting Dixie front and centre of being the “problem” of TNA, and that gives people a source rather than just knowing the people behind the scenes are messing it up.

Which means this, no matter whose fault it is, Dixie on TV, doesn’t work. People hate it. People don’t want to watch it, people don’t want this in their Wrestling show, people don’t like seeing Dixie Carter, and more importantly, People Don’t Care About This Wrestling Storyline! To the point that TNA’s big Dixie vs. Bully – Tables lark, drew the lowest ratings, every single week. No one cares. Putting Dixie through a Table, that was cool, good moment, but that should have been it. It was finished. Now rather than it being the End, it’s back to being a New Beginning.

Who working at TNA has this constant plan for Dixie to be a Television Character. It was fundamental in Jeff Jarrett leaving, because he didn’t want Dixie on TV anymore. Yet despite the “All important Ratings” and despite how many don’t like it, they are still doing it. Stop!

Let it go.

I’m not saying never have her on TV agian, but for the love of anything fluffy and stained, let it breathe.

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bluelineAngelina Love (w/Velvet Sky) vs. Gail Kim – Last Knockout Standing – Knockouts Championship

Is it bad that the pre-taped attacked from Angelina to Gail from “last week” looked as though it was filmed prior to this match… given that they were wearing the same attire as this week, rather than last.

Picky I know, but don’t BS me, least put some effort into it.

What makes it worse is this whole “Angelina doesn’t deserve a title shot” crap. Frickin’ hate it when Face GM’s and Heel GM’s bend the rules due to the good and bad guys. If there is a Wrestling rule, just stick to it. Even if it’s a sucky run of mill screw job, just stick to the contractual rematch clause. It doesn’t dissapear because “she’s been bad!”

Winds me up!

Angelina LoveShe isn’t capable of being bad! Look at that smile! =D

Guess what? The match was awesome, once again the Knockouts showing why they are credible, and once again the New York fans respecting it. I like that.

The Knockouts rule!

Though my biased love of Angelina Love makes me sad she didn’t win, and after a lovely Botox Injection into a Steel Chair connecting with Gail, I thought she might actually do it.

But alas not.

I hoped for a run – in aid from someone unexepected to then align themselves with The Beautiful People, but that didn’t happen either.

In the end, Gail managed to defeat Angelina and Velvet, who was active through-out the match, and the closing moments were this horrible looking back slam / fall, Gail delivered to Angelina onto a chair.

Unlike most moves “onto a chair” Angelina fully landed on the chair, and it looked dangerously close to Gail getting her Arm trapped under her. Thank fully everyone seems fine!

Awesome match!

But poor Angelina =(

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bluelineAustin Aries vs. Eric Young vs. Gunner vs. James Storm vs. Magnus vs. Bobby Roode – Six Sides of Steel – Number #1 Contender Match – World Heavyweight Championship

What was awkward was MVP, Lashley and King taking centre stage before the match got underway. Normally MVP shines on the mic, but he seemed to be struggling and it just wasn’t all that pleasent, or all that enjoyable.

Despite my dislike for James Storm becoming Sanada’s new Mentor, I am now actually rather intrigued.

I still don’t see Storm in a “I am your greatness, I am the light” kind of way, like making him bow to him and crap.

However! I do see Storm as the kind of guy to start a Revolution, and a Revolution of the Japanese Culture is interesting. The Great Muta’s apprentice being pulled away from him by Storm, and Storm shaping Sanada into something darker to battle The Great Muta, as The Great Sanada – That, has my interest!JamesStormLightThe only problem now, is that Storm is 100% pathetic. In terms of he hasn’t won a match in ages, his only World Championship reign lasted a Week, and his first time so show Sanada how it’s done, he doesn’t even come close to winning his match.

So why, in all of the hells, would Sanada look at James Storm as the one to lead him to greatness, because Storm himself, hasn’t even achieved it.

JamesStormLightcrapI have to say this, and I hate to admit it, but this match sucked.

For a Main Event, in a Cage, it was pretty lame.

Felt rather rushed, nothing was really all that engaging. The double Tower of Doom from either side was cool. But with EY and Roode climbing to the top and racing each other down, I fully expected there to be another match or a restart or something of that nature to take place. But instead it just ended. It felt very anti-climatic.

Obvious Roode was going to win, but I’m glad EY did too. He is still holding onto that level of credibility since he won the World Championship. That is nice to see, wonder how long it will last?

bluelineGood show over-all, just the more TNA news you hear the more it taints the product.

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