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The Jobber Blogger – TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 5/11/14

jobber blogger bonfireYup, that’s about as exciting as it gets.

I went to a Bonfire. It was a little one behind a local Pub, I watched it from a Distance…. was nice. Then went home.

Number One Hundred and Thirty Three! Good old #133 – reminds me of nothing.

You know, I’m struggling with TNA these days. It seems of late, though their program is usually fairly solid, and despite the odd expectation, it’s just a little… boring.

I’m not bored watching it, but my enthusiasm for the product is drifting. But then, as I constantly moan about, I’m sure that’s down to the fact it’s Taped. It doesn’t feel right, least not what we’re used to.

Which is an interesting and also non relevant thing, given what I will talk about in a minute.

I suppose when I pull it apart, TNA is pretty good. Bobby Roode is champ, The Hardyz are competing, the Tag-Team Tournament was awesome. I like the direction of the Knockouts currently, though a little more than just Havok would be nice, granted Madison and Taryn are feuding, but it’s taken a huge back seat to Havok.

Whilst on the topic of the Knockouts, I miss Brooke – Tessmacher that is, not Hogan.

She did an interview recently about being more involved with TNA again next year. Hopefully The Amazing Race will bring Brooke and Robbie E over as an on-air couple when it’s all finished.

I’ve never watched it, I don’t even know what it is…. I’m guessing their Racing? And that it probably isn’t as Amazing as the name implies.

Anyway, lets break down TNA Impact when I get to Impact.

redlinebootcampLet’s talk about British Bootcamp.

I mentioned Episode 1 two weeks back, but then I hadn’t got round to watching Episode 2 in time for last week’s Jobber Blogger. So now I’m up to date with all 3 episodes watched by my eyes.

Currently, Boot Camp is more exciting to me than Impact.

Should that be possible?

Episode 2 was alright, the high light was obviously that Andrews chap whose name I’ve gotten… aside from the Andrews part.

Episode 3 however brought it up a notch, everyone was good. I’m glad they are all going through to this week’s (tonight’s) show.

The idea of all of them competing on a Card, that’s awesome! So yeah, I’m pumped. I don’t know who I’m rooting for. I guess Grado has the advantage as obviously all that mess was a work.

I say obviously… it seems obvious to me, but then I could be wrong. Probably not though.

It’s this weird “Reality” meets “Wrestling” that never quite feels right.

TNA try their hand at it all the time, but it leaves far too many problems and plot holes… like the stars watching the product.

Which brings me to the thing I’m most excited to talk about!

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Oh yes!

I am Biased! Granted, anything Rodriguez has his name on, I’m excited for.

I don’t know how much input he has on Lucha Underground, but it sings with his influence, or least the influence of the Mexican culture.

I’ve been looking forward to watching this for ages, it’s debut last week in America actually took me by surprise, I didn’t think it was so close to coming out.

But it’s hitting a lot of the Wrestling News and it’s viewership in just one week jumped 163%.

Ladies and Gentleman – It’s Good!

Now I don’t if we’re all excited because it’s something new?

Because not only is it something “new” but it’s something totally different for a Wrestling show. It’s got a good budget, it looks and feels like parts of my WCW memories.

It’s got new faces, and it’s got a whole Wrestling Legacy and Culture that rarely gets showcased to the level it’s capable of. That being Lucha Libre.

What is vastly different, is it’s a Television show, and it knows it.

Every single segment is beautifully shot, not always beautifully acted, it still has Wrestlers in it. But it’s Cinematic. It’s exciting.

It’s Storyline driven and already feels like it’s got an “arc” in place.

Also it made me like Chavo Guerrero! I’ve never liked Chavo Guerrero!

It’s got balls, it’s got direction, it’s got vision.

And above all else, it’s got Wrestling.

Matt Striker stole a good TNA quote “I dare you to tune into any other Wrestling promotion and find action like this”.

Hey TNA, now you need to compete with Lucha Underground, because Mundo and Puma, that’s the level the bar is now set at. And you are a long, long way from reaching it.

Something anyone who reads my ramblings will be familiar with is my love for Tigre Uno!

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He is fantastic, and impresses me every single time I see him compete, which bugs me because TNA have done nothing to help him out.

Every time he has a match, or isn’t used, I moan about TNA using him better.

Hey, there is now a solution, which from now on, I shall use.

Release Tigre Uno.

Let him go to Lucha Underground and perform on that level, because he can, and that would be amazing.

Without turning this into a new blog about Lucha Underground, I will end it by saying I hope they keep fresh faces, I don’t want a lot of well known stars turning up. There are of course some exceptions. First and foremost – AJ Styles.

Global Force Wrestling is heating up too, and I’m excited to watch that. But right now, Lucha is doing something Wrestling shows have never been able to do.

And it’s Freakin Working!

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Impact Wrestling LogoTNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 5/11/14

That might be the longest Intro to The Jobber Blogger in #133 issues.

It is tradition to start the show with a new Heavyweight Champion. Unless you’re the WWE and your Heavyweight Champions only compete 8 times a year.

But I digress.

Kurt Angle introduced Bobby Roode.

We’ve not had Roode as World Champion with his “Off the Chain” entrance theme, it matches.

Roode has always looked good with the World Title, and no that’s not taking it lightly, I think the TNA World Championship is a pretty bad design. I don’t hate it, I think it’s a little over the top and garish though. Not to mention it’s Too Big for most guys who have held it. It’s far too long in length and leaves the silly floppy strap at the back.

Yeah I’m picky. So what.

Roode now being World Champ actually feels like it matters. It’s not like Lashley has had a bad run at all, but Roode just seems to carry himself better. Or TNA least want to invest more time into him.

Saying that, AJ Styles taking the belt from Bully Ray and leaving TNA with it, that was far better. Well, only if you look past the fact that he never came back that is.

Tenay and Taz went on and on about how Lashley deserves a Re-match. Being such a dominant Champion. Which is laying the ground for a Face turn surely.

Because in my eyes, as a fan. Does Lashley deserve a Re-match? Me personally, I’d say yes, but that’s because I like him. Given that he was throwing out Low-Blows and Belt Shots last week, and that he’s won multiple times from the help from MVP and King. No, probably not.

What TNA is doing with Havok, is how Lashley should have been World Champ. It just didn’t quite work out that way.

MVP got on Roode’s case and offered up a Challenge of Roode vs. MVP for the World Championship. To which Angle said, and I quote “Roode, would you mind putting the Belt on the line?”

I get it, he’s words are not meant to be taken literal, but a few weeks back Angle himself told Lashley “it is your job do defend the belt whenever and wherever”. So in my eyes, “would you mind” doesn’t come into it.

Do I analyse this too much?

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Samoa Joe and Low Ki vs. The Hardyz – Tag-Team Tournament – Finals

As much as I like Low Ki’s abilities, his presence, his entrance and how he carries himself. I hate, Hate, his promos.

He sounds ridiculous.

I said this before, but when he is next to Joe, it’s the dumbest thing you can possibly hear. Joe is fluent in the Promo language. He gets it, he’s wordy, intimidating, electric, dark, whatever he needs to be. Low Ki sounds like a $50 budget Mortal Kombat voice actor.

The intro package to this match which bounced back from Joe’s speeches to Low Ki’s, was hilariously dreadful.

Aside from that opening rant, I only wrote down that I love Matt’s Side-Effect move.

I’ve loved it since he brought it into his arsenal, it’s an awesome manoeuvre.

Anyone who knows me, knows I love Tag-Team Wrestling, so this has been an awesome and surprising tournament.

Surprising because I actually didn’t think The Hardyz would win.

For me, they should win, because of who they are, what they’ve accomplished and how good they are as a team, especially given the experience factor along between them and their opponents.

But given that they’ve fought the Wolves before, then took part in the Tag-Team series and lost on all occasions, I just didn’t think they’d be getting through to Round three.

But here we are, so I am looking forward to it. I just feel with Storm’s involvement with Richards, it’s probably going to be a more sucky kind of story match.

Who knows.

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Samuel Shaw and Brittany took to the ring… to do… something.

I’ve never liked Shaw’s attempt of a beard, being so thin and fuzzy, it just looked… horrible. But eliminating it to have a creepy porn star moustache. Yup, that’s worse.

And it didn’t stop there, Brittany was swinging on it, pulling it around, then pulling his mouth around and licking it. I didn’t need to see that.

Gunner obviously got involved, and resorted straight to bad mouthing Shaw and digging up the old “Creepy Bastard” chant.

Funny how Gunner went from being all noble, to verbally attacking him over someone else’ influence. You’d think given Gunner’s background in the Military and experience dealing with problematic individuals, who’d do less to attack them, and more to help them.

But then, it is Wrestling.

I don’t really care where this goes. Shaw is better the crazier he is, and Brittany just helps that. Gunner will just drift on to remain Gunner. The only reason I’d be more interested in this development is if Anderson gets involved again.

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TNA’s got a Brand New Star.

See you later Chris Malendez and say Hello to Mahogany Simba!

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It’s true, I have no idea what his name is, so I just wrote down what sound as similar and also made me laugh a little.

I’m a professional don’t you know.

So far I’m not all that impressed. He’s a big Indian guy with Boobs, let’s see what happens when he gets in the ring.

tna-simba2Much Better

Suicide was a cool character, good look, nice colours, awesome mask, great entrance music. Then he became Manik, most of that carried over.

Now he’s heel – super shinny blue Manik, whose new mask lets him talk… and he walks up to people like Simba and say “Sup, my Dude”.

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Does he look like a guy who says “Sup, My Dude?”

Well that Characters gone down the drain. What’s intimidating about that.

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Bram and Magnus vs. Devon and Tommy Dreamer – Hardcore Rules

You know what, I’m not even going to bother really spending much time on this match.

I’m not a fan.

One thing I did like, was the ending, only because it actually surprised me. In terms of how it came to a close.

Bram went through a Table, which happened quicker than I thought, also I was fairly sure he was the only one who wouldn’t end up going through a Table.

Then the best bit being Magnus thrown into the corner which had a Bin wedged into the Ropes, he Leap Frogged back only to get a Low-Blow then shoved face first into the bin. I didn’t expect it, was good.

Dreamer hit a DDT right after and took the Win.

I think Bram will probably continue from this, hopefully, after he defeating Abyss so many times, losing to the likes of Dreamer and Devon seems unlikely.

Even though they might be the legends, Abyss’ onslaught is far deadlier.

So I would take a guess that “Magnus” will be the weak link in Bram’s defeat.

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Spud had a little segment, I’m not sold on Spud’s face turn yet. I don’t think he’s reach much potential as a Face. What made him so great was being a heel. I always find the kind of character Spud was, is completely gone when he’s a face. Now he’s willing to fight, and Wrestling, and doing honourable things. It was funnier when he didn’t. Now he’s just like everyone else? Only less impressive?

Don’t get me wrong though, I do like Spud.

His Speech was good. So good that it brought out EC3 and Tyrus. Now, I’m fairly sure Spud won’t be the one to defeat EC3, but he might. I would hate that too.

Either way, Tyrus back when he was Brodus mentioned that the “Funkasaurus” gimmick wasn’t quite what he had in mind. I liked it, personally. But he didn’t want to do that. So here in TNA, I’m guessing he’s currently being more like who he wants to be…

tna-ec3-tyrusShould someone tell him that’s a Woman’s top?… He’s got the necklace and everything.

EC3 slapped JB, EY got involved. blah blah blah sums it up nicely.

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Gail Kim vs. Havok – Knockouts Championship

I seem to be picking on Commentary and the rules between Good Guys and Bad Guys too much, but it’s never bugged me to this level before.

Gail came out fighting, but Havok took control. They fought up the Ramp where Gail kicked Havok closer and closer to the edge of the Stage, she then ran attempted to Kick her off the stage, Havok grabbed Gail’s foot then threw Gail off the stage instead. To which Tenay says “she threw her off the stage …. what a monster!”

Despite the fact Gail tried her best to Kick Havok off the stage mere seconds prior… but that’s fine. Because she’s a “Good Guy” and Havok beats her up.

What?

Winds me up!

wind up complain

Everyone rushes to Gail’s aid, but yet she continues! Usual crap.

What wasn’t usual was Havok throwing Gail from her shoulders face first onto the Steps. That looked painful… and awesome.

I was expecting Gail to pull off an upset, which I would have hated. But Havok kept toying with her, to which I fully expected Gail to take advantage of. Same old, same old.

Thankfully Havok caught Gail finally and dropped her with a Chokeslam for the win.

Good match. While I don’t really buy into Gail’s “injury” stuff, so therefore I wasn’t exactly rooting for her, but it was a good match. I just wanted Havok to win. I found Gail wasn’t constantly selling the abuse she took, which did stand out a little to me. But who cares.

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MVP vs. Bobby Roode – World Heavyweight Championship

You know how I started this with “Roode looks good with the Belt”. Where it doesn’t look good with his horrible crappy plastic pimp coat.

It looked good with his Robe. Why ditch the Robe?

Robe or nothing. Wear a T-shirt to the ring, that looks good too.

I have no idea why he thinks this coat is a good thing, it looks horrible.

Lashley and MVP had a little chat backstage, obviously Lashley is supposed to be annoyed that he’s not got a Re-match and MVP positioned himself into a match instead.

I’d rather it look like that yet Lashley came out and beat up Roode with MVP and it was all a plan to wear him down.

But no, MVP and Roode had a decent match which Roode won with a Roode Bomb. A straight forward, clean match.

I also still hate the name “Roode Bomb”.

Lashley then turned up and Speared Roode and left without helping MVP up. So yeah, I’m guessing their days are up.

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Although not a bad show – it’s a run of a mill type of show.

Still no word yet on a new TV Deal for TNA, and I hope things do get a little more interesting soon.

Either way, Boot Camp is entertaining and Lucha Underground has my attention.

Till then.

Dan Wilkinson

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

August 19, 2013 by DiVineDiablo

 

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

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

Wrestling Nut

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

Brooke Hogan crazy face

never gets old

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

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TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – Hardcore Justice -15/8/13

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

Good One!

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

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

 

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

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

Jeff Wipe Face

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

Jesus Towel

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

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

A bit on the nose isn’t it?

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

WTF?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

ODB Hangs Gail Kim

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Also watch the segment here:

 

 

2Min 21second mark to Bully laughing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Roode This Guy

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

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

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

See this, it's my hand

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stay tuned for next week!

Till Then!

Dan.

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

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August 12, 2013 by DiVineDiablo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sabin poo Bully

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

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

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

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

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

Jeff Hardy vs. Samoa Joe – BFG Series

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

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

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

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

 Magnus vs. Anderson – BFG Series

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kazarian vs. Christopher Daniels – BFG Series

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

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

Bully Ray and Devon vs. Chris Sabin and Kurt Angle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Till then!

Dan

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

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

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

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

GAME ON!!!

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

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

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

Good Cop – “errr….? okay?”

TNA! TNA! TNA! TNA!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And in typical Wrestling fashion, Roode crashes the segment.

Roode forgot my pants

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

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

Bobby Roode vs. Hernandez – BFG Series

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

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

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

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

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

Manik cool

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Manik vs. Chris Sabin – Champion vs. Champion

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

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

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

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

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

Gail Kim vs. ODB

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sums it up nicely?

Austin Aries vs. AJ Styles – BFG Series

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

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

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

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

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

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

Angle Shades 2

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

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

Angle to Rehab

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

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

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

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

And then “MMA Legend” Tito Ortiz turns up.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tito who

I think Anderson speaks for us all.

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

Aces and Eights

Gut Check

August 1

Sting (no one saved me)

AJ Styles

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

One day.

Till then,

 Dan

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