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The Jobber Blogger #120 – TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 14/8/14

Jobber Blogger hardyz copyOne Hundred and Twenty times, and I’ve blabbed on about crap! Oh yes, good old TNA: Wrestling, Impact Wrestling, WRESTLING WRESTLING WRESTLING!

What a weird and wonderful place you find yourselves in. So putting Dixie through a Table boosted the ratings to continue TNA’s current run of “a good month”, putting the much hyped, four month build up of putting a Woman through a Table the highest rated Impact show since February. Which means! Back in February they had a higher rated show and Dixie needn’t have gone through a Table.

ALAS!

This means nothing really. Well aside from the Network bosses who decide to pump money into your programme. And given that Spike TV isn’t looking so keen on renewing their deal with TNA, I suppose ratings mean everything.

Which is good news to know that the ratings dropped… a lot, this week. Despite this being a better show, but it’s wrestling, so who knows.

Also they didn’t spend four months building the main event. Though the WWE spent a whole year building The Rock vs. Cena and that sucked…. like, really sucked. Which is an interesting point I just made to myself, so I shall mention that later on!

So Spike might renew their current deal, who knows, but they won’t go out of business, but it’s certainly not good news.

What is worse news however is that Alberto Del Rio got the axe from the WWE for slapping some social media guy. Rightfully so, I’m sure. I’ll let you decide if I mean getting fired or slapping the guy.

… getting fired, obviously.

We all knew it would be the next step, there is the big news of a WWE talent getting fired, or quitting or being “released” then it’s the “Why?” then it’s the TNA factor.

TNA have made a career off of bad business moves of bringing in bigger named talent, dropping the belt on them, doing nothing, getting a few weeks of ratings, pissing off a lot of fans, pissing off the talent then big name star quits and it’s done.

Happens, every, single, time.

So yes, TNA apparently went right after or at least wanted to go right after getting Del Rio with the added boost of wanting to drop the Heavyweight Championship on him right away. So that’s awesome brilliant thinking. Are we seriously thinking that in 2014, after 12 freaking years, the same stupid guy has a job that does this and thinks it’s a good idea. Lets be honest, Del Rio, really isn’t all that good. Del Rio most certainly isn’t better than the talent you already have. And are you really, really, going to throw away your build up and planning and developing to just put it on the new guy whose name has some cache with a bigger company? Are we really still doing this?

For a company that has the best locker-room in the industry, they are damn lucky, most of them have still decided to stick around, because when your as stupid as to do this, all the time, you don’t deserve to be in business.

Sorry but, James Storm, Bobby Roode, Austin Aries. Sort them out first. Samoa Joe, Eric Young, Jeff Hardy, Bully Ray sort them out next. Then focus on your new talent in the following years. It’s just frustratingly pathetic, that I hope, and pray, this actually is a work, and TNA have finally decided to poke fun at the same mis-steps they always take.

Want to solve your ratings / network problem? Here’s a hint, Don’t Do The Same Thing Every Body Hates! AGAIN!

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TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 14/8/14

bluelineWell I started productively then thought you know what, I wonder how many guys came from the WWE and won the TNA title in little to no time at all. That goes to wikipedia, that goes to youtube, then you find your not even watching anything remotely relevant to why you went looking in the first place, and I guess that’s the beauty of the internet.

Or in other words, a waste of time.

Clearly.

Hot off the heels of Dixie going through a table, and yes to keep up to date with the time scheduel, this was 7th of August that the Impact show aired with Dixie’s power-bomb, funny enough days after this current TV Show was taped.

So they must have had to ruin a lot, or just one show?

I lose track, but it’s confusing, it doesn’t really matter, but I like to know that the Audience are at least up to date with what’s happening, otherwise it’s distracting.

Bully kicked off the show talking about, of course, putting Dixie through a table, and then went on to talk highly of Devon, and so Devon showed up.

Yes, we’ve all forgotten how Bully kicked him in the head, then joined up for The Aces and Eights, then also betrayed him, now they’re a team again.

It’s wrestling, got it.

Then something rather cool happened, we knew from the week before about this match, but just having Matt and Jeff confront Bully and Devon, in 2014, in TNA. It’s a little weird.

In a lot of ways the Hardyz seem much less accomplished that Team 3D, given that Jeff by himself has had more singles success than all of them combined.

Also this guy obviously didn’t know Matt was in town

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Obviously we all know the history between these two teams, but again, it’s just weird to have the Hardyz back together as it is, through them in the same ring with Team 3D and it’s like what happened. I grew up with this, now it’s 2014 and the ring has six sides and everything’s gone crazy.

I guess we didn’t really need a banter filled history lesson, but I can let that slide for nostalgia purposes, what I really didn’t need was TNA’s horrible editing.

They do it all the time with the taped shows, maybe the segments go on too long, but it’s so un-organic it ruins what magic can be found.

The chants don’t build up they just “appear” with a crowd shot, then they’re gone and it’s back to talking, or a quick reaction from Bully, then back to Matt.

It’s very jarring and very annoying. And it really taints the moment they’re trying to create. The moment is there, it’s happening, but you’re cutting it out. I suppose I can live with the horrible editing of a forced history lesson promo to set the main event, because it’s one hell of a main event.

bluelineLow Ki vs. Homicide vs. Manik vs. Crazy Steve vs. DJ Z vs. Tigre Uno – 6-man Tag Team Scramble – X-Division Number One Contender Match

Yup, that’s a match type you won’t forget in a hurry.

Because of how the show is presented, you already know which guy will win. Given that only Low Ki got a Televised entrance, you know from that alone they view Low Ki as the favourite, biggest star, and clearly the one going to win. Given the last few weeks of TV Time, it’s no surprise either.

The jury is still out on whether Low Ki is even sticking around. I don’t think he’s signed a contract.

But whatever, he’s awesome, so I can get with it. I’ve never understood the appeal of Homicide. I don’t get why he keeps coming round. I know he has a fair history with TNA, but he doesn’t come across impressive in the least to me.

He does the odd flip or crazy jump, but that’s about as far as it goes, and he does that with no grace.

Poor Crazy Steve was the first to be eliminated followed by of course Tigre Uno. Yup, that trend continues.

Least he wasn’t the first to be eliminated, that would have really annoyed me. I’d rather Steve didn’t go straight away either, but given his character it fits.

What worries me is that it seems Uno knows he’s being underused, because he took his limited time and pulled out all the stops. He’s fantastic, I don’t get why they’re not using him better than just to fill matches.

I say it every episode he is on, but seriously:

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In the end of course it was down to Low Ki and Homicide, again, don’t get the appeal.

But they did put on a good bout, hard hitting, fast paced, good wrestling.

Low Ki won… didn’t see that coming.

No chance he will defeat Samoa Joe in his first X-Division Championship defense, but it could start off a nice feud.

bluelineEC3, Rhino and Spud hit the ring to talk about last week’s actions of putting Dixie through a table. EC3 called for Bully to be fired, which brought out Kurt Angle – who is on the WWE track again, sick of hearing about that.

Kurt instead got them all arrested, I guess it was kind of funny. Maybe this is supposed to be the “end” of them too, but I don’t think we’ve seen the last of it. Which basically means, Dixie is gone, but she’s not gone.

The show was built around the footage from after the Show, Dixie’s condition, an interview with Dixie next week, EC3, Spud still around. It’s not done with at all. So what was the point? People don’t want it on the show, you’ve ended it, leave it. But we all know they won’t, so it’s going to go on, and drag out a little bit more, and a little bit more, until just like Dixie and Bully themselves, nobody cares anymore, and they didn’t care to start with. Move on.

bluelineMr. Anderson vs. Gunner

This match happened.

I’m not sure what the crowd was doing during this match but they seemed to go onto (I believe WWE’s Fandango dancing and theme) onto other random crowd chants.

Which means they were whole heartedly invested in this match up.

Samuel Shaw ran down to “break up” the fight, which led to Anderson punching Shaw, which led to Shaw beating up Anderson, which led to Gunner breaking them up.

It’s really not all that exiting, plus it’s on the same trend as TNA’s current trend of not trusting people. I’m fairly confident Shaw will turn out to be using Gunner all of this time.

And Anderson is really the one who is right, but looks like the bad guy. Been there done that.

bluelineBiggest news from Impact, JR Tweeted about Dixie going through a Table, and they showed it. Doubt this means anything at all, but JR has been positive about TNA for a while, surely they would listen to him and take his advice. I think it’s the actual “in ring” segments of Wrestling he enjoys… you know, from a Wrestling show.

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bluelineAngelina Love vs. Velvet vs. Gail Kim vs. Taryn Tarrell – Knockouts Championship

Isn’t it far too soon to be playing the only card Wrestling can think of, the competition between friends. Angelina and Velvet are “butting heads” already, again, again I might add. We’ve been down this road before too.

With the same people.

Again.

I’m still rather confident there will be a “surve ball” in here somewhere and the Beautiful People pretending to have issues will be the downfall of Gail’s current Knockouts Championship run.

Least that is wishful thinking, I suppose that would have to go to Velvet. Which is cool, she’s only held the belt once, and it wasn’t for long.

Taryn dived off the top rope to the floor taking everyone down, living up to her crazy and short legacy.

Something I really liked about the New York fans is that they do seem to respond well to the Knockouts, and I mean the Knockouts actually Wrestling. I respect that.

To be honest I respect any Wrestling fan that actually gives respect to the Wrestlers. I was a little appaulled by some fans in Manchester when I was there last year who were booing the Knockouts and yelling for them to get out the ring. The Knockouts Division in TNA is one of their strongest assets, they need to grow it more if anything.

The Beautiful People wouldn’t let either of themselves win, and Taryn cleaned the ring (and somehow managed to take herself out of the ring with a clothesline), Gail then dropped Velvet with Eat Defeat and retained her Championship.

bluelineLashley, MVP and Kenny King vs. Eric Young, Austin Aries and Bobby Roode

TNA is a bit all of the place currently, I’m not quite sure where things are going to go.

Bully and Dixie has been centre stage so long now, that the World Championship really doesn’t feel that relevant.

They are obviously building Roode, but with Team 3D and the Hardyz etc taking the Main Events, it doesn’t feel like the right place for the Championship, or even that Roode seems to be the right guy to take the belt.

Another reason we don’t need Alberto Del Rio.

One thing is for sure though, and that this match was awesome.

MVP is still limping around, but King, Lashley, EY, Roode and especially Austin Aries are all on top form. Put them together in a match that is fast paced, impactful and continously moving, it creates something special.

It really is hard to look at Roode as the favourite, even though Aries lost to Lashley, and then again lost his match, just in the ring, Aries is on another level to everyone, always is. How do you put that in second place.

MVP hit Aries with his Crutch behind the Ref’s back leaving Aries ripe for the Lashley spear, and the win.

bluelineThe Hardyz vs. Team 3D

What can I say. Team 3D walked out in their old school Camo, Matt and Jeff, well they’ve always looked fairly similiair to how they look now. Though if they both rocked the black jeans, Matt with his black shirt and white stripe on the sleeve his big arm bands and Jeff the same with his arm bands (also how cool are Jeff’s Arm Bands) I would be giddy if they did that.

Still don’t think the music is impactful enough, but it works alright.

I don’t know if it’s just my childhood nostalgia, but this was something. My favourite Wrestling Promotion, my all-time favourite Tag-Team the Hardy Boyz facing off against their best opponents, Team 3D easily the best Tag-Team in Wrestling history. Just something to behold, in 2014.

From the get go I was hooked, but to make it all that much better, this match was fantastic!

Which if you remembered at the start of The Jobber Blogger I had a rant about The Rock and John Cena. Well as a young Wrestling fan, obviously The Rock was one of my favourites too, who didn’t like him?

Though 2003 Hollywood Rock heel run – his best work, ever!

Aside from that, let’s move on.

Rock wasn’t all that great as a Wrestler, obviously he as an entertainer, untouchable.

But as a young Wrestling fan, you don’t really pay attention to the neuances of Wrestling technicality.

Which is why when Matt and Jeff go up against Team 3D, it was magic then, and it was magic now.

Though the difference would be all of them have stayed active in Wrestling, Bully and Devon completely re-shaping themselves psyhically and mentally, Matt and Jeff going through what they have, and Jeff easily being in the best position he’s ever been, with his best Work he’s ever done, right now.

So yeah, it’s not apples to apples here.

If there is anything that bugs me about this match, is two things.

One, I feel Matt and Jeff could have pulled out a few bigger patented Hardy moves, but then, they should also save them for another time.

Two, Devon kicked out far too easily from the Twist of Fate and Swanton.

But of course the 3D is just pure awesome as a Double Team move, so credit goes to Team 3D, and even though I’m a Hardy fan through and through, no matter what. Team 3D should have picked up the win, and they did.

What more can I say, if you grew up in the same Generation as me, then you will no doubt feel the same as a I do.

Fantastic match, utterly awesome from in the ring, just to the moment of itself, to nostalgia to everything.

Match of the Year nominee, no doubt about it.

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bluelineImpact was a packed show and it was a great show. A shame they took a dive in the ratings, because TNA do deliver a lot of great work, it just falls short.

Hardcore Justice is coming at us next week, and given that it’s still in New York, it’s going to be brutal.

Bram vs. Abyss – Stairway to Janice

Samoa Joe vs. Low Ki – X-Division Championship

Six-Sides of Steel – Number One Contendership Match for the World Heavyweight Championship

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Something that is probably smart, but also not as awesome is TNA moving to Wednesday nights in America.

Thursdays have always been their thing, aside from when they had the guts to go head to head with RAW, and didn’t really make a dint. But kudos to trying.

TNA want the ratings, and WWE is thinking of shifting Smackdown back to Wednesday.

I think it really sucks that TNA at least won’t try and go head to head with WWE’s second rated programme. I understand it.

It just feels a shame, and it almost feels like a step toward the end of their Spike TV contract.

I hope the Spike bosses love the shows and Wednesday prove successful, either way, TNA needs to find a new home, because even though they make dumb errors almost constantly they still put on a great show.

And when they get it right, They Get it 100% right.

TNA fan till the end!

Till then,

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THE JOBBER BLOGGER #116 – TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 17/7/14

Jobber Blogger logo2Yes, Finally, we hit the New York shows.

And guess what. They’re alright. Not… great? Well, it was good! Really good!

But it had one main issue, least for me. They tried too hard. It was ECW all over the place. Taz kicking off the show, in the crowd. Doing his old catch phrases. Bully Ray and Tommy Dreamer, then Rhino, Devon returning. Everything was BS from that one time in Wrestling that they managed to do something “different”. But it was a select kind of different, not a main stream type of different. “Everyone’s got the same look in their eyes!”.

TNA’s been plugging this whole ECW thing since day one, trying to be the edgy company, trying to find the similarities, now TNA is going back to their “roots” with the 6-sided ring. All this does is encourage people to chant ECW. I for one get a kick out of the organic TNA Chants. This isn’t ECW. Nor should it ever be. And the only thing more depressing than trying to re-create something that wasn’t all that great in the first place, is bringing back the guys that did it, for no reason other than that. Hey look, here’s Tommy Dreamer again, after his first really unsuccessful run in TNA, and now Rhino’s back. Hey Rhino used to be a big deal in TNA, then he left, then they brought him back for their ECW Revival, and got rid of him shortly after… now he’s back again.

TNA have just announced that they are bringing “Hardcore Justice” to their next TV Tapings in New York next month. Which pretty much means, hey look… ECW’s back…. again.

TNA is on a much bigger level than ECW, look at the stars they have. The calibre of talent. That’s not to say some of the guys from ECW weren’t talented, because they were, just not the majority.

TNA has the majority, and to label themselves, this company, which by all means is far Bigger and Better than ECW ever was, it just feels cheap. Focus on what makes TNA great. Rather trying to pander to an old audience of what, 4 years prime, 15 years ago, so that audience then see’s their old favourite under-ground stars telling you why you should like TNA. Here’s an idea, just show people TNA Wrestling.

Aside from the odd occasion, it seems liking TNA is becoming less of a “cool” thing. TNA chants used to dominate like the old ECW chants did, and still do. Yet during this show, ECW and ROH chants took centre stage. So well done on promoting everything else.

Woo!

On the plus side, New York did bring out some lovely creepy folks I laughed at in the Audience, which is probably my new favourite section!

Queue Creepy guy staring at the back of TAZ!

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Bully Ray and Tommy Dreamer vs. Rhino and EC3

How bad is that, I just wrote above “vs. Rhino and ECW”… ugh

So yes, ECW kicked off TNA. Which as I stated above… was great.

Bully Ray is once again sporting the Biker Cut, this time it’s a Bully Ray – 5150, which looks much less cool than the Aces and Eights one. Here’s a thing, the one person the Cut looked worse on, was Bully Ray. So that’s ironic.

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Rhino and EC3 came out after, with EC3 obviously playing the doofus, which really stands out with an ECW type of spot light. I’m sure that was the point.

Bully then got everything chanting Tables, and much to my surprise TNA didn’t even attempt to plug the fact that Rick Moranis was in attendance…

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Well the 6-Sided ring is back, and I completely forgot it was till I started watching the show. I remember that being one of the big excitement moments, and now it’s back! It almost doesn’t look or feel quite as it did, given that it has the Impact Wrestling branding rather than the old school Black and Red from TNA Impact. Either way, it’s awesome to have it back, and I actually really enjoyed seeing how everyone Wrestled in it, who I haven’t seen compete in it before.

I think I mentioned this earlier, but for this Storyline to be where it is, and to the level it is, with Dreamer and mainly Rhino just coming back recently, feels a little odd.

I suppose when you have the history in place it writes itself… again. No idea how long Rhino will be sticking around for, we all know Dreamer is working with TNA behind the scenes, so he can easily pop up every so often.

Spud being the breath of fresh air he is in this old fashioned revival caused the distraction and EC3 pinned Tommy Dreamer. How much longer will this go on for you might ask, probably quite a while… maybe not, maybe even next week will be the end of it? So says..no one.

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8-Man Gauntlet – X-Division Championship

Yes Kurt Angle is booking matches out of his ears, least no cheat sheet this week. But newly crowned X-Division Champion Austin Aries has the deck stacked. But I like the fact Aries’ character is one of “bring it on, I’m better than everybody you’ve got”. And we all know it, believe and encourage it.

He’s like the legit Eric Young.

Not that EY doesn’t mean it, only Aries backs it up with reality.

So here’s the thing that bugs me about the X-Division currently, and certainly this match. Well two things. But they go hand in hand here, almost.

Sort of.

fish manI Legitimately did NOT make that photo!

Kurt FishI did however make this one! =D so proud!

Austin Aries, Eddie Edwards, Davey Richards, Manik, Crazy Steve, Tigre Uno, Sanada make the 8-Men competing for the X-Division Championship, pretty much guaranteeing he who wins will get the chance to cash it in next week for a World Title Match at Destination-X.

It’s just like last year, only if Aries lost (which would really suck) it would far, far better than having someone, like, oh I dunno, Chris Sabin, be the World Champion. WHAT WERE YOU THINKING!

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Moving on.

Here’s the problem, Crazy Steve, one of the best new-comers to TNA, awesome character, he’s different, people love him. I get that, it’s awesome. I love Crazy Steve. He’s the flip side to him, he’s a goof character, we all get it, that means he can get away with some things, maybe eliminate Robbie E, or something from a match. But no, The FIRST, FIRST!!! Person to be eliminated was Tigre Uno.

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Hey, I praise Uno every time he steps in the ring, no-matter who he is with, Uno stands out. Hence why Uno vs. Aries would be amazing. TNA beat this guys drum when he joined the company, but now he’s being the first guy eliminated, by the goof character. Really? Is that how you sell people on this highly talented athlete. This makes me think, if it’s budget cutting time, Uno is gone. If his contract comes up, he’s not going to re-sign. Why would he?

I hope he gets a really good outing at Destination X, and I really hope after the World Title picture cools off, Uno actually gets the chance to raise to the challenge. Say going into BFG as the X-Division Champion, even if he loses, that would be sweet.

So yes, in the end, it came down to Aries and Sanada, the last two left then becomes a Pin-Fall / Submission outcome, and your down with the over-the-top-rope stuff. So it was like a mini rematch from last week’s fantastic bout. This, was also fantastic, which on the flip side, last year was similar with Aries and Sabin.

Only Sabin just didn’t cut it higher than that.

Aries once again kicked it up a notch, and defeated Sanada, rightfully so and retained the X-Division Championship. Here’s the thing, Aries is either not going to cash it in, because he’s “too smart”. Or he will cash it in, and lose. I don’t see Bobby Lashley dropping the belt anytime soon, (spoilers for the main event) and quite honestly, I don’t want him too either.

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Kenny King and MVP vs. Bobby Roode and Eric Young

EY and Roode are officially Team Canada’ing it up. And it works. Roode is awesome.

What I’m confused on, is MVP’s injury. Because either he’s really good at selling, or he really isn’t fit to compete. Which I get it, he’s not really doing any kind of Wrestling, but just being back in that environment is bad news. He might have agreed to this, he might be 100% fine and just putting it on. OR he might be injured, and if he’s injured, this match wasn’t fun to watch. I get the storyline bullet dodging, I’m cool with that. If he actually isn’t 100%, he shouldn’t be in that ring, at all. I’m perfectly fine with that and perfectly in support of that.

The New York Tapings left me very confused as to where on earth the fans were in relation to being up to date with TNA. I’m fairly sure they’ve missed almost a Month’s worth of Television and Storyline Development before this show. So nothing would have made sense. Let’s be fair, that really sucks if you’re a fan going to watch your favourite Wrestling show and having all of it spoiled for you.

In the end MVP and King used the Crutches to beat down Roode and EY, getting a DQ.

However next week, Angle booked Roode vs. MVP in a falls count anywhere match. So either MVP is actually fine, or something shady is going down.

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Madison Rayne vs. Brittany – No DQ

It’s weird putting the Women on a show in front of the New York fans, the “ECW” Crowd.

But guess what, Brittany and Madison Brought It!

The Knockouts are fantastic! I love them. I want more and more of them, one Knockout match a show used to be un-common for a brief period of time. Hey, I love it when they main event. I know on average there aren’t as many “high quality” Women’s Matches on the same scale as how the Men compete. But Angelina and Gail tore it down, and Madison and Brittany hit it right back. If this keeps up, I’ll have to re-think my categories for Match of the Year.

It was hard hitting, highly entertaining and just awesome! It makes me so happy to see Brittany in this light, because it emphasises what a great asset to the Division she is, and that’s what you want to see out of new talent. Madison we all know is great, but she’s been on a different level lately too.

Madison dropped Brittany with her “Package DDT” which is an awesome move, and took the win. Also on a side note, seriously happy Madison seems to have switched her finisher, because what she did before, the “mood swing”, knee to the back fall over thing, it was a little awkward, and not always that impactful. This Package DDT… is fantastic!

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Jeff Hardy vs. Bobby Lashley – World Heavyweight Championship

So I gave ECW a lot of crap, and related it back to TNA. I love nostalgia more than the next guy, I guess ECW just wasn’t my thing. Not that I didn’t watch it, own some of it. I just don’t like a lot of it. I like the talent that came from it, and I understand the paying your dues, but Bully Ray is far more synonymous with the WWE and certainly TNA.

Regardless, this was a great show, the X-Division Gauntlet was great, Brittany vs. Madison was great, but it was easily Jeff Hardy and Bobby Lashley who stole the show.

I’ve said it before, but as a life-long Jeff Hardy fan, it’s amazing to see him at this stage of his career right now, doing the best work he’s ever done. Sure he’s had crazier matches in his past, and that part of his career could certainly look like his prime. But he’s never been delivering matches to this quality since he came back to TNA a few years ago.

So I shall say it, he’s certainly not for everyone, but I do feel those that are put off by his popularity or stance as a Face, respect his abilities and respect his position with TNA.

It actually felt really good to have Jeff Hardy back.

And Lashley, is legit. And I love that.

I love how he’s just big, tough, confident and highly talented. I love that he doesn’t talk, doesn’t back down. He’s what you want in a World Champion.

Not that I’m against EY, or Jeff or especially Austin Aries being Champ, just right now, I’m enjoying the Lashley train.

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It seems to be around this part of the year where you tend to get most of your “Match of the year” matches popping up, usually getting more and more as you head into the big PPV’s to close out the year.

This match, Hardy vs. Lashley, goes right into the Nominations. And it’s weird how just one moment in a match makes you feel on a different level, and that rises your excitement and involvement, and it’s that which boosts how you view it, for its entirety.

Yes, I’m talking about Jeff doing a Swanton Bomb from the Top Rope onto the Steel Steps. I’ve never seen that before.

I was shocked.

I expected him to do a Leg Drop or something, I didn’t expect him to a Swanton and Lashley to Move. Obviously they planned it, but it was awesome! Totally unexpected and a perfect finish. Jeff took himself out, Lashley speared him and got the Win. Perfect.

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Dixie, EC3, Rhino and Spud closed out Impact, with Dixie showing she’s not afraid of Bully by going to the ring in front of his fans to protest the whole being “put through a Table” lark. Which obviously feels like it’s being put on far too thick, that sooner or later Dixie is going to have to go through a Table.

Bully has been losing for Months, getting his ass kicked, being put through Tables, by everyone. Yet he’s still built as this force. So sooner or later something is going to have to give, and you are in a Betting mood, I’d put a safe bet on the gears shifting next week.

Bully and Tommy Dreamer came out to battle, getting really close to putting Dixie through the table. Everyone escaped but EC3, and with the return of Devon, poor EC3 went through a Table.

So I might actually throw out my early prediction of Bully being a Heel. I think he’s face, with Devon, the hall of fame, and Dixie is going to have to go through a Table.. which seems absurd.

Till then!

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THE JOBBER BLOGGER #115 – TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 10/7/14

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Welcome, my legions and legions, at least a few, fans! Yes, TNA IMPACT has commenced, and finally! FINALLY! We’re hitting the New York shows next week! Now you might come forward and ask me, hey, Jobber Blogger, hey, Dan, why no TNA News over on TNR? I’ll tell you why. Because everything was leaking about these awesome New York shows…. nearly 3 weeks ago! 3 WEEKS! Well two and a bit, but I like to be dramatic and exaggerate. Also who knows when you read this?

The fact is, TNA taped these shows and from the very early things I read, they were awesome! And that’s all I want to know. I don’t want any spoilers, and unfortunately the internet is riddled with them. So, I just decided to avoid reading anything related to them. Thankfully currently it’s old news, yes that’s right, next week’s show is old news. I HATE TV Tapings. It’s terrible. Live! That’s what you want. Filming two shows back to back also sucks, we know you did it, why keep everything on this crazy blurred lines “next week” “I had a week to think about it” blah blah black bollocks.

Was that too much?

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So yes, I’ve put off actually getting started with Writing this in favour of drinking large mugs of tea and watching The GameOverGreggy show. But hey, there’s only so many times you can watch an American eat ridiculous American foods right. Am I right?

I feel I’m right.

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Guess what everybody! Kurt Angle is no longer the Director of Wrestling Operations! Which was the role MVP somehow managed to get with a title that makes no sense. But he got fired and that job went to Kurt Angle, but he’s had a name promotion, he’s now the TNA Executive Director!

Yep, these titles mean nothing.

TNA’s Executive Director of Wrestling Operations will surely be next, with his replacement being The Executive responsible for Directing the Operations of TNA’s Wrestling Based Television Programming Schedule of allotted Time Slots and Storyline Developments for all on-air Talent and Television Tapings which MAKE NO SENSE!

Good title.

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It’s very nearly the world we live in

Kurt kicked off the show with his “Cheat Sheet” once more, yay! There’s a good characteristic of the guy running the show – the one who has no idea what he’s done.

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I’m sure he’s used that line in court too.

Was that too much?

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So Angle announced the matches which TNA over-laid with Video, so if the start of your show was utterly boring enough having some guy yet again stand still talking about the matches you’re going to see, we instead will therefore make it that bit much more exciting by putting video over the top of him. Oh Wait? Couldn’t you have just have done that in the first place to explain the matches on the Card, WITHOUT having Kurt read from a piece of Paper?

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To make matters worse, they re-dubbed Kurt’s announcement of the Knockouts Match, which just made the entire thing look so poorly made and cheap, and just, really, put a little more effort and thought into these things. It felt very “that’ll do”, we’ve put Reverb on Kurt’s obvious voice-over, so it’s close enough. Pfft.

So yes the interesting part was Kurt calling out Willow, and then calling Jeff Hardy “the most competitive Wrestler on the roster” which really, against the likes of Bobby Roode, James Storm, and clearly Austin Aries, it’s a little bit of a stretch. But Kurt wanted to reassure Jeff that he’s not MVP

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And certainly, that he isn’t Dixie Carter

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So with that being said, Willow can leave and Jeff doesn’t need to hide behind “violent” reasons of being “wrongly treated”. And yup, that was supposed to be the main theme of the show, it was just underplayed physically, and then with Mike Tenay’s constant ramblings on commentary about whether or not Jeff Hardy will show up just annoyed me a little.

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

So Magnus has shifted from the World Championship scene straight to the Tag-Team Championship scene by being teamed up with a new comer who is better than he is. So that’s something.

Not to mention a new comer who would be much, MUCH better off being teamed with the likes of Gunner or Storm (aside from the fact we’re all sick to death of Storm in new tag teams).

Here’s the problem, Magnus feels like the afterthought now. The Wolves are more impressive and entertaining in the ring. And Bram is just generally more entertaining, he’s very unhinged, he looks better, his music is better. He doesn’t wear a body warmer thinking it makes him look like a tough guy.

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So I’m Immature…. what of it!

Davey Richards (again) turned up the pace, getting a Sun-set flip on Bram, with Eddie doing the pin-with bridge for the Win. This led to Bram getting annoyed and attacking the Wolves straight after the bell with Magnus trying to pull him off of them. So I’d say Magnus and Bram might be getting the belts sooner or later. I don’t know if that’s good or not?

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Bobby Roode (who already looks awesome) just with a few weeks back to being a baby face, but his music is cool and Roode is just awesome. Totally down with it.

I did like that Roode talked about doing anything possible to keep the one thing you want the most. Which at first thought was a little gay as I assumed he meant beating up MVP. But he was talking about his World Championship run, so that was awesome, it was Roode levelling with the fans as to why he did what he did. Which makes sense, not to mention he’s still (in my opinion) the best World Champion of recent memory, in any Company. Not sure if that holds its weight as a Face to the same degree.

Anywho, MVP came out in a wheel chair, Roode went on the attack, King got involved, EY got involved, Bobby Lashley got involved. Etc.

I like it because you sort of forget that MVP, King and Lashley was “going somewhere”. This whole – no one’s put together a stable like this before, for only a matter of weeks before they’re now irrelevant.

Which to me, brings forth the most interesting Question in this current predicament, “What is MVP’s Place in the Company now?”

He came in as the new investor, it was different, interesting, turned heel and all that crap, but it wasn’t “horrible” despite we’ve seen it I don’t know how many times before. But now, he’s just MVP. He has no power, he’s not really a Wrestler on the roster. I don’t know where he is.

I don’t see him rising up to the Main Event scene any time soon. I think that time has gone with his injury and a new direction (a better direction).

So what is there that is going to keep MVP in TNA? Because I don’t think just being a Wrestler in endless grudge matches, is going to be enough. Time will tell.

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Austin Aries vs. Sanada – X-Division Championship

So first of all, I do apologise to Linda, I made a note of course to mention this match up last week, but then it’s sort of like, why?

Because nothing really happened, so it just made more sense to give the back story when I have the actual match to talk about.

Yes Aries sat down with Kurt Angle last week to talk about his re-match for the X-Division Championship since losing it to Sanada before Lockdown. And so Angle gave him his re-match. This led to Aries and Angle having this weird “mutual respect” kind of talk about wanting to Wrestle each other to see who is the best. Funny thing is, Angle said he wants that match, but Angle won’t be cleared to compete before his contract is up. He’s already (apparently) turned down a new TNA Contract, and he’s recently stated that his next Contract could quite easily be his last, so everything points to him being out of TNA by the end of the year. So no Angle vs. Aries. Besides, there’s only one person who would disagree with Angle, and that’s Angle. Kurt probably was the best Wrestler, but Aries holds that position now.

And let’s look at the facts for that opinion, purely with this very match.

It was AWESOME!

Of course if you’re a Wrestling fan, I don’t need to tell you it was awesome, hell if you were like me, you’d know it was awesome before the match even got started.

This puts Sanada in a great light, and obviously, just further increases the credibility of Austin Aries.

So it’s simple really, I was struggling to find reasons for why Aries could be the “Wrestler of the Year” again this year, but this match, makes up for all of those matches where he wasn’t even on the Show, because in one match, he’s out-done everyone else in the Roster for the last half of a year.

AustinAriesthebestSure we had James Storm talking to Sanada again, which I still feel is really out of character for the Cowboy, but I hope they have a good “development idea” for that story.

Also something else which was pretty awesome, there was one hell of an Austin Aries chant going on during Sanada’s entrance, and that Chant fit Sanada’s music perfectly!

Another reason Aries should be at the top, no-one else draws that much of a reaction, and it’s entirely based on his Work. Doesn’t matter where he is in the card, what kind of silly storyline, Austin Aries = legit, and Wrestling fans know it. On the flip side you can say Jeff Hardy draws the biggest reaction, maybe so, but his fan base is totally different, not to mention, he can also draw a negative reaction, especially when pitted against Austin Aries. So it’s just kind of baffling why Aries isn’t always in the lead within TNA’s rankings.

So what about this match? Just freakin’ watch it.

Awesome stuff, Austin Aries picks up the win and becomes the x5 time X-Division Champion.

Which comes to a realisation I had, which I shall get back to later!

And of course, this goes down into the “Match of the Year category” without a doubt, probably the runner…. not that I remember the others… also a good sign.

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Bully calls out Rhino, and Rhino comes out with EC3 and Spud. So I liked the “shoot” kind of feel about this confrontation. Aside from the fact it’s firmly stuck in Storyline “whatever”. They mentioned Paul Heyman, WWE, being fired from TNA, all kinds of stuff, it’s cool. But also, somewhat irrelevant.

One thing I’m 100% against is that everything needs to be done for “reasons” and that people need to know them. I’ve always hated that. I like the fact that people want to know, but then why tell them? So Bully was over-bearing with his “WHY!!!!” “WHY RHINO!” “You were my friend” crap. I hate that too, especially from a guy like Bully Ray. He shouldn’t be after answers, it should be as simple as “I don’t care why, but I’m going to beat the crap out of him anyway”. Done.

In the end Bully got attacked and Tommy Dreamer came to his rescue. I also hate that the ECW guys have this “reoccurring” thing every other year or so. For someone that doesn’t give a flying crap, I’m even more sick of seeing it, again…. again…. again. I have a horrible feeling we’re not seeing ECW has-beens, and I’m sure it’s not the last time they all come out to play… again.

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Angelina Love vs. Brittany vs. Madison Rayne vs. Gail Kim – Knockouts Championship

Totally legit complaint that Angelina didn’t get a fair one on one re-match for her Championship. I know it’s storyline crap booking, but it just makes no sense. If you have a face fighting Champion, or face wanting a rematch, and they WANT as many challenges / opponents, fair enough. But to screw them out of it, and then they’ll just play it off as Angelina complaining. But if she was a face then it’s “this isn’t fair!”. Meh, you’ve made the rules, stick to them.

Brittany was very impressive in this match, which is awesome. We need more Knockouts with interesting characters and awesome in the ring. The ending of the match was quite an eye-opener. Brittany ran and jumped over Gail did a handstand into the ropes, bounced back into a standing Moonsault, which was impressive. Madison then dropped Brittany with this over weird hug, trapped head, drop thing. Madison then got took out with Angelina’s awesomely cool Botox Injection, for Angelina to then fall prey to one of the most Creative Finishers – Gail’s Eat Defeat.

The majority of the guy’s finishers suck in comparison to all of those.

Not to mention I believe Gail is now a x4 Time Knockouts Champion, Madison x5? Angelina x6. Which makes the Knockouts Championship, and the X-Division Championship the best Titles to hold. Also the Tag-Team belts too, with actual Teams, like Beer Money back in the day.

So you have developed Wrestlers, in this very competitive focussed Division and not everyone has Championship runs, some have a few, and the best have a lot. That’s how it should be.

Look at the World Championship Scene, Austin Aries, once, Bobby Roode, once, James Storm, once, Eric Young, once, Jeff Hardy twice with a possible (won back quickly), Mr. Anderson once (with a quick win back I think?), Bully Ray, once (again with a quick win back, so doesn’t really count). The list is sooooo long. It’s stupid. AJ Styles, Sting, Kurt Angle, these guys held the belt a lot. But now it’s flavour of the month territory, whoever fits. Magnus was supposed to fit, that’s gone. It’s a mess.

Things seem to be shifting in Roode’s favour, especially with the Bound for Glory series up and coming, so he might actually (eventually) and hopefully get there again. But hell, I want Aries there again. They rotate the players so much that over half of their roster at some point has been World Champion once. That sucks. I get that you have a lot of good talent, but people reach limits, then drop so quickly, the turnover is far too great. Yet when you have guys who should always be in an arms length of the belt, they should remain with that distance. Rather than going off of TV or just being shoved in some stupid storyline or naff tag-team.

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20 Man Over-The-Top-Rope Battle Royal – World Heavyweight Championship Number One Contender Match

I didn’t bother Writing down everyone who was in the match, because it’s not relevant.

Jeff Hardy came back which was supposed to be the big part of the show. It kinda worked… just not enough.

The only thing I like about that, is it gives Jeff enough time to be Jeff, so that one day, he can bring Willow back should he need to go to that “certain place” for a crazy match.

Crazy Steve was the first eliminated, that sucks. We’ve barely seen him do anything, yet he has a huge followed, an awesome character and people want to see him. Yet The Freak has a good bit of TV Time in this match, and he’s terrible.

Knux seemed to injure his leg I thought, not heard anything (but then not been looking?) hopefully he’s alright. I honestly hoped for a faceoff between Knux and Bully as a “look where we are now” type of moment after the Aces and Eights.

Abyss (who wasn’t in the match for some reason) came out to fight Bram. Storm and Roode seemed to be trying to build toward something, but it just got passed by. It’s weird how Roode is becoming a top Good guy again as Storm is now the top Heel (in my opinion).

In the end it came down to Eric Young and Jeff Hardy. It’s almost difficult to now look at EY as a threat, I know he was Champion at one point in time, but really, what’s the point now. Is he ever going to get there again?

Also what if he did win, Lashley would just go through him with ease.

So yes, the returning Jeff Hardy won the Battle Royal and will go on to face Bobby Lashley next week for the World Championship. I bet he doesn’t win, and Kenny King gets involved, and then the Hardy Boyz reunite to fight them… probably.

Jeff gave a promo after his win (and I really didn’t miss those) where he described himself as “Extremely Rougher than most” which I think amounts to “nothing really”.

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Lashley then came out and stood facing him. Which is better than a fight, I like a good stare down, and really, Jeff shouldn’t even stand a chance.

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I’m excited for the New York shows, and you should be to!

Till then! 

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The Jobber Blogger #110 – TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 12/6/14

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To think, 10 issues ago was issue 100. There’s some math to kick you in the knee caps! Or shins, if you happen to be a strange alien being at the mercy of one Captain Kirk’s instinctive kick to the groin… accidentally.

Well, that could potential be the most inappropriate way to start this, but hey, what could be better?

Yes TNA heads toward Slammiversary, live tonight actually in the US. But the question is, does their “go home” show deliver. I may have come across a little “negative” last week, and while this week’s show didn’t annoy me as much, I was very much so looking forward for it to end.

When did that happen? 1 hour and a half of Wrestling and I’m bored. The main event should be the thing you want more than anything, but yet, it was just the same old tired boring routine. On the plus side, the same old tired boring routine has had a little bit of a shake up! And yes, that’s good!

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Sadly, Impact did not kick off with a match, but a match wasn’t actually far behind. The TNA World Champion – Eric Young made his way to the ring (in Wrestling attire… a pretty good give away) and called out MVP.

A whole load of un-necessary garbage later the theme for the show was set. EY was going to war against MVP, Lashley and King, and should be able to win, he gets to pick the stipulation and have his “fair fight”.

Eric Young vs. Bobby Lashley

Believe it or not, but Lashley was the only one between he, MVP and Kenny King to be dressed to compete, it’s like they pre-planned this match?

Either way, this took me a little by surprise. Which is the best way to describe TNA’s main theme this week. See when it was set that EY needed to defeat MVP, Lashley and King, I therefore assumed it would be a handicap match. King again making orders (somehow) claimed EY couldn’t even defeat two of them, and so the challenge was set. Again, I expected this to be 2 on 1. But no, it was a gauntlet… with gaps. EY had to compete in three matches to get his fair fight, all of them spaced out throughout the show, which as it happens… seems fair. Too fair really.

It gets further confusing when Lashley makes quick work of EY, beats him down, injures his back, catches EY mid air and Powerslam’s him to the mat and picks up the win.

My instant reaction was, Awesome! EY got his ass kicked by big bad Bobby Lashley and now EY can’t name his stipulation. Nope.

Just because he lost, doesn’t mean he still can’t win. A stupid idea. Surely if MVP was that bent on having the advantage, it would be a handicap match. Should it not be that, giving a slight edge to EY, it should be that EY wasn’t able to actually lose. He lost, straight away. That should have been the end of it, and quite frankly something I wasn’t expecting. I was expecting an entire show where EY “defies the odds’!” phony injury and all. Still.

Lashley wasn’t done and Samoa Joe came to his aid, thus pitting Joe vs. Lashley at Slammiversary in a mid-card match no-one gives two craps about seeing.

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Now That’s Booking!

Magnus and Bram made their way to the ring. Bram looking pretty intense and awesome and Magnus looking like he has a hard time selling the idea of him being intense and awesome. He looked like a presentable version of Bram. I hope Magnus can pull off the gimmick, but right away he’s the less impressive guy in the ring, Magnus works being Magnus, Bram is a natural at playing this crazy intense violent dude. So Bram debuts as this “crazy intense violent dude” and I believe. TNA then tell me “Magnus is just as intense, crazy and violent” and I don’t believe it. Put them side by side, one is trying, one works. So the former World Heavyweight Champion – veteran – Magnus, now looks less legit than the new guy…..

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Good Booking!

Magnus was given the same old crap speech to explain himself. I really don’t think he needed to, nobody really cares enough, and he’s playing a heel, it’s not like he’s changed, he just ditched looking smart for Bram’s clothes.

Magnus blabbed on about “they” changed him to who he was. Yet this entire “change” apparently only covers the few Months where he was Champion, not the how many years he was the exact same guy beforehand, only without a Championship and catchphrase.

Willow wobbled his way to the entrance ramp, and actually did an alright promo. Jeff sucks trying to be himself, he is charismatic in everything, but dialogue. So Jeff being even more awkward as Willow is just… awkward. Unless they edit it with snazzy effects and reverb, then it’s kind of cool. Jeff jumped between his two personalities, and I actually expected him to ditch the mask and return to being “Jeff Hardy” again, but instead he didn’t. He did however talk about “we”, which was quite good, I’d rather have Willow come out with a blow up doll dressed like Jeff to compete. Instead, Abyss turned up. Abyss obviously back with issues against Magnus, so now it starts to make a bit more sense.

He still looks sort of stupid though, and not at all intimidating like he used to.

Robbie E (w/ Jesse, DJ Z) vs. Knux (w/ The Menagerie)

The Menagerie is this weird blend of good ideas and poor execution, which is always TNA’s staple of work. For instance, the idea of The Menagerie is quite good. The Freak sucks. Crazy Steve is awesome, yet rather than being more awesome, he’s sort of more “comical” and that makes him child friendly in my eyes, rather than being creepy and dark. His look is creepy and dark, how he moves is creepy and dark, the way he snaps is neck around is awesome creepy and dark. But then he’s being stupid, and with the rest of them (namely The Freak who is also known as Walking Stupid) undermines Crazy Steve’s credibility and potential, I feel, at least.

I like having the music playing and crazy lights, but then it always puts the advantage to Knux, they used to do the same thing with the Bromans, so it would be better if it went back and forth a little.

The match was alright, but it has far too many moving parts and gimmicks on both sides for there to be anything to dig your teeth into and get to know anyone as “wrestlers” or characters.

Knux didn’t have too many problems in picking up the win, with multiple distractions on both sides. Crazy Steve then tied his balloons to the back of Robbie E’s trunks, so he freaked out and ran around stupidly. Kind of funny, I get the whole having “characters for everyone” but The Bromans, especially Robbie are very credible in the ring, it would be nice to see Robbie given the chance to be a bit more serious at times. Though Tigre Uno has recently said he’d like to Wrestle Crazy Steve, and implied that he’s very good in the ring, so I’m anxious to see him actually Wrestle.

Ethan Carter the third and Spud brought out “Brooke”. Or Miss Tessmacher, or Brooke Tessmacher, correctly called Brooke Adams. Can’t they just call her that now?

It was awesome to see Brooke back, she’s one of my favourites, aside from the whole “sexualised gyrating move set she does”.

Despite the fact Brooke turned heel very quickly, ditched the fans, got a new persona… got written off of tv for months and months, she’s now back and a face. But whatever, Wrestling, get it.

EC3 was hoping to learn some dark secrets about Bully Ray, but the whole segment got vastly better when Spud took charge.

Spud who put the spot light on Brooke and removed an envelope with evidence that Brooke’s child is indeed Bully’s. Obviously, entirely incorrect information, but highly entertaining. Including everyone’s favourite – the Titan Tron pictures. With a side by side of Bully and some random Baby.

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Bully came out to Brooke’s aid, with a horrible, horrible idea of Bully apologising to Brooke and telling her how awesome she is, including a Hug. We don’t need to see that. We all know Bully is married outside of Wrestling, the whole Aces and Eights thing was a good idea, he ditched Brooke when he lost the belt, he’s a bad guy. Now he’s a softy good guy, it’s almost difficult to watch.

EC3 then challenged Bully to a Tables match, which was then one upped by Bully to a Texas Death-match.

Okay, theory time.

Bully Ray is on Dixie Carter’s side. They needed a way to eliminate MVP and the control he has, the best way to do that is give him the power, with Dixie being entirely sure MVP was just as corrupt. And he was. Bully was thrown in the mix to “fool” people, just like The Aces and Eights. Only this time, perhaps more clever?

So my guess is in the end Bully won’t put Dixie through a table, because they are aligned, and always have been. Perhaps even with Bully getting back the World Championship. As far as EC3 and Spud are concerned, Dixie clearly has no issues with throwing them to the hands of Bully just to get her company back and prove a point. That’s my theory. Bully is being “too good”.

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Eric Young vs. Kenny King

This was the match of the night, King is a fantastic talent, and I love the current position he is in. Against EY, they both put on a great match, and The Royal Flush – King’s special move, is awesome!

Though a little annoying he just then spent time showing off rather than pinning EY, a clear sign we know how the match is going to play out.

EY then hit the Pile-Driver on King and I cringed, again. You could see King move his head up a little too early, but I don’t blame him one second. The whole move is just bad. I don’t know why they are continuing it. I guess if all parties are happy to do it, fair enough. But it’s almost like “the pile driver will set us apart from the competition”. There’s a pretty damn good reason why they don’t use that move, and I wish TNA would be the same.

Brittany vs. Madison Rayne vs. Gail Kim – #1 Contendership – Knockouts Title

It’s a little annoying that these number one contender matches need to take place, and usually do just before a PPV. The Knockouts have some interesting stories going on currently, can’t they work them into a Title match without having the randomly win an opportunity.

Brittany spent the first part of match copying Madison, and also doing her best to help her in a 2 on 1 type of situation.

Angelina and Velvet crashed the match to join commentary which led to a great little line from Tenay “right in the midst of this three way…… excuse me”.

Madison obviously got more annoyed with Brittany and in the end hit her. Angelina and Velvet made their way to the ring to try and help Brittany win but instead assisted Gail Kim who dropped Brittany with “eat defeat” and is now the Number One Contender.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Brittany joins The Beautiful People, only for them to abuse her and beat up or something. Also remember Taryn Terrell is expected back, would be pretty neat if she were to join up with The Beautiful People too. Not to mention the Von Erich’s are coming to Slammiversary, so perhaps a possible reunion with Lacey isn’t out of the question either.

MVP vs. Eric Young

Yes the main event is here, and it’s the very same main event they were planning for Slammiversary. And it was boring.

Lashley and King beat down EY before he got in the ring, MVP power-bombed EY into the Corner Turnbuckle which looked very, very dangerous how he landed.

In the end MVP just got a Chair and beat up EY getting himself disqualified and thus giving EY a victory so he can pick the stipulation. MVP’s plan of course was just to beat down on EY, which makes sense I suppose.

EY chooses a cage match. And thankfully MVP injured himself recently on a house show and cannot compete tonight, so the match has since been changed, which actually makes the card much more exciting.

So rather than having EY vs. MVP in a Cage for the World Championship, EY will instead face the Winner’s of the Bobby Lashley vs. Samoa Joe and Kenny King vs. Austin Aries matches in a Triple-Threat Cage Match for the Main Event. So well done, the main event is now a little more exciting, and two randomly booked mid card matches (aside from King and Aries to be fair, should be awesome) are now much more interesting.

Speaking of Slammiversary!

Willow (/Abyss) vs. Magnus (w/Bram)

Angelina Love vs. Gail Kim – Knockouts Championship

Bully Ray vs. EC3 – Texas Death Match

Bobby Lashley vs. Samoa Joe – Number One Contender – Main Event

Kenny King vs. Austin Aries – Number One Contender – Main Event

James Storm vs. Mr. Anderson

EY – vs. winners – Triple Threat – Steel Cage- World Heavyweight Championship

Plus the Von Erich’s, plus the TNA Hall of Fame inductee 2014.

Should be a good night, I aim to have my Write up for Wednesday!

Till then!

Dan Wilkinson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 29/5/14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tigre Uno vs. Bram 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Bromans vs. Anderson and Gunner 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 The Beautiful People vs. Brittany and Gail Kim

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bully Ray vs. EY – EC3 Special Referee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Though to lighten the mood I did make this

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Ethan Carter the third vs. Kurt Angle

At last, good news!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I didn’t even realise that till now.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kazarian vs. Knux

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Willow vs. Magnus (w/Bram)

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

I do like his British-ness.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2 Months!

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

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

Woo!

Till then,

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

IMPACT WRESTLING – 1/5/14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Willow vs. Storm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Beautiful People – Beautiful Celebration.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EC3 vs. Kurt Angle

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

and the Debut of The Menagerie

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

Till then,

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

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

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

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

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

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TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – Genesis: Part Two – 23/1/14

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

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

Creed Spader

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

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

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

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

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

Gunner vs. James Storm – #1 Contender Brief Case

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aries Bear FLy

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

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

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

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

Bobby Roode vs. Kurt Angle – Steel Cage Match

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

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

Roode new Coat

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

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

Angle Tattoo

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

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

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

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

If you didn’t watch this match.. correct it. now!

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

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

Spud vs. Samoa Joe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Who knows.

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

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

So tune in!

Till Then,

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

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

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

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

WRESTLING!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Samoa Joe vs. Ethan Carter the third

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

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

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

Joe was then advised by medicals to leave the arena.

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

Kurt Angle vs. Bad Influence – Steel Cage Match

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

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

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

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

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

Bobby Roode vs. Sting – Steel Cage Match

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sting vs. Ethan Carter the third

Madison Rayne vs. Gail Kim – Knockouts Championship

Mr. Anderson vs. Bully Ray

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Till then, we’ve got Genesis next week!

Dan Wilkinson.

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

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

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

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

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

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

PPVS a year

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

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

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

On the Road

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HOGANBISCHOFF

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

aceseights

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

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

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

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

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

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

newstars

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

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

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

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

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

dixieheel

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

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

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

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

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

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

newcomer nom

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

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

Best Newcomer - ROCKSTAR SPUD

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

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

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

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

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

return nom

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

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

Best Return - AJ STYLES

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

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

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

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

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

ppv nom

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

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

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

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

PPV of the year - Turning Point

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

knockout nom

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

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

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

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

Knockout of the year - Gail Kim

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

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

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

tagteam nom

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

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

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

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

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

Tag-Team of the year - Bad Influence

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

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

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

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

match nom

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

But Match of the Year was a tough one.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

wrestler of the year nom

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

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

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

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

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

Wrestler of the Year - Aries

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dan Wilkinson

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