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

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

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

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

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

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 TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 10/10/13

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

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

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

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

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

Austin Aries vs. Jeff Hardy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jesse vs. ODB

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bad Influence vs. Magnus and Sting

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

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

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

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

The Aces and Eights vs. AJ Styles – Handicap Match

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

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

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

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

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

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

Till Then,

Dan

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

October 7, 2013 by DiVineDiablo

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

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

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

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

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 TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 3/10/13

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

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

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

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

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

 Kenny King and Chris Sabin vs. Manik and Jeff Hardy

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

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

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

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

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

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

Magnus vs. E.G.O – Gauntlet Match

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Samoa Joe vs. Bully Ray

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

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

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

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

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

Hulk Hogan’s Decision

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

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

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

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

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

Good things one would hope are around the Corner!

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

Till Then,

Dan Wilkinson

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

September 22, 2013 by DiVineDiablo

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

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

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

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Yup, a special date indeed.

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

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

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

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

Jeff Hardy vs. Manik

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

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

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

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

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

Angry Picture

Im Angry

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

ODB vs. Mickie James – Knockouts Championship

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

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

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

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

ODB Angry Picture

I’m Angry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ODB Hogan

Still Angry

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez vs. James Storm and Gunner

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

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

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

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

Gunner The Viking

Gunner

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

EGO vs. Main Event Mafia

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

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

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

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

AJ Styles – Dixie Carter – Face to Face

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Till Then!

Dan Wilkinson

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