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The Jobber Blogger #135 – TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 19/11/14

Jobber Blogger logo2Well isn’t this something huh? Uncharted territory for TNA. Yup, I get two weeks off! How about that.

Though on one hand that sounds rather daunting and I’ve not written The Jobber Blogger every week since… before it even started. That’s some kind of astrophysics nonsense right there!

But alas, I am only taking the break purely because TNA don’t have any more Tapings to run.

This week’s episode of Impact was the last episode of Impact to ever air on Spike TV.

But what they are doing is a series of Clip Shows highlighting some of the best action from 2014.

Which actually is quite exciting in itself, but this means I can actually get my head round to looking at my own “Best of 2014” article, so it’s all good… in the hood.

goodinthehoodHad to be done…. I didn’t make it though.

 But worry not you crazy TNA fans, because TNA have a new home set for 2015 with Destination America!

Woop!

Yes Destination America is in parts connected to Discovery I believe, and given that they run EY’s “Off the Hook” it’s clear sailing for the next few years.

It’s either a 2 year or 3 year deal they’ve signed, but Impact isn’t out of business. In fact, quite the opposite.

Dixie apparently didn’t want to sign just any new deal, she held out to get MORE TNA than just Impact.

Extra shows, like an American Bootcamp perhaps, or dare I say it, a second TNA show a week, because Impact is great, but TNA is packed with stars and potential stories that don’t get covered every week.

Either way, it’s exciting times. Apparently TNA are hitting 2015 with a complete overhaul, new logo, new graphics, and now they have a Television Deal they can finally get Wrestlers signed long term.

So yes, I am excited for the future of TNA.

Which brings me to one of the reasons I don’t rate WrestleZone as an editorial based website.

Comments like “TNA is the biggest joke in the Wrestling industry”.

I don’t get that.

Now don’t get me wrong, TNA is full of flaws, trust me, you can 134 issues of The Jobber Blogger and I’ll detail them all every week.

But TNA is also a company that takes risks, albeit a smaller group of risks recently, playing more to “what worked” before and trying to pull some momentum from the WWE. It’s not like WWE is the legit Wrestling programme either, seems to me they put their foot wrong more than TNA do.

Still TNA carries with it this theme that people think it’s a joke. For me, as a Wrestling fan, I love TNA. I think TNA has lost its way the last few years and it doesn’t seem to quite feel as proud of itself as it once did, and as a fan who wears the TNA logo on his shirts with pride, that pride has slipped because of it.

It does feel that every time I write The Jobber Blogger I end most of my rants and thoughts with “I hope”.

And I’m sick of hoping and TNA not delivering, but now the ball is firmly in their court, they have a brand new deal, and by the sounds of it they are not going to let this opportunity slip by.

So 2015 should be very interesting indeed for us TNA fans.

bootcampredlineI actually quite like throwing in a little Write up about Bootcamp every week. Though by the time anyone reads this the latest episode of Bootcamp will have aired and my ramblings are about the previous week.

This was “filler” week. A program about them travelling to America, sure it gave us a little bit of an insight to the guys behind the Wrestling persona.

Compared to the roll Bootcamp was on, this took a step back, but I understand why. Given what next’s week show is going to be about, then I am on board.

All this show did for me was make me dislike Grado, a lot.

I wasn’t keen on him to start with, I don’t think he’s got anything going for him outside from some crowd support, but he’s not “impressive”.

Seeing him drinking and picking his nose, PICKING HIS NOSE, constantly. Nope.

Don’t like him.

And that’s it really, he seemed like a bit of a mess and picked his nose all the time, and I don’t want to see him anymore. Kay Lee Ray for the win!

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lucha-underground-tnaredlineAnd of course, before I jump right into IMPACT, one of my main thoughts about TNA taking some time off and running a clip show, is that there is a new Show in town, and it’s awesome.

The more time TNA have off, the more it plays in the favour of Lucha Underground.

It’s a fantastic show, I can’t get enough of it. Of course it amplifies some of Wrestling’s stupidity, Wrestlers seem to have this idea that they are “good actors” because they act in Wrestling. Difference is they don’t act well. Some are good, most are not. My point is that when you take a show like Lucha which creates these awesome Cinematic backstage segments, and you then fill it with the stars who can’t at all, it’s an awesome looking but cringe worthy amateur film.

Regardless, Lucha is refreshing, intense and completely awesome. I love it. Highly recommend.

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bluelineTNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 19/11/14

So yes, the last TNA Impact Wrestling show of the year, and at the time perhaps the last Impact show as we knew it. But as I stated above, TNA seems to be kicking it into a new gear for 2015.

Which is good news, as Impact opened with Bobby Roode – fresh off his “promotional” week, funny how they couldn’t get him booked for one show out of 6 possible days.

I’m not even going to get into it anymore, I give up.

 

Anyway!

Roode was fired up from the actions of Lashley last week, but to dance around the subject rather than go in face first, Roode gave us all a speech about how everybody in the world has a friend!

FanhebnerThat guy doesn’t have a friend.

But yes, Lashley beat up EY last week and now Roode is furious.

So out came Lashley and they went at it. Truth be told, I liked the setting of this fight, I’m sick to death of the security running in to break up every fight, that’s a terrible idea, especially when it so over used like TNA do.

However this week felt right, the grudge between Lashley and Roode feels right and them going at it in the crowd looked awesome.

We’ve been promised Roode vs. Lashley match number 3. Now here me out, if TNA sign Lashley to a long term contract, then I want Lashley to destroy Roode. Roode is my guy, I love him to bits. But if Lashley is going to stick around in TNA for the foreseeable future – which I hope he is, they have one shot to do this right, in my eyes. Now obviously make it extremely hard fought, but Roode only just beat him to win the title in the first place.

Now Lashley is ticked off and charging through guys, he dominated Aries and beat him down, it was awesome. Roode should take Lashley to his limits, but Lashley should prevail. That’s what I want.

But, if they go with Roode retaining, then I want Storm to bloody up Roode and take the World Championship.

Either option is good, but Roode holding the belt for a long run, I’m not as keen on currently. But then I just prefer Heel Champions, and I like long runs with Championships, usually on Heel Champions.

Who knows, I don’t care, more TNA! Just do a good job and I’m happy… Do my idea, and I’m ecstatic!

 

bluelineTaryn Terrell vs. Gail Kim vs. Havok – Knockouts Championship

The story of this match is that neither Taryn or Gail could have possibly defeated Havok unless they both took her out, and even that was a challenge.

Now I like that about Havok, her look and persona, I’m not 100% on board with, but I like it enough to be interested.

Taryn is my least favourite though, but she has my respect, hard working and hard hitting, and that puts the Knockouts and Women’s Wrestling in general on a scale I love to support, I can’t say a credible thing about Women’s wrestling if it was an ordinary Diva’s match. Even some years ago…. maybe more so some years ago.

But the Knockouts, they back it up, and I love it. Hence Kay Lee Ray being my favourite, I want more of it, I want them in the main events more, I love that. Gail and Taryn have pushed further with Women’s wrestling in recent years, and it’s awesome to see. Havok adds to that perfectly given her pure size and power, throwing Gail and Taryn face first into the steps and guard rail respectively from her shoulders, cringing sight.

Though I think Havok’s slam to Gail on the floor was the worst.

Either way this was one of the best matches through-out 2014 for the Knockouts, one of the best, I have my own personal favourites. A category I’m still toying with for my “Best of 2014” article.

Gail and Taryn both dived from the top rope taking out Havok twice with Cross-Bodies, a Eat Defeat and Cutter later and Havok was out of the picture.

Gail went for a Roll-Up on Taryn which was counted giving Taryn the win.

Given the contract status of Havok, I’d say a Taryn vs. Havok match would be in the pipeline, and honestly I don’t see how Taryn could win in that situation – believably.

I had a feeling Taryn would pick up the win, and though she was my least favourite in the match, I guess it feels right. I’d rather her have the belt than Gail have another reign so quickly. Of course I’d rather Havok retained. But then that’s a whole other rant.

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bluelineKenny King vs. Chris Malendez

Having Malendez on a flagship show of a network called “Destination America” is no bad thing.

However I just can’t get into Malendez. I knew I would have difficulty going in, he is fantastic, impressive, inspiring, all the things he should be. More so for how he dealt with his injury and rose above it to achieve his dreams regardless.

That is awesome.

But is he presented as awesome, he still carries this “you can’t do that” attitude whilst he competes. People will naturally look at it differently given his condition, but then it’s Wrestling, it’s not Ballet as the saying goes, for surely someone in his position to get into a Company that is so competitive as it is, let alone with a physical set back like he might have, naturally people are going to exploit it.

Just by looking at it, it seems like he doesn’t belong. This isn’t me saying he doesn’t belong, I’m talking in terms of how Wrestling is portrayed as a form of entertainment, then of course the guys in the back are going to single him out. He can’t compete on the basic level with them, let alone in the Main Events. That sort of attitude, but yet given his situation it feels as if Wrestlers treating him like that is a bad thing, but it’s not. It’s totally normal and deserving.

My point being since his debut which was hyped up, I’ve not seen Malendez do anything. Now this is booking, nothing more. But you can’t tell me how good he is, then show me nothing that solidifies that.

He hasn’t won, he’s been beaten up a lot, and now he’s got his ass kicked. Yes he’s impressive and done some things I wouldn’t expect, but he’s not actually done more than that. So I’m not siding with him currently.

Could change.

MVP showed up and beat down Malendez with a chair. As my previous rant, I like Heels, so I am naturally drawn to that, so yes, MVP attacking Malendez with a chair wins me over. So perhaps my perspective is vastly different from those who might prefer the faces.

Anderson ran out to his aid, but Malendez is injured.

 

Ethan Carter the Third called out Rockstar Spud and I loved this segment!

I like EC3 enough, I like much better than I did a year ago, now Spud was awesome, he was the saviour of TNA for quite some time. I’m sure everyone was sick of Dixie, but having Spud out there was brilliant, made it all worth it. I’m still not convinced this Face turn will hold up to what people like about Spud, but I’m hoping it will.

This however, goes a long way to making that so. I said some weeks back, when Spud and EC3 actually square off, Spud should get his ass kicked.

Now before I go off about what I liked from this segment, I shall state that I laughed a fair bit to the comment from EC3 about JB:

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I know I shouldn’t have found that funny, but I did… a lot.

Spud power walked out and kicked EC3 in the nuts and it was on. Both EC3 and Spud had some battle scars afterwards, but the pair of them made it feel much more real, more so than even the likes of Roode and Lashley.

EC3 just pummelled Spud into the ground – violently.

Tyrus then joined in and EC3 then cut Spud’s silly hair.

It was disrespectful and degrading, but awesome. Spud needs that. If Spud is looked at as a real threat, he loses his appeal. If he can fight, but lose, he retains that quality we like so much.

In this case, people will warm to him more so, not to mention maybe even put over EC3 in a more legit light.

Good stuff!

 

 

bluelineTommy Dreamer vs. Bram – No DQ

Given the benefits to TNA by being on a Channel titled “Destination America” I do wonder about TNA’s global reach.

Magnus, Bram, “The Freak”, Spud, Bootcamp 2. British.

TNA is a proud Worldwide show which I’m sure won’t be a problem, in fact I guess it might even help, if Magnus was the Champion again, that would certainly annoy some people.

Or a lot of people, but I meant because he was an Englishman, not because he wasn’t a great Champion. We’ve had a lot of World Champs this year. AJ, Magnus, EY, Lashley and Roode. AJ was still in TNA at the start of the year, how crazy is that. So was Sting. Sad times.

Anyway, back to the match.

Despite my recent dislike of “that era” coming around “again” in TNA, I didn’t mind it as much this week.

I think Dreamer on his own is a good thing, plus he himself doesn’t seem to hold onto ECW, I love that he pushes TNA, even if the crowd aren’t as much into it.. which makes, less sense?

Bram and Dreamer put on a brutal, hard hitting match, shame Magnus got involved again, I was feeling a turn coming, either he on Bram, or Bram on Magnus. But no, just the surprise involvement of Al Snow.

Which was cool to see, Al seems in a much different place these days to where he used to be, and he’s in great shape, so that’s all good.

I still think Bram should win all of these matches.

Luckily he did defeat Dreamer after throwing him head first into the Chair wrapped in Barbed-wire then connecting a Jumping DDT for the win.

 

 

bluelineDJ Z vs. Tigre Uno vs. Manik vs. Low Ki – X-Division Championship

I am unsure of why Joe was written out with injury. Must be some kind of Contract / Money reason, rather than purely Storyline.

I don’t need to say it again of how much I love Tigre Uno? Or do I? Because he is awesome.

All of these guys are awesome and had a fantastic X-Division Match. I think it was fairly obvious where the Belt would go, which only means Low Ki and Samoa Joe are going to keep this thing going a little longer, which honestly I’d rather it wind down, than gear up again.

I think Manik taking the gold would make more sense, but of course I want more Uno, but whatever.

Low Ki hits a Top-Rope Ki-Crusher on Uno and takes the win and becomes the new X-Division Champion.

 

bluelineLast week I said the “Next Week on Impact Wrestling” segment at the end of the show actually got me excited! And it was because of MVP attacking Kurt, we didn’t know it was Kurt, but who else would it have been?

MVP beat down Kurt in the back earlier on in the night, but Kurt then took to the ring to Call out MVP.

MVP is livid, sick of this place and how it operates, which is good, I like this MVP. It didn’t take long till MVP and Angle were exchanging blows which was almost weird to see. This is Kurt Angle after all, but he being out of action and also dressing Smarter for some reason makes him feel less – Wrestler orientated and less ring ready.

Anderson ran out to get revenge on King and MVP for their attack on Malendez, Bobby Lashley came out to help out MVP and King – which is awesome in itself, I don’t want them to break up. And of course Roode came out to battle Lashley.

So yes, we’ve seen this time and time again, but given that this was the last show for at least a Month, it had more meaning in it.

I want things to be changed up, take MVP and Angle out of the ownership position, I don’t even want a Director as an on air character anymore. Least not like it has been for soooo manny yearrrrs!

It just felt good, and again, totally looking forward to TNA in 2015!

 

So for now, that is the end of The Jobber Blogger for a while I guess…. I don’t think I will be Writing up a Clip show?

I don’t know yet, see what happens.

I shall get to work on the “Best of 2014” Article and hope everyone has a good few weeks!

 

 

Till then!

 

Dan Wilkinson

 

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