How I Would Book… CM Punk As Nexus Leader [Part One]

Leaders joining and leaving a major group in professional wrestling are not rare. Even in major groups like the Bullet Club, the leaders of these groups have changed on multiple occasions. Today, we explore the change in leadership in the Nexus group in 2010 with CM Punk taking over the reins from Wade Barrett. The group needed freshening up a bit after John Cena took out all the members of Nexus and destroyed Wade Barrett at TLC to conclude his warpath. What we want to do though is write about how we would have picked things up when CM Punk took over. Here’s How I Would Book… CM Punk as the leader of Nexus.

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In a way, Punk’s involvement with the Nexus unknowingly set the table for the “Summer of Punk” angle and Punk’s rise to stardom. If it weren’t for the Nexus, Punk might not have even been in the main-event scene for RAW when June 2011 rolled around. Due to the Nexus being the biggest group on RAW, Punk’s affiliation with them saw him becoming a top heel once Cena’s feuds with The Miz and R-Truth wrapped up.
However, Punk’s time at the Nexus was nowhere near over to the level that the group was when Wade Barrett was in charge. To pin-point where things went wrong, let’s go through the storyline.
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The Nexus had been tearing up RAW until Summerslam 2010, when Team WWE defeated the Nexus in a 7-on-7 elimination match. The group did get some small victories but John Cena and WWE eventually won the war when Cena defeated Wade Barrett at Nexus after taking out all the other members of the group.
Those things are events that we can’t and won’t change for this particular “How I Would Book” piece. We can change what comes next, as CM Punk took over.
Punk initially feuded with Cena after pointing out Cena’s brutality and humiliating of Wade Barrett, Batista and Vickie Guerrero. He talked about Cena not being the man of his word when he was forced to leave the WWE and promised to expose Cena and his “hustle, loyalty and respect.” Cena took it upon himself to call out Punk but was instead confronted by the Nexus – without Wade Barrett. David Otunga declared that Nexus is under “new management” and initially called for a truce between Nexus and Cena. Cena refused which lead to the group beating down Cena. CM Punk came out to pick up the scraps and hit a GTS. He then picked up a Nexus armband and put it on, revealing himself to be the new leader of Nexus.
Wade Barrett still insisted that he was the real leader of Nexus but Punk stated that it was time for a change. Barrett was booked in a number one contendership steel cage match for the WWE Championship against Randy Orton and Sheamus. Punk said that if Barrett won, Barrett would be the leader and Punk would work for him. If Barrett lost, he would be out of the group. Barrett agreed but it was Punk that cost Barrett his leadership. CM Punk was now officially in charge and he had one clear goal he wanted to accomplish.
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With the help of the “New Nexus”, CM Punk vowed to win the Royal Rumble and re-assert the Nexus’ dominance. Punk was the #1 entrant in the Rumble match and lasted until half way through, where he and the Nexus were mostly eliminated by John Cena. Punk’s attentions turned to Randy Orton as he cost him in the WWE title match earlier that night. Punk’s motivation was revenge for Randy Orton costing Punk the World title in 2008. Did Punk really have to wait three years to get his revenge?
Orton’s response was to take out each of the members of New Nexus and defeated Punk in a stellar match at Wrestlemania 27. The New Nexus floated around with not a lot to do until June 2011, when Punk won a number one contendership match and declared that his contract was coming to an end. The rest, as they say, is history.
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An issue with the New Nexus was that it was simply seen as one of two things. It was either a “poor man’s Nexus” or basically a second incarnation of Punk’s “Straight Edge Society.” Another issue, and probably the biggest of all, was similar to the original incarnation of the group. New Nexus were dominated just as badly as the old group was. John Cena and Randy Orton, who were thorns in both groups’ sides, dominated all the members of the group which made the Nexus look like embarrassments. By affiliation, Punk also looked bad.
Punk was not as badly booked as his followers, but that doesn’t mean that he was booked greatly either. He was basically on the same level as a number of RAW main event heels, which was another problem. With the likes of The Miz, R-Truth and Alberto Del Rio also on the show, there was simply too many heels for Punk to compete with. Punk needed to stand out on his own two feet.
Hopefully, my scenario could fix all of these issues that hurt the rise of the New Nexus.
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I’d keep the lead up to CM Punk taking reins of Nexus mostly the same. There’s not a lot wrong with it as it actually gives CM Punk legitimate reasons to want to go after John Cena. Initially, Punk announced his intentions to deal with someone that had “wronged him” on the 2010 Slammys. That’s fine as it build’s up to the events of next week, where CM Punk takes out John Cena with a chair.

In the third week of this angle, CM Punk explains his reasons for attacking Cena. I thought he did a great job with this promo in real-life. Punk explained that Cena was a dishonest man that mislead the WWE universe with his “retirement speech” as he would come back to take out the Nexus. He brought up Cena’s “barbaric” actions against Barrett and Batista and declaring that he was gonna “call Cena out” later on in the show. The finish of the show ends exactly as it did in real-life. Nexus attacks Cena, Punk takes advantage and puts on the Nexus armband. Now let’s move onto the next week, where Wade Barrett comes into the fold.
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CM Punk cuts a promo on RAW where he talks about his plans with the Nexus. He brags about beating up John Cena and vowed to win the Royal Rumble match with the help of Nexus. He mentions Wade Barrett and states that Barrett will find out about his future in the Nexus later tonight. Punk talks about not being a “power-hungry” dictator like Barrett. He will allow his group the chance to vote on who should be the leader and if Barrett will be allowed to remain in the group. Each member has until the end of the night to make their decision.
The Nexus are all in the ring when Barrett comes out in a hooded jacket with trunks on under neath. CM Punk talks about how he will give everyone in the group a chance to speak their minds and give their votes. Before they do, Barrett grabs the mic. He talks about having a epiphany after his match with Cena at TLC. He realised that it is not in his interests to be looking for a group to bail him out every week. Barrett mentions his bare-knuckle boxing background and that he needed to go back to his roots before making his next move. Barrett resigns from the group and tells Punk that he will see him soon. Before he leaves, Barrett lays out David Otunga with the Bullhammer.
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The next week, CM Punk is in the ring with the Nexus. Punk wishes Barrett well with his exile and tells Barrett that he’ll make the Englishman realise that there is always strength in numbers. Punk turns to the group and tells them all that each member of the group will reveal the honest-to-god truth about how they were going to vote the week before. Punk demands that they tell him the truth as there will be major consequences for lairs, like there was for John Cena two weeks ago. Husky Harris, Michael McGillicutty and David Otunga all say that they would have voted for Barrett to be out and for Punk to take over. Punk believes the three men and then he turns to Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel. Heath uncomfortably reveals that he was going to suggest that Barrett stays while Justin flat out says that he was going to vote for Barrett to be leader.
Punk announces the initiations for the group tonight with David and Husky’s punishments being the same as it was in real life. Otunga took a beating from the Big Show while Husky Harris was hit in the back with a kendo stick repeatedly. Michael’s initiation is to remained locked into the Anaconda Vice for a full minute. I prefer this one as this actually puts Michael over as a hard case that was able to take a full minute of this move.
Punk tells Heath and Justin that he appreciates their honesty and reveals that they will be rewarded for it. He tells them that he was able to strike a deal with the anonymous RAW general manager to have Slater and Gabriel have a rematch for the Tag Team titles against Santino Marrella and Vladimir Kozlov. However, he whispers in both men’s ear with a specific instruction. Punk is at ringside to watch the match. As the champions are making their entrance, Slater and Gabriel attack them both with chairs. They bring them in the ring and they keep it up. Gabriel yells at Punk “Are you happy with that?” which leads to Slater smacking Gabriel with the chair. The beat down sees each member of Nexus hit Gabriel with this chair, which will be Gabriel’s exit from the group.
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In the weeks building up to the Royal Rumble, we see John Cena come back and vow to do whatever it took to make sure that CM Punk would not win the Royal Rumble. This leads to a no disqualification Royal Rumble qualifying match between CM Punk and John Cena on RAW. Punk wins when Mason Ryan appears to take out John Cena. The RAW GM gives Cena one last chance to enter the Royal Rumble. John Cena will have one last qualifying match at the Royal Rumble event against Mason Ryan. Since Barrett will not be around at this time, the Corre will not be a thing and the Rumble match will not be built around the Nexus vs the Corre. It’s built around the Nexus.
Cena wins his match with Mason Ryan and he is in. The Royal Rumble match sees Heath Slater as the #1 entrant and he does really well. He makes to the #21 entrant and is the lone man in the ring after eliminating the likes of Rey Mysterio and John Morrison. Number #21 is revealed to be Justin Gabriel. This is Justin’s first appearance since his beat down from the Nexus. He eliminates Slater and number #22 is revealed to be CM Punk. Punk berates Gabriel in the ring when Slater runs in with the chair. Justin takes out Heath when CM Punk capitalises with the GTS. He is about to eliminate Justin when he changes his mind and decides to keep Justin in the match just to beat him up more. McGillicutty, Otunga and Husky all come out and Nexus pretty much dominates the match with Punk. Before number #40 comes out, Nexus eliminates Kane and Sheamus. The only men in the ring at the moment are Punk, Husky, Otunga, McGillicutty, Orton and Gabriel. Cena is number #40 and runs wild. He eliminates Husky, McGillicutty and Otunga. The final four is Cena, Orton, Punk and Gabriel. Maybe I should be giving SmackDown! more of a major part in the Rumble but for this particular storyline, we’re just going to keep it like this for now.
Orton is laying out everyone with RKOs when WWE Champion The Miz comes out to eliminate Randy from the match and dash his dreams of main-eventing Wrestlemania. This actually plays into the WWE Championship match from earlier (Randy Orton vs Miz). Cena is laying in a beating on Punk when the four fallen Nexus members from the Rumble enter. They attack Cena and Gabriel when Mason Ryan comes out to deliver his finishers on both men. Punk dumps out Cena and commands that Nexus take Cena to the back when Gabriel clotheslines Punk over the top rope but Punk has NOT landed on the floor. Punk is shocked as the final two begins. Punk goes for the GTS but Gabriel catches the knee. He goes to throw Punk out but Punk counters to eliminate the South African. CM Punk is your winner of the 2011 Royal Rumble.
That’s it for part one. Tune in to the second part of this series where we explore the road to WrestleMania for the Nexus and we wrap this angle up!

EXTREME WARFARE REVENGE: TNA 2010 PART 13 – AGAINST ALL ODDS

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Previously on TNA EWR…

It was not exactly the greatest of days in terms of ratings as we only got a 80% overall, with none of the matches put on able to get into the 90s. However, we’re hoping to rectify that with our 99th card booked in this particular game (including Impact and other shows) and we’ve got quite the show in store.

John Cena won the first battle in the feud between himself and Samoa Joe but things are going to get interesting as their rematch at Against All Odds will be a Last Man Standing Match!

TAKA Michinoku will defend the X-Division Championship against Christopher Daniels and Alex Shelley in a triple threat match, with Daniels intending on dominating the X-Division before challenging for the TNA World Heavyweight title.

AJ Styles and Jeff Hardy will settle their differences with interim general manager being the special guest referee, Brother Devon and Jay Lethal will settle their differences in a tables match and Chris Sabin will take on Jeff Jarrett in a hardcore match.

The rest of the card features a grudge match with Bobby Lashley and Abyss working together to take on Beer Money Inc, Rey Mysterio takes on Mr Anderson and Jerry Lynn and Tyler Black will challenge “Deadly Sin” Raven and Rhino for the TNA Tag Team Championship. Can Lynn and Black dethrone the champions that have reigned for around eight months?

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Pre-Show – El Hijo Del Santo Announced As The Newest Signing For TNA

In the TNA EWR update, I mentioned that there would be two HUGE new editions to the roster that would be announced. At Against All Odds, the first new signing was revealed as El Hijo Del Santo. Despite his age, Del Santo’s overness was still very strong. Seeing as how he was available as an active wrestler, I decided to snap him up. It got a 90% rating, which is a great start to his TNA career. I’m not really sure where I’m going to be going with Del Santo but I’d like to see him in a big role. Let’s see how this goes.

 

Match 1 – Jay Lethal def. Brother Devon in a tables match

I’m happy with the rating for this. If you’ll recall, their six man tag team match at Genesis score a 75% rating so I’m happy with the huge improve. It increased by 10% as Lethal beat Devon. After this feud has finally wrapped up, Lethal will be in the hunt for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. I will explain later on.

 

Match 2 – Chris Sabin def. Jeff Jarrett in a Hardcore Match

Very happy with the results for this one. As promised in the Genesis post, Sabin got the win at the end of the feud. He was really the one that needed it and it’ll be interesting to see where he goes from here. I do have a short term plan for him and hopefully, that plan will pay off. This is Sabin’s chance to break out as a serious title contender. Samoa Joe interfered which caused Sabin to win.

 

Match 3 – Jerry Lynn and Tyler Black def. “Deadly Sin” Raven (c) and Rhino (c) to win the TNA World Tag Team Championship

NEW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS! After eight months of reigning as the tag team champions, the Deadly Sin finally drop the gold to Jerry Lynn and Tyler Black. Jerry’s gotten really over in the last few months and Black has really risen up as well. With Raven and Rhino’s overness dropping as of late, I figured now was the time to get the titles off Deadly Sin. Tyler is really the one that I want to elevate but Jerry I think will be a good partner for the foreseeable future. I still like the mix of master and student as champions.

 

Match 4 – Rey Mysterio def. Mr Anderson

The two don’t really click in terms of in-ring work but they’re both over enough to make up for that. I probably should have paired Mysterio up with another X-Division star but I wanted to give Anderson a big feud too. Mysterio gets the win here. I haven’t really decided who is going to win the feud as there’s arguments for both men to win. It’s very tough to call at the moment.

 

Match 5 – “Beer Money Inc.” Bobby Roode and James Storm def. Abyss and Bobby Lashley

Beer Money grab the win. Looking back, I probably shouldn’t have went with Beer Money to win considering they’ve won a lot of PPV tag team matches in the past four or five months. However, I still wanted to play out the Abyss/Lashley dysfunctional spiel. On Impact, Abyss ended the partnership by attacking Lashley. Lashley’s not turning face or anything but at least Abyss can focus on being TNA Global Champion

 

Match 6 – AJ Styles def. Jeff Hardy with Kurt Angle as the special guest referee

Kurt accidentally ate the Pele from AJ which was the ref bump. As Kurt was out, Jeff gained control. He went to the top for a Swanton Bomb when the lights out. When the lights came back on, Sting appeared with a baseball. Jeff went to jump at him but was clocked with the bat in mid-air. Sting hit the Scorpion Death Drop with Angle getting up. Sting goes to leave but Angle hits the Angle Slam. AJ hits the Styles Clash on Jeff and Angle reluctantly goes to count and AJ wins the match. A 92% rating. A very solid match between AJ and Jeff. Great results. I also have some news on Kurt Angle which I’ll mention later on after the PPV.

 

Match 7 – Alex Shelley def. TAKA Michinoku (c) and Christopher Daniels in a triple threat match to win the TNA X-Division Championship

An 89% rating for a triple threat match which I was very proud of. Shelley’s got an incredible amount of overness and I thought it was time to take advantage of that fact to elevate the X-Division title. Shelley wins and I’m very much looking forward to booking his reign as champion!

 

Match 8 – John Cena (c) def. Samoa Joe in a Last Man Standing match

Jarrett got retaliation for earlier as he helped Cena win the match with a Attitude Adjustment off one announce table onto the other. A solid finish to the PPV with the 94% rating. Joe vs Cena was the hottest angle in the company in the last two months. I give them both credit for that. I’d hate to have Joe lose twice in a roll but I didn’t want Cena to lose the title just yet!

 

So the news as I alluded to earlier. There’s two bits of news to discuss before we sign off…

  1. Jay Lethal, Chris Sabin and AJ Styles all won their matches at Against All Odds. Angle, who wants to reward the X-Division, put them all in an Impact Series. Over the next few weeks on Impact, Lethal, Sabin and Styles will all be put in matches with each other. Firstly, Sabin will take on Lethal. Following that will be Sabin vs Styles, with Styles vs Lethal following that. At the end of the series, a triple threat match will take place between all three men. The man who wins the most matches in this series will be the new number one contender for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at Destination X.
  2. Kurt Angle suffered an neck injury which means he will be out for the next eight months. It’s not like I can use him in a non-physical role or anything. I can’t put him on the shows. It’s a blow considering the storyline I’m trying to tell so I had to write him off the show. Sting Pillmanised Angle to take him out of the picture on Impact. It’s annoying but I do have an end game which I can still stick to despite the injury.
  3. The second newest signing will be revealed on the next edition of TNA EWR!

Stay tuned for that and have a great day!

EXTREME WARFARE REVENGE: TNA 2010 PART 12 – GENESIS

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Previously on TNA EWR…

Kurt Angle is now running the ship in TNA after Hulk Hogan was taken out by a mystery attacker. Kurt Angle is the interim general manager while Hogan is away and he’s got quite a show to run now that he’s in charge. On Impact, Kurt talked about having tough shoes to fill in. Kurt admitted that he wouldn’t be wrestling as much but he would do what’s best for Impact. He decided that what’s best for Impact is to find out who attacked Hogan in the first place. The prime suspect is Sting, so Kurt has decided to call out Sting to appear on the Genesis pre-show to find out the truth.

John Cena’s new challenger for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship is Samoa Joe, who attacked him following his title defence against AJ Styles. Joe told Cena that he’s not here to smile for the crowd. Joe’s here to dominate and be the best wrestler in the world. He called Cena a fraud and Joe vowed to win the title.

AJ Styles was given another chance to compete for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship when he was put in a fatal four way match with Samoa Joe, Mr Anderson (due to his win over Christopher Daniels at Final Resolution) and Jeff Hardy for the number one contendership spot. In a big fatal four way on Impact, Mr Anderson was taken out by Daniels with Styles looking to pick up the scraps. AJ went for the cover but Jeff broke it up by hitting AJ with the Swanton. As Jeff gets up, Joe locks him in the choke for the pass out to become the number one contender.

Since then, AJ has been angry at Jeff for costing him the TNA World title. The match has been made for Genesis as the two men that have fought for the title in the past will fight again.

As mentioned earlier, Mr Anderson beat Christopher Daniels at Final Resolution. Anderson said that Daniels sucked and was not championship material. Daniels, of course, got involved in Anderson’s fatal four way match. Daniels told Anderson that he was just as good as anyone on the roster and wanted to prove it to Anderson at Genesis in a no disqualification rematch. The winner got to challenge for whatever title he wanted. Anderson agreed but wanted Daniels to agree to never compete for the TNA World title again if he lost. Daniels agreed as he was confident in shutting Anderson up.

Chris Sabin confronted Jeff Jarrett at Final Resolution and challenged the TNA Owner to a match. Jeff said no as he wanted to help run TNA with Hogan out. Sabin attacked him in response which led to Jarrett getting angry. After a few teases,  Jarrett finally agrees to give Sabin a match.

And finally, “Extreme Coalition” member Stevie Richards jumped ship from TNA to WWE. The group promised that a new member will join the group that would become the leader. In a shocking swerve, Brother Devon was revealed as the new member when he turned heel and attacked Jay Lethal. Lethal gets a team together including himself, Jerry Lynn and Tyler Black against Devon and the tag team champions Raven and Rhino.

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Pre-Show – Kurt Angle/Sting Confrontation

Kurt Angle talks about the Genesis PPV and promises to deliver one of their best events yet. He talks about rising stars like Tyler Black getting their chance to shine at Genesis and TNA originals like Jay Lethal, Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley all breaking out as top stars. Although he initially was unsure about these young stars, he realises now that these men are giving professional wrestling a good name and wanted them to give it their all.

Before the future can start though, Angle said that we needed to address the past. Hulk Hogan was attacked and Angle wanted answers. Angle noted that Sting was very critical of Hogan in the last few months and named him the prime suspect. He calls him out. Sting came out and told Kurt that he had nothing to do with Hogan getting attacked. Sting talked about Kurt Angle being the right man to replace Hogan. Sting said that Hogan brought in old-timers from WWE, WCW and ECW that didn’t deserve to be in TNA while Angle is looking out for the future. He respected that and wants Angle to continue the good work.  However, he told Kurt to back off. Sting told Kurt that while he respected him, Kurt should not get in Sting’s way. Kurt told Sting that he couldn’t allow him to be the vigilante that’s taking out all of the talent. Kurt said that he and Sting have fought side-by-side and against each other several times in TNA but was not going to let Sting run rough shot. Angle said that if he finds out that Sting is lying about Hogan, he was going to break his ankle. Sting tried a cheap shot but Angle ducked and hit the Angle Slam. He went for the Ankle lock but Sting got away.

This segment was the strongest segment of the night which is not saying much. It also sucks that the best segments on the show wasn’t even on the main card!

 

Match 1 – Matt Morgan def. Hernandez

Two big guys battle it out here in the opener. Hernandez is surprisingly over despite losing his feud with Kaz so I decided to give him another big man to deal with. Matt Morgan is probably the top monster face we’ve got in the company so it makes sense. Not to thrilled about the 77% rating but then again, I was not expecting it to be in the 90s or anything. I’ll give them credit as they surprisingly didn’t get the worst rating on the show.

 

Match 2 – “Extreme Coalition” Brother Devon, Raven and Rhino def. Jay Lethal, Tyler Black and Jerry Lynn

I know six man tag team matches usually don’t get to great a rating but I felt these six got robbed a bit. To put this match as the worst match on the PPV was a bit heavy. I think maybe the contrasting styles might have had an effect somewhat but you’d expect people like Lethal, Devon, Raven and Rhino at least to pop at 80% rating with their overness.

 

Match 3 – Rey Mysterio def. Alex Shelley in a falls count anywhere match

The winner of the match of the night award at Final Resolution was also the joint top rated match for Genesis! Shelley and Mysterio just clicked together really well and this feud as helped out Shelley in the long run. Shelley was the only one that got over from the rivalry according to the road agents! Mysterio was already at 100 which was the highest he could go but the fact that Shelley caught up to him is quite impressive. I have big plans for Shelley believe it or not.

 

Match 4 – Abyss (c) def. Bobby Roode and James Storm in a triple threat match to retain the TNA Global Championship

I was very disappointed this one because whenever I throw Abyss in a singles match with either member of Beer Money on Impact, it’s usually in the upper 80s to mid 90s. Kinda surprised with it being the second worst match on the show. Abyss retains the Global title for now. We’ll see how well he does as champion because he’s pretty over at the moment.

 

Match 5 – Jeff Jarrett def. Chris Sabin

I have no idea why I thought this but I was positive that this match was going to be the worst match on the show! I thought the styles just wouldn’t click but it turns out I was wrong. It got a 82% rating and was one of only four matches to get into the 80s for this PPV sadly. However, Jarrett got the win. Sabin cheap-shotted after a handshake. Jarrett goes over here but I do plan on giving Sabin the win in their rematch because he’s getting quite a bit from this feud and I feel he should be the one that goes over in the end. For now though, Jarrett gets the first win in this feud and retribution for the attack at Final Resolution.

 

Match 6 – Christopher Daniels def. Mr Anderson in a no disqualification match. The winner would earn a championship match at whatever title he desires. If Daniels lost, he would never receive a TNA World Heavyweight Championship

The 77% rating was disappointing but I kind of get why it got the rating it did. I get frequent road agent notes that Anderson and Daniels don’t really click in the ring. Daniels won the match and I’ll reveal now that Daniels WON’T be going after the TNA World title. Daniels decided that he needs to prove to himself that he was a true champion before going after the title. He wanted to win the TNA X-Division title instead and then call out the TNA World Heavyweight Champion in the future. I have a VERY interesting X-Division program in store that will have TNA World title implications. Daniels is super over so he will be in the mix.

 

Match 7 – AJ Styles def. Jeff Hardy

AJ beat Jeff after Bobby Lashley interfered on AJ’s behalf. AJ, Lashley and Abyss had an unofficial alliance in the past and since Abyss is focusing on the Global title, Lashley decided to help AJ against Jeff here. I expected a bit more but at least it was in the 80s. Not a bad match.

 

Match 8 – John Cena (c) def. Samoa Joe via disqualification retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship

Despite the disappointing ratings from this PPV, I’m very thankful that the main event was at least the joint best match of the show! It got a 85% rating. Joe gets disqualified for hitting Cena with the belt. Joe does a vicious beat down after the match and holds the title up high in the end. I don’t want to put the belt on Joe at the moment but I also want him to show that he could kick Cena’s ass. I know it seems that Joe was stupid by getting himself DQ’d during a title match but trust me. There’s method to the madness. He was the last man standing in this battle and with that, you all probably know where this is going!

 

Thanks for reading and we’ll see you at Against All Odds, where Kurt Angle will introduce a new signing to our show as mentioned on the TNA EWR update!

EXTREME WARFARE REVENGE: TNA 2010 – UPDATE #1

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How’s it going everybody? Thomas Robinson here once again to bring you our very first TNA EWR update, where we basically tell you were things are going in our Extreme Warfare Revenge universe and what to expect in the future.

As you will have noticed, the TNA series has returned and in full force. We returned with Bound For Glory and we’ve seen a number of posts since. We did BFG, an Impact special “Joker’s Wild”, Turning Point and Final Resolution. That’s a lot to take in so what we’re going to do is drop the links to all the parts down below…

Part 1 – Destination X

Part 2 – Lockdown

Part 3 – Sacrifice

Part 4 – Slammiversary

Part 5 – Victory Road

Part 6 – Hard Justice

Part 7 – No Surrender

Part 8 – Bound For Glory

Part 9 – Joker’s Wild Special

Part 10 – Turning Point

Part 11 – Final Resolution

Any posts you’ve missed or if you just want to go back and get yourself clued up on what’s happened in this series, there are all the links you need.

For those of you that are new to the series, TNA has changed quite a bit. Allow me to give you a bit more detail on the current storylines I’ve got running as we’ve wrapped up 2010 and are now going into 2011!

 

Plot

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AJ Styles was TNA World Heavyweight Champion at the start of the series and he went through a lot of competition including the likes of Kurt Angle. He did drop the belt to Jeff Hardy but quickly won it back. After retaining at Bound For Glory, he was met with a new challenger… AND HIS NAME IS JOHN CENA!

That joke will never get old in my mind!

Seriously, Cena did win the TNA World title from Styles and goes into 2011 strong as our top guy.

Currently running the ship is Interim General Manager Kurt Angle. Hulk Hogan had been running things since the start of the game (as well as Bischoff until Bischoff retired in the game). However, Hogan was mysteriously taken out leaving Kurt Angle to be named as the head honcho of TNA for now. The heel Sting had questioned Hogan’s intentions in the past but what will the Stinger make of Kurt Angle being in charge? What impact will Sting and Angle have on TNA in 2011?

There’s been plenty of stables on the scene as well including the likes of Reckless Ambition headed by L.A. Par-K and the British Invasion. A new stable has just emerged called “Global Supremacy” (led by Desmond Wolfe) but the most prominent group has been Extreme Coalition. Raven and Rhino have been tearing up the TNA Tag Team division as champions but will there be more additions to the group?

There’s been a number of new signings over the year. Along with John Cena has been Rey Mysterio that’s been able to mix it up with the bright X-Division stars like Jay Lethal, Christopher Daniels and the Motor City Machine Guns.

There’s also a number of developmental stars waiting for their chance to shine and also stars like El Generico, Kevin Steen and Claudio Castagnoli hoping to break out as top talents in the company.

It’s an exciting future for this game and we’ve just actually become the top promotion in the company in terms of public image (which determines where the company’s are in terms of size). We’re still behind the WWE in PPV buys though so that’ll be something we’re hoping to surpass them in.

 

Schedule

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Our last post was Final Resolution and we’ve actually done two PPVs since then which just need writing up. Both Genesis and Against All Odds have been done and graded by the game and we’re hoping to have Genesis up on the blog soon. I’m hoping to have at least one new post up by next Friday so stay tuned for that.

For the time being, I’m going to stick with just doing the TNA series. The WCW series is obviously the more developed one that has really helped the blog out but I’ve noticed that the TNA series has actually been effective in its own right. We decided that we might as well give it the chance to shine. Also, I wanted to have a break from the WCW series and it’s good to try something else! Don’t worry though WCW fans. We will be coming back to it… eventually!

 

Knockouts Division

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I know the Knockouts division hasn’t really been a big deal in the series but we do have a bit of announcement regarding its status. Our champion ODB recently jumped ship to the WWE meaning that the title has been vacated. We had a look at the roster and judging by how much we’ve not used a lot of the women, we’ve put the division on halt for a bit. The title has been suspended and we’re probably not going to crown a new champion until later on in the year when a few of the developmental female stars join the main roster. Trust me, we’ll come back stronger than ever with the TNA knockouts!

However, we do have a number of other signings that have joined us in recent months. The likes of Konnan and Primo Colon have joined the Reckless Ambition stable and the Hart Dynasty has also joined us. I mentioned DH Smith was signed to the company at Final Resolution but Tyson Kidd has also came on board. I’m hoping to do a lot with them.

There’s been a few signings but other than Cena and Mysterio, no major ones that will be a big part of the PPVs. I’ve signed independent stars like Joey Ryan but he’s not really been over enough to be featured on the main shows. Also, AAA snapped up Ryan on a written contract from under my nose just recently! -.-

I can reveal though that TWO new big signings will be revealed soon so stay tuned for that. I’ll actually give you two clues for each of the new signings.

  1. The first new signing has been a huge star in Mexico and has actually had a rare five star rated match from Dave Meltzer at Wrestling Observer.
  2. The second signing is former multi-time world champion for WWE AND has appeared in the last ten Wrestlemania events.

So there you go. There are your clues. They’ll both be revealed in due time.

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That’ll wrap things up for this update. Again, be sure to follow @ArmbarExpress on Twitter for news on when Genesis and Against All Odds are up!

 

 

 

EXTREME WARFARE REVENGE: TNA 2010 PART 11 – FINAL RESOLUTION

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Previously on TNA EWR…

We crowned a new TNA World Heavyweight Champion in John Cena, who defeated AJ Styles to win the championship on the first time of asking. At Final Resolution, AJ will get his rematch for the title in a steel cage match.

TNA’s newest signing Rey Mysterio was revealed at Turning Point, as he signed Hulk Hogan’s contract. Alex Shelley from the Motor City Machine Guns was the first to call out Mysterio as he and Chris Sabin jumped the luchador on Impact. It was announced that Rey’s first match in the promotion would be with Shelley at Final Resolution. Could Shelley make a name for himself by knocking off Mysterio?

On the Impact before Final Resolution, General Manager Hulk Hogan was mysteriously attacked in the back by an unknown assailant. TNA Owner Jeff Jarrett was scheduled to appear at Final Resolution to give a statement about the attack and what it means for TNA.

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Pre-show – Interview with Samoa Joe

Samoa Joe is on the pre-show. He cuts a promo about beating Matt Morgan and moving forward with his career. He feels now is the right time for him to reclaim the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. He decides to challenge whoever wins the main event to a title match for Genesis. Joe vowed to win the title and didn’t matter if it was AJ Styles or John Cena. He would be the next TNA World Champion.

 

Match 1 – Bobby Roode, James Storm and Kaz def. “Global Supremacy” Desmond Wolfe, TAKA Michinoku and David Hart Smith

Beer Money and Kaz vs the newest stable in TNA called the Global Supremacy. After I hired David Hart Smith, I decided to give Desmond Wolfe another group to run which would include himself, TAKA, David Hart Smith and Claudio Castagnoli who I’ve wanted to push for a while. Desmond’s continued to target Beer Money so Storm and Roode brought in Kaz to even the odds. The good guys won. I’d hate to have Global Supremacy lose their first PPV match as a group but they dominated the Impact shows very emphatically as of late so I had to give the good guys something.

 

Match 2 – Matt Morgan def. Hernandez

Morgan vs Hernandez. 86% is an all rating for these two. Hernandez is still really over so I decided to put him with Morgan. Morgan got the win clean and then El Mesias from Reckless Ambition attacked Morgan helped out his fellow stable member Hernandez. Not bad for this feud so far.
Angle 1 – Chris Sabin attacks Jeff Jarrett

Jeff Jarrett cut a promo about being the founder of TNA. Jarrett talks about the issues between Sting and Hogan and addresses the attack on Hogan. He calls it gutless and vowed to bring the assailant to justice. He initially stated that his prime suspect was Sting but has not been able to track him down. He declared that a new interim general manager would take over on Impact. He gave those in the back a chance to reveal themselves if any of them were the attacker(s) but out came Chris Sabin. Sabin denied attack Hogan but came out to address Jeff. Chris said he’s been with TNA almost since it began and talks about being inspired by Jeff to work hard to achieve dreams. However, he now believes that Jeff’s message of hard work is BS as Sabin was the best worker last year and has been left off the card for the final PPV of 2010. He asks Jeff Jarrett for a match at the first PPV of 2011, Genesis, but Jeff refuses. Sabin attacks Jarrett and performs a conchairto to leave the man hurt.

 
Match 3 – Jeff Hardy and Brother Devon def. Abyss and Bobby Lashley in a hardcore tag team match

At Turning Point, Abyss won Lashley’s TNA Global Title obviously causing dissension between the two. However, they decided to put their differences aside to finish off Jeff Hardy and Brother Devon. However, an opponent miscommunication caused Hardy and Devon to pick up the win. Abyss and Lashley argued afterwards. 85% which is fine I guess.

 

Match 4 – Mr Anderson def. Christopher Daniels

These two have been arguing about who is more worthy of a TNA World title shot as of late. They decided to settle it with a match at Final Resolution which Anderson won by cheating. With an overall rating of 89%, this was the start to a very solid ending to the show. Happy with this and I do want to keep it going into Genesis.

 

Match 5 – Jay Lethal and Kurt Angle def. “Deadly Sin” Raven and Rhino in a non-title match. If Jay Lethal and Kurt Angle lost, Jay Lethal would leave TNA.

Raven and Rhino have been mocking Jay Lethal for not being able to beat them for the Tag Titles. Angle came to Lethal’s aid as Lethal stated that it’s not about winning the tag titles, it’s about him proving that he was one of the best in the business. Lethal challenged Deadly Sin to one more tag team match at Final Resolution. Deadly Sin agreed as long as Lethal was the one that put something on the line this time. If Lethal’s team lost, Lethal would be forced to leave TNA for good. Lethal agreed and Lethal actually got the pin as he and Angle won. This is a big win for him as he had been losing quite a bit in the last few months. I felt he had to win this and Lethal is exceptionally over now. With the 95% rating, I think this went really well!

 

Match 6 – Rey Mysterio def. Alex Shelley

96% rating! Love it! Alex Shelley getting over big time with this feud and the in-ring work was exceptional. This is only the beginning of things with Mysterio and Shelley.

 

Match 7 – John Cena (c) def. AJ Styles in a steel cage match to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship

Cena stands tall as champion with this 89% rating. Cena was the most over and I want to continue his reign as champion. Cena was attacked after the match by Samoa Joe setting up our next TNA World title feud between Cena and Joe. I’m actually looking forward to this one as Cena vs Joe was a match I always thought would be cool if it ever happened. They’ve got similar power styles with Joe obviously being more of a high-flyer. I feel there’s a lot of potential with this one.

 

So that was Final Resolution. I hope you all enjoyed it. Next up is Genesis, which has already been done. I will reveal one important detail going into that event about the angle with Hulk Hogan taking out.

For the moment, Hogan’s duties as GM will be handled by Kurt Angle. Kurt Angle has just become a non-wrestler in my game so I’ve decided to make him an Authority figure as well. I think the control of the company angle has a lot of potential considering the people involved. We’ve got Hulk Hogan and Kurt Angle as the bosses for the people and we’ve got Sting, who is wanting to get Hogan from out of power because of what he’s done to WCW in the past. There’s all the ingredients for a fine little storyline.

 

EXTREME WARFARE REVENGE: TNA 2010 PART 10 – TURNING POINT

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Previously on TNA EWR….

We held a Joker’s Wild competition to determine the number one contender for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, held by AJ Styles. In the end, John Cena overcame the odds to win the whole thing becoming the challenger to AJ’s belt. Can TNA’s newest star win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship right off the bat?

Can Kurt Angle finally close the book on his feud with Mr Anderson by beating him in a submission match? Anderson vowed to make Kurt Angle tap out to his own hold but can he deliver on his promise?

Bobby Lashley is also defending the TNA Global Championship in a fatal four way with team mate Abyss, Jeff Hardy and Brother Devon. Can Lashley keep the gold firmly in his grasps?

To put the cherry on top of the whole deal, Sting has made a deal with General Manager Hulk Hogan. If Cena doesn’t win, Hogan’s vowed to step down from his position.

A lot of scores and a few championships will be decided at Turning Point…

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Pre-Show – Rey Mysterio Debuts As Hulk Hogan’s Newest Signing

Another tremendous signing for TNA as Rey Mysterio comes on board. People are really going to start thinking that I messed with the system somehow but trust me, I DIDN’T! On this game, Rey was also released like Cena was. I’m starting to think the game is corrupted somehow because they’ve gotten rid of a lot of wrestlers in recent months of the game! Either they’re losing a lot of money in the game or the game is screwy. The first one is actually possible as they’ve been losing public image a lot as we’re catching up to them. However, Rey is actually a really great signing for us. He can have some tremendous matches with the X-Division Stars and really elevate our star power. Excited about this.

 

Match 1 – Christopher Daniels and Jerry Lynn def. “Motor City Machine Guns” Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley with TAKA Michinoku as the special guest referee

This was the best match on the entire show in terms of ratings but this was not a great PPV for ratings! I think a lot of the matches were harshly judged but I’m happy with this one. TAKA is the X-Division Champion and was put in by Hulk Hogan to get a closer look at the competition. Daniels took a sip of his Martini and went to spit it at Sabin but actually got TAKA. TAKA got it in his eyes as Daniels then hit the Angel’s Wings. TAKA is temporarily blinded and performs the fast count on Sabin, believing that he screwed Daniels. When he repairs his vision, he realises he actually screwed over the Motor City Machine Guns! The Guns get pissed and attack TAKA.

 

Match 2 – Kaz def. Hernandez in a falls count anywhere match

Oh boy, did this not work. Other than getting Hernandez really over, this feud accomplished nothing worthwhile. Kaz was in the TNA World title contention a few months ago and even despite winning this feud, has lost a fair amount of overness. Apparently he made Hernandez look like a star, because Super Mex was the only one that got overness from this feud. The 68% really did bomb the show and really didn’t do a great job. Sorry Kaz. I guess it’s not quite the time for you…

 

Match 3 – Samoa Joe def. Matt Morgan in a steel cage match

Surprised at how badly this match plummeted considering it got a rating in the high 80s at Bound For Glory. I really needed to give Joe the win as Morgan had dominated this feud. Morgan still locked strong coming off it so a success, despite the rating for their final match.

 

Match 4 – “Beer Money Inc.” Bobby Roode and James Storm def. Desmond Wolfe and Monty Brown in a hardcore tag team match

This was better than Joe vs Morgan but that’s not saying much considering that it was only one percent better and this match involved Beer Money! Monty Brown was revealed as Bobby Roode’s attacker from Joker’s Wild and Desmond Wolfe decided to team with him to take on Beer Money at Turning Point. He neglected his own stable the British Invasion to go with Monty Brown and there’s a good reason for that.

I fired the unhappy Doug Williams and Brutus Magnus following the PPV, which really just ended the stable. Anyway, Desmond’s going to have a new group to lead following this and I can’t wait to unveil it to you at Final Resolution!

 

Match 5 – “Deadly Sin” Raven (c) and Rhino (c) def. Jay Lethal and Jeff Jarrett in a tables match to retain the TNA World Tag Team Championship

Again, this probably would have been better if it were not for a real Negative Nancy reviewing my show! Everyone’s at 100% overness except Jeff coming off of this so it did a great job. Jay and Jeff as the tag team champions just doesn’t seem right so Deadly Sin retain. I do have a big match for Lethal at the next PPV so stay tuned.

 

Match 6 – Abyss def. Bobby Lashley (c), Jeff Hardy and Brother Devon in a fatal four way match to win the TNA Global Championship

The TNA Global title has been on Lashley for a few months but I never really had a storyline to work it into so I decided to throw it into one with his tag team partner Abyss. Abyss picked up the win after pinning Devon and becoming the champion, of course causing dissension within the team. I think this has the ingredients for something special. However, this rating does not really help things…

 

Match 7 – Kurt Angle def. Mr Anderson in a submission match

Kurt got the win in a submission match, making Anderson tap out in the Ankle lock. This finally wraps up the feud. I have a nice feud lined up for Anderson next month and Kurt’s got a big match too so I’m looking forward to giving these two new content to work with.

 

Match 8 – John Cena def. AJ Styles (c) to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. If Hulk Hogan loses, he will quit as TNA’s General Manager.

I feel that this one will not be welcomed so well by the internet however it had to be done. Cena is probably the biggest signing I’ll ever get for TNA in this game so I want to set up him up accordingly. I probably should have had Cena chase for the title for a bit but I was impatient. John Cena is John Cena and if you have someone like him on your roster with his popularity, you make him the top guy as soon as possible. Cena is not going to be my champion forever but he does need a run with the belt and I figured why not sooner rather than later…

 

So that was Turning Point. Hopefully this will not be a turning point for the worst and we can turn things around with the ratings! I think we just caught the reviewer on a really bad mood as the TV ratings have been exceptional most of the time. We’ll see you all at Final Resolution!

EXTREME WARFARE REVENGE: TNA 2010 PART 9 – JOKER’S WILD

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Previously on TNA EWR…

The series returned in a big way, presenting Bound For Glory. In the main event, Christopher Daniels got one last chance at the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. However, the champion AJ retained and it seemed AJ was going to be champion for a long time. That is until a new challenger emerged… AND HIS NAME IS JOHN CENA!

Jeff Hardy closed the book on his rivalry with Sting as part of the huge event but now we must look ahead to Turning Point. I decided to put together a TNA iMPACT special before that as we would determine the number one contender for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. It’s actually similar to what TNA has done before as we held the Joker’s Wild competition.

Twenty of the best and most over stars on the Impact roster were put into a randomiser online. Using that randomiser, these men were paired together as tag teams with partners. There would be five tag team matches and the winning tag teams will go onto a ten men battle royal at the end of the show. Winner of that battle royal will earn a title shot at Turning Point against the champion AJ Styles.

For the record, all the champions were not in this competition. The X-Division Champion TAKA Michinoku, the Global Champion Bobby Lashley and the tag team champions Raven and Rhino are all not in but there’s a lot of big names so let’s get to it!

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Match 1 – Matt Morgan and Chris Sabin def. Abyss and Homicide

One half of the “Motor City Machine Guns” Chris Sabin teams with Matt Morgan to go up against “Reckless Ambition” member Homicide and his partner Abyss. Morgan’s a face and Sabin’s a heel, giving us a good dysfunctional team dynamic. Abyss and Homicide are both heels. The finish was Morgan hitting the Blue Print on Homicide and Sabin stealing the pin. A great opener to the show with the 87%. I like how this match went.

 

Angle 1 – Reckless Ambition attacks Kazarian

Kaz approached Reckless Ambition members L.A. Par-K., Homicide and Texano Jr. Kaz had been feuding with Reckless Ambition member Hernandez for a while.  He mocked Homicide for being eliminated from the Joker’s Wild and said that Hernandez would be eliminated as well. The three responded by beating up Kaz. Not a strong rating but Texano Jr got over which I’m all for. I recently signed Texano along with El Mesias to be a part of the stable and I have a few more signings lined up. Texano and Mesias need a bit of work in the overness department so it’s cool that Texano got over from the segment.

 

Match 2 – Mr Anderson and Samoa Joe def. Hernandez and Brother Devon

Mr Anderson teamed with Samoa Joe to take on Hernandez and Brother Devon. Anderson and Joe were heels while Hernandez and Devon were the dysfunctional team with Devon being a face. The finish was Kaz coming back out to cost Hernandez the match. Joe locked on the rear-naked choke on Hernandez for the win. 81% is fine as Anderson and Joe were the ones that advanced.

 

Angle 2 – Abyss attacks Brother Devon after the match

Abyss attacked Brother Devon after the match. This is part of a new tag team feud with Jeff Hardy and Devon taking on Abyss and Lashley. It got the same rating as the last tag team match so at least this segment wasn’t as bad as the ambush on Kaz.

 

Match 3 – Jeff Hardy and Jay Lethal def. James Storm and Jerry Lynn

J & J vs J& J for this tag team match as Jeff Hardy and Jay Lethal took on James Storm and Jerry Lynn. Everybody in this match was a face so I just let them go out and have a good match. Nobody needed to be screwed over 0r anything. Jay and Jeff got the win. They’re both more over than Storm and Lynn and they got onto the battle royal. 85% overall.

 

Angle 3 – The British Invasion attacks James Storm

The British Invasion came out to attack Storm after the match. I’ll explain this particular storyline which I think will work. Desmond Wolfe is the current leader of the British Invasion. I started a storyline where Wolfe started having problems with Beer Money for holding guys like him down. He therefore decided to go on this crusade against the tag team and this was a part of it.

 

Match 4 – Kurt Angle and Christopher Daniels def. Bobby Roode and Desmond Wolfe

This was the match that really caught my intention coming from the randomiser. Kurt Angle and Daniels sounds like a very interesting tag team. Of course, Beer Money and the British Invasion are feuding so it’s interesting to see Roode and Wolfe teamed together! There was miscommunication between Roode and Wolfe and Daniels got the pin. Kurt Angle and Christopher Daniels advance to the battle royal. Second best tag team match so far with a 86% rating.

 

Angle 4 – Bobby Roode found unconscious

Roode was then found unconscious backstage after the match. Sadly, this was the second worst rated segment of the show. I will reveal who the culprit/culprits were on part ten of the series which is Turning Point.

 

Match 5 – John Cena and Jeff Jarrett def. Alex Shelley and Monty Brown

More J & J action as John Cena and Jeff Jarrett defeated Alex Shelley and Monty Brown. This was the highest rated match in the show and it was just a regular faces vs heels deal. Cena and Jarrett won to get the final two spots in the battle royal.

 

Angle 5 – AJ Styles signs Hulk Hogan’s Contract for Turning Point

Hulk Hogan forces AJ Styles to sign the contract for his title defence at Turning Point.

 

Match 6 – John Cena wins 10 man battle royal to become the number one contender for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship

Entrants: Chris Sabin, Matt Morgan, Samoa Joe, Mr Anderson, Jeff Hardy, Jay Lethal, Kurt Angle, Christopher Daniels, John Cena and Jeff Jarrett.

Solid battle royal to end the show. Maybe I shouldn’t have put Cena into the title picture this early but he’s still the joint most over person on this show. Cena vs AJ sounded too appealing to hold off and I didn’t want to leave this too late. It’s John Cena vs AJ Styles for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at Turning Point! Will a new champion be crowned?

Be sure to vote on the Straw Poll and give us your thoughts on who will win the big showdown between AJ Styles and John Cena… http://strawpoll.me/6061310

EXTREME WARFARE REVENGE: TNA 2010 PART 8 – BOUND FOR GLORY

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Many great promotions have came and went. Promotions that have been innovative with their products. Promotions that put on the matches that we didn’t think was possible. Promotions that have helped mould professional wrestling into what it is today. In the midst of all these promotions lay a company formed in Nashville, Tennessee by Jeff and Jerry Jarrett.

This promotion had the talent but lacked the funds to really take themselves to the next level. In stepped Dixie Carter, who became the company’s president. Dixie had her own ideas on how to truly take this promotion to the next level and she thought that there was only one person that could have helped. That person was Hulk Hogan.

In 2010, a completely new-look promotion emerged. Talents from old promotions started to take the places of the stars that had built the promotion from the ground up. However, these stars couldn’t help TNA to that next level. If anything, they helped it sink further into oblivion.

That does ask the question, what could have been changed that year to help TNA for the better? This year, I decided to try may hand at booking this company with a booking simulator called Extreme Warfare Revenge.

Now though, this particular series is back. Having taken a back seat to other series’ on this blog included the WCW EWR series, TNA is now going to step back into the spotlight. Welcome to TNA EWR!

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Previously on TNA EWR…

AJ Styles was our reigning TNA World Heavyweight Champion with Christopher Daniels stepping up to take down his friend. Daniels is being given one last chance in the main event of Bound For Glory. Can the Fallen Angel rise to stardom at TNA’s biggest show of the year? Sting and Jeff Hardy will finally settle their score in a Last Man Standing match as part of a major show for the return of TNA EWR.

Let’s get to it!

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Pre-Show – TAKA Michinoku (c) wins a 10 man X-Division battle royal to retain the TNA X-Division Championship

Entrants: Taka Michinoku, El Generico, Tyler Black, Austin Aries, Sean Waltman, Kaz, Homicide, Brian Kendrick,
Ultimo Dragon and Stevie Richards

I really wasn’t sure what to do with the pre-show so I just shot in the most over X-Division stars into a battle royal for the X-Division title and TAKA ended up going over. TAKA’s the most over man in this match so he should still be champion. I was expecting a higher grade but it is a battle royal, which struggles to do good ratings on this game.

Match 1 – “Motor City Machine Guns” Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley def. Jerry Lynn and Brother Devon in a tables match

Very thrilled with the 93% rating for this feud-ending match. I’m surprised with all of the clashing styles that this feud succeeded as well as it did. Devon and Lynn are able to work well with the fast-paced Sabin and Shelley which is a positive. If a lot of these old stars that we’ve still got are working well with the younglings and are helping to get them over, then they’ve got a lot of value. The WCW old stars are the same in the WCW series. For TNA it seems to work well.

Match 2 – Matt Morgan def. Samoa Joe

Think about this for a minute. Matt Morgan vs Samoa Joe got a 88% rating! That’s pretty darn incredible considering one of the men in this match is Matt Morgan. Actually, I probably shouldn’t be surprised. Morgan has actually gotten really over since I started pushing him, which was the main reason for why he won again at Bound For Glory. It just goes to show you guys, you don’t have to be a great worker to get good ratings!

Match 3 – “Deadly Sin” Raven (c) and Rhino (c) def. Jeff Jarrett and Jay Lethal to retain the TNA World Tag Team Championship

To be perfectly honest, there wasn’t really a strong possibility of Lethal and Jarrett ever winning the belts. The whole thing about this feud was really to keep pushing Jay Lethal in that tag team scenario with Jeff and the Deadly Sin. It worked great as it scored a 93% rating but it just wouldn’t have worked for Lethal. As a match, it did score high and nobody lost overness so it was a fine outcome with a great rating.

Match 4 – Kurt Angle def. Mr Anderson

Kurt gets the victory here after Anderson won at No Surrender. Another rating in the 90s. An incredible first half to the show (minus the pre-show) and the good ratings don’t stop there…

Match 5 – Bobby Lashley and Abyss def. Bobby Roode and James Storm in a hardcore tag team match

It was very hard to pick a winning team for this. Beer Money really should get the win but I still see a lot of success with Lashley and Abyss. They get the win here in a 92% rated match.

Match 6 – Jeff Hardy def. Sting in a Last Man Standing

This was the lowest rated match in the main show but by no means a failure. Sting lost overness from the match but 85% is a good rating. Sting has just become a non-wrestler in my game, meaning he’s limited to how much he can wrestle. Therefore, I think it works for the best that Jeff won the feud. Sting might not be on the show for a great deal now as it’s about pushing the main roster but I’m going to try and find a way to work him into the storyline as a non-wrestler. Maybe he could become a heel authority figure, I don’t know. We’ll see.

Match 7 – AJ Styles (c) def. Christopher Daniels in a Falls Count Anywhere Match to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship

I feel kind of bad for building up Daniels for this big feud only to beat him at Bound For Glory. However, I felt AJ had to remain champion for now. However, these two gave us a stunner of a match. With a 98% overall, Daniels didn’t lose a great deal from this feud. Maybe they’ll be a time for Daniels to reign as champion but I feel it was important for AJ to retain. AJ wins after Kaz does a botched interference. It also works well for his next feud. Speaking of….

Segment 1 – Post-Match Angle

AJ Styles is celebrating in the ring after beating Daniels. Daniels and Kaz are arguing to the back as AJ is alone in the ring. But then the lights go out. A spotlight suddenly hits the top of the ramp as AJ seems confused. The words “My Time Is Now” appear on the titantron as the newest signing to TNA appears on the entrance ramp…

…. AND HIS NAME IS JOHN CENA!

By the way…. that’s no joke.

John Cena appears in the Impact Zone to confront the TNA World Heavyweight Champion AJ. AJ shoves the belt in Cena’s face but Cena hits the FU and holds up the title himself.

Trust me. I didn’t mess with the game in the file editor or anything! I was legitimately able to sign John Cena from WWE. Well technically it wasn’t from WWE. What happened was that Cena’s contract was running out and I guess WWE just let it expire. It appears that this happened because Cena suddenly appeared on the free agents list. I seized the moment and signed him up to a two year contract. Money well spent!

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So John Cena was the newest signing which I was referring to on Twitter a few days ago. He’s no doubt going to be a huge part of the show in the next few months and I can’t wait to see where this goes. It’s been great to bring back this series. It’s awesome that with my first TNA PPV back, I was able to beat my own personal best for highest rated show! I’m pretty sure that’s the highest rating I’ve ever gotten in EWR! I don’t recall WCW ever getting a higher rating! We got a 93% which was incredible as we had a 71% pre-show match! Cena’s segment being 99% and Styles vs Daniels being 98% both did help but there was a lot of great matches on the show as well. I can’t wait to see where this series goes and I’ll be sure to see you soon with Turning Point!

The Woeful Booking Of Wade Barrett

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On June 7th 2010, Wade Barrett debuted on RAW as the leader of the Nexus. Going into his debut, he had won the first season of NXT with Chris Jericho as his mentor. When that first season of NXT first started, Chris Jericho was the World Heavyweight Champion. Think about that and think about the importance of that win when you consider how much the brand of NXT has developed. OK, NXT was not acting as WWE’s developmental at the time. However, it was still a huge deal for Barrett to effectively be the first champion of this revolutionary scheme by WWE. That’s huge.

What did WWE do with that? Surprisingly, they initially followed it up tremendously. Barrett debuted on RAW with his fellow NXT competitors and they destroyed the show. It was incredible. It promoted new stars. Once more, Barrett was the leader of this new rebellious group who were attacking the WWE. He had a great character which suited his position. He had a great voice, he was good in the ring and he had the means to be the next great villain in WWE. So the idea that Barrett is floating around in the middle of nowhere five years after that happened is just mind-boggling.

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Ever since that big push upon his debut, it’s hard to imagine that Barrett is where he is right now. There’s a number of reasons why he is where he is right now. The biggest thing was the Nexus having to lose to Team WWE at Summerslam 2010, with Barrett submitting to Cena. According to Jericho and Edge, it was Cena’s decision for the finish to go down like it did. Even the best of wrestlers can still win and keep the losing party over but Cena’s reported way of doing it forced the whole Nexus angle back to square on as it basically meant that after only two months, you’ve had this group lose clean to the good guys.

If the nWo were to have jobbed out to Randy Savage, Lex Luger and Sting at the Great American Bash 1996, do you really think the storyline would have gotten over like it did? No. Say what you will about WCW, they at least made the nWo a legitimate powerhouse. Here in 2010, they made the Nexus look like a joke after two months. How on earth was Wade Barrett going to recover from that? His next big wins were a win over John Cena at Hell in a Cell due to interference and Randy Orton at Bragging Rights when Cena attacked Barrett for the DQ.

I don’t mind the heels losing once in a while but if you don’t have a recovery plan so the group doesn’t get hugely effected, they’re doomed to fail. When a big heel loses, you have to protect them afterwards. It’s a recurring problem with WWE. Look at where Wade Barrett is now, having not received a legitimate main event push since he was exiled from the Nexus. This was infuriating.

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Barrett’s had his moments where you thought he was going to break out and be the next top heel. He was expected to receive a push for the title in 2012 before he got injured and his Bad News Barrett gimmick got really over. However, Barrett’s just never been able to get to that next level. You can blame bad luck due to injuries. I call it negligence by the WWE.

Sure, Barrett’s been injured a few times and his momentum has been killed a few times because of it. However, if you’re really cautious, you can get him over when he returns. However, WWE seem to be incapable of doing that. Either that or they simply don’t have a lot of faith in him to be the next big star. Well if that’s the case, why is he still employed?

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Why bother having him around if you know that you’re never going to give this great talker and great wrestler a decent push or a possible title run? You can put the Intercontinental title on him 20 times if you want. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how many title runs he’s got to his name. Look at Chris Jericho. He’s held the Intercontinental title nine times but hardly anyone talks about those title reigns. They talk about the former multiple time World Heavyweight Champion. They talk about the guy that beat The Rock and Steve Austin in the same night to be Undisputed Champion. They talk about the guy that main-evented Wrestlemania for god’s sake!

Does Wade Barrett have any claim of fame that even comes close to those accomplishments? Of course not. The King of the Ring never did him any favours. A month after winning it he got into a feud with R-Truth for the crown. WWE treated this tournament like a joke. Barrett is one of only a few King of the Ring holders that have never truly become main event stars and it’s sickening.

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It’s not like Barrett can’t be a star, the WWE just won’t let him. What does it take for you to give Barrett a chance? Heck, Barrett has had a great opportunity to become a star with this European tag team with Sheamus. This European tag team might have actually been a great way to get these two over (would have been better had Rusev not got injured). What happens? You don’t even try to protect them as they get beat by the Lucha Dragons on RAW. Listen, I like the Lucha Dragons. However, they’re not going to be like a main event star in WWE. Barrett might. Sheamus MUST be booked as a main event star as he got the Money in the Bank. However, you’re booking them so poorly that not a single soul is going to take them seriously.

I asked the question earlier on about why Barrett is still employed if WWE aren’t going to do anything with him. Let me make something clear. I want Wade Barrett to be employed. However, I don’t want him employed to do nothing. That’s not going to help his morale if he is sitting on the sidelines or stuck in half-hearted storylines. If his purpose is to act as a top UK star for when the WWE comes to the UK, I’d get that. However, the UK fans aren’t going to care about Wade if you’re just going to have him there to get a big reaction once in a while. As a UK fan, I will root for Barrett as much as I can because I truly believe he deserves better. I’m sure nearly all of the WWE UK fans feel the same way. We can root for him all we want but it’s not going to help if someone writing the show doesn’t do the same.

How WWE Got It Right With RAW This Week (26/10/15)

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The majority of RAWs in the past month have been well below par. It’s featured a lot of repetitive booking which have prevented the show from gaining any good ratings as TV viewerships went to record lows. However, this RAW was actually a pretty good one for a number of reasons. I think the biggest reason for it’s success though is that it appears that the writers have “re-booted” the storylines as it gave wrestlers fresh new material to work with.

It wasn’t like the events of Hell in a Cell weren’t followed up on. Bray Wyatt explained his attacks on Undertaker and did reference his match with Roman Reigns in his promo. There’s also the winners of the matches at Hell in a Cell being given spots in WWE Title contendership eliminator matches which we’ll get onto later. However, it just seemed to me for so many weeks that the writers were some what burned out. A part of me still thinks that’s the case but they did a great job with this week. I think the reason it worked so well is that it almost seems like they started from scratch again which is sometimes not a bad thing. With the current WWE storylines going stale, the writers had to try something else. The transition into these new storylines were pulled off so well that it opens up a lot of possibilities for the future.

They had Paige’s heel turn finally cemented which was a big plus from me. It was almost like they were milking this apparent PCB reunion storyline for so long that it just lost it effect. It was almost making little sense as Charlotte and Becky would have came off so bad for falling for Paige’s act. Paige turning heel for good now shifts the focus onto Charlotte vs a fully heel Paige.

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The best part of the episode was the series of qualifying matches for a number one contendership match at the WWE World title. This was exactly the type of thing that WWE needed. I mentioned WWE following up on what happened the night before. With this little concept, all the winners from the night before were actually rewarded for winning these big matches at this big event. All of a sudden, the winners are actually starting to get over as top talent. They’ve earned the right to fight for the championship.

For the majority of the year, there’s rarely been a time where the number one contenders for the WWE World title have actually had to earn their title match in such a way. Usually, just beating Seth Rollins would get you the opportunity. The problem with that is simple… EVERYONE had started to beat Seth Rollins on RAW and SmackDown! Therefore, anyone could have theoretically been the number one contender. With this, only the strong will survive and get the opportunity at the title.

It could be argued that WWE should have stretched this out so it could take place over the course of a few weeks and build up anticipation for future shows. However, I think that’s very difficult considering that the writers have to fill up three hours worth of television RAW every week. I’m happy with the way they went as it could have built up anticipation for the main event.

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Another reason why this worked so well is that they could have easily killed the momentum of a lot of the winners from last night, but no one really suffered badly. Kofi Kingston and Big E both lost, but the New Day were coming off a big win of the Dudleyz the night before anyway. Cesaro and Neville didn’t really get a lot from this night after losing but they weren’t stars with a lot of direction in the first place. Cesaro and Neville won in the pre-show match of Hell in a Cell so it’s not like they won a big match of importance.

Then there’s the fatal four way itself. Usually, I’d be mad that they brought Alberto Del Rio back just for him to get beat in the main event of his first RAW with the fatal four way. However, Del Rio looked really good in this match. Hell, everyone in that fatal four way looked strong in their own right. Kevin Owens started to look like a legitimate threat alongside Del Rio. I didn’t believe that Ziggler was going to win the match but he didn’t look that bad himself.

This was a main event that lived up to the anticipation built over the course of the night. It was a main event that actually seemed like a main event. It’s not like the crowd was bored and burned out by the end of it. They got really pumped for the finish of the fatal four way when Kevin and Roman Reigns were staring each other down.

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Finally, Roman Reigns won. The right man won this mini-tournament and looked great when he did. He was actually built up to be a great contender by beating up everyone else to do it. These were not just over people too. He defeated the US and Intercontinental champions who were coming off two big wins in the course of 24 hours or so. I think with his win over Bray at Hell in a Cell as well to take into account, Roman now suddenly looks like a main event title contender.

It was just a great show in general that was exactly what the WWE needed heading into November. I’m praying that booking like this can continue on into next week. If that’s the case, the viewership numbers maybe about to turn around and a new star COULD be made.