Wrestling Flashback – The Aces And Eights

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“When you ride with Aces and Eights, you never walk alone!”

Many groups have came and gone in TNA but none of them were as consistently utilised and pushed for than the group of motorcyclists known as the Aces And Eights.

The group first made their way to TNA when they attacked Sting on Impact following his match with Bobby Roode at Slammiversary 2012. This was their way of asserting themselves in TNA by taking out the biggest dog in the yard and putting the rest of TNA on notice.

These attacks would continue on TNA talent as the TNA World Champion Austin Aries and General Manager Hulk Hogan were also targeted in these attacks. The big question was who was behind the attacks from these thugs and the first suspect that was mentioned was James Storm. The Aces and Eights started a pattern of attacking every member of the TNA locker room with one notable exception. Storm denied his involvement with the group and the group basically confirmed Storm’s innocence by attacking him on Impact.

Aries’ arm was attacked by the group and Aries wanted revenge. After taking an Aces and Eights member hostage (Yeah, this actually happened) Aries and Hogan tortured the poor fella for answers about who was running the deal. A deal was eventually made with TNA and Aces And Eights agreeing to a fight at No Surrender between Austin Aries and the “Arm Breaker” of Aces and Eights. Aries won the fight but the group made their mark that night by taking out Jeff Hardy. This led to Hogan locking out the Aces and Eights to prevent these attacks once and for all.

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However, this didn’t stop the group of bikers. They captured Joseph Park and eventually Hogan and Sting too, bringing them to their clubhouse. The leader of the group then began negotiations with Hogan and Sting for Joseph Park. The leader proposed a two on two match at Bound For Glory with two Aces and Eights members going up against Sting and a partner of his choosing. If the Aces and Eights won, they earned access to the Impact Zone. If they lost, they’d be gone for good. After the match, Park would be let go. Hogan agreed to the stipulation and the match was set.

What’s funny about this segment is that the leader’s voice was messed with by an audio mixer to prevent his identity from being revealed to the viewers. However, someone on YouTube actually messed with the audio of the segment to work out who was actually playing the leader in that segment. In this audio clip, it appeared that Eric Bischoff was actually playing the leader in this segment. However, a segment just a few months later would “reveal” Devon as the one that was taking to Hogan and Sting. It’s funny. Were TNA considering revealing Bischoff as the leader? I believe he was still signed to the company at the plan and it would have made sense because Hulk Hogan and Sting were the reasons why Bischoff was away from TNA in the storyline. I guess we’ll never know.

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Bully Ray volunteered himself to be Sting’s partner at Bound for Glory but Hogan was very sceptical. He didn’t trust Bully but Sting was all for Bully taking part. Hogan agreed to have Bully team with Sting, telling him that he was fighting for TNA. The tag team match saw Park break free and fight the Aces and Eights alongside Bully and Sting. Another member of the group put Bully through a table, giving the group the important win. An angry Hogan helped Sting and Bully take down and unmask the member that took out Bully. However, it was quite the shocker. The man was revealed to be Bully’s long time former tag team partner Devon.

It was a genuine shocker as Devon “revealed” on Twitter that he had left the company and he even vacated the TNA Television title. To see Devon was quite a stunner but it was a interesting plot twist considering Bully’s involvement in the fight against the group.

With full access, the group fought with the Impact roster more frequently and more members would soon be unmasked. D.O.C. (a.k.a. Luke Gallows) was the second man unmasked from Aces and Eights and took out Sting with a hammer to save his position within the club. Knux (a.k.a. Knux) was also revealed when Sting returned following the attack from D.O.C. Mr Anderson was also recruited to the club after they pointed out TNA’s negligence towards Anderson when the group took him out. Tazz was revealed as a member of the group during Bully Ray and Brooke Hogan’s wedding. Wes Brisco and Garrett Bischoff, two men that had been mentored by Kurt Angle, were also revealed to be associated with the group when they took out Kurt in a steel cage. The vice president of the Aces and Eights was revealed to be D-Lo Brown after he kicked Kurt Angle in the nuts. This left one member of the Aces and Eights still unmasked and one question left unanswered… just who was the leader? At Lockdown 2013, we got an answer.

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During Bully Ray’s TNA World title match against the champion Jeff Hardy, Aces and Eights found their way into the steel cage. Devon was armed with a hammer which he simply tossed to Bully. When Jeff’s back was turned, Bully smacked Jeff in the head with it. Bully pinned Jeff to become the TNA World Heavyweight Champion and he revealed himself as the president of Aces and Eights.

This was the culmination of a nine-month plan by Bully to become the TNA World Champion and it was actually one of the rare instances where TNA followed through with their long term planning. The reveals of each member was clearly well thought of by the writers with the big end game being Bully Ray winning the TNA World title. They had a plan and they stuck with it. A lot of the Aces and Eights stuff leading up to Lockdown was hard to deal with, I must admit. However, there weren’t a lot of plot holes with the story. Bully Ray addressed a lot of the plot holes fans might have pointed out over the course of the storyline in a great segment on Impact a few weeks later, when Bully revealed the whole plan.

One of the biggest plot holes I can remember up until Lockdown was Kurt unmasking the vice president in a backstage segment (in a camera angle where the viewers couldn’t see who Kurt unmasked) and not saying a word about it until the next week when he did his segment with D-Lo. Right, because Kurt just kept this important information to himself for a week? It could have possibly been covered up with Kurt giving D-Lo a chance to reveal himself but this was never mentioned by any of the commentators.

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The Aces and Eights were riding high with Bully being the TNA World champion, Devon being the TV champion again and the rest of the group working their way through the roster. Bully ended up retaining against Jeff in a Full Metal Mayhem match and a No Holds Barred match with Sting, with the latter never getting another TNA title shot if he lost. D-Lo was also kicked out of the group during this time for losing a I Quit match to Kurt and a number of other botches which cost the group as well.

There was more dissension within the group as D.O.C. and Mr Anderson argued over who should replace D-Lo as the Vice President. This led to an all Aces and Eights battle royal which saw D.O.C. refuse to go over the top rope and let Mr Anderson win. Anderson was also elected Vice President but the storyline was never really followed up on, as D.O.C. was eventually released from the company.

Bully feuded with Chris Sabin, who had cashed in his X-Division title for a shot at the TNA World title. Sabin beat Bully for the TNA World title at Destination X but would drop the belt back to Bully in a cage match due to interference from the newest member of the group… Tito Ortiz.

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Yes, the MMA legend Tito Ortiz became a member of the group as part of TNA’s working relationship with Bellator MMA. It was really a cheap version of Mike Tyson joining DX which really put a sour taste in a lot of TNA fans’ mouths. Miss Tessmacher also became a member of the group as Bully’s new squeeze. These two new additions to the group was questioned by Anderson, but Bully just told Anderson off for doing so. In order to cause further dissension in the group, Hulk Hogan claimed that one of the members of Aces and Eights would get the title shot. Anderson was revealed as the number one contender and effectively left the group by costing Bully a match with Sting. However, Anderson was unable to capture the gold and Bully rolled onto Bound For Glory and a title defence against AJ Styles.

In case you were wondering, the whole Tito Ortiz/Aces and Eights deal came to close in just a few weeks when Bellator told TNA that they didn’t want MMA fighters appearing in TNA segments any more. Wes was also kicked out of the group by Bully Ray for losing a match and Devon was exiled from TNA after getting pinned in a five on five tag team match against the Main Event Mafia. It seemed that with a lot of the members leaving, the group was going to be finished real soon.

After Bully lost the title, Anderson returned for revenge on Bully for taking him out. Anderson also tried to cause further dissension from within the group but the group stayed united. In the end, Anderson beat Bully on November 21st 2013 to officially put an end to the group and this storyline.

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Overall, the Aces and Eights storyline was not a bad storyline. It was at least a storyline that the TNA writers stuck with and some of the long term planning paid off after Bully Ray was revealed as the president of the club. It seemed that it all the months of planning and swerves eventually came together. Like a lot of past stables in wrestling history, the biggest issue was the last few months for the group. It just seemed that there wasn’t any particular long term plans for the finish of the program, which really hurt it in the end. The suggestion that this was one of the worst stables in wrestling history is just absurd. There were far worse stables like the Corre and the New Blood that were treat far worse than these group of bikers. In the end it made Bully Ray a main event star, featured as much of the TNA roster as possible and did put TNA on the right track in terms of its storylines after the whole deal with Immortal. Here’s to you Aces and Eights. May you ride your mopeds to the shores of Valhalla…

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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

The Beat Down Clan – Have They Proven Their Worth?

The Beat Down Clan is one of those stables that have always caught my attention when watching TNA. It’s no secret that TNA has produced an insane amount of stables over the years. I’m just going to spout of a list of them now for you.

  • Team Canada
  • Planet Jarrett
  • Sports Entertainment Xtreme
  • British Invasion
  • Main Event Mafia
  • Fortune
  • The Band
  • 3Live Kru
  • The Voodoo Kim Mafia
  • EV2
  • Team Dixie
  • Immortal
  • E.G.O.
  • The World Elite
  • The Revolution
  • TNA Frontline
  • The Menagerie
  • Mexican America
  • Paparazzi Productions
  • The Gathering
  • The Rising
  • L.A.X.
  • The group Christy Hemme lead in 2007. I can’t remember their name.
  • The BroMans
  • The Diamonds In The Rough
  • The Christian Coalition
  • The Angle Alliance
  • Aces And Eights

I hope I didn’t miss anyone out…

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I put the Aces And Eights at the end because I wanted to outline something. TNA have done A LOT of stables over the years. Some they just threw together, a lot of them done just to give whoever the heel champion at the time is a group to have his back. The Christian Coalition and the Angle Alliance even have the leader/champion in the name of stable!

If you think about it, only the Aces And Eights has been the stable with the most longevity in TNA’s history and has had the build up to make the stable actually mean something. TNA had a plan with the Aces And Eights storyline and stuck with it. It’s the only one that TNA fans remember as being a standout stable in the company because at the time, the TNA writers knew what they were doing.

On the other hand, the Beat Down Clan, at first, felt like just another stable to aid whoever the heel champion was. MVP was going to win the championship from Eric Young initially, so giving him Lashley and Kenny King to back him and solidify his reign just seemed TNA’s way to hype up their new heel champion. Then MVP got injured and Lashley won the title instead.

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MVP getting injured and Lashley winning the title expanded Lashley’s role in the stable. Lashley wasn’t just the big, strong bodyguard for MVP as I feared he would became. He stood out on his own as a dominating champion with MVP singing his praises. It changes the dynamic of it as the leader of the group ISN’T the champion. It’s rare but it worked. Lashley stood out on his own as a legitimate athlete that destroyed everyone in his path.

The funny thing is that from when the stable was formed in June 2014 until the end of that year, the group didn’t even have a name! It wasn’t until January of 2015 when they were actually christened the Beat Down Clan when they actually had an identity. Not really much of a hindrance towards the group but it just amazed me how the writers never gave them a name for about six months!

However, things change dramatically for the group at TNA’s first Destination America Impact. When Lashley won the title, Eric Young, Samoa Joe and Low Ki all joined the faction! Lashley would then leave the group himself a few weeks later!

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Not only did the group increase in numbers but they also lost their most prominent members. I’ll admit that Lashley leaving was done rather well. Despite losing someone like Lashley, who was white-hot at the time, the Beat Down Clan still looked as strong as when he was there now they had wrestlers like Joe and Eric Young aligned with them. They don’t look strong in the way that they’re planning on taking over the company. That’s not their goal. Their goal is to show their supremacy by beating down anyone that gets in their way and that’s what really separates them with the many TNA stables before them. Their goal is just to beat people up. That’s what makes them distinctive. However, with the stable now a year old, the question is whether they have much life in them as a group and how the disbanding of the stable is being planned to end. Hopefully in a way that makes up with the Aces And Eights storyline ending far later than it should have.

The Shield Face Turn, The Undertaker and Bully Ray vs Bobby Roode

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Thomas Robinson, at your service. The Robinson Rumble column is back in full swing and in an very important time for wrestling. Wrestlemania XXX is fast approaching and the future of TNA has taken a completely different turn with a new authority figure taking the reins. With many things changing in such a short amount of time, this is as interesting time as ever in professional wrestling. In the Robinson Rumble NoDQ.com column I discuss the apparent face turn of the Shield, the return of The Underaker and the feud between Bobby Roode and Bully Ray. The link to the column is at the bottom of the blog and I’d really appreciate it if you guys could check it out!

Here’s a bit of a preview of my column about The Shield!

“The WWE are owed a very well deserved applause. We all sensed that some juicy drama was in place in regards to the Shield’s status in WWE. Having been beaten not once but twice by the Wyatt Family and having be dethroned as the top stable in WWE, we figured that this would lead to a clash between all three members at Wrestlemania XXX as the three would go their separate ways. However, following The Shield summit on SmackDown!, the Shield have a new mission… and a new sense of justice.”

Read on…

 

 

13/3/14 TNA Impact Wrestling Review – It Pays To Be A Bully

WARNING: This is NOT a review of this week’s episode of Impact. That review is coming soon, but this is just me uploading the review for last week’s Impact episode.

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Bully Ray Takes Out Dixieland

Very interesting little storyline for the episode. Bully Ray screwed over Team Dixie at Lockdown and Team Dixie were not happy about! Bobby Roode in particular was looking for revenge against the former leader of Aces And Eights after missing out on 10% control of the company. The team vowed to take out Bully as soon as he arrived, which they did after the distraction from Rockstar Spud. Bobby Roode in particular was incensed over Bully and laid in a brutal beatdown.

However, the Bully wouldn’t stay down for long and saught revenge for the attack. He took out the Bro-Mans single-handedly, Rockstar Spud and Ethan Carter III before fighting Roode at the end of the night. After a nice little brawl, Bully put Roode through the table to successfully get his revenge on the entire group.

A lot of intensity involved in these segments. Bobby Roode is awesome when he is pissed. Few wrestlers can bring intensity to a storyline like Bobby. While Bully Ray taking out the entire team does seem to be putting him over a bit too much, this storyline does have the potential to go far. I think Roode and Ray could be feuding for longer than you think…

 

Willow… WTF

MVP interrupted Rockstar Spud’s tribute to madam Dixie Carter (which was a quality tribute by the way!) to motivate Spud into a match with Willow later on that night while making Ethan Carter III vs Bobby Lashley for next week. It’s a bit nice to see that Bobby is going to be back in TNA for more than one night and ECIII’s unbeaten streak could be in jeopardy.

Willow got himself disqualified after hitting Rockstar Spud with his umbrella (why does that sound like innuendo to me?). Willow laid in a brutal post-match on Spud while screaming like he just sat on a porcupine. While the beatdown was actually pretty decent looking, I cannot get into this Willow character. The screaming is just creepy and annoying, and the fact that the announcers kept referring to him as the “alter-ego” of Jeff Hardy was just ridiculous. What’s the point of the Willow gimmick if they’re just going to keep calling him Jeff Hardy? Why don’t they just call him Jeff Hardy all the time? I like the Jeff Hardy alter-ego idea, but it does not need that screaming and a new name to incorporate that into his character. I don’t even think this Willow thing will last. I’ll give it a month until they drop the Willow name completely.

 

Sanada and Tigre Uno – YES!

Two international high-flyers that debuted in impressive fashion at Lockdown, teaming up against the tag champions the Bro-Mans in a non-title match. These two were great together. After a minute of the Bro-Mans in control, the duo turned things around and pretty much stole the rest of the match. Great displays and I hope this team becomes a thing. However considering Sanada is X-Division Champion, I don’t see this team fully-forming just yet. Bad day at the office for the Bro-Mans though! Got beat here, got beat up by Bully Ray. Gotta feel for them a little. 😥

 

The Abyss Problem

Magnus interuppted MVP at the start of the show to introduce his new bodyguard Abyss. Magnus and Abyss teamed up at Lockdown to screw Samoa Joe out of the title, and Joe was pissed. In order to calm Joe down, MVP let Joe fight Abyss at the start of the show. This match between Abyss and Samoa Joe was an all-out brawl which I personally loved. Eric Young got involved to prevent Abyss from hitting Joe with “Janice”. I like the way all of this is heading. Joe vs Magnus for the TNA Title is set for the next Impact and I can’t wait. I hope Joe, Magnus, Abyss and Eric Young all come together as I like how Eric Young looked serious when he was talking to Joe. It makes look much more of a ideal and while we all love the comedy side of Young, I like the serious side of him just as well.

 

20/3/14 Impact Review Coming Soon!

TNA Lockdown 2014 Review – Lockdown Provides A Lethal Dose Of All-Out Carnage!

2014 Lockdown Review. No Time For Intro! Review Now!

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TNA vs Wrestle-1

So if TNA wanted to provide an advertisement of their new partners Wrestle-1 and to showcase some of the best X-Division stars around… THEY SURE AS HELL DID! A very slick six man tag team between Wrestle-1 and TNA. The six man duo of Christopher Daniels, Kazarian and Chris Sabin just ooze chemistry between themselves. The three-man moves that were pulling out in this match were quality to see. The only complaint that I’d have is that it kinda overshadowed the Wrestle-1 guys, who TNA were supposed to showcase in this match! Speaking of Wrestle-1, I loved watching the Wrestle-1 guys. Yasu looked decent in there. Sanada looked amazing in this match. He was able to keep up with the pace of the X-Divsion stars if not surpass it, and he looks to be a great fit for the X-Division. It’s always great to see The Great Muta in action and the fans were so hyped for him. And he’s hardly lost a step. When he entered the fans just ate it up. You’ve got love this appreciation of wrestling legends like the Great Muta. What I loved at the end of the match was Sanada getting the win for hs team rather than Muta. It kinda felt that Muta was kinda putting Sanada over by having him being able to get the pin was a great way to “pass the torch” if you will and introduce Sanada to the TNA scene.

 

Sam Shaw vs Mr Anderson

A nice match to put Sam Shaw over. This guy’s got a real good thing going right now. I was half expecting a heel turn from Christy Hemme mind you to bring some kind of dignity to Christy after all the ridiculous screaming and cheer-leading she was providing. It was a slow-paced match but it was still an entertaining match. Obviously a lot of drama with Earl Hebner being knocked down and Samuel Shaw dragging Christy into the cage. Nevertheless, the right man won and I think Sam will get a lot out of this victory.

 

Bobby Lashley Returns To TNA

Ethan Carter III made his way to the ring to challenge any member of the TNA roster to a match a Lockdown since his scheduled opponent Kurt Angle was obviously out of the picture. And the man who answered the call was a real shocker… BOBBY LASHLEY! Yes, Bobby Lashley returned to TNA and basically kicked Ethan Carter’s ass. The man never took place, but it was an impressive beatdown regardless. I don’t know what TNA’s plans are with Bobby considering his MMA career, but it might be real nice to see Lashley in mainstream wrestling again. I doubt he’ll be going after the title due to his other commitments but he can provide a lot of star power for TNA that can still go in the ring – at least that’s what I’d like to believe is the case.

 

Tigre Uno vs Manik

Damn, these two put on a show. The star attraction of this match was obviously the debuting Tigre Uno, but Manik looked impressive as ever and the two were able to match each other very well with pace. Especially with the fast paced chain wrestling at the start of the match. Really well coordinated. A lot of cool moments from both athletes. Tigre Uno looked really good in this match and I just love his finisher the Sabretooth which got the win on Manik. I really hope that Tigre Uno does well in TNA because he honestly has the skills to have a fantastic career in the impact zone!

 

Gunner vs James Storm in a Steel Cage Last Man Standing Match!

I love a good old fight with a lot of intensity involved and this certainly provided that intensity. Hell it started outside the cage when Storm and Gunner came to blows during Gunner’s entrance. They did a bit of damage outside the cage including a suplex to the floor by Gunner. With a low blow and a steel cage door slam to the head, Storm takes advantage and the match begins. A lot of hard-hitting shots involved…. instead of that one bit where I think Gunner hit Storm with the side part of the steel steps and Storm sold it as if he got hit by bulldozer. I think Gunner actually did a F5 during this match. A sloppy one mind you, but I appreciate the effort. It had a bit of a lame ending with the superplex to the chairs which didn’t look that effective of a finish to me. It was Gunner that hit it and was able to beat the 10 count while Storm was down for the count… literally.

 

Madison Rayne (c) vs Gail Kim for the Knockouts Championship

Better than average women’s match is all I can about this match. It was much better than anything that WWE could deliver even on their best day these days. But of all the gimmick women’s matches TNA has done over the years, this doesn’t stack high in them matches. Other than the neckbreaker off the ropes, I don’t remember much special moments from the match. Kinda disappointed Gail didn’t pick up a win but Madison rolls on.

 

Magnus (c) vs Samoa Joe for the TNA World Championship

I’m sorry but when I was watching this match back, I had so many difficulties watching it. I could barely watch it in sync that much and it was proper annoying sitting through it. Regardless, it was an OK match which the fans ate up. A lot of brutality from both men but a lame ass ending with Abyss getting involved and helping Magnus. I would have liked it if Magnus got a clean victory once in a while. I mean for Abyss to come and bail Magnus out was so annoying to me because it happens over and over again. Abyss being the corporate tool – like I haven’t seen that a dozen times already in TNA.

 

Lethal Lockdown: Team MVP vs Team Dixie for Control of TNA Operations

I’m not going to lie… does NOT stack up to previous Lethal Lockdowns at all. I mean the Wolves, Aries and MVP did their best but there wasn’t much exciting points to the match. And the Bully Ray twist as the special referee and the double cross was not exactly surprising once we saw him come out. I prefer Bully Ray as a heel to be honest. It’ll be interesting to see Bully go up against Dixie, but after that I don’t know how affective he’ll be as a face.

 

Not a lot of words from me, but it was a decent Lockdown event. Definitely a watch. I’m sorry I didn’t go into much depth with this. As of publishing date, I’ve haven’t had any sleep at all (And trust me. That’s NOT an exaggeration)! Also Uni work has proper limited my work rate for wrestling stuff. I haven’t been able to do columns for NoDQ.com as frequently as I hoped and I do apologize to any readers of the Robinson Rumble. I don’t think I’ll be able to do much more any time soon. Fortunately I’m off in April, so expect a lot of content during that month. 🙂

2013 NoDQ.com Awards – My Vote For… Feud of the Year

Continuing on the NoDQ.com awards posts! Sorry I haven’t posted in a couple of days. I’m a bit behind… FEUD OF THE YEAR!

NOMINATIONS ARE…

 

CM Punk vs. Paul Heyman

The Shield vs. Team Hell No

Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton

The Rock vs. CM Punk

AJ Styles vs. Bully Ray

Rhodes Family vs. The Authority

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A problem with a lot of these feuds that they were either good but very short or boring and far too long. Punk/Heyman went on for way too long and just began to get boring as Ryback got brought into the fold. Rock vs Punk was an alright feud with some great verbal exchanges between the two, but their matches were awful. Bryan vs Orton was brought down badly by the staleness of their matches and the involvement of the Big Show which quite frankly was uncalled for. AJ vs Bully Ray was ruined by Dixie Carter’s involvement, The Shield and Team Hell-No’s feud was something which was carried on from the year before and although the matches were good, the feud just became all about Daniel Bryan which affected the other members of the feud. The Rhodes Family vs The Authority were really good but it was ended too early and I wish this had continued further.

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The feud which I prefered the most and will give the award to was the Rhodes vs Authority but it doesn’t really seem to be a proper Feud of the Year if you know what I mean. There were no real feuds this year that really stood out and these were all very short feuds except for Punk vs Heyman. WWE and TNA seriously need to improve in this area.

Winner: Rhodes Family vs The Shield