How I Would Book… The nWo 19th Anniversary Special [2002] [Part Five]

WARNING: Please read the first four parts of this series first if you haven’t already. They will clue you up on the storyline for this particular “How I Would Book…”.

Last time, things picked up for the nWo. After kicking Shawn Michaels out of the group, the nWo started to assert their dominance on RAW under the reigns of World Heavyweight Champion Hollywood Hogan and RAW general manager Eric Bischoff. Hogan had to contend with HBK’s best friend Triple H at Unforgiven and No Mercy, but the Hulkster walked out with the title still in his grasps. The group rolled into the Elimination Chamber match at Survivor Series, with Hogan, Big Show and Kevin Nash representing the nWo. But returning to the WWE in the Elimination Chamber match would be Shawn Michaels, who was able to pull off on hell of a comeback to win the World Title. Needless to say, the nWo have just suffered a huge loss.

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Hollywood Hogan would come out on RAW and address the losses of the nWo at Survivor Series. On RAW, he would do a similar deal that Wade Barrett did after Nexus lost at Summerslam. He would give an ultimatum to everyone in the group. Big Show finds out he’s been booked in a inter-promotional match against a SmackDown! guy for Armageddon. If he doesn’t win that match, he’s out of the group. Knowing the heat between Scott Hall and X-Pac from Part 4, Hogan tries to get everybody on the same page. Therefore, it’s announced that Nash, Hall and X-Pac will team up in a six man tag team match against Kane, Rob Van Dam and Triple H. If they don’t get the job done, the one that gets pinned or submitted is fired. Not just fired from the nWo, but from the WWE as well. Since Bischoff and McMahon are with the nWo, this stipulation would be no problem.

Meanwhile, Hogan announces that he’s getting his rematch against Shawn Michaels for the World Title at Armageddon. X-Pac questions Hogan’s leadership in giving everybody else ultimatums for failures, when Hogan himself failed at Survivor Series too. Bischoff then agrees with X-Pac and decides that if Hogan loses at Armageddon, then he’ll face “extreme punishment”. So everybody in the group is under pressure leading into Armageddon.

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It’s revealed that Big Show’s match at Armageddon is against SmackDown!’s WWE Champion Brock Lesnar. Big Show wants the title to be on the line but SmackDown! General Manager Stephanie McMahon says no. Vince eventually makes the final call. If Big Show beats Kurt Angle and Chris Jericho in a triple threat on SmackDown!, he’ll get the title shot. If Big Show loses, he’s fired from the WWE. Big Show wins due to interference from the nWo.

This is the moment where things between Hogan and McMahon begin to go south. The nWo are now interfering with SmackDown! business which Vince doesn’t like. He reluctantly gives in to Big Show’s demand but implements severe consequences for the Big Show if he loses. Vince is now getting into the nWo’s business as Hogan already had plans for the Big Show put in place. Things are starting to break down between the two.

At Armageddon, Big Show wins his match with Brock Lesnar via disqualification. Brock Lesnar gets DQ’d for using a chair and F5s him through the announce table. Show never won the title, but he didn’t lose the match either. The stipulation clearly stated that he just had to win his match. Therefore, Big Show keeps his spot in the group. In the six-man tag, Triple H’s team win against the nWo when HHH pins X-Pac. Following this match, the Outsiders lay out X-Pac. This is his last moments in this storyline.

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X-Pac left WWE a lot sooner than he does in this storyline. However, I don’t really have any big plans for him leading up to Mania yet. By the way, X-Pac would have gotten his rematch for the Intercontinental Championship on an episode of RAW before Armageddon. In case anyone was wondering why X-Pac wasn’t getting it at Armageddon.

In the main event, Hogan loses due to a botched interference by Vince McMahon. Hogan is livid that McMahon cost him his match with Michaels. The two have a huge confrontation the next night on RAW. An argument leads to McMahon revealing that Bischoff has signed Hogan to a match at the Royal Rumble. Hogan is given one more match for the World title at the Royal Rumble. If Hogan loses, he is fired for good from the WWE. The Outsiders are in the Royal Rumble and Big Show is given one more match with Brock. This time, Big Show needs to win the title or else…

So Brock Lesnar defends the WWE Championship against Big Show. This time, it’s no disqualification. So this gives the Outsiders an open invitation to go after Brock. Brock takes them all out one by one. In the end, he goes to finish off Big Show in the ring. He hits the F5 and goes for the cover. All of a sudden, the lights go out. When they come back on, Brock is out bloodied, with the nWo logo spray-painted on his back. Big Show goes for the cover and wins the WWE Championship.

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In Hogan’s match, the nWo interfere again. Nash and Hall hit their finishers on Michaels when the ref is out. Hogan hits the leg drop and regains the World title. Everybody in the group are laughing as they now have both major world titles in the company. The Outsiders could also possibly win the Royal Rumble match too. This is the worst case scenario for Vince. The nWo has now completely taken over the show. Vince goes on an angry tirade backstage about how the nWo has ruined everything. Vince then stops, smiles and walks away.

In the Royal Rumble match, it’s down to six. There’s still one more man to enter the match at #30. Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho and Kurt Angle are all still there, with all of them having been in for at least 40 minutes or so up until this point. Benoit and Jericho are like #1 and #2, and Kurt comes out at like #5 or something. The Outsiders came out very late into the match. Triple H came out late too but is completely overwhelmed by the Outsiders. The Outsiders then begin casually just throwing out Benoit, Jericho and Angle over the top rope.

I know this is similar to the 2015 Royal Rumble match, when Big Show and Kane were doing the same thing. But trust me, it’ll work. It’ll work because the heel heat on the nWo is truly immense. The fans are disgusted. The Outsiders then toss out Triple H and seemingly have the Rumble won. Nash gets on the mic saying that the nWo rule the world and to “bring out the last jobber”. Then we hear Undertaker’s music hit.

Undertaker returns and is #30 in the Royal Rumble match! Taker starts to overcome Nash and Hall but then Hogan and Big Show comes out. It’s a huge beatdown on Taker when Brock Lesnar comes out for revenge. He F5s Big Show and takes out the rest. Taker then eliminates both the Outsiders to win the match. The night ends with Hogan trying to attack Lesnar but walking into an F5 instead. Brock then hoists up the World Heavyweight title and Taker hoists up the WWE title as Vince gets onto the stage and laughs. And that’s the end of the show.

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That’ll wrap things up for Part Five. This part was VERY hard to write up. I changed my mind on so many aspects of what happens in this time period. After all, the final part will be covering Wrestlemania. So it has to be really spot on, especially when The Rock, Undertaker and Steve Austin are coming back into play. So I’ll think I’ll give the WWE writers from back then a little slack! However, I think this scenario has set up a pretty good little set up for Wrestlemania 19. Brock Lesnar will be going after Hogan’s World title and Taker will be going after Big Show’s title. It’s a bit of work around as far as the brand structures are concerned but we can think of something. Vince could just proclaim a trade the next night on RAW where Brock goes to RAW and Taker goes to SmackDown! Then everything works… kind of.

But I hope you all are sticking with this and I’ve got quite a big finale set up for you next time!

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UPDATE: News On Alberto Del Rio’s Release

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The news was broken last night, ladies and gentlemen. Just before I went to bed, WWE.com released a statement announcing that.

“WWE announced the release of Alberto Del Rio due to unprofessional conduct and an altercation with an employee.”

I posted this out on the blog last night before I went to bed. You can check this out on this link but it doesn’t tell you much since I posted it about 10 minutes after WWE.com announced it.

Since then, in the States everyone is trying to make sense out of everything that happened with the suddenness of this announcement regarding Del Rio.

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As you probably guessed, Internet Wrestling sites are all being bombarded with rumours about how the incident occurred, who was involved and where Del Rio’s career goes from here.

Well WWE.com stated that Del Rio was release for “unprofessional conduct” after and altercation with an employee. We don’t know for sure who that employee is for sure but  ROH Founder Rob Feinstein of RF Video posted an update on his Facebook of what supposedly went down between Del Rio and another employee.

According to Rob…

“I am sure the reason ADR (Alberto Del Rio) was released will come out but he was 100% let go after TV incident that took place in the back at TV. He did get into a altercation with a employee who does stuff for the company with social media. I was told that there were words exchanged and a slap which is all just allegations at this point. When I first read the WWE release the wording struck me very strange as WWE would never say that unless they were super hot about the firing. It’s no secret that he has expressed lots of interest in going back to Mexico as soon as his contract expired, and he is very well off.

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Feinstein later posted an update on the story saying:

“I was also told by someone who was there that this was involving a (WWE).com guy who works for their website and there are a few versions out there that one the guy said something racist to Del Rio or that Del Rio left catering and did not put his trash or plate away and a comment was made to him which made him snap. Again these are just the rumours that I was told but usually they are pretty dead on. ADR is one of those guys who does not take shit from everyone. He has a legit MMA background and is very well off. This was his last year in the WWE as he wanted out but decided to stay with the company for his last year because he was basically doing it for a friend. The office frowned down upon that because of his stance from what I told and I guess there were already hard feelings between the parties. No matter what you can be sure that he will be going back to Mexico but no doubt he will be a top name on the indy scene in the states for some time to come. We already have made contact for a bunch of signings and interviews so we will keep you posted.

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I think the general consensus among us is that Alberto Del Rio was definitely not happy in WWE prior to this incident. Del Rio wasn’t going anyway in the WWE and had essentially become a glorified jobber to the main event talent. I was annoyed because Del Rio deserved much better but got lost in the loop. If you believe the reports, Del Rio was apparently reaching the end of his contract in WWE and was probably not going to resign. So it does seem a bit suspicious in that sense that WWE would just release him and not just wait for his contract to end.
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It also seems suspicious as to why Del Rio actually got FIRED for an incident like this. I mean Del Rio’s been in incidents like this before and the most he’s ever gotten for them is stern warnings. Like with the incident involving him and Drew McIntyre last year. I don’t think anything happened to either of them. However, the circumstances were very different. When that incident happened, Del Rio was the World Title and he had just gotten into a fight with random guys. This is a fellow WWE employee and Del Rio was in hardly any of WWE’s future plans. So the consequences had to have been a bit different.

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Now we can’t take a lot of this talk about what Del Rio did or didn’t do for the truth. It’s just what WWE says happened and a bunch of rumours at this point. The plot could be a lot thicker than we imagined and I believe there is a lot more to this than just a small altercation with an employee. You could argue that WWE simply overreacted just like they did with Emma’s arrest and just said “Right. Del Rio. You’re outta here”. However, if it was I’m fairly certain WWE would have went back on their decision and allow Del Rio to see out the rest of his contract. But again, the key thing to this whole thing is Del Rio’s contract apparently coming to an end.

 

Did WWE use this incident as an excuse to just fire him before his contract was up? Or as I suggested earlier – does the plot thicken even further?  I personally am sad to see Del Rio to go because he was a very gifted technical wrestler. I think, at the least, I would have liked for Del Rio to get one last storyline before his run ended so both parties could part on good terms. But unfortunately, that was not Del Rio’s destiny…

BREAKING NEWS – Alberto Del Rio Released!

BREAKING NEWS!

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WWE.com have released details on the release of a former WWE Champion for “unprofessional conduct”.

The WWE.com statement reads:

“WWE announced the release of Alberto Del Rio due to unprofessional conduct and an altercation with an employee.”

 

I will write more about this tomorrow but I will just leave you with this breaking news that Alberto Del Rio has been fired from WWE for apparently having an altercation with an employee.

 

CM Punk Leaves WWE?

So just days after the rather controversial Royal Rumble pay-per-view (where everyone bitched about Daniel Bryan not being in the match) WWE has been hit with another bombshell with another possible major departure.

Reports have indicated that the “Best In The World” CM Punk has left the WWE and returned home to Chicago after a heated confrontation with one, Vince McMahon.

It is being said that Punk was upset with the direction of the company, particularly with part-timers returning at Wrestlemania to take the spotlight. He was amongst those involved in the “YESMovement”, backing up Daniel Bryan after he was absent from the Royal Rumble match. Punk also has concerns about his health and his contract is supposedly set to expire in July.

So just before RAW CM Punk simply said “Fuck It” and bailed – resulting in the writers having to rewrite RAW at the last-minute. Which is why Kofi Kingston vs Alberto Del Rio went on for so long.

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Here’s my view-point about it (assuming all of this was true)…

CM Punk has a contractual obligation to the WWE and a moral obligation to the fans to give them the very best each and every night. Walking out like this seems very unprofessional for Punk to do and it seems childish that Punk would simply quit because he didn’t like where things were going. Personally speaking, I believe Punk should’ve just let go of his pride and just waited. CM Punk seemed destined to go to toe with Triple H at Wrestlemania 30. That’s a big gig for any wrestler. Even if he got beat (which I doubt would happen) Punk would still have a lot of momentum going into the last couple of months of his WWE contract. You’re telling me CM just couldn’t wait for that period where the WWE would no doubt give him the send-off he deserved?

Punk right now just seems ultra-bitter and there’s really no reason for him to. Yes, I predicted that Punk would’ve won the Rumble and I believed that either him or Roman Reigns should have won it. But if you don’t win it…. so what?

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All of these guys have never won the Rumble. That doesn’t mean they aren’t legends of the WWE. CM Punk was in more high-profile matches than anyone in 2013. How many guys can say they fought The Rock, Undertaker, Chris Jericho and Brock Lesnar in the same year? And considering how rare it is for these guys to be in the WWE, Punk should consider it an honor that he got all of those matches in one year. But right now, he’s unsatisfied with the direction of the company and his position in it?

And even if the Brock Lesnars and the Batistas are coming in to take spotlight. WWE are making those decisions for financial reasons. Because they’re a business. If those guys get the PPV buy-rates up, Punk and the rest of the superstars get paid more. It’s as simple as that.

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But if Punk really was disgruntled and wanted to leave, what he shouldn’t have done is do a Stone Cold and “take his ball and go home”. Does he believe that he’s THAT high of a priority for WWE that he could just get up and leave? This seems so selfish of Punk to do and you noticed that the fan dismay of Bryan not being in the Rumle has suddenly halted because Punk “left” the company? Is this just Punk being a huge attention-seeker or… is it a work?

It could very well be a huge ploy by WWE to shift the focus off Daniel Bryan by putting it on CM Punk. If it is a work, then it’s being done very well. As far as I’m concerned, I’m not believing anything until WWE.com releases an offical statement on Punk’s status.

 

02/09/2013 RAW REVIEW – Very emotional RAW sees Cody Rhodes Fired

Guys, I am “A-List” Tom Robinson here with a RAW REVIEW!

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Opening Segment – Daniel Bryan confronts Triple H, Randy Orton and The Shield

A great opening segment. A good way to start off RAW. I thought it was good how Triple H compared Daniel Bryan to Doink The Clown, saying that there’s a reason Doink The Clown was never WWE Champion. Despite how fans loved him world-wide, he’d never be championship material. Triple H did a good job at “putting Bryan down” if you will. He joked about how that he could bring back the European or Cruiserweight title belts and Daniel Bryan could go for them belts. To be honest, this back-and-forth between Triple H and Daniel Bryan is pretty much the same old stuff that’s been said the last couple of weeks. Orton had a little bit to say, but I feel he was a little overshadowed by Hunter and Bryan. Anyway, Hunter books Daniel Bryan vs Big Show for the main event. Nothing real major about this segment, but it was a good way to hype up the main event

 

The Miz vs Fandango

….meh. To be honest, I didn’t really give a crap about this match. It was hard to get into for me considering my distaste towards both men. Fandango… because he’s Fandango. And The Miz because… well, he’s stale. He’s stale as hell as a face. Anyway, The Miz picked up the win, Fandango broke his nose and this feud is really been lame. This match was… OK, but it’s not a really great match to kick things off.

 

Backstage Segment – Booker T warns Daniel Bryan

There was a segment backstage with Booker T warning Daniel Bryan about getting involved with Triple H and even suggested giving up his title shot. What was good about this segment was that despite Booker T basically telling Bryan to just settle for B+, he bigged him up by saying someone like him shouldn’t be wrestling at indie shows and stuff. He’s too good not to be in the WWE and that does build him up a bit.

 

Ryback vs Dolph Ziggler

Pre-match ass-kicking dished out to Ziggler by Dean Ambrose before his match against the billed “mystery opponent”. With this, I think it does seem like Dolph Ziggler is getting a shot at the US Title, which is a shame. Ziggler’s had plenty of years spent fighting for mid-card titles and fighting for these titles just a few months after holding the big one is a big step down. However, on the flip side Ziggler fighting for the title does give it added prestige. I think Dean Ambrose’s opponents including Kane and Rob Van Dam have helped build it up nicely. Ziggler could do it much good. After Ambrose beat up Ziggler, Ryback was revealed as his opponent and Ziggler was basically being fed to the wolves. While this is a big win for Ryback, I hope they actually do something different with him other than this stupid-ass “Bully” gimmick. Couldn’t they have given someone else the role of being the “bully” to promote their BE A STAR campaign than Ryback? He deserves more I think.

 

Stephanie McMahon Reaches Out To Big Show

Stephanie McMahon tried to convince the Big Show to compete against Bryan, after Big Show refused to. OK, really? Why did Big Show bother turning up if he was just going to say, “Nah. I’m Not Fighting”. JBL made the same point. Wrestlers shouldn’t really refuse to wrestle if they bothered to turn up. Anyway, Stephanie did a really good job at “motivating” Big Show. She got real personal, and her speech to Show really gave you an insight to the difficulties the Giant had to deal with. She brought up his health, his family and the fact that “giants don’t live long”. I was shocked when she brought that up, but I was glad she did. I mean, she really exploited Show’s weakness and their friendship when she was a child. Stephanie was certainty the best person to have this segment with Show. Her delivery on the mic is just outstanding. It’s also good to see her again. She missed out last week and I hope she’s around a lot more often. There’s always a level of interest and emotion into her segments. Hell, watch her segment with AJ Lee in June. Watch her charade with Paul Heyman on RAW 1000. She can talk SO well.

Also, WWE showed that they were not forgetting past storylines too… sort of. Ever since, Big Show did jack-shit on RAW last week to help Daniel Bryan a lot of people brought up Big Show’s “Iron-Clad” contract which he gained from John Laurinaitis in 2012. According to Stephanie, Big Show would be in “Breach of his contract” if he was unable to perform any task he is required to do. And if he was in breach of his contract, WWE had the power to fire him. I’m sorry but, isn’t the “iron-clad” contract supposed to prevent WWE from firing him at all, even if he does “breach his contract”. I mean yeah, JBL tried to cover it up by saying that it wasn’t a legit contract because Laurinaitis gave him it. But it’s still daft to have Big Show be put in this “can’t-do-shit-or-he’s-fired” role. I mean, this is way to familiar to his “firing” in 2012.

 

Prime Time Players vs 3MB (Heath Slater and Jinder Mahal)

The Prime Time Players continued their streak since Darren Young came out. This week’s victims were 3MB. Actually, Slater and Mahal actually looked like legit competition to Young and Titus O’Neill. But the players ran out victorious and set for a shot at the tag titles I believe. With Henry injured and his team with Big Show in tatters, someone’s gotta fight the Shield.

 

Cody Rhodes vs Randy Orton

Really good match between Cody Rhodes and Randy Orton. The stipulation for the match was simple… if Cody lost, he was fired. So big pressure on Rhodes. But they both delivered. But the thing I hate about this match was that the fans weren’t paying attention to the match at all until the end due to some fans dressed as Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage I think, which was driving attention away from the match. I hate fans like this. You’ve got a legitimately good match going on between Orton and Rhodes. Not quite as good as their one on RAW a couple of months ago, but still good. And these idiots are not paying attention to it. In the end Orton won, and Cody Rhodes got “fired”. Apparently, this “firing” was to give Rhodes time off to spend with his wife-to-be for the next couple of weeks. But he’ll have a lot of momentum coming back because the fans were really behind Cody near the end. I sense a HUGE push in his future.

 

CM Punk Segment

Punk basically cut the same promo he’s been cutting for a couple of months now. Vowing to get his hands on Paul Heyman etc. I think Punk’s promo should have came in like the first hour of the show. It seemed a little misplaced.

 

Natalya vs Naomi vs Brie Bella

Very short number one contendership triple threat match which ended in a disqualification when AJ attacked all 3 women, and in turn got attacked herself. OK…. WHEN DOES A TRIPLE THREAT MATCH END IN A DISQUALIFICAITON! Triple Threats are NoDQ. It shouldn’t have been thrown as soon AJ entered the ring. Anyway, Stephanie McMahon decided that AJ would defend the divas title against Natalya, Naomi and Brie Bella at Night Of Championship in a fatal four way. I think a 4 way certainty beats a singles match. I think a singles match between AJ and anyone of these divas in a standard one on one would have been really bland. This adds a little excitement. I’ve heard rumours that AJ might drop the belt at Night Of Champions. I don’t think it should be the case. If WWE are going to have her drop I think it should be at a big PPV like Survivor Series. I know that the series finale of the “Total Divas” show is at Night Of Champions or something, but AJ’s title loss should be at a big event. Also, I think Kaitlyn should be added to this match and should make it a Championship Scramble or something. A 10-15 minute one or something.

 

Cody Rhodes Backstage Interview

A very good and emotional promo by Rhodes backstage after his loss. He claimed that the WWE hated the Rhodes family as they made his dad Dusty wear polka-dots and dance, and had his brother Dustin become Goldust and “never be the same again”. It was really heart-felt and it makes you think why Cody hardly ever has the mic in WWE. When he comes back, I hope WWE have something big for him because he deserves it.

 

Big Show vs Daniel Bryan

It was an OK match from Big Show. After a while spent beating Bryan up, he was about to unload the WMD punch. However, he was reluctant to do it. Triple H came out to tell him to go back it but after The Shield attacked Bryan, Big Show was still about to walk. In the end it was Stephanie who came out and told him to do it for his family. An emotional and reluctant Big Show waddled in the ring and did what he had to do to keep his job and KO’d Bryan. I think Big Show, HHH and Stephanie really did their best with the acting for this last scene of the night but I think the thing that puts down the emotion of this is the fact that Big Show was in a situation like this before just last year.

It was a good show. I think it was more of an emotional show if you will. Big Show and his emotional segments certainty kept you captivated. Cody Rhodes delivered an epic backstage promo just before he left. This RAW wasn’t really about the wrestling, it was about the dramas of the current storyline. And that’s alright, but I think things will pick up next week in the show before Night Of Champions, especially with Edge back for one night only.

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TNA Releases FIVE TNA Wrestlers including Crimson, Christian York and Taeler Hendrix – Thoughts And Reactions

Evening wrestling fans, I am the The 8th Wonder of the World Tom Robinson here with TNA Wrestling news!

And some upsetting news too, as TNA have announced the releases of FIVE wrestlers on the TNA roster. A lot of talent going and this is the reason for the releases according to NoDQ.com…

“The reason why TNA decided to release several talents is attempt to help cut costs. Talents that were released, were being paid a monthly guarantee with an additional fee when they were booked for TNA events. The company felt that those talents cut, were not being used regularly, so there was no need to keep them held under contract.”

ANYWAY. THE RELEASES

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Christian York

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Made a huge impression in my eyes after earning a TNA contract through Gut-Check having some great matches with the likes of Rob Van Dam and Jeff Hardy. That match he had with Jeff Hardy back in November was quality. However, he could never really cut it as a major deal. He’s talented in the ring no doubt about it, but I just found him dry as hell on the mic. He just couldn’t keep me interested in him and when the likes of Suicide, Chris Sabin and Petey Williams came back into the frame, York was quickly shafted down the X-Division ladder. And that’s a shame considering that it looked like he was gonna get a run as champion. The downside to this release is that it’s losing another X-Division superstar and TNA need as much as they can to build up the division again.

 

 

Joey Ryan

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An internet darling that I just CANNOT stand. I am SO glad he’s gone. He was just a waste of space on TNA Television. Sure he had one half-decent storyline with Al Snow. But MY GOD. He was so off as far as wrestling is considered. That match with Rob Van Dam for the X-Division Championship at Turning Point and matches against Chavo and Hernandez showcased just how awful of a competitor he was. Looks like he’s gonna have to take his “sleaziness” back to the indie leagues son. GOOD RIDDANCE.

 

Crimson

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The thing I don’t get about this release is what was the point of Crimson’s comeback to TNA TV a couple of weeks ago if he was on the verge of being released? Crimson did have a chance to be a big star in TNA especially with his winning streak and his feud with Immortal. But Crimson’s streak went on for so long and he went absolutely nowhere. If he had won the Bound For Glory series it would have been a big deal but after some god-awful feuds with the likes of Samoa Joe, Crimson never exactly looked like a big deal anymore. In the end James Storm ended his streak and after 1 year off of TNA TV and a loss to Joseph Park, Crimson was out of here. Personally, I wasn’t that too big on him so this release doesn’t really bother me.

 

Taeler Hendrix

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TNA could have easily made Taeler into a big deal. If you watch some of her heel promos at OVW, she had some serious menace within her that could have made her a very interesting character to watch in TNA. She even had the superstar look too and she could go in the ring. But no – TNA gave her hardly any spotlight and chances to shine and that really pisses me off. Taeler was a great find for TNA but they treated her more as a jobber to heel divas and she went nowhere. In fact I don’t actually think Taeler won a match on TNA Television during her career at TNA. It annoys me considering how little in numbers the knockouts division is right now. Bad call to release her.

 

And let’s get on to the other departure from TNA’s ranks….

Madison Rayne

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http://nodq.com/tna/374873129.shtml

Madison has been a great member of the TNA roster for many years, but considering her pregnancy and inactivity for the last couple of months it was best for TNA to let her contract expire.

 

 

So there you have it. Up-and-coming talent as well as experienced knockouts biting the dust as TNA finds ways to cut costs. A little pissed off about the Taeler Hendrix one but in the end TNA is a business and aren’t exactly the financially-greatest business either. They have to find ways to find money and unfortunately for Rayne, Hendrix, York, Crimson and Ryan… they were the ones given the boot. I’m Tom Robinson. Follow me on Twitter @TomRobinson5199 and stay tuned for more content coming soon on the Armbar Express!

Roberto Mancini Sacked As Manchester City Manager

ROBERTO MANCINI: Time at City expected to end this week

ROBERTO MANCINI: Time at City expected to end this week

Hey there football fans, I am “The Special One” Thomas Robinson and I am here to talk about the impending termination of Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini.

After going the entire season without a trophy, suffering humiliation in the Champions League, being on the receiving end of a upset at the hands of Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup Final, and scrapping with fellow players, it appears Roberto’s tenure at City is about to come to close. Mind you, Roberto Mancini never exactly had the easiest of jobs in the world. Sure he had an near unlimited check-book and had world-class players on board already at the club, but when you had the advantages he had going into the job, expectations are high.

Rarely was speculation that he may be sacked at Man City going away. Even after he failed to gain a Champions League place on the first season he was in charge. Mancini had only just got the job in December 2009, replacing Mark Hughes as manager. The team wasn’t exactly in such a great position in the league despite a strong start under Hughes. But under Mancini, they were revitalized. Sure, they never got into the Champions League that season, but Roberto Mancini had the entire summer transfer window to revamp the squad.

And more than £100 million spent on new talent, he had a team of world-class talent capable to take on anyway and walk away victorious. They got rid of the dead-weight known as Robinho, and brought in some quality superstars. Mario Balotelli, Edin Dzeko and Yaya Toure were just three of Mancini’s new acquisitions with his mission simple… WORLD DOMINATION!

Before he could dominate the world, he had to dominate England. While they finally gained Champions League football, they were still no match for Manchester United that season who won their record 19th Premier League title. But still, you couldn’t take away much from Mancini’s efforts that season. Finally, Manchester City got into the Champions League. They could, the next season, battle the best Europe has to offer them. And not only that, Mancini had did something that no manager in the last 35 years have ever done at City – win a trophy. They won the FA Cup and many expected this to be the first of many trophies under Roberto Mancini. They got to the FA Cup Final and walked out victorious. And ironically enough, it seems to be a DEFEAT in the FA Cup Final this year that sends Mancini packing.

However, with their FIRST FA Cup victory and Champions League on the horizon, things were starting to look up for City. They managed to establish themselves as a well-oiled machine. It wasn’t the case of 11 world-class individuals on the pitch that had troubles working as a team any more. Mancini now had a team that were beginning to click together. However, the team was not perfect. They never got the trophy in the 2010/2011 season, and if they didn’t get it done in the next season, Mancini’s days as manager may come to a close. And it took a couple of marque signings from Mancini, which included Gael Clichy, Samir Nasri and Sergio Aguero, and the team was ready. And you could tell. They went up to 14 premier league games without a defeat, and were sitting comfortable on top of the premiership. They even defeated their rivals Man Utd 6-1 in their own backyard. However, a defeat to Chelsea on December 12th started a downward spiral for the club. City started to slip up, and Man Utd as ever took advantage and took charge of the league. They needed a knight in shining armour to help them in the title struggle, and that knight turned out to be the troublesome striker, who Mancini said would never play for City again, Carlos Tevez. With Tevez back in the frame, they pushed and pushed until finally… on the 13th of May 2013….

(APPLAUDS) You’ve got to applaud Man City. They’ve proved they were good enough to battle with their rivals. They beat Man Utd twice in the same Premiership season and beat them to the post with the greatest of goals to clinch the title. Bravo.

It’s just a shame this season their world came crashing down. Humiliated in Europe for the second season in the row. Could not find a win in their 6 group stage games in the Champions League. Humiliated in the League Cup by Aston Vanilla in the 3rd round. Losing their championship back to Man Utd. And losing the FA Cup Final to Wigan Athletic this weekend. For a team that wants world domination, that simply isn’t good enough.

And so, Roberto Mancini will likely be thrown by the wayside by the owners. But you CANNOT call Roberto Mancini a failure at all. Yes, Man City have yet to be a strong force in Europe. And yes, they haven’t won a trophy all season. But Mancini has finally established Man City as one of the main title contenders for many years to come. Mancini didn’t lose control of his players. Sure he had the odd spat with a couple of them, but considering a lot of them are on wages that are £100,000+ a week, what do you expect? Unlike managers like Andre Villas-Boas at Chelsea, he was not defeated in a players vs manager battle. He made a team of world-class footballers click and took players like Yaya Toure and took them even beyond with their abilities. He’s started a new day at City. City will for a number of years be a dominating force in England. Whether than can get the job done in Europe or not remains to be seen. But Roberto will take solace in the fact that despite pressures from the board, some of players and the press he made City champions. I think he’s been a success at the club, and some City fans will miss Mancini I’d suspect. Whoever takes charge now needs to fulfil the board’s wishes and be a success. Otherwise, they might just in line for the chop a lot sooner than they think.

Anyway, it’s be good to talk about football on this blog again. Be sure to check out the blog at thearmbarexpress.wordpress.com and follow me on Twitter @tomrobinson5199 and I’ll see you again soon.