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!

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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 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 5 – VICTORY ROAD

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Previously on… god damn I’ve been doing a lot of these as of late!

AJ Styles had to cheat his way to victory as he was challenged by the “Charismatic Enigma” Jeff Hardy for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Commissioner Hulk Hogan declared that Jeff deserved a rematch at Victory Road and made the match official. If AJ were to be caught cheating again, he would be stripped off the title. AJ began talking to the dangerous alliance of Abyss and Bobby Lashley about having his back against Hardy. It was during a confrontation on Impact between Jeff and AJ when the duo struck. Jeff was left bloodied at the hands of Abyss and Lashley as Styles looked to pick up the scraps at Victory Road!

Kurt Angle and Samoa Joe had the first encounter in their feud at Slammiversary with the match ending in draw after Angle made Joe tap at the same time Angle’s shoulders were down for the three-count. Not satisfied, Joe assaulted Angle post-match. The two were promised a rematch at Victory Road, but Hogan said that the two must work as partners until that event. The two had their ups-and-downs in tag matches on Impact and Impact Extreme, but not real aggressions were had between the two building up to the event. But at Victory Road… all gloves are off.

Sting beat Mr Anderson to a pulp at Slammiversary in their Texas Death match. On the following Impact, Anderson challenged Sting once again. However, he was cut off by the return of Matt Morgan who hit him with the Blue-Print to end the show. Morgan said that he was back in order to take out anyway on his path to the TNA World Heavyweight Championship and Anderson was unfortunately the first target for Matt. Sting would also get involved in the thick of things by continue his own personal crusade against Anderson. Anderson went to Hulk’s office and demanded that Morgan and Sting be taken care off. Hogan decided to let Anderson do it himself. At Victory Road, it would be a triple threat match between Anderson, Morgan and Sting. For added incentive,  the winner would earn a TNA World Heavyweight Championship match on the following Impact.

Mick Foley and Jeff Jarrett beat the tar out of Rhino and Raven at Slammiversary, but it was Raven and Rhino that retained the tag team titles in their match. However, the champions were still embarrassed by the beating they took at the hands of Foley and Jarrett and challenged them to a rematch. They challenged the both of them to a tag team Steel Cage match. Foley and Jarrett responded by assaulting the champions as a clear sign of acceptance for the showdown at Victory Road. Foley said that if he and Jarrett can’t put away Rhino and Raven for good, he might as well retire.

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Pre-Show – Kaz def. Stevie Richards

This pre-show is a part of the feud between Bad Influence and the Extreme Coalition faction. Kaz knocked off Stevie because I wanted Kaz over. Stevie was already for some reason, pretty over. So there’s no harm in putting Kaz over in this particular match as he’s a man I want to push alongside Daniels.

 

Match 1 – “Motor City Machine Guns” Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley def. “Beer Money Inc” Bobby Roode and James Storm

Starting off the show hot and heavy with these two tag teams! The Guns got revenge for Beer Money beating them at Slammiversary, by getting the win here! 95% overall! I think these guys need a killer rubber match at Hard Justice!

 

Match 2 – Monty Brown (c) def. Christopher Daniels to retain the TNA Global Championship

Again, the feud between the Extreme Coalition and Bad Influence continues! Their Global Champion Brown retains the title against Daniels after Stevie Richards came in to cost Daniels the match. A much better Global title match than the shitty title match from Slammiversary! -.- Great job guys!

 

Match 3 – Jay Lethal and Jerry Lynn def. Homicide and Hernandez in a hardcore match

The end to this little feud. All these guys are pretty over right now. They’re not significantly over because of it, but they’re definitely up there with the top guys. All of them are at least 80 overness with Lethal at 88. I might have Lethal and Lynn part ways for now, because I have much bigger plans for Lethal and his future!

 

Match 4 – “Team 3D” Brother Ray and Brother Devon def. Kevin Nash and Eric Young

For the record, Nash and Young are not “The Band”! They’re both heels that just happen to be in an alliance for this particular match! But Team 3D picked up the win in this tag team match. Three tag matches on this show so already! I’m starting to turn into Tommy Long!

 

Match 5 – Mr Anderson def. Matt Morgan and Sting in a triple threat match to become the number one contender for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship

Anderson won this triple threat match, earning a TNA World title match and continuing his new feud with Morgan. Now about Morgan. In EWR, if you’re not using guys frequently, like main-eventers, their morale goes right down. Morgan has like 80+ overness and is an upper-midcarder, but I’ve not really been using him. Therefore, he’s really pissed at me and wants me to start using him more. Had a similar issue with Arn Anderson in the WCW game. So I decided to throw him in a feud with Mr Anderson. Anderson won this round, but Morgan ain’t having any of this stuff.

 

Match 6 – “Deadly Sin” Raven (c) and Rhino (c) def. Jeff Jarrett and Mick Foley in a tag team steel cage match to retain the TNA World Tag Team Championship. Mick Foley vows to retire if his team doesn’t win.

This ends the feud between these teams. I wasn’t planning to have it end this early. It was going to go on another month after this. However, I got the alert that Mick Foley was retiring next month! Foley being retired is a big loss for me obviously, but I wanted to give this feud a proper ending. Like I didn’t want Jarrett, Raven and Rhino losing overness because it ended on camera. So I quickly rushed it to end at Victory Road. It’s also the reason why I implemented the “Foley loses, he retires” thing. Raven and Rhino retain the tag titles, Foley’s retired and Jarrett keeps marching on. But everybody was like at least over 95 as far as overness was concerned. All these guys are awesome!

Match 7 – Kurt Angle def. Samoa Joe via DQ

So ANOTHER shady finish to a Joe/Angle match. You guys might not like this, but I think it would be better to have non-finishes in their matches rather than just them trading victories back-and-forth. That’s working well for the Guns and Beer Money, but I wanted to do something different with Angle/Joe. Joe couldn’t put Angle away, so he blasts Angle with the chair for the DQ. Angle comes back to attack Joe and they brawl to the back. Another superb 99% rating from Kurt and Joe. You’ll probably see the clean victory come at Hard Justice and hopefully… 100%!

 

Match 8 – Jeff Hardy def. AJ Styles (c) to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. If AJ Styles is caught cheating or gets himself disqualified, he is stripped of the TNA World Heavyweight Championship

NEW CHAMPION! We have a NEW TNA World Heavyweight Champion! Jeff got the win, but it was pretty controversial. AJ and Jeff have a hell of a match but the ref gets brought down by like AJ throwing the ref into a Whisper In The Wind or something. AJ goes out and grabs a chair which brings out Hogan. Hogan tells him not to use the chair and says he’ll strip him if he does use it. AJ says that Hogan does have the balls to do it and pushes him down. This eventually leads to Hulk Hulkin’ up and AJ turns around to find a hulked-up Hogan. Hogan does his routine and hits the leg drop before exiting the ring. The ref comes back up, only for Jeff to climb to the top and hit the Swanton Bomb for the win.

The only reason I say that it’s controversial is because he forbid AJ from cheating to win and yet he goes and attacks AJ during the match! What’s good for the goose isn’t good for the gander. AJ is banned from cheating but yet Hogan interferes to help Jeff win the title. You’ll find out on the next part of this TNA series the fate of the TNA World Heavyweight Championship!

 

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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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!

09/05/2013 TNA Impact Wrestling Review: “The Monster” Abyss Returns To Battle The Aces And Eights!

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HE’S BACK!

Hey wrestling fans. I am the “Shockmaster” himself, Thomas Robinson and I’m here to talk to you about a shocking return on Thursday at the end of TNA IMPACT WRESTLING! Also, we have new developments in the AJ Styles storyline to talk about as well as everything else which includes 5 Hour Energy plugs, D-Lo Brown being treated like a bitch and tag team matches galore on Impact Wrestling!

First things first. Sting and Kurt Angle came down to the ring and called out AJ Styles, who they hoped would team with them in the 6 man tag team main event against the Aces And Eights that night. Angle demanded an answer from AJ, but as with his usual MO as of late, AJ remained silent. Sting then cut a promo about how AJ helped built TNA and talked about his accomplishment, but AJ was STILL silent and left the ring. Pissed off at AJ being “disrespectful” towards them, Angle angrily approached Styles on the ramp and the two scrapped in a good-old pull apart brawl. I love these sorts of segments. Pull-apart brawls are a great way to have the tension building up for weeks pour out, and it gets AJ doing something different from his old usual “silent treatment” as we’ve seen for a couple of months. However, this scrap leaves the Stinger in the ring by himself, wide open for an attack by the Aces And Eights. Mr Anderson, Devon and Bully Ray come out to attack Sting, with Devon and Ray dropping Sting with the 3D. A great way to start the show and build up the main event.

“Hardcore Country” Mickie James and the TNA Knockouts Champion Velvet Sky defeated Tara and Gail Kim in a knockouts tag team match. A very short tag team match that wasn’t really anything special to be frank. However, Gail Kim did attack her partner Tara after the match, continuing the “Gail Kim needs Anger Management” storyline. You’ve got to believe that something’s going to come out of this. At least I hope something does. Gail is quality in the ring, and I for one would not mind her getting another Knockouts title reign.

Next, Aces And Eights took to the ring to take care of “Club business” as Bully Ray put it. The TNA World Champion Bully Ray was pissed off at D’Lo Brown for losing an I Quit match to Kurt Angle last week. This was basically a segment to confirm that D’Lo Brown is in the “doghouse” right now with Aces And Eights, and Bully told D’Lo to give up his vest and accompany DOC at ringside for his match with Magnus. However, that match saw D’Lo inadvertently cost DOC the match. After this, a backstage segment which saw Bully threaten D’Lo with a hammer saw D’Lo downgraded to a “prospect” in Aces And Eights. In other words… D’Lo Brown has become the official bitch of the Aces And Eights. This was a great segment to show off tension within Aces And Eights, and to show off Bully Ray’s “tough love” towards his Aces And Eights members. It’ll be interesting to see if they replace D’Lo after a while or whether they’ll just have Bully makes examples out of everyone in the group.

Speaking of tough examples, group members DOC, Knux, Wes Brisco and Garrett Bischoff assaulted Magnus backstage in a brutal beatdown to the Englishman so he would not be able to team with Kurt Angle and Sting in the main event. Running out of time, Hulk Hogan said he had someone on the phone who’s ready to step up and get there to help them in the main event. I wonder who it could be?

Austin Aires and Bobby Roode had a hell of a tag team match with Christopher Daniels and Kazarian. I seriously enjoyed that tag match, and the 4 were really effective in the ring together. There was just one problem… the special referee James Storm. Urghhh. Really TNA? You just couldn’t let these two teams have a legit match? Storm delivered a Super Kick to both Daniels and Aires and walked out on the match he was supposed to officiate. A legitimately good tag team match ended because the referee decided to walk out. But of a disappointing ending if you ask me. Mind you, justice was served when James Storm was attacked backstage by what I’d assume was Daniels, Kazarian, Roode and Aires’ doing. Good. However, that does beg the question as to who the number one contenders will be. I hope it’s someone different. Hell, I’d take Robbie E and Jesse as the number one contenders. Brisco and Bischoff from the Aces And Eights going after the titles would be something new. Anyone other than the same old teams from the last couple of months.

Kenny King and Chris Sabin did a segment hyping up the triple threat match also involving Petey Williams for the TNA X Division title next week. Not exactly a great promo from either man, but the match next week speaks for itself. Chris Sabin, Petey Williams and Kenny King could produce something special next week, and it’s a match I’m very much looking forward to.

MAIN EVENT. Since Hulk Hogan’s mystery partner for Kurt Angle and Sting never showed up, it appeared to be a 2 on 3 handicap match with Angle and Sting facing Devon, Bully Ray and Mr Anderson. A decent main event with a cool but confusing ending. Aces And Eights got the advantage and it looked like Bully and Devon were gonna put Sting away with the 3D. However, we saw the return of “The Monster” ABYSS, who marched down to the ring to take on the Aces And Eights. Chokeslamming Anderson, dropping Bully Ray and hitting the Black Hole Slam on Devon, Abyss was whooping all kinds of ass. And Abyss would go on to… pin Devon to win the match. Wait. So it was a 6 man tag all along? I don’t get that ending. The match started off as a 2 on 3 handicap match and it for some reason changed into a 6 man tag mid-match? Talk about confusing.

But anyway, Abyss returning to TNA is brilliant. It’s been nearly a year since the Abyss character was last in TNA and him feuding with Aces And Eights will be a great sight to see. Personally, I think Abyss should really be the one challenging Bully Ray for the TNA title at Slammiversery and not Sting. However, I still think Abyss will get to Bully Ray eventually. Abyss has always been a favourite of mine, and I’m glad Joseph Park is out the way for now. Abyss coming back adds a little bit of spice to the TNA vs Aces And Eights war! I can’t wait to see next week’s developments.

Overall good show. It had a good opening and a great ending and it was a very enjoyable show overall with a great tag match with Daniels and Kaz vs Roode and Aires and other things. Great show.

21/03/2013 TNA Impact Wrestling Review – Bully Ray Tells The Tale Of Aces And Eights

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Hey there, TNA fans. I’m Tom Robinson. And it’s time to talk… TNA.

On Thursday, a taping of Impact Wrestling was aired. And to be honest, I’m not that much of a fan of tapings. But, this one was a very unique show, with about a 1/4 of it or so given to Bully Ray to give us a story about his plan to become the TNA World Champion with Aces And Eights. Bully Ray is a very good story-teller, and TNA did a really good job tying up some loose ends, like how Aces And Eights D’Lo Brown stepped into the voting of Gut-Check to vote in fellow Aces And Eights member, Wes Brisco. Also, the way Bully Ray justified getting his ass kicked by fellow members of Aces And Eights by simply stating, “He was taking one for the team” was really well done. it makes it clear that this group does not run as dictatorship, like the Nexus did. Also, this story made it clear that TNA actually had a long-term plan for this storyline which is always good to see. Unlike WWE, which hardly ever has long-term plans nowadays, TNA sat down and said, “Right this is what’s going to happen in the next year with this story”, and they did it without worrying about whether online fans worked out what was going to happen. It was really well done. It makes the stable unique. Although it was a shame the group were not actually part of the taping itself (other than Bully Ray confronting his wife Brooke), they are still probably the best thing going in wrestling right now. With a live Open Fight Night next week, the next developments in the storyline should be interesting.

On the show, AJ Styles was set to be interviewed by Mike Tenay, who wanted to know why AJ attacked James Storm last week. But, as Mike was asking a question, Tazz interrupted and offered a spot in Aces And Eights for AJ (which was a really ballsy move from Tazz, who dissed AJ’s motorbike and told him he had to work his way up). I thought the interruption was kinda funny. Then James Storm confronted AJ and wanted to know why. However, AJ was still speechless and left the ring. I really do like this new attitude AJ’s got about him, and his storyline will no doubt be a phenomenal one… hehehe.

Also, Taryn Terrell was added to the Knockouts Division. Bobby Roode and Austin Aires retained the tag team titles in a fair match against Chavo and Hernandez but were beaten down by Daniels and Kazarian. Kenny King defeated Sonjay Dutt and Zema Ion in a triple threat to retain the X-Division Championship in a short match, which wasn’t really helped by Sonjay’s botches. But it’s always nice to see the X-Division in action. Matt Morgan defeated Joseph Park. And Hulk Hogan and Sting had another heated argument. Hogan told Sting to “hang out in the rafters and go disappear for a couple of years” which I thought was kind of funny.

Also, Jeff Hardy became the number one contender for the TNA World Champion, by defeating Samoa Joe, Magnus and Kurt Angle in a fatal four way. This match was made at the start of the show by Hulk Hogan in order to thank the leaders of the fight against Aces And Eights. But if Hulk Hogan wanted to win the war against Aces And Eights so badly, why put the 4 leaders of TNA against each other? Why have them beat the hell out of each other so Aces And Eights can pick up the scraps? Doesn’t really make sense in my eyes. But anyway, the match was not bad actually. Especially at the beginning of the match. It was really fast-paced, really entertaining and a really good display of talent by the 4 individuals. However, there were some sloppy parts of the match, especially the ending. It just looked really rushed, and the match ended so abruptly. Jeff hit the Swanton Bomb on Samoa Joe after knocking Magnus into Kurt Angle. He went for the cover on Joe, and got the win – EVEN THOUGH Angle broke it up before the ref made the 3 count. What the hell? It just looked so sloppy. At least, Bully Ray will defeat Jeff to retain the title, and Jeff can hopefully got RIGHT down the card.

To be honest, it wasn’t that great of a show in my opinion. I really enjoyed Bully Ray’s story of how he rose to the top of TNA. I loved his story-telling. But other than that, this episode was kind of a disappointment. BUT, we’ve got open fight night next week, which should be very a good show!