Previously on TNA EWR…

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Match 4 – Rey Mysterio def. Mr Anderson

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

Stay tuned for that and have a great day!

Ring of Honor will NEVER be able to compete with WWE – Here’s Why

Being a journalist myself, I always keep a watchful eye on the news of wrestling. From all the rumors to the updates, I have to get myself clued up on the backstage goings-on in the world of wrestling… even if it does get me in a right mood sometimes doing so. However, as I was scrolling through NoDQ.com, I saw an article with the headline… “WWE Trying to Counter-Program ROH with Takeover?”.

What the story was is NoDQ mentioned the fact that “Good Ol’ JR” Jim Ross had updated his blog recently, particularly his Q&A section. A user called “Parlay_King” asked JR a question on this section, talking about the WWE’s decision to have the next NXT Takeover event in Brooklyn. This happened to be on the same day as a ROH event which prompted Parlay_King to ask this question:

“Do you think that by setting the NXT Takeover in Brooklyn on the same day & time as ROH’s Field of Honor that the WWE is using predatory tactics against Ring of Honor?”


I’ll get to what JR’s response was in just a little bit but I just want to address this question head on. I’m sorry to have had to call this guy out by name but his question is representing a view-point of a lot of optimistic indie fans who believe that Ring Of Honor will one day rise up to challenge WWE for superiority. To believe in your stomach that a wrestling company can rise up to battle the mighty WWE is something we’d all love to happen. I’m not bashing WWE here, but competition can drive companies to put on better products and trump their rivals. Hell, WWF and WCW pulled out just about every trick in the book to try and win the Monday Night Wars. It made for compelling competition. So it’s fair game to want a company to succeed like this.

Speaking as a TNA fan myself, through thick and thin, I’ve always wanted to see TNA rise and become the top dogs of professional wrestling. Even if it’s dumb wishful thinking, that’s what we fans do. Not because we want to see WWE fail, but because we want to see these companies push each other to do more and up their game.

However, let me ask you one simple question. Do you really think WWE cared ONE bit about TNA losing their television deals? Do you really think WWE cared about the success of Lucha Underground and what’s happening in their next tapings? Do you really think WWE cares who Jeff Jarrett and Global Force Wrestling are going to partner up with in the next few months? The short answer is no. Vince McMahon does not have a teeny tiny whisper of interest in the television programs for TNA, Lucha Underground and GFW because they’re not competitive with them.

I’ve just posted a link to a YouTube video of Bryan Alvarez, who at this time was discussing the supposed new “Monday Night Wars” between WWE and TNA. What Bryan said about WWE and TNA here in 2010 outlines better than I possibly could about the mindset of WWE in regards to their competition. They likely wouldn’t have cared that last week’s edition of Impact Wrestling featured a 30 minute tag team ironman match between The Wolves and The Dirty Heels, a Knockouts title match and Ethan Carter III winning the TNA World Title. Because TNA’s content is not gonna make WWE counter-book and change up their shows because Ethan Carter III won their title. They’re not gonna have Sheamus cash in Money In The Bank or something to counter TNA’s offering that week. So explain to me this….

Why in god’s name would the WWE care that their next NXT Takeover show, the first one to be held outside of Florida, is on the same day as a ROH show? Why would WWE use “predatory” tactics in fear that the people of Brooklyn would turn up to ROH rather than WWE? The truth is… they wouldn’t. They wouldn’t change their main event to counter a main event like Jay Lethal vs Jay Briscoe or something. No disrespect to those two guys. In fact I actually loved their recent match at Best In The World. I’m a huge Jay Lethal fan. But with the momentum that NXT is building and with all the production and build they’ll be putting on this show. The promotion they’ll probably do on RAW and SmackDown! will likely send the NXT view-rates over the roof. If Finn Balor lost the NXT title that night to Zack Ryder or something, it’s not going to make a lot of fans say “Eh. I should have went to see ROH.” Because the gap between WWE and ROH is just TOO big for them or ANYBODY ELSE to “compete with”.

The fact that these two shows are on the same day is not gonna make Triple H and the NXT writers think, “Oh my god. They’ve got Jay Briscoe vs Lethal. We need Kevin Owens on the card,” or something like that. Hell, Kevin Owens, an NXT star, was recently named the 2015 WWE Superstar of the Year by the magazine Rolling Stone…. and he’s been on the main roster for less than two months! He was the NXT Champion when he got that honor. That tells you how much of a following NXT has. Why would WWE need to worry about ROH?


Because truth be told, ROH have signed up some top wrestling stars in recent years. Austin Aries recently re-signed with ROH, joining the likes of Alberto Del Rio, AJ Styles, Christopher Daniels, Chris Sabin, Evan Bourne and many others making the jump to the company. However, look all of the former ROH stars that have jumped ship to the WWE and NXT? KENTA, Kevin Steen, Claudio Castagnoli and El Generico all left ROH for WWE and have become superstars in their own right. Generico and KENTA still have quite a way to go in terms of star power as Sami Zayn and Hideo Itami respectively, before they become stars in the WWE. Hell, Samoa Joe didn’t last long in ROH before signing a full-time contract with WWE. WWE has the money and the backing to pluck these stars and take them to that level. ROH… does not.

And ROH will struggle to stand out as one of the elite wrestling companies and a “rival” to WWE unless they get the major promotion and backing that they need. That’s not to say that ROH are a financially-messed up company. They’re certainty not in a situation like TNA is. But they wouldn’t be able to compete with WWE even if they tried. And WWE is not going to use “predatory” booking to try and trump ROH… because they simply don’t need to. There’s little point for the WWE to be predators when there’s no satisfying prey to feed them.