The Beat Down Clan – Have They Proven Their Worth?

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

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

I hope I didn’t miss anyone out…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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27/3/14 Impact Wrestling Reactions – Eric Young: TNA World Champion?

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Hey guys, Armbar Express heading your way. I’m Tom Robinson.

This week’s edition of TNA Impact Wrestling saw interesting developments in the world title picture. It was announced by MVP that there would be a TNA World Championship would be defended by Magnus against not one wrestler, not two… but THREE! We got Magnus defending against The Samoan Submission Machine Samoa Joe, The Monster Abyss and last but not least… “Showtime” Eric Young!

Now one would question whether Eric Young’s character can allow him to elevate up the ranks and into the World Title picture. I think this promo can answer that question clearly. It’s time….

Now we all know Eric Young is a very entertaining guy, but this is one of the rare times where Eric is cutting a dead serious promo and he can deliver. He’s as serious as he’s entertaining and that’s saying an awful lot! But is he seriously ready to step it into the big leagues? In my opinion with his storyline with Abyss, he’s a lot more of a deal now and I like how this has lifted him up the ranks, especially considering Abyss’ affiliation with Magnus. Now there’s no guarantee that Eric will capture the title, but keep in mind Chris Sabin’s World Title reign. Out of the blue Sabin went from X-Division Champion to World Champion. It was great to see at the time, but he went absolutely nowhere after he lost. He found himself right back where he began and I don’t want that to happen to Eric. I think Eric should capture the belt, don’t get me wrong, but not right now. I think Eric needs a proper program with the champion now before he finally captures the belt at like Slammiversary or something.

By the way, in the segment why did MVP stand around for 30 seconds and THEN ask for security? Did he just have slow reflexes? XD

What do you guys think? Who should win the World Title match next week? Should the reign of Magnus continue? Should Samoa Joe recapture the title he once had? Should the monster reclaim the holy grail? Or is time for Showtime?

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

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

Post-Lockdown Impact Wrestling REVIEW!

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Bully Ray Takes Out Dixieland

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

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

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

 

Willow… WTF

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

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

 

Sanada and Tigre Uno – YES!

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

 

The Abyss Problem

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

 

20/3/14 Impact Review Coming Soon!

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

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

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TNA vs Wrestle-1

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

 

Sam Shaw vs Mr Anderson

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

 

Bobby Lashley Returns To TNA

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

 

Tigre Uno vs Manik

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

TNA Lockdown 2014 Predictions

Wooooaaaaaahhhhhhh Ooooooooooooo! Making predictions on Saturday! Woooooooaaaaaahhhhh Oooooooooooo! Making predictions on Saturday TONIGHT!

With every match taking place inside a steel cage, a lot of carnage is to be expected. Who will walk away with the TNA World Championship? Which promotions will get the bragging rights? Who’ll be the last man standing? And who’ll have control of TNA after tonight?

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Ethan Carter III vs ??????

Background: The history between Ethan Carter and ?????? has been brewing for quite some time. But for last month or two, EC3 has been targeting the Olympic Gold medalist Kurt Angle, attacked Angle and injuring his leg. At Kurt Angle’s Hall Of Fame ceremony, Angle challenged EC3 to a match at Lockdown which was booked for Lockdown. However, there was a slight change of plans when Angle suffered a torn MCL once again at the hands of EC3. However, EC3 was still on the Lockdown with opponent being the mighty ??????? this sunday!

What Should Happen?: Well why not give Ethan Carter III the big win on the PPV he was likely due in the first place.

What Will Happen?: I personally believer that whoever TNA put in Ethan Carter III’s way will get beaten because of the fact they’re still putting him in a match on the card. If Angle was fit and healthy, I assume EC3 would have won so unless they have something out of the blue lined up for him, I don’t see the outcome being any different. Ethan Carter III beats ??????? 😉

 

Tigre Uno vs Manik

Background: No real background to this match other than the fact that it’s Tigre Uno’s debut in TNA.

What Should Happen?: Give the new guy the victory. Tigre Uno wins.

What Will Happen?: Tigre Uno wins. NEXT!

 

Interpromotional Six Man Tag Team Match: Bad Influence (Christopher Daniels and Kazarian) and Chris Sabin vs The Great Muta, Sanada and Nakanoue

Background: A talent exchange between TNA and Japanense promotion Wrestle-1 is underway, and Lockdown will be able to showcase some this talent in action. Among these in action in a six man tag team match include Nakanoue and Wrestle-1 Owner and legendary wrestler The Great Muta. Teaming up with them is Sanada, who defeated Austin Aries at the interpromotional Kaisen: Outbreak event to win the X-Division Championship. The next day, Sanada was confirmed to be a mainstay in TNA. However, he still represents Wrestle-1 in a six man steel cage match  against “Bad Influence” Christopher Daniels and Kazarian, and former X-Division Champion Chris Sabin. Can the Wrestle-1 stars topple TNA’s top X-Division stars?

What Should Happen?: It’d be a REAL dick move for TNA to invite Wrestle-1 over for them to kick their asses. Give the new X-Division and his teammates the victory to get this partnership off on a bang.

What Will Happen?: The Wrestle-1 guys win.

 

Gunner vs James Storm in a Steel Cage Last Man Standing match

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What should happen?: I’d like to see Gunner get the win, considering it would be cool for him to look strong despite failing to win the title.

What Will Happen?: I’ve got a gut feeling that James Storm will win because I see this feud PROPERLY starting off with Storm getting a cheap victory over Gunner. I know you’re asking “How can you get a cheap victory in a last man standing match?” and my only answer is interference from Bobby Roode, which I think could happen.

 

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

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What Should Happen?: I’m not gonna lie, Madison Rayne has never really been a girl that impressed me that much. I’m a huge Gail Kim mark and it does seem weird to have her without that title. However, the new champion should be the one who wins this. I think a month long title reign will not do the Knockouts title much justice.

What Will Happen?: Normally, I’d say the new champion would win. However, with all the title changes with the X-Division title it’s not that clear-cut for me to say. I’ve got a gut feeling that Gail Kim is going to regain the gold somehow, so I’m going with my gut. Gail Kim wins.

 

Samuel Shaw vs Mr Anderson

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What Should Happen?: Damn, this thing with Samuel Shaw has been good. It definitely makes sense for Samuel Shaw to win. They’ve got something… beautiful – with a character like his.

What Will Happen?: Sorry Ken. I don’t see anything else happening other than Samuel Shaw picking up the win.

 

Lethal Lockdown: Team MVP (MVP, Eddie Edwards, Davey Richards and Jeff Hardy… or is it Willow?) vs Team Dixie Carter (Bobby Roode, Robbie E, Jessie and Austin Aries) – Winning Team Gets Control Of TNA Operations

Rules: Two men from each team will start off the Lethal Lockdown match locked in the cage. Then, after every 5 minutes, each team will take turns in having a member enter the cage. This will continue until all 8 men have entered the cage. Once all 8 guys have entered, the first team to get a pinfall or submission wins. Team Dixie will have the “man advantage”, meaning that they will gain an advantage on Team MVP by having their men enter the match before the MVP guys do. Basically, the entrant order will be – Team Dixie, Team MVP, Team Dixie, Team MVP, Team Dixie, Team MVP, Team Dixie, Team MVP.

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What Should Happen?: Team MVP wins.

What Will Happen?: It’d be awful strange for TNA to bring MVP in and not have his team win.

 

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

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What Should Happen?: I’m a bit torn. I’m fans of both guys. It’s been too long since Samoa Joe last won the TNA World Title, but Magnus’ reign has been really good so far. I’d like to see that continue, so I’m going to have to go with Magnus. But if anyone’s going to dethrone Magnus, it has to be Samoa Joe.

What Will Happen?: Magnus retains I think.