Why July 2013 Will Forever Be A Dark Period For TNA Impact Wrestling

Hey wrestling fans, I am “The Hardcore Legend” Tom Robinson. And first of all, sorry for all the inactivity in the last couple of weeks. I’ve been focusing on other stuff and really haven’t had time for the wrestling side of things. But I’m here with a post, and it’s to do with a subject I’ve really wanted not to talk about… the current situation with TNA.

In my opinion, 2013 was supposed to be the big break-out year for the world’s number two wrestling company. TNA had a some serious momentum with the Aces And Eights storyline and things was just going right for the company. They even took to the road, breaking away from the dead-as-hell Impact Zone to break new ground by appearing live in front of crowds all around America. It was a couple of risky endeavours but it seemed like it was beginning to pay off right?

But then… July rolled along. In the storyline, the Aces And Eights were a strong a threat as ever as the Bound For Glory Series rolled in. It seemed the Road To Bound For Glory had took off to a great start with big names in the BFG Series and the X-Division was gaining attention again with Chris Sabin getting set to challenge Bully Ray for the TNA World Title. However, the Aces And Eights saw some new opposition in the form of the New Main Event Mafia! I wouldn’t have minded the Main Event Mafia coming back if it weren’t for a couple of things…

1) Sting has once again got up in Bully Ray’s business while he was feuding with Chris Sabin, even though Sting was unable to compete for the World Title again. Not only is Sting’s nose where it doesn’t belong but it made Sabin looked weak without the Main Event Mafia, especially when Sabin actually fought Bully at Destination X and the Mafia got involved.

2) For a group known as the MAIN EVENT Mafia, Magnus was not really an appropriate addition to the group. Don’t get me wrong. I love Magnus to death and I think he’s an amazing piece of talent, but he needs to establish himself on his own before joining anymore groups. Not to mention, Magnus has never won a World Title in his life and has never been in a TNA PPV Main Event in his life. Really? The Main Event Mafia?

3) Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. I would have much preferred it if Jackson wasn’t in it, purely because he’s never had any proper experience in pro wrestling yet. He’s a quality fight and a fan of pro wrestling and that’s respectable, but don’t have him getting involved in big storylines like this just yet. He’s literally just there as a ratings pull.

Also, faction vs faction feuds in TNA have been done SO many times in TNA. Fourtune vs Immortal. EV 2.0 vs Fourtune. TNA Frontline vs Main Event Mafia. The Aces And Eights shouldn’t have been given that treatment.

And the Suicide/Manik business? That is just some of the most absurd booking I’ve ever seen. I loved it when Austin Aires took the suit and won the X-Division title. That was well done. BUT, I hated it as I’m sure all of you guys hated it when the original “Suicide” was reintroduced as “Manik” the next week. What the? OK. So even though we knew the identity of the original Suicide after Aires took his suit, you’re gonna put him in another suit? Oh and then after Manik won the vacant X-Division title 2 weeks ago, he unmasked himself again backstage. It’s just mind boggling.

Then there was the new X-Division Title belt…

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It looks like a crossover between the NXT Championship from WWE and the Light-Heavyweight Championship from the WWF days. It looks childish and come to think of it, why did TNA feel this amazing belt needed replacing?

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It was original, cool looking and was the same design that TNA had used for the belt since the beginning. I mean it was just daft to replace it with the new one when no-one had a problem with the original. I don’t want to sound like a status-qua guy here, but that belt didn’t need replacing. Sometimes old is better.

Right now we are getting down to the REAL problems. Right now I’ve just picked at some booking flaws and stuff, but the legit problems TNA are having behind the scenes. First all of the releases from TNA.

  • Joey Ryan
  • Taeler Hendrix
  • Matt Morgan
  • D.O.C.
  • Tara
  • Madison Rayne
  • Chrisitan York
  • Matt Morgan
  • D’Lo Brown
  • Bruce Prichard

It’s worrying to see so many releases in the space of a month. Sure, WWE make a lot more cuts to their rosters but they’ve got a much bigger roster to cut from. TNA still have a small array of wrestlers. I mean the Matt Morgans and the Crimsons I couldn’t give a fuss about considering how little of an impact each guy made. But up-and-comers like Taeler Hendrix? Veteran Knockouts like Tara and Madison Rayne? A MEMBER of Aces And Eights D.O.C.? Of all the guys to choose from your roster to cut, why someone who is a part of your most important stable of the company. And someone who looked like they were gonna turn face and hit it big? That was the biggest thing that annoyed me. All of these guys just thrown by the waist-side without any real exit storylines from TNA. It’s real sad to see, especially for the knockouts like Tara who have been there for a while.

And reportedly, being on the road has caused TNA some financial headaches. Sure it was going to be difficult to leave the Impact Zone, but I respect that wanted to take that risk. But if was going to be this bad, why did they go on the road as soon as they did? They shouldn’t have tried it if they didn’t know if they’d be alright financial. And it’s a shame that the roster is suffering from it too.

Then there’s the infamous #AskDixie incident. Something that really pissed me off. I know it was a stupid time for Dixie to open up the Q&A for TNA considering the stick it was getting and Jesse Sorensen whining about being released despite his neck injury, but it was a damn shame that the fans just took the piss. Dixie Carter was only trying to connect with the fans on Twitter and they were just ripping on the company that they will be missing big time when it goes. Wrestling fans will not realize how much they’ll miss TNA until it’s gone. In fact, you want realize how much you’ll miss anyone until they’re gone. So it’s best to take it for granted. A great life lesson for you guys. 🙂

That’s just a few of the things that have went wrong at TNA this month and it really makes me worry what’ll happen next. It’s clear that the fans are gonna start losing interest in the company with the Brock Lesnars and the Rob Van Dams returning at WWE and the build up to Summerslam. So TNA have really got to clean up the issues that are driving the company to the ground. I know I’ve just spent this entire blog post criticizing the company, but I really want them to pull through these difficult times. I think that’s what the entire wrestling community wants, whether they want to admit it or not. Even the biggest TNA hater NoDQ.com owner Aaron Rift said TNA going out of business would be bad for his website. Hell, if TNA went out of business then WWE would be the only major wrestling company left. And how boring would that be? WWE could put on a blindfold Royal Rumble match and not worry about the competition. No matter how bad the show will get, they are still the top dogs. I think we are all want TNA to get better and I hope that it can overcome.

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16/05/2013 TNA Impact Wrestling Review: Big Matches And Stipulations Added, As The Road To Slammiversary Takes A New Direction

BULLY RAY AND STING: Face To Face ahead of their encounter at Slammiversary

BULLY RAY AND STING: Face To Face ahead of their encounter at Slammiversary

Evening Wrestling fans, I am the “Phenomenal” Tom Robinson with another TNA Impact review for you as Slammiversary draws near.

We started off the show with Hulk Hogan announcing Kurt Angle vs AJ Styles for Slammiversary and wanting to say thanks to “The Monster” Abyss. And we got a Park alright. Unfortunately…

Joseph Park showed up instead. Urrrrgghhh. Really TNA? REALLY? Surely the Joseph Park character has surely had its day by now. Just please get him off TV and have Abyss back full-time. Anyway, Hogan’s had enough of Park’s crap and demands to know where Abyss is. This draws out the “Sergeant Of Arms” of Aces And Eights Devon and fellow member D-Lo Brown who was demoted to “prospect” level last week, which is the lowest of the low if you’re a part of Aces And Eights. Devon said he wanted to, and I quote, “take a piece out off his ass”. LOL. I might actually incorporate that line into my daily vocabulary. What a line. I’m really starting to like Devon on the mic. Anyway, Joseph got mad at Devon, and challenged him to a match. However, Devon said Joseph had to prove himself and D’Lo stepped up to the plate. So Hogan set up the match between Joseph Park and D’Lo Brown, and if Joseph wins, he gets a match with Devon. And if D’Lo loses, well… he’s in the shit.

Meanwhile, in the tag team division, the tag team champions Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez going up against Bobby Roode and Christopher Daniels respectably. In Chavo vs Roode, Chavo got disqualified because James Storm came out and spit beer in Roode’s face. And in Daniels vs Hernandez, Hernandez defeated Daniels off a James Storm distraction. After the Daniels vs Hernandez match, James Storm announced that it would be a fatal four way match for the TNA Tag Team Titles at Slammiversary. Chavo and Hernandez will be defending the gold against Daniels and Kaz, Roode and Aires, and James Storm, who will pick his own partner for Slammiversary. As much as I don’t like seeing the same old teams competing for the gold, James Storm being brought into play is a good way to mix it up. I’d mark out if James Storm chose “The Wildcat” Chris Harris for his partner at Slammiversary! America’s Most Wanted reunited would be a legendary moment that I’m sure true TNA fans will love.

Kurt Angle called out his Slammiversary opponent AJ Styles. However, he gets everyone’s favourite asshole… MISTEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR ANDERSOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON!

Anyway, Mr Anderson cuts a decent promo and basically says that next week will be the “patching-in” of AJ Styles as a member of Aces And Eights, and dares Angle to come. However, Angle doesn’t want to wait and takes down Anderson. This brings out AJ, who takes down Angle with a kick. Nice segment. I really wonder what’s gonna go down next week with the “Patching-in”. And I’m looking forward to AJ vs Angle at the PPV.

Also, 4 former Gut-Check winners started off a mini-tournament to determine who gets a spot in the Bound For Glory series. In a match between two former Gut Check winners, Jay Bradley defeated Christian York in a quick match to earn the right to go to Slammiversary to try and earn a spot in the Bound For Glory series. Personally, I think Christian York should really be the one getting a spot in the Bound For Glory series. I’m not saying Jay Bradley isn’t worthy enough or isn’t talented enough. It would just make a lot more sense if the guy that’s actually been active in TNA since getting his contract would be rewarded for his work over guys like Jay Bradley who have only showed up once in a blue moon. HOWEVER, competing in the Bound For Glory series can give whoever wins the mini-tournament some much needed exposure and can give him a lot more air-time post BFG-Series. Who knows? For all we know, TNA may have them win it!

Gail Kim lost a non-title match to Knockouts Champion Velvet Sky via a roll-up (is it me or is too many women’s matches in TNA ending in roll ups?). It was a decent TV Women’s match, which included Gail attacking Velvet post-match in similar fashion to how she attacked Tara and Taryn Terrell in the last couple of weeks – figure four leg lock on the ring-post. Anyway, Mickie James was also given a Knockouts Tag Title match with Velvet next week so I hope to hell this match was much better than their match about a month ago.

Kenny King retained the X-Division Championship in a sound triple threat title match also involving Chris Sabin and Petey Williams. Petey got the wrong end of the stick and was the one that got pinned. This means that Petey is out of the title picture for a while and has to earn his way back in under the new X-Division rules. It’s a shame because I’m a big fan of Petey. It was also announced that at Slammiversary, Kenny King will defend the X-Division Title against Chris Sabin and the returning Suicide… in the Ultimate X Match. That will be an enjoyable match if TNA give them a lot of time at Slammiversary. I’m sure Sabin, King and whoever takes on the mantle of Suicide (likely Kiyoshi) can pull a terrific match together if given enough time.

Joseph Park defeated D’Lo Brown… unfortunately. Same old stuff with Joseph Park. D’Lo Brown kicks his ass for a bit. Makes him bleed. Park turns into Abyss. Blackhole Slam. And got the win. -.- However, I will admit. D’Lo looked very slick in the ring for someone who has barely wrestled in the last couple of years. I’m surprised how well he could move for someone his size and age. But because Joseph Park won, D’Lo will likely be in the shittest of shit with Aces And Eights. Nice seeing you D’Lo.

Contract Signing for the TNA World Title match between Sting and champion Bully Ray at Slammiversary. Jeremy Borash introduces Bully Ray who comes out and pushes Jeremy out the ring and calls out Sting and Hulk Hogan (Bully wanted Hogan to watch the contract singing go down). Sting proposes a stipulation for their match at the PPV… NO HOLDS BARRED! Oooooooooooooooooooooo. Bully Ray agrees to Sting’s stipulation as long as Sting agrees to Bully’s stipulation. If Bully Ray wins at Slammiversary… Sting can NEVER compete for the TNA World Title again!

Sting agrees to the match and a brawl between Bully and Sting breaks out to end the show.

A very interesting night indeed. It’s nice that some PPV matches are getting announced and the card is starting to take shape. Next week with the “patching-in” of AJ Styles at Aces And Eights, D’Lo Brown facing the fury of Bully Ray, the return of Suicide and the Knockouts Title match is going to be a hell of a show to build on the foundations set on this one. Anyway, that’s my TNA weekly review done. And I’ll see you with the Extreme Rules predictions later on today!