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I have been a fanatic of the entertainment phenomena known as pro-wrestling since 1984. I have been following it in many forms. From its time on television, to its growth on PPV, to the expanse of the internet. So trust me when I say that I understand the psychology of wrestling. Am I a professional wrestler? No. I am not a professional wrestler, but I have wrestled. I understand the mind set.
The biggest problem is the politics. If you can get rid of the politicking, then the cream will rise to the top.
World Champion: AJ Styles.
I have nothing against AJ Styles. I have seen him as a Face and a Heel, then a face again and a incompetent heel once more. He is one of those talents who is able to jump from one to the other with little difficulty. I like the idea of pairing AJ Styles with Ric Flair. This works for me, so long as Flair stays out of active competition. I respect Flair, but his time is past. Flair needs to take a page out of the book of Harley Race and help get the younger guys over, like he did for Batista and Randy Orton in Evolution.
Speaking of Stables, Ric needs to build a stable around AJ Styles. Recruit number one would have to be Desmond Wolfe. The guy can go and would be an excellent opponent for the Global Title and would be able to better elevate the status of that title. Next up would be to recruit Samoa Joe and Mr. Anderson as a tag team duo. Both are accomplished singles wrestlers and would serve the purpose of keeping the gold around the champs waist. Leave it at that. Joe or Anderson could also vie for the X-Division title, while remaining a tag team.
As far as what to name such a grouping of talent? Well that's tougher than one would imagine. For the sake of unoriginality, I will call them the Tetrad, which means a group of four.
Global Title: Eric Young
As the current Champion, he is not bad. Sadly, with the loss of Kevin Nash from his ranks, it has diminished the importance that Young once had. To regain his influence, Young needs to make an impact! He needs to have the World Elite take out "The Band", but keep Kevin Nash around. He needs to do it deliberately. He needs to have Homicide, Kiyoshi, Rob Terry, Doug Williams and Brutus Magnus put the hurt on them. Once they have been beaten down, you need Young to come out and address Nash. Talk about tough love and how he forgives Kevin, but if he ever does it again, he'll have two things in common with Maddog Vachon, then have him tap on Kevin's leg.
World Tag Champs: Morgan / Hernandez
This is one of those odd pairings of two big men. It doesn't really work for me, but they are the champs. Current tag teams include: MCMG, Generation ME, British Invasion, Beer Money, Team 3D, Nasty Boys, Dr. Stevie and Raven, Lethal Consequences and The Band.
The British Invasion was good as the tag champs. Unfortunately TNA has waited too long to pull the trigger on the MCMG's. I really have little to no idea on what to do with the Tag Team division in TNA. Anymore, it seems like a place for them to dump singles wrestlers whom they are not ready to put into the title picture.
X-Division: Amazing Red
This has been a mess for some time now. Looking over the title history of this belt, it gets traded off at least 4 to 6 times a year. Amazing Red is currently on his 2nd and longest title reign with this belt. Bizarrely, anyone is posed to vie for this title. Sadly, it currently holds the importance of the old WCW TV Title, which was a belt given to guys to keep them happy. I say put Red in a Four-Way dance with Kiyoshi, Dr. Stevie and Tomko. Sure it would suck, but it would probably be more entertaining than half of the other crap that TNA has been putting on.
Let's get Alissa Flash, Daffney and Taylor Wilde into the Title picture.
Women's Tag: Kong / Hamada
No comment. Good stuff, but I can't comment at the moment.
|Sunday January 17th, |
TNA Wrestling will be presenting their first PPV of the year known as Genesis. The big hoopla about this event has been surrounding Hulk Hogan. More to the point, it has been surrounding the comments made by Hulk Hogan. On January 4th, TNA went live on a Monday Night for three hours. During that time, a number of wrestlers made appearance and debuts with TNA. We saw the return of Scott Hall and Sean Waltman, Ric Flair, Sting and Jeff Hardy. We also saw the debuts of the Nasty Boys, and a few others.
Since then, TNA has brought out Generation Me; better known as the Young Bucks from PWG (Pro Wrestling Guerrilla). Hogan has come out and said that at Genesis, a new star will join the TNA roster. Someone who is capable of winning the World Title t any time.
So who is it? That is the question. Here is a list of names that it could be.
- Dwayne Johnson
- Steve Austin
- Adam Copeland (Edge)
- Mr. Ken Anderson
- Sid Vicious
DOUBLE MAIN EVENT
TNA World Champion Sting, Legends Champion Booker T, Kevin Nash and Scott Steiner (The Main Event Mafia) vs. Samoa Joe, AJ Styles and Team 3D (If MEM wins, Sting keeps his TNA World Title! If AJ/Joe’s team wins, AJ will be awarded the TNA World Title!)
Prediction: MEM will win the match at this point. Even though is the current TNA World Champion, Sting has traditionally never held a world title for any respectable length of time. Given that he is currently on his longest World Title reign in over seven years, It would be nice to see hium actually have a respectable run witht the title before eventually dropping it. Throughout the match, we will see a strong Samoa Joe and AJ Styles. We will bear witness to a not so strong Sting and Kevin Nash. In the end though we will probably get to see Booker T getting the pin on Brother D-Von.
DOUBLE MAIN EVENT
Special Enforcer: Mick Foley
"The War Machine" Rhino vs. Kurt Angle of The Main Event Mafia
(If Rhino wins, Angle is gone from TNA! If Angle wins, he gets his rematch vs. Jeff Jarrett!)
Prediction: The magic eight ball says that Rhino will put on a hell of a match, but will fall victim to the ankle lock and set up for Kurt Angle/Jeff Jarrett rematch.
Winner: Kurt Angle
TNA KNOCKOUTS CHAMPIONSHIP:
Christy Hemme vs. Champion Awesome Kong w/ Raisha Saeed
Prediction: Why the hell is this match even happening! Come on! Christy Hemme? Really? That's like pitting Bill Alphonso against Francine. It's gonna be ugly and pretty short. I call it ugort.
Winner: Awesome Kong w/Cheerleader Melissa... I mean Raisha Saeed
Feast or Fired We have the return of the "Feast Or Fired" competition, where 14 TNA Superstars will battle to get shots at the TNA championships! However, one unlucky bastard will also be FIRED! The names set to compete are as follows: Motor City Machineguns, The LAX, Rock N' Rave Infection, "Black Machismo" Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt, Petey Williams, BG James, Consequences Creed, Curry Man, Cute Kip and Shark Boy! Given the general stupidity and overall unpredictability of the match, I will rate it as follows:
- Motor City Machineguns (Odds or getting Tag Title Shot 93%, World Shot 29%, X Shot 94%, Fired 36%),
- The LAX (Odds or getting Tag Title Shot 7%, World Shot 51%, X Shot 4%, Fired 52%),
- Rock N' Rave Infection (Odds or getting Tag Title Shot 61%, World Shot 46%, X Shot 28%, Fired %79),
- "Black Machismo" Jay Lethal (Odds or getting Tag Title Shot 16%, World Shot 31%, X Shot 31%, Fired 35%),
- Sonjay Dutt (Odds or getting Tag Title Shot 37%, World Shot 25%, X Shot 50%, Fired 49%),
- Petey Williams (Odds or getting Tag Title Shot 46%, World Shot 24%, X Shot 17%, Fired 55%),
- BG James (Odds or getting Tag Title Shot 25%, World Shot 32%, X Shot 59%, Fired 81%),
- Consequences Creed (Odds or getting Tag Title Shot 41%, World Shot 2%, X Shot 39%, Fired 62%),
- Curry Man (Odds or getting Tag Title Shot 92%, World Shot 21%, X Shot 45%, Fired 64%),
- Cute Kip (Odds or getting Tag Title Shot 18%, World Shot 88%, X Shot 89%, Fired 54%)
- Shark Boy (Odds or getting Tag Title Shot 95%, World Shot 20%, X Shot 91%, Fired 96%)
You are probably asking yourself, what do all of these percentages mean. Here's my answer.
Most Likely to get a SHOT at the World title:
- Cute Kip
Most likely to get a SHOT at the Tag Team Titles:
Most likely to get a SHOT at the X-Division Title:
- Cute Kip
Most likely to get FIRED:
- BG James
So, in conclusion, look for Sharkboy, Cute Kip MMG and RRI to get a briefcaseat Feast or Fired. Please note, this particular section is total schlock!
Knockouts Match: ODB vs. Sharmell
Predictions: I don't really understand why this match is being booked. I like ODB, but I am not aware that Sharmell has any actual wrestling skills to speak of.
More matches to be announced next Thursday on "iMPACT!"
Welcome to today's edition of My Spin On. Today I am going to talk about the TNA X-Division Title; give a brief history of where it has been and my spin on where it needs to go in order to reclaim the stature that it once had within the company.
The X-Division title was hotly contested throughout 2006 with the likes of Samoa Joe, Christopher Daniels, Low-Ki and A.J. Styles battling over the title. Daniels lost the title early into 2007 to Chris Sabin who held the title for five months and went through a transformation of face to heel. Along the way, Sabin started teaming up with Alex Shelly and eventually dropped the title to Jay Lethal who held it for a day and then dropped it to Samoa Joe. Now I know there are a lot of folk out there that say that Samoa Joe was the best damn thing that ever happened to the X-Division. That he proved that the belt was about no limits, not weight limits. Granted that was true when Joe was battling for the belt duing '05 and '06, but it was not the case in '07. Joe picked up the title and then lost it to Kurt Angle when all of the belts were on the line.
Why did this signal the downward spiral for the X-Division? Simple really. Angle was too good for the title. Pure an simple. It would be comparable to bringing back the WWE Cruiserweight title and putting it on Rey Mysterio again. Is it really necessary and does it help the title? Hell No!
Even when Angle dropped the title to Jay Lethal a few months later in '07, it just didn't have the feeling of significance that it should have. It was more like a lets pat the nice kid on the head and let him go play in the corner feeling while the grown ups get dow to business. Now I am not saying that Angle simply laid down and let Lethal pin him. Angle made Lethal work to get the win. The problem came when the very following Impact, TNA buried Lethal in a non-title match. Who good does it look to have the number one guy in the company drop a second tier title to a younger wrestler and then have the guy get beat on his first night out in a non-title.
Needless to say, Lethal carried the belt for the rest of 2007 in a series of lackluster title defenses against Sonjay Dutt. Eventually, Lethal would lose the title to Johnny Devine who carried the belt for a few weeks before dropping it back to Lethal. Lethal eventually dropped the title to a repackaged Petey "Pump" Williams at Destination X in 2008. Williams went on to defend the title in a series of forgetable matches against Consequences Creed.
Now for the present....
At the present, we have Sheik Abdul Bashir as the current reigning X-Division champion. Whether or not he is on his first reign or his second can be up for debate. Te reason I state this is that Bashir recently lost the X-Division title to Eric Young, but the decision was reversed and the belt was given back to Bashir. So technically he never lost it and is still on his first title reign.
Our current X-Division seems to be consisting of the following list of grapplers:
Given that you can have 1 guy hold the belt and have up to 10 guys battling it out for the right to wrestle for the title, TNA should be able to put together a series of great matches to help build the X-Division to what it once was. But that has not been the case. Sabin and Shelly rarely participate in X-Division matches any more. Super Eric, Sharkboy and Curry Man have been spending their time as comic relief and participating in the occasional tag team match. Rave really hasn't been used that much. Honestly, I am surprised that he is still employed by TNA at this point. In reality, that only leaves you with Lethal, Dutt, Williams and Creed to challenge Bashir for the title. I am sorry but only having 4 viable contenders for the title just does not work.
Here is my spin on what should be done with the X-Division.
Keep certain names away from the X-Division. Samoa Joe, A.J. Styles, Christopher Daniels. I enjoy watching these guys wrestle, but they are beyond the X-Division at this point. Bring certain guys into the X-Division in an effort to elevate it. Guys like Hernandez, Rhino and Kurt Anglel. Bring in guys from outside of the company to add to the feeling of excitement. Import Chris Hero, Tyler Black, El Generico, Chuck Taylor, Erick Stevens or Nigel McGuinness. For the sake of reality, I will simply focus on the elevation of existing TNA talent.
How awesome would it be to have Hernandez involved in the X-Division! I am sure that people are probably saying, well if you can have Hernandez, what about Homicide? Granted, the Homicide would be an inspiring addition, but I feel he could be better used in the pursuit of other titles. Back to Hernandez. Super Mexican. Who wouldn't want to see the Super Mexican go flying over the top rope and crush Bashir; then throw him into the ring and hit the Border Toss for the victory. The guy has participated in Ultimate X Matches for the Tag Titles with Hernandez against the likes of Styles and Daniels. This guy has so much untapped potential.
Lots of people have been pretty critical about Rhino being involved in the X-Dvision. They say that his style oes not fit. That he has no place in it. The guy has participated in the only 2 Elevation X-Matches and has won both of them! Once against AJ Styles and then again against James Storm. Rhino could help to elevate the status of the title with a moderate title reign of 4 to 5 months. He's a former NWA and ECW World Champion(When ECW meant something). Of late, Rhino has been able to really begin putting on some good matches.
Kurt Angle. I hesitate bringing up his name in regards to the X-Division title. I ahd read at some point that Kurt was wanting to get back into the X-Division on a more aggressive basis and leave the big gold belt for other to fight over in an effort to help elevate the title and the talent of the X-Division. If this is even vaguely true, then Kurt just might be the guy to do it. Simply put, when anyone gets in the ring with Kurt Angle, they have to put on their A+ match. There is no rest period with Kurt unless he says so. The guy is a machine in the ring and is willng to sacrifice himself to get a move over. The guy has done a 360 splash off of the top rope before. He does nto have to do those types of manuevers, but instead chooses too. I feel that if Kurt Angle was to get into the hunt for the X-Division title, that you would see all of the other X-Division wrestlers kick up their matches to 4 star caliber in an effort to keep up with Angle. If he was to get his hands on the belt, the only question to remain is simply this, "Who would take the belt from him".
Next time... Destroying the TNA Legends title.