Thursday Thirteen – Wrestling Edition

This week’s Thursday Thirteen is going to be all about Wrestling. With the Royal Rumble just last weekend and TNA Impact undergoing some sort of transformation I thought it might be a good time to air my thoughts and get some feedback from the IWC (Internet Wrestling Community).

So sit back, take your vitamins, say your prayers and don’t make me F5 you!

  1. Is it TNA or Impact? I watch these shows each and every week and I hope they are able to pull through, but after all these years I still don’t get it. For example, it’s “TNA Genesis”, and the World title belt says “TNA” on it, but the turnbuckles and ring apron say “Impact Wrestling”.

  2. Austin Aries is fantastic! This guy is gold. He reminds me of a young Ric Flair but he needs to stay in TNA. He’s the King there… He is someone who I would pay to see!

  3. I can understand why CM Punk left the WWE. Batista, Brock Lesner, the New (Old) Age Outlaws… Listen to the fans. They detest these guys. They’re boring. They’re old. I don’t want to see them more than once. I don’t want to even see them in a match beating 3MB.

  4. Speaking of 3MB… Is it not time for Drew McIntyre to step up and out of the group. He reminds me of a thinner Barry Windham. I could see them in matches and Drew doing all the work then developing a nasty attitude and taking off on his own. He could be a Paul Heyman guy!

  5. TNA / Impact does a terrible job of character development. I’ll fast forward through Gunner, and even Bobby Roode and James Storm lack charisma.  Plus, the Bro Mans???  How did that just sneak out of nowhere…

  6. Still on TNA / Impact – What’s up with the title changes? They come at the worst time. Gail Kim on a roll – destroying everyone in sight, and then back comes Madison Rayne who was a villain last time we saw her, and then boom. Title change.

  7. BroMans? Really?  I think the problem here is that I have been having a hard time taking them seriously based on their character development.  Then they become champs, and added Zena Ion, and now it seems they are just getting to that point where they look like a tag team.

  8. What’s up with the Daniel Bryan Wyatt thing? The build up was long and obvious, and then it happened and then it unhappened.  It doesn’t get mentioned, and now Bryan is back fighting the “Authority” and Bray Wyatt is all over the World title scene.  How?  Why?  I think they need to cover up this mess by having the Wyatt’s add another member coming into the fold / cult.

5.  Rumour has it that Sting has signed with the WWE.  Why?  It feels like it’s too little too late, no?  He’s old, wrestles with a t-shirt on and has been beaten by EC3 and other WWE cast-offs.

4.  Naomi.  She is the real deal.  Naomi vs. AJ and then Naomi taking off as pretty much the only female wrestler on the roster not named Tamina Snuka.  Then after so ass-kicking they can remove the “Divas” championship and bring back the “Woman’s” title.

3.  Dolph Ziggler is the real deal.  He needs to emulate Shawn Michaels and please, lose that pink hair!  He is the other guy I would pay to watch live because he works his butt off and takes all the bumps.  He’s a main eventer!

2.  So is Danial Bryan if they would let him go…  and so is Cody Rhodes!

1.  I appreciate that MVP has come in to save TNA / Impact but we’ve seen this gimmick before and it didn’t work.  I hope this doesn’t bust like the Shockmaster, but I hope it helps generate more interest and keeps the product alive.  TNA / Impact is NOT the WWE.  Never will be, but old WWE stars need somewhere to go

Honourable mention to the camerawork in the WWE.  They have got to STOP the in-and-out camera work.  It’s frustrating, annoying and makes it hard to watch the action!



Thursday Thirteen: 13 Wrestlers Released from TNA Impact Wrestling

Whenever I hear of a mass release of wrestlers from an organization I think of two things.  First, it must be right after Wrestlemania which is the traditional time that the WWE releases a group of wrestlers, usually as a cost-cutting measure.  The second thing that comes to mind is that a wrestling organization is in deep trouble and they are releasing either over-paid wrestlers or they are trying to reduce their payroll in order to stay alive.

So with rumours of TNA Impact wrestling having difficulty making payroll, and with ratings being down, what do the following 13 releases tell you?

13. Tara – apparently because she wanted to run a restaurant she owns in Chicago.
12. DOC – The largest of the Aces and Eights.
11. RVD – Now in the WWE
10. Matt Morgan – I think they were setting up a feud for him against Hulk Hogan.  He took Hogan’s cape, grew a nasty beard, then disappeared in the middle of the Bound for Glory series – replaced by some unknown.
9. Crimson – This one I did not understand.  He was off for a LONG time nursing an injury, then he made his big return to TV, only to get squashed by Abyss / Joseph Park, and then he was released.
8. Joey Ryan – They forced this guy down our throats, then out.
7. Tom Pritchard – Brother Love; “I luuuvvvvvvvvyou!” and the Undertaker’s first manager.
6. A couple of guys from that Gut Check show who have a lot of tattoos and crazy hair but who I cannot remember their names… Give me a minute…
5. Madison Rayne – apparently pregnant.
Ah, Christian York…
Sam Shaw…
Damn, one more guy… Taeler Hendrix or something like that…
4. Announcer Todd Keneley – which means I have to listen to their horrible announcer Mike Teney and the awkward Tazz who was made a member of Aces and Eights in some boneheaded decision.
3. D-Lo Brown
2. Possibly Miss Techmasser
1. The kicker is the release of Jesse Sorenson, who broke his neck while wrestling for TNA, then after more than a year of rehab, close to being able to compete again, is released.

More important is not who was released.   With absolute stars like Austin Aries, Bully Ray, and Bobby Roode and what used to be the Knockouts, and some serious contention from the x-division TNA is not losing that much talent by these cuts.  What is unfortunate is that there were a few decent characters in this list who should still be there and there are a whole bunch of current wrestlers who should have been released, beginning with Robbie E, Robbie T, half of the Aces and 8’s – especially any names Bischoff, or Hogan who are still taking up valuable space when they cant or don’t wrestle.  Rockstar Spud, and any other guy / gal who are over 45-years-old, or who do not have a clear storyline need to move on.

Of all those guys / gals released, if it means I get to see more of the above, then good for TNA. Now if the can stop Sting from Wrestling and remove the Joseph Park story-line and Gut Check, I’ll be even happier.

And what kind of a company had the GM (Hogan) actively supporting the good guys and trying to knock off the bad guys? He runs the show and tells everyone week in and week out so why doesn’t he either suspend them if they bug him so much or admit he’s a front and he’s powerless and stick to making matches… Dumb, dumb.

I would love for Mike Teney to be the next out because he’s terrible at creating or following the storylines and someone please tell the announcers how the matches are going to end so they don’t gloss over the pinfall or submission, skip the replay and move on to the next poorly orchestrated plot.