Monthly Archives: September 2011

Thoughts on TNA Impact (9-29-11)

The pretense of TNA Impact tonight was Hogan had an announcement to make. Unfortunately I don’t care. That’s not a draw to me or most people. Even though AJ vs Bobby Roode was the main event and they did lil segments here and there to hype it, I felt like that was still a back seat to Hogan’s announcement.

STING & BOBBY ROODE
HEAT: B-
STING: A
ROODE: B

This was more hype for Bobby Roode. This was great simply because Sting put heat on the match with Roode vs Angle. Kind of letting the world know Sting vs Hogan will not be the main event of Bound for Glory. It also looked good for Roode to get the rub from Sting. Lets the world know that Roode is the top baby face or will be… Angle came out, AJ came out, but didn’t add much to the segment.

#1 CONTENDER >> 5 MAN LADDER MATCH
HEAT: F
MATCH: C
FINISH: D

It was an ok match and could have used 5 extra minutes to be good. Austin Aries on commentary did a good job as a heel.

MEXICAN AMERICA vs INK INC
HEAT: C
MATCH: F+
FINISH: A
MEXICAN AMERICA: A
INK INC: C

This wasn’t a match, it was the destruction of Ink Inc. I liked this, because it put over Mexican America who really need it.

JARRETT w/ KAREN & KAZ w/ TRACI
HEAT: B
JARRETT: A
KAZ: D

Two men with their real life wives with them. This was a great segment complete with a pull apart.

TARA vs MADISSON RAYNE
HEAT: C
MATCH: C
FINISH: don’t even remember
RAYNE: A
TARA: C

Shockingly TNA revisited their history in a video package. It was good… But they can only do this once before it becomes beating a dead horse.

Rayne was all over the ref. It was greatly amusing and original, but they overdid it by the end.

DANIELS BACKSTAGE
DANIELS: B

Good, simple half minute segment to say that Daniels vs AJ will happen at Bound for Glory. Daniels is great as this weasel…

CRIMSON & JOE ANGLE
HEAT: C-
JOE: C
CRIMSON: C
MORGAN: C

Crimson is back from an injury at the hands of Joe… Joe cut a heel promo. Cut down the fans, cut down Crimson’s “streak.” Ends with a 50/50 brawl. Morgan ran out for the save…

POPE vs MR ANDERSON
HEAT: C
MATCH: C
FINISH: F
ANDERSON: C
POPE: C

Was this match face vs face? I couldn’t tell… one of the two men should have cut down the crowd or something… Devon’s kids are back in the crowd. Good for them.

I just fast forward through Anderson on the Mic. I know where he comes from. I know what his name is. Fans are actually chanting for Anderson… its not piped in. That has to mean something.

I don’t like Anderson, but he’s added more flair to his work in the past few weeks. He’s not as basic.

This match just turns into shit with distractions and interference. It would be one thing if a heel interfered but having 2 outside interferences felt like a bit much.

ROODE BACKSTAGE & AJ BACKSTAGE
Heat: D

Throughout the show both men have been backstage. Neither man is drawing heat to their match, but they’re pretty much selling the fact that it will be a real match. No friends.

POPE & DEVON ARGUEMENT BACKSTAGE
Heat: F
DEVON: A
POPE: C

This segment made little sense since TNA’s token black team have briefly been on the same page.

BOBBY ROODE VIDEO PACKAGE
Heat: C+

I really wish that Bobby had his own shirt instead of generic Impact shirts. This was all about Roode’s training and sacrifice. They had an interview with his wife and showed his kids. This is something that the Khali and Jinder angle could bennefit.

This goes to show that Roode is a normal guy, both in a good and bad way. Its good because it shows he’s real. He’s every man. Its bad where I think it deflated him by making him look so normal. Maybe less family more training….

BOBBY ROODE vs AJ STYLES
Heat: C
Match: B
AJ: A
ROODE: B-

To be honest, I’ve seen too much Bobby Roode over the last 3 weeks. My desire to see him is wavoring. But hopefully this is only temporary. He looks like HHH Jr and that’s probably a great thing. He has the look. He’s a safe guy. His promos have fire. But after these 3 weeks I’m not sure if he should be on top yet. Yet being the key word. Ready or not here he comes… That Bound for Glory was designed to get him ready, but I consider it a failure when Crimson was fake injured and some guys had 10 matches and others had 20.

I feel like I’ve seen 4 side headlock takeovers tonight.

There are AJ & Roode chats, which is good. They did a slow build to this match and picked their spots well. Roode has good quickness and good spring in his selling. Everything is very accurate that Roode does. AJ carried this match and made Roode look good. Roode looked good and made AJ look good. That’s how it should be.

I also think there are too many people hyping up Roode. You’re ready… you’re ready. I guess its better than hearing… you’ll never do it! or jobbing out the contender before the championship match. After the match the question is if AJ brought his best. That shouldn’t be a question. That shouldn’t do a statement. Fluffing up Roode makes me feel like Roode will doubt himself. In fact he looked like he was doubting himself. Its like constant reassurance makes for insecurity.

MAIN EVENT HULK HOGAN
Heat: A- (even though it was a face promo from a heel)
HOGAN: A

This is the main event… Hulk’s run is coming to a close… he should sign a WWE legends deal for $10,000 and just be done with it. It was a total face promo… for a heel. Uggg…. Hogan put over Fortune…. and said that he taught everyone he ever knew. Hogan retires… He gets misty. It was very good. He got shaky and announced next week he would be retiring.

Sting is in the back and burries Hogan. He’s done this before where only Sting sees through Hogan’s mist… well it never seems like Hogan is being disingenuous. Sting ruined this.

IN CONCLUSION
It was a good show. Sting put over Roode. Mexican America looked strong. Madisson Rayne is still a standout Knockout… Pope & Devon make no sense… and I almost forgot about the Jarretts and Kazarians.

Hogan’s promo was memorable… but Sting’s disbelief almost ruined it.

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2 Ways to Beef Up TNA X-Plosion while Unclogging TNA Impact (making room for more in ring and less backstage)

TNA has this problem (and I have a solution)… it does 2 TV episodes per TV taping. TNA Impact is a 2 hour show on Spike TV with 30 minutes of commercials. That leaves 90 minutes to fill the show. That’s fine, but the problem is that there are 2 episodes taped making for a 3 hour per show… then on top of that is TNA’s B-show X-Plosion. On X-Plosion there is an exclusive match. The segment for that one match seems to last 10 minutes and there are 2 X-Plosion matches at each TV taping. Making for 20 extra minutes on top of 3 hours… to compensate… TNA has plenty of backstage angles otherwise each TV taping would be almost 3 hours and 30 minutes..

These backstage angles are a big part of complaints, but they have to be done… but I think I can unclog 20 minutes of the TNA TV tapings which hopefully would mean 10 less minutes of backstage segments on TNA Impact.

That’s the problem, now here are two solutions that will unclog TNA Impact and beef up TNA X-Plosion.

SOLUTION 1: X-PLOSION TV TAPINGS
I propose that TNA X-Plosion gets its own TV taping. 1 TV taping a month makes 4 TV episodes. On top is a non-televised main event (Joe vs Morgan, AJ Styles vs Christopher Daniels). That will give the TNA Impact tapings will have an extra 20 minutes to do in ring stuff and less backstage angles.

SOLUTION 2: HOUSE SHOW MATCHES
Orrrrr…. if TNA doesn’t want to devote X-Plosion to have its own TV taping, then take C-level matches from live events (house shows). It would give a different feel to X-Plosion and imagine being able to say this week’s X-Plosion comes from NJ or NY. You could follow the workers around as they explore the town or follow one worker on the road per week. Then for the TV, dub commentary over the matches. Dim the crowd like TNA X-Plosion already dims the crowd. The matches wouldn’t be any different… Shelley vs Doug Williams or Mickie James vs Madison Rayne (real X-Plosion matches).
Both solutions could have more matches on their B show (instead of 1 have 2, then an Impact recap, promos and the Spin Cycle round table).
THE SOLUTION OF SECOND PROBLEM
Oh and to top it off… have the TV championship ONLY defended on X-Plosion. That way its one less title to clutter TNA Impact. The TV champion would look like a big shark in a little pond. He would be the gatekeeper and it would put heat on the TV title.
In fact you could take 16 guys off the main roster who are C or D level guys and put them exclusively on X-Plosion. Guys like Eric Young, Alex Shelley, Kid Kash, Jesse Sauronson, Crimson, Jesse Neal, Shannon Moore, Pope, Devon, Scott Stiener. Keep them off of Impact for 6 months so when they come back its a shock and they feel fresh. Abyss takes 6 months off from Impact so he can become a monster on X-Plosion… dominates everyone then returns to Impact to raise hell. In fact his first program on Impact can be someone that after he loses to Abyss he’s sent to X-Plosion for 6 months. By having X-Plosion as its own show it will take 16 wrestlers out of 45 active wrestlers off of Impact.
Hopefully these ideas can solve two noticeable problems with TNA. Less backstage angles and less championship titles on Impact.

CM Punk tore the space-time continuum (that is sucking the WWE into a black hole)

I propose the idea that CM Punk is making a change… for the worse. Sure it’s probably not his fault (just writing’s), but he pulled the wrestling curtain aside as commentator and in his now infamous promo from July heading into the WWE’s Money in the Bank PPV. This was a negative and you’ll soon see why…

THE SEEDS
As commentator, Punk brought up flaws in WWE’s logic (yet he himself falls into failed logic). He also wore T-shirts from his favorites like Colt Cabanna and Charles Manson. WWE let everything slide… he’s CM Punk. As he did commentary, during John Cena matches Punk would be more protective of his beloved Pepsi can… than calling the match. It was his subtle way of knocking how WWE commentators don’t talk about matches, but rather hype up “what else is tonight.”

THE TEAR STARTS BEFORE MONEY IN THE BANK
Building up to the Money in the Bank PPV, CM Punk had said he’d leave with the WWE title after winning it in his hometown of Chicago. He then cut down the WWE and its management. Punk said John Cena is one of the things wrong with the WWE as well. He also brought up the name John Laurenitus… which has never been mentioned on WWE television (maybe rarely).

Before Money in the Bank, John Laurenitus was introduced as an on-screen character. He was the right hand man of Vince McMahon, owner of the WWE. He wasn’t a joke of a character like Patterson or Briscoe were in the late 90s.

THE BLACK HOLE OPENED
After CM Punk won the WWE title, he “left” the WWE (only to return to RAW in 8 days), but when he left Vince McMahon was removed from the WWE. Vince is gone from TV (as he is every summer) when his son-in-law HHH took over the WWE‘s day to day operations. Those two things were big… Vince is gone… HHH is back after being gone for 6+ months. Not only is he back, but he runs the WWE since he is Vince’s son-in-law and all (figure out how he outranks Vince’s own daughter Stephanie).

With HHH back, the anonymous GM disappeared RAW… thankfully, but John Laurenitus was never revealed as the anonymous GM. In fact no one was revealed to be the anonymous GM. Since it was an anonymous GM, no one really noticed the disappearance.

To top off that craziness… but CM Punk was the WWE champion when he returned… but so was John Cena who had won the title from Rey Mysterio Jr the same night Rey won the WWE title to conclude an 8 man tournament. 2 men with 1 title. It’s like an alternate universe where CM Punk never existed… yet he does exist with the WWE title.

SUMMERSLAM SPACE-TIME CONTINUUM
To unify the 2 belts back into 1, HHH made himself referee in a match with CM Punk vs John Cena. After CM Punk unified the championships, Kevin Nash made his shocking return after a 6+ month absence from the WWE. Before that 6+ month absence it was a 5+ year absence.

With Kevin Nash back… he was soon “fired.” Meanwhile, John Laurenitus and HHH struggle for HHH’s company. As those two struggled, former main eventers R-Truth and Miz started talking about a conspiracy in the WWE… yet those two were the only two aligned. In other words HHH is his own man, CM Punk is his own man, John Lauranitus was his own man, Nash was his own man, but R-Truth and Miz are aligned and conspiring…

THE BLACK HOLE GETS WORSE NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS
A PPV where every match was a championship match was headlined by a non-title match that had HHH vs CM Punk for the WWE… No DQ. A suit wearing owner of the WWE vs a guy who looks like a short order cook. There’s nothing wrong with that, until you lay out how they got here.

Headed into the Night of Champions PPV, CM Punk was set to have a match with Kevin Nash until he got fired… he also cut a promo that was so inside I’m not sure the kids at home watching RAW knew what was going on. They called each other Phil and Paul. That’s like if the guys on the TV show X-Files started calling each other Jillian and David.

The WWE clearly painted themselves into a corner with this one, if HHH lost he’d lose the company, but if Punk lost… the WWE would exit the black hole. So R-Truth and Miz interfered… that way they’d take the fall for the WWE not giving a clean finish with a match that had big consequences.

R-Truth & Miz were “fired” the next night. After they faced CM Punk who teamed with John Cena. John Cena who is the man who CM Punk called out and said he’s one of the things wrong with the WWE. A man that he faced 3x and beat (before their 4th match where Nash distracted Punk).

FOR THOSE KEEPING SCORE HERE’S WHERE WE ARE NOW…
BEFORE CM PUNK
– Vince ran the WWE
– No John Laurenitus
– John Cena holds the WWE title
– R-Truth on the roster
– Miz on the roster
– Kevin Nash NOT on active roster
– HHH NOT on active roster

AFTER CM PUNK
– Vince fired
– John Laurenitus is there (a man in a speaking role who can barely speak)
– John Cena HOLDS THE WWE TITLE (changed hands 6 times in 2 months)
– R-Truth fired
– Miz fired
– Kevin Nash fired
– HHH runs the WWE

Is the WWE better or worse?

My Storyline to Push WWE’s Daniel Bryan (now not later) (7 PPVs)

Daniel Bryan seems to be on WWE’s backburner lately and has lost several matches and not been on a few cards. Since he won Smackdown’s Money in the Bank and has declaired that he wants his heavyweight title shot at Wrestlemania… the WWE probably feels they can use him to put some guys over before they heat him up in January for his title shot in March. I really think that’s their logic and we’ll see him do a lot better then.

START THE BOOKING

AFTER HELL IN A CELL
Since they’ve got something going with Daniel Bryan and Sin Cara… WWE will do good vs evil Sin Cara at the PPV. Good one can prevail or the evil one can prevail and injure the good one, Then on Smackdown, Daniel Bryan can challenge evil Sin Cara. DB can go over evil Cara clean… no sweat.

SURVIVOR SERIES
Meanwhile… headed into Survivor Series, there is news that there will be a Smackdown Survivor Series match. Team Randy vs Team Henry. Henry’s team is assigned to him by Teddy Long… while Randy wants to assemble his team. Sheamus, a mystery man and the final member, Daniel Bryan.

In the match, Kane or Big Show can be the mystery man.Daniel Bryan puts Christian in the Labell Lock… Christian is tapping out… but the referee is out. The lock gets broken up and then  Christian uses a chair or a bell then pins Daniel Bryan as the referee wakes up. Ref counts the 3. Daniel Bryan attacks Christian who takes a bump and Christian gets pinned by someone else thanks to Bryan.

HEADING TO TLC
Next Smackdown, Daniel Bryan wants payback. he wants Christian at TLC or whatever the December PPV is. Maybe there is another one after that. Damn the WWE and all of its PPVs.

Christian comes out on an arm brace or a sling something. Christian tore something in his arm thanks to that Labell Lock at Survivor Series. Christian doesn’t want to face Daniel Bryan!!! That Labell Lock hurts! But… Christian says the only way he’d agree is if Daniel Bryan puts his Smackdown Money in the Bank title shot on the line at TLC. Daniel Bryan agrees, then Christian takes a swing at Daniel Bryan with the injured arm. Daniel sees it coming and puts the Labell Lock on Christian until security pries them apart.

On a different Smackdown, Christian gets into Teddy’s ear and proposes a ladder match. Think of the PPV numbers Teddy! Me in a ladder match! Teddy says he’s gotta think about Smackdown numbers too and just giving Christian a ladder match would put Daniel Bryan at a disadvantage when Christian has been in 100 of them. So on Smackdown, Teddy makes a match… if Christian wins the match tonight he’ll get to choose the match against Daniel Bryan. If Christian loses Daniel Bryan gets to choose. Bryan is stoked about it. He’s gonna choose a submission match!

Christian vs Khali. Christian wins by cheating or interference or whatever. Christian wants his ladder match.

TLC
Daniel Bryan goes over Christian in the ladder match. Daniel works on Christians arm the whole time with the ladder and the Labell Lock. That way Christian’s arm will hurt too much to use both arms to get the money in the bank briefcase…. even if working on the leg would be more effective, but whatever.

HEADING INTO THE ROYAL RUMBLE
Daniel Bryan wants to win the Royal Rumble so he can use his money in the bank title shot for the Heavyweight Championship and then use the Royal Rumble title shot for the WWE title and unify the championships!!!

Maybe him saying unify the championships would look bad, because then it looks like he failed to do something… and that’s not good.

Instead of having Daniel Bryan in the Royal Rumble match… he has a match against Wade Barrett. Nah the Royal Rumble idea is better. Put him in the Royal Rumble… but have Brodius Clay eliminate him.

ELIMINATION CHAMBER
Daniel Bryan has a match against Brodius Clay. Daniel goes over clean, looks strong and effective doing it.

This isn’t really about Daniel Bryan… its about the heavyweight title. Mark Henry defending in the chamber against Randy Orton, Kane, Big Show, Sheamus and Christian. Either Henry or Randy win. Henry should win simply to be a challenge for Bryan or Orton should win to be a better match for Bryan on Wrestlemania.

WRESTLEMANIA
Daniel Bryan vs Mark Henry or Randy Orton. I say Henry… just to keep the title on him 6+ months… but Randy would make a better match but once Daniel wins the title he can have good matches with Randy anyway, so Henry.

David vs Goliath… however… Daniel Bryan doesn’t win the belt. Henry gets knocked out of the ring. Knocked out KOed… knocked the truck out. Daniel literally can’t get him back in the ring, so Daniel wins via count out.

APRIL PPV (BACKLASH??)
Teddy Long didn’t like the finish of Wrestlemania, he feels there should be a rematch… Teddy wants to make a falls count anywhere match. Daniel Bryan wants a submission match, Henry vs Daniel Bryan. Henry comes out laughing at Daniel and says Henry is so powerful and Daniel Bryan is short. However, Henry only knows bear hugs. Daniel says power means nothing when you have heart and never say die.

Daniel Bryan wins the heavyweight championship… but unfortunately… Daniel Bryan literally cleared out all of the heels except for Wade Barrett… so then I say draft Daniel Bryan to RAW and bring the title and put John Cena on Smackdown and bring that title. TONS of fresh matches.

Review of 1998 WCW Souled Out (and the infamous Nash>Giant powerbomb)

OVERALL
Hopefully I won’t give anything away with my review of this card. 1998 was a time where I was all gothed up and going to college. I was busy watching WWE at the time. This show took place right after the Sting vs Hogan match at Starcade 1997 that had a shit finish where the championship was held over… for 2 months… 2 dubmass months. This PPV was when the NWO was still one single faction and it was 1/4th of the company of wrestlers. So it was all out WCW vs NWO. Just hearing the title of the PPV… WCW, NWO and SNICKERS present… Souled Out! Without the title on the line… I thought that Ric Flair vs Bret Hart was the main event… because that’s what they talked about all night. No I was wrong. It was Lex Luger vs Randy Savage.

CHAVO JR, JUVENTUD GUERRERA, SUPER CALO, LIZMARK JR vs LA PARKA, PSYCHOSIS, EL DANDY, SILVERKING
HOT OPENER! Wow this was good. Sure there were botched spots, but this was the best opening 8 man that there could ever be!

CHRIST BENOIT vs RAVEN
They kick off this match by banning the flock from ringside. Wow what a bland match. If anything Raven was the star with Benoit just selling. What’s bad is there were 2 standing 10 counts in a row. I hate to say it, but this was like watching 2 corpses wrestle.

Cruiserweight Champion CHRIS JERICHO vs REY MYSTERIO JR
– This was a good match, not the greatest. Jericho worked the injured leg of Rey and Rey… jumped and springboarded and did everything he normally does. Rey sells nothing.

JJ DILLON & RODDY PIPER make an announcement with SCOTT HALL, STING & HULK HOGAN
– Question. Why do 2 men need to announce a match for 2 men to have a shot at a 3rd man at the next PPV? Why did 2997 Starcade end with the belt being held up after Sting & Hogan. Why did Scott Hall get a title shot months earlier at World War 3 and have to wait 3 – 4 months before getting a title shot. Why? Why? Why!!!!!!!!!

TV Champion BOOKER T vs RICK MARTEL
– Wow Rick Martel. I felt like I was watching Ken Kennedy. This was a dull and awkward match that I had no interest in, nor did they make me want to watch. The work was memorably bad like when the Quebec Crab was put on Booker… Booker ‘s body and legs were straight out….

SCOTT HALL vs LARRY ZYBISCO
– Wow another match… There was a notable swerve in this match. They worked the best match they could, but wow was the crowd against Larry. You’d think he was the biggest heel and he was the face in all of this! There was a lot of stuff toward the end that made no sense, which seems to be on par. Larry’s moves were also outdated and just didn’t look right.

The tag team champs weren’t defending their belts on this card…

NWO BUFF BAGWELL & SCOTT NORTON & KONNAN vs STIENER BROTHERS & BIG RAY TRAILER
This was a shmoz. The story of this match was that Rick Stiener didn’t trust his own brother Scott… So he wasn’t letting Scott in the ring. That seems dumb. If he doesn’t trust his brother HIS OWN BROOOOTHERRRR!!!! why not just tag him in and let him get beat up? This was… uh not good. Its interesting though how WCW slow built the Scott, Buff & Rick love triangle over a 6+ month period.

THE GIANT vs KEVIN NASH (powerbotch)
This is the infamous match where Nash dumped the Giant on his head. There’s nothing spectacular about this match other than it happened 2 hours into the card. The card really just flew by in a haze of meh… Hogan and Bischoff were out there for Nash. Bischoff got laid out it was nice. The highlight is the botched powerbomb. Legend has it that Nash was told to work out in the gym to powerbomb the Giant, but he said he’d powerbomb him anyway. It was interesting hearing the commentators say Paul Wight is 500 lbs yet he’s much slimmer in WCW than WWE. It must be all of that hair.

They also have officials rush out to help the Giant… but not from the powerbomb. The powerbomb was just a botched spot and doesn’t involve the finish… therefore they didn’t care. Having no music to go out on would have been nice. Also Bobby Heenan wasn’t convincing me of the sevarity of things…

RIC FLAIR vs BRET HART
This match seemed to have no build to it… just thrown out there cold. Morons. Hopefully they built up to the PPV with promos, but instead WCW made it seem like the Internet fans built this one up wondering… who’s the best wrestler. Well tonight it was proven. This match was the best match of the night.

Bret Hart countered virtually everything and never let Ric have any offense unless Ric cheated. Luckily that was 25% of Flair’s offense. It was your typical Hart match. It was great in the ring with basic holds and locks, but done effectively. Tony Shavonti on commentary was surprisingly top notch on calling little nuances. I was amazed. Good 15 minute match if that

LEX LUGAR vs RANDY SAVAGE
Over very quickly. Apparently the story here was Liz. She was all over this match, which as a heel vallet she should be. The match ended… I’m not even sure who won. Then the aftermath happened.

IN CONCLUSION
Bad PPV. Dull and uninspired matches. No main event title defended… nor was he wrestling… nor was the top contender wrestling and your #2 contender was wrestling a retired guy… but they did have an angle with 5 men for 1 belt to announce that at the next PPV they’d have the match. This was a big fuck you to the fans.

Coach Scott Stiener needs 3 college wrestlers (my idea to put 3 guys on the map)

Scott Stiener should probably be used in a limited capacity until his contract runs out. He cuts promos that everyone loves to see and he can still have a match every once in a while, but I propose the idea of making him a manager… or better yet A COACH. Unfortunately TNA beat me to the punch because I scheduled this blog to appear in 2 weeks…

With no further a due… here’s my plan (it may sound like Kurt Angle with Haas & Benjamin).

STEP 1
Hire 3 college wrestling jobbers. Preferably a blonde, a dark-haired guy and a black guy… this way people can tell the 3 of them apart if they’re all wearing singlets.

STEP 2
Have Stiener saying he’s gonna scout for fresh Immortal talent. He can then disappear for a while.

STEP 3
Have Stiener at real wrestling meets scouting.

STEP 4
Stiener finds the first man, the first man says you’re Scott Stiener, I’ve seen you wrestle since I was a kid… Stiener says I got a job for you. The second guy says he’s looking for competition. Stiener says he knows where to find it. Come on kid. The third guy asks about the pay… Stiener says limos, gold watches, briefcases fulla money. Deal.

This way it puts over TNA as a place to find competition, wealth and stars.

STEP 5
Then start the training vignettes for 2 months. Stiener yelling at them, beating them, showing them moves, spotting them lifting. Running his wrestling school. These vignettes don’t have to be more than 2 minutes per week. Stiener can cut their hair and even have Rick Stiener or Kurt Angle as a guest trainer.

Also take this 2 months to have them wrestle at house shows with Stiener still out there as their trainer if he works house shows. That way they’ve got 2 extra months of experience.

STEP 6
Setup a debut on TNA’s B-show. The first one has a match with the other 2 just there. Build the first guy as a singles guy. Then bring in the other 2 as a tag team after the first guy is established. Stiener can cut promos for them. Have them go against jobbers on the B-show for 4 months. Stiener can slap them around, roll around with them too. Not matches, but exhibitions. Stiener is still top dog.

STEP 7
After 6 or 7 months, so you take them to Impact… Scott can either bring them to Immortal who say NO, they’re too green and feud with Immortal or have them just be their own faction right off the bat without any mention of Immortal. Stiener cuts their incoherent promos. You have a new legit tag team and you have a new TV title contender right there. Then you have 3-4 guys to feud with Fortune.

STEP 8
This step will happen in 2 or 3 years. They can feud with each other, feud and feud with Scott Stiener if not retire him or heck do it all over again with Scott finding a fresh crop of workers. But see these 3 guys with a college wrestling style opens up several matches. Submission matches, grecco roman matches, they can wear the ear guards, they can say… I refuse to wrestle a man who punches or kicks… this is pro wrestling not MMA. One can be the wrestling snob, another can be the blood thirsty badass and the last guy can be in it for the money and fame.

STEP 9
Make it happen! This idea fills up pre-taped segment time as well, so that’s another plus!

Unconventional Moves to Put Over Mark Henry as Dangerous

The World’s Strongest Man Mark Henry is now the heavyweight champion. He’s got very limited offenses, but with his incredible strength and size he makes every move count no matter how basic. Let’s look at his current finisher, the World’s Strongest Slam. A simple falling bodyslam. He’s had that for 10+ year now. He’s had the chocolate slide as a babyface where he gets his opponents on the ropes kneeling, gets a running start and just slides through the ropes to the outside. Quite impressive. And he’s got the bear hug submission, which with his size and strength its perfect for him.

Let’s add something more to his moveset, something that every wrestler has, but when Mark uses it, it can be dangerous. I’m talking about a headlock. Every wrestler uses it as a transitional spot. No one has submit to a headlock since the 70s. I’m not saying Henry ends the match in 1 minute (unless they’re a jobber). Build to it… At the finish of the match have Henry put on that standard side headlock and with Henry’s giant arms, wrench it and show the pain. Then have the midcarder tap out to it.

This wouldn’t be an ordinary side headlock, Henry would of course put his own twist on it and make it look better than everyone else’s. Maybe use a trip or a takeover to put the guy down on the mat where Henry just pulls back and pop goes the head. Maybe he can drag his opponent around and twist his body wildly to put the pain in.

Build the move and make it dangerous giving him submission victories, maybe even put someone in a neck brace. Eventually after a few months of it, Henry gets cocky. He wants to inflict pain, a tapout isn’t good enough. So when it comes to a main eventer like Randy Orton being in the side headlock, Henry will pull him around the ring and make it so the ref can’t take a submission. Then Randy can either slip out and win or be crippled in a neck brace. That way they both save face.

Here’s another thing… if Mark Henry can curl a frying pan as he’s demonstrated several times over the years, imagine what he can do in a hammer lock. He can put over a hammer lock as dangerous. He can break people’s forearms and either put them on the shelf 2 months or have them wrestling in a forearm cast.

These 2 submissions open up a new series of match types for Henry. Imagine Wrestlemania 2012, Mark Henry goes in after 6 months of submissions to defend the belt against Daniel Bryan’s Labell Lock. A move that Bryan can’t even get on Mark Henry… but luckily for Daniel, he’s not one dimensional and after working on Henry’s neck, he can make the dangerous olympian submit to a headlock… or submit himself.

Maybe those 2 moves aren’t big enough when Mark has put people through cage walls, slammed them onto steps and put them through tables, but just these 2 simple moves can put the moves over and make Henry dangerous and make the sport more realistic.

All I know is that somebody gone get they ass kicked.