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My booking a month of TNA storylines from TNA Turning Point 2011 to TNA Final Resolution 2011 and all the Impact TVs between

Sure TNA has already filmed their TV for the next month, but I don’t follow spoilers. Instead this is me being bored booking 7 storylines from November – December. We start with the previous PPV, TNA Turning Point

PREVIOUS TNA PPV (TNA Turning Point)
ROBBIE E over ERIC YOUNG
MEXICAN AMERICA over INK INC
AUSTIN ARIES over KID KASH & JESSE SAURENSON
RVD over DANIELS
MORGAN drew with CRIMSON
ANDERSON & ABYSS over STIENER & BULLY RAY
HARDY over JARRETT
ROODE over STYLES

AJ vs ROODE (Storm is still injured)
– WEEK 1: It is reported Storm is still in the hospital. Sting makes: #1 CONTENDER >> AJ over HARDY when Jarrett interferes. AJ just lost the title match… but it was so close that Sting wants to give AJ one more chance. What do the fans say? One more chance?… funny Jeff Hardy knows about one more chance. Well Sting can’t just give it to AJ… so he makes AJ vs Hardy who just beat Jeff Jarrett at the PPV.
– WEEK 2: Sting says that he wants to raise the stakes to Roode vs AJ. He wants a ladder match at the PPV. The contract signing and civilness. AJ puts Roode through the table.
– WEEK 3: AJ over MAGNUS & WILLIAMS. Roode has a lot of money… enough money to fly Doug & Brutis from England just to face AJ. Embarass AJ! Sting won’t sign off on that 2 men agains 1 how is that fair? AJ says he’s got this… Magnus & Williams fail, They fail… Roode beats down Magnus & Williams for failing him!!!
– WEEK 4: ROODE over KAZ. AJ over JOE. Bobby Roode went over Joe to get a title shot… AJ should have to face Joe as well. Joe wins… Joe gets a title shot a week later.
– PPV: LADDER MATCH >> ROODE over AJ. Gotta break an egg to make an omlett

JARRETT vs HARDY
– WEEK 1: Jarett interferes in Hardy vs AJ.
– WEEK 2: Hardy calls out Jarrett. Jarrett doesn’t enter the ring. He’s scared at retribution. Jarrett disappears backstage when Hardy runs after him, Gunner clotheslines Hardy when he is about to go backstage. Jarrett comes out saying don’t think we’re done Hardy!
– WEEK 3: Jeff Hardy is at an autograph signing… Goes through a few fans, signing stuff, then a man, his wife and their kids all ask for an autograph. Its Jarrett and his kids. Hardy is they’re favorite wrestler!!!! Hardy wants payback… but Jarrett would use his own kids to sheild Hardy. Brilliance.
– WEEK 4: Sting wants to see Hardy vs Jarrett again. Makes Hardy vs Jarrett. HARDY over GUNNER. Jarrett does commentary.
– PPV: HARDY over JARRETT leading to a title shot at the next PPV. or… Jarett over Hardy to keep the feud going one or 2 months later.

BULLY RAY vs ABYSS
– WEEK 1: Bully Ray & Stiener promo… Bully doesn’t like losing. Calls out Abyss. Bully Ray leaves and Stiener gets destroyed.
– WEEK 2: ABYSS over 2 local jobbers.
– WEEK 3: BULLY RAY over KENDRICK.
– WEEK 4: Face off between Bully Ray & Abyss. Bully Ray agrees the the match if they can use weapons. Abyss says he signed his own death warrant. Ends off with Bully using security between them both and Abyss destroying security so Bully Ray can run away.
– PPV: NO HOLDS BARRED >> ABYSS over BULLY RAY keeping the post Immortal streak alive.

ROBBIE vs RVD (guest starring Rob Terry)
– WEEK 1: Robbie E & Rob Terry are celebrating on the town! Going to clubs and woo hoo! They call ladies ugly and get drinks splashed in their faces. RVD over STIENER.
– WEEK 2: RVD over SHELLEY
– WEEK 3: RVD & EY over ROB TERRY & ROBBIE E. Terry gets pinned.
– WEEK 4: TV TITLE REMATCH >> ROBBIE E over ERIC YOUNG.
– PPV: RVD over ROBBIE so RVD might get motivated.

MEXICAN AMERICA vs MORGAN & CRIMSON (guest starring Pope & D-Von)
– WEEK 1: Crimson & Morgan come out to congradulate one another… Mexican America come out. Telling your opponent good job is weak! Nothing was proved in their match, while Mexican America went won their match at the PPV. Morgan bets if he and Crimson team up they’ll win the belts. No its not that easy. Beat a team and you might get a shot! MORGAN & CRIMSON over MAGNUS & WILLIAMS
– WEEK 2: D-VON & POPE over INK INC. Crimson & Morgan ask for their title shot from Mexican America!!! D-Von and Pope come back out… they both won their matches… how about next week have a #1 contenders?
– WEEK 3: #1 CONTENDERS >> MORGAN & CRIMSON over D-VON & POPE. Mexican America come out to brawl with Morgan & Crimson.
– WEEK 4: CRIMSON over ANARCHYA. HERNANDEZ over MORGAN with help from Anarchya.
– PPV: MORGAN & CRIMSON over MEXICAN AMERICA to keep Crimson undefeated and hide both Crimson & Morgan in a tag team.

AUSTIN ARIES vs JESSEE SAURONSUN (guest starring Kash & Zima)
– WEEK 1: Aries issues an open challenge… Jesse appears… Aries adds to anyone he didn’t just beat at the PPV. NON TITLE >> ARIES over KENDRICK… gives Austin a win. Jesse & Aries staredown. Kash blindsides him.
– WEEK 2: KID KASH over ZIMA ION. Kash beats down Zima, then Jesse saves Zima and challenges Kash next week.
– WEEK 3: #1 CONTENDERS >> JESEE over KID KASH (as the gatekeeper) Aries & Kash beat down Jesse. Zima runs down for the save and Zima & Jesse send the heels packing
– WEEK 4: JESSE & KASH over ZIMA & JESSE (zima gets pinned by Aries)
– PPV: ARIES over JESSE with help from KID KASH

KAZ vs DANIELS
– WEEK 1: KAZ over POPE. After the victory, KAZ calls out Daniels. He wants to get through to his old friend Daniels. Show him the light. Backstage… Daniels laughs at him. Kaz is trying to save him? Kaz is the one that is lost without the bags of Roode or Storm to carry. Kaz is nothing but an alter boy with no priest. Daniels leaves him with that thought.
– WEEK 2: DANIELS over MARK HASKINS (he’s still under contract). Calls out KAZ. He can save KAZ. Join him and they can be a tag team! KAZ can carry Daniels bags. He can save KAZ from mediocrity. He doesn’t have to answer right now… KAZ knows Daniels number.
– WEEK 3: KAZ over SHELLEY. Daniels appears and asks if KAZ has an answer for him. KAZ appears… the answer is no. He doesn’t carry anyone’s bags and what’s come over Chris, who points out he’s not a second bananna to anyone. He’s had more followers than TNA has on their roster. He is the messiah that will save wrestling and save KAZ. Now get in line and follow him or suffer the consiquences! KAZ says maybe at the PPV he can beat some sense into Daniels… or Daniels says he can beat KAZ into line!
– WEEK 4: DANIELS over KENDRICK. KAZ loses to Roode… backstage Daniels laughs at KAZ. He’s lost and loses matches, with Daniels leading him, he could have won, but now Daniels has found new followers and at the PPV, he’s gonna find out why he should have gotten in line!
– PPV: DANIELS over KAZ with help from Daniels new cult members.

GARETT vs GUNNER (involving BISCHOFF, HOGAN & STIENER)
– WEEK 1: Hulk Hogan goes to the ring. He calls out Garett Bischoff and says you’ve got guts and courage, but you need to know how to wrestle if you’re gonna defeat Gunner. Hogan offers Garett training… Garett accepts.
– WEEK 2: Hogan training Garett a brief vignette. Bischoff sees it and offers Gunner training from a great ameture wrestler, a man who has coached Olympic champion Kurt Angle… introducing Scott Stiener!!!
– WEEK 3: Training vignette with Scott Stiener & Gunner. More pushups!!!! More chinups!!! More curls!!! Bischoff is interviewed backstage… Garett moved out of the house. He moved out… not kicked out. Garett won’t last on his own.
– WEEK 4: More serious training vignette with Hogan doing sit downs and Garett doing a sitdown, mixed with real training footage of Garett working with jobbers. Garett has his dad’s picture on punching bags and needed to move out to stand up on his own and be a man (he could be 20 or 30 I don’t even know)
/- PPV: They DO NOT have a match at this PPV. This is like a 3 month build to have a match on that PPV or TV… whichever TNA wants.

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!

Review of 1998 WCW Fall Brawl

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 at the height of WCW vs NWO vs 4 Horsemen vs Wolfpack. It was headlined by a War Games with 3 teams and the winner would get a title shot against Goldberg. This is the first old PPV I’ve watched in years. Well the first PPV in general that I’ve watched in years. The crowd was hot, the matches were awesome. This is a gem of a PPV. Everyone was over no matter what their height or wrestling skills. The heels did heel things and it really made me think WCW knew what they were doing. The heels all had managers to interfere. The heels all cheated or said things douchebaggery. The commentators actually put over the talent and didn’t bicker. One thing though… they need to point out what championship belt their guys are holding. I had to think about things…

ALEX WRIGHT / DISCO INFERNO vs JIM NEIDHART / BRITTISH BULLDOG (BROTHER IN LAWS)
– The opening contest lasted 15 minutes between 4 guys that probably shouldn’t have gone 15 minutes. This was a good opener. Very solid. I couldn’t tell who were the heels really. Maybe they both were.

TV Champion CHRIS JERICHO vs GOLDBERG (PARODY)
– Jericho kicked off the show by challenging Goldberg. So he had his match with Goldberg. Believe it or not Goldberg got a comeback and Jericho was pissed. Spots like that are for all of the fans who come to laugh at Jericho. Its his role.

EARNIST MILLER vs NORMAN SMILEY
– Quick match, pretty forgettable, but Earnist Miller started it out by saying he doesn’t want to hurt another brother so he’s gonna turn around wait 5 seconds and Norman better be gone. Wow what a heel move. WWE and TNA could benefit from little stuff like this.

SCOTT STIENER w/ BUFF BAGWELL vs RICK STIENER
– A match months if not years in the making… this was a hot crowd and it helped everything in the match. It was a brawl that ended up with Buff Bagwell getting injured… really injured, stretcher and an ambulance injured.

Cruiserweight Championship JUVENTUD GUERRERA vs SILVERKING
– Simply said this match was thrown out there cold and it was awesome. I’ve never been a fan of Silver King, but this guy can do anything. Another shocker was the commentators really put over both guys.

RAVEN w/ FLOCK (who will get Saturn as a slave) vs SATURN (who will disband the flock)
– This match had everything… literally. People like to say Jeff Jarrett matches are overbooked (or TNA main events in general), this had swerves, half a dozen run ins, near falls, Kanyon cuffed to ringside. This match was awesome and highly entertaining! They started out with no crazy run ins then when it came to the near falls it was overbooked, but it was fantastic. Good job from both guys and it used everyone very wisely and at the end Saturn was a god among men.

Hacksaw Jim Duggan had kidney cancer removed.

CURT HENNING w/ RICK RUDE vs DEAN MALENKO
– You know its funny people always called Dean a vanilla midget and he’s not the tallest guy… but wow WCW booked this Malenko to have the crowd behind him. Kicking ass all over the place (usually against blonde heels). The fans were whipped into a frenzy and popping for leg locks and leg beatings. How did the WWF fail to get Dean Malenko over? Curt Henning did an amazing job selling, probably the best I’ve seen in years. Rick Rude had to carry him virtually. The only thing strange about this match was the fact this was a normal match, but they had built to it by having a steel cage match on Nitro.

Tag Champion, SCOTT HALL w/ VINCENT vs KONNAN
– Scott Hall was wobbly… Maybe he was drunk. Maybe he was pretending to be drunk… Since Vincent gave him a dark beer… I’ll assume this was his on air alcoholic gimmick. This match told a great story. A short face Konan who got the crowd solidly behind him against a giant cheating Scott Hall. He really used his height to his advantage, cheated, and used Vincent’s interference. Believe it or not the rope cheating spots were unlike every other match on the show. There was also an unforgettable stomping spot and the alcoholic was even put into the Tequila Sunrise. You could tell Konnan was the face… because he didn’t have anyone out with him. No one chanted boring… Maybe because they weren’t in the northeast and maybe because it was WWE who taught their fans to chant boring…

FALL BRAWL MAIN EVENT >> WCW: DDP / WARRIOR / PIPPER vs NWO: STEVIE RAY / HULK HOGAN / LUGER vs WOLFPACK: US Champion, BRET HART / STING / NASH
– Bruce Buffer’s brother got his money to announce the participants. The pinfall or submission could occur at anytime and the winner would get a title shot against Goldberg. This was a brilliant idea on WCW’s part. Having the pin or submission take place at any time draws a lot more interest.
This match suffered from fundamental flaws of the War Games… The cage is silver and needs to be black so people can see in it. It needed camera holes. It needed to be taller, because no one can powerbomb or dive off the top rope with this dwarfish cage. Oh then to top it off when the Warrior came in they engulfed the ring with smoke not once but twice… preventing anyone from seeing anything. The main story here was Hogan fears Warrior. Another flaw in the War Games logic is the fact that when one man wins a match… no one really knows or can see he won except he’s the one that leaves the cage. With something like Royal Rumble… the winner is the last man standing. Its the final visual of how a match ends and who beats his chest above all the rest that sticks in your mind.

IN CONCLUSION
– Wow WWE and TNA could learn from this show. Simple stories in the matches, long and diverse matches and everyone was over. It was a good time in wrestling… even if it was right before the beginning of the end.