Friday, March 4, 2011

The Good, The Bad, The Questionable...

So TNA Wrestling scored one of the highest ratings they have ever done last night with the big 3-3-11 announcement. The show was decent. Now there were a lot of good, a lot of questionable things & a lot of bad. But that is how the wrestling world is. I mean think about it, lately they have been a lot of hit or miss stuff. With that said I will run down all in a few minutes, so bare with me.


1. Bringing back Sting. Now I am not a fan of how it was done, as reference a few times in the last week by way of Twitter, YouTube, & the Billionaire blog site, but having him come back is key. Now I know that I have said many times over the last few years that I hate these guys trying to keep a hold on their legend by staying in the ring. But for TNA, they kind of need Sting. Hogan has done nothing to help them in the ratings. Everyone knew Sting was coming back, so people tuned in. But Hogan came back to, so I guess you can argue that point.

2. Beer Money. Best tag team in the world that doesn’t work for ROH. Now Gunner & Murphy are still green as a tag team in TNA. But they impressed me. Even though that wasn’t a ppv match, TNA was on the road for a TV taping. The whole night was big. It HAD to go good. Plus Robert Roode & James Storm are good enough they could make anyone look good.

3. Setting up Ink Inc vs. Beer Money at the Victory Road ppv. A few weeks out, they needed to set up something.

4. Dixie did a good job at making the fans hate EB & Immortal by being emotional. It’s no secret that Dixie has never wanted to be an on air talent. But she is pretty much stuck by having to do it. It is essential. Prays off human emotion which is always good in professional wrestling. Argue that!

5. Hogan & Anderson’s backstage segment was epic. It was well done. Kind of gave me goose bumps because Ken was so emotional. Making the title the top priority should be the main focus of both companies. Or hell any company for that matter.

The Questionable:

1. Having Matt Morgan & Hernandez go as long as they did just to have a disqualification. These two guys could have a monster feud. No doubt about it. They could honestly use this as a #1 contender’s type of feud. Without that though, they could still make it special. Probably more so.

2. No Madison Rayne. Let’s face it that was a big show. They have spent a lot of time around putting Madison over as the Knockouts Champ, which I love. I think she is doing a great job. And I think TNA is doing a great job to help make her career.

3. Doing the wedding twice wasn’t great. If they were going to have Kurt mess things up, it should have been done once during the ceremony. Screw everything up, which we all knew was going to happen anyway. Why do it twice?

The Bad:

1. Too much going on backstage. This is time that needs to be dedicated to more in ring time. At least on theses big shows.

2. Mike Tenay. Just not a fan. Gets on my nerves way too much.

3. No X Division match. They were going to build Victory Road around the X Division. Yet when Gen Me had travel problems, I guess that whole idea got nixed. Maybe they should do a free for all in the X Division at the ppv. Would be nice.

4. The Velvet Sky/Sarita angle was way too hot to have it be a 3 or 4 minute match. With Velvet’s career on the line, that match should have been a lot longer with a lot of added drama to it. It just ended way to suddenly. It was the worst thing about the whole show for me.

5. No ppv hype. See my biggest problem with TNA is that they always give too much away at these Impact tapings. They look like they mean more than the ppv’s. I mean who is going to pay $40 for a ppv when the bigger show is on TV for free? I’m not. Anyone that does is kind of dumb. They need to focus more on making these ppv’s mean more by not giving away so much on TV for free. Think about it. That’s not smart business. It is why I firmly believe that TNA is going to be out of business before the end of the year.

6. Bart Scott from the Jets & Angelina from the Jersey Shore. Horrible. TNA is reaching now. Not good. Trying to get to many people to come in cause they can’t draw ratings with what they are doing with their own product alone.

Now another thing I wanted to add, Dixie did an interview the other day on an internet radio show hyping the show on Thursday. She said that she knew that taking Impact on the road was the next step in the evolution of TNA. Problem is she said it is too expensive to do so. Also their shows have not drawn even close to what they need to. So I can understand her being hesitant. She said she wants to run this company where it is alive in 10-20 years down the road. But you see if you don’t grow then it won’t be able to. Going on the road with Impact is a risk she needs to take. They just need to cut back. There are ways it can be done within a budget. They just need to cut back on a few things. Don’t use fireworks every week. Make a plan of who you are going to use in advance & stick to it. That way people aren’t coming to where ever on your dime & just sitting around for nothing. Plus I’m sure there are several things they could do if they wanted to. I really think they are scared to pull the trigger on anything right now. Maybe in the summer they will feel better doing it. But they are going to have to capitalize on that 1.4 rating they got last night…

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Bret vs Hogan

Bret "the Hitman" Hart & Hulk Hogan are two of the most notably famous wrestlers ever. Even people who are not wrestling fans know who both men are. But let's be honest, probably Hogan more. Now these two have a storied career, but not with each other. Not in the ring anyway. As many of you probably know by now they have been having a war of words on Twitter the last few days & of course it is making news online. Why wouldn't it? Two of the most well known wrestlers ever, some say two of the greatest, it should make news.

Bret Hart was holding kind of a Q&A through his Twitter, answering fans questions with no limitations on what he cold say. Bret was asked about TNA & said he would have Hogan & Bischoff tar & feathered. Which is funny, but not the point. He was then asked specifically asked about Hogan & said this: "Hogan's nothing but a two-faced, backstabbing, steroid freak who deserved everything he got." Of course the all mighty Hulk Hogan with the largest pythons in the world, lol, wasn't going to take that. He replied: "Listen to where Bretts speaking from,it's funny he's done everything he's saying I did." Now my reading of that is funny cause I would trust Bret's character over Hogan's any day of the week. I know way to much about both men to see it any differently. Bret replied with the following: "@HulkHogan4Real That's not what John Graziano thinks, dickhead."

Now I can pinpoint this hatred all the way back to one incident. Wrestlemania IX. Bret was the champ & there was great build up for his match with the late Yokozuna. And it was a decent match for what is was. Yoko was the first man to win the Rumble & go on to WM to face the champion. He also beat Bret & won the title. But then there was Hogan. Claimed on TV to be best friends as both were face & the evil Mr. Fuji invited Hogan in the ring to challenge for the belt. Then he won it in like less than a minute. Big leg drop & that was it. (Looking back I can see why that WM is considered one of the worst. Just for that.)

It was all set up, supposedly, for Hogan & Bret to do battle at that year's Sumerslam & Hogan was going to pass the torch if you will to the Hitman. I say supposedly cause I read that on wikipedia about 2 years ago & have no clue how true it was. It might be in Bret's book, which I still can't find a copy of around here. Guess I need to order it. (Bret if you read this, send me one. I need to read it.)

Then Hogan went on a radio show years later & talked about the Montreal Screwjob, which has been made famous on YouTube. Check it out.

Now only time will tell how Hogan's stay in TNA Wrestling plays out. For the first year he has been there, they really haven't done anything. Most of the story lines have been bad & most things they do don't make sense. As least to me. But then again, what do I know? A lot. I'm smart. Only because of the vast research I have done on the wrestling business. But that will probably still be argued by everyone until the end of time. Or till I die. Which ever comes first...