This looks really compelling.
It’s the Final Countdown!
Every time I hear that song, I think of two things. The first is 1980s hair metal and the second is the “American Dragon” Bryan Danielson also known as your current World Heavyweight Champion, Daniel Bryan.
At first glance, when you take a look at Dragon you’d think he was better off fixing your laptop rather than mixing it up in the squared circle. But once you find out that he was trained by the Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels, opinions change fast. Dragon has wrestled all over the world in Japan, Germany, and Mexico, winning championships in each those countries.
But for me, his work that had me saying, “YES! YES! YES!” was Dragon’s run in ROH. He had a lengthy run as ROH Champion and had an amazing match with Nigel McGuiness on ROH’s first trip to the UK. But for me the, match I would choose as the one that showed why everyone should be a fan of the American Dragon, is when Dragon was challenging to regain the ROH Championship from then champion, Pro Wrestling NOAH star Takeshi Morishima.
Defining Match Of The WrestleMania Era: Bryan Danielson vs. Takeshi Morishima at Manhattan Mayhem
TNA Against All Odds 2010 is in the books and the show was quite… strange. The show was primarily focused on an 8-man “8 Card Stud” single-elimination tournament with the winner becoming the #1 Contender for the TNA World Heavyweight Title at Lockdown in April. Looking at the show on paper, you’d expect a wrestling-heavy show with very little gaga. Well it certainly was, and it bombed.
Against All Odds can perhaps be seen as a conundrum; an extended metaphor for this entire Bischoff/Hogan regime. For all of the complaints that fans had about the Russo/Jarrett era mainly due to the logic holes during Impact, almost every PPV was pretty solid-to-great. With this regime, it’s almost completely backwards. The TNA Impact television show has certainly improved tenfold; better timing, virtually no shenanigans, but still failing to really hook the audience (and when I say the audience, I mean me and a few select people I’ve spoken to). It almost seems like TNA went from being bad to boring and to be frank; I don’t know which is worse.
This couldn’t have happened at the worst time considering that TNA has been on a streak of fantastic PPVs since all the way back in September. The reasoning behind this is odd though. Why? Is it that the talent is fed up with the management change? Is it that the new/old people brought in can’t hack it with the young talent, bringing the overall match quality down? Could it just be that the talent is had two off nights, two months in a row? I don’t know; but match-wise, Against All Odds was a failure, and that’s something I haven’t said about a TNA PPV since last summer.
To follow up on the story with Nigel joining TNA and not WWE, pretty much everything that I said in my column here on FightGameBlog was confirmed by the Observer, including the fact that McGuinness was unable to pass a WWE physical, mainly due to a series of concussions and muscle tears despite being only in his early 30s.
Nigel did indeed debut on Impact in a backstage vignette where he introduced himself as Desmond Wolf, then attacked Angle to close the show. One of the most unusual parts of the vignette included Taz saying that Wolf was “formerly known as Nigel McGuinness”. Okay, that’s cute and all, and I know he did it to pop the internet geeks, but ARE YOU GOING TO EXPLAIN WHY HIS NAME WAS CHANGED!?!?! According to JP Nichols, there was some definite audio editing because the crowd was MUCH hotter for Nigel during the live show than the TV version and I suppose TNA did not want one of the new top heels getting such a pop.
Also, McGuinness did an interview with the Daily Star in the UK answering a lot of questions. You can find that here.
Our accuracy on this story is further proof as to why if you aren’t coming to FightGameBlog at least three times a day, you should question your sanity.
Big D and I are back for our second show of the week discussing Nigel McGuinness and what happened with WWE, Dan Henderson and where he goes, and previews for UFC 104 and WWE Bragging Rights.
Here is a shot of Nigel McGuinness, now known as Desmond Wolf, laying Kurt Angle out in the TNA Impact Zone during the TV Taping on Tuesday.
Photograph taken by Johnny Malone. Thanks to JP Nichols.