There weren’t any terribly big shows this week, but there was still some good stuff for the Top Five.
So last Sunday, Big D made his long awaited return to the Impact Zone for the TNA Turning Point 2009 PPV. I was excited for the double main event and the new direction that TNA is going in with regards to pushing young guys, so I figured I’d go back and return once more. While the direction of this particular show gets nothing but a thumbs up from me as well as the in-ring, everything around is just more of the same.
TNA really needs to fix this fucking lining-up situation. It’s legitimately pissing me off. For those of you who have never been to a TNA PPV in Orlando at the Impact Zone (Tapings are a lot easier to get into), here is how it goes down. There are FOUR total lines and each of the lines gets entry before the others. The order goes as follows: TNA VIP who also have Universal Park Passes, TNA VIP who do NOT carry park passes, Non-VIP who have park passes, and people who have neither. If you do NOT have a park pass (VIP or NOT), you line up in between the Hard Rock Cafe and the Blue Man Group Building (formerly Nickelodeon Studios). The Hard Rock Cafe is NOT a paid Universal Studios attraction, and is mainly used in the evening for club-boppers. If you HAVE a park pass, VIP or not, you line up next to the Jimmy Neutron ride inside of Universal Studios Orlando.
My issue with the situation isn’t exactly that, but rather the disregard from TNA and from Universal Studios to the people who really want to see the show.
Get this – if you want to be let in before anybody, do you know what you have to do? You have to show up next to the Impact Zone at 8:30 in the morning, grab a random raffle ticket with a number from a staffer, then return at 4:30. This gives you a chance to enjoy the park, which is all well and good except if you go every single month like a lot of fans do, the park isn’t as appealing. What I think is bullshit is the fact that JP Nichols along with a group of others were lined up earlier than anybody to get tickets and when they finally get in, to their surprise, the front row by the barracades is reserved for somebody else. Who? Good question. JP sent me a text stating that he’s been coming to the Impact Zone for 5 1/2 years and it’s still the same bullshit. These people waited there since the wee hours of the morning and were screwed out of their seats by what was quoted as being “regulars”. So I guess coming to EVERY Impact Taping and EVERY PPV for the past 5 1/2 years doesn’t qualify as being a “regular”.
In what said to be an absolutely terrible pay per view show, TNA Victory Road ended with the Main Event Mafia revealing a new member as well as holding all of the gold, as if it really mattered.
Kurt Angle defeated Mick Foley in a contest that would’ve meant a lot ten years ago (and was actually being planned in the WWE three years ago), and would’ve probably been a good match two years ago. Instead, we got two over-the-hill veterans putting us to sleep in a match that was about half as good as you’re going to get out of these guys in their current physical shape, and probably worse than anything anybody would hope would expect.
Besides that, Kevin Nash squashed AJ Styles to take the TNA Legends Title and Booker T and Scott Steiner won the TNA Tag Belts from Beer Money. In the former, the aging, 80-year old looking monster squashed AJ with a chokeslam. In the latter, the heels cheated to win the belts from the hottest act in the company. Basically all of the heels walked out as champions, a desperate attempt by TNA to boost ratings simply because that’s what happened the LAST time they pulled the stunt of having the heels win. One would assume that at Bound for Glory in October, TNA’s answer to Wrestlemania (a joke of an answer and that), the faces will get everything back. Until then, we’ve gotta hear the geezers talk trash for the next few months. Well, I don’t have to, because I don’t WATCH TNA!
Welcome to WCW. Remember, that company died for a reason.
Alan and I have differing opinions on this show. He actually liked it while I hated it. I’ll sprinkle in some of his thoughts as we go.
The Hulk Hogan era was supposed to be over. The WWF was slowly changing the guard. They were trying to change what they had ingrained into fans on what wrestling was supposed to be. Bigger than life characters. Huge muscle bound guys are always better than smaller, faster guys. And Hulk Hogan was the best of them all. However, there was going to be a time when Hogan wasn’t going to be around. And during 1993, they were trying to change what they had been teaching fans for 10 years. Bret Hart beat Ric Flair for the championship to get his first WWF World Title reign in late 1992. I remember the day when I heard Hart won the championship. My friend told me to guess who had just beat Flair for the belt, and because I never expected the WWF to get behind Hart, I must’ve went through five guys before I guessed Hart. And I expected him to be nothing more than a transitional champion. However, it showed that the WWF was trying to find someone new to carry the torch so to speak. However, Hogan came back into the picture. It was supposed to be the first Wrestlemania without Hogan. Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s Wrestlemania preview didn’t even list Hogan as being on the card. Hogan came back into the picture quickly as Vince probably didn’t see Wrestlemania being big without him. Hogan held all the cards back then, which is a far cry from where he is today. Of course, Hogan reportedly wanted to win the belt immediately, but if Bret Hart was ever going to be anything, losing it to Hogan in a squash would’ve killed any steam he had. Hogan was then put into a quick feud with Money Inc. where he saved his good friend Ed Leslie, better known as Brutus Beefecake, from a beat down and they played up on the true story of Beefcake having to get reconstructive surgery on his face in a para sailing accident. Hogan and Beefcake were now to challenge Ted DiBiase and IRS (Mike Rotunda) for the tag team championship. They were terribly called The Mega-Maniacs.
(I seem to remember them announcing this terrible name on RAW. They were trying to come up with a name and all of a sudden, Hogan said the name The Mega-Maniacs. However, I believe Jimmy Hart’s jacket already had the name on the back before they were trying to come up with the name. Oops.)
It was a very boring match, but the crowd popped like crazy for it. Hogan was up to his usual antics very much so through the entire match playing up to the crowd. With DiBiase and IRS in the ring, it made the match at least watchable, but the fans very much so wanted a title change. The finish was extremely silly with Jimmy Hart counting a double pin fall that was later overturned by the referee. When Hogan and Beefecake didn’t get the belts, that should have told the viewers something, considering Hogan had never been in anything short of the main event in Wrestlemania.
This was originally written for Epinions.com on July 10th, 2004.
Typically in World Wrestling Entertainment, tradition is usually kept intact, even though there are a few notably disgusting moments within the company’s history of violating tradition and it’s principles. However, one of the WWE’s most time-honered traditions have been the Royal Rumble match and event. Since 1988, the Royal Rumble match was a proving ground. The rules were simple. 30 Men would compete under the rules of a Battle Royale. The match begins with two men, and every two minutes or so (it changes year to year), a new wrestler will join the Rumble. This continues until all 30-Men have entered. A wrestler is eliminated if he is thrown over the top rope and both feet touch the floor. A winner is declared whenever all other participants are eliminated and one man remains.
Originally, the Royal Rumble event was just an idea to draw fans into seeing their favorite superstars within one match. The “every man for himself” motto that has been used since it’s inception brought about intruiging possibilities. Friends fighting friends. Enemies battling enemies. Even tag teams would sometimes battle it out (Demolition, the Hardy Boyz). Though most of the time, the Royal Rumble match is tiring and overly long, there have been a few notable Royal Rumbles which were very fun to watch and entertaining (1992, 1997, 1998, and 2001 are my personal favorites). In 1993, a special stipulation was added to the Royal Rumble match. The winner of the Rumble would become the instant #1 Contender for the World Championship and compete for it in the Main Event at that year’s Wrestlemania, which is the WWF/WWE’s biggest annual event.