Posted by Sam Ramirez
Last week’s show wasn’t about the wrestling because wrestling wise, it was an average show. Promo wise, however, the show delivered. This show tried to make the road to BFG matter and as a fan, I was satisfied. So we have two important promos that opened up a lot of possibilities. In other words, anything can happen in the upcoming weeks till we reach Bound for Glory:
1- The Aces and Eights promo.
2- The AJ Styles and Dixie confrontation.
So we have a lot to talk about, IT’S SHOW TIME….
1- Bros before Hoes
At No surrender, it was obvious that the rest of the Aces and 8s decided to throw Anderson under the train and keep following Bully Ray. Why not?? The guy helped them in being a threat to TNA for more than a year and made them into something. Plus, the Aces and 8s are brothers, “you’ll never walk alone” remember?! So by helping the boss out, he’ll give them credit and things will be back to normal again and the Aces and 8s will be back as a unit to dominate the company. Maybe all of these ideas and thoughts were in Wes, Garret and Knux’s minds when they decided to stop Anderson’s coup and help Bully Ray to retain his title. Everything will be fine, what might go wrong??
So here we are, Bully is out with his belt alongside Brooke, Wes, Garret and Knux and everything looked good and the group is united once more until Bully Ray began to speak giving all the credit to Brooke and ignoring the rest of the group. By the way, there was a theme on last week’s episode but I’ll leave that when we reach the end of the article. So the natural result here is getting angry. We helped you since day 1 and for what?? You and I saw this coming a long time ago. Bully is using the group to keep the belt around him. It was all a lie. The whole “we are brothers and equal” line was just a big fat lie and Anderson was the first one to realize this and now the rest of the group began to realize that they are just puppets to Bully Ray. He doesn’t really care about them. He picked up a bunch of middle to low card wrestlers or people who were angry with TNA (Anderson and Devon) to help him win the title and that’s it. So what is next?? Well everything is possible but if it was my call I’d make Wes, Garret and Knux help AJ to win his match against Bully at BFG to prove to Bully that he is nothing without them. A lot of things could happen, so let us just watch and see where this will lead to, but it is interesting to watch. I love this new direction. One last thing, Knux is beginning to shine as he is a good wrestler with nice mic skills. As a company, you need people in the low and middle cards and Knux fits there well. He isn’t a main-eventer, but he is young and he’ll do well in TNA if they take care of him.
2- TNA vs Dixie
When it comes to giving Dixie her wake up call, three wrestlers come to my mind: Sting, AJ Styles and Kurt Angle. Those three are really close to Dixie and they have a really great relation with her. On Facebook, Alex said something interesting: Why did AJ say that he will win the title for him, for the fans and the wrestlers in the back? Isn’t this against his No One gimmick? Well I may have a theory about this and it all starts with this guy:
Yes Kurt Angle! You see, Kurt alongside AJ, are the faces of TNA. They are the ones who are always there to save the day. They busted their butts for the company and have the respect of the fans. When the MEM was reformed, it was obvious that Kurt was the real leader. He acted like the leader and vowed to save the company from the Aces and 8′s and bring the belt back home, but things went south when he decided to go to rehab. So, TNA has to find someone to fill Kurt’s shoes to save the company. What about Sting? Well, if you ask me, I feel that Sting’s heart is elsewhere nowadays. A lot of people can feel this, plus Sting’s abilities are getting limited as days go by. His in ring years are limited so there is only one person to depend on, someone who TNA fans truly love and respect even if he doesn’t have the best mic skills in the world. He has been there since day 1 trying trying to create an alternative that you and I can watch. That’s AJ Styles! So Kurt’s decision to go to rehab led to this transformation and it is working. The ratings are getting stable and TNA fans are happy to see AJ getting back to where he really belongs. Plus, I don’t think that he totally ignored his “No One” gimmick. He wants to save the company alone his way. He doesn’t need any one to do so. Let’s face it, the guy can’t ignore the bad time this company is going through. Somebody must step up and save the company before it slips down to hell. So you come out and begin to kick the hell out of Dixie and, by the way, it seems that TNA did their homework and saw what people say on the internet because AJ just nailed it as he said the things that everybody was saying for awhile. I do think those same things were in AJ’s mind. The guy seemed pissed and those words came from the heart, so kudos to TNA for expressing all of these thoughts which kinda reminds me of CM Punk’s promo in 2011. As for Dixie, what were you expecting?? A heel turn was expected after what AJ said. Every authority figure reacts the same way when you question his/ her actions and judgments because they see what they are doing as good for business. Plus, Dixie and her family are the reason that TNA is still going. It was a natural reaction and saying anything but that is nonsense.
Theme of the week….
So what was the theme of the week?? The two promos had things in common. The main thing was the feeling of lack of appreciation and making questionable decisions. You see that Aces and 8′s are pissed that Bully brought people from outside the group and gave them all the credit while ignoring those who were there since day one and not giving them the appreciation that they deserve. And the fact that Bully made really bad decisions that they only have 4 members now!!! See where I’m going?? AJ also feels that he and the rest of the TNA originals are not appreciated and Dixie focused only on bringing wrestlers from WWE and gave them the car keys to run with while they actually didn’t respect TNA and it is true. Just read Kevin Nash’s comments or see Christian’s reaction when he came back to TNA for one night while those who loved the company were either released or decided to go and try their luck elsewhere and the result… lower ratings, financial issues and going back to square one. The Aces and 8′s think that Bully destroyed what made the group work and destroyed their chemistry. The same goes for AJ as he accused Dixie of destroying TNA’s chemistry. Last week was about spitting in the face of authority. Those promos told a story and while they may not be awesome wrestling wise, promo wise it was great. Stories were told and anything could happen, so let us wait and see…
Download - iPhone | Android | iPad