Ladies and Gentlemen. This week’s article shall focus on an interesting topic, with me discussing my perspective of the whole Triple H vs Daniel Bryan, woops, I mean MVP vs Eric Young match. The recent rivalry of a 3 letter authoritarian against a scruffy beard underdog in the World Championship scenario. I eluded to my opinion in a previous article, but I wanted to expand on it.
I think MVP’s knee injury that quite possibly rules him out of the Slammiversary main event is metaphoric for the bad option this was overall. There’s no way of sugar coating it, it’s a blatant replica of the Triple H vs Daniel Bryan feud. That WWE feud witnessed a face getting such a strong push, none seen since arguably the biggest star of all time in familiar fashion, Stone Cold Steve Austin. After constantly being subjected to scrutiny by the Authority, he defied the odds to achieve a fairy tale ending. This all involved Triple H, who without any doubt is one of the most ruthless egotistical wrestlers ever in backstage politics, possibly just behind his close pal HBK and Hulk Hogan. He just was perfect for the role of the dictator while Daniel Bryan transferred his unquestionable A+ wrestling ability, into a mesmerizing story. MVP isn’t a despised man backstage like Triple H while the talented Eric Young isn’t as gifted as his bearded duo. So before these guys interact with each other, it was automatically doomed.
Is this article aimed to criticize Eric Young and MVP? Nope, it’s how they were used overall. However has the whole thing been disastrous? That’s where it gets interesting as it’s still pretty entertaining. There’s mayhem across the Impact Zone with factions at loggerheads with each other. Eric Young is being the courageous champion that is determined to wrestle in honour of the world title. That’s something we haven’t seen for a long time, with Magnus being a pawn, AJ Styles leaving the company and Bully Ray being a vindictive champion. He’s been given far greater longevity than Chris Sabin’s courageous reign was ever afforded as well, so you could argue the period of lacking a valuable long term champion has been unavailable since Jeff Hardy. Then MVP himself who especially in TNA, has good mic skills can deliver some thrilling promos to emphasize the storyline. His group itself is nothing short of supreme. We have a man that broke Vince McMahon’s heart by quitting WWE where he had the rare blend of athleticism, speed, and strength. I’m not talking about when he shaved Vince McMahon’s hair at Wrestlemania 23. The other one whose mic skills as the special guest ring announcer a few weeks back emulates The Rock, is a tremendous wrestler as reviewed in a previous article. The trio complement each other so well. They have the characteristic of Evolution and The Shield together, with a physically strong competitor, a gifted wrestler (Seth & Randy) and a wrestler who can portray their character so well. To help balance the numbers, Bully Ray the IWC hero is also involved. There’s the added ingredient of a third party whose lurking around the corner, in the form of Dixie Carter with Ethan Carter III and Rockstar Spud. These guys together help construct a peculiar storyline.
This suggests that the ingredients available are more than decent. But TNA have underused their tools. Last week on Impact, there was the 4 vs 4 main event match. Throughout that match, I couldn’t help thinking that all of the three others in Eric Young’s team are superior to him. Mike Tenay alluded to this indirectly when mentioning they were all once champion, with Eric Young well known as the underdog champion. They are also better on the mic than Eric Young, helping to portray a storyline better. It would have been more beneficial to utilize one of the other competitors. Could you just imagine the promos of Austin Aries against MVP. The rebellious anti hero who was phenomenal pre Bound For Glory 2012, just like Samoa Joe pre Kurt Angle, hasn’t been afforded the privilege of recapturing that level of stardom, which this could have been the perfect opportunity.
It’s a simple straight forward solution. The replica of the major storyline in WWE was always set to be a hindrance even with Eric Young being the new flavour of the month like how Chris Sabin was. As talented as Eric Young is, he pales in comparison to his fellow tag team partners last week. The use of a more talented wrestler without the cloud of Daniel Bryan – Triple H is obviously better. Also the fact that the talented duo Kenny King and Bobby Lashley have returned to the limelight, in a pairing that complements many genres of wrestling, is something neglected to an extent due to the current predicament. These two are spectacular stars and if the storyline was given more caution, their presence would be appreciated a lot more. I love the Shield and I also do respect groups like Evolution and The Wyatts, but MVP, Kenny King and Bobby Lashley have the quality and diversity to have a similar impact like the Shield, which I mentioned in an above paragraph. To get that sort of aura, you need to be unique, rather than emulating something used successfully by the bigger brand. Why else did the then weaker WWF’s fake Big Diesel pale in comparison to WCW’s Kevin Nash, even though Glen Jacobs is a better wrestler? Kane is great!
Austin Aries or the rebuilt Samoa Joe would have been an extraordinary representation of top quality in a company that has arguably lost their four greatest pioneers recently; AJ Styles, Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian and Jeff Jarrett to rival competitors ROH or GFW. At the face of adversity, you deliver the best possibility like WWE did with Daniel Bryan to compensate the loss of CM Punk. It’s once again ill advised management, but hey let’s blame Hulk Hogan as that’s a trend eh ;-).
MVP is involved in a storyline that is interesting, but the potential isn’t being met once again. New face but same old conundrum. You can bring in good talent after the other but it doesn’t seal the cracks, which I keep on advising that needs to be addressed. This is a wrestler that was performing quite well in the WWE and he has only improved himself in Japan. He is well respected in the wrestling world and is capable of interacting with the crowd quite well. After all, he made his debut in the UK tour, the live Impact show in Glasgow, that says a lot. But you need to provide him the best tools possible to optimize his talents as does the other wrestlers like Austin Aries and Samoa Joe who were misused and thus fell down from their previous spectacular positions in the Impact Zone. There’s no doubt that the Greatness of MVP’s Reign Of Terror is Limited.
By Sean Prem