MVP Reign Of Terror – Greatness Limited‏

The storyline that has been heavily pushed in the Wrestling world for a while, copied rather than building on what MVP had begun so well as a good & strong leader instead of another Dixie...

The storyline that has been heavily pushed in the Wrestling world for a while, copied rather than building on what MVP had begun so well as a good & strong leader instead of another Dixie…

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.

New World Heavyweight Champion, Eric Young

New World Heavyweight Champion, Eric Young

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.

Me and Kenny King having a conversation

Me and Kenny King having a conversation

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.

Austin Aries when he was at his peak in TNA. This was a brilliant moment, the best champion for a long time. The reign was cut short for Jeff Hardy, as was Samoa Joe's push for Kurt Angle. Both need to reach the levels they were at prior

Austin Aries when he was at his peak in TNA. This was a brilliant moment, the best champion for a long time. The reign was cut short for Jeff Hardy, as was Samoa Joe’s push for Kurt Angle. Both need to reach the levels they were at prior

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.

Bobby Lashley and Samoa Joe. Two beasts going at it

Bobby Lashley and Samoa Joe. Two beasts going at it

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!

The #ImpactLondon taping on 1st February broadcasted on the 27th February. Austin Aries betrays the 'good guy' MVP against the heel Bobby Roode, how times has changed! Thats wrestling for ya and what makes it so appealing. Picture taken by myself

The #ImpactLondon taping on 1st February broadcasted on the 27th February. Austin Aries betrays the ‘good guy’ MVP against the heel Bobby Roode, how times has changed! Thats wrestling for ya and what makes it so appealing. Picture taken by myself

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 ;-).

The #ImpactLondon taping on 1st February broadcasted on the 27th February. MVP's entrance. Picture taken by myself

The #ImpactLondon taping on 1st February broadcasted on the 27th February. MVP’s entrance. Picture taken by myself

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

@Sean_Ali_Prem87

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  • Sana K

    MVP and Eric Young need to BO-LIEVE

    • Sean Prem

      Hey Sana, thank you for reading and commenting. It would definitely cause a dilemma, as both would become undefeated “8 and Bo”

      • Sana K

        Bo Dallas is pretty cool. MVP should be champion

  • Jonathan

    There never will be anything like daniel Bryan & Triple H. The summerslam screw job was just too much. The Shield beating up Daniel Bryan when Orton got the belt. Big Show and that ref screwing Bryan. What has Eric Young gone through? Wearing the Turkey costume. Nothing to do with MVP. Terrible Non Stop Action

    • Sean Prem

      Hey Jonathan, thank you for reading and commenting. I guess it’s very demeaning to wear the turkey costume lol. But yeah, it was carefully constructed and it looked like Magnus was the future, being billed as the youngest and Dixie’s chosen champion. He has since gone to being bossed around by a new but talented competitor. for an ex world champion though, you should always be the one bossing around a debutant in the company, regardless of their background (except if they were from the WWE)

  • MeeMre

    Eric Young doesn’t have that excitement of the Goat. Austin Aries did with a IWC attitude

    • Sean Prem

      Hey meemee thanking for reading and commenting. Precisely, EY has the heart like Daniel Bryan, but not that energy and athletism of the Goat, even though EY is a talented athlete.
      Austin Aries would be a good rival for Daniel in terms of comparing the 2. EY defeating him still doesnt make the IWC put him above the double a

  • Aaron Navin

    It’s not 2 fan favourites at war with each other as it is in the WWE. This storyline would have been much better if Austin Aries was champion.

    • Sean Prem

      Hey Aaron, thank you for reading and commenting. I definitely agree with you. That’s a major difference there too. Austin Aries has the following EY lacks

  • Priya Rab

    TNA listened to you? New champion. Bobby Lashley vs Bobby Roode is great