Ring Ka King – Entering New Horizons: Part 2

Ring Ka King

Ring Ka King

Ring Ka King… Otherwise known as King Of The Ring in English. It was Thanksgiving last week, so not everyone may of had the chance in reviewing the background on this project. It was a TNA spin off project, done in India possessing a strong roster that included the likes of Magnus. An incredible project with strengths and limitations. For further information, feel free to observe Ring Ka King – Entering New Horizons: Part One. For this article, its a continuation, and will observe the ongoings of the spectacle.

The full roster of Ring Ka King was as follows:

Wrestlers:
Abyss
Aghori Saaya
American Adonis
Barood Sandeep
Bulldog Hart
Chavo Guerrero Jr.
Deadly Danda
Dr. Nicholas Dinsmore
Gurv Sihra
Harv Sihra
Isaiah Cash aka Luke Gallows
Jeff Jarrett
Jimmy Rave
Joey Hollywood
Jwala Tajinder
Mahabali Veera
Matt Morgan
Maxx B
Mumbai Cats
Pagal Parinda
Pathani Patthe 1
Pathani Patthe 2
Roscoe Jackson
Romeo Rapta
Scott Steiner
Sheik Abdul Bashir (Dara Daivari)
Sheik Mustafa Bashir (Arya Daivari)
Shera
Sir Brutus Magnus
Sonjay Dutt
Tony Broadway
Yamamotoyama
Zema Ion
Zoravar
r2d (Software Engineer)

Female wrestlers

Alissa Flash/Raisha Saeed
Mickie James
Angelina Love

Management

Dave Lagana
Dutch Mantell
Jeremy Borash Interviewer
Ring announcer
Jazzy Lahoria Commissioner (kayfabe)
Joe Bath Commentator
Keith Mitchell Producer
Kubra Sait Ring announcer
Rick Fansher Director
Rudy Charles Referee
Ram Mennon Interviewer
Siddarth Kannan Commentator
Harbhajan Singh Promoter
Savio Vega Trainer

Ring Ka King with Abyss, Sonjay Dhutt, Magnus and Scott Steiner

Ring Ka King with Abyss, Sonjay Dhutt, Magnus and Scott Steiner

Not exactly the same roster, like my colleague, Christopher Bell’s TNA Hire and Fire Series, but that roster is pretty impressive. In the year of 2013 in particular, there were genuine moments where both Matt Morgan and Magnus have had a lot of focus on them, with Matt Morgan being one of the few to be able to intimidate Hulk Hogan. Whilst as I said before in a previous article, it looks like Magnus will win the World Heavyweight Championship tournament, and it seems in reference to my comparisons to WWE Survivor Series Deadly Game to the TNA Tournament, in a previous article, Magnus may be similar to The Rock in becoming the Champion of the person in power in a heel turn. With this in mind, it shows how much Ring Ka King has been a sort of launch pad for wrestlers. Along with Part One of the article, this really shows how good of a project it was.

Ring Ka King Title Tournament

Ring Ka King Title Tournament

Ring Ka King only had one season, but it was eventful. To help the entice the indian crowd, they had Harbhajan Singh, the Cricketer, to be another authority figure, along with Jeff Jarrett. Another reason why I chose this topic is because the company began in a similar predicament that TNA currently faces. There was no World Champion, so a tournament was hosted to name a champion. Considering the competitive roster enlisted, this was a great set of matches not only for the live crowd in India, but also for the televised audience. Chris Masters an ex WWE wrestler who hasn’t really participated in the Impact Zone, but was in Ring Ka King doing the Masterlock. A deadly submission move that delivers pain, even if it eventually got broken and lost some of its unstoppable appeal. It is still a dangerous move and seeing that is interesting. For the established wrestlers in the world of wrestling, it gives that curiosity in how will he thrive in a TNA world? He was in the World and WWE Title picture at times, so he is a formidable foe. He fought under the name, the American Adonis, and the Masterlock had vanquished some opponents.

Then in addition to all of that, the roster possessed a host of new wrestlers not well known to the wrestling world. These were indian based wrestlers who came from the wrestling scene in India, and were employed by TNA. This gives these guys the unknown factor, of how they will fair up against the more established and experience stars in the highest calibre of wrestling. Usually a rookie wrestler in the main event status wouldn’t have a chance. But in a company founded by giving the opportunity to indie wrestlers who couldn’t have an equal chance in WWF or WCW, as stated in a previous article. So specially being in India, with the home support possibly motivating the athletes, to step up against the major world renowned stars.

A host of the Ring Ka King talent

A host of the Ring Ka King talent

The tournament was quite intense, with some good matches. But as I stated in Part One, even Scott Steiner was quite intimidating to the crowd, which he scared the crowd so much, that the fans were frightened. As the tournament bracket pictures indicate, Scott Steiner and Matt Morgan were ferocious! Each of these matches had an exciting factor to it, with the Indian Mahaballi Veera, showing a lot of heart. The tournament expanded across four episodes. Scott Steiner gave Mahaballi Veera one end to end fight, with the home support for their local hero in the first semi finals, just like Matt Morgan against another hero in Sonjay Dutt. This lead to a tough finals between Scott Steiner and Matt Morgan, which was a major win for Matt Morgan. I thought Scott Steiner had him in the close match, but Matt Morgan wasn’t to be denied.

Ring Ka King Tag Title Tournament

Ring Ka King Tag Title Tournament

Then from the fifth episode, there was the tag team tournament, or how as Harbhajan Singh said, the double tag team tournament. Again, there were some top wrestlers available. I am particular intrigued in the mix of Chavo Guerrero Jr and Buldog Hart (Davey Boy Smith). This is another wrestler from WWE who hadn’t been in the Impact Zone, like Chris Masters, so there’s that curiosity factor in how he could do in TNA. Also a mix of TNA’s long term Indian star, Sonjay Dutt with Magnus. A tournament with a lot of Indian based wrestlers. The tah teams are pretty awesome, where a match in one of the semi finals between the Bollywood Boys vs Magnus & Sonjay Dutt was end to end, with the Bollywood Boys doing a double suplex, before the match ending with both Magnus and Sonjay Dutt doing a double finisher to win. The two teams with the major wrestlers fought in the finals, which was intense itself. Chavo Guerrero Jr and Bulldog Hart, weren’t to be denied, even when it seemed Magnus had the match won.

Ring Ka King : Luke Gallows trying to make Matt Morgan feel his wrath

Ring Ka King : Luke Gallows trying to make Matt Morgan feel his wrath

After the tournament, there were matches that the Ring Ka King Championship would be on the line. The one that stood out for me, was the first defense of the championship between Luke Gallows as Isaiah Cash and Matt Morgan. This was when Luke Gallows had not featured in TNA and had to prove his credentials after a great stint in the Straight edge Society with CM Punk. Let’s just say the match alone helped to convince TNA to hire him where he wasn’t even officially part of the Aces & Eights at the time. This match itself was good, between two big physical guys. Yet in the form that Matt Morgan was in, he wasn’t to be denied.

Ring Ka King: Magnus prepared to take out the Champion, Matt Morgan

Ring Ka King: Magnus prepared to take out the Champion, Matt Morgan

However, it wouldn’t end there. With Matt Morgan already defeating Magnus in the tournament, Magnus eventually earned a title shot, after narrowly missing the tag team championships. It was a role reversal between Scott Steiner and Magnus. Magnus dug in deep, and gave the seemingly unstoppable Matt Morgan a defeat, to win the Ring Ka King Championship. This was one of his proudest moments of his career, which he informed Alex’s Assumptions last week. This truly was the beginning of the make up of Magnus who had improved so much, from losing to Matt Morgan in the Quarter Finals of the previous tournament, into winning. The whole project had help to harness his potential, specially after the tag team competition. This truly was the beginning of Magnus, and certainly has helped him to surely becoming the next champion. Its no co-incidence that the next tag team champions, would end up being Scott Steiner & Abyss. A switch in the roles between Magnus and Scott Steiner, both unsuccessful finalists in their respective previous tournaments. Scott Steiner, no doubt one of the biggest names in TNA history, being rightly associated with the original Main Event Mafia, now not the singles, dominant star. If TNA ever wanted to utilize the link with Ring Ka King, which is a weakness that they never did, as discussed in Part One, then this whole situation would of further supported the move for Magnus to join the new Main Event Mafia. He was in a fact, an ex champion in a TNA based company, and did something that the ex Main Event Mafia, Big Poppa Pump, Scott Steiner, couldn’t do. But you have to say, that team of Abyss and Scott Steiner was formidable. Would annihilate almost any tag team that had ever existed. With these guys capable of intimidating the crowd, this was a more suitable role for these veterans, who are already guaranteed of having a legacy in the business. Using them in alternative roles, helps the overall product of having more than one eye catching match up, rather than just the Ring Ka King Championship.

Ring Ka King: The Boss aka Jeff Jarrett!

Ring Ka King: The Boss aka Jeff Jarrett!

Unfortunately the project would last only one season. But on a sentimental note, it ended in a nice way, with the home based talents, winning the belts. In particular, Mahaballi Veera winning the Ring Ka King Title. This plays a role with the current TNA predicament, where if Magnus gets too confident, he can regret it, with his inivitable heel turn, with a war with AJ Styles. He will need to remain focus like how he beat Matt Morgan, if he’s to even beat Kurt Angle, and then win the finals of the tournament. Rather than being too confident, and losing it, in the manner to the home favorite, Mahaballi Veera. There were other worthwhile moments in TNA, with the man, I haven’t even mentioned yet. No, not Mickie James, who did do well against Angelina Love and Raisha Saeed, but Jeff Jarrett. The suitable boss for this tremendous project. As expected, he pulled off some incredible promos. Yet it ended up leading to a bizarre, but hillarious match up between Jeff Jarrett and Harbhajan Singh as viewable in this full length, Episode 20. A wrestling icon vs a national hero. This underlines the incredible attribute of Jeff Jarrett, to provide some intriguing match ups, which involves in being able to entice the crowd with a captivating character.

Talking to Hulk Hogan

Talking to Hulk Hogan

Ring Ka King was no doubt a great project for wrestling. The fans who for years had loved wrestling, finally were granted a high calibre show to them. These fans will attend in huge numbers to just witness a wrestler in person with examples giving in Part One, so its a great thing for TNA to treat the fans like this. TNA are set to do a tour in India in the near future, which shows the incredible success it had in India. I can’t recollect WWE actually doing more than one event in India. This shows the appeal that TNA has with a strong demand, for it to be able to go far across the world, to do the event. This is specially true considering the unfortunate failure of TNA hosting Impact tapings across the United States of America. Again emphasising as I stated in Part One, that wrestling should be shown across the world, and consider these events being televised. Regardless, this is one of Dixie Carter’s strong points, in aiming to satisfy the fans, even though I’m not a fan of her current role. She’s the nicest lady in wrestling! Not a spoilt one!

No doubt, even if it never lived up to its full potential, Ring Ka King, enabled Wrestling to enter new horizons.

By Sean Prem

@Sean_Ali_Prem87

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  • Aks

    Doc learnt his trade in Southern Asia. OH YEAHHHH

    • http://www.tnanews.com/gut-check-didnt-they-see-nexus/ Sean

      Hey Akz, thank you for reading and commenting. Haha, no doubt that Doc aka Luke Gallows had benefitted a lot from this experience, proving he deserved t be in TNA

  • Charlie

    I first read about Ring Ka King on WNW and honestly didn't care about it because I'm over here in the states. After reading part 1 of this article I watched the whole 1st season of the show because of the talent that it actually had. I agree that things like this need to be televised because it gives the exposure that people might not get to these types of things.

    • http://www.tnanews.com/gut-check-didnt-they-see-nexus/ Sean

      Hey Charlie, thank you for reading both articles, and commenting. Yeah, it never got great exposure when it was launched, with another wrestling project scheduled across the world too, which didnt end up happening.
      America is the pinnacle of wrestling and is the main source of watching wrestling. But with the growth of these american wrestkling companies, it truly helped these superstars to branch out, with them going worldwide, like d-lo brown and hardcore holly going to a wrestling company in the UK. If these things never happened, I wouldnt of been too aware of wrestling in the UK. Then when seeing there was a company, the history of wrestling in the UK is remarkable. Goes to show how established wrestling is in the UK.
      But its not only the UK, its worldwide. Its absolutely amazing. Its great to have the chance to witness all of it. Using the big American wrestling based fighters, help this to be possible. TNA have done a great project.
      I was worried that this wouldnt get the exposure that I wanted, in appreciating the message, but Im glad you enjoyed it. Whats most important is for us fans to enjoy top quality wrestling, and it should be advertised for us guys to witness it. Helps the show seeing the different ways of fans celebrating

    • Saeed

      Exaxtly

      • http://www.tnanews.com/gut-check-didnt-they-see-nexus/ Sean

        Thank you Saeed. Wrestling is a global phenomenon indeed

  • Ryan b

    First four episodes, the tournament, epic. Magnus and Morgan, Chavo and Morgan was like TNA. Decent showings

    • http://www.tnanews.com/gut-check-didnt-they-see-nexus/ Sean

      Hey Ryan, thank you for reading and commenting. The tournament had a lot of decent matches. With Matt Morgan and Scott Steiner being the biggest competitors, which is an appeal to traditional wrestling fans, common in India, they were destined to make the finals. Steiner had some good matches too.

  • MeeMee

    Magnus was quite good. He took out our Asian boys of the Bollywood Boys though

    • http://www.tnanews.com/gut-check-didnt-they-see-nexus/ Sean

      Hey meemee, thank you for commenting and reading. Haha, the emotional appeal of the indian based wrestlers, shows how good it was. The Bollywood Boys were decent, but do you believe they deserved to beat Magnus and Dhutt?

  • Ryan b

    Smart business. 2 biggest muscular men, start as the dominant in Ring Ka King. Neither are slow. Steiner is fast. Ignore his WWE stint vs Triple H.

    • http://www.tnanews.com/gut-check-didnt-they-see-nexus/ Sean

      This is why Matt Morgan was referred as the Genetic Blue Print. Steiner also is a good submissive wrestler. A good mix, but its great that as the wrestling show went on, the other wrestlers had a chance to stamp their ability into the ring

  • Aks

    Doc was close in winning the belt. Champion before going TNA ? Haha. Morgan showed guts

    • http://www.tnanews.com/gut-check-didnt-they-see-nexus/ Sean

      No doubt. This is why I liked this match. Doc was a wrestler that has been used in other roles, while showing some potential. Festus gave Undertaker a close match, while he didnt get the creative freedom as Imposter Kane, when that had a lot of potential (says a big Kane fan). Doc aka Luke Gallows could threaten a lot, if given the chance

  • Ryan b

    Big Poppa Pump with his Belly to Belly suplex. Matt Morgan double air kick. Athletic high flyers Chavo & Dutt come to mind too. They were allowed to step up after. Fantastic

    • Saeed

      Awesome article
      Big poppa pumb I think was another mis used talent but of the guy u mention didn’t reall get a fair push in the wrestling business

      Keep up the good work

      • http://www.tnanews.com/gut-check-didnt-they-see-nexus/ Sean

        Hey mmy regular debating colleague, Saeed. Thank you for reading and commenting. Big Poppa Pumpm never got the credit he deserved in his teturn to WWE. It really shows an example if Bully Ray was to ever return to WWE, where being a successful tag team wrestler in their previous stint, is the factor that is mostly observed through the WWE perspective. Their outside success plays little significance, and they have to work hard again, irrespective of their success in the previous company.

        Matt Morgan has been unlucky no doubt. He was the one chosen to intimidate Hulk Hogan. He was the only one to never be ambushed by Aces & Eights, and even openly challenge them. Unfortunate that he never got the chance. Yet he was given a good push, after showing success in Ring Ka King

    • http://www.tnanews.com/gut-check-didnt-they-see-nexus/ Sean

      Hey Ryan. Yes this is true, and precisely backs up in what I was saying. The big muscular men, not the slow wrestlers of the past decades, where they were decent. They have a lot of good moves, with Morgan liking to run a lot, which is not a common trait for a huge guy.

      Then to use someone like Sonjay Dhutt and Chavo Guerrero jr, who can use their athletism, to do some wonderful high flying moves, notorious for a TNA blue print. You need variety of different styles of wrestlers.

  • MeeMee

    The Bollywood Boys beating Magnus and Sonjay would of got the home crowd wild. Building momentum

    • http://www.tnanews.com/gut-check-didnt-they-see-nexus/ Sean

      Thats an interesting perspective. The Bollywood Boys were talented, and gave Magnus and Sonjay a good fight. It would of been an incredible feat, for them to beat some major talent. Would of got a lot of people intrigued. The success of an underdog always inspires the crowd, specially if there is a link in common, that being their ethnicity.
      But again, Sonjay is Indian too. So that helps in having a bond with the crowd