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:
Chavo Guerrero Jr.
Dr. Nicholas Dinsmore
Isaiah Cash aka Luke Gallows
Pathani Patthe 1
Pathani Patthe 2
Sheik Abdul Bashir (Dara Daivari)
Sheik Mustafa Bashir (Arya Daivari)
Sir Brutus Magnus
r2d (Software Engineer)
Alissa Flash/Raisha Saeed
Jeremy Borash Interviewer
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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