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23 January 2014

TNA Thursday Randomania - Jan 23, 2014


- This week, I'd like to begin with the storyline that seemed to pique most fans' interest last Thursday night and that is the new investor in TNA.  Putting aside the absurdity of an investor buying into the company without Dixie Carter's knowledge, I feel that it's a storyline that works.  It works for one reason: it's the only way heel Dixie will get her comeuppance.  As much as many of you would love to see it, Dixie Carter will not get her comeuppance by getting powerbombed through a table; or by being physically harmed in any way.  It's just not happening.  But it's entirely conceivable that an investor with deep pockets could come in and render her powerless.

- There's been a lot of speculation on who the new investor could be.  I'm surprised that Jeff Jarrett's name has come up as much as it has simply because it doesn't make sense.  Jarrett is already an investor, which TNA seemed to go out of their way to make known in the official statement they released after Jarrett resigned.  Although it's fun to do, it's really too early to speculate simply because there aren't many clues.  In fact, there are really only two clues so far - the new investor's initials are B.D., or at least that's what we've been led to believe, and the Wolves' constant use of the hashtag #ClearIt on Twitter.  Hopefully, we'll know more after this week's Impact.

- I think I can safely say that the much anticipated TNA debut by Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards caused quite a stir last Thursday night.  Besides the revelation of the new investor, many fans were elated to see the Wolves (officially, their name in TNA) on national TV.  Of course, there were those who couldn't help themselves by hating on the way the writers introduced them.  I didn't have a problem with it simply because they were featured in a segment with the President of TNA, welcoming them to the company.  It's not something we see often so in that sense, I thought it made the Wolves come across as a bigger deal than, let's say, a random match with no build.  Simply put, it was a perfectly acceptable debut for a talented tag team that many of Impact's viewers most likely have never heard of.

- I'm not sure what the Wolves' storyline entails but I'm getting the sense that they will play a huge part in the toppling of the Dixie Carter regime.  Richards and Edwards have been promoting the Lockdown PPV on Twitter quite a bit so it's possible we could find out who the new investor is on March 9th in Miami, FL.

- I've noticed that the One Night Only: Hardcore Justice PPV (taped in Lowell, MA) has already aired in the UK and India, and quite possibly in other countries.  But it has yet to air in the US.  This indicates to me that the Hardcore Justice PPV might be a One Night Only taped exclusively for foreign markets.  I suppose it could still air in the US but the earliest it would premiere is April.  At that point, would it even matter since I imagine many fans would have streamed it online by then.  It would also delay the premiere of the Joker's Wild PPV, taped in the UK on February 2nd, until May.

- And lastly, it looks like TNA will be traveling to the UK next week with a roster that's mostly made up of TNA originals (in their prime) and new, younger faces.  The two remaining former WWE vets on the roster are Kurt Angle and Bully Ray.  That's it.  Mr Anderson, who's advertised for the UK tour, will most likely remain in the US to be with his wife and two newborn babies.  The rest of the roster consists of: Magnus, Ethan Carter III, Rockstar Spud, Bobby Roode, Christopher Daniels, Kazarian, Samoa Joe, Austin Aries, Chris Sabin, Velvet Sky, James Storm, Gunner, Robbie E, Jessie Godderz, Zema Ion, Joseph Park, Eric Young, ODB, Madison Rayne, Gail Kim, Lei'D Tapa, and Samuel Shaw.  Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards have not been confirmed but are expected to be on the UK tour, as well, as any new talent who might debut on this week's Impact.  I don't know about you, folks, but I'm excited to see what this roster is capable of in front of crowds like the one's in the UK.  Who will step up?  Who will take that next step to main event status?  Who will be this year's revelation?  And who will look like a superstar on television?  A couple of years ago, Magnus opened some eyes with one of the most electric promos I've ever seen.  I knew then that he was going to be the TNA world heavyweight champion one day.  That day has come.  So now it's time for someone else to have a moment like that and there's no better place to do so than the UK tour.  I'm looking at you, Samuel Shaw.  And you, Ethan Carter III.  And you, Zema Ion.  And you, Jessie Godderz.  And you, Davey Richards.  And you, Eddie Edwards.  And anyone else on the Impact Wrestling roster?  Which one of you will stand out?  I, for one, can't wait to find out.

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