13 February 2014

TNA Thursday Randomania - Feb 13, 2014

- I must give kudos to TNA for coming up with an interesting way to build the Lockdown PPV and in the process, make use of the dispute between Dixie Carter and MVP.  Two nights ago, MVP announced that Jeff Hardy will be returning to TNA on March 9th at Lockdown, presumably as a member of MVP's team in Lethal Lockdown.  Incidentally, this is not a spoiler but merely speculation on my part.  I imagine this year's Lethal Lockdown will be Team Dixie vs Team MVP.  If this indeed is the case, it's a very smart move by MVP to recruit Jeff Hardy.  It was expected that Hardy would return to TNA after the UK Tour and under the circumstances, I think it's a good decision to bring him back at Lockdown, especially if Kurt Angle misses the PPV due to injury.

- In response to MVP's news, Dixie Carter set out to one-up him by announcing that the Lockdown PPV will return to its original premise - it will once again be an all-steel cage PPV.  In an attempt to further distance TNA from its past, the brilliant minds that were Bruce Prichard, Hulk Hogan, and Eric Bischoff changed the PPV's format last year.  I'm happy to see, however, that Dixie Carter is now restoring the things that gave TNA its identity, and the Lockdown PPV, where every match takes place inside the steel cage, was one premise that wasn't broken.  It makes me angry just thinking how inept the previous regime were, and decisions such at this is another reminder why the Hogan-Bischoff era couldn't end fast enough for me.

- We reported earlier this week that Kenny King will be returning to TNA at some point in the not so distant future.  Yesterday, PWInsider reported that King will soon be filming vignettes in Las Vegas which will, presumably, air on Impact as a way to re-introduce him.  Or, to introduce him as a new character.  Although I believe Kenny King isn't in desperate need of a gimmick change, I wouldn't necessary be against one.  I don't think his transformation, if any, will be as drastic as Samuel Shaw's, however.  I've shared with you my thoughts on the fact that he's been sitting at home for at least the last six months, minus the two appearances in October, so I won't beat a dead horse but I will say this: Kenny King is one of the most exciting young talents in pro wrestling right now and it would behoove TNA to push him going forward, whether it'd be in the X Division or in the main event scene, which would be my preference.  I've always found King miscast as an X Division wrestler.  He's a main event caliber talent and should be treated as such.

- It appears that Manik will be returning to TNA as well, hopefully at Lockdown.  With the returns of Kenny King and Manik, I'd like to see TNA book an X Division #1 Contenders Xscape match, which was a Lockdown tradition until, once again, the Prichard-Hogan-Bischoff regime put a stop to it in 2012.  For fun, I thought I'd take a trip down memory lane and list every Xscape match that took place at Lockdown since 2005, its debut as a PPV.
  • 2005 - Shocker defeated Chris Sabin, Michael Shane (with Trinity), and Sonjay Dutt
  • 2006 - Chris Sabin defeated Elix Skipper (with Simon Diamond), Petey Williams (with Coach D'Amore), Chase Stevens, Shark Boy, and Puma
  • 2007 - Chris Sabin (c) defeated Jay Lethal (with Kevin Nash), Sonjay Dutt, Alex Shelley and Shark Boy
  • 2008 - Jay Lethal (c) defeated Consequences Creed, Curry Man, Johnny Devine, Shark Boy, and Sonjay Dutt
  • 2009 - Suicide (c) defeated Jay Lethal, Consequences Creed, Sheik Abdul Bashir, and Kiyoshi
  • 2010 - Homicide defeated Alex Shelley, Chris Sabin and Brian Kendrick
  • 2011 - Max Buck defeated Amazing Red, Brian Kendrick, Chris Sabin, Jay Lethal, Jeremy Buck, Robbie E (with Cookie) and Suicide

- And lastly,  I'd like to end this week's Randomania by briefly discussing the new era in TNA and how much I'm enjoying it.  The new era is one in which TNA has found a way to flawlessly combine the strengths of the two previous regimes - Bruce Prichard's focus on character development and good, logical storytelling with Vince Russo's knack for interesting characters, shock value tactics, and his ability to employ every talent on the roster.  Gone is the methodical pace that made Prichard's product so uneventfully stale and the schizophrenic and maddening booking (of matches and wrestlers) that made Russo's product so frustrating.  We've finally gotten the best of both worlds and for that, I have to give major kudos to John Gaburick, Dave Lagana, Matt Conway, and whomever else is part of the booking/writing team.  I say this because we've heard of instances where Bully Ray, Chris Parks, and others have participated in the process.  I would also like to give kudos to Dixie Carter, who gets unfairly shit on by internet marks on a daily basis.  The President of TNA, whom I have a lot of respect for, has finally rid the company of the old boys network who have consistently shown that they're out of touch with today's pro wrestling fans, and has taken over the reins.  Obviously, I'm not privy to the inner workings of Creative but I suspect that Dixie Carter has gotten more involved since Bound for Glory than she has in quite some time.  The woman knows what she's doing.  If you needed more proof, look no further than the current top storyline in which she gets constantly abused for how "unenlightened" she is about the wrestling industry.  She gets it, which is something I'm not sure I can say about Hulk Hogan, Eric Bischoff, Vince Russo, or Bruce Prichard.  

- One final thought before I leave you...Jeff Jarrett reportedly resigned because he felt that TNA was in bad shape.  If this is true, I have to start questioning his credibility because the product hasn't been this good in several years.  I have a feeling, and I'm only speculating, that Jarrett's resignation had as much as to do with his own ego as it did TNA's state.

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