09 June 2014

Sneaky Slammiversary

The consensus amongst most pro-wrestling fans, in regards to Slammiversary, has been that TNA has had a poor build.  While I actually agree with that assessment, I can't say that I'm soured on the current product and direction overall.  There are a lot of things to look forward to and we are only now getting ready for the ultra-important June road shows.  I also agree that the Impact Zone has been a back-breaking element for TNA in recent months.  Even the most loyal of TNA fans have grown absolutely fatigued by watching IMPACT episodes from the IZ.  I understand why they went back there and the concept of reloading and recouping company finances.  Enough is enough though.  Good riddance.  The IZ has been like a vindictive and bitchy ex, and I hope I never see you ever again.  And if I do, it needs to be just a fling for the holidays.  If I have to see another crowd sitting on their hands and not paying attention again in that tourist trap, I'm going to puke on my own shoes.  (So I basically love the effect that the Impact Zone has had on the show, as you can tell.) 

Do I completely blame the facility and crowd though?  No I don't.  TNA was in a compromising situation and they did the best they could given the surrounding circumstances.  No doubt, the shows have been less-than-stellar the last few weeks.  Now that we are down to only 1 more taped IZ episode on Thursday, it's time to look towards the future.  The first stop on the TNA Summer Tour 2014 is Slammiversary in Arlington, Texas.  So many things are currently up in the air, including the Main Event World Title match.  Can MVP wrestle with his injury?  Will EY retain the title no matter who his opponent is?  Who knows?  Who will The Wolves fight for the Tag Titles?  It's anyone's guess.  Will there be an X-Division Title match?  No clue.  Will we have the next Hall of Fame inductee introduced?  Probably, but mums the word as of now (hopefully we'll get a tease this week).  Those are a few of the most important factors involved here.  I'm not saying that having so many unanswered questions is a great thing because frankly it's not.  However, I wonder if some of the reasoning of why we feel dissatisfied with Slammiversary right now is due to the fact that we simply don't have everything served to us on a silver platter?  Is the unknown driving us crazy?  Some would rightfully say that we deserve to know the matches ahead of time, but there are obviously reasons out there somewhere as to why things seem so indecisive. 

What if TNA was still putting the finishing touches on a contract with a new tag team that will debut and challenge The Wolves?  What if there is actually an X-Division match planned that will end up being entertaining and exciting?  And what if the World Title match ends up being spectacular and unpredictable?  Most likely only 2 out of 3 of these things will occur.  Logically, you would think that TNA has a "Plan A" and "Plan B" in place at all times in case of injury or other unforeseen factors.  My point is, don't throw this Pay-Per-View in the garbage before it even airs.  I honestly have a gut feeling that this is going to be a great show.  The Texas crowd should be energetic and vocal if it's anything like the 2012 audience.  Something unexpected will happen that most people will have never seen coming.  The Von Erich's have made the choice to debut their 3rd generation of wrestlers from this legendary family at Slammiversary.  Are you telling me that Aries VS Kenny King isn't going to be a good match?  What about Joe VS Lashley?  This PPV has the classic "going in with low-expectations and leaving very satisfied" type of feel to it.  I may be wrong. Hell, I have been before. There's also a good chance that I may be right.  Slammiversary is going to be a sneaky one, watch and see.

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