Good blog. I wasn't aware of some of these matches as I skim through DVR episodes of TNA. I look forward to the elimination tag, X division, and Angle-Styles matches. Sting-Bully I'm looking forward only to the last 5 minutes. There is potential to top nearly every WWE ppv in the past year if said matches can all deliver. Personally, I don't think the Angle-Styles match will be as awesome as it should be, not to be cynical, but it will be good.
Nice read. Agree with all aside from the Shield. I think they have the 'it' factor. Great on the mic, great characters, intensity and in ring work. They make me want to watch. But agree - they do need something new to do soon. I think you could add The Prime Time Players to the list...I honestly dont get why anyone likes them! They are so awkward in their 'characters', the crowd is DEAD, and they are average, at best, in the ring. If WWE is going ot rebuild the tag division they need FAR stronger teams than the likes of the Prime Time Players IMO.
First off, lemme say Congrats on the degree man!! Hey, you are never too old to get an education man! Now great blog again sir! I definitely like how you picked on some of these top names in the IWC. I agree with you totally about the Fandango analysis. My gripe is that I actually liked him more when he was weirdo Johnny “Dirty Curtty” Curtis. He could have gotten a lot weirder and made it work really well. I also agree with you about about Tyson Kidd and the Shield. Also I’ve kind of thought of Wade Barrett as a smaller English version of Batista. He’s not as strong, but just as bland as Batista wrestling-wise and he’s a little bit better on the mic, but other than that, it’s kinda sort of a formula that the ‘E has for these big tough bruisers, and Wade seems to fall into that category.
Barrett seemed less stiff before his arm injury, which I think WWE management noticed when he came back and put him in the mid card level to clear out any ring rust. That has not happened. I thought his matches with Cena and Orton were pretty good when he had Nexus. Fandango is just Vince's love of Gimmicks and how he likes to throw one in the mix on occasion. The Shield are just fresh and have not been buried and they are equals. The IWC complains about TNA & WWE always using the old wrestlers and shoving them down our throats. At least WWE has gotten better about doing that. If Tyson Kidd bulked up, he could be another Benoit in my opinion. He just needs to be a lil bigger to have that intimidating factor along with meaner demeanor (No Pun). That or go with a psychotic demeanor which would work for him.
Really good blog. I totally agree with the stuff about Wade Barrett and Tyson Kidd.
Congrats on the degree.
Good blog man. I really like where you went with this because I have had the same thoughts about a lot of guys on the roster, but these 3 or 4 stars you talked about are hot topics with smarks all over the internet so I'm glad you picked them.
I agree with so much of what you said about Barrett. He is where he should be right now, but I also think that is because we do not know if he can move past where he is. This guy has held the IC title two times now in recent months including through the last part of Mania season and he has exactly zero feuds over it. He has been a stepping stone for the main eventers throughout the past few months and nothing more. They have teased storylines with Sheamus and Bo Dallas, but nothing has pushed on to tv to make me think he is ready for anything more than where he is now.
The Kidd thing, to me, is smarks following the lead of stars like CM Punk saying Kidd deserves a chance. He is a fine in ring wrestler, but he doesn't bring anything more to the table right now. He isn't going to be able to work a program that will get fans excited. But again, we don't know if he is capable because anytime you see him he is being buried.
The Sheild on the other hand... I have a big problem with the Sheild. The next time I read or hear someone compare Dean Ambrose to Terry Funk I may turn the tv off. These three guys work well within the framework they have now, but there is no evidence that they will succeed outside of it. I think the three man group concept is being used to protect their flaws. They are purposely keeping Reigns from talking because he needs more work. Rollins is that guy on the playground you want to hit because he just builds on what the cool kids say. He is the Chris Bosh of the WWE. He's alright but he gets more love than he should because he is with two guys who are better. Ambrose can hold his own. He has enough in ring experience from working elsewhere that they trust him wrestling with the major stars, but again, it is all in the framework of a 3 man group. Of the three, one of them will catch on as a star. Just not sure who that one will be.
First, congratulations on school
I totally agree with Fandango. I believe it was all just. 'Right place, right time' thing and had more to do with the crowds boredom of Orton/Sheamus than any love for Fandango. I got a small kick out of Curtis on Santino's web show, but never saw much in him as a wrestler.
Barrett is an interesting subject. I don't think he should have won a WHC or anything yet, but I would rather see him as a legitimate challenge to the likes of Sheamus, Orton and others than as an IC champ.
I like Kidd, but partly because of Canadian bias and the fact he came out of the Dungeon. I thought they rushed the break-up of the Hart Legacy as didn't see Kidd as a singles star. I see his career revolving around tag teams. Perhaps one day challenging for the IC. But unfortunately that will likely be his cap.
Now the popular topic of the Shield. I do watch (and love) NXT, so had the chance to watch these guys before the Shield formation. You could see the potential back when they use to fight over the FCW championship. I hope they don't split up anytime soon as why rush things. I think that's what ruined Barrett and cause people to wonder why he hasn't had a WHC run yet. Just going on their WWE careers thus far, I personally enjoy Ambrose in and out of the ring. His feud with Regal reminded me of Foley. Watching Rollins on NXT made me think of Jeff Hardy or CM Punk in how he could be very popular if pushed that way. And we all know Reigns has that 'look' of being a WWE star. I think on 5 years they'll be feuding over the WWE title much like they use to the FCW and look forward to those matches.
So that is my 2 cents. Great blog. You are right in that everyone has their own perception on things and it's nice to see someone else look at things more logically than just 'I like this guy so he should be pushed'
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