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Ring Ka King of Heels

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This post may contain Ring Ka King spoilers for Feb 25th episode – if you want to watch the episode first you can do so here http://www.ewrestlingnews.com/video/...a-king-2-25-12

Having just watched my first episode of Ring Ka King I thought I absolutely had to write a post concerning the program. I don’t usually dip my toe in TNA waters, every time I’ve tried to give it a chance it has failed me for one reason or another, mainly on poor production quality and the dated feeling the programme gives. I admire a few roster members but overall it’s a fairly messy product to me. However on hearing the news that the company had launched a new show purely aimed at the Indian market, and indeed based in the country as well, my ears pricked up. Upon viewing the show I was surprised by the roster foremost. It is a fantastic mix of up and coming fan favourites such as Brutus Magnus, Sonjay Dutt and Matt Morgan, mixed in with TNA mainstays such as Scott Steiner, Abyss, (arguably Dutt and Morgan may also fit here), alongside Indian home grown talent. However the surprise for me was the treatment of free agents such as Chavo Guerrero who has been teamed with Bulldog Hart, with whom we are more familiar as Harry Smith, son of The British Bulldog. They have already been given the Tag Team Championships along with an elevated main event status. I also like the reference to Harry Smith’s heritage, something WWE never could quite seem to do for some reason (My suspicion would be that management think of Bret Hart as a bigger draw, he was constantly referred to as his nephew – which of course he is – but not very often as Bulldog’s son). It also seems significant that neither of these wrestlers appear on the TNA roster page, where someone such as Magnus is included; I like the idea of Ring Ka King having exclusive big draw wrestlers on the roster.

The entire show built to the six-man tag match of RKK Champion Matt Morgan with RKK Tag Team Champions Chavo Guerrero Jr and Bulldog Hart against the super heel team of Scott Steiner, Sonjay Dutt and ‘Sir’ Brutus Magnus. Through out the duration the heel stable were cutting promos about the arrival of some form of monster heel. To anyone who has ever seen a TNA show it’s going to be Abyss, but he is never revealed, we are just presented with shadows of the creature. The Indian crowd are really hot for the match - the atmosphere is really something and it’s clear that there is a lot of hype and excitement surrounding the product, which only helps present the show as a serious thing. The other aspect which makes the show feel a little more spectacular is that the floor level audience are standing, which means the crowd are moving and interacting with the show, much like in the old football or rugby stands, or as a crowd at a festival or gig might act. This also makes for a unique moment in the show – super heel Steiner begins pushing the crowd who in turn are gesturing at him, as the crowd move around he pushes forward and the scene takes the form of a riot. This ‘violence’ continues post match, when the heel team are joined by a raging, ‘Monster Abyss’ who is revealed with an Undertaker-esque black out. Both men begin the staging of an assault on the audience, literally breaking barrier between the show and the audience. The standing audience actually flee as they are lurched at. There is a genuine excitement to this segment and it makes me think of all this talk about the ‘reality era,’ although in truth its closer to Orson Welles infamous ‘War of the Worlds’ radio broadcast, complete with panicking civilians, but the interesting thing is how willing the audience are to play their part.

This is terrific heel characterisation and it really feels like it’s breaking new ground (or as the case may be very, very old ground – I’ve heard stories of Giant Haystacks interacting with the crowd, but probably not quite like this). In terms of entertainment its commendable that RKK and in turn TNA for taking this leap, it goes to show what context will do for a product, if this had been attempted in the U.S it wouldn’t have worked in the same way. Regardless of Steiner's horrible in ring skills and real life personality, in an era in wrestling where ‘reality’ plays such a large role it’s nice to see a bit of hyper reality creeping back in.

Thanks for reading and for any thoughts you may have. For anyone wishing to follow anything else I've worked on you can always find me at http://thecomplexheel.blogspot.com/

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Comments

  1. chunkkynutzzz's Avatar
    Gotta check it out to see how I like it...word.
  2. Sahu's Avatar
    ThanX for the blog man!! I wanted to write a blog myself but, feared abt my command on language...ThanX for the blog..as I felt u wrote it for me...:d

    n one more thing which amazed me is...Chavo Chants through out...Chavo's getting chants in India also...n I'm a bit surprised by it...Chavo was known as the buddy of EDDIE in India...but I felt he's never popular....coz EDDIE is very much popular...Still, Chavo got so many chants...!! This should be an eye opener for WWE who grossly misused him...

    n Harry Smith is seeming very hot n his in-ring skills have a fire in him..which was absent when he's in WWE...He's referred as Bret Hart's nephew because..Bret is by far one of the most popular wrestlers in India among the ppl of my age...

    I want TNA to sign Chavo with them...n book him as a face against A Dub..because A Dub is so over as aheel..there is no face for him in that division on whom he can put the title..et them buk chavo to win it...n have a feud with him...

    I mean Chavo Vs A Dub, Old School Cruiser Weight style vs New School X-Div Style...It wud make a gr8 match!! AN INSTANT CLASSIC!!!
  3. mizisawesome12345's Avatar
    The commentators are stupid I can understand some HINDI and they overact too much!TNA in India is stupid because most people are interested in cricket rather than WRESTLING plus the Indian wrestlers are green but I must admit tag team chemistry is quite commendable
  4. jonod's Avatar
    I've got to admit I had no idea what was been said except for the token English sentence every few minutes, so I cant really comment on the quality. But I did laugh to myself a few times at the idea that Steiner might be so angry because he hasn't a clue whats going on! lol.

    I've got to say though I found it easy to follow and was reminded how transferable wresting is as a form of entertainment - the mime aspect and basic ideas around in ring story telling were done really well here - it reminded me of my first experiences of watching wresting.

    Tag looked good, didn't really talk about that much, thanks for the support guys!

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