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Rick Starr

The Splash: Just a Little Bit of Everything.

Rating: 3 votes, 4.33 average.

Welcome back Splashers. I have been reading a lot of news bits, over the past few days here on EWN, and it’s some of these issues that got my goat hairs all riled up. With that in mind, let’s get down to business!

On Beth Phoenix: When I read that Beth Phoenix will be finishing up with the WWE next month, I was shocked. I just couldn’t believe the WWE was ready to let one of their biggest Divas walk out the front door, and possibly over to TNA territory. I think IF Phoenix signed with TNA, she would fit in nicely with the Knockout roster. I would love to see her face other knockouts like: Tara, Brooke Tessmacher, and of course Mickie James.

Of course at the moment this is all wishful thinking, as it’s really not clear what her intentions are after she leaves the WWE. For all we know she could be content with the Indies, or even retire all together alongside her boyfriend Edge. Personally I hope the Glamazon chooses TNA.

On a side note, I read a read that Velvet Sky is no longer with TNA. She had not been on TV for some time, but she is still on the TNA Website as of this writing (which doesn’t mean much). I don’t think Sky would have the ring skills to beat Phoenix in the ring. However I could easily see their personalities work well, and form a tag team, if they ever paths ever crossed. Just a thought.

On Kelly Kelly Returning:
It’s not bad enough that the WWE is letting one of their more talented Divas walk out, but they are letting their most LEAST talented Divas back in FULL TIME! Who did K.K. sleep with to get her job back? The woman is terrible in the ring, she stinks on the mic, and her only finisher is a rollup pin! The only thing this woman is good for is being on the cover of male magazines and lying flat on her back..outside the ring!

On the 3-Hour RAW Format: I’m really trying to see the whole point of the extra hour of RAW each week. I have just noticed that they have more commercials/promos, more replays from earlier in the night/last week, 2 extra matches (3 if their real short), and 1 or 2 segments.

I get the fact, that WWE is getting paid more for the extra hour. So you would figure that the WWE would relax on the replays and promos, and focus more on the action. I understand they have to cut to commercials ever quarter hour. But for the 1st hour they don’t need to promote their DVD’s, Tout’s and other crap. Save that junk, for the 2nd and 3rd hour…which they do ANYWAY!

On Matt Morgan: There is word that The Blue Print has patched things up with TNA, and he will be resigning shortly. While I can understand his frustrations with the company, I don’t think that Morgan would have a much better career in the WWE. Would he have a bigger paycheck? It’s quite possible, but I don’t see him ever getting a World/WWE Title reign, which is what Morgan is clearly looking for.

If Morgan signed with the WWE they would have given him a great push in the beginning, then they would eventually job him out, like they are doing to Tensai. My personal hopes are that Morgan is one of the leaders of the Aces & 8’s group. It would be a perfect fit to his character, as he never officially left the TNA roster, and he could use his real frustrations, to channel the storyline. Only time will tell.

On Christian: For several months, there were reports that Christian was taken off WWE television, mainly because of the TNA/WWE deal that is currently going on. This deal was to basically allow Ric Flair (Who was under TNA contract at the time) to appear at last year’s annual Hall of Fame Ceremony. In return Christian would be allowed to appear at TNA first ever Hall of Fame Ceremony at this year’s Bound for Glory in October. Now reports are coming out, saying Christian had simply injured his shoulder, and the fact that he will be gone until after October, is just a mere coincidence.

I personally think Christian’s career has suffered since he has come back to the WWE. While he did get 2 World Title reigns, they were both short lived. Christian Cage, as he was known in TNA had a much stronger following. The only reason he came back, was because of his friend Edge, who retired only a year later.

On John Cena/nWo Concept: I read the article: Classic factions Reborn on There it asked what if Cena went heel, and reformed the classic nWo faction. While it’s no surprise the WWE will be releasing a nWo DVD in the next few months , I myself really would not want to see The Walking Billboard (Cena) as the new nWo leader.

I would be happier seeing the classic members for a reunion, just to promote the DVD, and then induct the faction into the Hall of Fame. Reforming old factions with all new members never work. You need some original members around. Tyson Kidd and David Hart Smith reformed the Hart Foundation, in the form of Hart Dynasty, and we know where that went.

Furthermore, if Cena was to turn heel I think the last thing he should do, is to join a popular faction like the nWo. I think the best way he would get over is for him to get over as a heel, is to simply, shut off all the flashy lights and hip-hop music, and stop wearing all the sellable merchandise. Almost like the angry Batista persona, before he left the WWE. I’m not much for rehashing gimmicks or storylines, but in this case, I think Cena could make it work well if they went with it.

Well I think that will do it for this edition. As always feel free to post you comments (even you haters) and I’ll do my best to respond. Until next time…See you when I see you –Rick Starr

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  1. Vondraco's Avatar
    Very good blog! I'll share my opinions in response.

    Kelly Kelly: Nice to look at but crap in the ring, I agree. Note that after hearing she was coming back AND with the segment on Raw where Kaitlin said her attacker was "a blond" you know she was the first person I thought of. KK doing a heel run could be interesting. OK, maybe not.

    3-Hour Format: Agree with you on everything. I DVR the show and fast forward through the commercials and replays and such. I don't seem to actually spend much more time watching the show than I did before.

    Morgan: Yes, he belongs in TNA. I agree he could fit in well with A&8. WWE would drop the ball with him and bury him shortly.

    Christian: Never really much interested in him, though I do agree that his TNA run was better than his WWE run. He had more of a character there; in the 'E he was either whining all the time (just without the style of Punk) or being a boring babyface.

    Cena/nWo: Yeah, not with Cena. Not even a "faction" for him at all. I truly don't see him turning heel while he remains with WWE. Much as the IWC would love it, it's not going to happen, at least not for a LONG time. And I think the Hart Dynasty could have worked out, actually, but it ... well, it just kind of fell apart because the WWE wanted it to.
  2. ToiletBowl's Avatar
    Beth Phoenix - yes, she and Natty may be the only two female wrestlers I care to watch. But then again, they are female wrestlers who dont sell merchanise, dont draw ratings and dont put butts in the seats. If she went to TNA, the only people that would notice would be those that watch TNA. Those that dont, wont care.

    The 3 Hour RAW - It's been hit / miss with me. Back when they would do a special 3 hour show, it usually stunk. Seems like the best they had was the first which I believe took place in Dallas. Since they have gone to the 3 hour format for good, it's been a format for longer promos, more bits & maybe an extra match that can go 10 minutes or longer. I couldnt care less about adding more diva matches. But, I have greatly enjoyed the comedic stylings of Kane & Daniel Bryan. I also thought tonight's match between Kofi & Dolph was pretty solid. Not to mention the opening promo with Heyman, Punk, Ref & AJ was really good. In a way, it seems like the 3 hour format was made permanent to give Punk more air-time.

    Matt Morgan - Well, he's Matt Morgan. Not sure anyone really missed him. Going back to TNA is likely the best move for him. He flopped in the WWE then sputtered out on American Gladiators. Yes, he's big and larger than life, but to become a mega star in this business you have to make it on the biggest stage. Since he is back at TNA, we'll have to wait until his contract is up and he can make an attempt on the biggest stage again.

    I've always been a Christian guy. I get his dry humor / quick wit. I actually enjoy his whiney heel gimmick. Not as much a fan of his baby face gimmick... unless he's cracking on someone. I prefer him in the WWE simply because I can't get through a TNA show.
  3. redbower's Avatar
    I enjoyed this blog. I figure the best way to show my appreciation is to offer my opinion.

    For years I became disinterested in wrestling. This was due mainly to what was going on in my life and not what was happening in WWE. I started watching again several years ago when I happened to come across TNA on television for the first time. It was right after Christian started with the company. I became an ardent fan of his and TNA's because of his witty character there. His back and forth with AJ Styles, Angle, and Tomko was as good as I ever remember seeing. For whatever reason imo, he just doesn't translate well to the WWE as either face or heel. Unfortunately, I don't think that he could go back and recapture that old magic in TNA either.

    As far as Beth Phoenix and Kelly Kelly go, I honestly couldn't offer you an opinion. I have never been a big fan of women's wrestling. Ever since my purchase of a DVR I don't believe I have watched an entire women's match. Kelly is easy on the eyes (moreso than Beth) without a doubt. I am just of the opinion that if I candy is your goal, then there are better options available than wrestling shows. (I know I just opened the floodgates to open ridicule.)

    Matt Morgan could make a splash in WWE if they would limit his mic time and have him portray only a limited portion of his personality. He would make a better Snitsky type character than Snitsky did. (I feel the same way about Big Show as well.)

    As far as Cena and the NWO --- Run away from that idea. I do believe that Cena and the WWE could both benefit if Cena were to have a heel run. And, I believe this would be best done if Cena created a new heel faction. But, it would have to be an original idea. The NWO was awesome for the industry at its inception. However, that well has long since ran dry. There should be dvd's made about the NWO. We should remember how awesome their concept was. We should also limit ourselves to only nostalgia when it comes to the classic stables.
  4. MjBryan17's Avatar
    Really diggin this blog, keep it up! You keep writing, I'll keep reading.
  5. Sahu's Avatar
    1. Beth Phoenix: I want her to be in TNA...TNA fans are more into wrestling so they would like her and also, I want to see Beth n ODB in some story line. Either TNA version of Divas of Doom or in a vicious feud.

    2. Kelly Kelly: I never cared her...Many people think she's pretty but, I have a different opinion....I simply does not like her.

    3. On 3 hour format: I'm bored of it n not even watching Raw regularly these days...I'm enjoying NXT for which we have a telecast in India.

    4. Morgan: Though people here do not like him, I like the guy. He's big n better than many big guys. If he goes to WWE he'll be never pushed for being in TNA. Tensai is different, he got Undertaker's backing (I read it somewhere in this site itself). I am not liking the comparison itself. I feel Morgan better than Tensai. Morgan has a better look n physique than Tensai. I feel Morgan will be better in TNA n I do not think he'll be a world champion even there. For me he's a very good midcard title material who at times can challenge a main event guy...

    5. Christian: I'm a huge fan of him. I literally was on my feet when I saw him winning World Championship in TNA. I feel that was a great moment in his career. The celebration he had with the peeps made me feel jealous of all those who attended the event. At this juncture, he cannot repeat the same magic in TNA. He should be at WWE only. I wish he recover quickly and make a come back. I want to see a DB vs Christian feud.

    6. Cena/NWO Concept: I hate it literally. First thing's first, I'm not a huge fan of NWO except the first incarnation. Second thing, Cena should not be a part of any stable. I like your idea of giving Angry Batista kind of gimmick to Cena. I believe Cena can do it better than Batista for the simple fact that he can deliver better promos.

    Bottom Line: Good Blog and ThanX for keeping engaged with all the hot things in the Business!!
    Updated 09-28-2012 at 02:47 AM by Sahu

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