I miss Scott Steiner

If TNA is determined to dedicated 3/4ths of every episode of Impact to talking, then they really should bring back Scott Steiner to fill at least 1/2 of that.  Because with Scott Steiner using 1/2 of that 3/4, he’ll actually get 6/4, since Reaction will need to go to him as well, meaning that Ric Flair likely won’t even try, and he’ll have 143.2% of the crowd behind him.

The numbers don’t lie.

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Concussions = RATINGS!: TNA Impact 10/28/10

Now three weeks into the new regime of TNA, Eric Bischoff is still on his mission to destroy all those against him.  This week it was Mr. Anderson, whom he placed into a “chain match” against Jeff Jarrett.  The ‘head trainer’ came into Bischoff’s office and warned against allowing Anderson to compete, since he suffered a concussion on last week’s show.  Both Bischoff and Ric Flair basically laughed in the trainer’s face, saying that wrestlers wrestle hurt all the time, and tell him that this is not the NFL.  Man, they can say that again.

The concussion thing also bugged Matt Morgan (rather inexplicably), who went to both Ric Flair and Eric Bischoff to lecture them on the dangers of concussions (despite admitting that he himself gave Hernandez a concussion a while back).  Finally, when it was time for the match (which I missed, since the entire main event was on Reaction), Morgan tried to convince Jarrett himself to not go through with the match.  When Jarrett also laughed at Morgan, he decided to step in and take Anderson’s place in the match.  Anderson himself did not appear on the show.

The match (basically a leather strap match with a chain used instead) was pretty basic stuff with Jarrett winning with the Stroke after he dodged the Carbon Footprint and used the chain to crotch Morgan.  Morgan came back and began choking Jarrett until Fortune entered the ring and attacked their now former teammate.  The show ended with Morgan being hung over the ropes from the chain.

Rest of the show after the jump.

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Hulk Hogan says TNA about to get “real”

Hulk Hogan has posted a “TwitVid” in which he says TNA’s about to become more real.  The word ‘shoot’ is tossed around.  What I’ve been reading sees this as an announcement that TNA is going to be shifting into more of a “work-shoot” format, whatever that means.

I’d embed the video here, but apparently WordPress only allows YouTube, Google Video and Daily Motion.  Whatever.

Transcript and my thoughts after the jump.

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Give the Freebirds Rule a break

Once upon a time, Michael “P.S.” Hayes, Terry “Bam Bam” Gordy and Buddy “Jack” Roberts united to form an odd (for the time) three-man group known as the Fabulous Freebirds.  When the team captured tag team gold, the Freebirds were allowed to use any combination of their three members to defend the titles.  So while Roberts and Gordy may have actually won the belts, Hayes could substitute for either man at any time in title defenses.

Far cooler than you.

Now, 16 years since the last teaming of the team, the “Freebird Rule” has become a staple of title defenses when the champion(s) are members of a stable.  Well known usage of the rule have included were Demolition (Ax, Smash, Crush) and the Spirit Squad (Kenny, Johnny, Mikey, Nicky, Mitch) in WWE, as well as the Jersey Triad (DDP, Kanyon, Bam Bam Bigelow) in WCW or the 3 Live Kru (Ron Killings, BG James, Konnan) in TNA.

Today, the Freebirds rule gets tossed around rather haphazardly.  It has gotten to the point where the Freebird Rule is no longer an assumed rule snuck into, but rather a given when a stable or group wins a title.

And I think it needs to stop…at least for now.

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Anderson injured, looks to miss PPV title shot

TNA’s (arguable) top babyface looks to be forced to miss his title shot coming up at November’s Turning Point.  On last week’s Impact (taped the week before), Mr. Anderson lost an Ultimate-X match to Kazarian, yet somehow still was granted the title shot against his former BFF Jeff Hardy.  Hardy ended the segment with a hard chair shot that connected with the back of Anderson’s head, busting him open with a pretty nasty cut.

The shot left Anderson with a concussion which has kept him from wrestling in house shows since the taping took place.  I won’t be giving away any spoilers from this week’s TV tapings, but look for Anderson to be pulled from the title match at Turning Point.  It’s really a shame for the guy who really has been working his ass off since his arrival at TNA back in January.

Hopefully, Anderson will be able to come back from this injury.  Sure, you might think “it’s just one concussion”, but keep in mind the fate of a guy like Christopher Nowinski who never bounced back from it, or Bret Hart who kept going despite it, which ultimately forced him from the ring.

Smackdown vs. Raw 2011: Early thoughts

There’s something special about October for your Masked Marvel.  The weather cools off, the leaves turn, and Halloween makes me long for the days when I could dress up for complete strangers’ candy.  But there’s another annual tradition that makes me eagerly await each October.  No, it’s not Bound for Glory.  It’s the annual version of THQ’s Smackdown vs. Raw series.

I’ve been playing the Smackdown series since the very first one came out for the PS1 back in 1999.  It was in those days that I led D’Lo Brown to achieve his destiny by capturing the WWF Championship from the Undertaker…at WrestleMania no less.  Since that ridiculous beginning, I’ve played each and every version of the game, from the highs (Here Comes the Pain) to the lows (Just Bring It).  All of the 1/8th Nelson contributors have created Superstars on my system for when they fail miserably in their attempts to curb my dominance.  (Technically, manof1004gimmicks can beat me…but I don’t count it.)

So yesterday, on my way home from work, I stopped by my local Best Buy and picked up my reserve copy (done so to get Bret Hart unlocked for free).  I didn’t do much else yesterday evening.  My early thoughts on it after the jump.

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Raw 10/25/10

Quick Match Results
Tag Team Championship match:  Justin Gabriel & Heath Slater def. David Otunga & John Cena by pinfall.
Daniel Bryan def. Dolph Ziggler by submission.
Team Laycool def. Melina & Gail Kim by pinfall.
The Miz def. R-Truth by pinfall.
Santino Marella def. Sheamus by pinfall.
John Cena def. Randy Orton by DQ.

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