My Two Centsss - Who Will Be The New TNA Television Champion?
By Super Chrisss
Sep 27, 2012 - 1:24:15 PM
1. Day 1 - Ryback's Push, A Tag Team Revival, And Other Tidbits
2. Day 2 - Who Will Be The New TNA Television Champion?
Much like my fellow bro-league Al Laiman, yours truly was able to catch Monday Night RAW at it's regular time yesterday (with regular time in Canada being a 9pm start time, by the way). Since Al once again did a hell of a job reviewing/recapping the show, there's no point in me beating a dead horse. However, there are a number of topics coming out of last night's show I would like to address and rather than write a column for each one, I figured I'd lump them all together into a super-column of sorts. I like to work backwards, so let's start off by talking about the show's conclusion:
Is Ryback being fed more than he can chew? In less than two weeks, Ryback has gone from squashing Heath Slater to pinning The Miz in a non-title match and has now apparently set his sights on WWE Champion CM Punk. Overall, I have mixed feelings about all this. On one hand, I applaud WWE for doing something different and going with a new rival (albeit temporary) for Punk that is not named Randy Orton or The Big Show. Considering how popular both Ryback and Punk have become in recent months, a mini-feud between the two could be a lot of fun.
On the other hand, WWE is running a huge risk by pitting Ryback against a main-event superstar so early in his push (versus the WWE Champion no less!). We all know what happened when Tensai got victories over Punk and John Cena early in his re-debut, and there's no guarantee the same thing won't happen with Ryback. A midcard feud with The Miz is one thing but being built up as a possible replacement for Cena at Hell in a Cell is a completely different story. WWE have to be careful not to ruin Ryback's momentum by feeding him to sharks who are much hungrier than he is.
Best case scenario? Ryback vs. CM Punk takes place at next week's RAW and is interrupted by an interfering Miz, which sets up Miz vs. Ryback at HIAC rather than Ryback vs. Punk. That, or Ryback will be revealed to be in cohorts with Punk and Heyman, and a future member of Team Heyman/Lesnar/Punk at Survivor Series.
Is Sheamus indeed one of the greatest world champions in WWE history? Apparently, Michael Cole thinks so, and when one gives it some thought, it's hard to disagree with that statement. Whether or not you like Sheamus, you cannot deny how impressive The Great White has been since winning the world title at Wrestlemania last April. Since that fateful night, Sheamus has won nearly all of his matches, be it tag team matches, title and non-title singles matches, or even multi-man contests. Sheamus continuing to win again and again has irked him the "Super-Sheamus" nickname and rightfully so - I can barely count on one hand the number of matches Sheamus has lost since becoming world heavyweight champion.
You and I may not like it, but the push has been quite successful for the Irishman, as he has become quite popular among the younger fanbase, a.k.a. WWE's target audience. He is yet to surpass Randy Orton as SmackDown's number one face, but with Orton busy filming a movie and Cena being unable to compete for a number of weeks, it would not surprise me to see Sheamus solidify his place as one of the company's top babyfaces. Besides, having a win/loss record as world champion far superior than that of Christian, Rey Mysterio, Daniel Bryan, and other recent world champions is only helping his credibility. Believe it, fella.
So...many...tag teams... It took some time (cough*YEARS*cough), but WWE have done it - they have revitalized the tag team division. They were on the brink of success over a year ago, but they failed to capitalize on Air-Boom's popularity and allowed the focus to shift to Kofi Kingston & R-Truth's tag team title run (my vote for one of the worst title reigns of 2012, by the way). Fortunately, Daniel Bryan and Kane's victory at Night Of Champions last week has sparked a revolution. Putting the tag straps around the waists of two bonafide main-eventers has taken the division to new heights. Don't believe me? Just take SmackDown last Friday for example. The show literally revolved around Team Friendship (Team Hell No? No thanks) which saw Bryan and Kane compete in the show's main-event. When is the last time you can recall the tag team champions wrestling in a RAW or SmackDown main-event without the match being an eight-man or multi-man match? Right now, the tag team division is booming, and it includes:
-Kane & Bryan (c.)
-The Prime Time Players (Young & O'Neil)
-The Rhodes Scholars (Rhodes & Sandow)
-Primo & Epico
-Kofi & R-Truth (possibly still a team)
-Heath Slater/Drew McIntyre/Jinder Mahal (although their status as a unit is to be determined)
-Tyson Kidd & Justin Gabriel
-Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara
-The Ascension (NXT-only, but could be brought to the main roster any time)
Boom! Just like that, you have ten credible tag teams spread over the roster. Some may be more credible than others, but none of these are fantasy teams - they all exist. Right now, the future of the tag team division is shining bright, and if the rumours are true about Triple H playing a major role in this revival, I take my hat off to the Cerebral Assassin.
Having a gap between Pay-Per-Views IS a good idea! WWE got lucky when they decided to scrap Vengeance/Bragging Rights from the 2012 Pay-Per-View calendar because if not, they would have been scrambling for a way to sell the event with John Cena. Unlike previous years, there is not a PPV taking place two weeks after Night of Champions, and I'm glad WWE finally realized how stupid it is to have only a two-week breather between shows. Since there was no way Cena could have been cleared to wrestle before this upcoming Sunday, WWE probably would have been forced to hot-shot some feuds and mix up the card in order to make up for Cena's absence. Had Hell In A Cell or Vengeance been booked for Sunday rather than October 28th, we could have been left with a card headlined by Punk vs. Big Show, Sheamus vs. Del Rio IV, and Ziggler vs. Orton XIIII. Instead, WWE has an entire month to find out whether Cena can safely compete at the next PPV, Ziggler and Orton can go their separate ways, and if there is a God, He will spare us from the Sheamus/Del Rio feud continuing any longer.
That's all I have for today, but I promise to be back sometime this week with SOMETHING. Oh, and just so you know, I will be taking up The 30-Day Challenge for October, so expect to be hearing from me a lot more in the coming weeks.
Tonight, another edition of "Championship Thursday" takes place on Impact Wrestling. For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, an on-screen authority figure (Sting, Hulk Hogan, or *SHUDDER* Brooke Hogan) holds a backstage conference with four contenders to determine who will compete for championship (World, Television, Knockout) later on in the show. After each person pleads his or her case, the authority figure will eliminate one contender after another until they're left with one challenger, who will immediately challenge the reigning champion. It's a unique idea that has resulted in some interesting television the past few months.
This time, however, it's the TNA Television title up for grabs and we're guaranteed a new champion will be crowned. That's because the last champion - Devon - is no longer with the company because his contract expired, and TNA decided against renewing it. How exactly TNA let Devon's contract run out without making him drop the belt first is beyond my understanding, but so be it. Instead, we will witness either Samoa Joe, Magnus, Mr. Anderson, or Garrett Bischoff leave Impact tonight as the NEW Television Champion.
I don't know about you, but I find that to be quite the mixed bag of potential future champions. By that I mean there are two really good choices, but also two very bad ones. It doesn't take a genius to figure out who of the four would make a great TV champion, as well as who would be a piss-poor champion, but for subjective purposes, let's examine at the candidates, one-by-one:
Garrett Bischoff: I honestly cannot believe TNA considers this piece of garbage a contender to the second-most prestigious title in their company. Since his feud with Daddy Eric, Garrett has not improved in any way whatsoever. His promos still suck, he still can't wrestle, and his face is just as annoying. The only good thing I can say about him is that since Impact went live, Garrett's TV time has been significantly reduced (probably because TNA couldn't edit out the boos). So am I ready to see this untalented shmuck win the TV title and become a weekly fixture on Impact? No, and I probably never will be.
Mr. Anderson: Arguably the biggest name of the group, Anderson has to be considered a strong contender to leave Impact with the TV title tonight, based solely on how strong TNA has pushed him in the past. Anderson is a former TNA World Heavyweight Champion, after all. That being said, I still don't give a **** about him. He is the equivalent to The Big Show in WWE - constantly switching from face to heel and back (as of this writing, I have no idea if he's presently a face or a heel), capable of cutting sleep-inducing promos, and wrestles a decent match once in a blue moon. Anderson hasn't seen too much TV time recently, and I like it better that way.
Samoa Joe: Joe is easily one of the favourites to win the title tonight, both in the eyes of a smark as well as a general audience member. To be honest, Joe winning would neither surprise or upset me. I would be perfectly content with Joe becoming TV Champion. He's over with the fans, always puts on a good match, and is long overdue another run with a singles title. The only problem with Joe winning is that the previous title holder - Devon - didn't do much with the belt. I figured TNA kept the title on Devon for such a long time that whoever he dropped it to would receive a huge rub in the process. However, that didn't exactly turn out the way it was supposed to. I'm not saying if Joe wins the title he will go on a super-long reign and leave the company without putting anyone over first, but seeing a veteran defend the title every week is a formula that has been done to death.
Magnus: I'm calling it now: it will be Magnus vs. Joe to decide who wins the vacant TV title. Not only does it make sense because they're feuding, but they are the two most likely candidates to leave with the title, anyway. TNA could always go with Anderson winning or being in the match, but I don't see it happening. I say it comes down to Magnus and Joe, with Magnus sneaking out a win. It's always refreshing to see a face chase after a heel holding the gold, and that's exactly what we'll get if Magnus wins tonight. Magnus pulls some highway robbery on Joe and wins his first singles title in TNA, which leads the two to feud until Bound For Glory, where they wrestle a great match and blow-off their feud. Magnus winning the title tonight just makes sense.
What do you think? Do you agree that the stars will align for Magnus tonight? Or will TNA make another one of their incredibly stupid booking decisions and put the title on Garrett? I guess we'll have to tune in to find out!
Did You Know?
One half of the Knockout Tag Team Champions, Eric Young, is not the first male in TNA history to hold a women's championship in TNA. At Hard Justice 2009, Cody Deaner won the Knockouts Championship.
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