One Man Hype Band - Slammiversary and What It Means + LoPRadio Debut
Jun 5, 2013 - 9:12:23 PM
Welcome, old friends and new. I am the man they call Shane, aka the LOPMystic, aka your One Man Hype Band.
I’m sure by now you’ve heard many opinions on Slammiversary, as have I. But I’m not here to talk about the things you’ve heard. I’m here to talk about the things you have not heard, including my opinions on the show and what it means for IMPACT going forward.
Let us begin by talking about the match of the night--Gail Kim v. Taryn Terrell. If anyone tells you they saw this coming before the show, mark that person a liar. I had the privilege of joining Hustle and Repo on the LoPRadio post-Slammiversary show, and I referenced a couple notes I made about the match.
Simply, those notes read: Can you live your gimmick?
Taryn Terrell has been given the gimmick of loose cannon, of seriously crazy lady. We are meant to believe she is dangerous. Gail Kim has been given the gimmick of being cunning, as vindictive as she is capable. We are also meant to believe she is dangerous. Many times a gimmick is just a gimmick and it is too large or too small for the shoulders who try to wear it.
Not these two. Not at Slammiversary. This was an out-and-out grudge match. It was brutal. It was hardcore. It was well-executed, and these two Knockouts proved they can get it done in the ring, on the raised ramp and, by god, on the floor.
What it means?
It means pressure for the Knockouts who come after this match. This wasn’t even for the Knockouts title! I compared this match to Mick Foley entering the WWF in that it broadened our minds and imaginations about what a match could be.
For those that think a grudge match in the Knockouts or Divas division means no more than a small tussle and some hair pulling, the game may have just changed at Slammiversary.
Kenny King v. Sabin v. Suicide.
Most of the conversation I have heard has gone like this: “It wasn’t the best Ultimate X match and it wasn’t the worst.” I’d like to take the conversation beyond that. It’s not always simply about the X’s and O’s of a wrestling match, nor should every match need to be the ‘best ever’. This match was dependent on the story it told and the right guy winning. And, guess what? The story was well told and the right guy (Sabin) won.
What it means?
It means we are now approaching the time of the year where the X-Division Champion will have the opportunity to relinquish the title and challenge for the top prize in the sport. There are two things that are confusing at this point: We don’t know if Sabin is automatically that guy and we don’t know how they are going to have Destination X, which is where Hogan said the opportunity would take place.
Concerning the first point, I am still a fan of Sabin having to defend the title for a few weeks before the decision is made. This would allow every opportunistic bastard who can make weight the chance to crawl out of the dark with a sudden 'pure urge' to become X-Division Champ.
As for Hogan saying the opportunity will come at Destination X. TNA’s website also backs up what Hogan said, calling it the Destination X event. That’s right, ‘event’, not PPV. Could it be that we will get a special or an IMPACT that is Destination X?
Either way, I am hoping for a wonderful, 2-to-3 week program between Bully Ray and the man who challenges him, if we get such a challenge. If it’s Sabin, based off the injuries and how he almost lost his career, this could be a hell of a story to be told.
Before Bully crushes him, of course.
Let me now lump together the six-man tag and the Gut Check Match.
Jeff Hardy returned, sure, but the story coming out of the six-man tag, in my opinion, is that Samoa Joe is back. Loved the attitude! Loved his shaking off Garrett Bischoff’s attempts at offense! TNA, for the love of all things decent, recognize what you have with Samoa Joe!
For the Shaw v. Jay Bradley match, I will speak only to Jay Bradley, the winner, at this point. I am conflicted about the guy, to be honest. He seems to have all the tools—I’m just not sure he knows how to use them in concert together.
It’s strange, though, the differing opinions. I was very impressed with Jay Bradley in his original Gut Check match; I was not impressed with his IMPACT qualifying match, and I was again sort of impressed at Slammiversary. But it seems most people I’ve seen felt about his Slammiversary performance the way I felt about his IMPACT qualifying match.
What it means?
We won’t know how good Jay Bradley is until he faces better opponents. Guess what? That time is coming and it’s coming quickly and it will happen in a way that no rookie has ever seen. Sack up, Jay Bradley, you are in the Bound for Glory Series!
If you can't bring it now, when will you ever bring it?
Chavo and Hernandez v. The Dirty Heels v. The Bad Influence v. Storm and Gunner
I don’t know what to say for some people sometimes. I’ve actually heard people bash this match.
Are you serious?
Did you look at the ring apron? Did you look at all that talent on the apron? Did you fail to realize that all that talent was in a tag title match?
And, for me, the LOPMystic, I got chills.
I got chills when I saw Batman Bobby Roode staring face-to-face with the Cowboy James Storm. I tweeted, “How many years? How many layers? How many chapters?” Because it still matters. Because, in TNA, history matters. Bobby Roode v. James Storm mattered in 2011. It mattered in 2012.
It matters in 2013.
I know a lot of people were disappointed that The Bad Influence did not capture the tag titles. Fair enough, but the door is open for them to challenge again. And the door is open for them to do what they do best—whine about the way things went down.
Beyond that, James Storm wrestled injured. At 75%, according to the man himself.
If I had one, my cowboy hat would be off to James Storm.
What it means?
More history for James Storm and more opportunity for all the teams involved. In TNA, nothing is settled in one night. We play the long game. To quote Lupe Fiasco, the show goes on.
Kurt Angle v. AJ Styles
This match was not all I hoped it would be. It wasn’t bad, mind, but it wasn’t what it maybe could have been.
Let’s talk about the eternal problem of AJ Styles. He lacks a certain something on the mic, presence-wise, as a face. But, as a face, he is damn good, damn explosive, damn…phenomenal in the ring. He is a little better, character-wise, as a heel or in-between, but, as if to counteract that, he always slows his style so much in the ring as a heel.
The man can never find that balance.
What it means?
For the match? Not much.
Kurt Angle was announced as the next inductee and he won with a rollup. I doubt this one is over. Hopefully, if my debut show of IMPACTheRevolution goes through without any technical difficulties, I will speak on my thoughts on Kurt Angle and the Hall of Fame.
I have a lot to say.
Bully Ray v. Sting
The man who I call the best heel in professional wrestling today continues to prove me right! Bully Ray went in on the Stinger in the promo before the match. Bully spoke of a move guys do not do to each other out of respect—the piledriver. Bully made it clear that not only would he use the move but he would finish Sting with it.
For Sting’s part, he proved again why I say there is a difference between reading about TNA and watching TNA. Those who read about it like to talk about how aghast they are that a 54-year-old could challenge for the title.
TNA fans don’t say things like that. They know Sting is a man who has given his blood, his sweat, and his face paint to TNA. Sting went balls to the wall and gave his all in this match with Bully, and he did so with the sole purpose of putting over Bully Ray.
My one complaint?
After the amazing sequence where Bully Ray took the knife and split the ring apron and cut up the mat and pads and stomped the bare wood, after he hit the pile driver on the wood, Bully Ray should have won the match there.
But I will not throw the match under the bus for it not ending where I want it to.
Bully Ray has built a member of Aces and Eights out of the hammer. One day it will fail him and we will be shocked. But that day was not Slammiversary.
What it means?
It means the booking is right…again!
Bully Ray is still the heavyweight champion and Bully and his hammer remain the two most consistent members of Aces and Eight.
Sting will have a moving choice to make at this point in his career.
And it’s almost exactly time for the most wonderful time of the year!
No, not Christmas, not-TNA fan!
The BFGS, of course!
I. Can’t. Wait.
Now, to LoPRadio.
What it means?
It means my debut show is tomorrow night at 6 p.m. This is the beginning phase, and I think of my IMPACTheRevolution radio show the same way I think about TNA. It’s not where I hope it will be one day, but it’s something to watch anyway. Something to listen to.
For IMPACT, I try to reach fans who do not march with the masses. I try to reach people who are willing to give a chance to a show they do not normally watch.
I ask the same of my LoPRadio show—IMPACTheRevolution.
It’s a different outlet than writing. I will have strong opinions. Some of them may make you angry. But every word I say will be passionate and real.
There will be learning on my part. I’m not technically savvy.
But I’m stepping out anyway.
Because I love pro wrestling, and I love IMPACT Wrestling.
That’s why they call me the One Man Hype Band.
If you get a chance, listen at 6 p.m. tomorrow or catch it later on the site or Itunes.
Technology permitting, Mizfan will join me tomorrow. If not, you will get to hear me rant for an hour or more.
Feel free to disagree, or, you know, to shout ‘Amen’ and ‘Preach it, son!’
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