A few thoughts on booking and just the alternative product in my mind:
First, I have explained that there is Impact, a second one hour show that features only tag teams, X-Division, and Knockouts one week at a time, and presumably some 1-2 hour specials some Sundays for free PPV specials. I think a new intro song is necessary, and I'd also do this for all shows. I've chosen some metalcore, or more underground metal or heavier rock for two reasons: right now rap/hip hop seems to be what everyone listens to and it's essentially the new Pop music (every Pop song I hear has some token rapper) and TNA needs to be different than what the norm is and be more alternative extreme (i.e.: Heyman using NIN and White Zombie for ECW), and this music is hardcore but not so hardcore and heavy that you cannot understand what they're saying which relates to an even smaller market of music listeners. But, I also think Corgan can lend something to TNA too.
I chose A Day To Remember and In This Moment because TNA has used them before, Smashing Pumpkins (not hardcore at all) for obvious reasons, and Motionless In White because they're awesome but also have some wrestling influenced merchandise and lyrics at times.
Impact- Motionless In White- Reincarnate (lyrics and song about something else but still fits) actually ties in to a new start and rebranding, plus an all around awesome song.
Friday Night Showcase: X Division-Smashing Pumpkins- Zero
Friday Night Showcase: Knockouts- In This Moment- Adrenalize
Friday Night Showcase: Tag Teams- Motionless In White- Unstoppable
Live Impact free PPV specials: A Day To Remember- 2nd Sucks
I think the product really needs to find a solid balance between wrestling and promos. I think about a 65% wrestling and 35% non-wrestling segments is the best option for Impact, and the one hour shows are likely 90% wrestling.
The importance and value of the championships must be stressed, and unless there are multiple title matches on one card, any title match on Impact will be the main event of the show regardless of the division.
Two things I would like to see happen:
1) Keep track of friendships/allies and/or people who have been shown getting along. So, when face and heel turns happen, some of it can seem more realistic and some people still won't get along without some sort of truce, etc. I also have no problems exiting out of black and white and every once in a while a heel vs heel match can take place.
2) People can have multiple feuds or problems happening at once. It's unrealistic to think that everyone would be getting along swell enough to just have problems with one person at one time and move on to the next afterwards. By doing this, it gives proper time to build up longer for bigger matches at PPV's while also satisfying matches with others in between time to answer the question for those wrestling fans who have ruined the shows by asking: "why are these two fighting?" because apparently moving up the ranks to try and get a title shot is not an acceptable answer to some anymore and everything must have a storyline of some sorts. But, by doing this it prevents over-saturation of matches and feuds before the big pay off at PPV's or big events.
Example: Say the planned main event for Slammiversary in June is EC3 vs Jeff Hardy. By the time this happens, fans should have been wanting this to happen for a long time, are pumped up and ready to pay money...that's because this match has been proposed, built to and teased since February or March. These two would have problems, angles, etc. prior to Slammiversary and multiple teases towards the match but it never gets announced until around six weeks before the PPV. That's because Hardy not only needed to climb back up the ranks into top contendership but also because he had problems with Mike Bennett and maybe even someone else within that time frame as well. While, EC3 remained a thorn in his side, he still had other encounters to deal with before he finally got his shot at the champion. EC3 was slightly ducking Jeff Hardy but also within that time, had problems with Kurt Angle, Tyrus, Drew Galloway, Spud and the guy who won the # 1 contendership at LockDown, etc.
I also firmly believe that a wrestler can be successful if they have either: the in-ring talent, the microphone skills, or the look. But, no matter what, the success will rely just as much on how they are booked as much as how the wrestler capitalizes on their windows of opportunity. For instance, Derick Bateman didn't even make the WWE roster. When he was taken out of a bad gimmick, with bad promos written by shitty writers. He came to TNA and became EC3, got to do his own promos, put his own input and vision into his character (granted management pushed him hard) and has absolutely took off and proved a lot of doubters wrong.
In my opinion, Paul Heyman was the best booker ever with ECW. His best work was with three guys: Raven, Shane Douglas, and Bam Bam Bigelow. Not only was he able to convince the audience that his talent was on the same level as the talent pool in WWF or WCW but he took guys who visibly failed or were jobbers elsewhere and made them completely viable main eventers who looked a lot better than the guys they were jobbing out too elsewhere.
Scotty Flamingo/Johnny Polo was taken off of TV for a while; he was taken off of TV to help some forget about what he was booked and shown as elsewhere, and came back completely different, and reinvented. He became Raven. Obviously, this was a success as Raven was one of the biggest names in ECW history. While what TNA is doing is slowly working, and having a pretty good effect, I think this would have been the best approach with Robbie E to take him off of TV for a few months and bring him back rebranded.
The Francise Shane Douglas was perhaps the best ever in ECW, although he doesn't get the credit for it. Douglas was a very talented wrestler who got bad gimmicks in both the WWF and WCW, he was rejected by Ric Flair for a feud between the two and kept that chip on his shoulder for his entire career. Much like Sting in WCW, Douglas got branded the franchise of ECW and for good reason. Douglas cut fiery, foul mouthed promos, and put on great matches, made other wrestlers in ECW, and was a great world champion. Including the first ever ECW champion as he trashed the NWA world championship and gave birth to Extreme Championship Wrestling. The "It Factor" is now the clear franchise of the current TNA. Bobby Roode is the longest reigning champion, and when it comes to a combination of in-ring skills, talking, and the look Bobby Roode is hands down the best guy on the roster. Most of the originals are gone except for him, EY, and Abyss. Roode has been the most successful and most credible. Giving him that chip on his shoulder, and the last remaining savior who shouldn't be looked over for anyone in his company should give his edge back to him, and should keep him in the main event for the next few years.
Bam Bam Bigelow never had a change of gimmicks or anything like it. Bam Bam was a fat guy who was also in good shape with muscles mixed in with his non-athletic chest and gut; Bigelow was also a very tall guy who was extremely agile for a guy his size, and then he also had a bald head with tattooed flames for hair. He was one of the most talented big men you'd see in wrestling. An average talker but clearly had the other two factors going for him, Bam Bam never had the success he was expected to. He was most recognized for his time in the WWF, being involved with Hulk Hogan in the late 80's and then returning to the WWF in the early and mid-90's, he had some good matches with Bret Hart, but then got sunk down feuding with Doink The Clow. Bigelow then got a mouthpiece in Ted Dibiase, was pinned by either the 1-2-3 Kid or Spark Plug Holly and then headlined WrestleMania against NFL Hall Of Famer Lawrence Taylor. Getting your ass kicked by LT back then (especially a coked up LT) was nothing to be ashamed of, but despite the WWF putting him with Diesel in main event caliber matches he was basically ruined.
But...Paul Heyman got a hold of Bam Bam Bigelow and just pushed him like the legitimate "Beast from the East" that he looked like, and his mediocrity literally washed away. I think this was the best job Heyman ever did. Bam Bam became ECW champion, crashed through the ring with Taz on his back, and looked better than the majority of the wrestlers he lost to. I was under the impression he would go back and kick Sid, Diesel, and Vader's ass if he got the chance to wrestle them again. It was just an unbelievable job of booking a talent by Paul Heyman. In my opinion, TNA needs to look at this when it comes to Tyrus. Unfortunately, Tyrus is nowhere near as talented as Bigelow, and we've seen Tyrus have very slow and boring, lazy matches in TNA. However, he could be an asset, but he has to be booked a lot stronger and actually get some victories if the guy is ever going to shake off the Funkasaurus bullshit, and be a legitimate contender when he cashes in for the TNA world title shot. He needs to be a no nonsense character that puts people in a lot of pain, wins some actual matches and would destroy the people in WWE he used to put over.
THE TNA WORLD TITLE PRIOR TO THEIR DESTINATION AMERICA DEBUT A YEAR AGO
Bobby Roode was the TNA champion heading in to the debut show last January, and was defending against Lashley. I loved the BDC formation that night, but I still would have never took the belt off of Roode. I would have made sure Roode left as champion.
Bobby Roode could have then feuded with EY over the belt. Roode, Aries, Lashley, and Angle would feud with the BDC to start off. At LockDown (still in April), Team Roode (the four mentioned) would face the BDC in Lethal LockDown and if the BDC wins then the one scoring the pinfall would become the champion. Team Roode would still win.
Meanwhile, the leader of The Revolution James Storm would end up becoming the # 1 contender at Slammiversary. Another Storm vs Roode match does go against everything I stand for in regards to too many rematches, but this would be the absolute very last time they wrestle one another. This match would take place in the 3 DEGREES OF PAIN MATCH. This hasn't been done in a very long time and may be the only match these two have never had against each other.
Leading in to the match the rivalry and history between these two would be hyped up. But, Bobby Roode would mention that despite the numerous matches in the past, and this is going to be the very last time that he wrestles Storm...this is the first time he's ever wrestled his opponent. Roode would say that this James Storm is a different James Storm that he used to team with, a different James Storm than the one he has wrestled in the past. Roode would say that he has no clue who the man he is wrestling really is.
I mentioned earlier about how I want to plant the seeds for a long build up to a PPV match. I swear on everything I wanted a James Storm vs Jeff Hardy match at BFG even before the cowbell to the head/cage bump happened. Starting in January, I would begin to plant seeds of a James Storm vs Jeff Hardy match, but they would never get the chance to fight each other despite multiple mentions, teases, encounters, etc. Eventually, Storm and The Revolution would take Jeff Hardy out for a long time.
James Storm would defeat Bobby Roode clean at Slammiversary in 3 Degrees Of Pain and become the world champion. The next night, we would get the beginning of the BFG tournament and all male wrestlers in the roster other than Storm are in the tournament. (Stipulation made that if Roode were to win the tournament then he would have to wait until someone other than Storm is champion before he gets his shot, and alternate way to determine the # 1 contender @ BFG would be determined later on).
Early on in the tournament, Austin Aries would be defeated by a member of The Revolution with the help of their leader, TNA champion James Storm. This would lead to a match on the a free Impact PPV special where Storm would get a victory due to help of the Revolution. Jeff Hardy would return to TNA and come to the aid of Austin Aries. Aries would get a rematch against Storm in August at Hardcore Justice in a No Holds Barred match where Matt & Jeff Hardy are at ringside to make sure that the Revolution stays out of it, and the match is fair. Austin Aries would defeat James Storm and win the TNA world championship.
Kurt Angle would then win the Bound For Glory tournament pushing one final shot at the gold as his career winds down, and Angle would put over how winning the belt at this time in his career as his time is ticking away means more to him than any other title victory has meant in the past. EC3 would be knocked out of this tournament when he went to a double countout against Davey Richards, and the streak would remain intact.
Austin Aries would defeat Kurt Angle in the main event of BFG to retain his title. They would be given the proper amount of time they deserved to put on the classic the two of them should have been able to create at Destination X but didn't. Aries would win because at the time I thought Angle's contract expired a couple months prior to February and never expected TNA to be dumb enough to allow Aries to leave without resigning him. Aries would shake Angle's hand, and raise his arms and the two would hug and embrace. Kurt Angle would then snap and low blow Aries, hit him with an Olympic Slam and leave.
Kurt Angle would then come out on Impact the following week and apologize to Aries and the fans of TNA for his poor sportsmanship. Angle would explain to the fans that they just don't understand because none of them have ever been so great at something, and worked so hard for something so hard in their life just to lose. None of us at home or in the audience will ever be a champion at anything, and be successful like him, and that his dedication, greatness , and emotions got the best of him. This would be the start of a Kurt Angle heel turn which would be an elitist type of heel turn as opposed to Angle's heel characters in the past. Austin Aries would come out and tell Angle he could have a title rematch any time he wanted to.
Angle winning the title in the rematch against Aries would depend on his intentions after his contract was up. If Angle planned to leave TNA and head off to WWE then he would not receive another title reign; however, knowing that Angle is around until February and that he is stepping away for one year then I would pull the trigger and the heel Kurt Angle would defeat Austin Aries at the free PPV TV special Final Resolution.
At Genesis 2016, live on PPV, undefeated TV champion Ethan Carter III defeats TNA champion Kurt Angle and Austin Aries in a three way elimination match to become TNA champion pinning both men. 2016 is the year of EC3!
Jeff Hardy would still be my top guy who also deserves a world title reign. Especially after all that happened to the TNA roster last year. Jeff Hardy vs EC3 is the biggest match TNA can make. I would likely have Jeff Hardy be the one who ends the streak unless someone on the roster steps up and gets enough momentum or gets over enough to be the one who ends the streak. Jeff Hardy will defeat ECIII at BFG and win the TNA championship and a very made man in ECIII was undefeated for three years.
World Title after the Reign of Carter
Obviously, I would have waited a while before putting the belt on EC3 because I wanted to get him more signature wins first. I also wanted to give some deserving stars like James Storm, Austin Aries, and Kurt Angle; but I knew (everyone else here knew) that EC3 needs to be TNA champion, and is a bright shining star when TNA really needs one.
Bell To Bell, EC3 defeats Kurt Angle to win the belt. I would have changed the outcome to allow EC3 to beat Angle with the 1%er to win it all, and not with a rollup. I also would have had Tyrus banned from ringside before it started. Putting EC3 over as clean and convincing as possible.
The next week, EC3 would begin his power trip and reign of Carter. The first thing that would be done that ties in to my changes to create an alternative is that EC3 would announce that since he became champion, he had a conversation with 'Aunt D' and the rematch clause in TNA has been voided, and that Kurt Angle is also suspended indefinitely from TNA and is not allowed in a TNA ring or building any time in the near future. EC3 would vow to be a fighting champion, and claim that he already is the greatest TNA Champion of all time.
EC3 would then turn his attention to his bodyguard Tyrus, thank him for his services but tell him that it's clear that he doesn't need him at all anymore, and that he realizes he never needed him to begin with. Tyrus would be shocked and take exception. EC3 would then apologize and tell Tyrus that he does need him, and wouldn't be champ without him. EC3 would then low blow Tyrus from behind, attack him, until Tyrus fought him off. Tyrus would call EC3 out and question his integrity, calling his title win and fluke getting EC3 to actually put his TNA title on the line that same night against him. EC3 would win a clean match against Tyrus that night, and then later assault him with a chair after the match. The beating would be bad enough to make it look like Tyrus would be out of action for a while. EC3 would grab a microphone and tell Tyrus that he'll be speaking to Dixie shortly and will make sure that Tyrus never steps foot in TNA ever again.
The second week would involve EC3 walking around backstage and also having his own office as he is acting in charge with his Aunt's permission. EC3 would explain that Tyrus is also gone from TNA, and will never be seen again. EC3 would state that he is going to defend his championship tonight as well. EC3 would search the building in search of his "worthy opponent." He would barge himself into the locker room of Rockstar Spud who is seen with Mandrews. Spud is shown giving Mandrews advice.
EC3 would cut a promo in front of Spud and Mandrews about how Spud has created a lifetime enemy in EC3, and that EC3 will make the rest of Spud's career and life a living hell. Tonight, EC3 is going to defend his world championship against Mandrews and Spud is banned from ringside, so if he interferes or shows his face during the match then he will fire him. EC3 would defeat Mandrews in a glorified squash match with Mandrews mounting a few spurts of offense here and there. Rockstar Spud would run down after the match is over with to help his friend after EC3 continued to beat Mandrews up after the match was over with. Spud would eventually get EC3 out of the ring; he would grab Mandrews and help him to the back while walking backwards the entire time to make sure that EC3 did not jump them.
Spud then lets go of Mandrews and drops to his knees as he is hit with a low blow from behind from Rebel. EC3 would then come and hit Spud in the face with the belt, add a couple more blows to Mandrews, and then turn and begin to make out with his new girlfriend Rebel as the show ended.
Week 3: The show starts off with a returning Knux who is shown on a rampage all throughout the backstage area looking for EC3 the man who took his long time love interest.
Aftermath: EC3 would be asked when he will defend against Rockstar Spud and he will respond by saying he may hate Spud and want to beat him again, but he will never give Spud the privelege of a title shot.
James Storm would also grab and console what appears to be an inconsolable Knux. Storm would talk about the pain he knows Knux is going through, and that Knux was never supposed to have a woman like that to start with. Storm would ask Knux to let him help Knux out. Storm would say that he can take Knux's pain away, and he has big plans for Knux to help him out with The Revolution. Knux would become the enforcer type character with The Revolution and adding Crazzy Steve to the stable with him. Knux would be the right hand man for Storm, and really the only other brains of the other wrestlers in the stable since Manik never speaks.
The show ends with Matthews announcing he just received word that the TNA board of directors has went above Dixie Carter and is bringing in a commissioner to restore some order.
Week 4: Al Snow comes out to the ring to start off the show, and announces himself as the new commissioner for TNA. Al Snow would first announce that both Kurt Angle and Tyrus are reinstated, and that next week Kurt Angle has told him he will be ready to return to action and work his way back to a title shot. Al would say he spoke to Tyrus who is still milking injuries but will be back when he is fully recovered.
EC3 would interrupt Al Snow, and run down Al Snow and tell him that it's unfair for him to be in charge because he is biased, and also because he is "a washed up never was who doesn't understand what it's like to be champion or what the champ has to go through." Al Snow would assure EC3 that he would be a fair, unbiased commissioner and that he understands "more about this business then Ethan will ever realize." EC3 would then tell Snow that "the only thing he [Snow] understands is how to be the guy will all the talent and skills but could never get over, never make it big, and never take the next step up." An offended Al Snow would still remain calm and tell EC3 that he's overreacting. EC3 then takes another step and says that Al Snow "is in the best shape of his life so that he can get in a position of power, and rob someone of the world title so he can finally cheat his way to the title, and make a comeback...that Snow is jealous because EC3 has had more success in under two years than Snow had in his entire career and he never had to be a 70's rock star stuck in an 80's gimmick in the 90's, that he never had to have his dog tormented by a crooked cop to get over, never had to lose his sanity and talk to a manikin head with cheap sexual innuendos, never led a group of extreme losers proud to lose, and never had to ride the coattails of a real hardcore legend to get to the middle."
EC3 would say that Al Snow is jealous of his success and his world championship, and that he will cheat EC3 out of the belt but then do the same with the next champion because next he'd be too jealous of the next champ. Al Snow would then punch EC3 with the microphone and run him out of the ring. Snow would say "fine you arrogant sonofabitch. Tonight, I'm teaching you some respect, and tonight I'm beating you for your world championship.
In the backstage area, we would see Al Snow on a cell phone with apparently someone from the 'board of directors' Al Snow would say "I understand the ramifications and that the commissioner cannot wrestle a match without approval from the board of directors in advance. But, I've gotta teach this asshole some respect, and give him the discipline his entitled ass should have been taught years ago. Rockstar Spud would come in to Snow's office and tell him that what he is doing tonight is only making EC3 seem right. Spud would say that he's been active on the roster for years, has came closer than anyone to defeat EC3, has had his life be made miserable by EC3 and he's dodging a rematch with Spud, and that he should wrestle EC3 tonight and not Al Snow. Spud would then wish Al Snow luck and then say he hopes he wins tonight.
EC3 defeats commissioner Al Snow to retain the TNA World Championship. After the match, Al Snow grabs the microphone and announces that next week EC3 will defend his championship against Rockstar Spud.
Week 5: Josh Matthews and Pope are shown opening the show announcing that Al Snow has already been released as commissioner of TNA for those who did not see this on their website the past week. Josh Matthews states that the board of directors have been taking and fielding names all week long, and the committee is conducting interviews for the position and will make their decision soon. Matthews would say some shocking names have applied from his sources within but he also knows that Dixie Carter, Tommy Dreamer, Joseph Park, Earl Hebner, and Jeremy Borash have offered their services among others.
EC3 is back on his power trip as champion, and even worse Dixie has informed him that Kurt Angle is once again suspended. Angle is restrained by security again and eventually escorted out after fighting through security once to get into the building.
TNA World championship: Rockstar Spud vs EC3: In the beginning of the match, Mandrews comes back to TNA and he handcuffs himself to Rebel to prevent her from trying anything during the match. Rockstar Spud hits the underdog and gets the three count and pins EC3 to become the new TNA Heavyweight Champion. However, this is the same situation on RAW years ago when Y2J pinned Triple H to win the WWF title. EC3 will have his foot underneath the rope, and with no authority figure, EC3 still with his pull will make a referee review it, and restart the match. EC3 then defeats Rockstar Spud to retain his title.
EC3 then grabs the mic and assaults Mandrews with it, and frees Rebel up. He states he's defended his title five straight weeks against the best competition TNA has ever had on the roster and he's not wrestling for a little while and enjoying his belt and his girlfriend.
Week 6 (the final week of EC3's power trip, this is one of a very small handful of shows that be more talking than wrestking, and also a very small handful of shows with the authority figure on TV): Christy Hemme opens up the show and announces the new commissioner of TNA...Raven!!!
Call me a fanboy all you want but hear me out: To begin with, I stated how the commissioner/authority figure would rarely be on TV, and would spend most of their time (when used) in the commentary booth making announcements, calling matches, etc. Raven was a great color commentator when he was Johnny Polo in the WWF. He has a history with TNA; he is a great talker; doesn't look like he can still really wrestle which eliminates the possibility to have him wrestle very frequently; he is a guy whose character has always been able to manipulate and motivate; he's the perfect character to be a legitimate tweener authority figure and he can be a heel and a face at the same time. He's a great on-screen character, and with his IQ he could be a great asset to TNA as an agent and a member of creative. Plus, he is a former ECW and NWA/TNA world champion which ties in with EC3's problems with Al Snow.
Raven grabs the mic: I've been watching Impact each and every week, and when I found out that TNA needed a new commissioner and someone who understands every part of the business, someone who has an understanding of doing things right, and also understands the motives between doing wrong things, and knows what being the champion is all about, I came to the TNA board of directors and asked them: "What about me? What about Raven?" Raven would say that he is the man in charge of the roster, and the only things he can't do is cut the checks, and sign the new talents which is only allowed by Dixie or the board of directors. Raven would leave the ring only to be pardoned on his way out by EC3 and Rebel.
Raven would inform EC3 that he has been champion, has no intentions to make a comeback, and that there is no jealousy to worry about. Raven would tell EC3 that he has been impressed with his streak, and with his title defenses the past few weeks, and even though they are not necessarily against top contenders, this roster is great from top to bottom and he absolutely deserves a break from defending his championship.
A returning Kurt Angle would be the first to step in to Raven's office. Angle would welcome Raven as the Commissioner, and say he's in for a tough job as he's been in that position before. Angle states since Raven's been watching TNA at home then he would realize that Angle was a great champion and that he rightfully deserves a rematch. Raven would then say something to Angle along the lines of how he has no sympathy for Angle or can't be empathetic towards him. He'd tell Angle that he deserved to break out as a big star many years ago, and so did everyone else in the ECW roster who was hoping to catch a big break when they were able to bring Kurt Angle in but Angle threw away the hopes and dreams of an entire roster of wrestlers and their famly ilies because he felt Raven went too far. Angle would say that those things are in the past, and he's sorry for any financial or career burdens he caused Raven or his friends but Raven went too far that night and that he [Angle] would have walked out and stood up to anyone or any organization that would allow such disrespect to a religious figure he strongly believes in. Raven would then call Angle out for allowing Vince McMahon to let it happen on his show years later while Angle worked for them, and that he has no empathy for a hypocrite like Angle. Raven would tell Angle to get out of his office, and that he'll be fair but Angle is going to earn his way back to contention.
Another seed would be planted as James Storm would also make a request or demand to Raven in his office (nothing specific I have thought of or anything) . Raven would tell James Storm sure he can have his wish as soon as he gives Raven his gimmick back. This would piss Storm off; Storm would then tell Raven he's irritating the wrong man, and that man knows Dixie Carter isn't too happy that Raven is enforcing the law and not her right now. He just happens to have a good friend that he knows Raven doesn't want to see around that he needs to speak to Dixie Carter about, and that Raven's going to regret not giving in to Storm's request.
The other idea that I previously had for the commissioner role was Tommy Dreamer. An angry Dixie Carter would bring Dreamer's arch nemesis Raven in as a manager to TNA to make Dreamer's life miserable in hopes of eventually running Dreamer out of her company in hopes that the board of directors would soon elect her to be the authority figure in TNA. I chose Raven over Dreamer because Raven is a much better talker than Dreamer, and because Dreamer has close ties with WWE and frequently shows up and works for them. Apparently Dreamer has been on WWE TV as of late so I'm glad I would have chosen the right guy.
(All that happens after EC3 wins the belt and after the first six weeks after his victory which were covered above)
-- The BFG tournament kicked off in week five and was announced and determined by the board of directors while there was no authority figure.
--EC3 would retain his TNA championship at Destination-X against the X-Division champion (I mentioned earlier that heel vs heel can happen occassionally) against either Low-Ki or Kenny King.
--Kurt Angle does work his way back to a title shot and ran through the wrestlers that were eliminated from the BFG tournament as he was never part of the tournament due to his suspension. Angle gets his rematch at Hardcore Justice but is defeated by EC3.
--Austin Aries wins the BFG series by defeating his friend and tag team partner Bobby Roode in the finals. The overall record between the two is Aries 3 Roode 0 (That match these two had on Impact earlier in 2015 would have never happened had I been booking TNA)
--The main event for BFG is Aries vs EC3. EC3 would make light that Austin Aries can claim to be the "Greatest Man That Ever Lived" but he is up against "The Greatest Carter That Ever Lived" and Carter's are 1%ers and Carters ar better than any other men on this earth.
EC3 would taunt Aries leading up to the match and say that Aries is a choke artist and nothing more. Carter would say that Aries got lucky one time with Option-C and beat Bobby Roode who did not deserve to even be champion and was a disgrace to his belt. EC3 would mention how Aries cashed in Option-C again and got beat by Lashley, and then tried his luck again and got beat by Kurt Angle after he already wrestled earlier on that night. EC3 would continue to goad Aries with the Carters > any man on earth and the choke artist who always gets to the big moment then fails convincingly.
Two weeks before BFG, both Aries and EC3 would hand pick a warm up match for their opponent prior to the world title match. I don't have anyone in particular to be Aries' opponent but likely someone very good like an Angle, Lashley, Jeff Hardy, etc. Austin Aries would make EC3 wrestle the guy he insulted and put down in his partner Bobby Roode who is also itching to get his shot at EC3.
Aries would win his match...EC3 would also defeat Roode with a roll up or something that isn't a solid, uncontested three count. A very emotional and disappointed Roode who had a lot to prove would snap after his defeat and destroy some equipment and set up around the ring before heading back to the locker room and closing out the show. This would be a decently slow build up to a heel turn for Roode.
--TNA World Championship @ BFG: AUSTIN ARIES DEFEATS EC3 AND ENDS THE STREAK TO BECOME TNA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION
THE FIVE FACES OF TNA THAT THE COMPANY FOCUSES ON
1. A-Double, Austin Aries: Between in-ring work and mic skills Austin Aries is the most talented guy TNA has had on their roster. As much as I love AJ Styles, I think Austin Aries is the superior talent and I think he absolutely should have been the guy to take Styles' spot and roll in TNA. I cannot believe TNA never capitalized on Aries' talents and put the belt back on the guy, and even worse allowed him to leave the company.
As great as EC3 is, for the time being, I would still make Aries the # 1 top guy even though I feel EC3 would be good enough to surpass him in the near future. But, after winning the gold at BFG, here is what I'd have planned for TGMTEL:
--Bobby Roode would be teaming up with Aries at times while Aries is the champion because the Heels stick together. The Heels vs Wolves series may have already happened, but at BFG an angle would have happened where both Davey and Eddie have a short segment on the PPV together where Davey mentions to Eddie at the end of the night The Wolves will be on top of TNA (i.e.: Eddie Guerrero & Chris Benoit @ WrestleMania 20) however, in good spirits the Dirty Heels would also bump into their allies The Wolves and say as great as they may have it the Heels will be better off just like they're the better team, and Aries will leave as champion while Roode will (either win the KOTM title or win a MITB type match getting a world title shot, I'm undecided).
Two weeks after BFG on Impact the four will be conversing in friendly rivalry (while Roode will be slightly more competitive and hostile) and decide that they never fully determined who the best team is (described later on) and who really is on top of TNA.
The Wolves defeat Dirty Heels as KOTM Champion Davey Richards pins TNA World Champion Austin Aries. After the match, the four shake hands but then Bobby Roode begins to assault X-Division champion Eddie Edwards which leads to Aries and Davey both separate Roode from Edwards.
Bobby Roode would later apologize to both Aries and The Wolves. Edwards eventually accepts Roode's apology but only if he gives him a match one on one so he can prove what he and the X-Division is all about against one of the all time greats of TNA.
--At the Final Resolution free PPV on TV in December, TNA Champion Austin Aries defeats KOTM champion Davey Richards in an instant classic that will elevate Davey to the top despite the loss.
Eventually, EC3 returns to TNA. EC3 will demand a rematch against Austin Aries. Aries would be an absolute smart ass to EC3 and rub in his loss to him, and that his streak was ended by a 'choke artist.' Aries would eventually cave in and tell Raven that as champion he feels it is only right to give EC3 a rematch against him, and the next week he will give EC3 his rematch and it will be for the KOTM championship. EC3 would be furious that he doesn't get his rematch with Aries for the TNA championship.
Genesis 2016 live on PPV: Austin Aries defeats EC3 in a full metal mayhem match to retain the TNA championship.
Austin Aries vs Bobby Roode would be the next feud that Aries encounters. Bobby Roode will be a full blown heel by the end of Genesis 2016. In my opinion, Austin Aries vs Bobby Roode should be and will be the greatest rivalry in the history of TNA, and will also be the rivalry that defines TNA.
While things have changed due to contracts since I originally thought about all of this back in June or July as I assumed TNA would be smart enough to keep James Storm and Austin Aries, but at LockDown 2016: James Storm defeats Austin Aries and Bobby Roode in a three way dance to become a two time TNA champion.
2. Ethan Carter III, EC3: I hate using this expression because it’s un-descriptive, and cliché down to the ‘t’ but EC3 just fucking gets ‘it.’ On my list which was written on paper for faces of the company, EC3 has jumped from number 4 to number 1B since August. He’s just been booked so well, he’s so great at portraying his character, and has had some great matches despite not being the best in the ring.
If it isn’t broke don’t fix it: I mentioned how the modern day wrestling fan continuously claims a wrestler has gone “stale” way before it happens, has a horrible attention span, etc. EC3 is so far away from growing stale it’s ridiculous. There is talk of turning EC3 face which would probably work but I ask why? The character is the best act in TNA right now, and truthfully the character does not work as a face. I would be fine with a face turn (which is probably inevitable) but seriously at least a couple years away from this.
In the run down of Austin Aries above, you see how EC3’s title reign ends at BFG along with the streak.
Two weeks after BFG, we would see Rebel who would be asked where Ethan is. Rebel would say that EC3 is a true winner, and a real champion, and that he is at home because he is too embarrassed after losing his belt and losing the first time, and that she’s packing up and leaving so she can be with her man until he’s back to his old self. Ironically, my vision of this happened in real life. Another entitled, spoiled brat by the name of Ronda Rousey was recently defeated for the first time and lost her championship to go along with it. Rousey still hasn’t been seen in public for the UFC; she was seen covering up her face at airports, has made short comments to non-MMA media, and has stayed low profile. Her sister recently came out and said that a part of Ronda died when she lost at UFC 193 to Holly Holm.
This would also lead to a falling out between him and Dixie (Dixie could go face or even remain heel) during this time. Dixie would be furious with Ethan for claiming that he was “The Greatest Carter That Ever Lived.” However, Dixie will never ever ever make a full time return to TV.
I mentioned in Aries’ plans that EC3 would defeat Aries to become the TNA KOTM champion. After losing his TNA world title rematch at Genesis to Austin Aries, EC3 would then cut a promo about his KOTM championship the following Impact or the one after (maybe takes one week off due to selling injuries with Aries and/or embarrassment again) changing the KOTM title back to the TV title.
The jist of the promo and name change of title: EC3 would talk about how this championship is a symbol of Jeff Jarrett, the same man who the Carter family took three different attempts before finally ridding TNA of, and despite his Aunt D going senile and not recognizing his greatness he is proud to be a Carter and this company belongs to the Carter’s. He would say that this belt is symbolic of GFW a company that tried to overtake TNA and failed, and a war that he never gave a shit about because this is his company, his ring, and GFW was irrelevant to him. EC3 would say that this title was originally supposed to be prestigious and represent what he already is which is the best wrestler on TV in the best wrestling organization in the world which is TNA. Instead this title has been disgraced by being held by has-beens like Booker T who cried until he got his very own title because he couldn’t cut it in TNA enough to earn won, and was then rebranded and disgraced again by claiming the best wrestlers on TV were a fat, lazy samoan and then worse with a fat, washed up tag team wrestler riding his loser partner’s coattails, and then brought back just to promote the co-founders failed attempt to create another wrestling company…NEVER AGAIN, AND NOT ON EC3’S WATCH.
This is the real TV championship, this belt will get the prestige it deserves because it’s on his waist and he will never lose this belt or surrender it when he reclaims his TNA world championship so everyone always remembers EC3 is the best wrestler in the world today, and is the best wrestler of all time.
This will be used to bring back a legitimate mid-card title as the TV championship which will be used the same way the Intercontinental Championship used to be in the WWF in the 80’s and 90’s, EC3 is an established enough wrestler to make this championship respectable and prestigious for once and keep it that way. His promo also would take shots at the WWE and also put over TNA and make claim they’re the best roster in wrestling.
Jay Lethal literally made the ROH TV title this past year and change; my goal would be for EC3 to really do the same with the TNA TV championship.
EC3 would have a long reign and run as the TNA TV champion. He would have memorable feuds with Drew Galloway, Eddie Edwards, Davey Richards, and possibly The Pope but the Pope vs EC3 match will be discussed in more detail later, and can go one of two ways. EC3 would eventually lose his TV title to either one of two guys: Davey Richards or The Pope. If Davey were the one to dethrone EC3 then it would be a strong push to eventually push him up to a TNA world title reign.
Either way, Bound For Glory 2016 will either be EC3 vs Jeff Hardy or EC3 vs The Pope
3. The “It Factor” and “The Franchise of TNA” Bobby Roode:
Months back when the TNA/GFW relationship was first forming, I felt that both companies needed to merge or work together, because they both needed each other. This was sad because TNA shouldn’t have needed GFW (right now, it finally doesn’t look like TNA actually needs GFW but it did last year). I felt keeping the two aligned was the best thing for both of them.
The first thing that I would have done would have been to have Bobby Roode defeat Nick Aldis in the finals to crown the first ever GFW championship. This would give GFW’s world title instant credibility, and would work well in the storyline for both promotions TV shows. Roode could either switch to team GFW or remain on Team TNA and boast the title on TNA TV while both TNA and GFW wrestlers could challenge him for the belt on both TV shows until it went back to GFW TV with one of the wrestlers on their roster, likely Nick Aldis (I always wanted a Roode vs Magnus feud btw). Roode could have also left TNA TV for a brief time and been exclusive to GFW for a few months while TNA borrowed GFW talents, and so forth.
As for TNA TV:
Starting at Slammiversary/Bell To Bell: The Dirty Heels defeat The Wolves in the best of seven series and are the TNA tag team champions. A mutual respect and alliance is formed between the two teams, and friendships are made. Aries and Roode are talking with the Wolves and tell them that they are deserving of a rematch with them. A couple weeks later, The Wolves defeat the Dirty Heels to regain their tag team championship.
The Wolves tell the Heels that they have to do this one last time, and say they’ll do this one final time and make it a best of seven series. The Wolves vs Dirty Heels ends in a no contest as both the BDC and The Revolution members interfere and beat down both of these teams.
Now, the BFG tournament has started, and Roode is involved in a feud with the BDC and also certain members of The Revolution to occupy time, and is also teaming with Aries and The Wolves.
If you read the Austin Aries booking section then you’d see what happens to Roode’s fate in the BFG tournament, and his loss to EC3 prior to BFG, and anger issues.
@ BFG 2015: Depending on scenarios he could have faced Nick Aldis for the GFW championship, or been involved with a Team TNA vs GFW match.
However, my original vision which had no idea anything between TNA & GFW would be happening were one of two or three things:
Option 1: Bobby Roode would face Davey Richards for the TV Championship (you’ll see later on my original intent was to bring the TV title back) which would lead to another blow up.
Option 2: There would be a Money In The Bank type of match up where Roode would be one of the participants but he would end up losing the match despite coming extremely close to winning it at one point, as in closer than anyone else, which would lead to another blow up.
Option 3: He could have still been involved in a feud with The BDC and wrestled against MVP.
Please read the booking plans for Austin Aries to see what happens next as the Heels end up in one more match with The Wolves which then leads to Roode’s heel turn and assault against the X-Division champion Eddie Edwards.
Roode would claim that he looks around and damn near every single original in the company is gone except for him, a monster, and a mad man who he carried as a tag team partner, and spent most of his time trying to make people laugh. Roode could have went elsewhere and left TNA for good but he has stuck around despite being pushed aside by management, never getting a rematch for his TNA world title, and being treated like shit. He’d say that he is far more successful than any of the other originals on the roster, and he has surpassed the beloved AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, and Kurt Angle, and the way that he sees it Bobby Roode is the new and first real franchise of TNA. Roode is going to take what is his because he deserves it more than anyone on this roster, and he is laying down for no one and taking the respect he should already have from anyone not giving it to him.
At Final Resolution, while Aries wrestles Davey Richards, the It Factor is facing the X-Division champion Eddie Edwards. This is a match where Roode will defeat Edwards in a non-title match clean, but this is also a match where a wrestler that loses the match becomes a made man. Edwards puts up one hell of a fight on the losing end but adds credibility to himself and adds it back to the X-Division as well.
Roode begins feuding with Austin Aries and gets the title shot at Genesis as mentioned before.
4. Jeffrey Nero Hardy: Jeff Hardy is one of the biggest names in wrestling history and TNA fucked up big time in 2010 when they signed Jeff Hardy at the hottest time in his career but failed to advertise properly. Assuming that Jeff doesn’t end up leaving for WWE then big things should be on the horizon for Jeff Hardy.
None of my ideas being used: Jeff Hardy vs EC3 is the biggest match TNA can make if Hardy will be able to wrestle full time. In the first section of this that was posted on 1/2/15, I wrote about my plans for Mike Bennett and a Jeff Hardy vs Mike Bennett feud too.
Here are some ideas I have had from the start of last year and this was assuming he never broke his leg, etc.
I always wanted a Jeff Hardy vs James Storm feud, and this was something I wanted to take a long time to build to, I’m being honest when I say I wanted to tease this from January and build the first match all the way up to Slammiversary.
I wanted to put the Hardyz in a tag team title run for a while where they would feud/have face vs face matches with both The Wolves and the Dirty Heels.
Much later on I will explain this concept and reasoning, but my biggest idea for Jeff Hardy in 2015 (other than signing Mike Bennett) will involve a conflict and problems he has with Mr. Anderson and his brother Matt Hardy. I re-emphasize that I would never allow another Matt vs Jeff Hardy feud again. Again, I will describe this a whole lot more when I get into the mid-carders in Chapter 5 or 6.
I also mentioned with EC3 that I’ve always been on a collision course to get a feud and huge match between EC3 vs Jeff Hardy [Willow doesn’t count]. I felt (now felt not feel because of his recent WWE comments) that Jeff Hardy still has a lot to give, and has a couple more title reigns left in his future that are much deserved. 2016 was always my goal to push Jeff Hardy back to becoming TNA champion.
5. Here is the wild card of becoming one of the franchise faces of TNA…The Pope D’Angelo Dinero: Pope has said he has no purpose to return to TNA if it isn’t for gold. It slightly irks me for two reasons: 1) why get a title shot immediately, you have to get involved and get over again and be boosted to that title shot; 2) I get it that OVW is home and he’ll wrestle for them but why petition for Indy bookings? Is he gonna make more money than from TNA or win titles there? My educated and logical guess is that he will not.
In 2010, (and I’ve said this a million times) TNA flat out dropped the ball with this guy worse than they have with anyone else in their history. Pope was becoming the most over guy by far, he was cutting promos and had a charisma and electricity that legitimately resembled The Rock. He appeared to be the second coming of The Rock, and I honestly felt this guy was going to be the first name in TNA history to ever really become a household name. Pope got his TNA title shot at LockDown 2010 losing to AJ Styles but he was booked strong and the right way in a losing effort that it felt when he returned from injury he’d be right back in the main event and winning the gold was inevitable…WRONG! Pope was booked horribly after he returned, his gimmick was ruined, lost all his momentum, lost mic time, and never regained any momentum.
It’s not too late but the window is closing quickly. TNA has to convince him to come back full time to wrestle. They have to give him promo and TV time, good feuds, and keep him on TV. If Pope can find that fire and regain the momentum from 2010 then the sky is the limit for him and TNA has a bonafide star and main eventer.
I’ve already explained how commentary will be done in part one when The Pope leaves.
My plan would be this, The BDC is going to face The Rising in their first big show down but Rising is outnumbered. Drew asks anyone who wants to stand up for pro-wrestling to join him and be in their corner…it’s The Pope who “stands up” and answers the call. However, during the match The Pope would actually turn on The Rising and join forces with the BDC.
Samoa Joe would be upset that MVP allowed The Pope into the BDC due to their history in the past. MVP would tell Joe to chill out because Pope is his boy and he is positive Pope is a good thing for the BDC. Eventually, this leads to a match between The Pope and Samoa Joe where the loser leaves the BDC and leaves TNA where The Pope gets rid of Samoa Joe.
The BDC would “beat down” foes and opponents and sometimes resort to using weapons. Pope would be handed something like a pipe or something along those lines on two separate occasions but would end up refusing to resort to that sort of violence. Pope would explain by saying something along the lines of: “MVP, now you know Pope is a man not afraid to throw Pope’s hands and whip a man’s ass and beat him down to prove a point or to make him understand to stay out of Pope or the BDC’s way, lil’ Daddy. But, you also know that Pope is a man of the people, and Pope is not going to ruin another man’s livelihood and ruin another man’s knee or brain unless that man truly deserves it or is trying to do that to Pope first.” The Pope would make light of how the Aces & Eight’s assaulted him with weapons years ago and that he wasn’t the same, and that it’s taken him years of struggle and doubt before he could ever make it back to the ring and be at the level he is capable of performing at.
The paragraph above would cause friction between MVP, King, and the rest of the BDC with Pope. But, another problem would be Pope outshining MVP, and Pope slightly coming off as more of a leader, and having more success than MVP. Low-Ki would also begin hesitating at resorting to extreme levels of violence different from MVP, King, Homicide (possibly Hernandez) which would cause more friction.
Shit hits the fan when The Pope and MVP find success in the BFG tournament, and fate would lead the two of them to a match. Prior to the match the BDC would assault the Pope and beat him unconscious. The BDC would carry The Pope down during his entrance, roll him in the ring, and when the bell rings, MVP would immediately cover him and get the three count. The unconscious and bloodied Pope would then continue to be beaten down after the match. Low-Ki would be given a steel pipe and told to prove his loyalty to the BDC and end The Pope. Low-KI would then turn on the BDC and assault them with the pipe as both him and The Pope turned face. Low-Ki & Pope would team up to fight against The BDC, but Pope would miss one week completely, and return to commentary for two straight weeks after that to sell the injury and challenge MVP to a match at BFG. Low-Ki would then feud with Kenny King and Homicide over the X-Division championship.
Bound For Glory 2015: The Pope defeats MVP
The Pope would then likely go on a roll and find the success as a face that he had in 2010. The big money feud that will end up happening is: EC3 vs The Pope at some point in either 2016 or early 2017 at the latest.
I cannot decide if I want to do this where The Pope would defeat EC3 at Slammiversary for the TV title and then Pope catapults himself into the world title scene from there, or if The Pope would end up defeating EC3 for the TNA championship at BFG or something like Genesis or LockDown 2017. The selling point would The People’s Champion/Man of the People in The Pope vs EC3, the man who is the opposite of a people’s champ, a 1%er who not only cannot relate to the people but also knows that he is better than the people.