I want to start by saying that I honestly feel Magnus was a big loss for TNA. This is their former world champion that left the company and left with ill feelings towards them. I don’t think it was Magnus’ fault that he flopped as champion, that was on bad booking, creative, and the worst wrestling product ever put on television. Magnus suffered a huge setback.
However…Magnus undeniably elevated himself back to the top of the card feuding with both Bram and James Storm.
I also want to say I would have never split him and Bram up so quickly. The two of them should have teamed up and had more success together before this move was made. Magnus & Bram vs The Wolves should have happened and that was a blown opportunity for a great feud.
Bram vs Magnus was a great feud, but with a longer amount of time spent together, it could have and would have been even better.
With Magnus, I would have slowly built him back up and by mid-2016 or early 2017 at the latest, I would have had him finally have that feud with EC3 that we all kind of expected to happen at some point. Magnus was on his way back towards borderline main event status again.
Tag Team title briefcase: …Bram was out of the picture so three names came to mind: Galloway, Spud or Mandrews. My decision ended up being Spud. Spud would be showing Mandrews the way, and would also be teaming with him. Magnus would come to them and say he needs a partner, and wants to share this opportunity with his fellow countrymen, and give a rebirth to the British Invasion. Magnus would choose Rockstar Spud over the rookie Mandrews. Magnus would tell Andrews that he is very impressed by him but that he just cannot go with a rookie right now when he has to win the gold and redeem himself to England because he acted so lousy as their world champion.
Option 1: Magnus & Spud cash in and defeat The BDC and or LAX to win the belt which leads to Magnus feuding with The Revolution (and as those of you who have been reading this whole series that this also leads to a side feud with Anderson, Abyss and Matt Hardy) and also the BDC both which produces multiple tag team matches allowing Eddie Edwards to find success with the X, and Davey to go after the KOTM/TV title. This also provides rivalries for Spud& Mandrews to be involved in and be used on TV.
Option 2: Magnus & Spud would cash in and defeat the Dirty Heels (who would be a face team) which then leads to Roode turning heel down the road and wrestling against Magnus at BFG while Aries challenges EC3 for the belt. I honestly wanted to see Magnus vs Roode feud for a while. Unfortunately, a GFW TV deal may be my only shot at ever seeing these two in a big match.
“The Destroyer” and former two time champion is a beast, a bad ass, and frankly the motherfuckin’ man. However, Lashley has two things that go against him in my opinion: not much of a personality or character which makes it hard to have a lot of depth, but in his case, he is that Godberg type except he can actually wrestle very well; second, his TNA success can only go as far as his MMA success goes.
My thing with wrestlers who are also MMA fighters: Hopefully everyone knows MMA is real, and that pro-wrestling is fake. YES, MOTHERFUCKERS, PRO-WRESTLING IS A FAKE FIGHT THAT LOOKS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING LIKE A REAL FIGHT. DON’T GIVE ME THIS SCRIPTED CRAP, IT’S A FUCKING FAKE FIGHT. I UNDERSTAND AND RESPECT HOW MUCH PRO-WRESTLERS GO THROUGH AND WHAT THEY SACRIFICE ON THEIR BODIES, FAMILIES, AND PLENTY MORE.
Sorry about that, but pro-wrestling promoters still need to act and promote their employees as the baddest and toughest people in the world. So, when I see Brock Lesnar ran out of MMA because he couldn’t win fights anymore and he knew his success was over with, and that he was found out, exposed, and would have to train with a real team if he ever wanted to win against decent competition again…only to go back to WWE and be booked as the baddest guy on the roster, it makes their roster look weak to me. It is basically saying that this average at best MMA fighter can still kick anyone on our roster’s ass. In other words Vince is saying MMA is much better than pro-wrestling.
So for me, Lashley being very successful in Bellator right now is great, and if he becomes Heavyweight champion there then TNA can push him to the sky, and give him another title reign, and absolutely acknowledge the shit out of him being champion in Bellator. If this happens, have very little losses for Lashley but holy shit does it ever make the wrestlers that do beat Lashley look like a billion dollars!
Lashley now having a training camp, and an MMA team, etc. has turned him into a legitimate fighter and his success in Bellator has justified his two championship reigns in TNA. Right now he should be booked strong. I have stated earlier my dream match for Lashley at BFG is to be a match between him and Bram this year. My original plan for BFG 2015 was to have both involved in some sort of match that would lead to them feuding and then they’d do it a couple months later. Other feuds I wanted to see Lashley have last year: v. James Storm, and v. Bully Ray.
Let me be the first to say that in 2015, MVP shined enough and proved to me that he would be a viable TNA world champion.
Losing MVP sucked, especially when he was taking the blame because management didn’t do their due diligence on someone he recommended. When MVP was going to become champion in 2014 I was furious (see my comments about why I hate Matt Hardy being champion for an explanation), but after The BDC was formed, and MVP showed improvement as a talker, and as a wrestler, and then pushed some hot topics he was such an underrated talent, and I think a lot of people missed how great he had become because of his marginal success in the WWE.
Then John Gaburick let damn near all of the best talents in TNA leave in a sudden mass exodus, and MVP was clearly one of a small handful of wrestlers on the roster who could main event. THE BDC COULD HAVE AND SHOULD HAVE BEEN GREAT, IT’S A DAMN SHAME IT NEVER GOT TO BE DONE CORRECTLY. I’m not saying I would have booked MVP to become champion but it could have been a possibility in 2016 if he stuck around.
In a perfect world, the BDC could have at least had MVP, King, and LAX for a while but there was no reason to keep the faction going due to so much change and over-haul. EY & Bram joining them could have been a option too. Tigre Uno was another guy I considered but that will be covered later as I went an alternate route with him.
So…I would have disbanded the BDC. The thing is, I think MVP and Kenny King work so much better as heels, and they should have stayed as heels. So, would I lead LAX to become faces? Possibly…but no, I would have split the two but kept them both as heels. LAX, and King & MVP would feud and the tag team titles were in both of their futures, and MVP & King would have been champions for sure, for a while, and would have been great.
MVP & Kenny King wouldn’t be alone, they’d have a third member of this new faction: Shelton Benjamin.
I found out three things around this time: 1) MVP & Shelton were close friends; 2) Shelton came very close to signing with TNA last year; 3) Shelton was part of GFW and TNA/GFW was happening in some form. In comes Shelton Benjamin in this alliance. These three would also strongly push and touch on the racial issues that were happening in our country at this time too. MVP said something to Lashley about the police shooting him last year and I felt that if MVP were to push that stuff in an angle with as good of a talker as he is that it could have went very far.
Feuds: as a solo wrestler- vs. Angle, Galloway, Anderson/Hardy/Abyss; as a team with King or trifecta with Shelton involved: vs The Wolves, LAX, Magnus/Spud/Mandrews, Eli Drake & Micah may have been possible too.
I look at these notes I made back in August and for EY I wrote: “booked the way he should after title reign, but ceiling is maxed out. WRONG! EY HAS REINVENTED HIMSELF SO MUCH, HE’S THE BEST HEEL IN ALL OF WRESTLING, AND IS A BONAFIDE MAIN EVENTER AND WORLD TITLE CONTENDER.
If you’ve read anything from me earlier or listened to the Podcast I partake in on this site, you’ll know I wanted EY & Bram together last year but better late than never. In homage to the late Brian Pillman, I would call them “The Loose Cannons.” You’d also know I wanted to throw the kitchen sink full of money at Tomasso Ciampa to bring him in and make him the third member of The Loose Cannons but this seems like it will not be an option anymore.
I could eventually see EY as world champion again, or him being KOTM champ (already happened), or even capturing the X-Division title only for the desire to cash it in at Dest-X. I would have and still would have made EY & Bram one of the main faces of the tag team scene, and also have them as top card wrestlers as well.
I though a big feud with EY as the heel and Jeff Jarrett as the face would have been good last year. I’d also be a fan of building to an eventual Jeff Hardy and Eric Young feud in the future.
The King Of The Night was a big loss for TNA. The fact is: Kenny King deserved to be used a lot better than what TNA ever did with him. Hell, every time I’ve seen Kenny King on ROH since he left TNA, I can’t get into it because I think he deserves better than what he’s doing there right now. Bottom line is: my idea to pair him with MVP and give them prominent TV time for the # 2 company and watch him grow from there is much better than ANX in ROH.
Kenny King should have never once been purposely taken off of TNA TV for not only one but two extended periods of time. Most of us TNA fans have a bad taste in our mouths but the fact is this: a wrestling legend, former WWE , ECW, and TNA champion was also theX-Division champion, and let’s not forget the greatest TV champion of all time in any wrestling organization named Rob Van Dam put Kenny King over clean. Most of the die-hard TNA fans knew RVD gave a half assed effort in TNA during his tenure but most casual fans couldn’t tell the difference. Kenny King should have been pushed hard and never forgotten about after he defeated RVD to win the X-Division championship.
I mentioned the team name of Loose Cannons for EY and Bram earlier, but nobody may have been exceeding in a loose cannon type of role more than Kenny King last year. My goals were previously stated but again, Kenny King would remain heel and form a tag team/alliance with MVP and possibly Shelton Benjamin too. King would keep his same persona and short fuse. Prior to becoming a prominent tag team champion with MVP, for a good chunk of 2015 King would have been the X-Division champion who would lose the belt to Eddie Edwards at BFG, or lose to him previously and be involved in a match with Low-Ki and possibly Homicide instead.
Feuds: vs Spud/Mandrews/Magnus, then main feuds with Eddie Edwards, Low-Ki & Homicide. As a tag team with either MVP or Shelton: vs LAX & The Wolves primarily and also any combination of Abyss/M. Hardy/Anderson including a big time six man hardcore war.
While the vast majority of readers will disagree, I actually think Hernandez is a good asset. I feel losing him was a somewhat decent loss. I think this: Hernandez absolutely has the look to be a big star, for a muscle bound guy his size he is extremely agile and can do a lot of moves that most guys with his build cannot do. He can learn to be more careful in the ring but I do not feel that he is bad as most people say that he is. With a mouthpiece and a push I think Hernandez can become a good contributor to TNA, and many people forget just how great, how big, and how over LAX actually was in the earlier days of TNA when Konnan was the mouthpiece for them.
I mentioned earlier that I think LAX also needs to remain as heels, and they work much better as heels. Homicide is pretty charismatic, but both Hernandez and LAX work better with a mouthpiece. Konnan is clearly never going to be an option again for more than one reason, so my thought was ADR’s former ring announcer Ricardo Rodriguez. I honestly felt this guy was more entertaining than Del Rio in WWE, and he can also apparently wrestle pretty well too. I’d still use him as a manager, but he can wrestle on occasion also.
Feuds: if with LAX: vs King/MVP/Shelton in heels vs heels feud, Spud & Mandrews, and The Wolves…and hopefully a Gunner and Crimson team; with BDC: The Pope, The Wolves, Anderson/Hardy/Abyss, and lastly Magnus & Spud; If LAX would be faces: Eric Young & Bram, and the team I created that will be the first wrestlers mentioned in chapter 7: Tyrus & Godderz.
This guy will never be world champion, he’s too small. Outside of being a tag team champion or X-Division champion, that’s the most gold he would have under my watch. That said…I love Spud, the guy just gets it and he is one of only two primarily X-Division guys I put in the mid-to-upper midcard range for a reason…(and the other guy wrestles for ROH now anyways).
I would have honestly never allowed Spud to wrestle unless it was on a rare occasion…
Rockstar Spud as a heel with EC3 was some of the best stuff in wrestling in a very long time. Spud and Carter were incredible together and I still feel like it ended to early. I would have kept Spud as a heel manager, and mouthpiece for the wrestlers he would manage other than EC3. Spud was witty, clever, and hilarious like Bobby Heenan was, and had the “little runt” body type of Jimmy Hart. Rockstar Spud was on his way to being the best manager wrestling had seen in years, and as a heel, much like EC3, he just ‘got it.’
But Rockstar Spud has surpassed all expectations and the loveable underdog is good too
I’ve said multiple times but just like Edge & Christian vs The Hardyz, EC3 and Rockstar Spud made each other in their match this past year, and Spud became that little guy that could and he works very well as a face right now too which I felt never should have happened. If Spud ended Austin Aries’ TNA career than Gaburick and creative had better fucking continue to use him in a pretty good way.
For those of you who haven’t read my previous columns, A) stop fucking around and go read this masterpiece of a saga known as my fantasy booking saga, and b) I’ve covered most of Spud’s main things already which are:
- Takes Mandrews under his wing, and they team up but also compete as singles stars as well.
- Spud is later chosen by Magnus as his tag team partner and they cash in and win the tag team championships
- Oh yeah…during the first few weeks of the reign of Carter, EC3 makes his life hell and Spud watches his buddy Mandrews get beaten to a pulp by EC3 and then gets hit in the balls by EC3’s new girlfriend Rebel for helping Mandrews to the back, he confronts Al Snow, and then actually pins EC3 to win the TNA world title and end the streak (a la Jericho beating Triple H for the gold before he was a main eventer) only to have it reversed and the match to continue because EC3 had his foot under the rope and would then lose the belt.
Stay tuned for:
Chapter 7: Lower mid-card/X-Division wrestlers
Chapter 8: Stables and the GFW rivalry
Chapter 9: What Bound For Glory would have looked like under the angles and storylines I created both before and after GFW, along with fantasy PPV cards afterwards.