WITH BOOKING IDEAS FROM LAST YEAR FOR THE LOWER MID-CARD
My plan is to eventually begin producing fantasy booking for TNA for the current product, and to not only provide an example as to what I would do if I were running the show but also gradually implementing my suggested changes to create an alternative product.
Tyrus: To recap: when I wrote my last column where Tyrus was mentioned, my idea was to have EC3 ditch Tyrus shortly the next Impact after he captured his very first world title as he would have won it fair and square. Tyrus would wrestle EC3 for the world title, lose, and then be attacked by EC3 after the match and taken off of TV for a while.
Tyrus has stated that he doesn’t want to play the bodyguard role all the time and wants to branch away, but I am sorry to Mr. Tyrus but I am keeping him in this role but also allowing him to do it slightly different.
Tyrus would return and be interviewed briefly backstage, Tyrus would proclaim that he is back, he’s not a bodyguard but he is a wrestler and is going to show the world just how dangerous he can be, and we would get the vibe that Tyrus is a babyface. HOWEVER, I HAVE STATED THAT WE WILL CREATE A GRAY AREA AND DO SOME THINGS DIFFERENTLY.
The next week we see Tyrus who is then approached by Jesse Godderz (accompanied by Angelina and Madison). Godderz would say that he knows Tyrus does not want to be a bodyguard, but Jesse has an offer he can’t refuse. Jesse would tell him that he is a major Hollywood star and that he needs the best bodyguard money can buy, and he knows Tyrus is the best. Godderz would tell Tyrus that he also knows how great of a wrestler he is and that Godderz will share his success with Tyrus and they will run this company together, along with these gorgeous women who come along with “The Man.” Tyrus would tell Godderz to get lost or else he’d really regret it.
Later in the night (or following week) Godderz would wrestle Robbie E (possibly a gimmick match like a Last Man Standing to end the feud), and the referee would ban Madison and Angelina. In the climax of the match leading to the finish, Tyrus would come out and either help Godderz out after Robbie beats him up after getting a cheap victory, or be the one who puts Robbie out in the last man standing match. Either way, Tyrus would beat Robbie down enough to keep him off of TV for a while.
Godderz would jump in Tyrus’ arms like a damsel in distress and they’d leave.
Tyrus would be the bodyguard for Godderz, and also accompany both Angelina and Madison. Tyrus and Godderz would also be a tag team as well, and could potentially win the tag titles depending on how their chemistry clicks. Tyrus would also work some solo matches as well, but he would not go much further than he is now unless he got less slow and boring in the ring.
Jesse Godderz: Well, the cat is out of the bag. Godderz has a new bodyguard in Tyrus. Plenty of people have said that Godderz is a version of The Miz but I disagree. I feel Godderz and his character are more resembling of “The Narcissist” character played by Lex Luger that never got to take off in the WWF in 1993. Also, similar to the 1990’s (and at this time in TNA these KO’s were aligned with The Bro Manz) Ric Flair at one point came out with both Woman and Elizabeth, as well as Randy Savage having Sid, Mona, Gorgeous George and Medusa accompany him…both Angelina and Madison would come out with Godderz for the match each match also.
This vision I have of Godderz is slightly a more serious character in this vision I have, a lot of what I envision with him and Tyrus could end up quite funny. Godderz is an F-list celebrity that would act like and think that he is an A-list Hollywood star, his lack of true celebrity would at times be made fun on the air with possible completely over the top incidents or segments where Tyrus would overreact and think people (even just regular people on the streets in segments) were coming after Godderz and chase them away and so forth.
Basically, only Godderz himself, Tyrus, Madison and Angelina would very clearly be portrayed as the only people who actually believe that Godderz is an actual big time Hollywood star. Godderz would also begin to show that he has an outrageous over-the-top ego as well. The fact that he even thinks he needs a bodyguard is as ridiculous as it gets. There will be a few times where Godderz will ask Tyrus on the air: “Tyrus: Jesse Godderz, EC3, and Snoop Dogg…who did you make the most money working for? Who was the most famous person you worked for? Who got the most women? Who did you get the most women working for?” Tyrus would always answer: “…with you, Jesse Godderz OR you are Jesse Godderz!”
Robbie E: I originally wrote all of these ideas on pieces of paper back in August, and to be honest, my opinion of Robbie E has changed a lot since then. I’ve always thought Robbie was a good wrestler but ruined by an awful gimmick and had been a jobber. I was at the point where I was so down on the guy that he was on my short list of cut candidates even after being extremely angry with TNA after watching so many talents leave the company.
However, both during and after the World Title series I felt like Robbie not only reminded me that he is a good wrestler, but that he also proved he can be taken seriously. I felt that the WTS had elevated Robbie and that he was not the joke that he used to be in a lot of eyes. Now, I admit that there were a couple of times where I just didn’t watch an episode of Impact that featured the WTS, nothing against the wrestling but I was angry at reading how strongly Matt Hardy was booked, the mass exodus of talent, the GFW talents and the GFW relationship being over, and the fact that I didn’t know if TNA would be on TV again in the future.
Then I ordered ONO: Live, and I watched the Bethlehem rip Robbie apart as the babyface in the match, and realized that a lot of fans probably didn’t watch the WTS at all, and that Robbie didn’t get elevated at all. So, I concluded that my original idea of taking Robbie E off of TV for a while and having him come back as a reinvented character.
Jersey Shore not only ruined my faith in American culture but also may have ruined Robbie’s career. The show has been over for years, and anyone with half a brain hated the show when it was popular, but I also believe (well hope at the very least) that those with ¼ of a brain who used to watch that show is embarrassed of themselves for watching and enjoying that garbage. However, Robbie’s gimmick also should have ended years ago as well.
I literally was at the point where I could not think of anything at all for Robbie. I thought about bringing him back with The Revolution but that made no sense and he couldn’t be bought into with that group. I had just given up and said fuck it, I’ll just put him in a permanent tag team with either DJ Z or Micah. But, that’s when my friend Wake Chambers and I discussed on the message boards, and he sent me an email with his idea to bring Robbie E back.
“The Reformed Party Animal” Robbie E courtesy of Wake Chambers:
The best characters obviously are the ones that reflect the real person, so the change-up needs to stay true to him. He is, according to Robbie himself, is the partier type guy, so that is obviously why he worked as that character. I have dubbed Robbie E, the Reformed Party Animal. It is not an entirely new character but is a development in the evolution of the existing one instead. Basically, Robbie will eventually realize his carefree ways are costing him at making a real name for himself in the wrestling business, causing him to lose a lot, and, most importantly regarding the character’s motivation, losing him a hell of a lot of money-earning potential. He cleans himself up, so he can be taken more seriously.
He gets a proper haircut and dresses in a suit when he is not wrestling. He also will go by his full name, Robert E Strauss. It is all in the name of the character trying to be serious about winning and being taken seriously in the business. It would also come with additions to his move set and an identifiable finisher.
Much about the existing character is the comedy aspects to him, and that would not be something that should be done away with entirely. Robbie is a funny dude, and it should be taken advantage of. My thought is the character would be overt in his attempts to portray himself as a contender in and out of the wrestling ring.
Slowly, different elements are introduced, like the haircut, the suit, and usage of his proper name. It might be funny to have him regress and struggle to not party so much, like being tempted with boos and women, leading to an eventual split from the BroMans. He would eventually perform better when he is being more serious and struggle in the ring when he reverts to his partying ways. I think there is a lot that could be done with such a change and could set up Robbie E as another wrestler who has a fruitful future with TNA.
I personally love what Wake has thought up. I think this will work well. I wanted to at least think of something myself too, and like I said, I had nothing at all until, I was watching a UFC special one day as they promoted one of my favorite fighters Frankie Edgar and it hit me.
Robbie E as pro-wrestlings Frankie Edgar: The special I watched showed Frankie Edgar saying that in New Jersey there are two types of guys: guys that are tough, and guys who think they’re tough…and Edgar is the toughest guy to come out of New Jersey. So, essentially I ripped this sentence off completely and created a new gimmick for Robbie E.
We would see Robbie in vignettes a couple months after Tyrus beat him off of TV with Robbie saying a variation of that sentence and proclaiming that he not only forgot who he is, but also claiming to be the toughest guy to come out of Jersey. I even thought about changing his name to Robbie Edgar (although not acknowledging on air ever that he is copying a sentence from a UFC fighter for his entire gimmick).
Robbie would return to TNA after about 4-6 weeks of vignettes and feud with Tyrus. The thing with Robbie is that this would show he is brave and tough enough to attack and go right after the guy who took him out, but also a guy much bigger than him. The thing that would happen with Robbie in his first handful of feuds is that he would be proving his toughness to get over with the crowd similar to the infamous transformation to get Tommy Dreamer over with the ECW crowd. Robbie would get his ass kicked badly and beat up to extremes in these feuds but would still continue to fight, getting up, and keep on ticking.
Khoya/Shera: Oh man, how things have changed since I wrote all of this on paper. Truthfully, as of today, if it weren’t for the India deal, I would say fire this guy. Even now, I’d likely say fire this guy and attempt to find another Indian talent to showcase on the roster.
Here’s what I would have done: for starters, I would have kept his name as Khoya, I also would have never taken him out of The Revolution (see my previous chapters for what I ended up suggesting for The Revolution) and I would have absolutely kept a mouthpiece for the guy until the end of 2016 at the earliest if not for his entire career. I also would have never given him this stupid dance. I don’t care if it’s over in the Impact Zone, about half of the crowd is doing it for fun and will never watch Impact again in their lives.
The only thing I will never take away from Sheera is that his look is anywhere from an 8 to 10 out of 10. On look alone I always (and a very small part of me still does) felt he had potential. I would have kept him in The Revolution managed by Dr. James Mitchell (would have worked while I had Mitchell helping out Storm, and Mitchell would have taken complete control after Storm briefly left), and would have kept him in a tag team with one of or multiple members of The Revolution including the names that I put in The Revolution in my fantasy booking. Khoya would have been in a team with someone like Abyss, Knux or Crazzy Steve. Or if he did branch off, I think forming a tag team of him and Micah could have given them something to do, to add to the tag division, and maybe him and Micah would grow.
Micah: Here is another guy who my mind has changed a lot on. Truthfully, I wanted TNA to give this guy something to do so he could at least try to prove something. But they didn’t. I was disappointed in TNA for a while until the guy did an interview stating he wanted to team with his brother in the WWE in the future earlier this year or late 2015. Now, I say fuck Micah and get his ass out of TNA, let him go be a Mexican stereotype in WWE all he wants to.
I said earlier on in a previous chapter that I would have kept him and Drake as a tag team for a while so these two could both get involved in feuds and get the chance to showcase themselves. Truthfully, the biggest idea I had for Micah will be discussed in a future chapter.
But, prior to that chapter, I can tell you that I absolutely would have never had him be a god damned cholo. Like I said with Khoya, I would have likely either paired Micah and Khoya together, or put Micah in a tag team with Robbie Edgar after he came back and had these two feud with Godderz and Tyrus.
Grado will be discussed in the next chapter because at the time I wrote this, he was wrestling in the X-Division for reasons unknown, and the ideas I have for him would spoil things for my next chapter and also not make any sense.
Chris Melendez: I’m not going to waste time, he will never get past the leg issue, and he’ll never escape the military thing. Seen it all before, and unless he can just ride the coattails of Lashley, or been able to if they kept Bully, I have nothing for him. I would just cut ties with him.
Names of the talents on the roster I would release: Sheera, Melendez, Grado, and now Micah.
Still to come:
Chapter 8: X-Division
Chapter 9: 2015 stables, and created stables/ Two gimmicks for signable talents
Chapter 10: GFW invasion and fantasy PPV cards