I want to start by saying that I would absolutely pair as many X-Division wrestlers together as I could to also form tag teams with them as well as having solo goals and aspirations in the X-Division to not only establish more tag teams but also get more TV exposure for the X-division stars as well.
Also, X Division stars or part time X-Division wrestlers such as Eddie Edwards, Kenny King, Low-Ki and Rockstar Spud were previously mentioned in other chapters.
Tigre Uno: Hard to really think of a lot more to do with this guy. He needs to work on his English or possibly get a mouthpiece. Tigre is an amazing talent with a great look, who does some very awesome moves in the ring. But, there is not much to do as a character, and hard to explain much of a heel turn. A manager or mouthpiece and possibly a heel turn can help him out a lot. Right now, TNA has to resort to making sure he doesn’t end up a jobber.
Manik/TJ Perkins: I’ll be honest it sucks a lot that Manik is gone from TNA now. Since I wrote this, my mind changed on what to do with him not only being forced, but also because of one match and one petition. Regardless, of the current (at the time I wrote all this on paper in August) wrestlers who are essentially going to be specific to the X-Division only I think Manik should have been the focus along with Tigre and deserved a big push.
I was honestly never a fan of this guy which is honestly because I always hated the Suicide character (likely because his character came off of a video game, and a bad video game at that). I was happy with the name change but never got behind him or cared until I found out that he was the same guy who was Puma. I saw Puma on some old TNA DVD’s I own and became a huge supporter and wondered why this regime never allowed Manik to go showcase the stuff he was doing as Puma.
First thing I wanted to do was drop the ‘Manik’ character or gimmick and either turn him back to being Puma, or even just as TJ Perkins.
I obviously wanted to see him form a tag team also, I thought him and Sanada should have been utilized and gotten a big feud with The Wolves but that was blown; I wanted Manik out of The Revolution, my first thought was to put Manik in a team with Tigre Uno (which will be in more details as to why under the next wrestler); then TJ Perkins and DJ Z teamed up for an episode of Velocity, Perkins tried to convince TNA to drop the mask, and I felt that Perkins & Ion would be a very entertaining team that I was very excited to see perform in 2016…well heart is broken there.
Homicide: Well, here was another disappointment for me. I loved what the BDC was doing, and while Homicide is no Samoa Joe, I was still happy he was back. He not only fits the build for the BDC but he’s also a charismatic character, and also a good tag team wrestler. I felt like Homicide could not only contribute to the X-Division champion, but him teaming with either Low-Ki or Kenny King could have turned out well…and there was even the potential for the LAX return to happen.
I’m still hopeful that in 2016 we will see an LAX reunion for one last run for one or two years. I’d like a mouthpiece like Ricardo Rodriguez for them. I think while both teams would remain heels, LAX against MVP & Kenny King would have been very good stuff. I think LAX against The Wolves, Beer Money, and a team like EY & Bram could be some really good stuff. Do not forget that at one time LAX was extremely over, got insane heat, and had outstanding feuds in the TNA tag team division while the division was at its peak, and the former tag team division in TNA is one of (if not the) the best tag team divisions in wrestling history!
New LAX: If TNA was not going to ever get Hernandez back, my idea for early 2016 with Homicide would be him establishing ‘The New LAX’ (possibly a more creative name or even just go with LAX) where he would be the leader of a stable consisting of himself, Tigre Uno, and Puma. I would have also previously had Homicide convince MVP to let him recruit Tigre Uno into The BDC. I also realize that TJ Perkins is Filipino but the mask symbolizes lucha libre so I would go back to Puma, and use the three for both the tag team and X divisions. They would likely start as faces because it would be Homicide’s counter to help him fight MVP and King.
Zema Ion: DJ Z has got to go, the obnoxious DJ is go-away heat not legitimate heat. But, unfortunately it seems that DJ Z or Zema Ion is on his way out the door. I’ll be honest, I always hated this guy until Slammiversary last year. The thing is, I realized he was talented but his poor man’s Rick Martel gimmick, and then the DJ with the awful Bro Mans team just ruined him for me. The opening match of the 2015 Slammiversary was so damn great that both Zema and Manik won me over, and I realized that Zema is a talent that needs to be pushed in the X-Division. I think an X-Division title run now would have went over a lot better than the one he had in 2012. I thought him teaming with TJ Perkins would have been great. Now, I think they need to keep him around, give him a face turn and drop the gimmicks, push him in the X division, and even possibly pair with a repackaged Robbie E as one of the occasional tag teams I have mentioned in previous columns.
Crazzy Steve: Well, when The Menagerie was gone from TNA, Steve was just a body who randomly appeared in the neglected X-division with no purpose and as a guy who is too mentally ill to even know how to go for a pin, or as someone coherent enough to win a match. If you read my previous columns you’d know that my intent was for The Revolution to absorb both The Menagerie and Samuel Shaw, and Dr. James Mitchell was brought in by James Storm to manage The Revolution under his guidance, and Knux would taken on an enforcer type of role to help Storm and Mitchell out. I would have not only kept Steve in the X-division but also use him and Knux as a tag team. On one of the bigger Impact shows, I planned on having Mitchell convince his former foe in commissioner Raven to give his refocused Crazzy Steve an X-Division title shot against Eddie Edwards who had cleared out the X-division at that point.
Some people have a fear of clowns. With The Revolution and James Mitchell, I intended to turn Crazzy Steve into an evil and creepy clown which is how I feel The Menagerie should have been from the start.
However, The Decay is off to a great start. I love everything about The Decay so far, and could have not thought of something this good at this time. I hope this team eventually becomes tag team champions although I want to see Steve become a scary clown as opposed to being like Heath Ledger’s Joker.
Mandrews: This is the guy I probably had the most in mind planned for even though at this time I had only seen him wrestle once or twice. I’m glad to have found out that Mandrews is actually a very talented wrestler and also happy to see TNA begin to use the guy a little more often in 2016. I want him to drop the skateboard very badly though, the guy isn’t Bart Simpson and he’s a grown adult, a grown ass adult should not be skateboarding.
I think pairing Mandrews up with Spud who would take him under his wing should have been a no-brainer but apparently it isn’t. I would have had Spud take Mandrews under his ring, and eventually Grado as well. Spud and Mandrews would be a team as well, and may possibly capture the tag belts in an upset victory for a short lived reign.
As I said in a previous column, Magnus would have selected Spud as his partner to cash in the tag team title briefcase, Spud would have a pretty successful year in 2015. At BFG, Mandrews would end up turning on Spud and either costing him the X-Division title or costing the pair the tag team titles in a multi-team match. Mandrews would claim that Spud was holding him back, and was a glory hog who only cared about himself.
Mandrews would then become EC3’s new chief of staff to rub it in the face of Spud in what EC3 would have stated at an earlier point in the year as “his lifelong feud and hatred he will always have with Rockstar Spud.” Mandrews would play the role of Chief Of Staff a little more seriously than Spud did in the past, and wouldn’t be the punching bag that Spud was as that would go to a different person on the roster.
Grado: Like I said in the previous chapter, Grado was in the X-division at the time I wrote out this outline, and I would also use him in a storyline that gets brought up here also. My first notes on this piece of paper under his name are: “GET HIM THE FUCK OUT OF THE X DIVISION.” Thankfully TNA has done this. Grado is comedic relief and nothing else. He earned a small amount of my respect on ONO Live as he got beat up pretty good by Abyss in the Monster’s Ball. I would honestly put Grado in a group with Spud and Mandrews.
After Mandrews would turn on Spud and become the Chief of Staff for EC3, Grado would follow Mandrews over to the heel side and he would become the court jester and punching bag for EC3 in a comedic role. Grado would be the tag partner of Mandrews, and would feud with Spud at first.