But, most importantly I feel the song tells a story about TNA on Pop TV in 2016. In a lot of ways, for better or for worse (truthfully, very much for worse) the old TNA is dead and gone. This song kind of pokes at the IWC who has predicted TNA’s death for years but they’re still alive, but also says the old is gone and this is a new company and product. I would show both the members of the current active roster on the opening video but then during certain parts of the song would still show some of TNA’s past talents on what is clearly older footage so some do not get confused expecting to see AJ, Daniels, Joe, etc.
BLEH! (DURING THIS COUPLE OF SECONDS, I’D PUT EC3 & JEFF HARDY ON SCREEN)
You pull the trigger just for fun
Forgetting I'm a loaded gun (DEFINETELY A SHOT OF BRAM FOR THIS LINE)
So hate me for the things I've done (SHOT ROCKSTAR SPUD)
And not for what I've now become (SHOT OF MATT HARDY)
I want this (SHOTS OF DREW GALLOWAY, LASHLEY AND GAIL KIM)
I need this
I love it
Crawling from hell, fallen from grace, (SHOW THE DECAY THEN DANIELS)
And there is nothing left to take. (NEXT COUPLE ARE ANGLE HEABUTTING JOE)
Leaving the past to the grave
So we can reincarnate (SHOT OF THE WOLVES)
You sit upon your throne of filth (NEXT TWO LINES FEATURE MIKE BENNETT/MARIA)
Condemning what you haven't built
So hate me 'cause you're standing still (SHOT OF JAMES STORM FOR NEXT TWO)
Watching while I shoot to kill
I live this (JADE VS MADISON & ELI DRAKE)
I breathe this
You crave it
Crawling from hell, fallen from grace, SHOTS OF OLD: STING, EY & DIRTY HEELS
And there is nothing left to take.
Leaving the past to the grave
So we can reincarnate
[Next part of the song is cut out]
We lie down (JEFF HARDY IS NEXT TWO LINES)
We're sore and sick
We fall down (GODDERZ V ROBBIE)
Sink or swim (TIGRE UNO LEAPING OFF OF CAGE AT TREVOR LEE CLIP)
The remedy for who we are and what lies beneath (ENDS WITH SHOT OF EC3)
[FADE INTO IMPACT]
Did anyone ever watch the show The League on FX/FXXX? I know that my life is never going to be the same without new episodes. However, my favorite character on the show is the one that always stood out the most, the character you either loved or hated, Rafi. This character is just completely out there. The most bizarre and out there character I’ve ever seen on TV. This guy was so crazy, and over the top that the character actually fits in wrestling.
I was thinking who could portray this psychotic, sexual deviant to the twelfth degree? None other than Joey Ryan; unfortunately, Joey Ryan was let go by TNA and he signed with Lucha Underground…and then got major Internet fame and was even sponsored by a porn company since I originally had this idea.
I’ll admit that when Joey Ryan first came to TNA I didn’t like the guy very much. But, two things changed my mind of him completely: watching him when he was the Knockouts referee, and on a ONO show when he was hitting on SoCal Val, and so smoothly in his promo said something along the lines of being as sure that he was getting a victory like he was sure him “and SoCal Val were making sweet love tonight.” Joey Ryan is a pretty good wrestler that can contribute to both the X Division and the main roster. But, even better is that he is a great character. I am sure WWE won’t want him, he’s big on the Indy scene, and he honestly fits TNA more than ROH or even LU. I think if given the chance, if he upped his sleaziness aspect and portrayed some of the mannerisms and craziness of Rafi from the show he could be a major success for himself and for TNA.
Unfortunately, TNA also brought Candice LeRae in but didn’t sign her which sucks that much worse because I think she could help the character so much. I think Candice could almost portray this innocent, America’s sweetheart type of girl that for some reason is head-over-heels in love with Joey Ryan. She’d be a great Knockout and would be featured heavily in the division but would also be the girl who nobody can figure out why she loves Joey Ryan.
At one point both Angelina and either Madison or Velvet were associated with the Bro Mans. I envisioned a backstage segment where these guys were feuding with Joey Ryan or going in to a match which would then escalate to a feud, but the Bro Mans would confront Ryan and hit on Candice as well. Joey wouldn’t care at all, he’d be down for it and ask the Bro Mans if they wanted to swap girls two for one for the night. Ryan would offer Candice up for the night, offer to share her, try and sleep with every Knockout or entice them for threesomes, etc. The guy would be like an insane Val Venis. However, since I had this idea just look at how big Joey Ryan is actually getting just by his normal gimmick. Either way, he’s a big loss for TNA.
A GANGSTER IS NEEDED
We have lost so many top talents in TNA, including many talents who left TNA that developed into big stars elsewhere, and have seen multiple talents brought in but never signed that would have absolutely made the TNA roster a whole lot better had they been signed. Another thing that TNA has lost is star power. The truth is the only name left on the roster with any star power at all is Jeff Hardy. EC3 and James Storm should be but TNA has never failed to produce a household name. However, there is one wild card out there with some name value that a lot of wrestling fans do not realize. A man who can cut a promo with the best of anyone anywhere of all time; a man who talked himself into a championship fight in a division that he never even wrestled in, that man is “The American Gangster” Chael Sonnen.
Now Chael is not a pro-wrestler but that’s not what I’m suggesting he become. I see Chael as a commentator/authority figure. Before I get crucified for the authority figure role hear me out. If you’ve ever read any of my previous columns then you would realize that I see the authority figure role as someone similar to Nigel McGuiness in ROH. My previous idea for this role was Raven but I think Chael may be the best option out there. Rarely would we see the authority figure taking time away from the talents in the ring or backstage in segments. But, when this did happen it’s a whole lot better to have Chael on screen than it is to have Dixie or Corgan.
This would do main things: 1) as a regular commentator or a commentator for half of the shows this does one major thing which pushes The Pope back into the ring as a full time wrestler which TNA desperately needs to happen 2) this provides an authority figure that is believable as someone that the wrestlers cannot push around. If a guy like Bully Ray were to come around and decide to put Chael through a table he would get his ass kicked. Chael is a guy who also would play a neutral authority figure as opposed to the bland heel or face role.
Chael is or was signed on as a commentator for GFW so the odds are TNA could have a chance. But, the guy offers a whole lot more than just the two reasons I have listed above. Chael is clearly a wild card that could fail, and he also has some previous baggage along with fabricating the truth at times, but he’s also got a very high ceiling. If he actually chose to become an actual pro-wrestler he automatically brings legitimacy to TNA, more than Lashley and in ways even more than Angle did. I mean this is a guy who fought arguable the greatest MMA fighter of all time for seven rounds, and despite two losses to zero wins, kicked his ass six rounds out of those seven. Plus, he was also a collegiate wrestler for the greatest University in the world, the University of Oregon.
Even if you do not watch MMA or hate it with a passion and refuse to pay any attention at all, the fact is, unless you’ve been living under a rock since 2014 you know who Connor McGregor is and how much money he generates for the UFC. Where do you think Connor learned how to talk shit and sell fights in the UFC? He copied Chael’s act. While Chael hasn’t had the success that McGregor has had, the best difference is Chael seems like a generally nice guy when not promoting or picking a fight whereas McGregor is a douchebag and he is so hateable he turned an unlikeable, unintelligent Nate Diaz into someone very likeable after he put the hype train on hold. The bottom line is that Chael sells fights, and knows how to promote them, he is a fantastic promoter.
A fantastic promoter is something that TNA is desperately in need of. But, possibly the best thing that Chael Sonnen would provide TNA is from a marketing standpoint, and reaching another audience. Chael promotes himself extremely well. He is also on the Jim Rome radio show frequenty, is usually the “Smack Off Champion” or in the final two each year. Chael also appears on Jim Rome’s Showtime TV show frequently as well. This reaches a new audience of sports fans that may know nothing about TNA Impact but may decide to take a look for themselves. Chael P. Sonnen also hosts his own Podcast, and I believe that he is still a UFC analyst for ESPN but I could be wrong.
The last benefit is that Chael Sonnen is one of if not the best promo from day one, and that’s not just in TNA. Chael constantly cut promos in the UFC and never failed once. Many MMA fans were not fans of him for being “too pro wrestling” for MMA. I honestly think the second he steps foot in TNA he cuts a promo on the same level as EC3, Eli Drake, The Pope, and Mike Bennett. This is a big gamble but if he is willing to sign with GFW, I’m sure TNA can offer just as good of an offer, and the potential benefits could turn a solid profit for TNA.