However, please realize my first botch in attendance was not at my choice. But, the FK9 and OSDH alliance was a MUST. Plus, our man Numero has to take a leave soon for a bit, and the truth is the Knockouts deserve to have the duo of Numero and FK9 together to discuss them. FK9 making his triumphant return to the Podcast business being with us is awesome despite really wanting to do the show with him myself, it’s still better to start with Numero and TNA Dude. Plus…sometimes you gotta go to Orlando and try to buy TNA and shit…
My weekend started with logging on to Twitter and seeing Mike Bennett fight off a gang of Internet trolls. One of them used to be a regular here, but it was pathetic to see this crap. TNA can do things perfectly but the IWC will still hate anything they do unless their initials become WWE. Bennett did great showing them up, but the best I’ve ever seen do it was Aiden O’Shea and that is what got me intrigued which led to me seeing how charismatic he is, and made me a fan of the guy. Keep up the good work Mike Bennett, you’re winning in life.
I tried to think about what to write for the Take this week and had nothing. It’s just been the craziest week ever for TNA in some regards. Rumors are insane and all over the place. Maybe the Harris Twins have some control of it. Swastikas are going to be brought up more frequently if this has truth to it. I’ve heard it was strictly a gimmick in the WWF, but have also heard a rumor that one of, if not both, is a born again Christian. If Arolux does end up with stock in TNA then que in the Jeff Jarrett and Vince Russo talk. I’ll eventually write a page or two on my thoughts on Russo, but the man did incorporate the whole roster when he wrote the shows. The talent that GFW has right now (and last year) is much needed in TNA. Regardless, the Harris Bros know the business which is a plus in comparison to what we have in charge now.
When Jim Ross acknowledged the rumors it sounded much worse than anything previously reported. It made what may be a positive situation with an investor turn to a feeling of doom. Then Impact sucked on top of it. The Hardy spot was incredible, EC3, Bennett, Rosemary and Andrew Everett shined in what resembled the gloomy days of 2014. Poor gimmicks like The Menagerie and the ruination of Samuel Shaw were missing but the four minute matches and constant talking segments dominated the entire show. Al Snow and Shera got more time than a ladder match with all but one Knockout and what should have been a tremendous X Division title match.
However, Sacrifice sounds amazing next week. The only negatives are the final appearances of Roode and EY. On the PPV shows, I feel they should be promo free, but an Eli Drake talk show on Sacrifice is easily acceptable. Then the tapings happened, and very rarely is my intuition is wrong but I’m extremely happy to say that Mark Andrews was there, we had a tryout for a new X Division wrestler which is hopefully a plus, and even better we got a good, talented new Knockout that’s not even named Cherry Bomb. So, there is new talent and a company that allegedly has zero spare dollars was able to sign another new wrestler…maybe two or more.
But, to close it out, a saddening event happened and Chyna passed away on Wednesday. Chyna was in TNA one time, and it was her last wrestling match. I do not reveal my identity because of how people can be, especially online but I will say that addiction problems hit close to home with me, and I have a better understanding than most people. It’s sad that Chyna is another statistic of a life that went downhill after stints in the wrestling business. Knowing she did porn, and also ended up with a lot of personal demons is sad regardless of who you are.
It’s a shame that Chyna never got into the WWE HOF prior to her death. It obviously meant a hell of a lot to her. Her past history with Triple H and Stephanie along with the porn choices clearly prevented this from happening. In my opinion, three women really changed the roles of women in wrestling: Sunny, Sable and then most importantly was Chyna. They all blew up in the same era and paved way for so many, but Chyna stood out apart from the rest because it wasn’t her stunning good looks that paved the way. Chyna was the eighth wonder of the world, was a great wrestler, could mix it up with the guys, and actually won the Intercontinental championship from TNA founder Jeff Jarrett, and then feuded with Hardcore Holly and Chris Jericho. Chyna was a legend, an icon and a pioneer in pro wrestling, and it’s a god damned shame that she was not given her proper respect.
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