Now I have not seen any footage of the former leader of the Revolutions arrival but I have seen a few images on social media, Storm looked great and what I find interesting is as like Samoa Joe he has kept his name which once again shows that even though WWE don’t always like to publicly acknowledge TNA they more than happy to capitalise off of their mistakes by signing stars which have become house hold names since being at the Nashville based company.
It is basically like TNA have become developmental and NXT is the main product. WWE don’t need to promote these guys, TNA have done it for them, we all know Samoa Joe and we all know James Storm (unless you are a numpty of course) When they rock up at WWE NXT the buzz is that a TNA guy has jumped to WWE, BIG NEWS! and proves TNA isn’t as irrelevant as everyone makes out. Over the years TNA have established some phenomenal talent, AJ Styles, Austin Aries, Alex Shelly, Chris Sabin, Samoa Joe, James Storm, Low Ki….the list could go on and on and on but the problem is they have all moved on from TNA.
New Japan Pro Wrestling has called for some, others have gone home to Ring of Honour and now we have the WWE with Daddy Triple H waiting with open arms to introduce another son or daughter to his already extended family. It is great business by the WWE and about time they opened their eyes to the pool of talent outside of their own developmental program. NXT is no longer a place to develop, it is now a monster in itself which rivals or even betters the main product.
Triple H has pitched it as the rock and rebellious alternative to your main stream pop of RAW and Smackdown and this why TNA is in deep trouble. They have already lost a huge amount talent before WWE were even interested in acquiring their stars. Now WWE have changed their stance why wouldn’t an Ethan Carter be of interest to them? Yes, they made a mistake with him first time round but thanks to TNA they can now see EC3 is a star of the future. TNA have done the dirty work and Carter could easily walk into the Full Sail arena with everyone knowing exactly who he is.
He should have been in the title mix. Not recruiting misfits left, right and centre and almost becoming the Oddities of TNA! A Revolution? What Revolution? What exactly did they revolutionise? Abyss is still shit, Maniks career is like the Karate Kid (mask on, mask off) and Mahabali Shera….well….NO! The Shera Shuffle will not be a move I plan to bust out on a Friday night!
What I am trying to say is the storyline didn’t develop any of these guys for the better! Storm became a lost leader and his group are now in a worse place with of them scrapping for a decent break!
WWE will book the Cowboy well, Triple H seems to have a nack at getting things right and heaven forbid they might even booked Joe vs Storm and I believe it would be a huge success. I would actually like to see this happen as my view at present with TNA is that they simply do not know how to book their talent, I don’t know who is responsible but poor booking is to blame for the majority of departures and it also is the reason people have lost faith in the company.
NXT flourished because they book talent well, they enhance guys like Kevin Owens, Finn Balor and Sami Zayn and in return these guys have capitalised on this strong booking they have been involved in. It’s a two way thing, if you booked to succeed, you will succeed and that comes with consistency.
When you compare this to TNA there is no consistency with their talent, at times they have booked well, only to chop and change, when you think they have a simply pay off, they over complicate it or try and blow it out of the water! They have Michael Bay syndrome! They just need patience and a slow burner most the time……but time is running out.
Anyways, it will be fantastic to see how James Storm gets on in NXT and you gotta think Bobby Roode must be questioning his loyalties soon, so many TNA original have ventured to pastures new and seemly for the better but Roode still stays the constant. I think it’s time he went off the chain ;)
Let me know your views of James Storms arrival via the comments section below!
Yes WE TALKER's today I attended Inside the Ropes Q&A session in London with the Icon Sting. Firstly, I have to say how it was awesome to see the Stinger looking healthy one again, he's not 100% yet but in his words he's 'feeling good', after the neck injury sustained at Night of Champions.
I also have to commend Inside the Ropes for the organisation, presentation and production of this event, everything went smoothly and was done in a professional manner. I would urge any of you who want to attend a Q&A session to look up Inside the Ropes in the future and I believe the team will be back in 2016, so be sure to keep an eye out :) Earlier in the day I was fortunate enough to be apart of the meet and greets in which I had a photo opportunity and a signing of my choice with Sting and this can be seen in a video on YouTube channel which will be uploaded later today ;)
Now, for bit you have all been waiting for, the Q&A! I am not going to give you every answer to every question but I will give you an idea of how the Q&A was carried out and the key answers which I took away from this event.
The questions were broken up into 4 sections:
Each section had a small video package which was nice as this refreshed not only the audience but Stings memory of all the accomplishments in his glittering career. The questions in the Surfer Sting section varied from him starting out prior to WCW in which he discussed his relationship with the late Ultimate Warrior to rivalries with the Dangerous Alliance and the nature boy Ric Flair.
The WCW Crow Sting section was where I got to ask my question, YES you are probably saying 'but Delzinski, you was meant to ask the hard hitting question about Stings current WWE run!' well yeah......but then I expected everyone wanted to ask that question and yes they did! So I decided to ask Sting about a rumour l heard regarding the nWos arrival at Bash at the Beach 1996. Now I am not sure where I heard this rumour but I am pretty sure Scott Hall has said this in the past. It has been said that the 3rd man was not always guaranteed to be Hogan, as Hogan could have potentially no showed the 1996 pay per view and if he had, Sting was the back up for the nWos third man!
YES! A HUGE question I know! an industry changer as we may never have had Hollywood Hogan and what would of become of Sting?!?
Other questions included, does the finish at Starcade 97 still play on his mind? Sting replied 'not really, I never knew who's idea it was to go down the controversial finish route' but in honesty he says 'it is what it is and I have never had a problem with it.'
Did Owen Harts rafter fall affect him in WCW. His answer was yes as he was due to come down from the rafters the very next night at a WCW Nitro show but could not go forward with it out of respect for Owen and it was only after speaking with Bret Hart and having the Hart families blessing that he resumed coming down from the rafters again.
TNA Sting - Now this was interesting and I did kinda wish I had saved my question for this section as I really had forgotten just how good Stings run was in TNA. TNA gave Sting an opportunity to evolve again with his time in the Main Event Mafia and the incarnation of Joker Sting, both point in which Sting metions were some of his favourite moments of his career.
WWE Sting - YES, the audience were salivating for this section! The majority wanted the Stinger to strike and tell us what we all wanted to hear that he should NOT have lost to Triple H at Wrestlemania 31! and his 0-2 record in the WWE was simply WRONG! But this was not the case, when the questions were asked, Sting once again had a very respectful and humble approach, he said 'I was just happy be at Wrestlemania and to go up against Triple H a guy from my generation, it was an absolute honour' the outcome of match to Sting is irrelevant, this was more about telling a story and having moments that fans will remember, the DX run in, the nWo, the ball bat breaking the sledge hammer giving that nostalgia of the Monday Night Wars, this was all much more important to Sting than putting tick in the win column.
After hearing him talk about the match in this way it has certainly opened my eyes, I mean if Sting doesn't mind the finish, then why should I! I should just be happy we got witness a fantastic match between two future Hall of Famers and appreciate the effort they put in to tell the story of wars in one historic match on grandest stage of them all.
I have closure.....at last ;)
Another question to note, bar the the Undertaker which current superstar would Sting like to be paired up against? Stings replied 'Bray Wyatt' - Sting is a fan of the old school gimmicks as it is how he was brought up in the industry. Wyatt vs Sting would certainly be a match I want to see!
And finally..... THE QUESTION! THE BIG ONE.... Wrestlemania 32, Sting vs The Undertaker will it happen?
Sting replied: 'I would love for it to happen and if by some miraculous way the doctors can patch me up in time then it could happen, its definitely the match I want'
So...... if Sting gets the all clear from the doctors it could finally happen but reading his body language I think this injury that Sting picked up at Night of Champions is not a simple one and it could be complicated which is why I still have my doubts. I want it to happen, I hope it does happen but I think we be saying Sting vs Taker is the match that never was!
For all photos and more info regarding me experience meeting the Icon Sting be sure to check my YouTube channel for a video later today!
From what I can see this main event was Carter and Galloway’s big moment to put on a 5 star match, we already know Carter CAN wrestler much to the disbelieving chants from TNA fans and Galloway’s performances in FPW, ICW and TNA show he has the ability to mix it up physically and technically in which manner is required. From a babyface/heel perspective this is singles match was the basis for a feud that TNA needed, two talents who in WWE were not given the run of the mill but here in TNA they have certainly been given the opportunity to shine, so much so that when I saw Galloway vs Carter booked for BFG I thought YES! This is your Rock/Austin right here. This match could have set the standard for these two to begin a long term rivalry which could progress way into next year. 6 months? 12 month? I don’t care! but it would be refreshing for TNA to have a consistent storyline for this period of time with no Abyss coming out from under the ring, no hostile takeovers or multiple stables being added to the mix.
I guess you are probably thinking but what’s the problem of having both Hardy’s added to this mix? “Delzinski, this is consistent booking with current storylines!”…….Yes it is... but was it needed to have all of this thrown in 1 week before the PPV? At some point Jeff Hardy is going to stick it to EC3, I think we all gather that but is TNA planning to pull an even bigger swerve with Jeff Hardy attacking Matt? Or let’s think RUSSO BIG with Matt costing Drew and siding with Carter!!! Yeah…..hopefully not that one! But have you noticed a pattern? All my outcomes are talking about the Hardy’s where my focus should be on the 2 young talents that have busted their gut to headline TNAs biggest pay per view of the year, that’s no discredit to the Hardy’s efforts but I just feel their presence in this match draws attention away from the spectacle of something very simple which would have been a great technical and physical match with Carter and Galloway. The stage was set for them to show there in ring talent on the biggest stage and I feel with this booking change this has been taken away from them.
Do you agree with me? Should TNA have kept it simply with Carter vs Galloway or are you happy to have Matt and Jeff Hardy added to the main event? How do you think the match will play out? And will EC3 leave as Champion! Let me know via the comments below as I urge you all to GET INVOLVED!
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