Sunday, June 30, 2013

Survival Tactix: Newbies.....

And then there were four.....

Sting, Kurt Angle, Samoa Joe, Magnus, and "Rampage" Jackson.....an interesting combination, is it not? So why am I not convinced that this will work? Could it have something to do with the stare down between Angle and Jackson not even a month ago? Surely not. If there was a better place for Jackson than the Aces, I can't think of it. The mole in their ranks would make for an interesting plot twist and would most assuredly put Angle and Jackson together in the ring as opponents. Go ahead and deny it.

Magnus in the ranks has me intrigued, having never won a World Title, but with him as a leader in the ranks of the BFG Series, I still believe him as the front runner to win the whole tourney. Again, I didn't say he'd win the title, just the series leading up to it. I still think the series victor stands in line, waiting for one man......

I still believe AJ Styles will be the one to remove the strap from the clutches of the villain and bring the story that has been in the making for 7 months so far, full circle. Why do I pick Styles? Let's look at some history.....

Bound for Glory Series 2011- Bobby Roode won the tourney to face Kurt Angle for the World Title. Though he lost as a face favorite, he made arguably the greatest heel turn of the year in turning on the new title holder and created the feud of the following year with James Storm. Before anyone jumps in and calls this an example of bad booking, I think it best to first admit that Roode holding the World Title was the best decision TNA made despite him not winning at the show of the year, which they rectified only two weeks later.

Victory Road 2011- Jeff Hardy embarrassed himself and the TNA brand by nearly falling over himself on the way to the ring, forcing officials to end his match against Sting in 90 seconds. Over the course of the year following that, Hardy made a very public apology and was given one final chance to redeem himself. In the months to follow, Hardy put up exemplary performances against Angle, Jarrett, Roode, and earned back the respect of the TNA officials and many of the fans he slighted by his actions. That respect turned full circle when he was given the honor of winning the tourney and, eventually, the World Title once again at Bound for Glory 2012.

Turning Point 2012- AJ Styles, along with Bobby Roode and James Storm fought for a number one contenders' spot at Final Resolution. This is the match that brought about the Lone Wolf and the one that, in my opinion, brings Styles into contention for the World Title without ever having to fire a single shot. The stipulation clearly stated that the loser wouldn't be able to challenge for the World Title until Bound for Glory 2013, which will be upon us soon enough. Basing an opinion solely around the history of booking is inconsistent, at best, but in this case, I believe TNA wishes to do right by the fans and stick to the brand of booking that works best and there isn't a single fan of the TNA product who DOESN'T believe AJ Styles to be the living and breathing embodiment of the product as a whole and the safest place to put their money.....period.



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