Saturday, August 16, 2014

Last Ride....

I've decided to give this thing another go and jot down a few things I'd LOVE to see in the coming year, provided TNA finds a brand new home or secures the one they have at the moment. SO, without ANY further ado, here's MY list of "to do's" for 2015......

1. King of the Mountain....
You'll find that this column is going to have a BUNCH of returns or debuts and this sets the tone of the whole thing. The King of the Mountain match was a staple to Slammiversary, but it also created the moniker of TNA's founder, Jeff Jarrett. This backwards Ladder Match has been the field trip to chaos for quite a long time and it's been too long since we've seen it, so I say let's bring bad old habits.

2. World X Cup.....
While we're on the topic of bring back old habits...why not the World X Cup? It seems as though it would make some sense to set the clock back just a bit and hit pause for another round of nostalgia for the old school TNA fans. Matt Bentley, Petey Williams, Kazarian, Daniels, Jushin Liger, heck....why not Rey Mysterio if he's available? Just a thought.

3. One More Time....
If we're going to see one more match from a few of the best of TNA's brightest years, why not put Jeff Hardy, Kurt Angle, Samoa Joe, Austin Aries, Bobby Roode, and a returning legend into Six Sides of Steel or into a Gauntlet....fact is, ANY match with these guys in it is going to blow the lid of the venue, but then I remember....I never mentioned the legend by name. Since this is all wishful thinking, I say bring back AJ Styles for another run.

Bringing back Styles is a bit of a weird topic for me, as vocal as I was in the wake of his departure, but as it turns out, both sides of the discussion have had some reasonably decent success without each other...who would have thought? Even so, though, my DVD collection still has some room for another "Best of AJ Styles" title in it. Okay, end sentimental moment.

4. Knockouts Faction war.....
I've made mention of a TNA roster war with more than two factions, but a women's faction or two has yet to truly manifest itself in either of the two major wrestling promotions up to this time. Personally, I'm all for gender equality in this case. I'd LOVE to see a showcase match at Lockdown with a pairing of two Knockouts teams in Lethal Lockdown. It's still new territory and, quite frankly, I KNOW the talent behind the scenes, minus Rebel, could put together a very nice and respectable match; one for the ages.

5. The End of Abyss.....
As a character, his time has come. It's time to go in a different direction. His character is stale and languishing in it's luster. TNA NEEDS to put together the story to wind down the character and put him, ultimately, to rest. In the beginning, Abyss was a GENIUS character and one that TNA sorely needed to meet the demands of a niche audience, but that time has either passed or is passing and maybe not for the hardcore rules match as a whole, but Abyss' inclusion in that category moving forward. And just in the same way that putting Kane to rest without Paul Bearer is going to be tough, Abyss without James Mitchell is not going to fly any better, so TNA had BETTER do his departure up right and secure the dark Father for the story.

6. The Bound for Glory Series....
This year, the series is absent...did anyone notice? I know I did, because the World Heavyweight Title has taken a bit of a backseat of late and, truthfully, there was never a reason for things to feel that way, even in the midst of a bit of turmoil from a managerial standpoint. The point is, when the Bound for Glory Series was first put together, I was skeptical, but it drew me into the story because there were outside ways for a person to get a title shot that did not involve the series at all. For example, when "Option C" was brought to the table, the series was already underway, but the cash-in gave TNA a way to move forward on the promise to have a challenger each month for whoever the title-holder was at the time. Combine that with the fact that every time, the title holder had a feud going on that would last a month or so into the summer AFTER Destination X that involved someone who WASN'T involved in the series.

Is there more to this list? Probably, but this is the most important stuff that could be included on the surface. With the return of Rhino, Kenny King, and Matt Hardy, and the current reign of Bobby Lashley, along with the debuts of MVP, and Jessicka Havok, this year could be the return to glory TNA has needed since 2009.

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