The Stomping Ground: I Survived a TNA PPV
by Mike Gojira on October 20, 2011

The most consistent IWC writer on Inside Pulse is back, yo! I pull no punches, make no excuses, and I say what’s on my mind.

That being said (used with permission from Blair Douglas), I actually sat and watched TNA’s “Wrestlemania,” Bound for Glory, last Sunday night. Mind you, this was after a 4-day weekend that involved the New York Comic-Con and the Jones Beach Breast Cancer Walk (save them titties!), so I rarely had an opportunity to rest.

I could sit here and whine about Raw like a petulant child (that seems to be the new thing around here, doesn’t it?) or I could espouse the entertainment value of Smackdown (of which our very own Chris Sanders is not a fan). I could respond to trolls who don’t agree with my opinions or talk about CM Punk’s position in the WWE for the Nth time.

Nope.

Not gonna do it.

Wouldn’t be prudent (bonus points if you get that reference).

Instead, I’ll let you in on my thoughts of Bound for Glory. Overall, the PPV was decent, but for everything the company did right, there were a hundred things that spoiled it for me.

1. Kendrick and Aries had a great opening contest. Aries’s reaction to that top rope Sliced Bread was great and both guys proved why the X-Division needs to be pushed more prominently.

2. RVD and Lynn had their generic massacre and I was legitimately worried for RVD when he took a rough bump on the outside.

3. Things started to go downhill from there. The Knockouts match was predictable, but if I were Velvet Sky I’d want my first title win to be more memorable instead of the result of a clusterfuck.

4. I’m not sure I enjoy Christopher Daniels as a Christian-like heel. It seems forced and out of character. Why couldn’t this just be a friendly rivalry that doesn’t resort to the use of a screwdriver? And the line about “murdering” AJ Styles? Weak sauce.

5. Jeff Hardy vs Jeff Jarrett does nothing for me. Nothing.

6. Am I in the minority here when I say I could care less about another Hogan face turn?

7. I still maintain that Bobby Roode deserved the title. The company spent MONTHS building up this tournament. MONTHS. Logically, if you want your fans to believe in a concept and cheer for it or demand more of it, you have to prove that it is a success. The ONLY way that could have been achieved would be if Roode walked out of the PPV Sunday night as the new TNA Champion. If the results of the upcoming Impact taping spoilers are true, it looks like Roode might possibly turn heel out of jealousy and frustration. If they keep him as a face for the foreseeable future then this tournament was a bust, plain and simple. I’ll wait and see, but the company doesn’t exactly have a great track record.

So, that’s what I thought after watching Bound for Glory. Nothing that happened made me interested in watching Impact so, as far as enticing me goes, they failed in that respect.

Random Thoughts From Around the Pulse

I thought I’d take a break from my usual Random Thoughts segment to mention my views on what others have brought to the table this week.

*Smackdown’s Battle Royal was brought up by both Sanders (who I linked to earlier) and Joel Leonard here. I agree that the match was a waste of potential, but what did you really expect? With only three weeks between PPVs they have to rush into feuds so it was a no-brainer that Cody Rhodes would get involved. I do believe that having Orton challenge Cody for the Intercontinental Championship would have made for an interesting match, but the ‘E seems to be saving that for Vengeance.

*My boy Glazer makes the claim that CM Punk is currently the best in the world by comparing him to Chris Jericho and Shawn Michaels, and while many of the points he makes are valid, Y2J and HBK have a hell of a lot more time invested in the business; that’s a tough comparison.

Steven Gepp’s Fave Five Jobbers

I’ve decided to change the format for my Fave Five segment. I’m inviting you, the reader (no, not you. The other guy behind you with the noose), to come up with your own Fave Five. You could post your Fave Five whatever in the comments section, or e-mail me your posts and you might see it in the near future. The first guest is none other than Crocodile Dundee himself, Steven Gepp. He’s decided to talk about his Fave Five Jobbers. By the way, notice how he numbers them in descending order; I think it’s some sort of Australian “Down Under” thing. You know, kind of like the way the toilets flow in the other direction.

5. Ranger Ross. I don’t know why, but I always enjoyed watching him have his arse handed to him
each time he got in the ring.

4. Scott Putski. I was a huge fan of his father Ivan: all body, no neck. But his son had little of the
talent, some of the size, and was beaten by everyone.

3. Scotty Riggs. After the break-up of the American Males, this guy could not catch a break. The
eye-patch, the least used member of the Flock, everything. He was just everything Buff Bagwell
should have been.

2. SD “Special Delivery” Jones. Only saw him a few times, but, man, could he be squashed like a
bug!

1. “Iron” Mike Sharpe. My favourite Jobber ever. His random screams, his never-healing arm in its
cast and his all-over hairiness just made him the epitome of the Jobber. I modelled my own
wrestling persona after Iron Mike.

Thanks, Steve-O! Remember, send in your Fave Five anything and I’ll post them in next week’s column. Check back here Sunday for my thoughts on the Vengeance card. Floyd may claim that I’m banned, but she loves my unending charm and witty banter and can’t quit me so easily.

Until then…so long, and thanks for all the fish.




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  • limodriver

    How do you leave Barry Horowitz out of your Fave Five Jobbers? He was the best ever. Also, what about Tito Santana?

  • CB

    Agree Barry Horowitz deserves honorable mention at least. Gojira, hope the fave five list I emailed you makes the cut :)

  • Wally Kovacs

    Dana Carvey as Bush Sr. … didn’t expect to see that get pulled out of mothballs.

  • Mike Gojira

    Hooray! Someone got the reference!

  • Steven Gepp

    When I started to see Santana, he was winning. I saw him as IC champ, as a tag champ, saw him win at Wrestlemania… not a jobber. And Barry always seemed to me like he could win at any time. He never seemed like just a jobber, more a JTTS. Whereas I saw Iron Mike Sharpe beaten by a guy whose name they didn’t even pout up on the screen!

  • CB

    Just an FYI: On tonight’s impact, there was 6 minutes and 30 seconds of total wrestling. In a 2-plus hour show.

  • Joseph Hargrove

    @CB: The same thing happened with the Immortal reveal show last year so I’m not surprised they went down that route this year.

    Also, there were some good segments though with the small amount of wrestling so it didn’t come out all bad IMO.

  • sideshowbob

    No Steve Lombardi or Barry O? Funny that one isn’t mentioned as a part of Randall legacy…

  • flamingwombat

    80s Jobbers Rule
    5. Barry O
    4. Johnny K9
    3. Mario Mancini
    2. Tiger Chung Li
    1. IRON MARK SHARP (was as entertaining as any jobber could ever be. amazing.)

  • CB

    @sideshowbob: That’s right, wrestling matters!!!!!

    What about the Conquistadors?

  • Mike Gojira

    @flamingwombat: E-mail me your list with a blurb for each one.

  • mark allen

    Am I the only one who doesn’t want to see the immediate Beer Money split? It’s incredibly cliched at this point and has been telegraphed since Roode won the tournament. While I’m not the biggest fan of how Storm won the Title either, I am happy with either man winning the Championship. Let Fourtune continue to roast together a while before the inevitable split/downfall.

  • Blair A. Douglas

    You are definitely not the only one who doesn’t want to see that. It’s been done before. They are handling it a bit better this time, but how long does anyone expect that to last?

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