Hardy! Daniels! Switching Lanes! TNA World Heavyweight Championship!
Christopher Daniels defeated James Storm at TNA Genesis (Jan. 13) to earn the #1 Contendership to Jeff Hardy's TNA World Heavyweight Championship. That championship match will take place tonight, and I cannot tell you how awesome this is.
Let me rephrase; this will be awesome as long as the feud lasts more than one episode of Impact Wrestling.
Daniels is too great at what he does to be stuck in the midcard. He can work the crowd into a frenzy on the mic, then blow them away in the ring. Unlike a lot of pro wrestlers who try far too hard to get over, he's just having fun and letting things come to him. The guy is an absolute natural at his job. The fact Daniels is 41, yet is reaching new peaks in his career, speaks to how dedicated to the craft he is.
Credit needs to be given to Hardy for how popular he has remained to the Impact faithful. While he has made plenty of screw ups in his life, and his current run has been a bit... peculiar, the fans still turn out in droves to purchase any pay-per-view (PPV) he is headlining. This added value to the product allows guys like Daniels to even sniff the main event. TNA doesn't have to worry about if he is able to draw as champion, because it knows Hardy will bring in buyrates against whomever he is facing.
While I'm not the biggest fan of Hardy's, I do appreciate what he is doing for the promotion.
I truly want to see TNA succeed. I want to see TNA fulfill the potential it has. It doesn't have to try and compete with that other promotion. It's a different breed of professional wrestling.
But it is a breed I enjoy.
So if Hardy brings in eyeballs and dough, good on TNA for putting the strap on him. It would be irresponsible to do otherwise. The fact Hardy is working with Austin Aries, Booby Roode, and now Christopher Daniels should help the non-Hardy fans cope with the extended reign.
This is the future of TNA, folks. It may not be perfect, but I'm going to enjoy it as best I can.
Bully! Brooke! Hulk! Taz! Aces & 8s! Ruined Weddings! Damn You TNA!
Last week (Jan. 17), we bore witness to a great pro wrestling tradition; the ruined wedding. Yes, dear Cagesiders, there are few things more beautiful then seeing the most sacred of humanity's traditions be desecrated in the most spectacular of fashions. Just as the sun rises every morning, and Jeff Hardy's inner monologues will never make sense, a pro wrestling wedding can, will, and must end in disaster.
However, there is an entertaining disaster, and one that just makes me want to throw my remote at the nearest wall.
As they tend to do, Aces & 8s showed up to drop a deuce on Bully Ray and Brooke Hogan's wedding. It was revealed that Taz is a member of the masked gang, because of course he is. I don't care how TNA tries to spin this. Taz's heel turn makes no sense. Was he masked up when he said he was going to the restroom? Is he a behind-the-scenes player who was texting his commands?
Was he just jealous Mr. Anderson was hogging all the floozies?
Aces & 8s has ruined what was one of my favorite storylines in pro wrestling. I understand Bully and Hulk were always going to end up back into this mess. Bully's brother Devon is still a leading member, and Hulk won't rest until he beats the gang down another dozen times. This was the logical conclusion to the whole situation.
But why did it have to be like this?
I don't want Taz in Aces & 8s. I don't want any more reveals unless it's the mysterious leader. I don't want to see them descend into the Impact Zone like a pack of rats only to be shushed away by a old man swinging a
broom bat. I don't want to see Brooke's boobs falling out of her wedding dress.
On second though, I'll allow the last one.
As I said in the last section, I want to see TNA succeed. Jeff Hardy is a way for that to happen; Aces & 8s is not. I cannot imagine any fan that is enthralled in this mess of an angle. If anyone reading enjoys it, or knows someone who does, please let me know.
Because I have yet to find a reason why this group shouldn't die a quick, but painful death.
Everything Else! Bullet Points!
- Tara -- with the always hunky Jessie Godderz -- will defend her Knockout Championship against #1 Contender Velvet Sky. I truly hope this is not the end of Tara's run, but if it is, it's been an amazing thing to watch.
- Rob Van Dam & Christian York will face Kenny King and Zema Ion in some X Division tag team action. I mention this just so you know when to grab a sandwich.
Hopefully, this has prepared you for the night's festivities. Leave a comment below about what you are looking forward to, and please join the entire CSS Thursday night gang in the live blog TONIGHT!