Booking TNA in 2010

So, yeah.  I’m back.  I would have had booking WCW in 2000 up by now.  However, I’m trying to properly book new talent that comes in, and to do that, I need to know more about them.  So until then, I’m here booking TNA.

In the real world, Hulk Hogan came to TNA in 2010 and butchered everything the company had going for them.  He brought in all of his buddies and had them bury TNA talent, he had to get himself involved in just about every story, etc.  So, I’m going to rebook TNA in 2010 like Hogan never came to the company, meaning that others such as Eric Bischoff, Rob Van Dam, the Nasty Boys, Orlando Jordan, Sean Morely, etc. wouldn’t be brought in.  And yes, there is still a six sided ring.

Before I get into booking:
A few things to get out of the way:

Recapping 2009:
Just a few things to go over that happened in 2009 (Since I wouldn’t just ignore everything like Hogan did):
AJ Styles & (Christopher) Daniels feuded over the TNA World Heavyweight Championship (held by Styles) over the final few months of 2009.  They also teased a Kurt Angle heel turn (during his feud with Desmond Wolfe) and facing AJ in 2010.  Plus, AJ keeps being attacked by some bald guy in a ninja-like costume.  In the Feast or Fired match, Samoa Joe earned a TNA World title match, Kevin Nash earned a TNA Tag title match, Rob Terry earned an X-Division title match, and Sheik Abdul Bashir was fired :(.  Beer Money was in a story with the British Invasion where BM couldn’t challenge for the TNA World tag titles again (And failed in several opportunities to win a title match).  Eric Young was Global Champion & leader of World Elite.  Amazing Red was X-Division Champ.  And Tara & ODB were feuding (for no real reason) with ODB the #1 contender for the Knockouts title (which she just lost to Tara).

Releases & Signing new talent:
There were people at this point that just needed to go (whether I liked them or not).  So the following people on the TNA roster will be released: Cody Deaner, Scott Steiner, Dr. Stevie, Raven, Velvet Sky, Madison Rayne, Lacey Von Erich, Bobby Lashley, Taz, Christy Hemme, Shark Boy, & Jesse Neal.  There’s probably more people, but that’s who I can think of right now.

Now, with the money I’m saving with those releases (plus not bringing in Hogan & his friends), I will be brining back Petey Williams & Sonjay Dutt to the roster.  I’ll also hire Mr. Anderson, as I feel he can be a good sign if used properly.  I’ll also bring in Brian Kendrick since I think he’s decent in the ring and could be some new blood for the X-Division, but don’t give him that stupid “Wizard of Odd” gimmick.  And last but not least, I’ll bring in Taeler Hendrix from the independent circuit to join the Knockouts Division.  Now, onto actual booking.

Genesis 2010:
NOTE: With only two weeks to build up to this PPV, I figured it’d be best to just list results and move forward from here.

  • Generation Me (Max & Jeremy Buck) defeated Team 3-D (Brother Ray & Brother Devon) and The Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin & Alex Shelly) in an elimination match.
  • Tara defeated ODB to retain the TNA Women’s Knockout Championship
  • Mr. Anderson defeated Abyss
  • Amazing Red defeated Brian Kendrick to retain the TNA X-Division Championship
  • Samoa Joe defeated Christopher Daniels to retain his Feast or Fired Case
  • Desmond Wofe defeated D’Angelo Dinero
  • Beer Money (James Storm & Robert Roode) defeated The British Invasion (Brutus Magnus & Doug Williams) w/Rob Terry.  Due to the stipulation of the match, Beer Money will receive a TNA World Tag Team title shot at Against All Odds.
  • Kurt Angle defeated AJ Styles to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s move on.

Kurt Angle vs. AJ Styles:
At Genesis, Kurt turns heel again and defeats AJ Styles to regain the TNA World title (The guy who’s been attacking AJ was revealed to be Tomko, paid by Kurt Angle).  AJ then beats Tomko at Against All Odds, earning the right to face Angle at Destination X.  However, he loses the match.  They then go their separate ways headed into Lockdown where Kurt Angle defends the TNA World Heavyweight Championship against D’Angelo Dinero (which I’ll get into in a moment) and AJ is in the Lethal Lockdown match.  They cross paths again at Slammiversary in the King of the Mountain match, where AJ spends just about the entire match fighting Kurt and loses focus on winning the match, costing them both the match and title.  They continue their feud through the summer, fighting over #1 contendership for the world title.  They get a three way match for the title against Champion D’Angelo Dinero, though both fail to capture the title.  After a match at No Surrender goes to a time limit draw, a rematch is set up for Bound for Glory under Iron Man rules where there must be a winner.

The Rise of D’Angelo Dinero:
When 2009 had Sting, Kurt Angle, Mick Foley, & AJ Styles as the only world champs during the year, it’s clear new stars need to be made.  So I pick “The Pope” D’Angelo Dinero, a guy who has great in-ring skill, great mic skills, and is over with the crowd.  At Against All Odds, D’Angelo Dinero wins the 8 Card Stud tournament by beating Desmond Wolfe, Matt Morgan, & Samoa Joe, earning the right to face the TNA World Heavyweight Champion at Lockdown.  After this, Pope is pushed as the next huge star of the company and seems destined for a World title run.  At Lockdown, D’Angelo Dinero beats Kurt Angle to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.  Pope continues to retain the title, beating Angle at Sacrifice and winning the King of the Mountain match at Slammiversary (also involving Angle, AJ, Matt Morgan, & Sting).  Pope then begins a feud with Desmond Wolfe over the title, with Wolfe being the only man who’s beaten Dinero all year.  At Victory Road, Dinero defeats Wolfe to retain the world title.  He later successfully defends the title at Hard Justice against Kurt Angle & AJ Styles in a three-way match.  At No Surrender, Matt Morgan (now once again a heel) wins a battle royal to become #1 contender for the TNA World title at Bound for Glory, setting up a match between D’Angelo Dinero & Matt Morgan at Bound for Glory.

Tag Team Division:
At Against All Odds, Beer Money defeats the British Invasion to win the TNA World Tag Team Championships for the fourth time.  After defeating the British Invasion in a rematch at Destination X, Beer Money begins to turn heel over the next few weeks until officially aligning themselves with Team Desmond Wolfe for the Lethal Lockdown match at Lockdown (along with Tomko) in a loosing effort against Team Styles (AJ Styles, Alex Shelly, Chris Sabin, & the returning Sting).

After this, Beer Money begins feuding with the Motor City Machine Guns over the titles.  They were scheduled to face each other at Sacrifice.  However, Kevin Nash comes out and cashes in his Feast or Fired Case and chooses Eric Young as his tag team partner, making it a three-way for the title.  Young & Nash stay out of the ring the entire match, until the end where the Guns are about to win the belts.  However, Young tags himself in and hits the Piledriver on Shelly & Sabin (not at the same time of course) and pins Roode, making Kevin Nash & Eric Young the TNA World Tag Team Champions.  They defend the belts on Impact and are able to cheat to win every match.  At Slammiversary, the Motor City Machine Guns defeat Beer Money to become the #1 Contenders for the TNA World Tag Team titles.  At Victory Road, Shelly & Sabin beat Nash & Young for the belts, meaning the Motor City Machine Guns have finally captured the TNA World Tag Team Championships!

After defeating Nash & Young in a rematch on Impact, the Guns feud with Beer Money, ending with a 2/3 Falls Match at Hard Justice which the Guns win, in what I want to make a match of the year contender.  Generation Me at this point have beaten every team in TNA multiple times, though have only faced the Guns twice, with each team beating each other once.  They request a tag title match against the Guns, which they accept.  At No Surrender, the Guns beat Generation Me to retain the titles.  After the match, Generation Me turns heel and attack the Guns.  Eventually, a rematch is made for Bound for Glory with the Guns defending against Generation Me.

Mr. Anderson:
Similar to D’Angelo Dinero, Anderson is a guy I’m going to try to make a new main eventer out of.  That’s one thing I don’t have a problem with what TNA did in the real world, but the problem is he was pushed way too quickly and that killed anything that they could have done with him (when the biggest thing he did in the WWE was injure Randy Orton, he shouldn’t be beating Kurt Angle a month after debuting).

Anyway, Anderson debuts and scores some wins over people ranging from Jay Lethal to Rob Terry to Homicide to Brian Kendrick.  Eventually, he starts a feud against Global Champion Hernandez, who defeats Anderson at Slammiversary.  Afterwards, Anderson begins claiming he is the next big thing for professional wrestling and will be TNA World Heavyweight Champion, and begins attacking TNA stars that start with random X-Division guys, but progress to the point where he’s attacking TNA World Heavyweight Champion D’Angelo Dinero.  Anderson does face a few of these people, though looses the matches (despite looking strong).  Eventually, Jeff Jarrett returns and ends up feuding with Mr. Anderson, with a match being booked for Bound for Glory.

Knockouts:
Honestly, I won’t book any kind of feuds for the Knockouts, mainly because I probably wouldn’t know how to write for them.  But I’d just send them out there and wrestle good matches.  I’ll keep the belt on Tara for a little bit until she drops it to Allisa Flash around Lockdown.  Flash will hold onto the belt for a while, beating about everyone in the division.  A tournament is made to determine who faces her at BFG for the title, and the tournament is won by Hamada.

X-Division:
The X-Division really needs to be rebuilt.  The talent is there, it’s just a matter of using it.  So, Amazing Red keeps the title for several more months, defending it almost weekly against Petey Williams, Sonjay Dutt, Jay Lethal (who’s dropped the Black Machismo gimmick), Consequences Creed, Kiyoshi, Homicide, Brian Kendrick, & the returning Kazarian.  Amazing Red keeps the title until Slammiversary (which I believe also makes him the longest reining X-Division Champion in TNA history at this point), where he looses it to Sonjay Dutt in an Ultimate X match also involving Kazarian & Brian Kendrick.  Dutt defends the title on a regular basis, on several Impacts and every PPV.  Eventually, an Ultimate X match is booked for Bound for Glory, with Jay Lethal, Petey Williams, Brian Kendrick, & Amazing Red winning qualifying matches to earn their way into the match.  Also, before BFG, a match is thrown together with Christopher Daniels vs. Kazarian, both claiming that they will be the one to restore the X-Divison to the greatness it once was (this feud has nothing to do with the old Suicide character.  I retire that gimmick and we will never speak of it again).

NOTE: Rob Terry does cash in the X-Division title case on Impact but looses to Sonjay Dutt.

TNA Global Championship:
Eric Young doesn’t loose the Global Championship to Rob Terry at a house show here.  I find the idea of Rob Terry having a title ridiculous, and I think Hogan just liked his look so gave him a huge push.  Anyway, Eric Young will keep the title for another several months, until Mick Foley (the new General Manager of Impact) tells him he needs to make more title defenses.  He books a match for Lockdown against a mystery opponent, and if Young doesn’t defend the title, he will be stripped of the Global Championship and suspended from TNA.  At Lockdown, Eric Young looses the Global title to Hernandez.  Hernandez keeps the title for a few months until loosing it to Samoa Joe on Impact in July (making Joe the second Grand Slam Champion in TNA history).  Joe goes through several title defenses, restoring some prestige to the title.  Eventually he begins feuding with Desmond Wolfe, setting up a match at Bound for Glory.

Bound for Glory 2010:
TNA World Heavyweight Championship: D’Angelo Dinero (c) vs. Matt Morgan
TNA World Tag Team Championships: The Motor City Machine Guns (c) vs. Generation Me
Mr. Anderson vs. Jeff Jarrett
TNA Knockouts Championship: Allisa Flash (c) vs. Hamada
Iron Man: Kurt Angle vs. AJ Styles
TNA Global Championship: Samoa Joe (c) vs. Desmond Wolfe
TNA X-Division Championship/Ultimate X: Sonjay Dutt (c) vs. Jay Lethal vs. Petey Williams vs. Brian Kendrick vs. Amazing Red
Christopher Daniels vs. Kazarian

The show starts with the tag team title match, where the Guns retain the titles.  Then is Christopher Daniels vs. Kazarian, with Kaz picking up the win.  After this is the Knockouts title match, where Hamada wins the title.  After that is the Global Championship match, where Samoa Joe retains.

Afterwards is the Ultimate X match, where Jay Lethal regains the championship.  Next is the Mr. Anderson/Jeff Jarrett match where Anderson pulls the upset.  Next is the Iron Man match, where AJ Styles is able to win 1-0.

Finally is the main event, where Matt Morgan defeats D’Angelo Dinero to finally win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.  However, immediately after the match, Samoa Joe attacks Morgan and holds up his Feast or Fired case.  He hands it to the referee to show he’s cashing in.  Joe hits the Muscle Buster on Matt Morgan and pins him to regain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.

Setting up the rest of 2010 & 2011:
As you’ve seen, this only goes up to Bound for Glory instead of Final Resolution (the final PPV of the year).  I like ending with the biggest event of the year for these things, and unfortunetly, Bound for Glory is in October.

As for setting up the future, there’s several stories that can be started following Bound for Glory.  Anderson is proving himself to be a rising star and seems destined for a world title run.  D’Angelo Dinero lost the TNA World title, but then Matt Morgan was screwed out of the title with Joe regaining the belt.  What happens to the Global Championship?  Where do AJ Styles & Kurt Angle go from here?  There are a lot of things going into the final months of 2010 and 2011, and I will be doing another one of these where I book the rest of 2010 & 2011.

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