Thor: The Dark World – Review

I’ve been looking forward to this film since it was first announced. I never reviewed the first Thor (I was going to tonight, but saw this film in theaters. I’ll review the first some point within the next week), but I loved it and find it the second best MCU movie. The theater near my house was having a special early showing tonight, so I made sure to go and see it early. And this was a HUGE disappointment. I really wish I just stayed home and played a video game (Mass Effect sounds good) or did math homework. I don’t feel like thinking about this film much longer, so let’s just get into it.

Cast

Notable returning cast members in the film include Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis, and Stellan Skarsgard as Erik Selvig. There were other returning cast members such as Jaimie Alexander as Sif, whoever played the Warriors Three, whoever played Heimdall, and others who I don’t feel like naming, but they really had no relevance to anything. The cast once again does well in the role, though Natalie Portman is just underwhelming. Still a passable job though, so I won’t complain too much.

New cast members include Christopher Eccleston as Malekith, and Adewake Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Kurse/Algrim the Strong. That’s it. There is some guy who plays Darcy’s assistant, but he’s only there for bad humor. There honestly isn’t much to say about the cast, since they don’t do much. I can’t say much beyond that, they just don’t do much.

Malekith

One thing I give this film credit for is that Malekith wasn’t an actor hired by some guy Thor p*ssed off years ago like Mandarin was (I know that’s an Iron Man 3 spoiler, but it’s been out on DVD for over a month. I can list spoilers). However, as angering as that was, it was at least an interesting plot twist. Malekith isn’t that interesting here. I am a huge fan of him in the comics, but he was just a boring, generic villain with no real plans here. He does have a plan (which I won’t go into because of spoilers), but they never give any motivation for his plans. It’s almost like he’s bored and just needs a hobby to keep him busy. I feel like they did this so that way more time could be put on Loki, but Loki barely did anything here other than many plot twists (which we’ll cover in a second).

Also, I have a serious question about the Dark Elves. When they’re by themselves, they talk this really weird language. I don’t know if this is some language from Norse Mythology or if it was just made up (I don’t remember it from the comics), but here’s my question: Why go through the work to create or translate an entire language for the Dark Elves, if they just speak English in every other scene. It makes sense that they have their own language (all of the races from the Nine Realms should), but what’s the point in showing it if it doesn’t have any relevance?

So Many Plot Twists

Is Vince Russo writing for Marvel Studios now (wrestling fans will get that)? Seriously, this film is just filled with so many needless plot twists. I’m fine with one or even two huge ones, but there were so many here I can’t count them all. There are just so many that you just stop caring what happens that by the time something huge and significant happens (which I won’t go into to avoid spoilers). The film ends on a huge cliffhanger which could make an extremely great Thor 3 (it wouldn’t fit in with Avengers: Age of Ultron), but I just didn’t care what happened at this point. Honestly, there’s one point where a plot twist which is somewhat interest happens, and they throw another plot twist two minutes later that makes the previous twist pointless. What is the point of all this?

Humor

One thing I do give this film credit for is not focusing on humor as much as previous MCU films like Avengers & IM3. There are a few small jokes throughout the movie, but nothing major (I enjoyed Stan Lee’s cameo, but I won’t say where he is. Just know to look for him). However, during the final battle (if I can call it that), they just throw so much humor in that it takes away from all the seriousness. I admit it would be funny, but it’s just too pathetic to be funny. I only laughed twice during this film. Once during Stan Lee’s cameo (which I almost missed because I was so bored I wasn’t paying attention), and once during a scene with Thor & Loki (I won’t say what happens, but let’s just say a recognizable character shows up. Kind of).

Post-Credits Scene

Well, technically Mid-Credits Scene. I read that there is a Post-Credits scene, but I didn’t care enough to stick around and watch it. Anyway, I give this film credit for teasing a future film with this scene, which is something I hated from Iron Man 3. And I can understand a casual movie watcher who doesn’t know comics being confused (imagine what they must have been thinking when Fury showed up at the end of the first Iron Man). However, it really says something when I can’t figure out what the hell is going on. I’ll describe this scene the best I can. Just skip the next paragraph to avoid spoilers.

Sif & Volstagg are in some place (no clue where), and want to hand over something to a guy they call “The Collector” (no, not the Collectors from Mass Effect 2. That would have been cool). He asks why they don’t store it in Asgard and Volstagg says “We already have the Tesseract on Asgard. It’s dangerous to have two Infinity Stones there.” Collector then says (when they leave): “One stone down. Five to go.” Uh… what? I read on Wikipedia that this Collector guy is suppose to help set up Guardians of the Galaxy. While I’m not a fan of the Guardians, I give them credit for doing this. However, everything else said makes no sense. First off, they’re the Infinity Gems, not Infinity Stones. I’m assuming the writers had no clue what they were talking about and confused them with the Norn Stones, so fine. But the Tesseract is not an Infinity “stone.” It’s suppose to be a cinematic version of the Cosmic Cube, which isn’t connected to the Infinity Gauntlet. Plus, if you look closely in a scene in the first Thor movie, you can see the Gauntlet with all six gems (or stones) in the Gauntlet. So, having two “stones” on Asgard is trouble, but all six isn’t? Plus, how did they all get separated? Wouldn’t some scene with Thanos (or someone like that) just sneaking into Asgard and stealing the entire gauntlet be better? Nothing here makes any sense at all.

No Spoilers Now

Just wanted to grab your attention so you know that no more spoilers are here.

Story

It’s hard to explain the story here for a couple of reasons. 1) I might give spoilers, and 2) It’s too under-explained in the film to explain it here. As previously stated, Malekith doesn’t have any real motives, so I couldn’t bring those up in mentioning the plot. I could point out little things that should be plot points, but together, they’re all lacking a true story when put together.

Fight Scenes

Even without a great story, there should be some great fights, right? Wrong. Most of the fights in the film have so many people that it’s hard to keep track of, so all I can see is that everyone is punching someone randomly. The only one on one fight I remember is Thor & Malekith in the climax, but it really wasn’t a fight. It was more teleportation, bad humor, and not staying true to the comics.

I can come up with a better story

I’m not saying I sat down and thought of a way to make this a better film. I did think of something that the film didn’t explain that I came up with something for off the top of my head. It will have slight spoilers, but it has no relevance on the plot (what plot?). However, feel free to skip it if you want to know nothing before seeing this.

Erik Selvig has pretty much went insane since The Avengers. He’s still a genius, but is just completely insane at this point. They never give a reason of why though. My best guess is he isn’t taking any prescription pills (which he doesn’t), but that doesn’t prove it. My idea was that Loki mind controlling him in The Avengers did this to him. While he was able to take control of his body back, Loki messed with his mind too much that he’s mentally unstable, thus explaining why he’s acting so insane. This could have been mentioned in one line of dialogue and then they could have moved on, with an explanation of why he’s acting like this that makes sense. But nope, let’s make people guess.

Conclusion

As you can probably tell, I didn’t like this move. And I am a HUGE Thor fan and am one of the biggest supporters of the first film, so that’s what makes this so painful. I wanted to like this film, and kept hoping it would get better. But it didn’t. I considered walking out, but I decided that the tickets were paid for, I was staying until the Mid-Credits scene. I just stopped caring about this film and made up my own movie (so the cops knew Internal Affairs were setting them up?). If you liked this film, that’s fine. You clearly got something out of this I didn’t. But this is my review, I am allowed to express my opinion. I’m really worried for Captain America: The Winter Soldier now.

My Overall Rating: 2/5 Stars.

Scariest Comic Characters

Since it’s Halloween today, I decided to do something fitting. This is simply a list of characters who I find to be the scariest in comics. This is mainly an opinion list, but feel free to list your thoughts in the comments.

9. Ultron

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Just something about that face.

8. Joker

Really depends on the writer.  Sometimes I read a book with Joker and am just scared thinking of him, sometimes I read him and just don’t think anything, and sometimes I just sigh at how pathetic he is (like during Death of the Family. They were just trying way too hard to make Joker scary, when all they needed was a writer who new what he/she was doing.  Scott Snyder is not that person).

Seriously, this is a terrifying Joker:

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This is a “normal” Joker:

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And this is the pathetic Joker:

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Anyway, moving on.

7. Scarecrow

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The character himself isn’t very scary (to me at least), but it’s just what he can do with that fear gas.

6. Norman Osborn

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He’s a genius, manipulative, and has the extra strength and stuff.  He’s insane enough to do some gruesome evil stuff, but sane enough to convince the world he’s just a businessman.  He’s basically broken his son beyond repair, plus everything he’s done to Peter in attempts to break him.  I just find all this terrifying.

5. Killer Croc

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Do I need to explain?

4. Parallax

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Parallax is basically fear itself, so… Honestly, if you came face to face with this, what would you do?

3. Skrulls

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Just think about it.  They can change their appearance to impersonate anyone, and they can infiltrate anywhere without someone knowing.  Just a scary thought to me.

2. Carnage

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Even without the symbiote.  The guy just makes my skin crawl.

1. Victor Zsasz

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The guy just makes my skin crawl.  He’s a serial killer, but one that could legitimately exist in real life.  I won’t go into any more detail than that (just so I don’t freak myself out too much).

So, there’s my top 9 scariest characters in comics.  For anyone wondering where Professor Pyg is, I haven’t actually read anything with him, so I can’t really say anything about him.  Anyway, that’s it for now, and Happy Halloween everyone!

The Walking Dead Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye Review

For the past 6 months or so, I’ve become a huge fan of The Walking Dead franchise. I played the video game and it became one of my favorite games of all time. It got me interested enough to watch the TV Series, which I loved even more than the game. I wanted to start writing reviews on this site, and when I bought this trade, I figured I might as well write a review for it. The series has gotten so much acclaim, plus I really wanted to try and read some more comics other than the big two. So, I bought it. I flipped through it, but finally got around to reading it today. Is it any good? Let’s find out.

The Plot

The plot of the book is pretty much the same as the TV show. Rick Grimes wakes up in a hospital to find it abandoned and learns that the zombie apocalypse is here (I don’t remember them using the word zombies, but what else do I call everything that happened?), so he heads to Atlanta. I could go into more detail, but I don’t feel like writing it, plus I don’t want to spoil it. The plot is alright, but pretty much what’s expected.

The Art

I’ve held it in long enough, I have to get this out of the way: This art is some of the worst I have EVER seen in a comic. I won’t say the worst because I’ve seen a ton of bad artwork (just about anything Marvel put out in the late 80s to mid 90s looked like crap), but this was just atrocious. I’m not complaining that the art is back & white, I think that’s kind of cool. I’m complaining that the art is just awful, color or not. The art REALLY hurt this comic, but I have more criticism than that.

The Writing

The writing of this comic wasn’t too bad, I’ve read much worse (Scott Lobdell’s work comes to mind), but was just rushed. I know I can’t keep comparing this to the TV Series, but I complained Season 1 of the TV Series had too much filler, and they only had six one hour (44 minutes with commercials) episodes and had to resort to filler. The comic has about all the time in the world to tell a story and it was just rushed and felt lazy. I have an example of this, but it’s a spoiler. Kust skip over the next paragraph to avoid any spoilers:

Just like in the TV Series, Shane is killed. In the show he was killed by Rick then shot by Carl (after coming back pretty quickly). In the comic, he’s shot in the throat by Carl and lays on the ground until dying. The TV series had two seasons to build up to this moment, while the trade consisted of what I believe is the first six issues. Why would they rush it like this? Why not do the smart thing and build up to this moment with tons of character development along the way?

Characters

Speaking of character development, there was barely any in this, which makes it hard to care about these characters. I thought Glenn was okay, but that’s mainly because he’s one of my favorite characters in the show. He didn’t do much in this comic. I could list characters I hate, such as Lori. She was an annoying… (I don’t want to curse, so just come up with some bad name and pretend I called her that) who didn’t do anything but complain. At least I know the TV series got her accurate. But most characters I just didn’t care about, mainly because the writing was so rushed they didn’t do anything. I knew most of the characters from the TV show, which I think is the only reason I read as long as I did. If I was buying this book back when it was new in the store and read this, I wouldn’t have bought more than 2 or 3 issues.

My Final Verdict

…They made an amazing TV show about this? The Walking Dead is currently the best thing on television, and THIS is what it was based off of? This was just rushed, had terrible artwork, and I have no clue why so many people talk about how great it is. In the comments, can someone please tell me if it gets better as it goes along or if this was a taste of what’s in store? I want to like this, but I don’t want to spend money on this only to find out it doesn’t get any better. Overall, I really can’t recommend this. If you like it, that’s fine. You clearly got something out of it that I didn’t. But I just didn’t find any enjoyment out of this and it felt like a chore to read.

My Overall Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars.

DC Comics: I’m Done

Before I begin, I apologize for nothing new in booking WCW or TNA.  They are both work in progresses, and they will eventually be posted.  But until then, I’m going to write something about one of my other passions: Comic Books (I’ve posted a bunch about them before).  This is really just me complaining about DC Comics and saying I’m done with the company for now.  I just needed to write down my thoughts, so I figured I might as well post it here. Now, let’s get started:

You know DC, I was finally enjoying you.  For years, I was really only a fan or Marvel Comics.  I enjoyed DC’s animated shows (some of my favorites being Justice League, Batman Beyond, & Young Justice.  But I’m getting off-topic) and the Batman movies (with the obvious exceptions of Batman Forever and Batman & Robin), but I never really read a lot of actually comics published by DC other than the occasional Batman comic.  I eventually learned that DC had revamped/rebooted their universe with The New 52 in September 2011.  I didn’t learn about it until the following March (I didn’t really follow comic news).  I was curious about it, so I went out one day and bought a few of the recent issues.  I was only able to find Superman, Batman, & Wonder Woman, and I was REALLY impressed with how good Batman & Wonder Woman were (and Superman was okay).  I continued to buy the comics monthly and eventually was able to get a lot more DC books monthly when I found a comic store near my house (I also started buying Marvel books monthly, but that’s irrelevant to this).  I also started buying the trades from Barnes & Noble and other places (both New 52 and Pre-Flashpoint stuff, my favorites being Batman: Hush & Geoff Johns’ epic run on Green Lantern), and I really got into DC Comics, to the point I seriously thought they were about equal to Marvel (which I’ve always said was the superior company).

Now, sorry for the long pointless introduction, but I just wanted to give a background with my history with DC.  While I was reading their books, I discovered a character named Stephanie Brown, Spoiler, the fourth Robin (and first in-continuity female Robin), and the third Batgirl.  I’ve seen mixed things towards Steph (some love her, some hate her, some don’t care about her, etc.), but I love her and she’s one of my favorite comic characters (and probably my favorite DC Character).  I realized I hadn’t seen Steph in any N52 books I read, so I looked online and figured she was in some book I hadn’t read like Teen Titans.  I learned that she hadn’t appeared in ANY New 52 books or even a mini-series.  This really annoyed me, but there really wasn’t anything I could do.  Plus, I knew other people were going through the same thing with characters missing like Wally West, Donna Troy, Ted Kord, Cassandra Cain (whom I am a fan of, just not as much as Steph) and others.  But while some characters like Wally & Donna make sense not having them storyline wise (If Wally’s Aunt isn’t dating Barry, why would Wally be meeting Barry?), Stephanie isn’t here simply because of certain people not liking her (Dan Didio).  Several writers have expressed interest in using her, but he hasn’t allowed her to be used.  At one point, Brian Q. Miller, the writer who wrote the awesome Batgirl ongoing when Steph was Batgirl, was planning on introducing her as Nightwing in Smallville Season 11 (Yes, after writing the incredibly great Batgirl series, Miller didn’t even get to write a canon book).  It was a non-canon series, so it wouldn’t have had any impact on the main DC Universe, and fans would be happy to see her back, especially written by Miller.  What happened?  She was replaced by Barbara Gordon.  Miller was forced to change Steph to any other character, so he chose Barbara.  WTF!?!  You’re telling me that DiDio won’t even let fans of the character be happy and read her in a non-canon book!?!  This just seriously annoyed me.  I was honestly thinking about dropping all DC books after reading this, but I just decided to keep going.  But don’t worry, there’s more that DC has done that’s annoyed me that we’re about to get into.

Also, don’t think that if DC reintroduces Steph that I’ll be jumping back to them.  If and when she’s finally reintroduced, I know what will happen.  She’ll reappear as Spoiler, with no prior history as Batgirl, Robin, or anything.  Thus, all her great character development over the years will be gone and we’ll have to witness people butcher trying to recreate it.  Ugh.  Plus, I already know her & Cass will already be made to look awful simply so that way Barbara looks good compared to them.  Yeah, cause that’s what we all want to see.

BTW, as I’m writing this, I found out Geoff Johns is leaving Aquaman.  Thanks for making my decision even easier DC!

Aside from Steph & the other missing characters, DC just honestly doesn’t seem to care about fans.  Why do I say this?  A couple different reasons that I’ll get into.  I’ll start with this: Canceling beloved series that weren’t selling poorly.  I haven’t read I, Vampire or Demon Knights, but I’ve heard they’re some of the best books in the New 52.  Both were highly acclaimed by fans, and while they weren’t selling as well as books like Batman or Justice League, they were still having decent sales.  So, why would DC cancel them?!?  You take two books that are some of the ONLY critically acclaimed books you have, both of which have decent sales, and you cancel them!?!  Why?  And if your argument is sales just weren’t doing well enough, DC kept several other books around that weren’t selling well.  Worlds’ Finest, Batman: The Dark Knight, Red Hood & The Outlaws, Red Lanterns, Legion of Superheroes (which HAS been canceled finally), & Stormwatch (to name a few) were all selling lower than Demon Knights & I, Vampire and none of them were very well-received.  Why would you keep all those books going but cancel better selling and more critically acclaimed books?  Are you just trying to troll your fans?

Speaking of trying to troll fans, why are so many characters butchered in the DCnU?  I understand it’s the NEW 52, so things will be changed, but why are very few of the changes good?  Since the New 52 started, DC has butchered several characters they tried to reintroduce.  There are MANY, but there’s two major ones I want to talk about: Static and the Teen Titans.  I only know of Static from the old Static Shock animated series.  It was a great show, and I don’t care if it was accurate to the comics, it made me love the character.  I was finally able to find all 8 issues of his New 52 series, and I was excited.  It died down after one issues, and it was completely gone after issue three.  Now, Static Shock (the comic, not the show) wasn’t too awful, but it wasn’t anywhere near as good as it could be and they just really didn’t handle the character well.  Static is a character fans like, why would you ruin him so much?  I won’t go into too much detail because this isn’t a review of the comic, but the book was just below average and didn’t make it clear how much of Static’s history was still in-tact.  Also, the Static Shock animated series was watched by non-comic fans and is still a loved series, so wouldn’t the smart thing to do is base the comic off of the animated series?  It would have been much more well-written and could have appealed to old fans of the show.

Now, my Static stuff was more nit-picking, but let me ask this: WHAT THE HELL DID THEY DO TO THE TEEN TITANS!?!?!  Now I admit, I haven’t read Teen Titans.  It’s gotten awful reviews, plus I’m not a fan of the writer.  I have however read summaries online, and what were they smoking when they wrote this?  It’s written like bad fan fiction.  The story is atrocious, the costumes are awful, the characters BARELY resemble who their suppose to be (don’t get me started on what they did to Tim Drake), and to make matter worse, they can’t even explain whether the old incarnations of the Teen Titans exist or not.  Some things imply this is the first group, while other things imply the past history is still canon.  And if it’s still canon, how much of it is canon?  What’s the story on Cyborg, Starfire, & Donna Troy?.  Just, ugh.  They just really ruined the Titans here.  Again, I understand it’s the NEW 52, but why ruin characters THIS much?  I could go deeper into this and talk about how Power Girl, Starfire, Helena Burtinelli, Vic Sage, and MANY more were butchered, but I’m too tired.  There is one more character I’d like to go into though…

Alan Scott.  For those who don’t know, Alan Scott was the first Green Lantern WAY back in 1941.  He did not relate to the Green Lantern Corps or the Guardians of the Universe, it was a different Green Lantern.  Alan existed on Earth 2 (while Hal & the Corps were on Earth 1 or whatever it’s called).  I’m honestly not sure his status after Crisis on Infinite Earths, but I do know he showed up again at some point and still wasn’t connected to the GL Corps.  I could research this myself to give a full history, but you can easily go elsewhere on the Internet to find out (I recommend Comic Vine).  After the New 52, he didn’t appear for a while until Earth 2 came out in May 2012.  What did they do to the character?  They took Alan Scott, who was always straight, and turned him into a gay character.  WTF!?!  Now, I have nothing against gays or DC having a gay character, but you do not change a character’s sexual orientation!  You just don’t do that!  I’ve never been a huge fan of Alan (him not being connected to the GL Corps always just made me uninterested), but I just found this insulting.  If DC wants a gay character, fine.  To me, it’s realistic.  But create a new character!  Don’t be disrespectful to a character like this!

Don’t worry, this rant is almost done.  Just two more things I want to cover, both a bit more recent.  The first one I’ll do is the recent Batwoman thing.  For those who don’t know anything about Batwoman, here’s her quick origin (credit goes to Comic Vine):

After being dismissed from the military for being a lesbian, Kate Kane lived a directionless party-girl heiress life until, on a dark night, a chance encounter with Batman inspired her to find a new calling in life, later adopting the mantle of Batwoman.

I could go into more detail, but I honestly don’t know a whole lot about her and feel I would get something wrong.  I honestly don’t know much about her, but she seems like a cool character from what I’ve seen.  I’ve wanted to read her New 52 series, but I just haven’t bought it yet (I forget to look for it online, and I always pass it up for other books when I see it in stores).  However, I was looking through recent comic news and I came across something about the writers of Batwoman leaving the comic.  I had already seen it happen with many N52 books, and since I wasn’t reading it, I didn’t care.  After hearing a little about what happened though, I actually went around the Internet and read several articles about what happened.  Basically, here’s what happened (from my best understanding.  It might be slightly in accurate): DC approved a story arc for the series, so the creative team (I forget their names) started writing the issues.  Part of it involved Batwoman having a lesbian wedding with her girlfriend (I don’t know her name) whom she proposed to in recent issues.  DC ended up forbidding them to write the story and change it at last minute.  The creative team was furious over this and ended up quitting DC, planning to leave once the current arc (which already started) ended with #26.  It was assumed that DC didn’t want to have a lesbian marriage, but according to DC (not sure if it’s true or it they were just trying not to sound anti-gay) they’re against superhero marriages in general (Quick question about that though: Why are Aquaman & Mera married then?  If they’ve removed several marriages in the N52 and wouldn’t let one happen in a comic, why is that one still going?).  I get what they’re saying since a lot of superhero marriages happened in the past (especially the 90s) and were boring, but I have to disagree with them on it for a few reasons: 1) If the writing for Batwoman is a good as I’ve heard, this could have worked, 2) DiDio said two very stupid things.  He said that heroes shouldn’t have happy personal lives (he does realize that not all heroes are Batman, right?).  He also said fans don’t care about heroes’ personal lives, they just want to see them fight the bad guy.  Where do I even start?  Yes, a good guy fighting a bad guy is the main idea for what should happen in comics, and it’s mind boggling how many comics have screwed this up (I’m looking at you Marvel!).  But, I like a deep story to go along with the good guy & bad guy fighting, and I care about their personal lives.

Also, I’m not sure if it’s true or not, but I heard there was going to be a fight between Batwoman & Batman which would have ended in a stalemate.  But of course DC won’t let Batgod look weak, so they didn’t approve.  I would complain about this, but I really don’t want to go on a rant about Batman in addition to the rest of this,

I got really off-topic there, but the whole marriage thing isn’t my main problem with this.  My main problem is with DC being absolute a-holes to the creative staff.  They forced them to change or remove several things from the arc.  And I wouldn’t even be as annoyed over this, if the arc wasn’t ALREADY APPROVED BY DC!!!  The arc was approved, the creative staff began writing it, and DC decided to be complete [insert bad name here] and force them to change stuff.  And to top it all off, DC isn’t even letting them finish the arc.  They were originally planning to stay on the book until issue 26.  DiDio announced that some guy whose name I don’t know will be taking over starting with issue 25.  So the script for 25 was written (and 26 was started on), but DC won’t even let them end their arc and they’re bringing someone new in?  Yeah, that’ll help sales.  And to end this whole section of my long rant, I want to point out something DiDio said:

“Batwoman’s going to become an integral part of Batman’s universe, just the way we always wanted. She’ll be starting with a Year Zero story arc and from there she’ll be an important part as she always is.”

Yeah, that’s great.  Except for the fact she has NOTHING TO DO WITH BATMAN OTHER THAN THE FACT SHE HAS A BAT ON HER CHEST!  I don’t even read the series and I know that!  Batwoman (as far as I know) was the only series that could be considered a Bat-Book that didn’t get sucked into the many crossover stories Batman had (even All-Star Western was dragged into Night of the Owls.  Just, why?).  That’s one of the things that made the series so popular.  Why would you change that?  Doesn’t Batman have enough mindless people following him that talk about how awesome he is (I know I’m exaggerating, but I don’t care)?  Why drag Batwoman in there too?  I think I’ve said everything I have to say about Batwoman (everything that’s went on lately with her, not the character herself), so let’s move on (finally).

EDIT: Apparently DiDio has tried to say Aquaman & Mera are not married and never were in the new timeline.  Do I need to explain how stupid that is?

Now, I could forgive the whole Stephanie Brown thing since I really don’t have room to complain when other fans have the same problem with other characters.  I could forgive butchering several characters since I don’t have to read the series I don’t like.  I could forgive the Batwoman thing since I wasn’t reading the series and it didn’t impact me.  But there’s just one thing that really got to me that I decided I was done with the company.

On September 6 (I believe that was the date, but I could be wrong), DC announced they were having a contest (or whatever) to find more artists for the company.  From what I’ve read, people can submit artwork and be hired for a new Harley Quinn ongoing.  Apparently in the first issue she’ll be breaking for fourth wall (or whatever) by criticizing the artists’ work (doesn’t sound as funny as Deadpool’s fourth wall breaking, but whatever).  There were four different panels the artists could submit.  The problem was, this was one of the panels:

Harley sitting naked in a bathtub with toasters, blow dryers, blenders, appliances all dangling above the bathtub and she has a cord that will release them all. We are watching the moment before the inevitable death. Her expression is one of “oh well, guess that’s it for me” and she has resigned herself to the moment that is going to happen.

This is the only panel that had the word “naked” in the description for the artist to work with.  DC, WHY ARE YOU TRYING TO ADD SEX APPEAL TO SUICIDE!?!  WHAT COULD YOU POSSIBLY HAVE TO GAIN BY THAT!?!  If this was for storytelling purposed, I’d be fine with it (I would find it a bit unnecessary, but I’d be fine with it).  But there’s no reason for this to be in an art contest.  If this is some fantasy from someone at DC 1) They need therapy and 2) There’s no reason it needs to be in an art contest.

That’s finally the end of my rant.  I’d also like to point out that I didn’t even go into detail of Sue Dibny’s rape and murder during Identity Crisis, Stephanie Brown’s sexualized torture during War Games (and other stuff involving Steph) (seriously, who the Hell sexualizes the torture of a teenage girl!?!), instead of killing Icewoman (one of the few bisexual characters you have), you had her skinned and left in a catatonic state and just forgot she existed, etc. DC Comics: I’m Done.  I don’t want to read comics where my favorite characters are either missing or butchered, creative teams are forced to change their original plans when they were already approved, and where sex appeal is added to suicide.  Marvel might not be perfect right now, but they have great comics right now and they aren’t as big as a-holes as DC are.  I will track down the Batwoman trades (though I’ll be buying those on Ebay so that way DC won’t get my money) and I might buy some old books at comic shows & antique markets, but other than that, I’m done.  DC, until there is a massive change in who runs your company, I’m done (I’d love for Bruce Timm & Paul Dini in charge, but that’ll never happen).  I regret giving you my money in the first place.  I don’t care what happens next to Wonder Woman, Aquaman, or the Justice League.  I’ve taken all those books off my Pull List.

Booking TNA in 2012

Not much to put here, if you’ve read my past few posts you know what this is.  So let’s just get right in.

James Storm vs. Bobby Roode:
On the Impact after Bound for Glory, Mr. Anderson demands his rematch against James Storm.  The match open Impact and goes to a time limit draw.  Another match (this time with no time limit) is made for the main event of the show, with Storm retaining the title.  The following week, Roode defeats Anderson to become the #1 contender for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at Turning Point.  At Turning Point, Roode defeats Storm to win the TNA World title after hitting him with a beer bottle, turning heel and splitting up Beer Money in the process.

Afterwards, Storm disappears for a few weeks due to an injury after being attacked backstage (Kurt Angle is revealed to be the attacker).  Roode then begins feuding with AJ Styles.  At Final Resolution, James Storm defeats Kurt Angle while Bobby Roode retains the World title against AJ.  At Genesis, Roode successfully defends the title against D’Angelo Dinero (who feuded with Mr. Anderson over #1 contendership) while Kurt Angle defeats James Storm in a rematch.  On the following Impact, Storm defeats Angle in a third match and earns a TNA World title shot for Against All Odds.  However, after Dinero beats him in a match for Storm’s title shot, it’s made a three-way match with Roode defending against Storm & Dinero.  Storm hits the last call on Dinero and pins him, appearing that he’s about to regain the world title.  However, Roode pulls Storm out of the ring and pins Dinero himself, retaining the title.  On the following Impact, Storm defeats Dinero in a #1 contenders match, earning a world title match at Lockdown while Roode enters a brief feud with Sting, whom he defeats at Victory Road.  At Lockdown, Storm finally receives his rematch for the title, but loses the match.  I know I’ll have Roode use some cheap trick to win, but I’m not sure what he’ll do.

At Sacrifice, Roode retains the world title against Kurt Angle.  Meanwhile, after Lockdown, Storm climbs through the ranks again to attempt to become #1 contender for the TNA World title again.  He eventually is able to become the #1 contender for Slammiversary, and his match with Roode is turned into a Street Fight (the King of the Mountain match becomes a #1 contender match).  At Slammiversary, James Storm defeats Bobby Roode to regain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship and finally gain his revenge.  Afterwards, Storm defeats Austin Aries (See below) at both Destination X and Hard Justice to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship and later begins feuding with Aces & Eights (once again, see below).  After No Surrender, while Storm still wants to stop Aces & Eights, he shifts his focus to the winner of the Bound for Glory Series (for the third time, see below) heading into Bound for Glory.

The Rise of Austin Aries:
After BFG 2011, Aries continues to dominate the X-Division, feuding with the likes of Kid Kash, Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt, Amazing Red, etc.  Eventually, Aries is pushed towards the main event and starts a feud (kind of) with AJ Styles, with Aries beating him at Sacrifice to retain the X-Division title.  Afterwards, Aries continues this by beating Samoa Joe at Slammiversary.  On the following Impact, Aries (similar to the real world) says he’s not satisfied with the X-Division title and wants the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.  He vacates the X-Division title and challenges James Storm for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at Destination X, but loses the match.  Aries receives another title match at Hard Justice, but once again loses.  After this, Aries wins the TNA Television Championship on Impact (now held by D’Angelo Dinero) and begins to feud with Aces & Eights until beginning a feud with Kurt Angle, leading to a match at Bound for Glory.

Bound for Glory Series:
Same rules as Last Year.  Here’s everyone’s points right before No Surrender:

1. Bobby Roode: 73
2. Samoa Joe: 68
3. Mr. Anderson: 64
4. Kazarian: 53
5. AJ Styles: 50
6. Kurt Angle: 45
7. Matt Bentley: 42
8. Petey Williams: 41
9. Crimson: 35
10. Gunner: 31
11. Magnus: 28
12. Christopher Daniels: 21

At No Surrender, Bobby Roode defeats Matt Bentley while Samoa Joe defeats Crimson.  In the finals, Bobby Roode defeats an injured Samoa Joe (See below) to become the #1 contender for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship and earn another shot at James Storm.  This may seem a bit predictable, but sometimes being predictable is better than filling the company with a bunch of swerves.

Aces & Eights:
This is a story that happened in the real world.  However, I do it almost 100% differently (eventually.  It’s very similar in 2012).

After Slammiversary, a few masked guys show and attack Sting.  Despite a lot of questions, they don’t show up until almost a month later, this time with a lot more than the guys who attacked Sting.  Over the next several weeks, they attack both faces & heels, from Sting to Kurt Angle to AJ Styles to Austin Aries to Bobby Roode to TNA World Heavyweight Champion James Storm.  At Hardcore Justice, Aces & Eights attack D’Angelo Dinero backstage, side lining him for the rest of the year.  They also attempt to interfere in the main event, which ends up costing Austin Aries the World title and put suspicion on James Storm.  At No Surrender, a huge brawl between the TNA locker room and Aces & Eights begins, which results in Samoa Joe being injured before his Bound for Glory Series final match.  Bobby Roode is able to capitalize on this and defeats Joe to become the #1 Contender for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at Bound for Glory.

Over the next few weeks, a match is made for Bound for Glory.  Two of Aces & Eights guys (still masked) vs. Two of TNA’s guys.  Sting is announced as the first member of Team TNA, and he picks Samoa Joe for his partner.  However, Aces & Eights attack him backstage (much worse than at No Surrender, putting him out of action for over a month), meaning Sting has to find a new partner.  After a week of the only real option being Mr. Anderson (who has no real interest, being the a**hole he is), Matt Morgan eventually walks to Sting and complains about not being in the Bound for Glory Series during the summer.  Sting offers him the chance to prove himself and possibly earn a TNA World title match in the future by fighting Aces & Eights at BFG.  Morgan reluctantly accepts, setting up Sting & Matt Morgan vs. Aces & Eights at Bound for Glory.

AJ Styles vs. Christopher Daniels & Kazarian:
After Bound for Glory 2011, AJ begins a short feud with Bobby Roode, loosing to him at Final Resolution.  On the following impacts throughout the month, AJ & Kazarian were randomly drawn together in a #1 contenders tournament for the tag team titles, and are able to make it to the finals.  However, Daniels comes down during the match and Kaz abandons AJ & leaves with Daniels.  Yes, I know this happened in the real world, but it will change.

After this, it’s pretty much simple.  Daniels feels AJ was given way too much in TNA and that he was every bit as talented as AJ but never got a far shot, Kazarian feels the same way, and they begin feuding.  No big Dixie Carter secret or Clarie Lynch stuff (I heard Eric Bischoff got a raise for that storyline.  I can only imagine the money I’d make there).  Kazarian scores a huge win over AJ at Against All Odds.  The following month at Victory Road, AJ teams with Mr. Anderson to defeat Daniels & Kaz (Anderson is still tweener BTW).  At Lockdown, the two are on opposite sides in Lethal Lockdown.  Team Aries (Austin Aries, AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, Mr. Anderson, & Petey Williams) defeated Team Magnus (Magnus, Christopher Daniels, Kazarian, Brother Ray, & Brother Devon).  AJ then starts a thing with Austin Aries, resulting in a match at Sacrifice where Aries retains the X-Division title.  Earlier in the night, Christopher Daniels & Kazarian defeated the Brothers in Arms to become TNA World Tag Team Champions.

Over the next few weeks, AJ continues his feud with the two.  AJ eventually recruits his own partner: the returning MATT BENTLEY!  This may seem like an odd choice, but Bentley has history with all three men, especially Kazarian (they were a tag team for a while and were also the first and only co-X Division Champions).  At Slammiversary, AJ & Bentley defeat Christopher Daniels & Kazarian to become TNA World Tag Team Champions.  On the following Impact, all four men are entered into the Bound for Glory Series.  AJ & Bentley drop the titles back to Kaz & Daniels two weeks later.  Over the next few months, the four’s main concern is winning the BFG Series (and Daniels & Kaz defend the titles every few weeks).  While AJ comes close, only Bentley is able to make it to the final four, but loses to Bobby Roode.  AJ & Bentley also earn a TNA World Tag Team title match at Bound for Glory, but so do Chavo Guerrero & Hernandez (See below).  After a #1 contenders match between the two teams go to a draw, a three-way for Bound for Glory is made.

Tag Team Division:
Basically, the Brothers in Arms continue to dominate the tag team division.  At Victory Road, a video package hyping the return of the Motor City Machine Guns airs.  The Guns face the Brothers in Arms at Lockdown where Crimson & Gunner are able to retain.  Shortly afterwards, Alex Shelly is released from his contract, disbanding the Motor City Machine Guns (Sabin also suffers another injury, causing him to go inactive again).  Crimson & Gunner hold the belts for another month, until loosing them to Christopher Daniels & Kazarian at Sacrifice, ending their record setting 250 day reign.  I’ve stated the feud between AJ/Bentley & Daniels/Kaz above, so let’s just skip that.

After Chavo Guerrero makes his TNA debut, he forms an alliance with Hernandez, and the two feud with the Brothers in Arms.  At Hard Justice, Chavo & Hernandez defeat the Brothers in Arms.  This earns them a TNA World Tag Team title match on Impact, where Daniels & Kaz cheat to retain the belts.  And I’ve already listed the three-way BFG title match.

X-Division:
I’ve already listed Austin Aries’ dominance.  The only thing to add during that time is that Ion does end up botching a move and injures Jesse Sorrensen.  I won’t change that.  After Aries vacates the X-Division Championship, a tournament is made where the winner becomes new champ.  At Destination X, Zema Ion defeats Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt, & Kenny King in an Ultimate X match to become champion.  Afterwards, Ion pretty much does the same as in the real world, where he injures every opponent he faces.  However, he doesn’t face Rob Van Dam at BFG (since RVD isn’t under contract and only disgraces the belt).  He just faces #1 contender Jay Lethal.

Knockouts:
After Bound for Glory, Gail Kim makes her TNA return, this time as a heel.  She quickly becomes the #1 contender for the title at Turning Point, where she beats Taeler Hendrix to win the title.  Afterwards, she feuds with Mickie James, Hamada, Tara, ODB, & Allisa Flash (still a heel) for the title.  Meanwhile, Taeler Hendrix starts her climb to the top again, and eventually earns a rematch against Gail at Lockdown.  At Lockdown, Hendrix fails in her attempt to regain the Knockouts Championship.  After Lockdown, Gail begins feuding with Sarita, who pinned her several times on Impact.  Sarita gets her shot at the Knockouts title at Sacrifce, but fails to win the title.  She earns another title shot and at Slammiversary, defeats Gail Kim to end her record setting 210 day reign.

After this, Sarita defends the title regularly on Impact against just about every Knockout in TNA.  Eventually, she begins a feud with Tara, and a match is made or Bound for Glory.

D’Angelo Dinero:
I decided to list him here due to his absence in this (especially with how much I was pushing him in 2008).  Basically, after Against All Odds, Dinero disappears for a little bit until returning at Victory Road 2012 answering an open challenge from TNA Television Champion Alex Shelly.  Dinero then beats him for the championship.  Pope then starts a feud with Robbie E, where Pope is able to keep the TV Title in a series of matches.  This may seem like it’s burying Pope, but I’m, simply trying to make Robbie look like less of a joke.  After Lockdown, it’s announced the TV title must be defended every week on Impact, and Dinero does this.  This is done to keep Pope around and keep him relevant while staying out of the World title picture.  The weekly title defense thing is slowly dropped, with the final week it’s in place is in August when Dinero drops the title to Austin Aries.  Dinero is then attacked backstage by Aces & Eights, leaving him out of action for the rest of the year.

Bound for Glory 2012:
TNA World Heavyweight Championship: James Storm (c) vs. Bobby Roode
Sting & Matt Morgan vs. Aces & Eights
TNA Television Championship: Austin Aries (c) vs. Kurt Angle
TNA World Tag Team Championships: The World Tag Team Champions of the World (Christopher Daniels & Kazarian) (c) vs. AJ Styles & Matt Bentley vs. Chavo Guerrero & Hernandez
TNA X-Division Championship: Zema Ion (c) vs. Jay Lethal
TNA Women’s Knockouts Championship: Sarita (c) vs. Tara
If Ryan wins, he earns a contract: Petey Williams vs. Joey Ryan
Magnus vs. Mr. Anderson

The first match is the X-Division title match, with Zema Ion retaining the title.  The next match is Magnus vs. Mr. Anderson, where Magnus scores the upset.  The next match is Petey Williams/Joey Ryan.  I didn’t list a story for that, but basically picture what really happened, minus Gut Check and minus Al Snow (pretty much taking everything away from it).  Ryan is able to score the biggest win in his career (by cheating of course) and defeats Petey to earn a TNA contract.

The next match is the tag team title match, where Chavo & Hernandez are able to win the belts.  Next is the Knockouts title match, where Tara is able to win the title again.  The reasoning for this is she’s 42 years old (but can still go in the ring) and I’m not sure how much longer she has before she decides to retire, so I want to give her one last run with the belt.  After this is the Kurt Angle/Austin Aries match, which I push at a match of the decade candidate (seriously, how could Angle/Aries not be?).  Aries ends up getting the win, and in the process arguably makes the TV title equally as prestigious as the World title.

After this is the tag team match with Sting/Morgan vs. Aces & Eights.  I want to give this the same feeling as the hostile take over match from Bash at the Beach 96 in WCW.  Anyway, when several Aces & Eights members attempt to interfere, Morgan leaves the match to chase them off, accidentally leaving Sting in the ring for a two-on-one beatdown and Aces & Eights win the match.  Afterwards, Morgan comes back down to the ring, holding one of the masked guys over his shoulder.  Morgan throws him in the ring and DESTROYS the two Aces & Eights members in the ring (That just beat Sting).  Morgan then unmasks the member he carried over his shoulder who is revealed to be…

ERIC YOUNG!

After a second to let that sink in, more Aces & Eights members come down and beat down on Morgan, and celebrate their win over Morgan & Sting.

Before I go into the main event, I want to explain my reasoning behind Eric Young as a member of Aces & Eights, as I’m aware a lot of people would hate it.  I don’t book Eric Young as a complete joke.  If you notice, with the exception of the 2011 BFG Series, Young hasn’t been seen since he & Nash lost the tag titles in 2010.  This is because I don’t know how to properly book him.  After years of being a joke, they finally used Eric Young properly in 2009 when he turned heel and formed World Elite.  This showed how serious Eric can be and how good he is on the mic.  While he won’t be some anti-American guy in Aces & Eights (or will he?  Is Aces & Eights simply World Elite 2.0?), but he can still get the main point across.  Plus, this helps set up some of the members to be revealed in the future.

Now it’s time for the main event, James Storm vs. Bobby Roode for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.  This feud has been going on for almost a year.  I won’t run through major detail of the match, but Storm ends up beating Roode and retains the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, continuing his reign and leaving him free to feud with someone else other than Roode.

Setting up 2013:
For the rest of 2012 & 2013, there’s a lot of directions this could go.  Just about ANYONE could be with Aces & Eights, so it will be interesting to see where that goes.  James Storm has finally finished his feud with Bobby Roode and can now feud with someone new over the belt.  There are several directions Roode can now go.  A lot of things could happen over the next year, so I hope you look forward to see what happens.

Booking TNA in 2011

I loved booking TNA in 2010, so I figure I’d continue.  Yes, I know that this also will contain the remainder of 2010, thus more than 2011, but I didn’t feel like writing all that out.  There’s not much to say really.  But before we get into that…

New Roster Additions and Releases
I like this roster too much to really release anyone.  But it has to be done.  Off the top of my head, I can’t think of any releases.  I haven’t been doing anything with Rhino, so he’ll be let go (after winning the Fired Case in the Feast or Fired match).  Rob Terry is useless (he is muscular, but it looks like he struggles to move), so I’ll let him go.  In the real world, Taylor Wilde was released from TNA in December 2010 and retired that February.  I’d hate to see her go, but I have no control over if she wants to retire or not, so I’ll let her go and wish her luck with her life.

Now that some people have been released, I’ll bring new talent in.  I’m going to sign Mickie James for the Knockouts division (I’ve watched a few matches on Youtube and she’s decent in the ring and has a fanbase).  I’ll also bring in Tommy Mercer, better known in TNA as Crimson (don’t worry, he won’t be pushed as the next Goldberg like in the real world).  I’ll also sign Gunner, but again, he won’t be pushed anywhere near as hard as he was in the real world (why would be debut as a security guard, and less than a year later pinning world champions like Sting, Mr. Anderson, & AJ Styles?).  I’ll also bring in Robbie E, though he WILL NOT have the Jersey Shore gimmick.  That’s about as simple as I can put it.

Mr. Anderson
NOTE: For anyone curious, Anderson is not a face.  Just because his A**hole thing got him over with fans, I see no reason to turn him face.  To me, he’s the perfect tweener, so that’s what he is.

Following Bound for Glory, the TNA Global Championship is renamed the TNA Television Championship, and Anderson is put into a four way elimination match at Turning Point to determine a new champion also involving AJ Styles, Abyss, & Christopher Daniels.  Anderson is able to make it down to the final two, though loses to AJ Styles.  The following month at Final Resolution, Mr. Anderson pulls down one of the cases and gains a shot at the TNA Television Championship at a time of his choosing*.  After AJ Styles defeats Christopher Daniels later in the night to retain the title, Anderson announces his intentions to cash in against AJ at Genesis.  At Genesis, Mr. Anderson scores the biggest in in his TNA career when he beats AJ Styles to become TNA Television Champion.  After beating AJ in a rematch at Against All Odds, Anderson continues to climb up the card and adds some prestige to the TV Title, and begins to demand a TNA World Heavyweight title shot.  Eventually, Anderson is able to defeat Petey Williams (whom Anderson cost the TNA World title) in a King of the Mountain qualifying match, and at Slammiversary, defeats champion Samoa Joe, Sting, Matt Morgan, & Abyss to become TNA World Heavyweight Champion.

After this, Anderson begins feuding with #1 Contender Kurt Angle and former champion Samoa Joe over the world title throughout the summer.  On an episode of Impact in July, Anderson beats Samoa Joe in a rematch, and defeats Kurt Angle at Hard Justice.  The feud comes to an end at No Surrender where Anderson beats Angle & Joe in a three-way match.  Over the next month, Anderson begins feuding with the Bound for Glory Series winner, which we’re about to get into…

Bound for Glory Series
I LOVE the idea of the Bound for Glory Series, so I carry that over into my fantasy TNA.  Rules are the exact same, though I add a rule from 2012 that was absent in the real world in 2011.  Every participant must face each other once.  I think that’s a lot more fair for everyone (in the real world, Gunner made it to the final four and had 18 matches while James Storm made it to the final four with 12.  Just doesn’t seem fair to me).

I won’t go down the entire thing because I’ll get confused and it’ll be boring to read, but here’s everyone’s points by the time the tournament is over (but before the finals at No Surrender):

1. James Storm: 58
2. Petey Williams: 57
3. Bobby Roode: 54
4. Matt Morgan: 49
5. D’Angelo Dinero: 45
6. AJ Styles: 42
7. Hernandez: 41
8. Sting: 36
9. Abyss: 35
10. Eric Young: 31
11. Jeff Jarrett: 25
12. Christopher Daniels: 21

Notice how none of the final four have been TNA World Heavyweight Champion (I don’t count Morgan’s reign)?  That’s what this tournament should be used for, building new stars.

At No Surrender, James Storm defeats Matt Morgan in a semi-final match while Petey Williams gets the upset over Bobby Roode.  In the finals, James Storm defeats Petey Williams to earn his first shot at the TNA World Heavyweight Championship and main event Bound for Glory against Mr. Anderson.

Also, it’s probably worth mention that Beer Money has turned face during the series.

Tag Team Division
The Motor City Machine Guns continue their reign as tag team champions, successfully defending the titles on PPV (and Impact) against several teams, mainly feuding with Generation Me and Team 3-D.  At Genesis, the Guns continue their streak by retaining the belts in a five-way elimination match (also involving Beer Money, Team 3-D, the British Invasion, & Generation Me).  This also makes them the longest reigning TNA World Tag Team Champions in history, beating AJ Styles’ & Tomko’s 184 day reign.  A few weeks later at a house show, Shelly suffers a legitimate injury which sidelines him for 3 months.  This happened in the real world, and I’m trying to keep this as real as possible, so Shelly is out with an injury and the Guns are stripped of the betls :(

A mini-tournament is made to crown new champs, with Beer Money and Generation Me advancing to the finals.  At Against All Odds, Generation Me win the TNA World Tag Team Championships for the first time.  They successfully defend the titles against Beer Money at Victory Road (now in March), and later against the British Invasion at Lockdown and Team 3-D at Sacrifice.  Afterwards, Gen. Me begin to turn face and begin feuding with a newly reunited L.A.X.  They face each other at Slammiversary, where Generation Me retain the titles.

After Slammiversary, Crimson comes out and cashes in his Tag Tem Feast or Fired Case and chooses Gunner as his partner.  Crimson & Gunner win the match after using the belts, though the match is restarted and Generation Me retains.  A rematch is booked for Hard Justice, where Crimson & Gunner (now officially calling themselves the “Brothers in Arms”) win the titles.  In the third match at No Surrender, Generation Me once again fail to capture the titles.  Over the next few weeks, a match is booked for Bound for Glory where the Brothers in Arms will defend the titles against three other teams in an elimination match.  In qualifying matches, L.A.X. defeated Team 3-D, Generation Me defeated AJ Styles & Christopher Daniels, and The British Invasion (Doug Williams & Mark Haskins) defeated Lethal Consequences (shut up, it was the only other team I could think of).

Before I move onto the next section, I need to cover two things: The British Invasion & The Motor City Machine Guns.  In the real world (and here), the Guns become inactive when Shelly is injured for three months.  In the real world, the same day Shelly returns is when Sabin is injured.  I could pretend that doesn’t happen since I’m making this all up (and I never hired Anarquia, the guy who injured Sabin), but I’m going to say it did happen so that way I have to put more thought into this.

As for the British Invasion, they continue to do their thing, but never become top contenders for the tag titles sadly.  You probably noticed Mark Haskins is there.  Well at Destination X in July, Doug Williams issues an open challenge, answered by the debuting Mark Haskins.  Haskins beats Williams in his first match with the company.  I could put him in the X-Division as I feel he could be great there, but I won’t.  I’m going to add him to the British Invasion.  The Brits then kind of break away from Williams & Magnus in all their matches and it becomes Williams & Haskins until eventually Magnus leaves altogether.  No big feud or anything, he just leaves.  The reasoning for this is I plan to give Magnus a big push in 2012, but we’ll focus on that later.

X-Division
I’m trying to make the X-Division matter once again, and I began to rebuild it previously in 2010.  But in 2011, I’m going to try and build towards the first all X-Division PPV in TNA history, Destination X.  But until then, it will get a lot more time on Impact and it will be higher up on the card on PPVs.

Now, Jay Lethal is X-Division Champion again following Bound for Glory.  He’ll hold onto the belt for a few months and defend it on a regular basis until dropping it to Kazarian at Genesis.  Kazarian will hold onto the title for months, feuding with guys like Petey Williams, Sonjay Dutt, Jay Lethal, Amazing Red, etc. for the title (he also begins a short feud with Robbie E, winner of the X-Division Feast or Fired Case.  Robbie leaves the Division soon after).  After beating everyone in the company, two things are done for Destination X: 1) A tournament is made where the winner will face Kazarian at Destination X, and 2) Another tournament is made with the finals at Destination X and the winner earns a contract.

Here are full results for the Destination X PPV:

AJ Styles defeated Christopher Daniels
TNA X-Division Championship: Brian Kendrick defeated Kazarian (c)
Ladder (Winner Earns a contract): Austin Aries defeated Zema Ion, Senshi, & Jack Evans
Ultimate X: Amazing Red defeated Homicide, Kiyoshi, & Sonjay Dutt
TNA Television Championship: Alex Shelly (c) defeated Samoa Joe
Mark Haskins defeated Doug Williams w/Magnus
Bound for Glory Series: Petey Williams defeated Eric Young
Generation Me (Max & Jeremy Buck) defeated Lethal Consequences (Jay Lethal & Consequences Creed)

After Destination X, Austin Aries quickly becomes a top contender for the X-Division title, with his first title shot being at Hard Justice in a three-way also involving Champion Brian Kendrick & Amazing Red.  Kendrick wins the match by pinning Red.  Aries then starts a feud with Kendrick over the title, with Aries winning the title at No Surrender.  After winning a four-way elimination match on Impact, Aries defending the X-Division title against Kendrick is booked for Bound for Glory.

Television Championship
I’ve gone over part of the Television Championship in Mr. Anderson, so here’s the rest of it.

After Anderson wins the TNA World title, the TV title is once again vacated.  Alex Shelly wins the Vacant title, and begins defending it on an (almost) weekly basis.  This is done to make the title important (if it already isn’t) and give Shelly a singles push while Sabin is out of action.  Shelly feuds with multiple people for the title, from Robbie E to Hernandez to Magnus, etc.  After Petey Williams beats Shelly in a non-title match on Impact, a match is made for the Bound for Glory Pre-Show for the title.  This may make the belt seem umimportant, but it’s the TELEVSION Championship.  It should be defended on TELEVSION!  Plus, wouldn’t seeing a nice 10 to 20 minute match be better than nonstop videos?

Knockouts
After Bound for Glory 2010, Allisa Flash & Hamada continue to feud over the title, ending at Final Resolution when Hamada beats her in a Ladder match.  For a secondary feud for the division (has the Knockouts division ever even had one?), the newly signed Mickie James feuds with a now-heel Tara.  Eventually, Mickie is named as the #1 contender for the Knockouts title and wins the championship at Lockdown from Hamada.  Over the next several months, Mickie feuds with Allisa Flash, Tara, ODB, & Awesome Kong for the title.

Meanwhile, I try to develop a new star in Taeler Hendrix.  She’d be kind of a mid-carder for the Knockouts (I guess is the best way to put it).  However, she eventually begins scoring major upset wins over Hamada, ODB, Tara, & even Awesome Kong.  In a tournament to determine a #1 contender, she makes it to the finals along with Allisa Flash.  They have a match at No Surrender in the finals, but that goes to a draw.  They have a rematch on Impact, but that also goes to a draw.  While it was first determined that Mickie would defend the title in a three-way at Bound for Glory, it was later decided that the two would face each other at Bound for Glory and the winner would face Mickie later in the night for the title.  It was also said that there must be a winner, meaning there was no disqualification, no count out, and no time limit.

Bound for Glory 2011
TNA World Heavyweight Championship: Mr. Anderson (c) vs. James Storm
I Quit: AJ Styles vs. Christopher Daniels
TNA World Tag Team Championships/Elimination: Brothers in Arms (Crimson & Gunner) (c) vs. Generation Me (Max & Jeremy Buck) vs. L.A.X. (Homicide & Hernandez) vs. British Invasion (Doug Williams & Mark Haskins) w/Magnus
TNA Knockouts Championship: Mickie James (c) vs. Taeler Hendrix
No Disqualification: #1 Contendership for TNA Knockouts Championship: Taeler Hendrix vs. Allisa Flash
Samoa Joe vs. Kurt Angle
D’Angelo Dinero vs. Abyss
TNA X-Divison Championship: Austin Aires (c) vs. Brian Kendrick

Pre-Show:
TNA Television Championship: Alex Shelly (c) vs. Petey Williams

Look at that line up.  Isn’t that just AWESOME?!?  And no Hogan/Sting match like in the real world :)

On the Pre-Show, Alex Shelly defeats Petey Williams to retain the TV title.

The first match is the X-Division title match, with Austin Aries retaining the title after hitting the Brain Buster.  Then is the Taeler Hendrix/Allisa Flash match, which I attempt to make a brutal match.  Taeler Hendrix once again gets the upset, and will face Mickie James later in the night.  After that is D’Angelo Dinero/Abyss.  I didn’t do a story for that one because there wasn’t much to mention, but basically I’m building Abyss back up as a Monster who’s mainly been winning squash matches.  He’s also a heel.  I have Abyss get the win in a close match.

Next is the elimination tag team match.  I worked out the order of eliminations for anyone curious:
Jeremy Buck
Mark Haskins
Gunner
Homicide
Doug Williams
Max Buck
Doug Williams

This means the Brothers in Arms retain the titles via Crimson being the lone survivor.

Next is the Angle/Joe match, which is also the seventh time they’ve faced each other one on one (being tied at 3-3 before the match).  I’ll have Joe go over here, since 1) in the real world, Angle was legitimately injured (which we’ll say he also is here) and 2) I’ve been pushing Joe as a monster.  Next is the I Quit match between AJ & Daniels.  Yes, I know it’s lazy having them feud again.  Please shut up.  More brutal than the two usually are, and AJ eventually gets the win after getting ready to jam a screwdriver in Daniels’ forehead.  This is followed up with the Knockouts title match, where Taeler Hendrix wins the title (I know this isn’t a good match for right before the main event, especially after AJ/Daniels & Joe/Angle, but I needed to give Hendrix time to rest).

And now it’s time for the Bound for Glory main event.  TNA World Heavyweight Champion Mr. Anderson defending the title against Bound for Glory Series winner James Storm.  This is James Storm’s first shot at the TNA World Heavyweight Championship (counting when TNA used the NWA world title).  After a while of back and forth action and several near falls, Anderson makes one mistake: He loses his footing when going to the top rope.  Storm is able to capitalize on this and suplex him to the ground, and follows this up with the Last Call.  Storm pins Anderson and becomes the new TNA World Heavyweight Champion.  Bobby Roode comes out to celebrate with him and it’s a feel good moment to end the biggest show of the year on.

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Setting up the rest of 2011 & 2012
Was that an epic Bound for Glory or what?  I’m probably overrating it, but it just epic to me.  A lot of stories seem to have been resolved (AJ/Daniels, Angle/Joe), but will they continue?  What will Mr. Anderson do after loosing the TNA World title?  Is Bobby Roode truly happy for James Storm?  How long will Austin Aries’ reign as X-Division Champion last?  What’s next for Taeler Hendrix?  A lot of possible directions I can go for the next year, and we’ll see what happens.

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.

Booking WCW in 1999

I decided I had fun booking WCW in 1998, so I’m going to follow it up with booking WCW in 1999.  This is the year that follows my WCW in 1998 (so I suggest reading that if you haven’t already), continuing with story lines and such.

Before I begin, I have to say something. I know in the real world, Raven left WCW in 1999.  I think Bischoff held a meeting and told anyone if they wanted to leave, they’d be released and Raven was the only one.  I’m not sure if he would in my WCW (I would have pushed him as much as I could), however, I honestly don’t know how to properly use him.  So, we’re just going to assume he left my fantasy WCW the same way he left the real WCW :(

Also, Jericho left in 1999 (around April I think).  Again, not sure if he would have here with how much I’m pushing him.  However, since this is fantasy, I’m just going to keep him around.

New Talent:
Before I get into any stories, I need to sign new talent.  The World & US title pictures are fine, but the tag team division is non-existent and the cruiserweights need some new blood.  So, I make some cuts on the roster from guys I was never using and didn’t have much of a use for (Randy Savage, Lex Luger, Curt Hennig, Rick Steiner, The Giant, and more I don’t feel like naming at the moment).  With those releases, there are some new people I’d bring: AJ Styles, James Storm, Chris Harris, & Kazarian.  And before people start complaining that I’m just trying to turn the company into TNA now, shut up.  Yes, they may end up in TNA years later (though the company never exist in this fantasy world depending on how things play out).  However, at this point, they were complete nobodies on the independent circuit, most of which only started out a year ago.  I’m trying to build new talent, and this is the best way to do it in my opinion.

Goldberg vs. Scott Steiner:
Going into 1999, Goldberg was now WCW World Heavyweight Champion and was still undefeated.  At Souled Out, he defeated Bret Hart in a rematch from Starrcade.  Over the next several months, Goldberg continues his streak by defending the title on Pay Per Views against Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair (who bead Bret Hart at Superbrawl to end their feud started in 98), Diamond Dallas Page, & Kevin Nash.  Meanwhile, Scott Steiner continues to be pushed as a monster.  He mainly feuds with a now face Eddie Guerrero, Diamond Dallas Page, & Booker T for the first few months of the year, and beats them all in a four way elimination match at Slamboree, becoming the #1 Contender for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.  Scott receives his title shot against Goldberg at the Great American Bash.  The match goes for about 30 minutes with back and forth action.  Eventually, Goldberg attempts to go for the spear, though Steiner throws the referee at Goldberg, causing the ref to be hit with the spear.  Steiner then slips out of the ring, grabs his lead pipe, and hits Goldberg over the head with it, knocking him unconscious.  Steiner then puts him in the Steiner Recliner.  The referee eventually gets up, checks to see if Goldberg will tap, but sees he’s unconscious.  The ref has no choice but to declare Scott Steiner the winner, meaning Scott Steiner has ended the streak and is the new WCW World Heavyweight Champion!  Afterwards, it’s announced that Goldberg suffered a concussion during his match with Steiner and would be out for the next couple of months.

Over the next few months, Steiner feuds with Diamond Dallas Page and Chris Benoit, defeating them at Bash at the Beach and Road Wild.  On Nitro after Road Wild, Steiner is set to defend the world title against Sting.  However, Sting was found attacked backstage and Steiner said there was now no one to face him.  Just before he’s declared the winner via forefit, Goldberg’s music hits and Goldberg comes out.  Whoever the authority figure at this point is (we’ll say Eric Bischoff) says that Goldberg is using his rematch clause tonight to replace Sting in the World title match.  The match ends in a double count out when the two begin brawling outside the ring and all around the arena.  The following week, the authority figure (whom we’ll just say is Eric Bischoff from now on for convenience) says that if Goldberg & Steiner want to fight all over the arena, they’ll have the ability to do so at Fall Brawl in a Street Fight for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.  At Fall Brawl, Steiner defeats Goldberg in the street fight after hitting him with a car.

After this, Steiner continues his world title reign while Goldberg disappears again.  Steiner defeats Hulk Hogan to retain the WCW World Heavyweight Championship following interference from the returning Jeff Jarrett.  At World War 3, Steiner & Jarrett beat Hogan & Goldberg in a tag team match.  Afterwards, Steiner begins feuding with the new #1 contender for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship at Starrcade: Chris Benoit.

Jeff Jarrett vs. Hulk Hogan:
As mentioned earlier, Jarrett returns to WCW by costing Hogan his world title match at Halloween Havoc.  Jarrett wrestles his return match on Nitro, loosing to Hogan via disqualification when Jarrett uses the guitar.  Jarrett and Hogan begin feuding, with Jarrett saying that Hogan has over-stayed his welcome in the wrestling business and needs to step aside (thinking about it, Jarrett seems more like the face here.  Sorry).  As said before, Steiner & Jarrett beat Hogan & Goldberg at World War 3.  Later that night, Jarrett wins the World War 3 match to earn a shot at the WCW World Heavyweight Championship at Superbrawl.  Hogan had eliminated Jarrett, which the ref didn’t see.  Jarrett then grabs Hogan and drags him out to the floor and Jarrett hops in, leaving the referee thinking Hogan was eliminated and Jarrett was still in.  Jarrett & Hogan continue their feud over the next several weeks until a match is booked for Starrcade between the two.  A stipulation is added where if Jarrett wins, Hulk Hogan must retire and if Hogan wins, he gets Jarrett’s title shot at Superbrawl.

Tag Team Divison:
In 1998, the tag team division was completely dead.  So in 1999, I’m doing a complete revamp of the tag team division.  Rey Mysterio Jr. & Juventud Guerrera are stripped of the titles after not defending the belts for 30 days.  A tournament is made with 16 teams.  Some already existing teams, some teams randomly paired together, and some teams being new guys brought in.  The tournament is won by James Storm & Chris Harris, now known as America’s Most Wanted (they became that team in TNA later in 2002).  AMW dominate the tag team division, defeating every single team WCW has.  They eventually become the longest reining tag team champions in WCW history.  They begin to come out every week and issue an open challenge to any former WCW World Tag Team Champions, which results in one night reunions for teams like Harlem Heat, the Road Warriors, and Sting & Lex Luger.  Eventually, they are challenged by Kevin Nash & Scott Hall, the Outsiders.  The match is booked for Starrcade.

Chris Jericho:
I’m assuming that with how much I’m pushing Jericho, he sticks around.

After loosing to Benoit at Starrcade 98, a rematch is made between the two in a title unification match for the US title & TV Title.  This is done to eliminate the TV title, as I don’t see much point in it any more.  Jericho beats Benoit in the match at Souled Out, and keeps the US title for months.  He feuds with multiple people for the title, including Booker T, Eddie Guerrero, Rey Mysterio, Diamond Dallas Page, and even Sting & Bret Hart.  Jericho beats them all, and is able to go over most of them clean.  In the World War 3 match, Jericho is one of the final six men left, though is eliminated by Booker T.  After a few others are eliminated, Jericho costs Booker the win, allowing Jeff Jarrett to win the World War 3 match.  Jericho then starts feuding with Booker in the weeks leading into Starrcade, with the match eventually being confirmed by Eric Bischoff.

Cruiserweights:
Two new Cruiserweight wrestlers iare brought into the company in 1999: AJ Styles & Kazarian.  They wrestle each other in their debut match, with AJ winning.  AJ then rises through the Cruiserweight division, until eventually defeating Billy Kidman to win the title in July.  AJ is able to bring the division to a whole new level, with the Cruiserweight title match often being one of the final three matches on the PPVs.  Meanwhile, Kazarian also goes through the division and would have developed an undefeated streak like Goldberg, IF he hadn’t lost his debut match to AJ Styles.  Kaz & AJ end up feuding over this, with their match at World War 3 going to a draw.  A rematch is made for Starrcade, where there must be a winner.

Starrcade 1999:
Well, here we are.  Starrcade 1999, the final PPV event of the century.  The line up is:

WCW World Heavyweight Championship: Scott Steiner (c) vs. Chris Benoit
If Jarrett wins, Hogan must retire.  If Hogan wins, he gets Jarrett’s title shot: Hulk Hogan vs. Jeff Jarrett
Bret Hart vs. Ric Flair
WCW United States Championship: Chris Jericho (c) vs. Booker T
WCW Cruiserweight Championship: AJ Styles (c) vs. Kazarian
WCW World Tag Team Championships: America’s Most Wanted (James Storm & Chris Harris) (c) vs. The Outsiders (Kevin Nash & Scott Hall)
Ladder: WCW Cruiserweight Title Shot: Rey Mysterio vs. Billy Kidman vs. Juventud Guerrera vs. Alex Wright vs. Psychosis vs. Lenny Lane
Sting vs. Diamond Dallas Page

The opening match is the ladder match.  It’s mostly a spotfest to get the crowd fired up.  Rey Mysterio ends up winning the match and the title shot, to get his title shot in the first Championship match of 2000 on the January 3 edition of Nitro.

The next match is the WCW World Tag team title match.  It’s a back and forth match with many near falls, though America’s Most Wanted go over and Storm debuts the Last Call (basically a superkick).  The next match is Bret Hart vs. Ric Flair, a match Bret Hart demanded since he never finished his feud with Flair.  Bret Hart ends up gaining the win over Flair, though afterwards shakes hands with Flair, showing respect for him and turning face in the process.

After this is Sting vs. Diamond Dallas Page.  I originally had a story for these two feuding.  However, after thinking about it, I remember I had read it on another site.  I didn’t want to steal someone else’s idea, so I got rid of it.  When I have a new original story, I will post it.  As for the match, Sting wins after hitting the Scorpion Splash.  DDP will raise his hand after the match and Sting will go for a handshake, but Page just walks away.

Next is the United States title match between Chris Jericho and Booker T.  Booker T beats Jericho to win the United States Championship after the Axe Kick (I think that’s what it’s called) and there’s just the feeling in the air that 2000 will be Booker T’s year.  The Cruiserweight title match is next, with both great technical wrestling and high-flying stuff.  In the end, AJ Styles wins after a Styles Clash from the top rope.

And now we’re to our double main event.  The first is the Jeff Jarrett/Hulk Hogan match.  Both men look strong in it and it’s probably Hogan’s best match in years.  Neither man can beat the other, and Jarrett eventually decides to use the guitar.  He nails Hogan in the head with it, which knocks Hogan down.  However, Hogan then does the whole stupid “Hulk Up” thing and gets back with a series of punches on Jarrett followed by a body slam and leg drop.  Jarrett is able to kick out of it, and Hogan argues with the ref saying he had it.  While Hogan and the ref are arguing, Jarrett takes out brass knuckles and low blows Hogan with them.  Jarrett then pins him, meaning Jeff Jarrett will challenge for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship at Starrcade while Hulk Hogan must retire.

In the main event between Scott Steiner & Chris Benoit, Steiner spends the first 10 minutes or so dominating Benoit where he gets no offense in.  Eventually, Scott goes for the Frankensteiner, though Benoit is able to push Steiner to the mat before he does it and is able to start making a comeback.  In the end, Chris Benoit gets Steiner to tap out to the crossface, meaning he FINALLY becomes WCW World Heavyweight Champion.  During his celebration, Jeff Jarrett comes down and attacks Benoit, and holds up the WCW World title belt as the show goes off the air.

Going into 2000:
I have a lot set up going into 2000.  We have Jeff Jarrett the #1 contender fort he World title at Superbrawl, and he now has the claim that he ended Hulk Hogan’s career.  What happens to Hogan now?  Does he retire?  Does he try to say that the ending should mean there should be a rematch?  What happens to America’s Most Wanted now that they’ve beaten every team in WCW?  What’s Chris Jericho do now that he’s no longer US Champ?  Where does Booker T go from here?  There’s a lot of questions going into the new century, and I feel this could be one of the best years in company history.

Booking WCW in 1998

I love WCW.  I would probably rank it the greatest wrestling company of all time.  However, while 1998 had a lot of good, it also had a lot of problems and helped contribute towards the end of the company.  So, I decided I would sit down and book WCW in 1998.  Now, there are a lot of people on the roster at this point, so there probably will be people I don’t mention.  Sorry if I left out any of your favorites.

The nWo:
Okay, I would have had Sting beat Hogan clean at Starrcade 97.  However, since this is everything in 1997 happening without being changed, I can’t change the result of the match.  Also, I may be slightly off on all of the nWo members by 98, so I may be forgetting someone, but I have all the main members, so it shouldn’t matter.

So, after the controversial finish to the match at Starrcade, the world title is vacated and a rematch is made for Souled Out.  Despite nWo interference, Sting is able to defeat Hogan (clean this time) and due to the stipulation of the match, Hogan cannot challenge for the title as long as Sting is champion.  With Scott Hall getting a title match against Sting at Superbrawl, Hogan starts to drop subtle hints about Hall winning the belt then letting Hogan pin him for the belt.  While Hall & Nash are clearly disgusted with the idea, they just blow it off and ignore it.  At Superbrawl, the nWo were able to recapture the WCW World Tag Team Championships when Buff Bagwell & Scott Norton defeated the Steiner Brothers to win the belts, with Scott joining the nWo in the process.  However, Lex Luger defeated Randy Savage and Sting defeated Scott Hall to retain the WCW World Heavyweight Championship following botched interference from Hogan.

On the following Nitro, Hall & Nash turned on Hogan and brutally beat down on him, saying they no longer needed him.  Nash then announced himself as leader of the nWo, and that they’d be trimming the fat (I guess is the best way to put it) of the nWo.  They all kick Eric Bischoff, Randy Savage, and Curt Hennig out of the group, and told Vincent he’d have to fight for his spot.  Vincent faced Diamond Dallas Page for the United States Championship that night, with Page winning.  The nWo attack Vincent afterwards and kick him out, leaving Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Buff Bagwell, Scott Norton, Konnan, & Scott Steiner as the remaining nWo members.  The nWo then slowly and subtly change their name to “The Wolfpac.”

At Uncensored, the Wolfpac have major success.  Bagwell & Norton successfully defend the tag team titles against Curt Hennig & Lex Luger, Konnan defeated Juventud Guerrera, Scott Hall defeated the Giant, and even though Rick Steiner beat Scott Steiner, it was via disqualification when Scott hit him over the head with a lead pipe (at Spring Stampede, Scott beats him in a no DQ match).  In the main event, Kevin Nash defeats Hulk Hogan in a steel cage match.  Afterwards, the Wolfpac beat down on Hogan which gets all the way backstage.  Eventually, they’re able to give Hogan possibly the most brutal beatdwn in wrestling history and throw him in a trash truck to finish the Pay-Per-View.

Over the next several months, the Wolfpac are able to dominate the company, with Bagwell & Norton beating every team that challenges them.  Scott Steiner has been built as an absolute monster, with him only having tough matches on PPV (he mauls just about everyone he faces on Nitro & Thunder).  There’s not much worth mention for a while, so let’s skip ahead to Fall Brawl 1998.

A Team WCW (Sting, Chris Benoit, Diamond Dallas Page, & Goldberg) vs. Wolfpac (Kevin Nash, Scott Steiner, Buff Bagwell, & Scott Norton) in Wargames is booked, though Eric Bischoff (returning since the beatdown the Wolfpac gave him) changes the rules.  The match works the same, though now, weapons are hanging on the walls and ceiling of the cage.  The Wolfpac gain the advantage when Buff Bagwell defeats Sting on Nitro.  The day of the PPV, Goldberg is found attacked backstage and is unconscious, with doctors saying he will be unable to compete tonight.  In the match, all Wolfpac members are in the match while Sting, Benoit, & DDP are the only WCW guys in there.  Goldberg’s music hits and it’s time for him to come out, but he doesn’t.  And with the new no DQ rules for the Wargames match, Scott Hall & Konnan come down and hop in the cage to make it 6-on-3.  Eventually, HULK HOGAN (once again in the yellow gear) makes his return and comes down and enters the match! He is able to take on the Wolfpac, and just as Team WCW is gaining the upper hand, Goldberg comes out and destroys what’s left of the Wolfpac.  Goldberg pins Nash and Team WCW stands victorious.

Over the next couple of weeks Hogan one by one beats Wolfpac members Konnan, Buff Bagwell, & Scott Norton while his match with Steiner goes to a double count out.  Hogan is then prepared to face Scott Hall at Halloween Havoc, then gain his revenge on Kevin Nash.  At Halloween Havoc, the Wolfpac go 1-3 when Bagwell & Norton loose their tag titles to Rey Mysterio & Juventud Guerrera.  Konnan looses a United States Championship match to Goldberg, Scott Steiner defeats The Giant, and Hulk Hogan defeats Scott Hall.

After this, Nash decided that they need the World Heavyweight Championship to keep their power and swears he will win the World War 3 match, while Hogan also swears he will win it, wanting one last great world title run to end his career on.  At World War 3, all Wolfpac members are in World War 3, though only Nash, Steiner, & Bagwell make it to the final 20.  They are one by one eliminated, until Goldberg eventually wins.  Hogan later challenges Nash to a match at Starrcade, with the stipulation that if Nash wins, Hogan retires and if Hogan wins, the Wolfpac must disband forever.  Nash agrees to these stipulations and the match is signed on Nitro.

Bret Hart vs. Sting & Others:
While everything with the Wolfpac is going on, Sting begins feuding with Bret Hart.  Sting is angry with Hart due to his interference in the match with Hogan at Starrcade, while Bret claims he was trying to make sure Sting wans’t screwed the same way Bret was (Referring to the Montreal Screwjob).  During a match on Nitro between Sting and Scott Steiner, Bret Hart (who has become furious with Sting) comes down and takes Sting’s baseball bat and attacks Sting with it, turning heel.  This sets up a match between the two at Uncensored for the World title, which is won by Sting after he reverses the Sharpshooter into the Scorpion Death Lock.  Bret Hart continues to attack after this, though Sting eventually begins popping up in random places (under the ring, the rafters, etc.) like during his feud with the nWo.  Another match is booked between the two at Spring Stampede, this time under no disqualification rules, which ends with Bret Hart winning the championship.  They continue their feud into Slamboree, where they have what is billed as a “Final Showdown,” this time under Iron Man rules.  In the final minute, both are tied at 1-1.  Sting puts Hart in the Scorpion Death Lock and holds him in it.  Bret Hart taps at the EXACT same time the time reaches zero.  The referee decides that Hart didn’t tap before time ran out, meaning the match ended in a draw and Hart was still champ.  They have one last match at Great American Bash, this time in a steel cage, where Bret Hart is able to win the match and end his feud with Sting.

After his feud with Sting is over, Bret Hart attempts to say that there’s no contenders to face him for the title.  However, it’s announced that on the July 6 edition of Nitro, Bret Hart will defend the WCW World Heavyweight Championship against  the new WCW United States Champion: with a record of 99-0, the Undefeated Goldberg!  At the match, Goldberg dominates the first several minutes.  The only thing close to offense Hart is able to do is avoid getting hit with the spear (followed by the jackhammer).  Eventually, Goldberg attempts a spear outside the ring, but Hart ducks out of the way and Goldberg is sent charging into the steel railing.  Hart is able to take control afterwards, but unable to pin Goldberg or make him tap out.  Eventually, Hart realizes he can’t beat Goldberg and punches the referee in the jaw, getting himself disqualified.  Goldberg’s streak remains in tact (with him now being 100-0), but Hart keeps the title.

After this, Chris Benoit is named the new #1 contender following him defeated Kevin Nash at Great American Bash.  The two face each other at Bash at the Beach, where Hart once again gets himself disqualified.  However, the match is restarted with the stipulation that if Hart is disqualified, he will lose the match and title.  Hart does tap out, though the referee is unconscious.  Hart is then able to come back and beat Benoit.  Due to the controversial finish to the match, a rematch for Road Wild is made.  Bret Hart is able to win the match and retain the title.

Hart’s next title defense is at Halloween Havoc 1998, where he defeats Diamond Dallas Page.  He then disappears from TV until World War 3, where he comes down to ringside during the match and helps eliminate people he feel is a threat to his title (Sting, Chris Benoit, Diamond Dallas Page, Hulk Hogan, & Kevin Nash to name a few).  However, Ric Flair then makes his return and gets into a brawl with Hart, which results in Hart loosing focus on the World War 3 match and Goldberg winning, becoming the #1 contender to the World title for Starrcade.

Goldberg:
Goldberg is similar to what actually happened in WCW.  He continues his undefeated streak and wins his first title at Superbrawl when he beats Booker T for the Television Championship.  He continues to defend his title, mostly in squash matches, until he’s given a United States title match at Great American Bash against Raven.  Goldberg beats Raven (and completely destroys the Flock) and is named the #1 contender for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship and will face Bret Hart on the July 6 edition of Nitro.  As said before, Goldberg dominates the majority of the match and Bret Hart gets himself disqualified, screwing Goldberg out of the title.  Afterwards, Goldberg continues to rise through the ranks and defend the US Title against just about everybody, from Wolfpac members to Diamond Dallas Page to Chris Benoit to Flock members to Eddie Guerrero, etc.  Eventually, Goldberg is entered into the World War 3 match.  As soon as the match starts, the other 19 guys Goldberg is in one of the rings with decide to all team up on Goldberg.  Goldberg eliminates most of them with absolute ease.  The only people left in that ring at the end are Scott Steiner & Goldberg, and neither are able to eliminate the other.  They eventually get into the middle ring and start brawling the entire time there, until DDP tries to eliminate them both.  Steiner is sent to the floor while Goldberg is able to hold on.  Goldberg then starts eliminating a few more people, while Bret Hart is eliminating major title contenders until he starts brawling with Ric Flair (as I mentioned before).  The final two men are Goldberg and Booker T.  They fight for a few minutes until Goldberg is able to spear him and hit the jackhammer.  Goldberg then picks him up and throws him out of the ring, leaving Goldberg alone in the ring and the #1 Contender for the World title at Starrcade, earning another match against Bret Hart after getting screwed in July.

NOTE: Goldberg was forced to cash in the United States Championship to face Bret Hart for the World title.

Cruiserweights:
Honestly, I wouldn’t have changed the cruiserweights in the slightest.  Chris Jericho made an amazing heel champ, and had an epic feud with Dean Malenko.  I would have kept everything the same for them, with the exception of Kidman & Guerrera swapping the title back & forth a few times.  I would have just had Kidman win the belt and that’s it.  Then it pretty much would have stayed the same.

Rising Stars:
This is mostly for people who don’t have enough to fill their own category, but need to be mentioned.  Basically guys I’d really be pushing.  They include: Diamond Dallas Page, Chris Benoit, Raven, Booker T, & Chris Jericho

Chris Benoit:
He opens the year in a feud with Raven.  They then start feuding with DDP over his United States Championship.  Benoit doesn’t win the title, though is able to have match of the night PPV matches against the two.  Benoit eventually defeats Kevin Nash in a #1 contenders match at Great American Bash and goes on to lose to Bret Hart at Bash at the Beach and again at Road Wild.  Benoit then represents Team WCW in Wargames at Fall Brawl, where they emerged victorious.  After the United States Championship was vacated in November, Benoit entered a tournament to crown a new champ where he defeated Scott Steiner in Round 1 (via disqualification) and Booker T in Round 2, advancing to the finals at Starrcade.

Chris Jericho:
Jericho doesn’t change much.  He’s still the same entertaining heel he was in the real world, and even after loosing the Cruiserweight title, he goes on to become Television Champion.  Only here, he doesn’t drop the belt to Konnan.  When the US title is vacated, Jericho is entered into a tournament where he beats Rey Mysterio in round 1 and Sting in Round 2 (following interference from Raven), meaning he advances to the finals to face Chris Benoit for the vacant title at Starrcade.

Raven:
As said before, Raven opens the year with a feud with Chris Benoit, and DDP is thrown in there for the US title.  At Spring Stampede, Raven beats Page for the US title, and beats him in a rematch the following month at Slamboree.  At Great American Bash, Raven lost the US title to Goldberg.  Now after that, I want Raven to start a feud with Sting.  And honestly, I’m not sure how to book a feud between the two.  At Halloween Havoc 1998, Sting beats Raven.  The two continue their feud into World War 3, and eventually a Raven’s Rules Match is booked between the two for Starrcade.

Diamond Dallas Page:
Page starts the year as US Champ (after beating Curt Hennig at Starrcade).  He starts feuding with Benoit & Raven for the belt, eventually loosing the belt to Raven.  He then moves into feuding with the Wolfpac (There’s also a feud teased all year between Page & Hart, though nothing happens).  Towards the end of the year, Page begins a feud with Scott Steiner, with a match between the two being booked for Starrcade.

Booker T:
Booker wins the TV title early in the year, only to lose it to Goldberg.  He then starts some mid-card feuds with several mid-carders, progressing up the card.  He eventually regains the TV Title by beating Eddie Guerrero, though looses the title to Chris Jericho.  Booker is still majorly pushed afterwards, including being one of the final two men in the World War 3 match.

Starrcade 1998:
Well, it’s took a while, but we’re up to Starrcade.  The biggest event of the year.  I’ve been building up to it the best I can, and now we’re here.  The line up is:

WCW World Heavyweight Championship: Bret Hart (c) vs. Goldberg
WCW United States Championship Tournament Final: Chris Jericho vs. Chris Benoit*
Raven’s Rules: Sting vs. Raven
Kevin Nash vs. Hulk Hogan
Scott Steiner vs. Diamond Dallas Page
WCW Cruiserweight Championship: Billy Kidman (c) vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Juventud Guerrera
Booker T vs. Eddie Guerrero
Ric Flair vs. The Giant

The show is kicked off with the Cruiserweight title match.  It’s a typical Cruiserweight match, with high flying action to get the crowd fired up.  Kidman retains his championship in a great match.   Next match is Booker T vs. Eddie Guerrero, which will have more technical wrestling than the opener.  In a very close match, Booker T wins to set up a bright 1999 for him.  The next match is Flair vs. Giant, featuring Flair’s triumphant return to Starrcade.  Flair goes over by getting Giant to tap out to the figure four.

The next match is the tournament final for the United States Championship, Chris Jericho w/Ralphus vs. Chris Benoit.  I want this to be possibly the match of the night.  It’s a typical Jericho match & Benoit match with both using their usual moves.  In the end, I’d have Benoit pin Jericho and become United States Champion.  The next match is Diamond Dallas Page vs. Scott Steiner, which is kind of an unofficial #1 contenders match.  Neither Page or Scott is able to win the match using their signature moves with both being able to get out of it (Scott avoiding the Diamond Cutter while Page keeps getting out of the Steiner Recliner).  Steiner wins the match after using the Frankensteiner.  After this is the Sting/Raven match, contested under Raven’s Rules.  This is a brutal match, with Raven getting the upset by hitting Sting with his baseball bat while Sting is distracted by the Flock.

The next match is Nash/Hogan, which has a ton of history behind it.  This is more of a brawl than a wrestling match.  In the end, as much as I hate to do it (since I hate Hogan), it’s the only logical way to end it.  Hogan pins Nash and disbands the Wolfpac in the process.

In the main event, Bret Hart defends the WCW World Heavyweight Championship against the undefeated Goldberg.  In a great match, Goldberg beats Bret Hart to become WCW World Heavyweight Champion, and extends his undefeated streak to 174-0.

Going into 1999:
I’ve set up a lot of questions and possible feuds going into 1999.  What happens to Nash and other Wolfpac members now that they’ve been forced to break up?  Will Hogan regain the world title, and whether he does or not, is his talk about retirement real?  And with Goldberg 174-0 and WCW World Heavyweight Champion, that leave one question: Who’s Next?

Depending on the type of reaction I get to this will depend on if I book through 1999 or not.  So, I hope you enjoyed it.  And if you didn’t, well, too bad.

Top 10 Worst Matches in TNA history

I did a best matches in TNA history, now I’m doing worst.  There have been some truly horrendous matches in the company, but here’s 10 that are worst than all the others.  There probably will be some random matches from Impact that I forget, and for that I’m sorry.  Also, I will not include every single squash match that only lasted a few seconds because I usually don’t mind them as they’re there to make someone look good and usually whoever gets squashed is awful (I remember one with Desmond Wolfe & Cody Deaner)

Dishonorable Mention:

Lockdown 2007: Electrified Six Side of Steel Match: NWA World Tag Team Championsips: LAX (Homicide & Hernandez) (c) vs. Team 3-D (Brother Ray & Brother Devon)

10. Victory Road 2012: James Storm vs. Bully Ray

This wouldn’t make the list, but due to what happened a year before, it has to.  I won’t go into too much detail since I’ll have nothing to talk about later, but basically, Jeff Hardy showed up too high to wrestle and his main event match lasted less than 90 seconds.

A year later, it’s James Storm vs. Bully Ray for Storm’s World title shot at Lockdown.  Ray comes out demanding the match, and Storm agrees to it.  They brawl for a minute, Storm hits the Last Call, and beats him in 70 seconds.  Okay, there has to be more, right?  There’s no way TNA would do this 2 years in a row, so this must be a joke.  They’re gonna start laughing saying they got us, and restart with a real match.  Well okay, you got me.  And Storm is still celebrating.  They’re dragging this joke out for a while, but we’ll get a real match in a moment.  Then in the back, Jeremy Borash is interviewing Austin Aries and we move onto the next match.

So, in one of the worst moments in company history, they pay tribute to this a year later?  This does make Storm look good going into his match at Lockdown the following month, but come on!  Plus, they’re trying to make Bully look like a real contender.  How does loosing that quick make a guy look good?  Moving on.

9. TNA iMPACT! September 17, 2009: Lumberjill match: Allisa Flash vs. Cody Deaner

Basically, Cody Deaner (an awful male “wrestler”) was set to face ODB for the vacant Knockouts Championship at the next PPV (No Surrender).  So Deaner wanted to face Knockouts before the match.  He had an awful MMA match with Tara one week, then we got to this.  Allisa was killing Deaner for a minute, then he slipped out of the ring and every knockout out there was beating on him.  They throw him back into the ring and Flash pins him.  What’s the point of this match then when it could have been some promo (preferably involving another feud)?  And it just made Flash look pathetic.  She’s probably the best female wrestler I’ve ever seen, and this was her first (and just about only) win in the company?  Ugh.  Speaking of Cody Deaner…

8. No Surrender 2009: TNA Knockouts Championship: ODB vs. Cody Deaner

Basically, months ago, Cody Deaner “won” a “contest” where the winner earned a night with ODB.  He still followed her around and eventually, ODB was awarded a Knockouts title shot at Hard Justice 2009 against champion Angelina Love.  For some reason, they couldn’t let ODB face Angelina one on one, so it was made a tag team match with Angelina Love and Velvet Sky against ODB and Cody Deaner.  Deaner pinned Velvet to win the title for ODB, but then stole the title belt and said he should be champ.  Mick Foley (God, what does he have to do with this!?!) declared that the title was vacant and this match was made.  And it was God awful.  ODB pretty much dominated him through out the match.  Thankfully, she won the belt and some actual contenders came in.

Also, when TNA had Awesome Kong, Allisa Flash, Hamada, Sarita, Tara, & Taylor Wilde under contract, can someone tell why THIS was the big Knockouts match at the PPV?

7. Lockdown 2007: Six Sides of Steel Blindfold Match: Chris Harris vs. James Storm

The Texas Death Match between these two at Sacrifice I raved about how great it was on my best matches list.  This however was not.  Rather than let these two have a five star epic inside the six sides of steel, they had to add a stupid Blindfold stipulation where both men had to wear blindfolds during the match.  They spent the first several minutes circling the ring trying to find each other.  They find each other, barely do any damage, and look for each other again.  There were about 3-5 instances where one of their blindfolds fell off and the ref would have to put it back on.  The crowd ended up chanting “We want Wrestling!” during the match.  I don’t think I’ve ever agreed with the crowd more.  The match finally came to and end when Harris attacked the referee thinking it was Storm and put him in the sharp shooter.  Storm took the blindfold off and hit the last call on Harris, put the blindfold back on, revived the ref, and pinned him to end this painful match.  I think my summary there says more than enough.

6. No Surrender 2008: MMA Match: AJ Styles vs. Frank Trigg

I’m not sure if this counts since it was MMA instead of a wrestling match (I’m trying to only use real wrestling matches, which is why Eric Young vs. Traci Brooks in a Bikini Contest & an Arm Wrestling match didn’t make it), but we’ll count it.

During AJ’s feud with Kurt Angle, AJ also developed problems with Angle’s friend, Frank Trigg.  It resulted in this.  After scoring several victories over Kurt Angle, AJ spent TNA’s first PPV outside of America having to go through this (while Kurt was in a world title match).  It was just awful, as AJ isn’t an MMA fighter and it was just poorly done.  I think they wanted to create the same feeling from Angle/Joe from Lockdown earlier in the year and failed miserably.  The matched ended when AJ was disqualified for kicking Trigg in the groin.  I don’t know if this was the planned ending or not, but just thank God it ended.  Trigg wasn’t with the company after that, while AJ was then started to feud with veterans of the company for the Main Event Mafia/Frontline feud.

5. TNA iMPACT! November 12, 2009: Jay Lethal vs. Jim Neidhart

With Hulk Hogan coming to TNA, Jay Lethal issued an open challenge to legends of wrestling history.  The first was answered by an out of shape Jim Neidhart.  Seriously, his gut was so big it looked pregnant.  The crowd was chanting “You’ve still got it!” which I think was just recorded from one of Sting’s matches years ago and added in on TV.  This match was bad, but what made it worse was Neidhart actually beat him.  Way to bury a multi-time X-Division champ there!  I don’t recall this ever being mentioned again, and Lethal just randomly appeared to job to people until he was given a huge push in Summer of 2010 and released in 2011 (which is completely idiotic).

4. Against All Odds 2010: Team 3-D vs. The Nasty Boys

This is the match that got me to stop TNA (other than occasionally watching something on Youtube).  When Hogan took over in 2010, naturally his buddies had to come with him.  Bubba the Love Sponge, Orlando Jordan, Rob Van Dam, Mr. Kennedy/Anderson, Jimmy Hart, and of course, the Nasty Boys.  I admit I haven’t seen them in their prime, so they MIGHT have been a good team back in the day (though I doubt it).  But at this point, they’re so old and out of shape that doing a promo wears them out (I’m not joking).  They were put in an awful feud with Team 3-D (and ended up burying Eric Young in another match) and beat them on PPV.  I just got sick of seeing real TNA talented buried by Hogan’s buddies.  This match DID end in interference, so they didn’t win clean, but it was just an awful match that showed Hogan was free to do whatever the Hell he wanted (I don’t care if this count as cursing, it just really annoys me).

3. TNA iMPACT! December 10, 2009: Mud Wresting Match Special Referee Madison Rayne: Velvet Sky vs. Lacey Von Erich

Basically, on this Impact, Kevin Nash was allowed to book the show.  Wasn’t the best in-ring stuff, but it was entertaining.  However, this was downright awful.  Rather than book an X-Division match and give time to those guys, this was booked.  I would complain that Lacey (and Velvet for that matter) were awful in the ring, but this wasn’t in the ring.  There was a kiddie pool with mud in it they wrestled in.  It was just awful, there wasn’t any room to move, and there wasn’t even any wrestling.  I THINK Velvet won, but I just didn’t have it in me to watch this.  It’s just an insult to women’s wrestling.  I have no clue why Allisa Flash, Hamada, Sarita, Awesome Kong, etc. were on the roster yet TNA had some rule where these three jokers had to be on TV every week.

2. Victory Road 2011: TNA World Heavyweight Championship: Sting (c) vs. Jeff Hardy

Basically, here’s the summary of the match:

Jeff Hardy comes out to the ring, and you can tell he’s stoned out of his mind (more than usual).  Sting then comes out and Borash starts the introductions.  He does Sting’s introduction and Bischoff comes out saying that the match will be under no disqualification rules.  That’s good I guess.  Sting punches Bischoff in the face (which made me laugh cause I hate Bischoff) and the bell rings.  It’s time for the main event!

Jeff circles the ring teasing throwing his shirt to the crowd.  Who’s he going to throw it to?  No one cares.  He eventually sets it down in the ring and goes to face Sting.  Sting backs him into a corner but Jeff grabs the ropes.  Jeff then begins to circle the ring again until Sting comes up behind Jeff and hits the Scorpion Death Drop.  1…2…3!?!  Are you kidding me!?! That match lasted one minute and 28 seconds!!!

TNA later said that Jeff was in “no condition to wrestle” which is why the match was so short.  The full story was that Jeff was way too high and/or drunk to wrestle.  So they just told Sting to end it as quickly as possible.  There were also rumors that Jeff was found passed out before the match, but I have nothing fully confirm or deny that.  And for some reason, both Jeff Hardy and the guy who decided to send Hardy out both still have a job.

Why exactly could Sting just say he won’t let this happen and wants to give fans a real main event, so then calls someone out?  Why not AJ Styles, James Storm, Robert Roode, or Kazarian?  They may have already wrestled that night, but they’re reliable and will still go out and put on the best performance they can give.  They could have tried to contact Samoa Joe, D’Angelo Dinero, or Abyss to quickly get there and wrestle.

It was so hard not to put this number 1.  But the company has actually done a worse match.

1. Victory Road 2009: Sharmell vs. Jenna Morasca

Ugh.  Where to start with this match?

There was no reason for this to happen first of all.  They were feuding for no reason.  Sharmell was Booker T’s real life wife and valet for the Main Event Mafia (or just Booker, I don’t remember).  After Jenna Morasca (some woman from a reality show years ago) came into TNA for no reason and joined the Mafia for even less of a reason, she and Sharmell started arguing.  Their feud ended up giving an awful ending to an incredible I Quit match between Booker & AJ.  This match was eventually made, and to try and get people interested in it, had Sojornor Bolt (or however you spell her name) was training Sharmell and Awesome Kong training Jenna.  They never explained why Bolt or Kong had interest in it, they just did.

The match was awful.  This is exactly why TV stars and other non-wrestlers shouldn’t be in the ring.  Neither had any wrestling ability and weren’t even that attractive.  Also, can someone tell me why the Hell Sharmell showed up to wrestle in a dress!?!  Jenna ended up winning and nobody cared.  Jenna then attempted to attack Kong and got completely owned.  Did I mention there was no X-Division match on the card and instead we got this crap?

I could have ranked this second since it had actual wrestling while Sting/Hardy didn’t, but since the wrestling was so bad/pathetic, it had to be first.  This is probably the worst match I have EVER seen in wrestling and had no reason to happen.  NOBODY CARED!  No one in the Mafia gave a crap, not even Sharmell’s husband Booker T.  There was just no reason for this match to happen.  Neither are wrestlers, no one cared, and there was no aftermath.  It’s not like the winner got to stay in the Mafia.

Jenna left the company afterwards (Thank God) and Sharmell wrestled one more match (teaming with Traci Brooks in a loosing effort to Awesome Kong & Riashia Sieed) until leaving the company.  I would rant about this match more, but I think I’ve ranted enough.

So, there’s the top 10 worst matches in TNA history.  Any matches I forgot?  Feel free to let me know in the comments.