March 30, 2010

QCWradio episode 74

Episode 74 is now available for download.

This week's topics include:

-Raw vs. iMPACT: which show was better?
-wrestlebreak: hardest video game bosses.
-reviewing WWE Wrestlemania 26.

-also, the week in wrestling, mail bag and much, much more.

March 25, 2010

the Month in Review 2/18/10-Destination-X

2/18/10 iMPACT


-Wow... that came out of nowhere. Seriously, what just happened? Daffney had long since been relegated to designated jobber status, most people probably can't even remember the last time she won a match, and now all of a sudden she's a badass? Not that it wasn't cool, but I'm genuinely confused here.

-The match was okay for the brief amount of time it lasted, but it's hard to gauge what kind of chemistry these two have when they seem to rush to the finish almost immediately. It would have done Daffney a lot more good if it had at least gone for a little while before the DQ.

-If this is the start of a push for Daffney, it's being executed all wrong. She's been jobbed out so often for so long that she's pretty much at the bottom of the ladder right now. No one's going to buy her as being dangerous enough to give Tara a hard time after she's been booked like a human pin cushion for months on end. Daffney needed to start at the bottom and be rebuilt in the undercard before something like this happened. I'll get behind a Daffney push in a heartbeat, but it has to be done intelligently and take the way she's been booked in the past into account in order for it to make sense. Nobody goes from being a loser one minute to a powerhouse the next -- that idiotic booking didn't work for Christy Hemme last year and it won't work for Daffney now.


2/25/10 iMPACT


-I believe I said in a previous Month in Review column about this time last year that ODB/Daffney didn't work well together and I was proven right with this match. It was pretty damn short and it wasn't very good while it lasted either.

-Is ODB a face again now, or should I just not ask those questions anymore?

-Again, I don't think this is the right way to push Daffney at all. I can easily buy her as a unstable lunatic, but not as a badass -- not after the way she's been booked for the last year.

-For some reason, there was an idiotic decision made to air Tara's backstage interview not before or after this match, but DURING the match via split screen. This was awful because one distracted from the other and the result was that you couldn't concentrate on either. I honestly can't remember what Tara said in her promo because I was trying to watch what was happening in the ring.

-I don't know if the Destination-X match is official yet, but I think the point was made that Daffney is setting her sights on the Knockouts title. Again, I'm totally in favor of a Daffney push, but it has to be done in a way that makes sense. It will make absolutely no sense if she gets a title shot right now because she hasn't won a match in a very long time.

-What happened to that ranking system Bischoff & Hogan said they were implementing? If the Knockouts are being ranked, then Daffney's win/loss record would put her at the bottom of the list. How does someone who has to be ranked lowest on the roster get a title shot?

-Instead of getting DQed for going crazy on ODB, a much more effective way for this to play out would have been for Daffney to get a clean win over ODB and then go crazy on her afterward which causes the referee to reverse the decision. At least Daffney would have an ounce of actual credibility that way.

-As it is, it still looks like Daffney can't win a match to save her life. Before it was because she was booked as enhancement talent and now it's because she suddenly cares more about hurting people than winning matches, but the end result is still the same: she can't win a match. And if she can't win a match, why is she getting a title shot when she's done nothing to earn it? These questions need to be asked!

-I really WANT to get on board with this Daffney push, but the writers are not putting any thought into this at all and it's really hurting the believability of this feud.


3/04/10 iMPACT

-A few days ago, Awesome Kong tweeted that she thanked Dixie Carter for wishing her the best in her future endeavors. I really, REALLY hope this doesn't mean what it sounds like. I know tensions had been running high between Kong & TNA since the situation with that jackass, Bubba the Love Sponge, but reports said that things had been smoothed over and that TNA was NOT going to be releasing Kong because she was an important part of the Knockout division. As of right now, there has been no official announcement and Kong is still listed on the roster page. I hope and pray that she's just working people because the Knockout division would be screwed without Kong.

-News came out earlier today that Traci Brooks has been released from the company. Her pictures have been taken off the website and everything so this looks official. I don't necessarily disagree with this move, but still, it's kind of a shame. Traci has been with TNA a lot longer than any other woman on the roster, and while she wasn't incredible, she was a reliable hand in the ring. She had her uses as enhancement talent, or as a character if nothing else. I always thought that Knockout Law role for her had real possibilities. In the past, I assumed TNA would want to keep her around out of fear of screwing up their relationship with Kaz, but I guess that's not a factor anymore. It's too bad though. Having met Traci in person once, I know what a sweet person she is. Here's hoping she lands on her feet.

-With Traci gone and Kong possibly leaving (please don't go, Kong!) it opens up another big hole in the Knockout roster that will need to be filled. Unfortunately, I really don't see that happening. All indications are that Hogan & Bischoff don't really care about the Knockout division as it's been heavily deemphasized since they showed up. If Kong really is leaving, the void that creates could be capably filled by someone like Sara Del Rey (or Alissa Flash if she were still there), but to be honest, I really don't think Hogan & Bischoff even care enough to fix the problems that will develop from this situation. Frankly, I don't expect them to bring in any new talent to pick up the slack. Most likely, they'll just kill the Knockout tag team titles and continue on with the reduced women's roster. Sure, it won't be nearly as good, but sadly, I don't think that matters to them.

-Decent segment, I suppose. It was effective enough for what it had to do, but the Knockouts have had much better backstage brawls than this. Remember when Angelina & Velvet beat the hell out of Daffney while cussing like sailors last year? That was far better than this was.

-Velvet Sky is one of the better performers on the roster, but she's wasting her time trying to act like a badass. She has the acting chops to pull it off, but then she tries to sell it physically and she just can't do it. And it certainly didn't help matters any that Lacey was involved. Yeah, Lacey still sucks.

-Velvet seems to oscillate between being terrified of Angelina when she's on her own to trying to act like a badass when she's got Madison & Lacey with her. There doesn't seem to be any middle ground there. It's weird.

-The only ugly thing about TBP is their offense. Seriously, Velvet, Lacey, just stop trying. I'm begging you...

-Good, if predictable segment. The crowd is reacting well to Angelina. She can take out TBP one at a time, but they overwhelm her with the numbers advantage. She clearly needs a partner, so it's strange that Tara has apparently been removed from this feud now. Not that I'm complaining about that; Tara never belonged in this feud in the first place.

-The really unfortunate part about this storyline is that it seems to either be building up to Angelina vs. Velvet or Angelina vs. Lacey, both of which are likely to be pretty damn bad. Plus, they already threw away Angelina vs. Madison in a quick squash a few weeks ago, which was by far the best match up that could be made from this program. There just doesn't seem to be anywhere for this feud to go due TBP's shortcomings in the ring. This is a problem with pretty much every feud TBP are involved in, which really makes me wonder why the hell they're constantly getting pushed.

-Angelina & Roxxi against TBP will make more sense than Angelina & Tara did. Angelina & Roxxi is a much more dynamic pairing given that they actually have a ton of history as rivals as opposed to the "history" between Angelina & Tara that was largely manufactured and artificial. Roxxi will be making her in-ring return from her leg injury at an indie show on March 6th, so if she's good to go, then I expect her to show up on the March 8th show to even the odds for Angelina... if any of these women are even on the March 8th show, that is. Before the new regime, the Knockouts were getting around two segments devoted to them each week, but since Hogan & Bischoff showed up, the Knockouts are lucky if they get half a segment on any given show, so I'm not too optimistic.

-And as one final 'Fuck you!' to Awesome Kong, Bubba the Love Sponge was back on TV this week. I think I'm going to puke....

3/08/10 iMPACT

-Roxxi was released last week. For Christ's sake... what the hell is wrong with this company? With Awesome Kong leaving, why would they want to get rid of ANOTHER one of the women who is both very over and a good worker? Especially when they had a ready-made feud for her when she returned from her injury. What sense does that make? Then again, I suppose it's fitting that they would cut her after she broke her leg in a match because screwing this woman over instead of rewarding her for her sacrifices has apparently been one of TNA management's favorite pass-times for the last few years. Real classy, TNA, real classy.

-Geez... Kong, Roxxi and Traci all in one week. Hogan & Bischoff are really gutting the Knockout division. I knew the women were going to take a hit with those two in charge, but I didn't think it was going to be this bad.


-Apparently, TNA's excuse for this is that Kong & Hamada were stripped of the tag titles after not defending them for thirty days. Just out of curiosity, does anyone even remember the last time that rule was enforced? So on top of everything else, we get screwed out of one last Kong match. Sigh...

-The finish of this match couldn't have been more telegraphed. TBP were shown warming up during the commercial break, then Sarita & Taylor's entrance was cut out, then TBP came out with new matching ring gear with the announcers explaining how they thought the Knockout tag titles were tailor made for them, despite never having held the belts. Gee, TNA writers, I wonder what you could've possibly been hinting at? Whatever could it all mean? Sigh...

-The match was chaotic, too rushed and not long enough to be much good. When even Sarita doesn't get a chance to impress in a match, you know there's something wrong. Of course, this is pretty indicative of how the Knockouts have been booked since the new regime took over.

-Recently a report came out that the feeling in management was that when they put TBP in the ring the result wasn't very good. So if management acknowledges that TBP don't deliver in the ring, then WHY are they getting the tag titles?

-This is the kind of stuff TNA need to be doing more of with Daffney to get people interested in a Tara/Daffney feud. They still have a lot to do to make it work, but this was a step in the right direction. Daffney finally manages to do something to hurt her rival without getting DQed or causing herself to lose a match. Nice.

-Well, at least they got an interview celebrating their victory. That makes their title win look like it means something to someone at least. Though one can't help but wonder if this was just about someone in the writer's room wanting to see Velvet Sky pour champagne all over herself...

3/15/10 iMPACT

-Once again, the Knockouts prove their drawing power. Their triple threat tag title match last week tied for highest rated segment of the night with a segment that featured Hogan, Sting and the debut of Rob Van Dam. Wow.

-Angelina says she's going to cleanse TNA one beautiful person at a time. If only we could get rid of TBP. If only they could get depushed at the very least. Sadly, with Hogan & Bischoff in charge, I doubt that's going to happen.

-So Daffney has no problems working with the TBP? Them cutting her hair off last year is forgiven now? Whatever...

-This segment was effective as far as cramming both feuds into one pretty short segment. The promo was fine and the post-match attack was good, but to actually call this a match would be a little too generous. The Knockouts are still getting completely screwed over on screen time. Seriously, would it have killed Hogan & Bischoff to give Angelina & Daffney at least a minute or two to wrestle before the inevitable DQ finish? Daffney desperately needs the credibility because she's getting a title shot when she hasn't won a match in a year. I love Daffney, but there's something very wrong about that.


3/21/10 Destination-X

-The Knockouts scored the highest rated segment yet again last Monday. I'm starting to feel like a broken record saying this.


-For all the effort Taz is putting into get "Zombie Hot" over as a catch phrase, I'm surprised it hasn't wound up on a tee shirt yet. Seriously, where is that shirt? People would totally buy that.

-Nothing out of the ordinary here, but a relatively solid, if unspectacular match, and I was very happy to see a clean finish.

-The crowd got into it at the end, but they weren't into the action for a lot of the match. Frankly, I expected as much, since Daffney has no credibility because... all together now... SHE HASN'T WON A MATCH IN A YEAR! The fans seem to want to get into Daffney, but they need a reason, they need to think she has a legit chance to win. They haven't been given that yet, but this match was a step in the right direction. Tara wins the match, but Daffney gets under her skin with the mind games at the end with the spidernapping of Poison. Daffney still doesn't really look like a viable contender to the title, but she will in the future if they continue to book her like they did tonight.

-This was literally the first time Daffney has gone bell-to-bell in a match since this push of hers began and she probably gained more credibility in simply having a competitive match and losing cleanly to Tara here than she did by getting herself DQed against ODB and Tara several weeks ago. Funny how that works sometimes, isn't it?

iMPACT 3/22/10

Destination-X 2010

March 23, 2010

QCWradio episode 73

Episode 73 is now available for download.

This week's topics include:

-Raw vs. iMPACT: which show was better?
-reviewing TNA Destination-X.
-previewing WWE Wrestlemania 26.
-iMPACT's declining Monday night ratings.

-also, the week in wrestling, mail bag, promo of the week and much, much more.

March 17, 2010

Previewing Destination-X 2010


Eric Young & Kevin Nash vs. Scott Hall & Sean Waltman

One of these things is not like the others. Can you guess which one? Good lord... We've now had to put up with Hall & Waltman dominating the main event segments for the last 2 months when they weren't even on the roster, storyline-wise. Just imagine how much worse it's going to get if they win here. This stipulation baffles me -- how can these guys leave the company for good if they're not even signed right now (again, storyline-wise)? It makes no sense; not that it would matter if it did. I don't think anyone really cares about Waltman anymore, and Hall has gotten fat and shows up for TV looking completely wasted most of the time. Why the hell are these losers even here? Oh, right... because of Hogan & Bischoff. Thanks a @#$%ing lot, you guys.

Who should win: Nash & Young. The stipulation says that if Hall & Waltman lose, they leave and we never have to see them again. That makes this one pretty damn easy.

chessarmy: Not a big fan of this being on the card, especially since the main focus of this PPV is supposed to be the X-division. I don't expect Hall or Waltman to work hard, and with Young being the only competent worker out of the 4, it doesn't look like anything good will come from this match. I just hope Hall & Waltman leave for good after it's all over.

Who should win: Eric Young & Kevin Nash

Brutus Magnus vs. Rob Terry (c)

WTF? When was this match added to the card? They never announced this. They never mentioned it when they were running down the card on iMPACT. Magnus & Terry haven't even been on the show for the last 2 weeks. Gee, I wonder why? Could it be because the match is going to suck horribly and TNA know it? Yes, I do believe that may just be the case.

Good God, it's a match between one guy who's too green for singles matches, but gets pushed because Dixie Carter likes him, and another guy who TNA management doesn't like because he's horrendous in the ring, but gets pushed because Hogan & Bischoff like him (I'm assuming), and they're fighting over a title that nobody gives a rat's ass about. I hope to God this match is short.

Who should win: Honestly, I don't really care. How sad is that?

Mr. Anderson vs. Kurt Angle

Anderson's riding a strong push right now and it would hurt his momentum if he jobbed to Angle here. Angle won't be hurt by the loss as long as he gets the win back, and I expect this feud to continue for a while, so I'm sure he will, probably at Lockdown.

Who should win: Mr. Anderson... Anderson.

chessarmy: I like this feud, although I'm not the biggest Anderson fan, I like what he's doing with Angle. The basis of the feud revolving around the US Army is a great way to get cheap crowd heat on Anderson; smart booking there. The segment on last week's iMPACT where Angle came out with the US Army was a great "feel good" moment and it only helped make this feud seem even more important. I'm sure Angle will help make this match enjoyable. I just hope Anderson isn't lazy and he actually brings something to the table here. As for who should win, I'd give the early advantage to Mr. Anderson, then have Angle get his win back at Lockdown.

Who should win: Mr. Anderson

Daffney vs. Tara (c)

Wait... what? When the hell did this become a First Blood match? They never even announced this! Tara & Daffney haven't even had a regular match yet that didn't end in DQ! How do you go from that to First Blood? By that same token, how the hell is Daffney getting a title shot when she hasn't won a match in a year? She's beaten up a couple women recently, but she still hasn't won any matches because she keeps getting quickly DQed. So it's like she's crazy enough to be dangerous, but not crazy enough to be an actual threat to anyone because there's no method to her madness. That makes no sense. Oh, and BTW, this stipulation makes no damn sense either. It would be so much better if this was a normal match, but it's almost as if the writers think Daffney isn't capable of those for some reason, which is just stupid.

Who should win: I love Daffney, but the woman has ZERO credibility right now. Maybe if they actually let her pick up a win here and there it might be different, but they don't and it's not. Not only would Daffney going over here not make any sense, but it would also devalue the championship.

chessarmy: I don't think the First Blood gimmick is needed here. If they were going to add a stipulation, they should've made it simple; a no DQ match for example. Either way, I'm very excited to see Daffney get this push, even if it came out of nowhere. I know, booking-wise, it might be smart to hold off on a Knockouts title switch, but I don't care. I'm a Daffney mark and I want her to win that belt right now.

Who should win: Daffney

LADDER MATCH [winner becomes #1 contender to the X-division title]
Kazarian vs. Daniels vs. Amazing Red vs. Brian Kendrick

Um... this is a ladder match WHY?! Seriously, why make it a ladder match if you're not going to make a big deal out of it? If you don't make an effort to promote it, the match doesn't draw like a ladder match should. And when I say "promote it," I don't mean announcing it in a youtube video a week and a half before the PPV and then doing 2 minutes of build up on the go-home show. I'm sure it will be a fantastic match, but the ladder gimmick just seems so tacked on and pointless, and the heat between these guys hasn't been built up consistently at all.

Who should win: Kazarian seems to be the only one of these guys that TNA is interested in pushing right now. The X-division needs people in the title picture that management wants to push because they obviously don't care about pushing the current champion (sorry Doug). On that basis alone, Kazarian should get the win.

chessarmy: There's one problem I have with this: Destination-X has an Ultimate-X and a ladder match on the same card. OVERKILL. I love flippy high spots just as much as everyone else, but there's a point where you have to put a cap on how many multi-man spotfests you can showcase on the same card. Two in one night is overkill, in my opinion. Expect the crowd not to care as much about this as they should.

The actual match? It'll be amazing. I'm sure those guys will pull out some crazy spots that the iMPACT Zone will absolutely go NUTS for. The winner? Honestly, I care more about what's going to happen during the match than the actual outcome, but if I had to chose someone, I'd go with Kaz. The guy has been stuck in that stupid Suicide costume for ages and TNA owes him at least an X-division title shot. Plus, he's a good worker and I'd like to see him carry the X-division.

Who should win: Kaz

Beer Money Inc. vs. Matt Morgan & Hernandez (c)

It's becoming pretty clear that Morgan & Hernandez were put together as a team just so they could be broken up and feud with each other (a la Morgan/Abyss). Plus, there's just no point in having the tag titles held by 2 singles wrestlers when there's plenty of perfectly fine teams who should be fighting over them (coughMCMGcough). Beer Money seem to be gearing up for a new push as heels and they've been without those belts for too long. There's more potential PPV buys in Beer Money being the champs, heading into Lockdown anyway.

Who should win: BEER! MONEY!

chessarmy: I honestly don't mind the recent heel turn for Beer Money. Although they're over, Roode & Storm's real personalities come out as heels and it was a smart decision to turn them. Beer Money should win this, then move on to face the winner of the Ultimate-X match at Lockdown. As for Morgan & Hernandez? Well, expect YET ANOTHER Morgan heel turn on his tag partner.

Who should win: Beer Money

Shannon Moore vs. Doug Williams (c)

This is tricky. Doug Williams could be a fine X champ if the writers actually bothered to push him, but they really haven't done that. However, this was happening at a time when the X-division itself was being completely ignored. Then, 2 weeks ago, Bischoff suddenly decided that the X-division should be focused on more and Williams was actually put over like a champion should be. So I don't know if a possible renewed push for the X-division would mean a proper push for Williams as the champion or not. But either way, the bottom line is that this poor man was recently jobbed out to Steroid McSteroidson AKA Rob Terry in 60 seconds, and a LOT would need to be done to make him look credible after that.

Who should win: Shannon Moore

chessarmy: Why did Shannon Moore get an automatic title shot? What happened to the TNA "ranking system" that they hyped so much last month? If that system were in place, wouldn't someone like Amazing Red get a shot? At least someone who's been with the company for more than 2 weeks! I'm not knocking Shannon Moore. I have no problem with him. I just don't feel he deserves to be in this title match.

Who should win: Doug Williams

ULTIMATE-X MATCH [winners become #1 contenders to the tag team titles]
Generation Me vs. Motor City Machine Guns

Drool... In a perfect world, this match would be taking place at Bound for Glory, with a year of build up and not when Alex Shelley is working with a bad back. But that doesn't mean this won't be 6 degrees of awesome. The Machine Guns are proven in the Ultimate-X and we know what they can deliver, but one can only imagine what kind of sick, insane high spots Generation Me are going to pull out.

I expect Max & Jeremy Buck to get put on the map in this match. That being said, the Guns deserve this win more. They deserve the title shot at Lockdown. Hell, they deserved to be the ones to take the tag titles from the British Invasion. This is going to be Shelley's 3rd Ultimate-X match in the last 5 months and Sabin's 4th; it's time they got rewarded for their hard work.

I think now heels, Beer Money, will be the tag team champions come Lockdown, and since the Guns are apparently heels now too, I'm kind of expecting Gen Me to pick up the win here, but I think it's a little bit too early for them to get that high profile a spot. The Bucks will be just fine in the X-division Xcape match; Sabin & Shelley should get the tag title shot.

Who should win: Motor City Machine Guns

chessarmy: I'm looking forward to this. I just hope they give these guys at least 15 minutes to 'wow' the crowd. The Guns vs. the Young Bucks has been on the minds of many die hard wrestling fans for years, and now we get to see them go head-to-head in an Ultimate-X match. It just doesn't get any better. From a booking standpoint, I'd love to see the Guns go over and face Beer Money (if they win the tag titles of course) at Lockdown. However, knowing TNA, they'll give the win to the Guns and put them over huge, then have them job in 2 minutes in their title match against Beer Money on iMPACT.

Who should win: Motor City Machine Guns

Abyss vs. AJ Styles (c)

Don't get me wrong, I like that Abyss is back in the main events; I just wish it wasn't this campy, Hogan fanboy, Frodo Baggins/Green Lantern version of Abyss. The magic ring gimmick is just idiotic on every level. I long for the days when Abyss was a monster to be feared and not a cartoon character to be laughed at. By that notion, AJ should retain. He shouldn't be losing that title before Lockdown at the absolute earliest and certainly not to this particular version of the Abyss character. Besides, a babyface Abyss headlining Lockdown against a babyface Pope would make no sense.

Who should win: AJ Styles

chessarmy: While I'm glad TNA decided to make Abyss an actual monster (sort of) now, it sucks that he's ripping off Hogan with that stupid theme music. Not to mention all the talk about that WWE Hall of Fame ring giving him super powers is just absolutely awful WCW-esque garbage. I expect a good match out of Abyss/AJ though, with Styles likely bumping around like crazy for the Monster. The victory? AJ, without a doubt. They have to keep the belt warm for Dinero next month :p

Who should win: "the Phenomenal" AJ Styles

Overall, this looks like a good PPV, even with some of the awful matches sprinkled on the card. I'm looking forward to the Ultimate-X match the most, I have very high expectations for that and I'm just hoping they're met. Everything else looks fine other than a few matches here and there, but overall I'd say this is at least worth streaming if you're saving money for Wrestlemania or Lockdown. We'll see what happens at Destination-X, but on paper this should deliver an enjoyable show as we head to the all cage PPV next month.

March 16, 2010

QCWradio episode 72

Episode 72 is now available for download.

This week's topics include:

-last Monday's ratings.
-the issues with Jeff Hardy & Rob Van Dam in the wrestling business (re. marijuana).
-previewing TNA Destination-X.
-Bischoff vs. McMahon: who is the better on-air authority figure?

-also, the week in wrestling, mail bag and much, much more.

March 09, 2010

QCWradio episode 71 First episode of the Monday night era!

Episode 71 is now available for download.

This week's topics include:

-the return of Dennin to show.
-our thoughts on the first week of the new Monday Night Wars.
-which show was better: Raw or iMPACT.
-FK9's thoughts on the debut of Wrestlicious.
-our favorite dream matches that will never happen.

-also, the week in wrestling, mail bag, promo of the week and much, much more.

March 08, 2010

QCWradio episode 70 The final Saturday edition!

Episode 70 is now available for download.

For our final episode on Saturday night, we discuss:

-how awful iMPACT has become.
-TNA releasing Awesome Kong, Roxxi & Traci Brooks.
-some of our favorite moments from the Saturday night era.
-what to expect on iMPACT/Raw on Monday.

Don't miss QCWradio on its new night and time: Mondays at 11:30pm ET starting March 8th!