Oh yeah, THAT was a Mean Girls reference. TEN YEARS STRONG BABY!!
Anyway, Jeuron Dove — my homeboy, fellow Aggie (me Texas A&M, him North Carolina A&T), and awesome wrestling fan — wrote an interesting piece on his WordPress site, Wrestling and All That Jazz, about Eric Young winning the TNA World Heavyweight Championship on a recent episode of Impact Wrestling. Now, when I say interesting, I mean that he openly and directly calls out TNA Wrestling for making such a desperate move to blatantly copy what the WWE recently did with Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania XXX early last month. Also, when I say “desperate”, I mean sad and unoriginal.
Essentially, here’s what happened: after WWE put their World Heavyweight Championship on a smaller cauasian, bearded wrestler of atypical build who had the fans behind him and built an EIGHT-MONTH LONG storyline behind, TNA put their World Heavyweight Championship on a similarly smaller, cauasian, bearded wrestler of atypical build with ZERO buildup. Look everyone, it’s Mr. Me-Too.
And yes, THAT was a Clipse reference.
Dove digs deeper into the stories featuring a compare-and-contrast list of events that occurred that led to the eventual World Heavyweight Title reigns of both Bryan and Young, from past and recent storylines, gimmicks, associations, and relationship with the fans. When you read his story, you’ll see just how disappointed and offended many wrestling fans were when it became painfully obvious that rather than try to be better than WWE with great stories, booking, rivalries and matches, TNA decided to take a cheap way out and play copycat to whatever WWE was doing. It’s quite sad seeing this from a promotion thought to have been (or could be) a serious competitor to the WWE.
Well, at least Ring of Honor is on TV. That’s a huge plus!