At 8/15/06 03:07 AM, The_Redangleprince wrote:
What I meant to the point where you see the same 4 guys, and only those 4 guys. I'm tired of seeing Knox and Test in the same situation they were in last week. Aside from squash matches, the only guys wee see regularly are them, Dreamer, Sandman, Thorn, Show and Sabu. That should change with Angle, Punk, and RVD, but I still see the same narrow match possibilities for weeks to come.
Again, it goes back to what I said about trying to establish talent, and pushing guys that keep the ratings up and draw money. WWE is of course more likely to use people they want to build up, or promote as the main guys of the brand. It's a hard thing to get people working more when you only have an hour of TV per week to build them up. It's one of the biggest reasons why I feel ECW needs another hour to really show off what they're guys can do, or Vince needs to think about thinning the roster out maybe.
Hoyts injured last time I checkd, Bentley is tagging with Kazarian and will be doing so in that 4-way when it takes place, and Traci Brooks can be found all over the TNA Knockouts DVD. While nobody uses the entire roster (and it was not meant to be taken literally) TNA uses well over 90% of their talent on a regular basis.
Even when he wasn't they didn't, and Bentley and Kazarian seem like they'll probably become a jobber team (which is sad since they're talented). DVD is not the same as TV though. If you don't want me to take a comment like "a company uses their entire roster" literally...then just don't say it, because that is a statement that can't be taken in any way but literal.
Which is why it was a negative. Personally, I love the fact that Low Ki has the belt, but since its not Samoa Joe, it's not getting the focus it deserves. A pity.
Totally, the X Division is something TNA should be pushing, as it's an area that makes them different from the WWE, it baffles me that they seem to continue to insist on pushing the world title picture, which is full of guys that made their names elsewhere, as the main attraction of the shows. Especially when even their own fanbase at the building is telling them that they don't like the repetitive nature of the guys like Jeff Jarrett being handed the belt again and again.
I realize that, but I also realize theres a better way to do that. Heres my idea. Big Show wins the title. ECW alumni get pissed. The likes of Big Stevie Cool, Justin Credible, and Sandman demand to face the champ but always refuses because the championship must be defend under extreme rules and does not want to risk the pain.
I certainly agree with the part about the belt should always be defended under extreme rules. But I don't neccessarily think it's going to make the title match important if Big Show is constantly bombarded by a bunch of unknowns. That's my whole point, I know who these guys are, other old school ECW fans know who they are, but the rest of the fan base dosen't. I do see where an angle where the new WWE influenced guys vs. the old guard might be able to draw some money and get some people over, but I still think WWE was being smart by putting more established guys on the show and giving us solid title bouts to build up Big Show as a strong champion, and make sure the ratings stayed high so Sci-Fi would renew the show.
There. You've got a giant coward refusing to defend the belt and when he finally does, loses it to Sabu. The chase for the title will rub onto the belt itself. The importance can be established through the Sabu's run of defenses.
Problem with that scenario is that Show looks like a weak champ, and invariably slides back down the card like JBL did after his title reign. A coward heel champ works only so far, if he dosen't show some balls and actually defend, he looks unworthy, and once he loses the belt, he loses credibility as a main eventer. I'm not the biggest fan of Show having the belt, nor getting put into a position to have it again once he hopefully drops it at SS, but to book him in such a way that he'd drop down the card to somewhere around the level he was at when he came into ECW, is too much like throwing the baby out with the bath water to my mind.
A1 is fucked, Petey is contending for the title, and Eric Young is over HUGE! No word on Bobby Rhoode though. He may be out for a while.
But at least they're making it seem like he's a desirable piece of talent wth the promos. Now how that comes off when he actually returns will tell the tale.
FBI hasn't teamed since ONS2, Roadkill has been used in singles matches, and Dreamer and Sandman were kinda thrown together to compress storylines. There is no Tag Team division in ECW yet.
Actually, the FBI has worked every house show against the new duo of Ryan O'Reilly and Derek Neikirk. But that isn't exactly the same as TV I admit. Sandman and Dreamer are also not a real team, but that's why I labeled them an emergency duo that could be used as place holder champs or contenders. Knox and Test ARE a duo it would seem, but yeah, let's see how this storyline plays that out.
ECW dosen't have a division YET (you need belts to cement that), but when the decision is made to activate one, they have some teams already in place.
Sabin did get screwed, and whats worse, it looks like the injury was legit. I believe the entire Nash storyline is cut, and that just plain fucking sucks. God dammit Nash.
When you're body breaks down that often, God is sending you a message.
You're refering to the promos that Rhino, Runt, and Team 3-D cut, aren't you? Remember, the competition is WWE, and WWE is evil.
WWE dosen't acknowledge them (though I will fully admit ECW's return has more to do with TNA not going away, then it does with the impressive amount of love the fans have shown), I also think it's cheap heat, and sends a message that TNA can't figure out how to push these guys in any way other then to have them attack the competition, and that is one of the reasons I say TNA is stealing from ECW, because ECW was doing that way before anybody else, and their stuff was actually FUNNY! Not to mention, most of the guys saying it REJECTED WWE deals, the guys saying it NOW have all been fired or let go (not that I'm saying those were good decisions, I'm just saying there's a difference between opting not to go to a place, and being kicked out of it, when it comes to running the place down).