Brock Swerve

Hey Scott,

Is there any chance Brock and WWE have already come to terms on a new contract, and the "walk out" was just a work to make people even more unsure of the outcome of Mania (keeping in mind most assume Reigns is winning anyway, but you know, b/c WWE)? The fact that Brock was sitting ringside at UFC 184  may just be a happy coincidence.    

​Yeah, but nobody knew about the walkout and to date we still don't even know why he left or what happened.  All we know is some vague info about him getting into a fight over financial matters with Vince and then leaving.  Not to mention that if Vince gave a shit about what the internet thought, Daniel Bryan wouldn't be the 17th guy in a midcard Intercontinental title match at Wrestlemania.  
I think it's far more likely that Brock is playing some supreme contract hardball and either WWE or UFC is gonna pay a shitload of money because of it.  All Hail Brock.  ​

Swerve of the Decade

More shocking than Taker's streak ending, we popped sooooooooo hard for this swerve. Like, that real legitimate shock that has you jumping up and down, hugging the guy next you and waking up the neighbors 2 blocks away as you scream in amazement at 5 something in the morning. I'd have bet on Styles taking the title just cuz you could tell the Meltz knew something, but that Yujiro swerve was mindblowing. Can NOT remember the last time I had that much fun watching a wrestling angle unfold. 

​Haven't seen the show yet, but I'll probably check out the main event tonight. You had to figure that bringing in AJ and putting him on top right away like that would result in him getting the belt, though.  Can't really comment on the swerve because I'm pretty clueless on the storyline end of New Japan.  I just don't see AJ carrying the business there for long.  ​

Bound for SWERVE!

Hey Scott,
Just wanted to get your opinion on the booking plan for TNA's Bound For Glory. I, for one, think they've fucked up royally.
At first the Aries title win in June seemed like it could be a great idea, because they were picking a hot babyface and sticking a rocket up his ass. Sure that screwed over James Storm, but at least they picked SOMEONE to run with.
But now it's becoming obvious that Aries is undergoing a slow heel turn for the match against Jeff Hardy. So I ask: how, in a world in which we all bemoan the CM Punk heel turn, can one justify that decision?
Using Hogan/Bischoff past booking decisions as a basis (decisions which always favor the heels and a SWERVE), I'd say there's three possible outcomes for BFG:
– Aries turns heel, loses to a face Jeff Hardy
– Aries turns heel, defeats Hardy via heel shit.
– Aries seems to turn heel, but SWERVE Jeff Hardy turns heel and wins the title
The chances of a face Aries being elevated by Jeff Hardy in a clean match would shock me more than HHH tapping to Brock Lesnar. (Oh…wait.) Instead you're either getting a heel champ, or Jeff "Victory Road" Hardy as the face champion of the company. All of which make no sense.
And in all of this, TNA blew their chance to make James Storm into the undisputed face of the company. Instead they've branded Storm a loser (Lockdown, BFG Series with a 20-point opening lead) and paired him off in a midcard match against an incredibly cold Bobby Roode. This isn't Roode coming off a year long title reign. Instead it's Roode coming off back-to-back PPV loses and no big wins in months. Christ, their feud was infinitely hotter a year ago. Isn't the point of a slow-burn to make the feud hotter, rather than cool it off?
Anyway, sorry for the long rant. I was just someone who was starting to buy into the hype of TNA getting their shit together, and instead I think they're making the same ol' mistakes at their biggest show. Swerves for the sake of swerves, never going all the way with new face champs, and banking on druggie fuckups in the main event.
Oh, and pushing ABYSS down everyone's throats. (Provided that's where A&8s are going.)

Just to clarify something here on my part, I think the Punk-Cena storyline is fine.  I just don't like Cena as a character, don't like Punk as a heel character, and don't think that WWE did a very good job of getting from Point A to Point B and making the storyline work along the way.  Punk was making very valid points to start about how the champion should warrant respect and Cena was being a dick and blowing him off.  That's not good storytelling.  Cena should be like "I do respect you, bro, you're the WWE champion!" and then Punk should have completely fabricated what Cena said in his own mind because he's THE BAD GUY.  Instead, Cena is like "You're right, I don't respect you because I'm John Cena and you haven't beaten me for that belt, except for the two times where you totally did."  Punk is right, so how am I supposed to boo him?  A good heel is someone who THINKS that they're right, but they're actually totally wrong.  

Now, the Aries version is totally different, because Aries is being totally unreasonable right off the bat and also saying straight out that he's jealous of Jeff Hardy.  Heels are insecure people, no matter if they're already World champion, so you've already got a storyline that makes way more sense than WWE's take on it.