TNA Blog Zone – Is Dixie The New Hogan?

Hello one and all to the TNA Blog Zone here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com. Trending worldwide last night, TNA Wrestling’s Genesis on Spike TV was an event that left me with mixed feelings. After writing my Booking IMPACT! article last night, or Booking Genesis 2014 Part 1 actually, I sat and thought about the entire show as a whole and expected a different program. I wasn’t alone in this either, but let’s look at the show from beginning to end.

IN-RING SEGMENT
The opening of the show was way too long. First Rockstar Spud, then Dixie out, then Magnus, then the talent that helped Magnus defeat AJ Styles, then EC3, then Sting, then the opposition to Dixie, it was just… alot. The first match kicking off the night took place about 28 minutes or so after the in-ring segment. Read that again: the first match kicking off the night took place about 28 minutes or so after the in-ring segment. This opening could have easily been 10 minutes tops with the proper booking. You didn’t need every single talent to come out on their own. It would have come off better if the show kicked off with the heel faction already in the ring with Sting leading the face faction from the ramp after an in-ring promo by Dixie and/ or Magnus and then all hell breaking loose. That there is a good 8-10 minute set up for the first match. Sting was on point on the mic though, so there’s your silver lining.

MATCH: 12 PERSON TAG TEAM MATCH – THE TNA TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS THE BROMANS, BAD INFLUENCE, DJ ZEMA ION & LEI’D TAPA VS. “THE COWBOY” JAMES STORM, GUNNER, SAMOA JOE, ODB, JOSEPH PARK & ERIC YOUNG(W)
A very fast paced and out of control match up, which I enjoyed. Samoa Joe looked great and, hopefully, can be used more effectively in the main storyline. It was a bit strange to have Joseph Park clothesline James Storm and Gunner, as this hasn’t been the usual behavior shown by Park in Abyss mode. I mention again that it was fast paced and felt too rushed at times. Daniels began to slow down the pace, but it got wild again and though I appreciate that, it could have somewhat hindered the quality of the match.

BACKSTAGE SEGMENTS
Velvet Sky is talking to Austin Aries, who quickly leaves after Chris Sabin makes his way and we are about to be treated to another in-ring segment after commercial. After the 28 minutes lost to an extended promo, we didn’t need yet another in-ring to take up time. This would have been more effective as just a backstage segment to set up the X-Division Championship match next week. Kurt Angle is shown looking for Dixie Carter and not much to say here until the story unfolds later in the evening.

IN-RING SEGMENT
As I mentioned before, we didn’t need another in-ring segment right after we just had 28 minutes of the same. I will say that Sabin can be a funny guy if he wanted. This set up next week’s X-Division Championship matchup with Velvet Sky in a cage to ensure Sabin doesn’t ask her to interfere in his behalf. Also as I mentioned before, this could have been a backstage segment only and didn’t need to be taken out to the crowd.

BACKSTAGE SEGMENTS
We see Kurt still looking for Al Snow or Dixie Carter. Simon Diamond is then shown telling a cameraman to shoot everything before Samuel Shaw makes his way. I like Samuel Shaw and I like this American Psycho persona he is going with. He has a great look, but a little more development is in order. Destroying Simon Diamond was a great way to get his character over, though he wasn’t used in a match up tonight. The next segment has EC3 talking to himself in preparation for tonight’s match before Magnus interrupts to “encourage” him. Great to show the egos at work and how there could be turmoil within the Carter camp between Magnus and EC3.

MATCH: NO DISQUALIFICATION – BULLY RAY(W) VS. MR. ANDERSON
No nonsense and ugly (in a good way) contest between the two. As mentioned in my Booking Genesis 2014 Part 1 article for TNANews.com, if there was something that could have been different, it would have been the Bully Ray character. It felt the same and not what I was expecting after being exposed to the darker Bully Ray lately. If there was a Hardcore Division in TNA, Anderson and Bully would be at the top of the division. Anderson has alot left in him, so don’t sleep on what Ken can do and will do in 2014.

BACKSTAGE SEGMENT
A fired up Angle catches up with Al Snow and forces him to spill the beans and that Dixie set up his “emergency” from last week so he could leave the arena. Same Angle we know and love with that Angle intensity.

IN-RING SEGMENT
Dixie Carter and Kurt Angle have a good chemistry, I will admit. Kurt Angle has a way of grabbing your attention and doesn’t fail in doing so. Nice touch with Bobby Roode coming in and attacking Angle before Angle was escorted out of the building. After Magnus, I will definitely give the nod to Bobby Roode as the next top heel in TNA Wrestling.

BACKSTAGE SEGMENTS
After an interview, Lei’D Tapa shows up and Gail Kim attacks Madison to set up the next match. Dixie Carter is backstage and tells Earl Hebner he won’t be the ref in the main event. Nothing much else to critique or discuss here.

MATCH: TNA KNOCKOUTS CHAMPIONSHIP – GAIL KIM w/ LEI’D TAPA VS. MADISON RAYNE(W)
This was probably the match everyone had a problem with. Madison Rayne picked up the win and the Knockouts title in a very uneventful matchup which, obviously, left much to be desired. Gail Kim is the best wrestler in the Knockouts division. We’ve seen her matches with Taryn Terrell in ’13 and countless others during her career. With the 2013 she had, and the Gail Kim Open Challenge, Gail Kim was booked terribly last night. She looked weak and desperate. Madison Rayne is no slouch and has certainly raised her game; however, it wasn’t her time yet. Madison beating Gail for the gold is not the issue, it’s the manner in which it happened. Driving Gail’s head or neck to her knee to pick up the win was just out of the blue. Also, if Lei’D Tapa blatantly interfered (choking Rayne), why wasn’t there a disqualification? There have been times when an outside presence tripped up someone in the ring which called for their exit, but this was a straight up lift and choke that should have lead to a DQ. Bad character direction and bad booking ran supreme with this one.

BACKSTAGE SEGMENTS
After a segment where Sting is interviewed regarding his main event matchup, Dixie is shown talking to The American Wolves (Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards). They reveal they have signed with TNA and a new TNA investor was involved. I immediately thought of a possible, and huge, swerve with Jeff Jarrett involved. However, that’s a wrestling fan’s dream and I know it’s not the case. So, who is or are the new investors? Hopefully, we eventually get to a point where it’s more wrestling and less Dixie. Time will tell.

MATCH: SPECIAL REFEREE ROCKSTAR SPUD – ETHAN CARTER III(W) VS. STING
There’s really not much to say here except that this match was a glorified promo to play into the main storyline. Did anyone truly think there would be a straight up one on one and fair contest to the finish? Don’t get me wrong, EC3 and Sting played their roles well and Rockstar Spud is truly coming to his own. However, there was nothing of significance in this bout. Magnus eventually makes his presence felt as he counts Sting down after a pin by EC3, wearing a ref shirt and we have a match set up between Magnus and Sting for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship and Sting’s future. The illogical aspect of this situation is the build up of EC3 versus Sting and the sudden title match with Magnus, obviously. EC3 wins and now Sting hunts for the gold against Magnus? Sting was set in his ways to stop the “privileged” in TNA, namely Ethan Carter III. Wouldn’t there be more back and forth between the two after the contest and possibly EC3 and Sting fighting for Sting’s future? Shouldn’t, say, Samoe Joe challenge Magnus after his tag team victory earlier in the night and their history as a tag team themselves coming into play? One would think it interesting to see Sting Vs. Magnus in a career Vs. Championship scenario, but this was illogical booking.

THE DIXIE CARTER/ HULK HOGAN SIMILARITY
I wanted to touch on the Dixie Carter character quickly. Though I enjoy heel bosses as much as the next person, I am reminded of Dixie Carter stating that Hulk Hogan was overexposed in TNA Wrestling. They used him too much onscreen. Well, isn’t Dixie inserting herself too much lately? It’s safe to say that Dixie is taking up alot of screen time when you combine all in-ring and backstage segments. Yes, other wrestlers are involved, but Dixie is the new Hulk Hogan of TNA. She can’t stay away from the camera and has to involve herself in some way in the main event picture. Isn’t this The Magnus Era as stated in the opening video package? Looks like the Dixie Carter Era instead. If the reactions by those on social media are taken seriously, TNA should be worried that this is not the most desirable direction for the televised program.

SHOW RATING: C

Loved Villain Or Misunderstood Anti-Hero,
Ric Santos
Twitter: @RealRicSantos

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