Saturday, January 18, 2014

Wrestler's Way presents... The Irish Whip - January 18, 2014

by Brian Phelps

NEWS: Ultimate Warrior to be inducted the the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame

The Irish Whip: It's about time. The WWE has tried to defame, embarass, and crap on the Ultimate Warrior for almost 20 years. Now, the WWE has done a complete 180 and is embracing the Ultimate Warrior randomly. Part of me feels like they are only embracing guys like Ultimate Warrior now because they're running out of "Box Office" Caliber Hall of Fame candidates. In case anyone forgot or didn't know, the WWE in 2005 put out a dvd title "The Self-Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior" that was nothing but a 2 hour parade of WWE Legends and weirdly guys who didn't even work with Warrior (Edge/Christian) slandering and defaming the Ultimate Warrior as a wrestler and a person. I've been amazed by the fact that despite years of WWE going out of their way to bury the legacy of the Ultimate Warrior, the Warrior's place in wrestling history is quite secure. Warrior made more of an impact (no pun intended) over a 4 year span from 1988-1992 then most WWE Legends did in 20 years. This was one attempt by WWE to re-write history that lucky for us, failed. 

NEWS: WWE Diva Kaitlyn was released. 

The Irish Whip: I have mixed feelings about Kaitlyns release. They tried to give her a push for awhile, but I always noticed that the crowd never seemed to be quite sold on her. So then they rehashed the "Piggy James" angle from a few years ago (LayCool belittled Mickie James as overweight and manly), only this time with AJ Lee playing the part of LayCool and Kaitlyn playing the role of Mickie James. I'm sure she'll bounce back, and I wouldn't be surprised to see her in TNA. 

NEWS: AJ Styles loses title unification match to Magnus, and then leaves TNA for real. 

The Irish Whip: AJ Styles losing the title unification match to Magnus was the dumbest write off I've ever seen. It makes TNA look like a total joke to have AJ Styles walk out with the world title and spend about 2 months sticking it to Dixie Carter by successfully defending it in Mexico and Japan only to come back to TNA and lose the belt immediately to Magnus (a lower tier star). Especially given that AJ Styles defeated Magnus to win the BFG Series. What was the point of having him go around the world only to come back and be unceremoniously put away by Magnus? Can you imagine if Stone Cold in the lead up to Wrestlemania 14, after enduring all the punishment by Vince McMahon and D-X, went into Wrestlemania and lost to Shawn Michaels? Can you imagine in 1997, if Sting had gone after hiding in the rafters and building that angle for almost a year, came back at Starrcade to fight "Hollywood" Hogan and lost? It would've made absolutely NO SENSE. This AJ Styles situation was a perfect example of the politics of contract negotiations negatively impacting the on-screen product. TNA was obviously certain AJ Styles was going to take their contract deal otherwise they wouldn't have invested so much into that AJ Styles walk out storyline only to have it end as the biggest storyline dud in years.  

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