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Old 04-16-2012, 10:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Roode vs Storm Critical for TNA?

I was reading Powell's review on Lockdown: "They did a really nice job of making viewers at home think Storm was going to win the title tonight by having his wife and apparently additional family members in the crowd (we stopped caring about Montgomery Gentry about two seconds after they appeared on TNA television the first time). This is exactly what I was hoping for in my TNA predictions piece. It wasn't red hot and it seemed to irritate a lot of the live crowd, but if they can get over on Impact that Storm was close to winning the title and Roode retained on a fluke, they could make viewers start to invest in his chase for the title."

IMO TNA actually did good on Lockdown's main event. Although everyone was waiting for Storm to get a well deserved win, both man put a lot of heart in that match and both came out strong.

TNA got us used to the fact that whenever a heel wins an important match, he cannot do it unless the match becomes a complete train wreck. But this time both man worked hard and by the end it feels Roode won by a fluke.

This result can either become a memorable turning point for TNA or it can just suck big time (and yes i know that TNA usually can't handle potencial when they have it...)

What i feel is that what TNA can build something huge if, right this week, Roode cuts a few really cocky promos about how he won fair and he almost had storm if he hadn't fell of the cage (anything other than that old lost friendship speach). Have him win some clean matches and build the image that he can't be beat. This would bring real heat to him and TNA could have the perfect main-event for slammy.

I'm actually afraid TNA will ruin this feud by throwing some Sting, Hogan, Flair, Bully Ray or other veteran to the feud or whatever...

Do you feel the way TNA will have a chance to redeem themselves with Roode and Storm feud or is it hopeless?
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Old 04-16-2012, 11:00 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I thought it was great. The main event was everything it needed to be.

Having Storm beat Roode last night would have done nothing for Roode, now he looks like a even bigger cocky arsehole who got lucky, and Storm will get more sympathy, get more over with the fans who want to see him beat Roode, and then the eventual pay-off will be even greater when he finally does win the title from him.

TNA have built the whole Roode/Storm angle brilliantly, last night was the 100% correct thing to do to get Roode more over as a heel, and build-up their rivalry. The problem is, too many people dont have the patience to see the bigger picture.

Also, that crowd didnt deserve a title change, so I'm glad TNA didnt pull the trigger.
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Roode's promo on Thursday should include reminding Storm that he has no luck just like his dead brothers and dead father, and he proved that at once again at Lockdown when he got beat for the 4th time (after all he has beat him 4 times since the Impact prior to BFG). He needs to cut on his family and how he proved once again to his wife and kids and to his friends and to the fans that he loves so much that he is a loser, a nothing a nobody. He is not the IT factor of professional wrestling.
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The problem is, too many people dont have the patience to see the bigger picture.

Also, that crowd didnt deserve a title change, so I'm glad TNA didnt pull the trigger.
Agreed on that.
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Old 04-16-2012, 11:28 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I won't say fans is not patient, they just don't buy Storm as that guy. I've said this before lockdown in other threads. I love Roode and he is the real deal, he shown he can be a strong heel and babyface but Storm on the other hand is a toss up. I think fans outside the Impact Zone don't really care about Storm and his chase/revenge. No excuse for last week ratings to be 0.98, no excuse. This year lockdown only had 2000 fans? I've been watching wrestling for a long time, these are not good signs even during bad economic times. Are you guys trying to tell me, that a rematch at Bound For Glory is the way to go? I might be wrong, but all signs pointing to that Storm is not the right guy for the job.
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I won't say fans is not patient, they just don't buy Storm as that guy. I've said this before lockdown in other threads. I love Roode and he is the real deal, he shown he can be a strong heel and babyface but Storm on the other hand is a toss up. I think fans outside the Impact Zone don't really care about Storm and his chase/revenge. No excuse for last week ratings to be 0.98, no excuse. This year lockdown only had 2000 fans? I've been watching wrestling for a long time, these are not good signs even during bad economic times. Are you guys trying to tell me, that a rematch at Bound For Glory is the way to go? I might be wrong, but all signs pointing to that Storm is not the right guy for the job.
That hasn't been confirmed, thats only Meltzer estimate, basically his guess. Looked more than 2000 to me, i went to a house show in Nottingham in the UK which was officially over 2000 and no way in hell were there more there that night than at lockdown last night. I would guess the crowd was about 3000-3500, which still isnt exactly great.

The rating was poor though yeah, but you cant just give up on something and somebody because the ratings went down one week, next week they will probably be back to normal levels.

TNA need to make new stars, and ratings tend to fall when companies do this, as the more established better-known names are taken out the picture.

Give them time.
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True BUT this feud and match been building for months. Besides Rock/Cena, this was the second most anticipation match on "mainstream" tv and this is the best they can do? What can they do in 6 months to make the fans care about James Storm? He's not a very good sympathetic figure. He is not as cool as Roode. I actually think if Storm was the heel champion with Roode being the chaser would of done better business wise. Roode is the star and Storm is the Marty Jannetty and most fans probably look at Storm in that way. TNA can keep trying but I just don't think Storm is that guy.
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Hardy going after Roode would do great business.

I think they're still trying to work out who storm will feud with after he's won it which is why they haven't given him the belt as they haven't decided who the next guy will be.
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You people are crazy if you think this can last for another 6 months. Storm would have to get a rematch in those 6 months based on how Lockdown ended. If you're building it to BFG, he can't be losing the rematches all the way there. I say do the blowoff at Slammiversary.
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True BUT this feud and match been building for months. Besides Rock/Cena, this was the second most anticipation match on "mainstream" tv and this is the best they can do? What can they do in 6 months to make the fans care about James Storm? He's not a very good sympathetic figure. He is not as cool as Roode. I actually think if Storm was the heel champion with Roode being the chaser would of done better business wise. Roode is the star and Storm is the Marty Jannetty and most fans probably look at Storm in that way. TNA can keep trying but I just don't think Storm is that guy.
Sure, its very possible that us 'smark' fans care more about Roode/Storm than the casual fans do, very possible.

Wrestling is on its ass in North America, so I dont see the ratings or PPV buys for TNA or WWE improving anytime soon to be honest.

Things might be rough for a while. WWE can easily survive it, lets hope TNA can too.
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