Especially that last year from Booker when he was in the MEM and was in full "Fuck you, pay me" mode. His career in TNA could be summed up by his last match at BFG 09 where, since he didn't want to job to Matt Morgan (can't blame him there) he somehow gets them to agree to do a stretcher job in a FMM match, and then treats that like a complete joke and can't even hold a straight face doing it.
As for AJ, I think it's partially wanting to push him because they think he deserved it but wanted to freshen him up and partly it was because they think he's so good he might be able to carry some of the things and people he was saddled with.
Not surprised by it. More surprised when a "big name" joins TNA and actually puts the work in. Which, oddly enough, was Scott Steiner more than some others looking back. Booker really seemed to stop caring once his program with Roode flopped. Unless he crapped all over that too b/c those lads had no chemistry.
I think you nailed it. Styles is a life-long company man. While he may not enjoy being saddled with some shit, he'll still do it b/c the advent of another golden era shouldn't be far off. That's how he's usually booked. Well, latter years at least. On top of the X-Division, then becomes second fiddle heel to Angle, face turn, working vs MMA chumps and semi-past their prime workers, World Champion, etc...
Originally Posted by Muerte al fascismo
That's true, but on this occasion I didn't mind, due to the MMA influences in the match. I saw it as him just getting caught with a perfect KO shot, like what often happens in MMA events. With the state of Angle's neck, plus the physical intensity of the match, I thought it was pretty logical that monstrous kick would have Angle on dream street, with the Muscle buster making it a formality. It was cool because I was half expecting Angle to somehow kick out and reverse into his Ankle lock.
The finish to the legends title match made it all the more insane. I mean Sharmell throwing in the towel? The audience reaction summed my own feelings to that mess.
Booker hamming it up in his last match, was the icing on a very disappointing cake. Sure I was entertained by some of his antics, but the fact he was getting away with it made it all the more surreal.
All fair points. Can't help but accept what you got when the worry of Angle's superman no selling tripe could have been around the corner. I can understand that.
I remember actually not having much of a problem with Styles vs Booker I Quit until the bunk finish. Been a good while since I last saw it, however. Talking back in 2009. One of the few Booker matches from TNA where I didn't mind the overall match. When it comes to crap & Booker not caring in TNA, I jump immediately to the program vs Joe. Victory Road match is one of the company's worst moments.