The War On EverythingBy ThatDamnDoubleC · · 3 Comments
Welcome to the war for another week.
Rather than begin with the usual, I have to start with the NFL. It seems that everyone can come back from retirement/jail. Michael Vick signed a two-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, after spending 21 months on the inside for dog fighting. Brett Favre has come back from retirement for the second time, this time joining the Minnesota Vikings on a two-year deal, making the off-season trade for Sage Rosenfels pretty much useless. Donovan McNabb suggested that Plaxico Burress ‘wouldn’t hurt’ in an Eagles uniform. Here’s the quote from McNabb at ESPN.com
“I don’t think he would hurt,” McNabb said. “We have some great guys here at our receiver position. But, whatever you can do to enhance the team, you would look into it.”
According to what I’m reading, the Eagles suddenly want to become the new Cincinnati Bengals of the league. However, it will be interesting as to how the Eagles accommodate Vick into their offence. Whether, it’s as a back-up QB, or as part of some sort of Wildcat offence, if Vick is anything like he was back in the days under centre for my Atlanta Falcons, then Philly fans will have a good season to look forward to. Either that, if Vick is a flop, then play the Baha Men during each game.
Speaking of returning Quarterbacks, as I mentioned earlier, Brett Favre has return to the NFL, with the Minnesota Vikings, after not being able to play for them last year, due to the Packers trade stipulations. It seems that last year’s season with the New York Jets was just filler. With Favre, Rosenfels and Tarvaris Jackson all capable of playing in the QB slot, who gets the job? The easy pick is Favre, but how much would that deflate the confidence of the other two? Here it is, pre-season and you have two QB’s vying for one starting job, when low and behold, here comes the supposed savior of the franchise. The man who’s going to bring them success. Surely that doesn’t to the confidence of the others any good? It wouldn’t matter if some players on the team want him there, the Vikings are going to be in turmoil the whole year, regardless of how successful they are on the field.
In wrestling news, TNA and Spike TV have agreed to a new three-year extension to their deal. This is great news for TNA President Dixie Carter and the rest of their crew, as they will have a permanent option for iMPACT. Along with their weekly show, TNA will also provide a series of one-hour specials featuring the biggest personalities, plus some of the greatest and most awe-inspiring matches in the history of the company. I thought they had a show for that? It was called TNA Epics.
TNA Heavyweight Champion Kurt Angle was arrested this past week for stalking TNA KnockOut, and girlfriend of Angle, Trenesh Biggers aka Rhaka Khan outside a Starbucks. Police also charged Angle with harassment, possession of the Human Growth Hormone Hygetropin, and a syringe which he used to insert the substance. Angle claims he has a doctor’s prescription for the HGH. Also, adding to all this, he was driving with a suspended license, from a previous drink-driving charge.
My question is, why wasn’t Kurt Angle punished for any of this? Even worse, he was rewarded, when he retained the Championship against Sting and Matt Morgan at the recent PPV entitled ‘Hard Justice‘. TNA need to strip him of the belt, and suspend him indefinitely until this whole thing gets put to bed. How flattering does it sound, to hear that your company’s World Champion, has been arrested and charged with what I mentioned previously? Kurt Angle is not a God-like figure, even though TNA thinks he is.
At this time, the preliminary hearing against Angle was set for Tuesday, although no details have been released.
Although Angle’s title win at Hard Justice wasn’t the only title defended at the event, the big news coming out of it, is that the Main Event Mafia, now hold the Tag Team, X-Division, Legends and World Championship. This is very significant in terms of power and control as it regards to the locker room, and with an announcement from ‘the Pheonomenal’ AJ Styles scheduled for this week’s iMPACT. Things could finally be turning in the right direction, that is, unless the Angle mess doesn’t get cleaned up quickly, but most importantly, the right way.
If the rumours are correct, and that AJ’s announcement this week will be about his retirement, then it would be a massive blow to TNA. AJ is a talent inside the ring, and one of the few originals remaining. Plus with Sting’s expected retirement at the Bound For Glory PPV later this year. TNA could lose to of its biggest names within three months of each other.
In WWE news now, and the annual SummerSlam PPV is this Sunday night, or Monday morning for the likes of me living in the Land Down Under. The double main event sees WWE Champion Randy orton take on John Cena, and a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match for the World Heavyweight Championship, between the Champion Jeff Hardy, and the challenger, CM Punk. Although, that isnt the news exciting the young fans around the world. The fifteenth re-incarnation of D-Generation X will appear, as Triple H and Shawn Michaels return together again, to take on Ted DiBiase Jr. and Cody Rhodes. I must admit, I was a massive fan of DX, this DX, and this DX. Not the current form. I know it’s never going to happen, but how big of a boost would it be for Legacy to get the victory in this one?
Anyway, that’d just about do it for this week. I think i’ve done enough rambling for one week. Tune in to BoredWrestlingFan.com throughout the week for various columns and show reviews. Don’t forget to check my WWE Vintage Collection reviews at WorldWrestlingInsanity.com. Also, you can find me trolling through the forums at either of the two places I mentioned. I know, I know, I’m in a few places, but hey, they’re good places to be. Go check them out some time. Who knows, you might just feel a little stiff, at what they provide.
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Good point about Favre. As you already said, if you have two guys battling for one spot, and the "old pro legend-type" strolls in and takes it from both of them, the morale of the whole team suffers, even if no one says anything. It's a short-term fix that caters to the ego of one who has already had his time in the sun (regardless of how good he may be), at the expense of the long-term good of a team that has to function with cohesion.
Angle is and was innocent until proven guilty. It may be totally true that Rhaka Khan set him up. We don't, and probably won't, know what really happened. That said, had it been an X-Division guy, I'll bet he'd have been pulled from the ppv and stripped of his title without a second thought. Secondly, removing Angle from the match, or at least having him drop the belt, would not have been punishment for something that he didn't do. I teach, and if you get arrested (or even accused of something), you get sent home while the investigation takes place. It can take weeks. Innocence or guilt doesn't matter. Pretending that nothing happened just looked bad.
That's exactly what TNA have done though. Pretended that nothing has happened. There's nothing wrong with suspending Angle for what he's done. He's your World Champion. You don't want your World Champion getting arrested for anything, let alone possession of a HGH and stalking. Suspending someone, even if they are innocent until proven guilty, it doesn't make you look bad in the limelight. Plus, it shows that no-one is safe, and that nothing of that nature will be respected.
In a psuedo-spoiler, I read the iMPACT spoilers for this week and there's no mention of Kurt Angle anywhere in it.