What Might Have BeenBy Drowgoddess · · 4 Comments
“For all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these, ‘It might have been.'”
—John Greenleaf Whittier
As a wrestling fan, one sometimes ponders possibilities that went unrealized in terms of character development, feuds, angles, and so on. The topic refuses to take up residence outside of my brain-meat, so it has now morphed into an article, of sorts. In the comments section below, discuss wrestling-related happenings that you would have liked to see take place, but somehow did not. As the resident TNA person here at boredwrestlingfan.com, my list consists mostly of TNA things, but any and all wrestling companies are fair game here. Post as many as you like, and explain why you feel an opportunity was missed.
Serotinin vs. LAX feud
Most people thought that the Serotonin stable was incredibly lame, if they noticed it at all. I stand by my original assertion that something good could have come of this. In LAX, you had a brutal gang of street thugs who prided themselves on how much pain and torture that they could dish out. In Serotonin, you had a goth/punk group who prided themselves on how much pain and torture they could take. LAX had a charismatic leader in Konnan to talk for them. Serotonin has a charismatic leader in Raven to talk for them. Imagine a tag team feud when LAX gradually realizes that Serotonin relishes the suffering that is inflicted on them, and has to come up with new tactics. It’s two heel groups against each other, I hear you cry! LAX were better heels in the first place. Serotonin actually started to get some babyface reaction because of Raven’s beatings and mindgames. They could easily have been tinkered with to be like the hero in so many martial arts movies. The mentor and leader destroys their fear and separates the body and the mind, so that they can endure and succeed. Sure, it may not have worked, but it could have at least had a chance.
LAX vs. the MCMG feud
You wanted to see it. Everyone wanted to see it. We got a few matches here and there, but not the sustained feud for the tag team titles that should have happened. This needs little explanation, and there really is no excuse for it not happening.
Petey Williams with the Beautiful People
Nobody, I repeat, NOBODY wanted to see Cute Kip as fashionista to the Beautiful People. If a man needed to be put with them, Petey Williams should have been it. His “Maple Leaf Muscle” persona was absolutely perfect to join the Beautiful People. Instead, Petey is released and Cute Kip adds nothing to the act.
True heel Sonjay Dutt
When Kevin Nash took over the X-Division (again), with the idea of giving the wrestlers in it personalities and “helping them get over,” the groundwork was beautifully laid for Sonjay to resent Nash’s preference for Jay Lethal, and finally explode and feud with his former best friend. Sonjay could have been a legitimate heel, and a quality program could have ensued. What happened? “Oh, he’s Indian, so let’s make him The Guru. For no reason.” Sonjay was still a goofy caricature heel rather than a realistic guy. On a related note, the fight over SoCal Val would have been the perfect time to scrap the worn-out “Black Machismo” gimmick, rather than dragging it out for months afterwards. If Sonjay had been a realistic heel, Val could have said that she chose Sonjay over Lethal because Sonjay knew who he was, was comfortable with who he was, and wasn’t afraid to be a real man instead of a cartoon character. Boom, you’re done.
Kevin Thorne and Ariel
Whether you believe that Kevin Thorne had any talent as a wrestler isn’t the point here. He was absolutely right when he said that WWE acted short-sightedly in releasing him and Ariel just as the “Twilight” craze and general pop culture explosion of all things vampire was about to hit. Anyone paying the slightest bit of attention to popular culture could see that it was coming, and anything vampire-related will sell a great deal of merchandise, particularly to teen and tween girls. The pair had good chemistry, a fantastic look, and a memorable entrance. Let’s not pretend that in-ring skill rates high on Vince’s scale of importance. Thorn improved a great deal in the ring anyway, and he wasn’t THAT bad.
The WCW/ECW Invasion
Oh, haven’t we all bemoaned this one? The one un-screw-uppable story in all of pro wrestling was screwed up beyond belief. Ego killed it, and there isn’t much point in rehashing all of the details, but this is the one thing that pretty much every wrestling fan on the planet wanted to see, and it could have been so legendarily epic. This really was unforgivable.
Your thoughts? Post comments below, and let’s see what peeps wish could have been.
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