Triple H, October 2011:
“When I grew up, I hated Hogan. I thought he was terrible and didn’t like to watch him. I was like Punk in a way. I liked the Steamboats and Flairs and the ones that could go. Would I be right in saying that Hogan was the wrong guy to go with, and they should’ve changed directions and gone with Steamboat because he was the better wrestler? Ludicrous.” - Triple H. October, 2011.
TNA - Final Resolution 2011
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Real world Lockdown means Counterfactual Final Resolution. BFGlory is here.
TNA Title: AJ Styles d. Jeff Hardy
X: Bobby Roode (w/Flair) d. Jeff Jarrett
Tags: RVD/Jeff Hardy d. AJ Styles/Chris Daniels
Kurt Angle d. Austin Aries
James Storm (w/Hernandez) d. Elijah Burke (w/Kennedy)
Bruiser Eric Young d. Kid Kash
DVon Dudley d. Matt Morgan
Crimson/Robbie E d. Matt Morgan/DVon Dudley
-Starting from the bottom, Morgan and Crimson are in a crummy feud, and just as at BFG when Morgan loses, he decides to whip his partner's ass in the next match - this time it doesn't work when Bubba, who booted DVon in favor of Brian Kendrick, aids his longtime partner - they hit 3D on Morgan. I like real world EY's beard, so he's going to do a pocket Bruiser Brody gimmick. Tex Mex and Future Endeavors have been in a long program - Storm (babyface) goes over Burke (heel). Cocky Aries went over veteran babyface legend Angle at BFG and looks like he's about to get him again, but Aries' hubris allows him to get caught and he has to tap. Styles/Daniels are the best friend babyface TNA bedrock act - Van Dam and Hardy are the veteran babyface non TNA act, Jeff pins AJ, taking the tag belts and setting up the main event. Roode's a Horseman (Joe, Williams, Flair); he retired Sting at BFG and he retires another veteran, Jarrett, here. Jeff Hardy's inability to win the WWF Title was the essential element of his late period character, the real world drug use and Matt's complete implosion are all tied together in neither of them being able to cross the goal line despite multiple opportunities - Jeff's never been a heel in this universe, despite all the personal issues and despite his having to take a backseat to Matt for years when Matt became a dark superstar babyface...but this is the last straw - he loses it postmatch, attacks AJ and leaves with the belt. Jeff's inability, ever, to win the world title has just finally wounded him too deeply.
Real world Slammiversary will mean Counterfactual Lockdown - your main event - a ladder match for the strap between AJ and Jeff Hardy. Beginning in May, I have a series of posts recapping each decade in Counterfactual WWF history, as we build to Summer Slam and more broadly - build to Royal Rumble 2012, the 100th PPV in Counterfactual WWF history - WWF 100. (Note - if the WWF had spent the last 30 years doing promos like that taped Lesnar piece from Monday, there wouldn't have been much creative room to do an alternate booking history.)