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Surreality: TNA & WWE Copying Each Other’s Weekly Angles

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Last Monday night, WWE decided to copy some of what they recently saw on TNA television and put it to use in the Daniel Bryan/Randy Orton program. This astonished me to no degree because if there is one wrestling company whose angles you do not want to copy, it’s TNA.

What makes this even more surreal is that there is some sort of blatantly transparent competition now between WWE and TNA as to which organization can copy each other’s angles from their respective weekly television shows. It’s like we’re watching two wrestling companies competing in a reality show to see which group can emulate the other better. Wrestling is a business where angles get copied often but never have we seen high-stakes weekly recycling of angles, both good and bad, to such a degree in real time.

Why on earth is this happening?

God bless the Salt Lake City fans who showed up for the TNA show on Thursday night. SLC, you did a great job of bringing the heat. The TNA audience was largely given a two-hour angle talkathon with only a main event (AJ Styles/Bully Ray) that actually brought some in-ring action.

The “hook” for Thursday’s show was to see just how exactly AJ Styles would make Dixie Carter “pay.” Dixie Carter, who admittedly is recreating what she sees every Monday on RAW, is living it up as a copy of The Authority. There were four booking options for the Ray/AJ match at Bound For Glory and they went with the right option — Styles went over and won the belt. That’s the good news. The problem? How does a wrestler who trashes the boss of his company decide to stick around and take the abuse after winning the promoter’s title? He turned down money on countless occasions, so how is he going to make a female boss pay without physical violence?

TNA has decided to copy the CM Punk angle from two years ago. Styles, who didn’t get over as a lone wolf character, was attached to the Main Event Mafia to go babyface. Then Dixie Carter spent weeks trashing him on television as a guy who just couldn’t survive without daddy’s money or else he’d be living in a trailer. And now that Styles won the TNA belt, how was he going to make her pay? Well, given his contractual situation with TNA, he had reportedly signed a short-term deal.

On Thursday night, Styles beat Bully Ray after Ken Anderson saved the day. He then told Dixie Carter, who offered Styles a new contract, that he was leaving the company.

What makes the angle interesting is not what’s happening on camera but rather off camera. On camera, it’s a CM Punk angle. However, if TNA doesn’t have an agreement with Styles while he’s holding the belt, he has a chance to pull a Brian Pillman renegade jump to WWE with the belt. That’s the kind of rib that Vince McMahon would get a kick out of. For all the talk about how beneath TNA is to those in power in WWE, they sure seem to watch each other closely.

As for the aforementioned Ken Anderson, he’s been brought back as a goofy, spaz-tastic babyface looking for revenge on Bully Ray. The opening segment on Impact was Dixie Carter trying to kiss AJ’s ass with a “welcome back AJ Styles” banner in the ring only for Bully Ray to attack Styles, go for the powerbomb, and then allow Anderson to run in to the save the day. Just like Daniel Bryan, Styles is inexplicably sometimes the third wheel in top angles. In this case, Ken Anderson is playing the role of Big Show to Styles playing the role of Bryan. Perhaps the next role AJ Styles can play is the role of Mickie James and walk away from TNA without a new deal. Remember her?

So, the plan going forward is Dixie will have an 8-man tournament to crown a champion… to face “the people’s champion” AJ Styles title for title? As Jim Ross wrote on Twitter, “I’m ready to admit that I don’t understand sports entertainment OR pro wrestling any more. #OutofTouch.” You’re not alone, brother.

On top of the surreality copying of angles between WWE and TNA, TNA has some other… unique… ideas on booking. They’ve put their tag titles on BroMans and their ‘cele-bro-tion’ promo was as cringe-worthy as those “Bro-surance” health care ads that Colorado unveiled this week. Sting and Magnus still can’t figure out why their ‘passing the torch’ angle isn’t working. Here’s a clue: if you telegraph a ‘passing the torch’ angle, the fans aren’t going to give a damn because it doesn’t come across as organic. Dixie Carter’s ‘nephew,’ Ethan Carter III, nearly broke Twitter when he faced a squash jobber named Dewey Barnes. Dewey Barnes, a skinny redhead from Muscle Shoals, Alabama with the Clemson Tiger cat paw on his ass, did a better job in two minutes of being the underdog babyface than TNA has done with the useless Abyss/Joseph Park angle for the past year. EC3 is going to get the hard push because, hey, “I’m a Carter and the world needs us.”

“Look at what the brilliance of Dixie Carter has done for you.”

Who wants to ride the Dixie Train?

This real-time surreality playing out on television is fascinating to watch for all the wrong reasons. At least it’s an unusual twist to what we’re accustomed to watching on wrestling shows.

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  • Lara_P1

    Zach Arnold, you are the foxnews of WNZ, clearly biased.

  • Abudadein

    Arnold’s opening sentence: “Last Monday night, WWE decided to copy some of what they recently saw on TNA television and put it to use in the Daniel Bryan/Randy Orton program.” How so? Again, you make a statement and provide absolutely no context.

    • jcice13

      I’m glad you’re here because I thought I missed the explanation or was too stoned

      • Abudadein

        Vintage Arnold!

    • KingBack

      Yeah.. I don’t see it either.

  • lenncarlos

    Also, AJ Lee/Tamina = Gail Kim and the other Samoan

    • KingBack

      At least Tamina got talent unlike that piece of trash walking with Gail Kim.

      • Miroslav Mates

        True! Snuka is fine wrestler, but that piece of trash which can barely move is just waste of in ring space

  • JH

    AJ has absolutely zero chance of jumping to wwe with the belt, not because I think TNA won’t be able to get him under contract, but because wwe likely has zero interest in him. And I doubt Vince would care at all about it as a rib because ultimately he’d have to pay 6 figures for someone he has absolutely no use for. If this was 15-20 years ago and wanted to stick it to wrestlers and promoters who stood in his way or poached his talent out of spite, maybe, but today the only rib would be on himself being stuck with a completely overrated, overpaid, boring superstar with no drawing power to the wwe universe.

    • Lara_P1

      overrated and boring? lol what a dumb comment

      • JH

        He is, I feel I’ve seen enough of AJ, especially during this recent push to say he’s just plain boring, his personality is dull as dirt. he’s a solid hand in the ring, I’ll give him that, but guys like that are a dime a dozen and NXT and the independents are full of them, but what drags him down is AJ is awful on promos, so awful the best promos I’ve seen him do so far have been the ones when he came back and wouldn’t talk.

        • Lara_P1

          to each his own, but i wholeheartedly disagree with you.

      • jcice13

        AJ is a really good ring worker but has minimal charisma and not real good on the mic and those are the 2 things you need more that the other if you want to be in the WWE and get pushed

        • Lara_P1

          Benoit and Bret Hart didnt have great mic skills and their charisma wasnt anything special; yet, their inring work more than made up for those abilities. imo, AJ is top 5 inring workers in US wrestling.

          • cubfan4life

            True. Benoit and Bret werent the best talkers. but that is going back to 2007 for Benoit and the late 90s for Bret.

            Now in order to get over you really have to have something other than just technical ability to connect with fans and get over. In ring ability might get your foot in the door, but charisma or lack thereof will make or break you. There are a number of guys who are talented technically but lack the style and charisma to get over. Heel or face it doesnt matter. Curtis Axel, Jack Swagger, Tyson Kidd, Justin Gabriel, and you could even argue that Wade Barrett, Del Rio and even RVD as guys who are very talented in ring competitors who either have no charisma or just dont seem comfortable on the mic.

            While a couple of those guys have had success (Del Rio, RVD) the rest are largely forgettable. Even pairing Axel with Heyman and Swagger with Colter havent really helped them a ton and Id imagine that lack of charisma is what is holding Barrett back from being a legit major title contender.

      • Stevewiser

        AJ is widely considered one of the best wrestlers in the world despite never drawing a dime anywhere. By definition that makes him underrated. Whether he’s boring or not is more subjective but to me personally he’s pretty boring when he’s not doing X Division matches.

  • Damian Starr

    Admittedly, I did expect way more wrestling than there was and it was a piss take that 20 mins in and we are still talking in the ring. However I can see where the storylines are vaguely heading and it’s looking promising. I for once do agree with Zach (shock horror) that the ‘passing the torch’ storyline has been really forced and hasn’t really done anything… but hey we get to see sting vs magnus which I would never complain about. I think Ken was introduced at the wrong time, it would have been better for him to appear in the main event out of no where. However yet another scaremongering article from zach Arnold, who has as much inside knowledge of TNA as the hot dog seller in the arenas

    • jcice13

      got to disagree big time..the hot dog vendor at the arena is the second booker for team dixie, he has to be, where else would they be getting all these new great angles lately?? oh wait..on monday nights

  • jcice13

    wow what is going on here? how did the WWE copy TNA last monday night??? did I miss the explanation in this column of that??? was it the contract signing? big show driving a truck? bryan ko’ing orton? what did they do???

    • Lara_P1

      Zach Arnold sucks at reporting. i rarely talk about the authors of the articles but this guy just flat out sucks. if asked a question concerning his article or proof to back his claims, he never responds. unlike, Adrian who does the Raw in a Nutshell (who actually replies to people’s comments; whether good or bad).

      • Abudadein

        I agree, Arnold’s writing lacks credibility and he makes blatant errors often. However, I don’t feel the writers of these articles have any obligation to reply to readers’ comments.

  • puckdinah1

    Good God, EC3 was the worst thing I’ve seen on pay-per-view since WCW’s KISS Demon

    • cubfan4life

      Idk. We did get Michael Cole in an orange singlet. At Wrestlemania no less.

  • TheHotDogKing1

    It it does feel like we’re seeing a Monday Night Wars between both promotions but there’s no war here. TNA is stale, and honestly boring while WWE is still the best company on earth but it needs a bit of a change with the storylines. The management bit may appeal t younger audiences but I think what we’re getting from this column is that it is not anything we have not seen before

  • Stevewiser

    Whoever wrote this article is delusional if they really think AJ isn’t locked in on a contract and is planning on going to WWE.

    • Miroslav Mates

      author said there is short term contract

  • Stevewiser

    Also gotta laugh at some of the crazy logic in this article. ‘EC3 is going to get the hard push because, hey, “I’m a Carter and the world needs us.” ‘ It’s a work dummy! He’s not really a Carter. There’s no real nepotism. Lol

    • Miroslav Mates

      Let me quote: Dixie Carter’s ‘nephew,’ …you see… “NEPHEW” … the author knows…read better

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