Death of Wrestling: AJ’s Pipe Bomb



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Greetings to all… It’s David Davis with my weekly blog: Death of Wrestling. For all of those who read this regularly, you will know that this is not a blog about bashing wrestling; it’s a blog of a frustrated fan, who loves the business and wishes that each week it could be a little better.

I um’d and ah’d for a while over whether I wanted to talk about the state of Smackdown or the state of TNA, but as I don’t think the problems with Smackdown will be sorted out anytime soon, I figured it’s best to be topical… albeit a week late, thanks in part to the airing of TNA here in the UK…

So at the time of writing this, the last TNA that aired over here was the one where AJ Styles dropped a pipe bomb… and to be honest… it kind of left me as unsatisfied as the last AJ pipe bomb – AJ Lee’s pipe bomb…

Ever since CM Punk’s now infamous pipe bomb that many would argue catapulted him in to the upper stratosphere of his WWE career, many of the promotions and individual wrestlers alike have tried to recreate it. The truth is that pipe bomb won’t be recreated anytime soon because it was as about a shoot as you’ll ever get right now… Sure AJ Lee said some truthful stuff, but are we really expected to believe that the Total Divas aren’t worthy of that spot? Maybe one or two of them, but Natalya..? C’mon she’s friggin wrestlin’ royalty.

AJ Styles’ pipe bomb had the potential; he spoke a lot of truths, some of which I’ll mention below, but his pipe bomb lacked the conviction, or the heart of CM Punk’s, and I believe this is because AJ never really lost his positioning within the company in the era of Hulk Hogan. He did mention the likes of Jay Lethal who actually did, but living others pain vicariously through them, isn’t the same as being the trodden on. I’m sure there are those of you who think AJ did lose his spot, and so has suffered, and I’d understand that argument, but compared to most, AJ got off quite lightly…

BUT his pipe bomb did raise some interesting points that the higher-ups of TNA must be pondering themselves… Since they paid Hulk and Bischoff the obscene sums one can only assume they paid them to come in and save TNA, a few years later, what do they really have to show for it..? I mean, if we are to believe internet reports then Hulk Hogan is probably out of the door sometime soon and what is the legacy he left behind?

I’m not going to go in to too much detail as I try to keep my blogs to a side of A4! But some of his accomplishments are: getting rid of the six sided ring (something that made TNA unique), exiling Jeff Jarrett (someone who we hated to hate, but realised quite quickly TNA is nothing without its founding father and number one villain who we love to hate), brought a load of has-beens from yesteryear (who only used the company to make themselves relevant again) and finally decimated the Knockouts division and X division (two other things that really made the company stand out in the crowd)…

It’d be remiss of me to solely lay the blame at one man’s feet. Anyone who’s ever had a job knows that it takes at least two people to royally screw up; one person to suggest the idea and another to go along with it. But I do know that I used to tell people how good TNA was as an alternative to WWE, and it only took about 6 months from when Hogan came in to when I stopped watching it altogether. In fact, I only started watching it again when I committed to writing this Death of Wrestling blog a little over a year ago…

Lessons need to be learnt, but unfortunately, 2 of the most important ones are obvious even to us marks… Firstly, don’t put all of your eggs in to one basket, even if it’s a Hulk Hogan sized basket. And secondly, perhaps most importantly, don’t strip away everything (your ring, the Knockouts, the X division etc) that made you stand out from the crowd. Otherwise, yep you guessed it, it’s the DoW or at least the DoTNA…

That’s all folks… As always, post your comments, thoughts and opinions below! Or message me on twitter and let me know what you think the ‘Death of Wrestling’ is and I might just blog about it!!! Peace and I’m out…


  • Pat

    Hulk Hogan was the only reason I watched TNA at all.


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