Some of you who have been following my blogs since my last website may remember a few years ago, I did a post on why I liked wrestling – and in particular TNA. Despite the large number of negative press it has gotten over the years (and not without good reason) I always enjoyed this wrestling show. Personally, I thought it was a refreshing change to WWE (which I had stopped watching at this point) and I actually thought that TNA had some pretty decent wrestlers. Hell, a lot of my favourite wrestlers came from TNA – Ausin Ares, EC3, James Storm and Samoa Joe to name a few. Oh sure, these guys have also found fame in WWE – in fact I was also a huge fan of AJ Styles – who is doing pretty well for himself now.
Anyway, in recent years – I kinda changed my opinion about TNA. To be honest, it’s gradually been getting worse over the years – for any number of reason. Gimmicky storylines, horrible booking and an overreliance on former WWE stars (Hulk Hogan being one of them) have eventually lead to my interest in it fading. And whilst I still think it has some great talent in there – they really have no clue on how to use them. Plus, a lot of the newer talent they’ve brought in, I don’t much care for if I’m being honest.
Just recently though, I checked in on this big event called “The Final Deletion” – which has had some pretty… interesting press of late. And after hearing some comments about it from my brother, I decided to watch it for myself. And by heaven… if ever I was in doubt about not following TNA anymore was the right thing to do… this confirmed it.
So, long story short – The Final Deletion is the end result of the rivalry between Matt and Jeff Hardy (whom you probably will remember as the Hardy Boyz). Essentially, after going batcrap crazy, Matt started attacking Jeff. They had a couple of matches (including a pretty cool Full Metal Mayhem match and a so-so Six Sides of Steel match) and then eventually they decided to have a match to determine the owner of the Hardy brand – which would be dubbed as The Final Deletion. Which was…
Tell you what, why don’t I just show you… because frankly I don’t have the words to say about this.
I mean… seriously? They thought this was a good idea? Wrestling aside, this has got to have some of the worst acting I’ve ever seen. I’ve seen films by The Asylum that have better actors than this. Next up – what the hell was up with that weird Terminator drone attack thing? And don’t even get me started on the Willow bit!
Did the TNA writing staff write this whilst drunk or something? Look, I know wrestling needs to have storyline – I understand that. And most of the time the stories are pretty silly. I can accept that to a point. But if I wanted a cheesy Sci-Fi/Psychological Horror type show – I’d watch a cheesy Sci-Fi/Psychological Horror type show!
What gets me is that people actually ENJOYED this! With many saying it’s the best thing TNA have ever done (see the comments in the video if you don’t believe me). Of course, if that is what they believe they are entirely entitled to their opinion. MY opinion on the other hand – is that this is not just the worst thing TNA have ever done, but the worst thing that has happened in wrestling full stop! Did they honestly expect this to be taken seriously? And even if they meant it as a piss-take it’s still shockingly bad in terms of production and acting.
Look, if you guys liked The Final Deletion – then fair play to you. If you think it’s the best thing that TNA have ever done, I will not hold it against you. After all, everyone has their own opinion at the end of the day. Myself, this is twenty minutes that I will never get back – and frankly, after this, I am just counting down the days that TNA goes under (although how it hasn’t gone under already is beyond me).
Now don’t get me wrong – WWE has had some pretty terrible wrestling storylines. Some examples include Katie Vick, Vince McMahon fighting God (yes that happened!), The Muhammad Hassan controversy and – pretty much anything including Roman Reigns. Even WCW had some AWFUL moments and matches – the first that comes to mind is David Arquette winning the WCW Championship. But you know what – for all those terrible moments, at least they can hold their heads up high and say “At least we didn’t do Final Deletion.”
I never thought I’d say this – but this makes Victory Road 2011 look legit.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to try and find some way of deleting this from my memory!