Worst: TNA giveth, TNA taketh away
Bully Ray leads Tessmacher to the ring, with a chain, like a dog.
I’ve been writing this column for almost a year. Do I really need to explain why this is a worst?
Sigh, I guess we’re doing this: Aces & Garbage goes to the dump
I hate that this works. If TNA knows to wave Joseph Park in front of me so I turn away from Mickie James losing in rather unspectacular fashion, they know how to both make me want to see Bully Ray get triple-power bombed by being an utterly gross human being, and forget all of my nice words in the last couple of columns by hoping for the swift dissolution of any group of people who use the phrase “bros before hoes.”
Really, it’s just another week of pushing that rock. Bully Ray spits truth everywhere by pointing out that before him, Brischoff were nothing, and they need him. He dismisses their hurt feelings and concern for the club and reacts like any insecure leader would, exerting power by threatening bodily harm, which is really all he has left. When Mike Knox steps up and says “What about me?” you want to see how it plays out, because he’s right. I mean, he’s WWE’s Mike Knox. By acknowledging that it suggests that he doesn’t need this (though…he does, really), and his staying with the club and defending Bully Ray gives him the purest of motivations out of the three remaining club members. Suddenly the guy known best for clapping and smiling in the background is busting on Bully’s mistakes harder than AJ busted on that dude’s shirt. This is so good and yet again the perfect example of why TNA is so frustrating and we can’t have nice things.
The argument you can make is that my logic is sound, and this is why TNA has to pepper the things that work with sexism and homophobia and racism. Because it works. Because it makes me root against the bad guy. But here’s the deal: TNA, despite basically everything that happened before this, does not write for me, and they do not write for people like me. For every person who said “Is he REALLY leading her around like a pet?” there were scads and scads more who said “Oh man, that’s so hot” without a single thought of how degrading it is (or many thoughts that were later emptied onto a tissue). For every person offended by Tazz’s gay jokes, there are scads and scads more who see absolutely nothing wrong with it because at no point have they been presented with the idea that there is anything wrong with it. If you want to keep pretending that these things in no way have a trickle-down effect, then by all means, continue to display your ignorance in comment sections and forum boards. Then go to a show with an all-female card, come back, and tell me you didn’t hear a single sexist or degrading comment said as an aside, or more blatantly as a chant. Tell me it’s okay because your girlfriend thinks it’s okay, and then try to keep a cool head when a stranger demands she gets her tits out. It’s the same hill and the same rock, and I’ll be the happiest when the idea that any of this okay gets squashed.
Good wrestling speaks for itself. Good heels can make you hate them without being lazy. When you can’t recognize that, everyone loses.
If you didn’t believe me when I said TNA doesn’t write for me, please see Exhibit B: The reason the fast-forward button exists on your DVR remote.
Alternate Worst: This match is called a Bathroom Break Match, because it does everything short of literally walking into your apartment to take a dump on your living room floor.
I want more like this!
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