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    What does it say about TNA that this was 2006 and there in full-on Sting masterbation mode, and that they still do it?
    The best part is during the segment where Jarrett and Monty insulted all of the top babyfaces on this final edition of iMPACT, Jarrett flat out says that "This is 2006" as if Sting can't be the major star that TNA is hoping he'd be. This love affair with stars from WCW and WWE has always been so weird. On the plus side, their current crop of mainstream stars (Christian, Rhino and Team 3D) are actually delivering.

    Also, AMW were hands down one of the best tag teams of the decade, and the heel run only fuelds that arguement. They were great as part of Jarrett's faction.
    I don't think there's another team in TNA history that can actually challenge AMW's spot as the best team ever in TNA. Obviously, as each year passes and AMW's percentage of time shrinks, that may change, but AMW was awesome. Their year as heels doesn't get enough credit. Near the end of summer of 2005, they were getting pretty stale. After being together for three years and practically dominating the tag division the entire time, there wasn't anything else for them to do. Then *Poof* they're turned heel and they could ride that momentum for another year before Vince Russo killed them off.

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    Was Roode loosing to Killings really an upset? At the time Roode was still seen as a lower card guy while Killings was a former world champion. Obviously it would be now, but back then? Petey was always presented as the star of the group.
    I didn't call it an upset, but TNA did care a lot about Roode at the time. You can go back to the spring of 2005 when TNA pulled him out of the team with Eric Young to try him out as a singles wrestler. At this point, Roode was probably in that top midcard spot that an IC Champion would have had back in the day. Truth's a different story. He was really popular and he had those two NWA World Title reigns. So as a result, it felt like TNA coasted on him. I was trying to think of a great comparison or analogy for Truth and it came to me. In TNA's eyes, he was a blank Scrabble title. You can plug him into a midcard match, maybe a multiple man main event, or even an X-Division match. He's not a 10 point Q or Z tile (World Champion and challenger). But he's also not a 2 point D or G tile (Diamonds in the Rough lowcarders). He technically doesn't have a value as he takes the place of different specific value spots.

    TNA cares about Bobby Roode (Even if they haven't found a suitable way of pushing him hard)
    TNA doesn't really care about Truth as long as he's still able to be plugged into top spots when necessary


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    I didn't call it an upset,
    Thought it was what you were implying with surprise win.

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    but TNA did care a lot about Roode at the time. You can go back to the spring of 2005 when TNA pulled him out of the team with Eric Young to try him out as a singles wrestler. At this point, Roode was probably in that top midcard spot that an IC Champion would have had back in the day. Truth's a different story. He was really popular and he had those two NWA World Title reigns. So as a result, it felt like TNA coasted on him. I was trying to think of a great comparison or analogy for Truth and it came to me. In TNA's eyes, he was a blank Scrabble title. You can plug him into a midcard match, maybe a multiple man main event, or even an X-Division match. He's not a 10 point Q or Z tile (World Champion and challenger). But he's also not a 2 point D or G tile (Diamonds in the Rough lowcarders). He technically doesn't have a value as he takes the place of different specific value spots.

    TNA cares about Bobby Roode (Even if they haven't found a suitable way of pushing him hard)
    TNA doesn't really care about Truth as long as he's still able to be plugged into top spots when necessary


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    Completely forgot about this stuff, funny as hell

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    Thought it was what you were implying with surprise win.
    Well, it was a surprise win. Roode charged at Truth and Truth rolled him up to beat him in 10 seconds!

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    Final Resolution
    January 15, 2006



    Pre-Show

    Sadly, I can't find the pre-show matches, but the results were:

    LAX (Konnan and Homicide) def The Naturals
    Team Canada (Young, A-1 and Petey) def Lance Hoyt, Jay Lethal and Kenny King

    The big news coming out of the pre-show was that LAX member, Apolo, had no showed the event.

    PPV

    Generation Next vs Chris Sabin, Sonjay Dutt and Matt Bentley w/Traci
    This would be the debut of the blonde hair, boy band haircut of Chris Sabin. Or if you're Kevin Steen, you simply call it the Tweak look. God bless Mr. Wrestling. In storyline, Gen Next earned this PPV match after beating the trio of The Phenomenal Angels and Sabin a couple of weeks back on iMPACT. Good enough for me. In only their second match together in TNA, Gen Next shows some great team work and they continue to add more triple team moves to their arsenal. It's a pity the whole Unscripted II issue went down because the trio showed a lot of potential. Since the two great talents of AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels were swapped out for the uh...not so hot talents of Dutt and Bentley, the match wasn't nearly as good as the iMPACT match. Still, it's fast pace, plenty of big spots and TNA had enough smarts to book Gen Next strong. Once again, Gen Next manages to pick up the win when they force one of their opponents to be alone with two members of Gen Next. In this case, Bentley manages to super kick Strong, but Shelley surprises him with a roll-up while holding the tights. That gives Gen Next the victory. Fun spotfest to start the PPV. ***


    The James Gang vs The Diamonds in the Rough w/Simon Diamond
    The first time since February 2000 that Kip and BG James teamed up together for a two-on-two PPV match. Pretty odd booking match as everything leading up to this PPV made it seem like we'd get to see the James Gang vs LAX. Instead we get this iMPACT level match on PPV. What makes this so bad is that they tried to make this competitive. There's a couple of problems with that idea. First, the James Gang are just not very entertaining. They pretty much suck. They more or less sucked in the WWF, but they still had entertaining antics. Here, they don't even have. Meanwhile, Diamonds in the Rough aren't anything special. The next problem is the James Gang's first match together in TNA and they have such a tough time beating Diamonds in the Rough?! If you're having difficulty against Elix "I swear I was going to be a breakout star!" and David "If you squint hard enough, I wrestle just like an Anderson" Young, how are we supposed to believe you can beat a major team? After eight minutes of action that feels like twenty, Kip James casually pins Young with the One and Only (Cobra Clutch Slam). Awful return for the James Gang. * 1/2

    AJ Styles vs Hiroshi Tanahashi
    Tanahashi is the current IWGP U-30 Champion. The booking of Tanahashi in this match is so strange. AJ Styles is in a program with Shannon Moore. That's what's been dominating television. Meanwhile, Tanahashi has never been on iMPACT and all we got in terms of hype was a 30 second vignette that featured a lot of Styles footage. While Mike Tenay tries to inform us about Tanahashi, he does a really poor job of it. All we know is that he's a rising star in NJPW, the U-30 Champion and he scored wins over Negro Casas and Scott Hall. Tenay doesn't even bother to tell us his main moves so that when he goes for them, it adds excitement to the match. Would it have been so difficult for TNA to air a short Tanahashi match from New Japan on an episode of iMPACT? The match itself is fine, but it seems like either Styles is having an off night or he's just struggling to find some chemistry with Tanahashi. Despite the terrible job TNA did in hyping Tanahashi, he does a well in hitting all of his moves and looking like he's a talented guy. At the same time, it's like...what's the point? You're not going to see Tanahashi again in TNA, so it doesn't matter. It's as if TNA decided that their booking of this match wasn't bad enough so they had Shannon Moore run out and attempt to hit Styles with his 2005 MVP award. Styles ducks and Tanahashi is hit. Styles takes care of Moore with a Pele and then pins Tanahashi following the Styles Clash. They should have just booked AJ Styles vs Shannon Moore. ***


    Dixie's second blunder of 2006.

    After the match, Styles retrieves his MVP award and apologizes to Tanahashi for Moore's interference. While that's happening, Moore sneaks up behind Styles and steals the award back. If Vince Russo was booking, this was be the perfect set-up for a MVP Award on a Pole match for Against All Odds.

    Raven vs Sean Waltman - No DQ Match
    If Raven wins, he'll finally receive an NWA Title shot. If he loses, he's out of TNA. This would be Waltman's first match in TNA since he no showed Unbreakable. This is yet another odd booking match as Raven has been getting screwed over by TNA since September when he lost the NWA Title in Canada. After months of build-up where he kept having to put his career on the line on PPV, it all comes down to this. The most logical result is that Raven FINALLY beats Larry Zbyszko and can challenge for the title again. Instead, the babyface LOSES after Zbyszko grabbed Raven's leg on a ladder and Waltman used that brief moment of distraction to hit an X-Factor from the ladder through a table. Strange booking. The first half of the match was really fun with just typical garbage wrestling, but once there's a ref bump and Zbyszko it's just odd Sports Entertainment. Years later, I still don't understand this program. ** 1/2


    After the match, Larry Zbyszko calls security to escort Raven out of the building. Raven's number 1 fan, Cassidy Riley, runs out to object, but Raven orders him to stand back. Do we at least get Raven attacking Zbyszko to end this program on some sort of high note? Nope, Raven after being SCREWED yet again, does the honorable thing and allows security to force him out of the building. Who booked this crap?!

    Shane Douglas interviews Ron Killings with some sort of nonsense. Konnan quickly interrupts them. Konnan keeps asking Truth if he trusts him. Ron Killings doesn't know what to think of the LAX/James Gang feud. He just wants to be free of drama. Konnan promises to have Truth's back in his feud with Team Canada.

    In the back, Zbyszko continues to kick Raven out of the building before they're interrupted by bitchy Jackie Gayda. She vaguely tells Raven that they have a lot in common and that the screwing is a lot bigger than what he thinks. Then she randomly ditches Raven so she can talk to Zbyszko in private. I HATE this Jackie program, but I do love her revealing outfits.

    Bobby Roode w/Scott D'Amore vs Ron Killings
    While I'd hardly call this great, there was a lot of smart booking with nods to their three match series on iMPACT through a lot of quick pin teases. They even try to do the Malenko/Guerrero series of pin attempts. Roode continues to show frustration with trying to figure Truth out while D'Amore interferes enough to keep Roode in control for the majority of the match. Thanks to the pre-match interview, the finish was predictable. Near the end, Konnan came out and would stand on the apron. That would distract Killings long enough for Roode to hit the Northern Lariat to win the match. A rare opportunity for Truth to show off his wrestling skills. ** 3/4

    After the match, Konnan climbs in the ring to make amends with Truth. That brings out BG James, wanting to attack Konnan. Before James can, he's ambushed by Homicide. Konnan pulls out his SOCK OF DOOM~! and LAX does a two-on-one attack on James. Truth, wiping his hands clean of 3 Live Kru, opts to just leave the ring without helping either side. Kip James eventually makes the save with a chair, knocking Homicide out.

    Abyss w/James Mitchell vs Rhino
    For a stretch of time, TNA couldn't go wrong with these sort of hardcore brawls. The fans are really into the matches and the wrestlers are talented enough to keep brawls exciting. Naturally, there's a good deal of interference from Mitchell, but since the rules are relaxed, I don't mind much. The highlight of the match was when Rhino teased doing the Rhino Driver. Even if Rhino didn't do it, just the imagined visual of Rhino doing a piledriver from the middle rope on Abyss was greatness. Abyss ends up winning after delivering a Black Hole Slam on a couple of chairs. ***

    America's Most Wanted (c) w/Gail Kim vs Team 3D - NWA Tag Team Titles
    First things first, TNA did a hell of a job at making this feel like a big deal. They went out of their way to emphasis the fact that Team 3D is looking to make history in winning the Grand Slam of Tag Team Wrestling (WCW, ECW, WWE and NWA Tag Titles). All throughout the match, they keep building up the title win. You can feel that it's coming. To build it up and keep AMW looking strong, they had Team 3D hit the Doomsday Device and the modified 3D (One where Devon does a neckbreaker), but AMW kept kicking out. So all that was left was the 3D. The title win was eminent when Brother Ray shoved James Storm off of the top rope and through a table. When Harris and Gail Kim tried to pull out some powder as one last ditch effort to cheat, Brother Ray countered it by smacking the powder in the face of Harris, Gail Kim and even the ref. Then, it happens. 3D on Harris and Devon throws the ref down to count and the three count occurs. Team 3D has made fucking history. But wait...this is TNA. So Team Canada runs out with a pair of hockey sticks and lay out Team 3D. A-1 pulled Harris on top of Brother Ray. Once the referee clears his eyes and turns around, he determines that he must have counted a three count for AMW. AMW retains the NWA Tag Titles. WHAT.THE.FUCK?! TNA had a rare chance at creating an incredible wrestling moment and instead, they altered it so that it'd be one of wrestling's stupidest finishes. Wasn't there any refs in the back that saw what happened? What about the commentators? What about Jeremy Borash? WHO BOOKED THIS SHIT?! It's enough to ruin a good match. ** 3/4

    Samoa Joe (c) vs Christopher Daniels - X-Division Title
    The match two months in the making. To my knowledge, this is the first time they're wrestling in TNA. The story of the match is built around Daniels' previous concussion. In the first half of the match, Daniels purposely tries to protect his head. Since he's now being booked as a babyface, Daniels gets to impress the fans with a couple of power spots where he lifted Joe and getting to the ropes every time Joe attempts a submission hold. The second half of the match begins when Joe delivers an Ole kick on the outside, that busts Daniels open. From there, Joe is in kill mode, focusing on the head of The Fallen Angel. During this assault, AJ Styles comes out from the back because clearly someone needs to interfere in every match tonight. Since Joe is God, he uses Styles' appearance to up the fun in the beat down as he toys with AJ by kicking and kneeing the head of Daniels. All Daniels can muster is to crawl to the ropes during a Coquina Clutch. So Joe does what only a sick bastard can do, he brings in a chair and recreates the moment of Daniels' concussion with a Muscle Buster on a chair. Instead of going for the pin, Joe just does a series of knees to Daniels' head while looking at Styles. AJ finally has enough and grabs Joe's towel and throws it in the ring. For whatever reason, the referee takes this as a sign that Daniels gives up. The actual match was awesome, but where did AJ get the authority to decide when to stop a match? It's not like AJ and Daniels had been teaming up for ages. They've had literally two tag matches together and other than that, they've been bitter enemies. Why did the referee allow this to end the match?! It's a cheap tactic to create a little tension between Daniels and Styles. The finishes of this show have been terrible. On the plus side, this wonky finish occurred in a great match. ****


    Christian Cage and Sting vs Jeff Jarrett and Monty Brown
    Sting's first three hour PPV match since Halloween Havoc 2000. Ironically, he lost to Jeff Jarrett after a guitar shot. I have to admit, I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. It's just a standard Southern Tag with Cage playing the face-in-peril for the majority of the middle of the match. They did a lot of fun tactics such as Sting getting the hot tag behind the ref's back, Jarrett pulling Sting down from the apron before Christian could tag out and then Sting being busy beating up Jarrett and missing Cage's tag. Finally, Sting got the hot tag and the match quality dropped. Once again, the match suffered from being overbooked. For some odd reason, they just had to add in a minor plot point of whether Christian and Sting could trust each other. It felt a little contrived and too forced. Naturally, TNA just had to do a ref bump so that Team Canada could interfere. Seriously, what's with all of the interferences on this show? On the plus side, it did create a fun spot where Christian and Sting did dual reverse DDT's together. Despite all of the overbooked crap in this match, the finish is...cute. Jarrett is preparing to smash his guitar over the head of Christian. If there's been one common theme in TNA main events since day one, it's that the guitar has brought Jarrett a lot of success. Before Jarrett can hit Cage, Sting uses his baseball bat and smashes Jarrett's guitar. It seems really small, but I dug the spot. One Scorpion Death Drop later and Sting gets the pinfall victory over Jarrett. Despite the ref bump and other examples of crap, this was a perfectly fine way to bring Sting back to wrestling. *** 1/4

    Overall
    I know I asked this earlier in this review, but who booked this crap? After a really good Turning Point and some enjoyable iMPACT's, TNA begins their 2006 PPV schedule with a major disappointment. It's not even so much that the matches were bad. Yet again, Samoa Joe delivers with a MOTN. Meanwhile, usual suspects of AJ Styles, Gen Next and Rhino deliver quality matches. The problem is that the booking dragged every match down some. Out of nine matches, eight matches (Everyone but James Gang vs Diamonds in the Rough) had some sort of interference from an outside party. There were the minor examples (Traci's brief distraction in the opening) to the downright outrageous (Team 3D vs AMW). This is the most non-Russo, Russo-like PPV I've seen. Go ahead and buy the Best of Samoa Joe DVD to catch Joe vs Daniels, but nothing else is really worth your time.

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    Week after week I cry wanting to see the old Samoe Joe back like during that time.He was so vicious and his moves man were so exciting to see on TV.Also AJ Styles vs Tanahashi bad build up to that match, but it's hard to build something with a guy who doesn't know English so trying to get him to sell the feud will be hard.


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    Quote Originally Posted by HoHo Uchiha View Post
    Also AJ Styles vs Tanahashi bad build up to that match, but it's hard to build something with a guy who doesn't know English so trying to get him to sell the feud will be hard.
    Tanahashi wasn't even there...

    They didn't show any Tanahashi matches, they didn't hype up his big moves, Styles never cut any promos on Tanahashi, ect. It had nothing to do with Tanahashi being unable to speak English.

    I remember when ECW was building up to Taz vs Masato Tanaka for Anarchy Rules, ECW showed footage of Tanaka so that fans were familiar with him. It was pointless to book Tanahashi vs Styles when the match that "Matters" doesn't get put on PPV (Styles vs Moore).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    Tanahashi wasn't even there...

    They didn't show any Tanahashi matches, they didn't hype up his big moves, Styles never cut any promos on Tanahashi, ect. It had nothing to do with Tanahashi being unable to speak English.

    I remember when ECW was building up to Taz vs Masato Tanaka for Anarchy Rules, ECW showed footage of Tanaka so that fans were familiar with him. It was pointless to book Tanahashi vs Styles when the match that "Matters" doesn't get put on PPV (Styles vs Moore).
    People were sleeping on the job then lol.Either way even if Styles did promos, his opponent couldn't respond.Also TNA would of needed to pay to show footage Tanahashi wouldn't they? So TNA imagine I guess, let's hope fans know who he is lol.


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    Mostly posting so I get updates. Joe is cool. Good reviews.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HoHo Uchiha View Post
    People were sleeping on the job then lol.Either way even if Styles did promos, his opponent couldn't respond.Also TNA would of needed to pay to show footage Tanahashi wouldn't they? So TNA imagine I guess, let's hope fans know who he is lol.
    But TNA has a working relationship with NJPW. What's the point of bringing in NJPW talent if you're not going to allow your crowd to know who they are? It's one thing to bring in a well known guy like Jushin Liger, but for anyone else, you need to tell the guys who they are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    But TNA has a working relationship with NJPW. What's the point of bringing in NJPW talent if you're not going to allow your crowd to know who they are? It's one thing to bring in a well known guy like Jushin Liger, but for anyone else, you need to tell the guys who they are.
    I feel ya Jim, I think it was a money issue to get footage, no one is that stupid to show something on him.


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    Quote Originally Posted by HoHo Uchiha View Post
    I feel ya Jim, I think it was a money issue to get footage, no one is that stupid to show something on him.
    Dude, they just paid to have Tanahashi fly in. If you can afford that, you can afford to pay a few bucks to show a match of his on TV.

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    This was before the KOTM match that Raven won, right? Because that's the pay-off if so.

    Joe vs Daniels is great. Their match from Impact (the first one on Spike?) is one of the best TNA matches ever, but this was is still awesome on it's own. I don't think Styles throwing in the towel was that wonky, it just made Joe look like a fucking beast, fuelled the fued with Styles and helped build to the eventual 3-way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by King Steventon View Post
    This was before the KOTM match that Raven won, right? Because that's the pay-off if so.
    Raven won the year before. The end of that title reign was pretty much the start of the Zbyszko feud.
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    I think the worst thing about the Tanahashi incident was what he's turned into now. Not only did they waste an opportunity bringing in somebody who was on the way to greatness and completely fuck it up, Okada strolled in and they did the same with him!

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    I think the worst thing about the Tanahashi incident was what he's turned into now. Not only did they waste an opportunity bringing in somebody who was on the way to greatness and completely fuck it up, Okada strolled in and they did the same with him!
    You can say the same thing about Naito as well. Basically, unless you're a major Japanese star (Liger), TNA is going to royally fuck you up and make you out to be a nobody.

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    In TNA's "defense". I'd be willing to guess that sending guys like Tanahashi, No Limit, Okada, etc. coming to TNA was something that was more that NJPW wanted to do so they could learn more of American style and make connections behind the scenes. I doubt NJPW cared much about whatever crap TNA wanted to book, and TNA clearly wouldn't have booked them there to begin with if it was up to them. It was just a "...lets get this over with" deal. Stupid? Yes, but it should have been expected. The fact they matched him against their most popular guy was more than I would have expected TNA to do quite frankly.

    The match was about what Jim said. Started off awkwardly, took them a bit to find chemistry. Terrible booking as usual. *** range.

    This whole review was spot on really, loved the Joe/Daniels match. Pretty much any of those 3 guys in a match with each other was guaranteed greatness and this is a strong contender for the best match of it. I might rewatch some of those matches and pick a true favorite myself.

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    In TNA's "defense". I'd be willing to guess that sending guys like Tanahashi, No Limit, Okada, etc. coming to TNA was something that was more that NJPW wanted to do so they could learn more of American style and make connections behind the scenes. I doubt NJPW cared much about whatever crap TNA wanted to book, and TNA clearly wouldn't have booked them there to begin with if it was up to them. It was just a "...lets get this over with" deal. Stupid? Yes, but it should have been expected. The fact they matched him against their most popular guy was more than I would have expected TNA to do quite frankly.
    I was under the impression that the poor treatment of their guys and TNA deciding to switch IWGP Titles are the two main reasons why NJPW and TNA are no longer working together.

    There's just a huge sense of irony whenever TNA brings in a Japanese talent and Mike Tenay mentions the past success of The Great Muta and Jushin Liger in WCW. The likes of Muta, Liger and others (Especially Chono in the early 90's) were treated as special deals by WCW. TNA didn't do the same for their NJPW talents.

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    Tanahashi was a mid-carder in 2006. It's more comparable to WCW bringing in a guy like Takashi Iizuka in the early 90s, rather than a Sasaki or Chono. He wasn't really that big of a deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by King Steventon View Post
    Tanahashi was a mid-carder in 2006. It's more comparable to WCW bringing in a guy like Takashi Iizuka in the early 90s, rather than a Sasaki or Chono. He wasn't really that big of a deal.
    I'm not saying TNA needed to roll out the red carpet for Tanahashi, but at least give your viewers some sort of knowledge on the guy. I can remember when the match first happened, I had never heard of Tanahashi. To me, it's completely pointless to bring in a foreign talent unless you try to familiarize your crowd with him. Otherwise, what's the difference between putting him against AJ Styles on the PPV or against A-1 on the pre-show?

    At least with a guy like Iizuka in WCW, it didn't matter if the fans knew a lot about him. For starters, he was teaming with The Dragon (Who had been featured on WCW TV prior). Then part of the gimmick of the Steiners back then was that they'd face all comers from Japan.

    Tanahashi in TNA just feels really pointless to me especially since they couldn't even get a clean finish.

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