Nobody Asked Me, But…

The Katz Files – Arnie Katz
Nobody Asked Me about TNA, But…

The Kingfish Arnie Katz continues a “Katz Files” tradition with hard-hitting answers to some ticklish questions inspired by watching the 6/13 pay per view, Slammiversary.

Slammiversary VIII delivered some excellent action, spun a few mysteries and inspired some questions that no one actually asked me.

Nobody asked me, about TNA and Slammiversary, but…

… Wasn’t about the first half of B4 the Bell a nice job? It was all pre-recorded video, possibly owing to an audio problem at the venue that prevented remote broadcast until the actual start of Slammiversary VIII

… Isn’t it strangely inappropriate that Ric Flair is so incensed by Jay Lethal’s imitation? After all, Flair’s ”Nature Boy” character is derived from Buddy “Nature Boy” Rodgers.

… Am I the only one who is getting tired of seeing guys come to the ring swathed in bandages and braces as an excuse for the match they are about to lose? It’s valid to have the eventually winner have to overcome an injury, but it kills the heat to have the loser come on like a cripple.

… Aren’t those repeated claims about how TNA has “made it to the next level,” getting pretty annoying? It would be more effective if TNA actually got to the next level before crowing about it. Until the TV ratings and PPV buy-rates double from where they are now, maybe TNA ought to talk about something else.

… Wasn’t the Angle-Kazarian match a great way to start Slammiversary? I graded it as very close to an A” match and it was obvious that the Orlando audience got very excited about the ring action.

… Didn’t you snicker when the arena crowd began mindlessly chanting, “USA! USA!”? Both men are native-born Americans. Presumably some fans used the same non-thinking process that has others howling that President Obama is an alien.

… Doesn’t it seem like there are an awful lot of one-and-done challenges for TNA titles? I think most fans prefer a program of several matches that leads up to an ultimate showdown.

… Shouldn’t Chelsea spruce up her wardrobe a little? Even ironing her skirt would make her look considerably less messy. The announcers’ attempt to promote her as “a class act” would go much better if she looked the part. A trip to he hair salon wouldn’t hurt, either.

… Weren’t you expecting something completely different for the last 15 minutes of Slammiversary? Maybe I fell asleep or got too stoned or something, but it looked to me like RVD won his match against Sting, who revealed absolutely nothing about “Deception” or any of the other double-talk TNA foisted on its fans. Dixie Carter’s tweets proved unjustified (and unjustifiable), too.

That’s if for today. I’ll be back on Wednesday with another installment of the Internet’s fastest-rising wrestling column. I hope you’ll join me then – and, please, bring your friends.

— Arnie Katz
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