TNA's Main Event mayhem
Promotion needs to learn lesson from history of WCW's nWo
TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun
TNA obviously has a thing for Mafia.
First, the bizarrely named Voodoo Kin Mafia, now the Main Event Mafia, certainly a good idea on paper.
The Main Event Mafia, led by Kurt Angle, also includes Booker T, Kevin Nash, Sting and, most recently, Scott Steiner.
The idea is these guys are legends, guys who've been around the business for a very long time ... and they're looking to take over TNA.
So far, so good.
We can only hope they learn from the now-defunct WCW's mistake of adding way too many members to the faction. The key to the Main Event Mafia should be exclusivity.
You can have guys drop in and out, but you don't want to reach into the depths of your roster to dilute the product.
WHAT YOU THINK
What are your thoughts on TNA's Main Event Mafia?
It's cool - 31%
It's silly - 30%
I'm neither here nor there on it - 14%
I'll wait and see - 25%
Let's look at the nWo, which surged WCW into a long ratings victory in its head-to-head battle with the then-WWF. What started out as a terrific idea of a group consisting of Hollywood Hogan, Kevin Nash and Scott Hall became way too complicated, polluted with mid-carders. Heck, they even added former NBA star Dennis Rodman.
The best version of the nWo remains ECW's bWo ... Stevie Richards, Nova and The Blue Meanie ... now that was fun stuff.
The Main Event Mafia can work. TNA just has to carefully construct the storyline, not plunge into it.
JERICHO LOSES BELT
Chris Jericho's title reign is over. Batista won the world heavyweight title at last Sunday's Cyber Sunday pay-per-view (with Stone Cold Steve Austin as the guest referee). Other results: Matt Hardy beat Evan Bourne; John Morrison and The Miz beat Cryme Tyme; The Honky Tonk Man beat Santino Marella by DQ; Shelton Benjamin beat R-Truth; Rey Mysterio beat Kane; The Undertaker beat The Big Show; and Triple H beat Jeff Hardy.
SPECIAL DELIVERY DEAD
Former WWF star "Special Delivery" Jones (real name Conrad Efraim) died on Sunday in Antigua at age 63 after suffering a stroke the previous day.
AROUND THE RING
CM Punk and Kofi Kingston won the tag straps from Miz and Morrison on RAW ... Charlie Haas dressed up as Beth Phoenix? Haas is awesome! ... The Score is moving Monday's three-hour RAW around. It will air at 8:15 p.m., then replay at midnight and 4 p.m. on Tuesday. It's being advertised as the 800th Monday Night RAW celebration, but it's actually the 806th show ... Evan Bourne tore ligaments in his ankle on ECW and could be out four months ... Randy Orton could return to action next week, working house shows.
Column reader Mohamad Azimi asked if I knew the name of the theme song for the old Maple Leaf Wrestling shows. A tune came to mind ... Classical Gas (check out the Mason Williams version on YouTube), but it turns out that was, I believe, the theme for Championship Wrestling out of upper New York State. Anyone know the name of the Maple Leaf Wrestling theme?