WWE/Impact Wrestling: GloryMania
OK, so I'm on this whole cross-promotional kick, and I've been out for awhile due to a slight injury. Anyway, during this whole time, I thought a lot about what I'd do on my return, and after reading another article, I decided to go ahead and put my thoughts out for the world to see.
So, let's get started with the first thought I had (This, more than likely will be a trend I continue for a couple more articles, cause I had a few ideas and can't put them all in one article.). A super-card for WWE and TNA that would be featured as The Grandest Stage of them all for WWE and TNA performers alike.
GloryMania (the name could be better) is the name of this event. This article will feature the card and the story behind each match. We'll have a total of 10 matches, and you tell me what you think about the matches, titles on the line and who would win.
I tried to put a lot of thought into the placement of matches, so your thoughts on that would be appreciated, and each match is WWE vs. TNA match in some form or another. Some care, and some do not. Thanks for reading. Each slide will tell what's been happening in the few weeks leading up to the PPV.
The article that made me do this. Not too bad, really.
Match One: Drew McIntyre vs. Eric Young for the TNA Television Title
For the past few weeks, McIntyre is tired of being overlooked, and specifically, tired of guys like Eric Young, who's been given numerous title runs and spotlight, but is a complete idiot.
Over the past two months, McIntyre has turned up the intensity and made numerous attacks on Eric, similar to what he did to R-Truth and Matt Hardy on Smackdown; however, this has had an odd effect on Eric.
Gone is the funny man of TNA, but now, we have a more serious and driven Eric Young—similar to the one that lead World Elite, but somewhat more cocky, with less heel-like tactics.
In the week leading up to GloryMania, McIntyre's latest attack was foiled by an enraged Eric Young, who claimed he's tired of Drew's whining and complaining, and if he's really "The Chosen One," then here's a chance to show it, putting up his Television Title.
-Drew McIntyre has regressed, somewhat in character; becoming more brutal in his matches.
-Eric Young is no longer the mentally challenged individual he was, but a more focused and intense individual.
-Drew hasn't held a singles title since he won the Intercontinental Title.
-Eric is in his second reign. (Though last time, it was the Legends/Global Championship)
Match Two: Robbie E. W/Cookie vs. Zack Ryder for the WWE Internet Championship
Zack Ryder has been making a few appearances on TNA, promoting Z: True Long Island Story, and he's got everyone talking about Long Island, and it's got Robbie E. and Cookie very jealous at attention, they think, should be going to them and The Jersey Shore.
Robbie E. then gets the idea to make a web show on his own, which totally tanks, so he decides to go a different route and attack Woo-Z one week, while Ryder gets revenge on The Platinum Poppa the next week with a sneak attack on his own.
One week later, Robbie E. wins a match against Zack and challenges him to put his Internet Title on the line. The next week, Zack ups the ante, making it a "G.T.L" match (Guidos Taking Lashes match, which is nothing more than a strap match.). He also introduced The Big O to watch his back with Cookie at ringside.
-Neither man has been in a Strap Match before.
-Robbie E. will have Cookie at ringside.
-Zack Ryder's show is more popular than a lot of WWE.
-The Big O makes his debut.
Match Three: Jack Swagger vs. Matt Morgan
For awhile now, Matt Morgan has made it clear that he's aiming at another shot for the TNA World Championship, but Jack Swagger doesn't think he's ready to be a world champion.
Swagger begins to compare the careers of he and Morgan, bringing up Morgan's time as a stutterer and often questioning him on it. He then goes on to state the fact that he's a two-time World Champion, and that he's still got plenty of time left, while Morgan doesn't have as long.
Morgan, one week later, buries Swagger, stating the legitimacy of (not his ECW Championship run,) but his World Heavyweight Championship reign, calling it a joke, while defending the fact that he's a two-time tag champion who had a great run and holding the belts alone. He goes on to state that his reign as World Champion will be better than anything Swagger will ever do, before leveling him with a Carbon Footprint.
-Swagger has a psychological edge.
-Morgan has the momentum.
Match Four: Brian Kendrick vs. Abyss vs. Rey Mysterio
Eric Bischoff has been on a mission to destroy the X-Division, but now has also set his Monster on another man. A Crusierweight by the name of Rey Mysterio, who managed to avoid his attempts to destroy the Crusierweight division in WCW.
Abyss assaulted and practically destroyed Mysterio one week, though he was stopped the next week by a chair-holding Brian Kendrick. But Eric used his powers in TNA to make a match between Kendrick and Mysterio, where the winner would take on Abyss at GloryMania.
This was proven to be a set up, when near the end of the match, Abyss attacked both weakened men, but the next week on RAW, the RAW GM made this match a Triple-Threat for the X-Division Gold. It was also that week that Abyss was attacked and demolished by Rey and Kendrick before the two had a stare down over the X-Division title.
-Neither Kendrick or Mysterio has been X-Division Champion.
-Eric will be in Abyss's corner, along with Janice.
Match Five: Brie Bella vs. Mickie James to Unify the Diva and Knockout Titles
Only putting this title, because I feel it's the better looking of the two.
For the past few weeks, since the working relationship began, The Bella Twins had been going around making fun of the KOs and Divas alike while also beating various opponents like Miss Tessmacher, Terra and Velvet Sky, usually using Twin Magic.
This, however, proved the downfall of the team when Nikki switched places with Brie in a match with Mickie James and got beat, which led to Brie claiming to not having been beaten.
The next week, Mickie claimed to want to, once again, make history, and challenged Brie to a unification match. Brie, however, refused, claiming Mickie beat Nikki and didn't deserve it. This led to another match next week, where Mickie beat Nikki once again, and per the pre-match stipulation, Nikki would be barred from ringside for this match, and Mickie would indeed get a title shot and put her Knockouts Title on the line as well.
- Brie has never wrestled Mickie
-This is one of the few times Nikki will not be at ringside for Beth
- Mickie is the only woman to hold the Divas, Women's and Knockouts Title.
Match Six: (Spoiler Alert) Four-Way TLC for the TNA Tag Team Titles
Alex Shelly and James Storm, after a match, start to proclaim they're the most skilled tag-team specialists in this or any company. A claim Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater look to challenge, stating that they're former Three Time Tag Champions and look to make themselves four time champions by taking the TNA World Tag Team Titles.
The Miz, who claims himself a Tag Team specialist, says that Storm and Shelly and The Corre are nothing to him and his partner, a now-heel John Morrison. John takes the mic and begins a quasi-poem about how he and Miz have had a friendly rivalry and now are back together again to take the the TNA Tag Team titles to the Palace of Wisdom and show that no matter what, they're still the "Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century."
As everything looks to be shaping up, the group is interrupted by Matt and Jeff Hardy, who's back in Immortal. The brothers proceed to claim they're the greatest and most long-lived team in the business, bringing up the fact they've won tag titles together on seven occasions. Matt then says he made a mistake not turning to Jeff in the first place, who proceeds to tell Shelly and Storm, The Corre and Usos that the Tag Titles will soon become Immortal's.
The next week, in a fatal four way between Matt, Justin, Storm, and Miz, Matt picks up the win, and per the pre-match stipulation, he gets to make the match at GloryMania anything he wants, and he picks a TLC Match.
- John Morrison and The Miz have beaten the Hardys before.
- Nobody besides Matt and Jeff have been in a TLC match (Though Storm and Shelly have been in Full Metal Mayhem before.).
- Only the Champions have held the TNA Tag Titles before.
- Matt, Jeff, Miz and Morrison are the only World Champions in the match.
Match Seven: Gail Kim, Natalya and Kelly Kelly vs. Mexican America and ODB
Sorry. Best pic I could get for mexican vs. american.
Over the past month, Mexican America has been dissing America, but on one of these nights where they attempted to drop a Mexican Flag over the Red, White and Blue, they found that the flag had been switched by Gail Kim and Kelly Kelly, who claim they're tired of hearing Mexican America whine and talk about how they're taking over, which lead to them being challenged to a match by Knockout Tag Champs, Rosita and Sarita. That night, as Kelly looked to be about to win the match, she was attacked by ODB, who made disparaging remarks about Kelly and proceeded to attack Gail Kim as well, resulting in a beat down until Natalya made the save.
The next week, Natalya would go one on one with ODB, though Mexican America would come in and try a beat down on Natalya before Gail and Kelly make the save for Natalya, resulting in a brawl through the arena.
This would end up being the catalyst for the creation of this match.
-Rosita and Sarita are the KO Champs and this is a non-title match.
-Mexican America hasn't teamed up with ODB.
Match Eight: Street Fight for the U.S. Title- Kofi Kingston vs. the Pope
Only using this cause I like this design for the belt.
After a successful title defense on Against Dolph Ziggler, Kofi is ambushed and hit with the DDE by The Pope, who claims this belt by "Divine Right" belongs to him and makes off with Kofi's title. Kofi attempts to find The Pope later that night and beats him up, but can't find the title.
The Pope appears next week and is attacked by Kofi, but manages to get away, not telling Kofi where the title is, saying if he agrees to put the title on the line in a match against him, Pope will give Kofi the belt next week.
Two weeks before the PPV, Kofi accepts the offer and grants Pope a title match, prompting the Pope to come out, wearing the title and walking to the ring as if he's going to give it to him. Pope takes the belt off and pretends to give him the belt, only to sucker punch him before hitting his Double Knee Facebuster and walking off with the belt.
The week of the PPV, Kofi asks Pope to make the match a Street Fight, which Pope agrees to via satellite.
-The Pope has never won a title.
-Kofi Kingston is a two-time U.S. Champion.
12-Man Elimination Tag Match: TNA vs. WWE
This was highlighted as the premiere match on the card next to the Main-Event Unification Match.
Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair and Eric Bischoff all came together to pick who would represent TNA, along with Mick Foley, eventually deciding on the following:
Vince McMahon and Teddy Long, along with Kevin Nash, (because he knows many of the TNA Stars), came together to decide who would represent the WWE, eventually deciding on the following:
Alberto Del Rio
For the first few weeks before the match, the teams traded wins in various situations.
Cody Rhodes and CM Punk defeated Fortune (Kazarian and A.J.)
Daniels defeated Sin Cara
Kane defeated Mr.Anderson
Samoa Joe defeated Alberto Del Rio in a Submission Match
William Regal defeated Daniels
- WWE holds the momentum going in.
- Punk feuded with Joe on the Indy Circuit
- Anderson once had a short feud with William Regal
Title Unification Match: 6 Pack Challenge
Not saying Sting will win or use this belt, I just happen to like this design.
This match is for all three championships, and all the number one contenders and champions are to be involved. The match will be:
WWE Champion John Cena vs. R-Truth vs. Christian vs. World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton vs. TNA World Heavyweight Champion Sting vs. Kurt Angle
Similar to the tag match from before, all of these men has had some success leading up to the PPV.
John Cena forced Orton to Tap on an episode of Smackdown one week.
Sting beat Cena via submission on RAW
R-Truth managed to beat Kurt Angle on an episode of Impact
Christian beat Kurt Angle on Smackdown
Randy Orton beat R-Truth on RAW
Kurt Angle beat Randy Orton on Impact
and Christian managed to beat all five other men in an over the top rope battle royale on Smackdown.
- Cena and Orton have never worked with Sting before this.
- Sting, Christian, and and R-Truth all won World Titles in TNA but never been WWE Champion.
- Cena and Orton have never been TNA World Champion
- Christian has the momentum going in.
My favorite photo of Maryse. Enjoy. ;)
So, how did the card stack up? Being a TNA/WWE Co-Production, I tried to put as many big names together as possible and give as many interesting matches. May have gone a bit overboard with the gimmicks, but what can you do?
Aside from that, tell me who you thought would win, how the matches would/should go and who, overall, came away the victor between WWE and TNA. Any matches you'd like to see; anybody you'd have liked to see? Also comment below. Thanks for reading.
Now, enjoy Maryse. I always do. ;)