Referee Jackson James: Best Underground Angle of the Year?
Yes, I wrote an article about a referee. No, it's not about a ref violating a Wellness Program. Shut up and continue to read!
Jackson James debuted in TNA as a referee not too long ago. I'm pretty sure this November will mark his first full year with the company.
Jackson James was just another ordinary referee. Or was he?
He continuously screwed up matches and made the wrong calls. It's like trouble just waits on his doorstep in the morning.
Jackson James was a horrible referee, and it was almost a guarantee that a heel would win by cheating when he was in charge of the match.
At Turning Point last year, James was in charge of the World Title match between Matt Morgan and Immortal's go-to guy and reigning champion, Jeff Hardy.
James blew Morgan's World Title match, but didn't get so much heat for it, because he was still the new guy in TNA.
At Final Resolution, Morgan was granted a rematch, this time with Ken Anderson as special guest referee. (This was during Morgan's big face turn and protection of Anderson after his concussion courtesy of Hardy).
Anderson was bumped out of the ring and Bischoff came to the ring with Jackson James and told him to ref the match. Bischoff proceeded to throw Anderson face first into the ring post for good measure.
There was a chair in the ring and Morgan was about to choke-slam Hardy, but instead, Hardy low blowed Morgan right in front of new referee, James, hit a Twist of Hate and retained once again.
Jackson James was also in charge of the Sting vs. Anderson World Title match from this year's Slammiversary.
Anderson joined Immortal prior to the event and had a lot of momentum going into his match where he challenged the champion, Sting.
Eric Bischoff co-screwed Sting in this match with a false three count. Sting thought he had won, but Anderson hit Sting with a low blow and a Mic Check in front of Jackson James to win.
Which brings us to this year's Bound For Glory.
Jackson James was set to referee the match between Sting and Hogan, but was told earlier in the night by Eric Bischoff that Hogan needed to win.
Bischoff asked James to really come through again on this one. Bischoff called Jackson James by his real name, Garrett, and called him his son.
Garrett Bischoff is referee Jackson James, and has been in on it the whole time.
Jackson James has been in Immortal since Turning Point.
He's been the crooked referee that's been throwing matches for Immortal and none of us noticed it until this past Bound For Glory.
From December 2010 to October 2011.
James has been throwing matches in favor of his dad and Immortal right under our noses. At BFG it all came together when the Bischoffs were caught discussing their plan backstage.
Nobody would've guessed that this referee was in on the plan all along.
For that, I think we can consider this whole angle with Jackson James as a crooked referee one of the best underground angles of the year.
Really thought out, nicely masked and interesting way of bringing it out to the public
Jackson James has kept the World title in Immortal's hands on three separate occasions.
Jackson James, crooked referee, is one of the best underground angles of the year, in my opinion.
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