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Old 04-12-2012, 11:51 PM
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Who would have thought this was possible the last year or so? Not this guy, that's for sure. Bully Ray has done an absolute stellar job in perfecting his character and becoming something special in TNA. I questioned him as a singles star when it first got start and I'm certainly glad I was wrong. Bully Ray has been one of my favorite things in TNA behind Aries, Storm, and EY. I find myself enjoying his segments each week and who doesn't love Calfzilla. I'd love for a Storm/Ray feud post Lockdown once the Storm/Roode feud cools down. I tend to agree that he is the best heel in the business today and I'd be a-ok with him getting a run with the championship. He is certainly deserving, that's for sure.
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Old 04-13-2012, 02:37 AM
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Poor Bobby Roode! His failure to catch on isn't even his own fault. It's the effects of TNA rushing his build-up to main event status. Rather than immediately pushing him into the main event, he should have spent a year carrying the TV title, working some angles there with James Storm, and THEN moved with his former partner into the main event scene, ultimately feuding over the World heavyweight championship.

Unfortunately, that's not the route they took, and it's worked against him. He's had what will ultimately be recalled as a lackluster tenure as TNA World Heavyweight champion. Ideally, he'll have a future opportunity to prove himself. He's certainly deserving. Sometimes, it just takes a while for audiences to warm up to and accept a performer as both credible and championship worthy.

See, for example, the evolution of Bully Ray. Whereas TNA rushed Roode into the title scene, dropping the big strap on him far too quickly, the company has allowed Bully a slow build to a full boil. And, boy, is he ever!

One great match, amazing promo and shady victory at a time, he's moved slowly up the TNA totem pole. For some who saw his potential shortly after the split of Team 3D, it might seem to have taken an infuriately long time, but I believe it is quite possibly the only thing TNA has done perfectly in the last year!

A legendary tag team doesn't generally break up and immediately give way to a tremendous solo superstar. People have to reacquaint themselves with the performer, shift their perspective and begin to believe he can make it on his own. (This is what TNA did not allow to happen with Roode!)

Look how long it took Bret "The Hitman" Hart to move from one-half of The Hart Foundation into being a bona fide singles mega star and believable World Heavyweight contender and, eventually, Champion. That is that exact blueprint TNA should have followed for Roode. Instead, they rushed him quickly into the main event, and people are rejecting him.

On the other hand, Bully Ray has been able to formulate a solid, believable character. He's amassed enough solo success that people have started to not just accept him as a World title contender but demand it. Rather than forcing the idea onto audiences, audiences are forcing it onto the company!

When the time comes, Bully Ray is more than up to the challenge! He is an outstanding worker, ridiculously over with the crowd and delivers a fantastic promo. It's not whether a run with the gold is warranted, it's how best to transition him into that spot without losing the momentum he's built -- basically through his own efforts -- over the last year.

As I said, he's nearly the only thing I think TNA's done "just right" in a long time. I'd hate for them to fumble the ball at the most crucial of times!
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Old 04-13-2012, 03:10 AM
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With all of the "TNA is full of WWE midcarders who phone it in" stuff (a lot of which i agree with) Bubba decided that he would work REALLY hard to both develop his character, become a better worker (he was never the best wrestler, but he's worked out hard and gotten in good shape, and really got down the Power wrestling/Brawling stuff down) and for the most part put over the up and comers/TNA main stays, with people like Anderson/Hardy etc Bubba has been a fucking god send in that company and is still a REAL joy to watch.

So yeah, as long as it doesn't fuck up he Roode/Storm Story line, he deserves the belt tbh.
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Old 04-13-2012, 08:24 AM
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I actually disagree with what some people have said about not liking Roode's run with the belt. I think it's gathered momentum and, with the help of Bully Ray, he's now a really good heel. People want to see him get his arse kicked and that's the way it should be. I'd rather him have the belt than Storm. I find Storm a lot less interesting than Roode. "The price of gas is too high", "I drink a lot of beer", "Where I come from (insert male working class statement here)", "Well let me tell you something Bobby Roooo".

Anyways, on topic, I've been saying Bully Ray was one of the best heels around for a long time now. I didn't want him to have a singles push but he's proved myself and a lot of other people wrong. Being a Heyman guy, he was always going to be able to pull off this loud arsehole gimmick on the mic. But it's his physical condition that surprised me. He's actually worked hard. There's people less successful and younger than him who just phone it in every night (hello Mr Anderson) but he actually worked hard to get himself in shape. Much harder than James Storm worked anyway for his big singles push. He's supposed to be a deserving, hungry young guy but he looks like fat Shawn Michaels in speedos and gets winded after 3 minutes. Anyway, Bully's match with Aj Styles from last year was great, and he's done some other decent in-ring stuff too. I like Bully Ray and he could be a good person to take the title from Storm (if he wins at the PPV) and hold it for a short period of time before dropping it to Storm again or some other face.

What I was disappointed about is that they seem to have just dropped this Bully Ray/Austin Aries feud they had going. I was hoping it would lead to a one on one match in the cage. Although they are on opposing teams in the stupid Bitchoff thing so maybe it'll be picked up there.
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Old 04-13-2012, 09:14 AM
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I think Bully Ray is gonna get the title at some point this year. He's neck and neck as the top heel in TNA next to Roode, but better on the mic. In fact, if James Storm gets the belt at Lockdown, you can bet that Bully is gonna be gunning for him. Take into account how in previous weeks Storm has beaten him at least twice in #1 contender matches and flat out embarrassed him (i.e. Brandon Jacobs incident). I can see Bully stealing a victory against Storm and hold the title for a few months. I say give it to him.
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Old 04-13-2012, 06:39 PM
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Can you say, "BULLY RAY TNA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION" 10x fast? Not a bad choice for a title run, would be an enjoyment to against the likes of Styles, Storm, Roode, and maybe even the recent return of RVD. That can expand through a course of a year and there after.

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Old 04-14-2012, 02:36 AM
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Poor Bobby Roode! His failure to catch on isn't even his own fault. It's the effects of TNA rushing his build-up to main event status. Rather than immediately pushing him into the main event, he should have spent a year carrying the TV title, working some angles there with James Storm, and THEN moved with his former partner into the main event scene, ultimately feuding over the World heavyweight championship.

Unfortunately, that's not the route they took, and it's worked against him. He's had what will ultimately be recalled as a lackluster tenure as TNA World Heavyweight champion. Ideally, he'll have a future opportunity to prove himself. He's certainly deserving. Sometimes, it just takes a while for audiences to warm up to and accept a performer as both credible and championship worthy.

See, for example, the evolution of Bully Ray. Whereas TNA rushed Roode into the title scene, dropping the big strap on him far too quickly, the company has allowed Bully a slow build to a full boil. And, boy, is he ever!

One great match, amazing promo and shady victory at a time, he's moved slowly up the TNA totem pole. For some who saw his potential shortly after the split of Team 3D, it might seem to have taken an infuriately long time, but I believe it is quite possibly the only thing TNA has done perfectly in the last year!

A legendary tag team doesn't generally break up and immediately give way to a tremendous solo superstar. People have to reacquaint themselves with the performer, shift their perspective and begin to believe he can make it on his own. (This is what TNA did not allow to happen with Roode!)

Look how long it took Bret "The Hitman" Hart to move from one-half of The Hart Foundation into being a bona fide singles mega star and believable World Heavyweight contender and, eventually, Champion. That is that exact blueprint TNA should have followed for Roode. Instead, they rushed him quickly into the main event, and people are rejecting him.

On the other hand, Bully Ray has been able to formulate a solid, believable character. He's amassed enough solo success that people have started to not just accept him as a World title contender but demand it. Rather than forcing the idea onto audiences, audiences are forcing it onto the company!

When the time comes, Bully Ray is more than up to the challenge! He is an outstanding worker, ridiculously over with the crowd and delivers a fantastic promo. It's not whether a run with the gold is warranted, it's how best to transition him into that spot without losing the momentum he's built -- basically through his own efforts -- over the last year.

As I said, he's nearly the only thing I think TNA's done "just right" in a long time. I'd hate for them to fumble the ball at the most crucial of times!
What are you talking about? Bobby Roode has been the best World champion of the last 5 years and that includes all wrestling feds. The WWF made Bret Hart champ when he won the belt in a house show! If anything some would say that is the reason Bret was not more successful as champ.

TNA is considering Bully Ray champ not because Roode failed but because Bully has been good in his role and you have to think a contengency plan if Storm fails as babyface champ.

But Bully Ray, sure he's a great heel but he can't wrestle for shit. He's got a boring moveset and that can't be sustainable for a long run. Roode has been a great heel but people have been able to accept him as champ because they kind of admire him, he delivers great matchs. Sort of like when Ric Flair was champ in the 80s. But Bully Ray other than the crowd hating him, there nothing more to it. They could have find creative ways to have beat people with chains but that would get old. The only way they could make it work would be if he's a transitional champ like JBL was in the WWE.
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Old 04-14-2012, 07:00 PM
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Calfzilla, The Bully of TNA, Bully Ray as the next TNA World Heavyweight Champion, I love it, at least with Bully holding the title he will make a credible heel champion especially as a monster heel champion
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I think down the line he should get a 2-3 month run. Reward him for all the work he has done for TNA and the wrestling business. Hated his character at first but then it just started to click.

My only hope is they wait a little while. I really like Roode as the top heel champion right now. I think he is the most capable at the moment. I would really enjoy a nice long Roode/Storm feud, since its been months in the making just haven't quite got there until lockdown. But I think after a few PPV's id have Storm win the title then defend against Roode again then maybe feud with one other guy like Crimson or idk some heel besides Ray. Then finally have Ray beat Storm after Storm has a credible reign this time around.
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