Friday, 14 March 2014

We Shoulda Noticed by Now Our Behaviour is Dumb

MVP's an idiot.

Image © Krystal Bogner via Flickr.

And now I've got your attention, let me tell you a story.

This Wednesday, I sprained my ankle. Unable to afford a taxi, I bought a support a bandage, limped nearly a mile and climbed two flights of stairs to get home.

Now, my mild sprain is nothing compared with Austin Aries pulping Davey Richards's shoulder with a steel chair, but I bring it up as a point of comparison.

I kept going while hurt because I had no choice. It was walk home or be stuck on the streets all night. The benefits outweighed the risk of exacerbating the damage.

When Davey got hurt, MVP browbeat him into wrestling on his injury so that they didn't automatically lose the man advantage at Lockdown. Davey was subsequently defeated by Bobby Roode targeting his shoulder and lost the man advantage at Lockdown.

In other words, they gained nothing and made Davey's pain more debilitating than it already was.

And that's why MVP is an idiot and I'm not.

I was enjoying the development of this plot until that point. I liked that Aries got himself DQ'd on purpose to give Bobby Roode an advantage by injuring Davey. It was clever.

Image © Mike Kalasnik via Flickr.

But then our heroes grabbed the Idiot Ball with both hands and refused to let go.

If I were MVP, and I had a choice between "make my injured team-mate worsen his injury for no real gain" and "let my injured team-mate go to hospital and heal before the big match", I would only pick the first option if I were blind stinking drunk.

So how would I fix this and make the Wolves and MVP look like they have an ounce of common sense between them?

By re-writing half the plot to make the detriments of forfeiting outweigh the benefits.

Picture this: Davey is out the back getting treatment from the medic, Eddie Edwards and MVP at his side. Dixie Carter appears and says that if Davey can't complete the match, he's clearly too injured to be in Team MVP. And without a fourth man, Team MVP will be disqualified.

In other words, if Davey doesn't get back in the ring, Team Dixie wins.

Eddie tries to talk Davey out of it because for him, his friend's health comes first. MVP says that it's up to Davey, but he knows that Davey will do what's right. And Davey demands the medic strap up his shoulder so he can get back out there.

We then follow the plot of the show: Davey fights and loses, but he proves that he can still wrestle at Lockdown and saves Team MVP.

Image © Anton Jackson via Flickr.

Now Dixie looks villainous, MVP hasn't nagged anyone into fighting hurt, Eddie and Davey's friendship gets spotlighted, Davey courageously sacrifices his own well-being for the greater good, and everybody achieved something.

Because let's face it: last week, Team MVP achieved jack squat but hurting themselves.


MVP's terrible decisions.

And that's why he's an idiot.

See you next week.

– Stark

P.S. It doesn't look like there will be a review of Lockdown from me because I missed it. If I can't get around to watching it before the next episode of Impact, I'll look up the results and make a quick commentary post before Monday. Sorry about that.

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