Friday, 16 May 2014

You Can't Always Get What You Want

MVP shouldn't be here.

Image © Krystal Bogner via Flickr.

I don't mean that personally. I've got nothing against him. He's doing fine with what TNA provided.

But he's the wrong person for the job.

Think about it: what was his motivation for joining the company? "Dixie is a bad boss and I could do better"?

He has no real reason to get involved. No deep emotional connection to what's been going on in the company.

And that's why his heel turn isn't working. There's no pathos.

We don't feel betrayed because we don't know why MVP's doing anything, why he cares, or why we should care.

But what if somebody else were the mystery investor instead of MVP?

What if it were AJ Styles?

Image © Tabercil via Wikimedia Commons.

Let's pretend that TNA used their money to hook AJ instead of hiring MVP.

AJ lost the title in one of the most overbooked matches TNA has seen. He has an axe to grind. He's out for revenge.

So why not do it the way that would frustrate Dixie the most: by taking control of her company?

It would even work with him bringing in the Wolves. The writers could easily justify it. "AJ met them on his championship-defending sabbatical around the world", perhaps.

Imagine AJ Styles coming back to reclaim the house that he built. The pop for that would have blown the roof off.

As for the wrestling... well. The Wolves, AJ Styles and Jeff Hardy as Willow on one team?There aren't many combinations that could beat that.

And think how much better the interactions would have been if it were AJ Styles instead of MVP.

AJ getting angry with Austin Aries's betrayal because they built TNA.

AJ rubbing Samoa Joe up the wrong way because of all their history together.

AJ challenging Kenny King because this is his back yard and he won't accept disrespect here.

And swapping MVP for AJ Styles would even do the seemingly impossible: make the heel turn work.

It would be a twofold thing. On one hand, it would have an element of He Who Fights Monsters.

AJ came back to destroy corruption and has himself become corrupted by power. It's a classical tragedy plot.

And on the other, there's the personal element.

AJ never lost his belt. And now he has to stand aside and watch Eric Young, the comedy guy, the goofball, the joke, parade around with his championship?

Image © Mike Kalasnik via Flickr.

No. AJ deserves that belt. And that's why at Slammiversary, he's going to take it back. Because he never lost it in the first place. Not really.

Now this is just my flight of fancy, but I think it does a good job of illustrating the problems with MVP in TNA.

Nothing is personal for him. And because he has no good reason to care, neither do the audience.

Whereas with AJ Styles, there's more than enough emotion and conflict to go around.

That's why AJ should be here and MVP be shouldn't.

But unfortunately, you can't always get what you want.

– Stark

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