Saturday, 7 June 2014

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

MVP's plans make no sense.

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I know I've been banging on about this since his heel turn, but it's true.

We know what he wants. We know what his philosophy is. But we don't know how those two connect.

What MVP wants is the World Heavyweight Championship. But... why?

Because it's certainly not for power. MVP already has all the power he could ever need.

After all, he can fire people if they disobey him enough, and put himself in title matches on a whim.

Dixie Carter may threaten him with the Board of Directors, but they've done nothing so far.

For all intents and purposes, MVP is omnipotent.

So what power could the belt give him that he doesn't already have?

There's nothing. So let's forget about it.

MVP's philosophy is "Money, Power, Respect".

The belt won't bring him any more power. And it's certainly not for the money, either.

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If he can afford to buy majority shares in TNA on a whim just to piss Dixie off, MVP cannot be hurting for cash.

That leaves us with respect.

Does it work?

Yes. Surprisingly well, too.

Now MVP does get some respect for being the boss. But that's because he's an authority figure rather than because he's a good wrestler.

And a champion is somebody who is better than you. Somebody worthy of respect.

So MVP winning the World Heavyweight Championship would get him what he wants.

It's sensible. It's logical. And it works with MVP's personality and motivations.

So why the hell did TNA decide to push the power angle instead?

Because their writers and bookers are sloppy.

Their plots work on a broad level, for the most part, but when it comes down to the details, they let mistakes slip through.

And this isn't the only example.

Another good one is the Davey Richards shoulder injury angle from Lockdown.

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I said at the time that if Dixie had forced Davey to wrestle injured, it would have made more sense.

One line of dialogue from MVP would have done it. Something like "Dixie says if you don't wrestle tonight, you can't wrestle at Lockdown."

Or how about MVP picking fights with his employees?

If TNA had emphasised the disrespect, it would have worked to fuel MVP's desire for the belt and the respect it brings, too.

But they didn't.

And I'm not demanding big sweeping changes here. These are little things. Tweaks, if you will.

Because, you see, it frustrates me as a writer that they're letting plot holes like this go. Holes that tighter writing and another one-over from the editor could have closed.

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If you can't straighten these issues out, TNA, then for the love of Heidegger, let me proof-read it for you. I won't even charge.

And that's why I'm going to keep complaining. It's not about MVP. It's about standards. It's about good writing. And it's about putting some effort in.

Because if they don't, TNA will be full of MVP: Mangled Vexing Plots.

– Stark

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