Monday, 14 July 2014

Pay the Price for Your Betrayal

On Saturday, I started explaining why I'm in Rhino's corner.

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You know why Rob Van Dam was a terrible friend. And you know why the storyline was bad.

Today, things get worse. Because this is where Rhino takes prominence in the story.

Until this point, he was taking a back seat.

He was there when EV2.0 bickered with Fortune or tried to calm Rob down. But the focus was on Rob's tin-hatting and everybody trying to make him see sense.

So when he hit Dreamer with a chair on the Impact after Turning Point, outing himself as the traitor, it was a surprise.

Then TNA screwed it up.

The next week, Rhino explained himself to Dreamer, Rob and us.

While RVD was busy with paranoia, Rhino's contract expired.

But Rob being an asshole was far more important, so nobody in EV2.0 even noticed.

So Rhino went to his boss to beg for a contract renewal. So he could care for his family.

And Eric Bischoff, being Bischoff, said yes as long as Rhino turned traitor.

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It was complex. Friends versus family. Integrity versus survival. Rock versus hard place.

Nope. Rhino was the villain.

What's that? Dreamer's a father and should understand the pressures of being a breadwinner?


Then Rhino failed to take out any of his former team. He lost to Dreamer. Then to Rob.

Then Bischoff refused him a new contract and had Fortune throw him out of the building.

I'll repeat.

Rhino will lose his job. His friends don't care. Circumstances force him to make a deal with the devil so he can look after his daughter.

And so his friends abandon him. The fans turn on him. And he ends up losing his job anyway for losing his matches.

So all that pain, suffering and abandonment?

Was for nothing.

And if you're wondering what Bully Ray was doing? He was turning heel on Devon, then doing nothing until December.

Friendship, eh?

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TNA could have easily fixed this.

Method One: change Rhino's motive. Make it jealousy. Or pettiness.

Or really anything except "I didn't want my daughter to starve".

Method Two: change Dreamer and Rob's responses. Have them admit that they dropped the ball and apologise.

Except that Rhino says it's too little, too late and attacks them.

That would have nuance.

We'd feel sympathetic towards Rhino's plight. But we would also feel sympathy towards Rob and Dreamer.

But no. TNA decided it was far better for Rob and Dreamer to be sanctimonious assholes. For Rhino to be a massive woobie. For the plot to have no real resolution.

And as far as I'm concerned, this is still Rhino's character.

He's a man who wants to provide for his family. A man abandoned by his friends. A man who goes for the money first because you can trust it.

And the best part of this head-canon?

The latest episode of Impact haven't Jossed any of it.

But is Rhino still a villain?

Of course he is.


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– Stark

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