Thursday, 16 October 2014

Hey, Hey, I Wanna Be a Rockstar

Rockstar Spud is amazing.

Image © Simon Q via Flickr; cropped by NiciVampireHeart for Wikimedia Commons.

I'll admit it: I hadn't heard of him until I started watching TNA again in January.

But he's fast become one of my favourites.

I've barely even seen him wrestle and I still think he's great.


Because he has personality by the truckload.

As I was saying last week, a wrestler without a personality is boring.

You could be the greatest athlete born, but without that spark, people won't care.

And everything Spud does proves he has that spark, that special something that grabs the audience and keeps us there.

Think about all the segments with him and EC3.

Trying to hunt Willow. The Dixie Carter-as-boss memorial. The amateur wrestling moment immortalised in this t-shirt.

If those moments had been anyone but Rockstar Spud and EC3, would they have worked so well? I don't think so.

Everything about Spud just worked for comedy. He was the goofball to EC3's straight man and it went down great.

Image © Mike Kalasnik via Flickr.

Of course, being funny doesn't mean you can necessarily do drama as well.

There's a certain art in shifting from comedy to drama without making the shift in tone contemptible.

TNA and Rockstar Spud have nailed it.

The move from "Laugh at Spud" to "Empathise with Spud" has been slow, natural and effective.

He's gone from annoying but amusing twit to someone I care about in less than a month.

How? Good acting.

Almost everyone has had a toxic friendship at one point or another. We know how that feels.

And Spud has done an excellent job of expressing that pain, confusion and misplaced loyalty.

You just look at his face and it's all there. It's fantastic work.

So if I've loved Spud as a comedy character, and I love what TNA are doing with him now, where do I want to see him go?

Simple. I want to see him take on EC3.

Image © Mike Kalasnik via Flickr.

I don't know how TNA are going to tackle this. And I'm fairly confident that they'll do a good job whatever they pick.

But if I were writing this story, here's what I would do.

I would put Spud in a match against EC3. Spud fights back until EC3 brings in some kind of a weapon.

EC3 gets DQ'd, but Spud gets seriously hurt.

And then a couple of weeks later, he comes back and challenges his former friend to a match.

After all, he's Rockstar Spud. Nobody gets to treat him like that.

And even though he's still injured, Spud fights back and gives EC3 his first pin-fall loss in TNA.

Wouldn't that be satisfying?

After all the humiliation and pain EC3 has dropped on Spud's head, it would be great to see him get his comeuppance.

And the story could continue for a while longer if EC3 wanted revenge for his first loss. It practically writes itself.

Will TNA do that? Probably not.

But as long as they keep giving Spud the spotlight, I don't care.

Image © Leon Brooks via

Hey. He's a rockstar. He deserves it.

– Stark

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