Thursday, 6 November 2014

Could It Be That It's the Season of the Shark?

You know what I'm excited about right now?

Shark Boy.

Image © FreddiusMercurium via Wikimedia Commons.

No, that's not a joke. I'm serious.

When they brought him in to job to Manik, I thought it would be a one-time thing.

When they brought him back to job to Tyrus, I thought it was the same miserable lightning striking twice.

But now that TNA have teased him getting back into shape and back into the game, I'm genuinely interested in what they could do with him.

No matter how silly it gets.

After all, when you get down to it, Shark Boy has always been a comedy character.

Look at him. He's a fully grown man who dresses up in a fish mask and pretends to be a shark. Which was daft enough in itself.

Then he began acting like Stone Cold Steve Austin to boot.

And his little super-hero group with Curry Man and Super Eric wasn't exactly the epitome of seriousness, was it?

Image © John Jewell via Flickr.

A fish-based Stone Cold impersonator, a "Japanese" man with food on his head, and a Canadian in a cape.

Truly they were the equal to the Justice League.

But you know what?

That's a good thing.

I've said before that wrestling cannot be all serious all the time or it gets boring.

That's one of the reasons I like Bad Influence/The Addiction so much. They know when to drop the growly macho nonsense and have a bit of fun. Normally at other people's expense.

And it's also why I quite like the Menagerie.

You need a mixture of ultra-violence, light relief and serious plot to give the audience some variety.

And TNA has that mix down fairly well, I think.

They've got hardcore matches for the ultra-violence fans with people like Abyss and Bram.

And they've got serious plot in the Heavyweight and Tag Team Championship scenes.

That just leaves comedy. Which is currently embodied by the Menagerie.

Image © TNA Wrestling courtesy of Nick Paglino via

And you know what? I think Shark Boy would fit in with them.

I'm serious. I would love to see Shark Boy join the Menagerie.

After all, what are they? A carnival freak show.

And what's freakier than a half-man, half-shark who drinks like a fish, if you'll pardon the pun?

He could even start a new super-hero group with Crazzy Steve. After all, he's crazy! He'd do it!

I would pay good money to see Shark Boy and Crazzy Steve running around trying to solve mysteries and bring evildoers to justice.

And even if TNA don't go that route, there's so much potential with a comeback kid storyline for Shark Boy.

Don't tell me that you don't want an 80s sports move training montage with this guy.

I can just imagine him jogging desperately on a treadmill with "Eye of the Tiger" playing in the background.

And after that? The world is his oyster! So to speak.

Image © 663highland via Wikimedia Commons.

That's why I think that if TNA gets this right, Shark Boy's return could be fantastic.

And that's the fishing line 'cos Shark Boy says so.

– Stark

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