Friday, 5 December 2014

Oh I Love Turkey on Thanksgiving

You know what I miss? The old TNA Thanksgiving episodes.

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Oh come on. You remember them, right?

There was always inevitably some faction having a Thanksgiving meal. The Angle Alliance or the Main Event Mafia or Immortal or whoever.

And that meal ended with some disastrous revelation or somebody getting their face smashed into the turkey. Or both.

And then there was that ridiculous match where the person who got pinned ended up shoved in a turkey suit to dance for our amusement.

But the last time this was even mentioned was Eric Young in his brain-damaged person dragging the suit out, I think.

And since then, TNA seem to have been trying to sweep the concept under the carpet and ignore it for some reason.

Enough is enough, I say. It's time to bring it back.

Were there problems with it? Well of course.

It did tend to utterly derail everything that was going on around it into total ridiculousness.

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But to be honest, that's why I liked it so much. If you get the right people involved, a bit of seasonal silliness can be just what you need on a show like this.

When the people involved are already jokey characters, I think it honestly works.

Put somebody like, say, Crazzy Steve in a turkey suit and you'll end up with a barrel of laughs.

Then again, that was always the weakness of that damned turkey suit, wasn't it? They'd pick somebody who didn't need humiliation and the smarks would have a tantrum.

Look. AJ Styles ending up in a turkey costume two years in a row was just as stupid as you'd imagine. But has it done long term damage to his reputation? Of course not!

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When it comes to wrestling, our memories are short and we actively work to block out stupid things.

After all, if we can forget brain-damaged EY and Orlando Jordan's tag team antics, we can forget anything.

So let's say I were to dictate what this year's episode would have been. Who would I have chosen for what?

Well the faction eating together is obvious: Storm's Revolution.

It would be funny as hell to see them attempt to be incredibly serious and grim about everything over roast turkey.

The party gets interrupted by either the Wolves or the Hardys, who start a fight with the Revolution. Everybody brawls in mashed potatoes.

And it ends when Abyss slams Davey Richards or Jeff Hardy or whoever into the cranberry sauce.

See? It's not difficult.

As for the Turkey Bowl, we could give that to the X Division guys and have them show off.

As I said, Crazzy Steve would be the perfect person to dress in the turkey suit.

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Then the BroMans could come out and make fun of him only for the Menagerie to start brawling with them.

Good old-fashioned family fun with a ridiculous theme: what more could you want?

So bring back the Thanksgiving episodes, TNA. We could use a laugh.

– Stark

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