Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Wrestling with Logic: King of the Mountain

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Courtesy: TNA
By Chad Smart
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Last week, I wrote about the non-logical announcement of RAW having an Ambrose Asylum segment six weeks after Stephanie McMahon cancelled the segment. While taking any credit is delusional on my part, hearing Stephanie acknowledge that Shane was the one who booked the segment was a result of the blog and tweeting her during RAW.

This week I don’t really have any major gaps of wrestling logic to complain about so I’m going with a very nitpicky complaint. Twelve years ago, TNA introduced the King of the Mountain match. If you’ve never seen a KOTM match, consider yourself lucky. In simplest form, it’s a reverse ladder match. Instead of climbing a ladder to retrieve the title, wrestlers carry the title up a ladder and hang it to win the match. There are some other rules that make it one of the most convoluted and dumbest matches ever. Basically it embodies all the downfalls of TNA in one match. Unlike other gimmick matches that TNA will bust out on an almost weekly basis, the KOTM match was usually reserved as the main event for Slammiversary and was for the TNA World Title.

Courtesy: TNA
That was until 2015 when TNA founder Jeff Jarrett invaded TNA with wrestlers representing his new promotion Global Force Wrestling. During the invasion storyline, a KOTM title was created. Actually the title is the fourth incarnation of a title. Originally in 2008 the title was the TNA Legends Title. After a year the title was renamed the TNA Global Championship. Nine months later in July of 2010 the title legally changed its name to the TNA Television championship and stuck with the name until being retired in July of 2014. June 28, 2015 saw Jim Duggan find the title in the trash and proclaim himself the TNA KOTM Champion. Wait, sorry, I got that confused with the WCW TV Title.

Initially, during the TNA-GFW feud, the title was contested in KOTM matches. The last three KOTM Champions won the match in one on one matches. That’s where I Wrestle with Logic. Why is a title created for and based on a multi-person match being defended in normal one on one matches?

While I think the KOTM is the dumbest match ever, if you’re going to have a title created for that match, shouldn’t it only be defended in KOTM matches? Not defending in KOTM matches would be like having a TV title that’s only defended at house shows. Personally, I think the title would be better if it reverted back to the TNA TV title and be positioned as the TNA equivalent to the WWE Intercontinental title. But then, I also think TNA should change the name of the company so it doesn’t sound like something non-fans dismiss after first hearing the name.

As I said at the beginning, I’m being very nitpicky this week. Personally, I actually think 2016 is probably the strongest year TNA has had in quite some time. If I get motivated, I’ll write a blog explaining why I feel that way. For now, I’m sticking by my stance of having a title based on a multi-man match defended in one-on-one matches is illogical.

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