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A star is born

February 14th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments
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He's so money: The Pope triumphed Sunday...against all odds (namely, Russo, Hogan and Bischoff).

I’ll be damned. They did it. On the eve before the company is expected to announce the official move of Impact to Monday nights on Spike TV, TNA pulled out all the stops in making a Pope D’Angelo Dinero their next main-event superstar and a believable contender for the World championship.

Most impressive was the way Pope won the 8-Card Stud tournament. Before his final-round bout with Mr. Anderson (who eliminated Kurt Angle in a pretty good first-round bout), the Pope was attacked by Scott Hall and Sean Waltman, which appeared to set up an obvious fluke win for Mr. Anderson. But Pope rallied to get the win and the title shot at A.J. Styles, giving the company a fresh main event and plenty of time to build upon the compelling foundation already set for the championship showdown. Yep, suddenly that non-title win the Pope scored over the Champ on Impact two weeks makes a lot more sense.

Again, as I stated Friday, the Pope was the most compelling choice to win the tournament after beating Styles clean, but I had no confidence in TNA to follow up. Judging from the huge pop from the Orlando crowd at the three count, they sure as hell didn’t expect the Pope to go over either. The World title bout with Styles retaining over Joe was before the tournament final, so the shot of the Pope celebrating his win closed the show…a true star moment.

TNA certainly has a long way to go–ensuring that the Nasty Boys don’t appear on PPV ever again would be a helluva start–but in the case of the Pope, it’s a relief to see the company committed to getting over a new star who has the potential to be huge in this business. More on the PPV and  TNA’s move to Monday nights tomorrow.
  1. Drunken Fist
    February 16th, 2010 at 14:24 | #1

    I agree 100%! I loved the guy even back when the WWE couldn’t seem to find anything worthwhile for him to do, so it’s great that he seems to have found a second chance in TNA. Hopefully they continue to do right by him.

  2. Cleatus
    February 16th, 2010 at 23:02 | #2

    $20 says he jobs clean to Ed Leslie by the end of March.

    $100 says he jobs clean to a rookie Nick Hogan within 2 years.

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