Impact Wrestling Should Turn Austin Aries Heel

Over the past nine months, Austin Aries has been on a mission to prove that he had become a better person since leaving the WWE. This is because Aries was released from the company due to his bad attitude. According to Dave Meltzer, Austin had some heat backstage heat because a lot of people, including the writing team, did not like him. Due to this, Aries developed a plan where he would compete in several independent wrestling promotions to capture as many championships as possible. The plan would put Austin’s personality to the test because if he wanted to become champion, Aries would need to build a good relationship with all these managements for them to put him in title matches. As of right now, it seems like his personality has passed the test because several independent promotions have decided to give him the world championship For instance,  Austin Aries defeated Ricochet on November 20th, 2017 to become the World Series Wrestling champion. In December of 2017 he defeated Marty Scurll and  Mark Haskins in separate matches to capture the Defiant World Championship and IPW: UK World Championship. Lastly, in February of 2018 he defeated Eli Drake to capture the Impact Wrestling World Championship.

Even though Austin Aries appears to have altered his personality, Impact Wrestling should incorporate his previous personality issues into the storyline of him losing the title. For instance, Aries should cut a promo on the next episode of Impact demanding his rematch clause be invoked right away. Pentagon Jr comes down to the ring and gives Aries a rematch for later that evening. During the match, Rey Fenix joins commentary to watch the bout, Austin becomes aware of his presence and is continuously peeking over to make sure Rey doesn’t decide to help his brother. The concern over a potential Fenix interference will end up costing Austin Aries the match against Pentagon. The next week,  Aries should cut a promo stating that every time he is in the ring with one or both of the lucha brothers, it feels like a handicap match. Austin proceeds to ask for another rematch with Rey barred from ringside and Pentagon says that he already beat him. The following week, Austin decides he must take matters into his own hands to get another championship match.

As a result of this,  Austin Aries attacks Rey Fenix backstage sending him to the hospital. The following week, Pentagon Jr asks Aries why he attacked Fenix,  Aries says he did it because Pentagon refused to give him a fair rematch. Pentagon says all you had to do was earn it and Aries replies with I’m better than those scrubs backstage.  Pentagon decides to give him one final match to get retribution for his brother.

How To Book The Return Of Daniel Bryan 

Over the past week, the WWE announced that Daniel Bryan had been medically cleared to return to the ring as an active wrestler. According to WWE.com, “following more than two years of extensive evaluations, four-time World Champion Daniel Bryan has been medically cleared to return to in-ring competition… Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher”. However, the company needs to develop a storyline where they have an explanation as to why he stopped wrestling for them in case the concussions come back; or if he decided to leave the company in five months after his contract expires.

As a result, the Tuesday after WrestleMania, the new authority figure for Smackdown Live should set up a meeting with Daniel Bryan. During this meeting, the authority figure informs Daniel that he can’t be given an opportunity to compete for the title immediately. This is because I am scared to put you in a high profile matches such as championship bouts knowing that one strike could bring back the concussion symptoms. If that happened, your long-term health would be in danger, and I would lose the trust of the fans because the show didn’t deliver what was promised. The false advertisement would hurt the long-term earning potential of Smackdown Live because fans will be hesitant to buy tickets out of fear of being lied to again. Furthermore, putting you in a high profile match will anger the rest of the roster because they’ve been working hard for the past year to get in position to be in a title match.

Therefore, I have a proposal for you Daniel, why don’t you earn a title bout by trying to beat every male superstar on the roster. The plan will allow me to gauge how you stack up against the rest of the roster and whether your head is healthy enough to handle the WWE wrestling schedule. After a couple of seconds to think about the proposal, Daniel Bryan accepts the offer because he rather earn a championship opportunity than it being handed to him. The following week, Bryan beats Tye Dillinger in a very competitive bout where he shows a significant amount of ring rust. Over the next 2-3 months, he continues to defeats the jobbers of Smackdown Live and slowly starts to shake off the ring rust. At SummerSlam, Daniel Bryan faces his first real test as he squares off against Bobby Roode, in the match Bobby is the first opponent to target the head successfully. As a result of this, Bryan begins to have problems with his equilibrium which leads to him losing the bout. After the match, the authority figure orders the doctor to evaluate Daniel for a concussion, and it is determined he is okay.

Even though Daniel Bryan didn’t suffer a concussion,  the authority figure warns him that he wouldn’t be booked in bouts if that continued to happen. As a result of this, he requests to have the next few weeks off to prepare for a rematch against Roode at the next network. This is because he decides to incorporate some mixed martial arts wrestling into his style in an attempt to reduce the number of hits to the head. Due to this, Bryan spends his time off drilling single and double leg takedowns against several college wrestlers in Washington. During the rematch, Daniel stuns Bobby by immediately going for a takedown which Roode doesn’t know how to defend. After the takedown, Daniel Bryan pursues several submission holds that prevent Bobby from mounting any offense. The style pays dividends right away because he wins the contest without taking much damage.

Throughout the next two months, superstars have trouble stopping Daniel Bryan’s style because they aren’t used to defending takedowns. As a result, he can go on a prolonged winning streak without a massive amount of damage. The winning streak leads him into a match against a man who has a history of competing in MMA bouts, Shinsuke Nakamura. Due to this, Daniel knows his style isn’t going to work against him because Nakamura has been taught how to stop takedowns. Therefore, he decides to bring back his old technique to try to overcome the obstacle that is Shinsuke Nakamura. The match could go in one of two directions if  Bryan chooses to leave the company Nakamura can give him a kayfabe concussion which renders him medically unfit to compete in the WWE. On the other hand, if he stays, they can have a close match to set up a series of matches. Daniel should lose the first match of the series because he is afraid to go full speed out of fear of being injured. After the match, Bryan concludes that he must go full pace to win the series. The next four bouts go back and forth with Daniel Bryan winning the last contest and the series. The authority informs Daniel Bryan that he has passed all the tests and will get a title bout at WrestleMania 35.

In conclusion, a climb the mountain type storyline would give WWE a simple explanation as to why Daniel Bryan stopped wrestling for them in case the injury resurfaced, or he leaves. Furthermore, the company can use the storyline to explain why he is in random contest with superstars.

How To Rebuild Impact Wrestling

Over the past three weeks, the new regime of Impact Wrestling led by Don Callis and Scott D’Amore has been booking random tag team matches as a way to set up number one contender/title bouts. During the first official episode under the regime, they scheduled an all-star tag-team match between Moose/ Johnny Impact vs. EC3/Alberto El Patron. The following week, it was announced by Josh Matthews that these four wrestlers were going to compete in a fatal four way to determine a number one contender for the world championship. Johnny Impact was able to win the number one contender’s match and earned the right to face Austin Aries at Crossroads. Unfortunately, the new regime decided to set up a bout between Johnny Impact/ Matt Sydal vs. EC3 and Tyrus the following week. In the match, EC3 pinned the new number one contender Johnny Impact by having his feet on the ropes during a roll up. After the bout, Matthews announced that Impact was putting his future title shot up for grabs against EC3 in the main event of the next television episode. Due to this, the new regime is sending the signal to fans that anytime a number one contender or champion is in a tag team match, one of the other competitors will be their next opponent.

However, if the new regime wanted to create worthy contenders for all their championships, they should’ve told Matthews to cut a promo stating; from now on Impact is a place where title shots are earned not given. He proceeds to announce that over the next two months the company will hold a single elimination tournament for every division to establish ranking systems. The winners of these tournaments will get the next shot at their respective champions at the upcoming pay per view event. On the other hand, the other competitors will be ranked by order of elimination in the tournament. For example, if a wrestler lost in the finals he will be listed behind the number one contender.

Furthermore, Impact’s ranking system would be based on how often a person competes and their record against other competitors in the division. For instance, if a wrestler sustains an injury which forces him to miss 3 or more months of TV, he or she will be removed from the rankings. Once the wrestler is cleared to return to action, they will have to beat every ranked opponent to earn a title shot. Not only will previously injured wrestlers have to run the gamut but wrestlers who are currently in the rankings will compete at least once a month against each other to maintain or improve their position. Lastly, if a wrestler wants to join another division, he must relinquish their spot in the current division to join the new division. Once this happens, they will have to beat every ranked opponent to earn a title shot.

In conclusion, the ranking system opens the door for storylines where champions cost competitors title shots or wrestlers cost each other matches to maintain their positions.

How To Book Ronda Rousey In The WWE

After many months of speculation on when Ronda Rousey would sign a WWE contract, the company officially announced the signing after the 2018 Royal Rumble. According to ESPN, “Ronda Rousey has agreed to terms with WWE to perform for the company as a full-time professional wrestler.” However, for Rousey to be a successful character, she must embrace her previous failures.

Due to this, the WWE should attempt to convince Ronda on the idea of doing a documentary or sit down interview about her failures. During the discussion, she could explain that her failures to have mental breakdowns because she invests a lot of time and energy into preparing for an athletic competition. When a person trains for a contest, they usually spend several hours a day studying or practicing the game plan for the opposition. As the bout approaches, the person starts to gain confidence because he or she is aware that they left no stone unturned. Therefore if the person loses the contest, they experience an emotional and mental breakdown because that person can’t deal with another competitor being better than them.

After the interview airs, a woman superstar should cut a promo on how Rousey is a liar and that she runs away from her problems. For instance, they could point out how Ronda didn’t train for multiple months after her loss to Holly Holm. Furthermore, the person can mention how Ronda didn’t seek an immediate rematch in an attempt to avenge her loss versus Holm. The following week, Ronda cuts a promo acknowledging that there is a history of her running away from problems but states that she is a different person now. Over the next couple weeks, the woman keeps mentioning her failures to get Ronda to snap and have a breakdown. Unfortunately, her attempts are unsuccessful, but Rousey challenges the woman to a match because she is tired of being ridiculed for her past transgressions.

During this match, she has the woman in the armbar, and the woman decides to turn over on her stomach to get on her knees and begin standing up. Once she is up on her feet, she wants to punch Rousey in an attempt to loosen the submission repeatedly. However, before she can do that the referee starts counting because Ronda’s shoulders are on the mat. The woman wins the match because Rousey isn’t used to the rules of professional wrestling. On the next set of TV tapings, the woman brags about how she won and that Rousey won’t be coming back because of her track record after losses. However, Ronda Rousey comes out and says I want a rematch at the next network special. At the event,  Rousey beats the woman and cuts a promo where she states don’t make the mistakes I’ve made, always face your problems head-on instead of running away from them.

In conclusion, this type of storyline would add some depth to the Ronda Rousey character and hopefully it would help her start a long-lasting connection with WWE fans.