36. Thirty-six is the number of male wrestlers TNA employs. Among them, one man stands out the most: Magnus. Arguably one of TNA’s best talents, the Badass Brit has an untapped future. Today let’s examine the reasons why the former modern day gladiator should be used by TNA more:
Not given much time on the microphone, Magnus actually performs very well when given the opportunity. A clear and resounding voice, one just can’t help in listening to him.
What stands out the most to Magnus is his holds a certain fluidity to his words. His words just seem to flow, coming out natural and smooth. His promos do not appear forced nor does he appear to be trying to hard. Rather, his speeches come off in general as if the man has been doing this for years.
One of the most important things Magnus has going for him is the man is rhetoric skills. Rhetoric as defined by Merriam-Webster:
The study of writing or speaking as a means of communication or persuasion
When the man speaks and declares something, his attitude and demeanor comes across as he actually believes what he is saying. As a result, the fans when they hear him, buy into what he is saying.
When a man is believable and the fans can be swayed, he can hold them in the palm of his hands. A perfect example being the WWE Champion CM Punk; fans believe his words and begin to accept them as truth. Magnus has the similar skill, a very valuable skill, which allows him to become one of TNA’s best heels or faces.
Magnus’ physical characteristics come into play here. Young and handsome, Magnus is a pretty face who could connect with the younger audience. The man has a “look” to him, he appears extremely confident in himself. And everyone knows: People love confidence.
With said “look”, Magnus does have the ability to become a world champion and appear legitimate. The man’s nationality also comes into play here. Hailing from Great Britain, a huge wrestling nation, Magnus can hold the British fans in the palm of his hands. For example during TNA’s tenure in Wembley, England the fans went wild for Magnus. Just listen to the massive cheers came for their hometown boy. Or here where the crowd went wild for Magnus and Bully trading shots.
Akin to Miz, Magnus even got a semi-start in reality TV having competed in the UK version of the TV show “Gladiators”. With some beginnings in national TV, Magnus already has a partial head start in comparison with other individuals. He has some name and facial recognition from past viewers and fans of the show.
Just like on the mic, Magnus shines when given time in the ring. An extremely solid competitor, Magnus is great to see in the ring. Holding a certain fluidity, his moves seem to come across as smooth with near flawless transitions between them.
Magnus’ biggest trait is his versatility ranging from a brawler to a partial technician to a brawler. It’s this versatility which comes together to create a great package in this one man. He’s even known to go up top with a flying elbow being a huge component of his move set.
We see Magnus’ brawling skills shine in the Falls Count Anywhere match at Hardcore Justice 2012, where he took on Mr. Anderson and Rob Van Dam. Watch as he holds his own against two men and even takes control of the both of them:
Or here in one of his best matches, from what I’ve seen, against his former partner Samoa Joe:
Speaking of his former partner and tag teams in general, Magnus is a superb tag team wrestler. Having been in multiple tag teams with partners such as Desmond Wolfe, Douglas Williams, and Samoa Joe, Magnus has honed his skills as a tag wrestler at such a young age.
Something Magnus does, that I’ve noticed, is his ability to sell. An ability that is often overlooked yet is extremely important to see in a wrestler. Unlike Dolph Ziggler, Magnus has a certain, again, believable aspect when he takes moves.
When missing an elbow drop, Magnus bounces accordingly on the mat all while holding his elbow in pain. When taking a superkick from Rob Van Dam, Magnus takes the shot as a legitimate kick and not as a bullet to the chin.
At the ripe, young age of 25 Magnus still has a long time to go in his career. Never holding a singles championship yet, it’s up to TNA to rectify that. With Samoa Joe, his rival, as the current TV champion expect a feud to take place there with hopefully Magnus finally achieving his first singles championship run.
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