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TNA’s Crimson: Where Has Our Once Undefeated Hero Gone To?

Most Recent Update: It appears as if Crimson is also done with Ohio Valley Wrestling. Though not entirely official now, he has been killed off OVW TV and his stable “The Coalition” has been dismantled. It is unlikely that he will be returning anytime soon.

Hopefully, we do see Crimson back in TNA at least one day.

UPDATE: As of 7/3/13, Crimson has been released from his TNA contract. Reportedly, he is still under contract with Ohio Valley Wrestling. This is a good sign as the two differing companies have a close relationship that could lead to Crimson being resigned when the time is right. Crimson, after his years of development and his streak, should not just be simply released without a plan. Hopefully, TNA will be bringing him back soon or at least in a year’s time. 

Original Post: Things haven’t been the same for Crimson since his undefeated streak ended. He went 470 days undefeated as a wrestler in TNA. It all came to a halt as James Storm made his return from a hiatus at Slammiversary. Storm would quickly dispatch of Crimson and end the streak abruptly with a superkick. It was a surprising and feel good moment for the fans and James Storm.

The streak didn’t quite end the way it should have but there really wasn’t much of a bad taste left after it happened. It seemed as if Crimson was going to move onto bigger things as the streak was lifted from him. That hasn’t quite happened yet.

Our once undefeated hero, Crimson, has recently disappeared from Impact Wrestling. His last appearance was in a match where he failed to defeat Devon for the Television Championship. The match was less than stellar as Crimson did mess up on a couple of maneuvers. He really isn’t a good wrestler and he may never be. He can move well for his size but that’s the only real positive in the ring he has as of right now.  However, he has proven (at least in my eyes) that he can play quite a convincing heel. He’s received some decent audible heel reactions from the crowd, some of which were louder than his pops were when he was a wannabe Goldberg  baby-face.

One can argue that without the streak, Crimson has lost whatever edge he had and doesn’t deserve a spot on Imapct every week. To a certain extent, that is a valid claim. Crimson based his whole character around the streak. He’d shove it in the face of the crowd and his enemies. He would call out injured opponents and win by count-out just to keep the streak going. He would cheat to win which really separated him from the Goldberg stereotyping. When he was done winning,  he’d taunt out a check mark in the air.

Without the streak, could Crimson be just as good of a heel? The answer to that is a definite yes as Crimson has become the top heel in TNA’s developmental program Ohio Valley Wrestling. As a member of “The Coalition”, he has been dubbed as a Five-Star General leading “Operation: OVW Freedom” with many other military minded wrestlers on the roster.

With his right-hand man Jason Wayne at his side, Crimson has already become a 1-time OVW Heavyweight Champion and then the duo won the OVW Southern Tag Team Titles. Proving to be a real menace, The Coalition has destroyed everything in their way for many months until the OVW roster got fed up and started fighting fire with fire. He’s feuding with resident babyface Sam Shaw, whom are really close friends behind the scenes, and the rivalry is bitter at its core.

Crimson continues to hone his craft as a heel and more time in developmental will only make his triumphant return to Impact Wrestling that much better. Though he probably shouldn’t have been taken off of TV in the first place, his time in OVW will only continue to help him form himself into the great heel he once showed so much promise to be.

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About Jacob Stachowiak

Wrestling writer since October 2011. I write about wrestling because it makes me feel all warm and cuddly inside. I don't use words like "work rate" or pretend I know any insider information. I'm just your above average writer who appreciates wrestling.
  • Charlie G

    This damn BFG Series, though entertaining, is taking a lot of time and space in IMPACT. Because of it, there’s basically no mid-card or tag team division. Once the BFGS ends, I think we’ll see a lot of development in those divisions and from several wrestlers

    • Charlie G

      BFGS ends, it’ll free up a lot more time for the tag division, mid-card/TV title, Knockouts, X-Division and more

      • JacobStachowiak

        Yeah, the BFG is cool and all but it really is taking away too much time from everything else. 

  • Charlie G

    GET CRIMSON BACK ON MY FUCKIN’ TV SCREEN! I OWN 2 GODDAMN CRIMSON T-SHIRTS & IF HE GETS RELEASED, THAT’S A WASTE OF MY MONEY!!!!!!! BOOK CRIMSON IN SOME GODDAMN MATCHES! GIVE HIM THE TV TITLE OR SOMETHING!

    By the way, I like the Gunner/Kash/Crimson stable idea… I too see potential in Crimson. He’s a future TNA World Heavyweight Champion!

    • JacobStachowiak

      YEAH I KNOW, THE SHIRT IS PRETTY FREAKING AWESOME AND SHOULDN’T GO TO WASTE!!!

      I’m not sure about the world champion thing just now but the Kash/Gunner thing is what’s probably best for him right now besides a TV title run. 

  • SiD

    But yep, I like the deny idea. It will work for him, and he can simultaneously improve on his mic skills. Interesting read here. 

    • JacobStachowiak

      Agreed, thanks, man. 

      • SiD

        :)

  • SiD

    Meh, I don’t like Crimson all that much, but his streak was pretty uh.. entertaining. In my opinion, Storm shouldn’t have won against Crimson, or in fact, he should have returned at Slammiversary with a promo. Crimson could then win against Masters/Gallows or any other new guy they have. His streak ended abruptly, and I did not like that.

    • JacobStachowiak

      Yeah, now that he hasn’t recovered, I don’t like it ending either. I was initially cool with it but not anymore. 

      • SiD

        Yep. He got buried pretty bad. And well, why isn’t Crimson in the BFG series? 

        • JacobStachowiak

          Because TNA wanted to reward Charlie’s dedication. I got Slammiversary, he got his boy Robbie E in the BFG Series. 

          • SiD

            Well…. that’s cool to give back to their loyal fans. 
            CHIKARA doesn’t do that! I am loyal to them, and I want them to sign John Cena, but they don’t do that :( 

  • http://twitter.com/SAVE_US_GSM Graham Mirmina

    Great article. I’ve been wondering the same thing for weeks myself. I was so thrilled when he finally turned heel, it fit him perfectly. He was just getting into the open challenges when the streak was broken by James Storm at Slammiversary. I was okay with that, but they needed to re-establish him after the loss. I was hoping they’d insert him into the Bound For Glory Series (much like last year) but no such luck. He doesn’t need the streak, but certainly did help. He was just starting to get over, too. That match with Devon shouldn’t had even happened. Have him return to television in a more impactful way. He had a new look upon his return, but it went to waste. If that match with Devon was going to happen, then he should’ve won, as the Television Championship is a perfect fit for him. It’s interesting you note that he could be apart of Aces and Eights and that’s a big possibility, but I think they just don’t have anything for him sadly. I hope they give him something to do soon, or repackage him using one of the gimmicks you listed.

    • JacobStachowiak

      Yeah, he was just getting into the gimmick and was getting over as a heel. Then Storm ends the streak and his momentum. I was okay with it at first because I thought they would re-establish him afterwards but they haven’t yet. The Devon match was terrible, he should have won or Devon should have faced a completely different person. There was no point to it. I really wanted him in the BFG series but nooooo freaking Robbie E has to be in (no offense Charlie). I hope he gets something at least by the end of BFG because he’s got some potential to be a great heel. 

      Thanks for reading, Graham. 

      • http://twitter.com/SAVE_US_GSM Graham Mirmina

        Since Storm is in the BFG Series, I’d expect Crimson to be entered to, but as you said, why Robbie E? I love the guy, but he hasn’t been relevant in over a year. Hopefully, he returns on a regular basis with a program ready for him by BFG.

        My pleasure, Jacob.

  • http://twitter.com/SAVE_US_GSM Graham Mirmina

    Great 

  • http://twitter.com/E__RAGE Eric

    Well with Kid kash and Gunner teaming, I don’t see a Crimson/Gunner pairing. Thing is he doesn’t seem to fit anywhere. He’s not in BFG nor does he fit in the X-Divison. Why not have him feud with Devon for the TV title? 

    • JacobStachowiak

      He lost that’s why and Devon isn’t on TV. Gunner/Kash are as of Thursday. Meh, we’ll see. 

      • http://twitter.com/E__RAGE Eric

        Devon isn’t on TV because he has nothing for him right now. Have Crimson and him feud which gives both of them TV time

        • JacobStachowiak

          He’s got plenty of competition, he ain’t on because they ain’t got time to feature all the belts and because it’s so unimportant its the belt that suffers from it. Though Crimson would go over huge if he beat such an amazingly popular guy like Devon. 

          • http://twitter.com/E__RAGE Eric

            You’re right he’s got competition: CRIMSON. Crimson would be hated if he were to beat Devon or even kayfabe injure him

          • JacobStachowiak

            True that. 

  • http://twitter.com/PhenomenalRyan Ryan Frye

    Ok, I’ve actually read it now. I like the two storylines you present, but I still want my pairing of Gunner and Robbie E to happen. It’d make Robbie a bit more of a legit and twisted heel, but he’d still be goofy and from the Jersey Shore. Mentally disturbed, you could say.

    Anyhow, Crimson’s problem is with the BFG Series going on, and then the main event storylines with Aries and Roode and Aces & 8s, there’s just not much TV time to come by. He would be a guy to greatly benefit from another show televised in the US. 

    Otherwise, he’s just gonna have to wait until the roster is thinned out. If Bully Ray leaves for example, that’s one less heel, making Crimson a more valuable asset. 

    Good job Jacob. 

    • JacobStachowiak

      Yeah, there’s really no space for Crimson that’s why I think he needs to be a part of Aces/8 or the Chavo thing to get tv time. Another show in the US would do wonders for a lot of guys on the roster. 

      • http://twitter.com/PhenomenalRyan Ryan Frye

        Like the POPE! 

        • JacobStachowiak

          Yes, like D’Angelo Dinero. 

          • http://twitter.com/PhenomenalRyan Ryan Frye

            The man formerly known as Elijah Burke.  

          • JacobStachowiak

            I know who he is! 

          • http://twitter.com/PhenomenalRyan Ryan Frye

            The leader of the congregation! 

          • JacobStachowiak

            I KNOW THAT TOO! 

          • http://twitter.com/PhenomenalRyan Ryan Frye

            The only pope that is pimping. 

          • JacobStachowiak

            I’m well aware of the fact that the Vatican’s Pope is not a pimp. 

  • http://twitter.com/TheBerge_ Kevin Berge

    I would have loved to have Crimson start denying that his streak ended. He could really get a lot of time on the mic with a gimmick like that. He could win and lose more yet consider everyone a win in his own mind. I think that would be a great way to put him over and let him shine.

    Crimson and Gunner could be a good team. They need something to do, and the tag team division is in desperate need of talent. Give them some wins together and a good angle to understand why they’re teaming together (the military gimmick could work well) and you’ll have a solid heel tag team for others to play off of.

    The X-Factor like stable idea would be an upgrade on that. Add in Kid Kash and you have three guys in desperate need of direction who could be midcard terrors together. Nothing serious, just a legitimate group to worry prospective faces and end up helping put over the sympathy toward midcard faces who have to deal with them.

    Overall, while I’m not a big Crimson mark or anything, I want to see him succeed. The air of credibility that Crimson once had is evaporating, and that is all he really had that made him stand out. Maybe the BFG series is taing up his air time, but, if he doesn’t get on TV soon, he might not come back successfully at all.

    • JacobStachowiak

      The denial gimmick would have worked out so well but like Judas said he should have started right off the bat but that didn’t happen. The BFG Series and the Aces &*Eights are definitely taking the time he would have had, just like they have for the TV title. 

      Crimson and Gunner, like u said, would work out great. With Kash, it would be even better. Just three guys, all with similair looks, just go out there and want to make the faces suffer and piss off the crowd. The obvious peak would be Kash with the X-title (or TV title) and Gunner/Crimson as tag champs. 

      Yeah, that’s the consensus I’ve been getting. People aren’t really marks for him like I am but they want him to succeed. There’s potential in him and his short heel run really showed that off. I hope he gets some tv times soon because him being gone is a travesty after all the build. 

  • http://twitter.com/PhenomenalRyan Ryan Frye

    Before I read this, I’d like to point out Crimson has been defeated twice. Once by Storm, and once by the almighty Devon on IMPACT for the TV title. So he’s our twice defeated hero. Hehe. 

    Nitpicky Ryan, I know. .

    • JacobStachowiak

      Eh, I put that he lost. Once indefeated hero means he was undefeated, now he isn’t. I wrote in there that Devon beat him. 

      • http://twitter.com/PhenomenalRyan Ryan Frye

        Okay, that’s fair. 

  • Judas Thundersteel

    As soon as I read the suggestion of him and Gunner, I was thinking a stable with him, Gunner, and Kid Kash. Just read on and there’s the suggestion. One clear reason is that all three men are tattooed up. How all three men walk about, they think they’re tough guys. Don’t those sleeved up guys with impressive muscles think they are all macho-wacho? Muscled up, I didn’t go the Randall Orton or CM Punk route. Anyways, Crimson had a thing going for him. It was still relatively fresh and was growing in being rather entertaining. That being a full fledged heel that flaunted his streak around. While Storm’s return was at the right time, Crimson’s defeat on the other hand, wasn’t. Even worse now that he’s been off TV for a considerable amount of time, and the TV champion prospect gets slimmer due to TNA not being strict on the TV championship gimmick, again.

    The denial thing should’ve been done right after he lost. So I don’t know how successful it would be if he brought it in after being off TV for a while. If they did vignettes that explored his mindset, justifying his absence, then there’s more potential. I mean, they once looked at Abyss in some padded room, justifying his absence from the Impact Zone, building anticipation for his return. Speaking of Abyss, mentioning that he disappeared, months after his hardcore match with Bully Ray, and then debuting Joey Park. Those kind of angles justify an absence.

    Yo you dealin with the X-Factor, or whatever that opening line was. That stable idea is the most viable suggestion. Kash and Gunner vs. the Chicanos in a match, and then Crimson comes in and costs the Chicanos the match. The Chicanos might get a third guy to even the odds. I don’t know, Jose Chimichanga? Hector Guerrero? Whatever the case, at least the stable has a foundation as far as image is concerned. Three angry, intense, tattooed up, mean, white boys. Hey ain’t nothing wrong with that. Kash can be the talker, because he’s actually pretty underrated. His promo on Chavo Guerrero made me laugh a good deal, and he’s a guy that looks to piss people off, a little quality that Bully Ray shines in. Anyways, Crimson and Gunner can be a tag team in the stable, with Crimson doing most of the talking, even though Gunner can chime in and stuff. They get the tag team championships while Kash could even be an X-Division championship. Legitimizing stables can be done with championship possession. Holding two of TNA’s championships would do them some good.

    On a more personal note, I wouldn’t say I’m a mark for Crimson. Suggestions I happen to agree with, shows that I want to see him improve. He’s shown a bit of wanting to improve and being successful to a degree. Obviously all starting with him being a heel. Besides, I can note improvement and grow to be a fan of someone. Heath Slater is a pretty recent example. Anyways the Sleeve Soldiers is the best idea for Crimson’s reinvigoration. 

    • JacobStachowiak

      Haha, Sleeve Soldiers? 

      Yeah, I think the white boy wrecking crew ala X-Factor is the best option. The look of the three guys helps mold the image of them being together better in my mind. The X-division title and tag titles were exactly what i was thinking as well. X-Factor once had the hardcore, light heavyweight, and IC belt at once. It made them look legit and it would work for these guys too. 

      And yeah, Kash is like a mini-Bully Ray. He’s very good at drawing heat, good wrestler and a decent mic worker.