TNA British Boot Camp Recap (Season Finale): Who Will Be TNA’s Next British Star?

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They say you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. And now TNA British Boot Camp has graced our screens for the final time, I’m sure we’re all feeling the void it’s left in our hearts. It’s been a pleasure doing this for the past few weeks, guys and gals, but what can I say, I’m a masochist.

Let’s not be so negative. We had a good run, didn’t we? For all its ills, TNA British Boot Camp has certainly been entertaining (albeit often for the wrong reasons), and anything that brings the sleeping giant that is the British independent scene to a wider audience can only be a good thing, especially when the wrestlers representing it are as talented as our four contestants. So without further ado, let’s get cracking with the double-header season finale of this truly incredible show. Business is about to pick up!

We rejoin our stars at Ohio Valley Wrestling, where they’re looking to pull out all the stops in impressing their trainers, Al Snow and British wrestling icon Doug Williams, who will decide if they’re ready to head to Orlando and wrestle for the Impact Zone. After Marty and Spud’s…dysfunctional partnership in getting a victory over Someone and Whatever, it’s time for our wondrous heroines Hannah and Holly, the Blossom Twins, who actually had brief runs as OVW Women’s Champion a few years ago to show Messrs Snow and Williams what they’ve got, against another pair of former champions, Jossie Bynum (better known to us as Sojo Bolt) and Taeler Hendrix.

With speed, grace and teamwork, Hannah and Holly make quick work of Bynum and Hendrix, getting the pinfall on Bynum with a double-team splash. Backstage, Al Snow has some choice words for the twins, lauding their skill in the ring but suggesting they use their ‘femininity’ more, and accusing them of wrestling like “guys with boobs”. Ouch. My inner feminist is outraged. Get me a pen, I’m writing a letter to The Guardian!

To the surprise of absolutely no-one ever, Snow and Williams decide, to the inspirational chords of Coldplay’s “In My Place”, that all four will be going to Orlando to show what they can do in front of the Impact Zone crowd, the TNA roster, a worldwide television audience and most importantly, Hulk Hogan and Dixie Carter. This is their ultimate test, so let’s hope they don’t blow it!

Part two begins backstage in the Impact Zone, where the Blossoms are getting some finishing touches from the makeup department. The group reconvene and are told they have a message from someone very special indeed: Rollerball Mark Rocco! Rollerball seems delighted with the progress our stars have made since he last saw them, and has some very encouraging words for the four hopefuls. Yes, they sure have come a long way in those, like, two weeks or something…

The contestants meet once more with Dixie, to find out who they’ll be facing in the ring on Impact. Marty and Spud will be given the chance to vent their frustrations against each other, the Blossoms have a huge opportunity on their hands as they’ll go up against the team of Gail Kim and Madison Rayne. Talk about a baptism of fire!

The sixth and final episode (I apologise if I get a little emotional during this) begins with Hulk Hogan, putting over the occasion with a spot-on parody of, er, Hulk Hogan. We cut to the Impact Zone where Jeremy Borash and Britain’s own Magnus are at commentary, ready to call the biggest matches of these four young stars-to-be’s careers so far. Dixie, Hogan and the entire TNA locker room are watching eagle-eyed from backstage.

Up first is Spud and Marty, who leave it all in the ring in a fantastic back-and-forth grudge match that lasts the duration of part one. Actual wrestling, brilliant! (It’s only taken six episodes…) Marty picks up the pinfall, but both guys have certainly won the admiration of the TNA bigwigs after that performance. The Blossoms have one heck of a task on their hands to top that! Will they be firing on all cylinders or will they let themselves be carried by the veterans Gail and Madison? Let’s find out!

We begin part two with the two teams making their way to the ring. The Blossoms come out to a great reaction, decked out in their Union Jack attire (just like how all British people dress all the time, of course). Gail and Madison get a mic and taunt Hannah and Holly, but our heroines very nearly get the last laugh right away, as Hannah quickly rolls up Madison while her back was turned, for a two count. Hannah and Holly get the upper hand early on, with a nice double dropkick, but the heelish experience of Gail and Madison soon shifts the dynamic, as Dixie and Hulk observe from their aerie in the clouds. The Blossoms regain control soon enough, with Holly making the hot tag and Hannah taking out Gail Kim with some clotheslines, a nice suplex then a double hip toss to Madison Rayne, before landing a big double flapjack to the retaliating Gail, for a two-count. Unfortunately, that would be the last chance they get, as Gail rolls Hannah up for three, but not without using her tights for leverage.

Gail and Madison make their way to the back, not a trace of sympathy on their faces. The Blossoms look disappointed, but they needn’t be: they put on a great match and Hogan and Dixie seem to agree. This one’s completely out in the open!

As our contestants wait for the moment of truth, Dixie and Hogan discuss what the all-important decision will be. It’s not easy, as all four have impressed. Hogan compares the Blossoms to the Spice Girls (See what I mean about Union Jack gear?) but is nonetheless blown away by what he’s seen. After a painstakingly dull minute or so of acting unsure for dramatic effect, The Elders make their decision,and invite our four pretenders in to hear who they have chosen.

Hogan and Dixie have great things to say about all four of our stars, but only one person can fit the needs that TNA has right now. And for that reason, the winner of TNA British Boot Camp is…Rockstar Spud!

Spud wells up. This is beautiful! Our four talented heroes embrace, knowing that no matter who won, they’ve all done themselves and Britain proud. Marty and the Blossoms do their best to not appear too disappointed, but it’s clear from their faces how much this meant to them, and Spud is quick to console them, with some uncharacteristically kind words. Blimey, it’s almost as if it was…scripted or something?

But it’s not over yet! Hogan and Dixie have some more good news. All four wrestlers have impressed them enough that they’ll be given another chance to prove they have what it takes in the big leagues of Impact Wrestling, by accompanying the TNA roster for the Road to Lockdown tour! Marty and the Blossoms breathe a sigh of relief, as Spud closes the show with some emotional words for himself and his family. I don’t know whether I want a tissue or a bucket. Hurrah for happy endings!

So there we are. The end of an era. What am I going to do on Tuesday nights now? Congratulations to all four contestants, having followed them for a while in the British independent scene I know how much they’ve earned this opportunity, and I look forward to seeing them all (because let’s face it, they’ve definitely all already been signed) performing on Impact in the future, in the international spotlight that they deserve. Holly and Hannah Blossom got off to a slow start in this series, taking slightly longer to come out of their shells than the boys, but their personalities blossomed (yeah, pun intended, sue me) towards the end, and showed that they deserve this opportunity just as much as Marty and Spud. The chance to be on the road with TNA will help them immensely, and I hope they make the most of the extraordinary talent they’ll be in contact with. This isn’t the last TNA has seen of the Blossoms!

This show was wrong on so many levels, but right on many, many more. Anything in the wrestling industry that gets people talking is a good thing, especially when people with genuine talent are given an opportunity to take their game to the next level. That’s exactly what TNA British Boot Camp has done, and for that reason, I consider this show a resounding success despite itself. It may well have been a very small and very vulnerable individual in the playground that is the wrestling industry, and bullying is indeed wrong, but surely there’s no harm in giving ‘em a tickle here and there, right?

What did you think of the season finale of TNA British Boot Camp? Who do you think should have won? Let us know in the comments!

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  • shameronstar

    Really Al Snow, really? That sounds like something wwe officials would probably think:(

    • Rhawk

      Not gonna lie, that made me shake my head. They look sexy enough as they are as most women do, so unless their heels they dont need to be acting like their sex on legs.
      I reckon Al’s just a massive perv. =-P

      • JamieKym

        hell yes. I mean, Look who he’s married to

    • http://www.thegrg91.webs.com The_Greg91

      People are taking Al’s comment wrong. What he meant by femininity was the fact that if women act just like guys in the ring, then it wouldn’t be women’s wrestling. No matter what character you portray in wrestling, she always has to have a touch of feminism. If girls were to act just like guys in the ring then it would take out how special women’s wrestling is in a male dominated industry. WWE’s Maria had the same opinion, she and I still want women’s wrestling to be special, and it can’t be special if girls act exactly like guys. The Fabulous Moolah said in her book “there’s a time and a place for everything.” So there’s a time to be tough, but there’s also a time to bring female flair. Without that flair and touch then women’s wrestling wouldn’t be women’s wrestling. I’m not saying they have to rip their clothes off, I’m saying they need to wrestle in a way that keeps women’s matches special.

  • Rhawk

    The right person on imo, but all of them are gonna be in TNA soon enough and I cant wait to see them all on TNA in the near future. Rockstar Spud for X-Division Champion, make it happen!

    Maybe The Blossoms can steal the Knockout tag team Titles and claim them to be their since they are really they would be the only true team in TNA right now since both Eric & Madison has been absent from their tag partners.

    • Chryst Voegele

      Eric & ODB

      • Rhawk

        Already mentioned Eric as he is mostly out due to him doing that fishing show of his, and even when he’s not doing that he’s in an angle where he’s been taken out by Aces & Eights. Just because they are the tag team champions doesnt mean they are a solid tag team, look at Kong & Hamada, Taylor & Hamada even.

  • shameronstar

    I really liked Marty, overall he had the best ring work to me. Although, I can see why Spud won because he does a great presents as a character and his wrestling is too far behind Marty either so Spud was overall the better total package! I thought the twins were good but I don’t know if they have the presence be major stars though because they seem like they would make decent enhancement talent, but like I said before one time with their twin gimmick and working with more experienced people like Gail and Tara more often they could certainly improve. I liked the promo at the beginning of the knockouts match because it really demonstrated how much better Gail has gotten on the mic and Madison is a great mic worker and character so that was a nice touch! Also, I loved how Hulk Hogan was impressed with everyone even though over 90% of the wrestlers I know of are better than Hulk Hogan is:P

    • shameronstar

      *I meant isn’t too far behind Marty:P I shall rejoice when diva-dirt gets an edit button!

  • wwesvrrocks101

    This is what I love about TNA. They wanted to sign everyone, but they needed to choose one. I really liked how they handled this.

    • Wolverine

      But we know they will still sign all of them so what are you saying?

  • bjorn448

    I think we are going to see the Blossoms on Tna again.

  • Spike7000

    The crap what Al Snow said and even Hogan really annoyed me how Hogan said that oh female wrestlers usually wrestle like girls but oh now they are wrestling like wrestlers plus Dixie just standing there agreeing

    noneless congrats to Spud!

  • DIVASKO

    I have to believe that the twins rivals were announced hours before his fight, and match without meet each other and being magically improvise.

  • Raekon

    I liked the matches and the contestants did all well in my opinion.
    It was obvious to me that Spud will win since he has a great presense and is a total package.

    Even it was obvious that all are already signed or will be, it was good to showcase them as new talent in this show cause through this the audience can connect with all of them as characters a bit too while giving TNA a little boost aswell.

    A good start for all of them and I hope that all 4 will do well in the near future.

    Al Snow should stop his “old school” attitude which wants the girls to be more eye candy then wrestlers or be girly in the ring.

    WWE does already “well” in that department by restricting their divas in many levels, we don’t need this in TNA aswell. -.-

    Really Hogan?

    You saw female wrestlers for the first time?

    Did you forgot that wrestlers like Bertha Faye (Rhonda Singh) Aja Kong, Bull Nakano and others got limited in the mid 90s and prevented from using power moves (except of one finisher) so you and other male superstars won’t get outshined by their talent?

    It’s obviously too far back in the past for you to remember right?

  • Monkey Tennis

    The Blossoms beat Gail Kim and Tara in Glasgow, Scotland last night on the Road to Lockdown tour.

  • Getdownwithachola

    How disgusting Hulk’s and Al’s opinions are…..Now I got my answers on why we see no gimmick matches, why we saw the releases of Kong, Alissa. Sarita, Roxxi and Hamada, why the knockouts have been booked too be like eye candy since 2010, why Tara and Gail are very different from their past runs, why they prefer ex-divas, why Velvet and Tess got pushed, and last but not least why the division is equivalent to the divas. And to watch Dixie (a female) agreeing with Hulk’s opinion??? Oh God that was to much to handle for me now I wish TNA never existed They use to make me happy back in the day I can’t really stand their guts thats like your girlfriend/boyfriend cheating on you . Hulk and Al are brained washed by the media of how a woman wrestler should be.

    “You too looked like a dude with boobs wrestling” That guy was a jobber his entire life.

    Oh Al he better wish I never see him in real life that guy pissed me off. Who the fuck hired this clown???

    • Getdownwithachola

      I really don’t know why Alpha Female is going to wast her time doing that gut check only to be told she is not feminine enough.

      • Raekon

        That’s what I’m afraid of might happen to Alpha Female but since they had Kong and other “bigger” girls, it gives me a little hope that they would rather go out of their way and sign her unlike the WWE that cut her after the tryout because she doesn’t “fit” the image of a WWE Diva in their eyes.

        • Mikas

          Kong, Hamada, Roxxi, Melissa, etc were all hired in the days that Scott d’Amore and Dutch Mantell were around, they clearly were more open minded to womens wrestling. But Hogan, Bischoff, Pritchard and Al Snow all come from an era were women were supposed to be just valets, so i dont have much hope for Alpha Female getting the same opportunities as a Kong had.

    • http://www.youtube.com/jillfan1 Jillfan1

      I AGREE 100% ever since Hogan came and Jarret left the men’s division hasn’t suffered except the x-division has been rocky where is AJ STYLES? Brooke and tess are oushed too the moon Sarita left I agree everything your saying is true

      • Getdownwithachola

        Thank you so much….I’m happy there is a wise man like you who see what I been seeing for the last 3 years with TNA.

        Much respect to you.

    • http://www.thegrg91.webs.com The_Greg91

      People are taking Al’s comment wrong. What he meant by femininity was the fact that if women act just like guys in the ring, then it wouldn’t be women’s wrestling. No matter what character you portray in wrestling, she always has to have a touch of feminism. If girls were to act just like guys in the ring then it would take out how special women’s wrestling is in a male dominated industry. WWE’s Maria had the same opinion, she and I still want women’s wrestling to be special, and it can’t be special if girls act exactly like guys. The Fabulous Moolah said in her book “there’s a time and a place for everything.” So there’s a time to be tough, but there’s also a time to bring female flair. Without that flair and touch then women’s wrestling wouldn’t be women’s wrestling. I’m not saying they have to rip their clothes off, I’m saying they need to wrestle in a way that keeps women’s matches special.

  • Rhawk

    I also feel like saying that Im at least glad Marti didn’t win, to put it lightly, he seemed like a right prat from how he was perceived on the show. Hopefully he’s not that arrogant in real life.