Between The Ropes – January 25, 2013 | Sheamus

sheamusWWE superstar Sheamus talks about this Sunday’s Royal Rumble PPV, winning the rumble match last year, WrestleMania 29, who he thinks he will face and who he would like to square off against, if he has personally lobbied Vince McMahon for a match with The Undertaker, CM Punk vs. The Rock, John Cena’s promo on Raw, the youth movement in the company and also his dancing moves which he showed off recently on Smackdown.

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Between The Ropes – January 22, 2013 | Arda Ocal

ardaBrian talks with Arda Ocal of The Score, Baltimore Sun and the Layfield Report about the build up to this Sunday’s WWE Royal Rumble PPV including the work between CM Punk and The Rock on their match, the rumble match itself, where all this is leading when it comes to WrestleMania, the Hall of Fame and much more.

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Jerry Lynn is Thinking About Lance Storm

On February 9th, Jerry will square off against Lance Storm for Pro Wrestling Syndicate in Metuchan, New Jersey.  It will be Lynn’s final match on the east coast as he gets set to retire in March after a nearly 25 year career.

 

Storm and Lynn have squared off plenty of times before, mostly while working with ECW.  It should be quite the showdown and, as you can tell by the video below, Lynn sure is thinking about Storm … a lot.

 

TNA President Dixie Carter Talks Plans for 2013

Recently, TNA President Dixie Carter sat down with Jeremy Borash to discuss where the company is right now and the plans for the upcoming year.

 

 

In the first video, Carter that 2012 was a big year going live with the ‘Impact’ television show and that the locker room is working well together and she is happy with the leadership there right now.  This has been a problem in the past with talent not confident in the direction of the company and upset with the creative direction.

 

She goes on to say that 2013 “will be the tipping point for this company where we really take it to another level”.  As for what that next level is remains to be seen.  TNA would like to go on the road more often with the remaining three pay-per-views this year all being outside of Orlando.  There is a thought that they would like to take ‘Impact’ on the road as well but that would be a costly endeavor.

 

Carter also discusses the X Division and says there will be a greater emphasis on it in the coming year and that injuries have been a problem lately for the division and its growth.

 

In the second part of the interview, Carter addresses about the Knockouts division and says there are big plans in the works there.  As for the division itself, she says that the women should be portrayed in a certain way and not be gratuitous.  That is an interesting comment because in the past with a different creative head (Vince Russo), this was not the case and the argument could be made of how poorly the women of TNA were treated creatively.

 

Speaking of the creative direction, Carter says that the company has never been as good creatively as it is right now and that anyone who stopped watching should come back.  She goes on to talk about the upcoming year and hopes to have more programming in the United States.

 

That is all well and good and I hope TNA can improve and stay around for a long time to come.  But I do have skepticism, especially when it comes to the creative direction of the company.  I think that has improved but I want to see more.  The biggest thing that TNA has to do is make stars, bigger than life figures that stand out and are important to the viewer.  They have plenty of talented performers but no one person stands out as being must-see or special above the others.

Between The Ropes – January 15, 2013 | Jason Powell

PowellPicthumbBrian talks with Jason Powell of ProWrestling,net about the 20th anniversary edition of Raw, the interaction between The Rock and CM Punk as they build to their match, the upcoming Royal Rumble PPV, John Cena the superhero, WrestleMania 29, Jerry Lynn’s final match and more.

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Between The Ropes – January 10, 2013 | Kofi Kingston

kofi kingstonWWE superstar Kofi Kingston talks about the 20th anniversary of Raw, his favorite memory from the show, comparing the Attitude Era to now, his recent matches with Wade Barrett, bringing out the wildcat in him, the road to WrestleMania and more.

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