Brian and Michael (no Steve?!) talk about the WWE financials report for the third quarter, the pay-per-view numbers being down, the impending new broadcast fees for WWE TV and how big this for the company, the WWE Network which is expected to start in early 2014, the importance of John Cena, TNA being for sale, Hulk Hogan’s status and more.
TNA aired a live version of Impact Wrestling last Thursday in Salt Lake City, Utah. After the live version of the card, TNA taped an edition of Impact Wrestling that will air tonight on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET. We posted the spoilers of tonight’s show last Friday, but if you want to be surprised and not want to know, here is what takes place on the show tonight.
- Eight man Gauntlet match to determine the number one contender to the TNA world heavyweight championship
- Ethan Carter III vs Jobber
- Bobby Roode vs Kurt Angle
- Gail Kim vs ODB
- Bro-Mans vs Gunnar and James Storm
Jason Powell of ProWrestling.net comes on the podcast today to talk about the fallout from WWE Hell in a Cell, the new directions for the company, Triple H on top and where Randy Orton fits in, Shawn Michaels possibly returning to the ring, a possible lost opportunity for Daniel Bryan, rumors of TNA being for sale, Eric Bischoff’s role with the company, Hulk Hogan and more.
TNA aired a live version of Impact Wrestling last night in Salt Lake City, Utah. After the live version of the card, TNA taped an edition of Impact Wrestling that will air next Thursday on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET.
Here the results of the show.
- Magnus won a gauntlet match to get a spot in an 8-man tournament to become #1 contender (there are also reports that the tournament will crown the new TNA Champion). Sting was in the match even though he’s not able to challenge for the title ever again. Magnus won after he threw Sting over the ropes continuing their angle. The crowd went crazy when Sting came out but they could’ve cared less about Magnus. The other other seven guys in the tournament are Bobby Roode, Jeff Hardy, Chris Sabin, Samoa Joe, Austin Aries, and two others I can’t remember for some reason. Bully Ray was left out to continue the Mr. Anderson feud.
- EC3 faced the same jobber he beat at BFG. The jobber was more over than half the locker room. There was a huge “Let’s go blue guy” chant since he wore a blue singlet.
- Bobby Roode beat Kurt Angle. First, the Angle injury is kayfabe. He was perfectly fine. Great match and Angle was way over.
- TNA Knockouts Champion Gail Kim beat ODB when Lei’D Tapa interfered. Gail used the ropes for leverage getting the pin.
- TNA Tag Champions Bro-Mans beat Gunner and James Storm. Robbie E used the ropes for leverage. Filler match.
Results were from ProWrestling.net.
Brian, Michael and Steve are back for the weekly Between The Ropes as they talk about the fallout from WWE Raw on Monday night and the Triple H promo to end that show, a preview of this Sunday’s Hell in a Cell PPV and some predictions, Sheamus on his comeback from injury, TNA on the move and a new initiative and more.
TNA President Dixie Carter announced that the TNA world champion AJ Styles will defend his title against former TNA world champion Bully Ray in a rematch this Thursday on Impact Wrestling.
Carter made the announcement in the video above after the Bound For Glory pay-per-view on Sunday after Styles defeated Ray for the title.
Impact Wrestling will take place on Thursday from Salt Lake City, Utah starting at 9 p.m. ET on Spike TV.
Brian, Michael and Steve recap the wacky, overbooked TNA Bound for Glory 2013 PPV including the main event between Bully Ray and AJ Styles for the heavyweight championship, the Kurt Angle vs. Bobby Roode match as well as Sting vs. Magnus. Plus, the talk about where the company is right where, Hulk Hogan who was not on the show and more.
It seems like TNA will be heading back home to film Impact Wrestling. WrestlingObserver.com is reporting that TNA will be taping numerous episodes in Orlando starting in late November.
The article also states that TNA has cancelled tapings in Baltimore on 11/21, Chattanooga on 12/5 and Arlington, TX on 12/19. Impact Wrestling will also be according to the article tape most of the Impact shows in Orlando.
TNA started taking Impact Wrestling on the road in June with initial success, but attendance has been dwindling in the last few months.
TNA presents their biggest event of the year, Bound For Glory tomorrow night in San Diego, California with the main event of Bully Ray defending the TNA heavyweight title against AJ Styles. We will also see the return of Kurt Angle facing Bobby Roode and Sting battling Magnus.
Brian Fritz and Michael Wiseman are back with the weekly video talking about his Sunday’s TNA Bound for Glory 2013 PPV headlined by Bully Ray vs. AJ Styles for the TNA World Championship and the poll on the greatest Hell in a Cell match of all time. (We apologize for the audio for Fritz as something was set incorrectly which is why the audio is a lower quality.)
TNA returns tonight with an edition of Impact Wrestling. The episode that will tonight was taped last week from Tulsa, Oklahoma and we posted the spoilers last Friday. If you don’t want to read the spoilers, here is what will take place tonight.
- Hernandez vs. Christopher Daniels vs. Eric Young vs. Robbie E in a four corners match
- Samoa Joe vs. Chris Sabin
- AJ Styles promo
- Gunner vs. Knux
- Kurt Angle promo
- TNA Champion Bully Ray vs. Magnus
- Bully Ray and A.J. Styles contract signing for the TNA Title match at Bound For Glory
Here is the lineup for the show:
- TNA World Heavyweight Championship: Bully Ray vs. AJ Styles
- Sting vs. Magnus
- Ultimate X Match for the X Division Title: Austin Aries vs. Manik vs. Chris Sabin vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Samoa Joe
- TNA Tag Titles: James Storm and Gunner vs. the winner of the pre-show gauntlet match
- Kurt Angle vs. Bobby Roode
- TNA Knockouts Title: ODB vs. Gail Kim vs. Brooke Tessmacher
- Pre-show Gauntlet match: Christopher Daniels and Kazarian vs. Joseph Park and Eric Young vs. Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez vs. Robbie E and Jessie.
Yes, even though TNA has gone out of their way to talk about a weight limit for the X Division they have added Samoa Joe to that match. But that’s TNA right there.
And Kurt Angle has been added to a match which was a bit of a surprise. The belief was that he was going to be on the show just to be inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame, especially coming off of his recent stint in rehab.
Here is the 30-minute Before the Bell video preview for Bound for Glory. These pieces are always some of the best features that the company does.
TNA aired a live edition of Impact Wrestling last night in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After the live edition had ended, TNA taped their show for next week. Here is what happened for next week’s edition of Impact Wrestling.
- The show opened with AJ Styles saying that Bully Ray can’t keep him down. It was hard to hear what he was saying, the audio was poor.
- Robbie E defeated Christopher Daniels, Hernandez and Eric Young in a fatal four way after Robbie E pinned Daniels.
- TNA President Dixie Carter President said that there would be a World title match contract signing tonight. Bully Ray came out and said that for 50K, he’d ride the Dixie train all night. Magnus comes out and challenges Dixie’s change of heart and challenges Ray to a match tonight. Bully says that Magnus is nothing but disappointing and Magnus knocked him down.
- Samoa Joe defeated Chris Sabin via submission. After the match, Austin Aries attacked Joe, and then Jeff Hardy hit the ring and attacked Aries. Hardy brought out a ladder, but was stopped by Sabin. Manik ran out and attacked Sabin and AA off a ladder.
- AJ Styles cut a promo about becoming the new Champion. Aces & 8′s hit the ring to attack AJ, but Gunner and James Storm made the save.
- Gunner defeated Knux via pinfall.
- Kurt Angle cut a promo. E.G.O. came out and Bobby Roode said that he used to idolize Angle, but Angle ruined his Hall of Fame moment. E.G.O. then attacked Angle and left him laying.
- TNA World Champion Bully Ray defeated Magnus. Bully was about to use a chain when Sting came out. Sting grabbed his hand and held it so the referee could see it, but as the ref was distracted, Bully low-blow kicked Magnus and got the win. Magnus and Sting argued after the match.
- A contract signing between Bully Ray and AJ Styles. They argued for a bit before signing the contracts. Bully then attacked AJ, and both men started to brawl. AJ then cut a promo on Dixie and said that he was giving her a gift from everyone, and proceeded to pull his middle finger out of his pocket.
One half of Bad Influence Christopher Daniels discusses the TNA Bound for Glory PPV on October 20, the EGO Hall of Fame, Walter White, his long tenure with the promotion, rumors surrounding the company and how he deals with that talk, AJ Styles possibly leaving the company, reality in wrestling, taking the show on the road, if they could even return to Orlando or be someplace else on a regular basis, teaming with Kazarian for nearly two years, where he gets his inspiration and more.
It looks like the hype for the Hulk Hogan and Dixie Carter was effective for TNA. The rating for Impact Wrestling drew a 0.95 rating, with an average of 1.13 million viewers. It was up from last week’s show as that drew a 0.89 rating with an average of 1.12 million viewers.
The final segment was hyped as TNA owner Dixie Carter giving Hogan an ultimatum to be on Team Dixie or suffer the consequences. Hogan rejected Carter and quit the company.
We reported yesterday that Hogan’s contract ran out on Tuesday. The angle was designed to give both sides an out in case Hogan doesn’t return to the company. The two sides are currently negotiating a new contract at this time.
In what was an awkward final segment in last night’s TNA Impact Wrestling, Hulk Hogan quit TNA. In a segment with TNA Owner Dixie Carter, she left Hogan with an ultimatum telling she can join him in Team Dixie or Hogan can suffer the consequences. Hogan decided to quit and Carter begged Hogan to stay and even got on the ground and grabbed his leg, with Hogan dragging her.
A lot of people have been very critical of the angle as it was very awkward and basically made Carter look bad in the process. We now know why the segment was like that. We had reported a few weeks ago that Hogan’s contract was set to expire on Tuesday.
The Wrestling Observer reported the reason the segment came off like that was due to the fact that Hogan had creative control in his contract. The only exit Hogan would do is where he left on his own, without endorsing anyone, putting anyone over or TNA even ridiculing or burying him on the way out.
Hogan has had creative control in his contracts since his days in WCW. That clause played a notable role in the finish with his match with Sting at Starrcade in 1997 and his match with Shawn Michaels in 2005.
TNA and Hogan are discussing a new contract, but at a reduced price. Hogan was making a reported $35,000 per appearance for 30 appearances a year. It is unknown at this time whether the WWE and Hogan have been negotiating. With Hogan being a centerpiece of the WWE 2K 14 video game coming out at the end of the month and WrestleMania 30 in six months, that would be an assumed possibility as well.
Was it fair for Hulk Hogan to not put TNA over last night?
Brian and Steve talk about WWE Raw from Monday night, the lead-in to this Sunday’s Battleground PPV, the debut of Los Matadores and El Torito (!), the Daniel Bryan – Randy Orton angle at the end of the show, the Paul Heyman ‘proposal’ to Ryback and more. Plus, they talk about Hulk Hogan with his TNA contract coming to an end, the angle involving him last week and this coming week on Impact and TNA as a company.
TNA Impact Wrestling took place last night from the Verizon Arena in Little Rock, Arkansas. The live edition aired last night on Spike TV. After the live show concluded, TNA taped another edition of Impact Wrestling that will air next Thursday on Spike TV starting at 9 PM ET.
Here are the results from the tapings last night.
- Jeff Hardy and Manik defeated Kenny King and Chris Sabin. Austin Aries was on commentary. Hardy pinned King to win the match for his team. Sabin attacked from behind, but Aries made the save.
- Hardy vs. Aries vs. Sabin vs. Manik in an Ultimate X match was announced for Bound For Glory.
- Velvet Sky was scheduled to face Brooke Tessmacher in a No. 1 contenders match. However, Lei’D Tapa attacked Velvet before the opening bell.
- A.J. Styles hyped his Bound For Glory match against Bully Ray, who interrupted the promo segment. This led to the announcement of Ray vs. Samoa Joe for later in the show.
- Bobby Roode, Christopher Daniels, and Kazarian defeated Magnus in a gauntlet match. Magnus pinned Daniels and then formed Kazarian to submit. Magnus was attacked from behind by Kazarian, which led to Roode getting the submission win.
- Sting came out and spoke to a frustrated Magnus, who didn’t want to talk. Sting attempted to get Magnus to go to the back, but Magnus refused. They spoke in the ring.
- Samoa Joe beat TNA Champion Bully Ray by DQ. The referee was knocked out during the match. Bully Ray took advantage of the opportunity and used a chain, but Earl Hebner disqualified him. Ray shoved down Hebner and continued to attack Joe. Ray set up Joe for a piledriver on the concrete, but Styles entered through the audience and made the save. Styles escaped security and went back into the crowd to celebrate.
- Dixie Carter came out to get Hulk Hogan’s answer. Carter was really trying to be a heel, but she did not do that good of a job. Hogan quit. Dixie attempted to stop Hogan on the ramp. Carter got on her knees and begged him to stay, Hogan walked away. Dixie flipped out to close the show.