Jay Bradley Talks His Release From TNA And Why Dixie Carter Has Become The Internet Wrestling Communities “Scapegoat”

jaybradleyupsetSteve talks to former TNA wrestler Jay Bradley, who just got released from the company late Monday night. Bradley discusses how he got released, thoughts on the departures of AJ Styles, Hulk Hogan, Jeff Jarrett. Bradley went in depth on his thoughts regarding TNA President Dixie Carter.

“I had very limited interaction with Dixie and I don’t mean that in a negative way,” said Bradley. “She was always very personable to me, easy to talk too, comes up to you thoughout the day and say, “hey how are you?” with a handshake.

“She seemed to be very knowledgeable and what was going on with the product and saying, “hey I’m looking forward to watching what you do tonight in your match with so and so, have you filmed your interview and your promos yet.”

“Very complimentary, very gracious after your match saying, “thank you for your match, thanks for your hard work today.”

Bradley then goes into why Carter has become the Internet Wrestling Communities scapegoat, why she gets a bad rap and more.

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TNA Impact Rating Up For AJ Styles Final Appearance

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Magnus became the undisputed TNA world champion defeating AJ Styles in the main event of Impact on Thursday night. That was Styles’ final appearance with the company as his contract ended in the middle of December.

Wrestling were interested in seeing Styles’ final appearance as the show drew a 1.18 rating with an average of 1.39 million viewers. That is up from last week’s show, which did a 0.9 rating with an average of 1.1 million viewers.

TNA holds a live edition of Impact this Thursday with the themed “Genesis” show.

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Roderick Strong Takes A Horrific Bump In His Match With A.J. Styles At Ring Of Honor Show (Video)

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AJ Styles returned to Ring of Honor last night in Nashville, Tennessee. Styles faced Roderick Strong in the main event of the tapings. During the final sequence of the match, Styles hit the Styles Clash on Strong, who didn’t stick his head out enough took a nasty fall on his head.

The latest on Strong is that he did lose feeling in one of his arms and iced it. He did regain feeling in his arm and will be seeing his doctor tomorrow for a checkup to make sure he is ok.

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2013 Biggest Surprise of the Year

One of the main reasons wrestling fans tune in each week is because they love to be surprised.  And because of its scripted nature, professional wrestling can offer those big, shocking moments in a much more strategic way that most other sports programs.   Cliffhangers you can’t miss? Good guy/bad guy turns? Dramatic run-ins and historic battles?  They’re all a piece of the squared-circle fabric.  While the internet made genuine surprises much harder to pull off in 2013, than, say, decades prior, a handful of moments still kept us on the edge of our seats. [Read more...]

Daniel Bryan Joins the Wyatt Family, Brock Lesnar Returns on Final WWE Raw of 2013

RAW_1075_Photo_234Brian and Steve discuss the final WWE Raw of 2013 including Daniel Bryan in a shocking turn of events joining the Wyatt Family, Brock Lesnar making his return alongside Paul Heyman, The Shield coming closer to breaking up, Batista returning to the WWE and the talk of his “stealing” someone’s spot, possible plans leading up to and through WrestleMania 30, The Rock announcing his plans for that show, Jeff Jarrett leaving TNA Wrestling, AJ Styles working for Ring of Honor and his future with TNA and more.

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The Best of 2013: Professional Wrestling

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Ask any wrestling fan – 2013 was a mixed bag.  There were great matches, there were terrible matches… Some superstars escalated to new heights while others (Zach Ryder,  sorry broski) found themselves relegated to Main Event and, worse, Saturday Morning Slam. Professional Wrestling found itself in the news for both good things, and not-so-good things. Pay-Per-View buy rates fell.  TNA stopped even caring about Pay-Per-Views. TNA also stopped caring about ratings.  Or the talent roster.  Hulk Hogan became unemployed, as did Bruce Pritchard, D-Lo Brown, AJ Styles, and even Jim Ross. CM Punk ended his historic 434-day title reign against The Rock, losing a championship that would find itself unified with the World Heavyweight Championship by year’s end.  Pro Wrestling stayed in a slump, but still delivered a year chocked full of fan-pleasing matches. [Read more...]

AJ Styles Gives Statement on Contract Status, Leaving TNA Wrestling

AJ-Styles-HeaderFor the first time since the company began, AJ Styles is officially no longer and employee of TNA Wrestling.

Styles and the company could not come to terms on a new contract.  Now, the former TNA World Champion is officially a free agent.

Styles issued the following statement regarding his contract status and leaving TNA Wrestling.

MY STATEMENT ON TNA CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS 12/16/13

Today for the first time in 11 years, AJ Styles awakes to find himself without a professional wrestling contract. I can’t help but think how did I get here, what must I have done wrong, did I not deliver in the ring, etc. All of those are pertinent questions that any man or woman who finds himself or herself unemployed would ask.

I have always prided myself in being the wrestler that stays away from the things in this business that could easily destroy myself, my family, my marriage, and even my career. A wrestler who goes above and beyond to give the fans what they paid to see.

I move forward not bitter, but better for the blessings and memories that I have been a part of since TNA’s inception.

When this contract renegotiation journey started several months ago, my wife and I began praying for God to close doors that needed to be closed and to open the doors that He wanted us to walk through. We asked him to prepare us for this journey and to help us to have the faith to be obedient to what He would have us to do. I am assured by the name Immanuel in Matthews 1:23 that I will never be alone. Hebrews 13.5, says He will never leave us or forsake us. There is a lot in this world that I am unsure of, especially in this moment, but there is one thing that I am certain. Contracts may expire, but the promise of Immanuel will never expire.

As my family and I move forward with my wrestling career, we will turn to Jabez’s prayer found in 1 Chronicles 4:10.

Oh, that You would bless me indeed,
and enlarge my territory,
that Your hand would be with me,
and that You would keep me from evil.

My family and I are both grateful for the platform that TNA has allowed me to experience. TNA has been a blessing to our family for many years. We have made many friendships and many more memories. While you may not be seeing AJ Styles in TNA, you can be sure that he will be traveling the world and delivering many more Phenomenal matches. Visit AJStyles.org for a complete list of bookings.

Sincerely,

AJ Styles

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WWE Raw Comes Alive With Spectacular Final Segment, People Really Like Daniel Bryan

RAW_1072_Photo_191Brian and Steve talk about WWE Raw from Monday night including a spectacular final segment, all the different directions the company could possibly go in now, the reaction to Daniel Bryan and how the fans are demanding for more of him, the smarts of John Cena, how this could play into the WWE TLC PPV on Sunday, more WrestleMania 30 speculation when it comes to matches, the Slammy Awards, WWE Network, AJ Styles done with TNA Wrestling and more.

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WWE Network is Coming, WWE TLC 2013, Slammys and AJ Styles Possibly Done with TNA Wrestling

WwenetworklogoThe Flagship is back as Brian, Steve and Michael first get into a heated discussion about our college teams and Steve finally pays up on a bet. Then the guys talk about some promotions within the WWE which are leading to the impending launch of the WWE Network, how exactly the network could work and the many possibilities, Triple H now in charge of the creative team along with Vince McMahon, the WWE TLC 2013 pay-per-view which is less than two weeks away, their disappointment in WWE storylines and if they see that changing anytime soon, the Slammys coming to Raw on Monday and also the possibility of TNA Wrestling original AJ Styles leaving the company.

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Dixie Carter Not Happy With Spike TV Executives Over Airing Of AJ Styles Commericials

AJ Styles left TNA after his defeated Bully Ray in a rematch to retain the TNA world heavyweight title on the October 24 edition of Impact Wrestling. Styles then quit the company in an angle with TNA President Dixie Carter over his refusal to sign a new contract. Ever since then Styles hasn’t been seen on the show and commercials have aired on television that have been paid for by Styles.

To further the angle, TNA released a video of Carter meeting with Spike TV voicing her displeasure with the Styles commercials airing on Impact.

Do you like what TNA has done so far with the angle?

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TNA Impact Wrestling Rating Slightly Down From Last Week

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With all the speculation of TNA being up for sale, people are still tuning into Impact Wrestling. The rating for Thursday’s edition of Impact drew a 0.9 rating with an average of 1.10 million viewers. That is slightly down from last week’s show, which drew a 1.0 rating with an average of 1.26 million viewers. The highlights of the show were Bobby Roode facing Kurt Angle and TNA Owner Dixie Carter stating that AJ Styles is no longer the world heavyweight champion.

TNA had competition though as the NFL had 6.48 million viewers for a game involving the Cincinnati Bengals and Miami Dolphins. It was the third night of the NBA season and The NBA on TNT had 2.64 million viewers for the early game featuring the New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls.

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TNA Bound Main Event Rematch Takes Place Thursday on Impact Wrestling

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.

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Between The Ropes WWE Raw Podcast: You’re Not the One – October 22, 2013

Brian and Steve recap WWE Raw from Monday night including the buildup to Sunday’s Hell in a Cell PPV, the finishing segment with the Triple H promo, who looks to be upset about something he said, getting back to a formula on Raw, why Norv Fernum should have been on the show and much more.  Plus, they talk about TNA going with a rematch between AJ Styles and Bully on Impact this week and the entire angle.

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Between The Ropes Video – TNA Bound for Glory 2013 Recap

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.

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Report: TNA To Take Impact Wrestling Back To Orlando

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.

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Between The Ropes Video: TNA Bound for Glory 2013, Hell in a Cell Matches

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 Impact Wrestling (Non-Spoilers) For Tonight’s Show

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

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TNA Bound for Glory 2013 Lineup

BoundforGlory2013This Sunday it’s the TNA Bound for Glory PPV from the Viejas Arena in San Diego, California.

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.