Brian 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.
The 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.
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?
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
TNA Impact Wrestling returns tonight as they are live from the Verizon Arena in Little Rock, Arkansas. You can watch the show starting at 9 PM ET on Spike TV. Immediately after the live show finishes up, then TNA will tape the show for next week.
Here is what is being advertised for tonight’s Impact Wrestling:
- Chris Sabin vs Manik for the X Division Championship
- Aces and Eights vs Main Event Mafia in a six-man tag team match
- Fallout from Dixie Carter and AJ Styles