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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Christopher Daniels Talks Walter White, Appletinis and Bound for Glory

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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.

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TNA Impact Wrestling Rating Up From Last Week

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.

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Report: Hulk Hogan Didn’t Have To Endorse Or Put Over Any Talent in TNA Exit

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?

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Between The Ropes WWE Raw Review Podcast – October 1, 2013

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.

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TNA Impact Wrestling Spoilers For Thursday October 3

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.

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Kurt Angle To Return At TNA Bound For Glory

It was announced last night on TNA Impact Wrestling that former TNA and WWE heavyweight champion Kurt Angle will be returning at the Bound For Glory pay-per-view. The event takes on Sunday, October 20 from the Viejas Arena in San Diego, California.

Angle hasn’t been seen on TV since August as he was arrested for the forth time in six years for DUI on August 1. The former world champion then headed to rehab immediately after his arrest.

It was announced at Slammiversary in June that Angle will be going into the TNA Hall of Fame during the weekend of Bound For Glory. The event is regarded as TNA’s version of WWE Wrestlemania.

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Between The Ropes | Wade Keller – September 27, 2013

wadekellerWade Keller of the Pro Wrestling Torch talks about the current power trip storyline in the WWE involving Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, what the WWE would be doing right now if John Cena had not gotten injured, why The Miz is getting picked on, Dolph Ziggler not put in a better position, shades of gray booking, why he believes 2013 is a crucial year for the future of the business, his dislike of insider content in wrestling despite both WWE and TNA involving it in current storylines, Hulk Hogan’s future, Dixie Carter as an owner and Breaking Bad talk!

You can follow Wade on Twitter @thewadekeller and follow PWTorch @PWTorch.

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What Will Be ON TNA Impact Wrestling Tonight?

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

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Between The Ropes WWE Raw Review Podcast – September 17, 2013

Brian and Steve look back at last night’s Raw including Daniel Bryan being stripped of the WWE Championship, Stephanie and her wicked ways involving with Dusty Rhodes, Paul Heyman and his starry eyes for Ryback, the good guys finally stepping up and helping and more.  Plus, they talk about the report that Hulk Hogan’s TNA contract expiring in two weeks and the company possibly taking Impact off the road.

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Mickie James Rejects TNA Contract, Becomes a Free Agent

Former TNA Knockouts Champion Mickie James contract expired today. ProWrestling.net reported that James had also turned down a contract offer recently from the organization. In the past few months, TNA has been cutting payroll and offering lower contracts to talent whose contracts are about to expire.

James’ final TNA appearance will this Thursday on a taped edition of Impact Wrestling, where James loses the Knockouts Title to ODB. James started in TNA in September of 2010 after she was in the WWE from 2005-2010.

No word yet on what James will do next in regards of where she will continue her wrestling career.

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The AJ Styles Dilemma

styles lone wolf winBelieve it or not, AJ Styles is a big deal. He was the first contracted TNA wrestler to land at #1 on Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s annual PWI 500 list. He’s a five-time (five-time! five-time! five-time! five-time!) World Heavyweight Champion. And he’s the only wrestler to have held every male championship owned and sanction by TNA during the company’s tenure.

On the other hand, your neighbour might bump into him at Wal-Mart and never give him a second glance. [Read more...]

TNA News: Devon Makes First Statement Since Leaving TNA

Former ECW, WWE and TNA champion Devon is gone from TNA after taking the pinfall last night in the main event of Impact Wrestling. Devon was apart of Aces and Eights facing off with the Main Event Mafia and he got pinned by AJ Styles. The loser of the match as part of the stipulation had to leave TNA.

Devon made first statements on Twitter after taking the pinfall last night.

Devon will be making at least one more appearance for TNA as he is advertised for the Body Slammin’ Breast Cancer 2 event on September 14 in Melbourne, Florida before he leaves the company.

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Brooke Hogan Released by TNA

Multiple sources are reporting that TNA has released Brooke Hogan.  This is the latest in an ongoing series of cost-restructuring moves by the company.

Her release is surprising if only because her father, Hulk Hogan, is seen as such an asset to the company.  Dixie’s desire to keep Hulk happy made Brooke Hogan seem untouchable.  On the other hand, Brooke’s TV role in TNA had played itself out. She was the former head of the knockouts division, and most recently played Bully Ray’s (kayfabe) wife.

Hopefully TNA will use this as an opportunity to re-establish itself.   The multiple high-profile releases over the summer, most of which hit the active roster or road agents, left a black-eye on the face of the company. Cutting unnecessary “name-only” talent seems like the most logical next step.

Dixie Carter has yet to release an official statement.

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Thoughts on Darren Young, and Being Different in Professional Wrestling

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Darren Young came out earlier today as WWE’s first openly gay superstar. That is, he’s the first to reveal himself while still under contract with the company. Several previous wrestlers have announced themselves as gay – the late Chris Kanyon and Orlando Jordan immediately come to mind – but most had distanced themselves from WWE when they finally disclosed their sexual orientation.

WWE immediately announced its support for Darren Young. Both Triple H and Stephanie McMahon took to Twitter and praised Young’s courage, and the company sent out a press release using the word “proud” and saying that it would “continue to support him as a WWE Superstar.” Company frontman John Cena even did an interview with TMZ offering his own congratulations.

Unfortunately, Young has to deal with a public that’s not quite ready for his openness. The public-opinion tide is certainly turning in favor of gay-rights equality, but we haven’t reached that point where all of society is ready to accept it with open arms. And just because the general public thinks one way, it doesn’t mean the pro wrestling world follows that same path.  [Read more...]

TNA Wrestling Pushes Back Big Match

TNA Wrestling President Dixie Carter announced that the match between Aces and 8′s vs. the Main Event Mafia will not be taking place on this Thursday’s Hardcore Justice event on Impact.  Instead, the match has been pushed back a week to the August 22 edition of Impact Wrestling.

Carter posted the following:

 

The most logical reason for this is because Kurt Angle — who is a part of this match — is currently in rehab following his recent DWI arrest.  If this indeed the case for the match being pushed back a week, that would mean Angle would be in rehab for about three weeks before checking out or at least leaving for this match.

You would hope that Angle along with TNA Wrestling is taking his problem very seriously.  However, if he stays in rehab for anything less than 30 days, many people will have doubts about his sincerity to battling this issue.  There are even those that believe Angle should stay in rehab for as much as 60 days considering this is his fourth related DWI issue although he has either gotten off or had the charges reduced in the first three cases.

Angle is committed to his job and no one can question that.  It’s whether or not he has that same commitment to overcoming this personal problem and how serious he is treating it.

Hardcore Justice on Thursday is headlined by TNA World Champion Chris Sabin defending his title against Bully Ray in a steel cage match.  Plus, there will be a Bound for Glory series ladder match with Jeff Hardy vs. AJ Styles vs. Austin Aries vs. Kazarian.

UPDATE:  The August 22nd edition of Impact Wrestling will be taped after the show on August 15.  So, it’s not certain why the match is being pushed back.  It could possibly be just to have a big match on that show and not just have one big loaded show on August 15.

 

Between The Ropes Podcast – August 3, 2013

Brian and Steve are back for a quick audio discussing Kurt Angle getting arrested for DWI in Texas, his future with TNA Wrestling and if he should have one and more.

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Video: Tito Ortiz Revealed as #August1Warning on Impact Wrestling

In case you missed it, here is the video of Tito Ortiz being revealed as the person behind the #August1Warning at the end of last night’s edition of Impact Wrestling.

Just don’t stare too much at his watch … you may go blind.