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.
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.
Wade 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!
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
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.
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.
Believe 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...]
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.
Thank you to all the fans in TNA for 8 great years. whether you love me or hate me I had a blast. U guys rock!!! O TESTIFY!!! GOOD BYE!!!
— Devon Dudley (@TestifyDevon) August 23, 2013
Thank you to my bros in aces and eights we kicked ass for year and a half we road together and we will ride again. aces and eights for life
— Devon Dudley (@TestifyDevon) August 23, 2013
I would like to thank the TNA wrestlers for 8 great years. You guys are truly my family
— Devon Dudley (@TestifyDevon) August 23, 2013
And just so you know I'm not done yet!!!!!!!!!
— Devon Dudley (@TestifyDevon) August 23, 2013
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.
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.
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 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:
— Dixie Carter (@TNADixie) August 12, 2013
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.
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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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.
TNA Wrestling had been hyping up who the #August1Warning would be. Rumors had circulated it could be the likes of Bill Goldberg, Dave Bautista, Chris Jericho, John Morrison, Shelton Benjamin, Bob Holly and Adam Pearce. We got the reveal, but it wasn’t a pro wrestler.
The reveal was former UFC light heavyweight champion and the newest signee in Bellator MMA, Tito Ortiz. Throughout tonight’s episode of TNA’s Impact Wrestling, it was teased as who the person would be.
During the final segment of the show, The Main Event Mafia, which consists of Kurt Angle, Samoa Joe, Sting, Rampage Jackson and Magnus came out to challenge the Aces and Eights to a match. A brawl ensued between the two factions, when the lights went out and when they came back on, Ortiz was walking down the ramp.
The wrestlers were shocked especially Jackson and then the show went off the air.
This isn’t the first time we have seen Tito Ortiz in TNA. Ortiz made some appearances in 2005 including a special referee position on a pay-per-view, which was during a time he wasn’t with the UFC.
It was announced yesterday by Bellator MMA that Tito Ortiz and Rampage Jackson will headline the organization’s first take into pay-per-view on November 2 in Long Beach, California.
The logic would seem here that we will be seeing cross promotion between Bellator and TNA to hype the pay-per-view bout. This has never been tried before, so we could get a good indication if the crossover appeal will be effective.
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Adam Pearce has a pretty good sense of humor.
And with all the speculation on who could be the mystery person behind the TNA #August1Warning videos, old “Scrap Iron” decided to have some fun with it today, just hours before that person is revealed on Impact Wrestling.
It’s August 1st and that means tonight on Impact Wrestling, the mystery will be revealed behind the #August1Warning videos. And yes, this person is “out for personal justice”.
This is the company latest attempt to drum up intrigue and viewers and has had some success so far. But one of the problems is that when they have done this in the past — and they’ve done something similar plenty of times — they typically end with a dud.
That being said, there is plenty of speculation on who it will be. We know it’s not Batista or Chris Jericho because, well, the person in the video said so. But those are also names that very few people would really believe but they’re just not realistic. Even Jericho has got public stating that he will never work for another wrestling organization other that WWE from this point forward.
In watching the video, the shadow of the person looks somewhat like Bob Holly. That would be a letdown with most people. Adam Pearce has jumped on this bandwagon and teasing that he could be the mystery man. Another choice could be Tito Ortiz who just signed on with Bellator MMA to fight Rampage Jackson. With Bellator having a working relationship with two of its fighters (Jackson and King Mo) along with both Bellator and TNA being on Spike TV, this would make sense. Another fighter that could possibly be a fit would be Bobby Lashley.
And none of these people mentioned could be ‘the guy’ either. If it wasn’t for past disappointments on this front, this could be a really big deal right now. But there is some intrigue behind it which should be tempered until the person is revealed.
As for who it is, that’s still anyone’s guess right now. But feel free to share your thoughts and take a stab at it.
In light of the recent criticisms that TNA has faced follow cutbacks and perceived money issues with the company, President Dixie Carter has asked for fans to send her questions on Twitter for her to answer, using the hashtag #AskDixie.
While all of her intentions were good, but it really isn’t a great idea to allow all of the general public to take part in a Q&A session for the world to see.
As expected, many people took advantage of this idea to sarcastically ask some ridiculous questions. Here are just a few of the examples
#AskDixie Is it true a lot of mid-card wrestlers in TNA are considering living in North Korea, because they have a better human rights?
— TableofJapan (@TableofJapan) July 24, 2013
#AskDixie How does it feel knowing more people have seen Gigli than your last pay-per-view?
— Raised by Gypsies (@raisedbygypsies) July 25, 2013
— Jim Em Cee (@jimpwcfb) July 25, 2013
#askdixie The mandatory retirement age of a professional wrestler should be less than that of a senator, true or false?
— Mendel (@DustinMendel) July 25, 2013
#AskDixie Will Brooke be doing something after TNA closes or will she just keep doing nothing and getting paid for it like she is now?
— Larry Wilson (@mrmutant) July 25, 2013
#AskDixie When there’s something weird in the neighborhood, who you gonna call?
— Matt Herrera (@Stoutstone) July 25, 2013
#AskDixie So when are Bubba the Love Sponge and Brutus Beefcake going to return and win the TNA tag titles?
— James Varga (@James_Varga) July 25, 2013
#AskDixie At what point will David Arquette be revealed as the head of Aces and 8′s and win the TNA World Championship?
— Andrew Mayorga (@AJM904) July 25, 2013
#AskDixie Who’s lined up as the 1st “special guest host” of Impact? My money’s on Howdie Doodie, Fred Savage or that chick from Blossom
— Paul Sturrock (@earnedmyhorns) July 25, 2013
#AskDixie You weren’t interested in bringing in Paul Heyman for a creative position, yet copy his business model of bouncing checks. Explain
— Dustin Nichols (@XDustinEFLX) July 25, 2013
Are you surprised that sin caras lights are more over than your roster #askdixie
— Billy Weber (@TheBillyWeber99) July 25, 2013
#AskDixie Does TNA stand for Total Nonstop Absurdity?
— Rishabh Thomas (@His_unholiness) July 25, 2013
#AskDixie Remember when you had Alex Shelley on your roster, and you killed his love of the business so badly he had to leave the country?
— Daniel D (@imquitegood) July 25, 2013
Are you chomping at the bit for 3MB to get released? #AskDixie
— Daniel Gray (@dgray42) July 25, 2013
#askdixie so tell us did you watch “The Rise and Fall of WCW” and say “THAT’S what I wanna strive for, where’s Hogan and Bischoff”
— TrashBagWrestlers (@Trash_Baggers) July 25, 2013