This week on the BTR Flagship Brian and Michael talk about the latest regarding CM Punk, Rob Van Dam possibly returning to WWE by WrestleMania 30, Raw from Monday night, the lack of star power, possible changes to the WrestleMania 30 lineup, Sting possibly coming into the company, MVP joining TNA Wrestling and more including your questions.
Brian and Steve recap WWE Raw including a fantastic main event between Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton to go along with the rest of the lackluster show, more on CM Punk, Sting’s status with TNA and whether or not he will be joining WWE, Kurt Angle look more and more like he wants to be in WWE than TNA, Stacy Keibler talking with Stephanie McMahon about a return and more.
Brian and Steve talk about WWE Raw from Monday night which saw the return of Batista, the buildup for this Sunday’s Royal Rumble PPV including John Cena and Randy Orton as they get set to square off for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, Daniel Bryan’s explanation for being with the Wyatt Family, more matches for the Rumble show, the entrants right now for the Royal Rumble match itself and others that could be added, more on Hulk Hogan, Sting, the American Wolves debut in TNA Wrestling and your questions.
TNA produced a themed version of Impact titled “Genesis”. The show was expected to be a ratings increase from last week, but that ended up not being the case. Impact drew a 1.1 rating with an average of 1.32 million viewers, which is down from last week’s 1.18 rating with an average of 1.39 million viewers.
The show featured Sting vs Ethan Carter III, Bully Ray vs Mr. Anderson, a Kurt Angle/Dixie Carter promo and the show ending with Sting challenging Magnus to a world title match. Magnus accepted the challenge and they will battle on next week’s show. If Sting wins, he wins the title, if Magnus wins Sting’s contract gets torn up and is out of the company.
TNA aired a live edition of Impact Wrestling two days ago in Huntsville, Alabama. After that show ended, TNA taped an edition of Impact that will air this coming Thursday on Spike TV starting at 9 p.m. ET. Here is what happened at the tapings.
-Kurt Angle beat Bobby Roode in a cage match with a moonsault off the top of the cage.
-Austin Aries defeated Chris Sabin to win the X Division Title while Velvet Sky was locked in a cage at ringside.
-Samoa Joe beat Rockstar Spud.
-Gunner defeated James Storm to keep his TNA Title shot briefcase.
-Bro-Mans and Zema Ion beat up Eric Young until Abyss made the save.
-Magnus defeated Sting to retain the TNA Title with interference. Magnus tore up Sting’s contract after the match.
Results were courtesy of WrestlingInc.com.
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 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.)
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.
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 taped their Impact Wrestling for next week following last night’s live show. Here are results of the show that will air next Thursday.
- Jeff Hardy defeated X Division Champion Manik in a non-title match. Chris Sabin attacked Manik after the match.
- ODB defeated Mickie James to win the TNA Knockouts Title.
- Eric Young beat Robbie E.
- Joseph Park defeated Robbie E.
- Gunner defeated Hernandez.
- Bobby Roode, Kazarian, and Christopher Daniels defeated Samoa Joe, Magnus, and Sting in a six-man tag match.
AJ Styles ranted on Dixie Carter about how she brought in big name talent and replaced good wrestlers. He also spoke about not having a contract. Dixie came out and basically told AJ that if it weren’t for her, he wouldn’t be where he is today.
Brian spends his Friday night talking with Eric Gargiulo of the Camel Clutch Blog as they discuss the current Daniel Bryan storyline, who the best wrestler in the WWE is right now, all of the various possibilities for WrestleMania 30, who could possibly return to the company, the futures of Hulk Hogan, Eric Bischoff, Sting and AJ Styles in TNA and maybe somewhere else, the wrestling television landscape, Ric Flair and more.
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Brian and Steve are back to talk about Raw from last night including the direction for Daniel Bryan, divas, the world champions vignettes, rumors of a possible world champ joining the WWE, the Wyatt Family debut next week, Ricardo Rodriguez suspension and more.
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This is part one of an ongoing series, looking at TNA’s product from a non-fan perspective as it builds towards Destination X.
Before last night, I hadn’t caught an episode of TNA’s IMPACT Wrestling since 2012. The last major Pay-Per-View I caught was Bound for Glory 2012, back when Aces and Eights revealed it’s (not actual) leader to be Devon, and Jeff Hardy captured the TNA World Heavyweight Championship from Austin Aries.
I didn’t stop watching because I disliked the product. In fact, TNA’s big Summer IMPACT Wrestling push last year was some of the most consistent work in the company’s 11-year history. The shows were entertaining, Austin Aries was a great champion, and the Aces and Eights storyline still had a little teeth to it. My schedule simply got too busy for a Thursday wrestling show.
Unfortunately, I tuned in last night and my first thought was, “well, not much has changed.”
I can’t compare this show to last weeks show, and I have no idea how last night’s events fit into the big TNA picture. But watching that episode of IMPACT Wrestling left me feeling completely indifferent. It wasn’t the in-ring work, which was as solid as ever (including Samoa Joe, who continues to be one of my favorite wrestlers never to step foot in a WWE ring). I’m also a big fan of the Bound for Glory series, which was hyped prominently throughout the night.
It just felt like TNA had too much going on. Moreso, it seemed as though the creative staff didn’t know how to highlight the really important things from the not-so-important things.
Example: Main Event Mafia kicked off the show (which annoys me unto itself). Kurt Angle and Sting hyped that they would be adding a new member by the end of the night. But, when the segment with Samoa Joe took place, it just felt awkward. All three men seemed unclear how to handle the moment, and the announcers fumbled through the call. Wasn’t this supposed to be a big development? Furthermore, have Aces and Eights just given up? They didn’t seem too concerned with tearing apart TNA anymore. If that’s the case, then why are Sting and Kurt Angle so threatened by them?
Every segment seemed to have more than one thing happening at a time. It couldn’t just be a match – it had to be a match AND THEN an interview. Or an in-ring promo, then a backstage segment. And why the heck was Hulk Hogan featured more prominently than the TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bully Ray?
I thought the Austin Aries reveal was a nice surprise. On the other hand, knowing what little I do about recent TNA events, it seemed to completely undermine the whole “X-Division Champion can challenge for the World Heavyweight Championship” scenario. From my understanding, the Chris Sabin X-Division Championship win was a big deal, and it seemed like a great way to build him up to that next level. But watching fake Suicide steal the title in such a ridiculous manner, the stipulation, and thus the title, both lost a little prestige. It seemed like TNA was trying to make this its own Money in the Bank at the cost of the championship.
And by the end of the night, with so much going on, I wasn’t sure what I was supposed to care about.
Yes, WWE has some weak nights too. But it seems to promote its flagship show in such a way that you know what’s important, who to focus on, and what to talk about the next day. All TNA seemed to emphasize was the “more stuff happening” part, and it caused the whole product to suffer.
TNA World Champion Bully Ray speaks with the media about this Sunday’s Slammiversary PPV where he will face Sting, transitioning from being in a tag-team for so long to a singles wrestler, reinventing himself, which younger guys in the company stand out to him, who he has learned the most from in the wrestling business, the current state of tag-team wrestling, Team 3D Academy, Impact Wrestling going live, if there should still be blook in wrestling and more.