Report: Vince Russo Back With TNA Wrestling

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You hear the name Vince Russo and wrestling, most wrestling fans cringe. It had seemed he was out of wrestling forever as we hadn’t seen him in a few years since he was last in TNA Wrestling.

PWInsider.com is reporting that Russo is back with the company in a consultant role. The report states that Russo provides ideas and does critiques of each show that TNA does.

The TNA Wrestling creative team is run by John Gaburick and his staff is David Lagana, Matt Conway and Christy Hemme (who works with the Knockouts division).

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WWE Raw Recap: Evolution is Back, Setup for Extreme Rules

evolutionbackBrian and Steve recap WWE Raw from Monday night including the return of Evolution, the first round of the tournament for the #1 contender for the Intercontinental Championship, the latest chapter in the John Cena – Wyatt Family feud, how Extreme Rules looks to be coming together, the Ultimate Warrior tribute, some other news and notes including Eric Young becoming the TNA World Champion along with your questions.

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TNA Champ Magnus Talks Return to Orlando, Heroes and Being the Bad Guy

magnusTNA World Heavyweight Champion Magnus talks about the company returning to Orlando this Thursday for a live edition of Impact and then TV tapings on Friday and Saturday night (find out more information at ImpactWrestling.com), the pressure that comes with being the champion, playing the bad guy, how he deals with scrutiny from fans, the youth movement in the company, the exclusive group he’s a part of and more.

You can read the entire interview with Magnus at The Orlando Sentinel.

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TNA’s Davey Richards on Lockdown, Dying in Japan and Squid Jerky

richardstnaTNA Wrestling’s Davey Richards talks about this Sunday’s Lockdown PPV where he will be a part of Tean MVP with Eddie Edwards, MVP and Jeff Hardy against Team Dixie which includes Bobby Roode, Austin Aries and the BroMans in a Lethal Lockdown cage match, what the last few months have been like for him, why TNA Wrestling was the place for him and Edwards right now, his tryout with the WWE and why they didn’t end up there, his nasty breakup from Ring of Honor, why he is forever tied to Japan and thinks he will die there, coming close to retiring, the perception from some that he is a jerk, stay in shape on the road eating squid jerky and more.

You can read the entire interview at The Orlando Sentinel.  Follow Davey on Twitter @RichardsWesley, on his Facebook page at Facebook.com/daveyrichardsTNA and on his Instagram at Instagram.com/richardswesley.

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TNA Wrestling’s MVP returning home for Lockdown Event

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The last time that Montel Vontavious Porter – better known as MVP – wrestled in south Florida, it was four years ago and with a different company.  Now, the Miami-based wrestler is finally making his return as part of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling’s Lockdown event this Sunday which airs live on pay-per-view.

“It’s not just coming home to Miami, it’s coming home to Miami with a new company, a new attitude and the fact that we’re at BankUnited Center which is in Coral Gables where the University of Miami Hurricanes play,” said MVP (Hassan Assad).  “As a matter of fact, I’m going to wear a Hurricanes jersey out to the ring.  I’m going to wear my orange, green and white Hurricane ring gear with a jersey on top because it’s all about The U.  And The U invented swag and in professional wrestling, nobody has more swag than MVP.”

The last time he wrestled in the United States, it was in 2010 with World Wrestling Entertainment.  After a successful five years with the company, he decided it was time for a change.

To read the rest of the story, go to The Orlando Sentinel.

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TNA Wresters Magnus and Samoa Joe Talk Lockdown PPV

lockdown1TNA stars Magnus and Samoa Joe did a conference call with the media discussing their match for the World Heavyweight Championship this Sunday at the Lockdown pay-per-view, the show returning to the all-cage match format, headlining a three-hour show which TNA does not do as often now, their reactions from the audience in the UK, their roles with the company and trying to help it grow, where the company should be looking for more talent and the youth movement there, separating their characters from who they really are, working with Sting, going from the past regime to the current one and more.

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D’Lo Brown Talks Return to Ring After Four Year Hiatus, His Love Affair for Japan

dlobrownwideshotD’Lo Brown talks about returning to the ring after a four year break, his time both in and out of the ring with TNA Wrestling, if he was interested in wrestling again when asked, his released from TNA, if he would be open to working there or the WWE again, wrestling for All Japan Pro Wrestling and his love affair for Japanese wrestling, why he doesn’t wrestle indies in the United States much, getting back in shape, the WWE Network and more from the former Between The Ropes co-host!

You can follow D’Lo Brown on Twitter @dlobrown75 and check out his line of t-shirts available at ProWrestlingtees.com.

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Jim Cornette on Keeping Busy with Projects, Says Good for CM Punk on Leaving WWE

jimmycornetteJim Cornette talks about his upcoming tour of the UK February 17 – 25, flying over there after not being on a plane in over a decade, the Kickstarter program to make that tour into a documentary, keeping busy with various projects and everything on his plate right now, now working directly with a wrestling promotion, if he misses being part of a creative team, if there is any comparison between his working for TNA Wrestling and Ring of Honor, Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards going to TNA, what he wants to see on the WWE Network, if he would ever attend WrestleMania or the WWE Hall of Fame, his place in wrestling history, if he has any regrets, why he praises CM Punk for walking out on the WWE, the developmental system there, why certain stereotypes still exist for wrestlers and more.

Go to JimCornette.com to keep up on Jim and find out more about his upcoming projects and appearances and follow him on Twitter @TheJimCornette.

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WWE Raw Recap, Daniel Bryan Gets Win Over Randy Orton, More on CM Punk

rawbryanortonfacekickBrian 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.

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Batista is Back on WWE Raw and the Royal Rumble is Coming

batistabombBrian 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.

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Jason Powell Talks Wrestling in 2013 and the Year to Come

Brian Fritz talks with Jason Powell of ProWrestling.net about wrestling in 2013, if it was a good year overall or not and what stood out either in a positive or negative way.  Plus, they talk about certain business decisions made, WrestleMania 30, the upcoming WWE Network and the challenges with it, the WWE’s new TV rights deal, where TNA stands heading into the new year and plenty more.

You can follow Jason on Twitter @prowrestlingnet and sign up to the subscription section of ProWrestling.net right now for just $1 for one month using the code ROYALSALE.

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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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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

Thoughts on AJ Styles no longer being with TNA Wrestling?  Leave your comments below.

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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The Flapship: Big Show and Triple H on Raw, Daniel Bryan, CM Punk and TNA Wrestling Fooling Fans

Brian, Michael and Steve look back at Raw from Monday night including the feud between Triple H and The Big Show and a mini dressed as a bull trying to hump a woman on live TV(!), Rey Mysterio’s return,WWE reverting back to big guys on the top, TNA Wrestling’s latest ruse to fans, if the company is for sale or not and much more.

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Latest WTF Moment in TNA Wrestling as Returning Former Champ Revealed

There have been many moments in TNA Wrestling history that have left many people befuddled and confused over the years.  Choose between booking decisions, strange gimmick matches and especially on big promises coming up flat.

Here is an example of the latter of those choices.

On Tuesday, TNA President Dixie Cater shot a video saying that a former world title holder was returning “home” to Impact Wrestling this Thursday night in Cincinnati.

All of us fool hearted suckers on the Internet fell for it hook, line and sinker.  Mission accomplished TNA.  People online were speculating who it could be.  Ken Shamrock?  Maybe Raven?  How about Ric Flair?  Hulk Hogan”  Did he re-sign?

Even Steve and I discussed it on our Tuesday podcast wondering who exactly TNA was bringing back fold.  Some big name that would bring viewers to Impact Wrestling even for one night.

Dixie later tweeting that if a tweet of hers got 150 retweets she would reveal this mystery person that was making the big return.  That was no problem as she got the 150 retweets.  As promised, she gave up the name of the former champ coming home in the video below.  Pay close attention to the look to the reaction from both Jeremy Borash and Dave Lagana.

Yep, that’s right – the big reveal is former TNA tag-team champion and current Cincinnati Bengals player Adam “Pacman” Jones!  Whoop-ed-e-do!

Of course it was.  We all should have known better.  And Dixie is just being that crooked woman running the people that people love to hate.  She’s a heel folks!  And she got us.

Borash and Lagana weren’t the only ones to have a confused look when they found out it was Pacman “make in rain all up in here” Jones as the mystery man.  Here is the reaction from others once they saw the big reveal.

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And this sums it up.

WWE Raw Recap Podcast: Triple H and Big Show Legal Affairs and a Horny Bull

ortonshowrawBrian and Steve recap WWE raw from Monday night including the legal issues between the Big Show and Triple H, holes in the main storyline, going back to the well, Dolph Ziggler being worth 12%, Kane owns a suit, a horny bull making some moves on Renee Young and more.  Plus, they talk about the card so far for Survivor Series, the latest on Hulk Hogan, TNA being for sale or maybe not and what former champion is returning on the show this week.

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Between The Ropes | Jason Powell – October 29, 2013

Jason Powell of ProWrestling.net comes on the podcast today to talk about the fallout from WWE Hell in a Cell, the new directions for the company, Triple H on top and where Randy Orton fits in, Shawn Michaels possibly returning to the ring, a possible lost opportunity for Daniel Bryan, rumors of TNA being for sale, Eric Bischoff’s role with the company, Hulk Hogan and more.

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