TNA Impact Wrestling Rating Surprisingly Drops (Updated)

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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.

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TNA Impact Wrestling Spoilers For Thursday January 23, 2014

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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.

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Results were courtesy of WrestlingInc.com.

Davey Richards And Eddie Edwards Are Backstage At TNA Impact And Will Debut Tonight

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What could turn out to be WWE’s loss and TNA’s gain starts tonight. ProWrestling.net is reporting that former Ring of Honor stars Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards are backstage at Impact and will debut on tonight’s show.

The duo had appeared at the WWE NXT tapings in November, but the company decided they weren’t going to bring them in. Rumors had run rampant that TNA would sign them and President Dixie Carter basically confirmed the news on Twitter yesterday.

Carter then sent out a tweet a short time ago referring to Edwards and Richards.

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TNA is having their “Genesis” show tonight in Huntsville, Alabama and starts on Spike TV starting at 9 p.m. ET.

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Jay Bradley Talks His Release From TNA And Why Dixie Carter Has Become The Internet Wrestling Communities “Scapegoat”

jaybradleyupsetSteve talks to former TNA wrestler Jay Bradley, who just got released from the company late Monday night. Bradley discusses how he got released, thoughts on the departures of AJ Styles, Hulk Hogan, Jeff Jarrett. Bradley went in depth on his thoughts regarding TNA President Dixie Carter.

“I had very limited interaction with Dixie and I don’t mean that in a negative way,” said Bradley. “She was always very personable to me, easy to talk too, comes up to you thoughout the day and say, “hey how are you?” with a handshake.

“She seemed to be very knowledgeable and what was going on with the product and saying, “hey I’m looking forward to watching what you do tonight in your match with so and so, have you filmed your interview and your promos yet.”

“Very complimentary, very gracious after your match saying, “thank you for your match, thanks for your hard work today.”

Bradley then goes into why Carter has become the Internet Wrestling Communities scapegoat, why she gets a bad rap and more.

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The WWE Network Will Change Everything

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Ignore the sensationalist headline. Hold your smart-aleck quips for the comments section below. Take a moment and just hear what I have to say.

This is a defining moment for WWE.

Most importantly, it’s a re-defining moment for professional wrestling. [Read more...]

2013 Match of the Year

For every rivalry that takes place, for every great promo delivered in (and out of) the ring, and for every backstage news that sends fans to Twitter in a frenzy, the most important drama takes place when fireworks disappear and the lights go down.  A collar-and-elbow position signals the oldest type of storytelling in the business.  It means that two wrestlers are going to finally settle their business, and no matter happens between the opening and closing bells, fans in attendance and at home better buckle their seat-belts. And so with that in mind, we pick the battles that won over our hearts and minds this year… [Read more...]

2013 Breakout Star of the Year

Professional Wrestling really about the star power of in-ring performers.  Today’s top guys mean big money on television, Pay-Per-View, and at the merchandise stand.  But those big draws aren’t going to be around forever, and so the business has to keep building up new talent to take their place.  This was a major focus area for WWE in 2013.  With the debut of the new training facility in Florida, and more high-profile matches for under card talent, the company seemed determine to start packing away for the next era of superstars.  But which talent really came into their own this past calendar year? [Read more...]

2013 Biggest Surprise of the Year

One of the main reasons wrestling fans tune in each week is because they love to be surprised.  And because of its scripted nature, professional wrestling can offer those big, shocking moments in a much more strategic way that most other sports programs.   Cliffhangers you can’t miss? Good guy/bad guy turns? Dramatic run-ins and historic battles?  They’re all a piece of the squared-circle fabric.  While the internet made genuine surprises much harder to pull off in 2013, than, say, decades prior, a handful of moments still kept us on the edge of our seats. [Read more...]

2013 Tag-Team of the Year

In recent years, it seems like tag-team wrestling has taken a back seat to singles competition.  Compared to the tag-team division of the late 80s and 90s, modern sports entertainment has seemed content to pair up random singles wrestlers to be partners, in a “throw it on the wall and see what sticks” mentality.  And it’s been…. fine.  Luckily, WWE decided to up its game in 2013.  We finally got to see some lower-to-mid card acts rise as the company refocused on building legitimate teams.  And, perhaps most surprisingly, WWE’s tag-team competition became more interesting than a certain other major wrestling organization.  But which team rose to the top? [Read more...]

2013 Heel of the Year

For all that is good in professional wrestling, our heroes would have nothing to fight about if not for the heel characters that cause anguish at every turn.  It’s classic booking 101: the babyface chases the heel, and crowds pay good money to see him or her get their revenge. Not every bad-guy in 2013 was worth writing home about, but a few stood out above the rest. [Read more...]

The Best of 2013: Professional Wrestling

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Ask any wrestling fan – 2013 was a mixed bag.  There were great matches, there were terrible matches… Some superstars escalated to new heights while others (Zach Ryder,  sorry broski) found themselves relegated to Main Event and, worse, Saturday Morning Slam. Professional Wrestling found itself in the news for both good things, and not-so-good things. Pay-Per-View buy rates fell.  TNA stopped even caring about Pay-Per-Views. TNA also stopped caring about ratings.  Or the talent roster.  Hulk Hogan became unemployed, as did Bruce Pritchard, D-Lo Brown, AJ Styles, and even Jim Ross. CM Punk ended his historic 434-day title reign against The Rock, losing a championship that would find itself unified with the World Heavyweight Championship by year’s end.  Pro Wrestling stayed in a slump, but still delivered a year chocked full of fan-pleasing matches. [Read more...]

Jeff Jarrett Gone From TNA

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In a surprising announcement, Jeff Jarrett is officially gone from TNA Wrestling. Jarrett announced on Twitter a short time ago that he was leaving the company.

Jarrett co-founded TNA in 2002 with his father Jerry after WCW was bought out by the WWE in 2001, which Jeff was a talent with at that time and wasn’t wanted by the WWE. Jarrett was TNA world champion on and off between 2002-2006.

More recently, Jarrett had been working behind the scenes at TNA events.

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Jake Roberts Wants To Buy TNA

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WWE legend Jake “The Snake” Roberts talked recently with Steve and the Scum on WGD Weekly. Roberts discussed his interest in wanting to buy TNA and how he run the company. You can watch the complete interview here.

Wanting to But TNA: “I want to run an Indigogo and raise the money to buy that son of a bitch and do it right. Not to be in competition with Vince (McMahon), but to do wrestling the way I liked it. Maybe it will happen, maybe it won’t. But now I hear the guy from Smashing Pumpkins is snatching it, so maybe I should just buy the band Smashing Pumpkins and go on with my life and start singing.”

How he would run the company: “I got all the thoughts, bro. There ain’t nobody better at that. I would make it simple, there would be good guys and there would be bad guys. There wouldn’t be no bull**** and there wouldn’t be twenty minute interviews. We would actually, ‘rassle, the world needs it man.”

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TNA Impact Wrestling Spoilers For Thursday December 5

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TNA has taken Impact Wrestling off the road and headed back to taping their shows at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. TNA has been taping editions of Impact Wrestling and they taped the December 5th edition of the show.

- Jeff Hardy beat Bobby Roode in a tables match to advance in the TNA Title tournament.
- Magnus beat Kurt Angle in a Last Man Standing match to advance in the TNA Title tournament.
- Gail Kim defeated an independent wrestler.

Results were courtesy of ProWrestling.net.

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Full Spoilers For Thursday’s TNA Impact Wrestling

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We reported on Saturday two of the matches that will take place on the Thanksgiving Day edition of TNA Impact Wrestling. More matches took place at the taping for Thursday’s show.

- Dixie Carter introduced Rockstar Spud as her new assistant.
- Ethan Carter III over Curry Man.
- Robbie E and Jessie beat Norv Fernum and Dewey Barnes in a turkey suit match.

There was a turkey dinner segment that resulted in a big food fight between the heels and babyfaces.

Results were courtesy of ProWrestling.net.

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TNA Impact Wrestling Rating Dips Slightly, Viewership Rises

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TNA aired a themed edition of Impact Wrestling on Thursday night called Turning Point. When the company runs these pay-per-view themed editions of Impact, it usually gets an uptick in the ratings.

Impact drew a 0.95 rating with an average of 1.19 million viewers. The rating is slightly down from last week’s 0.96 rating, but there was a rise in viewership as last week’s average was 1.1 million viewers.

The highlights of the show were the TNA world title tournament matches featuring Samoa Joe vs Magnus and James Storm vs Bobby Roode. The main event featured Mr. Anderson vs Bully Ray in a no disqualification match in where if Anderson won, Aces and Eights had to disband. If Ray won, then Anderson had to leave TNA. Anderson ended up winning and the Aces and Eights are no more.

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Two Matches Taped For Next Week’s TNA Impact Wrestling

Impact WrestlingOn Thursday night, TNA returned to Orlando to air Impact Wrestling. A live show aired on Thursday night and right after Impact ended, TNA taped a couple matches that will air on next week’s show.

- Le’D Tapa defeated Velvet Sky
- Bobby Roode & Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian & Chris Sabin defeated Kurt Angle & James Storm & Gunner & Magnus.

The heels won in four straight falls. Storm and Gunner were out first. This left Angle & Magnus against both. Magnus faked a knee injury and couldn’t continue to get out of the match. This left Angle against all four. Angle wasn’t pinned but ended up grabbing a chair and got DQ’d.

TNA taped more stuff for upcoming shows last night and another taping will be taking place tonight. As soon we get the results and when the matches will air, we will fill you in.

If you are attending the tapings, email me the reports at stevemuehlhausen@yahoo.com.

Results were courtesy of WrestlingObserver.com.

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Bobby Roode Attacks James Storm In A Bar

Bobby Roode and James Storm are supposed to square off tonight on TNA Impact Wrestling in a bullrope match in the TNA World Heavyweight Championship tournament. Roode got a step up on Storm heading into tonight’s match.

Roode attacked Storm from behind in an Orlando bar last night. TNA released two short videos showing the brutal attacks. TNA hasn’t stated whether Storm will still be competing tonight.

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