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...]
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...]
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...]
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.
On December 22nd, 2013 I officially resigned from TNA Entertainment. Thanks to everyone involved for all the fantastic memories! #grateful
— Jeff Jarrett (@JeffJarrettTNA) December 23, 2013
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
- 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 email@example.com.
Results were courtesy of WrestlingObserver.com.
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.
AJ Styles left TNA after his defeated Bully Ray in a rematch to retain the TNA world heavyweight title on the October 24 edition of Impact Wrestling. Styles then quit the company in an angle with TNA President Dixie Carter over his refusal to sign a new contract. Ever since then Styles hasn’t been seen on the show and commercials have aired on television that have been paid for by Styles.
To further the angle, TNA released a video of Carter meeting with Spike TV voicing her displeasure with the Styles commercials airing on Impact.
Do you like what TNA has done so far with the angle?
TNA aired a live edition of Impact Wrestling last night in Cincinnati, Ohio. After the live edition ended, TNA taped an edition of Impact that will air next Thursday on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET. Here is what will air next week on the show.
- Aces and Eights started it off with an in-ring promo. It was more of the same as we’ve heard all along. A match between Mr Anderson and Bully Ray was set for the November 21 Turning Point edition of Impact. If Anderson loses, he leaves TNA. If Ray loses, Aces and Eights must disband. Anderson said he wanted to face a member of Aces and Eights right away. This led to the first match.
- Mr Anderson defeated Knux by Mic Check. Just one huge brawl.
- EC3 defeated Dewey Barnes and Norv Fernum in a handicap match.
- Christopher Daniels defeated Joseph Park. Daniels got the win with a low blow and a pinfall.
- Gail Kim won a squash match. I couldn’t catch the name of her opponent.
- Dixie Carter came out for an in-ring promo, the vast majority of which I never heard. Literally, the crowd was that loud. I caught enough to know that the tournament match on 11/21 will be a No DQ match.
- Kurt Angle defeated Austin Aries in a submission match as part of the TNA Title tournament. Angle won with a crossface. This was very good. Chris Shore wondered whether the crowd would compare for the two main event matches. I didn’t hear anyone saying they liked Full Metal Mayhem better, but it’s a fair perception. Cincinnati didn’t necessarily sit on its hands for this, though.
- After the match Mr. Anderson came out and asked if the crowd if they wanted another match, then offered to piledrive Garrett Bischoff onto the stage. He did so to some reaction. Bischoff did the stretcher job going into the post-Impact Xplosion match and about half the crowd left.
Results were courtesy of ProWrestling.net.
We had reported on Wednesday that NFL star, Adam “Pacman” Jones was the surprise former world champion that would be appearing on TNA Impact Wrestling. We didn’t know the role that Jones was going to have on the show. The Cincinnati Bengal star opened up the show walking arm in arm into the arena with TNA Owner Dixie Carter and shook the hand of Ken Anderson.
Then after the opening segment of the show, Bad Influence, which consists of Christopher Daniels and Kazarian approached Jones and his teammate Dequin Evans who were sitting at ringside. After some talking back and forth, Bad Influence pushed Jones and Evans.
The NFL stars then hopped the guardrail and got into the ring and they ended bodyslamming Daniels and Kazarian.
You can watch the video of what happened above.
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.
And this sums it up.
Brian and Michael (no Steve?!) talk about the WWE financials report for the third quarter, the pay-per-view numbers being down, the impending new broadcast fees for WWE TV and how big this for the company, the WWE Network which is expected to start in early 2014, the importance of John Cena, TNA being for sale, Hulk Hogan’s status and more.
TNA aired a live version of Impact Wrestling last Thursday in Salt Lake City, Utah. After the live version of the card, TNA taped an edition of Impact Wrestling that will air tonight on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET. We posted the spoilers of tonight’s show last Friday, but if you want to be surprised and not want to know, here is what takes place on the show tonight.
- Eight man Gauntlet match to determine the number one contender to the TNA world heavyweight championship
- Ethan Carter III vs Jobber
- Bobby Roode vs Kurt Angle
- Gail Kim vs ODB
- Bro-Mans vs Gunnar and James Storm
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.
TNA President Dixie Carter announced that the TNA world champion AJ Styles will defend his title against former TNA world champion Bully Ray in a rematch this Thursday on Impact Wrestling.
Carter made the announcement in the video above after the Bound For Glory pay-per-view on Sunday after Styles defeated Ray for the title.
Impact Wrestling will take place on Thursday from Salt Lake City, Utah starting at 9 p.m. ET on Spike TV.