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.
Jim Ross frequently writes a blog on his website JRsbarbq.com discussing various pro wrestling and UFC topics. The WWE Hall of Famer brought up the topic of Hulk Hogan and why it would be best for “The Hulkster” to return to the WWE.
“I have no dog in the hunt and nor do I know any insider “dirt” but for my two cents Hulk Hogan would be better off re-signing with WWE in a limited role that would put him back in the global, WWE mix and add a jolt to his career which never hurts anyone than re-signing with TNA.
“Even though Hogan says he has ‘one more match left in him’ that fact, if true, is irrelevant to my way of thinking. Hogan’s opportunity to do PR work, appear occasionally at live events and on a timely basis on TV and to have his likeness on more, sellable products is logical to me. If it is the dollars holding this matter up as in a bigger guarantee now and not willing to wait on the WWE business model to generate more, new Hogan bucks, then the deal may be simply and only about the immediate cash which isn’t a sin either.”
Is Jim Ross on the mark regarding Hulk Hogan?
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.)
TNA returns tonight with an edition of Impact Wrestling. The episode that will tonight was taped last week from Tulsa, Oklahoma and we posted the spoilers last Friday. If you don’t want to read the spoilers, here is what will take place tonight.
- Hernandez vs. Christopher Daniels vs. Eric Young vs. Robbie E in a four corners match
- Samoa Joe vs. Chris Sabin
- AJ Styles promo
- Gunner vs. Knux
- Kurt Angle promo
- TNA Champion Bully Ray vs. Magnus
- Bully Ray and A.J. Styles contract signing for the TNA Title match at Bound For Glory
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.
Hulk Hogan Says Triple H Told Him, “If Ever I Decide I Get The Itch To Come Back Home,” The Door’s Open.”
Will Hulk Hogan be coming back to the WWE to end his legendary career? According to Hogan, he has already a discussion with a top executive.
In an interview with the AP discussing an appearance for the New York Comic-Con, Hogan stated that he had a recent discussion with Triple H at a charity event.
“He just welcomed me with open arms. He said if ever I decide I get the itch to come back home,” the door’s open, Hogan said.
Hogan’s contract with TNA expired at the beginning of October. With Hogan having a prominent role in WWE 2K14 video game coming out on October 29 and the cover of the Madison Square Garden DVD, rumors have run rampant of a WWE return.
“My mind has been going crazy the last couple of weeks trying to figure out the best thing to do will be (regarding a WWE return),” he said.
Does this mean Hogan will be making his return to the WWE?
One half of Bad Influence Christopher Daniels discusses the TNA Bound for Glory PPV on October 20, the EGO Hall of Fame, Walter White, his long tenure with the promotion, rumors surrounding the company and how he deals with that talk, AJ Styles possibly leaving the company, reality in wrestling, taking the show on the road, if they could even return to Orlando or be someplace else on a regular basis, teaming with Kazarian for nearly two years, where he gets his inspiration and more.
It looks like the hype for the Hulk Hogan and Dixie Carter was effective for TNA. The rating for Impact Wrestling drew a 0.95 rating, with an average of 1.13 million viewers. It was up from last week’s show as that drew a 0.89 rating with an average of 1.12 million viewers.
The final segment was hyped as TNA owner Dixie Carter giving Hogan an ultimatum to be on Team Dixie or suffer the consequences. Hogan rejected Carter and quit the company.
We reported yesterday that Hogan’s contract ran out on Tuesday. The angle was designed to give both sides an out in case Hogan doesn’t return to the company. The two sides are currently negotiating a new contract at this time.
In what was an awkward final segment in last night’s TNA Impact Wrestling, Hulk Hogan quit TNA. In a segment with TNA Owner Dixie Carter, she left Hogan with an ultimatum telling she can join him in Team Dixie or Hogan can suffer the consequences. Hogan decided to quit and Carter begged Hogan to stay and even got on the ground and grabbed his leg, with Hogan dragging her.
A lot of people have been very critical of the angle as it was very awkward and basically made Carter look bad in the process. We now know why the segment was like that. We had reported a few weeks ago that Hogan’s contract was set to expire on Tuesday.
The Wrestling Observer reported the reason the segment came off like that was due to the fact that Hogan had creative control in his contract. The only exit Hogan would do is where he left on his own, without endorsing anyone, putting anyone over or TNA even ridiculing or burying him on the way out.
Hogan has had creative control in his contracts since his days in WCW. That clause played a notable role in the finish with his match with Sting at Starrcade in 1997 and his match with Shawn Michaels in 2005.
TNA and Hogan are discussing a new contract, but at a reduced price. Hogan was making a reported $35,000 per appearance for 30 appearances a year. It is unknown at this time whether the WWE and Hogan have been negotiating. With Hogan being a centerpiece of the WWE 2K 14 video game coming out at the end of the month and WrestleMania 30 in six months, that would be an assumed possibility as well.
Was it fair for Hulk Hogan to not put TNA over last night?
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
Former NWA World Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce talks about the #7LevelsofHate series with Colt Cabana, the DVD on the series which includes all of the matches as well as a documentary about how it came about and the politics that being involved and altered the series, if any explanation has been given from the NWA ownership about changes made involving him, Cabana and the series, his relationship now with the NWA, the process of putting together the DVD, if he was happy with the series itself, the TNA gut check experience, the #August1Warning spoofs, TNA as a company right now, selling Scrap Daddy booty shorts(!) and more.
You can purchase the Seven Levels of Hate DVD at its official website.
A lot of rumors have circulated that Hulk Hogan could return to the WWE when his TNA contract expires. The question was though, no one was sure about when the contract actually expired.
ProWrestling.net is reporting that Hulk Hogan’s contract with TNA expires on October 1, which is exactly two weeks away. The website is also reporting that Hogan’s camp has declined comment on the contract status with TNA.
When Hogan’s contract was set to expire last year, TNA picked up the option on his contract.
TNA has been cutting costs recently getting rid of talent like Mickie James, Devon and Mr. Anderson. Hogan would come at a hefty price for TNA, so it will be interesting to see if the company and Hogan can agree to a new deal.
A reunion between Hogan and the WWE has been circulating due to Hogan having a prominent role in the WWE 2K14 video game, which comes out on October 29. During the Night of Champions on Sunday, the WWE ran a poll on who was the greatest WWE champion of all time was and Hogan was the winner.
Do you want Hulk Hogan to stay with TNA or do you want to see the biggest star in the history of wrestling return to the WWE?
We will keep updated on the status of Hulk Hogan and where he will end up.
It seems like everyone is always looking for a big man in wrestling. While the business is evolving, the big man – especially a giant – has always been at the top of the food chain, standing out above others to dominate until a worthy contender can slay him.
Right now, there is a big man in wrestling without a home. That is Matt Morgan.
The seven-foot, 300-pound plus “Blueprint” was last seen in TNA Wrestling back on June 13. After being with the company for the better part of six years, Morgan decided a change was needed.
It was time to go. And after several discussions with TNA President Dixie Carter, he was given his release.
“TNA was a company I fell in love with,” Morgan told Between The Ropes in an exclusive interview. “Dixie Carter is someone I love like a family member. But on the business end of it, you want to be in a situation where you feel like you’re still improving and you’re being put in situations that highlight your strengths and hide your weaknesses. Every wrestler wants that.
“But you also want to keep progressing. I was in a spot where if I’m going to be sitting home and just collecting a check, that’s not the kind of guy I am. That’s not the kind of performer I am. I’m a guy who wants to earn his check. More importantly, I want to be a guy who helps put asses in seats and do that, I need to be in the ring wrestling matches.”
Morgan is a man still torn by the decision and you can hear it in his voice. It sounds like it’s straight from a current storyline in that what he did “was best for business”. But when you hear him talk about that, it sounds like a business decision he didn’t necessarily want to be forced to make.
“It was tough to leave because that was my family for a while. TNA really was a good family atmosphere. That’s not even getting into the guy in the locker room who are like brothers to me as well.”
On several occasions, it looked like Morgan was on track for bigger things, a true main-event player. Every time, something happened.
A feud with Hulk Hogan? Well, the Hulkster just can’t get in the ring any more with his health issues?
The feud with Sting? It fizzled out quickly.
There were plenty of other starts and stops along the way when it looked like he was on his way to becoming the TNA World Champion. Even Morgan thought it was going to happen at some point but it wasn’t meant to be.
“From the business side of things, all you can do is bust your ass, whatever they throw at you, and do it to the best of your ability,” Morgan said. “Now, if there was something that I did wrong that prevented that from happening, I’ll take that on the chin. But if it’s something that I can’t control, like that, than no. That’s on decision-makers.”
“That’s on the wave of the business at that moment and what they feel is best for their product and who they think should be the world champion at TNA at that moment. If it’s not me, it’s not me. That doesn’t mean you cry over it. You try to prove them wrong and keep it moving.”
So now he is a giant without a company. There are some that think he would be a better fit in WWE being a big guy. It’s not like that company isn’t familiar with him either since he came up through their developmental system before going to the main roster for several stints before he was released.
Maybe he was brought up to the main roster too quickly. He needed more experience. Now, he’s been in the business for 11 years and has gotten that seasoning working in Japan as well as TNA Wrestling.
So when asked about that possibility, he didn’t shoot it down.
“I’ll put it to you this way,” Morgan replied. I think there is a bazillion and one fresh matchups for me. I think I’d be a hell of an addition to that roster as far as adding some freshness and adding a big man that would be able to go for the next five to eight years easily if needed. And again, a guy that’s never missed a single date in his career. No injuries, doesn’t take steroids, isn’t on drugs and someone that would be a hell of a representative for that company.”
“On my own accord, I do anti-bullying campaigns. I’m part of D.A.R.E. and PAL here in Orlando where I’ve spoken to just 215 schools here in the state of Florida alone, on my own, since I can tell these kids my own stories. I have ADHD for instance. I talk about learning disabilities. I talk about my drug history in the past of being a painkiller abuser and moving past that. I’m a very good story to tell and I think I’d be a hell of a representative as far the company is concerned publicly.”
At the same time, he has history with TNA Wrestling and while he asked to leave, he is keeping the door open for a return.
“Definitely if the timing is right,” Morgan said. “Timing is everything in this sport. I’ve always said that and it’s the truth. But I do not want to go back somewhere where it’s business as usual and let’s do the start – stop stuff again. It’s got to be full guns blazing, let’s do this thing. You’ve got a seven-foot, 330-pound steroid-free monster that is the most durable thing there is right now. Please tell of someone who is my size and hasn’t had an injury in ten years. I’ve never missed time for anything. That being said, let’s go. Let’s just come out of the gates blasting.”
Right now, Morgan is working a few independent shows just so he can stay in ring shape. Priority number one though is taking care of his wife who is more than five months pregnant with their first child in what he says is a very high-risk pregnancy after the couple tried for ten years.
You can tell he misses being in the ring, being away from the brotherhood of wrestlers. He wants to be in the spotlight and given a chance. He undoubtedly has the size. He believes he has the tools. Now, he needs the opportunity.
Morgan says that he won’t have to wait long before he gets that opportunity.
“I’ll put it to you this way without saying too much. I know exactly what I’ll be doing and where I’ll be heading and when I’ll be doing that.”
Will we see him TV before the end of 2013?
“Yes. Yes you will.”