Between The Ropes WWE Raw Review Podcast – October 1, 2013

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.

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TNA Impact Wrestling Spoilers For Thursday October 3

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.

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Kurt Angle To Return At TNA Bound For Glory

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.

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Between The Ropes | Wade Keller – September 27, 2013

wadekellerWade 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!

You can follow Wade on Twitter @thewadekeller and follow PWTorch @PWTorch.

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What Will Be ON TNA Impact Wrestling Tonight?

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

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Between The Ropes | Adam Pearce – September 18, 2013

pearceFormer 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.

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Report: Hulk Hogan’s Contract With TNA Expiring on October 1

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.

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Giant Matt Morgan Looking for Next Opportunity

matt-morganwideIt 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.”

Mickie James Rejects TNA Contract, Becomes a Free Agent

Former TNA Knockouts Champion Mickie James contract expired today. ProWrestling.net reported that James had also turned down a contract offer recently from the organization. In the past few months, TNA has been cutting payroll and offering lower contracts to talent whose contracts are about to expire.

James’ final TNA appearance will this Thursday on a taped edition of Impact Wrestling, where James loses the Knockouts Title to ODB. James started in TNA in September of 2010 after she was in the WWE from 2005-2010.

No word yet on what James will do next in regards of where she will continue her wrestling career.

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TNA Impact Wrestling Spoilers For Thursday September 19, 2013

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.

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Between The Ropes WWE Raw Review Podcast – September 10, 2013

Brian and Steve are back to talk about WWE Raw from Monday night, Edge making his return, the back and forth real-life promo between him and Triple H, the Daniel Bryan build for his match against Randy Orton at this Sunday’s Night of Champions PPV and more about the show.  Plus, they talk about the latest on a physical WWE Hall of Fame, Sami Zayn possibly joining the main roster soon, TNA business and rumors of them possibly coming off the road and more.

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The AJ Styles Dilemma

styles lone wolf winBelieve it or not, AJ Styles is a big deal. He was the first contracted TNA wrestler to land at #1 on Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s annual PWI 500 list. He’s a five-time (five-time! five-time! five-time! five-time!) World Heavyweight Champion. And he’s the only wrestler to have held every male championship owned and sanction by TNA during the company’s tenure.

On the other hand, your neighbour might bump into him at Wal-Mart and never give him a second glance. [Read more...]

TNA News: Eric Bischoff Shoots Down Hulk Hogan/2K Sports Deal, Rips Wrestling Websites

As we stated earlier in today’s podcast, their is backstage heat in TNA with Hulk Hogan for agreeing to a deal with 2K Sports to appear in the new WWE 2K14 video game. Eric Bischoff who is a close friend of Hogan, came out swinging earlier today on Twitter shooting down these reports.

 

 

 

If that wasn’t enough, Bischoff decided to criticize the wrestling websites reporting the heat with Hogan and people in TNA.

 

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TNA News: Devon Makes First Statement Since Leaving TNA

Former ECW, WWE and TNA champion Devon is gone from TNA after taking the pinfall last night in the main event of Impact Wrestling. Devon was apart of Aces and Eights facing off with the Main Event Mafia and he got pinned by AJ Styles. The loser of the match as part of the stipulation had to leave TNA.

Devon made first statements on Twitter after taking the pinfall last night.

Devon will be making at least one more appearance for TNA as he is advertised for the Body Slammin’ Breast Cancer 2 event on September 14 in Melbourne, Florida before he leaves the company.

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Brooke Hogan Released by TNA

Multiple sources are reporting that TNA has released Brooke Hogan.  This is the latest in an ongoing series of cost-restructuring moves by the company.

Her release is surprising if only because her father, Hulk Hogan, is seen as such an asset to the company.  Dixie’s desire to keep Hulk happy made Brooke Hogan seem untouchable.  On the other hand, Brooke’s TV role in TNA had played itself out. She was the former head of the knockouts division, and most recently played Bully Ray’s (kayfabe) wife.

Hopefully TNA will use this as an opportunity to re-establish itself.   The multiple high-profile releases over the summer, most of which hit the active roster or road agents, left a black-eye on the face of the company. Cutting unnecessary “name-only” talent seems like the most logical next step.

Dixie Carter has yet to release an official statement.

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Thoughts on Darren Young, and Being Different in Professional Wrestling

tumblr_mi9mesCbW11rlzmqeo1_500Well kids, prepare for the backlash.

Darren Young came out earlier today as WWE’s first openly gay superstar. That is, he’s the first to reveal himself while still under contract with the company. Several previous wrestlers have announced themselves as gay – the late Chris Kanyon and Orlando Jordan immediately come to mind – but most had distanced themselves from WWE when they finally disclosed their sexual orientation.

WWE immediately announced its support for Darren Young. Both Triple H and Stephanie McMahon took to Twitter and praised Young’s courage, and the company sent out a press release using the word “proud” and saying that it would “continue to support him as a WWE Superstar.” Company frontman John Cena even did an interview with TMZ offering his own congratulations.

Unfortunately, Young has to deal with a public that’s not quite ready for his openness. The public-opinion tide is certainly turning in favor of gay-rights equality, but we haven’t reached that point where all of society is ready to accept it with open arms. And just because the general public thinks one way, it doesn’t mean the pro wrestling world follows that same path.  [Read more...]

Kurt Angle In Rehab

We had reported late Friday that former WWE and TNA heavyweight champion Kurt Angle was pulled over Thursday night in Texas for DWI.

Angle had released statements on Twitter that he would be heading to rehab. It looks like that has happened.

TNA President Dixie Carter released a statement on Twitter last night that Angle had entered rehab.

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Between The Ropes Podcast – August 5, 2013

Brian and Steve preview tonight’s edition of Monday Night Raw, talk about the WWE financial numbers from last week’s second quarter report, PPV buyrate numbers, thoughts on what WrestleMania was down, if they could ever increase the price in the show, WWE TV future, BJ Whitmer’s injury at the ROH show over the weekend, Tito Ortiz to TNA Wrestling and more.

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