Impact Wrestling has undergone a litany of changes behind the scenes over the last twelve months. Lawsuits, wrestlers and staff members are not getting paid, a dwindling audience and a severe lack of leadership finally took its toll. Just when it looked like TNA’s nine lives were about to expire, the Toronto-based Anthem Sports & Entertainment group came out of nowhere and purchased the company.
Dixie Carter, John Gaburick and the rest of the management team were evicted, and in a weird twist of fate, company co-founder Jeff Jarrett was hired to run the day-to-day operations along with Dutch Mantell and Bruce Pritchard. The new administration’s appointment prompted the resignation of several wrestlers and the signing of new talent, all to usher in the new era of Impact Wrestling that was utter garbage. Continue reading →
“Brutal” Bob Evans lifting up TK O’Ryan – Photography by Zeke Dane
They say that you can never go home again. Well, in a small way, I was able to last Friday when attending an Eastern Pro Wrestling (EPW) event. While the attractions on the marquee boasted Ring of Honor and TNA: Impact Wrestling stars, my reason for journeying to the Maynard Rod & Gun Club was to visit with an old mentor and friends. Continue reading →
Hell froze over last Wednesday when Jeff Jarrett entered the ring on Impact Wrestling while wearing a t-shirt of his own start-up promotion, Global Force Wrestling. The TNA founder announced his participation in the King of the Mountain match to be held at the Slammiversary, which he ended up winning.
This is all very intriguing considering Jeff Jarrett left the company on poor terms.
The Bodyslam Podcast is coming at you with all sort of pro wrestling goodness. Atlee Greene and Todd Graham discuss the recently revealed number of subscribers for the WWE Network and what it means for the future, Spike TV canceling TNA Impact Wrestling, and the great Attitude Era debate. Atlee believes it was amazing. Todd, not so much.
Bobby Lashley became the new TNA World Heavyweight Champion, defeating Eric Young on Thursday, June 19th during the latest episode of Impact Wrestling. I’ve had a few days to think about it and I’m still not sure how I feel about it. This isn’t a bad thing by any means, but I wonder if this will be a good thing in the long-term. Continue reading →
It was great to get back in the studio last week and record The Body Slam Podcast along side Shane Daly and Todd Graham. This was our first go around in over two months. We never meant to take so much time off but that life gimmick got in the way. Anyone that knows us will tell you that the three us of can talk wrestling all day, everyday, so there is never a shortage of conversation.
The Good: The opening segment with Austin Aries delivered on all accounts, mainly because of Austin Aries. Yes, I know Vince cut him from Tough Enough before it began and some critics feel he is too small to be in a main event world title match on pay-per-view, but his in-ring work and charisma makes you forget about those things. He is one of the best workers on TNA’s roster and I expect him to take full advantage of his opportunity at Destination X which will be the most important match of his career.
I try not to be one of those people who constantly bash TNA but their booking is at the height of idicoracy. Last night’s episode of Impact Wrestling was built around Sting trying to convince Dixie Carter to hire Hulk Hogan back to run the company. Sting must be suffering from Alzheimer’s and Dixie Carter must have the worst case of short term memory in human history. Why would remotely you consider having Hulk Hogan run your company after the year he just put you through? Oh, you don’t remember? Let’s take a stroll down memory lane, shall we?
As of May 12th, TNA will become Impact Wrestling. Apparently, the higher-ups think that a rebranding will breathe new life into their product and attract wrestling fans that feel WWE is moving away from its core product by shortening their name (and in doing so, dropping the word “Wrestling”). Unfortunately for TNA, I feel that their product will remain the same thanks to their writers (specifically Vince Russo), their ignorant-to-the-business-owner (Dixie Carter), and of course their over-the-hill your-prime-ENDED-over-a-decade-ago talents (starting with Hulk Hogan, and of course the list could go on forever).