WWE & TNA House Show Rundown: Results from June 25th-26th, 2011

Posted by Kari on June 27, 2011 under FUW News | Comments are off for this article

Having trouble keeping up with all of the mainstream women’s wrestling that takes place off TV? Well fear no more! Diva Dirt has got your back with the House Show Roundown! Without any further ado, let’s kick things off!

This weekend, Raw, SmackDown, and Impact Wrestling were all working the live event scene. Over on Raw, we had a mix of matches involving some form of Divas Champion, Kelly Kelly, Eve, and Beth Phoenix against Maryse, Brie, and Nikki Bella.

Around the SmackDown parts, Natalya and AJ teamed up to take on Alicia Fox and Rosa Mendes.

Finally, Impact Wrestling gave us Mickie James against Madison Rayne just one more time.

This past weekend’s house show results below:

Saturday June 25th

WWE RAW in Dallas, Texas
Beth Phoenix Eve def. The Bellas Maryse in a handicap match (Source)

WWE Smackdown in Hidalgo, Texas
Natalya AJ def. Alicia Fox Rosa Mendes (Source)

TNA Impact Wrestling in Troy, Ohio
Mickie James def. Madison Rayne to retain the TNA Knockouts Title

“Rayne comes out to alot heat. Mickie gets a ton pop. they both put on a great match. By far better than any Womens match I’ve seen from any company in awhile. Mickie is was in control for most match. At end of match Hebner catches Rayne and Gives her a kiss. Mickie wins with jumping DDT. Mickie the kisses Hebner after match” (Source)

Sunday June 26th

WWE Raw in Houston, Texas
Divas champion Kelly Kelly Eve Beth Phoenix def. the Bella Twins Maryse

“Slow Clap #3 of the night as the heels isolated Eve. Kelly eventually took the hot tag and picked up the win.” (Source)

WWE Smackdown in Laredo, Texas
A.J. Natalya beat Alicia Fox Rosa Mendes.

“Rosa got major heat, surprisingly, in what was a pretty good tag match.” (Source)

Thoughts: Some interesting things going on. The handicap match interests me because Kelly Kelly later made an appearance at the show with Dusty Rhodes, so it’s not as if she wasn’t there. I’m glad to see a lot of the matches are getting solid reviews from fans in attendance, and specifically happy myself to see everyone’s favorite freakin’ Costa Rican, Rosa Mendes, getting a strong reception.

Tags AJ Alicia Fox Beth Phoenix Brie Bella Eve Torres Kelly Kelly Madison Rayne Maryse Mickie James Natalya Nikki Bella Rosa Mendes

Article source: http://www.diva-dirt.com/2011/06/27/wwe-tna-house-show-rundown-results-from-june-25th-26th-2011/

Kester’s TNA "Impact Wrestling" Rundown: The Bound for Glory Series continues …

Posted by Joe Wrestling on June 25, 2011 under FUW News | Comments are off for this article



The purpose of this editorial is to rundown the latest edition of professional wrestling programming by highlighting the various segments and storylines of the show, quickly recounting what happened, how I feel about what happened, and what I want to see out of a storyline or feud going forward. The following Rundown covers the June 23 edition of Impact Wrestling.

By Ryan Kester

Sting:

Sting started the night by showing off his new crazed gimmick when attacking Eric Bischoff. Then, in his match with Abyss, he took Abyss’s barbed wire glove and used it to open up the big man’s forehead.

I really feel like they jumped the shark with Sting. He was the reasonable savior of the show recently and now he’s acting like the Joker. I worry that they are actually trying to turn the man heel here.

I want this gimmick to end or get dialed back a bit.

Bully Ray beat Scott Steiner:

Bully Ray was tapping out to the Steiner Recliner but the ref was knocked out. Steiner released the hold and Bully Ray punched him in the throat with a steel chain to get the win.

The BFG series is off to a slow start. There wasn’t a lot wrong with this match, but there were far too many overbooked finishes on last night’s Impact.

Bully Ray needs to be in the final four of the series, as he is the best heel TNA has at the moment.

Miss Jackie and ODB defeated Velvet Sky and Miss Tessmacher:

Jackie picked up the win for her team when she punted Velvet in the crotch.

The promo before this match left a lot to be desired, as did ODB’s performance. I feel like they rushed away from the scene too quickly for it to really sink in that Velvet was in so much pain.

This feud can end anytime now. I am not a fan of this feud and it has consistently gotten trashier each and every week.

Crimson and Matt Morgan defeated Beer Money:

Matt Morgan and Crimson picked up a quick win after Morgan hit the Carbon Footprint on Roode.

This was a decent match that made organ look like a star. I am not a fan of the Roode arm injury angle, but I’m glad we got a match with a clean finish here.

Beer Money needs to show some sort of dissention if they’re heading towards a split, and arguing over who should pick up the win and BFG series points would be an excellent way of doing so.

AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, and Christopher Daniels:

AJ Styles announced that Destination X would have a six-sided ring. Samoa Joe and Christopher Daniels then came out and made challenges to AJ. Styles chose Daniels.

Christopher Daniels needs to drop the corporate attire. These two can certainly work a great match if they are given a wealth of time.

This should be a fun match, but unless someone is turning heel it won’t go anywhere after the PPV.

Zema Ion defeated Frederico Palacio and Dakota Darsow:

These three competed in a glorified spotfest for about five minutes that included too many botches for a spotfest. Zema Ion got the win after hitting a lackluster 450 splash on Dakota Darsow.

I know this will some people excited, but no-sell spotfests are not my cup of tea. I feel like they produce flashes in the pan and not truly sustainable stars, and I think it was a terrible idea to debut these guys in such a match.

The destination X card continues to take shape, but this match, nor any of its participants, really impressed me.

Winter defeated Mickie James in a Street Fight:

These two began a brawl backstage that bled into the ring. The finish came when Angelina Love ran out and attacked Mickie, allowing Winter to get the 1-2-3.

Why on earth did Love have to hide after she attacked Mickie? This was a street fight. TNA really fails in the logic department at points.

Mickie needs to lose that title. Maybe being in chase mode could make her interesting again, but I am woefully underwhelmed by what she has had to offer so far.

Overall Show:

Overall, Impact last night was a terrible disappointment. The matches were overbooked and I really think they did themselves a disservice with Anderson and Kurt Angle doing nothing on the show.

Thank you for reading through this Impact Wrestling edition of the Rundown. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to hit me up at ryan.kester@gmail.com or find me on twitter at @Ryan_Kester. Have a good week.

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Marvez: Talking up Jay Lethal, set for ‘Best in the World 2011′ PPV

Posted by Joe Wrestling on June 23, 2011 under FUW News | Comments are off for this article




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Jay Lethal is ready to turn the page on two chapters in his pro-wrestling career.

Not only is he debuting with a different company (Ring of Honor) after his surprising release from Impact Wrestling, Lethal will be permanently retiring his “Black Machismo” gimmick following the recent death of “Macho Man” Randy Savage.

“My return to Ring of Honor will make it 100 percent official that I am now standing only as Jay Lethal,” said Lethal, who will appear on Sunday’s “Best in the World 2011″ Internet pay-per-view show emanating from New York City.

“When I first came to Ring of Honor (in 2003), I was young and very impressionable. I would go on to another company (Impact) where I couldn’t really be myself. I would have to do what was written for me and what I was told. Now that I’ve come back to Ring of Honor, I’ll have the ultimate chance to do what everybody who gets into pro wrestling wants. I can be myself.”

Lethal has that opportunity at least in part due to the acclaim he received for a spot-on Savage impression. While clowning backstage in 2006, Lethal nailed the Macho Man’s voice and mannerisms so well that Impact Wrestling’s nostalgia-crazed hierarchy asked him to become a Savage copycat.

“I definitely attribute that to idolizing him,” Lethal said. “When I watched wrestling as a kid, I wanted to be Randy Savage. I didn’t even have to practice the voice. It was something that came naturally.

“When I started doing the ‘Black Machismo’ gimmick, there was no Jay Lethal in my mind. I was 100 percent dedicated to this gimmick.”

Lethal had dropped the character toward the end of his 5-1/2-year Impact run, but that didn’t make the news of Savage’s death any less painful. Savage (real name Randy Poffo) died after suffering a heart attack while driving near his home in Seminole, Fla. He was 58.

“I was shocked when I heard,” said Lethal, who also lives in the Tampa area. “I never got to meet him face to face. Some people may ask how I could feel so much hurt. But I can honestly say that if it weren’t for him I would not be a professional wrestler. I would see him doing the top-rope elbow drop and do the same move at home off the dresser. It caused me to get in trouble with my mom.”

Lethal’s mom should be proud of her son’s accomplishments. Lethal is a talented enough performer to reinvent himself, especially in a company like Ring of Honor that encourages individuality rather than overly scripted presentation like Impact Wrestling.

“I realize I am extremely, extremely lucky when it comes to the wrestling business,” said Lethal, whose real name is Jamar Shipman. “I just turned 26. The things I’ve accomplished already some people only dream about. I’ve gotten to step in the ring with a few of my idols and I’ve been all over the world.”

Lethal’s travels will take him to Hawkesbury, Ontario, in September for a “Macho Man” tribute card that also features Savage’s brother, Lanny Poffo. Lethal may adopt the “Macho Man” persona one more time as an homage to one of the industry’s all-time biggest stars.

“I have done about four or five little tribute shows so far,” Lethal said. “I have a hard time turning (promoters) down, although lately I have because I do believe it’s time to move on a little bit. But I always want to give everybody what they want to see. And the ‘Macho Man’ is one thing they all want to see.”

Lethal vs. “The Prodigy” Mike Bennett, Homicide vs. Rhino and Davey Richards vs. Eddie Edwards for the ROH world title are among the matches scheduled for “Best in the World 2011.” The show begins at 4 p.m. EDT Sunday and will air on pro-wrestling and mixed-martial-arts Internet outlet gofightlive.tv. Cost is $14.99. For more information, visit www.rohwrestling.com or gfl.tv.

(Alex Marvez writes a syndicated pro-wrestling column for Scripps Howard News Service. Contact him at alex1marv(at)aol.com or follow him via Twitter at http://twitter.com/alexmarvez.)

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Al Snow Talks TNA, Wrestling’s Popularity, More

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This week, Pro Wrestling Illustrated contributing writer Brady Hicks, plus DJ and Anthony Sarlo, are joined IN THE ROOM by a very special guest: former WWE and ECW star AL SNOW! Take it all in as the former WWE star (and current TNA agent) plugs his upcoming Mondo Wrestling A Go Go show at the Danny Davis Arena in Louisville, Kentucky, 6/24 and 6/25. Plus, check out Al’s thoughts on WWE and TNA renaming their product, what wrestling needs to be big once again, and how the developmental system could be and should be fixed. A must listen for fans of any wrestling promotion! Check it out at thebradyhicks.com.

For a direct link to the show click here.

How TNA is Positioned For the Future:
I can tell you this … I have been impressed with just how hard everybody seems to work there. It’s just impressive. From the talent down, everybody really busts their hump and really puts in the time and the effort and the passion when it comes to those TV shows and pay-per-views … Sitting in those meetings, nobody ever says “Let’s just do this.” Everything is agonized over. Every single person works really hard, I couldn’t single one out.

On WWE and Impact Wrestling’s Recent Name Changes:
WWE taking it out? I don’t care. They can call it whatever they want. They can call it farming. At the end of the day, it’s professional wrestling. That’s what they’re selling. Tell me one completely brand new thing that is now fake that is different or unique from TNA, from Mexico, from All Japan Pro Wrestling, from New Japan Pro Wrestling, wherever.

The Difference Between Setting Up Independent Shows and Doing Similar Work for TNA:
How is [anything] different than TNA? Not really. Different perspectives or ideas, different talent, and that’s a BIG thing … Wrestling as a whole is and should always be entertainment. The reclassification that it’s no longer wrestling and that it’s entertainment is really just an attempt to say they reinvented the wheel and made something different. But I was there for 13, 14 years … and when the pyro stops, the music ended, and the bell rings, I’m really curious about what is done different in the one place than in the other.

Why Wrestling Has Become Less Popular:
Everybody has played other sports growing up. You connect to it. That’s why hockey has got a bigger following in Canada, more people have played it. That’s why soccer is more popular in the rest of the world, everybody has played it. That’s why it’s going to continue to grow in the US, more kids play it. That’s why more men like sports than women. What happens with wrestling is that people are attracted to the characters and to the personalities. The only thing that has changed between 1911 and 2011 is that the crowd has gotten more sophisticated.

On His Mondo Wrestling A Go Go Show:
It’s an adult circus, that’s the best way to describe it. It’s a combination of burlesque, aerial acts, circus acts, fire dancers … drag queens, drag KINGS – the lesbian equivalent of women that dress up as men – …, got a guy who has a fire whip … very intriguing, and then wrestling matches, the way I can best describe it is very old-ECW-like where the referees are just there to count the fall.

All that, plus Al Snow compares wrestling to the UFC, his thoughts on Tough Enough (and compared to The Ultimate Fighter), Brock Lesnar, the future of Impact Wrestling as it continues to grow, and recreating territories.

Also on the site: Brady’s thoughts on Austin Aries on Impact, and Ratboy’s undefeated prediction streak continues with WWE Capitol Punishment. Weekly Show Schedule:

Monday – Wrasslin’ Roundup with The Wrestling Press’ Matt Roberts
Tuesday – IN THE ROOM
Wednesday – Minding The Business with “Dr. Wrestling” Rich Jones
Thursday – VOC Wrestling Nation (formerly 1Wrestling Radio)
Friday – What’s Wrong With Wrestling with Harry Barnett
Saturday – Completely Damaged TV
Saturday – Saturday Night Akbaz with Mr. Akbaz
Sunday – WrestleDope Radio LIVE
Sunday – Carny Knowledge with Matt “Doink” Borne

Thanks for supporting the IN THE ROOM podcast on thebradyhicks.com. To leave a message for the show, you can e-mail us at intheroompodcast@gmail.com or call (206) 337-1031. And while you’re at the site, be sure to check out great interviews with AJ Styles (8/9/10), Kurt Angle (10/8/10), Sunny (3/21/11), Don West (12/13/10), Serena Deeb (11/8/10), Madison Rayne (6/8/10), and Kevin Thorn (10/25/10).

Brady Hicks has been writing about wrestling for more than 15 years, for Web sites, newspapers, and magazines. He is a contributing writer for Pro Wrestling Illustrated and is also the host of his acclaimed weekly podcast – IN THE ROOM.


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Al Snow Talks TNA Wrestling’s Future, Wrestling’s Popularity, WWE

Posted by Joe Wrestling on June 22, 2011 under FUW News | Comments are off for this article

Former WWE ECW star and current TNA Wrestling agent was recently interviewed by Brady Hick, DJ, and Anthony Sarlo of Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s In the Room. Below are a few highlights of the interview:

How TNA is Positioned For the Future: I can tell you this … I have been impressed with just how hard everybody seems to work there. It’s just impressive. From the talent down, everybody really busts their hump and really puts in the time and the effort and the passion when it comes to those TV shows and pay-per-views … Sitting in those meetings, nobody ever says “Let’s just do this.” Everything is agonized over. Every single person works really hard, I couldn’t single one out.

On WWE and Impact Wrestling’s Recent Name Changes: WWE taking it out? I don’t care. They can call it whatever they want. They can call it farming. At the end of the day, it’s professional wrestling. That’s what they’re selling. Tell me one completely brand new thing that is now fake that is different or unique from TNA, from Mexico, from All Japan Pro Wrestling, from New Japan Pro Wrestling, wherever.

The Difference Between Setting Up Independent Shows and Doing Similar Work for TNA: How is [anything] different than TNA? Not really. Different perspectives or ideas, different talent, and that’s a BIG thing … Wrestling as a whole is and should always be entertainment. The reclassification that it’s no longer wrestling and that it’s entertainment is really just an attempt to say they reinvented the wheel and made something different. But I was there for 13, 14 years … and when the pyro stops, the music ended, and the bell rings, I’m really curious about what is done different in the one place than in the other.

Why Wrestling Has Become Less Popular: Everybody has played other sports growing up. You connect to it. That’s why hockey has got a bigger following in Canada, more people have played it. That’s why soccer is more popular in the rest of the world, everybody has played it. That’s why it’s going to continue to grow in the US, more kids play it. That’s why more men like sports than women. What happens with wrestling is that people are attracted to the characters and to the personalities. The only thing that has changed between 1911 and 2011 is that the crowd has gotten more sophisticated.

On His Mondo Wrestling A Go Go Show: It’s an adult circus, that’s the best way to describe it. It’s a combination of burlesque, aerial acts, circus acts, fire dancers … drag queens, drag KINGS – the lesbian equivalent of women that dress up as men – …, got a guy who has a fire whip … very intriguing, and then wrestling matches, the way I can best describe it is very old-ECW-like where the referees are just there to count the fall.

Article source: http://wrestleheat.com/al-snow-talks-tna-wrestlings-future-wrestlings-popularity-wwe=8268

Impact Wrestling: Five Bright Spots Every Fan Should Be Excited About

Posted by Kari on June 18, 2011 under FUW News | Comments are off for this article

There has been a demand for added emphasis on home-grown talent in Impact Wrestling for years. Fans have begged for fewer WWE cast-offs, less talent from the mid-to-late 1990′s, and more wrestlers collected from the independent circuit and developed into stars by Dixie Carter’s company. Only recently have those demands been addressed.

In recent months, Impact Wrestling has featured three young stars they have developed after discovering them in various independent companies across the country. Those three are Gunner, Robbie E, and Crimson.

Gunner is an interesting case in that it appeared as though he would serve as security for the Immortal faction for a few months before fading into relative obscurity. Instead, he was able to successfully break away from tag team partner Murphy, win the Television Championship, and appear to be the first home-grown TNA talent to really receive a decent push from creative. In recent weeks, he has been positioned alongside the top talents in the company, going as far as to pin Sting in a tag team match six days before Slammiversary and then, on the June 16 edition of Impact Wrestling, pinned TNA World Heavyweight Champion Mr. Anderson in a non-title main event.

Gunner is not the only young, up-and-coming star Impact Wrestling has focused on in recent weeks. Since arriving on the scene as the brother of the Amazing Red, Crimson has enjoyed an undefeated streak that has seen him defeat the likes of Samoa Joe and Abyss. Drawing weak comparisons to Goldberg because of said streak, Crimson has joined Gunner as the face of the new talent initiative the company has embarked on in the last few months. He appears poised to continue his streak, likely until a major showdown, likely over TNA gold, can occur.

The third star is a former X-Division Champion who exploded onto the scene and, whether it was positive or not, had little trouble getting the crowd to react for his obnoxious antics. Hailing from the Jersey Shore, Robbie E quickly achieved success, winning the X-Division Championship and appeared on his way towards a mega-push. Then, amongst a largely-negative response from the Impact Zone in Orlando, the push was halted and Robbie became just another X-Division star with nothing going on.

Despite the disappointing drop-off for Robbie E, it is apparent that someone within the Impact Wrestling organization has realized the need to develop fresh, original stars. It is a step that the company would not have taken as little as one year ago and a sign that the company is ready to evolve, to take another step to becoming a more complete company. Whether the three men discussed above will ever become breakout stars is a question that will be answered with time.

The fact that two of the three have been placed in a position to succeed is something fans of the sport, not just Impact Wrestling, should be excited about.

Article source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/738037-impact-wrestling-five-bright-spots-every-fan-should-be-excited-about

TNA "Impact Wrestling" Rundown: Gunner pins the TNA Champion, Jeff Jarrett is …

Posted by Joe Wrestling on June 17, 2011 under FUW News | Comments are off for this article



The purpose of this editorial is to rundown the latest edition of professional wrestling programming by highlighting the various segments and storylines of the show, quickly recounting what happened, how I feel about what happened, and what I want to see out of a storyline or feud going forward. The following Rundown covers the June 16 edition of Impact Wrestling.

By Ryan Kester

Devon and the Pope:

Devon came out and had a match with Hernandez that quickly ended in a DQ when the rest of Hernandez’s faction hit the ring and attacked Devon. In the meantime, Pope had come down to ringside to talk to Devon’s boys and flirt with his wife. Pope made the save for Devon and as he was walking out, Devon’s wife stripped him down with her eyes and touched his shoulder.

I simply don’t care about this feud, and I am sick of seeing Devon’s kids and family in TNA. With all the hell they get put through, you’d think he’d keep them at his bloody house rather than right next to the guard rail for someone to mess with them.

I don’t care where they go with this feud as they couldn’t even bother to put it on Impact until last night. I’m more than certain it’s going to take Kurt Angle and Jeff Jarrett’s place for uncomfortable family angle, and those are just not something I find to be entertaining. Still, we are very much in the early going of this feud, so I’ll just be skeptical of the situation until they actually do something trashy, at which point I will rain bloody hell down upon the angle.

Kurt Angle and Jeff Jarrett:

Kurt Angle came out and cut a quick promo putting over himself as the new number-on contender for the TNA title. He then quickly talked about what was really important to him, going for another Olympic gold medal in what appears to be a midlife crisis. Jeff came out and demanded one more match, a loser leaves TNA parking lot brawl. He ended up losing the match, and is now forced to move to Mexico.

When Jarrett asked for a match last night I just groaned. I understand the need to get him off of TV for a while, but couldn’t you have just ran an injury angle from the finale to this feud? Why did you need o take away from the main event of your last PPV to have some craptastic parking lot brawl? To make matters worse, it went on at the end of the show as well, and completely overshadowed what should have been a huge moment in a young wrestler’s career.

Considering Angle is about to walk out the door, I expect him to put over Anderson when they finally lock up. Oh, where was the build for that match? The two guys barely even mentioned each other throughout the night.

Austin Aries returns:

Austin Aries won a great three-way dance between himself, Kid Kash, and Jimmy Rave to earn a shot at a contract at Destination X.

I was enthralled with the match last night, but watching it back made me reconsider. While Aries was a godsend, there wasn’t a great flow to the match, and it at times felt more like a spotfest than a proper match. I won’t dwell on that too much, though, as Aries shined like a diamond, and his series with a kneebreaker turned rock bottom turned reverse spinning elbow drop was extremely impressive.

This was the only build we had tonight for destination X. I find it sad that they had to point out how they needed to bring back old X-Division guys to bolster the currently demolished division.

Jackie returns and join ODB:

Velvet Sky and Miss Tessmacher teamed up to go after the Knockouts tag titles that haven’t been on TNA in months. ODB eventually came out and distracted Velvet which led to Tessmacher getting pinned. Then, Jackie appeared and attacked velvet along with ODB until security came out. Security took turns, like idiots, getting their crotches punted by ODB while trying to create a wall of slumped security between the two bigger women and Velvet.

So now we have two women to call Velvet a trashy whore. Oh joy!

I’m looking forward to this feud’s conclusion. Not because it will be epic, but because I am tired of trashy women on my wrestling program. I am all for sex appeal, and Velvet has it in buckets, but classless segments that make my fiancée leave the room in disgust only make for terrible TV.

Eric Young shenanigans:

Eric Young went looking for a challenger for his TV title and ended up attacking and pinning Jason Hervey in a mock match to retain his title.

First of all, thanks to Dot Net reader Brady Hirschhorn for telling me who that producer was. Yes, I’m sure it was obvious to most of you but I am still new enough to TNA not to recognize Bischoff’s right hand man by sight. Eric Young is an absolute twat, and he did all he could to make the little toy red belt into a joke rather than a credible title. Under no circumstances should a belt a company treats as legitimate be treated as a prop for comedy antics.

I grow to despise Young more and more each and every week. His comedy is worse than Santino’s, and I already want to pull my hair out every time I see the Cobra. Still, at least the title they are defacing and demeaning is one that can be referred to as a toy and not their highest title. Oh, wait, no, he’s got their old world title around his waist as well. Awesome.

Bound for Glory Series begins:

The BFG series kicked off tonight in great fashion with a nearly ten minute match between RVD and Samoa Joe. However, the system for determining who wins the BFG series is needlessly complicated and conflicted with the video package they aired early in the show that talked about how the series would be based off of wins and losses.

Yeah, I am not a fan of the scoring system, but I like the overall intention of the concept. The match RVD and Joe had was great and made Joe look like an absolute beast.

Despite my reservations about the scoring, I am very much looking forward to the rest of the series and seeing what type of match-ups we get from this thing.

Gunner pins Anderson:

In the main event of the evening, Gunner faced Mr. Anderson to pin two different TNA champions in as many weeks. Earlier in the night, Gunner had confronted Anderson and demanded a shot at his title. Instead, he got a non-title match that he would go on to win.

This can be taken one of two ways. Either Gunner is still a jobber and the past couple of TNA champions suck, or they are pushing this guy to the bloody moon. It was refreshing to see Gunner work on the stick and not sound like a twat, but I get the sickening feeling that they are trying to make Gunner and Bischoff into the next Lesnar and Heyman, which would be a colossal mistake and a horrendous idea. Still, if they pull back slightly and just give him a steady, believable push, then I am all for this.

I want to see them slow down a bit and not try and shove this kid into the main event before he’s ready and burn out his potential by shoving him down the throats of the crowd.

Overall Show:

Overall, this show was quite good. It had a few moments that made me groan and get pissy, but I have come to expect that from TNA. However, at the end of the coverage, the show absolutely felt like it flew by when I normally stare at my clock waiting for the horror to end. I am quite excited about the BFG series and I look forward to seeing what it produces. The scoring system isn’t for me, but it’s a minor complaint in the face of having a meaningful program on the show that actually focusing on the in-ring product.

Thank you for reading through this Impact Wrestling edition of the Rundown. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to hit me up at ryan.kester@gmail.com or find me on twitter at @Ryan_Kester.

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TNA: The Redemption of Austin Aries and the X-Division (**SPOILER**)

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**WARNING: This article contains a potential spoiler**

 

 

 

 


Pro wrestling star Austin Aries is set to make his return tonight on Impact Wrestling along with former X-Division stars Jimmy Rave and Kid Kash. 

Aries, who performed with the company from 2005-2007 under the name Austin Starr, will participate in a three-way match with Rave and Kash, ultimately winning a “contract” with the company as well as a match at the upcoming Destination X pay-per-view.

Fans of Aries will immediately note that his career at this point seems to be in a “slump” of sorts.  Aries, the first and only wrestler to hold the coveted ROH World Championship twice, parted ways with Ring of Honor (ROH) Wrestling in October 2010, losing the title to Tyler “Seth Rollins” Black in February of the same year.

The seven months in between saw Aries participating in feuds with ROH mainstay Delirious and legend Jerry Lynn.  Occasionally Aries would serve as a manager of sorts, or just a rabble-rouser interrupting matches and the like.

Once released from ROH, Aries moved on to wrestle for Gabe Sapolsky’s EVOLVE and DragonGate USA (DGUSA) promotions.  Somewhere in this period of time Aries auditioned for WWE Tough Enough, and was ultimately not chosen for the cast.  He talks about that a bit in a video on his YouTube channel.

From there, he leaped into action with EVOLVE and DGUSA.  It was during WrestleMania 27 weekend on April 2 at the Mercury Rising 2011 that Aries teased leaving the company if he couldn’t win the Open the Freedom Gate Championship from Champion YAMATO.

A lot of hype surrounding Aries’ future in pro wrestling went into building up the match and the PPV.  Aries claimed that he had to find his purpose in pro wrestling, and without that purpose or the Open the Freedom Gate Championship, there was no reason for him to be in DGUSA.

It was at this PPV that I witnessed Aries’ stellar work rate and breathtaking athleticism live and in person for the first time ever.

Aries lost to YAMATO at the Mercury Rising 2011 PPV and was set to have his final match in DGUSA against Jimmy Jacobs the next day at the Open the Ultimate Gate PPV.  He lost to Jacobs that day and joined the Blood Warriors heel faction, citing that he stated he’d leave the company if he “couldn’t find his purpose,” not  if he didn’t win the championship.

The in-between time saw Aries wrestle in a few independent organizations and shows, including NWA Hollywood (in an excellent series with Scorpio Sky) and the ECWA Super 8 Tournament.

Fast-forward to earlier this month and you would’ve missed the report of Aries’ departure from EVOLVE and DGUSA, which claimed the wrestler wanted to focus his attention on opportunities outside of professional wrestling.

All of this leads us up to tonight’s Impact Wrestling, where Aries will “earn” a “contract” with TNA.

Let it be known to all those unaware that Austin Aries is the real deal when it comes to pro wrestling.  The man has incredible talent, oozes charisma and has definitely evolved as a performer by huge leaps and bounds since his first stint in TNA nine years ago.

It was during the tail end of his second run as ROH World Champion that I became invested in the company’s product, drawn particularly to Aries’ braggadocio and flamboyantly garish outfits.  Athletically speaking, Aries held his own against all of his opponents and made the title worth a hot dog because he was indeed the man to beat.

This Austin Aries was way on the other end of the spectrum opposite the Austin Starr that wrestled for TNA, and he was also by far a more well-rounded character that oozed confidence, cockiness and charisma.

Numerous fans, including myself, were very upset when Aries mentioned on Twitter that he didn’t make the cut for the WWE Tough Enough cast (check the February 18 and April 5 tweets).  But as he mentioned in the YouTube video posted earlier in this piece, he didn’t fit in with the direction the WWE wanted to go with their show.

I agree that he was probably over-qualified to appear on the show.

However, there is some redemption for Aries to be found in his return to a much older, wiser and financially stable TNA Wrestling. 

With only five stars in the dying X-Division—Kazarian, Brian Kendrick, Jeremy and Max Buck and Amazing Red—Aries has all the tools necessary to be a key element in exorcising the demon that’s eating away at the life of the division.

It is unfortunate that everything circling around Aries in the division is messier than Matt Hardy in a pudding eating contest.

For a shining star like Aries, who has an incredible amount of talent and whose treatment by the hands of the top two pro wrestling companies has left fans mind boggled, much more is warranted than the brief stint, cameo, “we need you this month, next month goodbye” treatment TNA is prone to give returnees to the company.

We must also take into account the state of the X-Division, which is right now honestly light years south from being even a shell of what it once was.

TNA literally has three weeks and three days to promote the hell out of its July 10 Destination X PPV.  With rampant speculation that the show will be an all X-Division PPV (the same was speculated about last year’s offering as well), will they really be able to logically rebuild the division and hype the PPV in three weeks and five days?

Austin Aries is strolling casually into this situation.  His return received no hype, his character was not developed or reintroduced to fans at all (neither was Jimmy Rave or Kid Kash) and from the spoilers it seems that this was the only “X-Division” match scheduled to air this Thursday on Spike TV.

What the spoilers don’t report are the taped backstage segments, so it is very likely that Aries’ return was indeed hyped and pushed through promos, interviews, whatever.  TNA could very well do the right thing by Austin Aries.

Should we be expected to hold our breath, eagerly anticipating this momentous event?  TNA’s track record is not all that spectacular when it comes to firing, re-hiring, firing again and re-RE-hiring talent.

On the other hand, could this be the moment in Aries’ career where he finds his “purpose?”

What if Aries plays a key role in the revitalization of the Division?  What if his presence in TNA is similar to that of Christian’s in the WWE, where a stint outside of the company allowed him the time to garner the experience needed to develop his character and present it in a completely new and reinvigorated way?

In my opinion, Aries is just that damn good to help carry the X-Division and bring some real prominence back to the title and the company’s premiere division.

This by no means states or implies that his fellow X-Division athletes aren’t capable or worthy of that distinction.  As it stands now, the X-Division is in sore need of more talented stars than the five mentioned earlier in the piece, and no man in the division can do it all by himself.

Rather, it notes that Aries’ character—unlike his X-Division counterparts already present in the company— has had the time and space to mature into a ready-made superstar that can enter into a program without being burdened by the stench and weight of a failed month-long push and lackluster character development.

Don’t take my word for it; watch the show tonight and see for yourself.

When it is all said and done, I am still not convinced that TNA is behind the revitalization of the X-Division, nor am I impressed with what seems to be their buildup for the Destination X PPV.

Judging from the spoilers I’ve read for next week’s show, I’m not even sure what they have planned to hype the show in the next three weeks.  From those same spoilers, I’m not even crystal clear on where they’re going to go after the PPV is over with their X-Division stars and veterans.

What I can say is that with Aries in the mix of all of this, TNA has a prime opportunity to capitalize off of the redemption of their X-Division and Aries.  That by itself is something to be excited about as we await tonight’s episode of Impact Wrestling. 

Aries’ presence alone isn’t enough to completely crush the cries of TNA’s discontent dissidents, but his charisma, athleticism and marketability are enough to make the disenfranchised fans pause for a moment to catch their breath, stolen by the man’s incredible in-ring abilities.

So if you’ve ever been a TNA “hater,” I would recommend that you attempt to tune into Impact Wrestling tonight just to see Austin Aries in action against the very talented Kid Kash and Jimmy Rave.

The show may be horrible, the PPV may be a bust and you may never watch any of TNA’s programming ever again.  If you watch the show tonight, at least you can say you witnessed Austin Aries work his ass off to not only find his purpose, but to also give the company yet another reason to pump much-needed resources and life-sustaining blood back into the division that made them better than their competition.

Here’s to the redemption of Austin Aries, the X-Division and TNA Wrestling.   

Article source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/738063-tna-the-redemption-of-austin-aries-and-the-x-division-spoiler

Joanie ‘Chyna’ Laurer promotes new adult film, Thinks every adult needs porn

Posted by Joe Wrestling on June 6, 2011 under FUW News | Comments are off for this article

 On Monday, Vivid Entertainment has made the new adult film “Backdoor to Chyna” available for download via their website due to the customer demand. The DVD will hit stores on June 27th. Laurer is promoting her new film and made some very controversial comments about her career choice. According to a Monday report by PWInsider.com, Chyna made the following comments:

“This is the XXX movie that I always wanted to make for my fans and it is full-out nasty. I chose the guys in the movie and made sure that the sex is as wicked as it can be. I’ve always been a pioneer in my life and I am thrilled with this movie. I loved every minute of it. It made me feel beautiful, sexy and very empowered.”

Chyna recently gave up a return to pro-wrestling with TNA for her new career in adult films. Laurer stated that she was happier in doing porn than wrestling. Last week, TNA banned Chyna from their company as they didn’t want to employ someone who was actively making adult films.

Chyna appeared for TNA on the May 12th episode of Impact Wrestling and at the Sacrifice PPV on Sunday, May 15th when she teamed up with Kurt Angle to defeat Karen and Jeff Jarrett. Chyna’s return was considered a huge success and wrestling fans were very excited over her return. Unfortunately for those fans, Chyna has decided to head in a different direction with her entertainment career.

The majority of wrestling fans who’ve filled my online mailbox, have expressed disappointment in Chyna’s decision. Many have also express a feeling of sorrow for Joanie as they feel that this is another example of her self-destructive behavior that was highly publicized over the last 5 to 7 years. However, Chyna is very excited about her new career and thinks that almost every adult can use porn in their lives.

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“I think almost every adult can use a little porn in their lives. If they don’t want to make a movie, they can benefit from watching one. And, if they don’t think sex is a natural human function, they should seek help.”

Lastly, many have been asking me about Laurer using the name “Chyna”. Joanie purchased the name from WWE many years ago and own the rights to use “Chyna” whenever she wants. So, expect many more adult films to use the name “Chyna” in the title. 

So wrestling fans, do you agree with Chyna’s career choice or do you think she should have stayed in pro-wrestling?

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Interview: Winter on Working for TNA Wrestling

Posted by Kari on June 3, 2011 under FUW News | Comments are off for this article

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Courtesy: www.MondayNightMayhem.com

TNA Knockout Winter was one of the featured guests on this week’s live edition of the award-winning Monday Night Mayhem. You can feel The Mayhem live every Monday evening (at 7PM ET/6PM CT), exclusively on The Monday Night Mayhem Radio Network (www.MondayNightMayhem.com, www.AudioWrestling.com, www.Geekweek.com, www.Hybrident.tv, www.iTunes.com). Join The Mayhem right now on Facebook (at www.Facebook.com/MondayNightMayhem), and follow The Mayhem on Twitter (at www.Twitter.com/FeelTheMayhem).

Winter joined The Big Mosh “The Chairman of the Board” Todd Vincent for her exclusive interview with The Monday Night Mayhem Radio Network (to promote TNA Wrestling’s forthcoming BaseBrawl event at Coca Cola Field in Buffalo, NY on Saturday, June 18th), which is now available in Windows Streaming Media or via the official MNM Podcast on iTunes:

Winter/Monday Night Mayhem Interview (MNM Streaming Audio): www.mondaynightmayhemarchives.com/waxfiles/053011.wax

Winter/Monday Night Mayhem Interview (MNM Podcast on iTunes): www.mondaynightmayhemarchives.com/may11/053011.mp3

Interview highlights courtesy of Paterson, MNM’s associate producer official correspondent:

What she learned to appreciate the most after her WWE departure why she believes that TNA is the place where she’s “supposed to be”: “I learned to enjoy myself at work. I think obviously things happen for a reason, and sometimes you’re at a place of work that doesn’t suit you. I definitely think Impact Wrestling is the place where I am supposed to be. I had my eye on this company for a while, even before I got here. I was so happy to get the opportunity to work here. For me, it’s about coming to work, enjoying working again, and feeling fulfilled as an artist again and a wrestler too.”

Why she has been enjoying her current program with Angelina Love: “I was always a big fan of The Beautiful People. I always thought Angelina did a great job, so to be involved with her, as she is one of the top girls on Impact, is great for me. I am really enjoying it.”

How focused she is on winning the TNA Knockouts Championship, why winning the gold would be “a dream come true,” if winning the Knockouts Title would prove her critics wrong: “I would love to be Knockouts Champion. That would definitely be a dream come true. I think in terms of proving the doubters wrong, I think people who know my work or know me know that I wasn’t necessarily given the opportunities that I may have done something with if I would have had it. I don’t feel that getting the Knockouts Championship would be like a ‘I’m gonna stick it to you’ thing. It would be an honor in itself to me.”

Getting the opportunity to be a part of TNA’s forthcoming BaseBrawl in Buffalo, NY why this event will be a historical night for her career: “I haven’t done an event like this before, and I’ve been hearing about it a little bit. I’m looking forward to it. The whole experience: It’s going to be a meet greet, there’s going to be fireworks. I don’t really know much about baseball, so maybe I’ll get a bit of an education in that area too.”

Much more is contained in Winter‘s exclusive interview with The Monday Night Mayhem Radio Network, including her candid thoughts comments on why she does not feel bitter about leaving the WWE and not winning the WWE Women’s/Divas Title, her overall transition from the WWE to TNA, how much input she has into her current character, which Knockout she is specifically looking forward to working with, whether or not there any any glaring differences between the Diva Knockout locker rooms, how she believes the Knockouts division can potentially gain a competitive advantage over the Divas division (after the losses of Kharma Layla), the origin of her Twitter name (Dawgkilla), plus much more! Become eligible to score the first (of three) pairs of tickets to TNA Wrestling’s Basebrawl event in Buffalo simply by being a member of The Mayhem Nation on Facebook (at www.Facebook.com/MondayNightMayhem) Twitter (at www.Twitter.com/FeelTheMayhem). The first winner will be announced online this weekend.

TNA Wrestling’s BaseBrawl comes to Buffalo, NY on Saturday, June 18th at Coca-Cola Field at 7:30PM ET. Charge your tickets by phone at (888) 223-6000. Event tickets are also available for purchase at www.Bisons.com or at the Coca-Cola Field box office. With each TNA ticket purchased, fans receive a free ticket to a select upcoming Bisons game. Fans that purchase a $60 ticket will receive a special meet greet with TNA Superstars at 5:30PM ET, which will be redeemable for the night of the show. This event will feature a rare appearance from “The Immortal” Hulk Hogan, who will be returning to Buffalo for this once in a lifetime event. Find out more details on the “VIP Immortal Xperience (featuring Hulk Hogan) by logging on to www.ShopTNA.com. After the show, be sure to stick around for a special fireworks display, brought to you by TNA Wrestling the Buffalo Bisons.


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