November 5, 2007
TNA has cancelled shows scheduled for Tel Aviv, Israel on
November 15 and 17, 2007. No word
yet on the actual reason for the cancellation, however, we have heard that
ticket sales were not impressive.
No news on whether or not the Mexico tour is still a go.
Judas Mesias is obviously expected back at TNA by December.
His photo, along with Aybss and Black Reign, graces the Turning Point Pay Per
View poster. Turning Point is December 2, 2007 and will be held in Orlando, FL.
Mesias is still working with AAA in Mexico (as El Mesias) but is not active in
the ring since his tumble from a ladder in the AAA ring in September. He is
scheduled for a match on November 30, 2007 with AAA: Three Way Match for the AAA
World Heavyweight Title: El Mesias, current champion, versus Cibernetico versus
We reported on last week’s Bytes that Sonjay Dutt had
suffered an in ring injury while filming for TNA’s new game. No word on
whether he is still having problems.
We reported on last week’s Bytes that Kurt had injured his
neck in a match with Sting. That
injury did not, however, affect Kurt’s jaw.
The Turning Point Poster
“A silent night massacre is about to unfold and evil will
be unleashed! An un-holy reckoning is upon us. Prepare yourself as TNA Wrestling
presents Turning Point Live! Sunday December 2nd on Pay per View.”
Kinda gives you goose bumps all over, doesn’t it? I’m
just picturing the carnage in a match with the three monsters on this poster.
If you have not seen the new poster, you can view it here: www.sescoops.com.
Fatu Goes Missing
The rumor is that Fatu wanted more
money than TNA was willing to pay him for his work. We don’t know if he
actually had a contract or if he was still working without one when he left.
Cline requested her release from TNA and received it. She
will release a statement shortly regarding the release. She will be able to work
elsewhere most likely after 30 days. Her profile and photos have been removed
from TNA’s official site.
The Release We Have All Been Waiting For
TNAWrestlingNews.com is reporting that Adam "Pacman"
Jones is done with TNA. His contract expired at Bound for Glory, and TNA opted
not to renew his deal.
TNAWrestlingNews.com is also reporting that Jones was
apparently uncooperative about doing media locally for the show, which got
people in TNA upset, since he was earning so much per shot (rumored to be around
$25,000 per appearance). On a per match basis, Jones was the highest paid guy in
And TNA couldn’t pay Junior Fatu to stick around?
Kong Is In
Kong’s profile has been added to TNA’s roster at www.tnawrestling.com.
A lot of people including Samoa Joe, Senshi, Mike Tenay and
writer Dutch Mantell pushed hard to bring in Awesome/Amazing Kong for a
long-term deal. Source: www.wrestlingtruth.com.
It is probable that Samoa Joe and Senshi saw Kong wrestling in Japan.
I believe she used the name Amazing Kong at that time. I understand she
also worked for Shimmer wrestling.
And is willing to pay to get him. The latest rumor has Sting
making $500,000.00 a year doing strictly PPV and iMPACT tapings if he signs with
TNA for another year. Has anyone started a betting pool on this rumor yet?
Hall Makes an iMPACT!
On last Thursday’s iMPACT Kevin Nash promised that Scott
Hall would be on the show next week. Kevin
Nash was not joking. Scott Hall was at the most recent TNA tapings and we found
the photos to prove it! You can see the photos here: http://www.pwmania.com/newsarticle.php?page=196030669.
Don’t forget to click on the complete gallery underneath
the photo. I know Scott is wearing baggy clothing but he looks good. I can’t
wait to see him in action.
Joey Mercury and Johnny Swinger Not Signed
TNA hasn't made a decision yet on hiring Joey Matthews aka
Joey Mercury and Johnny Swinger. They haven't been used since the pay-per-view a
few weeks ago. Management wasn't particularly impressed with their work at the
pay-per-view. Matthews' chances of getting hired appear to be low because he was
let go by WWE over drug issues, but it probably depends as much if they have a
storyline for him. Source: Rajah.
Cornette was married on last week to his long time
girlfriend, Stacy. Best wishes to the couple. Rumor has it Matt Morgan will be
stepping in to fill Cornette’s shoes while he is on his honeymoon.
Tomko is pushing for the January 4 Tokyo Dome show to feature
a TNA television taping. TNA wrestlers are already scheduled to appear at the
New Japan Pro Wrestling show. Source: www.rajah.com.
Tomko does hold one half of the tag team championship title in Japan at this
Rumors About iMPACT Tapings
About New Faces
Rumors were out that Booker T and Scott Hall were both at the
iMPACT tapings on October 30, 2007. We
understand that the report on Booker T was false, but Scott Hall was there.
It is being reported that Scott Hall made an on camera
appearance with Kevin Nash (please see above Scott Hall report) at the latest
iMPACT tapings. That taping will
air November 8, 2007. Hall said he was not Sting’s mystery partner.
It is further noted that unless plans change, Booker T is
scheduled to be Sting’s mystery partner at the Genesis Pay Per View this
month. Source: www.prowrestlingfans.com.
Dutch is said to be negative about the fact that nobody knows
who the heels are and who the faces are in TNA. In the past, Vince Russo has
said that faces and heels are passe. Source: www.tnawrestlingnews.com.
Dutch worked in Puerto Rico at one time and I believe the faces and heels are
important issues in Puerto Rican and Mexican wrestling. Dutch may be right.
There does seem to be a problem with good guys versus bad guys in TNA.
Angle Likes To Talk
TNA finally allowed Kurt to do his first interview since his
run in with the law on a DUI charge.
TNA World champion Kurt Angle was interviewed this week and
spoke about the identity of Sting's mystery partner at TNA Genesis.
Angle said that TNA just signed a new superstar and he'll
debut at the Genesis PPV. Angle said this superstar will definitely help TNA's
star power and the ratings.
"You can probably make the guess. Who left WWE and who's
available at this time."
Angle went on to repeat the hint given by Don West on
TNAWrestling.com - that the superstar has been a World champion in all major
promotions. He said the mystery partner is one of the best all around wrestlers
in the world overall with acting, promos, wrestling and athleticism. Source:
Last week’s iMPACT rating was 1.1. The prior week was a
is SO Raven
Raven filed a notice of opposition over TNA Wrestling’s
registration of the 'RAVEN' trademark, in October last year. Almost a year
later, in September, TNA sent an answer responding to claims that Raven issued
in his opposition. TNA wants the judge to dismiss Raven’s notice and allow
them to register the trademark.
My take: Didn’t TNA have issues with WWE slapping a
trademark on the Dudley Boys name? Raven has been Raven for as long as I have
been watching him in the ring. He was Raven in ECW and WWE.
He IS Raven and TNA should not be allowed to “steal” his ring name.
Pay Per View Lineup
TNA World Heavyweight Championship
Kurt Angle and Kevin Nash vs. Sting and a Mystery Partner
Samoa Joe vs. Robert Roode accompanied by Ms. Brooks
Team 3D vs. The Motor City Machineguns
TNA Knockout Championship
Gail Kim vs. Roxxi Laveaux vs. ODB vs. Angel Williams
Shop Of Horrors
Abyss vs. Black Reign
After watching this week’s iMPACT and having Abyss find the
“key” that Black Reign was keeping in his little black box, I wonder if
Judas Mesias may be making an earlier return than we anticipated.
Necessarily TNA News
A Statement From Lex Luger To His Fans Around The World
"First, I want everyone to know that I truly appreciate
all of the prayers & support. People ask me at the hospital, How are your
spirits so good? I tell them because I have Jesus Christ in my life. The doctors
are absolutely puzzled on how this happened, and if it is going to be permanent.
They did see inflamation in the x-ray around a disk near the spinal cord."
"I want everyone to continue to pray that God's will be
carried out through this time. If God's plan for me is to be a paraplegic, then
I am seriously happy with that. God is in control, and since he is the creator,
and I am the creature, then why should I question His decisions?"
"Finally, I want you all to know that life is fragile,
and we need not to take it for granted. Life is a Gift from God, and we must
live everyday for him dude. Think about this for a minute, if you drive a Ford
(or any car) and you put water in the gas tank, what's going to happen? You will
ruin the car. When Ford designed that car, they designed it to work properly
only if you put gas in the engine. It's the same with life! God made us &
designed us, so if we don't fill ourselves with Christ, then our lives are not
going to go the way they were designed to. That's why their is so many problems
in our world. We are not filling ourselves with the one thing that makes us
operate the way we designed to. Well, that's enough preaching. Thank you so much
for the prayers & the continued support."
"If you have any questions or you would like help
support in anyway, please call my manager, Graham "Tony" Tchividjian,
at (877) Lex-Luger or (954) 675-0552. Graham happens to be the Rev. Billy
Graham's grandson, and he has an agency in Pompano Beach, FL called GT Agency,
LLC (official website: www.GTAgency.net). He loves the Lord, and his main
priority is finding ways to win people to Christ, not money."
"I am going to tell everyone that they need to read
Proverbs 3,4 & 6. That is why I am in such great spirits. Love you
Current TNA Events
TNA: Year One and No Surrender 2007 will be released on DVD
on November 20, 2007.
Due to the holidays TNA will taping 3 days in a row at
Universal Studios in December on
the 3rd, 4th and 5th. Source: Pro Wrestling Fans.
TNAwrestling.com has announced that the Final Resolution PPV
on January 6, 2008 will take place in Orlando, FL. There had been reports that
the event would be held outside in Orlando in possibly Ohio or Virginia but
those reports proved false.
TNA has signed a deal with rapper "Brickman Raw"
and his music will be featured on upcoming events as well as the Bound for Glory
07 DVD. The Bound for Glory 07 DVD will be released January 15, 2008.
all news, roster information and events, visit TNA's official website:
TNA Talent Events
The weekend of October 27, 2007, some of TNA Wrestling's top
stars appeared on a wrestling card in Japan. A huge crowd of over 14,000 fans
packed the Budokan arena to see
Japanese legend Mitsuharu Misawa successfully defended his title against Samoa
Joe. Misawa beat Joe after 17 minutes with an elbow smash to the back of the
head. Also on that card, recently signed TNA star D-Lo Brown & his tag
partner, former WWE star, Buchanan lost their tag titles in their first defense
against the team of Naomichi Marufuji & Takashi Sugiura. Source: Rajah.
Judas Mesias, wrestling as El Mesias, is scheduled for a
match on November 30, 2007 with AAA: Centro de Convenciones de Ciudad Madero (TV
taping = Guerra de
Titanes) - Three Way Match for the AAA World Heavyweight
Title: El Mesias, current champion, versus Cibernetico versus Zorro.
The TNA Fan Fest the day before Bound For Glory drew between
400 and 500 people. The best selling shirt at the Fan Fest was the Motor City
Machine Guns shirt. Source: Rajah. Nice push for Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin
– especially since their shirts outsold Team 3D shirts.
Former ECW diva Shelly Martinez (who was recently working in
TNA as the female member of the Latino Nation) was eliminated over the weekend
from FOX Reality's "Search for the Next Elvira." A panel of judges
decided that the former diva did have strong enough acting skills in a funeral
scene. The same episode featured Martinez shopping for lingerie. Source: www.wrestlezone.com.
A DVD release titled "The Notorious Jewel De'Nyle &
Shelly Martinez" is scheduled to be released in January 2008. It is a
"Bettie Page-like" fetish film featuring the former WWE Diva. Source: www.lordsofpain.net.
When TNA talent makes appearances in Independent Promotions, you will find them
in the Indy News Bytes Section. All efforts are made to highlight the names of
your TNA favorites in the Indy Section.