TNA News Bytes

TNA News Bytes

November 26, 2007

by Sassy

INJURIES


Tomko was injured while wrestling in Japan. The latest we have heard is that he had to undergo emergency surgery for a torn abdominal muscle.  While we hope Tomko is doing well and will heal quickly from his injury the chances are that he will be out of action for quite some time. This will make a big difference in the Turning Point PPV where he was scheduled to work the main event with AJ Styles and Kurt Angle. TNA will have to scramble to find a replacement.

It appears Judas Mesias may not make it back to TNA in time for Turning Point. He’s on the Turning Point poster with Black Reign and Abyss but the latest word from Mexico says he won’t be able to work the ring. The last updated card for Turning Point shows a 10,000 Tacks Match with Black Reign and Rellick going up against The Monster Abyss and The War Machine Rhino.  No Judas Mesias.

I’ll just go to my corner and pout now. No Judas Mesias and no Tomko at Turning Point…

WHO IS IT

First PWI reports that TNA is apparently in talks with a major international wrestling star about coming in for a regular role in the promotion. SURE that's exactly what TNA needs - even more people squeezed into that two hour show. "TO THE BACK!" Source: Angrymarks.com. I have to agree. Did TNA forget how many members of the roster they AREN’T using these days?  We see more and more of the Angle family with their b.s. story lines and less and less of real talent. Last week’s iMPACT wasn’t worth turning on in terms of matches.  Even though we had Chris Sabin, AJ Styles, and Samoa Joe in what could have been a great match, it was riddled with commercial breaks that ruined the match.  Less talk and more action TNA before everyone refers to TNA as WWE’s TNA.

NEWEST REPORT

TNA text alerts have informed us that they are in talks with a major Japanese star and that if signed he'll be working a regular role. Source: www.wrestlezone.com. 

BOOKER T

TNA and SpikeTV will hold a media conference call with Booker T on Tuesday, November 27, 2007. Booker T will discuss his signing with the promotion and what his future plans are. Source: Prowrestlingfans.com. BOOKER:  TELL US THAT YOU WILL BE DELETING CRAPPY STORY LINES AND THAT TNA FANS WILL BE SEEING SOME ‘RASSLIN’!

STING OFFERED CONTRACT EXTENSION

It is being reported that Sting has been offered a one-year contract extension but no word yet on whether or not he will accept the offer.  Word is that his current contract expires at the end of 2007 but TNA wants him through 2008. Sting is taking time off through the end of the year to spend the holidays with his family. Stay tuned…

ANGLE INTERVIEW

I read the interview was good but I am so burned out on the Angle clan I decided to pass. You can get info on the interview here: http://www.warned.net/WrestlingNewsAndNotes112107.html

ODB FROM OVW TO TNA

TNA Wrestling has officially signed female wrestler Jessica Kresa, better known as "ODB". She has worked with the company without a contract since Bound For Glory.

ODB made her first TNA debut back in 2004 when she wrestled with the ring name "Poison". After that short stint, she was picked up by Ohio Valley Wrestling, WWE's developmental territory. There, she quickly rose to the top of their women's division and eventually became the OVW Women's champion. During an episode of TNA Today a few weeks ago, ODB revealed that her name stands for "One Dirty Bitch". Source: www.rajah.com

NAME CHANGES

On last week’s iMPACT, Talia Madison began using the ring name Velvet Sky while Angel  Williams began using the ring name Angelina Love. According to www.prowrestlingfans.com, TNA wanted the name change so they could own the names.  What is it with major wrestling organizations wanting to “own names”? And they couldn’t figure that out prior to debuting both women on TNA?

Havok suddenly became Johnny Devine.  If my research is correct, Johnny Devine’s real name is John Parsonage. We can only assume this is another TNA trademark issue.

The roster list and real names of TNA talent can be found here: http://www.angelfire.com/bc/robsroom/sassy131.html 

MISSING IN ACTION

Ron “The Truth” Killings

Jeff Jarrett had to publicly apologize to the Japanese media and New Japan Pro Wrestling for Ron Killings missing a booking for the promotion. According to Mike Johnson, Killings missed his flight. Needless to say this did not go over well with TNA management. Source: Prowrestlingfans.com. I’m a little surprised that TNA had anything to do with Killings going anywhere.  That would mean that Killings was working for TNA and we certainly haven’t seen him anywhere near a TNA ring lately.

"CONSEQUENCES CREED"

Austin Creed has not returned to the TNA ring due to prior commitments. TNA knew about the Indy commitments Creed would be required to fulfill before working full time for TNA. No word yet on when he will be back in the TNA ring. It was originally reported that once Creed was back in the ring, he would be the tag team partner of Killings – to be known as “Truth and Consequences”.

NO SABU

It was reported last week that Sabu attending the TNA tapings.  According to sources this week, Sabu was not in attendance. Source: Prowrestlingfans.com.

SCOTT D'AMORE

Scott’s newest job in TNA is as an agent for the newly created Women’s Division. Does anyone want to bet on how much he likes he new duties?

KAZ ON THE NET

Kaz has opened his official website at http://www.frankie-kazarian.com/. After seeing Kaz in the ladder match against Christian Cage, we hope to see more of him in the ring…our opinion is that the man is loaded with talent and deserves a major push.

Thanksgiving Thanks From the TNA Roster

This site’s favorite quotes are highlighted.

Jim Cornette: “What am I thankful for this Thanksgiving? I am thankful for all the tremendous blockbuster talent acquisitions that TNA has made the past year that I have been the spearhead of. I am grateful for all the great TNA fans, for the worldwide pay per view, and for the national two hour television. I am grateful for all the stars and all the many millions of TNA fans all around the world. You ain’t seen nothing yet. Sit down for Thanksgiving dinner because as soon as we finish with that, wrestling is going to be hot and heavy.”

Don West: “I’m thankful that this is the sixth Thanksgiving that I’ve gotten to experience with TNA and I hope there are sixty more.”

Mike Tenay: “Thanksgiving obviously reminds me about family in general, my granddaughter in particular, Kayla, I am very thankful for that. I am very thankful for the existence of TNA, enabling a lot of people in the wrestling business to make a living.”

Referee Rudy Charles: “I’m thankful for my friends and family. I’m thankful for everything that I have in life, all the blessings. And most of all, I am thankful that I am the senior referee in TNA Wrestling.”

Eric Young: “I’m thankful that I’m still alive, relatively happy and that you let me record this in a room by myself because crowds scare me.”

Samoa Joe: “Samoa Joe is thankful for Sunday afternoons, the simple things in life, and the fact that he knows that Kurt Angle is married to the biggest bitch in the world.”

Robert Roode: “I am thankful for being filthy, stinking rich.”

Kaz: “This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for many things; my friends, my family, and for the opportunity to wrestle with the best wrestlers in the world every week at TNA.”

Lance Hoyt: “What am I thankful for? Lance Hoyt is thankful for Christy Hemme. Lance Hoyt is thankful for his belt buckles. And, Lance Hoyt is thankful for being him and not being you!”

James Storm: “I’m very thankful for the alcohol that God has sent to this earth for me to drink…and for Jackie’s big boobies.”

Sonjay Dutt: "I'm so thankful for the world, for the earth, for love and for sunshine! With the air clean and our hearts full of warmth, what else could someone ask for? But, all I have to ask for this holiday season is any sort of donation you could give to the GHF (Guru Humanitarian Fund)"

SoCal Val: “I am thankful for new possibilities, whatever they bring.”

Petey Williams: “I’m thankful in October, because Canadian Thanksgiving is in October. I’m thankful for Gold’s Gym, Lifetime Fitness, weights in general. The rotary torso machine has been good me this year. I’m also thankful for my obliques and the CFL (Canadian Football League).”

Black Reign: “I am very thankful this Thanksgiving that I have a wonderful little mistress, my arctic fox, Misty. We will be dining together with her wheel and it will be raining. The downpour will fall all day and the only ones that will be left at the dinner table are me, Misty, and the wheel. Happy Thanksgiving.”

James Mitchell: “I’m thankful for the fact that my son, Judas Mesias, has returned to slaughter that stupid son of a @#$%, the moron Abyss.”

Brother Devon: “My whole deal about the holidays is that it is a joke. I mean basically the biggest thing that has come about this year for the holidays is me and my brother, Brother Ray, taking hold and hostage the X Division title as well as beating up those puny little punks that they have running around here like jumping beans, calling themselves the X Division. As far as I am concerned, at the end of this year, people are gonna know that Team 3D is not only the best tag team in the world, but we made the holidays official by taking out each and every one of these X Division guys and of course getting our TNA tag team titles back. So as far as I am concerned, that’s what the holidays mean to me, not those X Division guys and certainly not those redneck fans that come in the building each and every night, talking about, “this is awesome.” As far as I am concerned, they suck along with the X Division.”

Gail Kim: “First of all, I’m Canadian, so I am not celebrating on the right day. I’m thankful for the obvious, that TNA gave us the women’s division after all this time. I’m very thankful that I got the opportunity to win the women’s title. I’m very thankful for my family, being so supportive, and the great girls in the locker room, as well as the entire roster, they are all great.”

Elix Skipper: “You know what time it is, it’s Primetime. You know what I’m thankful for, that we put XXX back together again.”

Kurt Angle: “What I am grateful for during this Thanksgiving time is the fact that I am Kurt Angle. I am a twelve time world Olympic champion. I have these movie star looks and I’m very grateful for that. I am grateful for my athleticism and although 99% of the families out there don’t have what I have, that’s because I’m Kurt Angle and they are not. But Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks and I am very thankful that I have everything and unfortunately, most people don’t.”

Scott Hall: “This Thanksgiving I’m thankful for my children, Cody and Cassidy, and for another year of being alive. Frankly, the way I’d been living my life, I was kind of burning the candle at both ends and a little bit in the middle, and I’m just happy to still be kickin’. I’m also happy to have the opportunity to perform in front of the fans again and just do what I love, entertain.”

Source: www.tnawrestling.com. 

We found the following on www.armpitwrestling.com. Since the site touts “Your Monday morning dose of (un) reality…

Steiners Declare Presidential Candidacy

Rick & Scott on Campaign Trail

November 19, 2007

DETROIT, MI -- Professional wrestlers Rick and Scott Steiner have declared their candidacy for the 2008 United States Presidential election.  The ticket has Scott running as President, with brother Rick as Vice President.  They're running as Independents, and have challenged voters to, "Vote for us, or bite us."

"We have a message for Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani," said Rick Steiner at today's press conference, referring to the two frontrunners for the Democratic and Republican parties, respectively.  "If you want some, come get some.  If you don't like me, bite me."

Though brothers Scott and Rick have no prior political experience, experts believe they will impact the election by attracting millions of wrestling fans, most of whom have never registered to vote.

If history is any indication, professional wrestlers and politics have intertwined far more than most people think.  As recently as 1998, former pro wrestler Jesse Ventura won the Minnesota Governor's election, shocking the world.

"I know Scotty and Ricky very well," said Ventura from his Minnesota home.  "I worked with them in WCW, and people think they're just a couple of dummies.  Of course, they thought the same thing about me too.  And who won that election?  The Body did, that's who.  Win if you can, lose if you must, but always cheat."

Scott, who said he is prepared to discuss any political issue, fielded questions from reporters at the press conference similar to the types of questions he'll be asked when he is expected to debate Clinton and Giuliani next year.

On abortion rights, Scott said: "Abortionnnnnn, you know here's how I see it.  All those girls better step aside, because if there are babies out there, odds are that I'm their big bad booty daddy."

Steiner speaks at a Presidential rally, telling unwanted children that he's their "big, bad, booty daddy."

On immigration, Scott was more clear: "All those Mexicans, flying around the ring in their masks, flippin' around like some sort of jumping bean, let me tell you something.  Step aside, jerk that curtain, and make way for the real main eventer, Scott Steiner.  Ain't nothin' finer.  Sure, let 'em come to America, because when it's showtime, they're all gonna lay down for the genetic freak."

On civil rights issues, such as disability coverage, Scott said: "To all those deaf people out there, holla if ya hear me.  I got your hook-up."  For the mentally retarded, Scott referred to Alex, the imaginary friend of brother Rick, who was drawn on Rick's hand.  Wrestling fans may remember Alex from Rick's Varsity Club days in the NWA.

On animal rights issues, such as ethical treatment of animals, Scott again referred to his brother Rick, who said: "Welcome to the dog pound."  Rick then started running around in circles, barking, "Woof woof woof woof."

If Rick were to be elected as Vice President, he would assume the role of President should brother Scott be unable to perform his job.

When asked how he would handle the situations in Iraq, Iran, and Pakistan, Scott simply flexed his biceps, pointed to them with his chin, and proclaimed, "Look at these guns, boys.  These are my bombs, and if anyone gives me any trouble, I'll snap 'em in half.  Rick will Steinerline anyone who doesn't do things our way.  And our way is the American way."  He then performed 15 pushups out of nowhere, with Rick standing on his back with a dog collar around his neck.

Animal rights activist will proudly welcome Rick Steiner as their Vice President, who welcomed them to his dog pound and proceeded to bark.

To demonstrate his anti-terror plan, Scott presented a mannequin dressed up like Osama bin Laden.  Rick Steiner grabbed the mannequin and suplexed him out of his pants.  Scott then broke the doll in half, throwing each piece into the crowd of reporters while flexing some more.

It is not believed Presidential candidates are tested for anabolic steroids, but Guiliani has already made noise about instituting it.  Said Rudy, "We need to test for steroids, and I'm not just talking about Scott.  Have you heard Hillary's deep voice?  I think she's on that stuff too."

Regarding voters and polls, Scott hinted that he and his brother may resort to physical violence.  "It's plain and simple.  Either you vote for us, or we'll kick the crap outta you and your family," he threatened.

The press conference was scheduled to be concluded with a discussion on public healthcare, but was cut short when Scott tore his biceps and Rick was too out of breath to continue.

NOTE: There was no name attributed to the above article, but you have to admit it’s good stuff!

The Phenomenal AJ Styles begs The Instant Classic Christian Cage For Forgiveness

AN OPEN LETTER FROM "THE PHENOMENAL" AJ STYLES TO "THE INSTANT CLASSIC" CHRISTIAN CAGE

Late Friday night, "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles contacted TNAwrestling.com with a statement regarding his former mentor, "The Instant Classic" Christian Cage.

According to Styles, he has attempted to contact Cage since Thursday's "IMPACT!" broadcast. However, "The Instant Classic" is apparently ignoring AJ's calls. As a result, Styles has asked us to post this statement in the hopes that Cage will read it before Thursday's broadcast:

Dear Boss,

I'm pretty sure you're upset with me. I tried to get in touch with you all day on Friday, but you won't return my calls or text messages. You blocked me on AOL Instant Messenger and won't reply to my Facebook pokes. Heck, I even tried sending you a game invite when I saw you playing Halo 3 online, but you ignored that too. I would have let you frag me with sticky grenades as much as you wanted if it made you feel better. You know, just like old times!

Now, I can understand why you're mad at me after what happened on "iMPACT!" (you know, me accidentally winning the match when you had Jay Lethal beat). But hey, I paid for it in the end, right? I was the one who had to put on that ridiculous turkey outfit. Plus, I'm not sure if you're mad at me for not inviting you to Kurt's Thanksgiving dinner, but I made him promise me that he sent you an invitation. I'm not sure if it got lost or not, but I guess I should have just invited you in person.

I'm also really starting to get the feeling that you're mad at me for supposedly turning my back on you and joining Kurt Angle. But please believe me when I tell you it's all been a huge misunderstanding. When you made me the Captain of the Coalition, I knew I had to do all I could to help our team. That's why I talked to Karen Angle and figured out a way that BOTH sides could work together as an unstoppable unit. Can you imagine me, Tomko, you and Kurt as a team? Who could beat us? Tomko seems to think there's some heat between you and Kurt, but I'm not buying it. I even asked Kurt about it and he just rolled his eyes and walked away, so I know it can't be true!

Christian - I still consider you my close friend. My teacher. My mentor. I would never try to ruin that for anything. So this Thursday night on "iMPACT!", I have a plan that will put all these hard feelings behind us. I've requested interview time on Thursday to explain my idea - all I ask if that you hear me out and give it a chance. I think after Thursday, we'll all be one big happy family again!

I didn't want to post this on the internet for everyone to read, but it's the only way I knew to get my message to you.

See you on Thursday night, Boss. I'll have my cell phone close by in case you want to talk.

Your friend

AJ

PS - Please accept my Halo 3 invite next time you're online. I miss having you on my team and Tomko sucks at it...he keeps killing me with friendly fire - most of the time I think he's doing it on purpose.

TURNING POINT NEWS

Also PWI revealed that the December 2nd Turning Point PPV will feature a "Feast or Fired" Battle Royal which will result in a wrestler being "fired." Feast? FEASSSST! They should have had THAT match for Thanksgiving. Source: www.angrymarks.com. 

Latest Turning Point card:

Six Man Tag Team War

Scott Hall, Kevin Nash and Samoa Joe vs. Kurt Angle, AJ Styles and Tomko

Six Man Tag Team Tables Match

Team 3D and Johnny Devine vs. The Motor City Machineguns and Jay Lethal

TNA Women's Title Match

Gail Kim vs. Awesome Kong

Match of 10,000 Tacks

Abyss and Rhino vs. Black Reign and Rellik

Feast or Fired Battle Royal

15 TNA Superstars will compete in a battle royal with four briefcases in each corner. Three of the briefcases will contain title shots for the TNA World, Tag Team and X-Division titles. The other briefcase will hold a pink slip saying "you're fired."

Turning Point is being held in Orlando, FL on December 2, 2007.

Not Necessarily TNA News

For anyone who cares, it appears Linda Bollea aka Linda Hogan has filed for divorce from her wrestling hubby turned reality show star, Hulk Hogan. Source: TMZ. Rumors have been hitting the circuit regarding the Bollea’s divorce since the major problems with their son Nick.

Hulkster, on the other hand, says he was surprised by the filing:

Terry "Hulk Hogan" Bollea told a St. Petersburg Times reporter that he had no idea his wife Linda filed for divorce.

After receiving correspondence for an interview, Hogan demonstrated no knowledge of Linda's Tuesday divorce filing and told the reporter, "Thank you for the great information."

He later called back, adding, "You caught me off-guard. My wife has been in California for about three weeks. ... Holy smokes. Wow, you just knocked the bottom out of me. ... I just pulled over to the side of the road for five minutes to find out what was going on here."

He declined comment on whether he and his wife had previously discussed divorce.

Terry and Linda, who married in 1984, had two children—Brooke and Nick—together. Their family has been featured on VH1 reality series "Hogan Knows Best" since 2005.

Source: www.lordsofpain.net.

Once was not enough for Adam “Pacman” Jones.  He doesn’t care for nightclub personnel and now it appears he isn’t fond of NFL players: ESPN is reporting that Adam "Pacman" Jones was invloved in a physical altercation with Tennesee Titans player Albert Haynesworth earlier this week. Jones is currently serving a one-year suspension from the NFL, and earlier this month commissioner Roger Goodell said he would not be reinstated early.

Someone needs to give Goodell a raise and offer him another raise if he suspends Jones for another year -- or, better yet -- ban him from sports altogether!

TNA Events

12/03: “iMPACT!” Event

12/04: “iMPACT!” Event

12/10: “iMPACT!” Event

12/11: “iMPACT!” Event

12/14: Monterrey, Mexico

12/15: Mexico City, Mexico

12/27: Montreal, Quebec

12/28: Quebec City, Que. 

The first TNA PPV of 2008 (TNA Final Resolution) will take place in Orlando, Florida at the iMPACT! Zone.

The second PPV, TNA Against All Odds, which takes place on February 10th will be held in Greenville, South Carolina.

TNA Talent Events

NJPW "CAMP ZAMA SLAMFEST", 11/3/07, Kanagawa Camp Zama

2,531 Fans - Super No Vacancy

7. Giant Bernard & Travis Tomko beat Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma (15:14) when Bernard pinned Honma after the Magic Killer. Source: www.pro-wrestling.com.

On November 15, 2007 at Estadio Beisbol Colon de Xalapa, Brazo de Plata/Elegido/Octagon/La Parka Jr. defeated Head Hunter I/Konnan/El Mesias/Sean Waltman by DQ when La Legion interfered. Konnan & Mesias started bickering after the match that begins their big angle coming up.

Cibernetico defeated El Mesias, TNA’s Judas Mesias, and Zorro in a Steel Cage Match on November 19, 2007 at Domo de la Feria de Leon. Source: www.luchaworld.com.

El Mesias will face Cibernetico on November 30, 2007 in a AAA World Heavyweight Championship title match. El Mesias is the current AAA champion.

Booker T defeated Christian Cage at the PWA Bash at in Beaumont, TX on November 20. Sharmell was also in attendance. Source: Prowrestlingfans.com. Amazing, isn’t it? PWA is actually having matches! Maybe TNA management should be paying more attention to what PWA is doing regarding ring work.

New Japan's Tokyo Dome event on January 4, 2008 is set to feature Abyss vs. Manabu Nakanishi in a "battle of the monsters", IWGP Tag Team Champions Tomko & Giant Bernard (formerly A-Train in WWE) vs. The Steiners and "IWGP Champion" Kurt Angle vs. Yuji Nagata.

Source: www.kocosports.com. Again, we have not heard any updates on Tomko’s condition since the emergency surgery he underwent last week for a torn muscle.

WHERE ARE THEY NOW

Konnan Talks the Talk

Konnan has been making quite a stir here at WrestleZone.com. His new audio feature, "5150 - Real Talk w/ Konnan", has become quite popular after only one week and now, he's taking more time each day to answer all of your questions exclusively in the WrestleZone.com forums. Please take the time to click on the link below and ask Konnan all the questions you can possibly think of - he is definitely one that will answer it more honestly than you could ever hope for.

On TNA:

"Well the main problem isnt the top guys holding down the underneath guys even though that is a big problem, u have people that have never run a wrestling promotion running it and older guys who dont watch anything hip or dont have their pulse on the latest trends or whats popular booking the comjpany (dutch mantell and jeff), u have an owner dixie carter who knows nothing about wrestling, is not at every show and believes all the bullsh*t jeff tells her, while he runs the company and buries the people he cant control or dont kiss his ass, u should see how many people in that promotion dont know what they are doing. U either have people who are working cheap and are useless or people that are friends of dixie from the music industry or jeffs friends, pathetic"

On Lawsuit/Going Back to TNA:

"We are about to go to court soon so they will end up paying some of my medical bills but if they had different bookers i would go back it would be very hard to ever work for or with jeff jarrett again, he is racist, doesnt keep his word, and if u dont do what he says is very vindictive, he wants complete control over u.”

You can submit your questions to Konnan here: http://forums.wrestlezone.com/

 

 

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