16 August 2007
Apologies to everyone for not being able to get the
complete Hard Justice recap up right away.
My cable company decided to update all of their equipment, which kept me
from being able to see the entire show. I had everything but the main event and
decided to post the rest of the show since I was unsure how long it would take
to get that final match. It was
irritating, but at least I managed to get the show. I had been having some real issues with Time Warner and pay
TNA has so much going on lately I decided to go for a
second News Bytes this week.
The Latest TNA Online Roster Looks Like This! (Keep reading
for to see who is missing and why.)
Abyss, AJ Styles, Alex Shelley, Andrew Martin, BG James,
Black Reign, Brother Devon, Brother Ray, Chris Harris, Chris Sabin, Christian
Cage, Christy Hemme, Eric Young, Fallen Angel, Gail Kim, Havok, Hernandez,
Homicide, Jackie Moore, James Mitchell, James Storm, Jay Lethal, Jeff Jarrett,
Jim Cornette, Kaz, Kevin Nash, Kip James, Kurt Angle, Lance Hoyt, Matt Morgan,
Mr. Backlund, Miss Brooks, Pacman Jones, Petey Williams, Prime Time, Raven,
Rhino, Rick Steiner, Robert Roode, Ron Killings, Roxy Laveaux, Samoa Joe, Scott
Steiner, Senshi, Shark Boy, Sonjay Dutt, Sting and Tomko
TNA has signed a deal with the band Bro-Kin according to a
report from www.wrestleview.com.
For those of you not familiar with their previous wrestling related hits,
they did several songs for D-Generation X in WWE. Does anyone want to be TNA
critics will now be saying TNA is signing WWE’s left over bands?
In a World of Premature Deaths
As for congressional inquiries, Dave Meltzer reports TNA
was sent the same inquiry letter as WWE regarding drug testing and testing
procedures. NWA (National Wrestling
Alliance) didn’t get left out. They
were also sent an inquiry. Both have until August 28 to comply. Rumors are
floating that perhaps the addition of Adam “Pacman” Jones motivated Congress
to get to TNA next. You all know how I feel about this. If wrestling associations can’t or won’t police their
employees, someone has to do it. I
believe some associations actually overlook steroid use in order to keep talent
looking a certain way. It needs to
be stopped. And I would stand up
for any wrestling talent that got off the bad stuff in order to save his or her
You can read the letter in its entirety here:
Along the lines of steroids, drugs and death in the
wrestling world, Dr. Astin’s attorney is claiming that the initial search of
Astin’s office was illegal. Here’s
what I think. If Dr. Astin was
handing out prescription drugs like candy to anyone – it doesn’t have to be
a wrestler – he should be in jail. If
his attorney knows for a fact that he was endangering lives, his attorney should
be in the same cell.
Lance Storm has announced via his website that he has
officially retired from active wrestling. His
last match was against none other than Robert Roode.
Lance is one of those technical wrestlers that I’ve watched over the
years. While my initial reaction is to say “Don’t go Lance!”, I have the
utmost respect for those that have the courage to know when to say when.
Good luck to Lance in any future endeavors.
Not That I Care But You Might
Reported by Ryan
Clark: Karen Angle’s date for
Hard Justice was Mark Predka, better known as Tha Trademarc.
Predka appeared on John Cena’s album debut of You Can’t See Me. We
also hear that Predka is Cena’s cousin.
Speaking of Karen Angle, it is being reporting that she has
signed a TNA Knockout contract and is officially working for the company.
Does TNA need another knock out? Can
Karen get in the ring and wrestle in a women’s division as we had hoped TNA
had planned? Another rumor has surfaced that wrestlers are unhappy with
the way Kurt is getting all the goodies…could that be why we are seeing some
TNA talent going out the door?
For Those of You Who Haven’t Heard
Vince Russo’s backstage guest at Hard Justice was none
other than Vito. We understand Vito
and Russo are good friends.
Fans of Hector Mark Your Calendars for
Wrestling in Palmetto, FL
And for you Hector Guerrero fans, www.wrestlezone.com
reports he will be in action at the Manatee Civic Center on August 25.
Hernandez and Homicide Getting Heat?
The website www.F4wonline
reports that Hernandez caused an injury to Kirby Mack at an Indy event two
weekends ago. According to
Homicide, the wrestler had an injury prior to wrestling this match and no one
was told. Mike Mooneyham called LAX
unprofessional because they didn’t check on the injured party after the match
was over. Mack will make a full recovery.
Team 3D on the Outs?
Ryan Clark reports that Team 3D is most likely going to leave TNA. The article states that Brother Devon wants to return to WWE with or without Brother Ray. Team 3D’s contract expires in September.
Going, Going, Gone!
has reported that the following talent is leaving TNA:
Jerry Lynn, Brother Runt, Matt Bentley, Doug Basham and The Damaja.
The report states that Jerry Lynn was granted a release at his request
for personal reasons; Matt Bentley’s contract expires this month and likely
will not be renewed. Several rumors
have it that TNA is tossing talent in order to be able to pay Pacman for his
time with TNA. Although I hope this
is just a rumor, shame on TNA if it is true. You never toss good talent for no
talent, controversial or not.
A two-hour time slot won’t be worth
anything if you can’t fill it with great wrestlers.
Want to read more about why Pacman is controversial?
Read all about it here:
I repeat: TNA
stars should be demanding bulletproof vests.
Another rumor has surface that VKM (BG James and Kip James)
are also looking for the exit.
When You Lose Some, You Just Might Win
Some -- Brock Lesnar to TNA?
The same ezine that gave us the TNA talent leaving report
that Brock Lesnar is presently in talks with TNA. Kurt Angle is said to be giving Brock a push in the door. I
have never been a Lesnar fan, but maybe he will be good for TNA.
I just can’t help but wonder why TNA is losing the present talent on
the roster. I may simply be a little skeptic that TNA is starting to look like
“the other guys” and is losing what made me a TNA fan.
TNA Booking Methods
If you are interested in how TNA books their shows, you can
read all about it here: http://wrestlingtruth.com/
with an explanation of why sometimes there are problems and that Vince Russo is
not the cause.
Normally not in my realm of reporting, but KocoSports is
reporting it will be Samoa Joe & Lo-Ki versus LAX for the JAPW Tag Team
title. This match is scheduled for
September 8. Go to JAPW.net for more information. This does sound like one killer of a match. I
couldn't pass up the chance to push some of my favorites.
Up and Coming TNA Events
TNA will be at the New York State Fair, Syracuse, NY on
September 3. Information and
tickets may be found at www.nysfair.org.
TNA has announced a house show in Alabama on October 11.
Tickets will go on sale September 10.
Look for information on all house shows at www.tnawrestling.com.
It appears Ariel will not be coming to TNA in spite of many
rumors that she would be signing up. Latest
reports are that Ariel will again be back in WWE and will make her appearance at
Summerslam. There are other rumors that she will be doing something other than
wrestling appearances in the near future.
Hemme and Hoyt Not Only Ones Told To Stay
Last week it was reported the Christy Hemme and Lance Hoyt
were told not to fly in for the Hard Justice pay per view. It has come to our
attention that the same thing happened to Jerry Lynn.
Update on the Death of Brian “Crush”
The autopsy performed on Brian did not reveal the cause of
death so we must wait for – you got it – the toxicology report. We
may have to form a line behind Congress to get the information.
There have been no new reports regarding Scott D’Amore
leaving TNA at this time.
Konnan Health Report
Taken directly from www.ewrestlingnews.com
(thank you, I’ve been waiting for word on Konnan’s health):
Broadwater sent the following update on 8/13 regarding Konnan, who's body
rejected the donated kidney he received and is in San Diego seeing doctors:
Update: The biopsy showed the cells were attacking the kidney. Now they have him in isolation and are giving him medicine to fight the cells. So he is looking at least 5 more days in the hospital. Doctors say there is hope and they have seen this problem before and that most of them came out good.
Again, we wish Konnan all the best for a speedy successful recovery.