TNA News Bytes

TNA News Bytes

January 7, 2008

by Sassy

With holidays and other things, I didn’t file any News Bytes last week. I’ll try to play catch up this week…

TNA Ratings

Last week’s iMPACT rating was 1.1. Look for ratings to drop if programming does not improve. Last week’s “gauntlet match” overkill just might do it.

The December 20 Inoki Genome Federation show at the Tokyo Ariake Coliseum only drew about 2,500 fans. The promotion announced 6,233 fans in the 12,000 seat arena, but fell well short of that number. The IGF advertised names like Kurt Angle, Booker T (who was replaced on the show by Kendo Kashin), Josh Barnett and Naoya Owaga for the show. The show also featured A.J. Styles, Senshi, and Chris Moore (Masters). Source: ProWrestlingFans

Ticket sales for next month's Against All Odds pay-per-view at the BI-LO Center in Greenville, SC have been sluggish thus far. As of this post, you can still get a second row camera side ringside seat at They're charging $150.00 per floor seat, so that might explain the lackluster ticket sales. **I refuse to pay full price to see Final Resolution on the day it airs…I can’t imagine anyone wanting to dish out $150.00 for a floor seat.**

Due to poor sales, Target stores have decided to no longer carry any TNA merchandise.

Buy Rates

35,000 for (2006) Turning Point (Joe vs. Angle)


34,000 for Final Resolution (Joe vs. Angle)

23,000 for Against All Odds (Angle vs. Cage)

36,000 for Destination X (Joe vs. Cage)

35,000 for Lockdown (Team Angle vs. Team Cage)

21,000 for Sacrifice (Angle vs. Sting vs. Cage)

22,000 for Slammiversary (King of the Mountain)

15,000 for Victory Road (Joe and Angle vs. Team 3D)

26,000 for Hard Justice (Joe vs. Angle)

17,000 for No Surrender (Angle vs. Abyss)

36,000 for Bound For Glory (Sting vs. Angle)

27,000 for Genesis (Sting and Booker T vs. Angle and Nash)

(source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter)

Special Appearances

We can confirm that the man who portrayed A.J. Styles' coach at the Impact show yesterday was indeed Brother Ernest Angel. Many people recognized him from many years back and his managing days in Memphis. Source:

Lance Hoyt Plug

Courtesy of TNA's official website: LANCE HOYT TO APPEAR ON NEW TLC WRESTLING SERIES - On January 22 at 9/8c, the TLC network will begin airing a new wrestling reality series called "The Bussey Bunch". The show follows Michael Bussey and his sons, who run the Professional Championship Wrestling organization based out of Arlington, Texas. TNA Wrestling's own Lance Hoyt will be appearing on the series, as Hoyt got his start in the sport with PCW and still competes regularly for the promotion. Hoyt works closely with the Bussey family and helps train many of the younger wrestlers that break into PCW. Check out Lance Hoyt on "The Bussey Bunch" when it debuts on TLC on Tuesday, January 22. Source:

TNA Drug Testing

TNA talent has been given the impression that *real* drug testing will start in mid-to-late January. Before, TNA didn't really have a drug policy, but when asked in interviews, several wrestlers would say that due to TNA not being a public company, they are not at liberty to talk about it. Source: ProWrestlingFans. Amazing isn't it? How much longer did TNA think it could wait before it actually began legitimate drug testing.

Sting Employment Update

The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that Sting has signed for a limited schedule in 2008. He'll work some television tapings and PPVs.

Low-Ki aka Senshi Update

Posted by Dr. Keith Lipinski : LOW KI! making his surprising PWG return in what is his first show of his post Senshi/TNA career defeated "American Dragon" Bryan Danielson @ the Van Nuys Armory in the first match of the first night of PWG's All Star Weekend 6 to win the PWG World Heavyweight Championship. According to witnesses and the board the match went about 20-minutes and was mostly mat-work and MMA-inspired stuff. Source:

Judas Mesias New Look

Two weeks ago on iMPACT, Judas Mesias wore a mask to the arena and removed it prior to the start of the match. is reporting that he mask that was worn by Judas Mesias on the December 27 edition of iMPACT! was a replica of Slipknot frontman, Corey Taylor's mask except in blue.

Mesias did not wear the mask to the ring last week during his entrance to the gauntlet match. I’m hearing a lot from wrestling fans that indicate it’s difficult for them to take Judas Mesias as a “monster” with his current wrestling attire.

The Fallen Angel Christopher Daniels Update

Christopher Daniels is rumored to be returning to TNA as Curryman. Daniels has used this gimmick in various Japanese promotions as well as ROH. Source:

The Samoan Submission Machine Provides Blog Advice

For all those seeking a career in professional wrestling, read it here:

Japan Results

"TNA Wrestling vs. New Japan Pro Wrestling" event from the Tokyo Dome in Japan. TNA stars Kurt Angle, Team 3D, Abyss, AJ Styles, Christian Cage, Tomko and the Steiner Brothers were all in action against New Japan's top stars.

As a reminder, matches from this show can be seen on "Global iMPACT!"

a 1-hour special that will air on Spike TV on January 17th at 11 PM, right after iMPACT!.

NJPW Wrestle Kingdom II

January 4, 2008 - Tokyo Dome, JAPAN

A.J. Styles, Christian Cage & Petey Williams defeated RISE (Milano Collection AT, Minoru & Prince Devitt) (10:25)

NJPW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Match Wataru Inoue defeated 'The Fallen Angel' Christopher Daniels (10:17)

Manabu Nakanishi defeated Abyss (6:00)

Katsushi Takemura, Masato Tanaka, Tatsuhito Takaiwa & Yutaka Yoshie defeated Koji Kanemoto, Ryusuke Taguchi, Takashi Iizuka & Tiger Mask IV (8:36)

Team 3D (Brother Devon & Brother Ray) defeated Great Bash Heel (Togi Makabe & Toru Yano) in a hardcore match (13:12)

Legend (Jushin 'Thunder' Liger, Masahiro Chono, Riki Choshu & Tatsumi Fujinami) defeated Voodoo Murders (Shuji Kondo, TARU & 'brother' YASSHI), Gedo & Jado (7:18)

The Great Muta defeated Hirooki Goto (13:04)

NJPW IWGP Tag Team Champions Giant Bernard & Travis Tomko defeated The Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner & Scott Steiner) (12:50)

IGF IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kurt Angle defeated Yuji Nagata (18:29)

Shinsuke Nakamura defeated NJPW IWGP Heavyweight Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi to win the title (23:08)

January 1 - Zero-One Max results from Tokyo featuring a popular TNA Tag Team 

Results from Korakuen Hall:

Nanae Takahashi & Hikaru defeated Saki Maemura & Natsuki-head

Tengukaiser & Tengubaron (Osamu Namiguchi) defeated Lingerie Mutoh & Naoki Ueda

Kohei Sato defeated El Blazer

Koji Kanemoto & Ryusuke Taguchi defeated Tatsuhito Takaiwa & Shota Takanishi

The Great Sasuke defeated Minoru Fujita

Sasuke & Kessen Numajiro defeated Fujita & Sugawara

Yoshihito Sasaki & Ryoji Sai defeated Takao Omori & Manabu Nakanishi

Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin defeated Ikuto Hidaka & Dick Togo in a NWA International Lightweight Tag titles match.

Masato Tanaka defeated Daisuke Sekimoto

(credit: Zach Arnold @ Puroresu Power)

TNA Events

Final Resolution Pay Per View

Debuts Sunday, January 06, 2008, there will be replays, check with your local cable company.

NOTE: The predictions (as funny as the may be) were made and submitted before 2:00 PM Central time on Sunday.

Final Resolution Card:

TNA World Heavyweight Championship: Kurt Angle (Champion) vs. Christian Cage

PREDICTION: Kurt Angle will retain the championship belt, but I’m rooting for Christian anyway.

Ultimate X for Possession of the X Division Title

The Motorcity Machine Guns & Jay "Black Machismo" Lethal vs. Team 3D & Johnny Devine

PREDICTION: Black Machismo Jay Lethal will finally get his X Division Title belt back because this storyline has already taken way too long

TNA World Tag Team Championship Match

AJ Styles & Tomko (Champions) vs. Samoa Joe & Kevin Nash

PREDICTION: AJ won’t be able to concentrate giving Joe and Nash a chance to grab the Tag Team Titles

TNA Women's Championship Match: Gail Kim (Champion) vs. Awesome Kong

PREDICTION: Gail Kim will retain the Women’s Championship -- I'm just not sure HOW she's going to do it.

Booker T & Sharmell vs. Robert Roode & Ms. Brooks

PREDICTION: Sharmell will pin Ms. Brooks for the win

Abyss vs. Judas Mesias

PREDICTION: Don’t make me choose! But I’m afraid James Mitchell may be a factor that causes a loss for Abyss

Kaz vs. Black Reign

PREDICTION: Kaz will lose via DQ perhaps with the assistance of Rellik

LAX vs. Lance Hoyt & Jimmy Rave

PREDICTION: LAX will win with the help of the mystery Latino Nation member

This site will have a play-by-play recap of Final Resolution later in the week.

January 2008 dates

8 Impact taping in Orlando, Florida

9 house show in in Belton, Texas

10 house show in Austin, Texas

11 house show in Dallas, Texas

12 house show in Oklahoma City

The Genesis 2007 PPV will be released January 15 on DVD nationwide but it is already in stock at

21 Impact taping in Orlando, Florida

22 Impact taping in Orlando, Florida

25 house show in Troy, Ohio

26 house show in Youngstown, Ohio

TNA has scheduled an event at the First Arena in Elmira, NY for February 23, 2008 at 7:00 pm. Tickets go on sale January 14, 2008 at 10:00 am at all ticketmaster locations and at Tickets will be priced between $10-$50. TNA has also scheduled at an event at the Norfolk Theature at Westbury, NY for February 22, 2008 at 8:00 pm. Tickets are already on sale and are priced between $35-$50.

TNA Talent Events

Team 3D comes to New Rochelle - Featuring D-Von's Homecoming‏

Friday, January 4 2008,

Pro Wrestling Returns to New Rochelle, NY

The New York State Wrestling Federation returns to New Rochelle, NY on Saturday, April 5 at New Rochelle High School with a pro wrestling event featuring 21-time former World Tag Team Champions and current TNA Wrestling Superstars, Team 3D. Team 3D is comprised of Brother Ray & D-Von and previously competed as The Dudley Boyz for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).

This pro wrestling event serves as a homecoming for D-Von as he graduated from New

Rochelle High School and was a varsity football standout for the Huguenots.

The event will feature six other action-packed matches with a 7:30 p.m. bell-time. The doors open at 6:00 p.m. to give fans, friends and families the opportunity to obtain autographed memorabilia.

For tickets and event information visit or call (914) 235-4676

Where Are They Now

Scott Hall Update

Scott Hall worked his first wrestling event since his TNA PPV no-show two weeks ago for Juggalo Championship Wrestling in Pontiac, MI. He was telling people that he knew he messed up and that he was hoping to get a second chance sometime down the line with the company. Hall & Violent J & Nosawa beat The Thomaselli's in a six-man tag match. Hall was said to be doing well otherwise.

Scott Hall was telling people at the ICP show on 12/21 in Pontiac, MI that he blamed himself for screwing up the last few weeks by no-showing both TNA and WWC shows. As previously reported, Hall was in Puerto Rico as scheduled, but didn't want to drop the WWC Universal title to Biggie Size, and requested the match be changed to a non-title bout. Sounds like he has been listening to buddy Kevin Nash for far too long.

NOTE: On last week’s iMPACT, Hall’s name was brought up during a confrontation between Kevin Nash and Samoa Joe. This has been the first time Hall’s name has been mentioned since the no show incident at Turning Point.

Ron “The Truth” Killings Update

While rumors were rampant that Killings would be headed to AAA in Mexico (he has worked for them before), rumors are now flying that WWE management is being urged to bring Killings into WWE.

Not Necessarily TNA News

WWE is seeking talented Hispanic wrestlers – exactly the opposite of TNA who has yet to provide matches for Hernandez and Homicide…

Former TNA wrestler The Amazing Red is currently training and hoping to make a full time comeback.

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