February 25, 2008
TNA in NYC
And special visitors were in the audience. Tommy Dreamer and
Nunzio were there. Dreamer
apparently arrived with Christian Cage. During the show Team 3D pointed out the
surprise guests and Brother Ray asked them how much trouble they were going to
be in for being there. Source: www.prowrestlingfans.com
NOTE: TNA had a blurb on their website regarding
Dreamer’s appearance in the audience. It has since been removed since Dreamer
is still under contract to WWE.
New Audio Show
TNA has given a weekly audio show to two TNA superfans by the
name of Bill and Doug. The two fans are "YouTube shooters" who have
caused a lot of controversy on the video sharing site with their homemade videos
praising TNA and ripping WWE. If you go on YouTube, there are a number of videos
from angry fans mocking them or calling them out over their controversial
comments. You can see their account, rvdtito4life, at this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKxQtHGtp6M,
but they've since pulled their old videos due to the audio show. You can listen
to the first edition of "TNA Addicts" at this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnMfovltif0.
It's labeled as a show "Made by fans... for the fans."
And The Winner Is
TNA receives some dubious awards
By Steve Gerweck
TNA won the following Wrestling Observer Awards for 2007 (as
voted on by Observer subscribers):
Worst Television Show: TNA Impact
Worst TV announcer: Don West
Most disgusting promotional tactic: TNA signing Pacman
Jones/Making it Rain
Worst Match of the year: Chris Harris vs. James Storm
(Blindfold match from Lockdown)
Worst promotion of the year: TNA
Worst gimmick: Black Reign
Who May Be Out
BG and Kip James are telling people again that the WWE wants
them back. TNA management has told them both they are free to leave as they
wish. Source: ProWrestlingFans
Some people within TNA recently sent out feelers to people in
WWE about taking BG James and Kip James off of their hands. WWE actually said
they would possibly consider BG James (his brother Scott Armstrong is currently
a referee for ECW), but said they want absolutely nothing to do with Kip James.
Tomko in Japan
Tomko may be done with NJPW not only did he work a recent IGF
show but he lost his half of the IWGP Tag Titles as well. He also stated in a
recent interview in Japan that he wants to work for IGF instead. Source:
TNA Goes Live
Dave Meltzer is reporting in the latest Wrestling Observer
Newsletter that TNA will hold their first live iMPACT! on March 21st from the
Impact Zone in Orlando, Florida. Apparently the live episode will just be a test
run for the company as they will tape the following week’s edition of iMPACT!
the next night, which will go head-to-head with a Ring of Honor show in the
city. According to Meltzer, TNA is strongly considering taking iMPACT! live
every week but there aren’t any concrete plans as of yet. Of course this will
all be right before WWE’s flagship WrestleMania XXIV pay-per-view.
NOTE: There are other rumors out there indicating that TNA
can’t go live without the blessing of the network. This may push their first live telecast back to April 2008.
Last night's TNA iMPACT! scored a 1.12 (1.1) cable rating,
with an average audience of 1.6 million viewers. The show scored quarter hour
ratings of 1.13, 1.08, 1.05, 1.07, 1.11, 1.13, 1.10, and 1.03. This is right on
point with what the show has been doing as of late. Source: ProWrestlingFans
TNA X Division World Cup
There is talk in TNA about bringing back the X Division World
Cup. The last time they did it they had a lot of problems working with outside
organizations such as New Japan and CMLL. However they are still looking at
working both with CMLL and New Japan to put together the four-man team concept
this year. Source: ProWrestlingFans
Against All Odds
TNA's 2/10 Against All Odds PPV at the Bi-Lo Center in
Greenville, SC drew about 3,500 fans, but with less than 2,000 tickets sold for
the event. The Bi-Lo Center seats about 16,000. Ouch. Source: Gerweck
TNA Talent Events
Booker T is working with the NBA's Houston Rockets to promote
his Pro Wrestling Alliance. Tonight will be "P.W.A. Fan Appreciation
Night" and a video package of Booker T taking on the Rockets' mascot will
air during the game. Here are some more details regarding this:
The Houston Rockets in partnership with Booker T's Pro
Wrestling Alliance Present:
P.W.A. Fan Appreciation Night!
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Houston Rockets vs. Miami Heat
Toyota Center, 1510 Polk St, Houston, TX
Call Adam with the Houston Rockets (713-627-3865) and ask him
about the Booker T PWA Fan Appreciation Night special discount offer for
2/21/08! Great discounts off the regular ticket price for all levels of the
Toyota Center! There will also be a special video package shown of Booker T vs.
CLUTCH the Rockets' Mascot! Source: www.rajah.com
TNA wrestlers Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley, The Motor City
Machineguns, will be returning to Ring of Honor for two shows in April. They
will work April 18th for Ring of Honor in Detroit Michigan and April 19th in
Chicago Ridge, Illinois. When fans began to speculate in the official ROH
message boards that this meant that Ring of Honor had lost their pay-per-view
deal, Gabe Sapolsky posted the following message: ”The PPV deal is not dead.
There is no Samoa Joe coming. Take the announcement for what it is. Alex Shelley
& Chris Sabin are coming back to ROH for one weekend. There is no other
underlying things to it. It is a simple deal that was put together very simply
and quickly. That is all. Stop speculating and enjoy it for what it is, which is
exactly what it appears to be on the surface. Shelley & Sabin are coming to
Detroit and Chicago.”
UWF NEWS AND NOTES FOR FEBRUARY 18, 2008
UWF ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL TALENT FOR LIVE EVENTS THURSDAY, MAY
1 IN RICHMOND, VA and FRIDAY, MAY 2 IN HARRISONBURG, VA
The United Wrestling Federation today announced the addition
of TNA Stars Samoa Joe, The Motor City Machine Guns, James Storm, "Stone
Cold" Shark Boy, and Knockout ODB to its lineup. All of these TNA Stars
will join Jerry "The King" Lawler, Terri Runnels, Scotty 2 Hotty, Matt
"Spike Dudley" Hyson, Daffney, Team Macktion, and others for Ultimate
Experience prior to the shows each night.
Tickets are on sale now. For more event and ticket
information, visit www.uwfusa.com.
Destination X Pay Per View Card
Six Man Main Event
The Angle Alliance (TNA World Heavyweight Champion Kurt Angle
and TNA World Tag Team Champions The Phenomenal AJ Styles and Tomko) vs.
Submission Machine Samoa Joe, The Instant Classic Christian Cage and Kevin Nash
Elevation X Match: Rhino vs. Cowboy James Storm
X Division Championship Match
Black Machismo Jay Lethal, Champion vs. Maple Leaf Muscle
Petey Williams, Challenger
Booker T vs. Robert Roode
The official theme song for The Destination X Pay-Per-View
song is "Life Story" performed by Crash Anthem.
TNA Destination X on Pay-Per-View will take place live on
Pay-Per-View from the Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia. The broadcast will be
available on InDemand, DirecTV, Dish Network, TVN, Viewer's Choice Canada and
Partial source: ProWrestlingFans
Lockdown Pay Per View
The Boston Herald has posted a new article on their website
revealing that TNA?s April pay-per-view Lockdown will be held at the Tsongas
Arena in Lowell, Massachusetts on April 13th. The article is a feature piece on
AJ Styles (they begin by calling him his real name, Allen Jones).
Speaking of TNA Lockdown, TNA will hold a Fan Festival for
the event the day before at the Tsongas Arena as this will be their debut in the
New England area. Source: ProWrestlingFans
For current information on all live events, television taping
schedules, and pay per views, visit www.tnawrestling.com.
Necessarily TNA News
Ron “The Truth” Killings, reported to have signed with
TNA has been working shows for AAA out of Mexico.
It appears he is scheduled to be working there through March 2008.
If anyone would like to book WWE Legend, Jake"The
Snake"Roberts, he is
taking bookings starting on April 1, 2008. To send a SERIOUS
an e-mail to his MySpace Webmaster, Shannon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Former TNA backstage announcer Leticia Cline will be
appearing on the next season of CW's reality show Beauty and the Geek. You can
see Cline's promotional photo and a profile for the show at this link. She lists
herself as an "Extreme Sports Model" and Action Sports Announcer. The
fifth season of the show will start on Tuesday, March 11. Source: Rajah
former TNA wrestler Sabu suffered an injured hip while
working for AAA in Mexico and is scheduled to miss some ring time. Source: