TNA News Bytes

TNA News Bytes

February 25, 2008

by Sassy

 

BREAKING NEWS!

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 and www.gerweck.net.

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

Source: Gerweck

 

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. Source: Rajah

 

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: ProWrestlingFans

 

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.

 

iMPACT Rating

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.”

Source: Rajah

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.

 

TNA Events

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 more.

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.

 

Not 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. Source: www.luchaworld.com.

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 inquiry, send

an e-mail to his MySpace Webmaster, Shannon at farmgirl@atlantic.net.

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: ProWrestlingFans

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