August 27, 2007
I find it depressing that the biggest news regarding TNA
has to do with lawsuits regarding overpaid non-talent or about how many roster
talents want to be elsewhere. Is this really the kind of controversy that should
surround pro wrestling? Not even
TNA writers could make this stuff up.
Pacman Being Sued
It seems Adam “Pacman” Jones is being sued
by a nurse who was shot in the head during the altercation that left Tommy
Urbanski partially paralyzed. You can find the article in its entirety at www.Forbes.com.
Natalie Jones claimed in her suit that Jones and his entourage were responsible for her injuries. She and two of the club’s security guards were injured, including the now partially paralyzed Tommy Urbanski.
Ms. Jones claims she was in intensive care for three weeks
and she lost wages as a result of the injuries. Ms. Jones is a registered nurse who was visiting friends in
Las Vegas at the time of the shooting.
Jones’ attorney claims the police told him Ms. Jones was
treated and released within a day and he is skeptical of any claims Ms. Jones
Of course he is skeptical.
I wonder if Jones and his “entourage” had insurance to cover the harm
they caused to these people.
This IS TNA Related News -- Tommy
Urbanski Being Released From Hospital
USA Today ran a story about 44 year old Tommy Urbanski,
previously known as The Mad Russian and the Polish Prince, and his progress
since the shooting that left him permanently in a wheel chair.
Tommy has got to be one tough guy. No one had previously focused on the former pro wrestler
turned real estate agent who was moonlighting as a nightclub manager/security
and was nearly killed during the shooting incident involving Adam “Pacman”
Jones. Tommy should be suing Jones and company.
He will need special care and equipment for the rest of his life.
A fund has been set up to assist the Urbanksi and his family:
Urbanski Fund, Silver State Bank, 400 Green Valley Parkway, Henderson, NV 89407
or go to the website: www.tommyurbanskifund.com.
thought. Why don’t we all write
TNA and demand they forward Jones’ hefty TNA paychecks to the Urbanksi fund?
Jones and his friends can get jobs anywhere.
They aren’t in wheel chairs.
When I see or hear any reference to Adam “Pacman”
Jones, the one thing I will remember is: Tommy
Urbanski is in a wheel chair for the rest of his life. TNA, this is not the kind of controversy you want
surrounding your organization.
There is an interesting aftermath article here: www.reviewjournal.com.
The owner of the club where the shooting occurred stated that the club
had calls from a man warning them to lay off Pacman Jones complete with death
threats. Jones has some lovely
TNA’s New Name
Several websites have been referring to TNA as The Angle
Show or Total Nonstop Angle. And
they are not referring to wrestling gimmicks…
That Might Change
According to Steve Carrier, Jeff Jarrett is schedule to
make his return to the ring against Kurt Angle at Bound For Glory.
And may I add – it’s about time! I know that Jeff has had a
tough year and he has my deepest sympathy. I would like for him to know
that his fans miss him and are glad he is going to be back in action.
Steve also reports that some of TNA’s personnel were
upset because Jones and his entourage got a Winnebago to use as Jones’
dressing room at Hard Justice. No kidding.
I wouldn’t be upset. I
would be mad!
Samoa Joe Exiting TNA
This from Keelan Balderson, source www.gerweck.net: Samoa Joe would rather sign an entry-level WWE contract than
re-sign with his current contract at TNA.
That’s it TNA. Ensure
you don’t keep the real talent on the roster.
I’m not saying Joe is TNA but it certainly isn’t going to help
TNA’s ratings if Joe goes elsewhere. I
don’t want to see Joe in WWE because I don’t think they will do any better
showcasing his talent, but if he’s going to be shoved to the back at least it
won't be an organization he has worked so hard to improve. Joe is a popular guy
with the fans as well as being multi talented in the ring and out.
He certainly deserves better than he has been getting.
Lesnar’s Not the Only One with MMA
We dropped by www.mmascoops.com
and found an interesting item about Kurt Angle discussing working with MMA
companies. It does state that right
now his wrestling comes first because of his main event status.
Dana White and Gary Shaw have shown an interest in Kurt, but Kurt
doesn’t want to be under any kind of contract.
If you are a fan of MMA, the above site carries the latest MMA news.
TNA’s Two-Hour Time Slot
According to Steve Gerweck, source www.gerweck.net, TNA has hit a snag regarding their two-hour time slot on
Spike TV. Spike TV wants TNA’s
equipment upgraded to HD. Previously
Spike TV assisted TNA monetarily but is no longer willing to do so due to a lack
of increase in the ratings.
Current TNA Events
TNA at New York State Fair, Syracuse, NY on September 3.
Information at www.nysfair.com.
Rhino and Christian Cage autograph signing at Devon’s
Smoothie Shop, 3D Smoothies, in Melbourne, FL September 8.
Beings at 3 PM, concludes at 6 PM.
Call 321-254-9057 for information.
No Surrender is September 9.
TNA house show Zamora Shrine Temple, Birmingham/Rondale, AL
October 11. Tickets go on sale
TNA Interaction Fanfest will be held October 14.
Bound For Glory in Atlanta, GA October 14.
Tickets go on sale September 7.
Current TNA Talent Events
JAPW match between Samoa Joe & Lo-Ki versus LAX for the
JAPW Tag Team title on September 3. Information
If we have missed any current TNA or TNA Talent
Events please let us know by contacting the Webmaster.
Current TNA Talent News
Chris Sabin in Action
Article by Ryan Clark posted on www.prowrestlingfans.com:
On Monday, Chris Sabin and Hawaiian Lion beat Katsuhiko Nakajima and T28
at the Ofunato Citizen Gymnasium, for All Japan Pro Wrestling.
We Found Spike Dudley!
TNA fans know him as Brother Runt. It was reported on www.gerweck.net:
Spike Dudley has gone to CZW and will be in the ring at the Chris Ca$h Memorial
Show. Spike is not your run of the mill King Kong in the ring, but I think he
certainly can’t have less exposure than he had in TNA.
Good luck on your new endeavor Spike.
Brock Lesnar Update
Ryan Clark informs us that Lesnar will be at the UFC pay
per view this Saturday to talk to company officials regarding a contract.
I haven’t heard anything else regarding Lesnar and TNA. The word out in
the original Lesnar/TNA talks had Dixie Carter allowing Lesnar to work in MMA
while under contract with TNA. This
could mean that Lesnar wants to set up his UFC contract before finishing talks
with TNA or it could be that the talks with TNA fizzled out.
I started to say stay tuned for further information, but then I visited www.gerweck.net
and found this:
Brock Lesnar was interviewed by the Sherdog radio network
stated that as far as pro wrestling is concerned that is behind him and
he did his last pro wrestling match against Kurt Angle on 6/29/07
because he had a obligation to drop the IWGP title.
Sounds like Lesnar is not going to be doing
any pro wrestling in the near future unless, of course, his MMA career takes a
Jeff Wishes The Hulk Happy Birthday
Dave Meltzer reports that Jeff Jarrett attended Hulk
Hogan’s 54th birthday party but that he left early.
The party was the night before the Hard Justice pay per view.
Another Premature Death
Scott Dumas who was a WWE jobber in the 80’s and 90’s
has died at the age of 44. He was
found dead in his hotel room. Sources say he was not involved in wrestling at
the time of his death. There is no word on cause of death at this time.
Read Any Good Books Lately?
I have purchased a few books by wrestlers or about
wrestlers over the years and none are what I consider to be great.
I have been reading reviews for Brody: The Triumph and Tragedy of
Wrestling’s Rebel, written by Larry Matysik and Barbara Goodish (Bruiser
Brody’s widow). I remember Brody
and consider him to have been a true hardcore wrestler full of fire and
intensity. His murder in 1988 at
the age of 42 was a shock to the wrestling community. It happened in Puerto Rico
and the assailant was another wrestler. The
killer walked claiming self-defense. I am considering purchasing and reading
this book not just because I remember Brody but because this book was written by
people close to him.
A Serious Hogan News Item
Hulk Hogan’s son, Nick, was seriously injured in a car
accident early Sunday evening in Florida. News
channels report Nick was driving the car that went out of control and crashed
into a palm tree. Word is that Nick
suffered head injuries and a broken arm. Bubba the Love Sponge reports are that
Nick has now been released but his passenger is still in the hospital and in
critical condition. According to Bubba, the passenger’s name is John, no last
name given. There are photos of the car on various websites (www.wrestlingtruth.com
is one). If you see the car, you
wonder how either of them could have survived.
www.rajah.com reports Nick has his
Formula Drift license and has done some track racing.
Jerry Lynn's Future
has an interview with Jerry Lynn, ex-TNA X Division star.
Jerry walked because he was not being used for tapings and if you
aren’t used, you aren’t paid. WWE was mentioned but only in passing. Jerry doesn’t say what he will be doing in the near future.
All I can add is: TNA letting Jerry Lynn walk is a tremendous loss to fans.
WWE, Wrestling and Steroids
Rumor has it when Triple H and Rey Mysterio made their return on WWE’s Summerslam; neither of them were as “bulked up” as they were before. I did not see the Pay Per View. I don’t spend money on any WWE PPV. We can only hope that wrestling is going to be following a new trend of using wrestlers that don’t look like full time body builders. As long as wrestlers can work the ring, they shouldn’t be judged on the size of their muscles.