The last few TNA News Bytes
make me feel as though all I have been talking about is the World Wrestling
Federation. Although I am thrilled
that only one name from TNA came up in the course of the Signature Pharmacy
investigation, I am surprised that TNA has not mentioned Kurt Angle as being
involved with drugs.
Keep in mind Signature
Pharmacy is not the only Internet pharmaceutical company.
The full extent of other Internet pharmacies, wrestlers, and wrestling
organizations involved may not be known for some time.
Wade Keller of PWTorch
reports that TNA will be offering Ric Flair a deal since Flair has quit
WWE. It’s all speculation at this
point, but let’s face it:: Flair would be worth ten times more than Pacman or
Mrs. Angle. Even if Flair no longer
wishes to be in the ring, his years of experience could raise TNA to new
heights. And Christian Cage would
be able to add to his Second Dirtiest Player in the Game bag of tricks with
Flair around to coach him.
The rating for last
week’s iMPACT was 1.1. It has
been at the same number three weeks in a row.
This Thursday’s iMPACT will be the final one before the No Surrender
Pay per View. Ryan Clark, www.WrestleZone.com,
Posted regarding the TNA
house show in Syracuse by Adam Martin, www.wrestleview.com,
which notes that Tomko appeared to have suffered a shoulder injury during his
match with Abyss. It seems the TNA
wrestlers were a big hit in Syracuse.
Monday Night Mayhem
conducted an interview with Storm. He
talks about AMW, the break up of the tag team and the aftermath, his current
story line with Rhino, and his career in TNA. Follow the links to the actual
Reported by Ryan Clark, www.ProWrestlingFans.com.,
Alex Shelley’s contract with TNA has expired or will be expiring soon.
If TNA lets Shelley walk, they are losing a major roster member. Later
today Wade Keller, PWTorch noted that Shelley has over a year left on his two
year contract. Shelley was seen at
PWG Indy show last week and rumors began to fly.
Keller assures Shelley fans, Shelley is not leaving TNA.
Punisher" Martin previously known as Test has been told he must lose muscle
mass in order to work for TNA. According to Brian Cantor, www.fhwrestling.com,
source PWTorch, claims that Martin’s contract was short term and he was told
if he wanted to come back he must lose a sizeable amount of muscle mass.
TNA felt that with all of the controversy surrounding the use of growth
enhancers in the industry, it would be sending the wrong message to outsiders.
It has been rumored that he was not getting along well with other roster members
and that could be another reason he was not kept on the roster.
Check out Funk’s Corner
at www.tnawrestling.com for Dory’s
take on Kurt’s abilities in the ring.
Dave Melzer is reporting Brock Lesnar will not be signing a deal with TNA in
spite of Kurt Angle’s trying to broker a deal.
Dana White of UFC feels confident that they will be able to get Lesnar to
sign with them for MMA action. Lesnar
pitched a part time contract to WWE. Vince didn’t like the short schedule
Lesnar would have gotten.
It has been reported that TNA has offered Lesnar a six figure part-time deal. Brandon Lau, source www.ProWrestlingFans.com. Did they decide to get rid of Jones? A six figure deal and part time sounds too good to be true. It does not state whether or not TNA will be paying Lesnar if he is injured during his MMA matches while under contract with TNA.
In keeping with Total
Nonstop Angle, Kurt hasn’t given up on getting Vito hired either. Perhaps TNA
should pry the championship belts out of Kurt’s hands and put him to work in
the booking department.
Bound For Glory, Atlanta,
GA, tickets go on sale September 7.
No Surrender is September
TNA house show at Zamora
Shrine Temple, Birmingham/Rondale, AL, October 11. Tickets go on sale September 10.
Bound for Glory, Atlanta,
GA, October 14.
TNA is releasing a Christian Cage DVD which should be available October 16. See www.tnawrestling.com for Instant Classic: The Best of Christian Cage.
Genesis is November 11.
November 20 is the scheduled release date for the TNA DVD "TNA: Year 1". You can read a preview of what the DVD contains here: www.tnawrestling.com. It sounds like it will be worth a watch.
TNA iMPACT tapings are held at Universal Studios, Orlando, FL.
For information on pay per view, TNA house shows, TNA merchandise, and ticket information, go to www.tnawrestling.com.
Pro Wrestling Syndicate, Garfield, NJ, September 7. Matches include Lanny Poffo vs. Jay Lethal, Abyss vs. Steve Mack, Sabu vs. Trent Acid, Necro Butcher & Chris Hero vs. Eddie Kingston & Samoa Joe. For more information, go to www.ProWrestlingSyndicate.com.
Meet Rhino and Christian Cage for autographs and photos at Team 3D's Power Blendz from 3 PM to 6 PM on September 8. Location is 1882 North Wickham Rd., Melbourne, FL. Admission is $5.00, children ages 4 and under are free.
Auction for Autism
information is posted here:
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Fans will be bidding to manage their favorite wrestlers. There are many talented wrestlers to bid on. The TNA talent list: Scott & Rick Steiner, Dustin Rhodes, Elix Skipper, Hernandez, Homicide, AJ Styles, Abyss, Senshi, Gail Kim, and Earl Hebner. You can also Bid to Guest Ring Announce a Match!
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Konnan was released from
the hospital on August 18, however, he has developed diabetes so he will need to
have insulin shots to regulate his blood sugar levels.
He contracted mild pneumonia and at this time he needs treatment four
times a week to keep his body from rejecting the new kidney.
Konnan hopes to return to AAA
as a heel manager in two months. Source
www.gerweck.net. I don’t care what anybody says about Konnan, he is the
toughest wrestler and/or manager in the business. You can’t be soft and do
what he has done, even if it was outside of the ring. Keep getting better Konnan!
quotes Hogan as saying Nick was not speeding at the time of the accident.
I’m not sure he can sell that. The
Hogans ran out and got a criminal defense attorney immediately after the
accident. That usually means someone thinks criminal charges will be
filed and if Nick was not at fault why the big rush?
Latest reports indicate
Nick “Eugene” Dinsmore was terminated due to a failed drug test. His bio was
immediately removed from the WWE roster page.
At the same time Nick
Dinsmore was being released, Chris Cage, a former developmental talent was also
escorted from the building during the Smackdown tapings.
He had previously been released due to a wellness issue and even though
he was booked to work as an extra, WWE sent him on his way.
It is being reported that
Lance Cade, Trevor Murdoch and Cryme Tyme had words before the match that cost
Cryme Tyme their jobs. The final
straw was Cryme Tyme attacking the referee.
Even thought they were careful and no one was injured, the assault on the
ref was not a planned part of the match and was a dangerous maneuver. Cryme Tyme
is not speaking about the reason for their release or loss of their WWE roster
King Booker was on
Signature Pharmacy’s client list and it is rumored he has been suspended. According
to sources, Booker T is angry about the changes in the drug testing policy and
may take a walk. His wife, Sharmell,
isn’t concerned about walking away from wrestling. Booker T just signed a contract with WWE.
He may have problems if he decides to go.
Article by Brian Cantor, www.fhwrestling.com.
John McDermott of http://powerwrestling.com
goes all out and bets that King Booker is the wrestler facing the 60 day
suspension. Someone else was
betting on Mr. Kennedy. I guess
we’ll have to wait and see.
Rob’s profile has been
removed from the ECW Superstars page. Rob was previously in trouble after being
arrested for drugs along with fellow competitor Sabu. We will let you know when we find out where Rob surfaces.
I don’t want to tout a
book written by a guy I don’t know, but I did find part of this interview
interesting. I was aware Charlie
Haas’s brother, Russ, had died at a young age in what was released as a heart
condition. According to Sensation,
Russ was told by WWE he needed to get bigger or he and his brother would never
make it to the big time. Sensation
claims Russ was using steroids to do just that but, unfortunately, during one of
these times there was air in the needle.
You can read part of the
interview here: http://www.wrestleview.com/news2006/1188887787.shtml
and there is a link to the actual recorded interview on the site.
Steroids aren’t all he talks about but that part of the interview does
fit in with the way WWE appears to be handling talent.
Mark Henry, WWE star who
was rumored to be leaving this year, recently signed a new contract with WWE.
It is suggested he was made an offer he could not refuse.
Posted by Ryan Gray, Source Wrestling Observer. Anyone on the WWE roster
who is drug free, not a client of Signature Pharmacy and has any draw power at
all may be able to write his or her own ticket.
Every website that carries
wrestling news has been reporting that HBK Shawn Michaels and Y2J Chris Jericho
are on their way back to WWE. The
general consensus is Michaels is
not ready for a return but Jericho may be return soon. Hardcore Bob Holly
sustained an arm injury, had surgery, and has no feeling in part of his arm.
It is believed he may not be able to return to the ring.
Many people believe Vince
didn’t realize the Signature Pharmacy client name list would be released to
the public. Big oops. Vince’s
plan was to not post any names until November 1.
That kind of ploy wasn’t to protect wrestlers…it was to protect
corporate WWE. WWE’s idea of not
suspending everyone immediately due to wellness policy violations in order to
keep their titles and story lines intact won’t make WWE look good in the eyes
of the public and, most importantly, in the eyes of any congressional committee.
Vince needs to understand you can treat the fans like idiots as part of
your character and storyline, but not in the real world.
Dave Batista has been very
unhappy since his name was linked to the drug scandal.
He assures his fans and anyone else who will listen that he was never a
client of Signature Pharmacy and is in complete compliance with the wellness
policy of WWE. ESPN screwed up and
Batista has every right to complain. He has posted the denial on his website.
Here is the link: www.demon-wrestling.com.
Article by Tim Brown, source WrestleZone. It is further rumored that
Batista may be taking legal action for the error.
Ryan Clark at www.ProWrestlingFans.com
reports that Ric Flair gave his notice to WWE on August 21 but the news was just
released. It has nothing to do with the drug scandal and WWE has not given Flair
a release at this time. Flair was
allegedly unhappy with his current push or lack thereof.
WWE has offered him a new program in order to keep him, but no word yet
on whether or not the two sides will work it out.
WWE has roster positions to fill due to suspensions and having Flair walk
could be a major problem for the organization.
I was under the impression earlier in the year that Flair was close to
retiring. It appears the Nature Boy
is not quite ready to leave the spotlight.
Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL)
has stated that WWE’s drug policy is “not worth a flip”.
He goes on to say that WWE did not even provide the committee with their
actual drug policy and many other pertinent facts.
Source: Wade Keller, PW
Torch. Does Vince not understand the congressional committee isn’t inspired by
wrestling if it illegitimate drug use is leading to early deaths of employees?
This is serious stuff and if WWE insists on trying to sidestep the issue,
they will only make matters worse.
Promoter Dave Republic has
put his foot down regarding the use of body enhancing substances and other
illegal drugs. It’s nice to see
someone taking a stand before a Government office steps in. Mr. R. went one step further to advise his talent if anyone
attempts to pressure them into using any of the aforementioned items, they are
to contact him immediately. If
anyone is in the dressing rooms under the influence, they will be removed from
the premises immediately and law enforcement could be involved.
Let’s hope the other promoters and organizations play follow the
The father of Chris Benoit
is making it known that the actions of Chris Benoit can be attributed to the
steroid use, the other drugs he had taken and damage to his brain due in part
because of his wrestling style. Read
about it here: http://muchnick.net/babylon/2007.
While no one will ever be certain as to the reasons behind what Benoit did,
constant head trauma is not something to be taken lightly.
While it may not be the only reason someone would go off on a tangent
that was so unlike him, it could be an underlying cause.
Michael Benoit, Chris’s
Dad, was scheduled for the Good Morning America program Wednesday morning and
the Nightline program Wednesday night to
discuss his son and the actions that culminated in three deaths.
I will pick up the story in print and post it if time allows.
I don’t feel comfortable watching Mr. Benoit have to try to come to
terms with what his son did in a public forum.
I am not saying that it isn’t something he needs to do for himself and
his family and I hope he finds the answers he is so desperately seeking.
You can find a recap of the
information covered here: http://www.gerweck.net.
Julian Bailes of the Sports Legacy Institute conducted tests that
indicated Chris Benoit’s brain showed such severe damage it was equivalent to
an 85 year old Alzheimer’s
patient’s brain. The damage was caused by multiple head traumas developing
over the time Benoit spent in the ring. While the Bailes states he can’t be
certain Benoit’s actions were caused by the damage throughout his brain, the
apparent dementia could have played a major role in sending Benoit over the
Michael Benoit said he
wanted the tests done after finding a diary his son kept that was extremely
disturbing. Human heads are not
mean to take the constant punishment of chairs, direct hits to the floor, mat or
turnbuckles, or the high diving head butts that was one of Chris Benoit’s
This from www.gerweck.net,
the National Enquirer is reporting that Benoit had a relationship with a female
wrestler in 1986 and that they had a daughter.
The article says Benoit never denied the child was his and now the mother
and daughter want their share of Benoit’s estate.
I never take anything the Enquirer says at face value.
We had better wait for verified information before we go looking for the
recently discovered child.
Nancy and Daniel Benoit
c/o Decker, Hallman, Barber and Briggs
260 Peachtree St.
Atlanta, GA 30303
The foundation was set up
by Nancy Benoit’s family to aid battered women and children. I personally feel
that Nancy’s family has not been after any thing these days but the money,
however, since this foundation is for a good cause we would be remiss in not
reporting it here.