October 8, 2007
Kurt Angle Is At It Again
It isn’t wasn't bad enough Kurt was arrested and charged with Driving Under the Influence after he failed a field sobriety test, refused a blood test and hired an attorney who says Kurt is being railroaded because of his celebrity status
Kurt is now telling everyone that he is making sure TNA
becomes more like MMA. News flash,
Kurt: Professional wrestling is NOT
MMA. And unless you are going to
change the scripted endings for each match it will never be MMA. If you want to wander off into the MMA world, please do so at
your own risk. You obviously
don’t care about pro wrestling – so leave it alone.
Kurt Follows Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Rule
TNA President Dixie Carter appeared to be unaware of Kurt’s
legal misfortune when she did an interview last week. In fact, Kurt was scheduled to do his own interview on
“Between the Ropes” radio show which had been hyped by TNA. After Ms. Carter was informed of the pending disaster, Kurt
was immediately pulled from the show. Good
job, Kurt. And timing it around the
two-hour TNA/Spike TV debut makes it even better.
Note to Angle –see Pacman Jones’ about PR firm
Regarding the Carter Interview
Ms. Carter discussed TNA going to New York City and Canada.
She discussed hiring new wrestlers but did not mention any names. She
discussed the Wellness Policy – is Drunk Driving covered under the Wellness
Policy – somebody better tell Kurt? She discussed bringing back the X Division
(it’s about time!) since TNA is now a two-hour show.
She also told everyone that Judas Mesias will be out four to
six weeks and she is unsure of whether he will make it to Bound For Glory.
He was injured September 16, 2007 in a AAA match in Mexico. Previous news
reports from other sources have said that it would be three weeks before Judas
could even begin physical therapy. Bound for Glory is October 14.
You do the math.
Last Thursday’s iMPACT Rating
IMPACT did a 1.1 cable rating with 1.5 million viewers last
week. Source: www.lordsofpain.net.
This was the first two-hour show. I watched and was impressed that it wasn’t
filled up with too many story lines. There
was a lot of good action.
Samoa Joe Interview
Samoa Joe was interviewed on Flight Network Radio.
You can read the basics here: http://www.tnawrestlingnews.com/headlines/193616357.shtml.
Joe talks about marriage, Umaga’s character on WWE (Joe and Umaga are
related), Kurt’s arrest, and more.
He sounds like a different guy than we reported on last week
after Joe made a PCW Promoter angry.
Pacman Jones Trying to Rebuild Image
Suspended Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones
purchased 1,500 tickets for Bound for Glory to donate to students.
The tickets will be given to students in Fulton County, Ga., as rewards
for academic achievement and good conduct. Source: ProWrestlingFans. You can
read this article regarding the image building angle http://www.pwbts.com/messages/12520.htm.
Great PR work Jones. Exactly the
opposite of TNA rewarding YOU for being involved in a bar shooting.
I just hate those mixed messages we send out to today’s youth.
Note to Jones – see Kurt Angle and give him PR firm
Seen Lurking at TNA
Kid Kash was recently seen at the TNA offices in Nashville.
Could this mean he’s looking to sign a deal?
Junior Fatu Working Without a Contract
It is still being reported Fatu continues to work for TNA without a contract. Last week’s rumor mill suggests the two sides are close to closing a deal.
Looking to Sign Up
Former WWE wrestler Eugene has expressed an interest in
working with TNA. No word from TNA
on how they feel about Eugene. Eugene
was released from WWE for a wellness policy violation, however, it was a
prescription drug and WWE claimed they couldn’t confirm the prescription with
the doctor. If it is true that
Eugene was taking drugs, even prescription drugs, improperly, then you can’t
blame WWE for sticking to their guns. However,
Eugene isn’t Randy Orton – who still hasn’t faced the music for his place
on the Signature Pharmacy client list.
TNA Mobile Alert, October 6, 2007
TNA sent out a mobile alert today stating that they are in
negotiations with a former WWE Intercontinental and European champion. That
could be many different people, and TNA did not say if the person has worked for
TNA before. Some of the names that fit the description are D'Lo Brown, Sean
Waltman, Jeff Hardy, Chris Jericho, Val Venis, Shawn Michaels, William Regal.
Obviously Regal, Hardy and Venis are still under contract with WWE, we aren’t
sure if Michaels still has a contract and the latest word on Jericho is that he
did sign with WWE. That leaves
Brown and Waltman. Another wrestler
who may fit the description is Rob Van Dam. If I recall my videos correctly,
Waltman has been working in AAA with Judas Mesias also known as Ricky Banderas.
Danny Bonaduce Takes Out Johnny Fairplay
Former TNA and Reality TV personality Johnny Fairplay mixed
it up with Bonaduce at the Fox Reality Awards in Los Angeles.
Fairplay was the loser in more ways than one.
He lost three teeth in the incident after Bonaduce sent him tumbling to
the stage. I don’t know about you, but I didn’t know Bonaduce was that
Bad news for Fairplay – Bonaduce will not be charged with
battery. The entire incident was
caught on tape, the authorities reviewed the tape and stated that Bonaduce was
simply reacting to being attacked by Fairplay and no charges will be filed.
Source: People Magazine. If you are
interested, you can see the incident here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1_VjxFTUmM&eurl=.
I played it and didn’t see Bonaduce do anything I wouldn’t have done in the
TNA House Show at Zamora Shrine Temple, Birmingham/Rondale,
AL, October 11. Tickets are on sale now.
Information on Bound for Glory Fanfest can be found at www.tnawrestling.com.
Bound for Glory, October 14, Atlanta, GA
TNA Heavyweight Championship: Kurt Angle, current champ
TNA X-Division Championship: Black Machismo Jay Lethal,
current champ vs. The Fallen Angel Christopher Daniels
TNA World Tag Team Championship: Team Pacman, current
champs vs. The Phenomenal AJ Styles and Tyson Tomko
Ultimate X Match: Latin American Exchange, Homicide &
Hernandez vs. Senshi & Primetime Elix Skipper of Triple X
The Samoan Submission Machine Samoa Joe vs. The Instant
Classic Christian Cage with Special Enforcer Matt Morgan
2 Out of 3 Falls Table Match: The Steiner Brothers vs.
Gauntlet Match for the TNA World Women’s Championship:
Christy Hemme vs. Gail Kim vs. Ms. Brooks. Vs. The Pride of Tennessee Miss
Jackie Moore vs. Roxxy Laveaux, vs. Angel Williams, vs. ODB vs. Asia Kong vs.
Fight for the Right Battle Royal to determine the Number
One Contender for the TNA Heavyweight Championship.
Instant Classic: The Best of Christian Cage DVD will be
available October 16. See TNA’s
official website for details. You
can also check out the Ring of Honor website – we hear they already have the
DVD in stock, ready to ship and on sale!
The Victory Road 2007 DVD will be released later this month
as a ShopTNA exclusive. Source:
Genesis PPV is November 11.
Thursday, November 15 and Saturday, November 17, TNA will be
in Tel Aviv, Israel at the Nokia Arena. Get
your tickets at any ticket company box office or online at www.tiket.co.il.
TNA: Year 1 DVD to be released November 20.
See TNA’s official website for details.
Turning Point PPV is December 2.
TNA will be in Monterey, Mexico on December 14th
and 15th. Sting is
scheduled to be on the card. No
further information is available at this time.
TNA iMPACT is taped at Universal Studios, Orlando, FL
Information on all TNA television schedules, pay per
views, house shows, merchandise, and ticket information can be found at www.tnawrestling.com.
Scott Hall and Kevin Nash together again at Malice in the
Palace. That’s the Cow Palace in
San Francisco, CA on October 19.
Hall and Nash will also appear at Wrestle Fanfest on October
20. You can get more information for that event here: www.wrestlefanfest.com.
Jersey All Pro Wrestling, Rahway, NJ on October 27.
Low Ki and Rhino are scheduled to appear along with Hernandez of LAX, Kaz
and AJ Styles. Visit JAPW’s website for more information: www.japw.net.
Scott D’Amore and Gail Kim will be at The Funking
Conservatory !BANG! TV on October 28. Follow
this link for further information: www.dory-funk.com.
Samoa Joe is scheduled to be working with ProWrestling’s
NOAH in Japan on October 25 and 27, 2007.
The 6th Annual Elite 8 Women’s Tournament,
Saturday, November 10, at Mountainville Memorial Hall, Allentown, PA. Miss
Brooks and Roxxy Laveaux are scheduled to appear along with Angel Williams.
If there is any news that we have missed, please email the
Sean “Shocker” Evans Obituary
Shocker did not die from a drug overdose.
Cancer took his life. Although
as far as I can ascertain, he never worked for TNA, he deserves to be remembered
for his part in professional wrestling. The following is his published obituary.
Sean Charles Evans, a McKeesport native who spent the past
decade in Georgia pursuing his dreams of professional wrestling, died Tuesday of
cancer at UPMC Shadyside. He was 36.
Trim and strong from his dedication to working out, the 1989
graduate of McKeesport Area High School was known as "Shocker" Evans
in the wrestling community. He was diagnosed with advanced stage lung cancer in
May 2006, after years spent performing in front of hundreds of fans at regional
matches and before thousands on the undercard of big arena events.
The 1996 University of Pittsburgh graduate never got rich by
wrestling, and relied on other jobs, such as undercover security, for income,
but he'd wanted to enter the ring since growing up watching televised matches
with his grandmother, the late Catherine Evans.
In the early to mid-1990s, Mr. Evans competed locally as a
crowd favorite in events such as the "Brawl at the Mall" of Pro
Wrestling Express in North Versailles' former Eastland Mall.
He moved to Atlanta in 1998 to attend the WCW Power Plant, a
boot camp-style professional wrestling school operated by World Championship
Wrestling. Many of his peers, unlike Mr. Evans, dropped out within days. He
persevered and competed for years in Georgia and elsewhere until shortly before
"He never did it for the glory," said his mother,
Virginia Evans, of McKeesport. "Sometimes he only made enough at it to
cover his gas money, but he did it for the love of it."
A devout Christian who remained close to his extended family
in Pittsburgh, Mr. Evans hoped to use wrestling to entertain and inspire
children, as had happened with him as a youngster. He was unhappy with some of
the raunchier aspects of pro wrestling in recent years.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his father,
Charles, and brother Brian, both of McKeesport; two grandmothers, Ellamae
Venturini, of McKeesport, and Geraldine Donnelly, of North Huntingdon; and his
fiance, Mary Johnston, of Buford, Ga.
Friends and family will meet at 8:45 a.m. today at Willig
Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 220 Ninth Ave., McKeesport, prior to a 10
a.m. service at Safe Harbor Baptist Church, 4901 Walnut St., Versailles.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's
Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or the Make-A-Wish
Foundation of America, P.O. Box 29119, Phoenix, AR 85038.