TNA News Bytes

TNA News Bytes

October 15, 2007

by Sassy

New Tag Team Champs?

Since this report will be submitted prior to TNA’s Bound for Glory (have to have time to do the recap too!), we won’t know for certain if what Adam “Pacman” Jones said last week – that he would be finished with TNA after the Bound for Glory PPV -- is the truth.  Before we all let out a sigh of relief and say THANK YOU!, let’s make sure Jones isn’t just trying to hype himself again. And if Jones is done with TNA, he's  give us a spoiler for Bound for Glory: Team Pacman will be handing the title over to the opposing team.

Another Adam Pacman Jones Report

TNA threw a party last month after the first two-hour taping of iMPACT. Jones had 500 one dollar bills and was making it rain money.  Source: ProWrestlingFans.com. Will this guy ever catch on?  It wasn’t funny then – and it sure isn’t funny now!

I found a nifty little article posted on www.pwbts.com. Here it is in full:

Posted on 10/13/107 by Adam Lebow

I was just watching Inside the NFL on HBO and in their parting shots segment they brought up the fact that Packman Jones has said he is ready to be reinstated into the NFL.

Bob Costas, who was the one talking about this, said that all that Packman has done is "win the Total Nonstop Action wrestling tag team championship title" and to paraphrase, he went onto say that unless Packman belives that winning the tag team title is giving back to the community, he should not be reinstated into the NFL.

Hey, good or bad, at least TNA got mentioned by name...

iMPACT Rating

Last week’s iMPACT rating came in at 1.05, rounded up to 1.1. Same rating as last week. Source: www.ProWrestlingFans.com.

Midway Games is Title Sponsor for Bound for Glory

The press release:

Atlanta , Georgia (October 8, 2007) – TNA Entertainment and Midway Home Entertainment, a subsidiary of Midway Games Inc. (NYSE: MWY), a leading interactive entertainment software publisher and developer, today announced the world premiere of the TNA iMPACT! video game as part of Midway's title sponsorship for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling™'s "Bound for Glory," taking place next weekend in Atlanta, Oct. 13-14. "'Bound for Glory' promises to be the biggest wrestling event of the year, and the 'Bound for Glory Fan Interaction' is the perfect place for Midway to unveil the TNA iMPACT! video game," said Steve Allison, Midway chief marketing officer. "TNA and their superstars have been closely involved in the game's development, and we can't wait to deliver the authentic and cutting-edge TNA style of wrestling to gamers next spring."

As part of 'Bound for Glory,' Midway and TNA will feature the world premiere of the TNA iMPACT! video game, scheduled for release in spring 2008 for the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Nintendo Wii™ and PlayStation 2, during the "TNA Bound for Glory Fan Interaction" on October 13, which puts the stars of TNA up close and personal with fans for a once in a lifetime experience As title sponsor for 'Bound for Glory,' Midway has been heavily featured in all promotional materials, including print and radio advertisements, posters and guerilla marketing tactics. A 30-second teaser trailer for Midway's TNA iMPACT! video game is currently being shown on TNA Today and in many advertisements leading up to the world-premiere unveiling of the game during the 'Bound for Glory Fan Interaction.' A "first look" is also scheduled as part of the pay-per-view telecast, and ring skirts will feature the TNA iMPACT! video game logo during Sunday night's matches.

About "Bound for Glory Fan Interaction"

On the eve of "Bound For Glory," the biggest Pay-Per-View event in TNA history, fans can meet their favorite superstars at the "Bound For Glory Fan Interaction" on Saturday, October 13 at the Busbee Center at Gwinnett Technical College ( 5150 Sugarloaf Parkway , Lawrenceville , Ga. ). More than 40 TNA stars will come together for over four hours to sign autographs, take pictures with fans and much more. Got something to say to the superstars of TNA? This is your chance to be heard.

Scheduled to appear are: TNA World Heavyweight Champion Kurt Angle, "The Samoan Submission Machine" Samoa Joe, "The Instant Classic" Christian Cage, The Steiner Brothers, Abyss, Team 3D, "The Phenomenal A.J. Styles," Triple X, Raven, "Black Machismo" Jay Lethal, Tomko, "Wildcat" Chris Harris, The Latin American Xchange, "Cowboy" James Storm, Kazarian, Judas Mesias with James Mitchell, "Showtime" Eric Young, Voodoo Kin Mafia, Robert Roode, Miss Brooks, Ron "The Truth" Killings, Lance Hoyt, "The Canadian Destroyer" Petey Williams, "The Guru" Sonjay Dutt, Black Reign, Gail Kim, Jackie Moore, Christy Hemme, So Cal Val and more! The talent lineup is subject to change without notice.

Tickets are now available for $40 at www.ShopTNA.com or $50 at the door (if available). Doors will open at 11 a.m. for ticket pickup and merchandise sales. The autograph signing will begin at 12 p.m. and end at 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.tnawrestling.com Don't miss the most talked about pro wrestling event of 2007 and the biggest night in TNA history, as "Bound For Glory" will be held live at The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Atlanta on October 14, airing exclusively on pay-per-view. Tickets for "Bound For Glory" go on September 8 at all Ticketmaster locations or online at www.ticketmaster.com

About TNA Wrestling

TNA Wrestling delivers a distinct brand of high-risk, athletic entertainment, featured weekly on "Thursday Night iMPACT!" at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Spike TV. TNA features the innovative six-sided ring and the high-flying "X Division," as well as concept matches such as "Ultimate X," "King of the Mountain," and "Six Sides of Steel." TNA Entertainment, LLC is a privately held company headquartered in Nashville , Tennessee . For more information, visit www.tnawrestling.com.

About Midway

Midway Games Inc. (NYSE:MWY), headquartered in Chicago , Illinois , with offices throughout the world, is a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software for major videogame systems and personal computers. More information about Midway and its products can be found www.midway.com.

TNA, TOTAL NONSTOP ACTION, and other TNA indicia used on or in this product are trademarks, copyrighted designs and other forms of intellectual property of TNA Entertainment, LLC and may not be used in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of TNA Entertainment, LLC. © 2005 TNA Entertainment, LLC. All rights reserved."PlayStation" and the "PS" Family, "PLAYSTATION" are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Xbox 360 and Xbox Live are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS are trademarks of Nintendo. © 2001 Nintendo. Nintendo Wii and the Wii logo are trademarks of Nintendo. © 2006 Nintendo. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Midway has provided the www.shoptna.com, www.tnawrestling.com and www.ticketmaster.com links solely as a convenience for you. Information on these sites has been prepared by third parties, and Midway does not monitor, endorse or accept responsibility for the content on non-Midway sites.

"This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 concerning future business conditions and the outlook for Midway Games Inc. (the "Company") based on currently available information that involves risks and uncertainties. The Company's actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements as a result of these risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the financial strength of the interactive entertainment industry, dependence on new product introductions and the ability to maintain the scheduling of such introductions, the current console platform transition and other technological changes, dependence on major platform manufacturers and other risks more fully described under "Item 1. Business - Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006, and in any more recent filings made by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Each forward-looking statement, including, without limitation, financial guidance, speaks only as of the date on which it is made, and Midway undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which it is made or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events or circumstances, except as required by law."

Source: www.wrestlingtruth.com.

Where Does Kurt Angle Stand with DUI?

No one seems to know right now.  The last we heard, Kurt was busy letting his lawyer do all of the talking but Kurt did let it be known that he refused the blood test on the advice of his agent.  I wonder if his agent has a legal degree?

My favorite poll site asked the question: As a result of his arrest, should TNA strip Kurt Angle of the TNA title? Votes: 2,063. Yes: 61% No: 31%. Source: www.gerweck.net. As of this writing, Angle still has the title.  Perhaps Sting will be holding the belt after Bound for Glory.

And one of my favorite columnists, Bob McGee, can be found at www.pwbts.com with an article regarding Angle’s arrest.  He titled the article tick…tick…tick…boom. As usual, McGee tells it like it is.

It should also be noted Kurt has been making the rounds A G A I N inferring that he is going to sign with IFL and, according to www.MMAWeekly.com, commissioner Kurt Otto has confirmed they are in talks with Kurt.  If Kurt thinks MMA is where he should be, I don’t understand why he doesn’t just pack his bags and go. Enough of the MMA already.  This is NOT MMA.  This is TNA and it is wrestling!

Jeff Jarrett versus The Angle Family

It is being reported that there is major conflict between Jarrett and Angle regarding story lines. BG James, Jeremy  Borash, Abyss and Dutch Mantel have aligned themselves with Jarrett while Vince Russo has aligned himself with Angle clan. Angle seems to have forgotten that Jarrett is a majority owner in the company and should have a lot more pull than Angle. Source: www.eWrestlingNews.com. My perspective is that  Angle wants to have his hands in everything from wrestling to MMA and if he can’t concentrate on one or the other, he should pack his bags and start his own company versus trying to screw up the one that Jarrett worked so hard to build.  Here’s hoping Jarrett stands up to the Angle clan and gets it done.   

Don’t Hold Your Breath

Mrs. Angle has some quotes on the Chicago Suns website. She tells everyone that if she asked to wrestle that she will – is she going to do MMA too? She’s claiming she can beat any of the TNA knockouts.  If I were Jarrett, I’d toss her into a match with Amazing Kong.  We might have the shortest match in TNA history. My take is that she couldn’t handle Kurt getting all the press releases while she sits and fumes on the back burner.

The FanFest Report in Atlanta, GA

Comments from the wrestlers regarding the Bound For Glory FanFest can be read here: http://www.slamline.com/news/194337757.shtml. If you wish to see a short video of FanFest, you can see it here: http://www.tnawrestlingnews.com/headlines/194335041.shtml

Results for the Alabama House Show

Eric Young defeated Jimmy Rave

Chris Harris defeated Robert

Gail Kim defeated Ms. Brooks & Jackie Moore in a Triple Threat Match

Abyss defeated AJ

James Storm vs. Rhino didn’t take place as Rhino was a no show and was counted out

Chris Harris defeated James

LAX (Homicide & Hernandez) & Jay Lethal defeatead XXX (Christopher Daniels & Elix Skipper & Senshi)

Kurt Angle defeated Samoa Joe to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Title

TNA’s New Website

Is up and running.  Judas Mesias and Junior Fatu have been added to the roster page and Kaz is showing up as Kazarian on the site.

Joey Mercury to Grace the TNA Ring?

We hear that TNA wants Joey Mercury, real name Joey Matthews, and wants him to start right away. It appears TNA is trying to get him signed up in time for Bound for Glory. Source: www.angrymarks.com. If he showed at the PPV, I guess we’ll know they got him to sign up that fast.

TNA Takes on Japan

TNA and Japan will be meeting at the Tokyo Dome on January 4 in order to compete in Wrestling Kingdom in Tokyo Dome II. 

Word is also out there on the street that TNA will be in Canada soon.

X-Pac, Scott Hall and Kevin Nash – The Outsiders to TNA?

www.tnawrestlingnews.com reports Kevin Nash has suggested that TNA bring in Scott Hall and Sean Waltman. Nash is working on a new contract with TNA since his present contract has expired.  For those of you who know about YouTube, you can catch Sean Waltman in AAA in Mexico.  And yes, he’s still crazy and still very good in the ring.  We don’t know if Sean is under contract to AAA but Judas Mesias is and he is working for both venues at this time.

Speaking of Judas Mesias

We should say that Judas is working for both when he can physically get back to work. Judas Mesias, wrestles in AAA as Ricky Banderas, El Mesias and Muerte Cibernetica, and was injured during a fall from a ladder.  At the time of his injury, Judas Mesias was AAA’s champion and the hombre does look good wearing a title belt.

And Judas may be back sooner than we thought! www.ewrestlingnews.com reports that Judas is being promoted in AAA matches for October 18 and October 20, 2007.  Is there a chance we may be able to see him in some capacity at Bound for Glory?  Here’s one Judas Mesias fan under all of his ring names that certainly hopes so and she’ll be on the edge of her seat watching for him.

Sean Waltman, who was injured and diagnosed with sciatica shortly after Judas was taken out, is also scheduled to return to AAA action October 20. You can catch Sean Waltman and Judas Mesias in AAA matches by searching www.YouTube.com.

Genesis Poster Released

You can see it at www.tnawrestling.com.

Terry Taylor Tells Disgruntled TNA Employees They Can Go

Terry Taylor sent out a letter to unhappy employees of TNA telling them if they were  unhappy with their present employment situation they could find the door.  As of this writing, no one has walked.  We’ll keep you posted. Source: TNAWrestlingNews.

Shelly Martinez MySpace

Martinez reports there is a big difference between Bettie Page fetish style shoots and porn. This is in response to the rumors that she will be starring in a porn movie soon.

Dixie Carter and Bubba the Love Sponge

Carter made an appearance on Bubba the Love Sponge to hype Bound for Glory. She mentioned the Christian Cage vs. Samoa Joe match and Bubba let everyone know that Christian was his favorite. She mentioned that she would like to have Hulk Hogan on the roster and someday it might happen. Bubba also asked if Vince would be looking to buy TNA.  Carter says they won’t sell. Source: ProWrestlingFans.com.

Current TNA Events

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: ProWrestlingFans.

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, 2007.

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.

TNA Talent Events

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.

Shelly Martinez, who should be at Bound for Glory, will be at the  AWS Store in Industry, CA on November 4, 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 Webmaster.

Not Necessarily TNA News

Spike TV has named a new president.  Veteran cable executive Kevin Kay is now in the driver’s seat. Source: www.gerweck.net.

For Those Keeping Track

Of the evil Phil Astin, steroid pusher to pro wrestlers, he has filed bankruptcy. Just last week, Astin’s high dollar attorney backed out of defending Astin due to his financial situation. Astin filed a Chapter 11 on October 1, 2007. He lists assets between 0 and ten thousand dollars and debts between 0 and fifty thousand dollars. No trustee has been appointed to the case at this time.  Astin is expected to face more charges as investigation into his medical records continue. Source: www.powerwrestling.com.

Nicolas Cage to Star In Wrestling Movie?

Rumor has it that Nicolas Cage is looking at a movie role about a washed up wrestler. No word yet on which pro wrestler’s life the movie may be based on. It's an independent film so it could be anyone. Source: www.impactwrestling.com.

Where Are They Now

Shane Douglas Working at Target

www.rajah.com reports that Shane Douglas, real name Troy Martin, is in the management training program at Target.  Some sources reported that Shane’s addiction problem led to his ousting from wrestling but Shane denies the rumors. Shane has previously worked for WWE and was last seen working for TNA. You can catch up with Shane here http://www.franchisefansite.com/main.html. You aren’t going to hear me complain about where Shane works.  He’s a grown up and can do whatever he wants.  At least he’s employed.

Johnny Fairplay versus Danny Bonaduce

If you didn’t catch it last week’s WWE News Bytes, Fairplay has filed suit against Bonaduce for the damage done when Bonaduce recently flipped Fairplay over on his face. The film clip immediately hit YouTube and millions of viewers got to see the action first hand. The DA refused to file charges against Bonaduce and stated it was self defense. I saw the clip and believe that Bonaduce did what anyone would have done in that situation – unless, of course, he had decided to stop and pummel Fairplay once he was down. This is a joke of a lawsuit and here’s hoping the judge tosses the lawsuit as soon as he or she sees it. Or perhaps Bonaduce is in the process of filing a lawsuit against Fairplay claiming frivolous lawsuit tactics.

 

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