October 15, 2007
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...
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.
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
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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
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
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
X-Pac, Scott Hall and Kevin Nash – The Outsiders to TNA?
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
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
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.
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.
Shane Douglas Working at Target
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.