TNA iMPACT! Video and Review

tnaimpact.jpegThere’s something sincere about TNA. Everytime something TNA tries doesn’t work out, they get back up and try to make up to the fans, by focussing and trying harder to make everything work. You gotta love that perseverance. And when something they do clicks, the results can be breathtaking.

So, I’m once again excited about TNA.

Watch this sequence, with great promos from Sting, Mick Foley and Kurt Angle. The new TNA iMPACT! zone looks incredible and it’s being delivered in high definition. TNA has always had an energy and an expectation of momentum around their iMPACT! product and in this format, with this storyline, all been driven by this amazing wrestling talent, maybe they’re finally ready to take market share from a fading RAW product.

There’s always that nagging problem with TNA’s creative team- which I have a hard time figuring out, but now believe to be Russo’s amazing ability to create a sensational moment in a program, but without regard for the slow burn that makes for great feuds. Russo like a little kid with a secret. TNA finally has someone who understands intimately how much time and patience it takes to build a great feud in a position to shape Russo’s strengths. I believe that man is Mick Foley- and if Jarret can just step back go along with the ride and if they can just get the mutual strengths and weaknesses of their creative team to work together- man, that’s it.

They’ll click.


Watch great mic skills at work in TNA’s new iMPACT! zone, which looks great.

WWE Chairman Vince McMahon inducted and on NBC’s Today Show

mcmahon_vinceWhen Vince McMahon isn’t riding the RAW commentators (and apparently giving Michael Cole extra attention), proclaming WWE an ‘entertainment’ company and telling everyone not to talk about the wrestling, or finding people to blame for RAW’s sliding ratings, he’s still a busy man.

Vince McMahon was inducted into the CableFax Hall of Fame at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on October 29 and Vince also made an appearance on NBC’s Today Show.


Vince appears relaxed and in a good mood on NBC’s Today Show.

*Spoilers* Smackdown Results for 10.31.08

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TNA Wrestler Taken to “Court” After Playing Joke

tnabashir.jpegHere’s a funny backstage story for ‘smarks.’ TNA X Division Champion Sheik Abdul Bashir was taken to “wrestler court” at this week’s TNA iMPACT tapings. Bashir apparently played a rib on Kip James during a flight they shared. Bashir pulled aside a flight attendant, who then announced over the loud speaker that Kip was celebrating his 65th birthday!

Our source says that Bashir was taken to wrestler court because it was determined that he didn’t have enough time in the company to pull a rib on a veteran. Brother Ray served as the judge, B.G. James represented Kip, Brother Devon represented Bashir and agent Simon Diamond served as the bailiff for the proceedings.

Bashir was found guilty and was required to supply the locker room beer and booze, which he did on Tuesday night after the tapings.

*Spoilers* TNA Impact 10.30.08

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The Heartbreak Express Make Official Statement

heartbreakexpress.jpegThe Hearbreak Express had to leave the Republic of Panama after stomping on the country’s flag on a national TV show. The situation was, to understate it, serious.

This was also covered by various sources on the internet from the United States to Panama.

The Heartbreak Express made it back to the US safely on Sunday and after reflection of what happened, had this to say:

“We want to make an official comment on this situation in Panama and the incident that happened on national television the morning of October 24 regarding the disrespecting of the flag of The Republic of Panama.

In hindsight this was obviously a stupid thing to do and we regret it totally BUT in our defense this was one of five television appearances we made in a two day period. Every other show we appeared on, the producers of the show met with us to go over exactly what we were going to do on the show to make sure it was ok.

This was the ONLY show we did where we were given NO direction at all before going on live television even though we asked many times beforehand for them to tell us what they wanted us to do so we ended up doing pretty much the same thing we had done the day before on a MTV type music program which was approved by the show’s producer.

That said we both want to make a formal apology to the wonderful people of The Republic of Panama and to the promoters of Revolution Xtreme Wrestling for all of the trouble this has caused them. The fact is that we love the people of Panama and we have been treated like family by so many great people there and want nothing more than to make things right and be able to return to perform for our many fans there and to see again our extended family members at Revolution Xtreme Wrestling.”

Website: http://www.heartbreakexpress.com

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Important letter from Current ROH Wrestler

rohbelt.jpgWe’re not sure of all the details in this letter, but it’s just alarming enough for us to pass on. This is the last thing anyone wants to hear regarding a company with as fine a wrestling product as ROH. We’ll report more as we get more wrestling news on this situation.

DOI Note: The following was set to us by a current ROH wrestler who wanted to remain anonymous but wanted his points out there.

All good things come to a end. ROH was created in 2002 and we know all the history of the company. Rob Feinstein had a dream and put his heart and soul into the company. Along with Doug Gentry and Gabe Sapolsky they created something speical. They knew their niche and started their own brand of strong style in the states that resembled New Japan pro wrestling’s jr division with a blend of All Japan wrestling and a added twist of ECW.

In the last 24 hours ROH looks doomed. There has been so many behind the scene problems in the last 6 months that its own booker went looking to work for the WWE and that was not by choice. I know Gabe very well and he has always been outspoken on his problems with the office staff who just did not understand the wrestling business. He was given the keys to the car, but often told me that Cary always wanted him to drive the wrong highways. Gabe was not a easy person to get along with. He was a very paranoid person from day one in the company. In IL there were many fights in hotels between the office staff that if any of the other boys would have heard we would have all been looking for work else where. I always remained with the company knowing my spot.

Two months ago I told Gabe that he is going to be cut in due time. The writing was all over the wall. I was hearing all types of negative comments from Syd and Ross and there were many secret meetings in towns with Adam. I also knew that Cary was getting more involved and really breaking Gabe’s balls by always questioning him. Just last week there was a major blow up which at this time does not matter.

What matters is Gabe was fired with no warning what so ever. I was backstage and I knew it was coming on Saturday when I saw Cary storm off into Syd’s work area. Then the time bomb went off just hours later. Gabe was so in shock that when he was leaving I was scared to even go up to him. In less than 24 hours later the company has a new booker who I might remind you is a worker just like me.

Now this is not 1986 and Adam is not Dusty Rhodes but this is never going to work. ROH is a indy company and nobody in that locker room is going to take orders from another wrestler that has no track record. Why will the boys listen to Adam? What has he done in wrestling other than run a small company in CA. Do you know how many egos are in the ROH locker room. Do you know how many guys think they could now book the company? Adam sent a email out to the entire staff yesterday and asked us to Kfabe he was the booker. I almost spit my water out of my mouth. This thing is doomed to fail. You can’t be a booker and than book yourself into the top heel spot. Like I said if this was a Terry Funk or a Dusty Rhodes things would be smooth sailing but Adam can’t just come into our locker room and take over the ship. He is just a indy worker, who is a great old time heel. But that heat will never work in ROH.

I re-read his email and how he is going to change the style of the company and to be quite honest I know alot of the boys are not happy about this and we are not happy that Cary stabbed Gabe in the back. Gabe is no angel by any means but now there is a pattern here. I know that after the Feinstein incident that he was led to beleive he would be brought back. Cary and Feinstein met over and over again as Feinstein had a plan and a investor that was going to relieve Cary as the front man but let him remain owning the majority of the company. They were about to get a TV deal as well. Cary along with Syd Eick thought they could make more money without Feinstein by forcing him to sell ROH so they can do a version of RF VIDEO and combine it with ROH as they did early on with their straight shooting series. That system failed miserabally. Cary than promised Doug Gentry a spot for life later to turn on him because he remained loyal to RF VIDEO. Now Gabe after giving 6 years of hard work to the company they just stab him in the back. This man lived and breathed ROH and brought Cary to where he is at now. Yes he might be broke but without Gabe there is no ROH.

As a wrestler, how can you trust ROH? I mentioned Feinstein, Gentry & Sapolsky. Thes are the three men that built Ring of Honor. These are three men who put their livelihoods on the line for ROH. And now? All have been stabbed in the back & fired from Ring of Honor. The wrestling business will eat you up.

I don’t know where I stand right now with ROH, but any wrestler is expendable. I am happy that a straight person is booker rather than Luke though. If we had a gay booker it would fuel sites like DOI and message boards because of Cary’s orientation. I don’t think Pearce is the right guy in the end.

I read Bob Magee’s column about ROH and how you can compare this to Vince buying ECW where it’s called ROH, but it really isn’t ROH. The jury is still out on that and Bob does come off like this is the end of the world but I do agree that the ROH letters are about to go under a major transformation.

The company is going to go under after a few short months. I would have rathered see Cary be honest with his locker room because now we never know what to expect. Nobody trusts anyone after this week because we all thought we were a family. This is no disrespect to Adam, but brother your just one of us. You are throwing your career away on this one. This will hurt you with TNA & WWE. I hope NWA pays your bills because ROH sure won’t. I know many of us feel betrayed and I hope that after this weekend some of us learns the true definition of honor.

To Gabe, I know you hate this site but no other site would print this. It was an honor to work for you and shake your hand. The code of honor still lives inside of the ones who believed.

(source: Declarationofindependents.net)

RAW results for 28.10.08

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WWE 2008 Cyber Sunday Results 10.26.08

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