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Post by Adam D on Mon Jun 22, 2015 8:16 pm

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Thought I would start a thread where you can discuss the latest TNA episode each week and discuss the latest news.

I thought I would kick off with a funny comment that happened on this weeks show.

Joseph Parks was interviewed and he mentioned how he had fallen on hard times (and how it could be his new gimmick "hard times Joseph park"!) but how he lost all his money by investing in Tout!

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Post by Good Golly I'm Olly on Thu Jul 07, 2016 8:46 am

Exceptional work - best rassling thing I've seen in years
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Post by JCmag82 on Thu Jul 07, 2016 8:53 am

I think that wrestling needs this sort of madness every now and again. Keeps it unreal and entertaining. If it was this sort of thing every week then it would just be ridiculous and annoying but something like this has been a funny and refreshing difference. I mean, howay, have you seen the Senor Benjamin twitter account???? Wrestling needs to be able to poke fun at itself. Matt Hardy has been bat-poo crazy and this has been the defining moment of it all. When he came back from his firework attack and saw Jeff with it and his face dropped and he legged it? Comedy gold

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Post by Hero on Thu Jul 07, 2016 9:21 am

It's the wrestling equivalent of Sharknado.

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Post by Electric Demon on Thu Jul 07, 2016 9:33 am

It was Big Boss Man stealing Big Show's dead daddy x100

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Post by Samo on Thu Jul 07, 2016 10:27 am

I need to give TNA credit, the whole internet is talking about this. Any publicity is good publicity and its fine as a one off, I just thought it was a bit too far. Its like Ospreay vs Ricochet. I think that overexposed the choreography of wrestling and this overdid the story telling.

It certainly did its job, I just thought it was a bit cringey.

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Post by temporary21 on Thu Jul 07, 2016 11:39 am

It's definitely helped tna splutter along a bit longer. Because we don't know if thryre being serious or not makes the funniest thing I've seen

If the hardy boys ever come back to WWE "brother Nero, I knew you'd come" is all you are ever going to hear

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Post by Fernando on Thu Jul 07, 2016 3:07 pm

It worked for TNA viewers wise.

2 Weeks ago - 304k
1 Week ago - 322k
This Week - 410k

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Post by dyrewolfe on Thu Jul 07, 2016 4:12 pm

Well, it beats anything Steven Seagal's done since Under Seige. Wink

Seriously though, that was hilariously goofy...sort like a Rambo parody.

Didn't help that the wrestling was more obviously and carefully choreographed, given they were working outside normal ring conditions.

Dunno about anyone else but my favourite bit was Jeff demolishing the drones with his guitar...the true weapon of choice for a badass! Second favourite bit was Reby's cleavage... Run
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Post by Samo on Thu Jul 07, 2016 4:27 pm

I will say Matt Hardy breaking character and shouting "Oh Poopie!" At the fireworks was seriously funny

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Post by dyrewolfe on Thu Jul 07, 2016 4:30 pm

Hero wrote:It's the wrestling equivalent of Sharknado.

You thought Sharknado was good though, didn't you...or am I thinking of Adam?
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Post by Adam D on Thu Jul 07, 2016 4:54 pm


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Post by temporary21 on Thu Jul 07, 2016 8:00 pm

I dunno the botched swanton bomb out the tree looked really painful

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Post by Fernando on Fri Jul 08, 2016 11:24 am

TNA is moving to Thursdays to avoid SD live

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Post by dyrewolfe on Fri Jul 08, 2016 12:05 pm

Adam D wrote:





temporary21 wrote:
I dunno the botched swanton bomb out the tree looked really painful


Yeah - I winced at that. Amazed Jeff didn't break any vertebrae landing straight on the ladder like that. Had some nasty-looking bruises on his back afterwards.
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Post by Fernando on Wed Jul 13, 2016 11:06 am

TNA Destination X - Results - ITS OVAH!!!:
After last week's Final Deletion. The show opens with the title... "The Day After"..... Jeff Hardy sees visions of himself being wrapped up in tape. He then awakes from the nightmare...Meanwhile Matt Hardy is back at his home thanking his boat for saving him. He names his boat "Scarsguard". He then takes the boat into the lake and a vanguard 1 drone tracks him with Jeff Hardy's shirt attached to it. Matt throws the shirt into the lake and proclaims that "it is OVAH".

Back in the impact zone. Introductions are made for the upcoming #1 contenders X division match.

LADDER MATCH TO DETERMINE #1 CONTENDER FOR X DIVISION TITLE

Trevor Lee vs Andrew Everett vs Rockstar Spud vs DJ Z vs Mandrews vs Braxton Sutter

Hot and heavy action to start the match. As all 6 competitors brawl inside and outside the ring. DJ Z does a corkscrew moonsault to take every one out on the outside of the ring. Trevor Lee is in the ring and attempts to use 2 ladders to climb and grab the X in the center of the ring. DJ Z runs in to knock Lee off of the two ladders. The ladders are on the ground as the competitors battle. Eventually the ring is cleared and as DJ Z attempts to climb the ladder to retrieve the neon X symbol. Shane Helms runs in to try and prevent Z from getting the X. DJ gives Helms a hurrancanrana to take him out of the ring. After the chaotic battle continues inside the ring, DJ Z overcomes the other competitors in the match and climbs up and grabs the X to become the #1 contender for the X division championship.

DJ Z DEFEATS TREVOR LEE, ROCKSTAR SPUD, ANDREW EVERETT, MANDREWS AND BRAXTON SUTTER

Post match, Jeremy Borash is at ringside to interview DJ after his win. DJ Z states that he has been in the X division for many years and this is his time now. All of a sudden, The Miracle Mike Bennett attacks DJ Z from behind and lays him out. Bennett grabs the mic and says he is going to ruin Destination X and he is going to burn TNA to the ground.

EC3 is shown backstage and he hypes his "Fight" with Drew Galloway later tonight as we go to break.

Back from the break. Dixie Carter is interviewed backstage by McKenzie Mitchell. Carter plugs next week's Impact moving to Thursdays at 8pm eastern. Dixie also briefly previews The Bound for Glory playoffs starting next week.

Eddie Edwards is in the ring with his X division title and then Bobby Lashley arrives to confront him. Lashley says the only thing Edwards has accomplished by accepting the title vs title match is Wee weeing him off. Edwards says that if Lashley is peed now, wait till he wins later tonight. Lashley tells Eddie that the underdogs can not win. It only happens in the movies and that Lashley is the best talent that TNA has ever seen. Eddie says that this isn't a movie. This is his life and then Lashley attacks him in mid sentence and beats him down. Hits a big power slam in the center of the ring and then goes to grab a chair from ringside. As Lashley is about to hit Edwards with a chair. Davey Richards returns to save his partner and they fight out off Lashley together.

Crazzy Steve is backstage with Abyss, He is upset that they can't find Rosemary. Abyss tells Steve that every thing will end up beautiful as we go to break.

We are back. Matt Hardy is having some sort of art exhibit/presentation with his wife, Reby Sky and his son Maxel. He then asks for the projector to be rolled as he plays highlights of last week's final deletion of Jeff Hardy. Matt proclaims that there will be a public deletion and then proceeds to chant Delete with his guests as he hoists his son in the air.

Back in the arena, Josh Matthews says, Wait till you see what happened last night at dinner at Matt's house in Cameron, North Carolina.

Highlights shown of last week's Rosemary-Bram kiss as The Decay enters the ring without Rosemary. Bram is then introduced who arrives to the ring by himself.

ABYSS VS BRAM

Crazzy Steve provides a distraction on the apron and that helps Abyss take control of the match early. After some back and forth brawling between the two. Bram regains the momentum briefly before being thrown over the top rope by Abyss. Crazzy Steve begins to beat up on Bram on the outside and pulls out some of Bram's hair. Abyss is in control for a while before Bram eventually rallies and gets the advantage temporarily before Abyss choke slams him. As this happens, Rosemary starts to come to the ring, ignores Steve at ringside and has a brief exchange with Bram while he is laid out in the ring. Abyss is distracted and Bram wins with a roll up.

BRAM DEFEATS ABYSS

After the match. Rosemary touches a confused looking Bram on the outside. Doubly confused are her partners in The Decay in the ring..... Preview of upcoming Knockouts title match as we go to the break.

Back in the Impact Zone. Knockout introductions for the 4 Way Title Match.

KNOCKOUTS TITLE MATCH

Sienna vs Gail Kim VS Marti Bell VS Jade

Gail Kim starts off the action quickly by attacking Sienna on the ramp way. Two of the knockouts are laid out at ringside as Sienna gets into the ring and battles with Marti Bell until Gail Kim recovers and takes both down with a clothesline. Marti recovers and throws Gail outside the ring and concentrates on Sienna. Marti and Sienna trade chops as Jade and Kim both re-enter the ring and in unison take out Sienna and Marti. Then Gail and Jade trade blows alone in the ring. Gail attempts a tilt a whirl head scissors but Jade counters with a near fall. As Jade climbs to the top rope. Sienna re-enters the ring and puts Gail on her shoulders. All 3 crash to the mat in what looked like a tandem move attempt but didn't come off that way. Kim is close to winning the match by pinning Jade but Ally, Sienna's associate interferes by putting Jade's foot on the bottom rope to break up the 3 count. Sienna hits the "silencer" kick on Gail Kim and pins her to regain her title.

SIENNA DEFEATS GAIL KIM, MARTI BELL AND JADE

Footage of The Matt Hardy family dinner from last night is shown. Matt tries to speak spanish with a romanian girl and then instructs her to make sure she doesn't bring him mustard. Matt Hardy rants about the public deletion that will take place in the Impact Zone as his assistant jots down the term Delete and underlines it while Matt screams the word Delete repeatedly..... Josh Matthews says that Matt Hardy will be live in the ring after the break.

Back from the break, highlights are shown of the return of Davey Richards to help aid his partner Eddie Edwards. Lashley is backstage at the arena and says that he wants Davey Richards at ringside when he destroys Eddie Edwards later tonight and he will rip the heart out of The X Division.

Highlights are once again shown of last weeks Final Deletion..... Back in The Impact Zone. "Broken" Matt Hardy's piano music plays as the lights are dim. Reby Sky arrives with Maxel attached to her and insults the audience and tells them to enjoy the Broken Brilliance as she introduces Matt Hardy who limps to the ring.

Matt tells the crowd to boo him because their booing only makes him stronger. He then goes on to say that he won the greatest match in wrestling history. The fans chant for Jeff but Matt claims that Jeff doesn't exist anymore because he deleted him. Matt says he is a kind human being and that he will bring out his brother "Broken Nero" one last time. Matt has Reby introduce The Evil Enigma Brother Nero. Reby introduces Brother Nero and calls him obsolete. "Nero" arrives acting somber and walking slowly to the ring as Reby chants "obsolete" repeatedly. Matt Hardy states that Nero's TNA contract has now been terminated and tells him to be gone. As Nero walks away, Matt directs him to stop. Matt tells him that he doesn't want him to try and come back or go to work in New York for Mr. Meek Mahan. He also doesn't want him to work in Japan because he owns Jeff and wants to turn him into an obsolete mule. Matt says he may be broken but he will never be broke.... He says deletion is a worse punishment than death. Matt then chants Delete over and over and over to end the segment as his piano music plays.

Mike Bennett and Maria are backstage heading to find Eddie Edwards. DJ Z confronts Bennett and challenges to meet him in the ring. The Miracle accepts as we head to commercial break.

Maria introduces "The Miracle" Mike Bennett as we return from the break. DJ z arrives to make his second in ring appearance of the night.

Mike Bennett vs DJ Z

Maria is on the apron and distracts DJ Z. Bennett attacks Z from behind and beats him down to take early control of the match. The Pope on commentary compares DJ Z to Ricky Steamboat..... Meanwhile, Bennett continues to have the advantage. DJ eventually fights back and hits a dropkick and flying spring board elbow. Z hits a high back elbow but as he rolls, He is caught in a diamond cutter by Bennett for a near fall. Bennett then takes Z to the top rope, Z fights back to get out of that predicament but is caught in an impressive looking spine buster for a near fall by The Miracle. They both battle to the outside and Z head scissors Bennett to the outside of the ring and then Z hits a plancha to the outside on top of Bennett and then also hits a hurrancanrana. As DJ Z climbs to the top rope to attempt another aerial move. Bennett rolls away and decides to leave. The stars of the X division arrive in the ramp way to prevent the Miracle from leaving. Bennett gets back in the ring and DJ Z rolls him up for the victory.

DJ Z DEFEATS MIKE BENNETT

Post match, Mike Bennett gets on the mic and is irate. He says this is not how things were supposed to go tonight. He claims that he is going to burn TNA to the ground but he is not going to do it by himself.

Drew Galloway is backstage and says he and EC3 are going to fight right now as we go to the break.

Mike Bennett is on the phone in the backstage area. He tells someone on the phone. Get here tonight so that we can burn down TNA together.

Drew Galloway enters the ring in street clothes and grabs the mic. Galloway states that he and EC3 go way back and he knows him well but Ethan is getting in his way of being the world champion. He calls out EC3 who also arrives in street gear. EC3 tells Drew that even though they were friends in the past and they may be friends in the future but tonight... Drew will be his "scottish puppy dog b**ch"....... EC3 charges the ring and the fight begins. They fight to the outside. Drew uses the barricade and then attempts a suplex on the floor, EC3 reverses it. The fight continues and a chair at ringside is introduced. EC3 grabs hold of the chair and throws it at Galloway. Drew rebounds and throws Carter into the ring post and then hits him with a steel chair. Both men battle all the way to the ramp area. They then fight into the backstage area, Agents, wrestlers and officials break them up from fighting any further.

Davey Richards is in the locker room with Eddie Edwards. He is taping him up and talking about their history together. Richards says he wishes he was in the ring tonight but will be at ringside to support Edwards vs Lashley.

BFG playoffs are teased for next Thursday's Impact Wrestling. Now for the main event.

TITLE VS TITLE MATCH-BOBBY LASHLEY VS EDDIE EDWARDS

Bobby Lashley starts off the match with a quick suplex of Edwards. Lashley then stomps Edwards into the corner. He then springs into Edwards with 3 consecutive shoulder charges followed by a back drop. As Lashley attempts a suplex, Edwards slips out with a sleeper hold. Edwards springs to the outside on top of Lashley but gets caught in mid air. Lashley attempts to powerslam Edwards but Eddie counters and hits a hurrancanrana. They battle towards the ramp way and Lashley backdrops Edwards to the ground. Lashley then spears Edwards into the ring steps as we go to the final break.

Back from the break. Lashley is in the ring pounding on Eddie Edwards and is in full control. Bobby then hits a neck breaker on Eddie for a 2 count. Edwards tries to fight out of a sleeper but is quickly knocked down by Lashley. He continues to dominate the action as he taunts the crowd while beating up on Edwards. Edwards finally fights back with multiple chops and then he hits a swinging DDT on Bobby as the crowd chants for him. Lashley attempts a spear, Eddie Edwards avoids it and Bobby crashes to the outside. Eddie Edwards then hits three straight suicide dives on Bobby Lashley. Eddie hits a sit out spinebuster in the ring on Bobby for a near fall. Edwards has Lashley draped on the top rope. He kicks him a couple of times and Lashley stumbles to the apron... Edwards then attempts to give Lashley a top rope hurrancanrana and connects. Edwards goes for the Boston Knee Party, Lashley counters into a powerslam but accidentally knocks out the referee. Lashley grabs the title belt at ringside and attempts to hit Edwards with it. Richards saves Edwards and Eddie gets a near fall on Lashley as the ref comes to. Mike Bennett comes into the ring and hits the ref. Music hits and out comes Moose who does his Moose rallying cry. Moose attacks Richards at ringside and then power bombs Eddie Edwards off of the apron. Moose comes into the ring and goes to face to face with Lashley. Bennett low blows Lashley and Moose takes out Lashley with a spinning discus clothesline. Moose and The Miracle are in the ring celebrating.

BOBBY LASHLEY AND EDDIE EDWARDS BATTLE TO A NO CONTEST

We cut to McKenzie Mitchell backstage who runs to Dixie Carter and asks what she thinks of what just happened. Dixie is irate that there wasn't a finish to the title vs title match and announces that next thursday. There will be a rematch with no interference as Bobby Lashley will face Eddie Edwards in a six sides of steel cage match. The show ends on that note.

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Post by Guest on Wed Jul 20, 2016 9:23 pm

TNA is as good as it's been for years. Not as good wrestling as 05-08, but solid matches and stupid but entertaining stuff.

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Post by Adam D on Wed Jul 27, 2016 9:17 am


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Post by dyrewolfe on Wed Jul 27, 2016 12:56 pm

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A gradual but definite upward trend...encouraging.

Also surprising, given that nothing has really changed for the better. Its pretty much as you were...generally good wrestling, but flimsy or non-existent storylines meaning there is little hype or reason to get excited about them.

Belts (apart from the heavyweight title) still changing hands far too often. Little or no continuity regarding the roster. You're never sure who's going to be on from one week to the next and the lines between the X Division, tag team and heavyweight scenes seem to get more blurred as times goes on.

Shows still often have the "written on the back of an envelope the night before" feel to them.

The BFG series will only offer a temporary respite.

Really only keep watching for Lashley, Galloway and EC3...all very able wrestlers and entertaining characters, as well as the weirdness that is the Hardy saga. Oh and EEE...LIII...DRAKE!


By putting Maria in charge, the Knockouts have regressed back to when Karen Jarrett was in charge...and that was bloody awful too. Her other half, introduced with much fanfare not too long ago, looked like being on his way to becoming a great heel. Now he's reduced to spoiling other peoples' matches.

Meanwhile there's a whole load of talent that could be put to rebuilding the X Division and tag team division. One Ultimate X match a year really doesn't cut it and there hasn't been a tag team worthy of the name since the Wolves had to go on hiatus.

Why don't we see more of Spud, "Mandrews", DJZ, Robbie E, Jessie Godderz, Mahabali Shera, Sutter, The Tribunal...heck even Grado? Not forgetting the Wolves, when Davey Richards is fully fit again. Where did Tigre Uno go - did he leave?

I'd also break up Decay as they're just pointless. Put Rosemary in with the Knockouts, Crazzy Steve in the X Division and Abyss can go back to doing his usual scary monster thing when needed.


TNA really needs someone to go in there and impose a bit of order and structure. Instead of trying to hinge entire shows on the same handful of wrestlers all the time, make a few changes, start re-emphasising the importance of the other divisions and give more talent the time to develop and become stars in their own right, instead of just being filler material until the main event.

If they could do that, I'm sure they'd get that graph consistently above the 500,000 mark.



Wow...didn't intend to rant that much...I'll just go and have a lie down now...
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Post by Adam D on Fri Jul 29, 2016 10:32 am

Impact Highlights from last night:

Matt Hardy tells EC3 that he will eat him and his cats
Rosemary reveals that her brother is a tree and next week she will introduce Bram to the ghosts in her barn. Not sure if this is a euphemism or not.

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Post by marty2086 on Fri Jul 29, 2016 12:44 pm

dyrewolfe wrote:
TNA really needs someone to go in there and impose a bit of order and structure. Instead of trying to hinge entire shows on the same handful of wrestlers all the time, make a few changes, start re-emphasising the importance of the other divisions and give more talent the time to develop and become stars in their own right, instead of just being filler material until the main event.

If they could do that, I'm sure they'd get that graph consistently above the 500,000 mark.

Lack of direction, structure etc has long been TNAs problem and it comes from the top. They build guys up then change things in creative and the new guy fancies someone else and all the work done before goes out the window or they build someone up and they don't stay beyond their contract.

They built Joe up and then I think it was Russo who came in and Joe dropped out of the main event picture, they built up Aces and Eights then released most of the guys once they were 'revealed' basically building up a stable with 7/8 guys to get one guy over?

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Post by dyrewolfe on Fri Jul 29, 2016 1:54 pm

Adam D wrote:Impact Highlights from last night:

Matt Hardy tells EC3 that he will eat him and his cats
Rosemary reveals that her brother is a tree and next week she will introduce Bram to the ghosts in her barn. Not sure if this is a euphemism or not.

laughing

It'll probably be funny either way.

I'm also worried that "deranged" Matt Hardy is starting to grow on me. Then again I also loved Joker Sting (Matt's nowhere near as good, but similar).
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Post by Electric Demon on Fri Jul 29, 2016 2:08 pm

I dropped in on it last week and actually found it quite entertaining
It was better than Smackdown Live
The Hardy stuff actually does have a place in wrestling and it gets people talking. As does that Rosemary stuff. Nowt wrong with some tongue-in-cheek laughing at yourself. Chasing ghosts is a little over the top though....
EC3 is outstanding
I'm sure last time I watched they were doing a World Title vs X-Title match with Austin Aries - so that's a bit of a rehash. But there may be a genuine storyline reason for this that I didn't pick up
It was decent

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Post by Enforcer on Fri Jul 29, 2016 6:44 pm

Cassius Zhi wrote: Chasing ghosts is a little over the top though....
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Post by Adam D on Sun Jul 31, 2016 10:25 pm

Just watching Tna. 

The Rosemary segment was brilliant. I know it's hokey but it's really something different. It reminds me of the segments that ec3 and spud did with the search for willow but without the humour. 



Tna are really trying to make themselves different through cinematic tropes. And I love it.

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Post by nadeem2099 on Mon Aug 01, 2016 12:58 pm

The Rosemary segments are top notch. Similar to the ones Lucha Underground do but different in a good way. Matt Hardy is Frak insane Laugh
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Post by dyrewolfe on Mon Aug 01, 2016 1:20 pm

Adam D wrote:Just watching Tna. 

The Rosemary segment was brilliant. I know it's hokey but it's really something different. It reminds me of the segments that ec3 and spud did with the search for willow but without the humour. 



Tna are really trying to make themselves different through cinematic tropes. And I love it.

I just wish I had a clue what its building up to. I've enjoyed TNA's previous film vignettes...particularly when they had Spud looking for AJ Styles and trying to get the title belt back. I just cannot for the life of me figure what the story is with Bram and Rosemary though (beyond the obvious romantic angle).

Enjoyed the X Division title match between DJZ and Lashley from last night's show too. Good contrast of styles made for a better match than you might expect. Also interesting to see the pretty-boy Bromans willing to get some cuts and bruises in a Monsters' Ball match with Decay.
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Post by Adam D on Mon Aug 01, 2016 1:55 pm

I have never seen someone lift a ladder whilst the other person is at the top - very impressive by Lashley.

When I did the Billy Corgan interview, he mentioned that he wanted to added more theatre to the entrances and show. You can see his style coming through with the Miracles entrance (my favourite entrance in wrestling today although not sold on Bennet himself).

It was a real shame that the crowd were dead (again). EC3 did really well to get a few chants going withough asking for them (such as "relevant creature") - reminds me of Bully at his promoing best. I loved his comment that Matt Hardy could get Vanguard 1 to drop a dilapidated boat on his head if he likes!

The only thing that was a bit weird in the Rosemary segments is that it got a bit rapey at one point!

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Post by dyrewolfe on Thu Aug 04, 2016 5:31 pm

They do seem to be getting a bit more experimental on the creative side, which is making for some interesting feuds, but its still too early stages for me to get my hopes too high.

Its a shame they can't afford to get out of the Impact Zone much. On the few occasions they've done it, the crowds have been so much better. I get the impression most of the IZ crowd are tourists / holidaymakers they've bribed to fill up the arena.

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The only thing that was a bit weird in the Rosemary segments is that it got a bit rapey at one point!

Huh? I didn't get that vibe. Dark and weird, certainly...but thats (American) gothic for you. Wink
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Post by Adam D on Thu Aug 04, 2016 6:00 pm

It was the the bit where Johnny turned up.

At about the 1.50 mark


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Post by dyrewolfe on Fri Aug 05, 2016 9:39 am

Ah, okay - I somehow missed that bit. Shocked It is a bit "blink-and-you-miss-it".

Makes sense though as its probably meant to be the big traumatic event (coupled with the other stuff) that made her the way she is.

Maybe not the best subject matter for a wrestling show, I agree, but then again TNA isn't targeting a PG / 12 audience the way WWE are.
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Post by Adam D on Thu Aug 11, 2016 6:42 pm

Interview with Sandow by Rolling Stone - http://www.rollingstone.com/sports/damien-sandow-on-signing-with-tna-w433910

Just over three months after leaving WWE, the man formerly known as Damien Sandow is ready to return to the ring, and he will do so when he appears on Thursday night's Impact Wrestling. Rolling Stone had the chance to catch up with him, and find out exactly what made TNA an appealing landing spot.

"TNA just seemed like the perfect spot for me," Sandow, who went by Aaron Stevens when wrestling on the independent circuit in his time away says. "They are a growing company with a proven track record. I really believe that they have their finger on the pulse of what the audience wants, and they will gear their product towards that."

As he revealed in our interview back in May, at first he felt that he might want to spend some time at home, or possibly focus on opportunities outside of wrestling. However, he started to feel the itch, and when the opportunity with Total Nonstop Action came up, it wasn't one that he felt that he could pass up.


After being released by WWE last week, the fan favorite has big plans – including a return to the ring and studying Shakespeare

"I really was not planning on signing with anybody this soon, I was serious about that. But the way the conversations went with several TNA officials, and the strong feeling of a family atmosphere, really made me want to explore the possibility of getting in the ring sooner than I expected."

This isn't the first major talent to come to Impact Wrestling in recent months. Former Ring of Honor star Moose joined the company a month ago. "The Miracle" Michael Bennett, with his wife Maria Kanellis, also joined the company from ROH this year. Add that to a revitalized Matt Hardy with his new "Broken" character (and the two have already interacted), TNA champion Bobby Lashley, and The Wolves, and Stevens has plenty of new opponents to really prove himself against.

"I am just looking forward to showcasing myself in a way that I have not been in the past. There is so much talent at TNA that I just can't name one person that I really want to face over another. It's just a pleasure for me to have creative freedom and continue to work with talented supportive people."

Despite the talented roster, he knows that there will be challenges ahead of him once he joins the company. However, more than a personal challenge, he looks as any challenges that come his way in TNA as something that everyone involved has to face. For him, it's not about the individual, it's about the show.

"The challenge is to have a television show that continually gets better with every single episode and that is not just on me. That is on every one of us as a team. And everyone, as a team, really seems to be motivated and headed in the right direction."
His slogan coming in is that he's going do be doing it "His Way." We'll now have to wait and see what his way really is.

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Post by Samo on Thu Aug 11, 2016 7:16 pm

"They are a growing company..." Laugh

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Post by Adam D on Fri Aug 12, 2016 9:02 am

http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/2016/0811/615429/matt-hardy-says-vince-mcmahon-would-be-terrified-of-his-broken/

On episode 270 of Talk Is Jericho, WWE Superstar and Fozzy lead singer Chris Jericho interviewed 'Broken' Matt Hardy. In this in-character conversation, Hardy talked about wanting to do more matches like his Final Deletion match versus Jeff Hardy. Also, Hardy discussed what it will take for TNA to keep its momentum.

While Hardy would like to continue to create so-called 'masterpieces' similar to his recent cinematically inspired match against his brother, Jeff, the former TNA World Heavyweight Champion acknowledged that such matches must be used only sparingly.

"I am going to take my broken universe in that direction more for sure. You cannot have every match, obviously, in that setting, in that circumstance. That is not wise. It is just time to change wrestling from, especially when I talk about the Impact Wrestling, the TNA universe, when I address it, it has to change. It has been stale. It has not had an identity. It has been directionless. But I have given it an identity. And this Dixie Carter and this John Gaburick, these people who are supposedly creative behind it, if they don't watch their step very wisely, I will delete their asses next."

Matt Hardy Talks Wyatt Family - New Day Copying 'Final Deletion', Changing Pro Wrestling, Lashley


When asked what TNA must do to succeed, Hardy professed that the company must find its own identity.

"They have to find some sort of identity. They have had an identity issue, I think, for a long, long time because now professional wrestling has been engulfed under [Vince] McMahon's show and McMahon is above and beyond everything else and anything else that seems so similar to McMahon's show is going to end up coming off like a second rate copy. And I think it's very important and very vital for Impact Wrestling to find their way, find their own identity. And my broken universe is something different that has never been seen anywhere else before. I can tell you this: my broken universe, Mr. McMahon, would be terrified of it. He would be afraid to let me go there. He wouldn't let me shoot the fireworks on his show or he wouldn't let me burn up my brother, Nero. But it is time to go to a different place, a different time, and that is what Impact Wrestling must do to succeed. That is the only way TNA can truly grow, is to find it's own identity."

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Post by dyrewolfe on Fri Aug 12, 2016 10:10 am

Ah, so the dude in the pic you posted is Sandow? At least TNA seem to have the power to attract big names from other franchises. Is it money, creative freedom, or a combination of both?

Also nice to see Matt saying what a lot of TNA fans must have been thinking, regarding the company finding its own identity.
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Post by Crimey on Fri Aug 12, 2016 9:16 pm

Billy Corgan is new TNA President.

Dixie Carter has been moved to Chairman position.

After Corgan supposedly put up the funds to keep TNA in business, it makes sense that he's used it as leverage to get more influence.

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Post by Samo on Fri Aug 12, 2016 9:33 pm

Probably the best move TNA have ever made, Dixie should have been gone years ago. She was more concerned about the business side but wasnt very good at business.

Corgan seems like a guy with his finger on the pulse and seems passionate about the art of wrestling. Im still pessimistic about TNA, but they've somehow managed to hold on for this long. It will be interesting to see where they are in 12 months time.

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Post by Samo on Tue Aug 16, 2016 11:02 am

So TNA have retired the King of the Mountain title (which was a joke btw) and are replacing it with the TNA Grand Championship - which will be defended in 3-round matches with judges deciding a winner if it goes the distance. Its basically putting UFC into Pro Wrestling.

I wish I could get excited but it sounds like TNA trying yet another gimmick to make themselves stand out, and I dont think UFC style matches will work with Pro Wrestling story-telling. We'll see soon enough I suppose.

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Post by marty2086 on Tue Aug 16, 2016 11:12 am

TNA were at their best putting on good matches with good solid relatable characters, a template NXT have used and stood out with.

Sometimes the simplest approach is the best

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Post by Fernando on Tue Aug 16, 2016 11:14 am

It might be crap but atleast their having fun Laugh

https://twitter.com/amber_brooke541/status/765022486475964416?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

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Post by dyrewolfe on Tue Aug 16, 2016 2:19 pm

Whats the difference between a Chairman and a President? Headscratch
Still, anything that put Dixie further away from the decision-making process is probably a good thing.

Kinda sad they've retired the KotM belt. It was a unique style of match (when done properly) that allowed a number of people to showcase their talents in a title match. It was at least better than the TV Title IMO.

As for the Grand Championship (TNA Title?) they've had stipulation matches that required multiple pins / submissions before. I guess this will just formalise that format and make it more meaningful now that a belt is involved.

If they're getting rid of one belt, they need to bring another in, so they can keep more of their roster actively involved. Would still like to see the Knockouts Tag Team title brought back, so we aren't stuck with watching the same 3-4 every week.
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Post by Fernando on Fri Sep 02, 2016 10:08 am

Dixie is gone apparently.

In better news - Final Deletion II - #DeleteOrDecay - Next week Laugh

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Post by marty2086 on Fri Sep 02, 2016 10:20 am

Having not watched TNA for a while, when was the last time they had a match where people said that was actually a decent match? Instead of thinking that the match was quirky or different?

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Post by Fernando on Fri Sep 02, 2016 10:30 am

After having a look about it appears someone else asked this and got this list from January to June Laugh

Matt Hardy vs EC III 1/5
Drew Galloway vs Kurt Angle 1/12
EC3 vs Matt Hardy Last Man Standing 1/19
Hardcore War 2/2
Kurt Angle vs Drew Galloway 2/9
Trevor Lee vs Tigre Uno 2/23
EC3 vs Matt Hardy 2/23
Kurt Angle vs Lashley 3/8
Wolves vs Beer Money 3/8
Matt Hardy vs EC3 vs Jeff Hardy (then Drew Galloway) 3/15
Drew Galloway vs Jeff Hardy (?)
Jeff Hardy vs Matt Hardy 4/19
Decay vs Beer Money 4/26
Mike Bennett vs EC3 4/26
Drew Galloway vs Lashley 5/17
Ultimate X match (either 5/24 or 5/31)
Slammiversary PPV is all worth watching!
Lashley vs Galloway 6/14
Jeff Hardy vs Matt Hardy 6/21

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Post by marty2086 on Fri Sep 02, 2016 10:36 am

Cheers, I'll try and look some of those up

For me though, TNAs biggest problem is they stopped doing what was working for them and now NXT are doing it and better

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Post by Ché Guerrero on Mon Sep 05, 2016 1:05 pm

Why is the Final Deletion not on that list steam

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Post by dyrewolfe on Mon Sep 05, 2016 1:21 pm

Ché Guerrero wrote:Why is the Final Deletion not on that list steam

Too "quirky"? Laugh

In all seriousness, it was lousy as a wrestling match, but great as comedy theatre.


The Ultimate X match from last night's show was pretty damn good though. DJZ and Mandrews put together some especially good moves, as did the Helms Dynasty guys.
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Post by Fernando on Mon Sep 05, 2016 9:39 pm

In lovely TNA News

Broken Matt took Broken Brother Nero to his personal zoo to teach him not to be a spot monkey by making him fight a kangaroo containing the ghost of Joe Frazier

Laugh

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Post by DrDeath on Tue Sep 06, 2016 8:51 am

Fernando wrote:In lovely TNA News

Broken Matt took Broken Brother Nero to his personal zoo to teach him not to be a spot monkey by making him fight a kangaroo containing the ghost of Joe Frazier

Laugh

Absolute gold - I seriously love the whole Hardy angle at the moment, it is brilliant!

Decay are fantastic too as is the womens division and X division.

TNA are doing everything right, it cannot be faulted at the moment!

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Post by dyrewolfe on Thu Sep 08, 2016 12:20 pm

Fernando wrote:In lovely TNA News

Broken Matt took Broken Brother Nero to his personal zoo to teach him not to be a spot monkey by making him fight a kangaroo containing the ghost of Joe Frazier

Laugh

*head explodes* Shocked

Guess I'm going to have to watch this weekend's show now. Must admit Matt is making his "broken" character work well. I thought they'd bring the curtain down on the whole thing after the Final Deletion, but I'm glad they didn't. Jeff unsurprisingly is continuing to be a great foil for him.
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