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Ex-WWE & TNA Star To Appear On "Dog Whisperer" This Weekend
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Ex-WWE Diva and ex-TNA Knockout Shelly Martinez (aka WWE's "Ariel" and TNA's "Salinas") will make an appearance on this Saturday's edition of "The Dog Whisperer" alongside her sister, Danielle. The program, which airs on the NatGeo (National ...

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Post on Sat Feb 04, 2012 9:59 am by kane

Matt Hardy court hearing update
Feb 3, 2012 - 12:25 PM

Former WWE and TNA wrestler Matt Hardy's court hearing that was scheduled for Thursday in Moore County, N.C. has been continued, according to James Caldwell of Hardy still faces charges of (1) driving while impaired and exceeding safe speed, (2) felony possession with the intent to distribute, felony possession, felony maintaining a vehicle/dwelling for drugs, (3) misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, and (4) misdemeanor violation of court order.

Powell's POV: A Hardy hearing continued in Moore County?!? If the Jeff Hardy case is any indication, Matt's case might be resolved sometime in 2013. I'm no Saul Goodman, but I wouldn't be surprised if the judge went easy on Matt, assuming he completed his WWE sponsored rehab program and stays out of trouble. If nothing else, Matt has looked much better in his recent Youtube videos, so here's hoping he's able to put these issues behind him and has his life back on track.

This original source for the above news was James Caldwell of

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Post on Sat Feb 04, 2012 10:07 am by kane

Ex-WWE Talents To Work Indy Event, Roode Speaks Out
By Ryan Clark | February 03, 2012

-- International wire reports reports that former WWE star John Morrison, MVP, Carlito, Luke Gallows, Daivari, Jimmy Yang, Shelton Benjamin, Chris Masters, Snitsky, Shane Helms, Rhino, Billy Gunn, Melina, and Jillian Hall have all arrived in the Philippines for the WWFX show on Saturday night in Manila.

-- TNA champion Robert Roode appeared on local media outlets in the Carolinas on Friday to promote TNA's weekend house shows in the area. Here are two vides of Roode's radio show appearances this morning. is the largest independently owned wrestling website in the world (Source: Alexa). Like us on Facebook by clicking the "Like" button below:

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Post on Mon Feb 13, 2012 8:12 am by kane

TNA News: Vince Russo replaced on creative team by former WWE writer Dave Lagana
Feb 12, 2012 - 03:53 PM

TNA has reportedly replaced Vince Russo as the lead writer of the Impact Wrestling product, according to Former WWE creative team member Dave Lagana has taken over Russo's duties on the creative team.

Powell's POV: At this point, I don't believe the "head of creative" title used in the story is accurate given that Bruce Prichard was promoted to the position of senior vice president of programming and talent relations back in October 2011, and Russo had been reporting to him.

Russo is not backstage at the Against All Odds pay-per-view in Orlando, whereas Lagana is at the show, according to a backstage source. Lagana was hired by TNA late last year to serve in a similar capacity on the Ring Ka King creative staff. He worked for WWE and Ring of Honor in the past. No formal announcement has been made to the talent and crew at the Against All Odds pay-per-view as of this update.

Lagana seemed to acknowledge that something was up earlier today when he tweeted, "And we are off and running" and then "The calm before the storm." He had been adamant since he joined the company that he was merely hired to work on the Ring Ka King project and was not involved on the Impact Wrestling side of things.

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Post on Mon Feb 13, 2012 10:43 pm by kane

TNA: How Impact Wrestling Has Finally Reached Its Climax
ByGraham 'GSM' Matthews (Featured Columnist) on February 13, 2012

In recent years, TNA Wrestling has always been looked down upon by numerous wrestling fans (myself included) for its horrendous booking, older talent and failure to live up to their promised "Wrestling Matters" slogan.

While it may be the second major pro wrestling company in the United States, it has not and never will live up to the global empire that is WWE.

No matter what TNA President Dixie Carter thinks or how many times Hulk Hogan says it on-air, TNA Wrestling will likely never be on the same level as the WWE. They just don't have the proper media exposure for their organization in order to compete with Vince McMahon, despite acquiring camera darlings such as Hogan and Ric Flair.

With that being said, I've come to realize that Impact Wrestling isn't as truly terrible as most members of the IWC make it out to be. Of course, it has its obvious flaws, but they've progressed so much in the last four months that I'm once again not only entertained, but hopeful of their product.

Last November, we witnessed the foreshadowing of the future with the rise of numerous stars on the roster.

From Bobby Roode capturing his first TNA World Heavyweight Championship to Gail Kim making her long-awaited return to the company and win the Knockouts Championship, the seeds had been planted for some rare long-term booking that still exists today.

At this time last year, established veterans such as Jeff Jarrett, Kurt Angle, Mr. Anderson, Rob Van Dam and Sting were all still hogging the spotlight, but hardly competed in the squared circle a year later.

If you told me last year that tag team specialists such as Bully Ray, Bobby Roode and James Storm were going to be fighting over the golden prize, I would thought you were completely delusional.

For the past two months, TNA has consistently delivered enjoyable editions of Impact Wrestling, especially their most recent tour of England.

While it may not show in the ratings, my interest in TNA television has gradually increased over the course of the last few months.

Last night, I had my hopes up high for an enjoyable Against All Odds pay-per-view, and sure enough, the show lived up to my standards. For the first time in years, I felt as if the three hours I spent watching a TNA pay-per-view were actually worth it.

In a shocking turn of events, only two of the matches on the card ended in controversy, with neither finish being that overbooked either. Ironically enough, a heel went over in every bout on the card (with the exception of the sympathetic tweener Kazarian), which is probably why I found it so amusing.

The only real unfortunate incident coming out of the show was the legitimate injury sustained by Jesse Sorensen in the opening contest, who was rushed to the nearest medical facility to receive further examination. Other than that, everything else seemed to fall directly into place.

Knockouts champions Gail Kim and Tara contested a great match that surprisingly didn't end in interference from Madison Rayne, while X-Division Austin Aries defeated challenger Alex Shelley to retain his title in what was the best bout on the card.

Later in the night, Samoa Joe and Magnus were finally able to put an end to the unfavorable team of Matt Morgan and Crimson to win the TNA World Tag Team Championship. In an extremely personal confrontation between best friends Kazarian and AJ Styles, Kaz was able to upset his former Fortune stable mate following capitalizing on a fallen Christopher Daniels.

During the final hour, Gunner was able to put away Garrett Bischoff despite the odds stacked against him with Hulk Hogan looming at ringside. To conclude the show, Bobby Roode successfully defended his TNA World Heavyweight Championship after Sting accidentally knocked Jeff Hardy unconscious.

All in all, this year's installment of Against All Odds was a major step forward towards rebuilding their top stars, while also finally making good on their promise that wrestling does indeed matter.

One can only hope that TNA can keep on the fast track to greatness from here, as they hold amazing potential that can't be denied.

Now, I'm not saying they should move back to Monday nights or anything along those lines to once again rival with WWE, but I believe they are significantly improving as time progresses.

Personally, I find their current product the most entertaining it's been in years, so fingers crossed this is only the beginning.

Thanks for reading, Bleachers, and make sure to drop a comment below with your thoughts on last night's Against All Odds pay-per-view and what the future might hold for TNA Wrestling. As always, your criticism and overall feedback is greatly appreciated.

GSM out.


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Post on Sat Feb 18, 2012 4:51 pm by kane

Kurt Angle Interviewed by BBC Sports; Angle’s 3 Greatest Matches
By Ryan Drew, Yahoo! Contributor Network Feb 16, 11:24 pm EST

Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle answered questions from fans at BBC Sports on February 15th, 2012. Among the questions asked by fans were who his favorite match was against, who he would like to wrestle in the future and what his aspirations are for the 2012 Olympics. Angle answered the questions candidly and the taped footage was posted on the BBC Sports website.

Kurt Angle won the Olympic Gold Medal in wrestling at the 1996 games. Angle then turned to pro wrestling, where he was a multi time WWE Heavyweight Champion. Angle has worked for TNA wrestling since 2006. Though he has only been wrestling for less than 15 years, Angle is considered one of the best wrestlers of all time. Undoubtedly helped by his Olympic wrestling background, Angle took to the squared circle like a duck to water. Here is a list of Angle's top three matches of his career.

Kurt Angle versus Shawn Michaels

Two of the all time wrestling greats met face to face at Wrestlemania 21 . Though both wrestlers were slightly passed their prime, the two marquee players stole the show that night. During his interview with BBC Sports, Angle stated that his match with Shawn Michaels was his best, and it would be hard to disagree.

Kurt Angle versus Shane McMahon

This may be the match that put Kurt Angle on the map as a major player. Shane McMahon is the son of Vince McMahon and not a trained pro wrestler. And yet, Angle was able to carry the weight of the match on his shoulders, and make Shane McMahon look like a superstar. In the process, Angle solidified himself as a marketable team player. The match will be most remembered for the belly to belly suplexes Angle delivered to Shane McMahon, throwing the young millionaire through a glass stage.

Kurt Angle versus Brock Lesnar

When Lesnar arrived in WWE, everybody could see the inevitable feud lining up. The Olympic Gold Medalist was destined to wrestle the muscle bound NCAA wrestling champion. And it happened at Wrestlemania 19 at Safeco Field. The match was a classic, with both wrestlers trading reversals and power wrestling moves. The match ended after Lesnar botched an unbelievable shooting star press, but made a quick recovery and delivered a F-5 suplex.

In the past several years, Angle has been dragged through the mud. He has been arrested a couple of times for driving under the influence, and the knowledge of his pain killer abuse is well documented. But regardless of his personal demons, Kurt Angle is one of the all time best wrestlers.

Ryan Drew is a 29 year old independent pro wrestler from New England. He was trained by former WWE wrestler Spike Dudley. Ryan Drew can be followed on Twitter @ohthatdrew


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Post on Sat Feb 18, 2012 4:59 pm by kane

Tara Compares Working for WWE and TNA, Vince McMahon and Dixie Carter
Headline posted by Marc Middleton on February 17, 2012 at 12:44 pm

- TNA Knockout Tara recently spoke with Here are a few highlights:

Q: You’ve been with TNA since 2009, what are the major differences you’ve noticed between TNA and WWE?

Oh my gosh! the first thing that I realised straight away was that the ‘Knockouts’ were such a main part of the show. When I first arrived we were doing four segments with the girls on one episode. It was nice because we got to showcase not just being boobs and butt, we got to go out there and showcase our talent, what we train to do is wrestle, kick-butt and not just having five minute matches.

We were having 12 minute matches, cage matches, the full works. It was amazing and the girls were all shapes and sizes we had the likes of Awesome Kong and ODB and it was just exciting to be a part of.

Q: Having worked for both Vince McMahon and Dixie Carter how would you compare your two bosses with their similarities and differences?

I rarely got to talk to Vince McMahon, I would always say hello if I walked passed him in the corridor but he was always really busy, and I can imagine he has a lot going on in his life.

On the other hand Dixie is always around backstage, we can approach her and she has a lot of meetings with us girls and tells us what an important role we have on the show, so that’s nice.

I respect Vince, he created a palace and I have learnt a lot from both Vince and Dixie.


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Post on Sat Mar 10, 2012 5:04 pm by kane

WWE: Did Sting Miss His Peyton Manning Moment?
By Shane Combs (Contributor) on March 9, 2012

I watched him—Peyton Manning. I watched him at the press conference. Even though I’ve never seen him play, I watched him intently. I didn’t need a great knowledge of the NFL to understand something significant was happening.

My takeaway from watching Peyton Manning: How you say goodbye matters, especially when you’ve given a majority of your adult life to one team.

But it wasn’t just saying goodbye to the Colts that mattered. It’s where he goes next, how much he gets to play, and how he ultimately says goodbye to the sport that made him—the sport that he made better.

It matters how you say goodbye at the very end.

Watching him, I thought of professional wrestling. A good, well-mannered guy who gave his all in one place—I thought of Sting.

The man called the Franchise of World Championship Wrestling. The wrestler that, if you started watching wrestling in the last 12 years, you know little about. Watching tapes won’t cover it; watching TNA will certainly not suffice.

Sting is the wrestler who won the Starrcade 89 tournament to determine who would carry WCW into the next decade. Strange and ironic—when they picked Sting they had no way of knowing he’d be the guy to truly carry them into the next decade, their final decade.

Most things change in wrestling. The crowned are uncrowned, the champion dethroned, the icon ended, but the marriage between Sting and the final decade of WCW, born in 1989, was one without divorce. It was ‘til death do us part and Sting would be with that same company, as its franchise, until the day it died 11 years after the marriage.

Sting would remain consistently, unlike those he battled at the top.

In 1990, Sting traded the world title with Ric Flair. One year later, Ric Flair departed WCW for the WWF. In 1992, Sting won the title from Lex Luger. In January of 1993, Lex Luger became the WWF’s Narcissist. In 1992, both Ron Simmons and Vader became WCW champions. Vader would dominate into late 1993. In 1996, both Ron Simmons and Vader jumped to the WWF.

From 1990-1993, any wrestler not named Sting who touched the WCW title jumped to WWF!

Consider the contrast. Many who jumped from WCW to WWF would become failures or mid-carders, whereas most who jumped from WWF to WCW were hotshotted to the top by Eric Bischoff.

Vince McMahon never quite knew how to use most of the WCW guys. (That or he never cared.)

When the Monday Night Wars ended and Vince was the last man standing, Sting had a choice. He could go to the WWF or he could go away.

He chose to go away, and I think it was the exact right decision.

It took class. It took loyalty. It took looking back and knowing that guys like Flair and Luger, who enjoyed differing amounts of success in WWF, both came back to WCW within a couple of years. Luger came back at the urging of Sting. It took understanding that Vader became, in the WWF, the guy who declared that he was a big fat piece of sh-t. It took remembering that, while Eric Bischoff preferred WWF guys to his own WCW guys, Vince McMahon spent most of WCW’s years pretending the company didn’t exist.

When Vince presented the WWE versus WCW angle, it wasn’t the real WCW. I knew it. Sting knew it. Anyone who watched WCW knew it. WCW was Sting, Lex Luger, Ric Flair, the Steiner Brothers and, later, Hogan, Hall, Nash and Savage.

That was its heart.

Rather than go to WWE and risk being misused and misrepresented, Sting went away. Ultimately, he’d go to TNA, partly because it was WCW-lite.

I remember one of his first interviews back. Maybe it was his first. The fans chanted “You’ve still got it,” and I watched it resonate with Sting that he truly did still have it. I heard the rise in his voice and felt the goose bumps on my own arms as I watched a man who was great once again realize and remember that he was.

It’s difficult to remember your own greatness when you don’t get a proper goodbye. When you watch the only company you worked for get buried, literally, and then, for years, by the commentary of your rival who has now become the victor.

It’s no wonder he went to TNA. He no doubt hoped he could raise a second Southern alternative to his former rival. He hoped, I’m sure, he could be remembered and say a proper goodbye.

Now, it’s a decade later. It’s clear TNA will not be that alternative. Certainly not in Sting’s time. And even if he gets a TNA goodbye, it will not be the kind he deserves.

The saddest part is Sting had a shot at his Peyton Manning finish.

The very thing Peyton Manning now hopes to do—go somewhere with an equal playing field and finish in greatness—Sting could have done last year with the WWE.

You remember the buzz, right?

Sting versus the Undertaker. Sting recently came out and said he was close to coming into WWE last year.

“Very, very close,” he said.

I am the guy who agreed with Sting for not going to WWE directly after the buyout. For not going last year, I think he made a grave mistake.

They would have watched him—Sting. Even though they may not have watched WCW, they would have watched him intently. They would not have questioned his age or who he was, but they would have taken interest in him. WWE would have benefitted in its sales of WCW merchandise, and Sting would have benefitted by going out on the grandest stage of them all.

He would have hit the Stinger splash from corner-to-corner. He would have beat his chest, cupped his mouth and howled. An arena of 70,000 might have howled back. If a cluster of fans chanting "you still got it" in the Impact Zone did something for him, what might it have done for him to stand on the grandest stage of them all?

What would it have meant to sit down with WWE and create a Best of DVD? What, finally, would it mean to go into the Hall of Fame as the Franchise of WCW and a former WrestleMania combatant?

I think it would have meant healing and completion.

I believe Vince and the WWE have changed a lot in the decade since WCW. They go out of their way to honor the former stars and give them the farewells they deserve.

I’m sure it was not an easy decision. He no doubt wondered if he could pull it off. I think he could have, but probably he’s waited too long now.

If there never is a WWE match or a final program for Sting, I think he will regret it.

I know I will.

Hell, I already do.


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Post on Fri Mar 30, 2012 8:01 pm by kane

WWE Hall of Fame 2012: TNA Made Right Move Allowing Ric Flair to Appear
By T.J. Mcaloon (Featured Columnist) on March 29, 2012

TNA could have frowned at the WWE’s request of allowing their contracted performer, Ric Flair, to appear at this year’s WWE Hall of Fame ceremony. However, they did the right thing by respecting wrestling history, allowing Flair to appear with his Four Horsemen members this Saturday.

The WWE Hall of Fame ceremony is a special time for past superstars to be recognized for their trailblazing work that has set the stage for today’s superstars.

TNA could have been selfish by saying their talent is off limits from the WWE, or demanding the world from the WWE to obtain the rights to Flair for the appearance.

However, the terms between the WWE and TNA have not been disclosed as to why Flair is allowed to appear on WWE programing despite being under TNA contract. From The Sun, both Flair and TNA’s President, Dixie Carter said about the Hall of Fame honor:

Flair said: "Being inducted once was one of the greatest accomplishments of my career.

"I'm humbled and honored to be recognized again. I wouldn't miss the ceremony for the world."

TNA President Dixie Carter added: "We are proud of Ric's many accomplishments and contributions he has made to the world of professional wrestling and beyond.

"We wish to congratulate him on yet another honor he truly deserves."

Before Flair received permission from his current employer, he said at an autograph signing that he would be at the Hall of Fame with the rest of the Horsemen. According to that same article from The Sun, the WWE promoted Flair for the Hall of Fame before contacting TNA about Flair’s availability.

TNA could have snubbed the WWE saying that Flair was not allowed to appear on WWE programing, and if he did he would be risking termination from the company.

Instead, TNA was smart in respecting wrestling history allowing Flair—who is the face of the Horsemen—to walk onto the stage to accept the award with Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard and Barry Windham.

TNA may not get recognition from the WWE during Flair’s Hall of Fame speech, or during the event. But, they gained the respect of the wrestling world by letting history be respected, and being able to come to an agreement with their competition.


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Post on Fri Mar 30, 2012 8:07 pm by kane

WWE News: Who Did Kurt Angle Pick to Steal the Show This Sunday?
By Chris Humphrey (Featured Columnist) on March 29, 2012

Before making his way to TNA in 2006, Kurt Angle had some great WrestleMania moments of his own during his eight years with his former employer, most notably his WWE Championship match against Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania XIX in Seattle.

In a recent article on the Atlantic’s website, the former four-time WWE Champion made his opinion known on who will walk out of Sun Life Stadium the victor after the Hell in a Cell match between Triple H and the Undertaker this Sunday.


"You're talking about the two best in the business as far as psychology and storytelling," said Angle. "It could very well be the match of WrestleMania. Everyone is looking at Rock and Cena, and that's going to be an awesome match. But Undertaker and Triple H will steal the show."

Even though I disagree with Angle’s pick for the winner of the match, I do agree with his statement that the Game and the Phenom are arguably the two best superstars ever with their storytelling ability over their careers.

While most would select the Rock and John Cena to be the best match of the night, the Hell in a Cell match will, without a doubt, be the show stealer this Sunday, as the two final members of the Attitude era go at it inside Hell in a Cell.

With the possibility that this could be the final match for the Dead Man, the only thing that I want to see in the match, which will surely be brutal, as both are used to the surroundings, is for the Undertaker to extend his undefeated streak to 20-0.

So Bleachers, do you agree with the former Olympic gold medalist that Triple H and the Undertaker inside Hell in a Cell will be the show stealer this Sunday night at WrestleMania?


Carlito On Why He Is Not In WWE Or TNA, Edge Appears With New Look, WWE In Arkansas
By Daniel Pena | March 29, 2012

-- Carlos Colon (a/k/a Carlito) wrote on his Twitter earlier today what it would take for him to return to WWE following his dismissal from the organization in 2010. He wrote, "I would go back to the wwe, but I refuse to sit on the bench. I will not go back to not be used. Now, can yall please stop asking me?"

He also addressed the possibility of joining TNA Wrestling or Ring of Honor.

"TNA...I dont know why I havent gone there. They just havent inspired me. Now can we please stop asking me that too?... ROH? I get this a lot too. 1-My body cant take the punishment those boys go through...10 to 5 years ago, no problem! 2-cornette dont like me."

-- Edge, who is set to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame this Saturday, will accept his honor with a new look as he has chopped off his trademark long hair. According to attendees at tonight's WrestleMania Axxess session in Miami, Florida, he appeared with a crew cut during his autograph signing. You can check out a pic of Edge's new look at this link.

-- WWE will hold a Raw live event at the Verizon Arena in North Little Rock, Arkansas on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.

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Post on Fri Jun 08, 2012 8:21 am by kane

Sting On How Close He Was To Signing With WWE, Another Steve Austin - James ...
Wrestling Inc.

By Raj Giri - During today's TNA conference call with Sting, Duane Doogan of Wrestling Voice Radio asked The Icon how close he was to signing with WWE. Sting stated that on a scale of 1-10, he had reached a 6 or 7 in previous conversations with Vince ...

I will post more of this later today.

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Post on Fri Jun 15, 2012 1:13 pm by kane

JBL talks 'Mania match with John Cena, tonight's TNA Impact, Kevin ...

Former WWE Champion John Bradshaw Layfield was a guest of Dave ... JBL talks 'Mania match with John Cena, tonight's TNA Impact, Kevin Nash news. Tweet

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Post on Sat Jul 28, 2012 12:46 pm by kane

WWE Rumors: Velvet Sky Would Be Welcome Addition to Collection of Divas
By: Jesse Reed (Featured Columnist) on July 27, 2012

Velvet Sky was recently released by TNA, and she'd be a nice addition to the group of divas the WWE has in play.

According to, legend Mick Foley agrees:

"When asked via Twitter whether the former TNA Women’s Knockout Champion would make for a great addition to WWE’s Divas division, he responded, 'I think @VelVelHoller would be a valuable addition to the @WWE Divas roster. Hope it happens.'"

Sky has been associated with the WWE before, back in 2005 and 2006 as an extra and enhancement wrestler, and she auditioned for the 2007 Diva Search but didn't make the cut, according to the report.

She knows the people and she knows how they do business.

Not only that, but Sky is a phenomenal grappler who would add some good flavor to WWE lineup. Her experience in the ring and her personality would be a welcome sight, and at this point, the WWE could use some more flavor.

She has faced better competitors in TNA than they currently have in the WWE, and it wouldn't be long before she would become one of the top female wrestlers on the WWE docket.

The Bellas are gone, Kharma is gone and Kelly Kelly has taken on a reduced role. The WWE needs Sky. The timing couldn't be better, and this is a deal they must get done.


Why WWE Absolutely Has to Sign Former TNA Knockout Velvet Sky
By: Chris Mueller AKA The Doctor (Featured Columnist) on July 27, 2012

Velvet Sky recently confirmed her TNA release through her official Twitter by posting the following message:

Velvet Sky


I have been granted my release by TNA at this time. It's what's best for me right now and I wanted to thank TNA and ...
26 Jul 12

While this is certainly a blow to the Knockouts division, its loss could be WWE's gain.

Velvet Sky is one of the most beautiful women to ever step through the ropes, which makes her perfect for the Divas division. But more importantly, she is talented in the ring.

Velvet has gained most of her experience inside a TNA ring, where the women are known to be much more competitive than in WWE. The matches are longer, featured more prominently and show the women doing a lot more physical performances than we are used to seeing from the Divas.

Between her looks and her talent, there is very little reason why WWE should not be knocking down this woman's door with an offer that makes her TNA salary look like minimum wage. Not only can Velvet bring some competitiveness to the ring, but she would be an incredible ambassador for WWE.

WWE uses women like Kelly Kelly, Eve and Alicia Fox for a lot of its activities outside of WWE because of their charisma and beauty. Velvet has that same charisma and beauty, and adding her to the Divas division could only serve to help WWE.

With the loss of The Bellas, Kelly Kelly taking a reduced schedule and Kharma no longer being there to beat down on everyone, it would seem that WWE could use some new blood.

AJ hasn't been around all that long and is the most featured Diva, but not because of any Divas storylines. WWE needs another star in the Divas division to actually bring attention to the title.

Beth Phoenix is a great competitor, as is Natalya, but for one reason or another, they have not been used to their fullest potential.

Sky might not be able to single-handidly change the way Divas are used in WWE, but if the brass in Connecticut sees a woman who looks like her having matches the way she did in TNA, it could make a small difference.

Who knows, maybe we could see a Beautiful People reunion in WWE should it choose to also sign Angelina Love to a deal.

Only time will tell what the future has in store for Velvet Sky. But something tells me we may see her end up in a WWE ring sometime down the line.


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Post on Fri Aug 31, 2012 12:31 pm by kane

WWE: Should Ric Flair Really Step Back in the Wrestling Ring Once More?
By Daniel Peragine (Analyst) on August 30, 2012

Without a question, Ric Flair is a professional wrestling legend. His career accomplishments truly back that claim.

However, should Flair cause a new buzz in professional wrestling and make a career comeback?

Flair, who spend the past two years with TNA Wrestling, should indeed call it a career. He is well past his prime and at the age of 63, cannot afford any sort of major injuries. Despite wrestling in a few matches with TNA, his best role was talking on the microphone and doing what he does best: playing his character as a strong heel.

In 2010, Flair shocked wrestling fans when he made his debut in TNA. With Flair on board, there was a wrestling legend on the roster—it brought a package full of benefits. Flair would become the leader of Fortune, eventually merging with Hulk Hogan's Immortal group later that year.

However, after two years, his TNA run suddenly came to a halt.

Since being off TNA television, Flair has been subject as to whether he would make a return after taking off for a few months. Although he is a living wrestling legend, Flair has no needs to be battling in the ring.

If he were to return, Flair should stay out of the ring. At the present moment, his best talents can be used quite effectively on the microphone and as a manager to an upcoming wrestling star.

Can Flair still provide positive benefits if he were to return to the WWE?

Ric Flair vs. Sting (TNA Impact! Wrestling, 2011)

With his star power, Flair can certainly bring help to the WWE. As a matter of fact, the WWE could use a big name star to create new buzz into the company's current product. As much as I think Vickie Guerrero does a good job as Dolph Ziggler's manager, Flair would provide much stronger benefits because of his legendary status in the wrestling business.

Flair is terrific when given the role to play as a heel. Teaming Flair and Ziggler would create benefits for the WWE in the long run.

Should Flair stay out of the ring or wrestle once more?

While it may be interesting to see how Flair wrestles again, he should stay out of the ring. His best role is to stay on ringside and help whoever he manages win matches no matter what—even if Flair must enter the ring to interfere.

Only time will tell whether Flair will be back in professional wrestling.


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Post on Thu Sep 13, 2012 8:05 am by kane

G Series: Top 5 OVW Wrestlers That Will Most Likely Appear in TNA
Bleacher Report

It's a break from WWE and TNA, while maintaining good in-ring action. 2. Over 100 wrestlers have gone through OVW and went onto the WWE or TNA, and that number is still increasing. Now, TNA is plucking their future stars from OVW. 3. Present (Crimson ...

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Post on Wed Sep 19, 2012 8:26 am by kane

TNA playing a risky game with Jeff Hardy's latest push
Cageside Seats (blog)

This is the one TNA star that Vince McMahon may risk attempting to sign to WWE even while the contract tampering lawsuit between the two companies is still ongoing. Who could blame him, when Hardy was the hottest star in the promotion at the time of ...


Should WWE Allow Announcers to Comment on Other Promotions?
Bleacher Report

For all intents and purposes WWE is the equivalent to the "Pro" league of the wrestling business while TNA could be compared to a standard Triple-A ball club. ROH could be the Toledo Mud Hens. I'm just spit-balling here. WWE has made more references


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Post on Wed Sep 19, 2012 12:53 pm by kane

WWE superstar John Cena out at least 3 weeks after elbow surgery
By Houston MitchellSeptember 19, 2012, 8:14 a.m.

WWE superstar John Cena, who has been the face of the franchise the last several years and its leading merchandise seller, underwent elbow surgery Tuesday and will be out of action for at least three weeks.

The surgery to remove bone chips was performed by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala. 

"He had begun to lose motion in his arm, and it had been locking up," Andrews said. "I performed an arthroscopic procedure on his elbow and took out a bunch of spurs. Everything went really well.

"Cena's rehab will start on Monday with trying to improve his range of motion and getting the swelling down," Andrews said.

The time off will also give Cena a chance to rest his badly sprained left ankle, which he injured during Sunday's "Night of Champions" pay-per-view event.

Cena is in the middle of a feud with WWE champion CM Punk. If Cena is out longer than three weeks, it could put the main event of WWE's next pay-per-view, "Hell in a Cell" on Oct. 28, in jeopardy, as Cena and Punk were expected to wrestle then.

Former WWF rivals Hulk Hogan and "Rowdy" Roddy Piper appearing together this weekend in Fishkill, NY
Wrestling icons to appear in Fishkill Saturday 11:27 PM, Sep 18, 2012   

Hulk Hogan and Rowdy Roddy Piper will appear at Fishkill’s Dutchess Stadium on Saturday and the old rivals are both cautiously looking forward to it.

Hogan vs. Piper was possibly the biggest feud in pro wrestling in the 1980s. Hogan said he and Piper, despite their real-life competitive rivalry in the past, get along nowadays. Both Hogan and Piper will appear at a meet-and-greet at 3:30 p.m. and will address the crowd during the card that starts at 7 p.m.

“It’s a scary thought right out of the chute. We had some serious wars. Roddy and I buried the hatchet over the years,” said Hogan, 59, who was promoting Northeast Wrestling’s Wrestling Under the Stars in his only print interview for the show. “I’d definitely want to be on his side rather than against him nowadays.”

Regarding the deaths of many of their contemporaries, Hogan said, “We kind of realized as the herd was thinning out, we needed to band together for survival. The room was full, and now it’s me, him and Ric Flair left. We didn’t have much of a choice.”

Tickets are still available for the event at and start at $25. Ringside and general admission seats are sold out, but other seats will remain available the day of the show.

Much of the buildup to the first WrestleMania in 1985 happened on television tapings that occurred at Poughkeepsie’s Mid-Hudson Civic Center, about 15 miles north of their appearance on Saturday. In the 1985 main event, Hogan and Mr. T defeated Piper and “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff. The show’s success helped boost the then-World Wrestling Federation from a local promotion to the global industry leader it is today as WWE.

“We were the ones that started the whole thing and it was pretty dicey back then,” said Piper, now 58. “I hope (Hogan) and his family are great. I don’t hold any animosity. The funny thing is when you get into that atmosphere, things change. I would hope it could be a historic event kind of like Ali and Frazier finally getting together, but in the wrestling business.”

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Post on Sun Sep 23, 2012 8:15 am by kane

Hulk Hogan to Appear with Former WWE & TNA Wrestlers Today

WWE Hall of Famer and TNA Impact Wrestling general manager Hulk Hogan has officially confirmed his pre-show appearance at tonight's Northeast Wrestling show in Fishkill, NY. Packages for his meet and greet start at $150 and include an autograph and ...

Are Two Former WWE Divas Interested in Joining TNA?

When asked about if they would ever go to TNA, Nicole and Brianna replied that they could not imagine going anywhere besides the WWE, since they treated them like family, and still do. They also praised TNA for their usage of women and their wrestling ..

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Post on Thu Sep 27, 2012 12:59 pm by kane

 What happened after RAW, TNA star wants to wrestle at WWE Show and more
Sports News Now (blog)

TNA Star wants to Wrestle at WWE Show: Jesse Neal, who is coming to Malone, New York on Saturday to sign autographs, is featured in a local newspaper and it notes that he's interested in performing at WWE's annual Tribute to the Troops in honor of the ...

Nice to see Jerry Lawler back, but some of the imagery was inappropriate
Baltimore Sun - ‎Sep 25, 2012‎

Two weeks ago, Jerry "The King" Lawler suffered a heart attack on live television. In the time since, websites have reported and speculated on Lawler's condition and the events surrounding the incident, which played out on live television. On tonight's episode ...

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Post on Tue Oct 02, 2012 2:00 pm by kane

10 Women Who Can Shake Up the WWE Divas Division
By George Cushnie (Featured Columnist) on October 1, 2012

With the news last week that Kelly Kelly is no longer a part of WWE, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the division is in meltdown.

Over the last 18 months or so, Michelle McCool, Kharma, The Bella Twins and now Kelly Kelly have all parted ways with WWE for a variety of different reasons.

If rumours can be believed, (among other wrestling websites) have reported via that Beth Phoenix is also on her way out of the promotion because she's frustrated at the current state of the division and the way that it's treated by management.

It's understandable that she's frustrated.

For a long time now, the Divas division in the WWE hasn't been what it used to be. I'm going to list 10 women who I feel can shake up the Divas division.

There's a mix of different women here, including some on the roster, some "free agents" and some who are already under WWE contracts.


TNA Hosting Event During WrestleMania 29 Weekend In New York

TNA Wrestling confirmed today an event for WrestleMania 29 weekend in New York. The company will host a show on Friday, April 5, 2013 in Westbury, N.Y.. TNA has typically avoided hosting events anywhere near the WWE market during the WrestleMania ...


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Post on Wed Oct 03, 2012 11:02 pm by kane

Chris Harris Interview - Short-lived WWE Tenure, James Storm's Success, Would He Return To TNA?
By Daniel Pena | October 02, 2012

Following a fruitful multi-year run in TNA Wrestling, Chris Harris crossed over to WWE in 2008. The partnership did not work out as the company opted to cut ties with the decorated wrestler after only two television matches on ECW. Speaking to, Harris offered his thoughts on why he didn't gel in the sports-entertainment promotion.

"That is something I will never truly know," said Harris. "I have my version of what I was put through, but a lot of people will say I just didn't have what it takes. It was never about a name or a character. It's the fact they would never let me go out and do what I do best. I had a number of people telling me a number of different things. I have enough confidence in my ability that I could have made something work. It made me hate wrestling and I needed to get out."

Sans two one-off appearances for TNA in 2010 and 2011, Harris has remained out of the spotlight since his departure from WWE. In response to whether he would like to make a full-time return to the organization he became famous in, Harris would welcome the opportunity.

"I think I have a lot more to offer. Many are calling for an AMW reunion, but truth is Storm is so successful in his singles run that it wouldn't make sense right now. It's all about right time and right place," he stated.

Harris also offered his thoughts on the amazing success of former tag team partner James Storm, who he won seven NWA World Tag Team Championships with. He says he couldn't be more proud of him.

"I knew he always had it in him he just needed the opportunity," said Harris. "It could have happened years ago, but Beer Money was such a success you had to go in that direction. He looks great in the World title picture and I believe he will be champion again."

Harris also discussed the nature of his departure from TNA in January 2008, the present direction of the company under the leadership of Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff, his one-night appearance last year as Matt Hardy's tag team partner, what he hates about the professional wrestling industry, and more. The full interview is available here.

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Post on Sat Oct 27, 2012 11:26 pm by kane

Watch wrestler Shawn Daivari choke out unruly passenger on train
By Houston Mitchell October 18, 2012, 10:08 a.m.

Shawn Daivari, who has worked for WWE and TNA, brought the scripted world of pro wrestling into the real world when he choked out a man threatening to kill another passenger on a Minnesota train.

Daivari was on a light-rail train on his way to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport when Levin Blair, allegedly drunk, started swearing at a passenger who asked Blair to move so he could put his bike in the bike rack. Blair allegedly began cursing at the man, and when another person on the train asked him to sit down and be quiet, Blair made threats of violence toward the passenger.

"That's when he got in the passenger's face, saying, 'I am going to kill you,' and stuff like that," Daivari told Fox 9 news in Minneapolis.

Daivari, sitting on the train witnessing all this, got up from his seat, removed his glasses and jacket, and put Blair in a rear naked choke hold, restraining the passenger until the train's next stop.

At the next stop, Daivari and another passenger throw Blair off the train. You can see it all in the video above.

Police eventually arrived at the platform, where Blair was still sitting, dazed and confused. Thinking he was a victim, they let him go and got the whole story later.

Once they caught up with the passengers later, none said they were interested in pressing charges.

So, lesson learned: If you want to act like an idiot on a train, look around first and make sure there are no pro wrestlers on board.


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Post on Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:43 pm by kane

Austin Aries and TNA: Has the Company Lost Faith in Him Already?
By Tony Dolemite (Correspondent) on November 11, 2012

When Austin Aries defeated Bobby Roode for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at Destination-X, I thought it was a step in the right direction.

Aries is the prototype for the future of the business. He can talk the talk and work his tail off in the ring like nobody's business. He is tailor-made for TNA and capable of being a star on the grandest stage.

Fast forward to Bound For Glory. Aries loses the title to Jeff Hardy, prematurely ending his championship run. Did TNA lose faith in A Double? It feels like Aries was only champion for a minute. I respect Jeff Hardy, but I would have given Aries the benefit of the doubt and allowed him to hold on to the belt a little while longer.

Maybe this is part of a bigger plan. After all, Aries and Hardy are two of the best athletes in the company. Their matches have the potential to be classics that will hold up.

It just looks like TNA was only willing to take so much of a gamble on Aries, like it was afraid he would never fit the bill as champion. Given Jeff Hardy's past with drugs, TNA is still taking a gamble. As usual it has decided to go with a former WWE star rather than a home-grown TNA star.

When Bobby Roode captured the championship it was a tremendous departure from the norm. Roode held the title long enough to convince us that TNA was finally ready to go in a different direction. No more relying on past WWE stars to carry the company as its top ambassador. When Aries defeated Roode, it looked like the trend would continue. Aries' loss to Hardy says different.

Aries is a serious threat to Hardy. If anyone can defeat Hardy, it's Aries. At the very least they will continue pushing each other to greatness during their matches.

Still, TNA should look at CM Punk's current reign as WWE Champion. Punk doesn't fit any preconceived mold yet he's the best thing to happen to the WWE Championship in a long time, especially for fans tired of John Cena.

Aries has that kind of talent. He can be TNA's CM Punk, given the chance. Better yet, allow him to be himself and you'll have a mega star on your hands.


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CM Punk, Hardcore Holly, Rhino & Latest WWE News & Rumors from Ring Rust Radio
By: Mike Chiari (Featured Columnist) on November 17, 2012

Ring Rust Radio is the best wrestling show on the airwaves, and this week was no different. With strong opinions on CM Punk, Jerry "The King" Lawler, John Cena and more, this is where you need to get all of your weekly WWE nuggets.

Bleacher Report featured columnists Michael Cahill, Brandon Galvin, Mike Chiari and Donald Wood give the lowdown on all things going on in the wrestling world. Also, former WWE star Hardcore Holly and former WWE, ECW, TNA and current ROH star Rhino offer their insight into the business.

With another unpredictable episode of Ring Rust Radio in the books, you can't afford to miss another second of the action. Catch us LIVE every Tuesday at 6 p.m. ET (some language NSFW) or follow us on Twitter @RingRustRadio.

We may just read your questions and comments LIVE on the air. Visit our new website at and you can also email us here:

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Nov. 20 - Former WWE and current ROH star Charlie Haas

CM Punk Exploits Jerry Lawler's Heart Attack

After nine weeks away, Jerry "The King" Lawler made his highly anticipated return to the announce table Monday on RAW. Lawler suffered a heart attack while commentating in Montreal and nearly lost his life, but he has recovered remarkably and is able to continue doing what he loves. Lawler's triumphant return was interrupted by WWE Champion CM Punk, however, and a lot of people were left feeling sour.

Question on Everybody's Mind: Did CM Punk Cross the Line?

When Lawler was about to take his seat at the announce table, Punk came to the ring and cut a promo. He made light of the fact that Lawler was clinically dead for a period of time and called him a zombie. He also said that Lawler deserved what happened to him because he had the arrogance to step into the ring and face the best wrestler in the world. Also, Paul Heyman went on to fake having a heart attack to further mock Lawler.

The entire segment was obviously done as a means of getting Punk a massive amount of heat, and the WWE succeeded in that regard. Even so, there is a contingent of fans that believe it was a classless move by the WWE and its writers. There are arguments to be made for both sides, but I reside in the school of thought that supports the premise.

Ring Rust Radio's Take

Had Lawler actually died and the WWE used it to get Punk heat, then I wouldn't have been a fan of that. Something similar was done when Lawler was feuding with Michael Cole and his mother passed away. Also, the WWE used Eddie Guerrero's death to further the career of Rey Mysterio.

Those angles were in poor taste, but what happened on Monday was perfectly fine. It's quite clear that the WWE ran the idea by Lawler first and if he was okay with using his heart attack as part of a storyline, then we should be as well.

None of us had the heart attack, so the only person who should truly judge the entire situation is the guy who went through it. Lawler has a great sense of humor and is willing to do anything in order to improve the product, so I'm not surprised that he gave it the go-ahead.

From a booking perspective, it truly was brilliant because it helped Punk get over even more as a heel and it has had wrestling fans talking all week.

Rumor Mill: Most of WWE Reportedly Fine with CM Punk's Promo (via

RRR Interviews Hardcore Holly & Rhino

Ring Rust Radio has had the honor of hosting several big stars in the wrestling industry, but this week's show was even more special than usual as both Hardcore Holly and Rhino joined us. Both men have accomplished a lot in the business and have pretty much seen it all. Not surprisingly, they each had some pretty interesting things to say and were more than forthcoming about everything that happened in their respective careers.

Question on Everybody's Mind: What Are the Main Things We Took Away from the Interviews?

While Hardcore Holly and Rhino were quite similar throughout their careers as they both prospered thanks to the hardcore style of wrestling, they are at very different points in their lives right now. Holly is retired from the business and doesn't seem to have any imminent plans of returning. He does have a book entitled The Hardcore Truth that is set to be released in April 2013, though, so he hasn't had any trouble keeping busy.

As for Rhino, he continues to compete on a regular basis and is still very much a big part of the industry. Not only is he a major player in ROH, but he is also scheduled for the next couple Extreme Rising shows and told us that he plans to enter himself into the tournament to crown the first-ever Extreme Rising World Heavyweight Champion. That is certainly something that bears watching in the coming weeks.

Ring Rust Radio's Take

One of the main things that fans should realize about Hardcore Holly is that many of the negative rumors regarding him were probably blown out of proportion. He was incredibly forthcoming and probably the most polite and accommodating guest that Ring Rust Radio has ever had.

He brought it upon himself to elaborate on the incidents with Brock Lesnar and Rene Dupree that have caused many to believe that Holly is a bad guy, but we believe it's much more likely judgments have been made without understanding the full story.

As for Rhino, it seems quite obvious that the fan support is what drives him to continue competing. He was a world champion in both ECW and TNA and he found plenty of success in WWE as well, so you would think that he has nothing left to prove.

Rhino still loves to compete and put on a show for the audience, though. He really enjoys the way ROH focuses on the basics of wrestling and he can't wait to get back into the ECW consciousness at Extreme Rising.

What to Make of TNA Turning Point

TNA's Turning Point pay-per-view has come and gone, so it's only appropriate to reflect on the show as a whole. Jeff Hardy retaining his World Heavyweight Championship against Austin Aries in a ladder match, James Storm pinning A.J. Styles to become the new No. 1 contender and Kurt Angle defeating Devon were among the highlights of the night.

Question on Everybody's Mind: Was Turning Point a Quality Pay-Per-View?

Since most agree that Bound For Glory was a relative failure in terms of build, overall match quality and booking, TNA needed to come up big when it came to Turning Point. The company put itself at a disadvantage, however, as the build was once again lackluster, so the pay-per-view had to be amazing in order to register on the radar.

Some might argue that it was, but I certainly wouldn't agree with that assessment. Looking only at the in-ring work, Turning Point was fine, but that usually isn't the issue when it comes to TNA pay-per-views.

The build and booking simply weren't very good and there were far too many head-scratching moments to consider it a great show. Ultimately, Turning Point was just mediocre, which is a good word to describe the entire product over the past few months.

Ring Rust Radio's Take

There's a lot worth complaining about when it comes to Turning Point, but my most hated moment came in the ladder match between Hardy and Aries when Aries could have easily won the title. He wedged Hardy beneath a ladder and steel steps and simply had to reach up and grab the titles, but he decided to get down and look for Hardy, at which point Hardy appeared in the ring and nearly stole the match. Eventually, Hardy did go on to win the bout.

I understand that we're supposed to suspend out disbelief, but that entire spot was idiotic. Having Hardy appear at the last second and knock over the ladder would have been fine, but Aries was made to look stupid.

Also, the fact that Storm won the No. 1 contendership only to lose it to Roode on Impact made the match completely meaningless. TNA has made a habit of doing this and it needs to stop. In addition to that, the first half of the event had absolutely no heat behind it and just felt like a normal episode of Impact, so I definitely give TNA a failing grade for Turning Point.

Check back for more on World Wrestling Entertainment as it comes, and visit Bleacher Report’s Wrestling Page to get your fill of WWE/TNA. For more Wrestling talk, listen to Ring Rust Radio for all the hottest topics.


TNA News: Taped Edition of Impact! Wrestling Rises in Viewership
By Daniel Peragine (Featured Columnist) on November 17, 2012

There may be nothing better than a live television product, but even a taped episode could contribute in a few ways.

This past Thursday's edition of Impact! Wrestling, which was taped for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, was able to help TNA see a rise in viewership this week (via TV By the Numbers).

On Thursday night, Impact! Wrestling had 1.35 million viewers, up from last week's total. In adults 18-49, Impact! Wrestling was essentially flat from last week, scoring a 0.4 ratings share.

NFL Thursday Night Football landed the No. 1 spot on cable television once again with 5.37 million viewers and landed a 2.1 rating share in adults 18-49.

Thoughts on Impact! Wrestling Being Taped Instead of Going Live

TNA has its back against the wall next week, as Impact! Wrestling will likely suffer a huge dip in viewership due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Unfortunately for TNA, this ends its run of seeing minor viewership increases over the past two episodes.

It was a bit of a shock to see TNA actually perform well in a taped environment. However, the show really never stood out because it did not have that live factor to it. This past taped edition of Impact! Wrestling had more of a silent crowd and it appeared TNA was taking a step backwards with its production.

Nevertheless, despite the feeling that TNA should remain live after 2012, the taped edition actually helped the company this week in viewership.

Hopefully, TNA will see just how important it is to air live for 2013. The live atmosphere brought so much more energy and it felt TNA was finally getting to where it needs to be as a company. However, after 2012, the company has a decision to make on how to expand Impact! Wrestling.

Perhaps being live in 2012 will spark interest to take Impact! Wrestling more often on the road next year.


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Post on Wed Dec 19, 2012 7:12 pm by kane

WWE and TNA social media expansion? Nielsen ratings to include Twitter TV Rating
Dec 19, 2012 - 10:14 AM

The Nielsen television ratings company announced a deal with Twitter on Monday to create the Nielsen Twitter TV Rating. "The Nielsen Twitter TV Rating is a significant step forward for the industry, particularly as programmers develop increasingly captivating live TV and new second-screen experiences, and advertisers create integrated ad campaigns that combine paid and earned media,” stated Steve Hasker, President, Global Media Products and Advertiser Solutions at Nielsen. Read the press release at

Powell's POV: WWE and TNA have positioned themselves well in this category. It remains to be seen whether the advertising world will take the new Twitter TV Rating seriously. If so, then both companies could benefit. Thanks to Dot Net reader Chad Killion.


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