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  • Bound To Glory Days.

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    So after some post Conclave down time I have returned to give my thoughts on the world of wrestling. First up is TNA’s Bound For Glory PPV this Sunday. This PPV is supposedly the biggest of the year, the culmination, their answer to WrestleMania. Well last years was rubbish and this one doesn’t look like it will be any better and if anything shows just how bad things in TNA are right now. Continue reading  Post ID 33719


  • My TNA Experience: A Year On

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    I’m writing this because about one year ago the brightest spark wrestling had to offer died out but I managed to catch a glimpse just before it faded.

    In the summer of 2009 I found out TNA was doing it’s second UK tour at the start of 2010. I missed the first one at the beginning of the year and being a massive TNA fan I couldn’t wait. Like a lot of wrestling fans I had been getting a bit jaded and tired of the same old WWE product but TNA reignited my passion somewhat. I would tell anyone who would listen TNA was coming and it was or at least seemed to be. I saw more adverts for them not just on UK TV but also on the web, they had a videogame coming out and the word seemed to be spreading and momentum building. It was settled. I was going and nothing was going to stop me so I instantly booked tickets for two of the shows. One in Bournmouth just over an hour away South West by train on the coast and another in London just over an hour North East in the capital at Wembely Arena, a famous music venue where anyone who’s is anyone in popular music has played and holds around 12,000 people. It was also going to be the site of the first Ultimate X match outside of the US and the first in a while in TNA altogether. Words can’t describe how much I was looking forward to the shows. Unfortunatley for me, TNA fans and wrestling in general some terrible news came in the mean time that changed TNA forever. Continue reading  Post ID 33719


  • TNA, Thank Mr. McMahon. He Saved Your Life!

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    Prior to Sunday’s Royal Rumble match, three years had lapsed since Booker T’s most recent appearance in a WWE ring. For Kevin Nash, the Rumble marked his first WWE performance in over seven years. With both men reportedly slated to participate in TNA’s resurrected “Main Event Mafia” angle, one might not have expected the two to show up in the Rumble match – at least until last weekend, when the rumor mill began to churn, and both men were spotted entering Boston, Massachusetts. Ooh, how scandalous!!!!

    Booker and Nash aren’t quite relics, sure, but let’s remember that WWE is in the midst of an unprecedented youth movement. What could possibly have been the motivation for bringing Booker and Nash back into the fray, at their “advanced ages?” Well, both men are, arguably, contenders for the Hall of Fame, and what better place than Atlanta to induct two of WCW’s biggest stars ever? Nash stated in an interview earlier this week that he expects to sign a “Legends” deal with WWE, which hints at possible Hall of Fame glory around the corner. It doesn’t hurt, either, that his BFF is the frontrunner for this year’s class. As far as Booker’s concerned, he’s already (spoiler alert!) returned to full-time WWE TV as a member of the Smackdown announce team. So neither he nor Nash is going anywhere any time soon.

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  • TNA:Ultimate X-ploitation?

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    TNA wrestling unfortunately are two things. Predictable and depressing. I imagine anyone reading this feels the same way as me. I knew when it is was announced/leaked that Karen Angle had left Kurt Angle for Jeff Jarrett it would end up on TV. My only suprise is how long it’s taken them. But as predicted the whole thing is going to be an angle(no pun) that we are expected to care about. I really don’t. They have even gone so far as to advertise it and hype it up. How about having good matches with great wrestlers and advertising that.
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  • IN THE ROOM EXCLUSIVE: THE 2011 ECWA SUPER 8 Field

    The ECWA’s 15th Annual Super 8 tournament will take place live on Saturday, April 30, 2011 from the Greater Boys’ and Girls’ Club in Newark, Delaware. Check back here in the coming weeks and months as more information on the prestigious tournament is announced.

    Photo by Joe Zanolle/ECWA

    Over the years, dozens of wrestling’s top stars have made a name for themselves and used Super 8 as a launchpad for their careers, including: Amazing Red (’02), Austin Aries (’04), Daniel Bryan (’01), Rob Conway (’07), Consequences Creed (’10 Winner), Christopher Daniels (’99, ’00 Winner, ’04 Winner), Crowbar (’97-’99), Shawn Daivari (’04), Simon Diamond (’98 Winner), Sonjay Dutt (’07), Robbie E (’07), Nick Dinsmore (’10), Charlie Haas (’06), Jeff Hardy (’99), Matt Hardy (’99), Kazarian (’03), Brian Kendrick (’01, ’03), Billy Kidman (’97), Alex Kozlov (’08), Paul London (’03 Winner), Low-Ki/Kaval (’01 Winner), Jerry Lynn (’07 Winner), Shannon Moore (’08), Prince Nana (’09), Jamie Noble (’02), Psychosis (’04), Ricky Reyes (’04), Davey Richards (’06 Winner), Robert Roode (’02), Chris Sabin (’03), Scotty 2 Hotty (’98), Shark Boy (’00), Alex Shelley (’05), AJ Styles (’02), Petey Williams (’05 Winner), and Christian York (’99).

    Tune in to IN THE ROOM in the coming weeks – STARTING JANUARY 18TH – as a new competitor for the tournament will be announced, profiled, and interviewed each week.

    ECWA’s final two shows before the tournament will take place on 1/15 and 3/5, also at the Greater Boys’ and Girls’ Club.


  • In the Room with Kurt Angle (10/8/10)

    This week on In the Room, TNA star Kurt Angle steps IN THE ROOM with Brady Hicks for a special Bound for Glory edition of the show. Find out what Kurt thinks about the prospect of wrestling Jeff Hardy and Mr. Anderson at TNA’s biggest show of the year. Special thanks go out to TNA and Kurt Angle for taking the time to sit down with the gang.

    On His Upcoming TNA Bound for Glory match:
    Just like any other Bound for Glory. I know I have to step it up and put on the best performance I can. I’m excited it is Jeff Hardy and Mr. Anderson because I think they are two of the big upcoming names in TNA. I believe you’re going to see a lot of great things in this match. The match will be match of the year. We’re going to steal the show and give the TNA fans a really great main event.

    Comparing Bound for Glory to WrestleMania:
    In TNA they give every wrestler on the card the ability to steal the show. We’re ALL put in a position where you’re trying to have the best match. And that’s why a lot of the matches are so good.

    On Kurt’s Reaction to Several of the Stars Who Have Come In:
    I have mixed feelings. I don’t exactly want somebody to come in from WWE and win the title from our best wrestler, which is AJ Styles. Rob Van Dam is a featured kind of wrestler, Jeff Hardy is as well. Mr. Anderson never really got his real chance, and I’m thankful for that. Right now, we actually has a better roster than WWE. The TNA wrestlers here have carried the company to this point and they deserve a lot of credit. We need to utilize those guys, and let the former WWE guys somewhat enhance them.

    Comparing TNA to WWE:
    A lot of times, WWE doesn’t get all that they could out of their wrestlers. I don’t think an AJ Styles could have done all that he did if he were in WWE. There is no wrestler better in the world than AJ Styles. He’s the best in the world. It just shows that we’re able to utilize wrestlers differently than WWE. We’re not just that prototype 6’2″, 240 pound man.

    Kurt’s “Dream” Final Opponent:
    I had a good little run with Randy Orton, but he wasn’t as good as he is now. I think [Randy] is the best wrestler up there right now. He carries that company as a character and as a wrestler. I see another guy that’s going to step up that I want to wrestle is the Miz. He’s really stepped up in recent years. In TNA, I’d love to do more with the X Division guys, let them wrestle their style as I wrestle mine.

    On Vince McMahon:
    I loved Vince. We ended badly, but he and I had a great relationship for a long time. He was like a father to me. Vince and I just weren’t on the same page. I was burned out. I felt trapped and overworked and just wanted to get out. Vince did the right thing.

    Plus, Kurt checks in with his thoughts on RVD “The Rock Star,” who specifically in TNA deserves more of a push, who from WWE he would LOVE to wrestle, Dixie vs. Vince, his excitement with Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin both being free agents, and his thoughts on WWE stars such as Randy Orton, The Miz, Bret Hart, and Christian.


  • Some Thoughts on Jim Kettner As ECWA Forges Forward

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    This is now the seventh time I’ve deleted my words and tried to start over. Still, it hasn’t gotten any easier. It’s been about three weeks since Jim Kettner–the longtime promoter of the East Coast Wrestling Association (and my friend)–quietly slipped out the back door of the Boys and Girls’ Club of Newark, Delaware, presumably never to return.

    Check out the rest, at Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s blog.


  • In the Room

    This week on In the Room, Brady Hicks and the gang break down some of the top news and rumors coming out of TNA, including Hogan Twitter-gate and the World title tournament. The gang also takes some time to address listener comments regarding WWE SummerSlam, and talks about Jim Kettner passing the ECWA torch.