Archive for the ‘TNA’ Category

Thursday Notes: TNA Moving to Mondays, Fan Incident, More

January 28, 2010 9 comments

– The big news this week is that TNA will be moving Impact to Monday nights starting on March 1. It will be from 9-11pm, which is obviously opposite WWE’s Raw. The taping schedule is for TNA to air live on a Monday, tape the next week’s show on a Tuesday and then go back to Monday the week after that. In other words, live show, tape show, live show, tape show and so on. It might change month to month due to the PPV schedule, but that’s the plan. It’s similar to what WWE did with Raw until 1999 when they made the move to going live every Monday.

I think it’s a good move for TNA. Why not? They’re not going to really gain fans by staying on Thursday nights. As I’ve written many times, wrestling fans are conditioned to watch pro wrestling on Monday night. That’s been our day to watch first run wrestling shows for the past 17 years. That’s what we know. Monday night is wrestling night. It’s better for TNA to go head to head with Raw then it is to run taped programs on Thursday nights, which is a killer night of television and always has been. I don’t know what kind of ratings they can do on a consistent basis, but it will probably be close to what they do on Thursdays, if not higher.

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Five Thoughts on TNA Impact 01/21/10

January 24, 2010 25 comments

Technically this will be more than five thoughts. I’ll write four major points and then go with a random thought format for the fifth part. This will be even shorter than the one I did last week. If you want a recap of the show, look elsewhere. I’m writing this assuming you saw it or read a recap. Cool?

1. They ended the main event by having the ref, Earl Hebner, screw Kurt Angle out of the TNA Title when AJ Styles put the ankle lock on him and they rang the bell. Angle went nuts, cursing all over the place and even spitting on Hulk Hogan. Obviously it’s a re-enactment of Survivor Series 1997 with Hogan in the Vince role while Angle is in the Bret role. Of course, in this case there’s no real life controversy or any reason why this even happened other than to re-create one of the most famous things that’s ever happened on a wrestling show. Hogan reacted to it all like he had nothing to do with it while Angle said he quit and would go work for Vince McMahon again. What was great was the crowd cheered when he spit on Hogan, who I guess is supposed to be a babyface? Who really knows? I give Angle a lot of credit for his performance. Problem is, who really believes it? I guess some might, but if wrestling fans are smarter these days (I’d like to think they are) then they know this is just another lame attempt to re-create Montreal by a company that claims to be different than WWE. And how is this different? That’s what I’d like to know.

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Random Monday: The Rock, TNA Genesis, Pre-Raw, NFL, 24

January 18, 2010 6 comments

This will be brief by my standards. I worked from 7am-3pm, I’m tired and ready to take a nap before watching 24, Raw and writing about Raw immediately after watching it. I wanted to cover a few things before Raw came on this evening. If you haven’t seen the first two hours of 24 yet and you don’t want spoilers I’ll warn you that it’s the last part of this post.

– Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, star of that awful looking Tooth Fairy movie, has publicly said he’s looking to get back into WWE this summer when his movie schedule allows. In an article with the Toronto sun, he says: “The plan was for me to be the (Monday Night RAW) host (Jan. 11). But then I had to go to Mexico (to promote the movie). The idea of me going back to WWE is intriguing and exciting. I grew up in the business. Will I go back? Absolutely. The goal is to go back and do something special. I talked to Vince (McMahon) a couple of months ago and we’re trying to come up with something. “After I wrap (filming of action movie) Faster, maybe in the summer I can go back.”

I’m a huge fan of the man and I think he’s one of the greatest representatives of the business. I think, despite all the money he’s made in movies, he misses performing in front of the live crowd. It will be great to see him back in WWE in the summer whether it’s for a match (Cena’s a possibility obviously) or just to appear a few times. Any Rock on WWE TV is a good thing. The man is an amazing showman. The link is: here.
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Five Thoughts on TNA Impact 01/14/10

January 17, 2010 18 comments

Why am I getting to Impact just now? Because I just saw it. I watch Smackdown first. If I have time on Thursday night to watch Impact live I will, but I wasn’t able to do that this week. Technically this will be more than five thoughts. I’ll write four major points and then go with a random thought format for the fifth part.

1. I liked the reveal of Tomko as the guy attacking AJ Styles because there’s a lot of history there. They also did a really good job of explaining the history between he and Styles as being former tag champions. The clips throughout the show with Tomko talking about why he turned were great in terms of explaining his motivation. TNA really does a good job of looking at history for their feuds. I wish WWE paid more attention to history because the viewers need to understand the motivation behind the characters. The main event was good with Styles winning in about eight minutes. Nothing amazing, but a decisive win for the world champion was the right thing to do in that situation.
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Random Friday Wrasslin’ Thoughts

January 8, 2010 20 comments

I’m bored at work on this Friday afternoon, so I’ve written some stuff out this afternoon. Here ya go.

– I avoided Smackdown spoilers this week. That’s pretty rare for me. I always try to do it, but I succumb to them. This week, though, I don’t know. It probably helped that a Smackdown performer sent me a message on twitter saying “spoilers ruin everything!” that made me hold to it. I’ll try to do it every week. I’ve always said that if a show’s good then it’s good. Results don’t matter. If you can tell the story, portray storylines properly and have good matches then it shows in what you’re watching. I understand those that say they can’t get into a show after knowing the results, though. I can definitely watch wrestling while knowing the results. Can’t say the same about sports. I can’t enjoy a game after knowing the results. Never. Wrestling’s different.

– I read Hulk Hogan’s recap when he was on the Bubba the Love Sponge radio show. Usually he spouts BS, but in this case I agreed with him on something. He said that they made a mistake by not doing a new episode of Impact on Thursday (January 7). I 100% agree with that. They re-aired the show from Monday. While I understand why they re-aired, the problem is they’re going 10 days (from the 4th to the 14th) between shows in their new era with the results of the 14th show out there on the net for everybody to read. A lot of the momentum they had is going to be gone. Also, Thursday night is a much more difficult night to draw ratings than Mondays especially with wrestling fans. We know Monday’s wrestling night. Thursdays? Not so much.

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The John Report: Ten Thoughts on TNA Impact 01/04/10

January 6, 2010 53 comments

The John Report: Ten Thoughts on TNA Impact 01/04/10

Remember my ill fated attempts to write about Impact in a “five thoughts” kind of format? I did it for a few weeks, then I kinda gave up. I really didn’t feel motivated to do it in December considering the Hogan news had come. It was all about January 4th, so as promised here I am. For this three hour show I’ll go with the “ten thoughts” instead. There are already spoilers out for the show on January 14th, but I’ve yet to read them. I’m just going based on what I saw on Monday. I’ll try to go in order from the start of the show to the finish.

1. During the first match, which was not a great showcase of the young talent as Homicide was climbing the structure for over a minute, we saw Jeff Hardy appear. Later, we saw him with Shannon Moore holding some envelope. The idea is that it’s a contract. It was pretty shocking. From what I had read, Hardy had verbally agreed to come back to WWE at around WrestleMania time. Now there are questions of if he failed a third drug test. I’m not sure yet. The news is still trickling out. In terms of on screen, I think TNA has to use him as a top guy or near the level of the top guys. He was the best babyface in wrestling in 2009 and he doesn’t have bad matches. Hopefully they use him right. As a fan I’d rather see him in WWE. They used him the right way the last couple of years and he thrived. In TNA I don’t know if they will do that. I’ll be watching, though.

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Some Pre WWE vs. TNA Thoughts

January 4, 2010 7 comments

Somebody asked me a good question today at work about my level of excitement to see Bret Hart on Raw tonight. I don’t know. Can you put a number on it? 9/10 perhaps? That’s where I’d be at. I was thinking of writing a preview, but I really don’t know what to put. I’m looking forward to anything involving Bret obviously as well as the Orton/Kingston match that should be excellent and the DX/Jerishow match hopefully leads to Jericho back on Raw. I think Jerishow wins that one. We’ll see. I’m excited about the Hart Dynasty being there too. Should be a fun night.

As for TNA, I’ll watch it on my DVR Tuesday and write about it on Wednesday. I don’t know what to expect. I think it’ll be a good mix of showcasing the good wrestlers they have, but also some kind of WCW reunion with Hogan, Hall, Nash, Waltman, Sting and Bischoff all being there. I don’t know if that’ll work.

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