Is TNA is unable to find a domestic television partner, what are the chances they look to broadcast online?
If TNA is unable to come to terms on a new agreement with Spike TV and do not have any other suitors for their programming in the United States, it’s certainly possible they explore all of their options and one of those options would probably include broadcasting online. Many independent promotions have gone the iPPV route and have had success. However, if TNA loses domestic TV clearance, they’ll have to operate in a scaled back form. I don’t know what that would look like or if they would even be interested in doing so.
Could you see Vince McMahon buying the TNA Wrestling tape library if they were to go out of business?
I believe it’s extremely premature to assume that TNA is going out of business. Obviously if they lose domestic TV clearance they’ll have a major problem on their hands but until it’s confirmed they’ve lost that clearance, we need to be careful. I re-worded this question because the person that asked it was operating under the assumption they were finished. As for the question itself, I believe Vince McMahon would be interested in the TNA tape library just like he’s been interested in every other library over the years. Why wouldn’t he? He has all of the means to re-master the footage and promote it, however, it’s still a premature question.
I am a fan of Jack Swagger’s patriotic momentum at the moment but what if he loses to Rusev clean, is it over? If Swagger goes over, where will he be booked?
The original plan was for Rusev to make short work of Jack Swagger, nothing short of a glorified squash match. From what I’m told, Vince McMahon was so happy with the way Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter have got over as babyfaces, he made the call to protect Swagger at Battleground and extend the program to SummerSlam. Further, an interesting development to the match at SummerSlam was revealed at this week’s Smackdown taping. You can read about that at this link. As for who goes over at SummerSlam, I feel strongly that Rusev is the favorite. However, the aforementioned development (that we’re not spoiling here), could play a role in protecting the match loser. I don’t think either will be “finished” if they go under given the circumstances. While one can argue Rusev has a higher ceiling (since he’s still “fresh”), Swagger was a guy Vince once saw as a main event talent.
During the Monday Night War were you Team WWF or Team WCW?
This is a fun question to close out the week on! I was actually Team WCW and I would flip to Raw during the commercial breaks. Originally, I was a fan of workers such as Hulk Hogan, Jake Roberts and The Ultimate Warrior [in the WWF] but it was during WCW Saturday Night I started following Ric Flair, Randy Savage and of course Hogan (I believe it was ’94 when my interest in WCW started to really grow). When Scott Hall defected to WCW, my brother and I were hooked. It was an obsession that fueled our passion for the business.
One of our friends and neighbors started a pro wrestling website in the mid-90s located at WrestleNation.com. My brother and I were interested in creating websites and saw him having success, so we launched our own at http://4cw.hypermart.net, which we moved to 4CornersWrestling.com. In 2000, we moved the website to WCWWWF.com and later WrestlingUnlimited.com. In February 2003, we purchased WrestlingNewsWorld.com from a guy named George Patton (he originally founded the website as UltimateWWF.com. From February 2003 to April 2007, the website existed more as a hobby or a blog. In May 2007, when I graduated college, I revamped the website as my full-time occupation. My brother Ryan left in July 2011 to pursue other interests and here I am!
From the Ask WNW vault…
January 2013: How do the superstars refer to one another when the cameras aren’t on? Do they call each other by their legal name, or by their character? – It really just depends on the person. For example, would you even know who I was talking about if I said the name Michael Hickenbottom? Above, I just referenced Pat Patterson (real name Pierre Clermont). I’ve got a funny story to disclose on this question. Four years ago I was conducting some interviews for use on the website. When booking names I would often go through a worker’s agent to get in touch with them. Well, I wanted to be as professional as possible without sounding like a mark so I emailed one agent and asked to book Nick Cvjetkovich (better known as Kizarny or Sinn Bodhi). The agent said when they read the email they thought, who in the hell is Nick Cvjetkovich?
Questions that are legible stand the best chance of getting answered. The next installment of Ask WNW is scheduled to run on Monday, August 4, 2014.