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TNA News

- Kurt Angle was given the weekend off TNA live events this weekend to shoot a role in the new Michael Bay film called “Pain and Gain” starring The Rock. Below is a synopsis of the film courtesy of Vulture:

A thriller about several boneheaded Miami bodybuilders whose plot to kidnap, rob and murder a wealthy businessman yields decidedly mixed results: The left-for-dead victim recuperates in secret, and then hires a private detective to track down his kidnappers and exact revenge.

Angle has a fight scene in the flick with The Rock and Tweeted about it. The following is from Angle’s official Twitter account:

- The New York Post has a new article online featuring quotes from Hulk Hogan. In the piece, Hogan discusses the current state of TNA and how he plans on working backwards to get where they need to be. Below are two notable quotes:

New concept for TNA:

“We are going to give more power to the fans, make them more involved and more important,” Hogan said. “I can’t say much more, but I can say this, I’m either going to be really right on this one or really wrong. If I’m wrong, you probably won’t see me again because I’ll be hightailing it out of here.”

How Bobby Roode as TNA Champion is “working backwards”:

“If you wanted a quick fix, right now, you would put the belt on Jeff Hardy,” Hogan said. “That would fix a bunch of stuff right now, but that is not working backwards from where we need to be. Right now, to work to that point, the belt needs to stay with Bobby Roode. He’s a guy who we are bringing up and is a constant. As we build him up it’s like a volcano that ready to explode.”

Click here to read the article in its entirety.

- Wrestling News World reader Steven Muehlhausen of The Fight Club Chicago radio show conducted an interview with Randy Orton back in November. When asked about Brock Lesnar in WWE ’12 Orton had the following to say about the former UFC heavyweight champion:

“I think its great. I’m a big Lesnar fan and I’ve always been. We came up together about 10 years ago now. Me and him were buds. We’ve lost touch over the years as you usually do with guys like that, but I wish him the best. I know he’s had a few health issues as of late. But, he;ll conquer those just like he’s conquered every other obstacle that has come his way. I truly feel he’s one of the few human beings I’ve ever met that have been able too accomplish as much as he’s accomplished. He puts his mind, body and soul into it and he’s gonna get it done.”

You can listen to the complete interview at this link.

- Jeff Jarrett is not backstage at the Impact Wrestling taping in Orlando, Florida as he’s booked to wrestle tonight in Mexico. Jarrett will work tonight’s AAA show in Leon.

-  iN DEMAND has listed an additional TNA pay-per-view in June entitled “TNA Wrestling’s Greatest Moments.” The pay-per-view is set to premiere on systems on Saturday, June 2, 2012.

- Below is the official pay-per-view promotional poster for TNA Slammiversary:

- Anarquia has been officially released from TNA. There had been some confusion regarding his status after the company removed him from the official roster page but we can now confirm he has been released.

- [WWE] Dot com has a new article online looking at how the WCW Cruiserweight Championship “changed the game.” However, the piece is grabbing headlines because of what it says about TNA executive Eric Bischoff. Below is an excerpt:

Through the crumbling of WCW and his own shameless self-promotion, Bischoff has become somewhat of a sports-entertainment punchline. It’s not a totally unfair assessment of the guy who once challenged Mr. McMahon to a karate fight live on pay-per-view, but the truth is the slick salesman had more than a few good ideas hiding beneath his Ken doll hair and, more importantly, had the nerve to pull them off. So, with Ted Turner’s blank checks in his pocket, Bischoff set out to amass the single greatest lightweight roster in sports-entertainment history.

Click here to read the article in its entirety.

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