– Matt Morgan told the Pro Wrestling Torch in an interview to promote Sunday’s TNA Lockdown pay-per-view that his contract with the company is up in October. Morgan said he would not rule out a return to WWE because he’s a businessman first.
– Wrestling News World reader Dan The Cannon interviewed AJ Styles. You can listen to the full interview at this link. Below are the highlights:
On being held down
“I think if you ever give me the ball, I’ll score. But you have to give it to me. I have to play my part as well, I am a company guy. We all wrestle together, we entertain together and we all make money together.
On James Strom
“I can see he is doing what James Storm does best. Guess we will find out where it all leads.”
On TNA’s Twitter push
“I like to get on there and associate and connect with my fans. See what they want. If they don’t like the fact that I wore gloves on the PPV then let me know. I’m trying something new. I see nothing wrong with that, I think it’s something new.”
On storylines in wrestling
“You have to admire how it is done. It was pretty unique and I haven’t seen anything like that before. Storylines need to continue you know. Bobby Roode is one of the best champions in a long time. He has it all.”
On his match with Ken Anderson against Kazarian and Daniels
“I haven’t been this happy about a match in a long time. I think it was outstanding. I think it was one of the better matches of the night. I’m so proud of Ken. We wrestle such a different style than Ken and for Ken to be right there toe to toe with us right along,
right on time is super impressive.”
On slowing down with age
“We, things hurt a little bit longer than they used to. As long as I can get in there and go to work. I know some guys have said that I’ve slowed down since I was in the Ring of Honor or whatever other indy I was in. That’s just working smarter, psychology. It’s about
finding the right time to do something and making it special.”
On his promo to Jeff Hardy
”You know I spoke to Jeff about that. To be honest, I was pretty upset over that. I take a lot of pride in this company. I’ve put my body, my life, my livelihood for this company. But that has been totally squashed and he is kicking major butt right now. He is in great shape and he is in mentally great shape.”
On seeing more submission wrestling lately
“Ever so slightly there are some guys throwing in some submissions. I threw a flying amber ever once in a blue moon. I wish I could do that more but it doesn’t seem to be the case in some of my matches.”
On the new creative team of Bruce Prichard, Dave Lagana and Matt Conway
“Well, Matt Conway, I’ve been working with him. Lagana, I’ve actually communicate with him a lot and Bruce as well. I think the fact that we have been able to communicate is a plus. The lack of communication is what screws things up. Without that you can’t see their vision for what they want. You end up with two different pictures for the same thing.”
On being offered a WWE developmental contract for $500 a week and turning it down
“I could tell you what would have happened. Literally 3 months later, WWE pulled their developmental. I’m sure they would have just dumped my contract.”
– TNA Impact Wrestling sent out the following press release this evening:
On Sunday, May 13, TNA presents “Sacrifice” live on Pay-Per-View and online at TNAOnDemand.com from Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida!
The three-hour event will feature all of your favorite superstars, including Hulk Hogan, Bobby Roode, James Storm, Jeff Hardy, Kurt Angle, AJ Styles, Rob Van Dam, the lovely Knockouts, the high-flying X Division stars and many more! Tune into IMPACT WRESTLING every Thursday at 9/8c on SpikeTV for news on the “Sacrifice” Pay-Per-View event!
Visit the official website at TNASacrifice.com – CLICK HERE TO VISIT
Get the VIP Weekend Experience – MORE INFO AT SHOPTNA
– TNA did the following injury angle with TNA Champion Bobby Roode after his victory against James Storm at last night’s TNA Lockdown pay-per-view:
(per request of Bobby before being taken to hospital). Hey James… Sorry about your damn luck. twitter.com/REALBobbyRoode…
— Bobby Roode (@REALBobbyRoode) April 16, 2012
– The following is from the official Twitter account of Kurt Angle:
I Got So Many tweets. I’m Confused. But I Love You All. My Knee Held Up. I’m Okay With Pulling Out Of Olympics. My Job Now Is to Enterta …
— Kurt Angle (@RealKurtAngle) April 16, 2012
My Job is Now to Entertain All Of You. GOD Bless!
— Kurt Angle (@RealKurtAngle) April 16, 2012
– “Wildcat” Chris Harris, infamously known as Braden Walker in WWE, was at last night’s TNA Lockdown pay-per-view in Nashville, Tennessee.
– Bruce Prichard was backstage working at TNA Lockdown. Prichard has been gone from TNA since suffering two heart attacks back in the middle of March where he had two new stents put in. Prichard is expected to be at this week’s television tapings in Orlando and other than being down in weight, is said to be doing well.
– Tickets for TNA Slammiversary are set to go on sale on Friday. The show will take place on Sunday, June 10, 2012 from the College Park Center in Arlington, Texas on the University of Texas at Arlington campus.
– Traci Brooks wrote the following today on Twitter:
Yes it’s true my time w Tna has come to an end&what;a great time I had. I love the Tna family (cont) tl.gd/h0nn61
— Traci Brooks (@TheTraciBrooks) April 17, 2012
– TNA Champion Bobby Roode cut his hair, debuting a new look at last night’s Impact Wrestling taping. The taping results are now available to all at this link.
– Kurt Angle noted on Twitter that he is scheduled to face AJ Styles at next month’s TNA Sacrifice pay-per-view. As for his knee injury, he was scheduled to see a doctor today and said he was icing it after last night’s TVs.
– TNA announced a new deal with Orange Sport to carry Impact Wrestling in Poland. You can read the official press release at this link.
– A lot of people have asked me how legitimate AJ Styles’ “douche-bag” comment was regarding Ric Flair. While AJ can always claim he was working in the interview, there are several TNA workers and staff members that are not fans of Ric Flair. While he has a contract due to his friendship with Hulk Hogan and appeal to Dixie Carter, a lot of people feel Flair is only there for the paycheck and has no interest in helping the company grow. Flair has the reputation as being a problem on the road, showing up late, in an altered state and sometimes not even at all. There continues to be a clear divide between the top workers in TNA and mid-card talent as many are not fans of how things are being ran under the Hulk Hogan/Eric Bischoff regime. Bischoff’s control is reportedly at an all-time high with programming reflecting as much.
– Dixe Carter wrote the following today on Twitter:
Due to technical difficulties, Spike is going to re-air the 4/19 Impact episode next Thurs 7-9pm ET before Impact airs. tiny.cc/03y2cw
— Dixie Carter (@TNADixie) April 20, 2012
Thanks to Wrestling News World reader Logan Walker for sending this in.