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TNA News

- TNA Wrestling sent out the following regarding tickets for their 2014 tour of the United Kingdom:

TNA IMPACT WRESTLING UK TOUR TICKETS ON SALE FROM MAY 3

• Fans cans experience TNA live from just £22.50, plus booking fee
• Live events coming to Glasgow, Manchester, London and Birmingham
• TNA President Dixie Carter to launch UK Tour with special fan events (info below)

TNA IMPACT WRESTLING announced that tickets for the 2014 MAXIMUM IMPACT VI Tour go on sale from Friday May 3 at 9am.

UK TOUR PREVIEW VIDEO: CLICK HERE TO WATCH ON YOUTUBE

TNA returns to Britain in January/February 2014 with shows in Glasgow (Jan 30), Manchester (Jan 31), London (Feb 1) and Birmingham (Feb 2).

The Glasgow event will see TNA IMPACT WRESTLING become the first ever company to put on a wrestling show at the gorgeous new Hydro arena.

Fans can be part of the action, and experience the UK’s most popular wrestling company live, from just £22.50, plus booking fee. Tickets are available via the TNA UK Facebook page atwww.facebook.com/tnawrestlinguk,www.gigsandtours.com/tour/tna-wrestlingwww.ticketmaster.co.ukor direct from the tour venues. Full details of the UK events are:

Thursday 30 January 2014
Glasgow Hydro
0844 811 0051

Friday 31 January 2014
Manchester Arena
0844 847 8000

Saturday 01 February 2014
London Wembley Arena
0844 815 0815

Sunday 02 February 2014
Birmingham NIA
0844 338 8000

TNA IMPACT WRESTLING is broadcast on Challenge in the UK and Ireland every Sunday night at 9pm, as well as on Spike TV in the USA and more than 120 other countries.

TNA President Dixie Carter will be coming to Britain from April 30 – May 2 to host huge fan events in London and Glasgow to launch the MAXIMUM IMPACT VI Tour.

Carter said: “TNA live is something everyone must experience and we’re working hard to make our 2014 Tour extra special for both our amazing long-term fans in the UK and those who will be coming to the arenas to experience a TNA live event for the vey first time.”

The TNA UK Tour launch also includes an exclusive competition with Challenge, where one lucky fan can win a trip for two to Boston to experience TNA Slammiversary live. More details on the fan events and competition can be found at www.challenge.co.uk/wrestling

MEET TNA PRESIDENT DIXIE CARTER IN THE UK

TNA President Dixie Carter is coming to the UK to launch the TNA MAXIMUM IMPACT VI Tour. Dixie will be hosting a huge TNA Tour Launch Party in London on the evening of Tuesday April 30. Taking place at a secret location in the heart of the city centre, between 7.30-10pm, the only way fans can attend is to win tickets.

Tickets can be won via the TNA Wrestling UK Facebook page – www.facebook.com/tnawrestlinguk – during the next week. The party is open to over 18s only. Dixie will also be holding a very special meet & greet and Q&A with fans in Glasgow on Thursday May 2 at 5.30pm.

This event will take place at The Clyde Auditorium (part of the SECC complex), Exhibition Way, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, G3 8YW. It will be FREE and open to EVERYONE. No tickets will be required and all ages are welcome. Each fan attending the London or Glasgow events will be given an exclusive ‘Dixie Carter MAXIMUM IMPACT VI Tour’ signing card, while stocks last.

- Jay Lethal was contacted by TNA Wrestling to work their X-Travaganza pay-per-view taping back in January but had to decline due to his contract with Ring of Honor. The show was TNA’s first “One Night Only” pay-per-view effort and was on pay-per-view earlier this month.

-TNA Wrestling is running a competition with Challenge TV to send a fan to Slammiversary in Boston. More details – including how to enter – are available at this link.

- Rob Terry discussed his future in Impact Wrestling in a new TNA ReACTION clip at this link.

- Is Robbie E smarter than a TNA announcer? Check out the latest episode of “The List” with SoCal Val at this link.

- Bobby Roode spoke with SLAM! Wrestling where he talked about his contract issues that overshadowed TNA Lockdown weekend. Below are the highlights from the piece:

Contract situation with TNA Wrestling:

“Honestly with the TNA situation, a lot of it had to do with the visa paperwork and stuff like that, being a Canadian and having to come and work in the United States,” Roode told SLAM! Wrestling. “Everything just fell into place very quickly. It wasn’t like I was sitting at home for months at a time, stewing and looking for different things to do.”

“I was trying to concentrate on staying here and looking towards my future, and getting to where I was going to be,” he said. “TNA wanted me here bad enough that we were able to work something out quickly. I’m happy for it.”

Leaving the Impact Zone:

“It’s obviously not as convenient,” Roode said. “Let’s face it, for eight years, we were going down to Orlando. We were going to the same hotel, going to the same areas. You became quite familiar with the area. You didn’t have a problem getting in or out. You knew exactly how much time you needed to get to the airport and all that stuff. Now, it’s a little different that way.”

“Honestly, if I’m getting on an airplane, whether I’m flying to Florida, or flying to Texas, or flying to wherever, it really doesn’t matter. It’s really nice to be able to come to different places and do our television show in front of real wrestling fans, fans that want to be there, and bought a ticket. In Orlando, a lot of times in the Impact Zone, it was a great home for us, but a lot of times, they were just park people, and families that just came because we were one of the attractions in the park. So you didn’t always get that excitement sometimes during the show. Now it’s different. We look forward to that. The travel is a little more, but it’s a good price to pay.”

Click here to read the piece in its entirety.

- Newsday has a new piece where Jeff Hardy is interviewed by kids. In it, Jeff admits to being limited in WWE and says in TNA he can express his spirit more. You can watch the video at this link.

- Prior to the May 4th TNA live event from the Baton Rouge River Center in Baton Rouge, LA there will be a Gut Check seminar that afternoon from 2-4 PM. Click here and here for more details.

- Rogers Cable in Canada plans to move Spike TV to their classic tier, meaning customers that want to keep the channel will have to pay an additional $6.05 per month plus tax. This has caused TNA to issue a template to talent to protest on Twitter.

Spike TV of course is the home of  Impact Wrestling. Below is a look at Tweets from TNA talent:

 

 

- Welcome everyone to The Point of Impact! I usually do this for TNANews.com, but this show has TNA Wrestling star Christopher Daniels as a special guest!

Listen to internet radio with TNANewsDOTcom on Blog Talk Radio

To listen on your mobile device, click here.

To subscribe and listen to The Point of Impact on iTunes, click here.

- The Tampa Tribune covered TNA Wrestling’s press conference at Hogan’s Beach restaurant on Tuesday (footage here).

The publication noted that University of South Florida football coach Willie Taggart (pictured above with Magnus and Hogan) did his best Hulk impression after receiving an honorary championship belt.

The day didn’t go without controversy as security had to remove a man that began shouting questions to Hogan and Taggart, making references to local radio host Mike “Cowhead” Calta.

“Coach, have you seen his sex tape,” the man shouted repeatedly before security forced him to leave.

Click here for coverage by TBO.com.

- Kurt Angle was on The Fan Morning Show in-studio on 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh on Wednesday morning to promote this week’s Impact Wrestling tapings in Indiana, Pennsylvania.

In the interview, the 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist claimed due to some “issues with the other company,” TNA really couldn’t book any venues in Pittsburgh. He said the Kovalchick Convention [in Indiana, PA] is the perfect place for them to be and if it goes well, they’ll be back in the next six months and do it all over again.

Angle said Impact on the road has been “very successful” and TNA is “on the road for good.”

Regarding his health, he said he’s “100 percent healthy” and it’s the first time his “felt this way” in years.

Click here to listen to the interview in its entirety.

- Dixie Carter is scheduled to host a TNA Tour Launch Party in London, England next Tuesday, April 30. The only way fans can attend is to win tickets on the TNA Wrestling UK Facebook page located at this link. You must be 18 or above to attend. Click here for more information.

- Speaking of Dixie, she’ll be holding a meet and greet in addition to a Q&A with fans in Glasgow on Thursday May 2 at 5.30pm. The event will take place at The Clyde Auditorium (part of the SECC complex), Exhibition Way, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, G3 8YW. The event is free and open to the general public.

- TNA Wrestling has hired Rafael Morffi to help with touring and live events. Morffi, was formerly employed by WWE but was released last fall.

He’ll help fill the void left by the departures of Craig Jenkins and Michael Krewson. Jenkins was TNA’s Director of Touring while Krewson was the live events coordinator.

Bischoff welcomed Morffi with the following post on Twitter:

Morffi is scheduled to start with the company at Thursday’s Impact Wrestling tapings in Indiana, Pennsylvania.

- Mark Madden interviewed Kurt Angle to promote this week’s Impact Wrestling tapings in Indiana, Pennsylvania.

Angle opened by reaffirming that taping from the Impact Zone “got stale” with “only about 1000 people” attending with mostly the same people with the exception of a few international tourists from time-to-time.

Madden said he watches Impact every week and what he wants is more Kurt Angle and that he should be the one battling Aces and Eights, not the guy that can hardly walk (referencing Hulk Hogan). Angle said he’s gone back and forth with creative and he was the staple of TNA for the last five years, up until the last year when they’ve been trying to use younger talent.

Madden interjected, “like Hogan” and Angle responded by saying, “that’s a touchy subject.” Kurt said he “loves Terry” but it is about younger talent and having them work people such as himself in the main event. He said hopefully in the future they’ll start doing that more often.

Angle said his demise in TNA was when he was unable to continue his journey towards another Olympic run in 2012. He said they wrote him off to train but didn’t have a lot for him when he came back. Angle said they told him they were  going to have plans for him and start writing him back in.

He went on to talk about his health, including getting Novocaine injections in his neck during his Olympic gold medal run in 1996. He talked about Vince McMahon putting him on and letting him go out on how own.

Angle said he is happy in TNA and they treat him well. He just wants to retire with a bang and hopes within the next three years they can have a pay-per-view that’s somewhat close to Wrestlemania because everyone wants to retire at Wrestlemania. However, Angle reiterated his desire to stay with TNA Wrestling.

Madden told Angle he wanted him to return to WWE so he could stretch Brock Lesnar one more time. Angle discussed his shoot match with Lesnar and discussed his brief fight scene in “Pain & Gain” with The Rock.

You can listen to the interview at this link.

- Velvet Sky is features as Maxim’s “Today’s Girl.” You can view a photo below:

- Fans will be able to meet Mickie James at her album release party for “Somebody’s Gonna Pay” on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. The party will take place at Sharky’s Bar & Billiards in Glen Allen, Virginia. Doors open at 7:30. All ages are welcome and there is no cover charge. Click here for info on the venue.

- TNA launched their new Knockouts website at WrestlingKnockouts.com.

- Chris Sabin is scheduled to work this week’s Impact Wrestling tapings as his return match will be taped for the May 2nd episode.  He’s advertised to work a X Division contender match. Sabin hasn’t worked since suffering a torn ACL in his left knee on the June 14, 2012 episode of Impact Wrestling.

- Hulk Hogan was granted a temporary restraining order against Gawker relating to his sex tape on Wednesday. As a result, they’ll have to pull the 1-minute teaser video from its networks and deliver all versions of the sex tape to Hogan’s legal representation.

Hogan’s initial suit against Gawker failed as Florida federal Judge James Whittemore denied an injunction on grounds that what Gawker had published was newsworthy and that the Supreme Court had recognized that even minimal interference with the First Amendment freedom of the press causes an irreparable injury.

Hogan dropped the federal lawsuit and re-filed in state court.

The Hollywood Reporter has the full story at this link.

- Gawker.com issued a statement in response to Hulk Hogan getting a temporary restraining order against them, causing the website to remove the 1-minute teaser video of the Hogan sex tape from its networks. The website says while they will comply by removing the video, they will not remove the 1,400-word narrative of the video written by former Gawker editor A.J. Daulerio and 466 user-submitted comments.

Gawker claims the narrative is protected under free speech and they will defend that decision. You can read their statement in its entirety at this link.

- TNA posted their awesome Chris Sabin return vignette on YouTube at this link. Sabin made his return to the ring in a match that will air on the May 2nd episode of Impact Wrestling. We have full taping results at this link.

- This week’s episode of Impact Wrestling, up against stiff competition with the 2013 NFL Draft and the NBA Playoffs, did an average viewing audience of 1,226,000 viewers on Spike TV. The show ended up doing a 0.99 cable rating. The NFL Draft on ESPN did an average viewing audience of 6,200,000 viewers and 1,520,000 viewers on the NFL Network.

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