- Chris Van Vliet of CBS-19 recently conducted an interview with Jeff Hardy, in which he discussed his facepaint, performing in front of a live audience, the state of TNA Wrestling, if he has retirement plans, and more. He explains his mindset in the following excerpt:
"Once I get out there, it's just in my blood to perform the way I perform, but I don't see myself wrestling until I'm 60 years old or anything like that. But, if I'm 55 or 56-57 and I feel pretty good - you know, I can't put a number on it. It's always gonna be a love of mine, and I hate it just enough, I think, so I'm at that perfect level. But yeah, I don't put a number on it. I don't know how I'll continue to do what I do."
- Rob Van Dam recently took part in an interview with the Phoenix New Times, and discussed a variety of topics, including the pinnacle of his career, Ryback using the same designer for his tights, and more. In the following excerpt, Van Dam explains the differences between TNA and WWE:
How is TNA different from other wrestling companies, like the WWE?
"In Total Nonstop Action, individual wrestlers have a lot more freedom to artistically express themselves versus WWE. When we have our matches, they are known to be more athletic, more competitive in nature, and that's what wrestling fans really appreciate. And the fact there's more of a focus on wrestling in Total Nonstop Action over the other major company on TV. Whereas WWE has been known to feature more of the 400-pound giants that aren't necessarily going to [perform] quite as impressively. TNA focuses more on the wrestler's abilities and skills and gives them a chance to shine out there in front of the fans."
Are there other differences?
"It's also more of an up-close-and-personal experience where wrestlers are more accessible and there's a lot of times spent on meeting the fans. And Bound For Glory will be no different and we'll be there on October 14 with a big meet-and-greet. The day before that is also something called 'TNA Fan InterAction,' which all the top stars will be there as well. People can meet and talk to their wrestlers and get their photos taken with 'em."
He also revealed that he and Ryback have the same airbrush artist, in the following excerpt:
Fans have been comparing WWE's Ryback to you because of your similar taste in wrestling tights. What do you think about that?
"Well, the truth is that Ryback reached out to me and asked for permission to use the same airbrush artist that I use, Joe Holland in Savannah, Georgia. The guy's been making me the same outfits since like 1995 and he doesn't do a lot work for wrestlers. And I'm all for anyone that can make more business off of things they do for me. Ryback has my blessing [and] I'm flattered that he's a fan of mine. He's been very respectful in reaching out to me. I haven't met the guy but have nothing but respect for him."
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- The power struggle in TNA Wrestling continues and a potentially major story is developing behind-the-scenes. I'm told Dixie Carter's mother, Janice, continues to demand that costs be cut and has gone as far as threatening to shut down the entire company if it cannot be run more efficiently or if a buyer cannot be found. One source, speaking to me under the condition of anonymity, says Jeff Jarrett has been actively trying to bring on new investors in hopes of keeping TNA afloat and regaining more control over the company operations. Jarrett has found a Nashville-based restaurant chain that is owned by a large investment group and has been working feverishly on a deal that would see that group possibly buy part or all of TNA, with Jarrett wrestling away control of the company from the Carter family. Dixie Carter is adamant she doesn't want to sell TNA but Janice is believed to feel otherwise so it's a very complicated situation. One of the ways TNA has been trying to reduce spending is by lowering the value of all performer's contracts in renegotiations. Not only is this being done to save money in the short-term but also to make the company look more attractive to potential investors.
I'm told "all of this" is being done against Dixie's wishes but things have gotten to the point where the Carter family is getting tired of "pouring money into a black hole."
- The stipulations for the 20-point Bound for Glory series matches at TNA Hardcore Justice were announced on this week's Impact Wrestling. They are as follows:
- AJ Styles vs. Christopher Daniels vs. Kurt Angle vs. Samoa Joe in a Ladder Match
- Bully Ray vs. James Storm vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Robbie E in a Tables Match
- Rob Van Dam vs. Magnus vs. Mr. Anderson vs. "The Pope" D'Angelo Dinero in a Falls Count Anywhere Match
TNA Hardcore Justice will take place Sunday, August 12, 2012 from Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. We'll have exclusive live play-by-play coverage here at WrestlingNewsWorld.com.
- TNA Wrestling has partnered with Twitter where they are embedding their live "during the commercial" stream from their YouTube channel on their official Impact Wrestling Twitter page. TNA President Dixie Carter commented on the partnership with the following Tweet:
— Dixie Carter (@TNADixie) August 3, 2012
- To follow-up on the power struggle in TNA Wrestling that has Janice Carter threatening to pull the plug on the entire company, I'm told one of the reasons TNA is fighting WWE over Ric Flair and a few others with the Brian Wittenstein lawsuit is because they are trying to prove to potential investors their roster is not only of value but WWE won't be able to just come along and pluck from it. The litigation has created an interesting consequence as TNA is trying to cut everyone's pay whose contract is up for renegotiation and if a worker doesn't want to re-sign, they have no where to work. Not only is WWE not signing anyone from TNA because of the lawsuit but they are telling people who have worked for TNA in the past but haven't worked there at all in the last year or two that if you've worked for TNA at any point while Wittenstien was there (which was a while), WWE won't touch you until the lawsuit is over. So there are a lot of workers completely irate that there's a hiring freeze on one end with TNA on the other side trying to make steep pay cuts across the board wherever possible.