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TNA News

- Spike TV’s schedule for next week features a program called “Impact Rewind” at 7 PM/6 CT prior to Impact Wrestling next Thursday. It appears as if the show is getting a trial run as the schedule is back to normal the following week.

- Kenny King issued the following statement on Twitter regarding his Ring of Honor departure and TNA Wrestling debut:

My people’s,

First and foremost to all of my friends, Family and everyone riding with me on this one thank you. The love and support has been unreal. It doesn’t matter if your’e a new Kenny King fan or you’ve been with your boy since tough enough. My passion for this sport reflects yours, and I will continue to bust my ass to give back the love you have shown me.

Second I would like to thank @ringofhonor for the opportunity To master my craft against some of the best wrestlers in the world. The last 4 years have been invaluable to my career. I have nothing but love and respect for the company that allowed me to find myself and grow as a wrestler.

Next, since the content of my character has been called into question, just ask about me. My integrity and HONOR has always been above reproach. But since they wanna talk bad about your boy, consider this…

(spoiler alert)

I was offered a contract extension, I had reservations about the parameters of the extension and effective my “free agent” option would be.

I gave a handshake agreement that I wouldn’t do anything “screwy” with the belts. A la medusa.

I gave ROH information about every move that I made regarding working for @impactwrestling. Realistically they could have just found out when they saw my black ass walking down to the ring.

I was given a physical contact extension by ROH, which I respectfully declined to sign due to the reasons I stated above.

If I declined to sign an actual contract extension, how could anyone think there was a verbal agreement?

I took the biggest gamble of my career this weekend. So going into destination X tomorrow night I am prepared to put it all on the line. I am especially grateful to @tnadixie and @impactwrestling for giving me the opportunity to showcase my skills on a bigger stage. I was given an amazing opening and I took it. Ask Eminem how many chances you get to blow up. The world will watch tomorrow, and I got a bag full of fireworks. Tomorrow is coronation day.

Thank you.
Kenny King

- Scott Fishman of The Miami Herald posted a new article with quotes from Christopher Daniels to promote TNA Destination X. Below are the highlights:

Pressure on live TV:

“For me personally, the fact that we are live, and that they have put me in the final segment the last couple of times, it’s a lot of pressure,” Daniels said. “It’s good pressure. It’s something I look forward to and something I am trying to excel at. I feel like when they put that microphone in my hand at the last possible second, I believe I have delivered. I plan on continuing to deliver. I want to keep being that guy for TNA. If we continue to be live after the summer, I feel like the company has proven we can do it. It’s just another step forward for the company.”

Changes to backstage segments:

“Guys like Eric [Bischoff] and Jason Hervey have come to us with a more fresh and on-the-fly way of doing it, rather than just giving us a script,” Daniels said. “I feel like it has helped us sharpen our skills. I’ll be walking backstage, and all of a sudden, Jason will come up to me with a camera asking questions. You are answering right off the top of your head, and it’s a more realistic feeling. It’s a more honest answer that you are giving. It’s definitely different…There is a must-see sort of mentality to our television shows.

“The fact that we are going live and doing so much reality based or hidden camera based, there is an idea that the fans have to tune in. It’s not a matter of when we were taped where they could read spoilers on the Internet. They have to watch and see how it rolls. They are getting surprised and caught off guard with what we are doing. I think it’s awesome.”

Twitter & TNA meeting with workers about it:

“When I’m tweeting, me personally, I try to be entertaining,” Daniels said. “I try not to be offensive. I try to be controversial every once and a while. I understand a lot of my followers are younger kids and are impressionable. I feel like that is the burden of being in the public eye. You can’t just say exactly what you feel. You sort of have to temperate with a bit of maturity. That’s fine with me. I have no problem taking the burden of having some common sense about what I put on the Internet.

“We basically had a meeting saying, ‘Use your common sense everybody.’ We are not kids. We are adults, and I feel like a good amount of us have acted like adults on the Internet. Every once in a while somebody may get caught up in the moment and tweet something, but I think it’s very rare to see guys back peddle what they said. I know I’ve been very cautious about the things I’ve said. I try to be aware of things I know people are going to read. Once you put it out there, you can’t take it back. I’m very aware of the things I say, and I know the rest of the company has their mindset on that as well.”

Click here to read the article in its entirety.

- TNA Wrestling announced Sunday that “Rewind” will precede Impact Wrestling on a weekly basis at 7/6c on Spike TV. Below is the official press release:

Don’t miss three hours of TNA IMPACT WRESTLING every Thursday night on SpikeTV! Get your weekly TNA recap starting at 7/6c with the new “Rewind” broadcast immediately followed by IMPACT WRESTLING LIVE at 8/7c!

It’s three hours of Total Nonstop Action featuring your favorite wrestling superstars – including “The Immortal” Hulk Hogan, “The Icon” Sting, Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle, “The Charismatic Enigma” Jeff Hardy, Bobby Roode, “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles, Mr. Anderson, Rob Van Dam, “Cowboy” James Storm, the lovely and lethal Knockouts, the high-flying X Division athletes and many more! TNA IMPACT WRESTLING takes place from the Impact Zone at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida! IMPACT WRESTLING is the world’s most innovative experience in professional wrestling, airing in over 120 countries worldwide!

Preview Thursday’s block of TNA IMPACT WRESTLING on SpikeTV

(Remember – watch the new “Rewind” broadcast starting at 7/6c, then IMPACT at the new time of 8/7c)

- Witness the aftermath of the “Destination X” Pay-Per-View event! Who will be the World Heavyweight Champion on Thursday after Sunday’s PPV main event – Bobby Roode or Austin Aries? Tune in and find out!

- Plus, the broadcast will feature the NEW X Division Champion that will be crowned at the Pay-Per-View! Who will survive the tournament and claim the title in The Ultimate X Match? Don’t miss IMPACT!

- In a huge Bound For Glory Series match on Thursday’s SpikeTV broadcast, Kurt Angle battles Mr. Anderson! Which superstar will pick up points in the ongoing competition for a shot at the World Title?

- The Knockouts Title will be on the line on Thursday as Miss Tessmacher defends the gold against former champion, Gail Kim

- Plus, Joseph Park goes to war with Bully Ray!

All this and much more on Thursday’s IMPACT WRESTLING broadcast LIVE at 8/7c on SpikeTV

- Zema Ion won the X-Division Championship Tournament at TNA Destination X to become the new champion. Ion competed in an Ultimate X match also involving Kenny King, Mason Andrews and Sonjay Dutt, all who won qualifying matches earlier at the event.

- Sonjay Dutt dislocated his shoulder at TNA Destination during the Ultimate X Match for the TNA X-Division Championship.  Dutt briefly left the match, sought treatment, where his shoulder was put back into socket, and returned. Samoa Joe witnessed how it went down and wrote the following on Twitter:

- Austin Aries beat Bobby Roode at TNA Destination X to win the TNA Championship.

- Dixie Carter wrote on Twitter that Sonjay Dutt will be out for several weeks following his separated shoulder injury he suffered in the Ultimate X Match on TNA Destination X.

Below is the Tweet:

- Viacom sent out the following today:

Viacom’s distribution agreement with DirecTV is set to expire at midnight on Tuesday, July 10. We’ve been negotiating for months and even offered DirecTV an extension past the agreement’s original June 30 expiration date. As recently as today, we made significant economic movement in direct conversations with DirecTV.

However, despite our best efforts, DirecTV has rejected all of our proposals to renew our agreement. This evening, DirecTV provided Viacom with a counter proposal that included a lower rate than Viacom receives from any other distributor in the industry. With this offer, our negotiations have reached an impasse.

This means that, as of tomorrow night, nearly 20 million DirecTV subscribers will be without entertainment from the programmer they watch most. A total of 26 Viacom channels, including Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, BET, VH1, CMT, Spike TV, TV Land and more won’t be available.

This is of particular note to wrestling fans because Spike TV broadcasts Impact Wrestling.

- Dixie Carter is very happy with the improvements that have been made in regards to the creative situation in TNA since Bruce Prichard has been given more responsibilities and influence. I’m told he is “playing things smart” right now where he controls a lot of the booking, especially the undercard, but tries to make sure that Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff are pleased with the main event picture. The backstory to Austin Aries winning the TNA Championship was a prime example of Prichard bending to keep Hogan happy. Prichard is not high up on the X-Division, feeling it’s never drawn, too many wrestlers are in it, too much money and resources are spent on it, etc. This is why it’s been getting thinner and thinner with some of the older (and more expensive) guys being replaced by newcomers that are “being paid peanuts.” Even though Prichard isn’t a fan of the X-Division, he’s tried to keep Austin Aries strong because Hogan is a huge Aries fan. Not too long ago, Prichard and Hogan got into a “friendly argument” about the X-Division with Prichard expressing his negative views while Hogan “sang the praises” of Aries. Prichard then half-jokingly suggested that if Hogan was so high up on Aires, why have the X-Division dragging him down, why not put him over Bobby Roode for the TNA Championship? Hogan reacted positively to the idea and before long that became the plan, which of course was executed at Destination X.

- DirecTV has responded to complaints stemming from their ongoing negotiations with Viacom. To view their response, go to DirecTVPromise.com. Obviously the reason this is noteworthy is due to Spike TV being a Viacom network with the possibility of DirecTV customers losing TNA programming.

- Viacom and DirecTV were unable to come to agreement on a new deal and as a result Spike TV, the home of TNA Wrestling, has been yanked from the satellite provider. For DirecTV’s response, go to DirecTVPromise.com. For coverage by Deadline.com, click here.

- The reason TNA did the angle with Aces of Eight “attacking” Hulk Hogan on this week’s Impact Wrestling is because he is set to undergo yet another back surgery. No other details are available as of this writing.

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