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TNA News

- In an interview with Running the Ropes to promote her upcoming album (Somebody’s Gonna Pay in stores May 7th), Mickie James expressed frustration with her current role in TNA Wrestling.

Mickie on being frustrated: (h/t TNASylum)

“I know I’ve seemed a little bit frustrated as of late in some of my promos and stuff, but I honestly feel that for the past year I’ve probably been on less than 10 shows. I’ve barely done anything. It’s awesome to be able to come back and win the number one contendership and go for the title, but I’m sick and tired of feeling like I’m sitting at home and watching all these other people. I did get injured and I was sick, but I was already off TV when I got hurt.

“It’s so frustrating when you know that you’re one of the best in the world, and you’re sitting at home. I love going out there and making magic and telling a story, but I don’t love pretending that I’m okay sitting at home when I’m not. I’m just being real and being honest about it. It’s not me trying to be this awful person. I’m the one who has to look at myself in the mirror and if I’m not happy with what I’m doing or not doing, then I’m the one who has to face that. So that’s kind of where I’m at. I know people question that like ‘Oh are you turning heel?’ And I’m like ‘No, not really. I’m just being honest.”

Mickie went on to talk about the forgotten state of the TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship and her popularity compared to Velvet Sky.

Click here to read a complete recap.

- AZCenter.com has an interesting article online, highlighting comments made by Dixie Cater to BANG Showbiz. Below is an excerpt, featuring the quotes attributed to Dixie:

“He (Hulk) is bigger than any brand, company, name – he is synonymous with wrestling and is probably one of the most recognizable faces or figures on the entire planet. Name me someone who is alive today who’d be more recognizable in any corner of the world? In places like Africa and Asia, or if you were walking in Thailand? Princess Diana or Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley maybe? But they aren’t even with us anymore. The Rock?”

“Well, if you are walking in a village in Africa would people know who The Rock was? I think his film work has been outstanding. I’m a huge fan of The Rock, I think he is phenomenal, but would that happen?”

Click here for more.

- TNA Wrestling has released a new EP called “Delirium” on TNAShop.com. Tracks included that can be purchased separately include the themes of Bad Influence, Kenny King, Motorcity Machine Guns, Jesse Godderz, Christian York, Garett Bischoff and Jack Evans. Click here for more.

- The latest “Bracing for Impact” column is now available on the official TNA Wrestling website where the author looks as the “turning point” of the war between TNA and Aces and Eights. Click here to read it.

- The second country music album of Mickie James, titled “Everybody’s Gonna Pay,” was released on Tuesday on iTunes. Below is the track listing for the album:

1. “Somebody’s Gonna Pay”
2. “Best Damn Night”
3. “Whatever Turns You On”
4. “A Good Time”
5. “Long Way Down”
6. “If I Can’t Be Me”
7. “Goin’ Fast”
8. “I’m Gone Song”
9. “80 Proof”
10. “Hurts Don’t It”
11. “I Just Wanna Do My Thing”
12. “Hardcore Country” (Bonus Track)

Click here for more including details on purchasing.

- TNA Wrestling posted the following on their verified Twitter account:

Magnus Speaks on Mickie James Video

Christy Hemme interviewed Magnus about appearing in Mickie James’ music video “Somebody’s Gonna Pay.” You can watch it at this link.

- Dixie Carter announced Wednesday on Twitter that Impact Wrestling is moving back to its 9-11 PM ET timeslot on Spike TV. The following is from her verified Twitter account:

The news comes after the show drew its lowest audience of the year (with an average viewing audience 1,104,000 viewers) last week. Oddly enough, it was the first Impact of the month of May in 2010 (when Impact was airing on Monday nights) when the company reverted back to Thursday nights after drawing an average viewing audience of 1,100,000 viewers on May 3, 2010.

I really crunched some numbers in the latest WNW Premium Mailbag.

- Wrestle Talk TV posted the full version of their shoot interview conducted with Sting earlier this year. You can watch it at this link.

- Eric Bischoff was asked on Twitter when he will be returning to an on-air role in wrestling. Eric responded by saying it is not going to happen and he is officially retired. Below are the tweets:

Eric was interviewed over a month ago where he said he won’t be in TNA Wrestling much longer. Eric’s role in the business right now is to help and grow the writers and bookers.

There is a fantastic article on TNANews.com where it highlights the positives and negatives of Eric, and Hulk Hogan, since they been in the company.

- TNA Wrestling has partnered with YouTube to launch a new Subscription Channel. The press release is below:

On Thursday afternoon, YouTube announced the debut of a new Subscription Channel Service, featuring content from a select number of YouTube partners, including TNA Wrestling!

Other partners include the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Comedy TV, Jim Henson TV, National Georgraphic, Pets.TV and more! The full list of partner subscription channels can be found at:http://www.youtube.com/channels/paid_channels

Fans can visit our new subscription channel at:

YouTube.com/TNAwrestlingPLUS

The new channel includes the majority of our Pay-Per-View and DVD archives. Additional titles from 2012 and more premium content will be added on a weekly basis! Fans can still visit our main YouTube channel atYouTube.com/TNAwrestling for regular weekly content.

Fans can also visit our TNAOnDemand.com video service for even more footage you won’t find on YouTube!

You can read the official YouTube Subscription Channel announcement at:
http://youtube-global.blogspot.com/

- For those that missed this week’s episode of Impact Wrestling or didn’t read our results report by Alex Barie, Abyss made his return. The character hasn’t been used since early 2012 in favor of the Joseph Park gimmick, also played by Chris Parks, as the “brother” of Abyss. You can watch the return at this link.

- TNA is bringing back the Suicide character, a gimmick created in 2008 and not used since 2011. You can watch the hype vignette for the return at this link.

- TMZ is reporting that Hulk Hogan is attempting to eradicate all copies of his sex tape with Heather Clem from the Internet. In addition to getting a temporary restraining order against Gawker Media, Hogan has his legal team targeting any website that features footage from the tape including photos. TMZ obtained a letter Hogan’s attorney sent to TheDirty.com, requesting they remove all screen shots of the sex footage or face drastic legal action.

- TNA Wrestling’s new paid subscription YouTube channel is now online at this link. The channel features several of the company’s pay-per-views from 2004 through 2012 archived for viewing. The cost to subscribe is $4.99/month with a 14-day free trial. You can check it out at this link.

- This week’s episode of Impact Wrestling did an average viewing audience of 1,270,000 viewers on Spike TV. This was up from the 1,104,000 viewers they did last week, which was their new yearly low. The show ended up with a 0.99 cable rating.

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