– TNA Champion Bobby Roode is headed to Dublin, Ireland on Tuesday, May 22, 2012. Roode will be doing promotional work for TNA as well as signing autographs. Click here for more information.
– Wrestling News World reader Mike Buda sent in the following:
We recently had an interview with Mickie James and she talked about her upcoming match in Puerto Rico with Melina, her music career, TNA’s Knockouts and WWE Divas, and if she would ever go back to WWE. Here are a few interesting things she had to say:
On TNA’s Knockouts:
“We have a very strong division. The only difference is the style and the types of matches and the length of the matches that we have. It’s a rarity when a woman can main event the show and I’ve been fortunate enough to do that. I’m very blessed to be looked at as equal as someone who can hold that level at the end of the show. It’s an honor. We have Sarita, who’s very well known in Mexico and a main star in the Knockouts roster. Everybody is a little bit different.”
On possible return to WWE:
“In this business, it’s not one of those things where you can never say never. Right now, I’m having a great time at TNA and I’ve been enjoying it. I can’t say anytime soon.”
– Below is the updated TNA pay-per-view lineup for the rest of the year:
- TNA Sacrifice on Sunday from Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida
- TNA Slammiversary on Sunday, June 12, 2012 from the College Park Center in Arlington, Texas
- TNA Destination X on Sunday, July 18, 2012 from Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida
- TNA Hardcore Justice on Sunday, August 12, 2012 from Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida
- TNA No Surrender on Sunday, September 9, 2012 from Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida
- TNA Bound For Glory on Sunday, October 14, 2012 from TBA
- TNA Turning Point on Sunday, November 11, 2012 from Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida
- TNA Final Resolution on Sunday, December 9, 2012 from Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida
– Dixie Carter posted the following on Twitter:
I am about to take off for New York City.Exciting announcement for TNA today.Stay tuned.
— Dixie Carter (@TNADixie) May 10, 2012
– TNA, Bellator Fighting Championship and Spike TV are holding a press conference today to announce a “major talent deal.” TNA President Dixie Carter Tweeted this morning she was flying to New York City for an exciting announcement. It’s expected to be announced hat MMA fighter Muhammed Lawal (a/k/a King Mo) has signed on to work simultaneously for both TNA and Bellator. The idea is that Lawal will appear on Impact Wrestling to carry TNA’s audience over to Bellator which will begin airing on Spike TV next year. Lawal is currently recovering from knee surgery.
– TNA President Dixie Carter posted the following on Twitter:
Sending best wishes to Gail Kim and her fiancé Robert Irvine on their wedding today! Best of luck to you both on your journey together!
— Dixie Carter (@TNADixie) May 10, 2012
– Josh Stewart has a new article featuring quotes from Mickie James on Newsday.com. In it, James comments on her country music career.
“I do want it to be a real career,” James says. “… I want to cross over into that and take my fan base with me in the music side. It’s been a slow process, a lot of work, but it’s been good work. It’s just like when I broke into wrestling, still learning, still perfecting. Just like I’m still learning things in the ring.”
Click here to read the article in its entirety.
– TNA issued the following press release about King Mo signing with the company:
Former Light Heavyweight Champ to Fight for Bellator in 2013 And Join the Stars of TNA Wrestling This Summer
In an unprecedented move – one of the biggest names in mixed martial arts, “King Mo” Lawal, has signed a deal to compete in Spike TV’s two major sports properties, Bellator Fighting Championships and TNA’s IMPACT Wrestling. King Mo will join the stars of TNA this summer and resume his mixed martial arts career next year when Bellator Fighting Championships moves to Spike TV from its current television home, MTV2. The deal was jointly announced today by Kevin Kay, President, Spike TV along with Bjorn Rebney, Chairman & CEO, Bellator Fighting Championships and Dixie Carter, President, TNA Entertainment.
“King Mo is an incredible athlete and a great addition to the Bellator family. He immediately adds prominence and star-power to our light heavyweight division,” said Rebney.
“King Mo is the perfect athlete for this type of alliance. He is the real deal in MMA, and his bold personality and world class wrestling accomplishments are unparalleled. I’m confident he will have a major impact in both sports,” stated Carter.
Lawal (10-1-1) launched his mixed martial arts career in 2008, and after four straight wins, he faced off against his toughest challenge, renowned fighter Mark Kerr. King Mo knocked out Kerr in the first round, and eight months later he defeated Gegard Mousasi in a Light Heavyweight world title fight. Lawal also holds an impressive KO victory against multiple-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion Roger Gracie in September 2011.
“This deal is a dream come true for me,” Lawal said. “Bjorn and Dixie have given me the opportunity to engage in my two great loves, mixed martial arts and professional wrestling, at the same time. And, to have it all on Spike TV is really Buttercream icing on a big ole cake – not that whipped cream stuff either!”
King Mo rose to grappling acclaim as a NCAA Division I All-American wrestler at Oklahoma State University in 2003 and a three-time U.S. National Champion (2005, 2006, and 2008) in the 84 kilogram division. In 2007, as a member of the U.S. National team, he brought home a gold medal at the Pan American Games and a silver medal at the World Cup.
A native of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Lawal lives in San Jose, Calif. and trains with the prominent American Kickboxing Academy.
– Ric Flair no-showed last night’s TNA live event from the Uno Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana. I haven’t heard why Flair didn’t show up but he was officially advertised by TNA. This isn’t uncommon as Flair isn’t seen as reliable by TNA management or his co-workers. While it wasn’t widely-reported, Flair no-showed the February 19th TNA live event in Glenville, West Virginia and there was concern from TNA staff members I spoke with that he might not show up the night prior in Beckley. When I requested an interview with Flair back in February, I was told directly from a TNA staff member “who knows” when he’ll even show up.
– Diva-Dirt.com sent in the following:
Number one contender for the Knockouts Title, Brooke Tessmacher, joins us to discuss her big match with Gail Kim for the title this Sunday at TNA’s Sacrifice pay per view.
Just days away from the biggest match of her career, Brooke talks about her recent push in TNA, what the title would mean to her and how she’s been working hard to be taken seriously as a wrestler.
Listen to the interview here
On this being the biggest match of her career so far: “This is by far the biggest match of my career. I don’t want to take away from winning the tag belts with Tara, the glory that I felt when I won that, but this is me proving that I can stand alone, that I don’t need a crutch and actually showcasing all of what Tara has taught me in the ring. All it took was her believing in me and my fans that have been there the whole time. I can’t tell you how satisfied I am to finally go out there and prove myself.”
On how she plans to use Gail’s wedding this week to her advantage: “I hope she’s still in the honeymoon stage from her wedding and still celebrating, or hasn’t worked off all that cake yet. I hope she’s distracted so I can come in there and whoop her ass!”
On what winning the Knockouts Title would mean to her: “It means to me that [I’ve finally] proven to the people that doubted me, or people that go, ‘Oh she’s just a model’ or ‘Oh she’s just gonna come and go’ – it’s gonna prove that I’m here to stay. It’s going to prove that I am a real threat. It’s going to prove that I am a threat in the Knockouts division and all of those girls should worry every time they step in the ring with me. And it’s going to prove that I’m finally a real professional wrestler. That I’m not just a model.”
– There are plans for King Mo to wrestle in TNA. Mo will workout in Ohio Valley Wrestling where he is expected to be seasoned for his in-ring debut with the company. Mo went to OVW several years ago after a WWE tryout and worked out with Mark Henry, John Morrison and Scotty 2 Hotty. As of this writing there is no specific timetable on when he will report to TNA’s official developmental territory, however, the company is looking to bring him to television this summer.