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TNA Impact Wrestling News

- SLAM! Wrestling has a new article online featuring quotes from a conference call with Ken Anderson where he promotes his match on Sunday against Jeff Hardy at TNA Sacrifice. In the piece, Anderson discusses his multiple character turns last year. Below is an excerpt:

“There are things I wish could’ve been done a little bit differently,” he said. “I probably wouldn’t have chosen to make the switch so many times. I think last year I turned four or five times, maybe. It was a little hard for me to wrap my head around, but things have changed.”

He also had some good things to say, which were evident in this quote:

“It’s the wrestling business, you never know what to expect,” he said. “You never expect anything and I came to learn that pretty early on in my career. They say believe half of what you see and none of what you hear in the wrestling business and I think that’s pretty true. I’ve been pretty happy with the way things have gone in TNA. There’s always room for improvement and I always look back at every single match and I don’t recall a single one in the history of my career where I’ve sat back and said, ‘That match was great, I love that match.’ There’s always something I’m critical of and I think you’ll find that with most actors, athletes and most people who are just competitive in nature.”

Click here to read the article in its entirety.

- TNA has posted full details on next year’s return to the United Kingdom, including that the company will once again tape Impact Wrestling in London. Below is the official release:

IMPACT WRESTLING returns to the UK and Ireland in January 2013 for ‘The Road To Lockdown’ Tour – promising fans a steel cage match on every show. The action-packed live events will take place in Dublin (January 21), Glasgow (23), Nottingham (24), Manchester (25) and at London’s Wembley Arena (26). The show at Wembley will see two episodes of TNA IMPACT WRESTLING taped for broadcast in more than 120 countries around the globe, including on Challenge TV in the UK and Ireland.

• Lockdown steel cage comes to the UK and Ireland for first time ever
• Wembley show to be broadcast on Challenge TV and around the world
• Live events also set for Dublin, Glasgow, Nottingham and Manchester

Worldwide wrestling stars announced for the five events include Jeff Hardy, Kurt Angle, Bobby Roode, James Storm, AJ Styles, Mr. Anderson, Rob Van Dam, Velvet Sky and Gail Kim. Many more top names will be added in the coming months.

TNA President Dixie Carter said: “Our wonderful fans in the UK and Ireland have made us their number one rated wrestling show once again – and this tour is our way of saying thank you.

“This is the first time that the Lockdown steel cage has ever left US soil. Those matches will really be something special.

“Taping TNA IMPACT WRESTLING at Wembley this January was a high point in the 10 year history of this company, so coming back in 2013 is something everyone is looking forward to.”

Tickets for the four UK shows go on sale at 9am on Friday May 25, with Irish tickets on sale from Tuesday May 22. Tickets can be bought from www.gigsandtours.com / 0844 811 0051 or www.ticketmaster.co.uk / 0844 826 2826. Full details of the UK and Ireland events are:

Monday January 21
Dublin National Stadium
818 719 300

Wednesday January 23
Glasgow Braehead Arena
0844 499 9990

Thursday January 24
Nottingham Capital FM Arena
0844 412 4624

Friday January 25
Manchester Arena
0844 847 8000

Saturday January 26
London Wembley Arena
0844 815 0815

- Christopher Daniels & Kazarian beat Magnus & Samoa Joe at tonight’s TNA Sacrifice pay-per-view to win the TNA Tag Team Championship.

- Kurt Angle claimed on Twitter last night that he injured his knee in his match against AJ Styles at TNA Sacrifice. The following is from ANgle’s official Twitter account:

- Neither Dixie Carter nor Eric Bischoff were backstage at last night’s pay-per-view.

- In addition to Dixie Carter and Eric Bischoff not being backstage at last night’s TNA Sacrifice pay-per-view, Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair were not there either. As I’ve noted on more than one occasion, Flair was advertised for weekend live events but didn’t show up. The internal feeling was that last night’s Sacrifice pay-per-view was the best show the company has done in several months yet none of the high-profile administrative names were backstage.

- It’s interesting to note that “MMA Uncensored Live” that followed Impact Wrestling last Thursday averaged 567,000 viewers on Spike TV. The number is significant because the show featured new TNA signing King Mo and Dixie Carter and the highest viewing audience the show has generated to date.

- Rob Van Dam was not injured at last night’s Sacrifice pay-per-view.

- Former WWE talent Mike Knox worked a tryout match with TNA after tonight’s Impact Wrestling taping from Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. Knox went under to Devon. Knox worked for WWE from 2005 to 2010 and has been working the independent circuit ever since.

- Tara, whose real name is Lisa Maria Varon, wrote on Twitter today that she is featured in the newest issue of “Penthouse.”

- The WrestleShark.com crew sent word they recently interviewed Rob Van Dam at this link.

- Dixie Carter posted the following today on Twitter:

- AJ Styles may have been injured at tonight’s Impact Wrestling taping from Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida as he was scrapped from the scheduled post-show Meet and Greet in the ring with fans.

Wrestling News World Orlando correspondent Scott Brooks was unaware if it was anything serious but the injury (if there was in fact a legitimate injury) occurred during a TNA Championship match against Bobby Roode. Styles was helped the back afterwards and didn’t return as scheduled.  The bout will air on the May 24th episode of Impact Wrestling on Spike TV.

- TNA will come out with “guns blazing” in their new 8 PM timeslot on Spike TV as it was announced at tonight’s taping that the May 31st episode of Impact Wrestling will open with TNA Champion Bobby Roode in a lumberjack match against Sting.

- Speaking of Sting, he returned at tonight’s taping in the final segment of the May 24th show, where the aforementioned match was announced by Hulk Hogan.

The “is it a work or are these guys seriously obsessed with one another?” Twitter feud between Hulk Hogan and Scott Steiner has taken an interesting turn. Steiner claims he was served a letter from a lawyer representing Hogan and Eric Bischoff. Hogan posted a response on his social networking accounts.

While I covered the initial comments, the words from Steiner got intense enough where I was questioning whether or not he was working. Take this for what it’s worth but below is the latest from each:

Scott Steiner

Hulk Hogan:

- TNA is offering this past Sunday’s Sacrifice pay-per-view in a video on demand replay available on YouTube. The show is $34.95 for a seven day rental.

- Tony Nese confirmed today on his official Twitter account that he requested his release from TNA. His post is included below:

I wanted to be the first to inform everyone that I have requested my release from TNA Wrestling. As a professional wrestler I have many goals and dreams that I work hard to achieve, one of them was to have the opportunity to perform in front of a live audience on national television and I thank TNA Wrestling for providing me with that opportunity. Another goal of mine is to wrestle against some of the top international superstars with the chances to travel the world and work for some of the best international companies that have the best talent in wrestling today.

I have recently been approached with an opportunity to step in the ring with The Great Muta, a wrestling legend, and one of All Japan Pro Wrestling’s top wrestlers Kai. This is an opportunity that I feel with help me further my goals and career. This event will be provided via IPPV and unfortunately my TNA contract did not allow me to perform on such events. I requested that an exception would be granted given my lack of appearances but was denied. My next action was to request a release as I think it will be in my best interest.

I would like to thank TNA Wrestling for helping me achieve one of my goals as it is very few in this business that are able to say they have. I would also like to thank all the people that support me as this is just a small chapter coming to an end in my career and I have many more exciting opportunities in my future to come. – Anthony Nese

- Sean “X-Pac” Waltman has taken to Twitter to rip apart Dixie Carter.

In his Tweets, Waltman tells Carter he’s disappointed in her, congratulates her for hiring “one of the biggest lowlifes in the business” in Bruce Prichard and vows that TNA will become part of the WWE tape library before the end of the decade.

The following is from Waltman’s official Twitter account:

- Velvet Sky was filmed in Montgomery Gentry’s new music video that was taped in Orlando on Tuesday.

- Clarionledger.com has a new Q&A online with Kurt Angle to promote tomorrow night’s TNA live event in Jackson, Mississippi. In it, Angle says he’s working with a torn MCL that caused him to miss the tryouts for the US Olympics amateur wrestling team. He also said he thinks he is going to keep his character babyface. You can read the article in its entirety at this link.

- Dixie Carter just posted the following on Twitter:

- As we reported in January, WWE was not the only company actively trying to get Brock Lesnar under contract as soon as he was no longer under contract with UFC. Viacom, Spike TV‘s parent company, was interested in Lesnar due to the potential boost he could give Bellator Fighting Championships, as well as Impact Wrestling. UFC President Dana White was hesitant to release Lesnar from his contract back in January because he did not want him to be part of a rival MMA organization. Lesnar ended up buying his way out of his contract so he could return to WWE. However, Viacom remained interested in acquiring a “crossover star” that could be used in both Bellator and TNA. Our source has indicated that this is the reason why TNA heavily pursued Muhammed Lawal (a/k/a King Mo). While King Mo does not have the name value that Lesnar has, Spike was desperate for a crossover star, and Mo turned out to be their best available option. Many in TNA are highly skeptical of Mo’s ability to raise the profile of TNA, as well as his ability to handle being pushed so quickly as a top star in the company. Spike, however, is more optimistic. With the amount of money being spent on Mo, Spike expects big things from him, in terms of crossover appeal and as a star in TNA. It is expected that Mo will remain highly protected, so that his value with Bellator is not in jeopardy. Some in the industry have joked about the signing of King Mo, as it is seen as Spike making a mistake that it makes over and over again: making questionable business decisions out of spite, after missing out on a big opportunity. For example, Spike poured millions of dollars into TNA as a middle finger to Vince McMahon, after WWE Raw left Spike to go back to USA. In addition, Spike bought Bellator in response to UFC’s departure to Fox. The large financial investment in King Mo after losing out on Brock Lesnar is seen as just another huge business mistake for Spike.

- To answer the curious reader in today’s Ask WNW, Brooke Hogan has signed with TNA as first reported by TMZ. Brooke will be working as an executive in the company to develop female talent. Her duties will be to help up-and-coming talent develop their characters, assist with promos and even consult on entrance music. TNA President Dixie Carter told TMZ, “Brooke is such a great talent who’s really sharp and will make a great addition to the TNA family.”

- Earl Hebner posted the following on Twitter:

- TNA issued the following press release tonight:

Television personality and recording artist Brooke Hogan is joining the cast of the highly-rated weekly wrestling program, TNA’s “IMPACT WRESTLING” starting Thursday, May 31 on Spike TV. Brooke’s role will be as the Executive in Charge of the female wrestling division, The Knockouts. Brooke will join a star-studded cast of the biggest names in professional wrestling, including her father, wrestling legend Hulk Hogan. TNA’s flagship series, “IMPACT WRESTLING,” telecasts on Spike TV and is one of the network’s top-rated series on Thursday nights with young men and currently ranks among the top shows on cable in its timeslot with Men 18-34.

In addition to overseeing the traditional duties of the Knockouts Division, Brooke will bring a new energy and direction to the role working with the girls in a variety of capacities.

“I have really gotten to know Brooke by working with her on her music career this past year and a half,” said Dixie Carter, President of TNA Wrestling. “When we did talk wrestling, I not only loved her passion and knowledge of it, but the fresh, creative ideas she would come up with. She is very savvy. I asked if she would consider teaming up with me in this capacity while she also worked on her music, and I was thrilled when she said ‘yes.’ A big personality runs in her genes, obviously, and I know she is going to take an already exciting division of Impact Wrestling to another level.”

Brooke is heading to New York next week for a media tour to promote her addition to the IMPACT WRESTLING team. Brooke will also promote “IMPACT WRESTLING’s” move to 8 PM and that the series will telecast LIVE for the summer starting Thursday, May 31. TNA’s 10th anniversary SLAMMIVERSARY pay-per-view-event is set for June 10th in Dallas, Texas.

The TNA roster features many of the top names in wrestling including the aforementioned Hulk Hogan, Jeff Hardy, Kurt Angle, Bobby Roode, Sting, James Storm, Rob Van Dam, and the lovely and lethal Knockouts.

Brooke Hogan, a native of Tampa, Fl, is a successful television personality, singer and songwriter. Brooke starred in two acclaimed non-scripted shows on Spike’s sister network, VH1, including “Hogan Knows Best” and the spinoff, “Brooke Knows Best.” Both were #1 rated shows for the network. Brooke has also released two albums, “Undiscovered” in 2006 which peaked at #28 on the Billboard Hot 100, and “The Redemption” in 2009. Her song, “Everything To Me,” peaked at #1 twice on Billboard’s Top Single Chart. Hogan’s film credits include “Little Hercules in 3D,” “Sand Sharks,” and “Devour.

- Gunner announced today on his official Twitter account that he has agreed to terms on a new contract with TNA that will keep him with the company for the next three years. The following is from Gunner:

 

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