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TNA News

- A court date has been scheduled for October 26, 2012 in Nashville, TN in regards to Scott Steiner filing a count-suit against TNA Wrestling in September. TNA initially filed the suit against Steiner for disparaging remarks against Hulk Hogan, Eric Bischoff and the company that Steiner made on Twitter. On October 9, TNA filed a motion to dismiss the count-suit. The hearing scheduled for the 26th will be TNA’s opportunity to explain why they feel the count-suit should be dismissed.

- In the week leading up to TNA Bound for Glory, Hulk Hogan’s media tour turned into a stage where more time was spent addressing a sex tape that leaked out rather than promoting the pay-per-view. We’ve been gathering information along the way and here’s what we’ve been able to find out:

  • Hogan did not know he was being taped at the time but had known for awhile the tape existed.
  • We’re told this is not the only time Hogan had sex with Bubba the Love Sponge’s wife and it’s not the only time Bubba and Heather (his wife) had secretly taped Hogan having sex with her.
  • Hogan knew Bubba and Heather were swingers but didn’t know Bubba liked to watch videos of other men having sex with his wife.

While most people would expect Hogan to be “at odds” with Bubba over the ordeal, we’re told he has to “tread carefully” because Bubba has several other tapes of Hogan having sex with Heather. Not only does Hogan not want them to leak, he doesn’t want anyone to know they exist as he’s trying to portray his relationship with Heather as a one time thing.

Further, Hogan is painting it as something that happened a long time ago and was a “one time thing” when the truth is it was an ongoing intimate relationship and Bubba was OK with it because, unbeknownst to Hogan, he and Heather were watching the tapes after they were filmed.

- The following title changes took place at TNA Bound for Glory:

  • Rob Van Dam beat Zema Ion to win the TNA X Division Championship.
  • Chavo Guerrero & Hernandez won the TNA Tag Team Championship in a match that involved Christopher Daniels & Kazarian and Kurt Angle & AJ Styles.

- Tara beat Brooke Tessmacher to win the TNA Knockout Women’s Championship at TNA Bound for Glory. She then revealed her Hollywood “boyfriend” as Big Brother’s Jessie Godderz.

- Devon is back in TNA Wrestling as he was revealed as a member of the Aces & 8s faction at Bound for Glory. As the stipulation goes, the Aces & 8s have access to the Impact Zone after winning at the pay-per-view.

- Devon is not the leader of the Aces & 8s faction despite what many may believe following TNA Bound for Glory. The original plan was for Bully Ray to turn on Sting and be revealed the leader, only to setup a title feud against Jeff Hardy. I haven’t heard if TNA still plans turning Bully Ray as the leader but can confirm the faction is not being headed up by Devon.

- TMZ is reporting that Hulk Hogan plans to sue Bubba the Love Sponge over releasing the tape of Hogan having sex with Bubba’s wife. We reported more ugly details over the weekend at this link.

- Hulk Hogan is seeking $100 million in damages from Gawker.com for leaking footage of a tape that shows him having sexual intercourse with Bubba the Love Sponge’s ex-wife Heather Clem. At a press conference held Monday in Florida, Hogan and his legal counsel, announced two separate lawsuits. One, seeking $100 million against Gawker and another against Bubba and Clem. In addition to seeking damages, Hogan wants all of the sex footage so he can destroy it. His legal team cautioned they will pursue any outlet that airs the footage. TMZ has more at this link.

- Luke Gallows & Mike Knox were the Aces & 8s members that worked against Sting & Bully Ray at TNA Bound for Glory. Garett Bischoff and Wes Brisco joined Devon as members at ringside.

- Bubba the Love Sponge buried Hulk Hogan on his radio show on Tuesday. He called Hogan a “hypocritical fraud” and said his ex-wife Heather Clem was a victim. He alleged that all three knew what was going on and Hogan painting himself as a victim is an attempt to save his public image. Due to a clause in his divorce, he was not allowed to discuss the tape and impending lawsuit but focused on Hogan portraying himself as an innocent victim.

Bubba also accused Hogan of leaking the tape himself and defended Hogan’s ex-wife Linda. TMZ has more at this link.

- Mickie James indicated here on Twitter she recently underwent surgery. She did not elaborate what type of surgery she had but said, “I’m getting better everyday.” You can view the Tweet embedded below:

- Hulk Hogan buried Bubba the Love Sponge on Twitter. Below are the Tweets:

- I’m told there is a certain level of “nervousness” surrounding Scott Steiner’s lawsuit against TNA Wrestling. One observer says TNA has never been very organized with their accounting and would have a hard time producing detailed information. Unlike WWE, which is a publicly traded company, the way TNA is structured is believed to benefit its parent company, Panda Energy, in regards to how it is taxed. The point is if a former worker requested a full accounting of their royalties, TNA would have a hard time producing this information. This is why Steiner is focusing specifically on royalties in his countersuit because he knows it would be very damning for the company’s accounting practices to be brought to the forefront, especially in court. I’m told some of the smarter workers that have worked in TNA in the past have noticed discrepancies in their royalty statements, so word begin to get around over the last couple years that this would be a way to nail TNA if there was ever a contract dispute that got litigious.

- For those that missed this week’s Impact Wrestling, Jeff Hardy dawned a new TNA Championship title belt.

- Speaking of Hardy, he’ll defend the title against either Kurt Angle, Bully Ray, Ken Anderson or James Storm on next week’s show. As the storyline goes, Hulk Hogan will “choose” Hardy’s opponent.

- TNA Knockout Women’s Champion Tara is getting back in the pizza business as she plans to open a new restaurant in Chicago in January or February 2013.

“We’re sticking with what we know, with where we’ve previously had success,” Tara told the Chicago Tribune. “We’re focusing on artisanal brick oven pizza. Everything (will be) made on premise: the dough, a fifth generation sauce, fresh local ingredients. And then house blend burgers: hormone and antibiotic free beef, ground in house.”

Tara, who previously had a restaurant in Kentucky she sold, isn’t taking this on as a novelty project.

“This is not a pet project for me,” Tara said. “This is my job. I will continue to travel a couple days a week for wrestling, but I will be in the restaurant several days a week.”

Click here to read coverage by the Chicago Tribune.

- Mr. Anderson vs. Robbie E was taped for TNA Xplosion at this week’s Impact taping.

- While I haven’t heard the official number, word going around is that less than 3,000 fans attended TNA Bound for Glory from the Grand Canyon University Arena in Phoenix last weekend.

- Tara is scheduled to defend the TNA Knockout Women’s Championship against Brooke Tessmacher on next week’s “Championship Thursday” episode of Impact Wrestling.

- Believe it or not, I’m told Dave Lagana has been trying to get re-hired by WWE in the last two weeks. While he has a relatively safe spot on the creative team in TNA right now, the former WWE writer has been “calling nonstop” about a return to his former employer. One source told us he isn’t even trying to be sly about it. This source also has a hunch that Lagana isn’t working in TNA under a contract. The irony in it all is WWE isn’t touching any TNA wrestlers due to ongoing litigation so it’s unknown why Lagana believes they would sign a current TNA creative writer.

- Hulk Hogan agreed with a Twitter follower on Thursday night that the Impact Zone was “killing the product.” His response to the follower was to “tell Dixie.” You can view the Tweet below:

- Doug Williams suffered a right arm injury at the October 10th Ohio Valley Wrestling tapings. While the severity of the injury isn’t completely known, Williams feared at the time he could have partially torn his bicep. Williams noted on Monday he is able to lock his arm out if he “does it slowly.”

- This week’s Impact Wrestling, which was the Impact following the biggest pay-per-view of the year for TNA Wrestling, Bound for Glory, scored a 0.99 cable rating with an average audience of 1,250,000. The show rebounded from last week’s year low. On an interesting note, last year’s post Bound for Glory show scored a 1.4 cable rating with over 2,000,000 viewers. The 2010 post show got a 1.4 cable rating with an average of 1,900,000 viewers.

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