- Matt Morgan returned to TNA Wrestling at a live event Saturday night in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Morgan attacked Robbie E to pop the crowd. It would appear that Morgan has signed a new deal with the company.
- We reported earlier that Matt Morgan returned to TNA Wrestling at their live event tonight in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Since then, Matt sent out some cryptic tweets in regards to his return on his official Twitter page. They can be seen below:
Matt has been playing mind games with everyone on Twitter recently as he tweeted Kevin Nash about standing up to the TNA home office.
- Kurt Angle was interviewed on Chad Duke's 1067 The Fan radio show while he was in Washington, D.C. Bobby Roode was recently interviewed by them. Below is an excerpt from the interview.
Kurt talked about WWE and TNA Wrestling booking new talent on their roster against him as they came into the business:
I really enjoyed it, I took it as a compliment. At TNA they did the same thing. They’d bring in somebody like the Pope or Mr. Anderson or whoever else that was coming in that was coming from WWE or had somewhat of a name, the first program they’d do would be with me. I’ve always enjoyed that it’s a good challenge and Desmond Wolfe was another one that came from Ring of Honor. So I like that and I know that the company has faith in me. Both WWE did and TNA had the faith in me to make the guys look as good as I could.
Kurt was asked if he thinks you have to be a certain size to be champion:
No. I think Austin Aries as champion, I think he deserves it, he’s an awesome talent. Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero, unfortunately their tragedies really damaged the ability for smaller guys to step up and become champions. I don’t know why but I think they were just unfortunate. I don’t think it was because of their size, I think they were just terrible tragedies that happened with both those families and it’s gotten a little bit of a bad reputation now, the under 6 foot club and i don’t think it should be that way. I think any size is a good size.
Kurt also discussed his possible MMA future that he had, the current mix of talent in TNA, and his Funny or Die video. You can listen to the full interview here.
- Kurt was going to be part of the World Series of Fighting as a guest commentator but he had to be replaced because of "a conflict of issues". It is announced that Renzo Gracie, MMA veteran, will replace him.
- Kurt Angle noted on Twitter he isn't "injured as badly as you have heard" and will continue to work. Apparently Angle was shaken up at Sunday's TNA live event in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and required assistance to the back after the 6-man tag team match main event. You can read full house show results at this link. For Angle's official Twitter account, click here.
- Impact Wrestling will air live throughout most Thursday nights for the rest of the year. Universal Studios updated the official Impact taping schedule and announced the following episodes will air live:
- September 20, 2012
- September 27, 2012
- October 4, 2012
- October 11, 2012
- October 18, 2012
- October 25, 2012
- November 1, 2012
- November 8, 2012
- November 29, 2012
- December 6, 2012
TNA will tape Impact on the following dates:
- Monday, November 12, 2012
- Tuesday, November 13, 2012
- Monday, December 10, 2012
- Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Additionally, the following pay-per-views will take place from Universal Studios:
- November 11 - Turning Point
- December 9 - Final Resolution
- TNA Wrestling issued a press release Thursday about Impact remaining live throughout the remainder of 2012. You can read our initial report at this link.
TNA “IMPACT WRESTLING” TO REMAIN LIVE ON THURSDAY NIGHTS THROUGH THE END OF 2012
New York, NY – September X, 2012 – – Spike TV’s highly-rated weekly series “IMPACT WRESTLING” will continue to run LIVE in its current 8:00pm timeslot through the end of 2012, it was jointly announced today by Dixie Carter, President, TNA Entertainment, and Kevin Kay, President, Spike TV.
The move to broadcasting LIVE has been a ratings boon and has provided a significant rise in the show’s social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, etc.
Spike TV began airing “Impact Wrestling” LIVE, instead of its traditional taped format, on May 31 from Universal Studios on Thursday nights. As a result the change, Spike’s 8-10pm timeslot has grown +33% in households, +47% in Men-18-49, and +35% in viewers.
Details for “IMPACT WRESTLING” production plans for 2013 will be announced at a later date.
- Shaquille O'Neal is backstage at the Impact Wrestling taping in Universal Studios. Dixie Carter Tweeted this photo of Hulk Hogan and Shaq.
- Bully Ray has signed a new contract with TNA Wrestling for one year guaranteed with a TNA option for a second year. I'm told there has been a lot of tension between Ray and Devon due to Ray being brought back and Devon now gone from the company. Things have even gotten to the point where Devon has looked at buying Bully Ray out from his share in their Team 3D Academy wrestling school. One observer says Devon feels Ray left him behind and didn't have his back. Ray feels he held himself back for years to be loyal to Devon. However, given the fact Bully Ray has a lot of influence in TNA, some find it strange Devon is gone. My source says as tight as things have gotten in TNA, Ray probably used any stroke he may have to get himself the best deal possible at a time when costs are being slashed left and right.
- No decision has been made on the future of Impact Wrestling airing live on Spike TV past the end of 2012. While TNA and Spike TV have an agreement for the series to air on the network through October 2014, a decision regarding Impact's future as a live show will be made at a later date.
- There was a minor distraction in the crowd at this week's Impact Wrestling taping from Universal Studios. I'm told when James Storm came out for his match against Bobby Roode a female fan tripped and fell in front of the hard camera. She suffered a visible arm injury with my source speculating that it looked broken.
- Jeff Hardy beat Kazarian in a match taped for Xplosion at this week's Impact Wrestling taping after hitting Twist of Fate.
Two random Samoan jobbers who did a Samoan dance and have an indy manager were beaten by Chavo Guerrero & Hernandez with Taryn Terrell as referee in a dark match.
- Christopher Daniels & Kazarian will defend the TNA Tag Team Championship in a three-way tag match against Chavo Guerrero & Hernandez and AJ Styles & Kurt Angle at TNA Bound for Glory.
- Shaquille O'Neal appeared on this week's Impact Wrestling in a backstage segment with Hulk Hogan at the beginning of the show.
- It was announced on this week's Impact Wrestling that a decision will be made regarding the TNA TV Championship on next week's "Championship Thursday." Devon, who left the company with the title, was not mentioned.