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- For those that missed it last week here on Premium, Jeff Jarrett is talking with Royal Capital Corporation about buying into TNA Wrestling. For what this means for TNA including what Dixie Carter thinks about it, read our exclusive article at this link.

- TNA Wrestling has announced their Fan Interaction packages for next January's tour of the United Kingdom go on sale on Friday, August 31. Challenge TV has full details at this link.

- ABC News has a new Q&A online with Hulk Hogan. In a weird connection, they interview him because he is a Tampa resident, where the Republican National Convention is taking place this week. Below is an excerpt:

ABC News: What's one place in town tourists don't know about, but should?

HH: Hulk Hogan's Beach Shop, I'm opening it this week. We have everything for the beach and some wrestling stuff too.

Editorial note: The shop is located in Clearwater on Mandalay Avenue, on the upper level of the Pelican Walk Plaza.

ABC News: Who are you voting for?

HH: I'm going to keep that a secret.

Click here to read the piece in its entirety.

- Steven Muehlhausen of The Fight Club Chicago interviewed King Mo and asked him when he would be making his debut for TNA Wrestling. Below is what he had to say:

King Mo: "I'm going to pro wrestling school starting next month. I will be making my TNA debut this October."

Click here to listen to the interview in its entirety.

- Reigning TNA Television Champion Devon has announced that he is gone from TNA Wrestling. In addition to confirming that his contract expired, Devon had the following to say on his Twitter account:

- The TNA contracts of both Devon and Bully Ray are up this week and Devon, the current TNA TV Champion, has announced he's leaving. TNA is still trying to get Bully Ray to re-sign but no deal has been done as of this writing. While many will speculate they will try to return to WWE, one possible roadblock could be Bully Ray's strained relationship with Triple H. Another thing worth noting is TNA's ongoing litigation against WWE and WWE's reluctance to hire anyone that worked for TNA while Brian Wittenstein worked there.

- In yet another TNA contract officially expiring, Ric Flair's deal is reportedly up the second week of September. The word out of Flair's camp is that he is also looking to file for divorce from his wife Jacqueline Beems. Beems, who is Flair's fourth bride, has had police called on her twice for allegedly battering The Nature Boy.

- Two men in Iowa have been charged with theft after police say they stole two TNA championship belts at a TNA live event in the city on August 18th.

KCCI 8 out of Des Moines reports that Joel Luke was charged with second-degree theft and Forrest Jamison was charged with accessory after the fact. Both men hail from Ottumwa and were released on bond.

One of the belts was valued at $6,000 while the other, a replica, was valued at $400.

Click here for coverage by KCCI 8.

- Christopher Daniels w/Kazarian beat Garett Bischoff with the BME in a match taped for Xplosion prior to this week's Impact Wrestling taping from Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.

The following matches have been announced for next week's Impact Wrestling, the go-home show to TNA No Surrender:

  • Christopher Daniels & Kazarian will defend the TNA Tag Team Championship
  • Samoa Joe vs. Jeff Hardy in a BFG Series Match
  • Rob Van Dam vs. Bully Ray in a BGF Series Match

- I heard some interesting news regarding the contract status of Kurt Angle. While he signed a new three-year deal in September 2011 with TNA Wrestling, I'm told years two and three are TNA options. This means Angle's contract is coming up and my source says TNA is trying to get Angle to take a pay cut. My source says TNA wants to opt out and sign Angle under a new deal at a lower rate. As a negotiating chip, Angle is threatening to return to WWE if they do not meet his demands. However, I'm told WWE has very little interest in Angle and feel he brings more risk than he does reward. It was mentioned to me that Angle is "strangely pretty tight" with Jeff Hardy, however, Hardy has no pull at all when it comes to TNA's purse strings. At this point Angle isn't believed to be going anywhere, but he's trying extremely hard to make TNA think he'll return to WWE. I'm told they don't seem to be buying it but it will be interesting to see how it plays out.

- TMZ has picked up on the two TNA Championship belts being stolen at a TNA live event in Ottumwa, Iowa on August 18th.

According to their report, a "stagehand" was unloading a truck at the venue when they turned away for a "split second." This is when 33-year-old Joe Luke allegedly grabbed a $6,000 TNA Championship belt and $400 replica and took off.

Police used surveillance footage to catch Luke and Forrest Jamison, who operated as an accessory. Both men were arrested Wednesday before posting bail and being released.

Click here for coverage by TMZ.

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  • _JIM_

    That teacher had to have had a tough go at it when he first introduced his lesson plans involving WWE related materials, but then he started to get positive results and made all of his detractors eat their words. You have to love that. Its hard enough to reach these kids so you have to applaud someone when they think outside tthe box and get positive results.