World Wrestling Entertainment officials had discussed releasing Matt Hardy from his contract weeks before it was officially granted last Friday. There were some in WWE who wanted Hardy gone as soon as he requested his walking papers, but the key factor preventing organization officials from letting him go was the belief that it would keep Jeff Hardy in TNA Wrestling longer than his current deal calls for. The argument was that with Linda McMahon nearing the end of her Senate campaign, WWE shouldn’t employ a wrestler doing anything he couldRead More

Posted On October 20, 2010By StaffIn News

Daniel Bryan’s New Gimmick, Cena-Nexus Plans, WWE/JWoww

- WWE employees hardly ever talk about TNA but the JWoww appearance had them talking like it was a flop. Some were wondering if TNA will pay the $15,000 for JWoww to return, noting that if TNA followed logical booking, they would almost have to bring her back. – At least for now, WWE officials feel comfortable that the storyline with John Cena and Nexus can carry through the Royal Rumble pay-per-view. – As noted before, we may not have seen the last of Daniel Bryan’s new “ladies man” gimmickRead More

Posted On October 20, 2010By StaffIn News

Jersey Shore’s J-Woww Reportedly Interested In Wrestling Cookie has yet another update in the ongoing feud between Jersey Shore star “J-Woww” and TNA Knockout Cookie. After J-Woww’s appearance on last week’s episode of TNA iMPACT! culminated with a catfight between the two women, Cookie continued talking trash to TMZ about the Jersey shore star. The latest is that TMZ sources close to J-Woww say, “Cookie didn’t even get one good punch in with her .. J-Woww would be down for a rematch with that trash.” J-Woww reportedly got paid $15,000 for last week’s appearance and the ongoingRead More
– Last night’s match between Maxine and Kaitlyn on NXT is being almost universally panned by both wrestling fans and Joey Styles alike. “And I thought WWECW was hard to watch. OMG that match stunk on ice,” Styles said of the match on Twitter. “After that match, Mae Young is rolling over in her grave…and she’s still alive!” Maxine responded to criticism of the match on Twitter, writing, “Yea the match was tough. It’s hard to lead someone with 2 months experience almost impossible.” Kaitlyn had no prior wrestling experienceRead More
– Kevin Nash said goodbye to the TNA Wrestling locker room at last week’s set of iMPACT! television tapings. While he’s still listed on the company website, the belief is that he is legitimately leaving the organization because he noted to friends that he was asked to take a pay cut and declined to sign a new contract. — There was much head shaking over TNA Wrestling re-signing Team 3D to new contracts. While Brother Devon is quite popular in the locker room and Brother Ray is considered good inRead More

Posted On October 19, 2010By StaffIn News

Bret Hart Takes Shots At Bischoff/Hogan, Praises TNA Talent

WWE Hall Of Famer Bret “The Hitman” Hart recently took a few digs at some of TNA’s top dogs in a recent interview with AOL Fanhouse. Hart said of Eric Bischoff, Hulk Hogan and Vince Russo, “After being in WCW and being around them, you start to realize that these guys — Bischoff in particular — never understood or knew anything about wrestling.” “They just struck me as guys that didn’t understand wrestling. To see them working with another company now, to me, I think you’ll eventually see that theyRead More

Posted On October 19, 2010By StaffIn News

Another TNA Star In SD vs. Raw 2011, CM Punk’s New Look

– It was announced today that TNA star Rob Van Dam will be one of the “Legends” featured in the WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2011 video game – set for release in the United States next Tuesday. It was also announced that WWE Hall of Famer Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat will be a playable character in the game. RVD is not the only current TNA star in the game as it was announced last Thursday that former WWE Diva Mickie James would be a playable character. — As we reportedRead More

Posted On October 19, 2010By Daniel PenaIn News

Kevin Thorn Explains Why Some Pro Wrestlers Use Drugs

Former WWE star Kevin Thorn appeared on the Right After Wrestling radio show last night to discuss tweets he posted about WWE sending wrestlers to rehab, being an independent contractor, being in debt after years of wrestling, and possibly being the person to stand up for the issues wrestlers face. (3:49) The effect Twitter will have on the future of professional wrestling (with Matt Hardy, Dixie Carter and MVP as examples). (14:56) Why did Kevin Thorn never return to the WWE after working so hard to get on the rosterRead More

Posted On October 18, 2010By Daniel PenaIn News

McMahon Appearing On Raw, WWE Confirms Bourne Injury, More

– World Wrestling Entertainment announced on their website that Vince McMahon will be appearing on tonight’s Raw for a “special announcement.” Tuning into his “special announcement” is listed in its “Ten ways to Stand Up for WWE” notice. — WWE Monday Night Raw on January 17, 2011 will be held at the Verizon Arena in Little Rock, Arkansas. Tickets go on sale November 19, 2010. (Thanks to Devin Cutting) — The WWE website confirmed that Evan Bourne suffered a torn rotator cuff, with the injury being attributed to CM Punk’sRead More

Posted On October 18, 2010By Steven PachecoIn Columns

One Count Kickout – 3 Pet Peeves

3 pet peeves about the wrestling business.Read More
– The official TNA Wrestling website is advertising Mickie James’ in-ring debut for this Thursday’s episode of iMPACT!. She will be squaring off against Sarita. Also advertised is the return of the Ultimate X Match. — Sarita, who has not appeared on iMPACT! since July, scored an upset victory over Angelina Love on this weekend’s episode of TNA Xplosion. Love was the Women’s Knockout Champion when the bout was taped. To view the match, click here. — Thursday’s episode of TNA ReACTION garnered a 0.77 cable rating, with 942,000 viewers.Read More

Posted On October 16, 2010By Daniel PenaIn News

TNA Wrestler Announced For SVR, Raw Star Joins Twitter, More

– A Six-Man Tag Team Match pitting The Undertaker, Rey Mysterio and Edge against Kane, Alberto Del Rio and Jack Swagger is being advertised for the Dec. 28 SmackDown television taping at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York. — THQ quietly revealed on Thursday that former WWE star Mickie James will be a playable character in its WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011 video game, which is set for release in the United States on Oct. 26. To view her character profile, click here. Other featured wrestlers who partedRead More
World Wrestling Entertainment announced Friday that Triple H will return for “one night only” at the Supershow and Fan Appreciation Day on Saturday, Oct. 30 at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut. It was not specified whether the multi-time champion will wrestle. Matches announced for the event include Kane vs. The Undertaker vs. Big Show for the World Heavyweight Championship, Randy Orton vs. Wade Barrett for the WWE Championship, Rey Mysterio vs. Alberto Del Rio, and a 16-man battle royal with the winner facing Dolph Ziggler for the Intercontinental Championship.Read More

Posted On October 15, 2010By Daniel PenaIn News

Early Details On Impact Rating, Wrestler Removed From Roster

– While the final rating for last night’s episode of TNA iMPACT! has yet to be disclosed, the program averaged 1.90 million viewers. It was the program’s most watched episode since January 21, which garnered 1.93 million viewers. (source: Pro Wrestling Torch) — Robbie E is advertised to appear at tomorrow night’s Bodyslam Wrestling Organization (BWO) show in Elmwood Park, New Jersey at the Bodyslam Wrestling Organization Gym. — Shark Boy, who has not appeared on TNA Wrestling programming in over a year, was removed from the company website’s rosterRead More

Posted On October 15, 2010By StaffIn News

Randy Orton Tweets About This Week’s TNA Impact

WWE champion Randy Orton wrote on Twitter that he checked out TNA iMPACT! this week for only the “second time ever” and shared his thoughts on the TNA product. “Samoa Joe can move. Miss working with (Kurt) Angle and Jeff. Coulda done w/o the JWoW segment tho. I enjoyed the backstage stuff for the most part anyway. Something about the realness of the conversations between some of the talent was really well done.” When a fan seemed surprised that Orton was praising TNA, Orton responded: “Who said that I doRead More

Posted On October 14, 2010By StaffIn Indy News

Diamond Dallas Page Interview Recap reader Susan Frizzell sent the following: Recently Low Blow Radio and The Unrated Hour featured special guest Diamond Dallas Page!!!!! The following are hilights from this 60 minute interview!!!!! When asked about general thoughts on WWE and TNA today being that he doesn’t watch too much wrestling today, Page replied… “I watch Cody Rhodes a lot since he’s a good friend of mine and I’ve known him since he was 7. Our relationship is really special and I hope he can turn that career of his into something special.Read More

Posted On October 14, 2010By StaffIn News

J-Woww Speaks On iMPACT! & Says She Might Appear Again

Jersey Shore star Jenni “J-Woww” Farley spoke to this week about her appearance on tonight’s episode of TNA iMPACT! J-Woww, who is a black-belt got physical during her apparance at Monday’s TNA iMPACT! tapings (Pictures) tells RadarOnlinethat tonight’s appearance may not be a one-time deal: “Never in a million years would I ever think I would be at TNA so it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity and I’m glad I did it. You know, I never thought I could be able to do it; it’s pretty intense, butRead More

Posted On October 14, 2010By Daniel PenaIn News

Names Under Consideration For WWE HOF, Plans For Pee Wee

– Among those discussed this past week for induction into the 2011 WWE Hall of Fame were Bill Goldberg, Lex Luger and Ron Simmons. Also under consideration for induction into the Hall is that of the Four Horsemen. Company officials would prefer to induct the group as opposed to solely Arn Anderson. However, the group’s induction will likely hinge on whether Ric Flair re-signs with TNA Wrestling once his current contract expires early next year. WWE also has strong interest in inducting Sting into the Hall of Fame, though hisRead More
– In an update on the condition of Patrick Henry, older brother of WWE Superstar, Mark Henry, doctors have taken him off the medication that was keeping him in a coma and he is expected to be revived today. Henry had several surgeries to stop the bleeding and pressure on his brain caused by the stroke he suffered on Oct. 3. — Both Maryse and The Miz walked the red carpet at last night’s Jackass 3D premiere in Los Angeles, California. — The Wrestling Observer Newsletter speculates that due toRead More