Facts from TNA Impact Wrestling, MEN Arena, Manchester, Friday 25th January 2013

January 27, 2013

20130125_184115[1]I’ll try to minimise the spoilers as obviously these TV tapings won’t air for a few weeks in the UK – but there will be some, mostly relating to the Aces and Eights.

  • For some reason, one of the extended mix shouty rock songs they were playing prior to the show opening was the theme tune from WWE NXT. Oh, TNA.
  • Christy Hemme either forgot her skirt, or doesn’t get paid enough to be able to buy a full outfit. Poor Christy Hemme.
  • Dixie Carter began the evening by inviting the Blossom Twins out to train with OVW, an offer they accepted.
  • The opening cage match between Mr Anderson and Kurt Angle ended with the reveal of two brand-new members of the Aces and Eights! Not many people cared, though, apart from poor Kurt.
  • Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian were both dressed as Braveheart, and employed a fascinating array of insults towards the crowd. Read the rest of this entry »

Fact: Girls Gone Wrestling launches next week

January 25, 2013

GGWA bit of self-promotion here – I’ll be a guest on Rhia O’Reilly’s new online chat show, Girls Gone Wrestling, which has its debut on Monday January 28th at 8pm GMT.

I imagine most of the chat will be about the Royal Rumble, but expect some discussion of TNA British Boot Camp as well as the current UK scene.

The show will be available on YouTube straight after broadcast, or you can watch live via Google Hangout – for the link, follow the Girls Gone Wrestling Twitter account.

Recap: TNA British Boot Camp episode 6; or The One Where Rockstar Spud Wins

January 24, 2013

So before the ad break, we found out that the Blossoms get to face Gail Kim and Madison Rayne, while Marty and Spud have to face each other. Dixie and Hulk will be watching attentively and deciding who actually gets the fabled TNA roster spot.

In case we weren’t excited enough already, we get Hulk going Hulkamanic in our faces.

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Recap: TNA British Boot Camp episode 5; or the one with decisions

January 23, 2013

Previously on TNA British Boot Camp! All this happened, and now we’re on a mega-double-episode-feast to find out who’s going to win the contract.

Last time we saw our quartet, they had just arrived at OVW, where Doug Williams had his characteristic ‘faintly amused’ expression, and Al Snow taught everyone how to run the ropes properly while being entirely puzzled by the very concept of twins.

Spud talks about Al’s knowledge being a “godsend” (though presumably not about human genetics) because there are not many veterans in Britain; or at least not ones who want to train the next generation, mostly because of their aversion to “American-style wrestling”.

Marty talks about Doug being an ambassador for wrestling and SERIOUSLY SCURLL WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU WEARING?

marty wtf


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Congratulations to Rockstar Spud, winner of TNA British Boot Camp

January 22, 2013

spud1So this evening’s double-episode denouement of TNA British Boot Camp revealed that Dixie Carter and Hulk Hogan chose Rockstar Spud the winner of the sought-after contract.

Well done to him – and well done to Marty Scurll and the Blossom Twins, who join him on the TNA tour and will have a chance at a later date at securing themselves a spot on the roster.

A full recap of both episodes will follow later in the week.

Question: who do you want to win TNA British Boot Camp?

January 22, 2013

BBC_poster_support_CLZIt’s the final night of the TNA British Boot Camp! Our four contestants are still all there – The Blossom Twins, Marty Scurll and Rockstar Spud – so who do you want to get the single promised TNA contract? Have your say…

Fact: you should be voting Ross Jones, aka RJ Singh, for Impact Wrestling Gut Check

January 22, 2013

rjsinghOne thing you can say about TNA – things are never straightforward. (I’ll be doing a post about Brooke Hogan being the worst wrestling bride at some point in the future.)

Today, however, I’m focusing on their new Gut Check vote. There are more than 300 names in the hat to get a try-out, divided into 16 brackets. You can vote for one nominee in each bracket.

And thus I urge you to vote for Ross Jones, aka RJ Singh of the Bhangra Knights, in Bracket 1.  Read the rest of this entry »

Fact: NXT is the best wrestling show on television

January 19, 2013

I’ve always enjoyed watching NXT since its reboot (I gave up on NXT Redemption in horror, around about its 4,659th week of competition). I wrote about some of its plus points last summer, but since then it’s improved even further – and the last two episodes have been amazing.

First of all, the NXT universe and the WWE universe have finally collided. Champion Seth Rollins turned heel, accompanied by his Shield cohorts Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose (finally making his NXT debut several weeks after his WWE debut). And Big E Langston was there as an enforcer to mete out his own brand of justice. Read the rest of this entry »

Recap: TNA British Boot Camp episode 4; or The One With Tongues

January 16, 2013

Previously on TNA British Boot Camp – this, this and this!

This week they’re off to Nashville to see Dixie Carter at TNA HQ. Spud’s eyes are like saucers. “Dixie, this place is enormous!”


Oh, honey, everywhere is enormous compared to you, except maybe a model village. Read the rest of this entry »

Recap: TNA British Boot Camp episode 3; or The One With Kurt Angle

January 9, 2013

It’s episode 3 of TNA British Boot Camp!



All this happened, on episode 1 and episode 2.

Tonight we begin with our merry quartet doing some promotional filming for the series (ie the one we’re watching now. It’s all very meta). The guys have been doing ‘hero footage’, and the girls have been moving their heads towards the camera simultaneously – it’s a twin thing, obviously.



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