Question: what next for TNA?

July 28, 2014

You’ve probably seen by now that gossip site TMZ are reporting that Spike TV will no longer be airing TNA programming on their channel.

There have, of course, been rumblings for a while suggesting that Jeff Jarrett’s new promotion, Global Force Wrestling, would be aiming for a slot on Spike.

Leaving that aside, the current TNA/Spike deal is reported to run till October, so it won’t be disappearing from American TV screens quite yet.

And of course it’s possible that in the interim, the company will find another TV channel to air its programming.

But perhaps this is a big opportunity for TNA.

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Question: what do WWE have in store for Emma?

July 6, 2014

I’m still not entirely sure what to make of this week’s Emma-related saga. (Melodr-emma?)

After news broke of her arrest for sixth-degree larceny (or ‘shoplifting’, as it’s known), WWE were swift to update their website with news of her release.

By the time I woke up the next morning, she’d been reinstated, and WWE were talking ominously of the further action they intended to take in recognition of her law-breaking.

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Question: how does WWE view its global audience?

May 6, 2014

I can’t say I particularly wanted to watch the pre-show for Extreme Rules. I know from bitter experience that the entire thing would have been set up with an undercurrent of laughter at the very idea of small people attempting to wrestle, and a disturbing overtone that those small people aren’t quite REAL people. You know, like US.

Nevertheless, I logged on to YouTube – and realised that WWE aren’t showing pre-shows on there any more. The only place to see them is on the WWE Network.

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Question: what are your predictions for tonight’s Extreme Rules?

May 4, 2014

It’s come round very quickly, but tonight it’s Extreme Rules! What’s going to happen?

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Question: what was your favourite match at Wrestlemania 30?

April 7, 2014

Wrestlemania question: how do you feel about Brock Lesnar v Undertaker?

April 7, 2014

A poll for you, after the jump, just in case people are still trying to avoid spoilers.

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Question: has CM Punk left WWE forever?

January 29, 2014

Everyone in the entire world seems to already know this, but just in case – stories suggest that CM Punk has walked out on WWE, hence his absence from Monday Night RAW.

There’s always the wobble over whether this is real or kayfabe, but, like the Daniel Bryan/Royal Rumble saga, this is also being covered by mainstream media; and although WWE are sticking to their “no comment” line – as they did over the weekend – they don’t need to, there’s enough hysteria (and, obviously, interest) being whipped up without them having to do anything. Read the rest of this entry »

Question: what was your WWE Best PPV match of 2013?

January 13, 2014

BEST_PPV_2013_BD_2DIdly watching WWE’s latest home DVD release – Best PPV Matches of 2013 – was an odd experience for me.

To be honest, give me a show or compilation with Renee Young presenting and you can guarantee I’ll watch – she’s smart, she knows her stuff, and she has a real personality – a terrific addition to the WWE’s reporting team.

But even with Young doing the links between matches, it seemed a bit strange to me to watch PPV matches in isolation – out of the context of their PPVs and their broader storyline. Although I saw all last year’s WWE PPVs, watching them back in this setting was like watching them for the first time, entirely free of the baggage I brought to them initially.

Obviously MY best PPV matches of 2013 would mostly involve the Shield, CM Punk and Daniel Bryan, but I understand and appreciate that this has to be evened out to appeal to people who aren’t ladysmarks, so of course you’ve got John Cena v the Rock and Alberto Del Rio v Rob Van Dam as well. Read the rest of this entry »

Question: what does the WWE Network mean to the UK indy scene?

January 12, 2014

wwe-network-logoYou’ve probably seen the details of the long-awaited WWE Network by now.

Launching in the US next month, its current plans are to include:

  • All the PPVS – including WrestleMania – live and on demand;
  • Pre- and post-shows for the PPVs and for RAW and Smackdown;
  • ‘The Monday Night War’ – a series about the WWE-WCW battle;
  • ‘WrestleMania Rewind’;
  • ‘WWE Countdown’ – where viewers get the chance to rank the roster (this will clearly end well);
  • ‘Legends House’ – where old wrestlers live together and with ‘house staff’ (this will clearly also end well);
  • NXT – the best WWE show;
  • Superstars – the most meaningless WWE show;
  • ALL THE WWE, WCW, and ECW PPVs EVER, “uncut and uncensored”, possibly including Chris Benoit?;
  • Episodes of RAW and Smackdown immediately after they air.
  • US viewers are being asked for just $9.99 a month at the moment; and though it’s not available to UK viewers at the moment, it will be soon, apparently.

    Basically you can now watch wrestling 24 hours a day without leaving your home, and get new content pretty much all the time.

    So what does this mean for the indy scene – if anything?
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    Question: who will be our champion by the end of TLC?

    December 15, 2013

    OrtonCena_crop_northTonight is WWE’s last pay-per-view of 2013, and John Cena and Randy Orton are supposed to be facing each other in a unification match.

    Yet, as we all know, WWE is rarely that simple.

    So, who will be heading out of TLC with the belt(s)?