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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Interview: Rockstar Spud on being Dixie’s chief of staff and forthcoming TNA UK Tour

January 31, 2014

IMG_0986If you watched TNA’s British Boot Camp on Challenge TV this time last year, you’ll doubtless remember my own personal highlight of the series – when Rockstar Spud stepped in the ring with mentor Rollerball Rocco, who then proceeded to batter the hell out of him.

“You didn’t see the half of it,” confesses Spud. “He gave me a slap, and it brought tears to my eyes. Why they didn’t use it, who knows, but I can still feel it now. I can feel the handprint appear on my face.”

Spud was the antagonist of the series, butting heads with Marty Scurll and tormenting the Blossom Twins, and he argues that his role in wrestling is to be an illusionist – to manipulate people to love him or loathe him depending on the circumstance.

“You’re not paying to see people who are ordinary, because why would you pay to see them?” he asks rhetorically. “Have you ever watching a film where it’s really positive the whole way through? If you did, there’s no trial or tribulation – it wouldn’t be very good. If you haven’t got something to overcome, it’s not an interesting tale.” Read the rest of this entry »

Question: Where will TNA go from here?

November 1, 2013

TNA UK PPV PosterYou’ve probably seen the rumours circulating about TNA Impact Wrestling’s direction in the future.

I don’t have access to their accounts; but I do know that while US audiences have been critical of the product recently, they still have a hugely loyal UK fan base, evidenced by their expansion of their 2014 tour over here.

I also know that the British Boot Camp at the start of this year created huge interest in TNA and the four contenders.

And I know that Ring-Ka-King was critically acclaimed and popular with fans worldwide, who managed to watch it despite it not being aired in their country.

So – is it time for TNA to try working as a UK-based promotion? Read the rest of this entry »

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 postscript: Rockstar Spud was on Snog, Marry, Avoid

January 2, 2013

BBC_SpudQA_support01Oh, Spud, Spud, Spud.

You were very happy to mock Marty Scurll for being on a dating television show in today’s opening TNA British Boot Camp.


But is being on Snog, Marry, Avoid really better than being on Take Me Out? One’s on ITV1 and gets on the front page of national tabloids; one’s on BBC Three and fills space in TV listings magazines.

I mean, you’ve uploaded it on your YouTube account and you’ve had it in your Twitter biography so you must be a BIT proud of your television appearance…but why would you neglect to mention it?

Perhaps it slipped your mind. Fortunately I’ve linked to it below so that everyone can see it.

You’re welcome!

Fact: Rockstar Spud, Marty Scurll and the Blossom Twins are off to the US for TNA British Boot Camp!

January 1, 2013

BBC_poster_support_CLZSo after the first two episodes of TNA British Boot Camp, we have learnt:

  • Rockstar Spud is an arrogant heel
  • Marty Scurll is an arrogant ladies’ man (as are all American wrestling faces)
  • The Blossoms are nice well-behaved women with good wrestling talent


We did however get to see Rollerball Rocco,who approved of them all going off to America to continue their bootcamp work, and we also got to make a lot of jokes at the expense of Rockstar Spud’s height, so it’s all looking good so far. Read the rest of this entry »