As always with TNA tour blogs, the spoilers are strong with this one… Read the rest of this entry »
Well, I say “facts”. When Jeremy Borash began the TV taping, he asked us not to release details about the show on the internet. Seems fair enough to me. The series doesn’t air till October, and I hate having wrestling shows spoilt for me (hilariously, TNA are actually the most culpable for this – posting results and what’s going to happen in upcoming taped programmes on their social media, forgetting every single week that the UK doesn’t see it until three days afterwards). Embargoes aren’t unusual for journalists who are going to press screenings of shows, and that’s the mindset I approach this with.
So with no further ado, some hints at what went on in East London last night… Read the rest of this entry »
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.
Jeremy Borash feels the same.
“It’s how I started watching wrestling – with my dad,” he says. “I don’t think I’d be here [in TNA] if we hadn’t had that show. And I didn’t have a whole lot in common with my dad, but one thing we did was we’d go to the wrestling together, and we’d watch the wrestling together every Saturday morning. I’m so excited about it.”
And now TNA’s establishing themselves in that market with a relaunch of Xplosion, to air on Challenge at 9am on Saturday mornings. Read the rest of this entry »
So after the “Direct from Glasgow” episode on Thursday night, we trekked along to the Arena formerly known as the MEN to catch up on who the mystery investor is. Spoilers abound, obviously, as always. Read the rest of this entry »
He’s convinced that getting the opportunity to fight for the World Heavyweight Title was just as much about the importance of the British market to TNA as it was about him.
“It’s just as much about British fans as it is about me because they’ve provided the market,” he says. “They’ve provided the strongest live event market we have in the world, which means that they actively look for more British talent. By actively looking for that talent they found me and others, and I’ve been the one who’s been able to take the opportunity and run with it, and because of that they’re able to consider me as someone who’s ready for the upper echelon.”
And now he’s got the belt, he also has the heavy burden – literally and figuratively – of looking after it, which means carrying it around in his hand luggage on every flight he takes.
“You can’t check it. What if the airline lost your luggage?” he asks rhetorically with mock horror. Read the rest of this entry »
“We have endless possibilities of what to do with it,” he says. “It’s like the whole situation of putting me with Dixie, Spud and EC3’s involvement, there’s a lot more questions than answers, which is a great situation to be in, because then it means people are actively wanting to see where we go next with it, and that’s always what you’re trying to achieve with wrestling.
“I was a little bit worried that the whole thing [leading up to the title win] was a bit foreshadowed, I’ll be honest, and it was, there’s no getting around that. But we just worked through it, and we just stuck with it, so people were going, ‘I think this is going to happen, I think he’s going to do this,’ and even when it happened it was done in a way that nobody would have predicted exactly how. Just because they could see it coming, that doesn’t necessarily mean that’s a bad thing. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s a cold, damp Monday morning in London. More than that, it’s the morning after the night before for TNA Impact Wrestling’s British contingent – they were guests of honour at the now-customary Fan Party at the Garage in Islington, thrown to commemorate Magnus becoming the company’s first ever British World Heavyweight Champion.
“It was [a good party]. It meant a lot to me,” says the new champ.
He feels that getting his shot at the championship was just as much about the British audience’s loyal support for TNA as it was about his own abilities.
“That’s a testament to our generation of wrestlers and fans – we were the fans that made them aware of the fact that we’re a strong market, so when we all became wrestlers they went, ‘These are the guys who have grown up their whole lives watching us. They’re as big a part of this as anyone.’ They understood that my aptitude for wrestling was for the worldwide business, the world’s getting smaller, they just said, ‘You’re the right guy.’ The Brits get to go, ‘He’s OUR guy.’ That’s an important thing, and a great feeling.
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