Interview: Magnus on Sting, Samoa Joe and TNA Impact Wrestling’s future

January 2, 2014

Magnus Title CelebrationNow that Magnus is TNA Impact Wrestling’s first-ever British World Heavyweight Champion, the question is – as always – what happens next.

“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 »

Fact: TNA are launching an online slot-machine game

July 5, 2013

Velvet Sky

I’ll preface this with the admission that I know nothing about gambling or Vegas, but you have to hand it to TNA, they’re really keen on innovation.

Their latest is an “online slot-machine game” via the Sky Vegas website, which features Kurt Angle, Mickie James, Sting, Bobby Roode, plus Velvet Sky, whose promo picture for this (left) makes me weep for feminism.

TNA President Dixie Carter’s press quotes enthuse thus: “I recently returned from such a great visit to the UK where I announced the 2014 TNA Tour, and I’m thrilled to continue expanding TNA’s brand reach in the UK and Ireland with this, first ever online slot game.

“I hope age-appropriate fans will play and enjoy!”

If this is your cup of tea, do let us know in the comments a bit more about what the game is and what you make of it.

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 »

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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Recap: TNA British Boot Camp, episode 2; or The One With Journalists And Sexism

January 4, 2013

Tx: January 1, 2013; 10.30pm, Challenge TV



All this happened.

“I don’t know what the big deal is,” says Spud, who, lest we forget, has been vomiting in a car park and kept Rollerball Rocco waiting – two big social no-nos.


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Hulk Hogan’s World Tour, aka TNA Impact Wrestling TV taping, Saturday January 28, Wembley, London, ENGLAND!

January 29, 2012

So tonight I was invited along to the Impact Wrestling TV tapings at Wembley Arena. Obviously the two shows I saw being filmed won’t air for a couple of weeks yet, so this report is slightly spoilery, but I’ll try not to give too much away.

Without further ado, some facts about the shows:

1. TNA are returning to the UK next year, and doing shows at the same venues (Manchester, Nottingham, London) plus Glasgow Braehead. Read the rest of this entry »

Fact: The British Invasion is invading Britain. And so is Sting.

January 11, 2012

Hurrah and huzzah! After all the carping and moaning about Doug Williams not being on the TNA UK tour, they’ve now decided to bring him. AND official friends of TOWIS Magnus and Mark Haskins. (Doug isn’t a friend of TOWIS yet. I’m working on it, though.)

Sting is also confirmed on the tour – and this will apparently be his final wrestling appearance in Britain, so we’d better make the most of it before he bids ta-ta for ever.

We’re also being treated to the rhetorical questions of World Heavyweight Champion Bobby Roode, the healthy foodstuffs of Kurt Angle and the sparkly cardigans of Austin Aries, as well as the top ladies Gail Kim, Mad Madison Rayne, Mickie James and Tara (but no Tessmacher).

Very excited about the shows, which begin in a fortnight.

Wishes for 2012: Sting to join Impact Wrestling UK tour

December 26, 2011

OK, this one SHOULD actually happen, but you never know with wrasslin’. I am very much hoping that Sting actually does come to the UK on the TNA tour, as I’ve been told is planned.

He’s not been over here for the best part of the last two decades, so I’m guessing that if he does come, this’ll be the last chance we Brits have to see him in in-ring action.

Here’s a clip of Sting from WCW Nitro, bashing up Hogan’s minions in the nWo…

More than that, I’m desperately hoping that TOWIS manages to get an exclusive interview with him. Keep your eyes peeled – I’ll let you know if I hear anything.