Facts from TNA Impact Wrestling, Phones4U Arena, January 30 2014

January 31, 2015

As always with TNA tour blogs, the spoilers are strong with this one… Read the rest of this entry »

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TNA British Boot Camp 2: Episode 1, or the one with the Hebrew promo

October 25, 2014

Welcome back, viewers! It’s time for the second series of TNA British Boot Camp. Dismiss all those question-marks about TNA’s long-term future; push WrestleTalk and the British Wrestling Round-Up out of your minds; it’s time for some of the best Brit talent to get a TV showcase.

Just like Rockstar Spud did last time round. He’s our Dermot O’Leary for a new Boot Camp format.

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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: MVP on TNA Slammiversary, PCW, Japan…and Nando’s

May 29, 2014

IMG_2567MVP’s not been in England 24 hours, and he’s already craving some of our finest cuisine.

“I haven’t had my Nando’s yet! I have a serious Nando’s fetish, an obsession with Nando’s, I LOVE NANDO’S,” he declares. “Later on, I’ll slide over to the Curry Mile.”

He talks enthusiastically about the delights of Manchester, including his as-frequent-as-he-can-make-them jaunts to Old Trafford to watch his team Manchester United. (And you can tell he’s a genuine football fan, because he doesn’t call it “soccer” like most of his compatriots do, and he knows very well that “soccer” as a word was a bastardisation invented by the English: “You guys invented that word! And now when we say it we get in trouble.”)

MVP surged back on to TV screens at the turn of the year as TNA’s new “mystery investor”, and is delighting in his role. Read the rest of this entry »


Interview: Jeremy Borash talks TNA Xplosion, Knockouts, X Division and Rockstar Spud

May 29, 2014

Jeremy Borash Promo 01_mrDid you grow up watching wrestling on the television every Saturday? Is that what hooked you for life?

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 »


Facts from TNA Impact Wrestling, Phones4u Arena Manchester, January 31st 2014

February 1, 2014

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 »


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 »