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