On the heels of one of the biggest nights in recent memory for TNA aka the same thing that happened at this time last year. Don't mind me!! Much like their cohorts to the North in Ring of Honor, TNA seems to have some pretty big contract expiring in the first part of 2016. As all of have found out Kurt Angle's contract with TNA is one those which are expiring, but I have previously discussed this so I wont talk about it again. But Angle not with standing two big names may be leaving soon:
First let me speak of the Hardy Boys, as both Matt & Jeff have contracts expiring in the not to distant future with TNA and recent events have brought their future into question. In the past few months both Matt & Jeff have either candidly or upfront said that they'd like to finish their careers in WWE and maybe interested in one last run. It is possible they could be teasing the fans just to gain interest, but I think if they are planning on hanging it up in the not to distant future, then their is no better time to return then WrestleMania season.
The other talent in question is former long time TNA announcer "The Professor" Mike Tenay. Mike has been sort of lost since the move to Destination America last year when the announce team was reshuffled. Many though Mike would find his way back to TV when Taz left, but that didn't happen as TNA went a different direction. Tenay has had a great career in both TNA and WCW prior and I believe had made many great TNA moments all the more memorable. I do also believe that if anyone should go in to the Hall of Fame this year for TNA then Mike should be up for his chance to placed in the Hallowed Halls of TNA history.
The reason I don't mention and official date for any of these contracts is the reason being that nobody has an official last show. Very little is known when their contracts run out with the company all that is known is that all the contracts run out before the end of April, so within the first four month of the year.
We are back again with another flashback match of the week. Everyone always says how good TNA used to be and I can't help but agree with that statement. So now we move to the feud in question, this was one of those feuds that made you believe that they valued a particular division more then the other company and it made TNA different. Back in 2010, TNA ran a best of five series between Motor City Machine Guns and Beer Money. Below is one of the matches from the series:
It was a few months ago when TNA had then champion Matt Hardy was forced to vacate the World Championship following EC3 and his claims that the title was unfairly taken from him. Though many people believed that having Matt vacate the title a few days after winning it and then announced that he was vacating the title on YouTube. Since then TNA has been running a G1 Climax esque tournament or an expanded version of their old Bound For Glory Series.
I will admit that at first I thought that a tournament of that size would never work and how they had Hardy vacate the title was badly done and was a mistake to do. But after a few months I will say that my opinion of the World Title series has changed and I think it has been very well done especially when it come to including talents that most wouldn't expect in a World title tournament. Even though this is a simple way to have a long term direction for TV and the company as a whole it works, because it gives the matches on TV a lot more meaning and intrigue.
Looking at the companies ratings may make others believe that the tournament isn't helping, but ratings don't always come forward even with meaningful and every so often a great match that sticks out. I believe the reason for that has to do with TNA once again leaving their TV home for somewhere new in January and the lack of willingness from fans to give the company another chance.
As seen this past week on Impact Wrestling, Kurt Angle will be appearing on his last Maximum Impact tour this January. In recent years it is pretty clear that the years of consist work and non-stop working for 17 years straight without any real time off. Angle began with TNA in 2006 and by far was the biggest signing for TNA in the companies 13 year existence and has done more to help grow the company then anyone the company has brought in in the last 13 years.
It seems as though Kurt will be keeping with his original plan that being he has the plan to take off from pro-wrestling for a year. At this point it seems as though this is a retirement for Kurt Angle from TNA wrestling and not pro-wrestling as a whole. So this likely means that once Angle's hiatus is finished he will not be returning to Impact Wrestling so where he'll end up following his hiatus is unknown as of right now, but we'll have to wait and see. Take a look at the video below:
We are back again with another flashback Match of the week as now we move over TNA after going from WWE to ROH to TNA now. After a major announcement earlier today from TNA star Kurt Angle regarding his future with the company. Now I know most may expect me to put up something regarding his announcement I am just not sure the extent of his retirement and thereby I am more interested in waiting a little longer to see if more news comes out about it.
But still with the possibility of it being legitimate I feel it only fair to give Kurt the spotlight in this edition of the Match of the Week. Enjoy!!
Finally some good news has come down the shoot for TNA as they have landed a new TV deal another National company. Which means in early 2016 they will be leaving Destination America for another new home and let's this one is more of a long term home then DA was for them. It was announced late last week that has signed a deal with the television station known as POP TV which also airs Paragon Pro Wrestling.
It is great to hear that TNA has found a new home as I was extremely worried about them not finding a new home and being off TV for the first time in over a decade. Apparently the word going around is that TNA will pay POP TV for the timeslot then try to make the money back by selling advertiser to the show, which is actually similar to what WWE did when Smackdown first began. Either way now that they have a new home they can start planning for the future and setting up plans for next year.
As of this writing the Chicago based station WGN America which was the station that aired WWE Superstars before it moved to well the Internet. WGN America was talking with TNA once again about bringing the company to the station, but it seems as though once again talks didn't work out. It just doesn't seem like TNA & WGN America aren't meant to work together.
It has been a few weeks since Part 1, but that was only because I was trying to figure out what to do for part 2 so I took time to think and I think I figured it out. Though over the last few years TNA and WCW have draw comparisons between each other, yet they couldn't be more different in the reality of things. Below is one big comparisons I made between the two companies:
Parent Company vs Parent Company: Both companies were/are owned by a Parent company it doesn't matter if it's Panda Energy or Turner Broadcasting both companies aren't their own entity. However, they couldn't be more different in their feeling of wrestling Turner's company never wanted wrestling, and the only reason why it stayed around for as long as it did was because of Ted Turner and the power of loyalty. On the other hand you have TNA which is owned by Panda Energy aka The Carter Family, and from the word go when they made the investment they showed that the want wrestling. The word belief is tossed around a lot, but there is no doubt in my mind that The Carter's no matter lacking they are in the knowledge department of how to run a wrestling company they do believe in Wrestling, where AOL Time Warner never did.
There is no doubt in my mind that the above comparison is the reason why WCW is out of business and so long as the Carter's continue to believe in wrestling TNA will not go anywhere. Those who believe WCW and TNA are the same well they couldn't be more different not just in name, but also in the fact that TNA actually has people who believe in it aka something WCW never had. Thank You Dixie for believing in not just TNA, but also in Pro-Wrestling!!
Stayed Tuned for Part 3!!
Though they may have limited schedule for the reminder of 2015 Impact Wrestling is still a thing and well I'd love to be in touch with modern times, but another old joke. Right now the plan would be for the company to return to the Hammerstein Ballroom , but why can't I see you right now. The company would likely run the tapings in either March or February.
The current plan is set to see a few episodes taped in England and some taped in India as well which is the reason why the those could be taking place a little later to start 2016 then some expected. This also proves that TNA will continue to tape until they are out of business as I'm not sure anyone really thought they'd be making plans for places to hold TV tapings, but maybe things will start going TNA's way in this aspect. This would be the first time TNA held events in the Hammerstein since the beginning of 2015 so nothing like keeping with tradition. More to come as this the days in question come closer.
Since his debuted in TNA under the mysterious mask under name of Suicide and then later known as Manik. Now almost 2-3 years after debuting under the mask and remaining under the mask for all of that time it has lead TJ to want more. It was a few weeks ago when TJ started his campaign to get TNA to allow him to become TJ Perkins in TNA and dropped the Maink gimmick. So basically he wants to unmask and be himself as a way to repackage himself get rid of the gimmick he's had for almost 3 years. I do that it is time to drop that gimmick all together in my book when they changed his name from Suicide to Manik I thought it was a good time to drop the gimmick and let him be TJ, but TNA chose to keep him masked and just change his name.
Now even though TJ would like a name change it is being that said that he's being ignored by TNA management in his efforts to get his name changed. In general if TJP never had been unmasked or was making a lot more money because of his mask then he could without out it those would be good reasons for him to keep the mask on. However, TJ has been wrestling for over a decade at this point and is only still in his early 20's which tells you the type of career this kid may still have ahead of him. I think letting TJ be himself in TNA would allow for a fresh set of idea to go TJ's way as he would be portrayed as a new face even though he had already been with the company. But we shall see what happens as you never what TNA will do next.
Every fan compares the modern era of the wrestling business to it's past it doesn't matter if your comparing talent or companies to other companies. Over the course of TNA's history many people have compared the company to that of WCW and not in a good way. Things have not gone well for the company recently and it doesn't seem to be getting better anytime soon. For once though there is a good difference between TNA and WCW and that is when TNA got the boot from a TV station they were able to find a new one, but WCW wasn't so lucky.
In this short series I will look some similarities between TNA and WCW also I will try to prove that just because things are bad right now for TNA that their future isn't that of WCW. Even though the past is written by the winners the future is written by those who are around to write it. TNA has control over there own future and this series will prove just that!!