As of this writing it was reported a couple of days ago that former Wrestling executive and member of the band Smashing Pumpkins, Billy Corgan has signed a contract with TNA Wrestling. Corgan had worked with his company Resistance Pro-Wrestling before he was taken out of power for an undisclosed reason. Billy was named the new Senior Producer, Creative and Talent Development of the TNA Wrestling.
Look in my book this could be good for TNA as it could give them the ability to have a new face in management and really help with fresh ideas for the company. But also not everyone is meant to be in the wrestling business just, because your a fan but also sometimes in could the environment your in that makes you not live up to your full potential. I can't really comment on Billy's qualifications or anything like that because I don't know that much about him. What I do know is that Billy Corgan did a sit down interview with Josh Matthews where they spoke about various topics including how this deal came to be. So instead of me continuing the speak I will let the video do the talking for me:
As I have previously spoke about on this site, TNA is apparently planning some big International tours for later this year and it is not just a usual tour to England. They seem to have a willingness to go to place they have never been before and where American wrestling companies have only sparingly gone if ever. Though at this point the tour is not yet confirmed it almost is as some minor details need to be worked out before it can be confirmed.
However, the planned shows for the tour are set to begin in....... China! later next month. The dates that seem to be all but set in stone are May 22, May 23, & May 30th with two others shows set to be apart of the tour, but held outside of China. That could mean that it would be held in a small village or more likely in another country. Right now the tentative date that TNA would leave the US for the Pacific is on May 20. But don't forget it is almost confirmed, but some small details have yet to be ironed out.
After five years of being with the company Taz seems to have parted ways with TNA wrestling after having a dispute with the company over pay. Until recently there had been talk that TNA was behind on paying talents due to issues with the Panda Energy home office not sending out the checks. But as of this writing it seems that TNA was far enough behind on the pay for Taz not to show up at the TNA Headquarters last Thursday for a voiceover session. The voiceover session was so that management could add the commentary to several weeks of Impact.
Taz showed up in TNA almost right after leaving WWE in 2009 and at first Taz was a "mentor" of sorts for Samoa Joe, but then took over the color commentary job for former announcer Don West. Also during Taz's time in TNA he would become a shocking member of the Ace's & Eight's faction in 2012. Now two questions arise from this and they are where does Taz go next and who will TNA replace Taz with for commentary. Well the first question I don't have answer for because I don't really know where Taz will go, he could end up in any company from WWE to House of Hardcore.
But the other question seems like it might have been answered already as it seems that TNA might be having Al Snow take over the commentary job for Taz at least for the time being. For those who might not be aware Snow does actually experience in the booth as was at point an announcer for the WWE on shows such as Raw, Heat, Velocity, etc. This could be a thing for TNA in the long run as it could give them a fresh sound and maybe even a different feel.
TNA has been in business for long enough now where they could have an established fan base to tap into and go to when the chips are down. Much like the case was for the WCW, TNA can to the International Markets and draw bigger then they ever would in the states. For the longest time things had seem to have been on the down turn in the company, but I guess they just started trying to make the best out of a bad situation and they are doing that exactly.
The most interesting part of this new is that TNA doesn't seem to be planning tours to the usually areas like Japan or United Kingdom. It seems as though TNA is planning tours to China, India, and Australia which would be a great step for the company in continuing to grow their international market. Right now it seems like the tours to China and India are all but confirmed and it seems like the parties are close to signing the deal for a tour of Australia, but nothing is final yet.
If you are wondering their is no word just yet if TNA plans on running episodes of Impact in these area or is just going to these areas for live event tours. Also it seems like these tours will happen later on this year which could end up allowing 2015 to become a great year for TNA. Finally this is a great business decision by TNA management because they have always drawn well overseas and these tours will be no different. Take a second and imagine the big step it would be for a US Wrestling company to actually air a show from Australia or India or China; that is something that has never been done before and could give TNA some good momentum.
Good Luck TNA!!!!
For the last two years TNA has begun inducting people into their own Hall of Fame. In many ways I was very happy to see that after 10 years TNA was beginning to I guess thank those wrestlers who helped the company get to where it is today. The first inductee into the TNA Hall of Fame was the "Icon" Sting whose name, value and ability in the ring helped TNA take tremendous steps to becoming a more credible company in it's early years. Then last year their second inductee was the "Olympic Gold Medalist" Kurt Angle who helped carry TNA through the hard times and helped TNA become and even more credible company. See the problem with TNA never was the talent within the company it has always been those in charge that were the problem. But that's neither here nor there and the fact of the matter is TNA is planning to induct someone new this year into the Hall of Fame however, who the inductee is at this point is unknown. Right now let's take a second and look at some talents who aren't a part of TNA that could get inducted this year:
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AJ Styles: Right now looking at the TNA Roster most of the people who were there for the first show are gone and a new breed of talent has come to TNA. But, since 2002 when the company began until the end of 2013 when a contract dispute caused him to leave AJ Styles was the Face of TNA. Styles competed on the first show in TNA history back in June of 2002, became the first Grand Slam Champion in TNA history, was the fourth World Champion in the company's history, and many other Phenomenal achievements. In my opinion next to Jeff Jarrett nobody is more known for his time in TNA the AJ Styles and very few people have done more for that company than AJ Styles. With that being said I think very people more deserve to be inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame than AJ Styles.
America's Most Wanted: Now I know I said that I would go through the people who aren't employed by TNA that could get inducted into the Hall of Fame this year. You might be thinking Storm is employed by TNA, but his former partner Chris Harris isn't employed by TNA. So really AMW would fall into the category of not being employed by the company and eligible to be mentioned on this list. Next to Team 3D not one other team meant more to the history of TNA than America's Most Wanted. AMW vs Triple X is one of the feuds that made TNA famous and AMW in the early days of TNA was the measuring stick when it came Tag Teams. Now the difference between AMW and Team 3D is that alone Team 3D aren't Hall of Famer's in TNA, but alone James Storm is still a Hall of Famer in TNA. I think that inducting AMW into the TNA Hall of Fame would be a great way for TNA to say Thank You to one of the greatest Tag Team in the company's history.
Team 3D: When they left the WWE in 2005 and came to TNA, I can guarantee that nobody thought they would have the impact they did on this company. But over the course of the last 10 years or so Team 3D has become one of the greatest Tag Teams in TNA history. Though some might say one has accomplished more in TNA than the other, well to that I say apart, they aren't Hall of Famer's, but together they most certainly are first ballot Hall of Famer's
Jeff Jarrett, Rhino, Raven, Jeff Hardy, Samoa Joe, Abyss, Bobby Roode, Eric Young, Christopher Daniels, Low-Ki, Jerry Lynn, and many others.
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