TNA Impact Wrestling Afterthoughts for 11/18/15 – Eliminations in the World Title Series Continue with Roode vs. Abyss, Young vs. Storm, Kong vs. Brooke, and more.

We’re nearly at the end of the first round of the World Title Series.  It seems almost impossible to say that and mean it, but each week we get closer, and wrestlers get eliminated.

With TNA’s planned tour in India this December, and a live broadcast scheduled for the first airing on Pop TV, it’s looking like things should be shaking up soon.  They’ve already announced more tournament matches to take place in India, but the format hasn’t been acknowledged yet.  Is it Round Robin, or bracket style?  No idea.

As has been the pattern since the start of the tournament, good matches are surrounded by next to no story, and a loose tournament that feels dated since it was taped so long and many of the wrestlers have changed their appearance.  More of the same.  I’ve spoke my mind about it previously, no sense beating a dead horse.

The one story thread we got was between Matt Hardy and EC3.  Both men were interviewed at home via Skype, and went back and forth.  Hardy talked about being once again ready to win the TNA World Title, and put over his previous competition in the tourney.  EC3 threw a fit having to share the screen with Hardy, and eventually stormed off.  It was good for what it was – a way of putting over Hardy as the humble but confident babyface, while EC3 is the entitled and cocky heel.

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Interview Highlights: Kurt Angle Talks Bellator Commentary Debut, Last TNA Impact UK Tour, and More

Kurt Angle made an appearance on the Tom Feahney show, which can be found on YouTube at this link.  They touched on a number of subjects, including his legacy, family life, the future of wrestling, and a lot more.  Here are a few highlights.

Kurt on where his best work was – WWE or TNA:

“It’s a hard question, but I had a better career in TNA than I did in WWE. In WWE I wrestled Shawn Michaels, Chris Beniot, Eddie Guerrero, The Rock, Triple H, Edge, there were so many great wrestlers, but in TNA I’ve had a lot of fun and I had experience and maturity in TNA that’s why I was able to enjoy it more.”

Kurt on doing commentary work with Bellator MMA:

“I’ve signed to be a commentator with Bellator. It’s nice seeing other people getting beat up. I’ve had a blast. I just wish my first commentary lasted longer as Lashley won in a minute, but it was a lot of fun. I think Lashley is a great wrestler and one of the best MMA fighters at the moment.”

Kurt on making his final tour with TNA Impact in the UK:

“This is my last time with Impact Wrestling and the UK tour, this is the way I wanted to go out. It’s a great chance for me to have some of my best matches before I move onto something else.”

Kurt on who he wants to face on the UK Tour:

“I would love to fight Eric Young, Bobby Roode, Bobby Lashley, and EC3, but I want to wrestle a Brit Drew Galloway, Bram or Spud and I don’t expect the fans to cheer me, but it will be a lot of fun.”

Kurt on if he planned to stay in pro wrestling for as long as he has:

“No, I actually told other wrestlers I would be in it for five years, I’ve never been a person to go a long time or outstay my welcome, in Olympic wrestling after I won the gold medal I retired I could have gone another four years, but with professional wrestling I caught the bug, it’s a passion I have.”

Kurt on his plans to teach wrestling:

“I haven’t talked to anyone about coaching, but I’m not concerned. I’m sure I can teach wherever I want to. I just want to take a break from professional wrestling. I’ve signed with an agency to start doing more movies.”



TNA Impact Wrestling Afterthoughts 11/11/15: TNA’s World Title Series Continues as the Round of 16 Begins to Take Shape, Anderson vs. EC3, Hardy vs. Edwards, Kim vs. Rayne, and more!

TNA’s World Title Series is finally starting to become something more than random matches, as many brackets are reaching their final matches.  With that, we have some wrestlers that are confirmed to advance, and some that are mathematically eliminated.  There’s still some mystique, and that’s good, as it creates some tension going forward.

As expected, this week’s show featured some good matches and some good action, but a tired formula that has been dragging on way too long.  It’s nice to know that there’s finally a light at the end of the tunnel, and with Dixie Carter announcing on Twitter that the Semi-Finals of the tournament will take place during their tour of India in December.

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TNA Impact Afterthoughts for 11/05/15 – Week 5 of the World Title Series, including Young vs. Roode, Spud vs. Bram, Rayne vs. Brooke, Mandrews vs. Manik, plus more!

We are getting close to the end of our “group play” match-ups in this lengthy World Title Series, which implies that we have many more weeks to go once they begin whittling down the lineup.  I’m not entirely sure how it will play out once we get to the 16 competitors that Josh Mathews mentioned.  Are they keeping them in groups?  Is each wrestler going to have to wrestle the other 15?  That could literally take six months.

While those types of things are unclear, what is clear is TNA continues to bide their time until something happens with their contract with Destination America.  They’re infusing recent interviews with wrestlers to keep the show from feeling completely pre-taped, but is it enough?

I’m all for tournament formats.  Really, I am.  I love a good tournament, where wins and losses matter.  But not like this.  Not like this.  If you want to do one show focused on a tournament, I’m ok with that.  If you want to stretch it out over multiple shows, I’m ok with that too, but mix in some other content with it.  Keep it fresh.

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TNA Impact Wrestling Afterthoughts for 10/14/15

I’m somewhat sad to say that I don’t feel like there will be a very lengthy “TNA Afterthoughts” for the next few weeks, but when you look at what’s happening, it sort of makes sense.  By having a World Title Series for the relinquished TNA World Heavyweight Championship, they have taken a very creative method to control their budget while staying on the air.

I didn’t get an opportunity to see last week’s show, but I don’t feel that I missed much in the way of storyline.  I do want to go on record saying that Matt Hardy dropping the title so quickly and easily seemed like a cop-out, and not handled well.  You would think that someone that claimed to be so proud of winning wouldn’t be quite so willing to let go of the belt, right?

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Around the Ring w/Ring Rap for 10/6/2015 – No WWE Raw Talk, TNA Bound for Glory Thoughts, CM Punk Injured in UFC Training, Quick Comments on WWE Raw Ratings, and More

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Senior Writer Bill Wentz shakes up the world and hits you with a Tuesday edition of Around the Ring.  With Drew tending to personal issues, Bill steps in to talk about anything not WWE Raw in this one-week schedule flip.  Topics in this podcast include:

  • Thoughts on TNA’s “Bound for Glory” event
  • An interview with Daniel Bryan talking about being cleared by WWE and possibly seeing a third doctor
  • CM Punk getting injured in training for his UFC fight, and debut pushed back
  • Brief remarks on the ratings for WWE Raw which bombed again this week
  • …plus more!

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TNA Wrestling Bound for Glory 10/04/15 Reaction and Results

Due to some previous plans outside of the pro-wrestling world, our coverage of TNA’s Bound for Glory was in “Quick Results” format last night as the show aired live.  Today, I will be covering the show proper, in full, in “virtual time.”  Refresh periodically throughout the day as I update this post – I will try to cover it to completion with minimal interruption.

TNA’s Bound for Glory looks fantastic on paper, and I have avoided all spoilers, so I am looking forward to watching this and hoping it ends up being as strong as I think it could be.  TNA needs a win right now and this could be that win.  Let’s take a look at the card.

  • Kurt Angle vs. Eric Young
  • Bobby Roode (c) vs. Bobby Lashley; TNA “King of the Mountain” Championship
  • Gail Kim (c) vs. Awesome Kong; TNA Knockouts Championship
  • Tigre Uno (c) vs. Opponents to Be Determined; Ultimate X Match for the TNA X Division Championship
  • The Wolves (c) vs. Bryan Myers and Trevor Lee; TNA Tag Team Championship
  • Abyss vs. Chris Melendez vs. Eli Drake vs. Jessie Godderz vs. Robbie E vs. Tyrus vs. Mr. Anderson vs. Mahabali Shera vs Aiden O’Shea; “Bound for Gold” Gauntlet Match, winner gets a TNA World Championship Match.
  • Ethan Carter III (c) vs. Drew Galloway vs. Matt Hardy; TNA World Heavyweight Championship under Triple Threat rules, Jeff Hardy as Special Referee

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TNA Impact Wrestling “Bound for Glory” 2015 Quick Results for 10/4/2015

The following are the quick results for tonight’s TNA “Bound for Glory” pay per view event.  Refresh the page for updates throughout the evening.  The card for tonight’s event is as follows:

  • Kurt Angle vs. Eric Young
  • Bobby Roode (c) vs. Bobby Lashley; TNA “King of the Mountain” Championship
  • Gail Kim (c) vs. Awesome Kong; TNA Knockouts Championship
  • Tigre Uno (c) vs. Opponents to Be Determined; Ultimate X Match for the TNA X Division Championship
  • The Wolves (c) vs. Bryan Myers and Trevor Lee; TNA Tag Team Championship
  • Abyss vs. Chris Melendez vs. Eli Drake vs. Jessie Godderz vs. Robbie E vs. Tyrus vs. Mr. Anderson vs. Mahabali Shera vs Aiden O’Shea; “Bound for Gold” Gauntlet Match, winner gets a TNA World Championship Match.
  • Ethan Carter III (c) vs. Drew Galloway vs. Matt Hardy; TNA World Heavyweight Championship under Triple Threat rules, Jeff Hardy as Special Referee

TNA “Bound for Glory 2015,” Live from Charlotte, NC at Carrabus Arena

After an opening video package to hype the various matches, Josh Mathews and D’Angelo Dinero checked in for commentary.

Match #1 – Tigre Uno (c) def. Andrew Everett,  DJ Z, and Manik to retain the TNA X-Division Championship.  The match was fought under Ultimate X, with Uno kicking Everett away in the end to retain the belt.

Match #2 – Tyrus won the “Bound for Gold” Gauntlet Match, featuring Mr. Anderson, Abyss, Chris Melendez, Jessie Godderz, Robbie E, Eli Drake, and more. Al Snow made an appearance, with Head, and Tommy Dreamer also appeared in this match.  Tyrus eliminated Mr. Anderson to win, then had a confrontational promo with EC3 after the match.

Match #3 – The Wolves (c) def. Brian Myers and Trevor Lee to Retain the TNA Tag Team Championship. Richards hit a superplex on Lee, then they combined for the brainbuster/kick combo finish.

Match #4 – Bobby Roode (c) def. Bobby Lashley to retain the TNA King of the Mountain Championship. Lashley tried for a submission to end it, but Roode countered to the Roode Bomb for the win.  They shook hands afterward.

They had a moment for Earl Hebner being inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame on Saturday night.  Billy Corgan made an appearance and set up a video package to spotlight it.

Match #5 – Gail Kim (c) def. Awesome Kong to retain the  TNA Knockouts Championship.  Kong tried to grab Kim while she was on the ropes, but Kim hit Eat D’Feet out of it and rolled Kong through to pin her.

Match #6 – Kurt Angle def. Eric Young, No Disqualification Match.  Young focused his offense on Angle’s neck, but Angle won with the Ankle Lock by submission.

Match #7 – Matt Hardy def. Ethan Carter III and Drew Galloway to win TNA World Heavyweight Championship Match under Triple Threat Rules, Jeff Hardy as special referee.  This ended when EC3 brought in a chair.  Hardy took it, then jabbed Carter with it and hit him over the back.  Jeff hit the Twist of Fate on EC3, and Matt hit a big running boot on Galloway to pick up the victory.

Drew Koscelek will be by sometime Monday with a full recap of the show in much more detail.  Thanks for checking in for the results tonight!


Ring Rap Audio: 10/03/15 – WWE Raw’s sagging ratings, TNA Bound for Glory Preview, NXT Takeover: Respect, plus more!

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WWE Raw’s rating have hit an all-time low, and something needs to be done to fix the broken mess it has become.  Drew Koscelek and Bill Wentz sit down to take a look at what’s happening in depth, what can be done, and if there’s any hope to save Raw, plus address if the show is worth watching any longer.

Plus, TNA’s Bound for Glory airs on Sunday, and they have built a strong card around a solid main event.  Bill and Drew hash out the show, looking at the card match by match, and offer their thoughts.

Finally, NXT Takeover: Respect airs on Wednesday.  Drew and Bill look at the matches, including the 30-minute Iron Man match for the NXT Women’s Championship.

All this plus more!

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TNA Impact Wrestling Afterthoughts for 09/30/15 – Hardy/Galloway vs. EC3/Tyrus, Dollhouse vs. Beautiful People, Tomasso Ciampa appears in X-Division three-way, Storm vs. Shera No DQ, plus more!

Since TNA and Global Force Wrestling went their separate ways, TNA has had a laser-sharp focus on Bound for Glory, which airs this Sunday, October 4th, 2015.  Once all the BS of a terrible storyline involving power struggles, bad acting, and lengthy talking segments got out of the way, TNA got back to business doing what they have done best this entire year.

I have to say this is the first TNA pay-per-view lineup I have been interested in seeing in a long time, and there is a very strong possibility I will be ordering this show.

Let’s start with the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.  The running theme throughout the show is Dixie Carter’s displeasure with EC3 and Tyrus for not standing by TNA against GFW.  She feels he’s a great champ inside the ring, but outside of it he’s a terrible human being.  She credits Drew Galloway for saving their company.  EC3’s counter-argument is that he warned her not to get involved.  Ultimately Galloway himself comes out to confront EC3 and Tyrus,

Galloway’s mic work has been nothing short of stellar since day one in TNA.  He believes in himself and pro-wrestling and there isn’t a single moment that I don’t believe that he is 100% convinced this is all real.  This is how pro-wrestling should work – not with a wink and a nod, but with a straight face.

Later in the night, it would be announced that Galloway would team up with Matt Hardy against EC3 and Tyrus.  If Hardy and Galloway win, Hardy is made part of the Bound for Glory Main Event, which was already Drew Galloway vs. EC3 for the TNA World Championship.

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