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Jeff Jarrett Comments on his Return to TNA

Jeff Jarrett gave an interview to TNA’s cameras backstage after his announcement to return for one more match.

Jarrett talks about the emotions he’s feeling for “one more match” and says he’s excited about Sunday.  He does talk about Global Force Wrestling quite a bit too, so it’s clear TNA is on board with whatever he’s saying.

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Low Ki Parts Ways with TNA Wrestling

Low Ki announced on Twitter today that he would be leaving TNA Wrestling.

He was involved in the X-Division Match on last night’s broadcast, and with the reintroduction of Hernandez to the mix, it seemed as if the Beat Down Clan was once again four members.  Seems that is not the case, unfortunately.

It will be interesting to see what Low Ki’s next step is, be it Ring of Honor, another round in WWE, or something overseas.

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Around the Ring with Ring Rap: 06/25/2015 – Thoughts on Jay Lethal, Jeff Jarrett returning to TNA, WWE NXT, and More!

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After a three week hiatus, Ring-Rap.com Editor in Chief Drew Koscelek returns to Around the Ring with Ring Rap!  Topics on the show include:

  • Where has Drew been?
  • Thoughts on Jay Lethal winning the Ring of Honor World Championship
  • Jeff Jarrett returning to TNA
  • WWE NXT
  • …plus more!

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Jeff Jarrett Returns to TNA Television

Jeff Jarrett made a surprise return to TNA Impact last night during the live broadcast of the show.

The announcers played it up as a huge surprise, as both Jeff and Karen Jarrett walked into the Impact Zone.  After shaking hands with the announcers, Jeff thanked the fans.  He was wearing a Global Force Wrestling shirt, and said people are probably wondering what the co-founders of GFW are doing in TNA.  He said he’d address some points but not others, and said that TNA management sent him a text last week saying they had a proposal.  Initially he had no interest, but then he decided to call them back.

Jarrett said TNA management offered him to come back for one more match.  “I don’t even wrestle in my own promotion, so why would I wrestle here,” he said.  They told him it was the King of the Mountain match, which he created, and he was sold.

They told him it wasn’t just any episode of Impact – it was the 13th Anniversary of the company he and his father founded together. He thought about all the amazing moments they had and brought up names like Kurt Angle, Samoa Joe, and AJ Styles. He had to think hard about the proposal and how it would affect his company.

He asked Karen how she would react to it.  She said she loves Jeff and said she thought they had moved on from TNA.  Once Jarrett laid out everything she began to understand.  She supports her husband in whatever he does in life.  She told a story about how she was talking with Sonjay Dutt, and he told her Jeff didn’t go out the way he wanted to, that he was fired on a backstage pre-taped segment.  She said Jeff would leave TNA on his terms and make things right.

Jeff said he would be walking down the ramp one last time, and participating in the King of the Mountain match, and stated he would be the reigning King of the Mountain one last time.

Drew’s Take: This is certainly an interesting development, and I’m pretty sure almost noone thought Jarrett would ever set foot in a TNA ring again.  Naturally, this spawns the discussion about GFW and TNA working together in some sort of an invasion angle, as well as the notion that Jarrett could potentially buy out TNA and run with it.  It generated a buzz, and I’m pretty pissed I didn’t get to see this live (DAMN YOU COMCAST).

I’ll be discussing this breaking news in an edition of Around the Ring w/ Ring Rap, out later today.

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TNA Star Leaves the Company

On Friday, TNA star Gunner (a.k.a Chad Lail) took to his Twitter account to announce that he has left the company.  The tweet is shown below.

Gunner was a one time TNA Television Champion as well as a one time tag team champion with James Storm.  At one point, it seemed like he was on the verge of breaking out into a big push, but TNA booking didn’t seem to make it go anywhere of importance.  Gunner formerly worked as Phil Shatter on the independent wrestling circuit, and in his announcement Gunner did note that he will be taking bookings.

Like many, I am curious to see where he ends up and what unfolds for Gunner in the future.  Best of luck to him in whatever those endeavors are.

 

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Around the Ring with Ring Rap for 6/16/2015 – Hits and Misses of WWE Money in the Bank, WWE Raw, and More

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In this week’s edition of Around the Ring, Senior Writer Bill Wentz sits down to give his hits and misses from Money in the Bank and last night’s Raw, give a brief remembrance of Dusty Rhodes, and touch on a returning gimmick match.   Then it’s a trip to the Pro Wrestling Donut Shop!  Topics in this podcast include:

  • WWE  Raw hits and misses
  • WWE Money in the Bank hits and misses
  • The Return of a TNA Gimmick Match
  • …plus more!

We’re still working on bringing back Ring Rap Audio, so look for that sometime in the near future. In the meantime, share this short form audio with everyone you know!

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Around The Ring With Ring Rap 6/2/2015 – Samoa Joe’s WWE Status, ROH on Destination America, Hits and Misses for WWE Raw and Elimination Chamber, and More

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It’s the return of Around the Ring!  After a long hiatus, the short-form audio show returns, with Senior Writer Bill Wentz sitting down to give his thoughts on a few things in pro wrestling, and display the Pro Wrestling Bicep (but you can’t see it!).  Topics in this podcast include:

  • WWE Elimination Chamber hits and misses
  • WWE Raw hits and misses
  • Samoa Joe’s WWE status
  • …plus more!

For those of you looking for the traditional Ring Rap Audio flagship show that has been recording every Tuesday, don’t fret.  We’ll be bringing it back once we make our schedules play nice and get a day set to record.  In the meantime, we’ll keep your audio needs met with these shorter shows.

We welcome your feedback!  Let us know what you like and what you’d like to hear!

Be sure to check out our weekly show, Ring Rap Audio! (iTunes | Stitcher | TuneIn | RSS)

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TNA Impact Wrestling: 05/29/15 – Angle vs. Young in an I Quit match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, Kim vs. Terrell Six Sides of Steel, plus more!

We are back with a new episode of TNA Impact.  After the holiday replay of Slammiversary last Friday, it’s time to jump in to the last Friday night episode of 2015, before TNA changes nights.

Angle and Young have had good interactions in the past.  Let’s see if this one turns into another overbooked mess, or a clean finish.

Let’s go!

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Ring of Honor COO Joe Koff discusses deal with Destination America, Samoa Joe, and more

Ring of Honor COO Joe Koff was on VOC Nation’s Greg DeMarco show to discuss the surprise announcement of Ring of Honor on Destination America.  Below are a few highlights of the interview.  You can listen to the entire show at VOCNation.com.

On how the Destination America deal came about: Unlike other wrestling promotions we’re a broadcasting company and we have a different kind of rolodex. We were able to make a contact at Destination America. They’re great people and they’re wrestling fans… One of the things we talked about is what a tremendous two-three punch we could give that network if they had both Ring of Honor and Impact Wrestling.

On if Samoa Joe will still be able to appear on ROH television with the new deal: We have not heard otherwise, so I don’t have the answer for you. We have contracts—they have contracts. I’m hoping that since he was able to take our booking when we had a TV program with significant coverage. I don’t know at this point, I am counting on him to be on TV with us as long as he appears with us, but I guess we’ll find out.

On if fans can still watch the weekly television show on the ROH website: Absolutely. It’s really well thought out by both parties. Our programs are weekend programs that primarily air on our Sinclair stations plus our syndicated partners on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. The Destination America program will be available at 8 o’clock… with the same program. We’ve expanded our footprint significantly with the Destination America clearance… it’s a win-win for everybody.

On how Ring of Honor kept the deal from leaking out: I’m proud of it, quite frankly. It’s something I’ve always done throughout my whole career. There are certain things that are best kept out of the press and I have a terrific inner circle—the people I work with and the people I trust—understand the importance of that from my perspective. I think specifically for this deal a well it was really important due to the fact that another wrestling promotion was on Destination America. I’m all about Ring of Honor—doing the best thing for our company is our main focus. It was an important deal for both parties and I am really proud of the fact that we were able to get through the announcements without it getting leaked out.

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Ring of Honor Set to Debut On Destination America

In what can only be called a surprising twist of events given the general conversation surrounding TNA’s future on the network, Discovery Networks has announced that Ring of Honor will be joining the Destination America lineup.  The announcement came via a tweet from the Destination America Twitter account, as shown below.  Ring of Honor will begin airing on Wednesday, June 3 at 8PM EST.

As noted in Ring Rap Audio last night, TNA will be moving to Wednesdays as well on Destination America, also starting on June 3 at 9PM EST.  With all of the speculation regarding TNA’s future on Destination America, this is a very interesting development.  We will bring you more information as it becomes available.