Not a bad edition of Impact this week, but nothing terribly newsworthy either. After last week’s culmination of a month-long angle, sending Jeff Jarrett and GFW packing, TNA needed to move the pieces back in place for their own roster members, setting up the feuds to come. And, with Bound for Glory right around the corner, it’s becoming increasingly important to line up a credible contender for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.
As we always say, we love getting live event reports from fans. TNA hits the road for a three-show swing through the mid-Atlantic region this weekend, with a show advertised for tonight in York, Pennsylvania at the York Fair Grandstand. The advertised card tonight is as follows:
Ethan Carter III vs. Matt Hardy; TNA World Championship
The Wolves vs. Manik and Abyss; TNA Tag Team Championship
Gail Kim vs. Awesome Kong; TNA Knockouts Championship
Tommy Dreamer vs. Eli Drake; York Fairgrounds Brawl
DJ Z vs. Tyrus
Bobby Roode vs. Drew Galloway vs. Mr. Anderson; King of the Mountain Championship
Jeff Hardy is also slated to appear tonight in York.
Tomorrow night (9/18), TNA runs Morgantown, West Virginia at the Morgantown Events Center with a 7:30 PM bell time. Saturday (9/19), TNA hits the Rostraver Ice Garden Arena in Belle Vernon (Pittsburgh), PA with a 7:30PM bell time. Kurt Angle is scheduled to make an appearance at that show.
If you’re going to any of these events, we’d LOVE a live report from you. Email me at email@example.com with the rundown!
In a report that came out on PWInsider.com, Jeff Jarrett is no longer a minority shareholder/owner in TNA Wrestling. The founder of the newly formed Global Force Wrestling promotion has sold his remaining shares in TNA to Dixie Carter and Panda Energy recently. This ends Jarrett’s ownership affiliation with the company that he and his father Jerry Jarrett founded in 2002.
PWInsider’s report notes that the deal that was struck between Jarrett and TNA included several key perks. Aside from his return to TNA television, the deal to buy Jarrett’s shares included his Hall of Fame induction, promotion for the new Global Force promotion and rights to book TNA talents on his GFW shows.
The deal was set up just days before Jarrett and his wife Karen appeared on TNA television in June. This was precipitated by TNA, and allows for Jarrett and the company to finally part ways on good terms. Dixie Carter and Panda Energy by proxy now have complete ownership of TNA while Jarrett gets a few perks for his new promotion.
TNA did release a statement regarding the matter, and made reference to tonight’s Lethal Lockdown “Winner Takes All” match between Team TNA and Team GFW:
“The real-life drama between Dixie Carter and Jeff Jarrett, that for weeks has played out on IMPACT WRESTLING, will all come to a head tonight in a shares vs shares, Winner Take All match. It is true that if Dixie’s Team TNA defeats Team GFW, Dixie will acquire Jeff’s shares in TNA and he will no longer be a stakeholder.”
It looks like there is a minor storyline connection between this match tonight and the reality that is Jarrett selling off his shares but it is not storyline driven ultimately. Perhaps this is how they “write off” the GFW talent and Jarrett from Impact now that they’ve given him some promotion through their show. Either way, this opens up avenues for Panda Energy should they decide to sell off TNA down the road or make other ownership moves. It also lets Jarrett move on freely as the head of his new Global Force Wrestling promotion.
Dixie Carter sat down recently and gave an interview to Sports Illustrated, which you can find in full by following this link. She commented on a number of topics, such as tonight’s “Lethal Lockdown” for control of the company, the television deal with Destination America, as well as other topics. Here are two key highlights below.
Dixie on the status of TNA Impact Wrestling on Destination America:
“The biggest challenge for us is building a brand in the U.S. That’s where we need to grow. We’re contracted to Destination America through the end of the year, and we are in discussions going on for 2016.”
In the article, Dixie admitted that TNA does not have a television deal in place after February, 2016. This is pretty disconcerting given that it’s September already – but they did pull the Destination America deal out in the 11th hour as well. We’ll see how this unfolds going forward.
Dixie on talking to Paul Heyman about a possible role in TNA in 2010:
“I’m a big Paul Heyman fan. We met that one time, and I would have loved to have found a way to bring him in. But what Paul did for ECW could not be created for us today. In this litigious world we live in, that stuff could never be recreated. You can’t go back and recreate things. I’ve had the biggest names work for us, and it’s just shown me that there’s no magic bullet. So we’re learning from our mistakes from the past and how can we be different and move forward.”
I HIGHLY doubt that Paul Heyman would have created the ECW style of programming had he been given control in TNA. In fact I think Heyman himself has said in interviews that his approach would have been completely different, as it should have been. This seems pretty delusional on Dixie’s part to say.
This morning via Twitter, TNA’s Head of Talent Relations and Television John Gaburick announced that referee Earl Hebner will be inducted into the company’s Hall of Fame. His induction will take place on October 3 in Salem, Virginia at a live event. This event takes place the night before Bound for Glory, the company’s live pay per view event. The tweet is shown below:
TNA followed up the Twitter announcement with a formal press release as shown below.
Bill’s Thoughts: Hebner is a Virginia native, so I’m guessing that’s why they decided to do this at the live event rather than at Bound for Glory. Hebner is probably the most famous official in wrestling, given his years of service in WWE and now in TNA. I hope that he gets an eventual WWE induction, but I’m pretty sure that might never happen for him though he deserves it. Congratulations to Earl on this honor. The press release follows beyond the “Continue Reading” link.
Bill Wentz is at a charity event this weekend, and that leaves Drew Koscelek and Dru Atanacio to take the reigns. First up? Addressing the “boring” chants directed at Seth Rollins on WWE Raw this week. Was he boring, or is it a sign of a bigger problem?
Plus, NXT has been moving and shaking lately, between main roster call-ups and the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. How is Developmental doing?
Also, Drew has been providing updates on TNA Wrestling as of late, and this week’s episode was an improvement, but not without faults. What’s going wrong right now?
All this plus lots more!
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TNA’s Impact Wrestling has been a difficult show to watch at times over the past few weeks. For this viewer, the Global Force Invasion has fallen flat and is suffering from all sorts of cliches and repeated mistakes. TNA seems determined to see it through until the end, so I suppose we are stuck going along for the ride.
This week however felt a little different, and despite being more of a maintenance show, there were a number of things that were enjoyable enough to give this show an overall thumbs up.
Kurt Angle made an appearance on 105.9 “The X” in Pittsburgh, PA and spoke with Mark Madden on his show. Kurt revealed that when his TNA contract expires in January, he intends to take a break from wrestling. Angle said, “I’m gonna finish out my contract. I’m definitely going to take a break. I’m not going to re-sign with TNA, I’m not going to look at WWE, I’m just going to take a break.”
You can listen to the full interview at this link.
Angle also mentioned in the interview that he intends to return to the ring at Bound for Glory on October 4, so it seems he’s not quite done working in TNA just yet. Notable too is that Angle said he has no knowledge of TNA’s television future. He was very complimentary of Dixie Carter and TNA during the interview.