Latest TNA Departures

June 27th, 2015

James Storm, Magnus, and Low-Ki’ contract are expiring this week. All appear to be leaving the company. TNA is open to work with each wrestler on a per date basis. Global Force Wrestling could be a destination for all three. However, they are free agents. Ring of Honor or WWE are options too.

ROH and TNA news and spoilers

June 21st, 2015

Ring of Honor news:

In case you missed it, Jay Lethal defeated Jay Briscoe to win the ROH World Championship at the Best of the World Pay Per View.

Upcoming TV Taping Spoilers:

Episode 1 -Dalton Castle defeated Watanabe; Bobby Fish, Kyle O’Reilly, and Michael Elgin defeated The Kingdom

Episode 2 -Matt Sydal beat Adam Page; Will Ferrara beat Silas Young. Jay Lethal defeated Mark Briscoe

Episode 3 – The Young Bucks and A.J. Styles defeated War Machine.Kyle O’Reilly fought Adam Cole to a no-contest. Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly defeated The Addiction in a non-title match.

Episode 4 – Michael Bennett and Matt Taven beat Corey Hollis and Jonathan Gresham. Moose defeated Dalton Castle, Cheeseburger, Caprice Coleman, Brutal Bob Evans, and Silas Young. Bobby Fish beat ACH.

Episode 5 – The Briscoes, Roderick Strong, and ODB beat Jay Lethal, Donovan Dijak, J Diesel, and Truth Martini. Samoa Joe and A.J. Styles defeated The Addiction in a non-title match in a match that was not taped for television

TNA Wrestling News – 

Gunner announced that he has left TNA wrestling via his twitter account.

Davey Richards and Angelina Love were married this past week. Congratulations to them

Wrestling Legend Dusty Rhodes Passes away

June 11th, 2015

Courtesy of Dave Meltzer, WrestlingObserver.com

On Twitter Thursday, Paul “HHH” Levesque announced the passing of Virgil “Dusty Rhodes” Runnels Jr. He was 69.

Rhodes was one of the most charismatic pro wrestlers in history and among the most popular wrestlers and biggest drawing cards of the 70s and 80s. He was born Virgil Riley Runnels Jr. and took his name from a baseball star of an earlier era.

The only details we’ve hearda as of this time is that he had a fall at his house earlier Thursday, his kidneys were shutting down and he started to get dehydrated.

Rhodes is generally considered the biggest star in the history of the Florida regional territory and booked Jim Crockett Promotions in the 80s and WCW in the 90s.  He’s been working in WWE developmental for years as a promo coach.

Rhodes was a college football and baseball player at West Texas State, a contemporary of Bruiser Brody and Terry Funk.  He got into pro wrestling after playing semi-pro football. He made his first name in wrestling as a heel, teaming with Dick Murdoch, as the Texas Outlaws.  The team held numerous championships, and had strong runs in a number of territories.

Eventually, they went their separate ways. Rhodes had become the top singles heel in the Florida territory when Eddie Graham sensed the crowd was starting to get with him because of his colorful interviews and mannerisms.

Before the turn, Graham tested his theory in a world title match where Rhodes faced then-champion Jack Brisco who had been Florida’s most popular wrestler for years. He put a spot in where Rhodes delivered his elbow drop and Brisco, instead of kicking out, put his foot over the ropes. That one move caused the crowd to get behind Rhodes, proving Graham’s theory.

He then booked an angle where Gary Hart and Pak Song turned on Rhodes in a tag team match. Rhodes became the biggest draw and most popular wrestler in the state with his first run setting box office records in most cities.

He became a touring star and was brought into all the big money territories, whether it was the WWWF, AWA, Carolinas, Georgia or wherever a main event attraction was needed, while remaining mostly based in Florida.

When Georgia Championship Wrestling starting getting a national foothold, Rhodes was its top babyface with a feud with Ole Anderson & Ivan Koloff.

In 1984, Rhodes moved to the Carolinas to become the booker for Jim Crockett Promotions. This led to a huge increase in business in 1985 and 1986, but things started faltering in 1987 and for a variety of reasons, between going with a pat hand and repetitive main event finishes, attendance fell while spending increased.

Crockett sold the promotion to Turner Broadcasting in 1988 after significant money losses. Rhodes had a falling out quickly with Jim Herd, who was put in charge of WCW.  This led to his run as the “Common Man” in polka dots with WWF. Some of this was retribution since Rhodes (as booker) was considered Vince McMahon’s biggest adversary just a few years earlier in quest for national domination of the business.

After being fired by McMahon after a few years as a headline wrestler, Rhodes’ active career was over and he went back to WCW, where he performed a number of roles including booking and television announcing.

As far as an ability to work and control a crowd as a babyface, Rhodes ranks right up there with anyone at any point in pro wrestling history and was an unquestioned all-time great.

Next WWE live Network Special – featuring Brock Lesner

June 4th, 2015

WWE announced that the next Network special will be July 4th from Sumo Hall in Tokyo.

The lineup is

Lucha Dragons vs. Los Matadores

Nikki Bella vs. Paige vs. Naomi

New Day vs. Tyson Kidd and Cesaro

Chris Jericho vs. Neville

Kevin Owens vs. Finn Balor

Brock Lesner vs. Kofi Kingston

John Cena and Dolph Ziggler vs. Kane and King Barrett

Ring of Honor going to Destination America..

May 27th, 2015

Ring of Honor and Destination America have agreed to a 26 week deal. TNA Wrestling has not been renewed with the station. The TNA roster has not been told much, which is not very professional.  It appears ROH has surpassed TNA as the number 2 brand in America. Here is the press release…

BALTIMORE, MD (May 27, 2015) – Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBGI) (the “Company”) announced that it has signed a national broadcast deal with Destination America, part of Discovery Communications, for the Company’s professional wrestling promotion, Ring of Honor (“ROH”). ROH will premiere on Destination America for 26 weeks beginning Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 8pm EST/7pm CST. The announcement was made by Joe Koff, Chief Operating Officer – Ring of Honor Wresting.
“We are very excited to be partnering with Destination America for the broader distribution of the ROH programming,” commented Joe Koff, Chief Operating Officer – Ring of Honor Wrestling. “ROH will now reach an additional 57 million households including those in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and other large cities where Ring of Honor is not currently airing.
ROH has a loyal fan base and is one of the fastest growing major wrestling franchises in the country. With this great partnership with Destination America, we can continue to expand our footprint and reach while producing entertaining, original content and continuing to provide wrestling fans some of the best wrestling content available.”
“With the electric and intense matches that Ring of Honor provides, Destination America is the network for fans to get an entire evening of jaw-dropping entertainment on Wednesday nights,” said Marc Etkind, General Manager of Destination America. “Ring of Honor showcases tenacity, athleticism and passion and it serves as the place where America’s favorite wrestling stars are born.”