Weekend Rewind – TNA, Will They Be Bought?

Smashing-PumpkinsJeremy and I addressed the TNA sales rumors on the Audio this past Friday. Janice Carter, mother of Dixie Carter, emphatically denied them later that day proving that once again, we have a mole inside of TNA. Prowrestling.net was still standing behind their sales story even after this news. We don’t care who’s right because we’re either going to continue watching a train wreck or be hopeful that a new owner can come up with better ideas than the current regime.

To confirm that things are going swimmingly for Impact Wrestling, TNA announced on Saturday that the Impact Zone at Universal Studios will now be broadcast from Soundstage 19 instead of the old Soundstage 21. This is important because they are moving from a stage that is 22,000 to one that is 16,500 or a 25% reduction in size. This would be like the WWE deciding that instead of using Madison Square Garden that their new home base is back in the Hammerstein Ballroom where they debuted Raw. I’m sure TNA is perfectly happy with this turn of events.

The last in the trilogy of news pieces on Dot Net about TNA this weekend was revealing that one possible buyer could be Billy Corrigan of The Smashing Pumpkins. It’s possible that he is just going to buy part of the company. Corrigan currently owns Resistance Pro Wrestling in Chicago and he had interest in buying ECW. It would be interesting to watch some of his current promotion to get a glance at how TNA might be run in the future but I’m having a hard time getting through website. The opening page starts things off poorly by featuring a giant picture of R Pro Champion “The Ego” Robert Anthony and his giant nipples. By going to their website’s merchandise tab, I can see that he has a similar infatuation with former WWE employees that TNA has. By looking at their roster, at least none of them are on the roster. At least it looks like they’d make the roster a manageable size unlike TNA.

We will keep an eye on the TNA sales situation, unless we’re having a Siamese Dream about Stunt Granny booking TNA. – Kevin

Wrestlemania 29 (NY/NJ) Preview Part IV

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Since Jeremy agreed that he wouldn’t be doing previews as I had predicted on Monday, I’m going written for the previews. I’m hoping to do two matches a day including on Sunday. We’ll see if it happens or if I end up stacking them up because I can’t get to them. I’ll be separating them into pairs with one good match and one bad match.

Bad Match

World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio defending against Jack Swagger: The build up has been the most boring of any of these bouts. The hate might have worked better if Alberto Del Rio was a bigger baby face. He hasn’t come close to replacing Rey Mysterio. I really don’t like him any more as a baby face because he still feels so bland. Jack Swagger hasn’t done himself any favors since coming back either. I haven’t been impressed with his in ring work which has been passable at best. His gimmick isn’t doing much for me either. I suppose it’s good that he has a mouth piece but since the gimmick isn’t working I don’t like Zeb Colter. Prediction: Alberto Del Rio sucks slightly less so he retains.

Good Match

CM Punk vs The Undertaker: Aren’t we all glad that William Moody aka Paul Bearer died so that we could have an angle for Wrestlemania? I do wonder what this build up would have looked at without this tragic end to a fantastic mouth piece. I was glad that CM Punk got to sink his teeth into something other than the length of his title reign. I thought the angle ended up pigeon holing him from how he wanted to verbally attack the Undertaker. He did what he could and I enjoyed it but I also thought it was predictable and a little bit boring. The interesting part of this match is that because of the lengthy title reign, CM Punk is a legitimate threat. Undertaker has only made a couple of token appearances in the past year. Punk is a perfect torch handing over guy. Prediction: The streak stands and the internet doesn’t explode.

Kevin’s Blog: Almost Live, Definitely Half Assed Review of #WWE #Raw

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It’s the go home show for Wrestlemania. I had no idea that “Go Home, You’re Drunk” was a meme. I’m not exactly excited by this show. In fact, when I heard Michelle Beadle and Sam Roberts talking about it on After Opie & Anthony Live talking about how excited they were for Wrestlemania since it’s in “New York City” that I wanted to puke. All I could think to myself was “They have got to be putting up a facade to get interviews.” Maybe some people are enjoying this build up. I don’t know how though. I’ll save more of those thoughts for a written preview because I know I can’t rope Jeremy into a match by match preview like we’ve done in years past. Let’s roll.

We’ve got a Shawn Michaels tease to start. I have to explain Paul Bearer to my woman. She hasn’t watched in a while. John Cena gets to start us off in the ring. She just told me that the crowd no sold Cena’s Johnson joke. Good for them. There’s just nothing new here. John, you don’t need to sell us on your win. There’s way too much money in a part III.

Okay, Jeremy warned me about the same old matches. Naturally, the first match is a rerun. Randy Orton, Sheamus & Big Show get to squash 3MB. The blank check joke from Lawler gets no sold by Cole & JBL. Good for them. Three finishers. The Shield starts walking down from the crowd. They get their promo time instead of ring time.

Jack Swagger & Zeb Colter are stopping traffic. I think. I definitely saw a biker go past them. My woman is unenthused about Wrestlemania already. We The People. Matt Striker might be an upgrade. Alberto Del Rio gives us the same speech he’s given before.

Dolph Ziggler doesn’t get an entrance because he’s not important. Daniel Bryan is taking him on. The match is occurring while I set the table again. I can’t remember though if it’s a tag team match or a six person at Wrestlemania. It’s a tag team match. The guys are putting on a good match in the mean time. If someone is surprised, they haven’t watched much wrestling. Dolph with the cheap roll up. Post match beat down by Big E Langston. The switch for him on Kane was a nice touch. Hey, two positive things!

Shawn Michaels gets to give us a Wrestlemania run down. He tells us about the three important matches. HHH interrupts him before he can go anywhere. Michaels got to skip the goofy part of the promo. He delivers a great promo. Brock Lesnar comes down but Paul Heyman does all of the talking. Another good build up. What the hell is going on, you’re blowing up my theory.

The Miz and Wade Barrett get a special match on Youtube and Facebook. The Miz is in the booth. Barrett gets to squash Zack Ryder. I feel bad for him even more. Ryder is adding muscle and he still isn’t getting anywhere. The WWE wouldn’t be on Youtube if it weren’t for him. Well, they’d probably would have gotten there but he sped things up. The Miz didn’t over do the suit today. Bull Hammer Elbow. Brad Maddox is talking to Vickie Guerrero. Santino gives us the news that Vince McMahon is in the arena. April Fool’s joke. I wasn’t even thinking about that possibility. Marella gets a match out of it.

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The Rock Majored In College In Subtle Advertising

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While is had been largely expected, Dwayne Johnson wrote on twitter this morning, “Cena fans: pls stop tweeing me to stop being “mean” to John. If u think I’m mean now, just wait til Survivor Series in NYC.”Johnson has been expected to return to WWE at the Survivor Series in Madison Square Garden on 11/20. It would be the 15th anniversary of Johnson’s television debut with WWF. Then using the name Rocky Maivia, his debut was pushed with great fanfare, and he was put over as the winner of one of the Survivor Series matches in 1996 also in Madison Square Garden.

The only thing worse than John Cena Twitter marks are Matt Hardy marks that follow you around on YouTube and your blog and whatever. (For example.) In any event, god bless The Rock. – Dusty

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