Stunt Granny Audio #235

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Freed from the shackles of audio ban, Dusty is back once again to join Kevin for another rousing edition of Stunt Granny Audio. The fearless duo talk about whether TNA is really up for sale or not, and if so, who might be among the potential buyers. And does it even really matter since TNA doesn’t exactly have a sterling reputation for knowing what to do with their product anyway. And might this be just another business acquisition for Vince McMahon to add to his tape library?

They then switch gears to talk about the goings on in the last episode of Monday Night Raw. Dusty talks about how he thinks Jay Briscoe is the best thing about professional wrestling right now. Kevin expresses his sadness for the state of his beloved Pittsburgh Steelers right now. Dusty grills Kevin about the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin bullying scandal. And a whole lot more fun and nonsense, including Dusty challenging the listeners to come up with an example of a good song about dinosaurs, and it will only cost you an hour of your life and your cold black soul, so why not listen!

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56 Days of WrestleMania – WrestleMania XV’s Best Matches

From the year that would be the bane of Dusty’s existence: 1999. Could the biggest card of the year be properly executed by someone who is equal parts idiot and egotist like Vince Russo? Could he offer enough ADD-laden matches that qualify as “best”? Vote now and let’s see what we come up with!

Velvet Sky, totally natural breasts, officially gone from TNA

Any excuse to post these. I mean, this.

And so it is official; after days of speculation Velvet Sky has confirmed she is no longer part of TNA. Via her Twitter account she released the following:

“I have been granted my release by TNA at this time,” Sky wrote. “It’s what’s best for me right now and I wanted to thank TNA and all the fans for their constant support in me. Stay tuned though…

“And I also want to thank Vince Russo for creating and believing in the team of The Beautiful People. We had a great run!”

So now the talk is whether or not she ends up in WWE. Dusty and I discussed this a bit yesterday and it just doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense. But then WWE doesn’t really care about in ring product for the women seeing as how the matches go all of five minutes.

Velvet is a gorgeous woman with giant natural breasts so she would seem like a shoo-in for WWE. Excuse me, giant breasts, my bad, and that isn’t a complaint.  Anyway, the role of the manipulative, bitchy chick has been filled by Eve and she isn’t exactly replaceable (wink).  So what use is Velvet to WWE? She can’t rub her crotch on the middle rope more than once before getting fired.  Does WWE really need yet another woman on the roster to not fill time on television?

Oh, and let the Beautiful People reunion go already. If this was WWE of five years ago then maybe but there is definitely no place for them now. Even with the Bella Twins running out of town. -Jeremy

Viacom may pull Spike from DirecTV, just in time for me to enjoy Impact Wrestling

Is it a) where I do my best thinking, b) where TNA will go if Viacom leaves DirecTV, or c) all of the above?

I feel obligated to link to Prowrestling.net, even though I saw this story on Magnus’ Twitter account while I was on the toilet: Viacom and DirecTV are at each other’s throats about subscriber fees, and Viacom is threatening to pull all 17 of its cable channels from DirecTV, including MTV, all the Nickelodeons, and, yes, Spike, home of TNA Impact Wrestling. I remember a time when I wished a swift, curb-stompy death to TNA, but the post-Russo era has made for pretty good television and, from what I’ve seen through my neighbor’s window, pretty good pay-per-view. Bobby Roode came into his own as a world champion, Austin Aries is being given a run, Bully Ray became the best heel in the business (after Chris Jericho decided to dry up and die), Hulk Hogan, Sting and Kurt Angle found their roles, and even garbage like Robbie E and Garrett Bischoff have followed their paths back down the ladder.

So of course, what happens but TNA’s home network’s parent company threatens to leave a broadcast platform that offers a couple hundred thousand fans, at a time when a 1.0 rating is a time to celebrate. Oops. This sort of posturing and muscle-flexing happens all the time between networks and cable/satellite providers, but the gray cloud still looms. Hey, Dixie, as soon as you decide to scrap the Claire Crackhead storyline, you might want to give Fox a call. They should remember you.

For more on this story from DirecTV’s point of view, go to their sappy video page here. -Eric

Stunt Granny Audio Show #176

This week Kevin and Dusty join forces to discuss the epic February 13 Monday Night Raw Super Show. This show was so super, it pre-empted the dog show to CNBC. Was it worth it? Well, if you missed the show (a show that was trending on twitter, I might remind you), Dusty and Kevin are here to break it down for you and answer that question. What did they think of the cartoony Kane-John Cena-Zack Ryder storyline? (Besides that it was very very cartoony.) What did they think of the Shawn Michaels-Triple H-Undertaker showdown? Were the matches on this show so bad the writers might as well have been slashing their ratings with straight razor? What was actually good about the show? Was it that godforsaken debate thing they did to start the show? Was it anything? You need to listen to find out, and it’ll only be an hour of your measley, pointless time. So listen!

Stunt Granny Audio Show #176

OFFICIAL: Vince Russo out at TNA/Impact Wrestling or whatever

According to various reports and straight from the horses’ mouth aka Dixie Carter via Twitter, Vince Russo is no longer an employee of TNA or Impact Wrestling. You know they need to come up with one god damn name and stick to it. Anyway, what started as rumor Sunday finally has been confirmed publicly? The man responsible for so much good in everyone’s favorite second place wrestling company is heading back to an Indy record store near you. Maybe you can get a sneak peek at his book and then swear everyone to secrecy?

Like this news even matters now. TNA/Impact Wre.., fuck it, is near irrelevant in the States after so many years of his garbage. This actually came ten years too late for my tastes. What was your favorite Russo TNA moment? There are so many; is it even possible that there is enough room in cyberspace to share all of them. Well, here goes my favorite.

There was that one time that one guy came to the ring and turned on that one guy and then the next week he turned on another guy who had just turned on that other guy who was teaming with some guy who was friends with another guy who had a female friend in a bikini crawling on her hands and knees in a show of power feminism but she was betrayed by her one piece wearing prudish friend who had designs on that one guy who was about to turn on the champion guy who was really a puppet of the commissioner who was that guy everyone knew but no one cared about and this all led to a ratings bonanza.

You know what I am talking about. -Jeremy

Vince Russo may or may not be out as head of TNA creative

"Ugh, just make up ya' fuckin' mind, I gots womens to objectify ovah heeah!"

According to WrestleZone.com, Vince Russo was replaced as head of TNA creative by recent hire and former WWE and Ring of Honor writer Dave Lagana and that Russo wasn’t even present at the Against All Odds PPV last night in Orlando. Clearly our banner at the top of this page was the motivating factor in the move, and not years of failure to bring TNA into the mainstream or above a 1.5 extended cable rating or 25,000 pay-per-view buys, not to mention climbing his greasy ass behind the wheel of the 1979 Chevy Nova that was WCW and driving it directly into the Des Moines River.

However, in a second article at Prowrestling.net, multiple sources are disputing the news, saying Lagana was merely helping out at Against All Odds. Yeah, he was helping. He was holding the door for Russo while slapping an “#IWantWrestling” note to his back.

We’re not a site that likes to jump to conclusions, but we also need to think objectively about these conflicting reports. In short, Jason Powell has a decade-plus-long history of being accurate, while WrestleZone has been around since I started brewing this cup of coffee, and one of its main writers is an on-air character for Pro Wrestling Ohio. I know that if Kevin was the PWO commissioner, we’d have more on our minds than reporting accurate news. I also know that if I was right as often as Powell is, I’d be swimming in my vault full of gold coins in St. Paul just like he does. -Eric

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