Watched TNA for first time in over a year last week (sadly fiancee moved in and struggled to get wrestling on) thankfully she is now shoved in an office on sunday evenings doing work.
it was a very entertaining show, I am surprised they have had so many massive hits during the last few years, crowd loss of 75% alot of their built talent gone, just scraps left and an odd few regulars.
EC3 is still very entertaining, the hardy stuff was drug fuelled madness but still enjoyable in its own bizarre way, couple of the matches were good, the storm promos were superb building the main event.
Not sure how many here follow the Japanese stuff (I only follow it sporadically) but NJPW's Wrestle Kingdom 11 PPV happened at the Toyko Dome earlier this week. Whole show is below.
Not a stellar show from top to bottom, but the last 4 matches (starting with Kushida vs. Takahashi at the 02:37:00 mark) are a bit special. If nothing else, give the 45-minute Okada vs. Omega epic (starts at approximately 04:09:00) a try.
just checked and the video is still working. hopefully it is still working on the weekend when i plan to watch it. even if it is just the Okada Omega fight, which has been awarded a Dave Meltzer 6 star match rating, the first ever
did anyone watch WoS on ITV on NYE? I thought it was pretty good. loved having a bit of wresting back on terrestrial tv. i think it will be a goer if they decide to carry on, even it is a monthly event.
I taped wos, but never got to see it. Be nice if it worked, but think itv tried too late at a time when wrestling interest is very low......2010-2012 was better when there was a mini boom over here when challenge tv chucked alot of free tv hype to wrestling.
Good news was itv studio got swamped obln day of event. Theysay 2000 got turned away, but whether pilot was successful I don't know.
A WOS tv pilot explains why WWE have come up with some UK title.....clearly to make that fail then ditch it to leave uk fans with nothing
It's a big loss, their new schtick was immensely popular. In wider terms it could be a loss for wrestling in general too because if they do go on to join WWE, as they are expected to, I don't think they'll be given the green light to be as creative (read: completely and utterly insane) with the promos, vignettes and general characterisation as they have been in TNA.
Yeah, I always thought Matt and TNA were a good match. TNA, like every other promotion that isn't WWE, needs something to distinguish it from WWE (preferably something that can't be easily copied). Matt's "broken" nonsense provided that. And, yes, TNA is probably the only promotion that would have let him do it. The various indie promotions in North America wouldn't have had the resources, and WWE wouldn't have given him the creative freedom.
Jeff is clearly the dumber sibling (his creative zenith is Willow, FFS) but he was probably the biggest draw on that roster. A big loss for a promotion trying to re-establish itself.
the shows arent too bad, but their talent is so thinly spread now it is the same wrestlers on every show. they had their Wrestlemania the other week (Bound for Glory) and i fast forwarded through the majority of it. the X Division match was a 6 way, and they had exactly the same match on the Impact show before it!
random shout out to ex rugby player Alex Corbisiero too, who has been making appearances as part of the Bellator American Top Team faction backin up Bobby Lashley. took some heavy bumps in the cage match
TNA suffering from a bout of major stars leaving at the moment - James Storm, Lashley, EC3, Laurel Van Ness to name a few
but a lot of spoiler alerts for the new tv tapings for returning and new start too. BUT, the talent is getting spread even further. Don Callis has taken over the reigns apparently so interesting to see how that develops