Sunday, November 23, 2014

British Boot Camp 2: Episode 6 - Wrestling Matters

This Week on IMPACT Wrestling

By Jason Blade
November 19, 2014
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

So this was the last original episode of Impact to air on Spike TV and while it could have been the last episode of Impact to air on any network, thankfully that's not the case and Impact will live on. While the temptation might be to look at this episode as the end of an era, and in some ways it is, there was enough stuff on this show to make me really excited for the next chapter of Impact that will begin on Destination America. Here are some of the things that I took from this show to carry me through until January:

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Time Is Now For TNA to Move Forward

We finally have the answer to a question we have been asking since TMZ broke the story back in July. After nearly four months of MAJOR speculation on the sheets of dirt, banter between Spike officials and a former writer, and the internet community debating as to where (or even if) TNA will be in 2015, Destination America and TNA Wrestling have reached a multi-year agreement to take the brand to the Discovery Communications family. Some have rejoiced simply because there was a TV deal announced while others speculate that this will be that FINAL thing that will end TNA, but I am going to look at what this move could mean for Impact in the future.

What Are Your Year-End Award Nominations?

With all original programming done for the year, it's time to think about the Best of 2014. Please list your nominations for the categories below:

Most Memorable Moment
Match of the Year
Knockout of the Year
Tag Team of 2014
Best of the X (X Division Wrestler of the Year)
Greatest Rivalry
Show of the Year
Best Non-Wrestling Segment
Best Storyline

Friday, November 21, 2014

TNA - The Year of Living Dangerously

I don’t often write articles much these days, preferring to spend my time speaking my thoughts to those who will listen as opposed to read (make sure you listen to the v2wrestling podcast, people!).

But with the end of the year rapidly approaching and with TNA pretty much done for the year, I thought it was time to dust down the old typewriter and have a look back at the world of TNA and its annus horribilis. And this article is all about one question – was it a good year for TNA?

TNA Planning Reboot on Destination America

According to PWInsider, a number of Destination America executives went to TNA headquarters in Nashville to discuss ways the company can be integrated into the network and different plans the two sides can work together.

TNA plans to do a complete reboot of Impact Wrestling when the series debuts on Destination America. TNA producer Bryan Edwards recently noted that they will have new logos, new graphics and basically a fresh start on everything, though an official launch date is still being discussed.

There is talk that the December TV tapings, if they take place, may be held in Michigan. TNA is working out details right now before making a decision whether to tape in December or January. As previously reported, TNA has dates on hold at the Manhattan Center the week of January 6th.

Also, Dixie Carter tweeted: "A special message to our great fans in Canada. We're negotiating with potential TV partners to bring @IMPACTWRESTLING to you! Stay tuned."

Xplosion: Low Ki vs. DJ Z

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Issues With iMPACT Ep. #212

Destination America 

TNA, Bethlehem and Moving Forward

It's been a fairly bleak period for TNA. The uncertainty surrounding the TV deal combined with the tiny crowd at the Bethlehem TV tapings have given the impression of a company on it's last legs. The atmosphere in that dark, empty building in Pennsylvania was toxic. Not so much because of how the fans were reacting (they were for the most part a perfectly fine, regular audience - reacting and not reacting pretty much how you'd expect) but rather how that building made the company seem. Thankfully TNA have managed to pull through their darkest hour in nearly a decade (the company has been  fairly stable since 2005, until this past year) and while it remains to be seen what form TNA will take in 2015 at least the company will actually see 2015. I'm going to take a look at the last few months of TV from Bethlehem and then talk about how TNA should move into 2015 with a new television partner.