Sunday, October 19, 2014

British Boot Camp 2: Episode 1 - Glasgow Auditions

House of Hardcore - A Vision of TNA's Future?

For starters, I apologize for what may be considered a slightly misleading title (depending on your point of view). I'm not saying that TNA's future is to devolve into something resembling Tommy Dreamer's promotion. I'm talking about something a bit more below the radar.

Anyone who saw the card for the House of Hardcore event on 11/15 would have thought that it's a joint show with TNA, but once they released the poster for the event, it became doubly apparent. In my opinion, HOH can never be a developmental territory – not in its current incarnation – and I seriously doubt that Dreamer or TNA would want to reduce the promotion to that. Rather, both sides should be cashing in on the ECW nostalgia while getting some of the best independent stars to put on some kick ass matches — that's the talent distribution I want to talk about.

Friday, October 17, 2014

This Week on IMPACT Wrestling

By Adam Foster
October 15, 2014
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

To start off, I had some preconceptions coming into this week's iMPACT. The first one was that no matter how good the wrestling was, nothing would compare to the five star main event we saw last week. The other was that based on the crowds recently in Bethlehem, they would possibly ruin what I suppose was the "fallout" from Bound For Glory 2014.

Storm on the Horizon

Glasgow, Scotland is a tough place that makes tough people. A city made strong by hard-working men and women, like the ship builders who laboured along the River Clyde, forging lives as they forged the hardened steel exported all over the world. Look into the eyes of Nikki Storm and at first you'll see a beautiful, athletic young woman....but look closer and you'll see a young lady as tough as her city and as hardened as the Scottish steel of the shipyards, and just as valuable an export, at least to the world of professional wrestling. When TNA producers began to search the British wrestling scene for the very best talent to compete in British Boot Camp 2, they didn't have to look far to find that in Glasgow, there was a Storm brewing.

At a Crossroad: Part 1

By Jonathan Foster

2014 has been an interesting year for TNA. We have seen the departures of several longtime mainstays and the rise of new talents. We have witnessed a rebirth of the amazing in-ring action that separated TNA from its competitors. Most importantly, we have been faced with some serious questions of TNA’s future on American television. The coming months are going to be pivotal in its stance in the pro wrestling scene, and in this three-part series, I want to discuss how we got to where we are now and look at the positives and negatives of TNA as we head into the future.

News Briefs: British Boot Camp 2, TNA Stars in Japan

* TNA is doing a huge media blitz to promote the season premiere of British Boot Camp 2, this Sunday at 9pm on Challenge TV. Check out the Boot Camp website and the following articles: Daily Mirror | Huffington Post | Independent

* The October 15th episode of Impact Wrestling averaged 982,000 viewers (down from last week). The show was headlined by Bobby Roode vs. Austin Aries vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Eric Young in a 4-way elimination match to determine the #1 contender to the TNA World Title.

* Wrestle-1 has announced the lineup for Keiji Mutoh's 30th Anniversary show on November 1st in Tokyo, Japan. Sanada will face Matt Hardy and Tajiri in a triple threat match, while The BroMans and DJ Z will take on Team 246 and Minoru Tanaka in a six-man tag match.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thoughts on Bound For Glory 2014 & The Issues With iMPACT Ep. #207

See You Never 

Total Nonstop Audacity of Hope

By: Mortimer Plumtree

Okay, okay. Settle down. You can put away your political agendas and all beliefs around it. No worries. We're still talking pro wrestling here. 

Despite the semi-borrowed title and inspirational phrase for this column which was penned by the current President of the United States, the meaning and significance accurately describes the current times in TNA Wrestling. A time where most fans attempt to carry on as loyal fans of this company, yet still hold and carry along the fear of the unknown - a new TV deal or no TV deal. 

I'll be completely honest with all of you, it's been a trying time for my fandom on pro wrestling as of late. There really hasn't been much offering (again, just my opinion) from the competitors and other companies, and when it comes to TNA, that simple fear of what is to come does indeed shadow my enjoyment of the product. In no way am I predicting the demise of TNA Wrestling and calling for the collectors to raid TNA headquarters right now, but again, just being honest, security is a powerful thing, and often the lack of it can cause concern. This is truth no matter how loyal your fandom or  how established your favorite product is.

Who should be in the main event - the best wrestlers or the best talkers?

Welcome back to another edition of the v2 wrestling podcast and welcome to our listeners on TNAsylum.com and 606v2.com

We kick off by looking back at the Full Metal Mayhem match between The Wolves, Hardys and Team 3D. The conversation centres around whether this type of match is what wrestling should be about in 2014 or whether it’s a relic of the past.

The TNA section then moves on to highlights of the recent Gail Kim interview ahead of British Boot Camp 2, and looking at the actions of Bully Ray and his Bullet Club challenge at Bound For Glory – was this disrespectful to TNA and Wrestle-1? Did they know about it? Did they approve it?