Welcome to Saturday Night Chat on TNAMecca! Although we aren't an open forum where members can start their own threads, our sense of community spirit is what sets us apart from other wrestling sites so we thought it'd be fun to give our members the ability to dictate the discussion for one night a week. Anything goes in Saturday Night Chat but we do ask that all topics remain TNA-related and stay on topic. You can also discuss any rumors from any source regardless of how ludicrous they might sound. However, the same etiquette rules that apply to our comments section in general also will apply here, including our policy on spoilers.
08 March 2014
Samuel Shaw has gotten everybody's attention, the "Creepy Bastard" who wants to know "your location" has created quite a stir with his very public courting and break up with TNA ring announcer Christy Hemme. From mannequins in the basement to choking out his opponents and whispering "SHHHH" in their ear, Shaw is one of the most unique and interesting characters in wrestling today, maybe even the MOST interesting. However, because of the uniqueness of the character many wondered "Who will be Samuel's first real feud?" Obviously he HAS to wrestle someone (it's not like he is going to wrestle Christy). Enter Mr. Anderson.
Whilst Lockdown 2013 provided one of the minor highlights of the Aces & Eights saga as Bully Ray clouted Hardy with a hammer to become World Champion, it will not go down in history as a PPV that delivered on non-title matches. Who remembers the epic clashes between Robbie E and Robbie T? Joseph Park and Joey Ryan? Kurt Angle and Gerald Brisco's son?
Me neither. If you do remember any of these matches, I'd hasten to guess it is for the wrong reasons.
07 March 2014
Kurt Angle tweeted the following concerning the attack he suffered at the hands of EC3 on last night's Impact:
Attack by EC3 in London aired last night has taken me out of Lockdown Sunday. Surgery required but I will be back soon!
— Kurt Angle (@RealKurtAngle) March 7, 2014
Obviously this is disappointing news for many who looked forward to seeing Angle wrestle Ethan Carter III in the cage this Sunday, not only because of the potential quality match that could have seen but also this bout would have been EC3's biggest match to date, and Angle always delivers a stellar performance at Lockdown. Angle had surgery straight after the UK tour and said he would be cleared to wrestle by Lockdown, and at the time said it was to remove some bone fragments that were floating around his knee and causing him problems, however ImpactWrestling.com is reporting that Angle has torn his MCL.
Gail Kim and Madison Rayne have a storied history with one another dating back to when the two were Knockout Tag Team Champions and "BFFS". Madison's return a few months ago was well received as she gave Gail a new opponent besides ODB and Velvet Sky (it's obvious we are not going with a Lei'd Tapa feud just yet). Madison's title win at Genesis took some by surprise because she hadn't been back long and really wasn't much of a focus. While this feud has not gotten a lot of attention, the in ring work has been outstanding. The street fight in the UK was excellent; even with limited time to work with; Rayne and Kim put on a hell of a show. Hopefully, they will have more time on pay per view and anybody that remembers Lockdown 2007 knows what Gail is willing to do in the cage.
It was January 23rd, 2014 and TNA was in Huntsville, Alabama. Kurt Angle had just come off a huge victory against Bobby Roode inside a steel cage. He could have taken the rest of the night off but the Olympic Gold Medalist knew his night wasn't over until he made sure that his good friend Sting didn't suffer the same fate as AJ Styles at the hands of Team Dixie. Unfortunately, Dixie Carter's crew was too much for Kurt Angle and his allies to handle as Sting was defeated by Magnus and was sent packing. Due to his involvement, however, Angle became a target of Team Dixie's, which led to a brutal attack by Ethan Carter III on Angle's knee during his match against the TNA world champion Magnus in Glasgow, Scotland. This was a new side of EC3, a meaner EC3, which incidentally emerged after the members of Team Dixie, including his aunt, began to treat him like an outsider. All of a sudden, a prominent member of the top heel alliance was found in a position in which he needed to somehow prove himself...to his own aunt. The result: Ethan Carter III targeted and attacked Kurt Angle, which some would call TNA's alpha male, albeit a wounded one. Last week, during Kurt Angle's TNA Hall of Fame induction, EC3 proceeded to mock the seasoned veteran (as well as the dirtsheets) by embellishing his knee injury. In the end, it backfired on the young lion as Angle officially announced that he and EC3 would face each other inside the steel cage at Lockdown, as per MVP's approval.
The Polls for the final event in Season 1, Lockdown, are now open. 24 points are up for grabs at this event as well as a tiebreaker question in the case of a draw for first place after Lockdown. The deadline for picks is this Sunday at 6:30pm EST. As always, you must make a pick for all matches and can only submit one predictions form per user, any further forms under the same name will not be counted. With it being so close at the top of the league, its going to be a very interesting final day, who will win the $20 ShopTNA Gift Card and become the first ever TNAMecca Pick 'em League Champion? Find out this Sunday at Lockdown!
NOTE: This event is for Season 1 members only, This is not an event in Season 2. Season 2 will begin this coming Thursday after Lockdown.
06 March 2014
One of my favorite activities after watching Impact is searching for forums in which fans can talk about the show and share with one another their thoughts. However, it's getting increasingly harder to find venues where TNA fans can safely express their opinions on Impact without having to deal with the trolling of the anti-TNA crowd or the smarks who insist on taking the fun out of pro wrestling.
For this reason, we felt it was important to make TNAMecca available to its readers and any TNA fans who would like to discuss the show after watching it. You can now visit TNAMecca immediately following Impact to do exactly that in the comments section below each and every week. So please feel free to share with us your thoughts on tonight's Impact from London. What did you think of the show? What did you like or dislike? Let us know.
TNA announced this afternoon that this year's Slammiversary will take place at the College Park Center in Arlington, TX on the University of Texas campus on Sunday, June 15th. For those wondering, this is the venue where Slammiversary 2012 took place and from what I remember, the crowd was fantastic, so I'm fairly satisfied with this news. Texas has been hit or miss as far as TNA shows are concerned but the Dallas/Fort Worth area is probably their most favorable location in the state. Click here to read the full press release.
As the first Season of the Pick 'em League ends this Sunday at Lockdown, it also marks the beginning of Season 2. After the initial season was such a success, there was no way a second season wouldn't take place, there were many of you who discovered TNAMecca just after the start of Season 1 and made it clear you wanted to be part of the fun and action the Pick 'em League provides, and now you have the opportunity. For those of you that participated in Season 1, your not going to see anything different with the rules, however for those of you who have signed up or are considering signing up for your first season, here's the full information of Season 2:
- If you're a TNA fan, there are very few things that are more exciting than the Thursday prior to one of the big three PPVs. Without fail, the go-home shows for Lockdown, Slammiversary, and Bound for Glory seem to generate a sense of excitement among fans, even when the build for the PPV has been lackluster. Thankfully, this year, the build for Lockdown has been very strong. In fact, I'd say it's been one of the best I've seen since becoming a fan. One can easily point to the intensely personal and well-written feuds to explain the success of this year's build but I believe it's the exceptionally developed characters. Never has there been a time in TNA's history when the writers focused so much attention on creating and developing so many fascinating new characters while rejuvenating old fan favorites. It's for that reason why, I believe, the build to Lockdown has been hugely successful.
Yesterday, it was brought to our attention that Brooke Tessmacher had deleted her accounts on Twitter and Facebook. Although her profile remains on TNA's roster on their site, this led to speculation that she may have left the company. That certainly may be the case but we chose not to report this until we had evidence that was a bit more concrete. Well, today, Tessmacher changed her username on Instagram (an account she did not delete) to thebrookeadams, which is her real name, and added the following cryptic message, "Things change for a reason." I think it's safe to say that her status has changed, whether it'd be in real life or kayfabe. In any case, it's all speculation until we hear something official from Brooke or TNA.