21 July 2014

Behind The Curtain: Q&A Volume VI

Ladies & Gentlemen welcome to the 6th edition of the Behind The Curtain Q&A series. In this offering we'll cover such topic's as Bound For Glory in Japan, the face of TNA, several names that could possibly join TNA, the amount of announcements & surprises in recent weeks and much more. Thanks in advance to those who submitted questions, and now with the intro out of the way, lets get to my answers.

19 July 2014

Saturday Night Chat - Jul 19, 2014

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.

18 July 2014

What a Delicious Appetizer!

Everyone is in agreement that last night was a high-quality IMPACT in New York City.  There's no doubt about that (unless you're just a complete troll or TNA hater that is).  The crowd was awesome.  The wrestling was great.  The return of the six-sided ring was fantastic.  The show literally flew by because the content was history-making and impressive.  Thankfully this is only the beginning; a delicious appetizer, if you will.  It's as if fans are being treated to a lovely 12-course meal at a fancy eatery in Paris.  So this first course was an enjoyable hors d'oeuvre that has essentially whet our appetite for more awesomeness to consume.  The menu of NYC episodes will provide course after course of delightful entertainment for the next 11 weeks until we finally get our dessert and coffee before heading to Tokyo at Bound For Glory.  What really happened last night though?  Was it a reboot?  Was it a revitalization?  Or..... were others, who don't usually watch TNA, just simply let in on the secret that we've all known for a long while?  

Hardcore Justice to be Taped at August 5th Tapings in NYC!

TNA announced this afternoon that Hardcore Justice will be taped at the Grand Ballroom of the Manhattan Center in New York City on Tuesday, August 5th. After the tone that TNA set with last night's show, a hardcore-themed show in NYC will be a must-watch event. TNA have been fairly hardcore the last few weeks so it'll be interesting to see how they try to top themselves with this year's Hardcore Justice.

17 July 2014

Post-IMPACT Discussion for Jul 17, 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 our 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 historic episode from the Manhattan Center in New York City.  What did you think of the show?  What did you like or dislike?  Let us know.

TNA Thursday Randomania - Jul 17, 2014

- This week, I'd like begin with the much-anticipated return of the six-sided ring.  I won't discuss the pros or cons because I feel that everyone's had their say by now and I'd rather not beat a dead horse.  Everyone who reads my Randomania on a regular basis knows where I stand on that issue.  I'd rather describe the emotions that came over me when I attended the June 25th Impact tapings in New York City.  Knowing that TNA would be debuting the new six-sided ring with the Impact Wrestling colors at this particular show, I promised myself that I'd take a moment to truly take it all in when I walked into the Ballroom.  And I did.  I sat in my seat and I observed.  Luckily, I was in the front row so I got a nice close look.  What I saw was a ring that brought back so many amazing memories.  But more importantly, I saw a ring with a promising future.  Because this beautiful ring before me did not just represent the past but it also represented the next chapter in TNA's storied history.  The new ring, the one I saw in New York City, was a fitting compromise of the old school years and the new era that is upon us.  I even got a little emotional for a brief moment because I knew that I had just experienced something special.  It was a moment that will stay with me for a very long time.  Ten years from now, I might not remember everything that happened on July 25th, 2014...but I will remember that moment.

16 July 2014

#BritishBootcamp2: Maintaining the Momentum

If you need an example of the positive power of social media in modern day professional wrestling, then you need look no further than the announcement made by TNA at London's Film and Comic Con this past Saturday.  ChallengeTV had already revealed that a second season of British Bootcamp was going to be filmed this Autumn, but it was the announcement from Jeremy Borash that the competitors had not yet been chosen that had people buzzing and #BritishBootcamp2 trending on Twitter.

15 July 2014

Vince Russo's Official Statement: Consultant for TNA?

Earlier this year, PWInsider reported that Vince Russo is still employed by TNA as a consultant.  After months of speculation and denials, Vince Russo decided to finally put the issue to rest today with the following statement: "Recently, I accidentally sent an e-mail to a third-party that was not meant for their eyes. The e-mail concerned my current involvement with TNA Wrestling. TNA rendered my services as a consultant to work with their announce team of Mike Tenay and Taz. The condition from their side was that I kept it confidential between the two parties. As their employee, it was up to me to honor their wishes, so that’s what I intended to do. My integrity means everything to me, so I just hope you can understand and forgive. Peace."

14 July 2014

Monster Team Player

At this point in Abyss' career it would be easy for him to rely on his past achievements, bask in his physical sacrifices, and rest on his tenure as one of the only remaining TNA originals.  However, he hasn't done that.  Instead, he's put over every wrestler he has faced or been teamed with for quite some time.  He doesn't have the kind of over-inflated ego that others (who have left the company) have exhibited in the past.  I know that some fans complain about Abyss "being old" and that's he's kind of "been there done that".  I respect that opinion, and I can see where that mindset would come from.  I contend, however, that when Abyss/Chris Parks is used correctly that he can be very effective in progressing the careers of the younger TNA superstars.  He knows his role within TNA, and it's fairly well known that he serves in an agent role backstage.  He could have gone to the WWE earlier in his career but chose to stay in TNA because he loves the company.  Those "team player" attributes and his undying loyalty are what make Abyss an important member of the TNA team.