24 April 2014

TNA Thursday Randomania - Apr 24, 2014

- I'm surprised to hear some complain regarding the lack of build for the Sacrifice PPV on Sunday because I don't think there's a match on the card that hasn't had, at least, some build.  In fact, there's not a single match that one can argue doesn't serve a purpose.  Perhaps they're thrown off by the fact that TNA essentially announced the entire line-up via their website but it still doesn't justify the criticism I've seen for the lack of build.  Personally, I think the build for Sacrifice has been perfectly fine with a couple of feuds seemingly coming to end (Gunner vs James Storm) while others are only just heating up (Bully Ray vs Bobby Roode).  Sacrifice should be a fun show with some good wrestling and perhaps a surprise or two as Sunday night kick-starts the road to Slammiversary in June.

23 April 2014

Christopher Daniels Officially a Free Agent

Christopher Daniels announced on his official Twitter account today that he is officially a free agent indicating that his contract with TNA has expired without a new deal. It's certainly not a good sign simply because it means that the two sides could not come to an agreement. Of course, a new deal could still be agreed upon down the line but there's no word on whether or not the two sides plan to continue negotiations. Unfortunately, my gut tells me that we've seen the last of Daniels in TNA at least for the foreseeable future.

MVP: Be Careful What You Wish For

One of my personal highlights from last Thursday's Impact was the confrontation between The Most Disgruntled Man That Ever Lived, Austin Aries, and our Head of Wrestling Operations, MVP.

Whenever Austin Aries is given some airtime, he makes the most of it.  Whenever Austin Aries is given a microphone, he proves that he is one of the greatest talkers that has ever stepped into a wrestling ring. However, with this week's Impact fast approaching, my joy at seeing Austin Aries in such a potentially high profile feud has transformed into a feeling of unease at what may transpire in their match on Thursday.

I can't help but wonder, will MVP end up looking like the bad guy when the dust has settled on this match?

22 April 2014

The Wolves Must Win the Tag Titles at Sacrifice

Sacrifice is only a few days away and one of the things that I'm most looking forward to is the BroMans' lame duck tag title reign coming to an end.  Although I often find the team of Robbie E and Jessie Godderz entertaining, their tag title reign has essentially rendered the tag titles worthless.  Unfortunately, this isn't exclusive to the BroMans as the once prestigious tag titles, held by teams like the Motor City Machine Guns and Beer Money, have been relegated to shiny props the last year or so.  For some inexplicable reason, the writers took the belts off Bad Influence at Bound for Glory in 2012 at the height of their popularity and it's been a lackluster 18 months for the TNA tag team championships since, minus the brief stint by Austin Aries and Bobby Roode.  Looking back now, I'd rather TNA had kept the titles on Bad Influence the entire time, or at least until a legit tag team emerged to challenge them.

21 April 2014

#REWIND365: 7-20 April 2014

Welcome to #REWIND365 Where the Reaction Never Ends, a selective look at the fortnight's offerings from #IMPACT365.  It has been a crazy two weeks for TNA with the World Title changing hands in the most unexpected of ways.  Dixie carter returned to cause waves and do what she does best by trolling those that have criticised Eric Young's win, and EC3 didn't lose his streak.  #REWIND365 has been monitoring all the uploads over this Easter holiday and brings you a selection of some of the best on offer.

Disclaimer:  Apologies in advance to any "Best of..." reviews I may have plagiarised by writing this article.

19 April 2014

Saturday Night Chat - Apr 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.

Dixie Carter Teases Big Talent Signings!

Dixie Carter announced on her official Twitter account late last night that TNA has signed big talents or will be soon. It'll be interesting to see which talents Dixie's referring to but I have a feeling there may be a tag team or two on that list as the Wolves will need competition when they win the TNA tag team titles. We've also heard rumors in the past week that Low Ki might have signed a contract with the company so perhaps we'll see a couple of X Division wrestlers be signed. And lastly, dare I mention, the possibility of Prince Devitt coming to TNA which has been rumored in recent weeks. This is all very exciting news as this Summer is shaping up to be one of the most fun in TNA history with Eric Young as world champion, Impact tapings in New York City, etc.

18 April 2014

UPDATE: TNA Announces More Matches for Sacrifice PPV

TNA announced more matches for the Sacrifice PPV on Sunday April 27th, on the the company's site today.  In a rematch for the TNA world heavyweight title, Magnus will challenge current world champion Eric Young.  Willow and Kurt Angle will team up to take on Ethan Carter III and Rockstar Spud.  Sanada and Tigre Uno will battle in Match #3 of their best of three series.  And lastly, Mr. Anderson and Samuel Shaw will continue their feud in a Committed Match where I'm assuming the loser gets locked inside the Psychiatric Services van. 

17 April 2014

Post-IMPACT Discussion for Apr 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 Impact from Orlando.  What did you think of the show?  What did you like or dislike?  Let us know.

TNA to Tape Impact at Sands in Bethlehem, PA in June!

Dixie Carter announced today that TNA will be taping Impact at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, PA on June 19th and 20th. I had wondered where TNA would tape the June 19th and 26th episodes of Impact. A casino is a very interesting choice and one that might tell us more about what the company plans to do in the future in order to continue to tape on the road while saving money by not renting large to mid-sized arenas.  For those who don't know, Bethlehem is just a two-hour drive from New York City.  Overall, I'm a fan of this decision.

TNA Thursday Randomania - Apr 17, 2014

- It's been a very interesting week for wrestling fans as the shocking victory by Eric Young to become the new TNA world heavyweight champion seemed to divide the fans into two groups - the TNA fans and everyone else.  I can't remember the last time TNA fans rallied around one of their own and defended him against those who attempted to disparage him and his worth.  They defended him because they have an emotional connection with Eric Young, the likes of which is becoming more rare in an environment where many are all too happy to be detached as long as they correctly predict the demise of a certain company.  This is why Eric Young's victory is significant.  It awakened in us that special feeling that only pro wrestling can, and it exposed those who think they are too smart for the genre.  Those people are simply too stubborn to realize that pro wrestling has always been about the connection one has with the wrestlers and their stories inside the ring.  Luckily for TNA fans, Eric Young reminded us of that fact this week.  And it irked everyone else.  To them, Eric Young is the antithesis of what a world champion looks like.  To TNA fans, he's...well...Eric Young.

16 April 2014

TNA Signs Rockstar Spud to an Extension!

This is a unique way to announce a contract extension but this is Rockstar Spud we're talking about here so this is quite fitting. It's good to see that TNA realize what a gem they have in Spud as he's quickly become one of the most entertaining characters in all of pro wrestling. I'm completely in support of this decision simply because Spud as a character has only just begun to reach his potential.  I can not wait to see what TNA have planned for him as it appears he will be with the company for at least another year.

15 April 2014

Thank You EY!

So here we are, almost a week removed from the most shocking TNA World Title win in company history.  That's right.  The MOST SHOCKING World Title win EVER in TNA's near-12 year history.  As I have let it sink in over the last few days, I have to say, nobody ever saw this coming.  I imagine that is exactly what TNA was going for.  All the promotion and advertising going forward included Magnus as World Champion, as far in the future as Slammiversary (just look at the poster on the right-side margin for proof).  Eric Young has no T-shirt to purchase on www.ShopTNA.com.  He has little to no merchandise for sale.  He isn't available to be on the current house show loop because he is busy taping episodes for his new show on Animal Planet/Discovery Channel.  The evidence suggests that neither EY or TNA had really planned in advance for this to happen.  Taking all of that information into consideration, the majority of fans (according to social media and our own TNAMecca poll) believe that TNA called this audible at precisely the right time.