30 August 2014

Saturday Night Chat - Aug 30, 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.

29 August 2014

Team 3D at BFG


Finally we're getting a tentative idea about what Bound For Glory will look like this year.  BFG 2014 has a very odd set of circumstances that involve booking a big Pay-Per-View event halfway across the world.  Now at least we know when the tickets are going on sale and who the first set of confirmed TNA wrestlers are for the event (read the details here).  I find the list of names that have been released to be logical and somewhat revealing about who TNA intends to push going forward.  Bram is on the list currently, and Magnus is not.  Samoa Joe is listed, but Austin Aries is not (I know I'm asking for trouble by pointing that out and for the record I think Aries will still be there).  The rest of the names were expected, but the most revealing line in the announcement was the reiterating that Team 3D will be inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame.  I know that there's a lot of controversy surrounding the possible re-signing of one Bully Ray.  I am not na├»ve enough to assume that just because TNA includes that line in the BFG announcement that it's guaranteed that they'll be in Tokyo that night.  I do have a gut feeling though, and it's telling me that Bully Ray shows up regardless.

28 August 2014

Submit Your Questions for Behind The Curtain: Volume VII


After starting to do so in the last Saturday Night Chat, I'm now taking questions for the next instalment of the Behind The Curtain Q&A. Once again there are a lot of topics to discuss regarding TNA, some of those include Impact's move to Wednesday's, The Spike contract extension, rumours concerning Bully Ray's status, current TNA storylines, Bound For Glory in Japan and much, much more. There all already some good questions that have been submitted, but as always, the more the merrier. Whether you want my thoughts or want to share your topic in mind with the community, this is as good a platform as any, so start submitting your questions now and I'll give you my answers in Volume VII next week.

27 August 2014

Post-IMPACT Discussion for Aug 27, 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 the Manhattan Center in New York City.  What did you think of the show?  What did you like or dislike?  Let us know.

TNA Wednesday Randomania - Aug 27, 2014


- This week, I'd like to begin with the latest on the TV deal.  Let me first remind everyone that the only announcement that came from TNA and SpikeTV is that the two sides have agreed to a deal that would keep Impact on the network through the end of the year.  Everything else is merely speculation and unsubstantiated rumors.  Although TNA fans were happy to hear about the extension, as was I, the reality is that the two sides can't seem to come together on a long term deal, which is troubling to me. TNA and SpikeTV have been partners for almost a decade and have negotiated several deals so what has changed? What is it that's different about these negotiations?  I don't believe for a second that SpikeTV no longer wants pro wrestling nor do I believe that they no longer want to work with TNA.  If this were the case, Viacom and SpikeTV would have simply not renewed Impact and moved on because that's what television networks do...they act in their own best financial interests.  I've read some ridiculous rumors in the last few weeks but one in particular is simply embarrassing: some have reported that SpikeTV is allowing Impact to air on their network until TNA can find another network to sign with.  Let's be real, folks, this is simply an attempt to downplay the fact that SpikeTV extended Impact for another three months.  In the dirtsheets' minds, it couldn't possibly mean that the two sides want to continue to negotiate.  Let's keep in mind, the same sites were reporting just a few weeks ago that SpikeTV will not be renewing Impact when their contract with TNA expires on October 1st, and we now know that it's not true.

26 August 2014

We Need Some Clarity


Now, it's no secret that I have remained one of the optimistic TNA fans out there in the last few years.  Through thick and thin I've tried to remain positive and upbeat about this company.  It's not blind faith but more of a "glass half full" approach that I (and others) have implemented recently and in the past.  Right now seems to be one of the most controversial and direction-changing times in TNA history.  The status of BFG seems cloudy, as far as what the show will look like and what date and venue is involved.  TNA house shows have been put on hiatus for the foreseeable future.  Roster cuts for wrestlers and other respected employees are happening on a weekly basis.  However, the TV situation beyond 2014 is mostly what wrestling fans are talking about when it comes to IMPACT Wrestling.  While the temporary extension from Spike TV has provided some comfort and relief for fans, I constantly read paranoid and outlandish claims on Twitter about TNA going out of business.  Personally, I am confident that TNA is not going out of business anytime soon, unless something drastically changes.  That being said, I really wish that TNA would give the fans some clarity and assurance in regards to its future. 

23 August 2014

Saturday Night Chat - Aug 23, 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.

22 August 2014

Is Bram TNA's New Monster?


You can't help but be impressed with the remarkable fire and intensity in Bram's eyes.  It's undeniable that Bram is one of TNA's best talent pick-ups in a long time.  In my mind, he's just as valuable as EC3 in that respect.  It's rare to find a bright, young talent like Thomas Raymond Latimer (his real name which is even listed on his Twitter account) that is willing to take the physical risks in the ring as he has lately in his hardcore matches with Abyss.  He seemingly is afraid of absolutely nothing.  There are no limits to how crazy he is willing to get while performing.  I admit that I was kind of skeptical of yet another ex-WWE wrestler coming into TNA when he was first signed.  However, as a loyal TNA fan, I was willing to give him a fair chance to prove himself on IMPACT.  He has exceeded my expectations by leaps and bounds.  I am 100% sold on him being a superstar for TNA well into the future.  Let's not forget that he hasn't gotten to this point on his own.  The Monster Abyss has personally put him over more than any other wrestler that I can recall. 

20 August 2014

Post-IMPACT Discussion for Aug 20, 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 Hardcore Justice from the Manhattan Center in New York City.  What did you think of the show?  What did you like or dislike?  Let us know.