20 April 2014
19 April 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 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.
It's been a busy week here @IMPACTWRESTLING. Big meetings. Big talent signings. #SummerIsComing
— Dixie Carter (@TNADixie) April 19, 2014
18 April 2014
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
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.
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.
.@IMPACTWRESTLING is bringing a full house to @Sands_Bethlehem PA June 19 & 20 for Live TV! Stay tuned for on sale dates #TNASands
— Dixie Carter (@TNADixie) April 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
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
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.
I expect this decision to receive much criticism from many fans but I think Robbie E serves a purpose in TNA. Along with Jessie Godderz and DJ Z, he has formed a very entertaining trio that appeals to women which is part of TNA's new initiative on SpikeTV. With that said, I enjoy the BroMans much more when they're not de-valuing the TNA tag team championships but overall, I'm fine with Robbie E as a member of the Impact Wrestling roster.
In the next week or so I'll be doing the next edition of Behind The Curtain, so I'm opening it up to you guys and taking questions here. There's quite a bit to discuss at the minute including Eric Young's World Title win, the re-signing and departures of current TNA stars, the launch of GFW, Impact in NYC and so much more. If you have any questions about these topics or any other TNA related topics, simply post it in the comments section below. If you want my opinion on something, or simply want to start discussion about your topic within the TNAMecca community, now's the perfect time to do so.
14 April 2014
I didn't realize Gunner's contract was expiring but I like this move simply because Gunner has, in the last few months, become one of the company's top babyfaces, highlighted by one of this year's best feuds with James Storm. What's remarkable about Gunner is the fact that he still has quite a bit of potential to be a top star in TNA for a while as he's now entering the prime of his career, just in time for a mega-push.
Richard Gray of Wrestling News World is reporting that Jeff Jarrett's new promotion, Global Force Wrestling, is targeting top talents from various indie promotions as well as top stars in TNA. Gray reports that GFW has interest in signing TNA stars Kurt Angle and Samoa Joe. The two stars' TNA contracts will reportedly expire later this year, which would be ideal timing for Jarrett to pursue the two potential free agents. In the case of Kurt Angle, I'm not too concerned simply because I believe he will leave TNA regardless when his contract expires. However, Samoa Joe isn't someone I'd want to see leave the company.