29 March 2015

Ringside: Impact Wrestling Review - Mar 27, 2015


In last week's edition my colleague Chris Regal made the case to call Impact from two weeks ago one of the best shows in several years, and this week I feel I have to make the same case for last weeks Impact. The show was great from start to finish, a combination of great storytelling and incredible action made last week so much fun and continued the great run TNA has been on, so much so that it made me optimistic that this weeks return to the Impact Zone would not effect the quality of the program, and in my eyes it absolutely did not.

27 March 2015

Post-Impact Discussion for Mar 27, 2015


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 episode of Impact on Destination America from Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.  What did you think of the show?  What did you like or dislike?  Let us know.

TNA Friday Randomania - Mar 27, 2015


- It's the end of this year's UK tour and the start of the episodes of Impact taped from the Impact Zone in Orlando, Florida. Yes, the dreaded Impact Zone. I wasn't very happy when TNA announced that they'd be returning to Universal Studios for Impact tapings in March but I understood the decision to do so. It's a reality that I must accept, and although I have my moments in which some frustration seeps out, I think I have a pretty good grasp of the situation. I get it. But sitting here today, I'm not dreading the return to the Impact Zone as much as I thought I would. In fact, I'm feeling strangely optimistic about the next few weeks. And that's a testament to TNA and the product that they've put out in recent months...a product that, from week to week, continues to raise the bar just enough to make you want to come back for more. I admit, TNA have me hooked, and they have me hooked in a way that I haven't been hooked in years. This is pro wrestling (and sports entertainment) at its finest, and I simply can not get enough.

23 March 2015

TNAMecca Presents CHAT - Mar 23, 2015


Welcome to TNAMecca Presents CHAT!  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 CHAT but we do ask that most topics remain TNA-related. 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 March 2015

Ringside: Impact Wrestling Review - Mar 20, 2015


Judging by the reactions of so many wrestling fans, I'd say that last week's episode of Impact was one of the best in the last several years. I'd even go one step further and call it one of the best in TNA history. It was that good. If you still haven't watched it or are on the fence due to whatever reasons, I highly recommend giving it a watch. For this reason, I went into this week's Impact with high expectations, hoping that TNA will at least come close to matching last week's quality. And I'm happy to report that they did.

20 March 2015

Post-Impact Discussion for Mar 20, 2015


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 episode of Impact on Destination America from the Wembley Arena in London, England.  What did you think of the show?  What did you like or dislike?  Let us know.

TNA Friday Randomania - Mar 20, 2015


- I've seen a lot of praise for last week's Impact, even from those who usually aren't as generous with the compliments for TNA which is noteworthy in itself, but I think it's important to truly understand why this particular episode resonated with so many. It resonated because viewers were emotionally invested. And they were emotionally invested because of TNA's long term approach to booking and storytelling. Ethan Carter III vs Rockstar Spud could not have been the masterpiece that it was if TNA and its writing staff hadn't nurtured this duo as best friends and enemies for the last 16 months. It's due to that commitment and dedication that led to what, in my mind, was one of the most rewarding viewing experiences in recent pro wrestling history. At a time when wrestling struggles to tug at our heartstrings, mainly due to the cynicism of many "fans" that has led to the death of kayfabe, EC3 vs Spud reminded the rest of us that pro wrestling, when done right, can still evoke real emotions. Because the truth is...for me and many others, kayfabe was alive and well last Friday night and we have TNA, its writing staff, and its roster of wonderfully talented wrestlers to thank for that.

19 March 2015

Canned Commentary


Although the first half of the Wembley leg of the UK tour was a resounding success in the hearts and minds of TNA fans, it didn't escape the notice of many people that Taz's contributions to the commentary team were decidedly... off this past Friday.  For whatever reason, Josh Mathews was practically calling the show alone, accompanied by sporadic soundbites from his announcing partner Taz.

17 March 2015

EC3 vs. Rockstar Spud: A Top Star is Born


Disclaimer: It's been a little while since I have done one of these things and I apologize for that but it's a matter of finding time to write these things and I can't always find the time to do so. With that out of the way, let's get to the Musings. In this write up, I will be talking about EC3 vs. Rockstar Spud, Bram's awesomeness and how Samoa Joe going to WWE would be the best thing that ever happened to TNA.

16 March 2015

TNAMecca Presents CHAT - Mar 16, 2015


Welcome to TNAMecca Presents CHAT!  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 CHAT but we do ask that most topics remain TNA-related. 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.