30 October 2014

Return of the Hardcore


Blood. Weapons. Anarchy. Words I associate with hardcore wrestling and lately words that I have associated with TNA Wrestling. There was a time in which TNA had the baddest of the bad when it came to hardcore wrestling. Look no further than the Barbed Wire Massacre Match or the countless Monsters Balls, King of the Mountain Matches, Lethal Lockdowns, even Raven's Clockwork Orange House of Fun! However, it seemed in 2012-2013 the hardcore style was toned down. Sure we had the occasional street fight or something, but not to the extreme that TNA used to  go. Even our beloved hardcore monster Abyss was shackled to the Joseph Park character, taking him away from the hardcore style. Well, folks, fast forward to 2014 and it seems that the wild and crazy and frankly dangerous style has returned. Ever since the "Summer in the City" from New York, TNA seems to have gone back to it's roots, not only providing great in ring action in the six sided ring, but bringing back the extreme element of TNA's yesteryear and while it has gotten a great reaction from most, is it really the best thing for TNA to do right now. So, let's crawl through the broken tables, bent chairs, the barbed wire, the mud, the blood and the beer and look at the positives and negatives of TNA's return of the hardcore.

29 October 2014

Post-IMPACT Discussion for Oct 29, 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 Sands Casino in Bethlehem, PA.  What did you think of the show?  What did you like or dislike?  Let us know.

Fans Talk TNA #001 - Final Champion in 2014 and the Tag Team Tournament


Welcome everyone to the very first edition of Fans Talk TNA, which has been brought to you by TNAMecca and the Fans Talk Wrestling Podcast. Fans Talk TNA is a short, 10-minute conversation about what happened this week in TNA as well as what we can look forward to. Consider it your Impact Wrestling weekly pre-show available on demand every Wednesday.

28 October 2014

TNA Tuesday Randomania - Oct 28, 2014


- This week, I'd like to begin with the infamous January 7th episode of Impact that everyone seems to be talking about without any sort of confirmation.  The closest to it is a report from a couple of months ago, in which the rumor was that Dixie Carter had a meeting with the talent during the last Impact tapings in New York City and shared with them her belief that Impact will be on TV on January 7th.  Since then, we seem to constantly mention the date as if it's set in stone.  We've also been anticipating an announcement for a TV deal by TNA and the longer we wait, the more anxious we become.  I think it's important to realize that an announcement can come at any time, even right before Thanksgiving or during the early days of December.  As long as a deal has been agreed to with a new network, it then becomes a matter of what TNA can or can not announce and when.  So the announcement of the TV deal is not a true indicator of whether or not TNA will return from hiatus on January 7th.  The true indicator, however, will be another announcement.  TNA will need to announce another set of Impact tapings soon in order to begin the process of promoting the shows and selling tickets for early January.  Typically, TNA announces tapings approximately six weeks in advance so if January 7th is the target date then an announcement should come by the third week of November.  TNA will most likely go live (or tape delayed) on January 7th and tape more episodes on the days following.  Of course, TNA could be planning to announce the TV deal and the Impact tapings at the same time.  Whichever the case may be, the next month or so will be telling.  If an announcement for Impact tapings does not come by Thanksgiving, then it's safe to assume that TNA will not return on January 7th.

25 October 2014

Saturday Night Chat - Oct 25, 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.

24 October 2014

Official Bellator 130 Discussion


We decided to provide a post to discuss BellatorMMA tonight again given the fact that the TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bobby Lashley will be on the card.  This is an opportunity to discuss tonight's show live, which begins at 9:00PM EST on SpikeTV and it will feature heavyweights Lashley vs Karl Etherington, as well as 3 other bouts.  The main event of the night will be Emanuel Newton defending his Light Heavyweight title against Linton Vassell.  Please feel free to share with us your thoughts on tonight's event in the comments section below.

Ringside: Impact Wrestling Review - Oct 22, 2014


22 October 2014

Post-IMPACT Discussion for Oct 22, 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 Sands Casino in Bethlehem, PA.  What did you think of the show?  What did you like or dislike?  Let us know.

TNA Wednesday Randomania - Oct 22, 2014


- This week, I'd like to begin with the current TNA product; the television product, which is ultimately how one should evaluate a wrestling promotion's status and not the behind the scenes happenings, most of which we, as fans, aren't privy to. I realize that there's quite a bit of anxiety amongst wrestling fans as we wait for an announcement on a TV deal to come but I feel that many of us have lost sight of the reason why we are passionate about TNA and pro wrestling in general: the television show. And it's a shame because at a time when there's so much uncertainty, much of it magnified by the dirtsheets, TNA have managed to produce some of the best episodes of Impact in their entire history.  I can't remember the last time we have been treated to the sort of quality wrestling that we are right now and have been since Slammiversary. That's four months, folks. I'll go out on a limb and say that we've watched more quality matches in the last four months than we have in the last five years. You might think I'm reaching but I defy you to recall the top matches during the Hogan/Bischoff and Prichard eras and tell me I'm wrong.  You, undoubtedly, will find the occasional gem such as the Beer Money and Motor City Machine Guns tag title series or the AJ Styles vs Christopher Daniels Last Man Standing match but overall, the matches were not as consistently good as they are right now.  Simply put, Impact is the best wrestling show on television in the United States. But you'd never know it because most wrestling sites act as if it's all for naught; as if the recent tag title series meant nothing because "it all feels so pointless" until TNA announces a new TV deal. This is the narrative that wrestling sites want to feed wrestling fans in order to invalidate the current product. It makes you wonder...why are they downplaying TNA's product when the same sites, just a few months ago, were pleading with the company to give us more wrestling? Why exactly is that?

20 October 2014

Tyrus Has A Place On The TNA Roster


Disclaimer: Oh boy I think to a lot of people on the site, this write up has been a long time coming and frankly it has been. This write up has essentially been 14 months in the making so let’s get started. In this write up, I will give a little explanation about my writing style to those that have never read my work before as well as talk about the guy in the blog’s headline: EC3’s newest bodyguard Tyrus.