PWInsider is reporting that AJ Styles will become a free agent on December 17th and officially be done with TNA. Styles is reportedly, also, already accepting independent bookings via his agent. Although we trust PWInsider as a source, we will consider this a rumor until we hear an official announcement from TNA or AJ Styles. Unfortunately, this is disheartening news if you are a TNA fan but I'm still hopeful that this is somehow part of a storyline. If not, it will be a tough pill to swallow but TNA will go on without him. Although many consider Styles the face of the company, there are a some fans who aren't as enamored by him or believe he's a draw. Personally, I hope the two sides will come to an agreement. Regardless of your opinion of him, AJ Styles is part of the fabric that is TNA. Always will be.
08 December 2013
Welcome to #REWIND365 Where the Reaction Never Ends, a selective look at the week's offerings from #IMPACT365. Much like bathroom scales across America, #IMPACT365 seems to be suffering in the wake of the Thanksgiving celebrations. The uploads are not appearing as thick and fast as we have previously seen, but with the recent break in filming at an end I am hoping this lull in activity will be short-lived.
07 December 2013
05 December 2013
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 its 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. What did you think of the show? What did you like or dislike? Let us know.
According to a few reliable sources, TNA and Extreme Tiger, formerly of AAA, are rumored to have reached a deal that will bring the luchador's talents to Impact Wrestling. We can not, however, confirm this nor has there been any official announcement by either party so it is still a rumor. What we do know is Extreme Tiger appeared at last night's tapings in a match against Zema Ion that was reportedly filmed for Xplosion. Although we do not typically post spoilers, we're comfortable making an exception in this case.
In an article I wrote last week, I pointed out how important it is that TNA look into recruiting and signing international talents so I'm happy to see the company go this route. I'm not very familiar with Extreme Tiger's career but I have watched a couple of his matches and he'd be a nice fit for the X Division. But this sort of signing also presents some challenges simply because international wrestlers often do not connect with US crowds, particularly those who speak little or no English. It'll be interesting to see how TNA goes about introducing him to the Impact audience but again, I'm glad to see that TNA are making efforts to bring in new talents. More to come...
- This week, I'd like to begin with a match that we've been reporting on for the last couple of weeks...the one between AJ Styles and Preston City Wrestling champion Lionheart. Although there were indications that the two men would face each other at PCW's Festive Fury III on December 6th, it now appears that the match will not take place. From what I understand, both Styles and Lionheart publicly agreed to the match. Later, PCW announced via their Twitter account that they agreed to host the match on December 6th, pending Dixie Carter's approval. Since then, there has been no sign of the match taking place nor has there been any promotion or advertising by PCW for a potential face-off between the two. However, Lionheart is still scheduled to wrestle at the event but his opponent is to be determined. There could still be one explanation: PCW have been asked by TNA to wait until after tonight's Impact before they officially announce the match. Could something happen on tonight's show that precipitates an announcement by AJ Styles and/or PCW? I suppose we will know soon enough.
03 December 2013
A few days ago, AJ Styles started posting photos from his days in Ring of Honor on his Facebook account. Under normal circumstances, I'd say such an action would be unprecedented but if taken within the context of Styles' current storyline, the photos could easily be dismissed as the TNA World Heavyweight Champion simply trolling Dixie Carter. But let's for a moment consider this...could AJ Styles possibly defend his TNA title in Ring of Honor? Could there ever be an agreement between TNA and ROH whose partnership ended abruptly many years ago?
Currently, it appears that the plan is for AJ Styles to defend his title in promotions internationally but I think it would make sense to end Styles' tour in the United States. The logistics of such an event would be much less complicated than an overseas show if, let's say, TNA wanted to perhaps "invade" a promotion for one night. Although ROH isn't as prestigious as it was five years ago, its name is still much more recognizable than promotions such as Pro Wrestling Guerrilla. Of course, this is all speculation based on Styles posting a few photos on his account but nonetheless, it's fun to think about. What do you guys think? Could the two promotions put the hard feelings behind them and find a way to work together? Is this something you'd like to see happen?
02 December 2013
There were quite a few things that I disliked about the Hogan/Bischoff era but the one thing that truly irritated me was the constant hyping of "change" in TNA. Since the arrival of Hogan and Bischoff, all we heard was "change is coming", "TNA will change forever", "things will never be the same", etc. If it wasn't Dixie Carter hyping "change" on social media or interviews, it was Hogan shoving it down our throats on Impact. And it all started the night Hulk Hogan appeared on UFC for the much-ballyhooed announcement that Impact would be moving to Mondays on January 4th to battle the WWE. It all reeked of aggrandizement but we all bought it. We all fell for it. What fools we all were.
01 December 2013
Welcome to #REWIND365 Where the Reaction Never Ends, a selective look at the week's offerings from #IMPACT365. I hadn't intended to turn this edition into a Thanksgiving special, but aside from a few post-Turning Point reactions and a couple of other oddities, the bulk of this week's output was dominated by members of the TNA roster telling us what they are thankful for.
Everyone deserves to be with their family at this time of year, working their stomach muscles with copious amounts of turkey and mashed potato, and that includes wrestlers. With that in mind, it is completely understandable that there was not the variety of uploads that we have seen in previous weeks. There were some gems however, and in case you were unable to steal a few moments away from family I have chosen my favourites from this Thanksgiving week.