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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.

Impact to Remain on Spike Through 2014!


TNA just announced on their website that Impact will be staying on Spike until the end of 2014. In the short press release, Dixie Carter said the following concerning the announcement "IMPACT WRESTLING will remain a vital part of Spike TV's programming on Wednesday nights, 9/8c, through the end of the year. Negotiations remain ongoing beyond this time frame". This is relieving news for TNA fans, for weeks on end we have heard nothing other than "negotiations are ongoing" from TNA regarding the situation, so to now have the knowledge that Impact will remain on Spike until the end of the year while negotiations continue is one thing less to worry about. The move shows Spike still want TNA on their network, and are more than happy to keep Impact on their station while negotiations continue, only time will tell whether both parties can come to an agreement or Impact will find itself on a new network at the start of 2015.

TNA Wednesday Randomania - Aug 20, 2014


- It's been quite an eventful week so I'm going to try to put things in perspective since there seems to be so much uncertainty in the air.  Firstly, let me remind everyone that starting tonight, Impact will air on Wednesday nights so my Randomania column will now be posted every Wednesday at 12:00 AM EST.  I think the decision to move Impact to Wednesdays is a smart one because it will essentially give TNA an opportunity to build an audience, whether it's on SpikeTV or another network, without the tough competition that is sports programming.  Whether it's the NFL games, the NBA Finals, the NBA and NFL drafts, etc., Thursday nights have always been a night for huge sporting events.  The reality is that TNA and other sports share the same target audience so the company will always be at a disadvantage.  Add to this, the fact that WWE Smackdown might be moving to Thursdays and all of a sudden, that target audience drops even more.  For these reasons, Thursday night is simply not an option right now so I'm happy to see SpikeTV has made the decision to give Impact a chance on a night in which the competition is not as tough.  I'm not sure what provoked this decision, although the above competition is proof enough, but I suspect that there's a long term plan in place.

19 August 2014

Catching Up with Ethan Carter III


Steve Orbanek of everybodyhatescleveland.com recently conducted a great interview with Ethan Carter III that covered several TNA-related topics as well as Cleveland Sports and some of Carter's past and his future goals. It's not often that we post interviews, however we felt this was such a good read that it was only right to share it with all of you, so we'd like to send a huge thanks to the interviewer Steve Orbanek for allowing us the opportunity to do so. Below are some snippets from the interview relating to TNA, if you would like to read the full interview simply click here.

18 August 2014

Broken But Not Down


As most of you know Davey Richards, one half of the Tag Team Champions The Wolves, broke his leg in a main event at a house show in Indiana, PA. The main event was scheduled to be The Wolves vs. 3D but as Bully Ray couldn’t be there, Mr. Anderson became Devon’s tag partner instead. According to my source, who was in the front row at the show, a few minutes into the match Davey was doing a roll up or flip type move on Mr. Anderson and he landed horribly wrong. As Davey replied to a fan on Twitter, “my leg got twisted underneath me”.

17 August 2014

RUMOR: Bully Ray Leaving TNA?


PWInsider is reporting that Bully Ray informed the locker room prior to tonight's live event in Maryland that he's leaving TNA due to the fact that the two sides could not come to an agreement on a new deal.  It appears that Bully Ray's contract has expired or will be expiring soon.  This is a shocking turn of events if true simply because Bully Ray has been such as prominent figure in TNA on TV and behind the scenes but I'm not surprised at all that the company could lose another top star due to their new contract policy.

Ringside: Impact Wrestling Review - Aug 14, 2014


16 August 2014

Saturday Night Chat - Aug 16, 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.

15 August 2014

Impact Moves to Wednesday Nights


Bob Ryder announced on his official twitter account that Impact will be moving to Wednesday nights at 9PM EST, starting next week. This is an interesting development and one that pretty much confirms that Smackdown will be moving to Thursdays. I think the NFL on CBS was also a factor. Personally, it doesn't affect me as I would watch Impact on any night. Another thing to consider...could this be an indication that TNA and SpikeTV have agreed to a deal simply because I don't see Spike caring enough to move Impact if the show's run is ending on September 25th.  Click here to read the full press release.

14 August 2014

Post-IMPACT Discussion for Aug 14, 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 Thursday Randomania - Aug 14, 2014


- This week, TNAMecca celebrated its first anniversary and although my colleagues Reece and Lee have already so eloquently expressed their appreciation for all your support, indulge me for a little bit as I do the same.  I won't bore you with the events that led to the creation of TNAMecca but I think it's important to understand that this site plays a vital role within the structure that is the internet wrestling community.  We launched at a time when there were very few sites, if any, that were truly TNA-friendly and we took it one step further...we knew that real TNA fans desired a community in which they could be free to root for the company they love without having to defend themselves to the smarks and trolls that run rampant on other sites.  Because that is what we do here, we root for TNA.  I'm not sure when it became a taboo to root for your favorite wrestling company like one would root for his or her favorite sports team but that is the essence of TNAMecca.  And it's what separates us from every other TNA site because we do not pretend to be what we aren't.  We are not objective "journalists" nor do we care to be.  We are TNA fans.  TNAMecca currently is, has always been, and will continue to be a TNA site for TNA fans by TNA fans.  

13 August 2014

Plot Points: The Intro


Since this is my first regular column, a brief introduction is in order. I think it will help you all better understand where I'm coming from and why I'm so passionate about wrestling. Two things you need to know about me: First, I'm a story teller at heart. I love telling stories, listening to stories, and participating in stories. Second, I feel that wrestling is art, and the beating heart of wrestling is the story telling.

Now, I happen to think that TNA's Impact Wrestling has the best story tellers -- both in the ring and behind the scenes -- on television today. This is the main reason why I choose to spend my very limited amount of leisure time watching Impact over any other televised wrestling. It's why I'm here right now writing about wrestling.

12 August 2014

Tag Team Revolution


Tag team wrestling seems to have its hills and valleys; one year it's hot (example: WWF is the 80's) and other times it doesn't really seem to have a place on the card (you can look at TNA's treatment of tag teams in 2013 for that). I think most fans can agree that we love tag team wrestling, it is something completely unique to pro wrestling itself, you're never going to see tag team MMA or tag boxing, it's faster paced than singles matches (most of the time) and can create some interesting stories in and out of the ring. TNA has been no different than any other company (or territory if you will) when it comes to tag teams. You can see that at times, it seems to be a staple of the company, others it has been an afterthought. However, over the last few weeks we have seen a change - two major teams have reformed and another has risen to become the hottest team in TNA, some might say a revolution is upon us in TNA Wrestling's tag division.

A Message from MisterTNA: One Year On


It's hard for me to believe, but today officially marks the first anniversary for TNAMecca, and I couldn't be any prouder of this achievement or this site. When myself, Chris & Reece (BigDawg) came together last Summer, we wanted to create a destination for TNA fans where they could read quality columns, see and discuss believable & legitimate news and be apart of a community that was filled with good people who wanted to be around fellow fans, with absolutely no worry of being hounded by those with the sole intention to bash and be a disruption within our comments section. When I look back at the intentions we set out with, I'm very proud to say we have stuck by them and achieved what we wanted to achieve, making TNAMecca a home for TNA fans. 

11 August 2014

TNAMecca's 1st Anniversary: What a Difference a Year Makes


I cannot believe that TNAMecca has been up and running for a whole year.  I guess as you get older, time flies by more quickly with each passing day.  As TNA fans, I feel like it's fair to say that we have to show a lot of patience and sometimes we also have to put up with a lot of trolling and hate.  When Chris, Lee (MisterTNA) and I created TNAMecca and launched on August 12th, one of our immediate concerns was the ability to create an atmosphere where TNA fans could simply just be fans, without a constant argumentative and negative atmosphere.  It really had never been done before for TNA fans but we were confident that we could do it.  After reflecting on the past year, I feel like we've accomplished that goal.  Our Saturday Night Chat alone has evolved into a crazy, fun atmosphere where people spend hours and hours chatting about TNA, pro-wrestling and life in general.  Our infamous comment section has exceeded my expectations by leaps and bounds.  I'm amazed at how this "troll-free, hater free" zone has fostered such a momentous level of activity.  I feel like TNAMecca is a true community of pro-wrestling fans.  It's a place that I've always dreamt about existing.  That dream became a reality in the last 12 months and we thank you all so much for making that happen.

09 August 2014

Saturday Night Chat - Aug 9, 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.

08 August 2014

The Man Who Can't Be Moved


In 2008 the title of this column was known as the name of a hit single from the band The Script, and like most top chart songs it was about a love story, however in 2014 the phrase is an accurate description of the not so gentle man that sits atop the TNA mountain, “The Destroyer” Lashley. Since his return at Lockdown back in March, Lashley has been very impressive to say he hasn't been seen in a TNA ring since 2010, and after aligning with MVP & Kenny King, his game has been raised to a whole other level, World Championship level.

07 August 2014

Post-IMPACT Discussion for Aug 7, 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 Thursday Randomania - Aug 7, 2014


- Earlier this year, TNA did the unthinkable by teasing Dixie Carter going through a table.  Other than a few raised eyebrows, I don't think fans took it seriously.  I certainly didn't.  At the time, I was convinced that there was no absolutely no way that she's going through a table.  Not a chance.  But then, Bully Ray began to mention it in his promos more and more and it eventually became the talking point in his encounters with Team Dixie. This is when I began to consider the possibility but even then, I couldn't quite visualize the moment, especially since she's never taken a real bump in her life.  A few weeks later, Bully Ray provided a visual aid by spray-painting Dixie's name onto a table and this is when I finally knew that it was happening.  TNA couldn't possibly turn back now, I thought.  The company had spent months teasing it, practically begging us to believe them.  Well, tonight it happens.  Dixie Carter will go through a table.  Dixie Carter will be powerbombed...off the top rope...into a table.  Let that sink in for a moment.

04 August 2014

The Quiet War TNA vs. ROH


TNA and ROH have always had a funny relationship. The two companies do have a lot in common. Both started up in 2002, both have tried their best to provide wrestling fans an alternative to WWE and carve out their own niche in wrestling. At one point they worked together, well, they at least shared talent. But, things were different back then. Now, with ROH having national television and recently running a live pay per view, they are competing on the same platforms that TNA is using and TNA has taken notice. Although you may not realize it, shots have been fired - they may have fallen on deaf ears, but from the cage I can see the banners flip flappin'. On one side is the ROHbots, on the other, the TNA faithful. So let's see how this started, each side's advantages and downfalls, and maybe see just what the outcome could be of The Quiet War.

02 August 2014

Saturday Night Chat - Aug 2, 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.

01 August 2014

#ItHappens


So the cat's out of the bag.  Some of us found out about Dixie Carter doing the unthinkable weeks ago.  Some of us were actually there in person at The Manhattan Center when it happened.  A select few of you found out about it last night.  Regardless of when you realized it happened, at some point you had to have sat back and pondered what this will mean for TNA going forward.  Before we get to some of those ramifications, I would just like speak on behalf of all of us by saying to Dixie, "Thank You!".  Thank you for sacrificing your body.  Thank you for showing the fans, critics, trolls and haters alike how much you really care about TNA and this wrestling business.  That took guts and fortitude that most of us will never, ever understand.  Personally, you have my respect and loyalty more than ever, and I'm sure a lot of you would echo those same sentiments.

Post-IMPACT Discussion for Jul 31, 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 Destination X from the Manhattan Center in New York City.  What did you think of the show?  What did you like or dislike?  Let us know.

Official TNA TV Deal Discussion


It's been a very interesting couple of days so I thought I'd create a post where we can focus exclusively on all the latest regarding TNA's TV deal with SpikeTV.  Nothing official has been announced but there have been rumors circulating that Spike might have decided not to renew Impact.  Again, this is based on rumors by unsubstantiated sources.  I realize how nerve-racking it must be for TNA fans to read these rumors, especially when we haven't heard any announcements from TNA or SpikeTV.  My fellow TNA fans, I can only suggest to you this: do not stress over it until we get some sort of confirmation from a reliable source and in this case I'd say that is either TNA or SpikeTV.  We will monitor this situation and bring you all the latest news, updates, or announcements.  In the meantime, please feel free to use the comments section below to discuss these developments with other TNA fans.