29 September 2014

UPDATE: Official Bound for Glory Line-Up Discussion


TNA has officially announced the line-up for this year's Bound for Glory this evening. BFG, and particularly its card, has been quite a huge topic of discussion among TNA fans lately so we thought we'd start a post for you to discuss it in greater detail.  Feel free to share with us your thoughts on the matter in the comments section below.  Click here to read the full press release.

The following matches have been officially announced for BFG:
  • The Great Muta and Tajiri vs James Storm and The Great Sanada
  • Samoa Joe vs Low Ki vs Kaz Hayashi ( X Division Title
  • Havok vs Velvet Sky
  • Team 3D vs Abyss and Tommy Dreamer
  • Manik vs Minoru Tanaka
  • Ethan Carter III vs Ryota Hama
  • MVP vs Kazma Sakamoto
  • Andy Wu and Hijo Del Pantera vs Kuroshio Ikemen Jiro and Yusuke Kodama

27 September 2014

Saturday Night Chat - Sep 27, 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 September 2014

Post-IMPACT Discussion for Sep 24, 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 - Sep 24, 2014


- I'd like to begin this week with the Josh Mathews story that we reported yesterday. Some have stated that TNA announced this at some point yesterday, but they are incorrect.  TNA never made any sort of announcement about Mathews on social media or even on the front page of their site.  This story was among their latest news listings on their site.  As far as I know, no one within TNA even mentioned Josh Mathews.  I'd like to make that clear because at some point last night, the story was removed from TNA's site as mysteriously as it appeared.  I suspect that the person responsible for editing the company's site prematurely posted the story or was instructed to.  In any case, I believe that Josh Mathews will indeed join TNA at some point.  In which capacity, however, is still unclear, although it seems almost inevitable that he or Jeremy Borash will take over ring announcing duties from Christy Hemme as she takes her maternity leave.  I suspect that Borash will replace Hemme since he's already in the ring in between matches at the tapings and Mathews will take on backstage interviews.  I don't know what this means for Mike Tenay or Taz and how this will affect the announcing down the road and anything I say is mere speculation.  I do know, however, that TNA needs a change in the booth, at least in play-by-play.  Mathews is the sort of youthful and exuberant announcer that could really match the company's current in-ring product.  Tenay can remain a member of the crew as a third man, who provides the viewers with little nuggets of information about the wrestlers, the feuds, the storylines, and the company's history during the show.

22 September 2014

Josh Mathews to Join TNA?


TNA reported this evening that former WWE announcer Josh Mathews was spotted outside of the company's offices in Nashville today, and later entered a closed door meeting.  This is an interesting development as Mathews was spotted backstage at the NYC tapings in June so it appears that he will join TNA at some point, presumably as an announcer.  Could he be replacing Mike Tenay or simply joining the announce crew as the third member?

20 September 2014

Saturday Night Chat - Sep 20, 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.

18 September 2014

Rise of the Revolutionist


For many years he was known as the beer drinking, good time loving Cowboy who had earned a place in the hearts of many TNA fans, but at the turn of the year James Storm made a turn of his own, a change in direction, and it has ultimately lead to a transformation, no longer is he just “the Cowboy” but he is “the Legend” and the leader of his so called “revolution”. After his partner at the time Gunner started to gain success as a singles wrestler, Storm realised that a pattern had emerged through his career, all those who had stood by his side had become better and more successful than they were before. Chris Harris, Bobby Roode & now Gunner all found themselves better off thanks to their alliance with the Cowboy, and upon the discovery, he realised that he had a gift of making people great, but his execution in making them great was wrong, as they became better, he continued to stay at the same level and not reap the rewards of his labour, and upon this revelation came the idea of a new philosophy, and new approach, and the start of a revolution.

17 September 2014

Post-IMPACT Discussion for Sep 17, 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 No Surrender 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 - Sep 17, 2014


- This week, I will begin with the latest on the TNA TV situation.  We still have no confirmation from any reliable source that a deal has been agreed to but based on recent events, I feel much more optimistic about TNA's ability to secure a TV deal now than I did just two weeks ago.  That's not to say, however, that I believe that TNA and SpikeTV will come to an agreement.  I'm starting to slowly come to the realization, based on what I've read, that TNA will be moving on to another network, come January 1st.  But let me be clear...I'm not by any means reporting this as news but based on a gut feeling.  I simply find it hard to believe that two companies that have worked together for nine-plus years are so far apart in negotiations, especially if there's still a mutual interest in continuing their partnership.  With that said, I genuinely believe that Impact Wrestling will premiere on a new network come the new year.  I'm basing this on recent tweets by Dixie Carter.  The TNA President has been hinting at a new deal with another network for a few weeks now, as if she's trying to tell us something. It's also quite telling that she's responding to the fans' questions or concerns when she simply could have ignored them.  This tells me that one of two things is going on: 1) TNA have agreed to a deal with a network but can not announce the deal until October 1st, due to their contract with SpikeTV or 2) TNA are still negotiating with more than one network and are guaranteed a deal by the end of the year. I honestly could not tell you which of the two scenarios is more likely however.

15 September 2014

Evaluating The Menagerie


It's not a secret that I was one of the biggest advocates for The Menagerie, before and during their initial arrival to TNA.  Over time it has been proven that Crazzy Steve and Rebel definitely have there own set of fans and admirers, and frankly they've outshone and overshadowed The Freak and the repackaged Knux significantly.  The group currently seems to be in a major holding pattern after little to no progression has occurred for them in the last 3 plus months.  Remember when this faction debuted at the IMPACT Zone in May?  Most people were open-minded and willing to give them a chance.  They seemed to be unique and entertaining, while at the same time, every heterosexual male wrestling fan was drooling over Rebel.  Generally, they were fairly well received upon their debut and the storyline of Knux needing to raise money for his Dad's carnival seemed like a decent hook.  Fast-forward to today and the audience has become very polarized in regards to The Menagerie.  It seems as though people either hate them and wish them to go away, or they are endeared to them and wish to see more of the group.  I'm one of the few that fall somewhere in the middle.

13 September 2014

The Curious Case of Magnus


Wandering around the cage I stumble upon something. Something I haven't looked at in a long time, I almost forgot about it. It's a picture, now crumpled up and torn, the faded image is of Magnus carrying the TNA World title. It's funny that only a mere five months ago this man was World Champion, it feels like a lifetime ago, a distant memory. The man was once the golden boy of TNA and seemed to be the chosen one so to speak. It seemed like TNA had big plans for the big handsome Brit as he moved slowly but surely through the card, starting out as a gladiator, then moving into the tag division (with several partners) and finally getting the big singles push at the end of 2013, capturing the TNA World Championship. His reign was met with little fanfare before losing the title to Eric Young in May. Earlier this year, Magnus seemed poised to be the leader of TNA's new generation, so why does he seem like such an afterthought now? He has the look, the personality and the talent to be a main event player. Then why is it that when I watch Impact recently, I see Magnus in the mid card playing what seems to be second fiddle to newcomer Bram? And while the TNA faithful are online "Bramming" it seems like we've forgotten all about our beloved Magnus. Well, I haven't and I want to know what's up. Since there really isn't much to do in the cage these days except cleaning up the mess left by the apocalypse of trolls; I'm going to go through the "Curious Case Files" and look at where things may have gone wrong with my man here. Who's fault (if anyone's) was it? Creative? Magnus? The fans? Or was he a victim of bad timing? We'll try our best to break this down as we look at The Curious Case of Magnus.

Saturday Night Chat - Sep 13, 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.

11 September 2014

In Retrospect: Summer of 2012


In this debut edition of In Retrospect, myself and BigDawg will go back and take a look at some of the key moments during the Summer of 2012. We'll start a little before what you would class as "Summertime", and go back to May 2012. TNA set the tone for the impending Summer by announcing that they would be taking Impact Wrestling LIVE each and every week during that time.  This was designed to celebrate moving Impact an hour early to 8PM EST, starting May 31st, 2012. This would be the first time since the failed Monday Night run that TNA had committed to going LIVE with Impact for a period of time. Let's get your thoughts first BigDawg, what did you think of TNA taking Impact LIVE for the Summer?

10 September 2014

Post-IMPACT Discussion for Sep 10, 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 - Sep 10, 2014


- This week, I'd like to begin with the influx of rumors coming from the dirtsheets lately about all sorts of TNA-related topics.  The amount of unsubstantiated rumors I'm seeing on a daily basis is absolutely insane.  Even more insane is the fact that almost all of them will be proven to be false when it's all said and done yet some seem to believe them.  I suppose if you pay a monthly fee for "insider" stuff, you're more inclined to believe it regardless of how preposterous it sounds.  The reality is that insider "news" is no more legit than anything you'd read in the National Inquirer but as long as there's a market, the dirtsheets will continue to have to find "news" to report in order to justify the fees they charge.  Let's be real, if dirtsheets had insider news or scoops from real sources, I assure you, they'd be screaming it from the rooftops in order to get the credit, something any site with credibility would strive for.  Instead, they tuck the news away for only a select few to have access to it.  As a subscriber, one has to wonder why that is.  I, personally, don't subscribe to any dirtsheet nor do I plan to.  I prefer to get my news from the real sources who can confirm their reports and it won't cost me a single penny.  If you're a TNA fan, I urge you to not settle for "insider" reports from unnamed sources because in most cases, neither the dirtsheet nor the source have your best interests at heart or those of the wrestling promotion they're supposedly reporting about.  They're in it to make money and although I don't begrudge them that, I have an issue with their untruthfulness.  Because let me be clear, the only credible source is one that can provide evidence for what their reporting.  Wrestling fans should expect nothing less...especially those who are willing to pay for it.

09 September 2014

Spud On The Turn?


Ever since his debut and appointment as TNA's Chief of Staff, Rockstar Spud has cut a pretty wretched figure.  Chief of Staff was perhaps little more than a euphemism for Dixie Carter's Lapdog, and the position carried with it next to no clout with the rest of the roster, but that didn't stop Spud from taking the ball and running with it as he attempted to throw his weight around in glorious fashion.  All 140lbs of it at least.

06 September 2014

Saturday Night Chat - Sep 6, 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.

05 September 2014

Official Bellator 123 Discussion


We normally don't focus on BellatorMMA but being that the TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bobby Lashley will be on the card, we felt it'd be a good idea to give our readers an opportunity to discuss tonight's show live.  The event begins at 8:00PM EST on SpikeTV and it will feature heavyweights Lashley vs Josh Burns, as well as TNA's own King Mo vs Dustin Jacoby in a light heavyweight bout.  The main event of the night will be Pat Curran defending his Featherweight title against Patricio Pitbull. Please feel free to share with us your thoughts on tonight's event in the comments section below.

04 September 2014

Better Than Divas!


I generally have not written much about the KnockOuts over the years that I've been grinding out TNA-related thoughts onto websites.  Not that I don't enjoy the ladies, but it just hasn't been my niche.  Right now, however, they are what everyone has been and should be talking about.  After last night's episode of IMPACT, it's undeniable that TNA once again has the best mainstream women's pro-wrestling in the world.  I absolutely loved it when the hostile NYC crowd loudly chanted, "BETTER THAN DIVAS!" at Taryn Terrell and Gail Kim.  There was also a booming "This Is Awesome!" chant thrown their way too.  A grand show of respect was given to them, and rightfully so, as the neck-drop that Taryn took on the steel steps was a CRAZY bump for any wrestler (male or female).  It's one of those types of moments in pro-wrestling where the venue crowd is telling it like it is, and the fans at home are, in turn, eating it up.  This is the 2nd time that we've heard that controversial chant since TNA set up shop in The Manhattan Center, as they also treated us with those blessed words during the Angelina Love/Gail Kim match a few weeks ago at HardCore Justice.  The truth expressed from those raucous New Yorkers was straightforward: The TNA KnockOuts are simply better than WWE's Divas. 

03 September 2014

Post-IMPACT Discussion for Sep 3, 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 - Sep 3, 2014


- Since there's really nothing new to report on TNA's TV deal situation, I'll begin this week with the Bound for Glory PPV.  For a brief time, there was some speculation by some dirtsheets that the company's biggest event wasn't going to take place but as it turns out, they couldn't be more wrong.  BFG will go on as planned on Sunday, October 12th in Japan.  Unfortunately, due to the false rumors, some are now trying to diminish the significance of this year's Bound for Glory.  Let me remind everyone: this year's Bound for Glory will emanate from Tokyo, Japan.  Put aside everything else and just let that sink in for a moment.  BFG will take place in TOKYO, JAPAN.  Everything else is of little concern to me.  Will it air live in the United States?  Most likely, no.  Will there be massive build for the PPV from a storyline perspective?  Probably not.  Could TNA tape post-BFG episodes of Impact before the PPV? It appears so, yes.  I realize that one or all of those answers might irk you or disappoint you but let's not neglect the fact that TNA wrestlers will work matches with other TNA wrestlers or Wrestle-1 talents in front of a live Japanese crowd.  This is an historic event that will, at the very least, feature great wrestling and some good storytelling so I'm still very excited about it.  When TNA announced that BFG will be held in Japan this year, I was genuinely shocked, and even though there is a downside to this, I will not for a second let it affect my enjoyment of the show or the entire experience.