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29 November 2014

Saturday Night Chat - Nov 29, 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.

26 November 2014

A Thanksgiving Chat - Nov 27, 2014


On behalf of everyone at TNAMecca, I would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday.  We wish you all a wonderful day with family and friends or simply doing what you love best.  Due to there being no Post-Impact Discussion this week, we've decided to make available a special Thanksgiving thread for you to continue to discuss TNA or any other topic you'd like through the holiday and until Saturday Night Chat comes to you at 4:00 PM EST on Saturday. In addition, if you watched TNA's special Thanksgiving Throwdown, please feel free to share your thoughts on the show here.

25 November 2014

Fans Talk TNA #005 - Destination America


Welcome everyone to episode five of Fans Talk TNA, which has been brought to you by TNAMecca and the Fans Talk Wrestling Podcast. Fans Talk TNA is a short, 15-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.

TNA to Tape Impact January 7-9 in New York City!


TNA announced that the company will be taping the premiere episodes of Impact, to air on Destination America in January, at the Manhattan Center in New York City on January 7th through the 9th. This is another one of those much-anticipated announcements that TNA fans were waiting for. It's great to finally see that the company's back on track with their TV taping schedule. Click here to read the full press release.

TNAMecca Presents...the Best of TNA 2014: The Nominations


Earlier this week, we asked our readers to come up with the categories for our first annual Best of TNA awards, and to all those who took the time do so, we thank you.  It is now time to make your official nominations for each category.  We have created a survey where you can make one nomination for each category.  We ask that you carefully process each category and nominate whom you feel is the wrestler or character who's most deserving of your nomination. In addition, while completing the survey, we suggest you have the Impact Wrestling roster open for reference purposes. Once we've collected your nominations, the top three nominations in each category will then be placed in a poll to determine the winners via your votes.  The deadline to complete your survey has now passed.  We'd like to think all of those who have made their nominations.

TNA Tuesday Randomania - Nov 25, 2014


- It's been quite a week for TNA fans and before I proceed with this week's Randomania, I would like to give kudos to the fans who visited TNAMecca on Wednesday and joined in on all the fun.  It was a special day, made even more special by the fact that we got to enjoy the experience together.  So...TNA finally announced a TV deal with Discovery's Destination America last Wednesday and I think for the most part fans were happy.  I say 'for the most part' simply because there are some fans whose cable or satellite providers do not carry Destination America or they will have to upgrade to a higher tier package for an additional fee per month.  I will not begrudge any fan who isn't willing to spend the money to upgrade but I hope they will because it will help TNA in the long run.  I would encourage all TNA fans who have the option to upgrade, however, to at least look at their monthly budget and see if there's somewhere they can cut in order to fit in the extra $10 or $20 per month it will take to get Destination America.  For those who are still uncertain whether or not they get Destination America, click here and simply enter your zip code and cable/satellite provider.

24 November 2014

A Fresh Beginning To Start Anew


Disclaimer: Life would have been so much easier for TNA fans if this column and its content could've been written a month earlier as TNA's TV Deal announcement went right down to the wire with the final episode on Spike TV as they say. TNA fans endured a lot of crap from the people spewing "THE END IS NEAR FOR TNA FINALLY" (Now it's LOL TNA Lives but on a crappy network nobody watches so you should watch that Lucha Underground show, it is amazing) to our own doubts creeping into our heads that there is no TV deal coming but now that issue is all behind us and it is time to look to the future. A future for TNA that has not been this clear in three years in my humble opinion so let's get to it.

22 November 2014

Saturday Night Chat - Nov 22, 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.

Ringside: Impact Wrestling Review - Nov 19, 2014


21 November 2014

TNA Signs with Discovery's Destination America!


Dixie Carter announced yesterday that TNA has officially signed a new multi-year deal with Destination America, which is part of the Discovery family of networks.  It's the announcement we've been waiting for for months so it was long overdue for so many anxious TNA fans. I think this is great news because TNA joins a company in Discovery that will open new doors for them in a way that SpikeTV couldn't. Click here to read the full press release by Discovery Communications.

19 November 2014

Post-IMPACT Discussion for Nov 19, 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 #004 - Previewing the Final Impact of 2014


Welcome everyone to the episode three of Fans Talk TNA, which has been brought to you by TNAMecca and the Fans Talk Wrestling Podcast. Fans Talk TNA is a short, 15-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.

18 November 2014

TNA Tuesday Randomania - Nov 18, 2014


- It sounds like this will be quite an interesting week for TNA and their fans so I thought I'd put it all in perspective for you and perhaps explain how significant a week it is.  Firstly, on Wednesday night, TNA will officially end their decade run of new episodes of Impact on SpikeTV. This is bittersweet for me simply because I started watching TNA when they premiered on Spike in 2005 so this is the end of an era for many fans like me.  But as the saying goes, when one door closes, another one opens and how fitting is it that TNA will most likely announce the home for what will be the start of the next era this week. I've always been fairly optimistic that TNA will find a new home for Impact, and even though the dirtsheets made every attempt to kill my optimism along the way, I feel like I sit here tonight feeling confident that TNA will thrive in 2015.

17 November 2014

The Revolution Gets Bigger


So The Revolution grows, not only in numbers but now in controversy.  For those of us that avoided spoilers, I must admit that I was genuinely shocked when Abyss made his way to the ring and pledged his loyalty to the Evil Cowboy.  I hear and see the moans and groans about The Monster joining this group, and I realize why this development may have turned some people off, but I suggest giving it a legit chance first before you turn away from The Revolution.  Pay attention closely to what Storm says because he is more cunning and devious than most people even realize.  I'd venture to say that most people forgot about Storm's Feast or Fired briefcase, but the rumblings of its existence were heard in our discussion posts and its relevance was pointed out by our staff and commenters.  The congruence of the storytelling, to go back over 9 months and tie up that loose end in such a way that shakes up the resurgent tag title scene even more, was impressive.

15 November 2014

Saturday Night Chat - Nov 15, 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.

12 November 2014

Post-IMPACT Discussion for Nov 12, 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 #003 - We're With Spud and Taryn Terrell


Welcome everyone to the episode three of Fans Talk TNA, which has been brought to you by TNAMecca and the Fans Talk Wrestling Podcast. Fans Talk TNA is a short, 15-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.

10 November 2014

TNA 2015 and Beyond


My apologies if anyone gets offended over the course of this column.  Once in a while, you just have to get things off your chest otherwise it will eat you up.  After investing a good deal of time, money, energy and hope into TNA  for nearly a decade I feel that I have the right to speak freely about this company and its future.  IMPACT Wrestling is going to be on television in the U.S. and around the world in January 2015 and for years to come.  Do I know all of the facts and details in this regard?  No, I don't.  Do I know what channel that IMPACT will be on in the U.S. in the future?  No, I don't.  However, after weighing all of the evidence and all the factors involved here, I am very confident about TNA's future in 2015 and beyond.  That pot of gold is out there at the end of a very long rainbow.  However, if you think you've had patience and been forced into a "Defend TNA" mode so far this year, you ain't seen nothing yet.  Hurricane Doomsday is just approaching us now.  Do you have the courage to face it?  I believe you do.

09 November 2014

The Great British Bootcamp


It has been almost two years since the first season of British Bootcamp premiered in the UK, and if you are able to remember back to that first episode it was a markedly low key affair when you compare it to British Bootcamp's second outing.  A brief chat about the contestants between Dixie Carter and Hulk Hogan, then a satellite link up to a nightclub in London where the contestants were introduced to a small UK crowd.  I think the rest of the episode consisted of Rockstar Spud being drunk.

08 November 2014

Saturday Night Chat - Nov 8, 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.

07 November 2014

Ringside: Impact Wrestling Review - Nov 5, 2014


TNAMecca Presents...the Best of TNA 2014: The Categories


Welcome to the first annual Best of TNA event, presented by TNAMecca, in which our members and readers will be given the opportunity to decide which wrestlers or individuals within TNA should be presented with our year-end awards.  It's been a very interesting year in TNA so we expect that the process of nominating and voting for this year's winners will be just as interesting.  However, before we can proceed we'd like to give you all the opportunity to come up with the categories for our inaugural Best of TNA awards, and we encourage you to get as creative as possible.  Although we will include the traditional categories such as MVP of the Year or Wrestler of the Year, we'd like to go one step further and add unique ones, categories that will provoke discussion and good debate.  So please feel free to share with us your categories in the comments section below, and again, get those creative juices flowing. We will collect the best ones for our Best of TNA nomination survey to follow in the coming days.

05 November 2014

Post-IMPACT Discussion for Nov 5, 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 #002 - Was Bobby Lashley the Best Champion of 2014?


Welcome everyone to the episode two 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.

04 November 2014

TNA Tuesday Randomania - Nov 4, 2014


- This week, I'd like to begin by congratulating Bobby Roode for becoming the new TNA world heavyweight champion after a well-deserved last week over Lashley.  Unlike a certain radio podcast, we, here at TNAMecca, feel that Bobby Roode deserves major kudos for his accomplishment last week. With his victory, Roode has officially become the face of TNA and more importantly, the face of the new era at the new network (or the old one - more on this later).  I said last week that Roode was perfectly suited for this role because he would essentially be the man who represents them as a promotion.  He's someone who appeals to a wider spectrum of fans...casual or diehard, pro wrestling or sports entertainment, and old school or new school. Roode also represents everything that's right about pro wrestling and his passion for the sport is simply infectious.  His story is not unlike anyone else's in the TNA locker room but his ability to embody all that we love about wrestling and take us back to a time when wrestlers lived and breathed the business separates him from the rest. Bobby Roode is a throwback. He's one of the last remnants of old school wrestling in an industry that's constantly looking to evolve, making him as unique as any new trend.

03 November 2014

TNA Offers People A Second Chance To Make A First Impression


Disclaimer: After my inaugural TNAMecca writeup two weeks ago, I had no idea what my next writeup would be about. I had the topics for two writeups set up but I need to wait until TNA announces something before I post them so I needed something to write in the interim. Then in the Saturday Night Chat last week, I asked a simple question on which of these three TNA wrestlers has impressed you (The TNAMecca Community) most on camera and off camera in 2014 and I realized that is something I can talk about in a blog form in greater detail so let's get to it.

02 November 2014

The New King of Hardcore


Bram.  The name doesn't traditionally strike fear in the hearts of men....until now.  Of course there's the famous author Bram Stoker, who receives attention at a higher level during this Halloweenish time of the year.  Other than that, there really aren't a lot of other famous Brams out there.  Two Wednesdays ago, TNA's Bram convincingly declared himself the "New King of Hardcore".  During his in-ring promo he also told us (in his intoxicating accent) how he loves the actual sound of the human body being destroyed.  He rightfully pointed out that he's not just Magnus' mate, and most fans agree completely on that.  It's well-established that he has outshone Magnus in recent months.  My favorite part of Bram's promo was when he yelled in typical Bramming fashion that, "I'm the man around here!!!".  Well done sir.  I believe you and a lot of other fans do as well.  HE....IS....BRAM!!!

01 November 2014

Saturday Night Chat - Nov 1, 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.