0Posted by Brett Clendaniel on May 23, 2013 at 4:07 pm
Mickie James was the featured guest on this week’s Monday Night Mayhem, hosted by The Big Mosh & “The Chairman of the Board” Todd Vincent. Here are interview highlights.
How the release of her new album is being received by her peers and by TNA:“They have been really accommodating. TNA got the album a couple days prior to the official release date, and Dixie (Carter) has been totally cool since Day 1. She already knew this is what I wanted to do. They have been amazing.”
Why she wants Velvet Sky at 100% for their TNA Knockouts Championship Match this Thursday night:“I am little bit worried because I’m worried about her knee. She wasn’t 100% last time, and I really want to get in there and go. Even if I do win it, I will know that she wasn’t at 100%.”
The influence of Trish Stratus on her career: “She taught me so many little things. She is an amazing individual. The fact that she took time out of her moment at her (WWE) Hall of Fame speech to recognize so many women that have been a part of that along the way just shows what kind of person she is.”
0Posted by Brett Clendaniel on May 17, 2013 at 3:16 pm
WWE CFO George Barrios talked company business at JP Morgan’s 41st annual Global Technology, Media and Telecom conference on Thursday. There wasn’t much new about the WWE Network but he noted that they are now looking to price it between $9.99 and $14.99 per month, a bit lower than previous estimates. Barrios also noted that the new WWE 2K14 video game will have a strong online gaming presence. A full transcript can be found here at SeekingAlpha.com.
TNA Impact on Thursday, April 11 scored a 0.93 rating, down two-tenths of a rating (20 percent) from last week’s 1.11 rating.
It was easily the lowest rating of the year (previous low was a 1.00 flat on February 14), and the lowest rating since the Thanksgiving episode in November.
Impact averaged 1.17 million viewers, down 22 percent from last week’s show. It was the fewest viewers of the year and fewest since October 11, 2012 when the show drew 1.12 million viewers against Thursday Night Football.
Impact’s overall rating was severely impacted by the first-hour rating. The first hour scored a 0.82 rating, which harkens back to when Impact first changed timeslots in May 2012. Impact then increased to a 1.03 rating in the second hour, which was one of the lowest-rated second hours of the year.
TNA World Heavyweight Champ Bully Ray is in hot water after video surfaced showing him get into a fan’s face at the end of last Thursday’s Impact and laid into him with tirade that included multiple homophobic slurs.
Video of the tirade, which is included below, contains Bully Ray saying the following, extremely graphic words to the fan:
“Sit down, faggot. Yeah… [inaudible for a second]. What are you gonna do? You ain’t gonna do a damn thing. You got punked in your own frickin’ town. I’m punkin’ you out in front of [Bully leans to the side, looks at who's sitting next to the fan, and says], I’m gonna say your daughter. You got punked! You invented fags, you fag. You should’ve did something already, you should’ve did something already, but you ain’t doing nothing’. I’m punking you in front of your hometown. You frickin’ queer. You shave your frickin’ chest.”
According to the PWTorch report, Bully Ray “feels horrible” about the incident. The report goes on to say that Ray would be penalized in some way for his comments. Both Ray and Dixie Carter apologized for the comments today on Twitter:
Made an inappropriate comment to a fan in Chicago.If anyone was offended by this…I do apologize.No harm was meant.
0Posted by Brett Clendaniel on March 5, 2013 at 6:48 pm
Andy Leavine, who won the most recent Tough Enough, is going to try to join the NFL. Leavine, if you will recall, was released form his WWE developmental contract last year. He told FIU Sports that he is set to work out for NFL scouts on Thursday.
“I’ve never stopped training since my football playing days,” Leavine said. “I’ve got nothing to lose in trying to get back into football.”
0Posted by Brett Clendaniel on December 29, 2012 at 10:57 am
As of Friday afternoon, the 2013 WWE Hall of Fame pre-sale was close to being sold out. There’s a very good chance that it is sold out right now. There will be some tickets that were kept back for the official on-sale in January. Madison Square Garden saw major ticket sales on Thursday night and Friday for the ceremony.
0Posted by Brett Clendaniel on December 5, 2012 at 3:03 pm
Hulk Hogan posted a message on Twitter Wednesday thanking TNA Wrestling President Dixie Carter for putting up with “b.s.” from the creative team and maintaining her composure.
“Really looking foward th IMPACT this Thursday, the show now has energy, momentum and a real life of its own, props to Dixie for always being there and keeping her cool when sometimes we are all over the place with our he said she said b.s.,” Hogan wrote.
“She’s a constant and is always in the trenches with us even if we’re right or wrong. Thank you Dixie Carter for letting Impact continue to grow. You haven’t seen anything yet. HH4Life.”
0Posted by Brett Clendaniel on November 30, 2012 at 2:11 pm
Credit – PWInsider
Morale behind the scenes at Thursday’s Impact Wrestling was great, with talent feeling better about the company’s creative direction than they have in a long time.
TNA has been focusing on long-term booking as of late, mapping out creative plans several months in advance. Television scripts are being written weeks in advance, with tweaks being made when necessary.
0Posted by Brett Clendaniel on November 28, 2012 at 2:33 pm
Thursday’s Thanksgiving episode of TNA Impact Wrestling garnered a 0.77 rating with 1.187 million viewers. The numbers were down from the prior week’s episode, which scored a 1.07 rating with 1.353 million viewers.
Impact Wrestling usually holds up well on the holiday in previous years. According to PWTorch, this is the lowest rating for a Thursday night episode in nearly six years, and was down 22% from last year’s Thanksgiving show.
0Posted by Brett Clendaniel on October 26, 2012 at 6:16 pm
Credit – PWTorch
Thursday night’s episode of iMPACT! Wrestling brought in a 0.97 (1.0) cable rating, with 1.19 million viewers. Those numbers are down 2% and 5%, respectively, from the 0.99 and 1.25 million viewers the week before. The show has averaged 1.31 million viewers for the duration of the live shows.
iMPACT! ranked #41 among cable TV shows for the night, #24 in the male 18 – 34 demographic and #17 in the male 18 – 49 demo. These were all about even with last week in rankings, with slight drops in the demographics.
0Posted by Brett Clendaniel on October 12, 2012 at 9:10 pm
Thursday’s TNA Impact Wrestling television show drew a 0.86 rating, up slightly from the 0.84 rating the show drew last week. Impact averaged 1.118 million viewers, up from the 1.058 million average from last Thursday.
0Posted by Brett Clendaniel on September 26, 2012 at 7:25 pm
TNA Wrestling announced Wednesday that the Television Championship last held by Devon has been vacated after negotiations between both parties reached an impasse.
A new Television Champion will be crowned on tomorrow night’s “Championship Thursday” edition of Impact Wrestling. The challengers selected to compete are Samoa Joe, Garett Bischoff, Magnus, and Mr. Anderson. The four grapplers will plead their case on why they should receive a shot at the Television Title to Impact Wrestling General Manager Hulk Hogan, who will then set up a match on Impact.
TNA’s official announcement is as follows:
NEW TV CHAMPION TO BE CROWNED ON CHAMPIONSHIP THURSDAY!
Championship Thursday” returns to Impact Wrestling on Spike TV this Thursday with an added wrinkle; there is no defending champion. Negotiations between TNA’s current TV Champion Devon and TNA have been ongoing over the last month and have reached an impasse. As of today, The TNA TV Championship last held by Devon is vacated. TNA hopes that Devon returns to the active roster in the future. A new TV champion will be crowned LIVE on Impact!
Usually, in the “Championship Thursday” format, four challengers meet with Impact Wrestling GM Hulk Hogan and plead their case as to why they deserve the shot at the champion. This month, one of the four men is guaranteed to be the new TV Champion! The challengers selected to compete in this “Championship Thursday” are Samoa Joe, Garett Bischoff, Magnus, and Mr. Anderson. Hulk will hear these men’s arguments why they should be the one to get the title shot and then Hogan will make the hard decision of which two will face off. Tune into Spike TV at 8pt/7ct this Thursday night to see a new champion crowned.
0Posted by Brett Clendaniel on September 21, 2012 at 5:21 pm
Angelina Love, who parted ways with TNA Wrestling in July following a fruitful tenure that included five title runs, stated Thursday on Twitter that she will not give interviews discussing the nature of her departure from the organization as well as behind-the-scenes matters.
She wrote, “For those who keep inquiring, I will NOT be accepting any interviews based around my leaving TNA, the reasons behind it, the state of the current Knockouts Division, management, etc etc. I’ve done my one major post-release interview already with @FeeltheMayhem, so if u need answers, go download the interview. I’ll be glad to talk about all my wonderful upcoming bookings, adventures and future gigs, but that’s it folks! Thanks!!”
0Posted by Brett Clendaniel on September 10, 2012 at 11:04 am
TNA has announced the following for Thursday’s episode of Impact Wrestling:
- At No Surrender, “The Charismatic Enigma” Jeff Hardy overcame the odds and won the annual “Bound For Glory Series” to earn a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship against Austin Aries at October’s Bound For Glory! What will happen when Aries and Hardy go face-to-face on IMPACT? The road to Bound For Glory officially kicks off on Thursday night!
- Witness the aftermath of the “No Surrender” Pay-Per-View event on Thursday’s broadcast! What will be the reaction to Bobby Roode costing James Storm his chance at the World Heavyweight Championship? Plus, tune in for updates on all the title matches from the event!
- What will be the fallout between General Manager Hulk Hogan and The Aces & 8s after No Surrender? At the Pay-Per-View, Hogan put the arena on lockdown in an attempt to keep them from invading! Hogan is on a mission to eliminate the gang from TNA, but the group only gets more powerful! The war continues on Thursday’s broadcast on Spike TV!