Tag: TNA

Are we finally near the end of the TNA Impact Wrestling era?

Rumors are swirling about what is going to happen to TNA, the Nashville-based company that has been trying since 2002 to gain a foothold in the pro wrestling business.


WWE TLC Preview: Is pro wrestling finally dead?

Wrestling, once again, is dying. You want to doubt that, then you have to explain the final segment of the go-home Raw.


TNA Impact Wrestling moving to Pop in January

TNA Impact Wrestling is making another TV network move. The company announced Thursday that Impact Wrestling will debut on Pop, the former TV Guide Network, on Tuesday, Jan. 5, at 9 p.m., moving from Destination America.


Podcast: WWE Money in the Bank preview, Brock Lesnar returns, Samoa Joe in NXT, more

CGI Raw Impact Wrestling host Chris Graham previews the WWE Money in the Bank pay-per-view. Also on this week’s podcast, Chris talks about the return of Brock Lesnar, the latest on Ring of Honor and TNA, and offers thoughts on the next steps for Samoa Joe in NXT.


First week numbers for Ring of Honor, TNA on Destination America: Not good?

The new power night of pro wrestling programming on Destination America debuted Wednesday night, with Ring of Honor leading in to TNA Impact Wrestling. The numbers are in, and the first week didn’t go all that well.


Podcast: Examining the breaking news involving Destination America, Ring of Honor, TNA

CGI Raw Impact Wrestling Podcast co-hosts Chris Graham and Doug Ward break down the stunning news involving Destination America and Ring of Honor that will have ROH wrestling programming debuting on Destination America next week – as a lead-in to TNA Impact Wrestling. What does this news mean for both Ring of Honor and TNA and their respective futures?


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Shocker! Destination America adds Ring of Honor to TV lineup

Destination America isn’t getting out of the wrestling business. In fact, with today’s news regarding Ring of Honor debuting on Destination America next week, it looks like the network is doubling down, at least for the time being.


Podcast: Big news with TNA, Destination America, Global Force Wrestling, WWE

Why doesn’t either Destination America or TNA just come out and say that the network isn’t planning on discontinuing all TNA-related programming come September? CGI Raw Impact Wrestling podcast co-hosts Chris Graham and Doug Ward examine the ongoing controversy from all angles.


Podcast: WWE Hall of Famer Tammy Sytch about to go the porn route?

CGI presents the Raw Impact Wrestling podcast with co-hosts Chris Graham and Doug Ward, and the focus is on news reports that WWE Hall of Famer Tammy Sytch, known to wrestling fans from her run as Sunny, is considering a turn in the porn industry.


Canceled, not canceled: What is the real deal with TNA, Destination America?

Executives at TNA are rattling their sabres threatening legal action regarding a recent report that its TV broadcast partner, Destination America, is canceling TNA wrestling programming in September.


Podcast: CGI talks TNA, Global Force Wrestling, WWE

CGI co-hosts Chris Graham and Doug Ward discuss the latest news in the world of pro wrestling. This installment discusses the latest news from TNA involving developments with its broadcast partner, Destination America, and how the move from Fridays to Wednesdays could impact the product. The show also goes in-depth on Global Force Wrestling, which founder Jeff Jarrett is aiming toward its own TV deal. News from WWE wraps us up.


Podcast: WWE Payback Preview

Chris Graham and Doug Ward break down Sunday’s WWE Payback pay-per-view. Who will walk home with the WWE title when champ Seth Rollins defends against Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Randy Orton? Who quits: U.S. champ John Cena or Rusev? That and a look at recent news involving TNA and Destination America.


Podcast: CGI talks TNA, Jeff Jarrett, WWE, more from the world of pro wrestling

CGI host Chris Graham and wrestling industry veteran Doug Ward talk pro wrestling. This week’s podcast begins with a look at the recent state of affairs in TNA, which has suffered a decline in TV ratings in recent weeks on its new home on Destination America. Is that another sign that Nashville is at the beginning of the end of its long run?


Podcast: Mayweather-Pacquiao recap, Ronda Rousey, TNA, more

CGI host Chris Graham talks combat sports with regular guest Doug Ward. The show this week takes an in-depth look at the big Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight. With fans expressing near-universal displeasure over the megadud, was this boxing’s last stand? Graham and Ward discuss that, and lay out ideas how Mayweather can set himself up as a legitimate promoter using his last fight later this year as leverage.


Line up the tomato cans: How will CM Punk fare in UFC?

Brock Lesnar was an NCAA heavyweight wrestling champion before leaving WWE to star in UFC. The best CM Punk can claim is that he has trained in MMA off and on for a few years.


CM Punk a quitter? Admire him for getting out on his terms

CM Punk finally spoke out on his departure nearly a year ago from WWE, and it was worse than a lot of us would have thought.


Reports: Sting to make WWE debut at Survivor Series

The legendary Sting is reportedly set to make his WWE debut at Survivor Series on Sunday night.


TNA Impact Wrestling leaving Spike for Destination America

TNA Impact Wrestling will make the move from its long-time home on Spike TV to Destination America, an offshoot of Discovery Communications that reaches roughly half the homes that Spike TV is in currently.


TNA tries to land CM Punk: What do you think the Best in the World had to say?

TNA reportedly reached out to CM Punk to make an offer that would essentially have hitched the wagon of wrestling’s #2 company to the enigmatic Best in the World. What do you think Punk had to say in response?


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TNA TV taping draws 425 fans to Charlottesville: What that means for business

The John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Va., has a seating capacity of 15,600. TNA drew a reported 425 fans to the arena last week for a taping for a One Night Only pay-per-view.


TNA TV deal status up in the air, but prospects looking better?

The Wrestling Observer has the latest backstage talk, innuendo and speculation on the future of TNA on TV.


TNA Wrestling Beat: ‘Impact’ viewers up again, Bully Ray, Del Rio updates, Lashley to drop title?

TNA settling in to Wednesday time slot: For the first time since its forced move to Wednesday nights, TNA’s “Impact Wrestling” is back over the million-viewer mark.


Wrestling TV News: Smackdown officially moving to Thursdays, Spike ready to dump TNA

Two big bits of news on the wrestling TV front today: WWE is officially moving Smackdown to Thursday nights, and it’s becoming clearer that Spike TV is not interested in continuing its relationship with TNA.


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Pro wrestling business model shows flaws

Wrestling, like a cockroach in an abandoned building, has proven itself hearty enough to survive anything, but whether sports entertainment as we know it now can survive in its present form is very much at question. I’d recommend enjoying what we have while we still have it, because change is coming, and the changes that I see coming aren’t good.


TNA Impact Wrestling to remain on Spike TV through end of 2014

TNA President Dixie Carter confirmed today that the company’s flagship TV show, Impact Wrestling, will remain on Spike TV through the end of 2014.


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TNA doesn’t want, or need, Top Rope Pro Wrestling’s marketing help

A friend who is a big TNA wrestling fan asked us if we’d thought of reaching out to the company to offer to help push ticket sales to its planned Sept. 5 show in Charlottesville, Virginia.


TNA moving Impact Wrestling to Wednesdays: Good news?

TNA announced today that it is moving its Impact Wrestling flagship TV show to Wednesday nights on Spike TV effective next week.


Monday Night Raw Review: Good work on Hogan birthday segment, another stupid Stephanie-Brie exchange

Hogan birthday does its job: Until Brock Lesnar’s music hit, the Hulk Hogan birthday celebration made no sense whatsoever, except as a throwback to the fun Old School Raw from earlier in the year.


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Wrestling Beat: TNA on Spike after September, Orton punished, or Ziggler being pushed?

Randy Orton punished, or Dolph Ziggler being pushed? It’s neither, so the conspiracy theorists can go back to finding more evidence that a CM Punk comeback is imminent.


Video: TNA Xplosion match between Gail Kim and Velvet Sky

TNA Knockouts Champion Gail Kim takes on Velvet Sky on Xplosion.


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Chris Graham: My turn as a wrestling heel

“I’ve got my sources,” I say, more than once, more than a few times, in my debut as a wrestling heel announcer, for the upstart Virginia Pro Wrestling Alliance.


#ItHappens: Team 3D puts TNA’s Dixie Carter through a table

They’ve been teasing it for months. Finally, next week, on TNA Impact Wrestling, Team 3D puts TNA president Dixie Carter through a table.


Reports: Spike TV cancels TNA Impact Wrestling

TMZ is reporting today that Spike TV has informed TNA Wrestling that it will not renew its contract to broadcast the company’s flagship Impact Wrestling TV show.


Wrestling Beat: Daniel Bryan stops burglar, DiBiase on The Streak, Cena wants to be heel?

John Cena will turn heel, eventually. Everybody turns heel, eventually. Eventually is a long way down the road in Cena’s case.


Video: TNA Impact Wrestling returns to New York City

TNA Impact Wrestling returns to New York City – and the six-sided ring returns to TNA!


Wrestling Beat: Rock return? CM Punk now on WWE alumni page, Bobby Lashley

Return of The Rock? Dwayne Johnson appeared on ESPN’s Sports Nation on Tuesday and told host Michelle Beadle that he would “love” to wrestle again, and that he’s talked to Vince McMahon about a return to WWE.


Sting: I want Undertaker

Sting is finally talking publicly about his plans regarding WWE, and first on his agenda: a match with Undertaker.


Sting tweets: And now we’re supposed to believe he’s coming back

Sting has been silent on social media since the death of Ultimate Warrior in April. And then today, he tweeted, not once, but twice, and in so doing has the wrestling world all aflutter.


TNA Impact Wrestling Preview: Bobby Lashley vs. Eric Young

Thursday on TNA Impact Wrestling on SpikeTV at 9/8c – Bobby Lashley vs. Eric Young for the World Heavyweight Championship and much more.


Video: TNA previews Thursday’s Impact Wrestling

Preview Thursday’s TNA Impact Wreestling on SpikeTV at 9/8c – featuring new TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bobby Lashley.


Video: TNA has a new world champ

Bobby Lashley won the TNA World Heavyweight Title from Eric Young on tonight’s episode of Impact Wrestling. And was that Bobby Roode that we saw run in at the end?


Video: TNA previews Thursday’s Impact

TNA previews Thursday’s Impact Wrestling – with a look back at the Slammiversary pay-per-view.


TNA Slammiversary News: MVP not cleared for main event

MVP has not been medically cleared to compete at TNA Slammiversary on Sunday night, and has been removed from the main event match with World Champion Eric Young.


TNA previews Slammiversary pay-per-view

TNA is on the eve of its big Slammiversary pay-per-view, featuring a main event with World Champion Eric Young defending against MVP and more.


Video: What does MVP have in store for TNA Slammiversary?

Thursday on IMPACT on SpikeTV at 9/8c: What Is MVP’s Plan For Eric Young just days before their World Title Match at TNA Slammiversary?