Thursday, December 18, 2014

Josh Mathews Officially Joins TNA

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 18, 2014) – TNA, today, announced seasoned broadcaster Josh Mathews will join Taz to form the new IMPACT WRESTLING announce team. With Mathews doing play-by-play and Taz color-commentary, the new IMPACT WRESTLING announce team will debut during the LIVE broadcast of IMPACT WRESTLING on Destination America from New York City on Wednesday, January 7 at 9/8c.

“Josh Mathews is a dynamic talent who brings great energy and experience to commentating,” said John Gaburick, TNA’s Executive Vice President of Television. “I’ve had the pleasure to work with Josh for many years and know he, alongside Taz, will captivate fans and enhance the viewing experience.”

Raised in Indiana, Mathews moved to New York as a teenager to pursue his professional wrestling career and quickly established himself as a leading voice in sports entertainment and professional wrestling.

“I was amped up when I heard the news Mathews would be joining me to announce IMPACT WRESTLING on Destination America,” said Taz. “Our goal is to be the best announce team in wrestling today, combining Mathews’ work ethic and experience with mine alongside the best roster in wrestling. I am looking forward to sitting next to my friend and new announce partner on January 7 in New York City.”

“I’m elated to join TNA and be the new voice of IMPACT WRESTLING alongside my friend and three-time World Champion Taz,” said Mathews.  “I’d like to thank Dixie Carter and John Gaburick for this incredible opportunity. Mike Tenay is a legend in this business and I am humbled to build on the body of work he has established over the past 12 years on IMPACT. To have my voice attached to the amazing athletes who do what they do better than anyone in the world is a dream come true.”

IMPACT WRESTLING debuts on Destination America with a special LIVE broadcast on Wednesday, January 7 from 9-11 PM ET, televised from New York City’s legendary Manhattan Center. IMPACT WRESTLING will move to its permanent time slot on Fridays from 9-11 PM ET beginning January 16 on Destination America. And, IMPACT WRESTLING: UNLOCKED with Mike Tenay premieres in its permanent time slot on Saturdays from 10 AM-Noon ET beginning January 17.
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

More On Naomi Leaving Total Divas

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Regarding Jimmy Uso and Naomi no longer being part of the Total Divas cast, once they got married there wasn't much that could be done with them on the show because Naomi and Cameron had been broken up and most of the "married couple problems" storylines would be taken up by the other married couples on the show.
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WWE Reportedly Takes Shots At CM Punk On NXT

According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter , the segment from NXT R Takerover where Corey Graves revealed that WWE's "world class doctors" advised him to retire after concussion issues. Graves is staying with the company in an announcer role.

The Graves segment had been planned but was partially meant to be a shot at CM Punk, specifically where Graves put over WWE's doctors as world class, how they identified his problem, did the right thing at the end and how he still has a job with the company
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Press Release: TNA "Unlocked" Announced


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Dec. 16, 2014) – TNA Entertainment will deliver a new concept in professional wrestling with the premiere of IMPACT WRESTLING: UNLOCKED, Saturday, January 17 at 10/9c on Destination America. This new weekly series hosted by “The Professor” Mike Tenay will dive deeper into the most recent episode of IMPACT WRESTLING with exclusive content and never-before-seen footage.

During IMPACT WRESTLING: UNLOCKED viewers will get an enhanced experience as the screen comes alive with match facts and stats, as well as bonus commentary and exclusive footage taking fans deeper into the intriguing characters, captivating stories and fascinating personal lives of the TNA Superstars.

“Fans are constantly asking me what goes on behind the scenes,” said Tenay. “The appetite is strong for interesting factoids and an insider’s perspective. We will explore everything from why World Champion Bobby Roode uses his Roode Bomb finisher to how Taryn Terrell uses her stuntwoman background when defending her Knockouts title. IMPACT WRESTLING: UNLOCKED will offer a distinctive and stimulating viewing experience unmatched in professional sports.”

In addition, each week during IMPACT WRESTLING: UNLOCKED, Tenay will reveal the IMPACT WRESTLING Top 5, a power ranking of the top five heavyweights in TNA. This new ranking system is sure to spark controversy, debate, and most importantly, competition.

IMPACT WRESTLING debuts on Destination America with a special LIVE broadcast on Wednesday, January 7 from 9-11 PM ET, televised from New York City’s legendary Manhattan Center. IMPACT WRESTLING will move to its permanent time slot on Fridays from 9-11 PM ET beginning January 16 on Destination America.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Column: TLC 2014 Thoughts

This might be just me but does anyone else feel like WWE lack any sort of creativity with set's these days? The last real set I think they made an effort with was Summerslam.
Call me sad but I used to love wondering what they'd do for the theme, TLC alway's being one of the best with the hanging Chair's!

On to Wrestling…

Ladder Match
Intercontinental Championship
Dolph Ziggler vs Luke Harper (c)

Anyone who knows me understands I'm a sucker for bloody matches, so I'm sure you can imagine how happy I was with this match. In my opinion all 'extreme' matches should lead to close ups of bruises, scratches, open wounds and of course BLOOD!
Overall I thought the numerous 'OMG' moments in this match makes it a top candidate for next years 'Match of the year' Slammy award.

I couldn't agree with Edge more on this tweet to Dolph and Harper...''Just had @HeelZiggler and @LukeHarperWWE remind me why I love wrestling.'

I'm sure that feeling was mutual around the world, what a performance by both guys. I was pleasantly surprised by Harper's performance, I think he's extremely talented for a big guy his agility and speed never fail to amaze me.
My issue was him holding a title before Bray Wyatt, not that I didn't think he was ready, just I thought Bray deserved a title first considering how much more he's accomplished.
That being said I was not expecting Harper to drop the IC title so quick either.

Just like Dolph, this match stole the damn show!
Tag Team Championship
The Usos vs Damien Sandow(AKA Mizdow) & The Miz (c)

Is it only me that find's Sandow's ringside acting so hilarious it's distracting?

I love it, yet I do solely focus on Sandow despite my best intentions not to.
I love the Uso's and I have bought in to the whole Miz, Jimmy and Naomi triange, It's given us a chance to see the 'temper' of Jimmy we normally wouldn't see.
Miz play's a fantastic heel, adding Sandow to the equation has only made him better, I wasn't expecting a DQ finish, though I was expecting Miz and Sandow to retain without a shadow of a doubt.

Stairs Match
Big Show vs Erick Rowan

Wasn't expecting much from this match, purely because both guys are massive and stairs are used so frequently already. I'm not afraid to admit I was wrong, 100% wrong.
The match was very well played out, no dull moments; I was entertained throughout, again welts, bruises and blood.
Although I would have preferred Rowan to pick up the win I think the move was very smart by WWE to have Big Show use the Stairs to pin Rowan, it still gave him credit in a sense without making Show look weak.

I hope Rowan goes somewhere in WWE, It's always a shame when a huge guy comes in, becomes known as a monster then falls down the ranks inevitably leading to their release.

Tables Match
Seth Rollins vs John Cena

I was shocked this wasn't the main event considering the build up and the two guys involved!!
The only match on the card I thought I was certain of the winner, yep I got that one WRONG!!!

John Cena and Table's matches just don't mix we know this, combine J&J, the fact he's facing Seth and Big Show making an appearance I literally thought he had no chance.
I was however expecting the involvement of EITHER Reigns or Orton, I was hoping for Orton!!

Enjoyed the 'who's the clear winner' moment, brilliant move to get the fans alive again.

Whilst I hate John Cena being champion for the obvious reasons, I'm glad he won. I want a champion that defends often, that show's up with the title week in week out. That lives for WWE.

Divas Championship
AJ Lee vs Nikki Bella (c) (w/ Brie Bella)

Urgh I explained in my last Column I don't rate the Diva's on Raw or Smackdown, I love AJ's mic skills and her character, It's just wrestling is severely lacked here by both Diva's, Nikki more than AJ, sure she has a good finisher but that's it. Nothing more, she's absolutely appalling on the mic compared to AJ, yet shes the champion.
Using dirty tactics to pick up the victory...Saw that one coming a mile off.

Chairs Match
Ryback vs Kane
Not much anyone can say other than two monsters beating the hell out of each other with steel chairs, what's not to like.
The way the chair bent after the rib shot was brilliant!

Glad Ryback won, he needs it more than Kane. Let's hope his run of domination get's him somewhere this time.

United States Championship
Jack Swagger vs Rusev (c) (w/ Lana)

Rusev and Lana are bloody brilliant Heels! They frustrate the hell out of me and I'm not even American!
That being said I really wanted Swagger to beat Rusev, I think it'd give him that boost he needs.
Although I very much doubt he'll be the first to defeat the Russian monster, I'm intrigued as to who it's going to be.

Overall, both men put on a great performance.

Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match
Dean Ambrose vs Bray Wyatt

Here it is!!!
Both of these guys have sold the hell out of the build up, I can't remember a time where I've been so on the fence as to who will win the match and who I want to win.
They're character's are so alike it's almost scary!
It has to be said, of all the matches on the card I was expecting blood it was this one, and I was slightly disappointed there wasn't any

That doesn't mean this match wasn't pure genius!
The ending was utter brilliance; I couldn't accept that there would be a clean win, very clever move by WWE to use the monitor as a deciding factor.
It hands Bray a win leading in to Royal rumble without making Ambrose look like the weaker of the two.

This rivalry is far from over and by god am I excited about it continuing!!

It's been a while since I've been overall happy about a PPV, the last few have seen too many DQ finishes or just poor match ups in general.

Unfortunately I have a very bad feeling Royal Rumble isn't going to be on the same level. (Too easy to predict)
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