Thursday, March 31, 2011

Jimmy Jacobs added to TPI 2011

John Thorne sent the following in:


Absolute Intense Wrestling
TPI 2011

Friday May 20,2011
Saturday May 21,2011

7:00pm Bell Time
Live from The AIW Arena
St. Gregory's Byzantine Hall
12920 Madison Ave. Lakewood,Ohio

Night 1:$15
Night 2:$15
Two Day Pass:$30

Tickets are on sale now at

TPI 2011 is a two night single elimination Pro Wrestling tournament that
will feature 24 of the best Independent Wrestlers in the world ending in
a 3 way dance final on Saturday May 21st.

The winner will receive a open contract for the AIW Absolute Title which
he can use at any time!

1.Mad Man Pondo
2.Tim Donst
3.Sonjay Dutt
4.Sugar Dunkerton
5.Bobby Beverly
6.Marion Fontaine
7.Shiima Xion
8.Dave Crist
9.Gregory Iron
10.Jimmy Jacobs

First Round Match ups (Friday May 20th,2011)
Tim Donst VS. Mad Man Pondo

The Event will also Feature Non Tournament Matches on Both Nights

Non Tournament Matches Night 1 (Friday May 20th,2011)

Johnny Gargano VS. Akira Tozawa

AIW Womens Championship
Mickie Knuckles VS. AIW Womens Champion Jessica Havok
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Report:WWE Bans Jerry Lawler's Finisher

According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Jerry Lawler was told that he cannot use the piledriver in his match with Michael Cole at WrestleMania 27.
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Miz Comment Leads To New Conan T-Shirt

The Miz's appearance on Conan the other night has inspired a t-shirt. During the show, Miz suggested Conan change his nickname to "Ginja Ninja." Now, the show's official website is selling a t-shirt featuring the nickname, found at this link.
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The Sun UK Interview Rob Van Dam

ROB VAN DAM has revealed how he decided to join TNA when Hulk Hogan personally called him and asked him to sign.

Leaving the WWE in late 2007, Van Dam had no immediate intentions to return to wrestling — and made it clear he'd only go back on his terms and in a company were he felt fully backed and respected.

And, speaking exclusively to SunSport, RVD told how a call from Hogan convinced him TNA would be that company.

Rob told us: "I was fortunate enough to be able to pick and choose what I wanted to do when I left the WWE, so many of the guys can't afford to do that for various reasons.

"I needed to recharge my batteries, pursue my many outside interests and see if I still wanted to step back in the ring again. I need time to clear my head and find myself.

"When my contract ended with the WWE, TNA tried to get me straight away but I said no.

"They had big plans for me, it seemed, and a spot in the Main Event Mafia was brought up. But I'm not, and never have been, one for sharing the spotlight. I prefer to be the star and in the limelight by myself.

"Plus WWE had really burned me out. My contract stated I'd be given breaks and they never gave them to me.

"They did that constantly and they probably wrecked the chances of many guys going back by treating the talent that way.

"Eric Bischoff called me, Dixie Carter called me, even Jason Hervey picked up the phone. But I said to myself that they were not serious because Hogan hadn't called yet.

"Then he did, I was doing my radio show and Hogan called in. The guy spent a half hour explaining on the air why I should join him in TNA. That was what got me here."

RING RETURN ... Rob Van Dam
Despite being in rival factions on screen, RVD still respects everything Hulk stands for and has achieved.
He added: "Hulk is the most recognised guy there is in the industry, I value his opinion and knew he was doing what he felt was best for us all when he brought guys like myself to TNA.

"He has a presence, no matter where he features in the company he can make a difference.

"He may not be performing any more after his surgery, but he can still entertain and do what he does best, be a legend. People will always want to see him."

During his stint in TNA, Van Dam has won the World Heavyweight Title and enjoyed feuds with AJ Styles, Abyss, Jeff Hardy and Mr Anderson.

He can be seen in every Tuesday night on iMPACT! at 10pm on Challenge TV (Sky Channel 125, Freeview 46 and Virgin Media 139).

And RVD told us he couldn't be happier with his decision — especially as it lets him pursue outside interests that include acting, opening comic book stores, hosting a radio show and creating his own reality TV series.

He enthused: "Man, I love TNA! It's a wonderful place to work. Something WWE never let me do were acting jobs, they turned them down for me. But now I' m in a situation where I can do these things.

"WWE just didn't see the potential of these opportunities and they really ruined my chances back then. I was in some very good places and they just blew it for me, by refusing point blank to negotiate anything.

"Whereas Dixie Carter lets us explore our possibilities and gives us that chance. Her philosophy is that our extended profile helps TNA enhance its own, and of course it does."

One thing RVD does regret is that Sabu — who he trained with and had legendary matches against in ECW — is no longer with TNA.

He told us: "Sabu is one of my closest friends I'd love to have him here with me now in TNA, but as Dixie has explained his stint here wasn't long term and I understand that.

"We are in a business after all and he had a decent run before he moved on."

As our chat drew to a close, it was time to ask RVD the inevitable question.

Would he — like Kevin Nash, Booker T, Christian and so many others — one day return to the WWE?

Citing his respect for TNA boss Dixie Carter and anger at how WWE treated him, Rob insists it's highly unlikely.

He concluded: "Dixie is a real people person, she is what fuels TNA, we all feed of her enthusiasm for the company. She wants first hand connection with our fans.

"It's so different to how Vince McMahon runs his company. At this stage of my career they take so much better care of me, than the WWE ever did at any point. I'd go as far as to say I mean more to TNA than I ever did in WWE.

"Fair play to anyone who does go back but, you know, I was so burned out and had so much trouble in my last year there that I just wanted away from that scenario.

"I couldn't enjoy going out to the ring and doing my thing, it was killing me. My contract ended and I wanted out, they offered me a new one and I said no.

"I'm so happy being able to have the freedom at last to juggle my other projects and still go out each night and be the whole FN show."
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Breakdown of WWE Raw TV Rating

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

his past Monday's RAW scored a 3.84 cable rating with an average of 5.89 million viewers. This was the most viewers for RAW since the June 29th, 2009 episode. In addition, the 4.77 final overrun segment was the highest rated quarter since June 22nd, 2009, the commercial-free RAW. RAW's peak this week with 7.31 million viewers was the first segment on RAW to break 7 million in almost two years.

In a segment breakdown, Edge and Christian vs. Brodus Clay and Alberto Del Rio gained 3,000 viewers from the opener with CM Punk. The video for Triple H and Undertaker lost 73,000 viewers while Justin Gabriel vs. Santino Marella gained 283,000 viewers. The segment with Triple H, Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker gained 1,346,000 viewers, making the rating go from 3.5 to 4.5 in the Males 18-49 demographic and from 4.5 to 5.4 in the teenagers demo.

Jerry Lawler vs. Jack Swagger lost 1,449,000 viewers, making it one of the worst segments as far as losing viewers goes in years. The same thing happened with Sheamus and Daniel Bryan a few weeks ago - fans tune in to see a major angle, in this case the one with HHH-Taker-HBK, and then tune out once the major angle is over.

The match with Sheamus and Dolph Ziggler vs. Daniel Bryan and John Morrison lost 32,000 more viewers but the Road Warriors Hall of Fame video and the angle with Snooki, Layla, Michelle McCool and Trish Stratus at a bar gained 255,000 viewers. The final segment with The Rock, John Cena and The Miz gained 1,539,000 viewers, which is one of the biggest gains in several years.
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WWE Looking At 1 Million Buys For WrestleMania 27

According to Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter, WWE is hoping that The Rock and Snooki being involved in WrestleMania 27 will see it break one million buys.
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