Thursday, April 14, 2011

Scrippsnews.com Interview Sting

Source:Scrippsnews.com

To borrow a famous poetry passage from Robert Frost, Steve "Sting" Borden has taken the road less traveled.

And for TNA Wrestling, that has made all the difference.

After 26 years as one of the industry's top stars, Borden had a golden opportunity to make his WWE debut at "Wrestlemania 27" earlier this month. A source said that Borden was offered the chance to either wrestle The Undertaker or appear in a world-championship match with induction into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2012. The fact "Wrestlemania 27" was being held in Atlanta -- home base for the now-defunct World Championship Wrestling when Sting was that company's flagship performer -- made the proposal even sweeter.

But unlike every other major WCW headliner from the 1990s, Borden once again rebuffed WWE and re-signed with TNA.

"I'm not going to lie to you -- who wouldn't want to say that they did 'Wrestlemania' at least one time?" Borden said Tuesday in a telephone interview. "It's the ultimate event in wrestling. It's still in the back of my mind that there's a chance of it happening someday, somehow. I think time may have run out completely now, but who knows?

"The timing couldn't have been better (to work 'Wrestlemania'), but I'm glad it turned out the way it did."

Borden has publicly said mistrust about how his character would be portrayed by WWE owner Vince McMahon played into his decision. Borden also cited "personal reasons that I don't want to talk about" during our Tuesday interview.

Borden's decision, though, was as much about his affinity for TNA as it was trepidation about joining WWE.

Once a contract dispute was settled and he signed a new deal, TNA immediately made Sting its world champion last month during his first match back on television since October 2010. Borden hopes his name value and grappling persona help TNA continue to expand its visibility in the WWE-dominated marketplace.

"Deep in my heart, I wasn't fulfilled. My mission was not accomplished with TNA," said Borden, who joined the company in 2006 after what was essentially a five-year retirement following WCW's demise. "It was like with WCW. I just hated the idea after all these years that I put in that this was the way it was going to end.

"I go back to when (TNA) was just this little company doing stuff out of the fairgrounds in Nashville. Now we're in 120 countries. I'd like the story to continue to grow."

TNA also enticed Borden with a renewal of his sweetheart contract. For a hefty six-figure salary, Borden only has to appear on television tapings for "TNA Impact" (9 p.m. EDT Thursdays, Spike TV) and pay-per-view shows.

Borden laughed when asked if he had the best deal in pro wrestling.

"After 20-something years, is that OK?" he said. "(Hulk) Hogan is in a similar boat. The difference between me and him is that he's not in the ring. Lord willing, I hope he gets back in there. But here I still am at the age of 52 bouncing around. Some of the other guys in WWE have the same deal like The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels before he left.

"After a while, some of us just can't hold it together anymore. I think I'm doing a pretty good job holding on."

Borden is essentially working on a year-to-year basis, but still has goals he would like to fulfill. Among them are farewell shows in the cities where he had his most famous bouts, a wrestling tour of Europe and matches to try and help elevate TNA's younger talent.

"It's amazing how many guys come up to me and say, 'I wanted to become a pro wrestler because of you. Before you're done, I want to wrestle you one time,' " said Borden, who debuted in 1985 as part of a tag team with Jim "Ultimate Warrior" Hellwig known as the Blade Runners.

There is one bout with a younger-generation star that Borden would like to forget. Numerous pro-wrestling news outlets have reported that Jeff Hardy was impaired when stepping into the ring to fight Sting on last month's "Victory Road" pay-per-view.

As a result, TNA changed its headline finish on the fly by having Sting pin Hardy in 90 seconds of what can barely be described as a match. The situation was so embarrassing that TNA even offered free Internet programming to fans who ordered the show and felt scammed by the abbreviated outcome.

Hardy, who has a history of substance abuse, hasn't appeared on TNA programming since. But TNA never offered a public explanation of what transpired, which has left some fans still puzzled by the result.

Borden said the situation left a "bad taste" in his mouth.

"On my first pay-per-view back with TNA and my first world-title match, are you kidding me?" Borden said. "I was already trying to overcome the 'Oh, they didn't put (the title) on him again did they? He's a dinosaur' stuff, and then you add, 'What just happened?' I know everyone's first reaction was, 'Wow, they're really trying to get Sting over (to the fans) so much now that it's ridiculous. They've totally ruined Jeff Hardy.'

"You know the real scoop. This is not what I wanted. I had something really good planned out and was ready to have an incredible match with Jeff that night. I'm very disappointed and hurt. So is everyone else."

Borden promises that he and TNA will make amends on Sunday night's "Lockdown" pay-per-view emanating from Cincinnati. Sting wrestles Rob Van Dam and Mr. Anderson in the main event of a card where every bout will be fought inside a steel cage.

"The ripple effect of that (Hardy) match is bigger than you can imagine," Borden said. "It's still hitting. We have to -- I have to -- deliver at 'Lockdown.' It's got to be an outstanding match. I'm doing my very best to get ready."

Kurt Angle vs. Jeff Jarrett, Mickie James vs. Madison Rayne and The Pope vs. Samoa Joe are other featured bouts on "Lockdown." For more information, visit www.tnawrestling.com.
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New Home For WWE Superstars

Following its last showing on WGNAmerica, WWE SuperStars can be found at WWE.com at 5pm EST on Thursday.
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WWE Turn Down Wrestler Who Returned To TNA

According to PWtorch, Christopher Daniels was originally scheduled to return to TNA Wrestling as the Suicide character, but plans were ultimately changed. He was said to have reached out to WWE after leaving TNA but failed to secure a contract. The feeling within WWE was that he is too small, not to mention old as he is 40. He has continued to appear for Ring of Honor while also working for TNA Wrestling.
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Backstage Feelings Towards John Cena Following WrestleMania 27

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Following criticism of the John Cena vs. The Miz booking for WrestleMania 27, several people in the company felt that Cena, as a top star, should have spoken up and had the match changed before they went and did it live. It was noted that top stars in the past have spoken up and changed certain booking plans when they felt it was needed. Word is that Cena did complain about the booking to some people but didn't request a change.

There's a feeling that Cena came out of WrestleMania 27 unpopular and secondary, and that the WWE Title also came off as secondary since the match and the finish hurt both Cena and The Miz.

There's also a feeling within the company that The Rock "screwed" Cena and instead of Cena trying to get revenge, he got nothing besides a handshake on RAW and the endorsement from The Rock that the fans boo'd on RAW - and now he has to carry WWE again as the top babyface.
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*Spoiler* Current Plan For WWE Extreme Rules

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

According to backstage sources, Everyone expects Alberto Del Rio to finally become the new World Heavyweight Champion at WWE Extreme Rules when he faces Christian in a Ladder match for the vacant title.
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TNA Releasing "RDV" T-Shirt

On TNA's facebook, pictures of new TNA T-Shirts have been released with a massive error being shown on a shirt meant from Rob Van Dam. The Shirt(the can be seen at this link ) reads "RDV".
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Val Venis Comments John Morrison & Melina

Former WWE talent Sean "Val Venis" Morley posted the following video following reports that John Morrison gave Trish Stratus the cold shoulder at WrestleMania:

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Breakdown Of WWE Raw 4/11/11 TV Rating

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

This past Monday's RAW scored a 3.45 cable rating with 5.46 million viewers.

In a segment breakdown, Eve Torres vs. Brie Bella for the WWE Divas Title lost 359,000 viewers from the opening segment. Sin Cara's TV debut match vs. Primo gained 323,000 viewers. The Corre vs. Daniel Bryan, Mark Henry, Evan Bourne and Santino Marella plus the beginning of Jerry Lawler vs. Jack Swagger lost 239,000 viewers. The rest of Lawler vs. Swagger gained 537,000 viewers, which is a bit higher than the usual for that timeslot.

Edge's retirement speech gained 41,000 viewers to a 3.67 rating, the highest quarter of the show, which is usually a losing slot.

The gauntlet main event with Randy Orton vs. Dolph Ziggler and Ziggler vs. R-Truth lost 532,000 viewers while Truth vs. John Morrison lost 109,000 more viewers. John Cena vs. Truth in the last fall and the post-match angle gained 1,021,000 viewers, doing a 3.91 overrun rating.
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New Role For Goldust Within WWE?

According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Goldust, who is currently injured, has been working backstage at Raw recently and is said to be looking at becoming a agent
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*Spoiler* Update On Rima Fakih/WWE Tough Enough

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Rima Fakih had to use lots of body makeup to cover up all of the bruises on her legs once she was eliminated from Tough Enough and returned to her Miss USA duties. Whilst its not known when Rima is eliminated on the show, its known she does not win.

Miss USA officials gave Fakih permission to do Tough Enough because they felt it would help her get an acting career started.

It's said that while in the Tough Enough house, Fakih drank heavily, swore a lot and was always critical of Donald Trump. It remains to be seen how much of her bad behavior will be aired on the show.

It's been heavily speculated that Rima will join the WWE Divas roster regardless of her standing on Tough Enough. She holds the Miss USA crown until June 19th.
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Final day to order advance tickets for this weekend's King of Trios 2011

The weekend of April 15, 16 and 17th will see 48 wrestlers converge on the former ECW Arena in South Philadelphia for the monstrous King of Trios 2011! The tournament is loaded to the hilt with an incredible array of stars from across the globe - among them are former WWF stars the 1-2-3 Kid, Jinsei "Hakushi" Shinzaki and Dick Togo, as well as current TNA sensation Amazing Red! The first round match-ups have been published on our website, and we are proud to present the complete card for Night 1 (April 15th, 2011):

1) Team Michinoku Pro (Great Sasuke/Dick Togo/Jinsei Shinzaki)
vs.
Team Minnesota (1-2-3 Kid/Arik Cannon/Darin Corbin)

2) Team Dragon Gate (Super Shisa/Akira Tozawa/Kagetora)
vs.
The Spectral Envoy (Hallowicked/Frightmare/UltraMantis Black)

3) Amazing Red & The Maximos
vs.
Mike Quackenbush/Jigsaw/Manami Toyota

4) Team Australia (Tama Williams/Percy/Kabel)
vs.
F.I.S.T. (Icarus/Chuck Taylor/Johnny Gargano)

5) Team Osaka Pro (Atsushi Kotoge/Daisuke Harada/Ultimate Spider, Jr.)
vs.
The Throwbacks (Dasher Hatfield/Sugar Dunkerton) with Matt Classic

6) Sinn "Kizarny" Bodhi & The Batiri (Obariyon/Kodama)
vs.
The Colony (Fire Ant/Soldier Ant/Green Ant)

7) The Osirian Portal (Ophidian/Hieracon/Amasis)
vs.
Team 3.0le! (El Generico, Scott "Jagged" Parker/Shane Matthews)

8) Da Soul Touchaz (Willie Richardson/Acid Jaz/Marshe Rockett)
vs.
Bruderschaft des Kreuzes (Tim Donst/Delirious/Jakob Hammermeier)

Don't get shut out! Get your advance tickets now: http://www.chikarapro.com/apr-15-2011.php

Season 10 is here:

King of Trios 2011
4.15 - 4.16 - 4.17 - Friday - Saturday - Sunday
Live @ The former ECW Arena
7 W. Ritner St.
in Philadelphia, PA!
The action starts @ 7:30 pm on Friday, April 15th!

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Paul London and BJ Whitmer added to 2011 TPI Tournament

John Thorne sent the following in:



Absolute Intense Wrestling
Presents
TPI 2011

Friday May 20,2011
...and
Saturday May 21,2011

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

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

Tickets are on sale now at http://shop.aiwrestling.com/tickets.html

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!

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Participants
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
11.Facade
12.Jonathan Gresham
13.John Kermon
14.Flip Kendrick
15.The Duke
16.Louis Lyndon
17.SJK
18."Mr. RBI" Izeah Bonds
19.Jake Crist
20.Rich Swann
21.Aero
22.Ricky Shane Page (Formally Christian Faith)
23.BJ Whitmer
24Paul London
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First Round Match ups (Friday May 20th,2011)
Tim Donst VS. Mad Man Pondo

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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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Non Tournament Matches Night 2 (Saturday May 21st,2011)
Johnny Gargano VS. Samuray Del Sol
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