Friday, June 1, 2012

TV Rating For TNA IMPACT Wrestling 5/31/12

According to PWTorch,TNA Impact scored a 0.89 rating for their first live show.
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Audio: The Hard Way Episode 8 Archived

The boys return to discuss all the news of the week, some WWE'13 talk and the news coming out of last nights Live Impact Wrestling. Also Adam talks about the trip he & Crelly took last Thursday to see the WrestleTalk TV tapings where they got to meet some great people & the miserable Bobby Roode.

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Shannon Moore Says He Will Not Be Returning To Impact

Shannon Moore tweeted: For you asking I will not be back on Impact," "Got some injuries to take care of and a project me and my wife Julie Youngberg are working on. Nothing but good things coming in the future. Even tho i cant be in the ring I got stuff popn away from wrestling. Working on having a Baby is first on my list with Julie. Very important to us right now. And I'll be part of wrestling in some way just not in the ring. I'll be supporting my wife on our clothing line."
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Canada Gets 4 Hours Of WWE On Fridays Starting 7/27‏

The Score in Canada will air NXT on Fridays at 6 PM (ET) beginning July 27th, 2012. NXT will be followed by WWE Vintage Collection at 7 PM (ET) and WWE Smackdown at 8 PM (ET). Go to http://prowrestlingevents.webs.com/canada.htm for info about upcoming shows.
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CM Punk Comments On Recent WWE Suspensions

CM Punk tweeted: My last three Wrestlemania opponents are currently suspended. I'm a curse!
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Report; Talk About Merging Two Titles Within WWE

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter The idea of merging the Intercontinental Title and the United States Title was being worked on a few weeks back. Sources say the WWE Title and the World Heavyweight Title won't be merged because WWE needs one major title on each of the RAW and SmackDown tours.
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Backstage Reaction To Randy Orton's Suspension

According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter,the WWE writing team didn't find out about Randy Orton's suspension until it was announced online. They were working on an Orton vs. Dolph Ziggler feud when the suspension came down. No word yet on when Orton failed a Wellness test but it appears some in the company knew about it days before. Speculation is that John Cena was added to SmackDown tapings because they knew Orton was on his way out for 60 days. At the same time, WWE booked Orton strong on Monday night as he did an in-ring segment with The Miz and laid him out.
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Chris Jericho Responds to Paul Heyman's Twitter Comments

Following Paul Heyman's Twitter comments, Chris Jericho tweeted: "I agree with @HeymanHustle diatribe and I would like to add one more piece of advice. To really make it in this business.... you have to be willing to take a chance. And if that pisses some people off than so be it! Stop being so nice. Nice doesn't cut it
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Paul Heyman Tells Young Talent To Set Up In Twitter Rant

Paul Heyman tweeted the following: I walk into the offices of #Looking4Larry and there’s a bunch of #ECW pics sent to me by George Tahinos (who is a phenomenal photographer) . I guess in honor of the #ECW DVD / Blu-Ray coming out next week and NO, I can’t express myself in 140 characters or less and I couldn’t help staring at this pic of me and Bill Alphonso from 1995 … http://pic.twitter.com/67xt8khB and I’m looking at that pic and wondering “how fuckin’ long was my hair back then?” #HolySh** And then I immediately thought, “Who would follow THAT rebel leader? I look at some of these pics, and I realize how blessed I was in my career. Some guys have to wait forever for a lucky break. I managed @AustinIdolLive and Tommy Rich at the age of 21. Also The Orig Midnights, which I got to do on @ESPN. Got to debut in WCW on TBS at 23 years old. http://pic.twitter.com/0zAOn40l So I was @JRsBBQ color commentator at 23 years old. NO ONE IS GIVEN THAT OPPORTUNITY IN TODAY’S ENVIRONMENT! I will admit, with all modesty, I #Hustled my ass off, and GOT MYSELF the opportunity with ambition, politics, and pure assertiveness. Even “down periods” would give me the chance 2 work w/ people like Mean Mark. U know him as “The Undertaker” @WWE http://pic.twitter.com/zC1uUZnH At 26, I managed @SteveAustinBSR, Rick Rude,Arn,Eaton, Zbyszko … The Dangerous Alliance (didn’t forget @Madusa_Rocks) http://pic.twitter.com/j5vvMfgU I’m working with these legends, these giants of the industry, these absolute top guys in my 20s In today’s system, most super talented people spend a great portion of their 20′s just trying to make it onto the main roster and yes, that has to change. I got to take over the creative of #ECW a week after my 28th birthday http://pic.twitter.com/bihGY6Kp. By the time I became @JRsBBQ commentator on @WWE #Raw in 2001, I was 35 years old. STILL a “kid” but I was already a veteran with decades in the business, and yet a 35 year old today would just be getting that chance and working with @JRsBBQ on #RAW allowed me to commentate Wmania 17 and @SteveAustinBSR vs @TheRock. By the time I worked with Brock Lesnar, which has become my best known managerial role, I was 36 years old. I look at some of these pics and videos #HustleTweeters send me, and I realize what an amazingly blessed career I’ve had. I’ve had more lucky breaks, more open doors, more perfect-storm-timing-opportunities than anyone else I’ve known. These pics don’t just remind me of “accomplishments,” they remind me of what a lucky bastard I’ve been to be able to …work with these magnificent people, and play these roles, under these various circumstances. I’ve hit the lottery so many times, it’s easy to just “expect” the next opportunity, or get a sense of entitlement. But I’ve never felt entitled. Always blessed. Privileged. Lucky as all Hell. And yet, I know how much hard work goes into it, and how you have to SCORE with your opportunities. The next generation in this (or any other business) doesn’t just need to “Step Up,” they need to “Stand Up” and “Get Noticed!” Think it was easy for @CMpunk? Think it was easy for @WWEDanielBryan? They had to scratch and claw and fight for every …inch of turf they could pry away from the previous generation, who made them f**kin’ earn it!!! It’s not about backstabbing. It’s not about kissing ass. It’s not about pulling a hot stunt and getting momentary publicity. It’s about creating your own opportunity (like @SteveAustinBSR did with “Stone Cold”) and working harder than every1 else looking for the big break, the next chance, the golden opportunity. This isn’t a pep talk. It’s the lay of the land as I see it in today’s sportsentertainment industry. I would have written a blog, but who knows if anyone will click on the link? And while this may be a “stream of consciousness” diatribe, it’s a message to those who may be getting frustrated a message to those who may be wondering “will I ever get that chance? that break? that opportunity?” DON’T WAIT FOR IT TO COME TO YOU! RELY ON YOURSELF!!! Do you think @SteveAustinBSR relied on anyone? Did HHH? Did @TheRock? Did Hulk Hogan? Did @CMpunk? With great humility, I ask you, did I? F**K NO. If there was no opportunity, I created my own, pushed my way in, manipulated the circumstances to beg, borrow, plead, blackmail, bribe, cajole, threaten, bullshit and/or manufacture. All I wanted was a mic in my hand and a time frame in which I had to deliver my message. I knew I would score. I’ve seen it in this business for ages. I saw @ShawnMichaels go from tag team wrestler to greatest all around in-ring performer ever. Think it was easy for him? I remember when Shawn and Marty were blackballed in the business, and could only work in Ala-f**kin-bama. Think it didn’t take @ShawnMichaels everything “and then some” to break out of The Rockers and get a chance as “HBK”? AMBITION. ASSERTIVENESS and the ABILITY TO BACK IT UP is what it takes to create the next generation of main eventers. And it’s time for the next group of superstars to stake their claim and create their own generation for others to follow. Period. Excla-f**kin-mation point. The lecture is over. Pontification has ended. Hope I’ve been of help 2 ANYONE who follows this acct and maybe even to someone who doesn’t! We now return you to our regularly scheduled nonsense….”
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Backstage Reaction To Live IMPACT

Credit;PWInsider The feeling backstage after the Impact taping was pretty much a positive one. A few workers for the company told me that they felt more excited about the company after the taping than they had in a long time and that morale tonight was up. One person described it to me as "being on a show with consequence" as opposed to taping something that would air a few weeks later. There was a feeling that the stories the company is putting on are stronger and a hope that they can provide something different from WWE's weekly shows. The backstage scene was a lot more crazed between the live production cues and all the streaming segments that were running online. The entire locker room, watching on monitors backstage, popped huge when Joey Ryan challenged Taz and there were a few people shocked at how well Taz handled that, considering his temper. There was some debate among wrestlers as to whether the Judge's decision was pre-planned but no one saw Ryan stepping up to Taz like that and there was legitimate surprise there. The Gutcheck deliberations were filmed yesterday in Orlando. Brooke Hogan got along with everyone backstage, although she always has in her visits previously. She didn't do anything to carry herself in a way that would have given people ammunition to complain about her. Hogan's involvement was a Dixie Carter idea, not something that Hulk Hogan or Eric Bischoff suggested or pushed. The TNA lawsuit vs. WWE was discussed a lot by workers, specifically the anger towards Brian Wittenstein (who is also being sued) for passing on their information. Dixie Carter's Hall of Fame announcement wasn't told to the locker room ahead of time.
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Video: TNA IMPACT Post Show

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