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Opinionated: The state of Impact Wrestling

A new year marks a new column for Nerdly… Opinionated. Where we give you our thoughts on everything and anything geeky and nerdy. First up is Phil’s thoughts on Impact Wrestling.

It’s been quite some time since I’ve personally written anything about pro-wrestling, between managing the site and writing movie reviews I’ve found little time to discuss wrestling. That’s not to say I haven’t been keeping up with everything on WWE’s programming: Raw, Smackdown and Nxt; as well as, to a lesser extent, UK promotions (via Powerbomb.tv) and… Impact Wrestling.

Yes, Impact Wrestling. A programme that, at one time, back in the pre-Hogan era and later into the Hogan era, I preferred to the output of Vince McMahon and co. Back in those days the matches seemed more exciting, the feuds seemed more impactful (pardon the pun) and the overall product seemed
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Will & Grace: If That Stonewall Joke Flew Over Your Head, Read This

After a well-received premiere episode, Will & Grace continues to show it is still the series we all know and love from a decade ago with episode two, cleverly titled "Who's Your Daddy?" Will and Jack come to grips with being "daddies," aka older men who are interested in younger guys, on the dating scene. On Will's ill-fated date with a 23-year-old (played by Dear Evan Hansen Tony-winner Ben Platt), the young man dismisses Will's "older guy" drama by saying that he knows "all about Stonehenge," to which Will replies, "Do you mean Stonewall?" Related19 Will & Grace Halloween Costume Ideas That Will Have You Reaching For the Vodka For those of you who were confused by the reference, the Stonewall riots happened in June 1969 when members of the Lgbtq+ community held demonstrations in New York City after the police raided the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village. It was not uncommon for
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Broken Matt Hardy gimmick “days away” from WWE? Huge Tna title change – WrestleTalk News

Oli Davis rounds up the biggest professional wrestling news in his daily WrestleTalk column…

Tna Rebrand As Gfw

Many consider the initials ‘Tna’ to be a poison brand, synonymous with 15 years of bad decisions, sliding ratings and Dixie Carter clinging onto Hulk Hogan’s leg. In more colloquial terms, Tna also stands for Tits and Ass. So it’s long overdue that the promotion are changing their name from Tna to Impact Wrestling to Anthem Sports & Entertainment to Jeff Jarrett’s Mega Gold Giveaway to now, finally, Global Force Wrestling.

Just days after Impact Wrestling ‘officially acquired’ Jarrett’s Gfw promotion, Tna will rebrand itself as Global Force Wrestling. Their weekly show will still be called ‘Impact’, just like how WWE’s weekly show is called ‘Raw’. Jarrett spoke to The Tennessean about the name change:

“We’re a global brand. We have partnerships in Mexico, Japan, other places. Collectively coming together,
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WWE Summerslam main event changed, Scott Steiner shoots on Triple H – WrestleTalk News

Oli Davis rounds up the biggest professional wrestling news in his daily WrestleTalk column…

When Satire Becomes Real

On this week’s Smackdown, Jinder Mahal revealed the stipulation for his third WWE Championship match against Randy Orton: the dreaded Punjabi Prison. ‘Dreaded’ because the matches in it are usually pretty rubbish.

While a Steel Cage stipulation only has one layer of entrapment, the Punjabi Prison surrounds its competitors with two – an inner cage of bamboo, with an octagonal structure topped with ‘razor-sharp bamboo spikes’. It’s so successful, there’s only been two Punjabi Prison matches in WWE history, and the stipulation hasn’t been used in over a decade.

But according to satirical wrestling website KayFabe News – who publish humorously fake articles – this has been the plan all along.

Reddit user GeePrimus has unearthed a 2012 article from the site entitled: ‘Jinder Mahal only hired so WWE can use
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TV News Roundup: Nat Geo to Re-Release ‘Before the Flood’ After Trump’s Paris Climate Decision

TV News Roundup: Nat Geo to Re-Release ‘Before the Flood’ After Trump’s Paris Climate Decision
In today’s roundup, National Geographic will re-release ‘Before the Flood’ and Jay Z and Harvey Weinstein to be honored at SoCal Journalism Awards Gala.


National Geographic Channel announced a commercial-free re-release of “Before the Flood,” from June 2 – 9 on the heels of the Trump Administration’s announcement to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord. The climate change feature documentary, released last October, was produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, Fisher Stevens, Brett Ratner and James Packer and was executive produced by Martin Scorsese. “Before the Flood” will be among six honorees recognized at the Television Academy Honors on Thursday, June 8.

Amazon announced Friday, July 28 as the premiere date for “The Last Tycoon” and released the official trailer for the one-hour series based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s last work. The new drama, airing exclusively on Prime Video, stars Matt Bomer, Kelsey Grammer, and Lily Collins, and is executive produced by Academy Award nominee Billy Ray and
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WWE don’t want Broken Hardys gimmick? Tna Vs Matt & Jeff Hardy – WrestleTalk News

Oli Davis rounds up the biggest professional wrestling news in his daily WrestleTalk column…

Up until a few weeks ago, Braun Strowman was meant to be taking on Brock Lesnar at Great Balls of Fire – still an actual name for a pay-per-view – but plans had to be changed when he suddenly needed to undergo minor elbow surgery. The Monster Among Men has been keeping us up to date about his recovery on Instagram:

Strowman’s injury, however, is reportedly a work, with his return expected for July at the latest and his elbow not really being shattered. Maybe Matt & Jeff could be the Shattered Hardys!?

In a quick recap of their Expedition of Lawsuits so far, Matt Hardy developed his Broken Universe gimmick last year in Tna Impact Wrestling, back when Dixie Carter and Billy Corgan ran the promotion. When Anthem Sports and Entertainment bought the company, and rehired original
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Hawaii Five-0 Season 7 Episode 22 Review: Black Tears

When it gets personal for McGarrett, watch out!

McGarrett turned up the heat when a survivor of the USS Arizona got killed by a band of bank robbers on Hawaii Five-0 Season 7 Episode 22.

This episode effectively showcased McGarrett's heart as he sought justice for the granddaughter of that survivor.

After all, Lexi got to have her grandfather for all his long life, while McGarrett never knew his grandfather and namesake, Steven, who was killed at Pearl Harbor.

Still, he obviously bonded with her.

It saddened me to see an award-winning actor, Hal Holbrook, gone after one live scene (and a second on video). I fondly remember him and wife Dixie Carter on Designing Women, and he was great as a feisty senior on NCIS: Los Angeles Season 8 Episode 16.

But there wouldn't have been a case that resonated so much with McGarrett without that happening, so I get it.

The case
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WWE Teases "Broken" Fans On Their Twitter

The WWE is ramping up promotion for their biggest show of the year, Wrestlemania. With that, they are using all the tools they have at their disposal to get the word out. One avenue has been Twitter, where the company has tweeted numerous Wrestlemania moments from the past 32 shows.

One tweet in particular has gotten the attention of fans. Showing a clip of Matt Hardy facing off against Jeff Hardy at Wrestlemania 25, the WWE had this to say.

Matt and Jeff Hardy are currently the Ring of Honor Tag Team Champions after spending years in Impact Wrestling. During the last year of Dixie Carter's ownership of the company, the only major story that intrigued viewers was the character of "Broken" Matt Hardy and his battles with his brother Jeff, who he called Brother Nero. The duo had a fascinating match called The Final Deletion which is nothing like any
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Matt Hardy reveals WWE return talks, Tna first New Era episode…

Last night was the first episode of Tna Impact Wrestling under the new regime of Jeff Jarrett, Dutch Mantell and Scott D’Amore. They promoted the episode on Twitter, posting:

Tonight we celebrate our past, embrace the present and look towards the future. This is Impact Wrestling #MakeImpactGreat Tonight 8/7c pic.twitter.com/sKRypqghsD

— Impact Wrestling (@Impactwrestling) March 9, 2017

Not celebrate the last three years, though, as both Mantell and Bruce Prichard buried former Tna owner Dixie Carter’s regime during in-ring promos on the show. Considering how far Tna fell in 2016, though – with the promotion coming very close to closing multiple times – it’s probably a good thing to sweep that under the ring apron, now the company appears to be under far more stable management in 2017.

This didn’t go down too well with a few of the wrestlers backstage, though – the exact ones who wrestled for the company in those buried ‘tough’ years.
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Matt & Jeff Hardy leave Tna Impact Wrestling! Are they going to WWE?

This one’s a long one, people. There’s a lot of conflicting reports and broken backstage promises. So get comfy. This is the story of how The Hardy Boys left Tna…

This week was make or Delete for The Hardys and Tna Impact Wrestling. Both Matt and Jeff Hardy’s contracts were up by the end of February, and Tna are scheduled for their next batch of TV tapings from Thursday 2nd March through to Sunday. The Broken One said as much himself, tweeting yesterday:

It shall be an Intriguing week for the professional wrestling industry. pic.twitter.com/8pDkzwJu3y

— #Broken Matt Hardy (@Matthardybrand) February 27, 2017

With the usual image of him looking completely bonkers.

Contract negotiations between the Hardys and Tna have been going on for months, with Pro Wrestling Sheet reporting the two sides actually agreed to terms on a new one-year deal back in December, bar a few minor changes.
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Aj Styles & Jeff Jarrett shoot on Tna & Dixie Carter, ex-tna champion returning?

Tna, or Impact Wrestling…or Anthem Giant Bird and Entertainment – whatever name it currently goes by – didn’t have the best 2016. It nearly went under several times, and, at one point, their biggest show of the year Bound For Glory almost didn’t happen due to lack of funds.

Following the messy legal battle between former Tna President Billy Corgan and the company’s then-owner Dixie Carter, things appear to be looking up for the promotion. Tna’s original founder Jeff Jarrett has been brought back to run the company as Executive Producer, and he recently spoke to Newsweek about last year’s annus horribilis.

Look at me using Latin words, like I’m Triple H or something.

“It was a black-eye on the industry. It wasn’t fruitful for anyone—whether you’re a fan of, a wrestler, an employee. It was a really ugly, unfortunate situation. It wasn’t good for the industry.
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Nxt Takeover: San Antonio Predictions

Nxt Takeover: San Antonio is live tonight on the WWE Network. Takeover, for the casual fan that may not know, is the quarterly event that the Nxt brand holds. It’s their pay per view level event. Some of the best matches the WWE put on last year were at Takeover events, such as Shinsuke Nakamura vs Sami Zayn at Takeover: Dallas and The Revival vs #Diy at Takeover: Toronto. The level of talent at Nxt meets and in some cases exceeds the talent on the main roster so if you’re a fan of good, entertaining matches, this show will be a can’t miss show. Presented for your approval is a preview of the show and my predictions for who comes out victorious.

Roderick Strong vs Cien Andrade Almas

Fans of Ring of Honor will be the first to tell you that Roderick Strong is an amazing talent in the ring.
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Ryback shoots on Vince McMahon, ex-wwe champion in talks with Tna…

Last year saw a lot of notable releases from WWE. Damien Sandow, Cody Rhodes, Alberto Del Rio, Wade Barrett – but lift after Vince McMahon isn’t all just Impact Zone debuts and beating up Ninja Turtles. There’s always the self-help business.

Ryback has announced on his Instagram page that his self-help book Wake Up! It’s Feeding Time has been published ahead of schedule. Probably best he went with those catchphrases, rather than the ‘I’m Dumb As F***’ one Cm Punk made famous.

This comes the same week as Ryback’s latest shoot story about his time in WWE, on his podcast Conversation with the Big Guy:

“[Vince McMahon] sees me, this was before my third surgery, he comes up to me and we had a nice little lengthy discussion…’I’m going to allow you to make me a lot of money and I’m never going to give up on you,
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Review: Nxt: Takeover Toronto

Nxt: Takeover Toronto occurred Saturday night and man, what a show it was. Nxt on the WWE Network is one of the best wrestling shows out there and for good reason. Too often in wrestling today, companies want to over complicate things with over dramatic storylines that border, and often fall, into ludicrousness. Nxt strips back some of the nonsense that has become commonplace in wrestling today and brings it back to basics.

Match #1-Bobby Roode vs Tye Dillinger

Before the match even starts, we get Booby Roode’s entrance and man was it a trip. A choir is on stage singing his theme song. Was it silly? Yes. But it also played into the over confidence his character has. A perfect meld of song and performer.

Tye Dillinger comes out and his outfit made him look like an extra from the movie Barbarella. The jury is still out on his character.
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'Designing Women,' 'Northern Exposure' Reunions Set for Atx Television Festival

The Atx Television Festival is preparing for another year of classic TV reunions.

The casts of Designing Women and Northern Exposure have signed on to appear at the sixth annual festival, set to run June 8-11 in Austin, Texas.

To mark the 30th anniversary of Designing Women, stars Delta Burke, Annie Potts, Jean Smart, Gerald McRaney, Hal Holbrook and Douglas Barr will join creator/executive producer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason. (Stars Dixie Carter and Meshach Taylor passed away in 2010 and 2014, respectively.)

The stars of Northern Exposure, including Rob Morrow, John Corbett, Barry Corbin, Janine Turner and Darren Burrows, will appear along with...
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WWE star sent to anger management after backstage fight, future Tna plans revealed…

I understand that a lot of America – and, indeed, the world – has woken up feeling like the wrong person won today.

That’s right. Rhyno didn’t get elected for a Michigan state House seat.

Which WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair did nothing to help, with the Nature Boy tweeting a photo of who he voted for on Election day.

Not Donald Trump. Not Hillary Clinton. But Ric Flair.

With the hashtag ‘Make America Wooooo Again’.

Try telling that one to Halle Berry.

Ric Flair’s former employer Tna is not only somehow still operating after the worst couple of months in the promotion’s history – being sued by its own President and leaking millions of dollars of debt – it’s actually making plans for the future.

PWInsider are reporting that Dixie Carter – who is remaining as the company’s Chairman somehow – has held a conference call with talents
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Billy Corgan threatens to sell Tna shares to WWE, rumoured backstage fight between Chris Jericho & Sin Cara

Tna has somehow managed to make its situation worse.

Yeah, the company that’s in millions of dollars of debt and just had its own president sue them. They’ve managed to make that worse.

It’s almost a talent. Like Wild E. Coyote’s talent of constantly falling off cliffs and somehow being back on television the next week.

Dave Lagana, the promotion’s Senior Director of Creative Writing – which is a fancy way of saying ‘head booker’ – has now announced his resignation from the company. I’m going to translate some of the key parts of his statement to show what he really means:

“Today I made the decision to leave Tna Impact Wrestling. A decision I do not make lightly but one I made to create a future that I control.”

Translation: Tna’s future is on the brink of collapse. Run away!

“I’d like to
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Tna President kicked out of company, two Tna stars leaving wrestling

Tna’s situation has become so ridiculous that I’m now convinced it’s a Broken Matt Hardy storyline. The latest person to be deleted? Only the President of the company.

But first, the context: Billy Corgan loaned Tna money multiple times to save them from extinction. He was convinced by Dixie Carter to loan them more money in exchange for becoming President of the company. But, in reality, he was President only in name, and Carter and Tna management continued to run the promotion behind his back, even lying to Corgan about trying to sell to WWE – which they’re no longer doing. Because, as the UK broadcaster of Tna showed on Tuesday by dropping Impact Wrestling, anyone with any sense is getting the hell away from Tna.

Well, everyone apart from Anthem Entertainment.

The equity stakeholders in Tna revealed in a press release that “Anthem has provided a
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Billy Corgan -- Out at Tna Wrestling ... Threatens Lawsuit

  • TMZ
Billy Corgan's run at Tna Wrestling is officially over -- less than 3 months after he was named president of the company -- and now the singer is hinting at another major lawsuit.  The Smashing Pumpkins frontman is a Huuuge wrestling fan -- and had been named president of Impact Ventures back in August -- which owns Tna and Impact pro wrestling.  But there was a massive dispute between Corgan and company chair Dixie Carter
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Tna loses TV deal, real reason Sasha Banks lost at WWE Hell in a Cell…

Dave Meltzer is reporting that Sasha Banks vs Charlotte Flair getting the main event spot at Hell in a Cell wasn’t the only last-minute call by Vince McMahon – up until Saturday night, the last match was scheduled to be for the Universal title – so was the actual result.

While reviewing Hell in a Cell on Wrestling Observer Radio, Big Dave said the original plan was to have Sasha Banks retain the title in front of her hometown crowd. Meltzer said he didn’t know why the outcome was changed so last minute other than that Vince decided “to go with Charlotte and Bayley soon than later, like sooner than it was originally going to be.” Which they definitely seem to be doing after their promo segment together on last night’s Raw.

Here’s another reason from me: because Bayley has top merchandise seller written all over her, and
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