4 items from 2017
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. »
- Oli Davis
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. »
- Oli Davis
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. »
- Tim Jousma
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, »
- Oli Davis
4 items from 2017
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