Tuesday, 31 January 2012

TNA’s Abyss – Conference Call Highlights

TNA’s Abyss – Conference Call Highlights

BY Phil Allely

TNA’s Abyss took part in a conference recently and spoke about his time in TNA, their Ra Ka King project in India, the Abyss character and the development of the character over the past 10 years. Phil Allely was one of the journalists offered the opportunity to participate in the call, below are some of the highlights.

The highest and lowest moments in Impact Wrestling's 10 year history: "The finest moment I think, would be the debut of Spike TV. It was a huge tactful event that really shaped the company, a network like Spike TV, I think was the beginning of growth period for TNA as a company. As far as low period's go, maybe being unsuccessful in our first move to Monday night's, we had high aspirations and I truly believe it wasn't from a lack of effort on anybody’s part, from top to bottom in TNA, but it's something we've learned from, we learnt a lot of lessons from it and I think we're better off as a company from the directions we've ended up taking."

His own personal highlight of the past 10 years: "I've had so many of them and I've been very privileged and honoured to have so many moments there, I'd definitely have to say winning the TNA World Title back in 2007 I'd have to say was the most memorable, it was my first major world title and it was an extremely emotional and proud moment for me."

Talents he worked with in India for Ra Ka King that he'd like to see in TNA: "All of them, it was a privilege to work with Chavo Guerrero over in India, and others, Chris Masters, Harry Smith and probably a few other that just don't come to mind right now and the chance to work with them because I haven't had the opportunity because they haven't been with TNA so it was a great experience and I truly enjoyed working with all of them, you know Chavo Guerrero is very smart and I love listening to him just put stuff together, just the overall vibe and overall chemistry that I had with all of them was really incredible.

How he's prepares differently than for usual matches for his trademark Monster's Ball gimmick ones: "It's more mentally that you change, you have to get into a mindset that you're gonna go out there and try to hurt somebody and they're gonna try and hurt you just as much, and throw in the fact that it's Monster's Ball with the weapons, you have to prepare yourself that it's not going to be a regular match. By the way, a normal, regular match is very taxing on your body as it is, but when it comes to Monster's Ball it quadruples, so you have to prepare yourself mentally for it to be a fight and to be a war."

You can catch Abyss and the rest of the TNA roster on Impact Wrestling each week (Challenge TV) and via www.impactwrestling.com

Monday, 30 January 2012

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Hulk Hogan UK Interview Highlights

Hulk Hogan spoke with SportsVibe.co.uk this week to promote TNA’s Maximum Impact tour of the UK. Here are some highlights:

Q. You’re of course over here for the TNA Maximum IMPACT tour, what can the fans expect?

Nothing against Nottingham and nothing against Manchester but Wembley is the most important day for this company. This is going to be the most important day this company has ever had so far because we are filming the TV show here and it’s going to be in front of the greatest fans in the world.

It will make a statement to Spike TV and it’ll make a statement to Dixie Carter. Even though you send the TV signal out and all these people watch us, you can’t just leave it at that, you need to follow up and can’t just stay in Universal Studios. You need to go on the road and play the big game. I think Wembley is the most important day ever for TNA.

Q. Who in TNA should we be looking out for in 2012?

There are a lot of great guys in TNA, with the current champion Bobby Roode, AJ Styles and Samoa Joe. There are a lot of talented guys but the wrestling part in the ring is only ten per cent of this business and they have to learn more than just that. There’s a lot more to the business than having a five-star match, there’s the media cross over, being in character, knowing when to break character, knowing how to deal with a locker-room full of men or knowing how to deal with a room full of kids that have cancer.

As soon as these guys figure that out and get off this ‘I’m a TNA original’ out of their mindset and look at the bigger picture, I think more of them will be like Bobby Roode and start to step up.

One guy that is doing that is Christopher Daniels, he’s starting to step out of that mould. When I see Daniels and shake his hand I say ‘Good morning super hero.’ I call him super hero because that’s what he’s going to be. He’s got the look, he’s got attitude, plus he’s so smart and is really stepping up.

Q. You’ve had many great matches and rivalries in the ring, but there has been a war of words on Twitter between the Ultimate Warrior and yourself. Do you think we could see the first ever Twitter wrestling match?

I don’t think it will happen because, number one, you can’t do business with him, he really never loved this business, some of us have the business in our veins like Ric Flair, Vince McMahon, Macho Man and myself. That’s what we are, we can’t move without this business. I think the Ultimate Warrior came in just to make money and he only lasted a couple of years, then when he left, he tried to do independent things but would screw the promoter’s over.

He’s really not what we would call one of the boys. The last time I saw the Ultimate Warrior, he was at my house spending time with my family, having a great time. Then all of a sudden I haven’t seen him for 10-years and I see all this crazy stuff he was putting on Twitter. Someone must of hit him in the head with a brick or something.

You just have to ignore him because he’s an idiot and you can’t do business with him. I can just pray for him and feel sorry for him, the guy is messed up, so there isn’t going to be a Twitter wrestling match between me and him because he might not show up or he might do something crazy. I’m into doing positive good things, I don’t need that crap.

Q. There is a lot of talk at the moment with regards to the Four Horsemen being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame and Ric Flair attending the Hall of Fame this year whilst under contract with TNA, what are your thoughts?

I think it’s great, everybody is being very open and Dixie Carter is open and the lines of communication are open. It’s great that the two companies can agree on this and have a common bond because Ric Flair has been a staple in this industry, and as they are going to induct the Four Horsemen in the Hall of Fame it’s only right Ric Flair is there.

It’s like the WWE saying Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair were never here just because we’re now with TNA. It doesn’t make sense because people know we were there and helped build that company. I think with the lines of communication opening it’s good business for everybody.

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Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Finlay interview highlights

Dave 'Fit' Finlay spoke to www.imetawrestler.com to promote his appearance this weekend at WresleReunion in Los Angeles. He discussed wrestling of yesteryear, why he enjoys meeting fans, and also how he feels about fans constantly belittling and insulting the WWE Divas that he helped train. Highlights are as follows:

On Wrestlereunion: "It's just a great atmosphere. It's almost like a family reunion, you know, there's all this memorabilia stuff and stuff that comes out of the archives and you go 'Wow!'. You remember it from your childhood. It's an amazing thing to come to, you'll see all your favorite old timers, and some new guys, and it's just a great thing."

Interacting with wrestling fans: "It really was strange for me at the beginning. I mean, I've not always been a babyface, let's put it that way. I was brought up in the old school way where you don't mix. But I know that it's moved on and it's changed, and it's good to see. I mean, I've seen loads of little kids, and last night this little kid came up to me and he was shaking and he had one of those wrestling figures of me, and he's shaking. These people are seeing TV stars really, when you think about it. It's a great thing to see that we can, as athletes, professional wrestlers, performers, superstars..whatever you want to tag us as...that you can have a relationship with the fans who come to watch you, and you can actually pat them on the back and say 'thank you' as well. The fans do as much for me, as I do for them."

Has social media damaged the mystique of the wrestler: "To a degree, I think it has. I think it's got too close and too mixed between the wrestlers and the fans, everyone getting to know each other too much. All this Facebook and all that stuff. It has taken away, sort of like the magician revealing the secrets type of thing, and the magic isn't as magic as it was."

Violent fans back in the old days: "I was Irish wrestling in England during that time, so you can imagine what that was like. I've been hit over the head with beer mugs, I've been stabbed, I've had cigarettes and cigars stubbed out on my back, things dropped on my car, I've had three or four people at a time jumping in the ring to try and fight me..it was wild. Particularly in England, it happened in Germany too, but England was the worst place for me, you know, being Irish. They didn't like the Irish back then. Which was good for me, and I made the most of it."

Memories of "World of Sport": "It really was something that every family did. At 4 O'Clock in the afternoons on Saturdays, everybody sat around the television and watched World of Sport wrestling. It was on for, I think, an hour. There was a lot of characters, a lot of great wrestling talent around at that time, and it was a place to learn for other wrestlers too. You know, Japanese wrestlers would come through, American wrestlers...it was a training ground for so many wrestlers and big stars around the world."

Working as an amateur teacher at his local high school: "I grew up around wrestling, I'm third generation and my father runs amateur wrestling in Ireland, so I was always around amateur wrestling and I've done it all my life. I was national champion, multi-time Irish amateur champion, and the guys I wrestled with were sort of proud to be around me and always followed my career afterwards and stuff. So I never had that. Once you know the guys, you're friends for life."

His son entering the business: "He's a senior and this is his last year, and he's hoping to win State Title this year before he leaves school. I intend to send him to Japan, hopefully if I can make a deal with NJPW, then I'm going to send him out there for six months to a year. I'm going to get him to travel the world like I did, and I'll send him over to my dad as well, send him over to Ireland for a bit. My dad's 75 now but he can still drag him around the place."

Fans criticism of WWE Divas: "I do think it's unfair. I've had a great relationship with all the girls, we've trusted each other and I taught them quite a bit, and it was a real privilege for me to work with those girls and see them grow. But they're under a microscope, you know, and it's easy for anyone to sit at home and criticize. You can't look back at Moolah and all those other people and compare them. Wrestling has changed, it's different and it's just moved on."

WWE hiring models and turning them into wrestlers: "Those girls are so beautiful, and most of them are models, but every single one of them that I've worked with has got a passion to be in the ring. If they didn't - they wouldn't be there. I know nothing about football, absolutely nothing. And I can sit and watch and pull it apart, but I can't go in and do it. Opinions are like backsides, everybody's got one. I think the girls are very unfortunate that people try to pull them apart. They're not as good as this, not as good as that. Hey, here's my opinion: shut your mouth unless you try it."

Fans underestimating the girls toughness: "I've seen them all get busted open, you know. Trish dislocated her shoulder, or her elbow I think it was. Victoria slapped Beth in the face and broke her jaw, I've seen all sorts. And for someone to sit at home and pull the girls apart, especially girls doing this as a profession, as their job, they need to just sit back and enjoy it. As I said before, if you've never done it, shut your mouth."

Warning to online fans: "Just for the record, I don't have a Facebook. I know it's out there and people pretend to be me. I'm not personally on any websites or any of that stuff."

Daniel Bryan Press Release

The following was issued today:


WWE Superstar Credits Veggie Power With Keeping Him on Top in the Ring

Los Angeles — WWE superstar wrestler and World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan can now add Most Animal-Friendly Athlete to his impressive list of titles. Bryan—who credits going vegan with giving him remarkable strength and endurance and is known for his punishing style and incapacitating submission maneuvers—captured the Libby Award from peta2, PETA's youth division. The sixth annual Libby Awards ("Libby" is for "liberation") honor animal-friendly people, organizations, businesses, and products.

Bryan also shot a pro-vegan ad for peta2, in which he talked about why going vegan was one of the smartest decisions he's ever made:

"My vegetarian diet allows me to lead a healthier lifestyle, reduce my carbon footprint, and save the lives of more than 100 animals every year," says Bryan. "I'm stronger and healthier than ever, and I feel good about doing something positive for myself, animals, and the planet."

Why have Bryan and millions of other people slammed meat to the mat? Health is one reason: The American Dietetic Association found that vegetarians have lower rates of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer than meat-eaters do. Also, in addition to producing vast quantities of greenhouse gases, raising animals for food is a leading cause of water pollution and land degradation. And billions of animals are raised in filthy, abusive conditions and slaughtered in terror every year.

The other nominated athletes were Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley, Strikeforce mixed martial arts champ Jake Shields, and Denver Broncos running back Willis McGahee.

For more information about the winners, please visit peta2.com/Libbys.

Winners were chosen by peta2 based on equal consideration of three factors: the number of votes received, the quality of the animal-friendly product or the nominees' enthusiasm for being animal-friendly, and feedback fr

Monday, 23 January 2012

MVP Interview Highlights

Former WWE Superstar MVP recently spoke with Scott Fishman of The Miami Herald. Here are a few highlights:

John Cena appearing on his new mixtape and an idea he had while with WWE:

"The guy is exceptionally good. His freestyle abilities are better than most. For the people who say that he sucks, he could probably beat your favorite rapper in a freestyle competition. We sat in my studio in my house listening to a few beats and wrote a few things. They were really good. The one that I liked the most was something we worked on called ‘Urban Desperado.’ We were both very pleased with what we came up with, and I had the idea that I wanted to have R-Truth on it as well."

"At the time I was with WWE, my idea was the three guys who actually perform their own entrance music to all work on the track and for it to be released by the company. I thought it could have been a big hit, but I ended up leaving before that could come to fruition. I still have it in the vault. It’s possible it could surface."

"I talked to John when WWE came to Tokyo. I was there. We stayed in the same hotel and hung out. I told him I was working on some stuff and asked if he wanted to get together to record some new stuff. He said, ‘Give me 16 bars, and I got you.’ So who knows? John Cena may make an appearance on this EP/mixtape I’m going to put out."

Being open to another run with WWE:

"There are some new guys there that show some promise. I’ve never had the opportunity to work with Daniel Bryan, who is one of my favorites. On the indies I loved the American Dragon. I thought he was an incredible talent. Randy Orton and I almost had a feud when I came over to Raw, and for whatever reason, they put the brakes on it. I’d like to work a program with Randy. The one match Randy and I had was awesome. We just went out there and worked. He praised me afterward."

"Some people say Randy can be a hard guy to get along with. I get along great with Randy. The one time we actually got to work on Monday Night Raw, we had a great match, and I had an awesome time. I can’t forget CM Punk, my boy from FIP [Full Impact Pro Wrestling]. He is at the top of his game now. We had the opportunity to work once on the indies, and we had one match in [WWE’s] ECW. I would love to work a program with him. That would be great. If I did come back, I think I would want to be exclusive to SmackDown. I think I would want to go back there and help that brand and some of the younger guys."

Sunday, 22 January 2012

DVD Review: TNA Bound For Glory 2011

DVD Review: TNA Bound For Glory 2011

TNA’s Bound for Glory Pay-Per-View is one of the organisations biggest events of the year. 2011’s offering was perhaps the most highly expected ones due to one very big match, that match was Hulk Hogan versus Sting. Of course this wasn’t simply a one match event. Alongside the hugely anticipated battle between two of the wrestling industry’s names the rest of the card featured a number of exiting scraps and encounters.

Packed top to bottom with memorable, innovative and exciting match-ups BFG 2011 was an event well worth multiple viewings.

This two disc release features a number of behind the scenes footage, segments and highlights from Fanfest, alongside the entire card of matches.

Bound For Glory also featured Kurt Angle in an epic scrap for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship against Bobby Roode, a four corner Knockouts Championship match between Velvet Sky, Madison Rayne, Mickie James and Winter, Ink Inc. versus Mexican America, AJ Styles taking on former friend Daniels. Also in action were Bully Ray, Mr Anderson, The X Division, Ric Flair, Jerry Lynn and Rob Van Dam and many other Impact Wrestling stars.

Hulkamania fans will enjoy this release greatly. We’ll not ruin things too much, but suffice to say you’ll not be disappointed.

TNA Bound For Glory 2011 (two disc) is available now from all good reatailers.


Tully Blanchard Interview Highlights

WWE Hall of Famer Tully Blanchard appeared on Busted Open, which airs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday on Sirius 92 and XM 208 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Highlights from the interview are as follows:

Why Barry Windham was chosen over other members for the WWE Hall of Fame: "The most dynamic group that we had was with Barry. You had more guys that could perform with more opponents. Big, small, all sizes and that was the most powerful group we had. Lex Luger was an addition. He was just coming in to work for Crockett as Ole was on his way out. So it was a place to put Luger to try to get him instantly to a star status since he had such a great look and it worked and it worked for quite a while. But when we switched him to babyface and Barry came back as a heel you had four guys that who could perform with Andre the Giant or the Rock and Roll Express or The Road Warriors. We could go out with all shapes and sizes and go out and tear the house down, and that is where your dynamics and your benefit for your promotion came.

Triple H possibly inducting The Four Horsemen: "He just shared with me in brief that he watched and appreciated everything we did, not just we, but he was talking about me specifically. Before he got into wrestling or at the start of his career, as he went in, if that is what he watched and that is what he molded himself after, then he would have a great amount of input on how the images of the Four Horsemen blended together and affected him."

Thoughts on JJ Dillon: "JJ is definitely one of the finest managers in my opinion, if not the best manager that the wrestling business has ever had, and I have known some good ones. But a lot of the very good ones were fighting for center stage with talent many times, and JJ never did that. He complemented everything that was done and not taking away from what the guy was doing in the ring or what the guys were doing in the ring. That made it very, very simple to go out and perform, just like you’re out there by yourself or in a tag team match and JJ could put the gas to the fire when you needed it."

What he expects the night of the Hall of Fame: "Right now the biggest honor is to be in the WWE Hall of Fame, in the wrestling business. There will be twenty thousand people at the American Airlines Center that Saturday night watching it. If I am still on this earth, I’ll be there, and I’m planning on having my four children there with me. They were born after my wrestling career and they have not really grabbed hold of the fact of what I used to do. With the magnitude of this setting and with Wrestlemania and Saturday night and Fan Axxess. My children have never seen me in that big of a setting. They have been in a couple of autograph settings with me, but this is going to be a little eye opening for them."

Friday, 20 January 2012

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Chyna rambles on Vince

Chyna posted rambling diatribes Wednesday and Thursday on Twitter accusing Vince McMahon and WWE of trying to ruin her life. She, however, vows to take on her former employer.

Chyna writes, "I'm coming for you Vince.......You won't leave mw alone, so let's go. ??? Call me?? Coward. ur so lame. a fan? Of you? ur talent? f u."

Here is her post in its entirety: "Hey My fans! I love you see you at AVN! Hey Vince! For all your abuse!! You are a loser and always will be. let me show you how

Knock knock who's scared of a great big bully (that I made since no one else will join) Not me!!! Let's go Vince! I am not scared of you!

This is me and you. Return my call. Who made ur money u pay people off to? It's on now, Live free or die hard bi###! I'm a fighter.

you can follow my schedule start trouble sue whatev but not pick up the phone?? If u don't have ur x pac punks out the window I'm showin up

And the taxes and the money and the radio. It's 2012 suck di## Vince, who cares..but don't abuse. U will be accountable,hhh,xpac watch!

I need to fila another official restraining order. Death threats affect my reputation... damn Sorry Buffallo.

Taxes? Witnesses? Trauma, hell just respect, sue me Vince so everyone can figure it out please. And quit using my name. Psycho fu##!

I won't quit Vince. You won't...and I'm nothing like you. You're a punk. I'm good with me. I'll take whatever punk setup you got. IKEx10

thanks 4 following my schedule so u could mess it all up. Why u scared of me Vince. i could talk, really talk, but it's me and u.....

Your'e a chump Mother playing with kids and superheroes...U make me ur life now me 2 cause i want nothing to do with you. pig!

HHH and x pac follow me on Twitter?? yeah so then this is why. Back off. Murderers and bullies. If it came time time to pop on ur own/ Ha

Say my name as#####...say it!!! I want @0k for all those that paid it and mine noe too. Shirts doll, freaky chinese sex tapes, Truth baby

So follow this WWE.......I'm not going anywhere, but I will try to make you feel every bit that u put on me and my loved ones. Alive.

It's CHYNA That's how much jerko?? No names they make money. .......I call you the punk bi### clique..

can I buy and copywright that??? LOl!!! Really guys??? I'm fightin.... Everyone sits back and let's that happen? Really?

I'm coming for you Vince.......You won't leave mw alone, so let's go. ??? Call me?? Coward. ur so lame. a fan? Of you? ur talent? f u

u wanna rape me and lie and video and laugh and threaten?? Why you so worried? u disrespectful ego psychos. I'm not scared..le'ts go.

I have a lot to say that's not so funny, you bring it bi###! I'll explain and we'll let the judge decide. If I can show up!! you F!!!

Oh and Vince..it's CHYNA...and for ur death pole between Scott Hall and i..Damn I'm already under cause of u. All the drugs and ur protect

ur protection keeps them alive..with the billions we, meaning me and the fans...and ur talent..ahem I didn't say men.... you wanna fight.??

If he can and you can than why can't I tell the truth. They're threatening my life. What's the problem??

like they haven't??? That's why I am standing up.. I know babe, but it's not OK and I stand behind that. until he leaves me alone.

Don't start none won't be one..Damn really still...Do I look like a b? What do you boys think???? So then don't treat me like one damnit.

That's what's up HHH and X Pac who have been following and then some. Direct threatening me. ENOUGH.

Anybody? Boys? Vince's peeps?? Anything?? yeah, I thought so.... nobody. Then why r xpac hhh still able to get away with their abuse?

You boys stay at home with your kids and quit worrying about me. Cause i can't wait to open forum....

U just try me more and my family who I love. I've already taken bullets, I'll go again!!! You punks! Leave me alone!

Goodnight all, positive thoughts. Be strong. Love, trust, loyalty??? Think about it. Stop pushing me. Not funny,

signing out. Now let's get back to pretty if we can....."

She continued Thursday, "I guess for life means you live and die there...even if it's at the very end... Umm I'm not competing w Scott Hall for a Death Poll!.

Does that make money cause if I'm on top two I should be making some bank??? Hello? Anyone? Does Vince have al the lawyers paid? Sorry rude

He is master of manipulating the law..That's why f it I'm going for it now!! No more abuse!!! And Hey guys be scared for Vince not me.

I do my taxes like a fiend, even though no money, health, work? Now the name again? Really It's the same bad mo fo Vince Me! Nothing you!!

On Way to AVN'S soon. I have alerted the threat that has happened so many times so I can fight back when he comes this time.

Or whatever sneaky whatever. Tell you what a contract means...Tear it up and do a new one..... I'm covered. Blood sport. Not cool. Boys?

lock up your daughters!!! (cept for me!! I'm single and looking! LOL!) xxx I'll take whatever Vinny but not without a fight you got??

I love my boys, my family, this is between Vince and his severe abuse to me and still continues. And it's not OK.... HHH, Stephanie, X PAC!!

in the mean time w out probs please can't wait to see everyone in Vegas for the AVN'S. Thank you VIVID!!! I'm so proud to be with you

OH Yeah!!! Here I come!!!! I feel strong and happy and now I'm pissed. Move out of my way. U'll get run over..... Probably for real w Vince.

I'm still 4 life, even for principle, and I loved my family and Vince, I'm not killing myself lately..notice? But it was because of you.

Now come out and explain and you wanna play bully? I don't work for you, you can ask Mr. Hirsch, oh and get with him on everything . legal.

I can slam some drinks, but when x pac puts ghb in them u don't get it till years later.. never happen to you right? HHH good friend right?

So let's have fun at the AVN's this is huge huge for Vivid and the industry!! So excited. Be safe and be careful. We're watching. And keep!

Thank you to all for making my dvd w VIVID such a success and a new start for me. The quality is so beautiful. I'm ashamed of DX now...

not my athletic ability and the fans, Oh I weep still, but that whole group os so gross. Would you work for him? that PG? And Public? Woa??

well let it be the hhh xpac and vince and steph show!!!! Save the rest of them the bs!! Let them do it!!! AVN"s Yaaayyy!!!

I got my smile and I'm good with me, no matter what. I know that. Fight big!!!!!!! Plus I have sh 2 do and I'm gettin irritated now!

AVN!!!!!! See you in Vegas all I love you!!!.... xoxo like Ali in his prime.. I guess those words just fly out finally. The truth hurts!!!

I'll fight you tooth and nail Vince. II made a vow to change my life. That means you now have some answers to give. Mr. great Business boss?

So glad u tried to degrade me and made it through cause i love VIVID!! and wanna wrestle at Bunny Ranch anyone? HHmmmmm??????

Off in a bit. Stand up, fear and money, root of all evil. Kick ass and take names....sometimes you have to, ugh!!

Accidents happen remember..so be careful. (that's what they tell me) but be safe have fun don't drink and drive and come to AVN"s!!!!!

and if any of you Mother f ers have anything to say!!! Now's the time!!! (o ren ishi....and ilegal aliens!!) hee heee see you there! Love

And that is why I am the Queen Of Sports! I saved my life from you and didn't even touch them, Sean many times. They need to leave me alone

Get your own material and do your own piece of sh show..... Truly admirable!! Yah!!! Just watch the AVN's No more $ FOR..What r their names?

I forgot, but VH! had to pay Vinny a mint,,, Where's my dough?? I know that's my name vince and it's all me? Wanna get it straight in court?

In the justice system there are consequences for your actions.... just in case you forgot. And you aren't the justice system too. IRS??

Besides you cheapscate billionaire!! Spend some money would ya?? Charity or somethig??? Court costs?? LOL! Bye all See you at AVN's"

Chyna also wrote to WWE employee Howard Finkel, "on this date pass to Vinny that he is the worst thing that ever happened to the human spirit

Velvet Sky Interview Highlights

Velvet Sky indicated in an interview promoting TNA Wrestling’s upcoming tour of the United Kingdom that she would be interested in a “Beautiful People” reunification with Angelina Love. When asked by Zoo Today if there will be a reunion, she responds, “You can never say never in wrestling, hint hint TNA creative.

“Don’t get me wrong I am enjoying my run just now as a singles competitor. When we were a group that was one of the best times I’ve had. Angelina and I, and she’ll agree, we’ve just had this amazing chemistry, especially when we were doing promos and talking.

“I feel like we were made for that role and Madison Rayne was a great fit to the group when she joined. You know it’s a lot harder for female acts to make an impact in the wrestling world. At the time of the Beautiful People we were confident it would work, but surprised to the extent of its success where we really connected with the fans. You couldn’t have just thrown any two people together to create the Beautiful People. A special bond and on-screen chemistry made it work and so successful.”

Sky was also asked about the impact of the Internet on the professional wrestling industry. She feels it’s fantastic for fan interaction but that wrestling news outlets are damaging. She cites a recent report.

“Aside from the positives from the likes of Twitter and Facebook, the internet in general has had quite a negative effect on the business,” she says.

“Some people report false information on professional wrestling and those in the industry, just so they can have a story. It was reported that the onscreen persona of Karen Jarrett and her negative dialogue of me was what TNA officials thought of me. That is complete and utter bullshit! It is just false. This is just a small example of how the internet can have a negative effect on wrestling and affect my character.”

She continues, “I laugh at it more than anything. It’s just frustrating because I have worked so hard to try and keep a good name for myself in this business. Don’t get me wrong as I said the likes of Twitter and Facebook have also had a positive effect because it has helped tremendously with fan interaction. Before social networking fans could only interact with us through autograph signings and events like that. But now with a click of a button fans can get in touch with us and that’s a great thing for us too.”

The Knockout also discusses the direction of women’s wrestling in TNA, what she looks for in a man, her interests outside of the ring, whether she aspired to be a professional wrestler growing and more

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Wednesday, 18 January 2012

CM Punk interview highlights

WWE Champion CM Punk spoke with AZCentral.com this week to promote next week's RAW Supershow in Phoenix. Here are some highlights:

Q: Are American fans not respectful? (After commenting that Japan has respectful fans.)

A: It's just a lack of "excuse me" and "please" and "thank you." I'm a pretty approachable guy, but I've had my headphones taken off my head in the gym, people poking me in the back like I'm a farm animal. It's a part of the game.

Q: With so many young fans, you must find yourself being a role model.

A: Absolutely. I'm the straight-edge guy. I'm a damn good guy to look up to. But I approach it the way Charles Barkley approached it. I'm not a role model. Everybody should choose their own path in life. I don't get preachy with the straight-edge stuff.

Q: Do people put you on a pedestal because of it?

A: I find myself being a target as opposed to being put on a pedestal. I get criticized a lot. There are people who are skeptical about it or scared by it or intimidated by it.

Q: Do you mind that a personal choice like that has become part of your public persona?

A: No, because it's who I am. People say, "When did you decide to be straight edge?" I was born this way. It's nothing I really decided (pause) and, right now, while I'm talking, on the treadmill and doing an interview, there's a guy standing over here, taking pictures ... (He politely asks the guy to stop, which doesn't seem to go well). All right, and now he just flipped me off, and I'm the (expletive). See what I mean? (sighing) ... Anyway, I don't think I have a persona per se. I'm not trying to be something I'm not.

Q: What about acting? So many WWE people go into the movies.

A: That's not up to me, but it's nothing I'm actively pursuing. I never say never to anything, but it's nothing I'm looking to actively do.

TNA Daffney talks her workers comp claim

Shannon Spruill (a/k/a Daffney) says she is proceeding with her workers' compensation claim against TNA Wrestling stemming from injuries she sustained while working for the organization in 2009 and 2010.

"Great day today. Just wanted to let everybody know that the Workers' Comp Claim is going well. Although it's been a long road, I continue to keep my head up. Hoping for some good results," she tweeted Tuesday.

Spruill stated last March immediately following her departure from TNA Wrestling that she had filed a workers' compensation claim against the organization. There were issues between Spruill and management regarding her medical expenses being covered after she suffered a concussion taking a bump through a board covered with barbed wire at the October 18, 2009 pay-per-view event Bound for Glory.

Creative writer Vince Russo and former Director of Talent Relations Terry Taylor pressured Spruill into performing the spot, reasoning that it was important for the ongoing feud between Abyss and Mick Foley. Spruill, who was hesitant on the idea, was assured that she would be fine. She suffered a concussion taking the maneuver and was taken to an Orlando, Florida area hospital via ambulance. Spike TV wouldn’t allow TNA to air the spot during the following episode of Impact due to their policy on men-on-women violence.

Spruill's emergency room visit resulted in a substantial medical bill, which Taylor stalled TNA from paying and ultimately was not. She also claimed she was pressured to continue performing after suffering two additional concussions. She suffered a concussion after being hit on the head with a toolbox by Tara following their match on the February 18, 2010 episode of Impact. On April 20, 2010, she was injured in a dark match against an obese inexperienced worker named Miss Betsy and was taken to an Orlando area hospital, where she was diagnosed with a concussion, as well as a deeply bruised sternum and a severe stinger

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WWE DVD Review: The Ladder Match 2 - Crash and Burn

WWE DVD Review: The Ladder Match 2 – Crash and Burn

By Phil Allely

This triple disc WWE release (available on DVD & Blu-ray) is the follow up to 2007’s highly enjoyable tribute to the ladder match concept. Whilst the first effort took us down the more well-known and (most likely if you are a real fan) already owned match-up route, this release offers up a nice blend of retro classics, recent scraps and some of the ladder match genres best bouts.

Hosted by Ladder match legend Christian this is a great DVD set for fans old and new. These matches are for the most part taken from the not too distant non-PG rated WWE era, meaning there are plenty of genuinely violent moments on display here.

These hidden gems of encounters are taken from the odd prominent Pay-Per-View event, but mainly they are from the WWE’s Raw TV show, making them ones less likely to have appeared on other DVDs available. There are also a few nice matches from Smoky Mountain Wrestling, WCW and even WWE feeder territory OVW.

On the match front we have some damn fine outings including Tracy Smothers versus the late great Chris Candido in a nice brawl, Mankind and the Rock brutalising each other on live TV over the WWE Title, Vince McMahon and Shane McMahon battling ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin in a well-paced handicap scrap for control of the company, a rare and especially enthralling Hardys Bros/Edge/Christian high-spot fest and a pretty decent women’s match pitting Katie Lea (TNA’s Winter) against Beth Phoenix. These and the rest of the (21 matches featured) all show just how easy it is to make one simple gimmick stretch to a large number of exciting fights.

Of course throughout this three disc set we do get to see many instances of career-shortening moves and predicaments, as our amiable host clearly states these are not match for the faint-hearted or weak-willed. Violence and bloodshed is what this gimmick has brought to the table since its creation in the 1970s and will continue to do until the wrestlers involved exhaust all possibilities.

Ladder specific matches such as the TLC and Money in the Bank are now staples of WWE programming and are wheeled out sporadically to elevate a feud, end a storyline or hype up and event. This shows that even in this day and age this is something we still tune into and savour at its basest level. We all can’t resist tuning into to a car-crash style brawl and they don’t come any more like that than a ladder-based one.

The Ladder Match 2 – Crash and Burn is a very good highlight reel for the more brutal matches that the WWE, WCW, ECW and other promotions used to promote on a regular basis, it is also a nice look back at a period in the history of the wrestling business when the competing promotions all tried to outdo each other with better gimmicks, crazier stunts and so much more. The additions of modern less brutal meetings just goes to show that like everything there are always ways to deliver the goods within the boundaries given.

WWE The Ladder Match 2 – Crash and Burn is available now from www.silvervision.co.uk

RRP £29.99 (3 disc DVD)/£34.99 (2 disc Blu-ray)

Running time 7hrs 10/8hrs 28

JJ Dillon Talks Horsemen & WWE Hall of fame

Four Horsemen manager JJ Dillon was on the Busted Open Radio Show this week with Doug Mortman and Dave LaGreca. Dillon mentioned Triple H, Blackjack Mulligan and Dusty Rhodes as names who might induct the Horsemen into the WWE Hall of Fame this year from Miami. Here are a few more highlights from the show. Busted Open airs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2-4 Eastern time on Sirius 94 and XM 208.

Why Windham was chosen for the WWE HOF over others:

"If you look at it from strictly a business standpoint, Barry was a behind the scenes agent at one time for the WWE for a number of years. His father Blackjack Mulligan is already in the WWE Hall of Fame. If you were picking out all the combinations of the Horsemen, the one that included Barry, I think other people would agree too, that was when we were at our absolute best."

Ric Flair showing up:

"You know when Shawn Michaels was inducted, Ric wasn't invited but he was there, he bought a ticket, was in the audience. He can kind of get away with things that other people cant. Who knows what's going to transpire in the next 60 days as far as Ric. But knowing him as I have for as long as I have, seeing him there would not shock me. Whether it's in an informal status or whatever it is, it would be good to see him, and if it ends up being just Arn, Tully, and myself, and I think Barry because of his health issues is a question mark at this point. Whatever it is, it is still an incredible honor. It's a very humbling thing and the pinnacle of my career. It validates everything that I accomplished in 40 years, spanning five decades in the wrestling profession."

Sunday, 15 January 2012

PPV Review: TNA Genesis 2012

Pay-per-view Review: TNA Genesis 2012

By Phil Allely

With a hugely hyped UK tour/TV taping imminent TNA’s first PPV of the year Genesis was perfectly placed to hammer home just what the organisation has to offer fans and why they should snap up those few remaining Maximum Impact tour tickets.

Genesis did showcase TNA’s talented roster to a good degree and we saw glimpses of the reason why it has become such a UK ratings winner. However after months of well-received PPV’s, Genesis saw TNA’s writers once more resort to a number of cheap finishes.

The X Division kicked things off with a four corners elimination spot-fest for Austin Aries’ X Division Belt. Opponents Kid Kash, Jesse Sorenson and Zema Ion went all-out, but failed as Aries retained with an assist from Zema.

The Brother Devon/Pope feud trundled on next, both men tried valiantly in this sub -par effort. Devon picked up the win, reuniting with his estranged sons post match.

Immortal’s Gunner absorbed a fair amount of punishment in his brawl with Rob Van Dam, to a decent live crowd pop. Ric Flair’s interference saw Gunner DDT Van Dam on the concrete to snatch the win.

With new Knockouts Division VP Velvet Sky on hand and Madison Rayne locked in a cage Mickie James seemed destined to reclaim the Knockouts Title from Gail Kim. The sexy ladies gave their all in an enthusiastic and exciting scrap, the finish proved unpopular though as James nailed Kim with (Rayne supplied) brass knuckles in front of the ref for a DQ loss.

Abyss’ speciality match the Monster’s Ball proved to be a brutal and career-shortening affair. Opponent Bully Ray fared well against his sadistic foe in this series of weapons/gimmick based moves and blood-drawing set-pieces. Abyss overcoming kendo stick shots, drawing pins, barbed wire boards and more, to remain free from Immortal’s control.

New combo Samoa Joe and Magnus showed more signs of tag team chemistry during their challenge for the double belts. Champs Matt Morgan and Crimson retained, but found this big man outing to be a tough one.

Kurt Angle needed a win in his encounter with James Storm and succeeded in gaining it. The back and forth action was intense and saw both men showcase their wares well. Strom stood toe-to-toe with the Olympic athlete and only saw his hopes dashed when Angle struck a low blow and kick to the head to pick up the three count.

The main event between World Heavyweight Champion Bobby Roode and comeback kid Jeff Hardy featured some slow moments, fortunately the in-ring performances of both combatants helped balance that out and created a very decent match-up. Hardy fared well against his conniving counterpart throughout this enthusiastic bout. The finish came abruptly with Roode nailing the ref to gain a DQ loss to retain his treasured belt. Hardy did get a measure of revenge with a post-match swanton to end things on a high.

Genesis was unfortunately just an ordinary PPV outing for TNA, there were too many cheap finishes and we have to hope this loss of pace is a temporary one for the company who are set to invade the UK in a few short weeks. The good news is Roode is faring well as company figurehead, Hardy is back on track and such TNA originals as Samoa Joe and James Storm are finally getting used the way they should be.

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