Amidst rumors of cancellation, Impact Wrestling presents what should be a fantastic night of in-ring action headlined by two Championship Matches at this year’s Destination X.
TNA World Heavyweight Championship: Lashley vs. Austin Aries
The man who created “Option C,” Austin Aries cashes in his shot at the TNA World Championship once again this time against the Destroyer, Lashley. The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived took a rocketship to this spot, vacating the championship just 2 week after regaining it to exercise Option C. Lashley has been the TNA Champion since June 19th by defeating Eric Young.
TNA World Tag Team Championship: The American Wolves vs. The Hardy Boyz
In a smark dream match, one of the most successful teams of the Attitude Era reunites to challenge the Wolves for the TNA World Tag Team Championship. As part of TNA’s NYC reboot, Jeff Hardy brought back his brother Matt last week to declare their intentions for Richards & Edwards’ straps.
X-Division Championship Qualifiers
Rounding out the card will be qualifying matches as the process begins once again to crown a new X-Division Championship. 9 men. 3 spots in a match for the vacant championship on the August 7th edition of Impact Wrestling.
- Low Ki vs. Manik vs. DJ Z
- Sanada vs. Brian Cage vs. Crazzy Steve
- Samoa Joe vs. Tigre Uno vs. Homicide
It’s Thursday, time for another edition of NXT on WWE Network!
Tyler Breeze, the #1 contender to the NXT Championship has a HUGE announcement for the NXT Universe, presumably calling his shot at the Champion Adrian Neville. Breeze gained his shot by defeating Sami Zayn at NXT Takeover. But that’s not all! Prince Pretty will also be in singles action tonight against Angelo Dawkins.
Here’s the full card:
- Angelo Dawkins vs. Tyler Breeze
- Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte
- The Ascension vs. Mac Miles and Steve Cutler
- Bull Dempsey vs. Mojo Rawley
- Tyson Kidd vs. Adam Rose
NXT airs at 9PM ET tonight on the WWE Network!
Ricardo Rodriguez released – WWE.com
Rodriguez was (in my opinion) the best part of Del Rio’s act and I thought reuniting them was a no brainer. Sound like from his twitter it could have been mutual though as he stated, “I miss wrestling,” and had only been used sparingly in-ring as El Local.
TNA Signs War Hero – Impact Wrestling
While there’s uncertainty over their TV deal, TNA is operating business as usual. The company has signed Chris Melendez, a former Army Sergeant, purple heart recipient, and oh– single leg amputee. Melendez served in Afghanistan. Great story, I just hope it turns out better than Jesse Neal’s. He’s set to debut at the next NYC tapings next week.
WWE Canadian TV Deal – Rogers SportsNet
With everyone losing their minds over today’s WWE financial earnings/WWE Network news this could be an interesting sidebar not many talk about. WWE has signed a 10 year “broadcast and multimedia agreement” with Rogers Communications, Canada’s top cable dog if I’m not mistaken, that extends their current TV programming on Sportsnet360 but also (and here’s the interesting part) includes the right to distribute WWE Network as a premium linear channel.
If they are starting to also offer the network as a traditional linear cable channel, could this open the door to a similar deal in the US down the line?
Without a doubt my favorite WWE program currently airs on the WWE Network: NXT. It’s one hour, easily digestible, and I get to see the future WWE Superstars develop before my eyes.
Now that the official signing of Japanese Star Kenta and international star Fergal Devitt have been announced, and the rumored signing of ROH/PWG mainstay Kevin Steen seems imminent, the fresh lineup of NXT Superstars looks to be getting even more exciting.
Regular viewers know there is already a wealth of talent honing their skills at the performance center. Guys like Sami Zayn and Adrian Neville have already been tearing it up with their in-ring work. Great character acts abound like Tyler Breeze, Enzo Amore & Big Cass, and The Vaudevillains. An interesting Divas division where “crazy chick” and “boy problems” storylines are secondary to in-ring action.
With that in mind, I’d like to take a look today at the aforementioned prospects that are headed to NXT: Kenta, Devitt, & Steen and show you how NXT’s about to get that much more interesting.
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Happy hump day, marks. Days removed from Raw, days before Smackdown, and I think maybe Impact will be on tomorrow night. Possibly. Until then, here are some random thoughts that have been clattering around my head for a couple of days.
Enjoy your Wednesday.
- Why do people still care about the WWE ratings? Sometimes they’re up, sometimes they’re down. Ratings for Raw and Smackdown will have to drop to unimaginable levels to be cancelled, so they’re in no danger there. I mean, I understood when people compared Raw and Nitro ratings back in the late 1990s. But now? Nobody outside of the WWE should care what the ratings are. If you enjoy something, just watch it. If you don’t like it, take to the Internet. Just stop obsessing about 0.1 ratings increases or dips. In fact, stop clicking on links that “report” ratings. If you stop, they’ll stop.
- Wrestling fans should subscribe to the WWE Network if only to watch NXT. Sure, there’s the occasional clunker and many matches are short to maximize TV exposure, but this is also great, mainstream wrestling that is happening here (in this country).
- Ease back on the Crossfit, Seth Rollins. My wife wasn’t really into you, and then you started wrestling without a shirt. How many marriages must be ruined before you’ll change your ways?
- The Attitude Era was amazing. However, I’d really appreciate if people would stop pretending that 90 percent of late-90s and early-00s Internet forum chatter wasn’t complaining. I was confused every Tuesday morning when I read bitching and moaning about how much time Austin vs. McMahon received, or about how The Rock only had his… “five moves of doom.” Also, looking back further, do you not even remember how critical of Hogan’s matches people were back in the day? Now the roof blows off when Real American hits (as it should). I have a feeling that fans will be far kinder to John Cena once he’s retired. In 20 years, he’ll likely be universally praised by wrestling fans who never saw a live Cena match about his ability to garner a reaction from a crowd.
- The Divas division could probably stand some character diversification. For a while, the only Divas to get and stay over long term are either crazy, or bitches. Or, crazy bitches. People seem to be buying into the Summer/Layla BFF/pseudo-HLA bit, but that only works until Fandango has jobbed to the entire lower card. Finding a Diva to get over like Lita or Trish seems to be even more difficult to catch lightning in a bottle, so this may be asking too much.