This Week, Loud Goat and Thom fill-in for Chad Dukes to discuss ROH’s lack of ticket sales, Impact’s new partnership, Raw, and they preview Elimination Chamber. #BelieveInTheWide
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In a quoted tweet of our own Chad Dukes this afternoon, former WWE Champion, Chad Dukes Wrestling Show guest, and friend of the show, Dave Bautista shared his thoughts on “Broken” Matt Hardy and the “Broken” universe currently sweeping through Impact Wrestling. Spoiler alert: he doesn’t seem to be a fan.
Much of Broken Matt’s mania has surrounded his desire to protect the heir to his broken brilliance, son King Maxel. This week on Impact Wrestling, Hardy announced that at next week’s Total Non-Stop Deletion episode of Impact from the Hardy Compound, Maxel would be making his “in-ring debut,” resulting in the video retweeted by Dukes of King Maxel “deleting” along with his family, clad in his own version of his father’s ring attire.
As we all know, Big Dave is a good friend of the show and follows Big Shooter on Twitter, so after seeing the clip Bautista took time out of his busy schedule of being in ridiculously good shape with a wildly successful movie career (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 in theaters May of 2017 and Blade Runner 2049 coming soon), to offer his thoughts on the video.
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The parent company of TNA Wrestling’s Canadian television outlet, The Fight Network, has entered into an agreement with Impact Ventures, parent company of TNA Wrestling, to fund future operations.
In the press release, it was revealed that Billy Corgan is out as TNA President, Anthem Executive VP Ed Nordholm has been appointed to the Board of Managers for Impact Ventures and will manage the company. Dixie Carter will remain the Chair of the company.
Toronto, Canada (November 3, 2016) – Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp. and Impact Ventures, parent company of TNA Impact Wrestling, today announced that Anthem has provided a credit facility to TNA to fund operations.
Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp. is a global sports media company that operates Fight Network, Impact Wrestling’s exclusive broadcaster in Canada, as well as the exclusive worldwide digital streaming partner for all TNA programming. It is also an equity stakeholder of Impact Ventures.
The agreement includes the appointment of Anthem Executive Vice President Ed Nordholm to the Impact Ventures Board of Managers. The company will be managed by the Board with Mr. Nordholm representing the Board on all major operating and restructuring decisions. Dixie Carter will continue as Chair of the Company, as well as her position on the Board of Managers. Billy Corgan is no longer with the company.
“We have had a successful, long-term partnership with Fight Network as our Canadian broadcaster, and more recently as our global digital partner,” said Dixie Carter. “Anthem’s team has extensive media experience, and I am excited to have that available to us as we plan for the future.”
“We have consistently maintained that investing in content as we grow our distribution is important as a strategic necessity, and working more closely with a strong brand like TNA is in line with that. This financing is an extension of the support we have been providing since the beginning of the year,” said Leonard Asper, CEO of Anthem. “There are tremendous opportunities to support the company’s growth on all platforms and in all media along side Dixie and the incredible talent and staff at TNA.”
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Performance Center Tryouts – WWE
Some interesting names tried out for WWE at a recent tryout camp. 19 Women and 19 Men attended the tryout including:
- Shayna Baszler (former UFC fighter, AIW Women’s Champion, friend of Ronda Rousey, trained by Billy Robinson & Josh Barnett)
- Kimber Lee (former CHIKARA Grand Champion trained by CWC competitor, Drew Gulak)
- Eddie Kingston (14-year veteran and former champion with CHIKARA, AAW, CZW, & IWA-MS)
- Cedric Rougeau (Son of former WWE star Jacques Rougeau)
- Jacob Fatu (Son of Tonga Kid, nephew of Rikishi)
Dusty Rhodes Classic Teams – WWE
WWE has officially announced six of the 16 teams for this year’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic:
- NXT Tag Team Champions The Revival
- Kota Ibushi & Hideo Itami
- Johnny Gargano & Tomasso Ciampa
- Cedric Alexander & Andrade “Cien” Almas
- Bobby Roode & Tye Dillinger
- Tino Sabbatelli & Riddick Moss
Unofficially, but based on the recent NXT TV tapings, we also know that The Authors of Pain, CWC competitors The Bollywood Boys, TM-61, and the debuting Sanity will also be competing in the tournament bringing the total up to 10 teams so far.
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Eagle-eyed viewers of the teaser on Wednesday may have figured it out, but last night on Impact Wrestling, TNA confirmed that Cody Rhodes will be debuting for the company at October 2nd’s Bound For Glory.
In a vignette which aired on last night’s show, Rhodes announced his participation in TNA’s marquee event.
“You don’t know a man until you walk a mile in his shoes. I learn more about me every day, with every mile. My past is just that. My story is being written one step at a time. My future is decided by the roads that I take. I am bound for a new adventure. Where I’m going there is gold, there is glory, because for me, all roads lead to Bound for Glory.”
Rhodes is currently being billed strictly as “Cody” by TNA. In addition to working with TNA, Rhodes is also still scheduled for Ring Of Honor’s year-end event Final Battle in New York City on December 2nd, as well as a packed calendar of independent wrestling shows. Earlier this week, TNA also signed Cody’s wife Brandi Rhodes to a Knockouts contract.
Check out the full vignette below:
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