SummerSlam Preview

HeadLocker — Jay Shannon
My SummerSlam Predictions

Our resident philosopher, Jay Shannon, breaks out his crystal ball, tea leaves and lucky coin to predict the biggest card of the summer.

Well, Summerslam isn’t coming across as a Super-Card, like it normally would. Going back and forth on the Main Event. The two male title matches seem rather bland. The Divas title match might be decent. Let’s examine all the possiblities.

Dolph Ziggler v Kofi Kingston
Intercontinental Title Match

Backstory: Vickie Guerrero helped her latest boy-toy by distracting the ref from making the three count. Ziggler came back from Trouble in Paradise to nail the Zig Zag. This is the rematch.

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Who’ll Be the 7th Man?

HeadLocker — Jay Shannon
Who will replace Great Khali at Summerslam?

Our resident philosopher, Jay Shannon, makes some suggestions for who might take the seventh spot on John Cena’s Team WWE team.

Well, Summerslam is Sunday and the main event is still not complete. Great Khali is almost certainly out with leg and knee injuries. Unless WWe plans on doing a Handicap Match, Khali will need to be replaced. Quite a few people have written me with their ideas as to who the replacement might be. Drawing upon their suggestions, as well as my own thoughts, I wanted to present the people that could easily help round out the makeshift team.

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Rating the TNA Roster 3

The Katz Files
Rating the TNA Roster 3

The Kingfish Arnie Katz continues his monthly series that rates each TNA wrestlers’ recent performances, analyzes strengths and weaknesses, and even charts future courses for major TNA stars.

Part 3

Hardcore Justice, largely irrelevant to the rest of TNA, is now history. The Whole F’n Show, perhaps the most appealing free card TNA has ever mounted, could bring quite a few changes and surprises.

So, in the quiet before the storm, let’s continue the August analysis and ratings…

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Rating the TNA Roster 2

The Katz Files
Rating the TNA Roster 2

The Kingfish Arnie Katz continues his monthly series that rates each TNA wrestler’s recent performances, analyzes strengths and weaknesses, and even charts future courses for the whole roster.

Part 2

Have you noticed how many of the cronies Hulk Hogan brought into TNA have become tremendous stars, great performers and stellar gate attractions? In case you haven’t noticed, the answer is: Not Many. The Nasty Boys, the Band, Sean Morley and Bubba the Love Sponge came and went in a hurry and it wouldn’t be a shock to see a couple more of that crowd resume their retirements.

Meanwhile, there are a lot of men and women working on the mic and in the ring for TNA. Let’s continue the analysis of how each of them is doing as of the first week in August, 2010.

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Rating the TNA Roster 1

The Katz Files
Rating the TNA Roster, Paty 1

The Kingfish Arnie Katz continues his monthly series that rates each wrestler’s recent performances, analyzes strengths and weaknesses, and even charts future courses for major TNA stars.

Part 1

iMPACT, suddenly wihout warning, as moved into one of its strongest periods. On the eve of Hardcore Justice, it’s time to see how the talent on the rosteris doing..

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My Weekly TNA Notebook

The Katz Files – Arnie Katz
My Weekly (7/19) TNA Notebook

The Kingfish Arnie Katz provides insight and analysis based on the 7/28 episode of iMPACT.

TNA is certainly pulling out all the stops on iMPACT over the last month or so. Every card features at least one match that would be acceptable on a pay per view. Thanks to the excellent tag team series with the Motor City Machine Guns and Beer Money, there are often two or more.

Even the return of Hulk Hogan couldn’t totally kill TNA’s momentum. However, it is impossible no to be impressed by the Hulkster’s willingness, and ability, to perform so strenuously so soon after back surgery. His act needs an overhaul, but I admire his spirit.

Let’s look at some of the things that happened on the7/28 episode….

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My Weekly RAW Notebook

The Katz Files
My Weekly RAW Notebook!

The Kingfish Arnie Katz delivers his and analysis of the 7/26 episode of RAW.

RAW is developing some momentum again, after muddling through a couple of limp pay per views. One of WWE’s highest profile annual events.SummerSlam, s coming at the end of the month and they’re driving hard toward the big night in Los Angeles.

With three weeks to go at this writing, WWE is concentrating on two main matches: the seven-on-seven war between Nexus and Team Cena and the WWE Championship tilt between Randy Orton and Sheamus.

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Booking Hard(core) Justice

HeadLocker — Jay Shannon
How I would book Hard Core Justice

Our resident philosopher, Jay Shannon, sits down in the Booker’s chair to set up ECW’s (alleged) Last Hurrah…Hard (Core) Justice.

TNA has decided that somethings will never be allowed to die. They are setting up another One Night Stand-like show, with former ECW stars both performing and running the thing. I thought I would take a look at some of the possible match-ups. These are based on the announcements of who will be there and who might be there.

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My TNA Notebook

The Katz Files – Arnie Katz
My Weekly TNA Notebook

The Kingfish Arnie Katz provides insight and analysis based on the 7/21 episode of iMPACT.

Dixie Carter’s announcement about Foley, Dreamer and friends, supposedly the centerpiece of the episode, didn’t come off very well, but a good but an appealing state of matches produced a fairly good, action-oriented program.

The last few TNA cards, including both iMPACT and the July PPV, have been unusually enjoyable. Part of the reason is the (temporarily) reduced roles of Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff.

The ratings have inched up slightly, o a little more than 1/1 during this period. That’s encouraging news for a promotion that seldom gets closer to “the next level” than talking about it incessantly. If TNA can add strong booking and exciting mic-work to the in-ring excitement, he company might really see some significant upward movement.

Let’s look at some of the things that happened on the7/21 episode….

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My TNA Notebook

The Katz Files – Arnie Katz
My Weekly (7/19) TNA Notebook

The Kingfish Arnie Katz provides insight and analysis based on the 7/16 episode of iMPACT</20.

The 7/16 edition of iMPACT built nicely from the action-packed excitement of Victory Road with two hours of sports entertainment excitement. The booking is still ragged, but iMPACT scored big if “fun” is the measuring stick.

And isn’t it an intriguing paradox that TNA has presented its two most compelling shows so far this year with Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff absent from the cameras.

Not having them there 8nvigorated the shows, improved pace and put the emphasis on the people who matter, the wrestlers. Things went so well, in fact, that Dixie Carter ought to encourage Hogan and Bischoff to develop lots more outside interests and to take as many vacations as possible, If they were gone often and long enough, TNA might actually come within hailing distance of that “next” level that obsesses TNA.

Let’s look at some of the things that happened on the7/16 episode…

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