GUEST COLUMN: “Who is Will o’ The Wisp? A Willow of hope for TNA?” by Austin Skinner

WillowEditor’s note: This column originally appeared on http://wrestlingrecaps.com and was written by Austin Skinner.

I do not follow Total Nonstop Action Wrestling or its weekly episodic Impact Wrestling show on Thursday nights. I haven’t even watched a full episode of TNA Wrestling since they attempted to go head-to-head with the WWE’s Monday Night Raw. However, during the last aired episode of Impact, a debut promo was played and my interest was instantly grabbed as I found out about it later on. What is old can again be new and this debut may be a new and fantastic opportunity for TNA to grab a lot of eyes on Thursday nights…

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Hall of Famer Tully Blanchard talks about his failed drug test in WWE, and much more

TullyWWE Hall of Famer and original member of the Four Horsemen, Tully Blanchard  recently sat down with Steve and the Scum on WGD Weekly for a great hour plus long interview. Tully spoke about his entire run in the wrestling business from his initial start in the business following his college football days and his rise to the top of the NWA and WWF, right up through his controversial exit from the business.

The interview can be heard in its entirety here:

Highlights from Tully’s interview with WGD Weekly included him chatting with Steve and the Scum on a variety of topics including:

What he feels it meant and still means to be a “Horseman”: “…When it was happening, you had nothing to compare it to, so you really didn’t and couldn’t know the impact. As we got into it, the promotion company and the reason that it is so well remembered, is it was not a promoter’s idea. It wasn’t Crockett and Dusty and all the powers that be sitting around and saying, oh, we’re going to put these four guys together and call them the Four Horseman…It was great entertainment, we sold out buildings…it was impactful, but I think it hit me the most, when I was in the car, driving to the airport in Charlotte, North Carolina and I pulled up behind a school bus. In street clothes, in my car, whatever and one of the kids in the back of the school bus looking out the back window recognized me and you could see him turn around and get frantic. Then there must have been forty little hands stick out the school bus windows on the sides with the four fingers. I can remember sitting there…and I’m going, oh my, this thing is becoming cultish…and it was just amazing because nothing in wrestling had ever done that. Maybe Lou Thez or Ed “Strangler” Lewis back in the 30’s or 40’s, but modern day, nothing had ever impacted like that…it was just amazing to be a part of…”

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Ron Simmons discusses Mae Young, Atlanta wrestling fans, and more on In Your Head Wrestling radio

Ron SimmonsRon Simmons discusses Mae Young, Atlanta wrestling fans, and more on In Your Head Wrestling radio by Vic Schiavone.

Host Jack E. Jones welcomed WWE Hall-of-Famer Ron Simmons to IYH Wrestling Radio.

Highlights included the following:

How do wrestling fans in Atlanta stand out from fans in other parts of the country?

“Well, I think that they’ve got a little bit of background and history, because you had Georgia Championship Wrestling, you had NWA, WCW…there are a lot of roots in professional wrestling here.  It goes way back, and believe me, you are talking about excited fans; I mean hardcore, wrestling fans, who know their history of it, know the origins of it, know the guys and the different generations of the wrestlers.  The South is really a wrestling haven for people that have grown up in the business and in particular Atlanta.”

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The February 2014 edition of Ring Sirens Magazine is now available

Ring Sirens FEBThe Ring Sirens Magazine, dedicated to women’s professional wrestling has released it’s ninth (9th) issue for February 2014. Below is what you’ll find in the current issue of the Ring Sirens Magazine. Including an exclusive interview with, Hania “The Howling Huntress” (formerly Saturyne), an article on Mae Young, Siren Of The Month: Miami, Joshi news & pictures, and a whole lot more!

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Scotty Riggs says Vince Russo didn’t care about wrestling, and more

Scotty RiggsFormer WCW and ECW star Scotty Riggs entered the VOC Nation Radio Network’s IN THE ROOM Studio to discuss his opinion of Eric Bischoff, the downfall of WCW, and more. The full interview can be heard here.

Here are some highlights:

On his current status:
“I’ve retired from wrestling due to injuries. The final straw was a fractured ulnar bone in my left arm. 13 screws and 2 steel plates to fix it, and after 2 surgeries it’s still not right.”

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Ronnie Garvin says Dusty Rhodes put Crockett out of business

Ron GarvinFormer NWA World Champion, Ronnie Garvin recently sat down with Steve and the Scum on WGD Weekly for a great hour plus long interview. Garvin spoke about his entire run in the wrestling business from his initial start in the business and his rise to the top of the NWA, right up through his final run in the WWF can be heard in its entirety here:

Highlights from Ronnie’s interview with WGD Weekly included him chatting with Steve and the Scum on a variety of topics including:

Politics playing into his NWA Title run, and Dusty Rhodes “putting Crockett out of business”: “…It was strictly politics. Dusty Rhodes was the booker and he was against it. You know, what are you going to do. He didn’t book me anywhere during the whole time I had the belt until the rematch because Dusty Rhodes was a very, very jealous guy when it came to guys getting over. He was the wrong guy to be a booker. He is the one who put Jim Crockett out of business. He is the reason Jim Crockett had to sell and was losing his butt…It was the same thing with the Rock and Roll Express. He couldn’t stand the Rock and Roll Express getting over like rock stars. I mean, girls would go crazy. They had to have some protection for the Rock and Roll Express, the girls would attack them, just like rock stars, it was unbelievable. So, Dusty Rhodes had to book himself with them as a six man tag team. But, the whole thing was politics, I didn’t care…I made money and then when the return, the belt went to Flair, and I was gone a short time after that. I didn’t put up with that kind of stuff. Continue reading

TNA star Gunner talks about TNA pushing younger talent

GunnerTNA star Gunner recently appeared on The RCWR Show and talked about TNA pushing younger talent:

“I think it’s going to be a good change. You named guys like EC3 and the newer guys that may be coming in, but you still have the Kurt Angles and the Jeff Hardys and veterans that are in the position to help younger guys, like myself, out and not only learn more, but see if I can obviously handle the pressure of being in that main event spot.

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MensHealth.com presents: “Women Wrestlers Who Can Kick Your Ass”

mens healthEditor’s note: This column originally appeared on www.menshealth.com and was written by Rachael Schultz.

Women Wrestlers Who Can Kick Your Ass

Smokin’ bodies, tiny outfits, and the ability to knock a full-grown man on his back with one kick—what’s not to love about female wrestlers?
The women of WWE and TNA prove brawn is more powerful than beauty, but thankfully don’t make you choose between the two. And, this month—when WWE launches 24/7 streaming—you’ll no longer have to pay per mouth-dropping view.

We’ve come up with a list of the eight hottest names in women’s professional wrestling right now: fierce ladies who could kick your ass with their brute force. And, thanks to their smiling faces, you probably wouldn’t even mind.

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Christopher Daniels discusses breaking into the business, his most serious injury, and more

ChrisDanielsCourtesy of http://www.wrestlinginc.com and author Raj Giri (@RajGiri_303):

Raj Giri recently spoke with TNA Superstar Christopher Daniels. In the first part of the interview below, Daniels discussed breaking into the business, working for the WWF and WCW, growing up as a wrestling fan, his most serious injury and much more.You can follow him on Twitter @facdaniels , and check out his official website at this link.

Wrestling Inc: Did you grow up as a wrestling fan?

Christopher Daniels: Yeah. I grew up in Fayetteville, North Carolina where Fort Bragg is, basically where the Mid Atlantic territories were sort of based out of the Carolinas. So I grew up watching guys like Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes and the Road Warriors. I got a chance to watch all those guys live. Magnum T.A. and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express, the Midnight Express. But yeah, man. My dad took me there, to the Cumberland County Arena, to watch it as a kid and I just stuck with it I guess.

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