Review of the December 5, 2013 edition of TNA IMPACT!
AR’s Truth: A really good opening segment that gets the main focus on the two top matches on tonight’s show. Magnus and Roode shined in this segment. It will be interesting to see how all of this plays out, if you didn’t read the spoilers.
Sports Illustrated online has posted an exclusive feature article on TNA President Dixie Carter! Titled “Welcome To Dixieland: A Look at Pro Wrestling’s Female Boss”, the piece looks at Dixie’s past, the rise of TNA Wrestling, the early years of the company, the success with SpikeTV, the future of TNA and so much more!
The boos get louder each time Dixie Carter steps out onto the stage, but in pro wrestling, that’s never a bad thing. After a decade of running Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), the No. 2 pro wrestling company in the world, Carter has learned that any reaction is a good reaction.
Editor’s note: OWW is pleased to welcome Steve Cheeseman to the staff. Steve will write a weekly opinion column entitles “Falls Count Anywhere”. Here is his first edition…
Should Vince McMahon Buy TNA?
Since the end of WCW, promotions everywhere have had to fight an impossible war with Vince McMahon’s WWE just to get by. TNA was no exception. Since its inception in 2004, by then promoter’s Jerry and Jeff Jarrett, it’s been an uphill battle. Drifting from FOX, to Webcast, and now Spike TV, there has been very little stability. With the Jarrett’s, Eric Bishoff, and now Dixie Carter running the show on and off screen, it’s looked more like a WCW replica. Especially seeing as the bulk of the screen time over the last ten years has gone to aging former WWE/WCW superstars way past their prime, such as Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Kevin Nash, and Booker T. Sting is the exception to the legends, as he still gets plenty of pop, and doesn’t look like he’s going to have a stroke with every move. There is some great talent with TNA. Bobby Roode, James Storm, Austin Aries, Chris Sabin, AJ Styles and Samoa Joe. Also, how about Jeff Hardy, Kurt Angle. They are still great talent when healthy. However, the product being produced is simply boring, and it shows. Lately, there have been reports of talent not getting paid, as well as medical costs not being covered. This is very unfortunate. So what could be done?
On Thursday’s Destination X IMPACT special from Louisville, Chris Sabin made history by defeating Bully Ray to become the NEW World Heavyweight Champion! Immediately after the epic win, TNA cameras captured Sabin’s first comments backstage as the new champion!
During Thursday’s IMPACT, the TNA Television Production team gets instant reaction and exclusive comments from your favorite TNA superstars! This week, watch footage featuring Sting and Bully Ray on the return of Abyss.
The television channel that’s been airing TNA Impact Wrestling in New Zealand for the past year – Sky TV’s “The Box” is dropping Impact Wrestling due to – in their words “poor ratings”. The Box was never as accommodating to Impact Wrestling as they have always been to the WWE shows (both WWE and TNA air on the same channel).