Spotlight for National Vegan Month: Meet pro wrestler and vegan Austin Aries(@AustinAries), who is featured every Thursday night on TNA Impact Wrestling airing on Spike TV, regular pay-per-view events, and national and international tours
Pro wrestler Austin Aries is one of the top stars of TNA Impact Wrestling. But what make him unique among his peers is that Austin has been a vegan for two years and a vegetarian for 13 years before that.
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.
Former WWE NXT star Kassius Ohno, previously and currently known as Chris Hero, posted the following on his Facebook about his release from the company:
“Maybe you’ve heard. Maybe you’ve not heard. Last Friday my contract with WWE was terminated. Man… Terminated sounds so harsh, right? To me, it conjures up images of post-apocalyptic wars with robots, machine guns and atomic bombs. No thank you. Merriam-Webster defines terminate as ‘to come to an end in time.’ Okay.. That’s a little less dramatic. I can handle that. For the last 21 months, I’ve lived in Florida as a part of WWE’s Developmental System. That time has now come to an end.
Officials for both Smashing Pumpkins lead singer Billy Corgan and TNA Wrestling are using the word “rumors” to describe rampant Internet buzz that the wrestling company is for sale and that Corgan is a prospective buyer.
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?
The Sports Courier’s Fred Richani interviews TNA World Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles about his illustrious career, his big win at Bound For Glory, Dixie Carter’s special gift, WCW’s dying days, MMA’s effect on pro wrestling, and much more!
“The Cowboy” James Storm, Mr. Anderson, “The Charismatic Enigma” Jeff Hardy, “The Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe, Austin Aries, Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle, Bully Ray, “The IT Factor” Bobby Roode and “The Icon” Sting. For one incredible night join the best WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONS in TNA WRESTLING history in a tournament to prove that they are the ultimate champion. TNA WRESTLING presents ONE NIGHT ONLY: TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS Premiering Friday, November 1st 8e/7c on Pay Per View.
OWW Women’s Wrestling Columnist Eric Holt chooses his M.V.D.- Most Valuable Diva(s) of the week, based on television matches, promos, and/ or segments.
At TNA’s Bound For Glory Pay Per View, Brooke had the opportunity to become a three-time Knockouts Champion in a triple threat match against Gail Kim and ODB. The match came to an end after Lei’D Tapa took out ODB and nailed Brooke with a sick powerbomb. Gail Kim took advantage and pinned Brooke to become the new Knockouts Champion, revealing her and Lei’D Tapa’s alliance in the process. Although Brooke, ODB, and Gail Kim put on a great match at Bound For Glory, Brooke was the standout competitor in the match. Everything about Brooke in the match was spot on. She displayed a lot of her heel character throughout the match, teasing and toying with ODB. I also felt that her wrestling was on point as well, and she has really adapted to the heel style of wrestling quite well.
I honestly would not have been surprised if she had walked away with the Knockouts Championship at Bound For Glory. The spot where she was powerbombed by Lei’D Tapa was one of the best spots during the match, and I have to commend her for taking that powerbomb like a champ. She sold it to perfection. I have been impressed with Brooke as a heel thus far, and her match at Bound For Glory is one of the reasons why I love her as a heel. She was the Most Valuable Player in the match, and this week, she is Most Valuable Diva of the Week!
Come back next week to see who will be the Most Valuable Diva of the week.
Did you agree/disagree with my pick for M.V.D.? Who do you think should have been this week’s M.V.D.? Give me your thoughts in the comments section below, or tweet me your thoughts @_ericholt_ .