The official play-by-play voice of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, Mike Tenay, was one of the special guests on this past week’s live (11/26/07) edition of Monday Night Mayhem (presented by Sweet Sunshine Sauces) — which can be heard in streaming audio every week (hosted by The Big Mosh & Blade, and heard LIVE at 8PM ET/7PM CT every Monday night) exclusively on The Monday Night Mayhem Radio Network (www.MondayNightMayhem.com, www.OnlineWorldOfWrestling.com, & www.ITunes.com). And if you aren’t accessible to your personal laptop or home/office PC, then you are in luck! You can listen to the current week’s edition of The Mayhem on your cell phone or land line of your choice! Simply dial (213) 514-5339 (long distance charges may apply), and you are instantly connected to The Mayhem for your listening & dancing pleasure!
“The Professor’s” MNM appearance can now be heard for FREE in Real Audio.
November 26th Monday Night Mayhem (streaming audio): www.mondaynightmayhemarchives.com/waxfiles/112607.wax
November 26th Monday Night Mayhem (official MNM podcast): http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/mondaynightmayhem/~3/191596096/112607.mp3
Here are some of the highlights from Mike Tenay’s appearance on the show, provided by MNM listener, Daniel 1991 & The Mayhem’s co-host, The Big Mosh.
Total Nonstop Action is gearing up this weekend for its final Pay-Per-View of 2007, Turning Point. “Your Home Of Wrestling Radio” welcomed back to the program is one of its very own Hall Of Famers for the first time in over a year & a half…the “voice of TNA,” Mike Tenay.
Mosh, Blade, & Mike exchange pleasantries & holiday wishes, and “The Professor” reminds the listening audience that Monday Night Mayhem is truly one of the most loyal programs to TNA, and that both entities have been going strong since Day One of Total Nonstop Action. What separates TNA from other companies is that they do not lose sight of those that have helped in making their success to this point in time, and The Mayhem has been vital to the development & immense of TNA and vice-versa as well.
With the official announcement of TNA invading Greenville, SC for “Against All Odds,” Mosh asked Mike about what the likelihood of TNA PPV’s hitting some other markets in the United States, especially in the northeast (with cities such as Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Toronto, or Buffalo). Mike said that with the success of Bound For Glory in Detroit in 2006 & this year with Lockdown in St. Louis, Slammiversary in Nashville, and Atlanta for this year’s installment of Bound For Glory (which he described as his favorite show of the year), he very much looks forward to more strides in the new year, and being able to spend more weekends in new & different cities with the fans of TNA Wrestling. Mike sees at least half if not more of the Pay-Per-View events being outside of The iMPACT Zone in Orlando, FL. He also wishes to commend the talent, the production crew, & those in the office for making TNA’s 2007 a memorable one for all involved, and also gives the company credit as a whole for staying the course and remembering the importance of “learning to walk before you can run.”
Mike sees Booker T’s signing with TNA as ” a perfect pit” on so many fronts. After working with him & his wife (Sharmell) for so many years in WCW, with the amount of respect he has for the both of them, he sees Booker’s career as “coming full circle” and a definite rejuvenation. “Everything is there for him in TNA to accomplish.” Mike sees nothing but great things ahead for Booker, and he compares Booker’s entrance into TNA on par with Sting, Christian Cage, & Kurt Angle.
On the flip side, he does not know where Sting will land up — whether it be re-signing with TNA, heading to the WWE, or retirement. “The door is open for Sting to return to TNA, and the company would welcome his return.” With regards to the much talked-about discussion of “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair‘s swansong & the possibility of Sting working Flair in a final “dream match,” Tenay strongly believes that Sting is not one of those in the business to look back repeatedly at his legacy and wonder what else does he need to accomplish before he decides to call it quits. He does not think that is Sting’s personal make-up.
Mike remembers “the glory years” of WCW, and feels that TNA follows in some of the more fond memories/creative ideas of World Championship Wrestling in today’s TNA: the mix of the main-event stars, tag team wrestling, & the cruiserweight style which has molded into the X-Division. Going forward, Mike believes that a lot of positives will come from having involvement on all levels from those in the company working together, such as Samoa Joe teaming up with Kevin Nash & Scott Hall this Sunday night at Turning Point. In the long run, he does not get tired of the comparisons of TNA to WCW from the hardcore fanatics. Certain fans have the presumption that those on the internet represents the masses, which is not the case, with millions of people viewing TNA Wrestling around the world.
The brand-new TNA “Year One” company retrospect has been selling very well, with some retail stores selling out and/or being on backorder. He enjoyed being a part of the DVD project, reminiscing on some of the early years in TNA with those in the extended family…especially with the fact that many in the wrestling scene did not think TNA would be around for several weeks or months. TNA was such a big underdog when it started up, and he credits the establishment of the Wednesday night PPV’s helping the company get to where it is right now, as well as getting TV deals on FOX Sports Net & on Spike TV. Mike also went on with Mosh & Blade on this very subject, and responds to his critics in his exclusive interview with The Mayhem!
Blade & Mosh talked about the emergence of Kaz as a main-event player in TNA over the past few months, with his “Fight For The Right” Tournament Final Ladder Match with Christian Cage & his TNA World Title shot against Kurt Angle. Mike thinks it’s too early to say “who will be the one to match” in 2k8 for TNA Wrestling, but has been thoroughly impressed with the energy of Kaz & his workrate over the past few months in the company, and quite possibly what could very well be his two best career matches to date. Mike also went on to mention a very interesting story about one an on-sale autograph session for a WCW event in San Diego, CA, and how one of the fans in line told Mike very boldly that “someday you will call one of my matches.” That man turned out to be none other than Kaz himself.
From a creative & television standpoint, Mike thinks that 2008 will be a year of growth & improvement. The brand & the product needs to continue to develop on all fronts, and he believes that with TNA being here to stay with the relationship with Spike TV, the wrestling fans who have not wanted to latch on or commit to TNA will do so in this new year.
This interview with Mike also includes his uncensored comments/thoughts on the critics of TNA saying the company “needs to advance faster,” the chances of Hulk Hogan still coming to Total Nonstop Action Wrestling & whether the door has closed on “The Immortal One” returning to wrestling, Bob Saget’s humor, whether or not TNA should sign Chris Masters, & does TNA spell out RVD in 2008?
Make sure you head on over to www.TNAWrestling.com to get more information on how you can be a part of the February “Against All Odds” PPV in Greenville, SC, where to find the latest “Don West Holiday Specials,” & how to vote for the 2007 TNA Year-End Awards, in addition to all of the late-breaking details on this weekend’s TNA Turning Point PPV. Also, don’t miss “The Road To Genesis” special, this evening (December 1st), at 11PM ET — only on Spike TV.
Fans, remember to e-mail your predictions for the TNA Turning Point Pay-Per-View to The Mayhem to [email protected], MySpace them to www.MySpace.com/MondayNightMayhem, or post them on the official MNM Message Board (located at www.MondayNightMayhem.com). The first place winner (who predicts all of the matches accordingly leading into the event) will receive a “Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels T-Shirt & a $25.00 credit to B. Brown Video (the official wrestling video & DVD distribution company of The Mayhem) & a case of Sweet Sunshine Sauces, and the second place winner will get a $15.00 credit to B. Brown Video & a case of Sweet Sunshine Sauces…the official finishing sauce of The Mayhem!
*The official close to the “Monday Night Mayhem November To Remember” also features an in-depth preview of the latest Ring Of Honor Pay-Per-View, “Man-Up” (debuting this weekend on PPV), with G-Funk Sports & Entertainment’s Ken Gelman. This return appearance of Ken to The ‘Ham does not do this event justice. Take the necessary time in the coming days to view what many in the wrestling business (including The Mayhem’s very own Big Mosh & Blade) one of the best Pay-Per-Views of the year! Ladder War anyone???
Plus, one of the toughest athletes to spend his career in the hometown of The Mayhem (Buffalo, NY) made his way to The Mayhem. Former Buffalo Sabre enforcer, current MSG broadcaster, & the author of the brand-new book, “Rayzor’s Edge: Rob Ray’s Tough Life On The Ice” (courtesy: www.SportsPublishingLLC.com), Rob Ray.
Now, many of you might be wondering, why Rob Ray on The Mayhem, a primarily wrestling-themed radio show? Well, in addition to quite possibly being one of the toughest players in NHL history who very well could have made it as a professional wrestler, Ray played parts of 14 NHL seasons, 13 with the Buffalo Sabres. Known as an enforcer throughout his career, the NHL awarded Ray the King Clancy Memorial Trophy for his leadership and humanitarian contributions in the Buffalo & Western New York area in 1999. After his retirement in 2004, Ray returned to Buffalo where he currently works as a contributor to Sabres television broadcasts.
And as The Mayhem continues its affiliation with Fathead to give away World Wrestling Entertainment superstar Fatheads throughout the month of December, now fans of the National Hockey League can get into the action by winning some Buffalo Sabres Fatheads! Congratulations go out to Jason Knowles of West Seneca, NY who won one this past week, and we still have one more to give away in the coming days ahead! For more information on this contest & The Mayhem’s partnership with Fathead, check out the official MNM MySpace & Message Board (respectfully located at www.MySpace.com/MondayNightMayhem & www.MondayNightMayhem.com).
That’s right, WrestleCrap.com’s very own RD Reynolds will be returning to the program for the first time in three years. One of the most opinionated voices in all of wrestling has a brand-new book that is now available just in time for Christmas, Hanukkah, & Kwanza — the WrestleCrap Book Of Lists! (now available at your favorite bookstore, through www.Amazon.com, & www.ECWPress.com). Want to know the 25 worst gimmicks in wrestling history, the greatest mullets in the business, & other “craptacular” pieces of wrestling goodness…then this is the interview to listen to & the book to purchase. Plus, RD will join Mosh & Blade in breaking down the worst moments of 2007 that could very well be inducted as WrestleCrap.
If you thought The Mayhem’s celebrity appearances this year were great (with Dustin “Screech” Diamond, VH-1’s Greg Fitzsimmons, Mad-TV’s Aries Spears, & former Buffalo Sabres enforcer/NHL broadcaster Rob Ray), then hold onto your keyboards & fasten your seatbelts! The most anticipated interview in the almost six-year history of Monday Night Mayhem is coming your way in mere hours! Recent fans may remember him from FOX’s “Skating With Celebrities & VH-1’s “The Surreal Life.” But old-school fans remember him from Nickelodeon’s “Out Of Control,” ABC’s “America’s Funniest People,” & most noticeably from the long-running ABC sitcom, “Full House” as Joey Gladstone. That’s right, Dave Coulier will be htting ‘The Ham airwaves just in time for the holidays to talk about his new project, www.CleanGuys.TV. Check out www.MySpace.com/CleanGuys to find where Dave & his comedian crew will be headed your way in the upcoming new year!
*Want to interact with the creator of “WrestleCrap” & TV’s Joey Gladstone himself? The Big Mosh & Blade will also be taking your calls @ (716) 989-6630 (long distance charges may apply), e-mails @ [email protected], your comments/questions/friendship @ www.MySpace.com/MondayNightMayhem, & feedback on The Mayhem’s Message Board @ www.MondayNightMayhem.com. Register now if you have not already done so!
Upcoming guests for you to interact with include: WWE Hall Of Famer “Mean” Gene Okerlund, Bill Mercer & Gary Hart for a World Class Championship Wrestling roundtable, & so much more! So the holiday season will be in full effect throughout the coming weeks on The Mayhem!
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*And it’s also that time once of the year to make your voice heard for “Your Home Of Wrestling Radio.” The Big Mosh & Blade strongly encourage all listeners to vote for Monday Night Mayhem in the upcoming 2008 Wrestling Radio Awards.
Please nominate all of your favorite interviews from The Mayhem’s calendar year of 2007 –including our Jim Ross/Candice Michelle WrestleMania 23 WWE Special, Nick “U-Gene” Dinsmore & 2 Cold Scorpio in their first post-WWE interviews, the Bam Bam Bigelow Tribute Special w/the leader of The Triple Threat in ECW himself, Shane Douglas, the hour-long Vader shoot that still has fans talking, Dustin “Screech” Diamond’s MNM five-year anniversary special/appearance…as well as Y2J himself, Chris Jericho, in his first interview to kick off his media blitz for “A Lion’s Tale” & his WWE return). These interviews & many other selections are available for Male Interview Of The Year, Female Interview Of The Year, Media Interview Of The Year, as well as The Mayhem for Show Of The Year. Monday Night Mayhem was voted on by you, the fans, the past two years for several prestigious WRA awards: 2007 Media Interview Of The Year (Eric Bischoff w/special guest co-host, Scott Hudson) & 2006 Female Interview Of The Year (Jackie Gayda).
Based on the most popular nominations, the official ballot will be compiled & released on December 10th. At that time, the voting booth will be open until early January, when the winners will be announced on the WRA 2008 Awards Show — which will be taking place in Las Vegas, NV.
*In addition to voting for “Your Home Of Wrestling Radio” for the ’08 Wrestling Radio Awards, you fans will have the opportunity to vote for The Mayhem’s “Best Of 2007” special (which will premiere on Monday night, December 24th) — the top three interviews from our program from 2k7. Remember that the voting ends THIS MONDAY NIGHT, DECEMBER 3RD!
All new & old Mayhem listeners can still check out the archived programs/shows of “Your Home Of Wrestling Radio” (including the voice of Monday Night RAW himself/WWE Hall Of Famer Jim Ross, Chris Jericho, former WWE Women’s Champion Candice Michelle, TNA President Dixie Carter, Nick “U-Gene” Dinsmore, Danny Doring, (in their first post-WWE interviews), “The Instant Classic” Christian Cage, WWE Hall Of Famer/former WWE Champion The Iron Sheik, Howard Stern’s very own Gary The Retard, Vader, Konnan, The Four Horsemen‘s Tully Blanchard & J.J. Dillon, “The Doctor Of Style” Slick, “The Notorious 187” Homicide, Danny Doring’s, “The Wildman” Marc Mero, Diana Hart Smith, “The Mouth Of The South” Jimmy Hart, “Black Machismo” Jay Lethal, “Showtime” Eric Young, Triple X member Senshi, the legendary voice of the Mid-Atlantic territory, Bob Caudle, the official Monday Night Mayhem WrestleMania 23 Countdown Special from Detroit’s Hilton Garden Inn, the official Monday Night Mayhem Dream Reunion II On-Location Special from Kokomo, IN — featuring: former WWE Diva search contestant Jessica Hatch, Al Snow, Marty Jannetty, Chavo “Classic” Guerrero Sr., “Nasty Boy” Brian Knobbs, Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, Rosey, The Midnight Express (“Loverboy” Dennis Condrey & “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton), “The Genius” Lanny Poffo, & The Orient Express’ Pat Tanaka…all now available on www.MondayNightMayhem.com, www.OnlineWorldOfWrestling.com, & www.ITunes.com.
As we close in our sixth anniversary, Monday Night Mayhem wishes to thank our loyal fans around the world who have helped us get to where we are at now and for your continued dedication, loyalty, & support.