The future of TNA Wrestling remains cloudy, as outstanding debts, various lawsuits, and bitter disputes threaten to force the promotion to dissolve for good. For now, though, someone has swooped in to provide much-needed funds to keep it afloat.
With the Raw/Smackdown brand split in full swing (not to mention a steady stream of NXT shows), the WWE roster has been criticized lately for being a little on the thin side. So the fact that the company has signed new indie wrestlers to contracts will be welcome news for wrestling fan.
Ryback’s post-WWE career has somehow been far more entertaining than anything he ever did in the ring, as it has turned into a regular look into the numerous ways Ryback believes he could have saved the company and made millions of dollars for Vince McMahon. And while a positive attitude is a good thing, when you take it too far it starts to sound like the delusional ravings of a madman. This week, Ryback was on Busted Open Radio and talked about how Vince McMahon denied him a match with Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania, a match which Ryback was sure would break records and create a new golden age of wrestling.
Former WCW President and Raw GM Eric Bischoff has had a history of brash statements that occasionally ignore logic and reality, and he decided to add to that reputation again this week, by stating during his podcast that he didn’t want to see Sasha Banks vs Charlotte in a Hell in a Cell match, for reasons that seem hard to define. Perhaps you can break the code:
During his time in WWE, Cody Rhodes somehow managed to strike up a friendship with Stephen Amell, the star of the hit CW superhero show Arrow, leading to Amell actually making his in-ring debut in a tag team match against Cody (in his Stardust persona) at SummerSlam in 2015. Unfortunately, it didn’t lead to anything much for Stardust’s career, and Rhodes actually left WWE earlier this year after becoming frustrated with the direction of his career. However, in the meantime, Cody secured a role in an episode of Arrow, where it appears he’ll once again be playing a villain against Amell’s Green Arrow. This season has been pretty good so far, and we can’t wait to see what Cody does with the opportunity!
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Former WWE Superstar Dave Bautista has made it in Hollywood by playing a tough guy, but the Animal has some decent comedy chops as well, which he lent to a bit for the #Hashtagged show this week, as part of their #FreeTheNipple campaign, which hopes to raise awareness of the fact that people should treat each other like human beings and not sexual objects, through the use of humor and satire. In this sketch, posted on Instagram, Big Dave goes to an audition and finds that there’s really only one thing the people in charge are looking for…
The life of Alberto Del Rio has not gotten any less interesting since he left WWE a few weeks ago. On Sunday, it was reported that Del Rio (now known as Alberto El Patron) had no-showed the first major event he was scheduled to wrestle post-WWE, for AAA in Mexico, leading to an angry public statement from that company about how he had failed Mexican fans everywhere. Well, it turns out that Del Rio had a very good reason for missing his scheduled match: he was in a hospital receiving treatments for multiple slash wounds that he had received when someone attacked him with a knife outside a restaurant where he was eating. No, seriously.
For years, the promotion known as TNA fought to be seen as an alternative to WWE, a haven for wrestling fans who had grown disillusioned with what WWE was providing. And at times, they did manage to succeed, putting on well-received shows, creating new stars, and they even kept the company afloat for over thirteen years despite a variety of obstacles, many of them self-inflicted. Unfortunately, for every step TNA took forward, it seemed like they would do something that caused them to slide two or three steps backwards, an unsustainable model no matter how you look at it, especially for a company trying to compete with a multi-million-dollar behemoth of an opponent like WWE. The mistakes of TNA are many, and these are the ones that helped ensure that not only would they never be even close to competing directly with WWE, but also seriously jeopardized any chance they may have had of surviving.
It has been a rough week for any remaining fans of TNA, which at one point could have legitimately claimed to be the second largest wrestling promotion in North America. While recent news had former Smashing Pumpkins founder Billy Corgan purchasing the embattled company from current owner Dixie Carter, it seems as if things might have reached a tipping point, with a guarantee that no matter what happens, after this Sunday, TNA as we know it will no longer exist. The company reportedly does not have any money to pay for any more TV tapings or talent, and whether this Sunday’s Bound For Glory PPV happens at all is very much in question.