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.
Former WWE and TNA wrestler Kurt Angle, who is currently a free agent, was interviewed on The Dan LeBatard Show, and the multiple-time Champion, who has had very public issues with substance abuse over his career, was quite candid about his battle with addictions to pain medication and alcohol. According to Angle, at the peak of his addiction, he was taking up to 65 Vicodin a day, and when he was a part of TNA, due to less stringent policies and a more relaxed atmosphere, he began mixing his pain pill addiction with alcohol.
Title belts represent the most prestigious awards in pro wrestling. When you’re holding a title, that means you should be considered among the absolute best wrestlers in the company, and possibly the world. That also means that the belt you carry should look the part, lending an additional air of quality to your reign. Over the many years of wrestling’s existence, there have been many good-looking titles, but there are a select handful that can be considered the absolute cream of the crop, and they can be found on this list. From the top to the bottom, we’d be thrilled to be able to carry any of these belts around on a daily basis.
The first Smackdown-exclusive PPV of the New Era is here, as WWE presents Backlash! While an already thin card took another hit with the reveal that Randy Orton was not medically cleared to compete, there was definitely a chance for some good wrestling and, with the introduction of two new titles, some really big moments that could change careers forever! Here’s all the results from Backlash for your enjoyment, and make sure to come back to Goliath on Monday for a more extensive look at the show!
There are multiple reports that Randy Orton has not been medically cleared to compete at tonight’s Backlash PPV. Orton allegedly suffered a concussion during his match with Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam, and the hope was that he would be cleared in time for Backlash, but that is apparently not the case.
The holiday ratings malaise from Raw apparently carried over for a second night, as the final Smackdown Live! before their first brand-exclusive PPV did the worst ratings since the brand extension began, a bad sign given that the new fall season of network TV will resume in the next few weeks, which will also likely steal viewers away from the show. Overall, the show still finished third among original cable programming for the evening, bringing in 2.45 million viewers and a 0.79 rating in the 18-49 demographic.
Tales of a film based on the life and tragic final days of WWE Superstar Chris Benoit have been floating around essentially since just after the horrific double murder/suicide in 2007, an event which changed the face of professional wrestling forever, especially as it relates to studies on the effects of concussions on wrestlers. This week, Academy Award-nominated director Lexi Alexander, who has also directed the movie Punisher: War Zone, and several episodes of DC Comic’s various superhero TV shows, confirmed on social media an IMDB listing that claimed she has signed on with the film.
We’re just about a month away from the release of WWE 2K17, and we already know the full roster for the game, which means it’s just about the right time for a gameplay trailer! From the fine folks at 2K Games, via IGN, here is that trailer, which, of course, asks the question, “Who’s Next?”
The holiday weekend and the new college football season took chunks out of Raw’s viewership this week, as the show started with a strong number, but shed viewers throughout the evening, dropping the average and finishing the evening well under the 3 million mark. Overall, the show, which started well with the Kevin Owens victory celebration and excellent matches involving Seth Rollins, Chris Jericho, Bayley, and WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte, before seeing a sharp drop-off in quality (then rebounding with a strong main event that, clearly, nobody saw), finished with an average of 3.07 million viewers, down significantly from the 3.31 million it brought in last week. The show also drew a 1.07 rating in the 18-49 demographic, which was also down somewhat, and put Raw at #4 for the evening among original cable programming, behind Love and Hip-Hop on VH-1, and a college football game (and post-game show) on ESPN.
With the WWE Brand Extension once again in full swing, it’s time for the next hurdle in the road, the very first brand-exclusive Pay Per View. Smackdown gets the first kick at the can with Backlash, a PPV name that actually has a long history due to formerly being WWE’s first post-Mania PPV that dealt with the fallout from the largest show of the year (hence the name). Can Smackdown maintain the legacy of Backlash? Well, they’ve actually got a pretty big hill to climb, thanks to a small roster, a show that doesn’t seem to have enough matches announced to fill three hours, and having to introduce two major titles on the same show with only a few weeks of build-up. The talent is there, however, so the show could actually be quite good. And if you want some more thoughts and predictions to get you prepared for Backlash, well, then just keep reading.