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SummerSlam Moving Away From Los Angeles?

Right now, there is talk of SummerSlam being held at Madison Square Garden. There is also talk of holding the 2015 Royal Rumble in California, either in Los Angeles or Anaheim.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter

WWE.com Article on the Performance Center

http://www.wwe.com/inside/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-the-wwe-performance-center

WWE Holding a Tryout Camp at the Performance Center This Weekend

The two biggest confirmed names at the moment are Ricochet and Bestia 666, son of luchador Damien 666.

Credit Mike Johnson, PWInsider.com

WWE.com Article on Smoky Mountain Wrestling

Jim Cornette himself took place in the interview

http://www.wwe.com/classics/oral-history-of-smoky-mountain-wrestling-26165186

“What if”

Weekly “What if” time mofos.  This was a suggestion from someone. Im sure we all know the backstory/urban legend so I’ll keep it short.

What if the MSG incident never happened, and HHH won the 1996 King of the Ring instead of Steve Austin?

Things to consider:
– Nash and Hall were on their way to WCW, thus opening up a few top level roster spots.

– Austins 3:16 speech.  I think the whole “Austins career skyrocketed after the 3:16 moment” is revisionist WWE history,  but how important was this moment to his career arc?

– Does Austin eventually get his push, and get to work with Bret Hart (the feud that put him on the map) without winning KOTR?

– If HHH wins KOTR and gets a singles push, do we ever get DX as we know it?  If so,  what are the ramifications of no DX in the late 90s?

– Was HHH ready for a top level push in 96?  If he fails, does he get “future endeavored” at some point?

Just a jumpoff point, go nuts.

QOTD Back to Scott

Hey Scott,

PhilippeTCA reporting from Las Vegas.

So with a rumor of Styles being offered a WWE contract, it got me to thinking.

Let's say that TNA folds within a year and you suddenly have a bunch of free agents now available.

1. Who do you bring in. And what's the order of importance, if any.
2. Do you do an invasion?
3. Do you put them all on Smackdown and let Heyman book again?
4. Do you need TNA to shutter to do any of this? Couldn't WWE just offer everyone a contract on the cheap, force them to shut down and buy the tape library? 
5. Is there any real money to be made from bringing back Bubba Ray et al? 
6. Bonus and Weird. Why doesn't TNA do a Wargames match and just give it a new name. Something like Battleground but more of a paradigm.

1.  Kurt Angle and Sting foremost, maybe Beer Money to fill up the midcard, but honestly everyone else is either too old or too small or both to conceivably be worth the investment at this point.  
2.  No point.
3.  This would presume that anyone cares about the TNA guys.
4.  That is how I presume it will go down when it does go down.
5.  Nope.  If there was they'd be there already.
6. They do, it's called Lethal Lockdown.

Impact Wrestling – December 12, 2013

Impact
Wrestling
Date:
December 12, 2013
Location:
Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida
Commentators:
Mike Tenay, Tazz
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
The
tournament is finally down to two entrants with Magnus and Jeff Hardy
left to square off for the title. Thankfully they’re giving us a
week off from the matches to get ready for the title match instead of
just blasting through it tonight. We do however have Feast or Fired
tonight, with a shot at all the male titles and a pink slip up for
grabs. Let’s get to it.

We
open with a recap of Dixie trying to get the title back last week.
Rockstar
Spud is driving near Gainsville, Georgia as he tries find AJ’s house.
In
the arena, JB is standing next to four briefcases and the Wheel of
Dixie. Inside the four cases are a World Title shot, an X-Division
Title shot, a Tag Team Title shot and a pink slip. We’ll get to
those later though as we need to find out the stipulations for the
tournament final. Before we can talk about gimmick match #2 though,
here’s Angle to clear the ring and call out Bobby Roode to end this
once and for all.
Roode
comes out and says he’ll fight but not right now. He was eliminated
from the tournament by falling through a table. Angle was eliminated
because ever since he passed on the Hall of Fame, Roode has beaten
him. Kurt says he could beat Roode twice in one night and the fight
is on again. Security comes out to break it up and Roode gets in a
low blow. Next week is Final Resolution and Bobby wants a 2/3 falls
match.
We
look back at Bad Influence vs. Joseph Park, focusing on Bad Influence
finding out that the Park Park and Park law offices closed years ago.
Eric
Young has a plan for the match and asks Park to trust him.
Joseph
Park/Eric Young vs. Bad Influence
Young
takes Daniels down to start before bringing in a hesitant Park. Off
to Kaz vs. Eric with Young raining down right hands in the corner.
Back to Park as the fast tags continue and Tenay plugs every internet
feature the company can think of. A knee to Park’s gut puts him down
and Bad Influence takes turns pounding on him. Par fights back but
gets nervous again, so Eric gives him a few hard right hands to the
face, busting him open. Abyss mode ensues and Kaz is Black Hole
Slammed for the pin at 5:45.
Rating:
D+. I still don’t get the
appeal of Eric Young. He isn’t particularly funny, he isn’t anything
special in the ring, he doesn’t do anything that others couldn’t do
just as well, but he’s kept a job for several years now. Bad
Influence on the other hand is actually funny and can put on good
matches, which is clearly why they’re stuck in feuds like this one.
Post
match Eric tells Park that he’s Abyss, which apparently no one
suggested to him in 18 months.
Ethan
Carter III is getting massaged before he has a Hall of Fame moment
tonight. It’s going to make social media explode.
Here’s
Carter for his match but he makes sure to tell Brian Hebner that he
has nothing to worry about. Tonight Carter is going to face TNA’s
social media guru: Jeremy Borash. JB makes a hilarious terrified
face like he just saw TNA’s PPV numbers but Sting of all people
interrupts Carter.
Sting
asks if he can shake Carter’s hands because Carter is a skyrocket.
Carter is shooting for the stars but he hasn’t accomplished anything
at all. Sting isn’t cool with this because Carter is just riding his
family and last name through doors that never should have been opened
for him. There’s a big match coming up tonight called Feast or Fired
and Carter can either enter or fight Sting right now. Carter gets in
Sting’s face and says it’s on, meaning he’ll enter Feast or Fired.
Spud
is still looking for AJ’s house but finds a gas station attendant who
says Styles hangs out at a bar down the road.
Gail
Kim vs. ODB
This
is supposed to be the open challenge but Gail says she’s beaten ODB
too many times already. ODB says she’s here to fight Tapa though and
the brawl is on. Gail gets involved though and ODB gets double
teamed down until Madison Rayne (looking great with long reddish
brown hair) returns to make the save.
Spud
finds the bar and imitates a redneck to get some service. He calls
AJ Alan Jones (his real name) and is told he’ll get information for a
drink. Spud puts down a dollar bill and asks for some mixed drink,
getting a beer with a lemon instead.
Post
match Spud sings karaoke and is thrown out.
Video
outlining Feast or Fired.
James
Storm and Gunner apologize to each other and say good luck in the
match tonight.
Spud
keeps looking and walks off into the dark with a flashlight.
Here’s
Dixie Carter to oversee the face to face meeting between Hardy and
Magnus. Earlier tonight Angle destroyed the Wheel of Dixie but
she’ll give him the 2/3 falls match anyway. That brings her to AJ
Styles, who is still making a mockery of her world title. Next week
though she gets a new world champion and brings out the competitors.
Hardy talks about winning the Bound For Glory Series last year and
promises to win the title again next week.
Magnus
says he sees Hardy as the best today and the final obstacle. Dixie
says the final match will be called Dixieland and we get a video
explaining the concept. The match starts in a cage and you have to
climb over the top and go up the ramp and climb a ladder to pull down
the belt. I’m sure this isn’t going to be overbooked at all. Dixie
promises to make the winner the face of TNA and let them become the
most important person in the company.
Velvet
says she has Sabin’s back tonight in his title match, even though
Sabin seems oblivious to her.
Spud
breaks into presumably AJ’s house and finds the belt in a bag on the
coffee table. AJ comes down the stairs and is incredibly calm
considering someone broke into his home. Apparently people had
called him and told him to expect a British guy, hence why the door
was open. AJ says we can either call the cops or call some of his
buddies. Spud leaves the belt and runs away as AJ slams the door.
Anderson
says he had fun at the funeral but now it’s time to get the world
title back.
X-Division
Title: Chris Sabin vs. Austin Aries
Sabin
is defending. Aries sends him into the corner to start and takes a
victory lap, including a look at Sky. The distraction lets Aries
slide back in for a baseball slide to take out Sabin, only to have
the champion send him face first into the apron. A gutbuster gets
three straight near falls for Sabin and he drapes Aries ribs first
across the top rope for the same.
Aries
comes right back by draping Sabin’s ribs across the top and pounding
away at Chris’ head. A forearm puts Sabin on the floor but Aries
throws him back in for a missile dropkick. Sabin stops a charging
Aries with a boot to the face but Austin Japanese armdrags the
champion into the corner. Chris rolls him up for two but the kickout
nearly sends Sabin into Velvet. The distraction lets Aries hit the
brainbuster for the pin and the title at 6:08.
Rating:
C. Not bad here and maybe this
can get the title to mean something for a few weeks. The belt has
been worthless since BFG as it always is around this time of year.
It’s just a toy that TNA dusts off every now and then to make it seem
like it matters but it’ll be nothing again in a few weeks.
Post
break Sabin gets in Aries’ face but Aries says he’ll enter Feast or
Fired and then steal Velvet.
Magnus
talks about winning the world title but gets a phone call.
Preview
for next week’s Final Resolution with Angle vs. Roode and Jeff vs.
Magnus.
Feast
or Fired
Mr.
Anderson, Curry Man, Samoa Joe, Dewey Barnes, Norv Fernum, Chris
Sabin, Chavo Guerrero, Hernandez, Zema Ion, James Storm, Gunner,
Austin Aries, Ethan Carter III
Anderson
comes out to do his entrance but Bully Ray jumps him from behind and
piledrives Anderson on the stage. Ray talks about evil standing
strong over good in what sounds like a quote from a rather epic
speech. He says Anderson’s wife is pregnant with twins but Ray will
be responsible for their future.
As
for the match, there’s a briefcase at each corner of the ring and
whoever gets the case gets whatever is inside. That could be a shot
at the World, Tag Team or X-Division Titles or a pink slip. The bell
rings and Curry Man immediately walks out and Sabin bails to the
floor. Fernum and Barnes both miss dives but Aries dives on everyone
to take them out. Ion dropkicks Aries through the ropes and SuperMex
launches himself over the top rope to take everyone out. Gunner
backdrops storm onto them as Norm and Dewey hit dives of their own.
Joe hits the suicide elbow to take the jobbers out and the ring is
empty.
Carter
gets back in the ring and gets case #3 as we take a break. Back with
Joe destroying everyone in sight until Barnes and Fernum throw him to
the floor. They both go up top but Ion shoves them to the floor,
allowing him to grab case #2. Most of the people get back inside and
it’s Aries diving onto Storm and Hernandez. A discus lariat staggers
Hernandez and Aries hits some running dropkicks in the corner. He
sends Barnes and Fernum into each other before going up top for a 450
onto both guys.
Austin
goes for a case but Sabin makes a save, only to be sent into the
steps. Joe, Chavo and Hernandez get back inside with Chavo being
launched into the corner where he grabs case #4. Gunner and Storm
get back inside but have to deal with Hernandez. Dewey and Norv come
back in to try a superplex on Hernandez but Gunner powerbombs him
down to make it a Tower of Doom. Storm Last Calls Joe to the floor
but Gunner crotches him and takes the case to end the match at 14:11.
Rating:
C+. This is always a hard match
to grade as there are four winners and technically no losers. The
whole point of the match is the drama of the cases being opened next
week and not really about the action here. Gunner turning on Storm
is kind of interesting but nothing out of the ordinary. Still
though, decent enough stuff.
Dixie
is sitting at a dinner table when Jeff Hardy comes in. He accepts a
glass of wine as the show ends.
Overall
Rating:
D+. This show was
really chatty. We had one match in the first hour and then a lot of
talking. Then there was another match and we talked some more, then
we had Feast or Fired to end things. Last week’s show worked because
they threw a lot of stuff at us to keep it interesting, but tonight
was all about only a handful of angles which got repetitive quickly.
It’s not a horrible show but it was there to set up future stuff
which doesn’t make for the most entertaining two hours.
Results
Joseph
Park/Eric Young b. Bad Influence – Black Hole Slam to Kazarian
Austin
Aries b. Chris Sabin – Brainbuster
Ethan
Carter III, Zema Ion, Chavo Guerrero and Gunner won Feast or Fired

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WWE Network…why?

Hey Scott, 
Thought about the WWE Network. Assuming Raw and Smackdown remain on regular cable TV, it seems like the only content draws for a WWE Network would be 1) Non-Mania PPVs 2) On-demand complete archive 3) Non-wrestling original programming, like say "Legend's House".

If that's the case, it really comes down to the PPVs being the ONLY reason they'll get anyone to subscribe to this thing. I mean, the #3 content is completely worthless, as possibly zero people would pay to see that stuff. As for the archive, they've had the WWE Classics service available on both cable AND online for years, and reports are that they maxed out at around 75-100,000 subscribers. Sure they way underhyped it, and if they actually put ALL of the archives on there available totally on-demand, then yeah it'd get more buys, but I'm thinking not too many more.

So that leaves the monthly PPVs as the only thing that will draw people to subscribe. So that said, aren't they just basically changing the price of their PPVs and selling them directly? Am I missing something or is that really what's going on? I mean, it comes down to them deciding "Well if we sell our PPVs for $10 a month rather than $65 a month, more people will buy them and we'll make more money. And we'll throw in the archive for free." What am I missing here? Because if the Network model doesn't include advertiser revenue or the cable companies paying WWE for the rights to carrying the Network, the network is actually just a subscription-based price adjustment for the pay-per-views.

EH?

Yeah, the feeling going in was that going digital would offset the costs associated with a normal cable network, but Meltzer was saying this morning that costs will actually be MORE for the digital sub because they have to set up all the infrastructure themselves without the cable companies eating some of the setup costs. However, if they make it through the first year, they stand to make more in the long run.  


Honestly, it's a crapshoot that they HAVE to take.  It might fail, but it's the way of the future and they can't depend on USA forever.  

A+ Match of the Day

Howdy Blog O’Doomers, time to go back to the ladder match and it’s always a good thing when the same two guys can do a ladder match 16 months apart and there’s an argument about which effort was better.

Fact is both of the Shawn-Razor ladder matches have a timeless classic aura about them. I believe generally the Wrestlemania X match is more revered because it was at Wrestlemania and it was such a unique match for Wrestlemania. Up until that point they only had one steel cage match and a couple battle royales.

By the time Summerslam 1995 came around it seemed like an odd time for a rematch because both guys were doing their alternate universe baby face thing. Hell by Summerslam 1995 the whole Clique (at least the four core members) were baby faces. Still I must applaud Shawn for demanding an opponent to have a good match with instead of trying to carry Sid…What an asshole!

With Nash’s recent revelation that they weren’t allowed to use the ladder as a weapon the second time around (maybe it’s true, maybe it’s not, who knows?) it gives me a greater appreciation for this one so enjoy it again with that in mind. For the WWF Intercontinental championship Shawn Michaels defends against Razor Ramon in a ladder match rematch.

RF Video Shoot Interview with Konnan, Volume 2

This interview was filmed in 2010. It ran at just under two hours long. It was a follow up to his first shoot from 2000.

The interview begins with his initial thoughts of TNA were that the idea of the weekly PPV was not a sound business plan and went there because he couldn’t get a job in WWE.

Initially, he thought that Jeff Jarrett was old-school as a booker and believed that he was trying to impress his dad but also said that he did not have a lot to work with and now, believes that he has evolved. He also puts over his improvement as a wrestler, noting that he use to be obnoxious, a terrible dresser and promo. Konnan believes that Jarrett has finally changed with the times, instead of being stuck in the 80’s and 90’s.
He thought that Jerry Jarrett was bringing in old ideas from the past that were dated. He believes that you can modify ideas from the past to have them work today but you just can’t expect the fans to buy into stuff from the 70’s. He says that the business had passed him by.
When Jerry Jarrett sold TNA, Konnan thought TNA was getting a little better due to participating in less angles that he felt were corny, but at the end of the day, he felt that Dixie Carter was just like Eric Bischoff in a sense that they were excited to be around of wrestlers and given bad advice by people with hidden agendas. Konnan noted that Dixie was nice at the beginning but turned standoffish after finding out what the business is about.
His first gimmick in TNA was that he called out TNA for stealing from Lucha Libre with the X Division. He brought in guys that were fed to Jerry Lynn. Konnan tells us that Jerry Jarrett called Lynn the “dragon slayer” and that he kept telling Konnan to find more “dragons.” Konnan jokingly refers to Jarrett as “King Arthur” while telling this story.
After he wasn’t doing anything for a while and chilling with Ron Killings and BG James, he asked to be put together with them. He then tells the story from WCW when the “Filthy Animals” name became about when Disco Inferno would comment when guys like he and Rey came back late at night from clubbing.
Konnan goes back to WCW when Russo started out. He says that WCW was very clickish and that Bischoff’s guys would flat-out refuse to do things he said. Konnan also said that Russo would tell him that he was concerned about guys who were not getting over. Konnan puts him over for being open minded and wanting to push the envelope but felt he was burned out in TNA due to power struggles with Jarrett.
Konnan said that Juventud Guerrera got him heat when he first arrived after he didn’t take care of Jerry Lynn after hitting him with the Juvy Driver, leaving Lynn out for almost a year with injury. Konnan said that Juvy also got heat on himself in Mexico after he did an interview about how he was the only Mexican wrestler that they cared about in the U.S. because he spoke English. When Juvy returned to Mexico, Abismo Negro saw him in the locker room and kicked his ass.
Konnan is now asked about the incident between Juvy and Jack Evans. He first gives us the backstory of how the heat began when Juvy was selfish in the ring and wouldn’t sell anything and treated Jack and Teddy Hart like jabroni’s. Konnan said that he just got back to AAA at that point and although he wasn’t booking, he was acting like a consultant and told Juvy that Teddy and Jack looked up to him and to help them out. The day before of the incident in question, Sean Waltman put shit in Juvy’s bag during his match. Waltman did this after Juvy did an interview in the United States were he said that Waltman attempted suicide. At the time, Waltman was living in Mexico with his girlfriend, Alicia Webb, and her son, who Sean spent a lot of time with. Anyway, the boy’s biological father was looking for him and apparently got hold of this interview and showed it to a judge and after that, they had to go to court and the boy’s father won custody. After his match, Juvy opened the bag and flipped out, like a “straight up bitch” dumping the shit on the floor and yelling that Konnan did this. Juvy’s girlfriend Lizzy Valentine was flipping out too. Konnan claims that despite being pissed at Juvy, Waltman would shake his hand, unlike Konnan, who states that if he is pissed at you he will brush you away. Juvy then went to confront Konnan, who blew him off, and Juvy thought for sure that it was Konnan. The next day, Konnan was sitting backstage with a lot of English speaking wrestlers and Juvy started to flip out and swear “Indian style,” which meant that he threw together a bunch of words that do not fit together. Konnan said that he had enough and got up but Juvy grabbed a chair. Jack Evans, who was sitting on a stage, jumped off and kicked the chair out of Juvy’s hands and cracked him in the face. Juvy was stunned and tried to fit back but Jack was unloading. Konnan said that when he went to separate them he was pushing Juvy aside and as that happened, Evans grabbed Juvy’s head and kneed him in the face, breaking his nose.
Back to TNA, he is asked about several workers. He liked Super Crazy, who he knew from Promo Azteca. Konnan said that his weight and lack of charisma kept him from being a bigger star.
Konnan is then asked about the Mexicools in the WWE. He said that they might as well have been called the “Bean Burritos” but now says that they have evolved with the Alberto Del Rio character, an aristocrat who looks down on Americans. He then says that a writer who was there at the time told him that they were in a writers meeting with Vince McMahon when the Mexicools gimmick was created. A writer suggested the name, stating that they should be cool Mexicans and Vince thought that since his landscapers were Mexican, that they should come out on ride-on lawnmowers.
He is now asked on a comment that Russo made about how American’s do not want to see Lucha. Konnan said that he is wrong and that Russo does not speak for every fan, stating they liked Eddie Guerrero and Rey Mysterio. He then offers a comparison about how he does not like Garth Brooks, but ten million people buy his album so who is he to say that people do not like him.
When asked what led to the downfall of WCW, Konnan said that there were many factors. He also said that Eric Bischoff should take some blame for his failures, seeing as he has no problem taking credit for what worked.  
Konnan is now asked if Russo is overrated or underrated as a booker. He said he didn’t impress him too much but wasn’t around him when he had success in the WWF so it is hard to say.
He is asked about Dusty Rhodes as a booker. Konnan said that growing up in Miami, Rhodes was as big a star as LeBron James is now. But as a booker, Konnan said that he didn’t know the wrestlers names and would do things to get himself over like surrounded himself with women.
Next he talks about Three Live Krew. He said that he thought of the name due to being a fan of the rap group “Two Live Crew” as a kid. When Billy Gunn came into the company, they broke up the trio as BG went with Gunn. He then said that Jarrett didn’t want him and Killings teaming together so Killings asked to team with Jeff Hardy, as the two were close friends. Jarrett wouldn’t put him with Hardy either and Konnan said that he was very vocal about wanting to do the LAX so they let him do that as Killings floundered. Konnan believes that Jarrett has a personal problem with Killings.
Konnan is asked about Monty Brown. He said that he was extremely talented but TNA cut his nuts off as soon as he was getting over big by putting him with Jarrett’s stable. He said that was done by Jarrett, who wanted to show everyone that he is the star of the company. Konnan also said that Brown quit TNA due to dealing with racism.
He is asked about his first appearance for Ring of Honor in 2002. He said he went in and did not know what the product was about. He went against the SAT’s and backstage, one of them tried to put him on his shoulders to practice a move but he was way too big and obvious that they couldn’t pull it off. He then said that one of them forgot the first spot then fucked up the second and the match fell apart from there. The crowd shitted all over Konnan.
He is asked about Shane Douglas. Konnan calls him a cool dude, who was witty and passionate. He also believes that he had some substance abuse issues when he was in TNA (Which Shane himself had confirmed). He also recalls the spot in which Douglas puked in the ring.
Konnan is asked if Jarrett pushed himself too hard at the beginning. Konnan said that he did but in the early days, they had no stars. Konnan tells a story about being in Australia for WWA. He said that Jarrett wrestled Nathan Jones, who Konnan said was a nice guy, and just went out there and beat him. Konnan was perplexed that Jarrett wouldn’t want to do something so he could go back to Australia for a future match, due to the size and look of Jones.
He is asked about his relationship with Raven. Konnan said that Raven has always been condescending, which is something he can deal with, but likes to talk to him even though they have had a tumultuous relationship. Konnan said that Jarrett prevented Raven from becoming a bigger star in TNA when he took control. Konnan said that Raven went to Dixie Carter and buried Jeff Jarrett and Bob Ryder and that Jarrett never forgot that.
Konnan is asked about LAX. He said that he always wanted Homocide as part of the group. He originally wanted Apolo but he no-showed a bunch of dates and that was the end of that. Konnan also wanted Low-Ki but said that Dutch Mantell had heat with him. Konnan said that Low-Ki has heat with a lot of people and that he refuses to kiss anyone’s ass either, which does not help in the wrestling business.
Next, Konnan is asked how Dixe Carter is not able to see problems that are clearly evident, even to the fans watching. Konnan said that Dixie’s head is in the sand when a problem arises and she tells people to deal with their problems instead of trying to help. Konnan also says that she is the daughter of a multi-billionaire and that it is not her money, just like Bischoff in WCW.
Konnan thinks that Jeremy Borash is talented in what he does but that he always makes sure to latch on to the person in power. He said that he rode Russo’s nuts while in WCW.
He likes Samoa Joe and says that TNA dropped the ball with him and says that he should go to the WWE. He thought Team Canada was easy to work with.
When asked if people are underpaid in TNA, Konnan says yes. He said that guys like AJ Styles and Kazarian might me making more than when they first started but only the top guys are getting any money. He said it is frustrating to be told that there is no money for a raise then see them bring in the Dudleys, Christian, and Kurt Angle. He said that was one of the main reasons as to why he quit.
He thinks that it is a double-edged sword when it comes to TNA going after ex-WWE guys. Sometimes, it can make viewers turn in and think it is cool to see someone but other times, it comes off desperate when they go after guys who were lower card in the WWE.
Konnan calls Kevin Nash a master politician. He also says that Nash was bad for the X Division, saying he got into that role when he had a heart condition and they didn’t believe him so he asked to help get the X Division over. Konnan said that he only wanted to get himself over.
He is asked about the death of Antonio Pena, the owner of the AAA promotion. Konnan said he was glad to reconcile with him before his death, saying it was very important to him. He puts over Pena for his passion and intelligence.
Konnan now talks about the birth of LAX. He said that he liked Homicide after seeing him work in Puerto Rico but had to fight to get him into TNA, as they thought he was too short and didn’t care for his physical appearance. He then put Hernandez in the group as they were not doing anything with him. Konnan said that he picked out the colors and even produced the rap song with someone.
When asked about Mick Foley in TNA, Konnan said that he was really funny at first then changed after that. Konnan said that he is a huge Foley fan then says that when people first arrive to TNA after being in the WWE, they are happy at the beginning with less politics and that they are not on the rode as much. Then after a while, they realize that this place isn’t major league and that fans will approach them and ask if they are still wrestling. Konnan then says that the stars usually go back after resting in TNA for a while before saying that Vince should let guys have a few months a year, in order to keep guys fresh.

Konnan said he got along with Cornette in TNA. He said he was loud and funny. When asked about Cornette and Russo in TNA, he said that Jarrett and Dutch Mantell acted as buffers between them.

While doing Spanish commentary, Konnan said that he would bury guys he didn’t like and put over guys that he did like.

Konnan said that never say never when it comes to TNA competing with the WWE but does not ever see that happening. He said that Dixie does not put in the time and effort that Vince does with the WWE. He also said that Dixie has the wrong people around her.

Konnan said that both TNA and WWE need to get over the bullshit that you need to be tall and jacked to wrestle and go after guys in RoH and Dragon Gate. He said that if he was TNA, he would bring in Pac and Ibushi, saying that people want to see athletic matches and knows that it is exciting to watch and different. He said part of why he brought Lucha Libre to the U.S. was to counter the slow and lumbering style that the fans were used to at the time.

When asked if Paul Heyman could turn around TNA, Konnan thinks that TNA should have brought him in and let him do whatever he wanted. Konnan said that ECW was cool and different and thought he could come in and change things because he can think outside of the box. He also mentions how he never let the truth get in the way of a good story.

Konnan is asked what made him leave TNA. He said the main factor was that he never got a raise as he was constantly told that there was no money, despite being there for five years. One time, he got pissed and did an interview bad-mouthing TNA and after that, Jarrett told him that he wasn’t going to get a raise if he kept acting like that and after that, Konnan brought up to Jeff how he was always told that there was not any money for a raise. He also claims that at one point LAX was selling the most merchandise.

He is now asked to elaborate on the racism in TNA. He recalls a story of how once at a meeting, Scott D’Amore asked to bring in D’Lo Brown and was told by an executive that “you want to go the nigger route.” He also said that Ron Killings was told not to act like an “uppity nigger” and that when Konnan himself missed a show, an executive reportedly said that they could easily replace him with any “drunk Puerto Rican in the park.” Konnan puts over how he never used racial slurs to describe anyone and that in TNA, executives would joke about minorities on a frequent basis.

Up next is Konnan’s beef with Vampiro. He said that they are cool now and that it started when they were top starts in Mexico. Konnan also puts over how Vampiro is constantly full of shit and that he lives on the same planet of oblivion as Juvy, Brian Christopher, and Teddy Hart when it comes to being delusional about the amount that they have with people and the bullshit that they spew.

Konnan also talks about Vampiro’s story about being kidnapped and how he is full of shit. He does this by going over Vampiro’s claim that some guys broke through his front door then knocked on his bedroom door. After that, he jumped through the window and saw some police that were driving by. He also said that he broke his back then two weeks later he said that he was pushing his girl home from school.

Eddie Guerrero’s death is discussed next. He said he found out when he was at the Double Tree Hotel in Orlando when Dixie told him. She asked him if he wanted to take the night off but he said no, that Eddie would have wanted him to work. Konnan puts over how Eddie was being worked to death and was constantly in pain. He also said that Eddie broke down from the stress and that he was always being told by management how he was not drawing.

He is talked about the angle with Randy Orton spitting on Eddie’s low rider after his death. Konnan siad tat he was bothered by that stuff and knows some of the writers that were there and that the wrestlers and even Stephanie and HHH were all against this but that Vince thought it would get heat and work out.

Konnan is asked about Rey’s push. He said that they do not push him right and that he is a draw to kids. Konnan also says that Rey is also hurt because he cannot cut a good promo. He also said that Rey once told Vince that he was quitting then they brought in Stephanie and the writers and Vince told them to do whatever made Rey happy.

Next is Konnan’s hip replacement surgery. He said that TNA refused to pay for his surgery, saying that he came into the company with the injury. Konnan claims that he had a minor injury that got a lot worse over time when he was wrestling for TNA. He said the insurance he had through TNA had him pay for everything up front then he would get reimbursed at 75%. Konnan then said that he had to sign an agreement with TNA that he would payback the $18,000 it cost for his surgery. He then points out how Ron Killings got hurt and needed surgery after he was sent to work for another promotion by TNA and they made him do the same thing but when Scott Steiner got hurt in Puerto Rico, TNA paid for everything. He says he is not saying this crying racism but just wants to know why they paid for Steiner and not for he and Killings.

He then talks about his kidney surgery. He said that when they went to operate on his hip, he was told that his kidneys were failing and that he needed dialysis and could not wait. He said at first, his body rejected the kidney and that he was doing awful. He was in a hospital in Tijuana and then went to another facility that was private. He also said that he was constantly getting mobbed in Tijuana, putting over how wrestling is bigger there than the U.S.

He said that he went to WWE and spoke with John Laurinatis about he LAX gimmick before he pitched the idea in TNA. He said that John told him that he was too old then Konnan said he was the same age as Booker T. He then said that Bruce Prichard hated him because he was mad that when Konnan called, he was under the impression that Bruce knew who he was. Konnan said that he was asked to send in a tape.

Konnan talks about how WWE wanted to buy AAA. He said that Bruce Prichard went down and told them that Vince offered a 51/49 split and when asked why, Prichard said that Vince doesnt like to answer to others. Konnan said he told the owner of AAA, Dorian Roldan,, that what will happen is that Vince will buy the company and slowly get rid of everyone.

When asked about congress ever regulating pro wrestling, he said that they called him after the Benoit tragedy. He believed that it would have been good and though that Henry Waxman originally headed it up but then it stopped.

He thinks that MMA and Wrestling can learn from each other but that the companies are too stubborn.

He puts over AAA for having a lot of talent right now. He also said when he left with the other luchadores for WCW in 1996, they used a lot of cheaper talent that was not as good. He says that now, the storylines are better and that they have agents. He believes that if they come to the United States, they can do well with the Hispanic population.

Konnan said that he now helps with booking, writing, and producing in AAA. He puts over Fenix and Daga, who he calls almost a mirror image of Bryan Danielson, as the two biggest stars for the future.

When it comes to Teddy Hart, he said he wished he was warned about him before hand. Konnan said that he was grateful for Stu Hart when he was in Calgary and always friendly with Bret. He said when Teddy came to AAA, he gave Konnan some pot and asked where he wanted to smoke. Teddy also told Konnan that he had been celibate for over a year and that they had to get rid of him due to all of the crazy shit that he pulled.

He then talks about how the Swine Flu killed the business for a few months as everyone was afraid of catching the illness.

Konnan is now asked about Juvy’s comments about how he only brought in Mexican talents to WCW to get himself over. He talks about how he brought Rey Mysterio, Psychosis, La Parka, and Juvy to AAA. He then said when Paul Heyman asked him about Rey and Psychosis, Konnan said that they can blow away anything else they had in the locker room. Then in WCW, he came in and requested that Psychosis come in and work with him. He then said that he had to really fight to bring in Rey and Juvy. When Rey first got to WCW, everyone laughed and joked that they were starting a midget division. Konnan said that he only saw two standing ovations from the locker room and both times involved Rey. They were his debut match against Dean Malenko and his Halloween Havoc match against Eddy Guerrero.

When asked what the business is lacking today, Konnan said that they should go behind the scenes more like UFC does, when it comes to how hard they train and also to show a little bit of the inner workings of the business. He then puts over how he is a fan of high flyers and good workers and that would help.

Konnan now discusses the impact of the drug cartels in Mexico. He said that it does hurt business because you cannot go into the certain parts of the country. He said that before the new political party took over, the prior party negotiated with the drug dealers so they would not participate in any mass murders or anything else. When the new party took over, they declared war on the drug cartels and from those cartels, some of the younger people split off and went out on their own and started up with mass murders and other violent tactics.

When asked about Hulk Hogan, he said that he never really hung out with him. He always thought his character was cheezy but that Hogan was always cool with him.

Konnan likes Alberto Del Rio and thinks he has a lot of tools. He thinks that Sin Cara should have went to FCW to learn to work and now he is struggling in the ring.

He is asked about overrated/underrated guys. He says that Low Ki and Austin Aries are underrated.

Konnan puts over how he always loved the junior heavyweights and tell a story about how Kevin Nash told him that when they see a guy like Rey Mysterio, their first thought is that they can kick his ass. Konnan told him that when they see Rey, they see a guy who can do cool moves and no one thinks that they can kick his ass because none of it is real.

He says that the difference between fans from ten years ago to today is that they are harder to please and smarter today. In five years, he sees WWE still running strong and that TNA will still be running, stating that if they lasted this long they can maintain the same pace. He also hopes that he can bring AAA to the United States

Konnan said that if he was in charge today, he would let guys go in the ring. He said that a lot of fans are not getting to see what Bryan Danielson is capable of because the WWE is giving the fans the watered down version.

In regards to bringing AAA to the United States, Konnan said that he would also bring in “hot bitches,” midgets, as well as the best workers not in TNA or WWE. He would also show the behind the scenes stuff he was talking about

Final Thoughts: Good interview. Konnan always says what is on his mind and does offer a lot of insight into the business. He also let us know about all of the backstage stuff that happened in the earlier days of TNA, which if it is true, makes it seem even worse than we thought. He looked really bad in this interview, as his skin was discolored and his kidneys were still in rough shape, but at least looks a little bit better today. I recommend this interview, which was a follow up to his first shoot.

This week, I will not put up a poll as next week, due to the amount of requests that I have received, I will be putting up the recap for the 1989 Timeline with Brutus Beefcake

NXT – December 11, 2013

NXT
Date:
December 11, 2013
Location:
Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators:
Tom Phillips, William Regal, Alex Riley
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
Last
week’s show saw the main event angle continue as Adrian Neville beat
Bo Dallas by countout. I could see this setting up a big time triple
threat if Sami’s feud with Leo Kruger doesn’t last all that long.
Other than that we’re likely to find out who Emma’s mystery partner
is in her battle against the BFF’s. Let’s get to it.

Welcome
Home.
Tag
Titles: Hunico/Camacho vs. Ascension
Hunico
and Camacho are challenging. Viktor and Camacho get things going and
Rick rips Camacho’s shirt off to chop the skin off his chest.
Camacho rolls through a backdrop into a rollup before avoiding a
Viktor elbow drop to pound the champion down. Off to Hunico for a
dropkick in the corner and a quickly broken chinlock but Viktor comes
back with a knee to the face for two.
Back
from a break with Konnor holding Hunico in a headlock on the mat.
Regal brings up the point that every tag team to have faced Ascension
have broken up, possibly because they know there’s no chance of
taking the titles. Viktor comes in for a backbreaker before tagging
out to Konnor for some hard stomping in the corner. Back to the
chinlock for a bit before Viktor hits another backbreaker and puts on
a chinlock of his own.
Hunico
fights up and grabs a rollup but lifts Viktor up into a powerbomb
instead of covering. The double tag brings in Camacho to run over
Konnor and get a two count off a legdrop. Konnor clotheslines him
down as Viktor pulls Hunico off the apron, injuring Hunico’s knee in
the process. The Fall of Man to Camacho is enough to retain the
titles at 8:40 shown of 12:10.
Rating:
C. Not bad here but Hunico and
Camacho were just quick challengers. There’s really no one left for
Ascension to beat in NXT but they would die on the main roster. The
skills are there, but can you imagine Cole trying to talk about these
guys? They would be buried by the commentary so badly that they’d be
lucky to get a win over Los Matadores.
Alexander
Rusev vs. Kassius Ohno
Lana
introduces Rusev who looks more and more awesome every time he’s out
there. This is a result of Ohno beating Rusev’s time in the Beat the
Clock Challenge a few weeks back. Rusev takes him into the corner to
start and drops Ohno with a single right hand. He lifts Kassius up
for a slam before driving knees into his ribs in midair.
Ohno
gets slammed down for two and Alexander stays on the back and ribs.
We hit the bearhug for a bit before another forearm to the back puts
Ohno down. Ohno gets a forearm to the face to set up a small package
for two. That’s the extent of his offense as Rusev runs him over and
the Accolade ends Ohno at 3:05.
Rating:
D. Total and complete squash
here as Ohno leaves the company looking like a jobber. He never
clicked in this company at all but at least his comments after
leaving have been nothing but positive. Rusev has a spot waiting on
him on the main roster once they finally make the call and he’ll take
a lot of people apart.
Rusev
won’t let go of the hold until Lana talks him out of it.
Natalya
runs into a nervous Bayley. Apparently Natalya is going to be in
Bayley’s corner which means it’s hug time.
We
look back at Cesaro attacking Byron Saxton last week. Regal says if
Cesaro has a problem with him, don’t take it out on anyone else.
Natalya/Bayley
vs. BFF’s
Sasha
and Bayley get things going with no Charlotte in sight. Bayley takes
her down and slams Sasha’s face into the mat before it’s off to
Natalya for a double suplex. Summer comes in and is immediately
taken down with a drop toehold before it’s back to Bayley. Rae dives
back to the corner for a tag to Sasha who is taken down just as
quickly.
The
BFF’s finally double team Bayley to take over with Summer choking her
in the corner. Sasha slams her down for two but Bayley counters an
Irish whip, allowing for the hot (?) tag to Natalya. A discus lariat
to Banks looks to set up the Sharpshooter but Sasha makes the save.
Back to Bayley who knocks Summer off the apron but walks into a
double arm trap neckbreaker from Sasha (Bankrupt) for the pin at
3:30.
Rating:
C-. This didn’t have time to go
anywhere but the story still has somewhere to go until the showdown
between Bayley and Charlotte. The BFF’s are better on the mic as
Laycool II but they aren’t terrible in the ring at all, especially
when they keep it in shorter matches like this one. Natalya could
have been any main roster Diva for the sake of this match.
Summer
can’t help from talking trash as she leaves like a good stuck up heel
should.
Leo
Kruger says he’s on a task to become a Real American and it means he
has to hurt Sami Zayn to do it.
Scott
Dawson vs. Mojo Rawley
This
is Dawson’s return after an injury. Rawley takes him into the corner
to start but gets punched backwards with ease. Dawson puts on a
quick chinlock before driving elbows into Rawley’s head. Back up and
Dawson misses a charge into the corner, setting up a Mojo splash in
the corner and an Earthquake for the pin at 2:50. Mojo needs to be
squashing people instead of getting beaten up until the last 45
seconds of a match.
Post
match Dawson lays out Rawley. Again, this should not happen.
Next
week is the 200th episode, featuring an open challenge
from Ascension and Dallas defending against Neville in a lumberjack
match. HHH will be here too, which means a big announcement.
Leo
Kruger vs. Sami Zayn
Sami
charges at Kruger but can’t hang in a fist fight. Kruger catches him
in a wicked spinebuster for two and Zayn bails to the floor, only to
get more of a beating on the outside. Leo throws Sami into the
barricade and slams him down onto the concrete as this is one sided
so far. Back in for a cravate from Kruger before Sami comes back
with a dropkick. They head outside again with Sami hitting some HARD
chops. They head back inside with Zayn getting two off a high cross
body but Leo crotches him down to break up the tornado DDT. The
Slice ends Sami at 4:11.
Rating:
D+. Sami continues to lose
every big match he has and it’s getting annoying. I know he’s
awesome at being the guy that just keeps fighting but he needs to
actually win something in the near future. A win over Kruger would
be fine, especially if it’s in a long match which Sami is capable of
pulling off. The fans are still with him but it’s only going to last
so long.
Sami
clotheslines him to the floor and hits a big flip dive to extend the
feud.
Overall
Rating:
D+. This show didn’t do
it for me. It’s a lot of squashes and short matches other than the
tag titles and most of the matches are building up to another show.
It wasn’t terrible as NXT isn’t capable of having a horrid show, but
they need a good showing next week to make up for this one.
Results
Ascension
b. Hunico/Camacho – Fall of Man to Camacho
Alexander
Rusev b. Kassius Ohno – Accolade
BFF’s
b. Bayley/Natalya – Bankrupt to Bayley
Mojo
Rawley b. Scott Dawson – Earthquake
Leo
Kruger b. Sami Zayn – Slice
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QOTD: Todd Lorenz

These have been flying in.  Trying to figure out how to be fair in posting the one off ones I get, the collection of them that come in, and ones I think will generate the most discussion.   Bear with me please if you’ve sent some and they haven’t been posted…its only been 2 days damnit!

Thought this would generate some discussion.

From Todd Lorenz: 


How about…Who is the best villain of all time, any genre of entertainment?

Vance Middle School and Ricky Morton

Vance Middle School  is where my sons went to middle school, and I can tell you, their gymnasium is more ghetto than your regular school gymnasium. The showers don’t always work unless you love cold showers, which ought to make for a fun experience for the TNA wrestlers once their match is over and they’re looking forward to a nice, hot shower. So if you really need a sign on how low TNA has sunk, here you go: they’re reduced to working in a outdated-by-30-years middle school gym with no working showers.
 
You might be interested in knowing that Ricky Morton himself lives in this area and works for Beau James’ Southern States Wrestling, and it’s quite the sight to see a 60-year Ricky barely being able to walk and with that ’80s mullet now pretty much half gray and half dingy yellow rather than blonde. Saw him at a local Food City once taking out every nickel and quarter he had in his pocket to be able to buy a pick of cigarettes.
 
 

And yet they haven’t brought in the Rock n Roll Express yet.  They can pay Ricky at LEAST smoke money.  

BoD Daily Update

Who is Behind the Pushes For Big E Langston and Roman Reigns?


Apparently, HHH is behind the Roman Reigns push while Langston is a pet project of Vince McMahon
Credit Wade Keller, PW Torch Audio Hotline


Update on AJ Styles/TNA Contract Situation

The contract that TNA offered AJ was significantly less than what he was making. This proprosed contract also had a very low guarantee and was more of a per-date agreement. TNA offered AJ a low contract, thinking that since the WWE offered him a low contract, that they could cut his pay and that he would have nowhere else to go and consider staying with TNA. 
Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter



Highspots Releases Newest Installment in Their “Diva Diaries” Series

The subject is Daffney. Below is the link to the trailer.