Impact Wrestling – May 25, 2017

Impact Wrestling
Date: May 25, 2017
Location: Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida
Commentators: D’Angelo Dinero, Jeremy Borash

It’s time for another triple threat match, this time with World Title implications. Tonight it’s James Storm vs. Ethan Carter III vs. Magnus in a match that will likely help set up the World Title picture as we approach Slammiversary. We’re about six weeks away from the pay per view, meaning it’s almost time to start setting things up. Let’s get to it.

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Uso vs Fatu

Why would WWE rename Josh and Jon Fatu as Jimmy and Jey Uso if they totally acknowledge that they’re Rikishi FATU’s kids? I just never got stuff like that. Is there an actual reason?

You can’t trademark real names. Simple as that.

Smoky Mountain Wrestling TV – March 28th, 1992


– Last week on SMW TV… The Tag Team Tournament began! Jack Victory and Rip Morgan advanced to the Semi-Finals, defeating Johnny and Davey Rich… Jim Cornette brought a camera crew to meet his new team at Hooters, but that didn’t go as well as planned. He also had a limo driver named Herd… The Fantastics revealed Tommy Rogers as their mystery partner, but wouldn’t you know it, both Ivan and Vladimir had wives going into labor at the same time, switching the advertised Main Event (the Koloffs didn’t appear at the taping, so maybe transportation or last-minute booking issues, rather than classic bait-and-switch).

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BoD Daily Update

Adam Cole Update

Right now, Cole has not signed a deal with anyone since leaving Ring of Honor. The WWE has still not offered him a contract based on the legal issue regarding tampering when it comes to RoH wrestlers but is expected he will end up signed with the company. Impact Wrestling is also tryingto make a play for him.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter


Emma Update

Emma is supposed to be cleared from her shoulder injury in mid-June

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter


Ring of Honor Throwback Thursday Match

Here is Kevin Steen & El Generico vs. The Young Bucks from the 2009 Contention show

India’s Wrestling Rise

Taking nothing from Jinder (I’ll let others do that), putting the title on him looks like a hasty "LOOK WHAT WE DID" from Vince to try to outshine Impact By Anthem. Impact, through Jarrett, already had major inroads in that market. Remember Ra Ka King? It may have been ahead of its time in 2011, but they still were there first. Just a thought.

I’m sure Vince is up at night stewing about it. Also, Sonjay Dutt would slide right into 205 Live and be an effective babyface for the market. Also, Roman Reigns is getting jealous of all the attention that Jinder is getting on the blog.

Jinder is Honky

Scott- Jinder Mahal is not JBL at all. The closest reference point is probably Honkytonk Man. My case:

Both guys were spinning wheels until they got that big win (Honky over Roberts, Mahal in the 5 way) then they did some higher profile tv stuff (Honky on snme as kimchee, Mahal beating styles and orton) and lucked their way into a title run.

I doubt Mahal goes as long as Honky with the belt but the similarities are pretty strong. Mahal will get past Orton then it will be Honky booking all over again.


​Honky had an actual character that was easily definable and explainable. He was an obnoxious Elvis impersonator who couldn’t actually sing but thought he was a mega-star anyway.

Jinder is, what? A guy who is from India? We don’t even know his motivations. In storyline terms, is he supposed to be legitimately popular in India? We have no idea. It’d be like if I was a wrestler and just went out and yelled about how everyone was stereotyping me as a Saskatchewanian while I was drinking Pil and wearing a Corner Gas bunny hug. ​It’s just lazy writing, period.

oh mi lord

40 minute mark – who are these guys? They had the temerity to do this match in the mid 80’s and not promote this division? Good lord this is fantastic, the crowd ate it up near the end, and i dont know who either guy is.

​Really? It’s a pretty famous match. Black Tiger is Marc "Rollerball" Rocco from England, and the Black Tiger character was kind of the evil version of Tiger Mask. The Cobra is George Takano, who had a famous tag team with his brother Shunji in Japan. I can understand why the WWF didn’t run with it at the time, since they didn’t really have a lot of guys under contract who could consistently do that style. The title was more for Japan purposes anyway, so they could maintain a relationship with New Japan until it fell apart COMPLETELY soon after. ​

Oh, these (snarky) comments!


I do not disagree with some of the things you have said about the Jinder Mahal push of Doom. Also, I do understand why some of this has been a little upsetting to some of your readers as of late. After reviewing some of the discussion that has taken place on this subject and listening to Brian Alvarez’s (sp?) incessant public bitching, I would like to make a few points that I feel deserve further attention.

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Attitude era overrated?

Just finishing up 1998 WWF PPV’s and I have to say this. I know this was in the middle of the last great wrestling boom period but for the most part, most of these PPV’s really sucked. From re-reading your rants you fully acknowledge the bad undercards with the hot Austin main events but with the exception of WM, the two followup Foley brawls, and Summerslam, even most of the main events were snoozefests. You’ve got the super over Outlaws putting on mediocre match after mediocre match and terrible to just boring undercard matches. I would argue that 1997 was a better year wrestling wise even though WCW was kicking their ass. I know with 1999 shows approaching on my watchlist it won’t get much better until 2000 hits. As a whole, with the exception of Rocky’s rise to stardom, is it safe to say with almost 20 years of retrospect that the Attitude era was vastly overrated?

​Hey man, I’m not one of the millenial Attitude Era babies that’s always longing for a return to the Russo Days and crying about the PG Era. Maybe it’s because we really only got half of the Monday Night Wars in Canada, but I just don’t have the blind nostalgia for that time period that others seem to. And yeah, a lot of the stuff after Austin wins the title and before Rock becomes a go-to main event guy are BRUTAL. They just had nothing for challengers for Steve outside of Mankind, and it was basically an entire roster of guys adjusting to a completely different style of working. By the time Rock matured and Russo left, it was of course awesome, and once again it can’t be overstated how important adding the Radicalz to the mix was to the undercard.

WWE UK Championship Special

UK Championship Special
Date: May 19, 2017
Location: Epic Studios, Norwich, England
Commentators: Jim Ross, Nigel McGuinness

This was a special two day event taped about two weeks ago as WWE continues their UK expansion. The idea here is to set up the UK Title match at Takeover: Chicago, which was announced before this show ever aired. The initial tournament shows were a lot of fun so hopefully this continues the trend. Let’s get to it.

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