As the company continues their negotiations with Spike TV, TNA has signed a new television contract with SuperSport in Africa. The deal is for five years, which means that Dixie Carter and company will maintain a strong presence overseas, even if they are unable to secure another deal with Spike. Many in the industry are under the impression that Impact Wrestling will remain on television in the United States somehow.
August 21, 2014
It will be interesting to see how WWE handles the promotion of the world heavyweight championship over the next few weeks. Brock Lesnar is not scheduled to be back on television for approximately a month. John Cena, who is returning next week, is expected to get his rematch story line. Paul Heyman is great at what he does, but management will be curious to see how the audience reacts to a missing champion.
August 19, 2014
For those wondering about the final segment of Monday Night Raw this week, it was designed to write Dean Ambrose off of television. There were speculations that he was going to need time off to film a movie for WWE Studios, but the initial belief was that he would not need to miss television time. It now appears that the company is just going to take him off the road, so he can focus on filming.
August 19, 2014
In a sign of how much power he has gained backstage, Bully Ray was recently put in charge of a talent meeting to explain to the performers that TNA was still going to remain in business. The former world heavyweight champion has been given access to details of the negotiations that the company has undertaken with the various television networks.
August 17, 2014
While the widespread assumption is that Spike and TNA have parted ways, the two sides still remain in negotiations on a new television contract. Executives from the network were backstage at the recent taping of Impact Wrestling. There were also representatives from other television networks on hand as well, as they are interested in doing a deal with Dixie Carter.
August 17, 2014
As the company still works on negotiating a new television contract with Spike TV, Dixie Carter is actually moving forward with plans for the company to go back on the road. She is currently working with a marketing firm to come up with a profitable plan on doing live events again. TNA had struggled to fill arenas over the last year, so it is a smart move for Carter to seek outside help in this area.
August 16, 2014
The speculation right now is that the stable of Xavier Woods, Kofi Kingston and Big E Langston has been disbanded since WWE has not been utilizing them much on television. Those rumors appear to be true as Woods addressed those rumors through his Twitter account. He stated that he is not currently involved in a group. Woods also mentioned that he would much rather use intelligence as a weapon in a stable as opposed to race.
August 15, 2014
Rumors have surfaced that Vince McMahon and company have given up on Bo Dallas. They do not view him as someone that will be a major asset to WWE. With his push being derailed on television, these rumors appear to lean closer to fact than fiction. Dallas had his push taken away almost immediately the last time he was on the main roster, so there are those that believe that this might be his final chance.
August 15, 2014
Sometimes, you watch the news and find a cause that makes you want to stand up. The entire country is in an uproar after police officers shot and killed a teenager named Michael Brown. A big protest was started, and TNA star MVP flew into the state to take part in it. He stated that this was a last minute decision because sometimes "shaking your fist at the television is not enough."
August 14, 2014
A really interesting move was just announced by Dixie Carter. Impact Wrestling is moving to Wednesday night, and it is happening immediately after this upcoming episode. August 20th will be the next day that TNA is back on Spike TV. A lot of speculations have arisen because of this move, and some are wondering if this means that a new television contract has been signed.
August 14, 2014
Fans in Canada have access to the WWE Network now, but it is not like what their counterparts in the United States are used to. Instead of it being an online service, Vince McMahon made a deal with Rogers that puts his product on television. Fans will have access to the scheduled programming, but they will not be able to browse through the catalog. It is also $11.99 instead of $9.99. In addition to that, Rogers is only available in a portion of the country, so everyone else is left out. That has caused some criticism from fans online.
August 13, 2014
There is a lot of pressure on Dixie Carter nowadays because many believe that TNA is going to be closing shop soon. However, the belief is that if she can come through and get a television deal set for Impact Wrestling, then she will have earned the respect of many people backstage in the company and in the industry. A win like that might even help her repair her reputation with online critics.
August 12, 2014
While there are uncertainty as to whether or not Alberto Del Rio is under the 90 day no compete clause with WWE since he is rumored to be appearing at the big AAA pay per view this weekend, we now know that Ricardo Rodriguez cannot make an appearance for a television promotion. He informed fans via Twitter that he would not be able to make an appearance at TripleMania this upcoming Sunday.
August 12, 2014
There is a growing sense of optimism towards Jeff Jarrett and Global Force Wrestling. Some feel that he might have found a formula that can draw in a good amount of viewers. The belief is that GFW will showcase wrestling matches from around the world. Jarrett might even bring in international performers from time to time to showcase them on the television show that he is trying to put together.
August 11, 2014
While a lot of fans have been trying to calculate when the final episode of Impact Wrestling is going to be, it is said that TNA management has not openly discussed that possibility at the moment. Dixie Carter is carrying on like the company is going to get another television deal, even if it is not with Spike TV. Officials do not want to make the performers paranoid by making them think otherwise.
August 9, 2014
Expect to hear plenty of comparisons between Dean Ambrose and Steve Austin over the next couple of months. WWE is having the former Shield member take elements of the Austin character in an attempt to win over even more fans. While it was not shown on Monday Night Raw, the company is doing a story where Ambrose refused medical attention after being severely injured by Kane and Seth Rollins.
August 21, 2014
There's a little battle brewing right now between two of the greatest WWE stars of all time. Recently, Steve Austin stated that he was the best draw that the business has ever seen. When asked about the statement, Hulk Hogan argued that he was the best by stating that his career was twice as long as the one Austin had. This does not appear to be a promotional thing since the two of them will not be doing a match together.
August 15, 2014
Earlier in the month, Steve Austin made a comment about WWE being too scripted for his taste. While those comments would surely bring backstage heat on one of their mid card performers, it is being said that there is absolutely no heat towards Austin, as management knows that they might need him for business down the line.
July 28, 2014
During a recent podcast interview between Steve Austin and Vince Russo, the topic of the Montreal Screwjob came up. Russo gave specific details about what went down between Vince McMahon, Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels. Austin then finished the discussion by stating that he had no prior knowledge of the incident going down, but that he thinks the decision by McMahon and Russo was the right one. The business had to be protected from Hart and Eric Bischoff.
July 3, 2014
During his latest podcast interview, Steve Austin interviewed Vince Russo, and the topic of Austin's early stint in WWE came up. Both revealed to fans that Vince McMahon was not a huge fan of Austin at the time. He also did not want Austin to talk whatsoever because McMahon felt that his microphone skills were not up to par. Russo, however, pushed to give Austin an opportunity to speak, and the legendary push ensued.
June 28, 2014
"Obviously this is going to be a big financial changer because you're not going to get all those buy rates. I've had a brief experience with the WWE Network. I signed up for it. I'm not a real gadget guy. I've had an iPad for damn near two years, but I hardly ever use it. I put the WWE Network on there, and I typed in certain matches, they didn't have certain things from NWA or WCW. So I've been going more to YouTube. I think they need a little bit more original content. I need to get on there more to familiarize myself with it. One of the things I've enjoyed is the old Garden stuff and from World Class (Championship Wrestling). I think it was smart to come out with the network. I think it's going to catch on more in the next two or three years, and that's when it will pay off." - Steve Austin shares his views on the WWE Network
June 27, 2014
When CM Punk decided to walk out on WWE, a lot of fans turned on him for that. However, he has had a couple of supporters, especially from those that know what it is like to be backstage in the company. Steve Austin has continuously defended Punk, citing his understanding of how difficult life can be backstage when you're not happy with the direction of the company.
June 11, 2014
Earlier in the week, it was revealed that Jim Ross had to spend a night in the hospital, as the former WWE commentator had a bit of a health scare and his wife wanted to be safer than sorry. Ross revealed that a couple of people contacted him at the hospital to check up on him. Jerry Lawler and Steve Austin were two of them. The other was Vince McMahon, which was a little bit surprising as there have been rumors floating around for the last year that there is some backstage heat between the two.
June 10, 2014
Country music singer George Strait held his last concert ever this weekend in Dallas, and drew in an incredible amount of people to the show. Among the 105,000 fans at the concert were Undertaker, Michelle McCool and Steve Austin. No word yet on whether or not the former WWE stars were at the event together or just happen to be there at the same time.
June 9, 2014
A picture of Steve Austin at the CMT Awards. The former WWE star hung out with Dog the Bounty Hunter backstage.
June 5, 2014
An interesting conversation took place between Eric Bischoff and Steve Austin during a podcast recently. The topic was Bischoff firing Austin from WCW. Both men told their side of the story. Bischoff admitted that things were pretty unorganized backstage, and Austin stated that he would have fired himself as well if he were in charge of WCW.
May 12, 2014
"It's hard if you're quantifying raw numbers to say anyone was more popular at their zenith than Stone Cold Steve Austin. No one sold more merchandise, tickets or pay per view than Steve. The thing with Junkyard Dog was that he was the first African American number one baby face in a major territory. For black fans especially, he was such a groundbreaking force. There was a unique emotional relationship that JYD had with his audience. He gave a whole race their guy." - Jim Ross describes Junkyard Dog and his place in wrestling history
May 9, 2014
A status update on Twitter from Steve Austin, who revealed that he was visited by Eric Bischoff today. The two had a history of backstage heat towards one another because of how Bischoff treated Austin when the two of them were working in WCW together. It appears that the relationship has been mended.
May 6, 2014
A status update from Twitter by Steve Austin, where the former world heavyweight champion mocked the method in which Eric Bischoff fired him from WCW.
May 5, 2014
Steve Austin recently interviewed Paul Heyman on his podcast show, and the two of them had an interesting discussion about TNA. Heyman states that when he was in negotiations with the company to take over as president, it was revealed to him that TNA was in major debt. The numbers were around $70 million to $90 million at some point in time.
April 25, 2014