Since WWE wanted his debut to be a big deal, Shinsuke Nakamura has now been booked for a big match against Sami Zayn, an experienced performer that had spent years honing his craft in ROH. The two of them will be battling it out at a special NXT event in Dallas during Wrestlemania 32 weekend. Triple H wants to keep the momentum rolling for the developmental brand, so expect Nakamura and Zayn to be given plenty of time to work.
February 4, 2016
Since his debut match is set to take place in the summer, CM Punk has started doing media rounds for UFC. During one of his interview sessions, the former WWE Heavyweight Champion revealed that he has signed on to do eight MMA fights for Ultimate Fighting Championship, which is a lot more than what many had predicted when he first announced his jump into mixed martial arts. Punk states he will do all eight fights.
January 26, 2016
After weeks of being rumored, AJ Styles has finally made his debut for WWE by being the third person to enter the Royal Rumble. Roman Reigns had eliminated Rusev, who was the second entrant. Not surprisingly, the audience turned on Reigns and immediately sided with Styles. AJ was made to look like a top level performer, with Michael Cole even telling fans that he has been dominant in other parts of the world.
January 24, 2016
In a sign that TNA may be loosening up the purse strings again, reports have surfaced that the company had negotiations with AJ Styles about a potential return that would have seen the former world heavyweight champion return to the promotion in time for their debut on POP TV. The two sides were not able to reach an agreement in time. Plus, Styles currently has a favorable deal on the table from WWE.
January 18, 2016
While doing a podcast interview, Bobby Roode was asked about his start in professional wrestling. The TNA star revealed that Val Venis trained him for absolutely free. This was right around the time where Venis was set to make his debut in WWE. The two of them lived within miles of one another in Canada and met one day. Venis told Roode that he had a ring in his backyard and invited him to come over to check it out. The rest is history.
January 8, 2016
Over the past several days, TNA has been teasing a newcomer with the term, "Miracle". On the POP TV debut episode of Impact Wrestling this week, rumors about Mike Bennett and Maria Kanellis joining the promotion have been confirmed, as the two former ROH star finally made their debut. Bennett informed Total Nonstop Action fans that he was there to pursue the world heavyweight championship.
January 7, 2016
For those that missed the POP TV debut of Impact Wrestling, Ethan Carter is once again the world heavyweight champion in TNA. That is quite interesting as the original plans called for Bobby Lashley to defeat Matt Hardy for the belt. No official word yet on why management made the change, but there are speculations that Lashley might need to focus more on his MMA training now that he is a top contender for a Bellator title.
January 7, 2016
Whenever a television show moves from one television network to another, there is usually a drop in viewership because not everyone remembers the change or knows how to find the new channel. Dixie Carter has to be pleased because Impact Wrestling drew in more viewers on their POP TV debut than they did during their final televised episode on Destination America.
January 7, 2016