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Review – Ron Snyder – Wrestling’s New Golden Age

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

 

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) was once signified as the “Be All, End All” of professional wrestling.

By now, that statement has been detracted with talent like The Young Bucks, Colt Cabana and Kenny Omega, all of whom have achieved financial efficiency and without any WWE stints (or pushes in Cabana’s case) to boot.

Ron Snyder’s “Wrestling’s New Golden Age: How Independent Promotions Have Revolutionized One Of America’s Favorite Sports,” released by Sports Publishing, succeeds in its goal to inform and explore just how independent wrestling came to be from its eerie territorial beginnings.

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TNA Bound For Glory 2016 Reaction

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Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

2016 has a been an odd year for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.

While things have been financially bleak where even this event’s occurrence was questionable three days prior, TNA has been rechristened with its most vivacious creative direction yet.

There was a lot to flaunt about – the payoff to many feuds like The Miracle-Moose and TNA Knockouts Champion Maria-Gail Kim to name a few.

The show was undoubtedly headlined by the biggest match they could offer for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship between unstoppable heel Champion Lashley and his biggest threat, Ethan Carter III, who looked to become an “EC3-time Champion.”

Add to that the absurdly brilliant “Great War” between TNA World Tag Team Champions Decay and The Broken Hardys, BFG almost made us forget last year’s show.

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The RSN Wrestling Podcast – TNA

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*An RSN Wrestling Podcast Exclusive*

 

Check out the latest episode of The RSN Wrestling Podcast, as PWO’s own Nick, “The Mastermind” Sal and “Big Guy” Rich take the time out to discuss all things TNA, from the early Asylum days to the many faction warfares in its heyday to that time Impact competed against WWE Raw on Mondays in 2010. 

The Knockouts, Dixie Carter, The Miracle, Ethan Carter III, AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, you name it, it’s spoken of! 

 

 

 

 

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Top Five WWE Returns We’d Like To See

By Anthony Zevoteck

 

 

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Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

WWE can be a “make it or break it” territory for a wrestling career. It has been proven that when things go great, they go very great, to the point that when a superstar leaves the company, it can leave a hole that while Creative fills, fans can’t help but fantasize “what if.” 

“What if they had been given full time to blossom?” 

“What if they actually got that push?”

Of course, the biggest: “What if they ever come back to WWE?” 

In 2015, we saw both The Dudley Boyz and Alberto Del Rio make their returns and that proves that anybody could come back to WWE no matter how bad the departure might’ve been.

Below are five returns we think are possible sometime down the road and of course, fantasized by WWE fans daily. 

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 1/26/16: Brother Vs. Brother

TNA Impact WrestlingBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 1/26/16)

Brother Vs. Brother

– “Big Money” Matt Hardy possibly had his career moment with his latest heel turn and following promo to close out last week’s show upon winning the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. As always, follow-up’s key. They addressed Jeff Hardy’s thoughts on it, who was purposely recommended to go to the hospital by Matt and his wife Reby before the match so he wouldn’t intervene in their plans. We liked how the show started with Jeff being approached backstage by cameras and addressing how Matt wouldn’t return his calls or texts and needed answers. Of course it was a little silly that in the midst of a serious search for explanations, he felt the urge to go paint his face first. This was a slick lead-in to the opening video which showcased Matt’s turn by resorting to low-blows, extreme Twists Of Fates and a hammer to finally become new Champion, turning Ethan Carter III babyface in the process, also gaining EC3’s former bodyguard, Tyrus.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 1/19/16: One Last Time

TNA Impact WrestlingBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 1/19/16)

One Last Time

– The opening video showed how Matt Hardy was undefeated through the TNA World Title Series until he met with TNA World Heavyweight Champion Ethan Carter III and lost. Desperate for another chance, he put his own career on the line if he lost again. EC3 upped the ante and made it a Last Man Standing match. On this show, we’d get the big-time bout with these two potentially writing Matt’s final chapter. Little did we know what they were really setting up…

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 1/12/16: First Stop On The Farewell Tour

TNA Impact WrestlingBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 1/12/16)

First Stop On the Farewell Tour

– The opening video provided fair hype on recent storylines – TNA World Heavyweight Champion Ethan Carter III getting his groove back by defeating Lashley and Matt Hardy in one night to end the TNA World Title Series on top. Another big focus was the first match of Kurt Angle’s esteemed “farewell tour,” as he’d battle Drew Galloway.

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TNA One Night Only: Live! Reaction

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Photo courtesy of YouTube.

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

Known for their filler-esque themed cards and subtle-to-mild hype, it takes a lot for one to look at a “One Night Only” show with excitement.

However, TNA in 2016 actually took time to dedicate reasons to hype a live version of “ONO,” including Kurt Angle being in action, “The Miracle” Mike Bennett’s in-ring debut and the marquee factor – a sudden, but enjoyable Beer Money reunion, thrusting James Storm into a storyline from his big return after a brief swim in NXT waters.

Despite a few highlights, this show reminded us why TNA cannot handle live capabilities, making silly mistakes in production and on commentary.

TNA has tried to make some good news, but like always, it always ends up bad.

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 1/8/16)

The Breakdown

– The opening video hyped the night’s matches and occurrences, particularly focusing on the Beer Money-Bram/Eric Young, three-way tag, Lashley-Tyrus and #1 Contender Knockouts Gauntlet matches.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 1/5/16: More Than Your Cheap Pop

TNA Impact WrestlingBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 1/5/16)

More Than Your Cheap Pop

– The opening video discussed the primed athletes being determined to be TNA World Heavyweight Champion, hyping the TNA World Title Series’ final four – Lashley, Matt Hardy, Ethan Carter III and Eric Young.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 12/2/15: Round Of 16

TNA Impact WrestlingBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 12/2/15)

Round Of 16

– The opening video hyped the “win or go home” Round of 16 in the TNA World Series, with Ethan Carter III-DJZ, Matt Hardy-Bobby Roode, Awesome Kong-Jessie Godderz, Gail Kim-X-Division Champion Tigre Uno and Bobby Lashley-Drew Galloway hyped. It was a night for some easy marquee bouts with a share of unique intergender contests.

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