Eckstein/Against All Odds, Sopranos Star To TNA, More

Ryan Clark


The following was issued on TNAwrestling.com:

TNA issued the following two press releases today:

TEAM ECKSTEIN SCORES WIN OVER TEAM PIERZYNSKI – David Eckstein can swing a steel chair as well as he hits with a wooden bat. Eckstein, the St. Louis Cardinalsâ<80><99> 2006 World Series MVP, smacked Dale Torborg with a chair Sunday at Total Nonstop Action Wrestlingâ<80><99>s (TNA) â<80><9c>Against All Oddsâ<80> Pay-Per-View in Orlando, Fla., leading to a victory for Team Eckstein over Team Pierzynski. Eckstein was the corner-man for TNA star Lance Hoyt, who battled Torborg, the strength and conditioning coach for the Chicago White Sox, who represented Team Pierzynski. Team Ecksteinâ<80><99>s win, ironically, came after the referee re-started the match when he realized Pierzynski had cracked Hoyt with a chair leading to what appeared to be a win for Team Pierzynski. â<80><9c>We beat them at their game,â<80> the elated Eckstein gloated after the match. â<80><9c>Spring training is almost here, and I just needed a little extra batting practice. â<80><9c>I swung that chair as hard as I could. Anyone who has watched me play knows that I put everything into it when I take a swing (a bat), and I did the same with a chair.â<80> The Team Eckstein victory culminated a three-month feud between the baseball greats, started by Pierzynski and Torborg when they ripped up pages of Ecksteinâ<80><99>s new childrenâ<80><99>s book, Have Heart, in front of Eckstein. New York Yankees great Johnny Damon also has been involved with the Eckstein-Pierzynski feud, coming to Ecksteinâ<80><99>s defense when Pierzynski and Torborg verbally berated the St. Louis superstar. â<80><9c>Itâ<80><99>s unbelievable getting in the ring,â<80> Eckstein said. â<80><9c>Iâ<80><99>ve loved wrestling ever since I was a little kid; I practiced it in my living room with my brother. Having the opportunity to actually step in the ring and get involved is a dream come true, an unbelievable experience. â<80><9c>I was nervous out there, though; Iâ<80><99>ll be honest about that. I definitely had the jitters when I walked out.”

STEVE SCHIRIPPA CALLS IN A “HIT” ON TNA WRESTLING iMPACT! THIS THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15 ON SPIKE TV – New York, NY, February 14, 2006 – Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling’s “Thursday Night iMPACT!” will feature a real “made” man when Steven Schirripa, star of HBO’s “The Sopranos” and host of Spike TV’s “Casino Cinema” will make a visit to his other family – cousins Bubba and Devon of the legendary tag team Team 3D, this Thursday, February 15 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) only on Spike TV. On a recent episode of “iMPACT!” current NWA World Heavyweight Tag Team Champions LAX violently attacked Brother Ray’s Uncle Nick in his family’s Italian restaurant in West Islip, New York. Team 3D lives by the motto of “family above all else.” Now Cousin Steve Schirripa is helping his extended wrestling family exact revenge. Coming off the brutal “Little Italy Streetfight” at the “Against All Odds” Pay-Per-View last Sunday, Team 3D and Cousin Schirripa will make a major announcement with a special challenge to LAX on this Thursdayâ<80><99>s â<80><9c>iMPACT!â<80> and continue into next Thursday’s (2/22) episode. The night will kick off with an encore presentation of the two-hour event â<80><9c>This is TNA!â<80> airing at 7 p.m. ET/PT on Spike TV.An encore of Schrippa’s appearance can be seen this Saturday, February 17 at 11:00 PM, ET/PT on Spike TV.

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