THE BANK SHOT: TNA NEWS AND NOTES
Well, itâ<80><99>s certainly been a while since Iâ<80><99>ve written a column. With the signing of Kurt Angle and the whirlwind that followed, as well as the ongoing preparations for the October 22 Bound For Glory and the â<80><9c>iMPACT!â<80> move to primetime on November 16, everyone in TNA has been kicking it up a higher gear and putting in some major time and effort.
Mondayâ<80><99>s â<80><9c>iMPACT!â<80> tapings in Orlando, Florida, was certainly an exciting day with the arrival of Kurt Angle to TNA Wrestling. I was filming when Terry Taylor met Angle at the hotel and drove him to the arena, the footage of which was posted this week on YouTube and was the #4 most viewed video on the popular website. What a moment it was to capture on film AJ Styles meeting Kurt Angle for the first time. Certainly, thatâ<80><99>s a dream match myself, along with millions of other fans, would love to see. Angle vs. Styles, Angle vs. Joe, Angle vs. Sting, Angle vs. Jarrett, Angle vs. Abyss, Angle vs. Rhinoâ<80>¦the list just goes on and on.
In case you were wondering why AJ got out of the car and examined his back bumper in the video, that was because Taylor jokingly knocked Stylesâ<80><99> rental car when he pulled up behind him.
Back to Angle â<80>” I was one of the lucky few in attendance on Monday afternoon for the closed-door interview with the Olympic gold medalist. I donâ<80><99>t want to spoil what Angle has to say on Thursdayâ<80><99>s â<80><9c>iMPACT!â<80>, but in my time in the sport working for WWE, WCW and now TNA, I have never witnessed a more emotional interview. Angle was very candid about his side of the story on leaving the WWE, but he was also very emotional about how fortunate he feels to have a new start with TNA, a new freedom with his family and a new lease on life. I was happy to have had the opportunity to witness the interview first-hand.
Angle bent over backwards to accommodate everything that was asked of him and seemed right at home mingling with many friends heâ<80><99>s worked with throughout his career. We filmed as much of his first day in TNA as we could, the footage of which will be posted on the website in the coming weeks. Plus, if youâ<80><99>ve read the internet reports from the tapings, you know Angle kicked off his TNA career in a huge way. To those of you that would rather be surprised, youâ<80><99>ll be glad you went out of your way to avoid the spoilers. After the taping, I filmed an interview with Angle for the website where he stated â<80><9c>After being out there tonight, my goal is to make every WWE fan a TNA fan from this point on.â<80>
Onto the TNA news and notes from this past week on the website. As an ongoing part of my column, I will re-post many of the news items featured here on the website. Weâ<80><99>ve posted so much news in the last two weeks that some of you may have missed out on some items. So, the below is a comprehensive recap of all the stories from the past weeks:
OTHER TNA NEWS ON KURT ANGLE
Also, in perhaps a wrestling first, nearly every wrestling magazine in the world has contacted TNA in the past week regarding photos of Kurt Angle for the cover story for their upcoming issues!
WHAT MESSAGE IS STING TRYING TO SEND?
TNAâ<80><99>S â<80><9c>ROAD TO GLORYâ<80> ON SPIKE TV
TNA EVENTS IN PHILADELPHIA, EAST HARTFORD AND MEXICO
TNA MERCHANDISE UPDATES
PIERZYNSKI CHALLENGES CENA ON COLD PIZZA
BACKSTAGE NEWS FROM THE TV TAPINGS
AJ Styles had his wife and year-and-a-half old son at the tapings, and it looks like junior will be just as much the gymnast and acrobat as his father. Standing on only one of AJâ<80><99>s hands, the youngster was able to balance himself for over a minute! The amazing toddler certainly got everyoneâ<80><99>s attention backstage. “The Phenomenal One” was an accomplished gymnast back in high school prior to entering wrestling.
The Latin American Exchangeâ<80><99>s Hernandez suffered some nasty cuts on his forehead during a LAX brawl with AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels that will air on Thursdayâ<80><99>s â<80><9c>iMPACT!â<80> on SpikeTV. Hernandez sustained the wounds during an out-of-control fight that covered nearly the entire arena. It took several stitches by medical staff to close the scars. TNA cameras were on hand to film the bloody aftermath, the footage of which will air on TNAwrestling.com in the coming days.
NEW TNA KNOCKOUT PHOTOS
EMAIL US YOUR QUESTIONS FOR THE TNA FANFEST
NEW TNA LIVE EVENT DATES ADDED
TNA DVD RANKING NEWS
MAGNUM TA APPEARS AT CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
TNA DVDs ARE COMING TO WAL-MART LOCATIONS!
AN UPDATE FROM JACKIE ON HER PREGNANCY
Thatâ<80><99>s it for this week â<80>” enjoy Thursdayâ<80><99>s â<80><9c>iMPACT!â<80> on SpikeTV with the debut of Kurt Angle! Plus, donâ<80><99>t forget â<80><9c>iMPACT!â<80> goes primetime on SpikeTV on November 16 with its new start time of 9pm ET!
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