TNA co-founder Jerry Jarrett recently did an interview with PostandCourier.com and discussed TNA's current creative direction.
“Until they make radical surgical changes in creative, and unless they get some people who comprehend the wrestling business, they are doomed to be the financial drain on Panda [Energy] that they are now and have been since inception. The core of their problems is the creative development of their product. They have to cut the cancer out.”
Jarrett then referenced Vince Russo as the person he was talking about:
“I would deserve the label ‘stupid’ if I had made the decision to hire Vince Russo. But I made the horrendous mistake of yielding to my son’s (Jeff) wishes. He obviously has qualities that I don’t recognize or understand. How can a person who has a 15-year history of failure still keep a job?”
The following press release was sent out today:
Wrestling's Hardcore Legend MICK FOLEY makes a special announcement about his upcoming stand-up comedy benefit show.
Long Island, NY, August 18th, 2011 – Be a part of a special event in Bellmore, NY at Governor's Comedy @ The Brokerage when wrestling's Hardcore Legend Mick Foley takes the stage to perform his stand-up comedy act to raise money for RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network).
Mick, along with several other comedians from the New York area, will take the stage and perform a fun-filled evening of comedy for a great charity on Wednesday, August 24th at 8pm, doors open at 6:30pm!
You can check out the fan cam video of the announcement shot by filmmaker Steve Strangio at this link …. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uuBX2sqWqY
Also check out a special behind-the-scenes interview shot on that very same night where Mick talks to Steve Strangio about his stand-up comedy act and plans for future shows. Check it out at this link …. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nisZVTxBMgE
Ed sent word that WWE also trademarked "The Great White" back on August 10th. Ed also noted that "The Great White" trademark and the recent "Future Endeavored" trademarks indicate that they may be used for a new character, based on how they were registered.
Below is episode #27 of Zack Ryder's YouTube show:
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WWE Hulk Hogan
TNA Wrestling head writer Vince Russo and Hulk Hogan engaged in a heated argument last Sunday at Hardcore Justice regarding the finish to the World Heavyweight Championship Match between Sting and Kurt Angle. Hogan later grumbled to colleagues that Russo doesn't know anything because he was never a wrestler.
The two former World Heavyweight Champions made up at the following day's iMPACT! Wrestling tapings. There was, however, noticeable tension among the organization's high ranking officials in the days that followed. Several employees feel it did more damage to a locker room already low in morale.
There has also been internal complaints regarding Eric Bischoff as many wrestlers feel he's arrogant and snobbish. His criticisms over in-ring performances fall on deaf ears because some wrestlers don't respect his opinion regarding their craft. An Eight-Man X Division Gauntlet Match that was originally taped on Tuesday was re-shot the following day because Bischoff didn't like it.
WWE Hall of Famer Howard Finkel appeared on Right After Wrestling with Arda Ocal and Jimmy Korderas. Highlights from the interview are as follows:
What was the initial plan for SummerSlam in 1988: "To the best of my recollection, SummerSlam came around 1988 and then the Royal Rumble came in soon after. It was always the second biggest event we were going to produce. The WWE worked on producing pay-per-views from the '80's through the '90's until now. When we first started with WrestleMania, pay-per-view was just at the cusp of its origin. And we needed something else that would whet the appetite of the consumer after WrestleMania and that's where SummerSlam came into play."
The Fink's favorite SummerSlam moments: "As far as my favorite match at SummerSlam that would have to be SummerSlam '91 where Bret Hart faced Mr. Perfect. Not only was it one of the best matches in SummerSlam history or in Madison Square Garden in NYC, but it was truly one of the greatest matches off all time."
Being a veteran in WWE, how he feels about the '4th wall' being broken down with this CM Punk angle: "I wasn't initially comfortable with it but it's cutting edge. I had mixed emotions to it. Some people have had their jaws drop over the past previous weeks. So although I had mixed emotions about it, I'm actually digging the hell out of it now!"