Re: TNA 2013: A Revolution
BREAKING NEWS! BREAKING NEWS! BREAKING NEWS!
TNA: PAY-PER-VIEW CUTS/ANNOUNCEMENTS, SEVERAL BIG SIGNINGS, MORE ON 3-HOUR IMPACT
TNA have taken a stern approach on Pay-Per-Views going into this new era. With the idea being thrown around that Pay-Per-Views in professional wrestling, TNA have seriously cut back on it's PPV content, cutting the PPV calendar down to just four shows a year. The four shows will be the supposed 'big 4' TNA Pay-Per-Views: Genesis, Lockdown, Slammiversary and Bound For Glory.
The idea behind this is that this will allow for longer builds to shows, making each show more meaningful and, hopefully, increasing the buy-rates of each show in the process. They will, however, be accompanied by at least four 3-hour Impact specials (one of which is rumored to be a Destination X-type show) as well as a special currently unnamed Saturday Night show that will be somewhat akin to WWE's Saturday Night's Main Event and will help bridge the lengthy gap between June's Slammiversary and October's Bound For Glory.
The Pay-Per-View dates were also announced, along with the venues for both Genesis and Lockdown, with Genesis taking place on February 10th at the Convention Center in Forth Worth, Texas with Lockdown hitting the Miami Arena in Miami, Florida on April 21st. A lot of debate has already been brought up about whether or not the Miami Arena, a venue with a capacity maxing out at around 15,000, is a building that TNA will be able to even half fill but company officials are confident that they'll be able to draw more than 12,000 fans. Slammiversary will be happening on June 16th while Bound For Glory occurs on October 13th. While Genesis has been moved forward to February this year, it will retain it's January slot from 2014 onwards.
Several big names have all been signed up by TNA in they begin to re-embellish the roster following the roster cull just a week ago. Former WWE Stars John Hennigan (John Morrison), Carlos Colon (Carlito), Dave Finlay, Natalie Neidhart (Natalya) and Elizabeth Carolan (Beth Phoenix) have all been signed up for this new era of TNA as have former Knockouts Ayako Hamada, Velvet Sky & Angelina Love.
Sky had only just recently parted ways with the company but, with the news of Shane McMahon's investment in the company and perhaps an increase in the money being offered to her, she has agreed to return to the promotion. She will be followed back in by her former tag team partner, Angelina Love, who had also only parted with the company in recent times, having been granted her release back in July.
Hennigan and Colon are both expected to be big stars for the company while Neidhart and Carolan, who had both recently been released from WWE due to issues with the creative direction of the companies women's division, are expected to be major players in the Knockouts division. Hamada will be making her return to the company after just 2 years while Dave Finlay is expected to be used more as a trainer than an in-ring competitor.
To top off all of that, another big name has been signed up by TNA: Michael Buffer. The renowned Boxing Ring announcer has signed up to announcer for the four TNA Pay-Per-View events in 2013, with a potential contract extension in the offing should TNA wish to keep him attached to the company. Michael Buffer will be best known to wrestling fans for his time announcing in WCW and creating the catchphrase "let's get ready to rumble".
As we move ever closer to the return of Impact, the Main Event of the show has been made official and Jeff Hardy's challenger for the World Title has been named: James Storm. Storm managed to defeat Bobby Roode in a match of the year candidate at Bound For Glory and has set himself up as one of the companies top stars. It sounds like they have big things planned for him in 2013 and beyond.
In his first match back since he broke his neck, Jesse Sorensen returns in a match that will see him challenge Zema Ion for the TNA X-Division Championship. It was Zema Ion that Jesse Sorensen was facing when he first injured his neck and Ion has played up the idea that he Sorensen out, building Sorensen as a sympathetic baby-face and Ion as nasty heel.
The final announcement regarding the 3-Hour Impact is that a confrontation is set to occur between King Mo and Bobby Roode. Following Roode's defeat to James Storm at Bound For Glory, Roode has been very vocal on impactwrestling.com as he claimed that King Mo 'screwed him over' and that he will 'put him in his place' so TNA decided to give him the opportunity to do just that as the two go face to face for the first time since the biggest Pay-Per-View of the year.
There is also a lot of talk about debuting some of the companies new signings at the show but nothing has been officially yet. We'll bring you more news as soon as we have it.
Side Notes: Just one/two more of these, show preview and then I'll post the show. I'm anxious to get into the meat of things with this myself.
Last edited by Frakkles; 10-14-2012 at 08:03 AM.