Total Nonstop Weekly – 08.28.09

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Welcome back to Total Nonstop Weekly.  Not much is happening this week in the world of TNA. No one got arrested; Kurt Angle cries on camera; Dixie Carter speaks out; and Bobby Lashley is “The Boss”.  That’s it.  But I’ll put some of that to perspective this week in the column.  Before I begin, I want to thank our own PK for covering RAW this week and I want to apologize for making him endure the pain that you only experience by watching a near thirty-minute segment featuring DX and Vince McMahon that doesn’t end with anyone getting slimed or crapped on.

Rapid Fire

TNA’s Bound for Glory poster features Sting and is prefaced with the words “The Final Curtain?”.

Bobby Lashley will be in action this weekend when TNA invades Texas for three days.

Dixie Carter has been making news all week. I’ll have a more detailed look later on in the column.

TNA interviewer Lauren Thompson is featured in the Maximum Fitness magazine.

Jeff Jarrett is technically “not suspended” as he is working in the TNA offices in Nashville.

Hermie’s Hotseat with Sarita

Kurt Angle’s Legal Issues

After the huge story regarding Kurt Angle and Rhaka Khan broke two weeks ago (and was covered in last week’s column), there are some new details about the on-going case.  Earlier this week, a judge ordered Trenesha Biggers to vacate Kurt Angle’s house during the progression of the case.  Angle continued to stress his innocence and has labeled Biggers as the one with the motive, that she wanted Kurt to marry her.   All in all, Angle and his attorney believed that Angle would be cleared of all charges.

After being silent since the ordeal began, Biggers spoke to the media about her side of the story. She expressed that by her filing the PFA that her employer would be forced to choose between Angle and herself.  She explains that that in the wrestling business, you got to trust the person you’re working with.  As mentioned last week in the column, it’s a good possibility that Biggers most likely ruined any chance of working in a major promotion in the future because if she’s willing to slander a top star for a company, what could happen should she get another job. I’m not saying that she’s gone for good and I hope that this doesn’t prevent her from continuing her wrestling career; but there have been other cases where other companies overlooked talent because of what happened in another company. I’m reminded of Amy Weber’s tenure in the WWE where she filed a complaint against Randy Orton for harassment. It ended up that Amy left the company and Randy Orton was not punished for the most part.

Keep checking out Pulse Wrestling for the latest news as the case between Angle and Biggers goes to trial in the coming weeks.

Dixie Carter Speaks

Over the past week, TNA President Dixie Carter was on hand in the media and on TNA programming discussing where TNA is right now and where they will be in the future.  She was everywhere throughout the week; talking with Newsday & The Baltimore Sun. The Newsday article talks about Carter taking more of a public role within TNA and the Sun has a Q & A session with Dixie Carter, which you can find here. Some of the things said in the Q & A are also mentioned in the interview that appeared on iMPACT last night.  Here are some highlights from the iMPACT interview.

TNA has increased their ratings 30% in the U.S. and is the #1 wrestling show in the U.K.
TNA signs a three year deal with Spike TV.
Bobby Lashley remains 100% committed to both TNA and MMA.
Dixie wants to make history with Bobby Lashley.
Dixie wants to see a TNA World Title and a MMA based title on Bobby Lashley to prove that he is the king of both worlds.
Bobby Lashley faces Rhino at No Surrender in his PPV wrestling debut with TNA.
If you’re interested in the video, check it out below.

TNA has increased their ratings 30% in the U.S. and is the #1 wrestling show in the U.K.

TNA signs a three year deal with Spike TV.

Bobby Lashley remains 100% committed to both TNA and MMA.

Dixie wants to make history with Bobby Lashley.

Dixie wants to see a TNA World Title and a MMA based title on Bobby Lashley to prove that he is the king of both worlds.

Bobby Lashley faces Rhino at No Surrender in his PPV wrestling debut with TNA.

If you’re interested in the video, check it out below.

TNA Ratings News

I’ve mentioned TNA’s rating from last week’s show in the column last week and this week’s iMPACT rating hasn’t been released as of the time of writing.

iMPACT ThrowDown

Samoa Joe v. Suicide went to a no contest (Match called off and the referees get more power instilled to them to allow them to make a tag team match later on tonight) – Who needs Jim Cornette, Mick Foley, Kurt Angle, Jeff Jarrett, and Dixie Carter to book matches when the referees can now do the same? This is an example of one hurdle TNA needs to clear before they can be viewed as a threat to WWE programming (in the states).

Awesome Kong & Raisha Saeed d. Sharmell & Traci Brooks (Kong Splash on Brooks; Saeed gets the pinfall) – Traci taking the fall for the team raised questions as to why Sharmell is being protected. Kong being pissed at Saeed was priceless and it raises question as to if Saeed will be with Kong in the long term.

Jesse Neal d. Rhino (Rhino pins Neal, but the result was overturned when Rhino hit the GORE on Neal after the match.) – So this feud has to continue? At least Team 3D can train Neal better than Rhino could.

Abyss d. The Motor City Machine Guns (Black Hole Slam on Sabin; pinfall) – Abyss survives the threat from the MCMG this week. I have to ask the booking Gods, though…why would you make a simple handicap match when the MCMG had to end Abyss’ career in order to get the 50K. I was looking for hardcore and I didn’t get any, so the match lacked in that mentality. I mean, how could the MCMG end Abyss’ career? Subjecting him in one of their little promos to remind us that they exist? At least it seems that Kevin Nash knows that money talks.

Hamada d. Daffney (Hamada Driver; pinfall) – I have to say that Hamada is money. She looked very dangerous in her debut and she showed it when she took it to the extreme with Daffney. It’s good to see the women in TNA doing what they do best and that is an epic win in my book.

Suicide & Daniels d. D’Angelo Dinero & Samoa Joe (Suicide inside cradle on Dinero; pinfall) – The tag match advanced the programs between Joe and Daniels; along with Suicide and Dinero. Nothing wrong with the match, just the inept booking that came earlier in the evening.

Styles, Sting, & Hernandez d. Morgan, Steiner, & Booker T (Springboard Crossbody from Styles to Morgan; pinfall) – I’m enjoying the subtleness between the MEM and Morgan. I also enjoy the fact that Morgan hasn’t left the main event scene after eating the pin at Hard Justice. He won’t win the title this close to Bound for Glory, but he’ll eventually win the big one after that. Morgan taking Steiner and Booker out was a feel good moment as Angle was pissed off.

TNA iMPACT Grade: B- (Another decent show this week.  TNA seemed to get the message that there’s a right amount of MEM/World Elite time you can have without ruining the show. Storylines continued to be advanced and No Surrender is shaping to be a decent card on paper.  I watched last night and I didn’t realize that Vince Russo was still employed, which is a good thing.

This Week on Pulse Wrestling

David Ditch talks about Misawa.
Mike Shannon has a review of The Rise And Fall of WCW.
Michael O’Mahoney looks at the results from last week’s poll question.
Pulse Glazer gets critical of Andy Wheeler’s Summerslam Review.

For more wrestling news, check out these columns:

Indies
ROH
WWE
GRUT
Breaking News: Rey Mysterio Suspended for Wellness Violation

I’ll be back Monday for live RAW coverage and next Friday for another edition of Total Nonstop Weekly. Until next time, keep it to the Pulse for late breaking news because you never know what you might miss.

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