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has had a couple of significant deaths lately, most important
of them all being Kenji Shibuya. He was a Bay Area Institution,
one of the few remaining links to the days when the Cow
Palace was the hottest wrestling arena in the world.
was among the best bad guys in the world, played all over
the world and was a major star. He feuded with everyone
from Ray Stevens and Pat Patterson to Black Gordman and
Pepper Gomez. He was a huge star and one of the best sneaky
Japanese heels of all time. It would be fair to say that
Shibuya, Gomez, Stevens and Patterson were the four biggest
players in the Shire territory in the days when it was so
bit of news that should shock no one who has been paying
attention, Scott Hall got himself arrested for being drunk
and disorderly. He got drunk, made rude comments, threw
a few punches, resisted arrest, and that was that. The strange
thing is that he may have actually surpassed Nick Nolte
as having the world’s creepiest mugshot.
are questions being raised, including by two people involved
with the day-to-day running of TNA, that there is a serious
danger of TNA slowing down operations. While there’s
no way that TNA will fold in the near-term, the deal with
SpikeTV seems to be the only thing that really keeps them
alive, and there is a question as to how long they can keep
doing house shows and even monthly PPVs.
will certainly be serious cuts, many of which will come
from waiting for contracts to come up and not be renewed.
One name that has come up, but will likely return, is Kurt
Angle. He’s pretty well-paid, and that’s what
they need to get rid of right now. However, Kurt is seen
as an important part of the equation for TNA right now,
but the money is probably going to have to be cut-back.
the real problems are Hulk Hogan & Co.’s contracts
that are huge and have not helped TNA gain audience, and
the booking. They need to make changes, and they seem to
know it but are unwilling to make the changes for some reason.
have Russo on the chopping block, but only if they can get
Jim Ross in to run the creative, which seems unlikely. There
are a lot of people who are completely unhappy with the
direction things are going, and there have been people who
are rather loudly talking about going away. It’s also
a place of incredibly low morale.
up-side, the numbers since TNA returned to Thursday haven’t
gone back to the pre-Monday Night Disaster, but they’re
back up to a .9 rating. That would say that they can probably
get back to doing 1.1 or 1.2 when most of the first-run
television is gone to hibernate until September. That’s
a good thing, and it should help Spike keep them around.
were to dump TNA, they would have to get a new network almost
immediately, and there ain’t many options. There is
a great sense that TNA is a listing ship, that it can be
righted with the right changes. Others are saying it’s
sinking. We’ll see which is correct.
That’s all for this edition!