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TNA 4LIFE, they need to get rid of hogan and the boring stale 4 sided ring, and bring back the 6 sided :praise:

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By Ryan Clark | April 29, 2010 | Comments (4)

Backstage News: Waltman & Hall's TNA Contracts, Russo Update

Partial Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter

» Regarding the contractual status of Scott Hall and Sean Waltman, both have yet to be signed to regular contracts as they are stilling working on pay-per-appearance deals. TNA is reportedly paying Hall $3,000 per appearance, which would make him among the highest earners in the company. Furthermore, many feel both Hall and Waltman have been more lucid and coherent in recent weeks. The feeling is that they've finally realized this is their last chance in the business and have done, not a complete turnaround, but a major improvement. Meanwhile, Hall has dropped a lot of weight and is trying to get down to 255 pounds, a number he hasn't reached in several years.

» TNA creative writer Vince Russo has plans to move from Colorado to Nashville, Tennessee and has made noise about assuming a different job within the organization, away from writing.

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By Ryan Clark | April 29, 2010 | Comments (7)

Partial Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Slight TNA spoiler/info in regards to the TNA championship;

» When the talk first started of taking the World Title off AJ Styles, TNA wanted to do it on iMPACT to help with ratings but put the belt back on AJ just a few weeks later and have him hold it until Bound For Glory. When the decision came to put the World Title on Rob Van Dam, several officials were against the idea of putting the belt back on AJ just a few weeks later. It's expected that RVD's World Title reign will be a lengthy one, at least through the Summer.

» TNA officials have had discussions with Nick Dinsmore about coming in to do a character similar to Eugene. However, said talks recently stalled.

» As noted earlier by the WrestlingINC.com website, Homicide has been told that LAX will be put back together when Hernandez returns in around two months. Homicide is said to be skeptical about the news. Both he and Hernandez did not like being broke up in the first place. Regarding Hernandez, it was Dixie Carter's decision to send him to Mexico full-time while he's recovering from the storyline injury. Several TNA officials including Terry Taylor were against sending him to Mexico.

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great news about LAX but fricking eugene!! Are you serious!! don't blow the steam you are building up with embarrassing gimmicks like the eugene 1!!

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Decided to spoil part of the above.

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By Ryan Clark | April 29, 2010 | Comments (19)

Is Jim Ross Done With WWE?, The Latest Details Inside

One of the biggest stories in wrestling right now is that Jim Ross' latest short-term WWE contract extension is set to expire.

After well over a decade with WWE and playing a crucial role in the company's success during that period (on and off camera), Ross could very likely become a free agent this weekend.

Ross met with TNA President Dixie Carter and her father Bob earlier this month and has several other options on his plate outside of wrestling.

With days until he's eligible to make some major career path changes, Ross wrote the following on Twitter early this morning:

I've had a blessed and amazing career full of unbelieveable experiences. This wk is memorable 4 what hasn't happened. Blessing n disquise?

Interesting.

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I'd watch tna if they signed Shelton, paired him with Haas and brought back team angle :praise:

So redoing WWE's ECW stable is dull, but recreating Team Angle is genius? :lol:

Totally different situations.

The ECW angle has been done to death plus the majority of guys in that stable are washed up has beens who are

on the way down.

On the other hand both Haas & Shelton are youngish wrestlers who have lost their way over the past few years and they could be doing with a high profile wrestler to help build them up again.

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By GREG OLIVER - Producer, SLAM! Wrestling

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Melissa Anderson poses with Mil Mascaras at the Cauliflower Alley Club reunion in Las Vegas. Photo by Mike Lano, WReaLano@aol.com

Cheerleader Melissa Anderson * Alissa Flash * Raisha Saeed Photo Gallery

Melissa Anderson is not confused about who she is any longer. There was a time she was three different characters -- Raisha Saeed, Alissa Flash and Cheerleader Melissa. But now, free of TNA Wrestling, she is what she wants to be: independent.

That's not to say that her decision to leave TNA came easily or was a case of sour grapes. She still has lots of friends there and is open to a return one day.

The changes on the creative side that went down over the past few months, including the departures of Dutch Mantell and Scott D'Amore, contributed significantly to the move.

"It was the changes behind the scenes, and nothing more," Anderson told SLAM! Wrestling at the Cauliflower Alley Club reunion. "It was a very mutual split and it was time to move on. TNA is going forward with their direction as a whole, as a company, and I saw all the other opportunities."

One of the opportunities Anderson would like to pursue is south of the border.

"I'm in light talks with Mexico, and that's something that I would really love just to add to my career," she said. "I spent a lot of time in Japan, the United States, Canada, a lot of time in Europe. I never really gave Mexico a shot, so that's a personal goal for myself right now."

Another project is a working agreement between the various promotions worldwide that showcase women's wrestling.

"The new project I've been working on is the Female Fight League, which the announcement was just made during the Cauliflower Alley convention, the Baloney Blowout," she said. "Basically, it's going to be a female version of the NWA. The details are still being worked out. We really want to do something to boost female wrestling as a whole throughout the world, and, mainly, the United States."

Is the Female Fight League perhaps a reaction to the state of women's wrestling at the moment?

"There's a lot of people that have been coming up to me that are a little bit frustrated with the state right now," Anderson explained. "Is it going up? Is it going down? I can't really speak on that. But there's a lot of frustration, and there are a lot of wrestling fans that are big fans of female wrestling.

There are a number of promotions that feature women's wrestling, such as Femmes Fatales in Montreal, ChickFight in California, SHIMMER out of Chicago, WSU in New England, and Pro Wrestling EVE in England.

Not all of the companies are on board yet with the Female Fight League.

"It's very, very good that we have those companies out there, and we hope for, with the Female Fight League, that these companies are able to work together to make it bigger in the United States," Anderson said. "Our companies, they're so spread out, we're not really in competition with each other, so we need to find a way to work together to put a lot more focus on it."

Dropping two of her characters allows Anderson to focus a little more on her original creation, Cheerleader Melissa. But that doesn't mean she won't miss Raisha Saeed -- manager to Awesome Kong -- and Alissa Flash.

Raisha Saeed in a TNA promotional photo.

"When I did Raisha Saeed, that was a character that was dear to my heart, because I put so much work and effort into it. For example, most of my life as a professional wrestler, I am uncovered, my face, and now my face was covered, so it made me work harder and I learned a lot, being a professional wrestler under a mask. Raisha put me to work. She was a very, very tough character to pull off, and I'm glad I did," she said, continuing.

"Being able to do dual characters at once was even more challenging. Honestly, I think that's what I miss the most, is being able to do both characters, one under a mask, one without a mask, having everything go very well for the day, and then going home. For me, that was probably the biggest thrill, pulling off both characters in a day."

And some days were more challenging than others.

"There was a day we had to do photos for every character, and I had something to do as both characters that day," she laughed. "So there was one massive costume change where I was Raisha, did photos, changed into Alissa Flash, did photos, came out first as Raisha, then came out later as Alissa Flash. That was a busy day."

The Raisha Saeed outfit, covered in a burka from head to toe, was an ordeal. "The whole outfit was very challenging. The veil, oh Gosh, that veil was nightmares. There was actually a ribbon on the back of the veil that attaches to my outfit so the veil wouldn't get in my face. Raisha was a lot of work, but a character I hold very personal. A have a lot of Arabic friends and family as well, so that character meant a lot more to me than just a character me trying to fit into."

Alissa Flash in a TNA promotional photo.

The heavy makeup she wore as Alissa Flash was in part a tribute to the late Sherri Martel, who Anderson loved to watch, and got a chance to talk to, but never met.

"I loved her growing up, I just loved her," she raved. "I loved the makeup, and the costumes, in case you couldn't tell with the Raisha and Alissa Flash, and even a little bit of Cheerleader Melissa. I mean, I loved that stuff. I loved the showmanship that she had, the smile when she was a face or an evil heel. I loved everything about her."

In a men's business, Anderson is still very much a girlie-girl when it comes to makeup.

"And I loved Raisha because I got to do all kinds of crazy things with makeup. I loved it. I love that stuff. If I had the money for the costume and makeup, I would be the Lady Gaga of pro wrestling, without a doubt, I would do it."

With more than 10 years in the wrestling business, the 28-year-old second-generation wrestler (her dad was journeyman Doug Anderson) is a veteran in the locker room, even if she doesn't see it that way -- and admits she forgets sometimes how long she has been at it.

"I had a little wake-up call at the last SHIMMER event too. There's a group of Australian girls that come up, and we were all hanging out afterward. They expressed that they were very intimidated to talk to me. I was like, 'Are you out of your mind? We're here to work together. I won't bite,'" she said with a laugh, turning to the imaginary camera with a laugh. "I'm very friendly. Ladies, I'm friendly, come talk to me."

Anderson offered some advice to those who wants to make it to the next level, moving from being a woman on male-dominated card to a women-centric promotion.

"Everyone knows who gets into the business, you have to kind of be your own P.R. You need to keep working the indies and make your connections, and if you want to be a part of those companies," she said. "Find someone who has worked there if you have the opportunity. It's happened before where, actually I just worked a girl recently who really wants to work for SHIMMER. We had a really good match and I was able to pass on some contact information, so I hope it all works for the best. We were all in that spot once."

There are girls out there that deserve more exposure, said Anderson.

"There are so many good workers. I wish more people would know more about MsChif or Sara Del Ray. I mean, fantastic workers that deserve a lot more exposure," she said, adding one more name. "Mercedes Martinez has been on the scene forever. For me, when I was breaking into the business, and then wrestling throughout the years, I heard a lot of good stuff about her. But she was on the East Coast, and then when we finally met for the first time, we were talking about, 'You know how long I've read about you on the Internet?' Then when we finally got to work after that first meeting, that was just fantastic. ... It really felt like we knew each other for a while."

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Written by Richard Gray on Apr 29, 2010 - 5:13:36 PM

Kurt Angle has been on a hiatus from TNA Wrestling since the company's 4/18 Lockdown pay-per-view. He has been busy working on ventures outside of wrestling, including Angle Foods and his acting projects. Angle maintains his neck is fine and is expected to return to TNA in a few weeks.

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can't have him and tenay doing the play by play along with Taz. Althoug Taz has been a shocking commentator for TNA compared to how he was in WWE.

I wish JBL would commentate on wrestling again!!

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Written by Richard Gray on Apr 29, 2010 - 5:23:26 PM

- Finlay is still with WWE despite being absent from television. He competed in the dark match battle royal prior to Wrestlemania and has been on some Smackdown house show loops this year. His character has been phased off of TV with nothing for it but he maintains a backstage presence as a producer and working with the Divas.

- Speaking of the Divas, I'm told Kelly Kelly is slated for a big push on Smackdown which is why she was moved on Monday's Raw and not in the Supplemental Draft. WWE is in the process of a transition for their Divas where they focus on younger workers.

- We've received some emails about the status of Curt Hawkins. Hawkins is in WWE's Florida Championship Wrestling developmental territory and will work tonight's TVs in Tampa.

- The 2010 Supplemental Draft was moved from Wednesday to Tuesday so workers could appear on their new homes on this week's TVs. Officials wanted this to be the week where the Draft and fallout from it took place.

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Fuck sakes Boab we dot need to you to post near enough every piece of wrestling news or interview that you come across :craphead:

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Fuck sakes Boab we dot need to you to post near enough every piece of wrestling news or interview that you come across :craphead:

yeah we do cause I don't read wrestling sites and the wee man keeps me up to date with stuff thats happening outwith the tv shows!!!

BTW wee andy owned you with the angle and ECW comparison :lol:

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can't have him and tenay doing the play by play along with Taz. Althoug Taz has been a shocking commentator for TNA compared to how he was in WWE.

I wish JBL would commentate on wrestling again!!

JBL was awesome

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can't have him and tenay doing the play by play along with Taz. Althoug Taz has been a shocking commentator for TNA compared to how he was in WWE.

I wish JBL would commentate on wrestling again!!

JBL was awesome

I loved how he used to abuse that cunt michael cole!! Ripped him every week!

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can't have him and tenay doing the play by play along with Taz. Althoug Taz has been a shocking commentator for TNA compared to how he was in WWE.

I wish JBL would commentate on wrestling again!!

JBL was awesome

I loved how he used to abuse that cunt michael cole!! Ripped him every week!

The little hints of racism was good aswell

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Fuck sakes Boab we dot need to you to post near enough every piece of wrestling news or interview that you come across :craphead:

yeah we do cause I don't read wrestling sites and the wee man keeps me up to date with stuff thats happening outwith the tv shows!!!

BTW wee andy owned you with the angle and ECW comparison :lol:

:lol: Not really because like I said it's two entirely different situations.

We've seen at least three incarnations of ECW original type factions since ECW folded (invasion, one night stand time & the originals faction in WWECW) plus the majority of the members mooted for the faction are all well past their best now.

On the other hand we've only ever seen one incarnation of Team Angle and two of the former members are talented youngish wrestlers who need an experienced/high profile head to get them back on the map after a few yers in the wilderness of superstars, heat & velocity.

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Fuck sakes Boab we dot need to you to post near enough every piece of wrestling news or interview that you come across :craphead:

yeah we do cause I don't read wrestling sites and the wee man keeps me up to date with stuff thats happening outwith the tv shows!!!

BTW wee andy owned you with the angle and ECW comparison :lol:

:lol: Not really because like I said it's two entirely different situations.

We've seen at least three incarnations of ECW original type factions since ECW folded (invasion, one night stand time & the originals faction in WWECW) plus the majority of the members mooted for the faction are all well past their best now.

On the other hand we've only ever seen one incarnation of Team Angle and two of the former members are talented youngish wrestlers who need an experienced/high profile head to get them back on the map after a few yers in the wilderness of superstars, heat & velocity.

oooft stop clutching at those straws big man!!!

TNA is better than WWE, face it!! :P

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I just resigned up for pwttorrents on my works isp since the restricted my downloading...again..for the 20th time. Such an awesome site for wrestking dvds, shows etc

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Fuck sakes Boab we dot need to you to post near enough every piece of wrestling news or interview that you come across :craphead:

yeah we do cause I don't read wrestling sites and the wee man keeps me up to date with stuff thats happening outwith the tv shows!!!

BTW wee andy owned you with the angle and ECW comparison :lol:

:lol: Not really because like I said it's two entirely different situations.

We've seen at least three incarnations of ECW original type factions since ECW folded (invasion, one night stand time & the originals faction in WWECW) plus the majority of the members mooted for the faction are all well past their best now.

On the other hand we've only ever seen one incarnation of Team Angle and two of the former members are talented youngish wrestlers who need an experienced/high profile head to get them back on the map after a few yers in the wilderness of superstars, heat & velocity.

oooft stop clutching at those straws big man!!!

TNA is better than WWE, face it!! :P

Ratings suggest otherwise :P

Seriously though, seeing the referee calling time out during Jack Swaggers match so he could clean blood from his head was :anguish: :anguish :anguish:

This PG shit needs to go, but with MMA & UFC in particular creating the most interest in that all important 18-34 demograph, WWE are going to look at other ways to maximism viewers, reveue & profit and unfortunatly their second biggest demograph is the pre/early teen age group so that's the one they will target & exploit.

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Talking about PG, I read on the sun site that 'Extreme Rules' was about as extreme as a Kyle Lafferty fight?

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Talking about PG, I read on the sun site that 'Extreme Rules' was about as extreme as a Kyle Lafferty fight?

There was a pretty rough sounding/looking trash can shot to Jack Swagger by Randy Orton but aside from that it was shit.

Like I said the PG crap needs to go an the best way to do it would be a Cena heel turn and brutal attack on a legendary face.

The poster child of the PG era turning heel would be a truly iconic moment.

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Talking about PG, I read on the sun site that 'Extreme Rules' was about as extreme as a Kyle Lafferty fight?

There was a pretty rough sounding/looking trash can shot to Jack Swagger by Randy Orton but aside from that it was shit.

Like I said the PG crap needs to go an the best way to do it would be a Cena heel turn and brutal attack on a legendary face.

The poster child of the PG era turning heel would be a truly iconic moment.

It would be up there with Hogan turning heel at WCW

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