Michael Cavacini

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Book Update: Angelina Love!

My latest big-time interview was with Angelina Love, one half of The Beautiful People! We covered her entire time with TNA Wrestling, from 2004 through the end of her final run in 2017. We discussed her thoughts on Velvet Sky, Gail Kim, the influence the Knockouts Division had on modern day women’s wrestling, Dixie Carter, Jeff Jarrett, and much more. The Beautiful People was a group that garnered some of the highest ratings in the history of TNA, providing fans with endless hours of entertainment. I’m thankful that I had the opportunity to connect with Angelina and gather her thoughts for my project on the history of TNA/IMPACT wrestling.

Shudder April 2021 U.S. Highlights

April showers bring a packed lineup of new horror films and series to Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural, for its annual ‘Halfway to Halloween Month.’ A new season of The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs, a new season of Creepshow, In Search of Darkness: Part II, and a whole lot more. Below is the full press releases with all of the gory details.

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AEW: Cody Rhodes Revolution Media Briefing

Ahead of Dynamite on March 3 and Revolution on March 7, AEW EVP Cody Rhodes took part in a special media briefing and Q&A session today. Hours away from his highly anticipated match with Shaq, Cody discussed what fans can expect to see for that extraordinary encounter, insight into the upcoming Revolution pay-per-view event, and much more. You can listen to the full press conference below, courtesy of AEW.

Cody Rhodes & Shaq’s Thoughts Heading Into AEW Countdown to Revolution

Tonight is AEW’s Countdown to Revolution, featuring a tag team match pitting Cody Rhodes against Shaq! Below is a promo package to get you ready for tonight’s big show, as well as Q&A videos with both Cody and Shaq. Enjoy!

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Book Update: Matt Hardy!

Tonight I had a 90+ minute interview with Matt Hardy! Yes, the legendary wrestler’s commentary about TNA and his time in the company is going to be part of my books about the promotion’s history. Having the opportunity to interview both Jeff and Matt Hardy is something I never thought would happen coming into this project, but I’m eternally grateful that it did. Matt and I covered his first run in 2011, coming back in 2014, winning the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, Big Money Matt Hardy, Broken Matt Hardy, The Final Deletion, Total Nonstop Deletion, Delete or Decay, his recent return to IMPACT Wrestling, and more. It was an absolute honor and pleasure speaking with Matt Hardy, and I have an even greater respect for the man and his creativity as a result of our conversation.

Book Update: 100 Interviews In 100 Days

For my books about the history of TNA/IMPACT Wrestling, I have interviewed 100 people in the first 100 days of this project! This is an incredible milestone, and, as you can see below, the people I’ve spoken with so far are incredible: everyone from the most popular wrestler in the history of the company, Jeff Hardy, to broadcast and merchandising legend Don West. When it comes to people behind the scenes, I’ve spoken with a ton of individuals who worked for TNA/IMPACT Wrestling over the years in a wide range of capacities. There are many more interviews to come, including ones with people who have never done an interview before — ever! Who am I referencing? You’ll have to stay tuned to find out. This is the first major milestone of many to come. If the books are anything like the journey, then you’re in for two great reads.

  • 40+ wrestlers, including Jeff Hardy, Gail Kim, Ken Shamrock, Chelsea Green, Rob Van Dam, Maria Kanellis, Diamond Dallas Page, Taryn Terrell, Raven, Nick Aldis, Petey Williams, Shane Douglas, Shark Boy, Al Snow, and Konnan
  • 40+ current and former employees, including those in creative, marketing, audio, music, production, licensing, affiliate relations, live events, merchandising, and more
  • 7 executives from Spike TV and Fox Sports Net
  • 7 industry influencers, including wrestling promoters, writers, and the Editor-in-Chief of Pro Wrestling Illustrated
  • Referees, including TNA Hall of Fame inductee Earl Hebner
  • Members of the broadcast team, including Don West
  • Managers, including Father James Mitchell
  • Management from Universal Studios Orlando, home of the original TNA iMPACT Zone
  • Midway executives who created the TNA iMPACT! video game
  • Head Music Composer and Director of Audio Production Dale Oliver

The Wrestler: A Q.T. Marshall Story

Originally released in 2017, The Wrestler: A Q.T. Marshall Story is an award-winning documentary about an independent wrestler trying to make it to WWE. It’s an underdog story about a regular guy from New Jersey trying to make it to the big-time. While I didn’t know anything about Q.T. Marshall prior to watching this documentary, his name was vaguely familiar. In a world filled with wrestling documentaries, including 350 Days, Nail In The Coffin, You Cannot Kill David Arquette, and The Resurrection of Jake the Snake, is this one worth watching? Read on for my thoughts.

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Shudder: March 2021 U.S. Highlights

In March, Shudder members can look forward to new movie premieres every week, including season two of the hit series A Discovery of Witches, Shudder original films Lucky, Stay Out of the Attic, Slaxx and Violation, the Shudder exclusive Koko-Di Koko-Da, and an impressive lineup of recent and classic horror favorites including Ken Russell’s The Devils. I had the pleasure of watching Lucky last year, and it was phenomenal. It premieres on March 4, so make sure you it’s at the top of your list! Below is a rundown of everything you can expect to see on Shudder in March.

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IMPACT Wrestling Report: BTI, No Surrender, New Japan Pro-Wrestling

It’s been a while since my last IMPACT Wrestling Report, but that’s because I’ve been very busy doing interviews for my books about the history of TNA/IMPACT Wrestling. Some of the people I’ve interviewed in recent weeks include Gail Kim, Ken Shamrock, Earl Hebner, and Jeff Hardy, who is the most popular wrestler in IMPACT Wrestling history and, currently, one of the top guys in WWE. Make sure to sign up for email alerts on my site so you don’t miss out on any future book updates because there are many more to come.

This past week was a big one in IMPACT Wrestling. The company announced a new TV show, which premieres tomorrow night, No Surrender aired on Saturday, and a partnership was revealed with New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW). Let’s dive in!

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Book Update: Earl Hebner

I have now interivewed four members of the TNA/IMPACT Wrestling Hall of Fame, with the newest addition being the greatest referee of all time: Earl Hebner. For more than 40 years, Earl has been the gold standard for professional wrestling referees. From officiating matches between Hulk Hogan and Andre The Giant to Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels, he’s the absolute best at what he does. Earl spent 11 years with TNA Wrestling and he told me that it was the happiest time in his career. We talked about what it was like working with Dixie Carter, taking part in entertaining storylines, including ones with the Knockouts, life on the road, working internationally, and the art of being a great referee, among other topics. It was an honor and a pleasure to speak at length with a man I admire, and I know that his commentary will make a great addition to my books about the history of TNA/IMPACT Wrestling.

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