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Archive for the month “January, 2021”

Book Update: Spike TV President Kevin Kay

I’ve now done more than 60 interviews for my books about the history of TNA/IMPACT Wrestling, including an interview tonight that I conducted with former Spike TV President Kevin Kay that lasted more than two hours. We talked about many topics, including the following: whether or not Spike TV paid for Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff, among others, to join TNA, if Spike TV ever thought about buying TNA, how Viacom really felt about TNA, if Jeff Jarrett was a better leader than Dixie Carter, and a whole lot more. This was one of the most enlightening conversations I’ve had so far, and it’s going to make for exceptionally compelling content for both of my books. Keep it right here for many more updates to come!

Review: IMPACT Wrestling Hard To Kill CELL-ebration

With Hard To Kill in the rearview mirror, 2021 is shaping up to be the year of IMPACT Wrestling. One of the things I’ve learned while looking into the company’s history is that they’ve never taken the fans for granted. I know, I know — that sounds like some line that celebrities or corporations use to emotionally appeal to consumers, but I’m being serious. IMPACT Wrestling is known for taking meet and greets to the next level. It’s never been a cattle call, where they simply try to get fans in and out. Not at all. Rather than seeing these fan experiences as merely financial transactions, the company and the talent go the extra mile to make every single fan feel special. Accomplishing this in the era of COVID is harder than ever, yet IMPACT continues to push the bar higher. A perfect example of this is the Hard To Kill CELL-ebration that took place the morning of this epic PPV. Read on for my full thoughts on this special fan experience.

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Book Update: Rob Van Dam

Today I may have conducted the biggest interview for my books about the history of TNA/IMPACT Wrestling yet: Rob Van Dam! Mr. Monday Night talked to me about his two runs in the promotion, including stories about Hulk Hogan, Sting, Sami Callihan, Jeff Hardy, Paul Heyman, and much more. RVD is the only man to have held the ECW, WWE, and TNA World Heavyweight Championships, yet he comes off as the super cool dude we all know and love on TV. I couldn’t be more grateful to have had the chance to speak with this wrestling icon, and I look forward to sharing his stories with you in my books.

AEW’s Unrestricted Podcast: Will Hobbs

Will Hobbs grew up in East Palo Alto, Calif., hearing stories about Pat Patterson, Ray Stevens and Pepper Gomez—and going to shows at the legendary Cow Palace.  He did some training with Booker T, worked the indies and took a huge chance during the pandemic that ultimately led him to AEW. Will talks comic books, Venom, Sting’s surprise AEW debut, Arn Anderson and the spinebuster, and why he really wants Team Taz to take on The Inner Circle. Plus, Will answers hard-hitting questions about arm wrestling Wardlow and Brian Cage, his growing iPhone collection, his calorie intake, daytime soap operas and his favorite game on “Price Is Right.”

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Shudder: February 2021 U.S. Highlights

Valentine’s Day is almost upon us and as the great Robert Englund once said, “Just because it’s a love story doesn’t mean it can’t have a decapitation or two.” If your thoughts are in line with Robert’s then you’ll want to keep your eyes on Shudder where cupid’s arrow is known to impale. Below are all of the gory details about what you can expect during the month of love.

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Book Review: NES Omnibus, Volume 1

Brett Weiss, author of the SNES Omnibus books, is back! This time around he’s focusing on the home video game console that put Nintendo on the map: the NES. Just like the SNES Omnibus series, the NES Omnibus is split into two books, so the appropriate attention is given to the myriad of games released for the most iconic and influential video game system of all time.

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Book Update: 50 Interviews, Including Don West, Nick Aldis, & Konnan

I’ve now done 50 interviews for my books about the history of TNA/IMPACT Wrestling, including ones with Don West, Nick Aldis, Konnan, Erik Watts, and more! There are some big-time interviews coming up. I’m interviewing top talent, TV executives, and other influential individuals throughout the company’s history.

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Book Update: More Than 40 Interviews, Including Diamond Dallas Page

I’m now more than 40 interviews into my book project about the history of TNA/IMPACT Wrestling, and today I interviewed Diamond Dallas Page! Yes, the master of the Diamond Cutter and founder of DDP Yoga and I spoke at length about his time in TNA Wrestling. We discussed why he joined TNA, why he left, his thoughts on Jeff Jarrett, Dixie Carter, AJ Styles, and much more! I have many more interviews on the horizon, so stay tuned for more updates.

IMPACT Wrestling Report: Hard To Kill Review & Analysis

Last night was the long-awaited first PPV where IMPACT Wrestling and AEW collaborated on a main event match: Hard To Kill! What went down, did it live up to the hype, and what are my thoughts on the event overall? Read on.

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AEW’s Unrestricted Podcast: Serena Deeb

On the latest AEW Unrestricted podcast, NWA Women’s Champion Serena Deeb details what it took to win the coveted title from Thunder Rosa! She also chronicles her journey to AEW and how signing with the company was the silver lining of 2020. Serena talks about the power of yoga and positive thinking, learning from Rip Rogers and returning to in-ring performance after believing that part of her career to be over. Plus, she shares her Mt. Rushmore of wrestling and her love of coaching.

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