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Book Update: Velvet Sky!

I’ve got a big update on my book project: I had the opportunity to conduct a two-hour interview with the most popular female wrestler in the history of TNA/IMPACT Wrestling, Velvet Sky! Yes, that’s right, I’ve now interviewed both of the original members of The Beautiful People: Angelina Love and Velvet Sky.

Velvet was incredibly sweet, and she provided me with her unfiltered thoughts on countless topics, some of which include the following: Dixie Carter, Jeff Jarrett, Bob Ryder, Gail Kim, winning the Knockouts Championship for the first time at Bound For Glory 2011, TNA leaving Orlando and hitting the road full time in 2013, taking part in UK tours, doing house shows, and so much more.

Jeff Hardy and Velvet Sky are the two most popular wrestlers in the history of TNA/IMPACT Wrestling. They outsold everyone when it came to merchandise because the fans loved them, and still do! And I’m thrilled to say that I interviewed both of these icons for my my book about the history of TNA/IMPACT Wrestling.

Speaking of my book, I’ve been doing my best to set aside time multiple days a week to write. I don’t care if I write 500 words or 5,000 words — it’s just important that I do it. It’s like saving for retirement. If you put away a little bit here and a little bit there and remain consistent, before you know it, you’ll have a lot of money. The same holds true for writing, so I’m staying consistent; this way I’ll have multiple chapters finished sooner rather than later. And, of course, once my first draft of the entire book is complete, the revising process will begin. Great books require multiple revisions, but I’m fine with that. Refining my work is what will make it as strong and compelling as possible.

I have an outline for the structure of the book and names for the main sections, as well as a title for the book, which I’ll reveal at a later date. While I’ve started on the first part, I decided to jump ahead to the third part because it includes a chapter about live event marketing that is fascinating. This chapter includes a detailed account of an internal document that hasn’t seen the light of day, outside of TNA, since 2012. So, get ready for a deep dive into what TNA was doing right and wrong as it pertains to live event marketing. This document also contains a recommendation from an industry expert with decades of experience that TNA chose to ignore, which led to one of its most financially disastrous decisions. In this chapter, and the one that follows it, I will detail how this terrible choice wound up causing the company irreparable harm.

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