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IMPACT Wrestling Launches In Russia

Starting October 15, IMPACT Wrestling is launching throughout Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States and, for the first time ever, with its own Russian commentary team. The agreement with Global Sports Network Extreme includes IMPACT Wrestling and PPV events such as next week’s Bound For Glory. Read on for the press release with all of the details.

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Review: Taste by Stanley Tucci

Having watched and enjoyed Stanley Tucci’s show Searching For Italy, I was very excited to listen to him narrate his new audiobook, which is a food-focused memoir. Is it worth the price of admission? Read on for my thoughts.

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Book Review: Pro Wrestling FAQ

Released in 2015, Pro Wrestling FAQ by Brian Solomon is a lengthy and detailed history of a fascinating industry, spectacle, and art form. Watch my video review below to see what’s inside and find out whether or not you should add this book to your collection.

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Review: Callihan Uncensored

Today, IMPACT Wrestling released the first episode of Callihan Uncensored — a brand-new original show that is available through IMPACT Wrestling’s Ultimate IMPACT Insider YouTube membership and IMPACT Plus. Is this show any good? Read on for my thoughts!

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Pro Wrestling Illustrated: November 2021 Issue Now Available

The latest issue of Pro Wrestling Illustrated is now available! Veteran pro wrestling journalist and author Brian Solomon pitched and wrote the cover story about “Who is the REAL Tribal Chief?” Read on for more details about the November 2021 issue of PWI.

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IMPACT Wrestling Launches Brand New ‘IMPACT Insiders’ YouTube Membership

IMPACT Wrestling officially announced its YouTube subscription service yesterday. Below is the full press release with all of the exciting details.

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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

Shudder October Highlights

October is just a few days away, and Shudder isn’t messing around. Hot on the heels of surpassing one million subscribers, the horror streaming service is providing a beautiful bevy of content to enjoy in October. Below is the full press release with all of the details, so you know what to look out for.

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You Cannot Kill David Arquette

You Cannot Kill David Arquette is a new must-see documentary that I highly recommend. “Branded as the most hated man in wrestling after winning a highly controversial WCW World Heavyweight Championship in 2000, actor David Arquette attempts a rocky return to the sport that stalled his promising Hollywood career. Dangerously determined to redeem his reputation and reclaim his self-respect, Arquette will stop at nothing to earn his place in professional wrestling.” This is the premise of You Cannot Kill David Arquette, and it’s exquisitely executed.

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Nail in the Coffin: The Fall & Rise of Vampiro

I grew up watching pro wrestling in the 1990s, which means I lived through the “Monday Night War” between Vince McMahon’s World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling (WCW). There were plenty of colorful characters in both promotions, and, for a couple of years, Vampiro was one of them. Similar to the face-painted warriors who preceded him, Vampiro had a mystique about him that seemed to resonate with fans. He never became a top guy, perhaps because he was in WCW during its waning years and was never invited to join the WWF (now WWE). However, he was a lucha libre legend in Mexico. Now that he’s semi-retired, Vampiro — real name Ian Hodgkinson — is releasing a documentary through digital VOD services on September 8. Entitled Nail in the Coffin: The Fall & Rise of Vampiro, it’s a wonderful, yet tragic, film that documents the internal struggles and external injuries of a wrestler trying to break away from the business that broke him.

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