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Book Update: Ken Anderson, Rhino, Savio Vega, John E. Bravo

If you thought I was done with heavy hitters for my books about the history of TNA/IMPACT Wrestling, think again! I spoke with Ken Anderson, a two-time TNA World Heavyweight Champion, at length about his time with the company. We covered his feuds with Sting and Kurt Angle, including Angle’s crazy moonsault off the top of the cage at Lockdown 2010, as well as his time in Immortal, working with legends like Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair. I got Ken’s thoughts on AJ Styles, Rob Van Dam, Jeff Jarrett, Dixie Carter, and more. We also talked about Aces & Eights and why he was let go from TNA, among many other topics. It was an absolute pleasure interviewing Ken. He’s always been one of my favorite wrestlers, and he’s criminally underrated. I look forward to his future in the business, and I’m extremely thankful for the opportunity to speak with him for my book project.

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John E. Bravo on IMPACT Wrestling Rebellion Main Event

I had the pleasure of speaking with the incomparable John E. Bravo last night and, among other topics, we discussed AEW collaborating with IMPACT Wrestling and the big main event taking place at the Rebellion PPV on April 25: AEW World Champion Kenny Omega vs. IMPACT World Champion Rich Swann.

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Rhino on IMPACT Wrestling Returning to Thursday Nights

Tomorrow night is the big night: IMPACT Wrestling returns to Thursdays! This is the night of the week where TNA iMPACT achieved iconic status in the world of pro wrestling, at one point reaching two million fans a week. Today, I spoke with IMPACT Wrestling veteran and member of Violent By Design, Rhino. He shared with me his thoughts on IMPACT’s big move back to Thursday night.

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Book Update: Total Nonstop IMPACT

Last night, I took part in another interview to promote my book project about the history of TNA/IMPACT Wrestling. This time I joined the guys on Total Nonstop IMPACT to provide insight into the process of working on this project over the past few months, what it was like being the first person ever to interview Keith Mitchell, and more. Watch the video below for the full interview. It was a pleasure being on Total Nonstop IMPACT, and I look forward to returning in the future!

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Pro Wrestling Illustrated: Special WrestleMania Issue

Tonight, Pro Wrestling Illustrated announced that the digital version of its June issue drops on Thursday and you can preorder the physical version right now! This is no ordinary issue, mind you; it’s the special WrestleMania issue and the fact that it’s available a few days before the biggest show of the year is awesome. Bianca Belair is in the hotseat this time around, which should be interesting, and I’m looking forward to reading the articles contributed by Brian Solomon and Jordynne Grace too. All of this, and much more, is in the new issue of Pro Wrestling Illustrated dropping this week (digitally), so make sure to snag a copy!

Book Update: Jason Hervey, D’Lo Brown, Deonna Purrazzo, Eddie Edwards, and More!

Over the past week, I’ve interviewed a slew of people who played an incredibly important role in the history of TNA/IMPACT Wrestling for my books about the company’s history. One of those people is Jason Hervey, who you may know best for his starring role in The Wonder Years. Jason was a phenomenal interview. We talked about the early days of TNA, when he was working with HealthSouth, the wrestling promotion’s original financial baker, how he joined TNA in 2010, alongside Hulk Hogan and his former business partner, Eric Bischoff, and much more. Other topics discussed include his thoughts on Dixie Carter, Jeff Jarrett, lawsuits he was involved in with HealthSouth and TNA, and Aces & Eights, just to name a few. I was very impressed by Jason’s honesty and respect and admiration for those he’s worked with over the years.

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IMPACT Wrestling Moves to Thursdays

Big news: IMPACT Wrestling is moving to Thursday nights, starting April 8! As old-school TNA Wrestling fans know, Thursdays are the night that, for many years, TNA brought us the hard-hitting action we love. With NXT moving to Tuesdays on April 13 and NWA Powerrr also airing the same night on FITE, it makes perfect sense for IMPACT to switch things up, and moving back to its classic night is a smart move. Below is the full press release with all of the details.

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Book Update: Keith Mitchell’s First-Ever Interview

Keith Mitchell is one of the most talented and respected people within the professional wrestling industry. Currently serving as the Executive Producer for AEW, Keith was TNA Wrestling’s Executive Producer for 17 years. Prior to this, he was the Executive Producer for WCW and WCCW. Throughout his nearly 40-year career, Keith has never done an interview . . . until now! Over the course of two days, we spoke for five hours about all things TNA. We covered the formation of the company in 2001, TNA going on the road full-time in 2013, Spike TV cancelling TNA, what it was like working under Scott D’Amore’s leadership, and much more. It was an absolute honor to be the first person he fully trusted to do an interview with, and I couldn’t be more thankful for the opportunity. Stay tuned for plenty of commentary from Keith Mitchell in both of my books about the history of TNA/IMPACT Wrestling!

IMPACT World Champion vs. AEW World Champion PPV Match Announced

Last night, IMPACT Wrestling dropped its biggest bombshell since collaborating with AEW. This Saturday’s main event, during the IMPACT Plus exclusive special Sacrifice, between IMPACT World Champion Rich Swann and TNA World Champion Moose will unify those titles. IMPACT Wrestling Executive Vice President Scott D’Amore shocked the world even more when he announced that the winner of this title unification bout at Sacrifice will go head-to-head with AEW World Champion Kenny Omega in a title vs title match on April 24 at the IMPACT Wrestling Rebellion pay-per-view.

Just like the main event at Hard to Kill in January featuring Kenny Omega, this is another groundbreaking first for IMPACT Wrestling; and it’s a historic event in the world of professional wrestling, creating a sense of unpredictability that hasn’t been seen or felt since the height of the Monday Night War in the 1990s between the WWF and WCW. Below is the full press release from IMPACT Wrestling with all of the details. Make sure to tune in to Sacrifice this Saturday, and order Rebellion now because both of these events will forever alter the professional wrestling landscape.

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Book Update: Podcast Interview

After interviewing more than 100 people for my books about the history of TNA/IMPACT Wrestling, the tables have turned. Last night, I took part in my first interview to promote this book project by appearing on The Talking Nonsense About Impact Wrestling podcast. There’s so much to discuss about this project, and I’m constantly gathering new, compelling information every day. It was fun sharing tidbits on this episode of the podcast, and I’m going to return regularly to share even more. You can watch the full episode below.

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