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IMPACT Wrestling: Rebellion CELL-ebration

As you may recall, I took part in the Hard To Kill CELL-ebration hosted by IMPACT Wrestling. It was an excellent event where fans got to spend quality time with the stars of IMPACT Wrestling, ahead of the Hard To Kill PPV. If you missed out on that interactive fan event, another opportunity is here! On Sunday, April 25, at 11 a.m. ET, IMPACT Wrestling is hosting its next CELL-ebration. This one is taking place several hours before the Rebellion PPV, which features a historic main event where AEW World Champion Kenny Omega faces off against IMPACT World Champion Rich Swann in a title vs. title match. If you want to be part of this VIP experience, make sure to register now to secure your spot.

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AEW’s Unrestricted Podcast: Frankie Kazarian

Frankie Kazarian is one-half of the inaugural AEW World Tag Team Champions, SCU, and among the first wrestlers signed to AEW at launch. On the latest episode of AEW’s Unrestricted podcast, he speaks to how he got in at the ground floor, what The Young Bucks and “Being The Elite” did for SCU’s popularity, beating the Lucha Brothers for the tag title, and what it’s like having a beverage and talking shop with your boss. Frankie was Christian Cage’s first AEW opponent, and explains why he thinks Christian has the highest wrestling IQ of anyone he’s been in the ring with. You’ll also hear about Frankie’s friendship with Christopher Daniels, his love of Metallica, how he started playing bass, what prompted him to start American Rebel Cigars with Cody Rhodes, and how he ended up with a cameo in the Netflix series, GLOW. Plus, Frankie shares the story of “Do Ya!,” his Top 5 metal songs, and why calls the “Flux Capacitor” his “Break Glass In Case of Emergency” move.

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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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Review: RetroMania Wrestling

RetroMania Wrestling, the official sequel to WrestleFest, is now available! Just this week it was released on Nintendo Switch, and I’ve been playing it on my PC via Steam. If you’re a fan of pick-up-and-play arcade wrestling video games, then this is the one for you!

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Book Review: The Wrestlers’ Wrestlers

I’m always up for a good book about professional wrestling, and a new one is coming out on April 27, The Wrestlers’ Wrestlers: The Masters of the Craft of Professional Wrestling by Dan Murphy and Brian Young. Unlike other wrestling books, this isn’t focused on one particular individual or promotion. Rather, it’s a collection of profiles of elite performers, analyzing what made them your favorite wrestlers’ . . . favorite wrestlers. So, instead of simply being a list of the greatest wrestlers of all time, according to the fans, this book is about the wrestlers that other wrestlers admire. It’s an interesting concept.

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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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