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IMPACT Wrestling Brings Back Knockouts Knockdown, With Matches Set For This Weekend In Nashville

IMPACT Wrestling is bringing back an all-Knockouts event this upcoming weekend in Nashville, Tennessee: The Knockouts Knockdown will be filmed in The IMPACT Zone at Skyway Studios, starting Friday, September 17. Read on for all of the details, including the announcement video from Gail Kim, and historical information about the genesis of the original Knockouts Knockdown in 2013 — which, at the time, was the first-ever all-women pay-per-view held by one of the top wrestling promotions in the world.

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TNAIW Episode 57: Spilling The TNA!

Last night, I joined the guys at The Talking Nonsense About IMPACT Wrestling Podcast to, once again, spill the TNA about my upcoming book on the history of IMPACT Wrestling. We also talked about this past Thursday’s episode of IMPACT Wrestling, Victory Road, Brian Cage, Bound For Glory, and more! Watch the full episode below.

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AEW’s Unrestricted Podcast: Fuego Del Sol

Fuego Del Sol is officially All Elite! In the latest episode of the AEW Unrestricted podcast, he explains why he thought his match on RAMPAGE was initially his swan song for AEW. He also speaks to his best friend, Sammy Guevara, surprising him with his AEW contract, how he shared the news and celebrated with his family, what it meant to snap his 40-match losing streak, making a name for himself on Sammy’s Vlog, and the organic growth of his homegrown popularity. Fuego shares the story behind his character and mask, what it means to be Alabama’s #1 Luchador, and how he’s learned from Cody Rhodes, Ethan Page, Lance Archer, Scorpio Sky, and Brian Cage. Plus, he reveals some of his favorite skits from Sammy’s Vlog.

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AEW’s Unrestricted Podcast: Tony Khan

This past weekend was AEW All Out, an incredible landmark event that changed the face of AEW and pro wrestling as a whole. AEW CEO, GM, and Head of Creative Tony Khan returned to the AEW Unrestricted podcast to break down the event’s unbelievable matchups, which included all four Championships being defended, a 21-woman Casino Battle Royal, CM Punk’s historic return to the ring against Darby Allin with Sting, Chris Jericho’s potentially career-ending match versus MJF, an epic bout between Jon Moxley and Satoshi Kojima, and the AEW in-ring debut of Paul Wight. Read on for the full episode and key quotes from Khan.

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Bound For Glory Live From Sam’s Town In Las Vegas: Tickets On Sale September 24

IMPACT Wrestling’s biggest show of the year, Bound For Glory, will be its first since the start of COVID to take place outside of Skyway Studios. The venue that’s been chosen for this monumental occasion is Sam’s Town Live! Tickets go on sale September 24. Read on for the full press release, including pricing.

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Book Update: Andy Barton, Brian Diamond & Challenge TV

I’ve got a big book update! Not only have I written about 200 pages, but I just conducted some big-time interviews: Andy Barton, Brian Diamond, and the team from Challenge TV.

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Shannon “Daffney” Spruill Passes Away

This past spring I interviewed Shannon “Daffney” Spruill for my book about the history of TNA/IMPACT Wrestling. Thank god I did because last night she tragically committed suicide, and, as a result, the world lost a wonderful, kind, and talented human being.

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Review: NWA 73

It was quite the weekend for the NWA. This past Saturday was its first all-women PPV, EmPowerrr, and on Sunday NWA 73 took place, with both events emanating from The Chase in St. Louis. As with NWA Powerrr, these PPVs aired exclusively on FITE. If you want to watch EmPowerrr, you can do so here, and NWA 73 can be watched here. So how was NWA 73, and which of these two PPVs was the best? Read on for my thoughts.

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Review: NWA EmPowerrr

On August 28, the NWA held its first-ever all-women pay-per-view, EmPowerrr, emanating from the Chase Park Plaza Hotel in St. Louis — a legendary home to a multitude of professional wrestling events over the years. In addition to EmPowerrr on August 28, the next day, on August 29, NWA 73 is taking place at The Chase, commemorating the 73rd anniversary of the formation of the National Wrestling Alliance, which took place in 1948. Read on for my thoughts on NWA EmPowerrr.

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CM Punk Returns & Signs With AEW

CM Punk has returned to pro wrestling! This legendary fan favorite has come back after seven long years of being away from the ring, but this time he’s with AEW, not WWE. And he made his big return the weekend of one of WWE’s flagship events: SummerSlam. Read on for my thoughts on this, as well as for videos of CM Punk’s debut on AEW, including what he had to say to the fans.

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