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Book Update: Chris Bey & Rob Feinstein

This week I interviewed former X Division Champion Chris Bey and Ring of Honor founder Rob Feinstein for my book about the history of TNA/IMPACT Wrestling. Both were excellent discussions that covered a wide range of topics.

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Book Update: Dan Severn

When NWA-TNA was formed in 2002, Dan “The Beast” Severn was the reigning NWA World Heavyweight Champion. He was stripped of his title, which was then won by Ken Shamrock, whom I also interviewed, at the first ever NWA-TNA pay-per-view. What are Dan’s thoughts on this and why wasn’t he part of NWA-TNA? You’ll find out in my book because I had the pleasure of speaking with Dan about this. He shared with me his candid thoughts on the situation, Jeff Jarrett, Ken Shamrock, and more.

TNA/IMPACT Wrestling Book: One Year Later

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Exactly one year ago I announced that I had started writing a book about the history of TNA/IMPACT Wrestling. So, what have I accomplished over the past year? Read on to find out.

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TNA/IMPACT Book Update: Tommy Dreamer

On the eve of Bound For Glory, IMPACT Wrestling’s biggest show of the year, I’m proud to say that I was the first person Tommy Dreamer agreed to do an interview with following his recent appearance on Dark Side of the Ring. It was a two-part interview, covering all of Tommy’s time with the company, both in and out of the ring. We talked about Bob Ryder, Jeff Jarrett, Dixie Carter, Scott D’Amore, COVID, “Action” Mike Jackson, Paul Heyman, Daffney, and a whole lot more. Of course, we also discussed Dark Side of the Ring too. Tommy has always had my respect, and it was an honor and pleasure to speak with him at length for my book about the history of TNA/IMPACT Wrestling.

Heels: My New Favorite TV Show

I watched all eight episodes of Heels in five days on Starz because it’s that damn good. Heels is a story about the men and women who chase their dreams in the world of small-town pro wrestling. Set in a close-knit Georgia community, it follows a family-owned wrestling promotion as two brothers, and rivals, war over their late father’s legacy. In the ring, somebody must play the good guy and somebody must play their nemesis, the heel. But in the real world, those characters can be hard to live up to — or hard to leave behind. Read on for my thoughts on this compelling new drama.

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IMPACT Wrestling Press Pass: Josh Alexander

This Saturday is IMPACT Wrestling’s biggest show of the year: Bound For Glory. Ahead of the big main event between Christian Cage and Josh Alexander, today’s IMPACT Press Pass gave journalists and fans the opportunity to ask Alexander a variety of questions before he heads into the biggest match of his career. Watch the full IMPACT Press Pass below.

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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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IMPACT Wrestling Press Pass: Gail Kim, Mickie James, & Deonna Purrazzo

Did you miss today’s IMPACT Wrestling Press Pass featuring Deonna Purrazzo and Mickie James, hosted by Gail Kim? You’re in luck! Below is a video with the full replay.

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Meeting Jeff Jarrett

I’ve been in touch with Jeff Jarrett since I started working on my book about the history of TNA/IMPACT Wrestling. However, he has yet to agree to do an interview with me for the project. So, when I heard that Jeff was coming to my city — Philadelphia — I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to meet Double J for the first time ever and see if I could convince him to speak with me for my book. Read on for details about my meet and greet with the “King of the Mountain.”

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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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