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Book Update: More Than 40 Interviews, Including Diamond Dallas Page

I’m now more than 40 interviews into my book project about the history of TNA/IMPACT Wrestling, and today I interviewed Diamond Dallas Page! Yes, the master of the Diamond Cutter and founder of DDP Yoga and I spoke at length about his time in TNA Wrestling. We discussed why he joined TNA, why he left, his thoughts on Jeff Jarrett, Dixie Carter, AJ Styles, and much more! I have many more interviews on the horizon, so stay tuned for more updates.

IMPACT Wrestling Report: My Books, Genesis, & More!

Welcome! I hope you enjoyed the holidays since my last IMPACT Wrestling Report. A lot has happened since then, including the announcement about my first-ever book, which is going to be two books about the 20-year history of TNA/IMPACT Wrestling! Genesis, the first IMPACT Plus exclusive event of 2021, took place this last Saturday, and tonight is the final episode of IMPACT Wrestling on the road to this Saturday’s Hard To Kill PPV.

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My First Book: 20-Year History of TNA/IMPACT Wrestling

At long last — after debating it for many years — I’m writing my first book! And the scope of this project is so big that my first book is going to be two books. Yes, you read that right: two books! About what? The entirety of the first 20 years of TNA Wrestling, which is now known as IMPACT Wrestling.

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Movie Review: Relentless

Nearly two years ago I interviewed Diamond Dallas Page, the founder of DDP Yoga (DDPY) and a legend in the professional wrestling industry. It was an amazing discussion that resulted in a series of events: we became friends, I stayed at Dallas’ house for a week a few months later, he taught me DDPY at the largest workshop ever, and I became Philadelphia’s first-ever certified DDPY instructor, among other wonderful opportunities. If you want to get to know Diamond Dallas Page better and learn all about DPPY and why it’s so special, I implore you to watch his newly released documentary, Relentless, which is available on Amazon Prime Video.

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Book Review: Under The Black Hat by Jim Ross

Jim Ross is the voice of professional wrestling — inarguably the greatest play-by-play announcer in the history of “this great sport,” as Tony Schiavone would say. He southern drawl and impassioned delivery defined the Attitude Era, and behind the scenes Jim signed some of the top talent to WWE, including Brock Lesnar, Christian, Chris Jericho, and Becky Lynch. His first book, Slobberknocker, was good but it focused on the earlier years in his life and career in wrestling. His newest memoir, Under The Black Hat, is the one everyone has been waiting for as it provides JR’s thoughts on his time in WWE and beyond.

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TNA IMPACT Wrestling Annual Books

So far, in its nearly 20-year existence, there have only been three official books published by TNA/IMPACT Wrestling and they are the 2012, 2013, and 2014 editions of The Official TNA IMPACT Wrestling Annual. All three books were released in Europe, not the USA, but I got copies of them for a reasonable price on eBay. Below are three reviews providing you with a detailed look at each book.

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Sting Signs Multi-Year Deal With AEW & Debuts on Dynamite

Wow! Talk about a massive surprise. The Icon Sting just debuted tonight on AEW Dynamite, and I received the press release below from AEW’s PR team with the full details about Sting becoming All Elite, including a multi-year deal with the company. Read on for the full details.

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Jeff Jarrett and IMPACT Wrestling on the Passing of Bob Ryder

Today, it was announced that Bob Ryder, one of the founders of TNA Wrestling (now IMPACT Wrestling), passed away. There has been an outpouring from those within the pro wrestling industry since this news broke, sharing their thoughts and memories of this remarkable man who meant so much to so many people over the years. May he rest in peace.

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Book Review: Women Love Wrestling

Women’s wrestling is more popular than ever. The renaissance of women’s wrestling started in TNA Wrestling — now known as IMPACT Wrestling — at Bound For Glory in 2007 when Gail Kim became the first Knockouts Champion. Prior to this event taking place, female competitors were seen as less than, not equal to, their male counterparts. They were celebrated only for their looks, not their ability. It was a sad state of affairs that was rectified, at least in TNA, in 2007. Today, women’s wrestling is hot in every promotion on the planet, including IMPACT Wrestling, WWE, and AEW. For fans that can’t get enough of the women’s revolution in wrestling, you’ll want to read Women Love Wrestling.

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Pro Wrestling Demystified: You Know It’s Fake, Right?

“You know it’s fake, right?” These are the words uttered by people who don’t understand professional wrestling. How do I respond when people ask this ill-informed question? I say, “You know Darth Vader is fake, right?” Or, “You know the characters in This Is Us aren’t real, right?” Professional wrestling might as well be Rodney Dangerfield because it doesn’t get any respect. Despite the fact that professional wrestling has been around for more than 100 years, some people feel the need to cast judgment and view it as holding no redeemable value. I’ve been a fan of professional wrestling my entire life, and I’m proud of that fact. I’ve derived a plethora of value from my fandom, established friendships because of it, and had amazing experiences along the way. Professional wrestling is just as valid a form of entertainment as anything you’ll find on film, in print, on stage, or even on a sports field. This is the first in a series of posts where I’m going to take the time to help demystify professional wrestling in an effort to help those who aren’t fans understand why millions of us are. Read more…

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