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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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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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Book Update: Bradley Schwartz, President of POP TV

I just got off the phone with Bradley Schwartz, the former President of Pop TV: the network which was TNA/IMPACT Wrestling’s home from 2016 through the end of 2018. So, now you’ll be able to enjoy insights from Fox Sports Net, Spike TV, and Pop TV executives in my book about the history of TNA/IMPACT Wrestling! All of the major networks that the promotion has aired on throughout it’s nearly 20-year history.

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IMPACT Wrestling Report: Slammiversary Review

This past Saturday, July 17, IMPACT Wrestling welcomed back fans for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it did so with one of the biggest shows of the year: Slammiversary on FITE. This year’s event marks the 19th anniversary of IMPACT Wrestling, formerly TNA Wrestling. As many of you know, I’m writing a book about the first 20 years of TNA/IMPACT Wrestling. But now that the dust has settled, let’s take a look at this year’s Slammiversary!

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TNAIW Episode 48: Spilling The T-N-A

Last night, I joined the guys at The Talking Nonsense About IMPACT Wrestling Podcast to spill the T-N-A on the latest developments regarding the book I’m writing about the first 20 years of TNA/IMPACT Wrestling. As always, it was great chatting with the guys, answering questions, playing a fun game, and filling people in on the latest details regarding my book. I look forward to returning next month to talk about Slammiversary results and much more. Until then, check out the full episode from last night below.

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Exclusive Interview: HealthSouth Founder & CEO Richard Scrushy

I believe that it is always best to treat others as they treat you, rather than judge them based on what other people say. I’ve interviewed Richard Scrushy three times for the book I’m writing about the history of TNA/IMPACT Wrestling, and he’s been nothing but kind, honest, and generous with his time. As far as I’m concerned, everything he’s told me has been the 100% truth. Just a few days ago, I was honored to be the first person that Richard did an interview with for his new book entitled It Should Not Happen in America: From Selma to Wall Street―’A Journey of Fire and Faith.’ I enjoyed Richard’s first book, so I look forward to diving into this one. I’m certain that it will be a fascinating read, and I encourage you to pick up a copy. Read on for my exclusive interview with Richard Scrushy.

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Book Update: Bob Carter!

I had the honor and pleasure of interviewing Bob Carter, Dixie Carter’s father, for my book about the history of TNA/IMPACT Wrestling! Yes, that Bob Carter — the man who saved TNA in 2002 when HealthSouth cut off funding. Knowing that I’ve had the opportunity to interview both Richard Scrushy of HealthSouth and Bob Carter of Panda Energy for my book is incredible. Bob and I talked about his thoughts on Dixie, TNA, his wife and son, Jeff Jarrett, and more. He was as nice as could be, and I’m delighted that he was kind enough to speak with me for this project.

Book Review — When Building a Billion Dollar Company by Richard Scrushy

For my book about the history of TNA/IMPACT Wrestling, I interviewed the founder and CEO of HealthSouth, Richard Scrushy because, after all, his company was the original financial backer of TNA Wrestling in 2002. Knowing that he built a massively successful business empire, I was interested in reading Richard’s book, which is entitled When Building a Billion Dollar Company: Here Are a Few Thing to Think About. Read on for my thoughts on this book.

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