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IMPACT Wrestling Welcomes Back Fans At Slammiversary

On June 3, IMPACT Wrestling issued the press release below announcing that it is welcoming back fans at Slammiversary on July 17 in Nashville at Skyway Studios, which has been the home of IMPACT Wrestling TV tapings and live broadcasts since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Tickets, which were priced at $250 a piece (nearly $300, when you factor in taxes and fees), sold out in approximately one hour. Read on for my thoughts on this exciting news.

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Josh Alexander vs TJP: 60-Minute Iron Man Match

On May 18, IMPACT Wrestling ring announcer David Penzer sent out a tweet saying that he had witnessed one of the greatest matches, if not the best, in his 44 years of watching wrestling. My interest was immediately piqued by this revelation. We would soon learn that the bout referenced was the first-ever 60-minute Iron Man Match in the history of IMPACT Wrestling, pitting X Division Champion Josh Alexander against TJP. Read on for my thoughts on this match, as well as videos of the IMPACT Press Pass prior to the match, featuring Josh Alexander, TJP, and Gail Kim, and the full uncut version of the match itself.

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TNAIW: Latest Promotional Interview

Last night I joined the guys at the Talking Nonsense About IMPACT Wrestling Podcast to provide my monthly update on my book about the history of TNA/IMPACT Wrestling, and to answer questions from the fans. Despite some audio issues caused by the live Twitch stream, I had a wonderful time sharing updates with everyone about Kevin Nash, Velvet Sky, the structure of my book, potential subsequent books, and more. You can watch the full video below. Enjoy!

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Book Update: Velvet Sky!

I’ve got a big update on my book project: I had the opportunity to conduct a two-hour interview with the most popular female wrestler in the history of TNA/IMPACT Wrestling, Velvet Sky! Yes, that’s right, I’ve now interviewed both of the original members of The Beautiful People: Angelina Love and Velvet Sky.

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Audible Review: A Chosen Destiny by Drew McIntyre

At 35 years of age, Drew McIntyre is one of the most inspirational and successful professional wrestlers in the world. His life hasn’t been an easy one, both in and out of the ring, and all of this, and more, is chronicled in his newly released autobiography: A Chosen Destiny.

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ECW Legend New Jack Dies Of Heart Attack At 58

New Jack, an iconic wrestler who is best known for his time in Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), died on May 14, at the age of 58, after suffering a heart attack.

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My World With Jeff Jarrett

On May 4, Jeff Jarrett boldly stepped into the world of podcasting with the first episode of My World with Jeff Jarrett, a weekly show featuring Double J and Conrad Thompson talking about iconic moments, memories, matches, and more from the King of the Mountain’s illustrious career.

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Book Update: Kevin Nash!

On December 13, 2019 I reached out to Kevin Nash for the first time about interviewing him for my books about the history of TNA/IMPACT Wrestling. Yesterday, just a few hours after watching Nash’s “WWE Untold: Two Dudes With Attitudes” documentary on Peacock, he called me. We wound up speaking for five hours! It was easily one of the best conversations I’ve had during this entire process.

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Book Update: Talking Nonsense About IMPACT Wrestling Podcast Interview

Last night I joined the guys at the Talking Nonsense About IMPACT Wrestling Podcast to provide an update on my books about the history of IMPACT Wrestling. In addition to talking about my project and answering questions from the guys and listeners, we chatted about the hottest news in the world of IMPACT Wrestling. Make sure to watch the full episode below!

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Book Update: Ken Anderson, Rhino, Savio Vega, John E. Bravo

If you thought I was done with heavy hitters for my books about the history of TNA/IMPACT Wrestling, think again! I spoke with Ken Anderson, a two-time TNA World Heavyweight Champion, at length about his time with the company. We covered his feuds with Sting and Kurt Angle, including Angle’s crazy moonsault off the top of the cage at Lockdown 2010, as well as his time in Immortal, working with legends like Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair. I got Ken’s thoughts on AJ Styles, Rob Van Dam, Jeff Jarrett, Dixie Carter, and more. We also talked about Aces & Eights and why he was let go from TNA, among many other topics. It was an absolute pleasure interviewing Ken. He’s always been one of my favorite wrestlers, and he’s criminally underrated. I look forward to his future in the business, and I’m extremely thankful for the opportunity to speak with him for my book project.

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