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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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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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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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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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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 Review: Pro Wrestling FAQ

Released in 2015, Pro Wrestling FAQ by Brian Solomon is a lengthy and detailed history of a fascinating industry, spectacle, and art form. Watch my video review below to see what’s inside and find out whether or not you should add this book to your collection.

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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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