As probably eight of you heard on Thursday, and the rest of you read in Cody’s Friday Headlines, TNA will induct the first member into their brand-new Hall of Fame this Sunday at Slammiversary.
From Impact Wrestling:
TNA IMPACT WRESTLING announced the beginning of a “TNA Hall of Fame” with the first inductee to be announced at this year’s 10th Anniversary celebration, “Slammiversary” in Arlington, Texas.
TNA President Dixie Carter announced the news as part of the first live IMPACT WRESTLING event of the summer from Universal Studios.
This is TNA’s chance to recognize the great contributions of the people who gave so much to make this 10-year anniversary possible.
“This 10 year milestone is an incredible achievement for TNA,” stated TNA President Dixie Carter. “In honor of that, we felt it was time to begin recognizing the contributions of those who have made the greatest impact on our success."
TNA Wrestling was founded in Nashville in the summer of 2002 and this June marks the 10th year anniversary. The internationally televised “Slammiversary” pay-per-view event will be one of the biggest nights in TNA’s history.
Ok. I get it. TNA wants to get people to watch their stupidly-named anniversary show, and they continue to think the best way to get people to watch is relive the past…because wrestling matters. But there are like six guys who should even be eligible to be in a fake Hall of Fame, and most of TNA’s fans/Universal Studios tourists haven’t the faintest f**k of an idea who those people are.
I assume that TNA will beat WWE to the punch, and they will have an actual, physical Hall of Fame, which will probably be a merch stand with a framed 8x10 of the lucky inductee at the Impact Zone. But you would still think that TNA would try to establish a level of actual fame before creating a Hall of it.
For what it’s worth, my predictions for the inductee are Jeff Jarrett or Hulk Hogan. If it was up to me, I’d induct those chicks who used to dance in the cages on the weekly PPVs.
In other news…
“Hacksaw” Jim Duggan is making wrestling radio rounds to promote his book, and he’s saying some interesting things. For instance, he hates Mickey Rourke and thinks Steve Austin should have passed the torch to him in WCW. (?) I’m not really sure how that works out, especially since Duggan beat him in like 5 seconds. While Duggan is a lovable, cross-eyed buffoon, I don’t think I’ll be picking up his book. Maybe Lonestar will read and review it for us. (Prowrestling.net)
Diana Hart Smith, ex-wife of British Bulldog, mother of DH Smith, and sister of Bret Hart did an interview on Inside the Ropes (because why not?), wherein she discussed the Montreal, SummerSlam ’92 (a review of which will be posted here next Thursday), and a collaboration with Linda Hogan. And that was wrestling news over the weekend. (Lords of Pain)
During Wizard World Comic Con in Philadelphia, which kept him from being at the Raw Live Event in Mobile, AL on Saturday and forced me to watch a triple-threat with Santino, David Otunga, and Daniel Bryan, CM Punk mentioned that there is a new WWE championship belt that has been made, and it may or may not be better than the current one. And we may or may not see it soon. Here is an exclusive sneak peek* at the new belt. (PWTorch)
*Not an actual exclusive sneak peek.
That’s all for me for the next 12-24 hours until I post the second part of my series of SummerSlam reviews. In case you missed the first one, it’s right here. I will be posting them every single Tuesday and Thursday until the week of this year’s event. I hope you read them, enjoy them, and give feedback if you want.
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