Bully Ray and Brooke Hogan wedding: Aces & Eights play wedding crashers: January 17, 2013
Brooke Hogan and Bully Ray’s wedding ended in anarchy (as expected). A wrestling wedding can never end in happily ever after — it’s a rule. And you know it’s a real special occasion when Hulk Hogan washes off the shoe polish that’s been on his face since 1997.
Here’s what didn’t happen: Bully didn’t turn on Brooke. Brooke didn’t turn on Bully. Eric Bischoff wasn’t disguised as the minister. Spike Dudley didn’t drop everyone with Acid Drops. Tommy Dreamer didn’t cry. OK, maybe that did happen. Hey, he’s sensitive.
No, we get Taz interrupting just before Brooke and Bully are pronounced man and wife. Big reveal, folks: Taz is in Aces & Eights, apparently because he likes leather vests. The rest of the Sons of Anarchy attacked because they’re still upset about Opie getting killed in prison. Or something like that. They beat down Bully, his not-so-extreme groomsmen and the Hulkster, who looked like he belonged in a Life Alert commercial.
Luke Gallows and Mike Knox grabbed Brooke Hogan, with Gallows screaming at her to “look at your daddy.” This was totally creepy because a) Brooke’s boobs were falling out and b) the Hulkster probably paid for said boobies. There may have been a moment when the Hulkster channeled Brad Pitt in Kalifornia and told Brooke to “put your titty back up.” Or the Hulkster kayfabed it, brothers. (The Wrestling Observer says Hulk told Brooke to “Check on Bully.” Her reply: “My boob’s out.”)
What are we left with? Taz, the newest member of TNA’s baddest heel faction, can’t wrestle or bump. There isn’t anyone on the TNA roster who could fill that role and have those two key abilities? No? OK, sure, whatever. This angle needs to end.
TNA Wrestling cutting back to four live pay-per-view events: January 10, 2013
TNA Wrestling is cutting its live pay-per-views down to a big four in 2013. TNA announced Thursday afternoon that Impact Wrestling would lead to four live pay-per-view events — Genesis (January 13), Lockdown (March 10), Slammiversary (June 9) and Bound for Glory (October 13).
The other pay-per-views aren’t necessarily going away. TNA is still going to offer seven pay-per-view specials, which they’ll call “TNA Wrestling: One Night Only,” which will start in April 2013.
The seven taped specials will premiere the first Friday of the month. The first two specials, which are being taped this weekend, are a “Joker’s Wild Tag Team Tournament” and “X-travaganza,” featuring the X-Division.
“The Pay-Per-View industry has changed so much in the last decade,” TNA President Dixie Carter says. “The traditional pay-per-view wrestling model needed to evolve and we believe this strategy will positively impact not only the Pay-Per-View events but the weekly television programming as well.”
The One Night Only events kinda reminds me of the old WWF: In Your House events. This is a good move in a saturated pay-per-view market. Too bad the extra events aren’t going away entirely.