Bully Ray wins the TNA Title, reveals himself as Aces & Eights leader
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Jeff Hardy by Rob Schamberger

Jeff Hardy by Rob Schamberger

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Jeff Hardy signs long-term deal with TNA … same day he’s all over WWE.com
Austin Aries and Bobby Roode win the TNA tag championships at UK taping

Austin Aries and Bobby Roode win the TNA tag championships at UK taping

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 Wes Brisco and Garett Bischoff revealed as Aces & Eights

Wes Brisco and Garett Bischoff revealed as Aces & Eights

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Kurt Angle plans to wrestle two more years in TNA before a retirement tour … in WWE?

Kurt Angle plans to wrestle two more years in TNA before a retirement tour … in WWE?

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.

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.

Jeff Hardy vs. Austin Aries vs. Bobby Roode featured in TNA Genesis’ opening hype video: January 10, 2013

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.

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.

Pope D’Angelo Dinero is leaving TNA: January 8, 2013
The wrestler known as Elijah Burke in WWE says his contract has expired with TNA wrestling, and it won’t be renewed. Via Twitter: 
"Pope’s Contract expired with TNA on Jan 1, I will not be resigning. Thanks to Dixie and the whole TNA Family for a wonderful 3+ Years. And for the SM’s out there, THIS is not a storyline. ~PHS."
The Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer mentioned on the most recent podcast that Pope is trying to become an actor. I’d love to see him get a second chance in WWE.

Pope D’Angelo Dinero is leaving TNA: January 8, 2013

The wrestler known as Elijah Burke in WWE says his contract has expired with TNA wrestling, and it won’t be renewed. Via Twitter:

"Pope’s Contract expired with TNA on Jan 1, I will not be resigning. Thanks to Dixie and the whole TNA Family for a wonderful 3+ Years. And for the SM’s out there, THIS is not a storyline. ~PHS."

The Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer mentioned on the most recent podcast that Pope is trying to become an actor. I’d love to see him get a second chance in WWE.

Hulk Hogan’s New Year’s Eve beach bash: December 31, 2012
Came across this ad for the Hulkster’s restaurant while flipping through a Tampa alt-weekly. For Hulk’s sake, I hope he doesn’t have a financial stake in this venture.

Hulk Hogan’s New Year’s Eve beach bash: December 31, 2012

Came across this ad for the Hulkster’s restaurant while flipping through a Tampa alt-weekly. For Hulk’s sake, I hope he doesn’t have a financial stake in this venture.

Homicide, Samoa Joe and CM Punk by Rob Schamberger: December 23, 2012
Artist Rob Schamberger is a friend, and a damn good artist. Check out his stuff by clicking on his latest painting.

Homicide, Samoa Joe and CM Punk by Rob Schamberger: December 23, 2012

Artist Rob Schamberger is a friend, and a damn good artist. Check out his stuff by clicking on his latest painting.

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Velvet Sky is back in TNA: December 6, 2012

Seemed inevitable. Velvet was never going to WWE.