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I like TNA, so why not?
FROM THE INSIDE for November 7, 2002
With Jeremy Borash
Had another wild one at the TNA Asylum this past Wednesday night, with the show receiving overwhelming reviews across the board.
The NWA World Tag Team Champions Harris & Storm turned a new page in their careers this past Wednesday night with their brutal bloodbath against The Disciples of the New Church. The match blew me away, and it reminded me of the good old-fashioned brawls the NWA (and Memphis) used to have years ago. America’s Most Wanted have turned out consistently solid matches every week. They are really starting to catch on both with our Nashville audience, and our pay-per-view audience as well.
By the way, our NWA World Tag Team Champions are now accepting bookings through the TNA office. If you are a promoter interested in using them on your show, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Speaking of the tag champions, next week I will share a story of James Storm trying to get through airport security with his guns.
Don West’s sports collectibles show on the Sporting News Radio Network is getting strong reviews, and has been cleared by even more stations. Word has it that every Sunday morning at 8am Eastern, West can be hears on over 350 radio stations across America. West will be talking a bit about TNA on the program this weekend.
Kid Kash had a great showing this past Wednesday night in the tables match. To steal a popular phrase from our TNA Asylum audience, Kash is money! Kash and Jerry Lynn will battle for the X-Division title this Wednesday night.
Look for an announcement for TNA in Asia soon.
I received a few dozen emails from fans that were apparently touched by my story of my father taking me to the wrestling matches when I was five years old, and how wrestling was one of the only things we ever really had in common. Well, my article prompted a phone call from my father, who hadn’t realized how much that had really impacted my life. I’d be interested in hearing from you about how you became a fan. Email me at TNABorash@aol.com, and I will print a few of the stories here next week.
After 20 weeks, I can tell you that if and when Jeff Jarrett finally gets his world title shot, it will be perhaps the biggest match we’ve had in NWA TNA. Since the first show, Jarrett’s only mission has been the world title.
Special thanks to Alex Marvez, Dave Meltzer, and Buck Woodward for their quotes used during the Jerry Lynn/AJ Styles package that aired before the match. Styles vs. Lynn will be strong contenders for most year-end “Feud of the Year” and “Match of the Year” polls. Based on his performance this year, I think the industry owes it to Jerry Lynn to consider him the likely candidate for “Wrestler of the Year” honors as well.
Several wrestlers were talked to following the program about their language used on the program. There is no excuse for it, and isn’t our idea of trying to be edgy.
My parents had an interesting decision to make Wednesday night, and both involved Nashville. On CBS, you had the Country Music Awards, where my brother’s band was nominated for “CMA Vocal Duo of the Year.” The awards were taking place at the Opry, which is about ten minutes from the TNA Asylum. On the other channel, ol’ JB was on TNA. Needless to say, with my blessing, they watched the CMA’s live and taped TNA. They told me afterwards TNA was a better show.
Speaking of the CMA’s, after the TNA show Wednesday night, I was lucky enough to attend the post-CMA party hosted by RCA records, which was the big event following the awards. I got to rub elbows with everyone from Brooks & Dunn to Reese Witherspoon, who is a Nashville native. I told Reese that like her, I have had the chance to work alongside some of the greats… Chris Rock… David Arquette… Screech. She was impressed.
Amazing Red will be returning this Wednesday night to take on Jimmy Yang in what should be an incredible X-Division match. In my book, Red is one of the most exciting performers on our roster.
Mike Sanders was once again backstage this past Wednesday night.
Am I the only one that considers it strange to hear the fans on their feet at the TNA Asylum chanting the word “evil”? Obviously the return of the New Church has made an impact.
Syxx-Pac’s hip was once again giving him trouble during the match with Brian Lawler. He is not expected to miss any ring time.
April is a former Tennessee Titans cheerleader. I think you will see her become a much bigger deal in the future of TNA.
To downplay the rumors, there have been no internal changes with our office and creative team. While I could and probably should elaborate further, we would prefer to keep the headlines focusing on our incredible talent who bust their asses to entertain the viewers.
EZ Money will debut this week in singles action against Tony Mamaluke. He will be a great addition to the X-Division. His first appearance for our promotion will be on our Xplosion program this weekend in an interview I conducted with him Wednesday night.
TNA officials were pleased with the Chris Hamrick/Chi Chi Cruz dark match from Wednesday night.
In closing, I want to be as blunt as possible about something, so I’m not going to beat around the bush on this one. Like most of you, I read the internet daily. The amount of negativity shown towards the current state of wrestling is everywhere. Disgruntled fans of Monday night wrestling have seemingly been unhappy for quite some time now. My message to you is this. You no longer have a right to complain. A show that features WRESTLING the way you like it is readily available to you. We are doing our best to fill the void you feel. I think we are succeeding. If you have yet to check out our program, don’t take my word for it. Do the research yourself. Read the reviews. Talk to other fans online who watch the show. People are responding to our product, and hopefully with your help we can continue to provide a solid wrestling show, and fill in the gap for you fans who want something different. We have had some bumps in the road, and not everything we have done has been a homerun, but I am damn proud of our show, and we will continue to improve every week. The momentum is building. I think Scott Hall said it best when he said TNA had the “renegade spirit.” His words were unscripted and very much heartfelt. If you are tired of what you have been seeing elsewhere, and want to be a wrestling fan again, please support us. We are the underdogs. We want to deliver an alternative. We are wrestling fans just like you.
Have a great weekend!
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