This Week in Wrestling 2016 week 20

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Craig Wilson & Brian Damage

It’s that time again as we look back at This Week in Wrestling. In this edition Craig discusses more bad news for TNA while Brian shares some of the more interesting pictures he’s stumbled upon this week and more.


TNA Just Can’t Catch a Break
Craig

Dixie_Carter_on_the_micThese days TNA doesn’t make it onto this blog all that. While, by all accounts, much of their TV output has improved, there’s still only so much time in a week to watch wrestling so something has to give. Factor in no one has ever contacted us to ask for me TNA coverage or to offer their services to write about them, it doesn’t feel like there’s much market for it.

That doesn’t mean I, or any of the contributors on here, want it to fail. We don’t, wrestling has always been at its best when there has been competition.

But it does bring us to the latest TNA news, namely that POP-TV have pulled the companies Saturday replay of Impact Wrestling.

It may not appear to be a fatal blow, and I don’t necessarily believe it is, but it is a sign that the station is losing faith in Dixie Carter and co.

In fact, it was only in late 2015 that a deal was struck between the two. POP-TV would have been keen to pull in some of the 1.3m people TNA reached at their peak. This week’s episode of Impact, which featured a well hyped main event between Ethan Carter III and Rockstar Spudd and a follow up to the Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy storyline, drew 280,000.

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It was only last month that the Impact replays were moved to Saturday. As the tweet above suggests, the company spun the move as being a chance for them to target a new audience thanks to the new time. Although viewing figures suggest it was only some 50,000 viewers that bothered to tune in.

As the old adage goes, it is sometimes better to be lucky than good but at the moment TNA really isn’t getting the breaks.

Picture Gallery
Brian

Wade Barrett posted this on his Instagram this past week after he was let out early from his WWE contract. I can’t help but see the sadness in this picture. So much potential that was never fully tapped by BOTH the WWE and Barrett himself.

Wade Barrett

Natalya recently posted this pic of a young Owen Hart. Is it just me or did this version of Owen remind you of Lupus from the Bad News Bears movie?

Owen Hart

If the Avengers were Luchadors from the 1960’s…

Luchadors

Ya know, at one point, Ricky Morton was a big deal in professional wrestling. It is sad to see his career end up in the shitter. 😉

Ricky Morton

Samoa Joe, Eric Young, Austin Aries, Bobby Roode…TNA sucks!

Samoa Joe, Eric Young, Austin Aries, Bobby Roode…NXT rocks!

NXT TNA

A little throwback pic of some guy named Leon White. You may know him better as Big Van Vader!

Vader

If you ever got handed one of these business cards back in the 1980s…

Mel Phillips

Who needs Goldango from the WWE, when you had these dudes from WCW…

Disco Inferno

Video Gallery
Brian

A nice metal cover of the Demolition theme song….

Last Week on the Blog

In last week’s Sunday Sermon we discussed the McMahon/McMahon-Helmsley era; on Monday we reviewed the new WWE DVD: ‘U.S. Championship – A Legacy of Greatness’; Tuesday featured Pt. 71 of ‘Wrestling with Sin‘; on Wednesday it was Cody Rhodes who got the ‘Book or Cook‘ treatment; the topic of a wrestlers union was discussed on Thursday and we rounded off the week with ‘The Way We Was‘ looking at Raw and Nitro from 20 years ago this week.

Next Week on the Blog

In tomorrow’s Sunday Sermon we discuss champions losing matches on TV; have another ‘Book or Cook‘; we talk wrestling merchandise and much more.

All previous ‘This Week in Wrestling’ pieces can be read here.

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