This Week in Wrestling 2016 week 40

Craig Wilson & Brian Damage

It’s that time again as we look back at This Week in Wrestling. In this edition Craig talks about WWE buying TNA and Clash of Champions while Brian asks ‘Whatever Happened to‘ David Penzer and shares some of the more interesting pictures and videos he’s stumbled upon this week. All that and more.

Is the WWE Buying TNA a good thing?

Vince McMahonSo the rumours still abound that the WWE are on the cusp of buying TNA but is this good for fans and the wrestling business?

First things first, this is completely different from buying WCW back in 2001. Back then, it hadn’t been too distant in the past that WCW was actually defeating WWE, not just challenging it. In 2016, Impact isn’t anywhere close to the WWE. It’s almost akin to an independent promotion that can’t lay a glove on the WWE let alone challenge it.

Look at it this way, the last couple of weeks have focused on the story of their sale and the fact that they can’t afford to put on ‘Bound for Glory’, their biggest show of the year. It makes WCW seem like a slick, slick organisation in comparison. In fact, one of my favourite books on wrestling is the ‘Death of WCW’ which ridicules the many, many mistakes the various highers up at WCW made in running the company into the ground, but the TNA one is going to seem even sillier in comparison when it finally reaches the shelves.

There really is no way, I don’t think, to save TNA. Whilst in previous years the  brightest stars found their way onto TNA shows but now with NXT etc, those same stars have alternative routes that show a clear path to the top of the business. What is left is a roster a shadow of its former glory, a bunch of PPVs that generate little or not interest – when the company can afford them – and dwindling attendances.

A WWE purchase of TNA won’t damage the wrestling business like the purchase of WCW did. In reality, WWE has no competitors and hasn’t, really, since around 1999/00 – long before it bought WCW. The purchase of TNA will, first and foremost, be a tremendous boost to the WWE Network, bringing more content to the table and allowing the company to create fuller DVD packages for the talent it has that has wrestled in both companies. It will also boost all the wrestlers currently with TNA that are floundering by virtue of being stuck with that promotion.

Whatever Happened to David Penzer?


David Penzer was mentored to become a ring announcer by the great Gary Michael Cappetta. After Cappetta left WCW in 1993, David Penzer took over main ring announcing duties for the company. He would remain with WCW until it was sold to the WWE in 2001.

After WCW’s demise, Penzer continued to ring announce for such upstart wrestling promotions like the XWF and WWA. In 2005, Penzer became the main ring announcer for TNA wrestling. He was fired from TNA in 2010 and eventually moved away from a pro wrestling career.


Ever since he left ring announcing, Penzer has involved himself with several business ventures. He is currently a realtor and lives and works out of the Florida area.

Picture Gallery

A trio of future ECW legends in their younger days…

Taz, Tommy Dreamer and Chris Candido


Ric Flair auditioning to be the new Col. Sanders for Kentucky Fried Chicken


A little known fact. Before there were the Nitro Girls from WCW, there were the Raw Girls from the WWF.


The Internet Championship has been pretty much vacant since the WWE started pushing wrestlers other than John Cena and Roman Reigns.


To quote the great Jim Ross, “Bah Gawd! It’s Mr. Foley’s baby girl!


This youngster would grow up to be a part of a great tag team for a few organizations. He would also become a notorious “party animal” behind the scenes.

Hint: He isn’t too fond of Barbershops….


Who knew?

There was a time on WCW Nitro when one half of the Rock N Roll Express Robert Gibson teamed with one half of the American Males tag team Scotty Riggs. Would their team name be the American Express?

Who knew?

There was a time on WCW Nitro when one half of the Rock N Roll Express Robert Gibson teamed with one half of the American Males tag team Scotty Riggs. Would their team name be the American Express?


Nikki “Bayla”


That moment in time from the Impact Zone when Mr. Anderson’s mic didn’t drop from the ceiling. Budget cuts I guess…


Video Gallery

Current TNA President Billy Corgan stars in a rather unusual furniture commercial a few years ago….

Last Week on the Blog

Last Sunday we previewed and predicted ‘Clash of Champions 2016‘; on Monday we had Part 84 of ‘Wrestling with Sin‘; Tuesday we asked ‘Whatever Happened toTaka Michinoku; Wednesday’s ‘A Moment in Time‘ looked at WWF’s Big Event; Thursday’s Top Five looked at the best wrestling championships and we rounded off the week looking at Raw and Nitro from 20 years ago this week.

Next Week on the Blog

Tomorrow we discuss the best heels in the business, we have another ‘Book or Cook’, a title themed Top Five and more.

And Another Thing…


Clash of Champions is in the book and it was disappointing. There’s little point in beating about the bush when it comes to the show. It was poor. It had all the hallmarks of an episode of WWE Raw. It felt too long and a chore to watch, Roman Reigns was somewhat front centre and some of the finishes were, to say the least, baffling. Whilst Smackdown has undoubtedly benefited from the brand split, Raw has remained virtually the same. There’s far too much filler, and not enough killer, when it comes to Raw.

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

3 thoughts on “This Week in Wrestling 2016 week 40

  1. TNA might not be able to lay a glove on WWE but I watch it more and enjoy it more. Geez, what the hell you guys see in that smoke and mirror body building soap opera is beyond me. I am just grateful to St Louis wrestling, Vince who?


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