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    TNA 2013 - The Dawning of a New Era

    TNA 2013 - The Dawning of a New Era

    October 2013 - Impact Wrestling beats Smackdown in the ratings for the fourth consecutive week leading up to their flagship event, Bound For Glory. The PPV then goes on to smash TNA's record buy rate, almost doubling the highest figure previously set. TNA officials feel that this success is fully deserved, and reflective of the fantastic 2013 they've had.

    Just how was this record breaking year achieved? Read on and find out.
    BACKSTORY
    Rewind back to the present day and TNA have just come off the back of their most recent PPV, Turning Point. It was an event which saw the controversial Jeff Hardy retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship in a ladder match against Austin Aries. It also saw Bobby Roode victorious in a triple threat number one contender match against James Storm and AJ Styles. As a result of being pinned in the match, AJ Styles is now ineligible from challenging for the World Title until Bound For Glory 2013. The event also saw successful title defences from RVD and Samoa Joe, however Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez were defeated in their Tag Team Championship match after being beaten by Christopher Daniels and Kazarian, who won the belts for the second time.

    Following this relatively low key event, a potentially game changing decision was being made behind the scenes. A decision that would set the tone for the year that followed. Dixie Carter had called a meeting between herself and the other major player in TNA to discuss the current state of the company and what they were hoping to achieve in the next year. Among those present included Eric Bischoff, Hulk Hogan, Bruce Pritchard and representatives from Panda Energy. They quickly came to the conclusion that the decision to go live every week has been nothing but beneficial for the product. Now, however, they needed to go one step further.
    An idea pushed forward by Eric Bischoff, they have decided that the Impact Zone has long been a hindrance, and from now on TNA will tour on a weekly basis. They feel that not only will this benefit the show as a whole, but also allow them to expand their audience by visiting places across the USA, whilst also bringing in extra revenue at the same time. As well as this huge decision being made, a number of other important issues were discussed. They are as follows:


    CHANGES
    · Impact Wrestling will continue to operate LIVE on a permanent basis and will begin touring the country, effective immediately. The company's relationship with Universal Studios has therefore ended.

    · A number of contract situations were also discussed. Jeff Hardy, whose current deal expires in January 2013, has been offered new terms, but has been stalling on re-signing thus far. King Mo has been fired for a breach of company discipline and Mr. Anderson has had his contract mutually terminated. He intends to focus on his acting career. A number of other releases are expected to be announced within the coming days.

    · Although this has been reduced in the last year, TNA will not sign a wrestler just because they've recently been released by the WWE. This will only happen if the company genuinely feels the wrestler has something to offer them and can remove the stigma of them being a WWE guy, with examples being Matt Morgan and Bully Ray. The majority of signings in the future will be made from the independent scene.

    · The foundations have been built ready for a successful period and this is what the promotion will strive for approaching the beginning of 2013. New main event players have been established throughout the previous year which they will look to expand on in the immediate future. The goal now is to create new stars whilst also look to rebuild both the tag team and X divisions. Both have played an integral part in the company's history but have been neglected in recent times.

    · From now on, Gut Check will be slightly tweaked. The company feel that the concept itself is a sound one, but think adjustments need to be made for it to be successful. A fourth judge will be added to the mix. In order for the candidate to win a contract, they must receive more than half of the votes from the judges. In the event of a tie, the decision will be made by the public, who are given the option to vote online in the week leading up to the decision.

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    Re: TNA 2013 - The Dawning of a New Era

    This very much intrigues me, looking forward to seeing your stuff! I don't like that Mr. Anderson is gone, but hey if your not gonna use him don't have him on the roster.

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    Re: TNA 2013 - The Dawning of a New Era

    Yes, another TNA btb, hoping that this is a good one. I'll be reading it man.

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    Re: TNA 2013 - The Dawning of a New Era

    Impact Wrestling
    Thursday November 15
    Live from Sovereign Bank Arena, New Jersey

    Impact Wrestling began with a rather satisfied Bobby Roode entering the arena. He had every reason to be pleased with himself after recently becoming the number one contender for the World Heavyweight Championship. He declared that at Final Resolution he will take back his rightful place as being top of the TNA ladder, promising to defeat Jeff Hardy. He then went on to call Hardy a disgrace to the industry, and said TNA needs Bobby Roode to bring honor and prestige back to the company. This resulted in a lot of heat from the capacity crowd, who were clearly pro-Hardy.

    Footage is then shown from earlier in the day. AJ Styles arrived at the arena and was promptly questioned by the interviewer over what lies in store for his career after his loss at Turning Point. AJ ignored the question and carried on walking into the arena.

    {Commercial Break}

    Match 1: Mixed Tag Team Match
    Tara and Jessie Godderz vs. ODB and Eric Young
    Typical garbage match. The action was difficult to follow, and basically turned into a tornado tag match after a couple of minutes with the referee completely unable to keep control of the carnage. Eric Young kept the laughs flowing throughout, whereas Jessie attempted to use his obvious size advantage to his strength. For the most part however, he struggled to get hold of EY who was frantically in and out of the ring in order to avoid the reality "star". As the two men spilled onto the entrance ramp, the Knockouts were left to go at it. Tara hit the Widow's Peak on ODB for the three count.
    Winners: Tara and Jessie [6:34]

    Backstage: Austin Aries was jogging through the corridor before eventually catching up to Bobby Roode, who he claimed he had been looking for since the broadcast began. He said that although they have never seen eye to eye, there is one thing they can agree on. Jeff Hardy is a disgrace to pro wrestling, and needs to be removed. Roode agreed but said he doesn't need anyone's help, he will defeat Jeff Hardy by himself and bring home the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. The two were then interrupted by GM Hulk Hogan, who proceeded to announce tonight's main event. He informed Roode and Aries that they will be teaming up against Jeff Hardy and James Storm. Neither men were impressed.

    A video was then shown from the Aces & Eights club house. The members were all sitting around the table, all of them masked with the exception of Devon and Doc. The man sitting on the end of the table explained how everything is falling nicely into place, and their master plan will soon come to fruition. Doc was officially instated as a member of the gang. Devon then decided it was time to decide who their next victim was, and did the traditional method of throwing the dart to see who it hit. The camera didn't reveal who it landed on.

    {Commercial Break}

    Match 2: Television Championship Match
    Samoa Joe (c) vs. Kid Kash
    In his weekly title defence, champion Joe was in red hot form. He dominated Kid Kash from almost start to finish, with the challenger only showing brief signs of mounting a comeback. Joe was relentless, and attempted to hit the Muscle Buster early on. Kash managed to wriggle his way out of it, which allowed him a chance to capitalize. He couldn't take it though, instead Joe soon regained control. At the second attempt, Joe hit the Muscle Buster, before making Kash tap out with the rear naked choke.
    Winner: Samoa Joe [7:23]

    Backstage: Kurt Angle approached the Gut Check judges and begged them to make Wes Brisco the next Gut Check contestant. Bruce Pritchard informed him that they will consider his suggestion but they are currently in the middle of debating Christian York, so told him to go away.

    {Commercial Break}

    Match 3: Non Title Match
    Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez vs. Joey Ryan and Matt Morgan
    This back and forth match up was quite an exciting affair, and was a real chance to impress for the diverse pairing of Ryan and Morgan as they faced the tag team champions. The champions showed great chemistry in the early going, as they effectively used quick tags to wear down their opponents. The referee was knocked out of the ring after Chavo ducked a Carbon Footprint, which was the opening Joey Ryan was looking for. He seized the opportunity by introducing a chair into the match, nailing both Chavo and Hernandez . Morgan then nailed Hernandez with a fireman's carry facebuster before picking up the referee from out of the ring. He revived the ref as Joey Ryan covered Hernandez. 1...2...3.
    Winners: Joey Ryan and Matt Morgan [8:52]

    It was then Gut Check decision time. Bruce Pritchard, Al Snow, Taz and the newly introduced fourth judge D-Lo Brown were all present in the ring. Hopeful Christian York was then called to the ring. He was given the opportunity to cut a promo, which he took to his full advantage. York passionately pleaded to the judges that he has been grafting his whole career in order to succeed in this business, and if given such an amazing opportunity, he will grab it with both hands.
    Bruce Pritchard decision: YES! 1-0
    D-Lo Brown decision: YES! 2-0
    York just needed one more yes from the judges in order to gain a TNA contract.
    Al Snow decision: NO! 2-1. He informed York that he doesn't believe he has what it takes.
    Taz decision....NO! 2-2. Taz came up with the typical excuse, saying that York has been in the business for far too long and achieved nothing.
    As a result of the tie, the decision was then left down to the public, who have had the chance to vote for the past week leading up to the show. Jeremy Borasch announced that the percentage of fans who voted "yes" will now be revealed on the screen, with York needing over 50% to earn a contract. After a tense period, the result flashed on the screen: 91%. Christian York had won a TNA contract and is the newest member of the roster! He thanked his family, the judges and the fans. Then he promised to return next week on Open Fight Night, as he had a special challenge to make.

    {Commercial Break}

    Match 4: Rob Van Dam vs. Gunner
    The X Division champion gave an impressive showing in this non title bout, although he didn't have everything his own way. The tenacious Gunner put in a credible performance, dominating the entire middle period of the match after a bright start from RVD. The match played out at a high intensity which suited Gunner's offence better as he pummelled RVD with a spine buster, which earned him a close near fall. The experience of RVD paid off as the match came to a conclusion, as he showed off his strong repertoire of moves including Rolling Thunder and finally the Five Star Frog Splash to pick up the win.
    Winner: Rob Van Dam [8:01]

    After the match a rather angry Kid Kash stormed to the ring and began beating down on RVD. He was soon aided by his tag team partner Gunner who had just been defeated. The beat down didn't last long however as Samoa Joe came to the aid of RVD, quickly dispatching Kash and Gunner out of the ring. RVD got up from the mat and didn't show the slightest bit of appreciation towards Joe, unexpectedly shoving him in the chest before angrily leaving. Joe looked angry.

    New commentator Todd Keneley then briefly ran through what we can expect next week. It will be the return of Open Fight Night, as well as a huge X Division Battle Royal. Another Gut Check contestant will receive a shot at earning a TNA contract.

    {Commercial Break}

    AJ Styles entered the arena to a huge ovation. He talked about how 2012 has been an absolute nightmare from a personal perspective. Everything from the problems with Daniels and Kazarian, to the supposed affair with Dixie Carter, to of course being wrongly accused of impregnating the crack head Claire Lynch. Then it looked as though he had turned a corner, with all of that stuff behind him. But now, after being pinned at Turning Point, he cannot challenge for the world title until Bound For Glory 2013. He confessed to not knowing whether he can continue after this setback. After what felt like a long moment of silence, AJ dropped the microphone in the centre of the ring and slowly walked to the back, his head down and a dejected expression came over him.

    A hype video was shown. It consisted of a man walking through a graveyard in the dark, breathing heavily. The caption then appeared on the screen. "A new horror is coming".

    The next match was due to begin, with Mr. Anderson heading to the ring. Before he could make it however he was ambushed by the biker gang, Aces and Eights. They then gave him the beat down of a lifetime, which was compounded with the repeated use of the hammer by Doc. They left as soon as help arrived from the back. That was the very last appearance of Mr. Anderson in TNA. A fitting goodbye.

    {Commercial Break}

    Hulk Hogan was standing in the ring, a furious look on his face. He was pissed with Aces & Eights and promised them that they won't be allowed to run rough shot over TNA for much longer. That is because next week, he has an interesting proposition for them.

    Backstage: Bully Ray and Joseph Park were discussing what just happened. They agreed to call a truce between one another in order to unite against the Aces & Eights.

    Back in the Aces & Eights Club House. The gang are celebrating their success around the table drinking beer. The unknown leader told the group not to worry about Hulk Hogan's threat. He said they will be in town next week for Open Fight Night, where an another victim will be taken out.

    Main Event: Tag Team Match
    Jeff Hardy and James Storm vs. Bobby Roode and Austin Aries
    This was a stellar main event between arguably the four biggest stars in the company at this time. Although neither partners were particularly friends, both teams had no such problems getting along, seemingly united in their hatred for the opposition. The heel team of Roode and Aries used underhanded tactics to gain the initiative. Their attempt to trap Hardy in their corner was eventually foiled when he managed to tag in the Cowboy, who cleaned house. This was the moment in which the referee completely lost control. At one stage all four men were fighting on the outside. A double clothesline between Roode and Storm left them laid out, which allowed Hardy and Aries to battle it out in the ring. Aries' Brainbuster attempt was thwarted by Hardy who countered with a Twist of Fate. He climbed the top rope, seemingly going for the Swanton, but Roode had gotten back to his feet and pushed Hardy off the ropes. Storm then nailed Roode into the guard rail, before rolling back into the ring. He and Aries went at it for a while before Storm hit the Last Call super kick. In the meantime, Hardy had recovered and was back on the top rope. He leaped off and caught Aries with the Swanton Bomb, before covering him for the win.
    Winners: World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Hardy and James Storm [15:03]

    Hardy and Storm celebrated in the ring whilst Aries and Roode trudged up the ramp.

    Backstage: AJ Styles was in the parking lot. He walked over to his car only to be greeted by Christopher Daniels and Kazarian. Daniels toasted AJ's departure with an Appletini. AJ refused to bite however, and simply got in his car and drove away. How long it will be before we see him again is anyone's guess.

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    Re: TNA 2013 - The Dawning of a New Era

    Reviewing as I read

    Beginning of the show was a nice way to hype up the title match to Final Resolution. I'm hoping that Roode wins tha title back.. I just can't stand Hardy as champion and bringing this type of disgrace to the company.
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    Nice win for Tara ad Jesse Godderz, enough said I hate the idea of Young and ODB being Knockout's Tag Team Champions.


    I'm liking the team of Roode and Austin Aries, hopefully they get rid of Hardy as champion. Nice tag team match set up.

    Having been following much of TNA however Aces & Eight's seems like a very good stable hopefully you play it out well. Devon turning heel is something I have wished for however I hope it is much better than his face character.

    A well earned victory for Joe keeping his strap.

    Chavo and Hernandez seems like the typical Mexican Heritage tag team so hoping that they get a well run as the TNA World Tag Team Champions.

    I'm sensing a Samoa Joe and RVD vs. Gunner and Kid Kash tag team match for the next episode.

    I feel bad for AJ Styles... he has nothing in TNA now and is stuck in dead end feuds with Daniels and Kazarian. I'm sensing that in reality that it could be the end of Styles, Daniels and Kazarian in TNA in 2013. Face it they used to be the faces of the company and now they are being pushed aside to other guys.

    Good main event match with plenty of action. Good win for Storm and Hardy... ugh. Hoping you have the heels retaliate next week.

    Didn't quite get the ending to the show. AJ just drives away? Maybe it is that he is going into a retirement angle? I don't know that's just my opinion. THERE'S NOTHING FOR HIM ANYMORE.

    Overall it was a decent first show and you still got someway to improve it though.Maybe its the talent that needs to be better projected. Are you going to sign anyone from the Indy circuit or some former WWE employee?

    Nice effort also. Can't wait for the episode.



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    Prepared to give your btb a chance to grow on me, so far I like what I see.

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