Could Maria Kanellis and Mike Bennett be on their way to Impact Wrestling?
According to Wrestling Observer (via Lords of Pain), their contracts with Ring of Honor have expired. With negotiations still on going, it is said the couple is looking at other options: either TNA or Lucha Underground
It is interesting to note that TNA has expressed interest in signing Maria twice before. Both times Maria was with ROH, and declined the offer. Though, she did say that she would never say never.
*Backstage at the TNA Impact Wrestling/Lockdown taping last night in New York City, there were some upset about the audience number that was reported among some wrestling websites (263,000 viewers, although, a 359,000 viewership number is also floating around). One top TNA executive said that the number is wrong and is actually the demographics number. They also stated that Destination America would be issuing a press release for the rating this week, possibly as soon as Monday.
*Destination America will be doing heavy promotion for this Friday’s Impact Wrestling debut in their regular timeslot, which is being considered the “official” debut by the Network. There will supposedly be a half-page ad in USA Today soon as well as heavy promotion for the 1/16 broadcast on all the Discovery networks starting this weekend.
*Although she did not appear on camera, TNA President Dixie Carter was in attendance last night, watching the show from one of the balconies of the Manhattan Center.
*The March TV tapings are currently slated for Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. There was talk last night that if they can get dates there, the company will tape at Universal in April and May as well.
*There was a lot of material filmed backstage and even in the streets of New York over the last few days. There was talk of a “Street fight” having been filmed in NYC but no knowledge of who might have been involved.
*There were no major injuries coming out of the Impact tapings this week, but a lot of guys were banged up and bruised from the tapings. Even Jeremy Borash, who was physically involved in several segments for the next few episodes, was said to be hurting.
- Randy Orton's return is now scheduled for the WWE live event on January 17th in Abilene, Texas. Orton likely got the nasal surgery he needed this past week. The surgery was timed so Orton would be back in time for the Royal Rumble later this month.
- We noted before that there was a lot of rumors going around saying Rey Mysterio could actually be granted his WWE release before WrestleMania 31 after it appeared he was coming back. There are no current creative plans to bring Rey back and writers have been told not to worry about coming up with a storyline for Rey.
- Thanks to Amya Reynolds for the following TNA Impact Wrestling spoilers from tonight's show in New York City. These will air tonight on Destination America on a tape delay.
* Taz and Josh Mathews got a good reaction as they came out for commentary. They are actually off to the side of the setup doing commentary.
* They debuted a new opening video that was really good. Jeremy Borash kicked off the show in the ring to get the crowd hype. There's a buzz in the air but definitely some empty seats.
* A huge brawl with the entire roster starts the show. They fight through the crowd and around the ring. The Knockouts fighting were Havok, Taryn Terrell and Gail Kim. It's announced that all champions will defend their titles tonight.
* The crowd came unglued when the big brawl was going on. Kurt Angle asks fans if they want more. He resigns as an authority figure and is returning to the ring. He will face MVP in a Street Fight as the first match. Lots of heat for MVP here. Angle won with the Angle Slam in street clothes.
* JB came back out to hype the crowd and it seems like he's been in the ring forever. There's some grumbling in the crowd among fans. This was said to be a lot of stalling. One of our correspondents called it "pathetic." Fans were chanting "we want wrestling" at Borash. Apparently the announcers were supposed to be filming a segment during this break but something went wrong.
* The Wolves vs. James Storm and Abyss for the TNA Tag Team Titles is next. The Hardys come out to watch the match from ringside.
* JB comes back to the ring but Ethan Carter III interrupts. Ethan calls himself the lord and savior of pro wrestling. He calls out Rockstar Spud to settle some unfinished business. Spud comes out crawling as he was beat up by Tyrus, the former Brodus Clay. JB tries to stand up for Spud and smacks Ethan. Tyrus splashes JB in the corner. Ethan then shaves off part of JB's hair as Tyrus holds Spud back.
* Austin Aries vs. Low Ki for the TNA X Division Title is next. Both got big pops when they came out. Aries becomes the new champion after pulling Ki from the top and hitting a brainbuster. This was said to be an excellent match.
* There's a Knockouts Battle Royal with Taryn Terrell defending against Madison Rayne, Havok, Gail Kim, Rebel, Velvet Sky and Angelina Love. DJ Zema Ion, Jessie Godderz and the returning Robbie E came out and did a promo before the match started. Robbie ends up getting attacked by Brooke Tessmacher after saying he broke up with her in his promo. Taryn retains the Knockouts Title by eliminating Havok and Kim at the same time. Havok beat Taryn down after the match. The lights go out and Awesome Kong returns to a huge pop and confronts Havok. Havok leaves and Kong chokeslams a referee.
* Bobby Lashley vs. Bobby Roode for the World Heavyweight Title is next. Roode sprints to the ring to start. MVP, Kenny King and two masked men come to the ring. They pull the referee out and King hits him. Kurt Angle comes out and brawls with MVP but they lay him out. Roode is surrounded now. The masked guys are revealed to be Low Ki and Samoa Joe. Eric Young comes out for the save but turns heel and hits Roode with a steel chair. The referee comes back in, leading to Lashley making the pin and winning the World Heavyweight Title. The crowd erupts in a big "bullshit" chant at Lashley....
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