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[TNA News] 3 BFG Series Matches Added for This Thursday’s ‘Impact Wrestling’; Updated BFG Series Standings

TNA announced three BFG Series matches for this Thursday’s edition of Impact Wrestling. They are as follows:

  • Jeff Hardy Vs. Bully Ray
  • AJ Styles Vs. Christopher Daniels
  • Samoa Joe Vs. Magnus

Hardy/Ray and Styles/Daniels are advertised as being the “Double Main Event” for the show, which makes perfect sense given the star power involved. Plus with Styles and Daniels finally clashing, maybe we’ll finally get some movement to the whole Claire storyline that has stagnated over recent weeks. Granted it’s not a great storyline but the more it progresses, the closer we get to a conclusion and an end so that’s worth rooting for. Either way all three of these matches have equal chances to steal the show in their own ways and should make for a hell of an Impact Wrestling in-ring-wise.

And while we’re on the subject of the BFG Series, here are the updated standings post-Hardcore Justice courtesy of WrestlingInc who are just one of many sites that are keeping a far better track of this than I have been.

  1. James Storm – 66 points
  2. Rob Van Dam – 55 points
  3. Samoa Joe – 54 points
  4. Kurt Angle – 48 points
  5. Bully Ray – 48 points
  6. Mr. Anderson – 40 points
  7. AJ Styles – 36 points
  8. Jeff Hardy – 35 points
  9. Daniels – 33 points
  10. Magnus – 21 points
  11. The Pope – 7 points
  12. Robbie E. – 5 points

As you can see, Hardcore Justice shook the BFG Series standings up considerably. RVD is now in the 2nd place spot and Bully Ray is tied with Angle for the 4th place position. There are three weeks to go until the semi-finals take place at September’s PPV No Surrender so Impact Wrestling should be an interesting show to watch as the build continues.

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[TNA News] Final ‘Hardcore Justice 2012’ Card + Predictions

Tonight, TNA presents the 2012 edition of Hardcore Justice live from the Impact Zone in Orlando, FL. I will not be covering the event due to money (and the fact that Summerslam happens next week) but that doesn’t mean I can’t run down the card and give my thoughts/predictions for the event, right? RIGHT. Hit the jump to find out what to expect tonight.

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[TNA News] Three BFG Series Matches Announced for ‘Hardcore Justice’

Dixie Carter took to Twitter today (whoa, alliteration) to announce three BFG Series matches for the upcoming August PPV Hardcore Justice. Each of these three matches will be a 4-way dance, with the winner of each netting a cool 20 points. The matches announced are as follows:

  • A.J. Styles Vs. Christopher Daniels Vs. Kurt Angle Vs. Samoa Joe
  • James Storm Vs. Bully Ray Vs. Jeff Hardy Vs. Robbie E.
  • Rob Van Dam Vs. Mr. Anderson Vs. “The Pope” D’Angelo Dinero Vs. Magnus

Here are the current BFG Series standings (via TNA’s official site), which were last updated on July 29th (I think Ray may have won a match since then but I’m not great at keeping up with every damn result ever):

  1. Samoa Joe        47 points    (5-2)    7 MATCHES
  2. James Storm     45 points    (3-1-2)    6 MATCHES
  3. Kurt Angle         41 points     (5-3)    8 MATCHES
  4. Mr. Anderson    40 points    (5-4-1)    10 MATCHES
  5. Jeff Hardy         28 points    (4-3)    7 MATCHES
  6. Rob Van Dam   28 points     (4-2)    6 MATCHES
  7. Daniels            26 points    (4-2)    6 MATCHES
  8. Magnus           21 points     (3-5)    8 MATCHES
  9. AJ Styles        16 points    (2-2-1)    5 MATCHES
  10. The Pope        7 points    (1-4)    5 MATCHES
  11. Bully Ray        7 points    (1-3)    4 MATCHES
  12. Robbie E        5 points    (1-7)    8 MATCHES

Out of those three matches announced, Storm looks to have the 20 points “in the bag” so to speak, while Styles/Joe/Daniels/Angle will almost undoubtedly be the most fun to watch. The BFG Series has been great so far, so I wouldn’t mind if a new wrinkle got involved. The fact that all three BFG Series matches are going to be 4-way contests though seems a little bit like overkill, especially since they’re all on the same show. Seems like an easy way to quickly burn a crowd out. I hope they space them out.

Hardcore Justice, which will feature Austin Aries defending the World Heavyweight Title against Bobby Roode in the main event, airs on PPV/TNAOnDemand August 12, 2012.

[TNA News] Chavo Guerrero Jr. Signs With the Company; Debuts Next Week on ‘Impact Wrestling’

Chavo and his partner in crime Pepe (RIP) in WCW.

TNA announced today (via their official website) that they have signed Chavo Guerrero Jr. to a contract. The third generation wrestler, whom you may remember from his stints in WCW and WWE (of course you remember him, sorry to be condescending), has been wrestling here and there on the independents over the past couple of years and recently worked for TNA offshoot Ring Ka King in India. In addition to the news, the company also released a 30 second hype video for Guerrero Jr. on YouTube, which you can check out below.

Guerrero Jr. will make his debut for the company next week on Impact Wrestling.

Thoughts: Considering Guerrero Jr.’s past involvement with Ring Ka King, it’s not altogether surprising that TNA decided to pick him up and although I made a joke earlier on Twitter about the signing, I’m interested to see what they do with him. Where does he fit in with the company? I would personally put him in the TV Title division and have him beat Devon for the belt; they could use a new champion and Chavo would be 100 times more entertaining in that role and give it some actual flair and excitement. Either way I don’t think this is a terrible signing by any stretch of the imagination; maybe this will finally (finally) be his chance to shine.

[TNA News] Spike TV Putting ‘Impact Wrestling’ Online

If you’re a DirectTV customer dreading the loss of Impact Wrestling due to the dispute between the satellite provider and television giant Viacom (who own SpikeTV), I have wonderful news for you. PWInsider reports that episodes of the show will now be put on SpikeTV’s official website. The catch? They will be posted a week after the show’s initial airing on SpikeTV. Minor inconvienence aside, you folks with DirectTV (and those of you who just don’t have cable at all) will now have access to Impact Wrestling again. Take that, DirectTV/Viacom feud!

Thoughts: It sucks that it took a major fallout between two big companies to get this to happen, but I’m estatic that SpikeTV will now be putting Impact Wrestling on their website. The week-long delay kind of sucks, but at least now those of us without the time (or the access) will be able to watch the show and I think it will do a lot for not only building their fanbase, but it will also create goodwill among said fanbase. Let’s just hope that this deal continues after DirecTV/Viacom inevitably make up in the future. I personally hope so; the internet is the real future of television.

[TNA News] Are You a DirecTV Subscriber? (Potentially) Say Goodbye to TNA! *[UPDATED: 7/11/12]*

News Update (7/11/12): At midnight, Viacom officially parted ways with DirecTV. Turns out even the Hulkster himself couldn’t save this from happening. DirecTV and Viacom are continuing discussions so hopefully this will work itself out. The following article was written before it was official.

Source: PWInsider

Every year it seems like TV networks and service providers get into a bidding war over rights and fees; a network will ask for more money and the provider will balk at having to pay a higher premium. From there outrage ensues, petitions are signed, and either deals are made or programming is lost. The latest war is between satellite provider DirecTV and Viacom, one of the largest TV corporations in the country if not the biggest. Viacom is looking to increase their revenue by charging higher fee rights for their stable of channels and DirecTV is not looking to indulge. If no deal is reached, all Viacom channels go black at midnight and the millions of DirectTV users will lose a chunk of the programming they pay for (or surf right through to get to the stuff they actually want to watch).

Why does this matter to you, you sassy rasslin’ fan you? Because one of the networks owned by Viacom is SpikeTV, home of Impact Wrestling. Naturally TNA is not excited to lose a chunk of potential viewers 10 hours from now and have sprung into action on their official website with Hulk Hogan himself imploring DirectTV subscribers/TNA fans to call the company and beg them not to drop Viacom programming (also if you like Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, MTV, or any of the other 20+ channels they own). We’ll see in 10 hours if it works or not.

Thoughts: I don’t have DirectTV but I’m tempted to call myself. Impact Wrestling is finally getting watchable again and for them to get dealt this harsh of a blow is pretty unfair and downright cruel. Plus who wants a TV service monopolized by WWE programming? Variety is the spice of life! If you can, call 1-800-531-5000 and complain until you’re blue in the face. I don’t know if it’ll end up working, but I can always hope. Maybe the South Park fans will convince them if the wrestling fans fail.

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