12-07-17: Smackdown, NXT, Impact & More

Tonight live on the Wild Talk Radio Network, the Multi-Time Award Winning, The Rack returns to the airwaves at 10pm ET with your hosts Lindsey Ward & Sir Rockin.On the program this week we will be giving you the latest news in both WWE & Impact brought to us by Gerweck.net which includes:

*Latest #BlameBrent Injuries
*205 Live on the Road?
*New Impact Wrestling VPs
*Latest on Ronda Rousey
*What is going on with RVD

And More!

We have decided to have some fun and take a look at the idea of wrestlers & reality shows and how they would mix. We will give you some of our favorite ideas on Wrestling Reality Show ideas.

We will also have the Smackdown Throwdown featuring more drama with Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn with Shane McMahon, Rusev Day gets added to Clash of Champions and More. We will also give you the NXT Rundown featuring Ruby Riott against Sonya Deville, Johnny Gargano against Kassius Ohno and more.

Plus Tweet of the Week!

Be a part of the show tonight by joining us in our live chat room and interact with the show. It all begins LIVE tonight at 10pm ET on www.rackradioshow.com & www.wildtalkradio.com presented in part by “Wrestling Figure Photography”. You can also listen to the show live on your smartphone, tablet or iPad, by downloading the TuneIn Radio App, which is free, just search for Wild Talk Radio Network.

11-09-17: 30 for 30, Owens & Sami Zayn, New WWE Champion & More

Tonight live on the Wild Talk Radio Network, the Multi-Time Award Winning, The Rack returns to the airwaves at 10pm ET with your hosts Lindsey Ward & Sir Rockin.On the program this week we will be giving you the latest news in both WWE & Impact brought to us by Gerweck.net which includes:

*Dancing with the Brother
*Impact Wrestling Releases
*Chris Jericho Headed to new Japan
*What is going on with Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn

And More!

We will give our review of the 30 for 30 “Nature Boy” Documentary, what we liked, what we didnt like and our overall thoughts on it.

We will also have the Smackdown Throwdown with AJ Styles against Jinder Mahal for the WWE Championship, Becky Lynch against James Ellsworth & More. We will then give you the NXT Rundown featuring a Roderick Strong against Adam Cole, The Velveteen Dream in action and more.

Plus Tweet of the Week!

Be a part of the show tonight by joining us in our live chat room and interact with the show. It all begins LIVE tonight at 10pm ET on www.rackradioshow.com & www.wildtalkradio.com presented in part by “Wrestling Figure Photography”. You can also listen to the show live on your smartphone, tablet or iPad, by downloading the TuneIn Radio App, which is free, just search for Wild Talk Radio Network.

06-08-17: Extreme Rules, Smackdown & NXT

Tonight live on the Wild Talk Radio Network, the Multi-Time Award Winning, The Rack returns to the airwaves at 10pm ET with your hosts Lindsey Ward & Sir Rockin. On the program this week we will be giving you the latest news in both WWE & Impact brought to us by Gerweck.net which includes:

*Blame Brent Updates
*WWE UK TV Show Update
*What is going on with the Mae Young Classic
*New WWE Signings

And More!

We will rreview this past Sunday’s WWE Extreme Rules PPV which includes the Kendo Stick on a Pole Match for the RAW Womens Championship, the Fatal Five Way for a shot at the Universal Championship, the Steel Cage Match for the Tag Team Titles and so much more.

We will then give you the Smackdown Throwdown which features the reveal of the Womens Money in the Bank Briefcase, Lana Debuts, New Case Rocks, Jinder Gets Hyped and more. We also give you the NXT Rundown featuring Hideo Itami Snaps, Cien gets Slapped, Sanity takes care of No Way Jose, Roode has a Strong Confrontation and more.

Plus Tweet of the Week!

Be a part of the show tonight by joining us in our live chat room and interact with the show. It all begins LIVE tonight at 10pm ET on www.rackradioshow.com & www.wildtalkradio.com presented in part by “Wrestling Figure Photography”. You can also listen to the show live on your smartphone, tablet or iPad, by downloading the TuneIn Radio App, which is free, just search for Wild Talk Radio Network.

A Challenge to the Internet Wrestling Community & TNA Fans

For the last decade the cool thing on the internet when it comes to be a Pro Wrestling Fan has been lets make fun of TNA. Everyone has done it, I know I have, I know a lot of people have. Its the thing to do when you want to mock something is just to make fun of it and there is nothing wrong with talking about a bad storyline that a company puts on, because you are suppose to judge those sort of things. The difference between making fun of something that you actually watch and then going out of your way to take shots and make fun of something you dont even watch, has become such the “thing to do”, especially by those who claim that they dont watch the product or dont have time to watch the product, but they feel the need to come on the internet and basically use it as an opportunity to be the “Cool Guy” at the table. Its just because you have a facebook page or a microphone it gives you the opportunity to take a shot at a company because thats what everyone is doing.

 

Here are the facts, is TNA Wrestling in a good stable place right now? Probably not. Have they had a lot of change over in the last six months, yes they have. Its been everything from management to talent, no matter what role you had in the company, there has been a change. Have they had money issues, yes they have. Has there ever been a report that TNA is going bankrupt? No. Yet everyone seems to make it out like they have. The latest issue occurred when they had issue with wrestler licenses at an event in Missouri. The internet’s response has been “Oh Look at TNA, they screwed up again, this is embarrassing, look at how pathetic TNA is, I cant wait for this company to go under”. The more pathetic thing is the people who pile on with the “Cool Guy”, because they want to look cool in the cool guy’s eyes, cause its, oh look I agree with you, will you like me now. Its just very very sad.

 

My number one rule is if I dont watch something, I am not going to try and comment on it. So Internet Wrestling Community, If you dont actually commit to watching a product, you do not, and I repeat, DO NOT have the right to talk about it. This means whether you have a Blog(like this one), a wrestling radio show, a forum group, a facebook page, whatever, if you dont actually watch the product and I mean actually watch the product, which means if you watch the program on Fast Forward and claim you cover the product, thats not WATCHING THE PRODUCT, thats only look at flashy images go across you screen, DONT talk about the product.

 

Im tired of the so called “Radio Professionals” or “Wrestling Journalists” crapping on something that dont watch. Im tired of seeing so called “Fans” of the product crap on the stuff outside of the television show, which is why I have a challenge for everyone. The challenge is this, for everyone that complains about the business side of TNA and all of their supposed failures and flaws, I challenge you to start a business. I challenge you to start a business that has over 200 employees, that travels on a weekly basis and that has a weekly television contract to live up. I challenge you to start that company and make it successful and keep your head above water. I challenge you all to do it and see the pressure it puts on you and all the struggles there is to keep it running for as long as they have. I know this is an empty challenge because, no one will do it, cause you cant afford to it, but you will continue to do the one thing you can afford to do, bash TNA Wrestling.

Listener Submission: The Decline of the Knockouts Division

TNA has been going through a transition over the recent years and has become quite the company in its own right; a company that has focused on wrestling and has improved their way of telling stories both inside the ring and outside as well. Teams such as Bad Influence and their version of an Odd Couple team (Austin Aries and Bobby Roode) have become must see moments on Thursday night, stars have been elevated like James Storm, Austin Aries and Bobby Roode without having to depend too heavily in the “WWE castoff’ style wrestlers as they were reliant upon before. All of this has contributed to make TNA a very enjoyable watch and given them momentum heading into their on-the-road endeavor starting tonight in Chicago.

 

That all being said, this all might have come at a cost of one of the things that made TNA quite different from the WWE and other such organizations: The Knockout division. Only a few years ago, the TNA Knockouts were head and shoulders above the WWE Divas and putting on quality matches weekly on Impact, many times being the highest watched segment of the show. The talent within the division included the likes of Gail Kim, Mickie James, Angelina Love, Winter (Katarina Waters), Rosita, Sarita, Awesome Kong, Daffney, Cheerleader Melissa, and many more quality workers.

 

However, it seems that with the new emphasis on other aspects of the company, the Knockouts took a less and less important role and soon these quality workers started to leave one by one, some in the good graces of the company, yet other instances, including Awesome Kong, left in a bit of controversy and have seemingly shut the door on ever hoping to getting her back. Such was also the case with quality workers like Daffney and Roxxi, who are now gone and look to have severed ties completely with the company. No clearer sign can be seen than when looking at the list of “No Thank You” responses to participate in the One Night Only Knockout PPV, with the total now being 7 ‘confirmed’ no’s (Angelina Love, Awesome Kong, Peyton Banks, Roxxi, Sarita, Traci Brooks, Winter).

 

Now, I’m not totally sure as to the reasons for all of the no’s. As stated above, some may be personal beefs with the company regarding past situations. Some may just have previous commitments or other things conflicting with the scheduled taping. Or, it is possible, that some are voicing an opinion about the way the division is handled both on TV and backstage. Since the high point several years ago, the division has been whittled down to almost enough performers to count on one hand (According to the Official Roster shown on Impact Wrestling.com only 7 active wrestlers; 2 Gut Check wrestlers that are actually in OVW and not on TV, and 4 female on-screen personalities that are not currently in-ring performers). Even still, of the 7 ‘active performers’ there are active only 4 have been used on a routine basis (Tara, Velvet Sky, Mickie James and Gail Kim). This is a division on life support.

 

Please understand I’m not trying to say WWE is any better, because it is not. The Women’s (I refuse to use ‘Diva’s here) division is highly stagnant and lacking in workers as well. The few workers they do have are either the Champion (though she is green), or working a program where she doesn’t really wrestle save for a match on the Saturday Morning kids show. The hiring of Sara del Ray was a nice sign, but change takes time and so far, nothing much has come from it. It seems as though the indy scene with CWZ, Shine and other promotions are seemingly the places to see women’s wrestling be given the due recognition and resources. Yet, the nice thing to see from the WWE is that they are able to seemingly bring back some of their more recognizable personalities from the past who were performer (or at least those who can try and perform) in order to try and rebuild the division or at least hold them over until the next group of young and (hopefully) skilled competitors can take charge, be put over by the vets and help lead a division.

 

So, I am not trying to say the WWE is the pinnacle of existence or way to run the women’s division, because they are still a ways away from coming close to respectable even. I am simply making the point that TNA was once dominating the race and had many quality performers and could have even carried a Knockouts-only TV show and it may have been a good special episode of Impact or a Good PPV idea. But now, you can barely have a scheduled match with the Knockouts, let alone try and have a PPV without only doing one night deals with indy stars who will simply leave when done. I mean, when was the last time you even saw Madison Rayne or ODB compete in the ring, or former Champion Miss Tessmacher for that matter?

 

This is seems to be truly the post-golden era for TNA Impact and unless changes are made, there may not be a division at all, either through lack of time giver or lack of talent used. But, from the rumblings that are read by many about Mr. Guuuut Cheeeck and his beliefs, it doesn’t seem likely.

 

-Brent “Kane Kittens” Grambrell

 

There is no looking back now

While many were considering this past Sunday Night the biggest night in the history of TNA Impact Wrestling, tonight is the BIGGEST Night in the history of the company. On Sunday Night TNA created a nice launching point for its company, it created a Heel Champion who people truly want to boo. For weeks, if not months, people were questioning why Bully Ray was a babyface, this past Sunday Night proved why the decision they made to turn him babyface worked, because the moment he turned on Jeff Hardy and reunited with Devon and the Ace’s & 8’s, he became the Most Hated Man on the TNA Wrestling Roster. By creating the big heel character in Bully Ray, TNA set themselves up for the biggest move in the company’s history, leaving the Impact Zone.

 

Tonight in Chicago, TNA will be taking its television program on the road for good, no more trips back to the Impact Zone, tonight starts a new change and the building blocks they have setup for this move are going to be telling if TNA Wrestling can succeed in this endeavor they are going on. This will be the first time since I believe 2004 where a crowd will truly becoming to see the product on a bi-weekly basis and it will be a true telling point to see what progress they have made, especially over the last two years by building stars. TNA wont have the option of going back and they will now know whether a character is over and has the ability to get over long term.

 

Tonight is the biggest test and as TNA fan, I hope tonight is the start of something truly special. I know personally, tonight feels like one of those “Cant Miss” moments in wrestling history and I know I will be tuned in to my television set tonight at 8pm Eastern and I hope you all are as well.

-Sir Rockin

The New Pope?

So everyone has gathered today to see the crowning of the “New Pope”. People from all around the world travel to see the white smoke come out of the roof top and then scream and dance in praise of the new pope.

What if this was a wrestling event? Say the WWE Championship was vacant and WWE used this as a way to crown a New WWE Champion? Would you gather to see this historic event?

What if this was how they announced the person to take Vince McMahon’s place? Would you think that this would be a unique way for WWE to announce that Vince McMahon steps down and a new man is named and the person isnt Triple H?

If it did happen, talk about all headlines it would make.