Huge News and Rumours Roundup – Hogan never to wrestle again? More ECW talent to TNA? JBL to TNA? TNA turned down the Miz? Plus much much more!

TNA Hard Justice 2010

TNA Hard Justice 2010

– New promotional material sent out for TNA’s ECW-themed August pay-per-view has a new name for the show – Hard Justice: One Last Stand. A new commercial for the show features fans chanting “ECW.” It will be interesting to see how WWE reacts, if they do at all, to TNA using ECW to promote their product.

– Tommy Dreamer has been making phone calls to his former co-workers from the ECW days to appear at TNA’s Hard Justice pay-per-view.

– Jeff Hardy is scheduled to return to court for his drug charges in North Carolina on Thursday, September 9th of this year.

– Dixie Carter was said to be very nervous about her segment with Dreamer at Tuesday night’s iMPACT tapings. Dixie asked for feedback from several people after the show and word is that Vince Russo was over-the-top with his praise for Dixie’s work.

– Hulk Hogan was not at any of TNA’s shows this week, including the PPV. Rumors said that this was either due to another bout of back surgery or due to him deciding, along with Eric Bischoff, to take an extended vacation while they weren’t the focus of storylines.

Hulk Hogan

Hulk Hogan

– Although Hogan was not in Orlando for TNA, he has been to Chicago for an autograph signing and Coquitlam, BC for a round table discussion with the likes of Jimmy Hart and the Nasty Boys tonight. Tickets for that event, which also features Brutus Beefcake, Greg Valentine, Honky Tonk Man and Hillbilly Jim, are still available for $34.50 and $44.50.

– An interview with Hulk Hogan to promote that event is available at http://www.theprovince.com/ He says that people attending tonight’s event are in for a treat. “It’ll be stories like, ‘Do you remember when Andre the Giant took a poop in the bathtub and he filled the bathtub up?’ He didn’t fill it up all the way, but he did a pretty good job.” Hogan also addressed his rumored back surgery. “I went through five back surgeries. I’m back in a good spot where I can almost train like I used to. I’m really pushing the weights, man.” He went on to say “Hopefully I won’t get back in the ring again, because I can’t afford any more broken things.

– Eric Bischoff, Hulk Hogan and Jason Hervey will be back at the next set of TNA iMPACT! tapings.

– Jay Lethal is blogging about the promotional trip to India that he is currently on. You can read his entries at TNAWrestling.com.

– As noted earlier, Tomko is out of action due to an ankle injury.

– Essie Lloyd, grandfather of “The Pope” D’Angelo Dinero, passed away on July 8. We send our condolences to family and friends.

John Bradshaw Layfield

John Bradshaw Layfield

– The Wrestling Observer Newsletter has been reporting that there has been some interest in TNA’s part on John “Bradshaw” Layfield. The former WWE Champion has met with Dixie Carter in the past and the two get along. Carter has wanted to bring him in since his retirement last year, so much so that she offered to help co-produce the mixed martial arts promotion he briefly ran.

However, those close to Layfield don’t expect him to join TNA. In fact, he declined an offer from the organization back in January when they were loading up on talent for the move to Monday nights.

– Eric Bischoff confirmed on his Facebook page that he, Hulk Hogan and producer Jason Hervey will be on hand for next week’s iMPACT! television tapings in Orlando. He also responded to a fan’s negative remarks towards Vince Russo and suggestion to join forces with Paul Heyman. “I appreciate your comments, but you really don’t know what you are talking about,” Bischoff replied. “While Vince and I have certainly had our differences, and we still don’t agree on everything all the time, he is a very talented guy doing an amazing job under some pretty extraordinary circumstances. Lighten up and enjoy!”

– An article from India on TNA’s promotional tour is available at http://www.indiantelevision.com/ TNA Wrestling Director of International Marketing Dan Stevenson says in the article that the tour has three objectives: promoting TNA’s partnership with ESPN Sports Star, planning live events in India and finding the next great Indian wrestler.

ESPNstar.com has an article up, covering Kurt Angle, Mick Foley and Jay Lethal’s promotional tour of India.

– Mick Foley doing a series of book signings this fall to promote the release of his new book Countdown to Lockdown, no word on a UK signing tour yet…

– The Miami Herald has an interview up with Jeff Jarrett, discussing the failed move to Monday nights, bringing in Hogan and Bischoff and more. You can read the full article here. Here are some highlights… “We all went into the Monday night experiment with our eyes wide open, and we dove in head first. In reality, our viewers only missed two Thursdays. We were on replay every week. So the time-slot never really went away. We’ve listened to our fans. We’ve listened to our focus groups. We’ve listened to numbers, and we would never have gotten to where we are today had we not tried that experiment.”

– There is a commercial running on cable and satellite providers promoting the event as such. The commercial features TNA footage of ECW alumni such as The Sandman, New Jack and Raven.

Former TNA and RealityTV star Johnny Fairplay revealed on Facebook how TNA turned down current WWE star The Miz back in 2004 – “Jonny Fairplay is remembering back to 2004 when Jeff Jarrett told me there was no money in The Miz. Thanks, Jeff.

– TNA Wrestling officials have declined signing Washington D.C. based independent women’s wrestler Mia Yim to a contract following her tryout match with Taylor Wilde before an iMPACT! television taping last month. The reason cited was that there were no open spots for her in the company’s Knockouts division. “No open spots for me at TNA,” Yim wrote on her Twitter account. “It’s ok, keep an eye out for me because I am just getting started.…Who knows what will happen in the future.

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About Ray Mullan
Ray Mullan is a longtime wrestling fan and Owner/Editor of TNA UK . Also a contributing writer to a number of other online wrestling media including 1Wrestling.com, Wrestle Zone UK & Lords of Pain.

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