News and Rumours Round-Up: TNA planning live 3hr Special, Orton responds to Ken Anderson, iMPACT! preview, who’s backstage at the tapings?, iMPACT! Spoilers plus more

– TNA Wrestling will hold what has been dubbed a “special” edition of iMPACT! sometime next month, to be taped the night following Hardcore Justice. No date for the special has been set. Furthermore, it remains unclear at this time whether the special will air in TNA’s regular Thursday night time slot in the US. Word is that the show could be a three-hour live PPV style TV special.

– Since opening an account on Twitter (http://twitter.com/RealRKOrton) last week, Randy Orton has made numerous comments of note. For starters, he was asked to give his thoughts on Bryan Danielson as a performer as well as his sudden firing from World Wrestling Entertainment. “I understand why it happened. But he def deserves to be there, I’m sure he’ll b back,” Orton responded. “Very talented in my opinion.” Orton also continues to bring up former WWE performer Ken Anderson’s name, whom he recently ranted about on a message board post in regards to claims concerning his dismissal from the company last year. He laughed at a fan noting he already had more Twitter followers than Anderson and threatened to send the former WWE star after an Orton poser if he didn’t shut down his account. However, it would appear that Orton has since had a change of heart in regards to the current TNA star as he now feels that last year’s incident was a misunderstanding. In response to a question this morning asking if he would ever make peace with Anderson, he wrote, “I think what happened is a misunderstanding and at this point there is peace. Hell……we used to ride together.” Finally, Orton revealed that he will have a new shirt out within thirty days.

– Lance Storm was contacted about appearing at the upcoming Hardcore Justice PPV but has politely declined, stating he will be involved with nothing associated with Vince Russo. Storm discusses the creative direction of the TNA/ECW PPV at StormWrestling.com and suggests a very interested storyline.

I must preface this by saying that the rest of this news and rumours article contains spoilers for upcoming events at TNA iMPACT! and Hardcore Justice, should you not wish to know please  DON’T READ ON, otherwise, click the “more” link  ->

– Preview for this week’s TNA iMPACT, taped yesterday – The following is from TNAWrestling.com:

The broadcast features all of your favorite TNA Superstars, including World Heavyweight Champion Rob Van Dam, Hulk Hogan, “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair, “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles, “The Charismatic Enigma” Jeff Hardy, Mr. Anderson, Abyss, Desmond Wolfe, Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle, the sexy TNA Knockouts and so many more!

The legendary “Nature Boy” Ric Flair will complete his new “Fortune” alliance, currently consisting of Global Champion “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles and Kazarian! Who will Flair select to join the prestigious group? Tune in and find out!

More Hardcore Originals are set to come to TNA Wrestling, including a major update on the upcoming August 8 “HardCORE Justice” Pay-Per-View event! What will Tommy Dreamer and the rest of the Hardcore Originals announce this Thursday? Don’t miss it!

Plus, TNA World Tag Team Champions The Motor City Machineguns and Beer Money continue their Best Of Five Series…this time in a Steel Cage Match! With Beer Money up 2-0, can the Machineguns find a way to turn the series around and retain the gold?

All this and much more on Thursday’s two-hour TNA “iMPACT!” on Spike at 9/8c / (Bravo 11pm Sat in the UK) – “iMPACT!” takes place at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. For more information on attending, visit our Live Events section or go to www.universalorlando.com

– TNA taped iMPACT! last night at the Impact Zone in Orlando, Florida.

– TNA completes iMPACT! tapings tonight at the Impact Zone in Orlando, Florida.

– Both Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff are backstage at yesterday’s iMPACT! taping in Orlando, Florida. Bischoff, who previously said they would return this week, are backstage taking part in their usual duties.

– Several former ECW talents are scheduled for tonights iMPACT! tapings. This will be the ‘go-home’ show before the TNA Hardcore Justice pay-per-view event.

– On various cable systems in the US, the free TNA PPV preview match for the month is Mick Foley vs. Kevin Nash for the Legends Championship.

– It was announced at tonight’s TNA tapings that the ECW faction will be named “EV2.0″ (Extreme Version 2.0). The name is said to be a suggestion from Eric Bischoff.

As noted earlier, Eric Bischoff announced that the August 12 episode of iMPACT! would be a special show featuring the former ECW talent. Main eventing that show will be Rob Van Dam vs. Abyss in a hardcore match with Janice suspended above the ring.

***iMPACT! Spoilers*****

Credit: John Benoit & Pwinsider

I got to the Impact Zone a little late tonight. When I walked in, there was an in-ring segment with the Hardcore Originals (including Team 3D), Hulk Hogan and Abyss to set up Dreamer vs. Abyss in the main event. Hogan noted Tommy Dreamer was there as a guest of TNA.

*Sarita vs. Angelina Love. Love defeated Sarita.

*We are shown a video clip with Orlando Jordan and Eric Young setting up a tag match tonight. Young seems to be doing a deal where he’s acting goofy because he was kicked in the head.

*Ink, Inc. defeated Orlando Jordan and Eric Young. Jordan kissed Socal Val while making his way to the ring. Young brought a male fake model in pink feathers down to the ring with him and put it in their corner.

*A Universal employee warned everyone not to hop the rail as a kid did last time. Dixie Carter and Hermie Sadler are in the house.

*Tommy Dreamer did a promo backstage saying that he might not have a TNA contract, but tonight he’s going to show Abyss what Extreme is. The Abyss vs. Dreamer bout is a Hardcore match.

*Ric Flair came out and announced Beer Money were the final two members of Fortune. So, it’s Beer Money, AJ Styles and Kazarian in the group. Flair announces he will return to the ring against Jay Lethal next week. Robert Roode says that when they defeat the Motor City Machineguns in a Steel Cage tonight, they will be the new Tag Team champions. Kazarian cut a promo about being in Fortune. Styles cut a promo about being the Global champion. Kurt Angle came out and told Styles he was next on Angle’s list.

*As they set up the Steel Cage, Jeremy Borash pushed fans to order VIP packages for TNA Hardcore Justice as they are close to selling out at http://www.shoptna.com.

*Beer Money vs. Motor City Machineguns in a Steel Cage (Match 3 of 5 match series). They are doing traditional tag rules inside the Cage. Roode is busted open. The crowd is into this one big time. The roof came off the Impact Zone after Alex Shelley flew from the top of the cage to land on Beer Money. James Storm nailed Roode with the beer bottle accidentally and both members of BM were pinned. 2-1 now and the Guns are still alive. Awesome match.

*Matt Morgan comes to the ring to Mr. Anderson’s music. He mocks calling for the mic but doesn’t get it until his third try. Morgan mocks Anderson introducing himself and makes up a bunch of fake info about himself calling himself 8 foot tall and 484 pounds. Ken Anderson comes out on the ramp and has a mic lowered for him. Anderson comes down to the ring. Morgan makes fun of the attack on him last week. Morgan dares Ken to hit him which Anderson eventually does. Morgan gets the upper hand again and chokes Anderson with the mic chord. Jeff Hardy comes down to make the save and unloads. Security comes in to break them up. Morgan gets a couple cheap shots in until D’Lo Brown, Simon Diamond and Al Snow come in and yell at security to end the segment.

*They air a graphic listing an Eric Bischoff announcement as well as Jeff Hardy & Ken Anderson vs. Matt Morgan and…a TNA security guard.

*Rob Terry pinned Kazarian in 30 seconds.

*Anderson & Hardy vs. Morgan & Security Guard. Morgan walks off and leaves the Guards to fend for themselves. Hardy pins one with a Twist of Fate.

*Eric Bischoff announced that the 8/12 edition of Impact will be a special episode featuring former ECW stars. The main event of that episode will be TNA champion Rob Van Dam vs. Abyss with Janice hanging above the ring in a Hardcore Match. Abyss came out and tried to use Janice on Bischoff but Rob Van Dam made the save. Abyss got the upper hand but TNA management came out. Finally, Tommy Dreamer hit the scene and the main event kicked off….

*Dreamer vs. Abyss. Dreamer is in control but they go to ringside. Dreamer uses a beer can on Abyss, then throws the trash can full of weapons into the ring. The crowd is totally behind Dreamer. Dreamer does the whole ECW baseball slide into Abyss with the trash can in front of abyss’ face. Dreamer brings out a barbed wire board. Dreamer picks up the trash can but Abyss punches it in his face, then chokeslams Dreamer to get the pinfall victory.

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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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