Across the Line: Samoa Joe – The Patience of Violence

Across the Line

Across the Line

Samoa Joe – The Patience of Violence

By Richard Jennings

Samoa Joe

Samoa Joe

For five years now Samoa Joe has been one of the greatest assets of TNA. Not only is he one of the best workers in the company, but he also brilliantly embodies one of the most unique personas in the business. As such the news that Samoa Joe’s contract with TNA has very recently expired will be met with trepidation by any fan of Joe and the company.

Most would expect him to stay with TNA, especially as he is willing to continue to work for them on a show-by-show basis until any deal can be worked out, but there are a couple of issues that might scupper any potential deal between the Samoan Submission Machine and TNA. Issues that the company will want to address if they want to retain Joe, and – if they have any sense – they will want to retain him. Read more of this post

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Across the Line: Now They’re Here

Across the Line

Across the Line

Now They’re Here

By Richard Jennings

This week’s edition of Impact marked the real beginning of the Immortal/Fortune takeover storyline. This is evidenced by two events. First we had the return of the main woman herself, Dixie Carter, to TNA programming. Secondly we saw the start of the faces’ fight back with the main event being a match which had Matt Morgan, Doug Williams, Pope and Samoa Joe teaming up against Fortune. Although both of these events turned out – albeit for different reasons – to be somewhat anti-climatic, they both point to strength in the direction that TNA is going to take in the coming months. Read more of this post

Across the Line: There is a reason – turn, turn, turn

Across the Line

Across the Line

There is a reason – turn, turn, turn

By Richard Jennings

It will not have escaped any regular viewer of TNA that inside the last month there have been four wrestlers turned. A month ago Matt Morgan turned face, betraying Fortune and gaining a title shot at Turning Point in the process. Two weeks ago we were treated to two swerves: first we saw Rhino betray EV2.0 and align himself with Immortal and then we witnessed Brother Ray bookending Team 3D’s current run by attacking Brother Devon. This week’s turn came in the form of Doug Williams’ attack on his own Fortune stablemates whilst they were trying to assist their leader. Read more of this post

Across the Line: Ex-division?

Across the Line

Across the Line

Ex-Division?

By Richard Jennings

The X Division has always been one of TNA’s strongest aspects, and, since WWE retired its Cruiserweight Championship in 2008, it has also become one of the most distinctive. Unlike WWE – whose dedication to the style of wrestling showcased in such divisions has never been more than perfunctory – TNA have generally placed the X Division at the heart of its product. It’s something that would seem logical when you consider that it has consistently produced high-quality matches since its inception eight years ago. Read more of this post

Across the Line: Hope springs Immortal – reasons to be positive about “Them”

Across the Line

Across the Line

Hope springs Immortal – reasons to be positive about “Them”

By Richard Jennings

When, to the surprise of almost no one whatsoever, Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff were revealed to be “Them” at Bound For Glory it was obvious that TNA was going to be subjected to some significant criticism. Not only is the kernel of the story – top faces and authority figures taking over the company from the inside – far from original, but many of the personnel involved have already been in a celebrated incarnation of the storyline in the form of the nWo. Read more of this post

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