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September 15, 2008

They don’t call it TNA for nothing

We can’t blame this one on Vince Russo.

For those of you who ordered TNA’s No Surrender pay-per-view (you know who you are), you may have gotten a little surprise while watching Sunday’s show. Whether it was a pleasant one or not depends on what you consider inappropriate or offensive.

On some cable systems, the screen abruptly went black during the Frank Trigg-A.J. Styles match before a scene from a softcore porn movie suddenly appeared. The image of two topless women in a compromising position was on for about 10 seconds, according to reports. Judging by the feedback that I’ve read, it was the highlight of the match.

While Russo has a well-deserved reputation for pushing the envelope in WWE, WCW and TNA – I have always believed that it was his idea to name the company TNA – I think this was a technical glitch that was beyond TNA’s control.

The big news coming out of the pay-per-view is that Sting will challenge Samoa Joe for the TNA world title at next month’s Bound For Glory pay-per-view, which is TNA’s version of WrestleMania. If Sting would just do a real heel turn and abandon this convoluted tweener role that he has been playing, there could be a lot of anticipation for this match.

Other developments on the show:

SoCal Val finally turned heel and hooked up with Sonjay Dutt, who apparently had one heck of a ladder match with Jay Lethal. It’s too bad that they were saddled with such a lame program. On the surface, Val turning on Lethal makes no sense. Was Val deceiving Lethal all along? Did she fall for Dutt after he ruined her wedding? I hope TNA has a logical explanation for Val’s actions over the past several months. Yeah, right.

How long have Matt Morgan and Abyss been teaming? Long enough to be arguing with each other. That’s fast even by TNA standards.

Posted by Kevin Eck at 7:13 PM | | Comments (8)


I know who I am , are, and yes it was offensive . I'm finding it harder and harder to carry the torch for TNA anymore . Please come back soon Booty Daddy .

People actually order TNA PPVs?

They have all the same matches on Impact, so just see it for free.

Also, Eck whats your take on Foley actually joining the company? What do you think he'll do?

RESPONSE FROM KEVIN ECK: I think Foley will have a role a lot like the one Nash has had. He'll be on TV just about every week but he will only wrestle on occasion.

Kevin, have you seen video or reports of the latest Jake Roberts incident? Any thoughts? His life just seems to be one sad turn after another.

RESPONSE FROM KEVIN ECK: I have read the reports. It's sad if it's true. He seemed to have it together when he was in Baltimore earlier this summer.

Wow I have gotten sick of some of TNAs story lines but didnt expect this.. might have been worth buying. But Really Kevin do u think the Nash Joe line will ever get to a real GOOD POINT or will it be another Russo flop? Also do you think they will put the belt on Sting?

Sting vs. The TNA Heavyweight Champion was the same main event from last year's BFG in Atlanta. Sting won, and lost the belt the following Tuesda...I mean, Thursday, on Impact! to former champ, Kurt Angle. We're getting the exact same match this year, except Samoa Joe is the champ. I also think it's funny how Sting was able to walk back into TNA from another unexplained absence and grab a title shot without wrestling the 1st match since his return. I wonder if all the men that competed in those Four Ways to Glory contender matches know about that contract clause...

TNA is so far behind WWE's product right now, it's embarassing. The very talented wrestlers bust their asses, but the storylines are just consistantly terrible. It's becoming unwatchable, if it isn't already.

"The image of two topless women in a compromising position was on for about 10 seconds, according to reports. Judging by the feedback that I’ve read, it was the highlight of the match."

I love this blog!

If it wasn't TNA's fault, then whose fault was it? I've never seen anything like that happen when I've ordered any WWE, UFC, or HBO event.

TNA has produced some of the most low-class and trashy television I've ever seen. Would it really surprise anyone that they would pull a stunt like this?

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