Total Nonstop Weekly – 4.30.09
by Paul Marshall on April 30, 2009

Welcome to another week of Russo-rific fun that Total Nonstop Weekly can bring. We have inanimate objects on poles, smack attacks, Scott Steiner on a POGO STICK, celebrities wrestling, and a lot more things. When the news is quiet, I go crazy. Let’s kick it off with the Rapid-Fire.

TNA Rapid-Fire
News from your favorite sources

Kurt Angle plays a werewolf in an upcoming movie project titled Dead of Night, according to Bloody Disgusting.

Angelina Love has been cleared to wrestle and will be competing at this weekend’s house shows.

Matt Morgan is off the cards this weekend due to an auto accident he was involved in the night before Lockdown. No word on what injuries he has, however.

If the economic crisis isn’t affecting you, maybe you should take a look at TNA’s Collectors Corner.

TNA on YouTube
Since I have more videos this week, they will be listed in this section with a caption

Eric Young v. Danny Bonaduce

Suicide v. Sheik Abdul Bashir

Rhino on Hermie’s Hotseat

“Black Machismo” Jay Lethal Signs New Multi-Year Deal

The news this week is that Jay Lethal signed a new multi-year contract with TNA Wrestling. While details of the contract are not yet available, this is a good sign for TNA because Jay Lethal is one of the Originals. It isn’t known if he plans on dropping the “Black Machismo” gimmick, but regardless of the gimmick, he performs quality matches and is a mainstay in TNA’s X Division. This has to be one of the better news entries for TNA since it was possible that if Lethal didn’t sign, chances are that he would have been WWE bound.

Kurt Angle Rumors

Because I don’t have much main news this week, I’m posting this rumor. Many within TNA are expecting Kurt Angle to go back to WWE when his TNA contract expires later this year. The WWE creative team are preparing for such a move, as mentioned by the Observer (subscribe here). I believe that Kurt might consider a WWE run if they will let him work a similar schedule as the Undertaker and Shawn Michaels. With TNA being on the road more than when Kurt signed, the benefits of not being on the road as much have been negated. However, I’m not holding my breath. What do you readers think? Sound off in the comments your opinion on if Kurt will remain in TNA or jump back to the WWE.

iMPACT Throwdown

Beer Money d. Lethal Consequences (Storm pins Lethal; DWI; Beer Money advances in the Team 3-D Invitational) – I will admit. TNA’s tag team division is better than WWE’s tag team division because you have teams who know the importance of Tag Team wrestling. However, the importance should be with longer matches, but I guess you can only fit in so much time since wrestling isn’t the important part of iMPACT.

Sojourner Bolt d. Taylor Wilde (Backward Brass Knuckle shot, contract retrieval) – Where to begin? This was a ladder match…probably one of the shortest ladder matches in history. On top of that, Bolt doesn’t even know how to wear brass knuckles. This rivals Rhaka Khan’s wrestling skills and that is not a good thing. I don’t even understand why they made this match for a title contendership when Awesome Kong is due her rematch and ODB won Queen of the Cage. The Knockouts Division used to be the best thing about TNA, but last week made me wonder where the sanity is.

AJ Styles d. Kevin Nash (Referee is not dumb; Booker T interference; DQ) – The finish seemed fishy since some people claim that the referee wasn’t supposed to look when he did. However, I see it as this. The referee isn’t as dumb as everyone makes them out to be. I would love to see more of the referee catching the heels in the act, so it comes across as the referee is smart. However, this was probably a blip and we’ll never see it again.

Eric Young & The Artist Formerly Known As Trevor Murdoch, Now Known As Jethro Holiday d. No Limit (Young pins Yujiro; crucifix) – As much as I liked Murdoch, I Jethro Holiday seems a bit off.

Jeff Jarrett d. Scott Steiner (Stroke; pinfall) – The only thing good about this match was the following clip.

This Week on iMPACT

The Amazing Red returns to TNA, teaming up with Suicide to take on the Motor City Machine Guns in a Team 3-D Invitational Tournament. Also, Awesome Kong gets an opportunity to kill off Mi Pi Sexy, starting with Madison Rayne, in a Stretcher Match. Things take a turn to the redneck side as Cody Deaner takes on Abyss and finally, Samoa Joe teams up with AJ Styles to take on Kevin Nash and Booker T. We can also expect more matches for Sacrifice to be announced, including the participants to the Ultimate Sacrifice Title Match.

TNA Ratings News

Last week’s iMPACT dropped to a 1.2, down from a 1.3 the week prior. I forgot about the playoffs for basketball and hockey, but the ratings drop can be taken in stride as wrestling in general has experienced lower ratings the last week. This week, I’ll predict a 1.2 rating since TNA can hold their audience better than the WWE can.

This Week in Wrestling

ECW / RAW / Backlash / ROH / SmackDown / iMPACT / Superstars

This Week on the Pulse

Mark Allen discusses Backlash and Jeff Hardy’s contractual issues.
Vinny T talks about what makes a great match…a great match.
Andy Wheeler talks TNA, Backlash, and Bobby Lashley.

Keep checking Inside Pulse for news in the other zones.
Finally, check out the forums!

Until Next Time

Enjoy your weekend and keep checking Pulse Wrestling for all your late breaking news, show recaps, and commentary from the best writers on the internet! As always, I’ll see you next week.

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  • Iain Burnside

    I demand the addition of a Pogo Stick Division. Make it so, Russo.

  • Anthony J Zinzi

    Pogo stick on a pole at the top of the three-tiered cage of death…

  • Steven Gepp

    You asked about Kurt? Kurt will do whatever’s good for Kurt, and that’s fine. I feel he’ll do some sort of playing each other off negotiation thing, and go with whoever gives him the best deal. But in doing so he’ll piss both parties off, and whoever gets him will abuse him and job him out till eternity.

    And on the referees – is this some sort of thing playing against the WWE who aren’t even allowed to name their refs anymore and are playing them as stupider and stupider? Could it be that TNA sees an opportunity for this to be another point of difference? Am I hoping for too much from a promotion with Vince Russo involved?

  • Anonymous

    Losing Angle could go either way for TNA.

    On one hand, Kurt leaving could make a lot of the older, less able talent stick around longer, which could hurt the in ring product immensely. Angle leaving means guys like Nash, Sting, Foley, and Steiner, all of whom have suggested at various times that retirement from the wrestling aspect might be looming, might be inclined to keep wrestling to “pick up the slack.” This would suck.

    On the other hand, it could serve as a wake up call to TNA to push younger, hungrier, more dedicated stars instead of guys with less loyalty. A TNA focused on AJ, Daniels, Reddy, Joe, Lethal, Beer Money and the Guns would be a better show, and give TNA that unique feel it once had again. That would be good.

    Either way, the ratings will probably drop if Angle leaves, which is rough. TNA pretty much gave him whatever he wanted, and made him the focus of the show since joined, and that’s how he repays them? Sleazy, even for the wrestling business.

  • Iain Burnside

    Sleazy? Not really. The guy left one company, signed a contract with another company, is about to have fulfilled that contract and is now reassessing his options. That’s just the way the world of work, uh, works. I doubt it will have any substantial impact on TNA ratings in any case. Regardless of what Angle does, however, Nash can barely move, Sting is about to retire (although we’ve heard that before), Steiner has his pogo stick and Booker is as unmotivated as ever. Foley is trying hard but his body just cannot keep up with him. Jarrett is always going to be around but seems to lack the interest in (or time for) full-time wrestling. By this point next year TNA will simply have to push their younger talent more than they are at present.

  • Jeff

    Angle will return to the WWE for the payday and the glory as he winds up his career due to injuries. He will be a big draw and will be responsible for retiring either the Undertaker or Micheals at the next Mania. Bank on it!

  • Iain Burnside

    I think we all know that Shawn Michaels’ last match is going to have a lot of Hs in it. Three of them, to be precise.

  • Anonymous

    I am the Anon above (Anonymous!), and while I appreciate your perspective, Mr. Burnside, I have to say, I think you have greatly simplified Angle and TNA’s working relationship. Angle was given the keys to the kingdom, and he and his family were made the center of the show. He had backstage influence, was one of the highest paid in the company, consistently protected in almost every situation, and worked far less than he would have in the WWE. It is hard as a fan of Angle’s to see him treated so well by the company, and then imagine him so willingly abandoning it, especially after being so vocal about his treatment at the hands of Vince McMahon, and in his support of TNA.

    Loyalty isn’t often seen in wrestling, but we do hold up wrestlers like Sting, Undertaker, and Tommy Dreamer for having it, and get angry at wrestlers like Brock Lesnar and Bobby Lashley for not having it, so I don’t think it would be unfair to see Angle jumping ship again as a betrayal.

    I don’t begrudge the man to try and make his living, but I do think if he makes the switch, there’s something unsettling about doing it in this way that pertains to Angle’s character.

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