Just as it was reported from the TNA TV tapings, Brooke Tessmacher made her return in last night’s episode of TNA.
If it’s still called TNA, that is. The promotion’s new owners Anthem Giant Birds and Entertainment appear to be phasing out the name – one which many criticise for being an outdated play on the early-00s WWE tag team Test and Albert. And also that it sounds like the abbreviation of ‘tits and ass’.
Note to self: never let Vince Russo name your wrestling promotion.
Anyways, back to Brooke. In a backstage interview, she announced she’s back with the promotion full-time and plans on winning the Knockouts Championship. And the former Damien Sandow in WWE, Aron Rex, debuted his new gimmick – an elaborate Liberace-style character with Rockstar Spud as his man servant. When Rex said he’s going to change “the very template of our industry” in his TNA debut promo, I don’t think anyone thought it would be a flamboyant heel character. Good swerve, kind of.
Canadian viewers, however, might not have seen Rex alter the landscape of professional wrestling, or Brooke Tessmacher’s return, because in one of the most TNA stories ever, the Fight Network – which is owned by the same Anthem Giant Birds and Entertainment company – aired the wrong episode.
What’s Cin Sara doing in the Impact Zone’s broadcast suite!?
Because TNA have been taping TV for over a week now, reports have already come out about the big events on Impact Wrestling for the next month or so. You might want to skip the next section to avoid spoilers.
Bobby Lashley defeated Eddie Edwards three falls to two in a 30-minute Iron Man match to become the new TNA World Heavyweight Champion.
Angelina Love returned and turned heel with her real-life husband Davey Richards against Eddie Edwards in his championship rematch.
Former UFC fighter Josh Barnett made his TNA debut and was quickly set up as Lashley’s next feud.
The Hardys teased going to the Honorable Ring to face the Bucks of Youth or to Meekmahan show.
Drew Galloway made his TNA return to win the Grand Championship from Moose.
Samuel Shaw made his TNA return.
And – most interestingly to me – Cody Rhodes came back and turned heel on Moose. After beating Moose down, he made the Bullet Club sign – teasing the New Japan faction which he’s a part of.
So that’s three different promotional crossovers – WWE, ROH and New Japan – teased in TNA. Obviously the WWE one is never going to happen, but considering the global landscape of professional wrestling right now, is it out the realm of possibility that other promotions are going to unite against MeekMahan? There’s already an existing partnership between ROH and New Japan, and ROH and TNA are broadcast on the same channel – owned by TNA’s parent company – in Canada.
Oh, and the guy Anthem Giant Bird and Entertainment just brought on as their Executive Consultant – the promotion’s original founder Jeff Jarrett – became a Bullet Club member back in 2014.
After PWInsider leaked the first two inductees into the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2017 as Diamond Dallas Page and Rick Rude, Bryan Alvarez has brought up the other names discussed on Wrestling Observer Live: Christian, William Regal, IRS and the Natural Disasters.
But of all those great names from wrestling’s past, a different one needs your help.
Former ECW, WCW and WWE wrestler Perry Saturn has posted a video on his Facebook page desperately asking fans to support his GoFundMe. He’s struggling to pay the medical costs for his “serious” traumatic brain injury from his wrestling career, and says he’ll be homeless in 1-2 weeks. So please do head over there and donate.
Who do you think should be inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame? Troll Vince McMahon with some CM Punk chants in the comments below.