The Internet is an incredible invention – an outsourcing of human memory and knowledge. A hive mind for the world, allowing people to communicate around the globe in a matter of microseconds. In my opinion, it’s the biggest social change since the Industrial Revolution. But it’s also responsible for naming a research ship Boaty McBoatFace.
Last year, the Natural Environment Research Council launched a Twitter campaign called #NameOurShip. The Internet gave the most votes to Boaty McBoatFace.
So I don’t know what TNA owners Anthem are thinking asking fans on the Internet to name the owl in their logo, a contest that has now been extended for another week.
— IMPACT WRESTLING (@IMPACTWRESTLING) March 13, 2017
Punerific suggestions so far include: Hoot Hogan, BeekMahan and Owl Snow. That last one is excellent.
The majority, however, have just used Reby Sky’s hashtag, “F*** That Owl”
Last Thursday saw the first episode of Impact Wrestling’s New Era, under the creative direction of recently rehired Jeff Jarrett. Although the episode had no significant change in the ratings from the previous week, Anthem have put out a press release noting their 2.4 million views on YouTube and various social media. It also announced that the pre-Slammiversary Impact TV tapings will take place in Mumbai, India on the 30th and 31st May.
130,000 of those YouTube views have come from a backstage segment where Alberto El Patron has now relinquished his freshly won World Heavyweight Championship to Zeb Colter and Bruce Prichard, meaning the title will go back to Bobby Lashley. Vacant was robbed!
If you wondered why Alberto El Patron didn’t get a huge crowd reaction when he made his Impact debut on last week’s episode, it’s because that was actually his second attempt at an entrance. According to WrestleZone readers, production accidentally had his first video reading ‘Alberto De Patron’ rather than ‘El’.
— #DIY (@xKevin60) March 11, 2017
Wrestling news continues to be dominated by the two men that just left Impact Wrestling, though – the Broken Hardys. Jeff ‘Brother Nero’ has revealed to SEScoops that their subsequent Ring of Honor run is only “a short term deal,” which means a return to WWE around Wrestlemania time could still be on:
“I would love to introduce the Broken Universe to WWE eventually. I think it would be huge…eventually I’m sure I’m going to jump back into the solo dimension and I’d love to be the world champion again. In my career in WWE, if it works out, the whole Hall of Fame and all that stuff. It started there and I’d like to end there…I kinda miss those crowds. Hopefully I revisit them.”
Whether the ‘Broken Universe’ is the Hardys’ to bring to WWE, however, remains locked in dispute.
PWInsider is reporting that Impact Wrestling owners Anthem are pursuing legal action against Matt Hardy for him trying to trademark the ‘Broken’ gimmick. This is why they sent cease and desist letters to Ring of Honor last Friday before their pay-per-view appearance. It seems as though Anthem want to be paid a percentage in royalties from the Hardys using the Broken gimmick elsewhere. Knowing how Vince McMahon’s company operates, if Anthem are successful in that, there’s no way the Broken Universe is coming to WWE.
WWE – that reminds me. I’ve been meaning to vote in their recent poll ‘What is your favourite Undertaker WrestleMania match?’
Let’s see here. They’ve got all his opponents from the years. His first, Jimmy Snuka, at Wrestlemania 7 – where the streak began. His back to back classics with Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania 25 and 26. There’s his end of an era Hell in a Cell with Triple H. And – huh? There’s nobody listed for Wrestlemania 29.
That’s the only Wrestlemania out of all 22 options that doesn’t have the opponent alongside it. Who was it? Oh yeah, it’s CM Punk.
Punk is still on very bad terms with the company, as Triple H’s subtle dig at the Straightedge Superstar on last week’s Chicago-based episode of Raw shows. This is the latest petty swipe at him by WWE. I encourage you all to vote for Wrestlemania 29, as the WWE Network will show an exclusive collection of the top vote-getters on March 27th.