Kharma Cries!

kharma criesThe WWE pulled a swerve on me with Kharma on Monday’s Raw that left me confused, intrigued, and ultimately amazed. A four on four match between Melina, the Bella Twins and Maryse and Beth Phoenix, Kelly Kelly, Gail Kim and Eve had just begun with Kelly Kelly taking it to Brie Bella for pulling twin magic the night before at the ‘Over the Limit’ PPV. Suddenly, Kharma music hits and out struts the women herself, down to the ring. Kharma doesn’t hesitate to enter the ring and Beth directs the Divas to circle the Diva Killer. Kharma looks like shes getting ready to summon some ‘awesome’ power, and I’m wondering what’s going on, as I don’t see Kharma as actually able to take on every Diva at the same time. Then, Kia Steven falls on her knees and begins to cry! We’re talking real tears, eyes looking so wounded you think her heart has been ripped out. And the Divas are all looking on wondering what the heck is going on as Raw goes to commercial break.

My first reaction to this was, “I can’t believe they just buried Kharma.” Then, I realised what had just been shattered was my expectation of Kharma. A moment flashed in my mind’s eye as I recalled Vince McMahon looking at Bret ‘The Hitman’ Heart and asking, “Tell me, where can we go with Bret Hart?” It was a moment describing the events that lead up to the infamous Montreal Screwjob and it brought the situation into perspective for me. Vince knows he’s got something good in Kia Stevens, but a 2D monster who rips through the division only works until it’s stale and then there’s no where else to go with Kharma and she has to be released. By introducing an emotional vulnerability to Kharma, WWE has preserved Kharma as physically the ultimate Diva Killer and unmatched physically by any other Diva in the division, while destroying a 2D persona and replacing it with something that has durability.

This is a good time to point out that Kia Stevens just sold the angle of her life in the ring, and did it amazingly well. I get really pissed off when people knock the drama represented in wrestling. To me, wrestling is the modern-day equivalent of the people’s theatre and therefore enherits a very proud tradition of being an art form that communicates the daily trials of the masses. That’s you if don’t own a yact and roll like a gangster, or make your living of the back of the common man. That was an oscar worthy performance, improvised on the fly in front of thousands of booing fans.

So what the heck is going on? Well, there are several possibilities that come from this. WWE is in the middle of an anti-bullying campaign right now, and Kharma may be the poster child for this campaign. At the same time, Kharma now has the same emotional complexity of…Mankind, Kane, and other monster heels with issues. There is only so much that Kane can do in the ring, but his character is complex enough that he continues to be a draw after 14 years with WWE. And you know with Kane there’s this monster under the surface that can come out at any time and set Kane off on a rampage. The Big Show is dangerous normally, but tick him off and he can take on the entire WWE roster. Kharma now joins that rank of WWE monster heels as a long-term asset.

I expect a dedicated followup on what’s going on in Friday’s Smackdown, because WWE needs to explain this new and more complex Kharma to the audience ASAP! Maybe Layla can approach Kharma and get her talking. I find it hard to believe that a character this complex can be silent, so I’m expecting to hear Kharma talk and say what’s on her mind. I have seen Kia Stevens stomp and glare and emote the perfect monster- I mean, when she starts to glare you’d think she’s suddenly seven feet tall and four hundred pounds- but until I saw Kia break down in the ring on Monday, I had no idea just how good this woman is as a performer. I am now looking forward to seeing how good Kia can be on the mic. Does Kharma truly possess all three traits of a great performer? We shall see.

As weird as it all is, I have to give a nodd to Vince for throwing the dice and doing something unpredictable for a change. I’ll say it again, I am confused and intrigued by this swerve- it has truly thrown off my expectations and I can’t wait to see what happens next on Friday. Well done, Vince!

Kharma (Awesome Kong) proves that Kharma is a (expletive) at Extreme Rules 2011

What a crazy night for the Divas at Extreme Rules 2011!

Layla and Michelle McCool, unable to reconcile their issues in spite of multiple sessions with a relationship counsellor, fought in tonight’s PPV in a ‘Loser quits’ match. Layla pulled through and won the match by countering a faithbreaker for a pinfall! Layla then left in tears as her ex-BFFF Michelle cried her tears out in the ring. What happens next sent shivers down my spine…

Somebody left the rear door unwatched, because Awesome Kong -now calling herself Kharma- slipped inside and is now in the WWE. Kong/Kharma isn’t a beauty pageant contestent, she’s a monster heel! And a girl! In the WWE? The rumour is that Jim Ross and Steve Austin held the emergency door open for her. Kudos to Kong and thanks to Jim Ross and Steve Austin!

The WWE has been promoting her debute for several weeks now on RAW, SMACKDOWN and SUPERSTARS. In these insightful videos, Kong lays out her strategy for the divas. Kong’s strategy is to pop the heads and legs off the barbie doll wrestlers in the WWE. While laughing maniacally.

Michelle McCool should have run for the front exit when Kharma’s music hit after Layla left because what happens next ain’t pretty. Kharma marched down the ramp to the ring, grabbed Michelle and gave her an implant buster, laying her flat out. Then she laughed maniacally. Kong then left the ring, mercifully leaving a laid out Michelle McCool her head and legs.

Folks, what a great moment for the Divas. I wasn’t sure what the WWE had in mind for Kong and how the audience was going to respond to Kharma, but what I saw I liked! Every division needs a giant, and now the Divas have Kharma!

There has been speculation that Michelle was planning on stepping away from WWE. This really makes a person wonder about Michelle’s other half, known in some circles as the Undertaker. With Michelle evidently planning for life after wrestling, it’s a strong signal that the deadman’s career clock has hit the number 11. Even time tolls for thee, Deadman.

Michelle being buried by Kharma on her way out was a fantastic way to debute Kong. Kudos to you, Michelle for giving that bump perfectly! Now, I have to admit in the past I bought into the rumors about Michelle’s attitude backstage. In restrospect, what I’ve always seen from Michelle has been a serious attitude about the business and becoming as good as she could be in the ring, on the mic, in a promo and with the fans. Michelle may not have gotten over with every fan, but she did win me over. Love her or hate her, we should acknowledge that Michelle approached wrestling as a professional, she loves wrestling and gave her opportunities 100%.

Thank you, Michelle McCool!

Layla apologized to the Divas in the locker room after the match for the way she acted. Does this mean Layla’s going face? Well, before that happens, I expecting Layla to continue to show loyalty to her ex-flawless friends and call Kharma out for that implant buster! Poor Layla, so full of personality, but just not that sharp a tack. PREDICTION: Layla will become the second Diva to be laid out by Kharma. Whatever else happens, I hope WWE continues to give Layla opportunities to hold a mic…and I hope she can still chew food after Kharma’s done with her…

Last question is about the future direction of the Diva division. I guess we’re going to be seeing plenty of ‘Instant Kharma’ around the divas on RAW, as Kong is going to be beating (expletive)’s dead. We’re going to get some amazing matches involving Kharma versus Natalya, Beth Phoenex, Melina, and maybe even a Gail Kim versus Kong, round 2? As for Kelly Kelly, Alicia Fox, the twins, and others…better reserve a bed in the local emergency room, ladies.

Kharma’s goinna getcha!

Lisa Marie Varon update on her Myspace

This is too good not to pass on…

“After I wound down with TNA, I took a nice long vacation with my family in California.

“I noticed that I am back on the WWE.com Alumni page. I had a long run with them, and it’s always nice to be recognized along side of some of wrestling’s all time greats. I heard that I’m supposedly talking to WWE about a return. There are a lot of things that I loved about working with WWE. But at this point, there are other things that I’m trying to do while I still have the opportunity. I think we all feel that Victoria ran her course at WWE.

“I also noticed that the wrestling websites picked up the fact that I had some money stolen while working at the Philly Comic-Con. I probably shouldn’t have posted that on my twitter account, but I was letting people know that I was staying around an extra day. It was actually the second time I was robbed in two weeks. Shortly before that, I had a set of $3000 wheels stolen off a car outside my house. Then I had the money stolen at the show. It wasn’t so much the lost money, but it doesn’t feel good to be the victim of a crime. But get this…about a week after I got back from the show, I get a call from the guys at Black Widow Customs. Apparantly a customer had come in asking how to get a set of wheels on his vehicle that weren’t made for his vehicle. The Wheel Tech went to his car to look at the wheel. Guess what ?! You got it…it was my wheel !!! The tech played it cool, took the wheel in the back, and found the markings that we put inside our wheels for just such an occasion. They then called the police, and “politely requested” that the customer wait for the police. He confessed to the police to taking the wheels. He was arrested, and I got my wheels back

“I will be going to the Bellator MMA show on Thursday Night. Don’t read too much into that. I’m going with my coach, who will be cornering the Main Event. But I do have a meeting with their matchmaker before the show. We’ll see what he has to say.

“After that I’m going to visit Michelle McCool, Torrie Wilson, and Sharmell in Texas for the weekend. Lookout Texas, it’s gonna be a girls night out.

“At Black Widow Customs we are currently building a vehicle that is unlike anything on the road today. I don’t want to overhype it, but we are very excited about it. I will put the first pics on my MySpace page.”

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America’s Most Wanted with Gail Kim versus Christopher Daniels and AJ Styles with Sirelda

Hey, back when TNA had it’s own product, they tried some mixed wrestling matches! This match was recently put up in Youtube- its America’s Most Wanted with Gail Kim  versus Christopher Daniels and AJ Styles with Sirelda, from Victory Road 06. It’s worth watching because it features Gail Kim kicking some butt, and the match is quality until the over-booked finish. Classic TNA!

Thanks goes to ajsemprini.

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TNA Knockout ODB gone from TNA

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ODB has twitted her departure from TNA on Monday, saying it was her decision. This isn’t much of a surprise, as ODB had been benched for several months after publically making negative comments about a Knockout match. ODB has suggested she is interested in working in movies. We wish ODB the best of luck in whatever she chooses to do next.

What is surprising is Roxxi’s departure (again) from TNA after wrestling a match against Madison Rayne Sunday at TNA’s Slammiversary. The rumour about backstage is that Roxxi was only  told about the stipulation her career would be on the line when she arrived before the show Sunday.

Since the start of 2010, Awesome Kong, Alissa Flash, ODB, Roxxi, Tara and Traci Brooks have  left TNA. Taylor Wilde and Hamada are all MIA. Daffney and Angelina Love are just getting back after being sidelined with injuries.

TNA has hired Lotta Love to fill the void. Now, Lotta Love is big, but its like the women wrestling talent in TNA is hissing out the ruptured hull of a direlect spaceship in the cold void of space.  Lotta Love isn’t going to plug this hole.

TNA Releases Bubba the Love Sponge

Hmm. Anyone feeling a glow of satisfaction at TNA’s announced termination of Bubba the Love Sponge?

TNA posted on tnawrestling.com, “Effective immediately, TNA Wrestling has elected to terminate the services of Todd Clem p/k/a Bubba the Love Sponge.”

TNA’s decision to release Bubba came after another incident with former TNA Knockout Awesome Kong this past week. Kong appeared on the Cowhead radio show and was “ambushed” by Bubba the Love Sponge. Bubba yelled and swore at Kong and then offered to donate $5000 to Haiti if Kong would come down his station for a rematch. Bubba was referring to an incident in January where his remarks to f*ck Haiti led to a one-sided confrontation where an upset Kong apparently beat the hell out of Bubba. We guess this has been hard to Bubba to deal with…

Kong response to the news of Bubba’s release on Twitter: “Kongfucious says: Karma is a bitch… named Kong!!!!”

We have decided to post the incident on our site, but we want to warn you that the language and content of this interview is both shocking and offensive. Your life will not be enriched listening to Bubba’s tirade.

Lisa Marie Varon aka TNA Knockout Tara leaving TNA

We thought we would put up Lisa Marie Varon’s announcement on MySpace for the readers.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Retirement? Not even close….
Hey Gang!!!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a blog. I’m more into the daily updates. But the following is too long for an update.

It appears that I’m winding down at TNA. Unfortunately some organizations “leak” information to wrestling websites to put their spin on a situation, to make sure they come out in the best light. Not me. I’m gonna say it. I’m gonna put my name on it. And I’m going to stand behind it.

I came to TNA last year because I still had a lot of wrestling left in me. I was paid a fraction of what I thought I deserved. But I wanted to show I was still at the top of my game. Now my contract is up in May. I want a modest pay increase. They don’t want to pay me what I think is fair. I have no problem going my own way.

But about 12 hours after the conversation where we didn’t agree on pay, unnamed sources claim that I am hard to work with and that I don’t give my best effort. My only response is that TNA made an aggressive effort to re-sign me, among other things saying that they want to build the women’s division around me. And I think wrestling fans see, both on TV and at live events, that I always give 100%. I take pride in that. Smearing me on the way out the door is an act of second rate character.

I take pride in making my best effort to elevate my own wrestling and the entire TNA Women’s Division. If people were rubbed the wrong way in the process, I stand behind my work and my positive intentions.

In closing I will say this. In the few weeks that I have left in TNA, I will be the same wrestler that you have seen for the past ten years. After that, I haven’t decided if I will stay in wrestling, or finally make the jump to MMA. I do have a lot of irons in the fire. We’ll see where life takes me. But wherever that is, there’s gonna be competition, and I’m gonna give it my all.

Thanks For All Your Support!!!

Later Taters, Lisa Marie Varon : )

What’s next for Lisa Marie Varon aka TNA Tara?

lisaconnectedLisa Marie Varon and TNA have failed to come to terms over a modest increase in wages and Lisa has given her fans her two week notice on MySpace. TNA has been adament about not increasing the wages for the Knockouts, who also happen to be their top draw. Awesome Kong left, Sarita and Wilde are rumoured to be planning on leaving as well. Our favorite energizer bunny, Christy Hemme, meanwhile has apparently had her wage increased to triple what her other- wrestling- padres are earning. What reason does Lisa Marie Varon really have to stick around?

TNA is not doing well in the ratings. This Monday’s TNA iMPACT! scored an 0.50 cable rating with 739,000 viewers.

This is not yet the end of the world for TNA. Every wrestling promotion has these dark days in which the promotion struggles to find the right story and right wrestler to connect with their audience and fill the seats. The story goes, ‘one day someone walks out and does something that gets over with the audience and the promotion’s owner hears the crowd cheer- or boo- and he realises they’ve found the next Big Thing.’ The angle, and the wrestlers involved, is worked to death. The promotion finds its stride, its identity, and its followers for a time. And the savvy owner is always looking for the next Big Thing after this Big Thing runs its course…and that’s how a wrestling company stays afloat. Sometimes every promotion has to be kissed by the angle of death in its darkest hours before it can find the next Big Thing. Sometimes the threat of impending doom is needed to force the promoter to take a reality check. Promoters with egos think they know what the fans want better than the fans themselves. TNA’s bound to get its reality check before the money runs out.

Unless the next Big Thing involves a girl wrestling.

TNA is apparently filled with egos fixated on ‘what ought to be’ over the reality of ‘what is.’ To paraphrase Eric Bischoff, if the audience isn’t connecting with the product, it’s because the audience are idiots. So what? PT Barnum would have been tap dancing in the back to discover he’s got a room full of suckers to hock his wares to. There are terrible ideas as to what TNA needs floating around in the back of this promotion, being pushed by people whose egos exceed their business savvy. The emperor has no clothes, and all messengers- even the paying messengers in the audience- are being shot.

Here’s what everyone but the management in TNA realise:

Fact: TNA management scurries to hire every future endeavoured WWE talent.

Fact: TNA promotes every geriatric, overexposed piece of WWE-kissed product they overpay to acquire over their own talent.

Assertion: TNA management thinks that the WWE product is better than their own product.

Quote: “Every battle is won before it is fought.” – Sun Tzu

Assertion: TNA cannot win head-to-head with a company that is bigger and better than they are. TNA management cannot even assert that they thought they had something better and were proven wrong. They knew they were outgunned going into the fight.

Conclusion: TNA lost this battle before they shifted to Monday nights.

Assertion: TNA has absolutely no logical reason to go head-to-head with a company that is bigger and better than they are at this time.

Conclusion: TNA management is absolutely delusional.

(We’re going someplace with this)

Fact: TNA top draw is consistently the Knockouts.

Fact: TNA management isn’t willing to pay for their women wrestlers.

Fact: TNA management believes that their labour budget should be used to hire outsourced WWE talent.

Conjecture: TNA management, being delusional, refuse to believe that people want to The Knockouts product- fit women who can wrestle and just happen to be sexy because they’re fit- over washed-out WWE talent.

Fact: TNA is using the Knockouts for sex appeal with the thinking that cleavage and tummy will get the target audience to tune in, and then the WWE talent can step in and hold the audience’s attention.

Fact: This strategy doesn’t work. The cable ratings plunge after the focus is off the Knockouts.

Conclusion: TNA is totally ruining The Knockouts division in their efforts to cram ex-WWE talent down the throats of their fans.

Okay, we can go on here. But, why bother?

We’re fans of female wrestling because of the total women wrestler package. Fit women are sexy, athletic women are sexy, but we’re fans because women wrestlers who can cut a promo are entertaining; women wrestlers who can wrestle are entertaining! The coolest women wrestlers project confidence, power and danger to the audience. That’s actually part of the fun. Forcing women to flaunt it in front of a crowd to get people to pay attention is exploitive, creepy and weak. Whatever happened to girl power? We’re fans of the total package and we want The Knockouts to be entertaining, sexy and we want them to kick butt!

The way TNA is using the Knockouts is a far cry from the Awesome Kong and Gail Kim feud back in 2008. The product has lost its way.

So, to wrap this up: Lisa, you’re talented, beautiful and sexy. You have a good mind for business, too. You came to TNA to wrestle in a good women’s division and that opportunity isn’t there anymore.

Why not start your own promotion?

You’re looking for a vehicle for a reality show? Hook up with Trish Stratus, Stacy Keibler, Lilian Garcia, and Mike Adamle and build your own division. Get talent like Cheerleader Melissa, Dark Angel, Hamada, Daffney, Taylor Wilde, and Amazing Kong on board. Go on an extended tour of North America, Mexico and Japan and produce the show on the road. Use a documentary/reality show style between matches and you’ll create a great product on a shoe string budget. Keep the roster small because you’ll have talent to use and showcase everywhere you go. You can feature different women wrestlers from different regions each episode, and build entire episodes AROUND women wrestlers like MsChif, Sara Del Ray, and LuFisto. Watch season 1 of ‘Lost’ and build back stories leading up to every match (one weekend show could unravel over several episodes). Have fun mixing kayfabe and straight shoots. Have fun being in control of the creative process for once. There are so many great stories deserving to be documented in women’s wrestling. This would be an amazing reality show.

The other option is for women wrestlers like yourself to always be stuck trying to prove yourself to washed-up, delusional chauvinists that you’re a top draw. If TNA management didn’t get it after years of the Knockouts getting top ratings, they’ll never get it. So, forget them. Take the bull by the horns yourself and your destiny into your own hands.

TNA Knockout Awesome Kong requests release

kongTNA managment is demonstrating a lack of business sense. We are writing about how TNA’s handling Bubba the Love Sponge comments regarding aid to Haiti have led to Awesome Kong asking for her release from TNA. It would seem that Hogan bringing in his long-time friend Bubba the Love Sponge to use his controversial style to generate controversy and publicity for TNA has backfired on the company. The experiment is over and Bubba should be sent packing down the road and we are blown away that TNA’s management hasn’t grasped this yet.

“I say (expletive) Haiti,” Bubba commented on his Twitter account. “Why do we have to take care of everybody (when) our country is in shambles?”

These remarks came out as the full scale of the disastrous earthquake that struck Haiti became known. While the world scrambled to get aid to Haitians to head off a historical disaster, Bubba thought it reasonable to express in Twitter how he believed many Americans felt about Haiti.

Bubba later made an apology, to try to head off a backlash, stating, “Sometimes you say things that you can’t take back. So I’m man enough now to say I’m sorry for those I offended.”

Then Bubba’s remarks took a swerve from the controversial right into the ‘say, what?’ territory. The disc jockey then claimed his statements on radio were misconstrued. Bubba maintained that efforts to raise money for disaster relief in Haiti were misguided and that the funds might be better spent in this country. Now, ready for this?

“Maybe this is actually a good thing,” Bubba the Love Sponge said live on his show. “Here’s the thing, we would all agree that Haiti is just in shambles, it’s just a horrible country, it’s just dirt, it’s poverty stricken, they need a cleansing, maybe a half a million Haitians that will end up not being around tomorrow … It’s a cleanse.”

Then Bubba tries to play the victim in this situation. “I shoot hard from the hip and Mrs. Carter (although I have tons of respect for her) has never had a guy that is as outrageous as I am. And what does my Haiti comments have to do with TNA wrestling? I didn’t say them on Dixie’s air … Some people can’t handle the truth.”

Bubba, did you just endorse an ethnic cleansing of the Haitian people right on your friggin’ radio station? And you think this isn’t TNA’s business?

We suggest you cancel any trips planned for Canada, Bubba. Canada actually treats remarks like that as a hate crime. ‘In Section 319 the Code punishes anyone who “advocates or promotes genocide” with genocide defined to require that acts be committed “with intent to destroy in whole or in part any identifiable group”. “Identifiable group” is defined as “any section of the public distinguished by skin color, racial group, religion, ethnic origin or sexual orientation.” Civil remedies are also available in Canada for discriminatory acts (Wikipedia).’ We thought it would be nice to point out the last line there for any Canadian-Haitians who find Bubba’s opinion less than reasonable. As Bubba’s show has reach into Canada, he’s not as immune from civil action for remarks that can be construed as a hate crime as he thinks he is.

Then Kong, who’s be driving hard all last week to raise funds for Haiti emergency relief in the wrestling community goes to confront Bubba backstage for his remarks and winds up beating the hell out of the shock jock. This looked so bad professionally for Kong and that lack of control must have been humbling and devastating for someone who had worked so hard to save the lives of Haitians victimized by the earthquake.

What’s amazing is that TNA has not fired Bubba for his remarks. Sure, he got grief from the company backstage leading to his whining that TNA is no longer fun, but essentially he got away with his twitter. His explanation for what he was thinking is completely unacceptable. We cannot fathom that anyone in TNA would accept that his remarks were on his show and therefore did not reflect badly on TNA.

By not responding to Bubba’s remarks, TNA has effectively endorsed that the humanitarian disaster in Haiti might be for the best because it will lead to a good ‘cleansing’ of the black nation of Haiti. Doesn’t TNA have any friggin’ lawyers watching out for them?

TNA president Dixie Carter has stated otherwise on TNA’s Web site. “The photos and video from Haiti are tragic. We want to help. We have to help. The money raised at The Impact Zone is just a start of TNA’s plan to help the country of Haiti.” Fine, Dixie, but your shock-jock backstage interviewer thinks that Haiti needs an ethnic cleansing. And the public face of your company completely supports Bubba.

Hulk Hogan goes on Bubba’s show and backs up his good buddy Bubba. Hulk states that Awesome Kong should have been fired on the spot for attempting to knock sense into Bubba. Next thing, Hogan is blaming Bischoff for getting Kong worked up and is essentially trying to create a wrestling angle out of the incident. Even Bubba is smart enough to steer clear of a wrestling angle with Kong. Hogan, we cannot even begin to explain just how badly you botched this one.

We have to say more on Awesome Kong, who posted a comment on Twitter explaining her reasoning for the way she handled Bubba.

“Kongfucious says: Sometimes you must feed someone a fist to make them eat their own words.”

Both Bubba and Kong were sent home from the tapings following the altercation. Kong faced no discipline for attacking Bubba and returned to the tapings the next day to tape a match for iMPACT. The TNA locker room is reportedly in support of Kong.

However, the altercation backstage is apparently the final straw for Kong being in TNA. The Wrestling Globe Newsletter’s Mike Aldren reported more on Kong. Mike Aldren quotes from a source, “Kong is really disappointed in the fact that this company that once had class has turned into a paranoid backstabbing contest because people in management are too worried about keeping their jobs to really voice their opinions or represent the talent appropriately. They sold all the talent that they were a team [before Hogan/Bischoff arrived]… but then moved forward without rewarding anyone, and benched half of the original roster on top of that.” Kong cited a lack of sleep, mostly from fundraising all weekend raising funds for the victims of the earthquake and was also dealing with the loss of her mentor, wrestling promoter Ed Chuman. Kong reportedly said she meant to talk to Bubba, but delirium took over and she ended up smacking Bubba. One of Kong’s friends also noted to us that she is furious with Bubba for ripping her on Howard Stern, and for attempting to make an angle out of the situation on his own radio show. She is now back at home pondering her future. She was originally booked for the upcoming European tour but won’t be making those dates any more. (Source: the Wrestling Globe newsletter)

We’ve been in absolute shock watching this story unfold over the last week. It’s going on six days now and TNA still hasn’t woken up to the very public stance they’ve taken in regards to Bubba the Love Sponge’s very public remarks regarding Haiti. Hulk Hogan is the face of TNA and Hogan was on Bubba’s show backing up his buddy Bubba who has now gone on record twice as being in support of letting the earthquake in Haiti ‘cleanse’ the populace of Haitians. TNA hasn’t done anything public yet to distance themselves from Bubba’s remarks and that’s the same as letting the remarks stick to the company.

TNA is courting Spike TV officials to consider giving the company a permanent Monday night time slot. The argument is that that the team that gained so many ratings for Turner Broadcasting ten years ago on Monday nights is together again on TNA and this time, they can win the Monday Night war. Eric Bischoff thinks that if Turner Broadcasting hadn’t cut him off at the knees ten years ago, he would have beat Vince McMahon. Maybe, but what Eric should have realized with ten years of experience is that broadcasting companies may want ratings, but deep down inside, even television producers have scruples (Maybe Tina Fey will pick up on this observation and use it for fodder on 30 Rock). The fight got too dirty for Turner Broadcasting and they backed out. Now, two weeks into January, TNA is showing the same scruples that lost WCW its backing on public television. TNA is at a place in their growth where they have to demonstrate an ability to act professionally on the big stage at all times…or TNA is simply going to disappear. If Dixie Carter cannot keep her talent from publically associating the company as- of all crazy things- being in favor of ethnic cleansing, does she seriously think Spike TV officials are going to gamble on TNA?

Angelina Love Returning tonight to TNA Impact

Angelina Love We didn’t get to see Angelina return on Monday’s live TNA Impact, but we’ll finally see Angelina back in the TNA fold tonight, after her being dismissed from the company due to a work Visa issue (We thought immigration would eventually see the light and give Angelina a ‘exceptional ability’ green card).

What has Lauren Williams, aka TNA knockout and pivot of The Beautiful People been doing since her unexpected termination? Apparently, hitting the gym and working out some junk in the trunk! Angelina is buff in this picture from Tuesday’s tapings that is circulating around the internet. Angelina is buff like she’s ready for the Miss Fitness competition, or ready to kick some booty.

One of the biggest draws for TNA on Monday was the TBF playing strip poker, with one segment bringing in 500,000 viewers who immediately bailed after the segment. So, TBP are a draw for TNA and you can expect the Knockout’s heel stable to continue to be featured in ridiculous ratings drawing segments that continue to poke fun at bra and panties matches, mud wrestling, or backstage segments designed to draw in young males. For all the work TNA Knockouts have done to differentiate themselves from WWE’s Divas and present women as competitive athletes and characters in wrestling, their top draw is TBP following the ‘sex sells’ marketing plan over in WWE. TBP are a pivotal part of the Knockouts marketing strategy, as TNA can both feature everying that draws in young male WWE fans, while differentiating their Knockouts division from the WWE Divas. In marketing terms, TNA’s found a way to stradle two opposing market segments. We think that’s friggin’ brilliant and so we’re all for TNA to continue to push this angle! Thank you, Kevin Nash!
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