Last night on Impact Wrestling Sting won his 15th World Championship. That makes him one reign closer to tie and two more reigns to surpass Ric Flair’s 16 World Championship reigns. Sting already ties with Kurt Angle (in whom Sting will be facing at No Surrender) for the most TNA World Championship reigns.
One concern is that can Sting do it? Can Sting in his 50’s beat the record and become “The Man” and if so what will Flair’s reaction be? Only time will tell if these thing do happen, but for now a congratulations to the new TNA World Champion…Sting.
Holy SHIT! At the end of tonight’s NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable event, Kevin Owens continued his onslaught on Sami Zayn in the post-match, and only stopped when he was greeted by the Submission Specialist, former TNA World Heavyweight Champion Samoa Joe! This is the biggest surprise signing of the year, especially with Triple H saying that there was no deal signed semi-recently and Joe’s ROH appearances.
Not to mention, what a fantastic show it was, as a whole! SO many exciting happenings that make me proud to be a wrestling fan!
According to several wrestling news sites, former TNA World Heavyweight Champion Samoa Joe has signed a contract with the WWE and is expected to debut at NXT Takeover: Unstoppable next week! If these rumors are true, this is one of the biggest contracts the WWE has picked up this year, maybe even this decade. Here’s hoping so, because I think the current talent pool at the WWE is where Samoa Joe needs to be involved. Think of the possibilities!
AJ Styles: “I didn’t shed one tear when I left TNA.” [April 7th, 2016]
On Monday night, WWE newcomer AJ Styles became the Number One Contender to Roman Reigns’ WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Prior to his WWE debut, Styles gained notoriety in Ring Of Honor, New Japan Pro Wrestling, but more prominently in TNA, which seemingly built the company around Styles. The former 3-time TNA World Heavyweight Champion commented on his farewell to TNA in an interview with Sam Roberts:
I didn’t shed one tear when I left TNA. I was very emotional when I left New Japan. [x]
This has to be a blow to the gut of TNA, who showcased Styles until the bitter end, when apparently, Styles had a big chip on his shoulder as he made his exit from the company. Styles has recently been noted as saying “This is where I should have been the whole time!” while making his entrance. So far, TNA owner Dixie Carter has yet to speak on the issue.
30 Minute Iron Man Match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship: Kevin Owens (Champion) Vs. AJ Styles WWF House Show in Atlantic City [March 12th, 2016]
A clash of two superstars who gained notoriety prior to their WWE arrival. Two former world champions squaring off for one of the WWE’s top titles, the WWE Intercontinental Championship. Kevin Owens, the defending champion, defends the title against former TNA World Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles. The video starts with a little over 17:00 left in the match and starts with both men having zero victories. Worth checking out for fans of both men, and worth doing quickly before the video is taken down!
Kurt Angle about WWE return: “When, not if.” [June 20th, 2016]
Former WWE Champion and TNA World Heavyweight Champion Kurt Angle was recently a guest on Mark Madden’s show to promote his upcoming Legends Of Wrestling appearance. During the interview, Angle stated that he’d spoken with the WWE and Triple H about returning to World Wrestling Entertainment, and that it’s currently a “when, not if”.
This is exciting for a number of reasons. Firstly, Angle coming home, and potentially chasing certain championships yet again. Dream matches come to mind, such as Angle Vs. Cesaro, Kevin Owens, Seth Rollins, Sami Zayn, Shinsuke Nakamura, etc. There’s also the potential teaming of Angle with American Alpha to essentially recreate Team Angle, which would be perfect considering the current situation with The Authors Of Pain. Right now, the “when” is essential, as the impending brand split could create some wonderful scenarios for returning superstars.