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Yesterday’s episode of Influence Wrestlinghad Bobby Lashley defeat Josh Barnett to retain his World Heavyweight Championship, and wesaw the final TNA appearances for The Damaged Hardys, Drew Galloway and Jade.
However the actual information was taking place within the nonpre-taped model of the Influence Zone.
the reside, real-time model.
The episode broadcast final night time was the finalinstalment from TNA’s January tapings.
From subsequent Thursday onwards, Jeff Jarrett’snew regime – and by ‘new’, I imply, the regime from about 5 years in the past being broughtback – will kickstart their period on tv.
An period that began filming final night time.
As a result of that is about yet-to-be broadcastfootage, spoiler warning for the subsequent month-or-so of Influence Wrestling.
First up, the largest one – former WWE ChampionAlberto Del Rio made his TNA debut on the TV Tapings, going by his non-WWE identify AlbertoEl Patron.
Mr Jacob Cohen on Twitter lined this livefrom the Influence Zone, reporting that Bruce Prichard mentioned as a result of there’s no-one leftin the promotion that may defeat on champion Bobby Lashley, right here’s Alberto El Patron.
The 2 had a match in a while, which Albertowon, turning into the brand new World Heavyweight Champion on his first night time.
The style wherein he gained the title, nonetheless,seems to be mired in overbooked controversy – with two ref bumps and a disputed end.
Not like Alberto cared, as a result of he left withthe belt anyway.
Regardless of reporting that talks between Del Rioand TNA had fallen by way of, PWInsider are actually saying Alberto has signed full-time withthe promotion and “will likely be receiving an enormous push”.
Apparently this was solely confirmed in thelast few days, and the location hints that TNA reached again out to Alberto following thelosses of Drew Galloway and the Hardys.
PWInsider additionally experiences that Alberto’s real-lifegirlfriend – the presently injured WWE star Paige – was backstage for the TV tapings.
For everybody getting excited, there’s practically- to cite Vince McMahon – “no probability in hell” WWE will let her additionally flip up forthe promotion.
Not solely is she nonetheless beneath contract, butRock ‘The Dwayne’ Johnson and WWE Studios are presently producing a movie based mostly on herlife.
That mentioned, she is just one Wellness Policyviolation away from being launched… Whereas Paige turning up in TNA can be aninteresting swerve, I’m much more excited in regards to the risk that Ricardo Rodriguezmight be Alberto’s private ring announcer once more.
Double J, get him on the cellphone.
In different TNA information, ODB returned to the corporate,Rachael Ellering – the daughter of present Authors of Ache supervisor Paul Ellering – madeher debut, and Magnus will reportedly be turning up within the Influence Zone within the subsequent few days.
And after a number of weeks of Twitter controversy- at one level allegedly telling a fan to “shoot your self” – Josh Mathews mightbe getting phased out of Influence’s commentary workforce.
Jeremy Borash was unveiled as the latest additionto the sales space, the place he obtained in a heated argument with Mathews.
Josh boasted about how he learnt the tradefrom Jim Ross, to which Borash replied, ‘I’m good associates with JR, and he thinks you suck’.
That, to me, feels like TNA are foreshadowingJim Ross additionally becoming a member of the commentary workforce.
Particularly coupled with JR’s tweet laterthat night time: “Good luck to all my associates working in#Orlando for @IMPACTWRESTLING.
Anticipating many adjustments together with maybe adifferent soundtrack.
❓👀”The totally different soundtrack hopefully being an iconic Southern accent screaming ‘good gawdalmighty’! Mathews may then very successfully transitioninto a heel supervisor function.
In an in-ring promo, Prichard mentioned their missionis to make the promotion nice once more, and that the initials TNA are useless – Influence Wrestlingwill formally be the one identify used going ahead.
Influence Wrestling unveiled their new non-TNA,non-giant hen brand when saying their new UK tv take care of Spike TV.
After coming so near shutting down severaltimes final 12 months, this might present a much-needed new begin for TNA.
I imply Influence Wrestling.
That’s going to take some time.
And I’ll most likely nonetheless name Alberto ElPatron ‘Alberto Del Rio’.
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