What will Hogan be doing in TNA? Word backstage is that Hogan has been given some creative power and that he will be working alongside head writer Vince Russo to help bring TNA into the WWE’s league. TNA also supposedly partnered with Eric Bischoff (former head of WCW) to help produce new television.
Word going around is that it will be a Monday night show from 8 to 11 p.m. on Spike. Spike TV helped fund the deal to further expand its relationship with TNA. The deal will not only end with Hogan. Reportedly, Rob Van Dam and Mr. Kennedy have been already contacted to sign. The other party TNA is interested in is Ric Flair.
TNA does not have visions of Flair and Hogan wrestling full-time again. They would rather have both on their show in a leadership/management position. It just makes sense at this point to bring over the names that people know. TNA has a legitimate shot to make some noise with the emergence of their young talent in Matt Morgan, A.J. Styles, Hernandez, and Samoa Joe.
As for the WWE, their take on the situation is that competition is a good thing. In an interview with expressnightout.com, Chris Jericho explained his view on the Hogan signing: "Anything that makes that company bigger is better for us. Competition is what we thrive on, so good luck to them. I hope they get a real big boost from it.”
The WWE just signed a new four-year contract with USA to keep “Raw” on its network. It’s good to see stability in the “Raw” brand. Being on the same network for another four years makes it easy for “Raw” to become, dare I say it, a legacy program. If everyone is used to seeing it in the same place week after week, it just becomes normal to watch it.
TNA has nixed its annual Turkey Bowl for this year. Instead, look for a one-night tournament featuring the likes of Desmond Wolfe, Suicide, Bobby Lashley, Abyss, Kurt Angle, D’Angelo Dinero, Homicide, and Robert Roode. The winner takes home a shot at their respective division titles. The Sixshooter is upset that the Turkey Bowl is done. Seeing someone have to wear that ridiculous turkey costume was a riot.
The WWE has announced its upcoming guest hosts of “Raw.” On Nov. 30, Verne “Mini-Me” Troyer hosts, on Dec. 7 we shall see Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, and on Dec. 14, it will be Dennis Miller’s turn. How does Stacey Keibler not get to do this? The Sixshooter has to officially go on record saying that having a guest host every week makes watching “Raw” a hard thing to do.
Former WWE wrestler turned UFC star Brock Lesnar is facing the toughest fight of his life and it is not an angry opponent. Lesnar reportedly had surgery this week that will correct a bacterial infection in his intestines. The word going around is that he may never be able to fight again, but that is just speculation at this point.
The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels are reaching the end of their road with the WWE. Both superstars are rumored to be heading into their last years of in-ring competition. The Sixshooter believes when push comes to shove, they will both sign on to another year before hanging them up.
There is no word yet on the status of Booker T. and the WWE. Booker had been saying that the WWE was interested in bringing him back, but word backstage is that is not the truth. As for Scott Steiner, he was on his way out with TNA, but officials really liked his work over the last month and have decided to keep him around.
That is all for this month Sixshooter-a-holics. Make sure to check me out daily over at http://www.garden-state-of-mind.blogspot.com. As the great Scott Hall used to say, "Kick him when he’s down. He’s easier to reach!"