–Ross on TNA Impact Wrestling: “Rumor on the street has it that another potential investor/buyer of the TNA Impact Wrestling brand is in the mix. I have no idea if that is accurate but whoever invests, and someone needs to do so for TNA’s sake, needs to hit the reset button after thoroughly evaluating the talent roster and at least initially crafting their product based on what their talent roster is best suited. I’ve enjoyed recent broadcasts on POP TV of TNA’s show but the general perception seems to be overly negative regarding the maligned brand that a fresh start seems to be logical.”
Powell’s POV: I’ve heard a few names, but it’s hard to figure out what’s fact and what’s fiction when it comes to a TNA sale/investment. I continue to wonder why anyone would invest money rather than buy the company outright. Dixie has had plenty of time to show what she’s capable of doing with the company. It hasn’t been all bad, but she is the primary reason the company is in the position it is in today. Fortunately, she seems to have found a competent creative staff, as the television product has been much improved since moving top Pop TV at the beginning of 2016.
–Ross on Dean Ambrose: “Seems as if losing to Brock Lesnar in a Wrestlemania Texas bout, that some fans actually felt that Ambrose should win, has gotten Dean over more since before his April 3 loss in AT&T Stadium. No reason that Ambrose vs Jericho Sunday should not be a superb bout if they have the time needed to tell that story. I’m thinking somewhere around 15 minutes or so bell to bell.”
Powell’s POV: I don’t know if Ambrose is more over because he lost or simply teflon. I never thought he should beat Lesnar simply because Lesnar is the guy who beat Undertaker and him losing at WrestleMania should feel bigger than an Ambrose win would have.
–Ross on Stardust: “Just my two cents but Stardust has much more potential and skills than he’s positioned to demonstrate especially in a three minute TV bout such as his outing with Apollo Crews Monday night.”
Powell’s POV: Cody Rhodes is a talented performer. And I get that Stardust combines his passions of wrestling, acting, and comics, but I strongly believe he would be positioned better on the card if he moved away from the gimmick. We’ve had enough of a sample size to see that Vince McMahon and/or the writers see it as an undercard act.
Other topics include the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, Roman Reigns, Apollo Crews, no NJPW on AXS this week but G1 news coming, and more.
The new edition of the Pro Wrestling Boom Podcast with Jason Powell features Allysin Kay discussing Friday's NWA Hard Times PPV on FITE.TV, Melina dropping an unexpected f-bomb on NWA Powerrr, the WWE Mae Young Classic experience, her time as Sienna in Impact Wrestling, working in Japan, the Tessa Blanchard controversy, and more...