–Ross on the latest TNA Impact Wrestling departures: “Expecting to hear ample news this week out of Orlando from the latest Impact Wrestling tapings. Disappointed to see Mike Bennett and his wife Maria Kanellis leave Impact but with management changes and changes in booking philosophies, that is to be expected to some degree. It will be interesting to see who Impact designates as their first choices to assume vacant, main event level spots. Mike and Maria won’t be looking for work long as they are a marketable, talented package as well as being strong enough personalities to stand on their own.”
Powell’s POV: The departures also have to be frightening for wrestlers who are still with the company. The Hardys, Drew Galloway, Bennett, and Maria have all moved on, so wrestlers who have existing deals surely have to be wondering what type of offer they will receive once their contracts expire. Ross also wrote more about TNA management as well as the Hardys in his actual blog, which can be read by using the link at the top of the page.
–Ross on NJPW on AXS TV: “Happy to say that plans are being made for AXSTV and NJPW to significantly reduce the delay time of the Friday night broadcast within the few weeks/months. It seems that NJPW, TV Asahi, and AXSTV are working diligently to create a stronger brand by working more closely together. At least that’s my observation and it’s certainly my goal to see that occur.”
Powell’s POV: That’s great news for fans who follow NJPW via AXS on Friday nights. It seems like a logical move for NJPW, as they can also use the show to drive viewers to their streaming service.
–Ross on his one-man show being available via pay-per-view: “Remember that the FITE App will be presenting a $5.99 PPV of the best of our three, Dallas House of Blues RINGSIDE with JIm Ross and Friends shows from 2016 on Wednesday March 8 at 5 pm ET, 2 PM PT, and 10 PM U.K. time. All you need to watch our first ever, PPV presentation is a smart device and WiFi. I hope that you will enjoy this presentation and we think that we’ve made it fan friendly with the $5.99 price tag. It will air for 30 days commencing on March 8.”
Powell’s POV: That’s a cool deal for fans who can’t get to WrestleMania weekend or who simply haven’t had a chance to see his show in person (me included). Check out a cool teaser video Fite.tv.
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