The Steel Cage
Newsday tag team champs Alfonso Castillo and Josh Stewart slam you with pro wrestling news and insights.
TNA Wrestling yesterday delivered the news that it was reducing the number of its live Sunday night pay per views from 12 to just four a year. And while likely driven by financial realities, TNA nevertheless deserves credit for embracing a lost art in the pro wrestling business: leaving fans wanting more.
Sadly, generations of wrestling have come up in an environment where four-plus hours...Read more »
. First, I want to mention that I’ll be a guest on the Pro Wrestling Torch Livecast Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. with Pat McNeill. The Livecast is consistently one of the most listened-to podcast in all of sports, and Pat is an extremely knowledgeable and funny guy. I’m really looking forward to it.
. If last night was any indication of what we’re in for, I’m really dreading Raw going to three hours....Read more »
Their wrestling styles may be as different as they come, but Christopher Daniels belives he and Hulk Hogan are “kindred spirits.”
“I think the thing that people should understand about Hulk Hogan and myself is that we both sort of played the best hand with the cards we were dealt,” Daniels said. “We took what we have as wrestlers, physically and our mindset and we made the best...Read more »
Both WWE and TNA today made blockbuster announcements regarding the future of their flagship television programs. WWE dropped the bombshell that Monday Night Raw will expand to three hours beginning with its forthcoming 1,000th episode in July. And TNA revealed plans to air Impact Wrestling live on Thursday nights this summer.
It’s a mixed bag as far as what the changes mean to...Read more »
In April, 2010, I wrote the following in a blog post here in the Steel Cage:
“For my money Total Nonstop Action is, indeed, totaled – as in broken beyond repair.”
I went on to write that, no matter how much TNA worked to reverse its course, it was simply too late. After years of offering up one of the worst nationally televised wrestling products fans had ever seen, the damage had been...Read more »
Over its 15 year history, the winners of the ECWA Super 8 tournament have included champions in WWE, TNA and the reigning ROH world champion. And, now, it includes a Long Islander too.
The “Greek God” Papadon, an independent standout from the LI area for more than a decade, beat Tony Nese, Bobby Fish and Bandido Jr. to win the prestigious tournament held in Newark, DE.
Past winners of...Read more »
Spike TV and TNA have agreed upon a multi-year extension to extend their TV partnership, which was set to expire this fall.
The deal was announced today jointly by Kevin Kay, Spike TV President and TNA president Dixie Carter.
“Dixie Carter and her team at TNA have done a phenomenal job in developing stars for an exciting, high-action brand that resonates with Spike’s audience,” said...Read more »
Hulkamania is running wild on the Mets in spring training.
Yesterday, Mets relief pitcher Tim Byrdak crashed practice at spring training dressed as wrestling icon Hulk Hogan circa 1980s. The lefty was dressed in yellow boots and red underwear topped off with the trademark feather boa and Hogan's signature red bandanna. Byrdak even bleached his mustache earlier this week in preparation for...Read more »
Giants running back Brandon Jacobs is trading in his shoulder pads for wrestling boots.
Jacobs will appear on "TNA Impact Wrestling" this Thursday on Spike TV at 9 p.m. (EST). The appearance was originally filmed this past Monday in Orlando. Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was first offered the role but pulled out.
Earlier today former TNA Champion and Olympic gold medalist...Read more »
During an autograph session in North Carolina, "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair confirmed he will be at the WWE Hall of Fame in Miami when The Four Horsemen are inducted.
Flair currently wrestles for TNA and many fans have been left wondering if the 16-time former world champion would be able to appear on WWE programming.
Flair was present at last year's ceremony to see Shawn Michaels'...Read more »