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TNA realizes less can be more

The ring.

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...

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TNA's Daniels on Hogan, going live and Slammiversary

TNA Wrestling's Christopher Daniels

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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...

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RAW going to 3 hours, Impact Wrestling going live

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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...

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Why it's too late for TNA to turn things around

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling President Dixie Carter has

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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...

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Interview with TNA Knockout Tara, Part 1

TNA's biggest show of the year, Bound for Glory, takes place this Sunday from Philadelphia. If you're on Long Island, you've got lots of options to check out the show. Personally, I intend to make the short drive to the Liacouras Center to catch the show in person, and you can too by buying tickets here.

If you want a truly unique experience, you can watch Bound for Glory on the big screen....

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TNA Impact Wrestling in Brooklyn Friday night

TNA Knockouts Angelina Love and Madison Rayne

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Total Nonstop Action returns to our area this Friday night with its Impact Wrestling World Tour.

The second annual BaseBrawl event takes place at Coney Island's MCU Park--home of the Brooklyn Cyclones minor league baseball team.

The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are available at the MCU Park box office and also at Citi Field. You can also buy them online at brooklyncyclones.com

Among...

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LI's Mick Foley will mow your lawn

File photo of Mick Foley.

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The thought of having a professional wrestler mow your lawn might seem like an outrageous idea. But when it comes to Long Island native Mick Foley, no idea is too crazy for him.

Remember, this is the man who wrestled with a sock on his hand, had three of the wildest characters (Cactus Jack, Dude Love and Mankind) and was the biggest risk taker when it came to pushing his body to the limit.

Foley’s...

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Sting's return proves he should remain with TNA

Last night’s TNA was billed around the debut of Bart Scott, the return of Hulk Hogan and his group “Immortal,” the Karen Angle-Jeff Jarrett wedding, and of all things a special appearance by former “Jersey Shore” cast member Angelina. Other than Hogan taking over TNA, the rest of the show was hard to watch.

All night TNA was teasing that the TNA champion Jeff...

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On TV tonight: Smith vs. Kidd, TNA special ref announced

There's four hours or original wrestling programming on TV tonight. Here's a quick look.

. I mentioned earlier today that WWE Superstars will sometimes surprise you with a fairly marquis match-up and/or storyline development. It looks like tonight is a good example of that. Following their split, former Hart Dynasty partners and childhood friends David Hart Smith and Tyson Kidd do battle...

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