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BIG CHANGES COMING TO TNA NEXT YEAR, BACKSTAGE RESPONSE TO IMPACT, MATT MORGAN AND MORE TNA NEWS

By Mike Johnson on 2012-11-30 10:46:17
As I wrote last night, the Lockdown PPV being moved up to March 2013 was likely a sign that the company was planning to cut back on their PPV calendar. That is indeed the case. Sources are indicating that the February Against All Odds PPV has been scratched. The company will go from January's Genesis PPV to Lockdown in March. March is usually Victory Road, but that title can always be used for another month. There may be 1-2 other PPVs removed from the calendar as well, but I am not completely sure which shows that may be. Dixie Carter has talked publicly about wanting to cut back on PPVs because there was not a need for running them monthly, but contractual obligations and deciding the right balance of PPVs for the company had been an issue. One would think this could lead to a price increase for the remaining shows, but I haven't heard that either way.

There was a lot of positive sentiment about last night's Impact Wrestling taping backstage after the show. The feeling is that the company has turned the corner on creative with their grand plans mapped out several months ahead and the initial TV scripts put to bed a few weeks ahead of time in order to make sure they are locked in to their plans. There are changes made week to week to tweak and polish the plans but for the most part, the short and long term planning is stronger than it has been in a long, long time for the company.

In a correction from my Impact Wrestling report last night, I am told that the cape Matt Morgan is wearing is the actual cape from Hulk Hogan's heel run in the 1970s. Hogan has been working closely with Morgan to help him improve as a talent and personality.

The Daniels/Kazarian team has been dubbed Bad Influence.

In an Xplosion match taped last night in Orlando, X-Division champion Samoa Joe defeated Kid Kash.

The SpikeTV special on King Mo won't be airing until early 2013, timed to debut near his first fight for Bellator.

TNA is back on the road this weekend with live events in 11/30 in Bemidji, MN, 12/1 in Fargo, ND and 12/2 in Grand Forks, ND with Jeff Hardy, AJ Styles, Bully Ray and more. If anyone is attending any of the house shows or this week's Impact taping, we are seeking live reports. Feel free to email me by clicking my name above.

Sarita won her seventh consecutive CMLL bodybuilding competition yesterday at Arena Mexico yesterday. It's an annual competition featuring the wrestlers there.