For those who have asked, Kurt Angle will not be at Thursday's Impact Wrestling taping. He's in rehab and is not scheduled to return to TNA anytime soon.
Hulk Hogan was interviewed by The Cape Breton Post in Canada and backed off on his claims to TMZ that a film on his life is coming. Hogan explained, "It's not really true. It's a TMZ headline.... What happened was, I was going through LaGuardia Airport ... this guy asked me a bunch of dumb questions for TMZ and he goes, 'Eh, when are they going to do a bio about your life?' And I said, 'It's already in development.' So now everybody's rambling like it's a feature film already. But the truth is ... two kids that are writers in L.A., hot young writers, they did a four-page treatment and I'm telling you they nailed it — they nailed it like they were living in my shoes — and I gave them the green light to go ahead and write the first pass. But that's all it is."
Hogan also backed off on the idea that Nick Hogan would play him, stating, ""I said he'd be perfect for it but I think we need a serious, serious actor that knows what he's doing. You know who I thought would be good? That guy that did that action movie, 'Thor'." [Note from Mike: That would be actor Chris Hemsworth]
In the interview, Hogan discussed returning to Toronto to do his Hogan Uncensored Q&A show as part of the Toronto Fan Expo, favorite memories of the city and more. You can read the complete piece by clicking here.
Lots of talk of new talent coming in, but we haven't heard any names officially.
There was also talk in the last week that TNA sent a memo to talent advising them on how to conduct themselves on social media.
Magnus, Mickie James and Jeremy Borash are doing a signing at Direct Auto tomorrow in Norfolk, Virginia to promote the Hardcore Justice Impact taping at 4 PM at 875 East Little Creek Road.
Here's this week's Impact podcast:
TNA is running this Friday in Roanoke, VA at the Civic Center, featuring:
*TNA champ Chris Sabin vs. Bobby Roode
*Bound for Glory Series: Austin Aries vs. Mr. Anderson
*Gail Kim vs. Velvet Sky
*Eric Young vs. Jessie Godderz
*Jeff Hardy vs. AJ Styles
*James Storm vs. Robbie E
TNA will also run this Saturday in Asheville, NC at the US Cellular Center, featuring:
*TNA champ Chris Sabin vs. Austin Aries.
*Jeff Hardy vs. Mr. Anderson
*Gail Kim vs. Velvet Sky
*Eric Young vs. Robbie E.
*Bobby Roode vs. AJ Styles
*James Storm vs. Jesse Godderz