LAW June 11 Update - ADR Out of PPV, 3-Hour Raw Tonight
John Pollock / June 11, 2012 - 5:19pm
**TNA presented an excellent pay-per-view on Sunday night from College Park Arena in Arlington, Texas in front of a tremendous crowd was said to be just shy of 6,000 and the company noted was their highest U.S. attendance in history. The stand out matches included the Tag Title Match where Kurt Angle and A.J. Styles defeated Christopher Daniels and Kazarian in a phenomenal 14-minute match with the finishing sequence involving all four executed perfectly and the opening match between Austin Aries and Samoa Joe set the tone for the audience, who added so much to the card and made the product feel extremely hot. The use of Christian (announced as Christian Cage) was TNA’s repayment for allowing Ric Flair to do the Hall of Fame and after it was all over I don’t know what TNA really got out of this other than a minor surprise for people that don’t follow Dixie Carter on Twitter. I don’t know if Christian was also doing an interview for a future DVD release as had originally been brought up in the negotiations but he didn’t seem all too happy to be on the show and didn’t add anything to the show. The choice of Sting for the Hall of Fame makes sense on a few levels as he’s been positioned as their legend since his first night with the company (Sting’s first night with the company was actually on their one-year anniversary show in June 2003 when he came in and then returned in January 2006 for the permanent run) and this allow allows TNA to beat WWE to the punch of doing a full out Hall of Fame ceremony involving Sting because you know he is a name the WWE will want to induct at some point down the road. This makes two straight pay-per-view events from TNA that were very well received and the company as a whole is clicking on a lot of levels right now and with the WWE product hurting and about to increase to three-hours TNA is in a position to be an alternative to fans that are burned out on the WWE product and many people are right now with the move to three-hours every Monday sounding terrible at this current time.
**Harry Smith will be a guest at The LAW’s Monday night wrestling party at the Fox and Fiddle tonight at 535 Danforth Avenue. Smith will be on hand signing autographs and also have merchandise on sale for those at the bar and he’ll be there to watch all of ‘Raw’ if you show up. Dan ‘The Mouth’ Lovranski will be handing out trivia with the winner taking home the new ECW ‘Unreleased Vol. 1’ DVD courtesy of E1 Entertainment.
**Sunday night’s edition of The LAW with Dan ‘The Mouth’ Lovranski and Jason Agnew is up on the website at http://fightnetwork.com/news/31713:june-10-edition-of-the-law-tna-slammiversary/ featuring a full rundown of TNA ‘Slammiversary’, Dave Meltzer stops by with a bunch of news and notes and tons of your phone calls discussing ‘Slammiversary’ and the best and worst moments in TNA history. You can also subscribe to ‘Live Audio Wrestling’ on iTunes and it is also available on the free Stitcher app for smart phone users.
**Tonight is a preview of what is to come on a weekly basis with a three-hour edition of ‘Raw’ from Hartford, Connecticut built around Vince McMahon’s return to television for job evaluation review of John Laurinaitis. A note to Canadian viewers that ‘Raw’ doesn’t start until 9pm EST on The Score.
**Dave Meltzer is reporting on the 'Wrestling Observer' website that Alberto Del Rio is officially off the card this Sunday due to a concussion suffered last Tuesday and an angle will be shot tonight to give Sheamus a new opponent for the show.
**The next TNA pay-per-view is ‘Destination X’ on July 8th in Orlando, Florida and they are teasing Austin Aries headlining the show based on his promo last night. That show is coming the night after UFC 148 featuring Anderson Silva Vs Chael Sonnen (barring another catastrophic injury) and is expected to be one of the most purchased UFC shows of the year (and could be their biggest show).
**Bobby Roode Vs Mr. Anderson for the TNA Title will headline ‘Impact’ this Thursday night in Orlando.
**The ‘Smackdown’ tapings are in Manchester, New Hampshire on Tuesday night.
**Dave Meltzer told us on The LAW last night that R-Truth has broken his foot so he will be on the sidelines and they will have to address the Tag Title situation. Kofi Kingston has just had the worst luck with tag partners over the past year.
**The fake Abyss last night was played by one of Team 3-D’s students from their wrestling school.
**Shooting for ‘The Marine: Homefront’ begins today in Vancouver, British Columbia starring The Miz.
**Ring of Honor has added a tag match to the June 24th ‘Best in the World’ card with The Briscoe Brothers taking on a mystery team being brought in by Truth Martini called ‘The Guardians of Truth’.
**Ring of Honor has also announced they are coming to Providence, Rhode Island on August 11th at the Rhode Island Convention Center and tickets going on sale June 20th for Ringside members and to the general public on June 22nd.
LAW MMA UPDATE
**UFC President Dana White took to Twitter after the Manny Pacquiao Vs Timothy Bradley fight on Saturday and ragged on the Nevada State Athletic Commission and called them the worst commission out there.
**The UFC confirmed on Monday that they will be holding a card in Nottingham, England on September 29th entitled ‘UFC: Nottingham’ from the Capital FM Arena. The card will feature Andy Ogle from this past season of TUF Live fighting Akira Corassani and a bantamweight bout between Brad Pickett and Yves Jabouin. The timing works out well that Dan Hardy could likely be a part of this card as the most well known native of Nottingham, though that could change if Hardy gets the nod to coach Team U.K. in the upcoming international edition of TUF featuring Team U.K. and Team Australia. The card is scheduled to air on FUEL TV.
**Strikeforce Welterweight Paul Daley has requested and been granted his release from the organization. Daley wants to fight more often and has not competed since March where he dropped a split decision to Kazuo Misaki.
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(Dan Lovranski and Jason Agnew review ‘Slammiversary’, chat with Dave Meltzer and tons of your calls on the best of worst of TNA over the past decade)
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(John Pollock recaps all of the fights from Friday night featuring Demetrious Johnson Vs Ian McCall)
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(John Pollock speaks with The Fallen Angel about current storyline, return to TNA and ‘Slammiversary’ this Sunday)
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