LAW Jan 16 Update - TNA Impact Rating

John Pollock / January 16, 2010 - 3:16pm

**TNA ‘Impact' did a 1.25 rating on Thursday night for their first show since the January 4th show. I believe waiting ten days until their next show cost them at least 0.2 as the initial buzz and momentum coming off of that show was huge and people wanted to see the follow up. The 1.25 is a disappointing number considering all of the promotion that went into the Monday night show, however they did a poor job on that show in never mentioning that they are on Thursday nights and when the next new show would be.  

**The debut of TNA ‘Epics' on Thursday night following ‘Impact' did a 0.7 rating on Spike.

**WWE ‘Superstars' did a 0.8 Thursday night on WGN America.

**The ‘Raw' crew is in Birmingham, Alabama tonight for a house show while the ‘Smackdown' and ECW crew is in Augusta, Georgia.

**TNA has the night off before the pay per view in Orlando, Florida tomorrow night. We have a full preview up on the site right now for ‘Genesis'.


**Tonight Gabe Sapolsky's new promotion EVOLVE debuts at the Rec Center in Rahway, Jersey. They have been teasing the a former ECW star coming to the show tonight and it's confirmed that Tommy Dreamer will be at the show and will be working with the promotion. Here is the lineup for the show tonight:
*Davey Richards Vs Kota Ibushi
*Gran Akuma & Icarus & Brodie Lee Vs Mike Quackenbush & Hallowicked & Frightmare
*Munenori Sawa Vs TJP (formerly T.J Perkins)
*Arik Cannon Vs Ricochet
*Jimmy Jacobs Vs Kenn Doane
*Aeroform Vs Dark City Fight Club
*Chuck Taylor Vs Cheech

**Jimmy Hart returns to The LAW tomorrow night at 11pm EST on Sirius 98 Hardcore Sports Radio. Dan ‘The Mouth' Lovranski and Jason Agnew will also have a full review of the TNA ‘Genesis' pay per view as well as Dave Meltzer of the ‘Wrestling Observer Newsletter' will join us to chat about all of the news from the past week.

**Tickets for the WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony went on sale today and sold out immediately for the March 27th event in Phoenix, Arizona at the Dodge Theatre. The only name announced thus far to go into the Hall has been Stu Hart, which I presume will mean Bret Hart is inducting him.

**Here is the updated card for the ‘Royal Rumble' on January 31st in Atlanta:
*The Undertaker Vs Rey Mysterio for the World Title
*Sheamus Vs Randy Orton for the WWE Title
*Christian Vs Ezekiel Jackson for the ECW Title
*30 man Royal Rumble

**Jeff Jarrett was on Danny Bonaduce's radio show on Friday and they worked an angle where Bonaduce brought up being trained on Celebrity Championship Wrestling and Jarrett didn't want to discuss CCW and then stole Bonaduce's title belt from the show and drew on his CCW poster in the studio. Jarrett challenged Bonaduce to come to one of the TNA pay per views to get the belt back and Bonaduce said he would need three months to get in shape and even threw in a line about being able to come as long as TNA doesn't do any urine tests (Bonaduce has been a huge proponent of steroid use and open about his own usage).

**TNA will be taking donations at all of the TV tapings this week in Orlando to help raise relief funds for the victims in Haiti. The WWE is also working with Ameri

**One day after taking down his Facebook page, Vince Russo is back on Facebook. Russo has been taking fan questions and they have become very entertaining to check out with the highlight being his rationale for booking a disqualification in the Steel Asylum match on ‘Impact' on January 4th and stating that it doesn't say anywhere there cannot be a DQ in a cage match and said that disqualifications can occur in a UFC cage. Jim Ross responded on his own website completely disagreeing and stating that a cage match is designed for closure to a feud and should be booked with clean finishes and stated he wasn't even a big fan of guys escaping a cage to win. Russo's last post was an open post to the wrestling media for over analyzing everything he said.


**Here is the description of the upcoming ‘Hart and Soul: The Hart Family Anthology' DVD that will be coming out later this spring:

Clan Patriarch Stu Hart trained and toughened a generation of future superstars including sons Owen Hart and WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hit Man Hart. The Hart family legacy continues to thrive in WWE with third-generation stars Natalya Neidhart and DH Smith. Now for the first time ever on DVD, fans can learn the storied history of the Hart family and Stampede Wrestling in Hart and Soul: The Hart Family Anthology. This 3-DVD set is packed with a revealing documentary tracing the Hart family history, as well as matches featuring all the members of the Hart family.

**Here are the TNA house show results from last night in Reading, Pennsylvania:
*Homicide over Shark Boy
*Jay Lethal over Rhino
*Abyss over Dr. Stevie
*Hamada & Awesome Kong over Velvet Sky & Madison Rayne to keep the TNA Knockout's Tag Titles
*Beer Money Inc. over Brutus Magnus & Doug Williams in a non title match
*A.J Styles over Daniels to keep the TNA Title