Welcome everyone to the return of Spin Cycle. In honor of our ten-year anniversary, our roundtable column based off the web-series of the same name has returned.
I have sent our panel a list of questions which they have been gracious enough to answer. Today we are joined by Impact Dude, Fireguy, DDG and Darryn Simmons. All have been wonderful contributors to this site.
Conceptually, the WrestleCon annual Impact event is one of the more intriguing of the year. In 2018, it was Impact Wrestling vs Lucha Underground. In 2019, many promotions came together for United We Stand. This year, TNA Wrestling was supposed to return for "No Place Like Home." The execution for the past events never matched my expectations, however I was looking forward to this year's show.
Unfortunately, following the unprecedented global health crisis, we may never get the Fite.TV portion of the TNA concept many of us were looking forward to. Whether it is postponed or cancelled altogether is a question for another day.
What originally was to serve as a preview of sorts for the PPV was the "TNA on AXS" one-hour special. It was supposed to be a teaser of bigger things yet to come. Sadly, it become the show that took us down memory lane.
This column looks at some of the forgotten concepts from TNA's past. I will look at the history of the concept and then break down if it could be recycled for today's product.
In 2008, TNA was in the middle of some of their greater years. With those years came strong ideas and terrible ideas. During a "This is TNA" special, TNA announced the creation of a new match type that would debut at that May's Sacrifice PPV.
It was later revealed that this match would be called the TerrorDome. It was based off of AAA's domed cage match. It would feature a plethora of X Division Talent looking to escape a giant red, domed cage through a hole on the top. This match bred chaos as things never slowed down and bodies fell from the cage continuously. Eventually, due to legalities, the TerrorDome Match was renamed the Steel Asylum.
The Impact Wrestling universe has years of history. As a fan, you watch as the wrestlers climb towards the glory of championship gold while also settling personal feuds along the way.
This editorial is about secondary shoulder programming that could expand the Impact Cinematic Universe. It is based off of concepts that Impact has done within the past two years.
The most eventful story about Impact Wrestling in 2019 was the headliner that the parent company, Anthem Sports had acquired the TV Network known for New Japan Pro Wrestling, AXS TV. By the end of the year, it would be Impact Wrestling (not New Japan) that would be the central wrestling program on the network.
The acquisition brought up a lot of hypothetical questions for Impact Wrestling fans. Would this be the consistency the company needed? What did this mean for programming? When and where would the product air? Some of these questions were answered while others still linger in the air to this day.
(The following is a transcript from an anonymous email delivered to Jason Blade)
“One Person’s Craziness is another person’s reality” -Tim Burton
“Girl bust that ceiling out, the Sky’s the limit now, the world is changing fast.
All you’ve been through aint in vein so come on baby make it rain down shattered glass”