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He’s Back! Vince Russo In TNA, IMPACT Results, TNA Pay Controversy, Anderson Interview

Vince Russo Working Part Time For TNA

PWInsider.com is reporting that Vince Russo is officially back working for TNA as a consultant for creative. His job is essentially to pitch ideas and give advice from home.

The in-house creative team consists of former WWE employees John Gaburick and David Lagana, as well as Matt Conway. Christy Hemme is working specifically with the Knockouts.

One (of many) criticisms of Vince Russo is that when he’s in full control of the scripts he gets burned out, but generally does have some good ideas. However considering he’s never significantly moved the needle of TNA’s ratings, one has to wonder why they don’t just go in a completely new direction.

Eric Young Beats Abyss In Monster’s Ball

Here’s what went down on this week’s TNA IMPACT on Spike TV:

– Dixie Carter confronts Eric Young, saying she made him and “the beard” is her intellectual property:

-Knockouts Champion Madison Rayne def. Velvet Sky in a Street Fight, when she ducked a Kendo stick and hit the Spear:

– Austin Aries returned and accepted a challenge against MVP for next week.

– The Wolves def. Jesse and DJ Zema of the Bro Mans by disqualification, when Ion used the laptop as a weapon.

– Willow def. EC3 and Rockstar Spud. After the match, Kurt Angle returned to save Willow from further attack.

– Kurt Angle is back to challenge EC3.

– Best of Three Series (Match Two): Tigre Uno def. Sanada.

– Tables Match: Bobby Roode def. Gunner, after James Storm caused a distraction.

– Monster’s Ball Match: World Champion Eric Young def. Abyss, when he Dropkicked him on to a barbed wire board.

Jesse Neal and Manik Discuss TNA’s Pay

At both ends of the scale, former TNA wrestler Jesse Neal and current talent Manik have revealed their level of Pay from the promotion. Manik revealed on his Ask.FM page:

My contract was started midway thru the year last year but altogether with salary+appearances I was on pace for roughly $75,000-$84,000 for a year period. That’s if my schedule is as busy as it was last summer/fall. Also that’s only counting TNA. I’d make a lot more if I kept up with other bookings outside but I just don’t. I’m also guaranteed a huge chunk of that regardless of if I wrestle or not. So it’s pretty ok considering I do what I love.

I’m on the low end on the roster too. Most guys do way better than me.

On the flip-side, Jesse Neal says he now earns more working for Walmart than he ever did in TNA:

Mr. Anderson On Starting As A Jobber

In a recent interview with Journey Of A Frontman, Mr. Anderson discussed going out of his way to work as a jobber in WWE during his early years:

Well I got into the business in ’99 and I started sending tapes by 2000. I sent them to all the companies at the time. It was WWF, WCW, ECW. And of course, all the independents in my area. And basically, anytime they would come within a five hundred mile radius of Green Bay, I would call and ask if I could go there and be an extra. If they needed somebody to get their butt whooped that night, I’d be that guy. Just so I could make some connections, learn from the best in the business, and I did several of those. So did Punk, so did Daivari, and Austin Aries, and ODB. We were all kind of a traveling crew and we would try and get booked on as many of those things as possible. There’s probably ten to twelve matches online of me wrestling as Ken Anderson on one of their secondary shows likeSunday Night Heat, Jakked, or Metal. And then I would also go on and try out for TNA. Every time that I would go, I would try to just learn as much as I possibly could, we’d be like sponges. We’d eat something as soon as we got there and get our ring gear on and get in and wrestle around. A lot of times, we would get embarrassed. And a lot of times, we would screw up or we’d do things wrong or get yelled at or we’d get ridiculed. But at the end of the day, there was always somebody there that would come up and say, “Hey, here’s what you could have done in that situation to make it better.” And I did that for six years. And then finally, I had done that enough and made enough connections and I had improved enough that I got noticed.

Anderson also gave his thoughts on EC3:

That guy has quickly become one of my favorite people to watch on TV. You can spend fifteen years on the indies, but you don’t start getting a real education until you start working with people that are better than you. When you’ve got Bully Ray and Kurt Angle and Sting and Al Snow and all these guys, you’ve got all these people that are watching you and tailoring you. They’re telling you, “Hey, here’s what you could do differently.” He has really, really improved. He was good when he got to TNA, but he’s really, really improved week after week after week. He’s funny as hell and entertaining. I hope that I get to square off with him someday.


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