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Impact Rating Rises, MVP Talks Joining TNA, Mickie James On Leaving TNA

Impact Audience Increases

This week’s episode of TNA Impact on Spike TV, drew an average audience of 1.481 million viewers, which is up from the previous week’s 1.449 million number. This was the second show taped from Glasgow, Scotland.

MVP Talks Joining TNA and Theme Music

MVP discussed joining TNA in a recent interview with The American:

It was spectacular, it was exasperating to have been away for so long and to come back and receive the reception that I did was humbling. The fans remembered me and they were glad to have me back. The whole tour was awesome, after Glasgow we did Manchester and London and it reminded me of why I love it so much. The confirmation didn’t come until less than two weeks before I came over, I still don’t have a signed contract, our lawyers are working out the last little bit of the deal so I’m here on a handshake. But I expressed to the company, when I did make my debut I wanted to do it on the UK tour.

I made the stipulation very clear, if I were to come to TNA I would absolutely have to work with Kurt Angle, Samoa Joe and Bobby Roode at some point. Those are the guys that are on my list. Fortunately I had my first match with Bobby Roode the other night at Wembley and we had probably about nine minutes, so it was a chance to test the water, I definitely like his style, I like his work. Kurt Angle is a legitimate legend and Joe and I have been friends for a long time, he is a guy I’ve wanted to face for years going back to the Indys. Those are just a few of the guys I’m looking forward to working with, one of the things that attracted me to TNA is the overall roster – they have top tier talent.

MVP also discussed his theme music:

Right before I left WWE I composed my own theme song and it made it to the air a few times before I left. With TNA it was definitely something we discussed and I expressed that if I come over I do want to compose my own theme music. I had seen what they had done with Mickie James and Jeff Hardy musically and that is an aspect of my creativity that I would like to explore some more. They were completely supportive and it is something we will delve into at some point. My new theme song in TNA is called ‘Return of the Ronin’ and for those that don’t know, a Ronin is a Japanese word for masterless samurai and in the wrestling industry that is how I see myself. I serve no master, that is why I have been able to go from WWE to NJPW and TNA.

Mickie James Discusses Leaving TNA and Jeff Jarrett

Mickie James recently discussed her TNA departure with Gerweck.net:

My contract ran up and I kinda knew that was going to be my last day, and I was hoping it wasn’t. It was a bit sad because I wouldn’t walk around announcing or telling my friends there that this was my final day because, of course, word would spread like wildfire. I couldn’t tell my friends it was going to be my last day or say goodbye. That was the only bitter sweet part. I felt like we were just scratching the surface with that character.. build some real emotion behind it all the way to Bound for Glory, or at least that’s what I was hoping for.

Mickie also discussed the potential for Jeff Jarrett’s new project:

Jeff is so smart, and innovative, and has drive. Toby is a massive wrestling fan. It could be something potentially that’s pretty awesome.


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