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New Talent At Impact, James Storm On AJ’s Departure, Bully Ray On Magnus’ Push

Dixie Confirms New Wrestlers Debuting On Thursday

Dixie Carter wrote on Twitter that new wrestlers will be debuting on this week’s Impact:

“Just hung up the phone… New talents coming to #Genesis in Huntsville. Thursday 9/8c on @SpikeTV”

The speculation is that it’s Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards who were not signed after their WWE tryouts.

James Storm Talks AJ’s Departure and Teaming With Gunner

James Storm was recently interviewed by Ring Rust Radio and was asked about the departure of AJ Styles:

“I don’t know the situation with the contracts and all that stuff, but you know for me to see a guy that I’ve been here since day one with is a dark day for TNA because he did help build TNA. Anytime somebody says TNA they automatically think of AJ Styles and the incredible matches he’s had while he’s been here. Hopefully him and TNA can come to an agreement and he can come back pretty soon.”

Storm also discussed teaming with Gunner:

“A lot of people don’t know that Gunner’s been in the business for a long time. Just because he hasn’t been in the national spotlight as long as I have in TNA doesn’t mean he’s somebody you can take lightly. With especially being in a tag team with him for the past couple of months I can definitely see how far he’s come, how much he’s grown and how much better he’s gotten on the mic. He’s a beast; he’s one of the strongest guys I’ve even been in the ring with. He’s an ex-marine so you know he don’t take no s–t; he’s looking to whoop somebody’s ass, and that’s just how it goes. So I definitely keep that in the back of my mind because I know how dangerous he’s going to be but I hope that I can just kick him one time in the face and that’ll knock him out.”

“It’s hard to compare Gunner to either one of those guys just because I was in a tag team with those guys a much longer time. Me and Chris were basically unknowns coming up through the ranks trying to make a name for ourselves and as far as me and Bobby we were already established and we just kind of clicked together. It took us 6-8 months together to finally click but we did and we made a good run out of it. With me and Gunner, it’s one of those things that I don’t think we’ve been a tag team long enough to start describing us against my former partners.”

On new talent stepping up:

“Yeah I definitely think it’s something that the company needs. For the longest time it’s been guys like myself, Daniels, Kazarian, AJ, Joe, and all the guys that have been there so long and having to carry the company when other guys came in and turned around and left real quick and it’s really good to see the guys who TNA are investing in actually starting to step up now and take on bigger roles which takes some pressure off of us. It also puts pressure on us because it means we have to step up with these younger guys stepping up so I think it’s a win-win situation.”

Bully Ray Talks Magnus, WWE Network and More

In a new episode of Busted Open on SiriusXM 92, Bully Ray was asked about Magnus moving in to the main event:

“Listen. In business there is always going to be changes going on. You guys experience change there; working at Sirius XM; all the time. Whether it’s McDonalds, or whether it’s in a hospital or whether it’s an auto body shop, whether it’s pro wrestling. There’s always going to be changes. Changes in talent, changes in personnel, changes in management, changes in direction, changes in theory on how the business should be run. So you always try to evolve. You always try to move forward and see what the next thing is that is going to hit. So you know wrestling is no different than any other business. You keep evolving, you keep changing. So we’ll see what happens with this. Everybody wants to see TNA succeed. Everybody likes to sit back and whether it’s bash TNA or bash the WWE; people will sit there and bash. They don’t do anybody any good. Everybody is entitled to their opinion. You might not like something and that’s cool. But to sit back there and bash a company for no fricking good reason when all of the wrestlers are trying to go out there every single week and do their absolute best. And all of the creative members are trying to do their absolute best in the best interest of the fans. Sometimes things don’t always go the right way. Sometimes they go really great. You kind of gotta roll with the punches.”

The WWE Network:

“I think it’s great for wrestling fans. As a wrestling fan and personally I am a wrestling fan. There are a lot of things that I would like to see. If I know that I can go to the WWE Network and just order something up and check out a match from back in the day that I want to see; that’s awesome. So I think it’s good for all of wrestling. It keeps wrestling out there. It keeps wrestling in the public’s eye. And now fans have access to whatever they want to see. It’s all about entertainment, guys. KISS goes up there every night; plays the same songs; Gene spits the same blood; they do the same pyro and people pay to see them. Because people love KISS. People love rock and roll; drinking whiskey; naked girls and partying. And that’s the same reason why people will always love pro wrestling.”

His new “Evil” character:

“In wrestling, as you guys know, and in sports, in wrestling, in entertainment; you always have to evolve. So I’m giving the people the next level, the next chapter, the next evolution of Bully Ray. Some people might like it, some people might hate it. I really don’t care what they think as long as they tune in. And that’s all that matters.”

Feuding with Mr. Anderson:

“Well you got to dig the fact that TNA does try to give away quality Pay Per View, main event matches on free TV. I think that’s where you gotta really look at TNA–you gotta tip the hat to them and say Hey! You know they’re trying. They’re not trying to hang us out for 39.95 every single month for a PPV. They are doing some of the old school things. Some of the things to keep wrestling fans happy and interested. And Genesis is going to be a very interesting PPV. Just the fact alone that you got me and Anderson; the feud that has been going on for months and months. And whether you like it or hate it, me and Anderson always deliver in that ring. You know if I’m out there, you gotta keep that channel on. You know if I’m out there, something is going to happen. You know if I’m out there, I’m gonna say something or I’m gonna do something that’s going to be totally unexpected. And at Genesis I plan on doing the same thing. And it started out with House of Hardcore a couple of months ago, followed up at Old School in Poughkeepsie, got Genesis right around the corner. If Bully Ray is out there, expect the unexpected.”

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