TNA Impact: Complete Preview, Rumors, News and More for June 21

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistJune 20, 2012

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With TNA Impact’s transition to its new time slot of 8 p.m. ET live on Thursdays, the interest over the product is actually starting to increase.

People are starting to really care about TNA again.

The company has gotten back to basics with its transition to a live broadcast and it is resulting in more interesting shows and less fluff. TNA has the talent to be great, now it’s time for creative to catch up.


Where: Universal Studios, Orlando, FL

When: Thursday, June 20 at 8 p.m. ET



Austin Aries Possible Move to Heavyweight Division

As a pure wrestling fan, you can't look objectively at Austin Aries and say he isn’t one of the top three hottest performers in wrestling right now. While Bobby Roode may have the title, Aries is the face of TNA.

Question on Everybody's Mind: Should A-Double jump to the main event?

Yes! Yes! Yes! TNA must look at the WWE and see the success it is having with former Ring of Honor stars Daniel Bryan and CM Punk and realize it has something just as good with Austin Aries.

Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 adult-sized brain-busters.

With the mic skills, the look and the charisma to be a star, Aries has proven that he is not only the best worker in TNA, he is also the most worthy of a title shot. Also, how great would an extended feud with Samoa Joe be?

Rumor Mill: 5 Ways TNA Can Improve and Compete Against WWE


Who Attacked Sting?

After losing to Robert Roode at Slammiversary via a dirty finish, Sting came out last Thursday on live TV to address the situation and was attacked by three masked men.

Question on Everybody's Mind: Seriously, who attacked Sting?

While the attackers could be simply bodyguards for Roode, the bigger hope is that they work for someone else and this is TNA’s way of getting Sting away from the title scene.

Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Stinger splashes.

With James Storm back in the mix and Austin Aries possibly making the journey to the main-event picture, Sting needs to vacate the premises and give the young ones the chance to shine.

Sting will have no problem doing that.

Rumor Mill: Hogan's Proposal to Aries, Sting Attacked, BFGS and More


Open Fight Night Returns

While TNA’s explanation of exactly how this works is as convoluted as its storylines, the idea of having six of the Bound for Glory series participants call out six other random members of the tournament is fun and unique.

Question on Everybody's Mind: Will this actually be interesting?

With 12 of the company’s biggest stars vying for a chance at the World title at Bound for Glory this fall, this tournament has become a staple of the company. Adding in the Open Fight Night premise that anyone can fight anyone makes for some great matchups.

Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Jeff Jarrett struts.

As much as I want to love this idea, the long history of TNA is that it will not deliver how the fans wanted it to. With that said, the company has changed the way it does things now that it has gone live and we need to give it a chance.

Rumor Mill: Participants of the 2012 Bound for Glory Series


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