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The Wrestling Guild: Episode 14- EC3 vs. Magnus vs. Storm

This week Nick and Chris talk about impact from 25th of May. They also discuss the need for factions in impact and why Steiner got such a weak pop.


The Wrestling Guild Episode 12: Patron vs. Magnus

Review of Impact from May 11th 2017 with Alberto El Patron vs Magnus for the GFW title in the main event. Who was the MVP of the show and which match was the best.


The Wrestling Guild Episode 5: Tag Team Title Four Way

On this week’s episode we talk about the Grand Championship being on the line, as well as the Tag Titles. The MVP of the week and the match of the week. All Impact Wrestling even though Wrestlemania just happened.


The Wrestling Guild Ep. 4: Who Was She?

In the episode this week we talk about who she was, the match of the show and who we thought was the MVP. Nick and Chris talk Impact Wrestling for 23 March 2017.


The Wrestling Guild Episode 3: One Night Only Rivals

Nick and Chris talk about One Night Only: Rivals, Nick’s first pay per view experience.


The Wrestling Guild: Episode 2 -EC3 vs Patron

Listen to when C. Marry Hultman and Nick Abtahi discuss the march 16th episode of Impact Wrestling


The Wrestling Guild Podcast: Episode I

As a compliment to the podcast we already put out we have decided to give wrestling podcasting a try. This is a bit different in that we have two people discussing that have two different backgrounds. Our founder C. Marry Hultman has watched wrestling since he was young and has been a fan of Impact wrestling since he first saw it. Nick Abtahi’s only experience with wrestling is the odd WWE show on TV and that juxtaposition is what we found intersting, hopefully you do too. It will be out every Monday.


If You Don’t Know- Out for Blood

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Blood, blading, the juice, call it what you will, but it has been a staple of wrestling for a very long time. Just take a look at Dusty Rhodes forehead. The PG era has seen the end of it in the biggest promotion, but smaller companies still use it. Is there a place for blood in wrestling, our wrestling expert Dmitriy Polovinkin believes so in this weeks opinion.

Greetings readers.
Let’s set the scene. Two wrestlers are engaged in a bitter rivalry, a lengthy feud. A real ‘barn burner’ with plenty of traded victories, sneak attacks and hatred. Imagine that we’ve already seen the standard match. It has been and gone. Now, we are at the stage of the feud where the participants detest each other. They want to hurt one another. It’s the culmination of an emotional war. I suppose one could say that they are ‘out for blood’.
Slight problem: the company that is promoting their ‘blood feud’ has a strict no-blood policy…. well that sucks.

Since 2009 the WWE has banned their superstars from indulging in intentional bloodletting. What are the effects of this? What impact does it have on the overall product?

There are tales of Vince McMahon taking the matter so seriously that he is prepared to fine people over $100,000 for violating the policy. Feel free to read about Chris Jericho’s experience of this in his third book, ‘The Best In The World – At What I Have No Idea’.

Of course there are arguments for and against the no blood policy.
WWE themselves would argue that crimson masks have no place in the current PG orientated direction of the company. They openly admit to promoting to a younger audience than in previous years. Their target demographic has changed and program content must change accordingly.
However, it is important to remember that the Hulkamania Era was also classed as PG. I distinctly remember Hulk Hogan getting colour in the main event of Wrestlemania V. I remember Ric Flair bleeding like a fountain during the WWF title match of Wrestlemania VIII. Why was it allowed then, but not now?
Here’s a typical WWE approved claim: Due to the age of the current audience, it is important to show appropriate content. Content that doesn’t carry the risk of negatively influencing young viewers via the glorification of violence.
Slight problem here – WWE, and everything they do, is centred around the glorification of violence. It’s people FIGHTING for crying out loud. Fake or otherwise.
It is very egotistical of Vince McMahon to think that WWE is such an influential force when it comes to the morality of youth. It’s almost as if things like Grand Theft Auto, free internet pornography and gangster rap music doesn’t exist, and it is WWE’s sole burden to protect young minds.

Now let’s look at the other side of the coin. What does the no blood policy take away from the product?
It is my belief that a crimson mask is the ultimate method of creating suspension of disbelief. We are watching a fake sport and we all know this, but when someone gets colour there is a subconscious block of this fact in the mind of the viewer. The fight seems very real. Juice is the best way for a babyface to get sympathy.

Recently there have been two matches in other promotions where blood was used effectively.
The first was EC3 v Rockstar Spud on Impact. The second was Fenix v Mil Muertes on Lucha Underground. As a viewer, I haven’t been so emotionally invested in a wrestling match as I was for these matches in a very long time. Without argument, the stories that were portrayed in these matches would not have been as emotional if the blood angles were not included. The matches were emotional because of the visual imprint left in the fans’ minds by the use of blood.
As a result, TNA and Lucha Underground made people remember. My friends and I are still talking about these matches a couple of weeks later. Compare that to a main event on Raw or Smackdown, which I would probably forget five minutes after it happened.hqdefault

Before I say my farewells I would like to talk about a personal annoyance when it comes to WWE’s no blood policy… the Cage Match.
A cage match without blood is illogical. Combatants are surrounded by metal, and their faces get rammed into the metal. If I ram someone’s face into some metal, there will be blood. I promise.
Lack of blood in a cage match is an insult to the fans’ intelligence. It almost makes the purpose of a cage match completely redundant. I’ll be honest; I can’t even remember a Hell in a Cell match that happened after 2009, apart from maybe Rollins v Ambrose because it was the most recent. However, I do remember HBK v Undertaker. I do remember Brock Lesnar v Undertaker. I will probably remember them for the rest of my life because they weren’t just matches, they were WARS.
And in wars…. men spill blood.

Dmitriy Polovinkin


If You Don’t Know – A Wrestling Opinion

Art by Dmitriy Polovinkin

Art by Dmitriy Polovinkin

To us here at the Guild it is obvious that wrestling is on the precipice of another big boost. Especially with the rise of companies like Lucha Underground and Global Force Wrestling, as well as New Japan gaining ground in the US. We would therefore like to introduce our newest Guild member who will be adding his wrestling opinion on a regular basis.

Greetings readers,

C. Marry  Hultman has given me the honour of writing a column about a subject that I love – pro wrestling.
First, allow me to elaborate on my lengthy relationship with pro wrestling.
I was six years old when I first discovered it. I had rented a VHS tape of WWF Wrestlemania V and was hooked forever from that point. My list of childhood wrestling memories is a heartwarming, nostalgic walk down memory lane;
Pretending to be the Ultimate Warrior in the playground by tying multicoloured shoelaces to my arms,
collecting WWF Hasbro and WCW Galoob action figures.
Getting suspended from school because I saw someone do a ‘piledriver’ on television and decided to try the move on my friend, cracking his head open in the process, a happy childhood.
Since those early days my interest in the sport has never diminished, 25 years as a wrestling fan – The Hulkamania Era, The Monday Night Wars, The Attitude Era, The original ECW, the attempted hostile takeover by XPW, the advent of ‘Ultraviolence’ and CZW, the rise ofthe  next generation of independent promotions such as ROH, Dragon Gate USA and PWG. I’ve watched it all and I’ve loved it all. I’ve even worked in the industry in two different countries.
Therefore, it is with certainty and educated deduction that I confidently say these next words … WWE, in 2015, is BAD! It’s very bad. It is insulting to long time viewers. It is out of touch with the modern world. It is xenophobic and offensive to millions of fans outside of America. And on a less serious note, it’s boring. It’s VERY boring.
Do you remember a time when wrestling promos were between 30 and 90 seconds long? Somehow, the microphone masters of yesteryear managed to tell a story, explain a feud and show enough emotion to draw a crowd to subsequent shows…. in a 90 second promo! Why can’t modern WWE Superstars do the same, considering the average promo takes 20 minutes these days?

So what am I doing here? Is this the turning point of my lifelong fandom? Is this the part where I tell you that wrestling isn’t for me anymore? Absolutely NOT!
You see, there’s a little company called Lucha Underground, I suggest you watch it.
The number one wrestling company in the world must be doing something very very wrong if a life long fan like myself is looking forward to next week’s hour-long Lucha Underground taping with more anticipation and interest than Wrestlemania.

Dmitriy Polovinkin


Podcasting about TNA: an interview with David Gilbert

It is a virtual jungle out there when it comes to podcasts and it seems like everyone, from celebrities to regular Joes are trying to get in on the deal. It can be difficult to distinguish the good from the “not-so-good” as a listener and probably even more difficult to become successful at it. Someone who has managed to create a following by combining a love of podcasts and an interest in wrestling is David Gilbert a family man with two sons living in Essex just outside of London.  Gilbert and his wife host the TNA TALK PODCAST, which airs live on Mondays 9 p.m. UK time. On the podcast they review the latest TNA Impact show and discuss rumors and the world surrounding TNA. C. Marry Hultman caught up with him to talk TNA and the life of a podcaster.

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CMH: How long have you hosted the Talk TNA Podcast

DG: We have been doing the TALK TNA PODCAST for 84 straight weeks!

CMH: How did it all get started?

DG: I have been watching TNA since about 2007, and I have always watched wrestling. I also enjoy lots of different podcasts, and I started the TALK TNA PODCAST with my wife as something for us to enjoy together. And here we are, 84 weeks later!

CMH: Are you surprised that it has gone almost 100 episodes?

DG: Not really, because once I commit to something, I tend to stick with it. Especially if I am on a schedule with it like I am with the podcast.

CMH: Had you had any experience working in any form of broadcasting before?

DG: Not in broadcasting, but I used to be in a band and I have recorded music at home in the past, so I am familiar with microphones and the audio editing side of things

CMH: Was it easier to get started than you expected?

DG: I researched starting a podcast, so I knew what to expect. I had to teach myself a few things, but I didn’t really struggle at all.

CMH: You have a dedicated following now, how did you get the word out? Did you have zero listeners for the premier episode?

DG: I cant remember how many we got for the first show. It takes more time promoting the show and getting the word out there than it does producing the show. It’s a lot to do with social media and building relationships with people. That takes a lot of time and dedication

CMH: Were you particularly fond of TNA and that is why you chose it as your subject matter?

DG: Yep, like I said, I have been watching TNA since 2007 and for the past few years, my wife Claudia was watching the show with me, so it was something we both watched together and could talk about together, so we started the show. The podcast was my idea, but I convinced Claudia that it would be a good idea to do it with me! She constantly regrets agreeing to do it!!

CMH: How much work goes into the podcast and the website? Social Media, promotion, articles, interviews etc?

DG: A lot of work. I would do more work if I had the time. Most days, I am doing something to do with the podcast and website and covering TNA in general

CMH: Is your goal or wish to make a living off of the podcast or in some way work within wrestling?

DG: Not at all. I enjoy covering TNA and bringing my audience accurate information as well as producing a very entertaining and informative weekly podcast.

CMH: You have done a few interview with TNA wrestlers like Shark Boy, Manik and Davey Richards, is it a struggle to get in touch with the TNA roster?

DG: It can be hard work trying to confirm things with them, but they are busy people. But it’s not especially hard to get in touch with most of them

CMH: Who have you not managed to nail down that you would like to interview?

DG: One of the TNA Knockouts, but hopefully I will be able to speak to some of them in the future

CMH: You often talk about people within TNA that you have contact with. How have those contacts come about?

DG: Just persistence and working on building relationships.

CMH: Do you have a team of go to guys that keep you in the loop?

DG: Not really. There is so much rumor that flies around the internet and all I do is try and get things clarified by people closer to the information, but that’s not always easy.

CMH: I know TNA just premiered on Destination America, but lets talk about the past year ;what do you think of the current product?

DG: The past year was just run of the mill TNA – nothing really groundbreaking, just pretty safe. At times, the product was pretty boring, to be honest. And that’s just being truthful.

CMH: I just watched TNA’s greatest matches (Sting/Kurt Angle) and best matches on Impact and both crowd wise and wrestling wise it was quite different a few years ago. When do you feel TNA was at its best?

DG: I think a lot of people feel it was really good around the 2004, 2005 times, but I am not sure. I don’t really remember things from year to year and I find it hard to recall what years things have happened. They have good storylines from time to time and periods of being good, but that’s never been that consistent, but that’s the nature of doing a weekly TV show without taking a break. Sometimes it will be bad

CMH: Any particular storyline that comes to mind? or stable/faction?

DG: I enjoyed most of Aces and 8’s stuff because it seemed to have a good storyline arc. I liked Eric Young’s work when he was heading up World Elite, and some of the Fourtune stuff with Flair

CMH: Who has been you favorite TNA wrestler of all time, so far?

DG: Oh man – I think I would say someone like Bully Ray – purely because I appreciate his work rate and his ability and he carried the company for a long time in the last couple of years. A consistently strong performer

CMH: If you were able to bring in any current wrestler that could really invigorate TNA who would that be?

DG: Tough one – in a fantasy world, I would say either someone like Paul Heyman or Stephanie Mcmahon, and neither of those are wrestlers.

CMH: What would you like to see from TNA in the coming year?

DG: Creativity, imagination, commitment & better writing. More compelling TV. A reason to tune in each and every week. Something fresh and exciting, not too much to ask for

CMH: If a TNA fan would tune in to TALK TNA PODCAST what could they expect to hear?

DG: Lots of laughter, and also all the latest TNA news and the most in depth review of Impact wrestling that you will find – and lots of laughing! We aim to entertain and inform

CMH: What are your hope and wishes for the Podcast in the coming year and for the future?

DG: Just to carry on doing what we are doing and grow our audience. Once people discover our show, they generally enjoy it and keep on listening. Just want to have fun and do the best job we can do

CMH: Where can listeners find you?

DG: You can find us on iTunes, Stitcher and Tunein radio and also listen to and download every episode on www.talktnapodcast.com

If people like what we do and want to show us some love, they can do that at www.patreon.com/talktna

So if you want interesting news, opinions and facts, look for TALK TNA PODCAST at your local podcast outlet.