TNA Impact Wrestling on SpikeTV and in Nottingham, England, Dot Net Weekly audio show, Vince Russo, Mike Awesome, "Playboy" Gary Hart, Bobby Duncum Jr.
By Chris Shore
-TNA Impact Wrestling is taped tonight as the company is on tour in the UK. There will be fallout from the interrupted Bully Ray and Brooke Hogan wedding and Jeff Hardy defends against Christopher Daniels. Join Ryan Kester and I for live coverage as the show airs on SpikeTV starting at 7:00 p.m. CT.
-As mentioned above, TNA is in Nottingham, England tonight at the Nottingham Capital FM Arena. The top four Bootcamp recruits will be joined by Austin Aries, Miss Tessmacher, Christopher Daniels, Kazarian, Sting and more. We are looking for correspondents for the show. If you are going and would like to help, send us an email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
-Dot Net Members will be listening to the Dot Net Weekly audio show later today. Jason Powell and I will have a full preview of this Sunday's Royal Rumble PPV as well as a look at the news of the week. Members will also be listening to a full audio review of the show Sunday night as well. Get access to both audios and join us on the ad-free version of the website by signing up for membership today via the Dot Net Members' Signup Page.
-Former WWE/WCW/TNA creative writer Vince Russo turns 52 today. The controversial Russo was released as head of TNA creative in February 2012 and has not been seen in a wrestling writing capacity since.
-Former ECW star Mike Awesome (a/k/a Michael Lee Alfonso) would have been 48 today. A two-time ECW Champion and standout star in Japan, Awesome worked his last show in February 2006 and was found dead in his home just one year later after hanging himself.
-Former NWA manager "Playboy" Gary Hart (a/k/a Gary Richard Williams) would have turned 71 today. Hart is considered one of the great wrestling managers of all time, and his interviews discussing the loss of some of the guys he managed for the "Triumph and Tragedy of WCCW" is some of the most emotional and compelling I have ever seen in wrestling. Hart died of a heart attack in March, 2008.
-In an ironic twist, Bobby Duncum Jr., whose father Bobby Sr. was managed by Gary Hart, passed away on this day in 2000 of an accidental overdose of painkillers while recovering from shoulder surgery. Duncum was a member of the West Texas Rednecks in WCW along with Curt Hennig, Barry Windham and Kendall Windham.
-There are no classic wrestling shows scheduled for ESPN Classic tonight.
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