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 Posted: Sun Jul 21st, 2013 02:37 pm
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From last nights TNA House Show in Cape Girardeau, MO

Just got home from the TNA show in Cape Girardeau, MO. It was my first TNA live event, and I was very underwhelmed by the event. The wrestlers tried really hard, but it was a disaster from the beginning.

First off, the crowd was only about 300 people max, with most of the arena empty. I was already kind of worried about the quality of the show, but my night of disappointment had only just begun.

Local radio personality Kevin Casey came out to play to the small crowd, and they gave him a vaguely positive response. Christy Hemme came out, and let me just say that she is absolutely jaw dropping in person. All of those compliments in your reports are spot on!

Then came the biggest bombshell of the night, aside from Christy Hemme. Some TNA employee named Pat (probably agent Pat Kenney) came out and announced that due to the MO Athletic commission (or something to that effect), certain superstars were not allowed to perform at the show tonight. They included Garrett Bischoff, Jay Bradley, Miss Tessmacher, Gail Kim, Wes Brisco, and the biggest shot to me as I'm a huge fan, no new champ Chris Sabin. The crowd was livid, giving what was unfortunately the biggest response of the entire night. They were all offered refunds if they asked for them by the end of the second match, but everyone who stayed for the full show would get a chance to meet and greet every single superstar backstage. It was also announced that the main event would be changed to Kurt Angle vs. Jeff Hardy, which drew cheers. I don't know what the situation was here, but it was extremely disappointing. Kudos for TNA for trying to make amends, but what was up with all the missing stars?!


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The reason a number of TNA wrestlers were not allowed to work on last night's house show is quite simple - they didn't have active licenses to perform in the state of Missouri as professional wrestler. The issue seemed to have been caused by an oversight in TNA management that led to late requests of the licenses. I am told Gunner received his license just a few weeks ago.

TNA tried to make the best of the situation, but obviously, it's a really embarrassing deal.



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I thought wrestling was accepted by the entire world as to be fake and was akin to putting on a play. What's Missouri living in-the 1980's?



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HBF wrote: I thought wrestling was accepted by the entire world as to be fake and was akin to putting on a play. What's Missouri living in-the 1980's?
No, they want their bullshit extortion tax to allow people to work.



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HBF wrote: I thought wrestling was accepted by the entire world as to be fake and was akin to putting on a play. What's Missouri living in-the 1980's?
Numerous states still have a wrestling commission that regulate events.




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martini wrote: HBF wrote: I thought wrestling was accepted by the entire world as to be fake and was akin to putting on a play. What's Missouri living in-the 1980's?
Numerous states still have a wrestling commission that regulate events that operates as a simple money grab for the state while accomplishing nothing. 



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The commission in PA doesn't allow blading (WWE had to use rubber barbed wire on a show a few years back in a match that was supposed to be a barb wire topped cage), yet ECW existed for years out of Philly. Why? Because they knew they could shake down the WWE to get a cut of that sweet PPV gate and it wasn't worth their time to get a check from Paul they knew would probably bounce.



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In asking around, I am told that the person that would have been overseeing the licensing of talents for different States would have been Bruce Prichard, who departed last week after being let go by the company. TNA does have a TV taping scheduled for St. Louis so hopefully they have all their ducks in a row before then.



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bpickering wrote: pwinsider.com

In asking around, I am told that the person that would have been overseeing the licensing of talents for different States would have been Bruce Prichard, who departed last week after being let go by the company. TNA does have a TV taping scheduled for St. Louis so hopefully they have all their ducks in a row before then.

So he is just all-around really bad at his job.



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sek69 wrote: The commission in PA doesn't allow blading (WWE had to use rubber barbed wire on a show a few years back in a match that was supposed to be a barb wire topped cage), yet ECW existed for years out of Philly. Why? Because they knew they could shake down the WWE to get a cut of that sweet PPV gate and it wasn't worth their time to get a check from Paul they knew would probably bounce.
I remember a "crackdown" by the state athletic commission on ECW. Lasted maybe 3-4 shows (shows being 3 weeks apart)

Raven broke the drought, was tossed from the ring, came up bloody [crowd applauded]

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beejmi wrote: sek69 wrote: The commission in PA doesn't allow blading (WWE had to use rubber barbed wire on a show a few years back in a match that was supposed to be a barb wire topped cage), yet ECW existed for years out of Philly. Why? Because they knew they could shake down the WWE to get a cut of that sweet PPV gate and it wasn't worth their time to get a check from Paul they knew would probably bounce.
I remember a "crackdown" by the state athletic commission on ECW. Lasted maybe 3-4 shows (shows being 3 weeks apart)

Raven broke the drought, was tossed from the ring, came up bloody [crowd applauded]

Memories of  Frank Talent...



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martini wrote:
HBF wrote: I thought wrestling was accepted by the entire world as to be fake and was akin to putting on a play. What's Missouri living in-the 1980's?
Numerous states still have a wrestling commission that regulate events.






SC and VA still have them around me. They really offer nothing to the wrestlers, but charge you for the right to work in their states. Not only wrestlers but the referees, managers, ring announcers, and in some cases the Damn timekeepers all have to be licensed. Not to mention the BS promoters license where not only do they have to pay for a license every year, but pay the commission a percentage of your ticket sales for every show.



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