Wednesday, November 14, 2012


VIP Ink Publishing has signed AJ Styles to a book deal. The deal will include an autobiography chronicling the journey through the waters of TNA. Being one of only three performers to have performed for the company since the very first broadcast and still be a part, Styles is a multiple time Triple Crown Winner, having captured the World Heavyweight, X Division, and World Tag Titles, not to mention being the only TNA performer to have captured a reign with every male title ever sanctioned by TNA.

I, for one, look forward to reading this book just as I read books from Shawn Michaels, the Hardy Boyz. Lita, Mick Foley, and others over the years. As one of few books chronicling a journey through the number 2 company in the nation, this one should hop into a high ranking provided the public at large get behind one of TNA's golden champions.

In the coming days, I would like to take a look at a few pieces of TNA history. I'll cover some pivotal reigns, the first broadcast, which is a fascinating story, to say the least, and even come to the debut of the Knockouts Championship and the first champions.

The exciting part of this column is that the journey TNA has been on began as an innovation completely unlike anything ever done before......a wrestling entity without the aid of cable network backing.....with only a weekly PPV to move from one week to the next. I've given the timeline, but to have a look at the snapshots and landmarks, it really gives a bit of perspective to the prospect of Nashville's grassroots wrestling promotion on the rise.

In most recent news, a WWE official brought Vince McMahon a tape of Impact Wrestling in which background voiceovers narrated recap footage. Vince determined to use that idea stating that "WWE could do it better..." So much for TNA being nothing in the eyes of the giant on the hill. After having ripped off the Claire Lynch storyline, why not use editing tricks from TNA's playbook. After all, we're not catching up.....or are we? If TNA is good at anything, it's survival tactics, but they go further than that....I think the best word is AJ's, phenomenal.

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