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TNA Impact Highlights – September 5, 2013

Embedded below are several highlights from the September 5th episode of Impact Wrestling.

World Champion Bully Ray kicks off IMPACT

The Final Four in the Bound For Glory Series are set

James Storm and Gunner vs. Wes Brisco and Garret Bischoff

The BFG Series Last Chance Gauntlet

Knockouts Champion Mickie James confronted by ODB

Chris Sabin vs. Knux from Aces and Eights

Sting vs. World Champion Bully Ray

  • Scott Davies

    Bully characters I think are ok. If WWE is using that too tell kids it is wrong. Ryback’s Character being seen as a bully. I think sends a message. But when they go out to humiliate JR in his home town is wrong.

  • D2K

    That’s a direct contradiction to what Vince McMahon said himself in that interview with Bob Costas back in 2001. Even with his distorted view of reality Vince admitted that there are lines you don’t cross. He stated emphatically that there isn’t any murder, rape, shooting or stabbing (of course there was the one time with Pillman and the gun which nearly cause the USA network to cancel their contract.)

    The point is that it is hypocritical to say that the things you claim the Be A STAR campaign that you are against are okay as long as it puts money in their pocket. That is the reason why WWE exists. If WWE didn’t make money then it wouldn’t exist. They don’t put on their show for free. If they weren’t making money then what they claim is “just part of the show” wouldn’t matter because their wouldn’t be anyone there to watch the show and consequently no reason to have the show. Saying it is just “entertainment” is a cop-out that they have used for nearly two decades to convince themselves what they are doing is right.

    If it is just “entertainment” then why was Muhammad Hassan shown the door when he was the most over heel in the company and angle between he and the Undertaker was white hot? Mark Copani was just a actor, right? He was just a performer, right? He was just a superstar, right? The whole angle was just part of the show, right?

    Why? It’s simple. Viacom leaned on McMahon and forced him to end that angle because of the public backlash Viacom was getting over. Uh oh, we don’t want to lose our contract (money) so we’d better kill this angle and quietly show him the door. Sadly for him, life imitated art.

    If it is just “entertainment” then why is what Chris Benoit did to “entertain” us in the ring erased from WWE history because of his heinous actions outside of the ring? The Benoit character didn’t kill anyone, so why isn’t his character talked about?

    The point I’m making is that the McMahon regime knows better, they just pretend like they don’t because they care more about what money has done for them than what they can do with their money. They know that the Be A Star campaign is a sham. It’s a business venture. No more, no less. Some of the WWE superstars may take it seriously and truly believe in it though.

  • Shawn Bronald

    I agree with her, for the most part. In the end, the bully will lose on WWE programming. Of course, behind the scenes is a different story. Vince McMahon is one of the biggest bullies ever. He’s a flat out asshole. So is Triple H. This is how they’ve built their careers and that will never change.

  • Kristopher Robinson

    Not really. She makes a great point with it only being entertainment. That like getting mad when kids do their moves at home and get hurt. It’s fake and is supposed to be a tv show, just like everything else on tv, there just characters. I highly doubt the person who does Barney doesn’t drink or smoke or do anything like that lol.

  • Matt Farrell

    Typical BS response by WWE. The whole Be A Star thing is nothing but hypocritical BS