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7/20 TNA House Show Overshadowed by ‘Paperwork’ Issues

TNA ran a house show in Cape Girardeau, Missouri for the first time ever last night, and things could not have been worse for the company.

First, the results:
1. Bully Ray def. James Storm after a distraction from Devon
2. Devon def. Gunner after a distraction from Bully Ray
-James Storm cut a promo calling Team 3D ‘chickens’ and challenged them to a street fight for the Tag titles.
3. Samoa Joe def. Bobby Roode
4. TNA World Tag Team Championship Street Fight: James Storm and Gunner def. Team 3D
5. Jeff Hardy def. Kurt Angle

You’ll notice that only eight guys worked the show.

According to several online reports, the Missouri Athletic Commission would not allow Chris Sabin, Jay Bradley, Garett Bischoff, Wes Brisco, Gail Kim, and Miss Tessmacher to complete due to issues with their wrestling licenses.

TNA officials tried to make up for the problems by inviting all fans backstage after the show to meet wrestlers for free. However, Jeff Hardy charged $20 for a photo and fans could not get his autograph. This led to some of the people that paid $65 for VIP tickets to be upset that fans were getting what they paid for for free.

Several fans voiced their disapproval of the event on social media outlets. Here are a couple of excerpts of what some fans had to say:

“Fans could pay $20 to get a picture with Jeff Hardy as well – The VIP customers who shelled out almost $70 and were guaranteed first dibs at the Meet-and-Greet were being pushed back for people who were paying on the spot,” said our source. “I spent near two hours before the show to meet these wrestlers, and was forced to wait behind people who didn’t have the VIP package.”

“I felt really bad for everyone who tried to make sense of all the chaos … I saw people who had waited fifteen minutes for an autograph get pushed aside for people who just walked up. It was disappointing to say the least.”

Add this to the growing list of problems for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, and I can’t help but begin to fear the worst for this organization.

If any other news from last night’s house show arises, we will have it right here on

-Information in this article was acquired from FW4Online, Wrestling Observer, and WrestleZone.

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25 Responses

  1. steve says:

    I thought about going last night but wouldn’t have made it on time, but getting a 15 dollar nose bleed seat would have been awesome to get all those autographs and an abbreviated show.

  2. Max says:

    why doesn’t TNA just save some time and money and just fold now??

  3. Really? says:

    Because they just got their second highest TV rating of the year, and one of the top five highest if you include last year as well, and recently expanded their TV show into new foreign markets.

    That might explain why they are not “folding up” over one screwy house show where they offered fans refunds due to a paperwork screwup with a state who has the policy of “It’s still REAL to me, Damnit!” when it comes to their athletic commission’s view on pro wrestling. The guy in charge of the paperwork (and late payments to wrestlers lately) Bruce Prichard was already let go.

    People have been trying to write TNA’s obituary since they began.

  4. kramer says:

    They already wrote their own obituary when they brought in Chump Hogan.

  5. Smitty says:

    I’m not one to constantly bash TNA, and it sounds like they made a good faith effort to correct this mistake, but this is the epitome of ‘bush league’. There is no excuse for not having those license issues worked out in advance. I hope TNA succeeds and continues to provide an alternative to WWE programming. I hope they really learned from this.

  6. Asterik says:

    @Kramer I know right? Its like whichever wrestling company Hogan goes to, the company goes downhill! Maybe Vince has a secret plan and paying Hogan under the table to infiltrate their competition to ruin them. It may seem farfetched, but I wouldn’t put it past Hogan and Vince to do that. After TNA is gone, it’s going to be ROH watch.

  7. ~J* says:

    dixie carter is the best rasslin president in the history of this bidness!!!!

  8. Fisha695 says:

    This wasn’t a TNA issue this was a wrestler issue. The wrestlers are responsible to make sure they have the appropriate paperwork in place to work where they are working.

  9. jim says:

    They’re done

  10. Fisha695 says:

    I would also like to add this kind of crap wouldn’t happen if people would finally man-up and drop the “Pro Wrestling is a Sport” bullcrap and just admit it’s nothing more then a Stage Show no different then the shows in Vegas, on Broadway or anywhere else. Once that happens there will be no need for the Athletic Commissions to have anything to do with Wrestling and things like this would never happen again at any level.

  11. Sinnful says:

    Ladies and Gentlemen , you to your left of the ship (tna) you will see the giant iceberg scraping the side proving we will soon be sinking

  12. Tyler says:

    What’s a TNA?

  13. Meh says:

    Where was Christopher Daniels, Kaz, Abyss/Joseph Park, Austin Aries, Bobby Roode, Chavo Guerrero, Eric Young, Hernandez, AJ Styles, Magnus, Manik, Mr. Anderson, Mickie James, Taryn Terrell and Velvet Sky?

  14. Really? says:


    Hard to shut them down over something like this when they offered everyone refunds right off the bat.

  15. Fisha695 says:

    @SISTUD, “*Card Subject To Change” 😉

  16. Denis says:

    The state athletic commissions will always have a say in wrestling because they get the revenue from the licenses and they aren’t going to give that up.

  17. Manny says:

    I cannot wait for TNA to fold!! It is going to be awesome to hear all of the marks complain and this and that when in reality, they never had a chance to become what the WWE is.

  18. T says:

    Just perplexed by the desire to have TNA fold. So people like monopolies? People think the WWE is better now than it was when they were going head to head with WCW?

    I get the blinded fanboy love for the WWE but still….

  19. Guled says:

    TNA died when six-sided were gone.

  20. ~J* says:

    I admire the fact that tna fans are with them until the bitter end, Dixie has it well in hand she has a HUGE twitter announcement coming soon fans!!!!

  21. Sayer_of_the_Laws says:

    Honest question, we have two people saying different things. Does a TNA official have responsibility over managing a wrestler’s licenses or not?

  22. Craptacular says:

    I was a TNA fan from 2005 to 2009. And I can say I WAS because TNA WAS AN ALTERNATIVE IN THOSE DAYS. Today we have a bad imitation of the WWE wrestling style. I can say that is better for the company to give up as far as they erased King Of The Mountain, Full Metal Mayhem, Monster’s Ball, Full Lockdown Matches, Elevation X and great wrestlers like Jeff Jarret, Monty Brown, Sonjay Dutt, Petey Williams, Roderick Strong, Low Ki, Homicide… a lot of things that made you turn on TNA and said “Oh great, some different wrestling product”. (Non lucrative but different).

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