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By "Hotshot" JOHNNY DEVINE - SLAM! Wrestling


Well, it been quite some time since I've written an article, and I think I should explain as a lot has happened since my last one -- I returned to TNA and moved across country; so I've been a little busy. I apologize it has taken so long but I haven't had internet access for about three weeks as well. Without further ado, here goes!

Returning to TNA for Impact and the Sacrifice PPV has been almost a vindication of sorts for me. A lot people said I wouldn't be back and that started to eat at me, and made me want it even more. Sure Team Canada didn't win the X Cup but with a stacked line-up like that it's hard to blame us. I mean Team Japan had Jushin Freaking Liger!!!!!

A real big thank you has to be given to the TNA office for even being able to put that thing together. At one point I was able to get a small inside view of what was going on, and putting that thing together was a nightmare to say the least! So kudos to TNA management 'cause without the X Cup I might not have been back!!

Christian Cage continues to "roll" as NWA Champ and I couldn't be happier for him. He's doing a hell of a job and has been just what TNA needed as far as a role model for some younger guys. He's got one hell of a tough defence coming at Slammiversary in the King of the Mountain match. For those of you who don't know what that is, it like a reverse ladder match where there are six men in the ring and if you pin or submit one he goes to a penalty box for two minutes; after you pin someone, you are allowed to climb the ladder and hang the title belt to win, but only after you've beaten someone. It's a really neat concept and definitely outside the regular match! Historically, though, no champ has ever won a King of the Mountain match. The title has always changed hands. So it will be interesting to see if Christian can hang on and stay on top.

I tell you in all honesty, I am feeling for Coach D'Amore right now, as he has to tag with Bobby Roode in a handicap match against the "War Machine" Rhino at Slammiversary. I would hate to be in his shoes! (Or gored out of them for that matter.)

On the WWE side of things, it won't be long now till you all get to see Harry Smith grace the Raw brand and add some Hart family lineage back to the WWE product. As many (myself included) have said, it was only a matter of time before the 6-foot-5 Harry made it there; for many of us, its even sooner than we thought it would be. I am proud to have trained with Harry for five years in the Dungeon and know he will do us all proud.

And a shout out to two more Canadian WWE signees -- Ontario's Shawn Spears and Shantelle Taylor. Two very talented workers in their own right, it shouldn't take them long to crack the rosters of either Raw or Smackdown. Shawn will be joining fellow Ontario alumni, The Highlanders, in Louisville, Kentucky and the OVW training center, and Shantelle will be joining fellow Canadians Angel Williams and Kenny Omega in the Deep South training center in Atlanta. Good luck to them both.

I hope its not too long before we see some other Dungeon talent gracing WWE rings, case in point being TJ Wilson and Nattie Neidhart. I recently had the pleasure of seeing them both at some GCW shows here in Toronto and Oshawa and forgot what wonderful and great people Nattie and TJ were. TJ and I had the best match I have had in probably three years and will definitely be adding it to a best of compilation in the near future. It's always a pleasure to work with a wrestler of TJ's calibre as it brings your game up in trying not to look bad next to them! LOL

Nattie looks absolutely stunning and is coming off an ACL repair surgery and looks to be trimming up for a run at the WWE Divas. I am 100% positive that it is only a short matter of time before we see Nattie mixing it up with Trish, Mickey, and the rest of the Divas.

I think that will do it for this week, I am still unpacking and have a ton of work to do around the house so I better get to it. On a side note I did get to read Pain and Passion: The History of Stampede Wrestling by Heath McCoy over the last week and it is excellent and a definite must-read for any wrestling fan or Hart family fan. On a personal level I will be punching McCoy in the face if I ever meet him, as he called myself and the other guys who "re-started" Stampede in 1997-98 -- and I quote -- "The Talent on the new show was for the most part third rate" (page 264). Thanks douche.

As always any questions or comment can be sent to johnnydevine@shaw.ca as well as any booking inquiries.

Support your local indies and if you are a worker, get trained by someone reputable. Not Jimmy the jobber who worked in PQRSTUV wrestling for one year and was their champ. Damn, I am tired of seeing poorly-trained kids. In the mean time and in between time, that's it, another edition of Devine Intervention.

Bye now
Devine

EDITOR'S NOTE: "Hotshot" Johnny Devine's column will run on Saturdays (or whenever he delivers) on SLAM! Wrestling. Be sure to visit each week!

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