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Posted by Marc Middleton in TNA News
Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Partial source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

– The latest issue of the Pro Wrestling Torch is reporting that last month’s TNA pay-per-view, , was only ordered by 7,000 people. While the number has not been confirmed, the Torch is reporting that there are reports floating around saying drew that particular number.

If the report is indeed true, the low-end fraction of TNA’s viewership that purchased last month’s pay-per-view would be 1 in 214 Impact viewers as the show typically draws over 1.5 million viewers on a weekly basis. The show was headlined by vs. vs. vs. vs. in a King of the Mountain match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.

– The finishes to the vs. Samoa Joe and Kurt Angle vs. Mick Foley matches at Sunday’s pay-per-view were not scheduled to end in the same manner. According to those in TNA, Sting allegedly forgot the finish to his match.

While Sting was still scheduled to lose his match to Joe, it would have been via pinfall after a Muscle Buster rather than submission. Towards the conclusion of the match, Joe attempted to get Sting up on the top turnbuckle to setup his Muscle Buster finisher, but he dead weighted him. After two attempts at getting Sting up for his finisher, Joe called an audible and put Sting in the rear naked choke, calling for him to tap out.

Foley had done a promo building up the idea that he hadn’t tapped out in a match since 1991, and that while he may lose, he would never tap out. Foley did that promo to set up the shock of him tapping for the finish. Many backstage were unhappy with Sting as Foley tapping out was diluted by the fact it had just been done in the prior match. It also made the babyfaces come off weak as top babyfaces rarely tap, and it’s only done to have huge impact or if they are somehow cheated on.


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