Sunday, September 16, 2012

Update On TNA British Boot Camp

Earlier this month, we let you know about the Blossom Twins competing in a new TV show to try and earn a TNA contract. Called British Boot Camp, the details were sparse – but earlier today, we were given more insight into what fans watching in the UK can expect.

Starting in December, the show will feature 6 half hour episodes, and contrary to early assumptions, the programme will not only be recorded in Britain, but part of it will take place in the US too.

From the release, which you can also read in full by clicking here, it says:
Cameras follow them as they travel from their homes in the UK to the USA, get trained and mentored by famous names from the world of UK and US wrestling, and meet TNA’s President Dixie Carter.

The finalists [Hannah and Holly Blossom, Rockstar Spud & Marty Scurll] will enter the TNA developmental system, to hone their wrestling skills, and be put to the test by legendary British wrestlers and current TNA stars including Rollerball Rocco and Hulk Hogan. Culminating with a match at the TNA Impact Zone in Orlando, Florida, they compete to impress the judges and Dixie Carter. It’s an opportunity of a lifetime for the professional wrestlers. At the end of the series the successful candidate(s) will get signed to a contract by TNA and have the chance to appear in front of a home crowd on the TNA World Tour which travels to London’s Wembley Arena in January 2013.
Later on, John Jelley, Sky Commissioning Executive for factual and features says:

We are confident that this show’s focus on four of Britain’s most promising wrestlers will inspire Challenge’s passionate TNA fans, and draw in a new audience to professional wrestling, as we track their daunting journey from the UK, through TNA boot camp to the high pressure finale in Florida.
The term “TNA developmental system” is an interesting one, because presumably, that means Ohio Valley Wrestling, which gives the Blossoms a tremendous advantage. Having experienced three tenures in Louisville, KY and having both held the promotion’s Women’s Championship, Hannah and Holly have personal and professional ties with the trainers and talent, which includes current and former TNA stars. The addition of both Hogan and Rocco is an interesting twist as it seems that TNA wants the competitors to embrace the glitz and glamour of the American style, but also retain the quintessential British nature of their background and training. Having a match at the Impact Zone in Orlando will also be a great moment for all of them, and if I was to be picking a winner, I know that I would be happy with offering any of these three acts a contract, as they all have something positive to offer.
Obviously, we as a website are pushing for the Blossoms to be given the nod (and have been pushing for TNA to look at them since the OVW partnership was announced last November), as they could help to rejuvenate a dwindling Knockouts division, and could also restore some credibility to the Knockouts Tag Team Championship, which have not been defended since April. We will be watching in December to hopefully see them come out on top.

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