The IMPACT Wrestling family lost one of its pillars this week in Bob Ryder, co-founder of the original TNA Wrestling organization, who passed away after a long battle with cancer.
The outpouring of support and love in memory of Ryder since the news of his passing first broke has been nothing short of a testament to how beloved and well-liked he was among his peers and employees alike. It seems very few, if any, had a bad word to say about the man, which is a minor miracle in itself within this industry.
IMPACT President Ed Nordholm and Executive Vice President Scott D’Amore also wrote a post on the company’s official website in memory of Bob.
No words can express how I’m feeling about Bob Ryder passing. I love you Bob. You were always such a great friend to me and so many others. You will be very missed.
— Chris Harris (@AMWwildcat) November 25, 2020
I’m so sad to hear about the passing of Bob Ryder. He was a sweetheart. He was so kind and helpful when I ended up in the hospital during tapings. He’s helped a lot of people and he will be missed.
— Allysin Kay (@Sienna) November 25, 2020
RIP Bob Ryder 😞 From working with Bob in my WCW days and then in TNA, he was always nice to me and helped me out anytime I needed it. Very sad to hear this news. https://t.co/xqqYcVTR8g
— Hurricane Helms (@ShaneHelmsCom) November 25, 2020
Shocked and saddened to hear of Bob Ryder’s passing. He was THE BACKBONE of TNA, no one worked as hard as him. We all appreciate the hard work you did Bob and may you now rest peacefully ❤️
— Lauren/Angelina Love (@ActualALove) November 25, 2020
Horrible news hearing about the passing of Bob Ryder. Even in his sickness, was constantly joking about.
We used to have a running joke about getting cucumber infused water on demand written into my next contract when I was with IMPACT.
— Andrew Everett is more athletic than you (@_AndrewEverett) November 25, 2020
My heart is broken for my Impact family today. Rest In Peace Bob Ryder ❤️
— The Virtuosa (@DeonnaPurrazzo) November 25, 2020
I am saddened by the passing of Bob Ryder. We shared a birthday and our love for Star Trek. Our talks on the phone would always start out as business, but would quickly evolve into the latest episode of Discovery. Birthday buddy, you will be missed. Sleep well my friend. #RIPBob
— D’Lo Brown (@dlobrown75) November 25, 2020
Sad sad day today
Bob Ryder was the back bone of Impact wrestling. Always happy to help the talent out. So easy to deal with and always a friend. Thank you for all you did for impact wrestling. It’s more than anyone will truly know. You will never be forgotten #RIPBobRyder
— Edward Edwards (@TheEddieEdwards) November 25, 2020
RIP Bob Ryder. Thank you for pushing me and believing in me.
— The HBIC (@MiaYim) November 25, 2020
Rest In Peace Bob Ryder. A true gentleman who helped me and countless others immensely. One of the good ones, he will be sorely missed!
— Christopher Daniels (@facdaniels) November 25, 2020
I’m crushed to hear Bob Ryder passed away today. He was one of a kind. He loved the business, the talent and everyone around him. He wore countless hats and was a big part of the success I had during my career. I love you Bob. Rest In Peace my friend.
— Abyss (@TherealAbyss) November 25, 2020
BEYOND devastated about the passing Bob Ryder. He was the kindest, most selfless person you could imagine. He always did for others. He meant the world to me. We had just talked & I was worried he would be alone for Thanksgiving. Cannot tell u how much I will miss @brydertna 💔
— Dixie Carter (@TNADixie) November 25, 2020
RIP to my dear friend Bob Ryder.
I loved you very much – I wish I had told you what you meant to me because you we always there for me like a great uncle when I first arrived in America. Can’t believe you’re gone. I’m so sorry. You were family to me ❤️ #BobSquad
— DRAKE MAVERICK (@WWEMaverick) November 25, 2020
The wrestling business is a tough, harsh and often cold business. You don’t forget the people that were in your corner.
Bob Ryder was in my corner.
Farewell Bob. I hope you know how much I appreciate what you did for me and my family. No more pain.
RIP my friend. 🖤
— Nick Aldis (@RealNickAldis) November 25, 2020
We lost one of the good ones today #RIPBobRyder
— Mickie James~Aldis (@MickieJames) November 25, 2020
Saddened to hear of the passing of Bob Ryder, a fixture of @IMPACTWRESTLING from the very beginning. Bob was so kind and helpful to me when I started with the company. I’ll never forget his 5-10 minute long “Wanna buy a toothbrush?” Joke.
— Todd Keneley (@ToddKeneley) November 25, 2020
Truly the pleasure was ours to have known him.. RIP.. 🖤 https://t.co/ygzs6wiiW8
— Rosemary, The Demon Assassin (@WeAreRosemary) November 25, 2020
There are people that can enter your life and completely change everything. Bob Ryder was that person for me. His courageous, long fight with cancer never kept his spirits down. He was the kind of best friend that comes along once in a lifetime. I will miss him terribly.
— Jeremy Borash (@JeremyBorash) November 25, 2020
So sorry to hear about the passing of @brydertna we worked together for so many years & always got along so incredibly well. The guy was the nucleus of @impactwrestling not to mention a one man travel department & agency unto himself. Only good memories.~PHS 😢#RIPBobRyder #TNA
— Elijah Burke (@DaBlackPope) November 25, 2020
So sad to hear about Bob Ryder ♥️ I always enjoyed seeing his face at @IMPACTWRESTLING … Rest In Peace, Bob ♥️
— CHELSEA GREEN (@ImChelseaGreen) November 25, 2020
Damn…RIP Bob Ryder. You were always cool with me and definitely one of @IMPACTWRESTLING go to guys for many things. Condolences to his friends and family
— Rohit Raju/Hakim Zane (@HakimZane) November 25, 2020
Absolutely gutted to hear about the passing of Bob Ryder, I’ll never forget when he phoned me to sign for @IMPACTWRESTLING “Are you ready to come to America?” An absolute diamond of a man who helped me every month. RIP Bob 🙏
— GRADO (@gradowrestling) November 25, 2020
Rest in Power Bob Ryder. I always felt like Bob was the glue that held @IMPACTWRESTLING together. Thank you for everything my friend 🙏🏻❤️
— Mike (@RealMikeBennett) November 25, 2020
I’m very sad to hear the news of the passing of Bob Ryder. I’ve known him for years going back to 2007 when I was first trying to get a job with @IMPACTWRESTLING
He was always generous with his time & a complete joy to be around.
My heart goes out to his family.#RIP Bob ❤️
— Cody Deaner (@CodyDeaner) November 25, 2020
I met @brydertna very early in my career. He treated me with the upmost respect even when I was green as goose shit. He always checked in on me and he’s the one who called and asked if I would be interested in a tryout match with @IMPACTWRESTLING. Thanks for believing in me. RIP
— kaleb with a K (@kalebKonley) November 25, 2020
Bob was such an intricate and important of our @IMPACTWRESTLING family. Thank you for everything and may you Rest In Peace. 🙏🏻❤️ love and light to his family during this time.
— Taya Valkyrie (@TheTayaValkyrie) November 25, 2020
I am beyond saddened to hear of the passing of @brydertna. He was a good friend and a huge asset to @IMPACTWRESTLING from day 1. Despite his own health problems,he even took the time out to text me when I was going through all of my health issues. Rest In Peace, friend. 🙏🏼😢 pic.twitter.com/mXlpU3EBxB
— ✨Velvet Sky✨ (@VelVelHoller) November 25, 2020
Very sad to hear about the passing of Bob Ryder. Read below if u didn’t know BR or maybe u aren’t aware of his contributions to Pro Wrestling for many years in the media & also in front office @IMPACTWRESTLING .
Bob was always awesome to me, great sense of humor & great guy. 🙏 https://t.co/ZF4SoXSuZn
— team taz head honcho (@OfficialTAZ) November 25, 2020
Bob Ryder and I became friends my first day in @IMPACTWRESTLING My last day there he was one of the very few that it was difficult to say goodbye to. We remained in contact since then. A total pro who loved the wrestling business. I am incredibly sad today. RIP Bob. Godspeed sir
— Frankie Kazarian (@FrankieKazarian) November 25, 2020
Thank you Bob Ryder.
Thanks will never be enough but we owe it to you anyway. You were the kind of man that didn’t expect any thanks.
All that you did; you did because you were a great person and the most loyal, hardest worker in the room. @IMPACTWRESTLING
— #INEVITABLE (@The_Ace_Austin) November 25, 2020
Just heard the sad news about Bob Ryder’s passing. Bob took such great care of me & my family during my time with @IMPACTWRESTLING. Even after I left, Bob was so incredibly supportive of my family & career. Godspeed, my friend, you’ll be missed.#RIP Bob Ryder
— MATT HARDY (@MATTHARDYBRAND) November 25, 2020
Bob would answer his phone at 3am, just to make sure everything was always taken care of.
Absolute stand up human being, and would do anything for anyone.
He Lived, Breathed, and Slept @IMPACTWRESTLING since day 1.
— ₮ⱧɆ ĐⱤ₳₩ (@TheSamiCallihan) November 25, 2020
— Tommy Dreamer (@THETOMMYDREAMER) November 25, 2020
Matt Hardy & Private Party Confirmed For 12/6 IMPACT Wrestling
There is going to be an AEW presence on IMPACT Wrestling once again this week, as Matt Hardy and Private Party will be on the show.
Last week the former IMPACT star brought his tag team to IMPACT as a surprise, where they faced Chris Sabin and James Storm in a number one contenders match for the IMPACT Tag Team Championships.
Private Party came out on top and earned a future title shot against The Good Brothers, which will be taking place at IMPACT No Surrender.
However, fans won’t have to wait until then to see the AEW stars on an IMPACT show, as it has been confirmed that the trio will be appearing this week.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 25, 2021
Break It Down: Ranking Every Major Wrestling TV Show (Week #3)
As we head towards one of the busiest periods of the calendar year for professional wrestling, the eyes have certainly been on the weekly shows and the quality that they are providing. The third week of the year certainly wasn’t a perfect one overall, but while some shows struggled, others really thrived.
There were some fantastic in-ring matches throughout the week, with a title bout and some good storyline development towards the major shows that are coming up in the future. But which show was the pick of the bunch? Join us as we Break It Down to find out!
6. WWE Raw
For the third week in a row, WWE Raw takes the bottom spot, with the red brand really struggling to build an entertaining three hours. The show has fleeting moments of quality, such as the match between Charlotte Flair and Peyton Royce, which was hard-hitting and back and forth, as did Ricochet and AJ Styles, which is no surprise.
However, the show is just far too inconsistent, with not enough quality throughout the evening to really grip people, even heading into the Royal Rumble. Mace and Xavier Woods had quite a sloppy match, while the six-man tag team match had far too much in-fighting for The Hurt Business for the bout to get going.
Alexa’s Playground didn’t really work with Asuka, and their main event angle didn’t click either. However, the worst segment of the night was the Dirt Sheet, which was mocking Drew McIntyre and Goldberg. Seeing Gillberg was fun, but this didn’t build any interest in the upcoming WWE Championship match and made them both look ridiculous.
5. AEW Dynamite
It was an off night for AEW this week, with this particular episode of AEW Dynamite not quite delivering or feeling particularly ‘must-see.’ There were good elements to this show, with Tazz cutting a great promo and Jon Moxley having arguably the match of the night.
However, there was a lot that just didn’t work. The opening tag team match was chaotic and quite sloppy, and that was a trend throughout the night. AEW often likes to have six-man tags, but a lack of rule-following is something that makes the matches tough to get connected with.
The main event was fun, seeing the Inner Circle’s attempts to prove who is the best being enjoyable, but it wasn’t a blockbuster match. Meanwhile, Cody’s bout with Peter Avalon was just far too long. The Shaq storyline continues to be teased and hasn’t really proven to be interesting to this point, with this show just lacking the normal buzz overall.
4. WWE SmackDown
The blue brand was a much better show this week than last, with WWE SmackDown returning to its usual quality. Throughout the show, the work with Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman was tremendous, with the opening promo from the Universal Champion silencing any doubters about his microphone skills.
The women’s tag team match was very enjoyable, with The Riott Squad holding their own with the champions until Billie Kay accidentally cost them. Her work is continuing to be great, and hopefully, WWE can continue that, meanwhile the Obstacle course did actually prove to be entertaining.
This was the type of segment that could have been a disaster, but it did a really good job of putting over Bianca Belair, especially when she carried Otis. Plus, seeing Kevin Owens get the best of Roman Reigns for a change was fantastic to see, as that hasn’t really happened since the Tribal Chief returned to WWE.
3. WWE NXT U.K.
WWE NXT U.K. was very enjoyable this week, with WWE’s newest brand continuing to deliver in high-quality in-ring action. Right from the start that standard was set as Rampage Brown and Dave Mastiff had a very hard-hitting bout. There was nothing pretty or technical about it, but instead, it was just a physical brawl, which was tons of fun to watch.
The show developed other storylines nicely as well. Kenny Williams pushing Amir Jordan into a tough match sets up certain possibilities, meanwhile seeing Ilja Dragunov return and showcase a much more physical and aggressive side of himself was tremendous, as he can build on this now.
The main event was given plenty of time and it really benefitted from that. Kay Lee Ray put her NXT U.K. Women’s Championship on the line against Jinny and they had a fantastic match together, going back and forth with Joseph Conners causing issues on the outside, ultimately leading to the finish.
2. WWE NXT
The black and gold brand was very much focused on the in-ring product again this week, which is mainly because of the two tournaments taking place. Kushida and Leon Ruff had a solid match with The Way, while Lucha House Party and Imperium had a really exciting match as well.
Having Lucha House Party set up their match with Legado Del Fantasma was great work, continuing to push the main roster team. Plus, it was great to see the women’s tournament really get built up, and Kacy Catanzaro and Kayden Carter going through was a great surprise.
But it was the main event that really stole the show here, with the Fight Pit returning. This match type is one of the best that WWE has created in years, and Timothy Thatcher and Tommaso Ciampa certainly didn’t disappoint, with an incredibly physical clash.
1. IMPACT Wrestling
When it comes to the best show of the week, there’s no doubt that IMPACT Wrestling takes the top prize. This show had everything from great in-ring work, surprises, and fantastic backstage segments to create a really entertaining evening of wrestling.
The big tag team segment was great, seeing James Storm return and then the surprise of Matt Hardy and Private Party, proving more doors are open between AEW and IMPACT. This played into the main event, which was a great bout, and with Tony Khan appearing as well, it was certainly noteworthy.
The way Taya Valkyrie finished up her run with IMPACT was fantastic, while the opening match between Eric Young and Rhino, plus the post-match beatdown was very well done as well. The show built the women’s tag team division and continued to push other mid-card talents too, which really provided an entertaining show.
Sixth place= 1 point
Fifth place= 2 points
Fourth place= 3 points
Third place= 4 points
Second place=5 points
First place= 6 points
2020 results (each week, the points tally will be added up below):
WWE Raw- 3
IMPACT Wrestling- 12
WWE NXT- 15
AEW Dynamite- 12
WWE NXT UK- 10
WWE SmackDown- 11
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