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During a recent interview, Ethan Carter explained how he ended up joining TNA. He stated that John Gaburick, the former WWE executive who is now a major backstage player for Dixie Carter, was the one that watched him in WWE NXT as a developmental wrestler. Gaburick was the one that convinced TNA to bring Carter on board.
February 25, 2014
While the company was not initially interested in bringing him on board after he was released from the WWE developmental program, there is now a push within TNA to sign Kassius Ohno, who is also known as Chris Hero. He is currently working some dates for ROH, but the belief is that Dixie Carter can sign him away with a long term contract.
February 21, 2014
A day before the company is expected to eliminate a lot of jobs, WWE has come to terms on the release of Ricardo Rodriguez, who stated that the decision belonged to him. The former manager of Alberto Del Rio reiterated that he wanted to be an in ring performer again. Rodriguez had been training in developmental in hopes that management would finally give him a chance. When that opportunity appeared dismal, he opted to move on to the next chapter of his career.
July 30, 2014
With his in ring career fully behind him now, Tensai has been slowly gaining power backstage in WWE. He impressed management with his ability to function as a color commentator. Now, he has convinced them to let him have a bigger part in the company by training the developmental wrestlers. WWE likes the fact that Tensai has worked overseas and is familiar with a lot of different styles of wrestling.
July 26, 2014
Over the last couple of months, there have been plenty of rumors in regards to WWE signing international star Prince Devitt to a contract. Things heated up even more when he left New Japan. Things died down a bit when no announcement was made, but it looks like the rumor mills are heating up again. Reports are surfacing that the deal has now been reached, and he should be showing up to developmental soon.
July 23, 2014
One the things that made Kenta Kobayashi so famous in Japan was his diverse moves set. Unfortunately, though, a lot of his signature maneuvers cannot e utilized in WWE. His Go 2 Sleep finisher is commonly associated with CM Punk nowadays. His knee finisher and submission move are both being used by Daniel Bryan. The belief is that WWE will have him come up with new moves in developmental.
July 20, 2014
Triple H might be downplaying his arrival to the developmental program, but Kenta Kobayashi is far from a regular new performer joining WWE. Internally, he is being viewed as a major marketing asset as the company is hoping to expand its reaches in Japan. A television network has already agreed to air WWE NXT since Kobayashi will be featured on those shows. The Japanese star is also set to help promote the WWE Network when it expands overseas.
July 17, 2014
While he has already said his farewell to Ring of Honor fans, Kevin Steen is reportedly not under contract to WWE just yet. Word has it that he has yet to complete the medical testing that the company requires all new performers to undergo before signing a deal. If there are any lingering injuries, then there is a chance that Steen might not be picked up by the WWE developmental program.
July 16, 2014
Even though he had already established himself as one of the top performers overseas, Kenta Kobayashi is actually being sent to the developmental program by WWE. Management wants him to change up his style a bit and adopt the slower pace style that the company prefers. No word yet on how long Kobayashi will be required to stay down at the WWE Performance Center.
July 12, 2014
When LeiD Tapa was released by TNA back in March, there were rumors that she might be a candidate to join the WWE developmental program. However, the company has shown very little interest thus far. In fact, she has not even been invited for a tryout yet. While some are citing her lack of experience, which she is trying to fix by working with OVW, many are pointing out that WWE has had no qualms with signing female performers who have absolutely no experience in the wrestling industry before.
July 8, 2014
Many were under the impression that WWE was not interested in signing Rosita, as nothing took place after she did tryouts with the company. However, there are rumors floating around that management might have had a change of heart. Many see her appearances as an entourage of Adam Rose recently as a sign that WWE will be offering her a developmental contract soon.
July 3, 2014
Earlier this week, it was revealed that Bo Dallas had gotten married. Now, the identity of the bride has been discovered. It's Sarah Backman, a former WWE developmental diva. She's more known to the world as one of the top female arm wrestlers of all time. Sarah requested her release from the company a couple of months back after having quite the lackluster tenure in the developmental program.
June 28, 2014
Earlier in the week, it was revealed that Michelle McCool had visited the WWE Performance Center to help train some of the developmental divas. That led to speculations that Undertaker was there as well. Contrary to the rumors, he was not there. The legendary performer has largely stayed away from the business since his match against Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 30.
June 26, 2014
While she still has every intention of being a stay at home mother and wife, Michelle McCool decided to get out of the house on Monday. She made a visit to the WWE Performance Center. No word yet on why she was there this time around, but she has been known to drop in and help do a little training with the developmental divas. Her appearances always spark rumors of a return to WWE, so don't be surprised if the chatter increases over the next few days.
June 24, 2014
After suffering a massive drop a couple of weeks ago, WWE stock started rising this past week. Many within the company attribute that to the release of several wrestlers. That has caused a lot of fear backstage because performers feel that Vince McMahon could take that as a sign for him to release several more people. Rumors are circulating that a lot of developmental wrestlers will be released soon.
June 17, 2014
While Eddie Guerrero and Vickie Guerrero both became big stars for WWE, their daughter Shaul Guerrero was simply not able to follow in their footsteps. After being released twice from the company's developmental program, she has decided to take a different career path. Shaul has signed up for veterinarian school and has reportedly started attending classes for that.
June 16, 2014
Even though the mask has been designed and ordered, it looks like Tyson Kidd might not be doing that gimmick after all. Some were pushing for him to receive a new character and push on the main roster because of his long tenure with WWE. However, others are against the idea and want him to remain in WWE NXT to work with the developmental wrestlers.
June 12, 2014
While there is some sadness to every release today, the departure of Yoshi Tatsu has to be bothering several people left in WWE. He was well liked backstage, as he never got involved in any of the political stuff in the locker room. Tatsu kept a positive attitude since being removed from the main roster. He put in a lot of time and effort into improving himself in developmental, so he could get another chance to work Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. Unfortunately, though, it was not enough for WWE.
June 12, 2014
After being robbed of an opportunity work a match at Wrestlemania 29, Brodus Clay focused his energy on trying to ensure that he was not going to miss Wrestlemania 30. WWE was not pleased with him telling the fans about his angst about being removed from the card at the last minute, so he was demoted to the developmental program. Today, Clay received his release from the company.
June 12, 2014
During a recent interview, Gail Kim was asked about retirement. The TNA Knockout stated that she was not quite sure when that would be, but she did reveal that she wanted to be a trainer once that happens. Some might believe that she would return to WWE to work in their developmental territory, but with the way she left the company, there might still be some backstage heat towards her.
June 11, 2014
While a lot of independent wrestlers are hoping for just a chance to do a tryout with WWE, Cody Hall is on the other side of the fence. The son of Scott Hall has turned down the company several times, stating that he does not want to join their developmental program until he establishes himself on the indies and internationally. Hall wants to achieve things on his own merit.
June 5, 2014
Rumors have it that WWE has been signing some of the best international talent to their developmental program. Names like Kevin Steen, Prince Devitt and Kenta Kobayashi have surfaced as potential candidates to join the company later on this year. Unfortunately, though, WWE will not be bringing in Sarita, long considered one of the best international female performers in the business. She received a tryout with the company back in March but no contract has been offered.
June 4, 2014
While rumors of their demise are swirling rapidly around the promotion, TNA has opted to continue with business. Dixie Carter has announced that the company has signed Chris Melendez to a multiple year contract. The Purple Heart award recipient only has one leg because of injuries suffered while serving the country in Afghanistan. The move should bring about some positive press for TNA.
July 30, 2014
While a lot of fans bashed TNA for paying big bucks to Hulk Hogan over the years, his true value is coming out as Dixie Carter is having some trouble trying to secure a new television deal for Impact Wrestling. Hogan's name value helped open a lot of doors in business for the company, and his absence has made it a bit harder to sell networks on their product.
July 29, 2014
Rumors are floating around right now that Vince McMahon would be interested in purchasing the TNA library to add to his WWE Network. It could simply just be all speculation right now, as the company has been focused on cutting back their spending because of how much money has been lost over the last several months. Obviously, no negotiations have taken place since Dixie Carter is still trying to find a new television deal for Impact Wrestling.
July 29, 2014
Since rumors broke out about Spike TV canceling Impact Wrestling, TNA officials had to react quickly to prevent their performers from panicking. Dixie Carter and her staff sent out emails to the wrestlers to let them know that the rumors were not true. She reiterated to the crew that negotiations were still ongoing with the network, and the show should remain on television.
July 29, 2014
In a landscape changing bit of news, it is now being reported by TMZ that Spike TV officials have informed TNA that they will not be renewing their television for Impact Wrestling, which means that Dixie Carter and company are now scrambling to find a new home. People in the industry know that without a national television deal, it is hard for a company to maintain and grow.
July 28, 2014
TNA might have finally found a formula that works with these latest episodes of Impact Wrestling. The shows taped in New York City have been drawing in a much better audience than normal. Dixie Carter and her crew are said to be quite pleased that they're coming close to reaching 1.5 million viewers a week now. Something like this may entice management to change up their booking style.
July 26, 2014
While doing a podcast interview with Jim Ross, Kurt Angle revealed some very interest details on his contract situation. The former world heavyweight champion noted that his deal with TNA expires on September 21. Dixie Carter wants him to stick around and has put a new contract on the table. Angle revealed that he has yet to sign it because he wants to keep his options open. His next contract will be his last in wrestling, so he wants to see if WWE would be willing to give him a final run.
July 9, 2014
Wrestle-1 ran a live event this week, and a couple of TNA stars were on hand for the show. Rockstar Spud, Ethan Carter, Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards were all sent to Japan by Dixie Carter to participate. Great Muta even teamed up with Spud and Carter in a match. The belief is that we will be seeing more talent exchange situations between the two companies for the foreseeable future.
July 7, 2014
You can expect to see more of Seiya Sanada on Impact Wrestling over the next few months. The former TNA X Division Champion has decided to sign another contract with Dixie Carter that will ensure that he remains in the United States until at least the end of the year. Sanada also has a deal with the Great Muta, so he will be venturing back overseas for tours with Wrestle-1 as well. The rumored deal has been finalized.
July 7, 2014
When Seiya Sanada first joined TNA, the belief was that he was only temporarily here in the United States to boost his credibility with fans in Japan. However, since the relationship has worked out well for all sides, there are talks now of Sanada sticking around for a bit. A joint contract between the former X division champion, Great Muta and Dixie Carter is being discussed that will keep Sanada in the US a bit longer.
July 4, 2014
A couple of days ago, it was revealed that Dixie Carter and company would do a big announcement in London. A lot of speculations floated around, including the possibility of doing an overseas tournament there. However, signs are pointing to a new television show instead for TNA. It would be designed specifically for their fans in England and the surrounding areas.
July 3, 2014
In the very near future, Dixie Carter will be leaving TNA. It's not what you think, however. Her character is being written off of television. Carter feels that the time has come to move on and focus solely on her work behind the scenes. She was hesitant to take on the role in the first place, but many within TNA felt that she could generate a lot of heat from the blind hatred that she has from her critics.
July 2, 2014
There were rumors floating around recently that Ezekiel Jackson was signed to a contract by TNA. That has turned out to be false, as the company does not currently have any long term plans for the former WWE star. There is a chance that Dixie Carter might bring him in here and there, but nothing permanent has been discussed. Jackson is also rumored to be a candidate to join Jeff Jarrett in Global Force Wrestling.
July 2, 2014
Over the last several weeks, TNA has been generating quite the buzz, including a big announcement by Dixie Carter and Great Muta about doing Bound For Glory 2014 in Japan. Now, the company is hyping up a huge announcement that will be taking place at the London Film and Comic Con event. No official word yet on what the announcement will be, but some are speculation that TNA could be doing a pay per view in England soon.
June 30, 2014
For a short period of time there, Tommy Dreamer and Dixie Carter worked online wrestling fans into believing that there was real backstage heat between the two. That led many to wonder if Dreamer was still going to be working for TNA. At the recent Impact Wrestling taping, Dreamer continued to work as a backstage agent for the company. The belief is that he will remain in that role for the foreseeable future.
June 29, 2014
Much has been made online by fans about TNA not being able to draw in big crowds for their live events. The recent Impact Wrestling shows in Bethlehem, however, managed to draw in more than 1000 fans each night. Dixie Carter and company are said to be quite pleased with the results and want to return to the area more frequently. However, the company is pretty much booked up until the fall.
June 27, 2014
It's going to be a busy day at the Korakuen Hall on October 12th. Dixie Carter and the Great Muta are not the only people hosting a wrestling pay per view at that venue. New Japan Pro Wrestling will also be doing an internet pay per view there as well. The belief is that one of the shows, most likely Bound For Glory 2014, will be taped in the afternoon.
June 26, 2014
The announcement by Dixie Carter and Great Muta turned out to be much bigger than initially expected. Some thought the two were just going to reveal that more Japanese wrestlers were coming to the states to work TNA shows. However, the two shocked the wrestling world by announcing that Bound For Glory 2014 will be taking place in Japan. Muta is expected to play a big part in setting everything up for TNA over in Tokyo.
June 25, 2014
A bit of a buzz was created for Cryme Tyme over the weekend, thanks to an interview on TMZ, where Shad Gaspard and JTG informed the fans that they are now teaming up again on the independent wrestling circuit. Gaspard decided to fan the flames even further when he posted on Twitter that the duo should contact Dixie Carter about perhaps signing a contract with TNA.
June 23, 2014
Later on tonight, TNA will be announcing the results of their poll to determine which ring the company will be using from this point forward. The belief is that they will be switching back to the six sided ring, something that a lot of fans have been asking for. Dixie Carter mentioned earlier in the week that the voting was heavily skewed towards going back to six sides.
June 23, 2014