After TNA Lockdown 2014, Seiya Sanada is sticking around and working a couple of episodes of Impact Wrestling. The belief is that Dixie Carter and company will be giving him a nice push, as management wants to maintain a good business relationship with the Great Muta and Wrestle-1. They also want to entice other Japanese stars to come tour with them.
Rob Terry has benefited from the working relationship between TNA and Wrestle-1. He recently finished up a tour o Japan, where he worked a couple of matches for the new promotion. He also helped the Great Muta and Kaz Hayashi judge new talents trying out for the company.
In a move to add a little more prestige to their championship belts, Dixie Carter has agreed to put every single TNA title on the line when her performers head off to Japan in March to work with the legendary Great Muta and his Wrestle-1 promotion.
As part of their business agreement, the Great Muta and Seiya Senada will be flying to the Miami in March, and the two Japanese stars from Wrestle-1 will be heavily involved in the TNA Lockdown pay per view event, signing autographs and actually wrestling on the show.
Wrestle-1, the new promotion founded by the Great Muta, is about to get an influx of talent from TNA for an upcoming live event in March. Austin Aries, Abyss, Bobby Roode, Brutus Magnus, Christopher Daniels, Davey Richards, Eddie Edwards, Frankie Kazarian, Gail Kim, Madison Rayne and Samoa Joe have been confirmed for the trip.
When Jeff Jarrett left the promotion a couple of weeks ago, the belief was that the working relationship with the Great Muta was in jeopardy, as it was Jarrett who spearheaded the negotiations. However, it now appears that TNA has rectified that situation and the two sides are going forward in business.
Earlier today, Bully Ray caught the attention of some fans by posting on Twitter about wanting CM Punk to join him in TNA. Dixie Carter has decided to add even more fuel to the fire by retweeting the message on her own social media account. That has led to some speculations that the company will pursue Punk if he breaks free from WWE.
"If the rumors are true, let me be the 1st to invite CM Punk to Impact Wrestling and get in the ring w/ me. Fans would LOVE it. Yes or no?"
- Bully Ray inviting CM Punk to join TNA
"Once again, HONORED to be included in the Mae Young tribute video tonight on Monday Night Raw. So much respect for her and proud to be in same ring."
- Bully Ray
While his on screen character has dropped down from the main event scene, rumor has it that Bully Ray has been gaining power backstage in TNA. He has a good working relationship with executive vice president of television production John Gaburick from their time together in WWE.
With Jeff Jarrett leaving the company and starting his own venture soon, it appears that the deal he brokered between the Great Muta and TNA is off the table, as no further developments have taken place. There is a chance that the deal could be renewed when Jarrett starts his own promotion.
In order to give him instant credibility with the audience, World Class Championship Wrestling decided to bill the Great Muta, who came to America from Japan for seasoning, as the son of the Great Kabuki, who was also managed by Gary Hart as well.
"I think it's great for wrestling fans. As a wrestling fan and personally I am a wrestling fan. There are a lot of things that I would like to see. If I know that I can go to the WWE Network and just order something up and check out a match from back in the day that I want to see; that's awesome. So I think it's good for all of wrestling. It keeps wrestling out there. It keeps wrestling in the public's eye. And now fans have access to whatever they want to see. It's all about entertainment, guys. KISS goes up there every night; plays the same songs; Gene spits the same blood; they do the same pyro and people pay to see them. Because people love KISS. People love rock and roll; drinking whiskey; naked girls and partying. And that's the same reason why people will always love pro wrestling."
"Everybody wants to see TNA succeed. Everybody likes to sit back and whether it's bash TNA or bash the WWE; people will sit there and bash. They don't do anybody any good. Everybody is entitled to their opinion. You might not like something and that's cool. But to sit back there and bash a company for no fricking good reason when all of the wrestlers are trying to go out there every single week and do their absolute best. And all of the creative members are trying to do their absolute best in the best interest of the fans. Sometimes things don't always go the right way. Sometimes they go really great. You kind of gotta roll with the punches."
As many people witnessed on Impact Wrestling this week, TNA has decided to split Brooke Tessmacher up from Bully Ray, as his character is going to be come more of an evil loner. There's a chance that Brooke might be paired with someone else.
"I am the last of a dying breed. the last of the old-school pro wrestlers. I have the old-school respect for the industry. I think old school in and out of the ring. A lot of these guys coming out of wrestling school today, they ask when they’re going to be on TV. Nobody wants to pay their dues any more. ‘Pay your dues,’ there’s three words every young wrestler should have emblazoned in their forehead. Pay your dues, get out on the road, go live in your car, go eat bologna and cheese sandwiches, go struggle and make no money. When you finally get some success, you’ll appreciate it a whole lot more."
"Bully Ray vs. CM Punk would be the match. Paul Heyman has told me directly that me and Punk standing across from one another with a microphone in our hands would be deadly. Given the opportunity to have absolutely no restrictions on what we'd say and to just go at it, you'd be looking at the two guys who can spit venom better than anybody else out there in the industry. And I know we could back it up in the ring."
TNA produced a highly entertaining funeral segment for Aces and Eights, who were forced to split up after Bully Ray was defeated by Mr Anderson at Turning Point.
In order to advance their cross promotion, TNA star Bully Ray crashed a House of Hardcore show, promoted by Tommy Dreamer.
To further sell the story line, Bully Ray posted on Twitter that his backstage heat with Mr Anderson goes back to their time in WWE.
The feud with Mr Anderson is designed to keep Bully Ray away from the TNA World Heavyweight Championship for a while.
The Great Muta has announced that Seiya Sanada will be working against TNA champion AJ Styles on November 16 in Tokyo.