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AJ Styles
AJ Styles could be coming home soon. Sort of. American fans of the former world heavyweight champion might get to enjoy his work on television in a couple of weeks. New Japan has just signed a television contract with AVS TV, which is owned by Dallas Mavericks owner and noted wrestling fan Mark Cuban, to start airing their shows in the United States. More details are expected soon.
November 25, 2014
Dixie Carter
Now that their long anticipated television deal with Destination America has been signed and sealed, Dixie Carter and the TNA management team will now shift their focus towards securing a television contract to continue airing Impact Wrestling in Canada. A deal seems imminent, as the company sounds highly confident in their ongoing negotiations with networks north of the border.
November 22, 2014
Kevin Steen
When you sign a developmental contract with WWE, more often than not, you're going to be spending a good amount of time in training and not on television. Of course, when you have the experience that Kevin Steen has, the wait is a lot shorter. The former ROH Heavyweight Champion, who is now going by the name of Kevin Owens, is scheduled to make his debut on December 11, 2014 at the Takeover: R Evolution event.
November 22, 2014
Kenta Kobayashi
Reports have surfaced that WWE intends on having Prince Devitt and Kenta Kobayashi continue working as a tag team. A possible tag title run is being discussed. However, this might lead to some problems, as one of the things that Devitt reportedly requested when he signed his contract was that he not be forced to stay in developmental for too long of a period. Devitt feels that he has enough international experience to be qualified for the main roster.
November 22, 2014
Dixie Carter
While their new television contract with Destination America does not start until 2015, there are talks that TNA could start filming episodes of Impact Wrestling again in December. Initially, Dixie Carter had planned to do taping at the Manhattan Center in January, but those will now more than likely be canceled. The company would then film episodes in England during their annual tour of the country.
November 21, 2014
Great Khali
In a move that does not come as a surprise to those that have been following the company closely, WWE has opted to release the Great Khali. His profile has been officially moved to the alumni section on the company website. Reports are saying that his contract expired, and management felt it was financially beneficial to not renew the former world heavyweight champion, even though he was considered a marketing asset.
November 14, 2014
Rey Mysterio
After months of silence between the two sides, Rey Mysterio and WWE got together recently backstage to discuss the contract situation that has been lingering for a bit. Reports are surfacing that Mysterio essentially told management that he was no longer interested whatsoever in working with the company and wishes to move on to other things. WWE is still hoping that the former world heavyweight champion will change his mind, as they really need the drawing power in Mexico.
November 11, 2014
Vince McMahon
Earlier in the week, Chael Sonnen caught the attention of the professional wrestling industry when he revealed that WWE had offered him a $5 million contract, which he claims to have turned down because he was dedicated to UFC at the time. However, sources within WWE are stating that the story is completely fabricated. Vince McMahon reportedly does not view Sonnen as someone worth that high amount of money.
November 6, 2014
Rey Mysterio
As many of you are already aware, Rey Mysterio was backstage last night at Monday Night Raw. He reportedly met with Vince McMahon about his future in WWE and his contract situation. No word yet on how that went, but the masked performer took a flight from Buffalo to San Diego this morning, meaning that he will not be working the Smackdown taping today in New York. He is also unlikely to head to England with the crew tomorrow as well.
November 4, 2014
Rey Mysterio
A resolution could be near for the backstage heat between Rey Mysterio and WWE. Reports have surfaced that the masked performer is going to be backstage at Monday Night Raw in Buffalo tonight. No word yet on why he is there, but there are plenty of speculations. A few feel that he is going to make a return to television, while many believe that he is just there to discuss his contract with officials.
November 3, 2014
Kurt Angle
During interviews, Kurt Angle has repeatedly stated that he wants to do one final year before retiring from professional wrestling. However, word is now coming out that the former world heavyweight champion is open to signing a contract that stretches out to 18 months since it would be a part time deal. Angle wants to focus on building a career in Hollywood, and he knows that he still needs the exposure from wrestling to help make that happen.
November 1, 2014
Dixie Carter
While it seemed all but certain that Impact Wrestling was going to have a new home in 2015, reports are now surfacing that TNA and Spike TV are close to finalizing a deal to keep the business relationship going. Sources have stated that the two sides have been in negotiation the entire time, even as TNA was allowed to seek a contract with another television network. Dixie Carter was expected to make an announcement this week, but if there is a chance to remain with Spike, the reveal could be delayed.
November 1, 2014
Kurt Angle
Reports are floating around that Kurt Angle has signed a new contract with TNA that will enable him to work part time and focus on building up his career in Hollywood. The former Olympic gold medalist attempted to get a part time deal with WWE, but the company insisted that he sign a full time deal, which Angle did not want because he was worried about the effects it would have on his body.
October 29, 2014
Rey Mysterio
As many fans already know, Rey Mysterio is still under contract to WWE, which means that he cannot work elsewhere during the duration of the deal. The masked superstar wants to return to Mexico and wrestle for AAA. Many were under the belief that he was going to wait for his current deal with WWE to expire, but there are now talks that the company could extend his deal again next year and force him to remain on the sidelines.
October 22, 2014
Gene Snitsky
Through social media, Gene Snitsky has expressed his dissatisfaction with TNA for not bringing him on board full time. He did a couple of segments on Impact Wrestling this summer, but management has opted to remain fiscally responsible, as they are still trying to secure a new television contract. The company is expected to start signing wrestlers are that happens.
October 19, 2014
Rey Mysterio
While the backstage heat between the two sides remains at a pretty high level, it does not appear that WWE will be giving a release to Rey Mysterio any time soon. Management has started to accept that the former world heavyweight champion will not be returning to work anytime soon, but they will not let him out of his contract to help another promotion out. WWE would rather just keep him on the sidelines for the time being, especially since Mysterio has reportedly stopped cashing in their checks.
October 15, 2014
Kurt Angle
Earlier in the week, it was reported that WWE had offered Kurt Angle a full time contract, which he turned down because he wanted a part time deal to preserve his body and health. There are speculations floating around that Triple H only made that offer because he knew that Angle would reject it. Some are still under the belief that HHH wants nothing to do with Angle and is attempting to block his return to the company.
October 15, 2014
Mike Tenay
Another person that could be walking away from TNA in the near future is Mike Tenay, their longtime play by play commentator. His contract with the company expires in January, so he is expected to work until then. Many within the industry believe that a new television deal will be finalized and announced before then, so a contract extension for Tenay would not be out of the question.
October 14, 2014
Samoa Joe
Reports have surfaced that Samoa Joe and TNA parted ways after Bound For Glory 2014 once the contract between the two sides expired. As many already know, the company has been allowing top level performers to walk away because they simply do not want to make big financial commitments until a new television deal is secured. The belief is that Joe could be brought back on board once a new home on television has been found.
October 14, 2014
Kurt Angle
While reports have surfaced that Kurt Angle has indeed been in negotiation with WWE on his final contract in the business, the former world heavyweight champion has not ruled out a potential return to TNA because the company is more than willing to give him the part time deal that he prefers. Angle has publicly stated that this will be his final contract as a wrestler, and he wants to try to gain more ground in Hollywood.
October 14, 2014
Justin Roberts
Shortly after he worked Monday Night Raw this week, WWE announced that they have decided to release Justin Roberts after a dozen years o service because they did not want to sign him to another contract. No word yet on why management is letting him go, but the news is probably not well received backstage since Roberts was viewed as one of the biggest wrestling fans in the company.
October 14, 2014
Nick Dinsmore
Earlier this month, Nick Dinsmore was given a release by WWE after the company refused to sign him to a new contract as a trainer. During a recent interview, he hinted on a return as an in ring performer. Dinsmore did not specify which company he would be signing with, but he did state that it was one of the highest profile wrestling companies in the world.
October 13, 2014
Randy Orton
With reports surfacing that he has signed a new contract with WWE that enables him to work fewer days, Randy Orton has decided to take to Twitter to address the issue. Not surprisingly, the former world heavyweight champion is denying the rumors and instructing fans to not believe everything that they hear. Orton has not worked as many live events as he used to, so there are some merits to the reports.
October 12, 2014
Randy Orton
Reports surfaced this week that WWE agreed to modify the contract that they had with Randy Orton, in order to reduce the amount of work that he needs to do each year. Word is now coming out that part of that agreement enables Orton to skip out on a portion of the upcoming tour of Europe. The former world heavyweight champion is only going to work the first half of the run.
October 12, 2014
Alberto Del Rio
During a recent interview with the Fight Network, Alberto Del Rio revealed that he and WWE are close to a settlement on the non compete clause in his contract. The belief is that the company wanted to make things go as smoothly as possible because they want to avoid a discrimination lawsuit. WWE is also said to be leery of alienating the Mexican fan base.
October 11, 2014
Kurt Angle
Sources within WWE are now confirming that the company has indeed had talks with Kurt Angle about a potential return. Reports are stating that a full time contract was offered, but the former world heavyweight champion declined because he simply did not feel that he can handle being on the road that frequently. Angle is said to be seeking a part time deal, where he only works the big events. Negotiations are said to be ongoing.
October 11, 2014
Randy Orton
After spending more than a decade on the road for the company, Randy Orton and WWE have come to a new agreement that will enable the former world heavyweight champion to have some more time off. A modification in the contract now allows Orton to skip out on various live events throughout the year. For a long stretch of time there, he was featured as one of the headliners on the tours.
October 9, 2014
Hulk Hogan
When it was announced that the two sides had reached a contract agreement for a return, many were under the impression that we would be seeing plenty of Hulk Hogan on WWE television. However, management has opted against utilizing him too frequently. The belief is that financial restrictions are a big reason why the company has opted to use him only for special events.
October 9, 2014
CM Punk
Reports have surfaced this week that TNA had made a big contract offer to CM Punk to join the company. Management has long been interested in acquiring the former world heavyweight champion, but they needed to wait until his deal with WWE expired, in order to avoid a potential tampering lawsuit. Punk has a good amount of name value and would be quite appealing to television networks.
October 9, 2014
Dixie Carter
While the company is still finalizing a television contract here in the United States, Dixie Carter and her staff have been expanding TNA deeper into Asia. It has now been revealed by the company that they have signed new television contracts that will enable them to gain viewers in Malaysia and Singapore. Impact Wrestling can now be seen in nearly 125 countries.
October 3, 2014
Nick Dinsmore
Nick Dinsmore has been released by WWE yet again. This time, though, he was functioning as a trainer for the developmental program. Dinsmore, who formerly wrestled for the company as Eugene, spent a year with the company, and the belief is that management opted not to renew his contract once it expired. Some are saying that this move was done for budgetary reasons.
October 2, 2014
Kurt Angle
While the wrestling world still awaits the big announcement from Kurt Angle, the former world heavyweight champion has revealed some details on his next contract. It will only be a one year deal, as the Olympic gold medalist believes that his time is running out as an in ring performer. Angle stated that he wants to give 100% during the final year and give the best performances that he can before retiring.
September 29, 2014
Great Khali
Even though the company has been slowly downplaying the importance of the Great Khali, WWE has plans in the works to expand even further into India. Management recognizes the country as a very profitable one for their brand. More shows are being planned, and television deals are being cemented. While the company no longer wishes to pay him as much money as before, this move into India might help Khali secure another contract soon.
September 25, 2014
Prince Devitt
Since WWE likes to own the copyright to the names of their performers, most everyone is given a new moniker when they sign a contract. Prince Devitt is no exception. The international star will now be using the name Finn Balor while he works through the developmental phase. Depending on how fans react to the name, Devitt will more than likely be bringing that name with him to the main roster.
September 25, 2014
Alberto Del Rio
Trash to one man might be viewed as a treasure to another. When Alberto Del Rio was fired from WWE due to a backstage incident, AAA salivated at the thought of building their company around him. When the two sides were legally allowed to sign a contract, management quickly jumped on it and made Del Rio the face of their company. Thus far, they have been pleased with the results because Del Rio carries himself extremely well, especially during media interviews.
September 25, 2014
Josh Mathews
Rumors spread rather quickly this week about Josh Mathews joining TNA when pictures of the announcer leaving the company headquarters appeared online. While no official confirmation has been made on the signing, the belief is that a contract has already been reached. While there is still a slight chance that he might be wrestling for the company, the widespread belief is that he is coming in as an announcer.
September 25, 2014
Dixie Carter
Rumors are heating up that TNA will be making their long awaited announcement on a new television contract. Dixie Carter has been adamant all along about Impact Wrestling being able to remain on the air, and it looks like her team is about to finalize things. No word yet on which network the deal will be with, but it appears that Spike is not in the picture. WGN and Velocity are two of the rumored networks interested in bringing wrestling on board.
September 23, 2014
Austin Aries
Add Austin Aries to the long list of performers who may be leaving TNA once their contract expires. Reports surfaced recently that he was not one of the names advertised for an upcoming tour of England, and that led to the speculation that the former world heavyweight champion was not going to have his contract renewed by the company because they are still in limbo over a television contract.
September 22, 2014
Gail Kim
With the company still in limbo on a new television contract, whenever a veteran performer has a contract that is expiring, rumors float around that the person will be leaving TNA. Another name to add to the list is Gail Kim. Long viewed as one of the best female performers in the industry, her future is unclear, as her contract expires before the end of the year.
September 21, 2014
Kurt Angle
TNA could be losing another big name performer, as their contract with Kurt Angle is expiring at the end of the day. He already told fans that an official announcement on his future will be made soon. The former world heavyweight champion has long stated that he has a desire to do one more run with WWE before retirement. With the company desperately lacking top level performers, a reunion is quite possible.
September 21, 2014
Great Khali
The downplaying of the Great Khali continues. WWE is doing some promotional work in India this week, and once again, the former world heavyweight champion was not chosen for the task of generating interest in his own country. Instead, WWE has sent Wade Barrett, a European star who is currently injured. The belief is that management will be severing ties with Khali once his contract expires because he is one of higher paid performers on the roster.
September 17, 2014
Brock Lesnar
During a recent interview, Jim Ross revealed just how close Brock Lesnar and Shelton Benjamin were in college. Ross was the one that recruited Lesnar into WWE, and when a contract was offered, Lesnar stated that he had a special stipulation he would like fulfilled. Lesnar told the company that he would sign the contract if they also gave a deal to Benjamin, who happened to be his roommate at the time.
September 16, 2014
AJ Styles
During a recent interview, Dixie Carter was asked about the situation involving the departure of AJ Styles from TNA. She stated that she felt the company gave him a respectful offer. While she did praise him as a model employee, Carter also goes on to state that she feels that Styles made a mistake by not accepting the contract. The former world heavyweight champion has publicly stated that he felt that the offer was insulting.
September 16, 2014
Dixie Carter
While reports are saying that their contract with Spike TV is expiring at the end of the year, executives in TNA are still making moves as if they are definitely going to remain on television. The company has now booked the Manhattan Center in New York City for three more episodes of Impact Wrestling. It appears that Dixie Carter is extremely confident that they will be signing a deal somewhere.
September 15, 2014
Bully Ray
When his contract was expiring, a lot of fans wondered what TNA would do with Bully Ray and his stories since he was leaving the company. The two sides have reached an agreement to continue working together, so that the stories can be resolved. Bully Ray will also work the Bound For Glory 2014 event and be inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame before parting ways.
September 15, 2014
Bully Ray
Rumors are spreading rapidly right now that Bully Ray has signed a new contract with TNA. The speculation stems from the fact that the company is now openly advertising him for Bound For Glory 2014. His contract expired not too long ago, and at the time, the belief was that the two sides were not able to come to an agreement on a new deal because TNA was still waiting for a television contract. There is also a chance that Bully Ray could just be doing a one time thing for the company.
September 13, 2014
Kenta Kobayashi
When he finally signed a developmental contract with WWE, many fans were under the impression that Kenta Kobayashi might be one of the rare exceptions who get to keep using their names. However, management opted against that and changed his name to Hideo Itami. The reason fro WWE doing this is because they want to be able to own the rights to the name in case he becomes a big star and leaves someday.
September 12, 2014
Kurt Angle
"Well right now I'm not at liberty to say where I'm going but I will tell you I'm going to do the right thing for me and my family. I am in the process of structuring a deal and I do have a company in mind. I haven't said yes because I want to make it a public thing with the company and myself. I can't really say who it is or where I'm going but I can tell you it's going to happen in the next two weeks before my contract is even up. I won't be wrestling until January but there will be a signing in the next couple of weeks." - Kurt Angle hinting on whether he will stay with TNA or return to WWE
September 10, 2014
Dixie Carter
While there has not been a lot of news recently about the television contract situation in TNA, there is still a ton of things going on backstage. Reports have surfaced that Dixie Carter has been meeting with potential silent investors. For those that are not aware, silent investors are those that do not have much of a say in how the company operates. There are talks that the investment amount starts at $10 million.
September 9, 2014
Batista
In yet another sign that Batista might never return to WWE, the big guy is restructuring his contract with Marvel Studios. The company wants to pay him more money after the success of Guardians of the Galaxy. In addition to being signed for the sequel, Batista is also expected to be part of the cast of the third Avengers movie. With a whole lot more money in his pockets, the former world heavyweight champion may decide to retire from professional wrestling altogether.
September 9, 2014