Bob Ryder Highlights TNA Dysfunction With Bizarre Tweet

The dysfunction in TNA Wrestling starts at the top and goes all the way down throughout the ranks. From talent that felt they were lied to when the Carter family was negotiating to sell the company to Toby Keith to the uncertainty of their future on Spike TV.

However, that dysfunction went to downright bizarre earlier this week.

On Monday I reported here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com that TNA had hired Nigel Sherrod to work in their live events department. Sherrod is formerly known for his work in Deep South Wrestling when they were an official developmental territory of WWE and he hosted Season 1 of the short-lived Lucha Libre USA series on MTV2.

Sherrod has actually been working in TNA since May 2014 and has recently relocated to Nashville, TN. He travels to the shows and Tweeted the following about Friday night's TNA live event in Indiana, PA:

Sherrod even had an on-screen appearance for TNA back in 2008 as he made a cameo as an Elvis impersonator at the company's Slammiversary pay-per-view that year.

So how does this get bizarre?

Enter TNA executive Bob Ryder. Ryder has been with TNA since its inception -- he was an initial investor and has worked his way up through the ranks. He's previously known for his work with WCW and is the owner and founder of 1Wrestling.com. Ryder reportedly picked up more responsibilities behind-the-scenes in TNA earlier this year, according to a February 2014 report by WrestleZone.com's Justin LaBar.

On Wednesday, two days after my report about Sherrod working for TNA, Ryder Tweeted this:

While on the surface, this doesn't seem like that big of deal. Ryder doesn't have to know everyone that works for TNA and who can blame him - he's probably busy. However, it follows a disturbing pattern we've seen within TNA Wrestling. Take for example the employment of Vince Russo.

On January 27, 2014 an employee from TNA's public relations department told me via email that Russo is "not a TNA employee," amid rumors indicating the contrary. It wasn't until Russo inadvertently sent an email to Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com in July 2014 that was intended for Mike Tenay and Taz that it was learned that Russo was very much working for TNA.

On July 31, 2014, Russo wrote on his official website that he "worked as a consultant for TNA" for nine months prior to the post. This not only proved the rumors of Russo's involvement were true but that TNA was lying about his employment.

I have absolutely no idea why Bob Ryder Tweeted what he did to over 28,700 people. He didn't mention WrestlingNewsWorld.com or our initial report, however, he was very much passing it off as inaccurate. While I cannot give his motivation for such a Tweet, I can unequivocally state his Tweet is not true. A TNA executive -- not a pro wrestling dirt sheet -- that's not telling the truth.

On Thursday, I contacted TNA's Public Relations department -- the same department that told me Vince Russo was "not a TNA employee" -- about Ryder's Tweet and have yet to receive a response.

Friday, August 15, 2014 6:35 PM EDT Update: Bob Ryder sent the following email to me regarding this report:

Your reporting earlier this week about Nigel Sherrod is an example of everything wrong with wrestling journalism on the web.

You indicated that Nigel Sherrod had been hired to work in our live events department and strongly suggested that he was hired to take Rafael Morffi's place. When your report was posted, I had several questions from people who actually work in the live events department asking me if I knew who the guy was. I didn't. I looked at Twitter and saw his twitter account that said he was currently working for TNA. That's when I posted the tweet saying I had never heard of him and that he didn't work for TNA.

It turns out he is helps at the merchandise table at our road live events. That's the extent of his connection with TNA. He doesn't work in our live events department and did not replace Rafael Morffi.

Over the last several months there has been a tremendous amount of bad reporting regarding TNA. People like you take a glimmer of information and make assumptions, and then it blows up into something totally different than reality. Too many reporters for sites like yours don't just cut & paste, they cut & guess.

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  • Rich

    Sounds like an ass.

    • My reporting is “everything wrong with wrestling journalism on the web” when what I wrote was more true than anything he Tweeted. He’s just trying to cover for a horrendous error. I mean at least he responded. I guess.

      • Immortal1

        You call it a “horrendous error” in this comment, but also say “who can blame him” when stating it’s understandable for him to not know every single person within the company.

        Pick a side and stick with it. Somebody previously described this article as a “non-story” and I agree. It is a non-story.

        • It went from a simple mistake to a horrendous error the moment he absolved himself of any blame and put it on the “dirt sheet guy.” That gimmick is so old and annoying.

          And yeah, it’s a non-story but I’m not going to have my credibility attacked by blatant lies.

          • Allen Massey

            it seems to starting to be come an epidemic Richard between anyone employed by Panda Energy to work for TNA entertainment down to the fans of TNA

            anything that is associated news wise with TNA is deemed false or made up. beit by TNA employees or the TNA fanboys.

            Its not just you Richard and your site. the majority of the Dirt sheets are evil stuff is also directed at Meltzer and Bryan ALverz at F4wonline’/Obeserver, Mike/Dave/Richard over at PWInsider, the guys at the Torch, and the guys at prowrestling(dot)net

            if anything sheds a bad light on TNA. its automatically deemed made up as a way to crap on tna

            I mean i see on message boards all the time when sites like your and others report that Moral is low in TNA. its done as pure hate

            or like when Dave Meltzer reports TNA PPV buyrates just 2 to 3 weeks after the PPV is done the as i call them the TNA Propaganda MAchine is like how does Dave get those numbers TNA is a private held COmpany and only Dixie and TNA gets those numbers. (but if my memory is correct) wouldnt Cable companies like Comcast, TIme Warner, Brighthouse, Dish Network, Direct TV, Uverse who all Carry these PPV would also have the Info on how many PPV’s were purchased to then right

            or its funny how only in TNA do we ever get Press releases 4 days after the live airing of Impacts Viewership numbers are released that. oh yeah by the way with the P3 DVR Numbers we did an additional so many viewers

            I Never see WWE crowing about the P3 DVR Numbers for Raw or Smackdown or any other shows in reality

            and speaking of DVR Numbers i think those numbers should never be considered added to the live/SD DVR view of the show. because back when the monday night wars were going on there was no such thang as a DVR we had to use VCRs to record one or the other show and watch the other one live that we werent Taping. and back then you couldnt go find out how many people Video taped Raw or Nitro for later viewing because of Watching Raw or Nitro live. I know the DVR is a good thing. but anything post same day viewing of a show you dvr’ed aka 24 hours after its airing shouldnt count to any additional viewed numbers.

            as Much as i want to see TNA succeed but im to the point because of the fans they have breeded over the last few years im ready for TNA to go under to be honest

            and i love another thing about the TNA fans think Dixie i sthe greatest thing to wrestling history. yet totally ignore how she has ran that company since her folks bought he company from the Jarretts. Besides the tna fan revisionist history of the way the jarretts had to sale to the carters (they say Jeff was killing the company on his own) when anyone who knows the legit reason how the Carters got the company was due to the internal Scandel at Healthsouth Corp that forced them to back out of financing TNA. and the fact they also ignore the fact the first company dixie owned out of College she ran out of business in under a year. and that her folks wont even let her near the family business. thats why they bought her tna for. and then tried to pawn her off last year to Toby and Jeff when they tried to buy TNA

            I think i should stop Ranting LOL

  • Bryan N.

    Cool, looks like a top executive for TNA is taking the WWE’s public relations strategy from the last 2 months. This gentleman does realize that WNW isn’t just some run-of-the-mill rumor rag like half a dozen other news websites right? Way to make yourself look like a total jacka** Mr. Ryder.

  • Immortal1

    Trying to connect Russo’s error with Ryder not knowing the name of an employee who works at the merch stand is a stretch and certainly not a “disturbing trend.”

    • It’s a disturbing trend when there is false information being put out by people that should know better. If they don’t want to admit someone works there, say nothing. To flat out deny something when the obvious is true just seems bizarre.

  • diddy

    Bob Ryder is a piece of trash he calls your sight a dirt sheet when he owns and runs a dirt sheet himself his site is awful if your site is whats wrong with wrestling dirt sheets he should take a look at his own site which no doubt he will deny he owns or founded is a complete joke the headline article is Dean Ambrose appears at lockdown which turns out to be a wwe film that ambrose is staring in now that is bad reporting.

    • JJ

      what dirt sheet does he run? just curious.

      • He’s the owner and founder of 1Wrestling.com.

  • derrick

    Maybe Bob never met the guy. How many people know every single person that works at their job? Not everyone goes around introducing themselves to every single person they walk past . Not everyone decides to go out of their departments to other departments they have nothing to do with to introduce themselves.

    • All very valid, which is what I stated in my initial report. However, it’s his response that is more telling than his Tweet. First, he tries to downplay Nigel’s employment rather than taking responsibility for his error, then he starts pointing his finger at the guy that called him out for lying. Very unprofessional but hardly unexpected given the way this company operates. This is why I also explained how they tried to conceal the employment of Vince Russo, even having the company’s PR department send out blatant lies. Also I can’t imagine the way Bob acts he is “so far above” the people that work merchandise at live events is good for morale but keep in mind, the talent doesn’t trust the office anyway.