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TNA Bringing in New Talent
TNA Wrestling has shifted their focus on lower priced talent when looking for additions as part of new cost cutting measures. This includes but is not limited to talent from Ring of Honor, talent overseas and former names working on the domestic indies. Expect this to continue as the company feels the product has not been hurt by recent roster cuts.
Why Brooke's TNA Release Wasn't Entirely Budget Related
We are able to confirm that Brooke Hogan's release from TNA Wrestling was twofold. While her release was done as part of budget cuts, there was another reason.
Brooke's public announcement of her high-profile engagement to Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman Phil Costa got her a lot of heat. We'e told she basically "ruined" the legitimacy of the Bully Ray angle. It was this, combined with the fact she was making more than most of the Knockouts on the roster and wasn't even wrestling, that made her expendable.
Hulk Hogan Being Offered a New TNA Contract
In other Hogan news, we're told TNA has approached Hulk Hogan about taking another pay cut. The company is trying to spin it as a contract extension as they are willing to commit to a lengthier deal at a lower rate. The hope is he'll agree to lower pay for a longer commitment.
Sources close to Hogan do not see him agreeing.