Vince Russo is gone from TNA Impact Wrestling, Dixie Carter has now confirmed. The following is from Dixie’s Twitter account:
TNA and Vince Russo have mutually parted ways as of this week. The separation is amicable and professional.
— Dixie Carter (@TNADixie) February 14, 2012
News regarding a possible TNA creative team change became the talking point going into Sunday’s Against All Odds pay-per-view when it was learned that Russo was not at the pay-per-view and former WWE creative team writer Dave Lagana was. While the structure isn’t 100% clear at this point, Lagana didn’t replace Russo and didn’t write the script for this week’s TVs. Lagana has been helping out backstage with pre-tapes and is not believed to currently have a role in the creative process.
The most surprising part of this news is not that Russo is off TNA creative but that he has completely left the company. One of my sources believed Russo was looking to re-position himself in the company as Dixie Carter had always been very supportive of him. As previously noted, with Russo gone, it’s a significant leg up for Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff as they looked at Russo and Jeff Jarrett as their opposition.
As things currently stand, Bruce Prichard is still in charge of the creative direction in TNA with Matt Conway contributing. Eric Bischoff gets the final nod before material is taped for television.