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- Dixie Carter is out of the darkness and into the light. After “blacking out” her profile on social media following the airing of the Team 3D table spot, the TNA President is preparing for her on-screen return to the company.

Carter noted on Twitter last week that she has invited Mike Tenay to her home to interview her. The following is from Twitter:

- For those that missed it, Davey Richards broke his leg while working TNA’s live event in Indiana, Pennsylvania. Abyss replaced him in the main event, in which he and Eddie Edwards went over Devon & Mr. Anderson.

Davey Tweeted that he arrived home on Saturday and went straight to rehab. He’s hoping to be back in 4-6 weeks.

- Rafael Morffi finished up with TNA Wrestling at Sunday’s live event in Hagerstown, Maryland.

- It was reported on Sunday that Bully Ray told talent at Sunday’s TNA live event in Hagerstown, Maryland that he doesn’t expect to be back for the company. From what I heard, the speech was not necessarily Bully Ray “saying goodbye” as much as it was him letting his co-workers know if he isn’t seen there again. In other words, a precautionary speech if he ends up not agreeing on a contract extension with TNA Wrestling and not exactly a “farewell.” As I mentioned on Sunday, Bully Ray was believed to be exiting the company two years ago but ended up re-signing and having the best singles run of his career.

- Spike TV has made overtures about buying 51% of TNA Wrestling. According to a source speaking under the condition of anonymity, the Carter family is interested but so far Dixie Carter has been resistant.

It could be a slow process and with Impact Wrestling set to go off the network at the end of the September, Spike made the decision to extend them until the end of the year so it wouldn’t be a race to try to get Dixie on board in such a sport span. For those that missed it, TNA officially announced that Impact will remain on Spike throughout the end of the year on Wednesday nights.

We’re told Spike realizes that if Impact was only off the air for a month or two, a large portion of the audience may not be back when the show returns, so with Spike being interested in buying the company, they preferred to give themselves a little more time to convince Dixie to sell.

TNA had nothing to lose by agreeing on a short term extension because it buys them more time to find a new domestic home in the event things are not worked out with Spike.

It’s almost like a game of chicken. If TNA finds a new home, Spike could end up losing a franchise they helped build with nothing to show for it. On the other hand, Spike doesn’t think there is any network that would pay what they’ve been paying, so ultimately it may just increase Spike’s offer if TNA does find another suitor.

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