- Austin Aries posted today on Twitter that he has re-signed with TNA. The following is from his official Twitter account:
Amidst their recent signings, I’m happy to say I’ve also re-signed with TNA. I’m excited for this next year, and see #GREAT things ahead…
— Austin Healy Aries (@AustinAries) May 19, 2012
I find this interesting as we reported here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com Premium in March that Aries’ TNA contract was coming up and WWE was interested in him for their prospective WWE Network show for cruiser weights.
- TMZ is reporting that King Mo has reached out to Hulk Hogan and Sting for advice following his deal to compete with both TNA and Bellator. Mo is expected to join TNA this summer where he will be first start to make crossover appearances between TNA and the MMA organization.
- I am now able to confirm reports of Alex Shelley’s imminent departure from TNA Wrestling. After working last weekend’s house show loop, Shelley is waiting for the days to run off his current deal which is believed to be up soon. Shelley’s partner, Chris Sabin, is believed to be signed through September but is also expected to leave at that point. According to a source close to The Motorcity Machineguns, both would love to be picked up by WWE, however, no immediate interest is known. One observer feels they will be more likely to work the independent circuit domestically as well as possible dates in Japan.
- Brooke Hogan will be doing her first media blitz for TNA Wrestling today in New York City. Scheduled appearances include appearances on “Fox & Friends” on Fox News, “Inside Edition” on CBS and “Showbiz Tonight” on Headline News.
TNA hired Brooke last week as the new Executive in Charge of the Knockouts.
- Preliminary estimates indicate that this month’s TNA Sacrifice pay-per-view failed to cross the 10,000 buys threshold. The number is expected to be between 8,000 and 9,000 buys.
- TNA Wrestling filed an injunction request Wednesday in Davidson County Chancery Court alleging that former office employee Brian Wittenstein provided WWE with confidential information and trade secrets. TNA alleges WWE is now using the insider information provided by Wittenstein to poach talent. According to the suit, a WWE official notified TNA on May 7, 2012 that Wittenstein, who was hired earlier this year as a creative assistant, had provided them with confidential information. While the lawsuit notes Wittenstein was fired from WWE when it was learned what he did, TNA claims WWE waited three weeks before notifying them of the breach. TNA now believes WWE is using the insider information regarding TNA contracts provided by Wittenstein to poach talent. One of the names at the center of the lawsuit is none other than Ric Flair. As we reported here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com Premium on Monday, Flair has been trying to get out of his TNA contract in order to return to WWE. According to the suit, Flair approached TNA about getting out of his deal on May 9th and has no-showed every scheduled appearance since. Today, a judge signed a temporary restraining order requiring WWE and Wittenstein to return and not destroy the confidential information. A hearing has been set for June 11, 2012. You can read much more on the suit, including comments from WWE attorney Jerry McDevitt, at this link.
- The following is from the official Twitter account of Dixie Carter:
Let me know if u had problems getting the first 6+min of Impact last night? Think it was a DirecTV east coast feed issue. Tell me your city
— Dixie Carter (@TNADixie) May 25, 2012
TNA has moved two of their “BaseBrawl” live events:
- The show scheduled to take place from the Power Park in Charleston, West Virginia has been moved from August 17th to September 8th
- The show scheduled to take place from Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington, Kentucky has been moved from August 18th to September 13th