TNA Tapping Out?, Rusev 2015 Wyatt, Survivor Series Implications

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Given Bully Ray’s cryptic Tweet, is this an indication we are seeing the final episodes of Impact for the year and for the foreseeable future? Do you have any updates or know whether TNA has set reached a TV deal of some kind with someone?

TNA Wrestling’s final show of 2014 was Bound for Glory on October 12, 2014. They have material for next week’s episode of Impact but that should wrap it up and we’re likely to see some “Best of” type shows in December (there will not be a show on Thanksgiving week). It’s rumored the company will tape TV again in January, at which point they’ll either be under a new deal with Spike TV or on a different network entirely.

In speaking with TNA sources, there remains confidence that a new domestic TV agreement will be finalized soon. This is something that Dixie Carter herself stated Wednesday evening on Twitter. The impatience from talent and fans alike has to do with the fact everyone is in a holding pattern. Talent with deals that are up (like Bully Ray and Samoa Joe) aren’t being offered extensions and fans of course want to know what is going to happen. Let’s not forget talent that is under contract isn't making money because they’re not on shows.

With that being said, I have no idea if that’s what Bully Ray was talking about in his Tweet and really don’t want to speculate. If/when TNA announces their new domestic TV deal, we’ll bring the details immediately, however, it’s crunch time for sure.

With Rusev running through everyone put in front of him, could you see Kurt Angle being brought back to defend America, ultimately leading to Angle vs. Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 31?

There have been rumors off and on about WWE bringing Kurt Angle back but I’m just not buying in. I know WWE sources have indicated about the on again/off again interest, but I’m not seeing it this close to the build to Wrestlemania 31. I can tell you Rusev is being mentioned in many prominent feuds for next year’s Wrestlemania and could be next year’s Bray Wyatt. Does that mean he gets John Cena at the pay-per-view next year? I have heard that come up but obviously not confirmed.

Is there any validity to the rumor around many indy scenes (from what I've been told) that the indy talent contacted for the Adam Rose and Bunny party group is a rib on indy wrestlers?

I’ve heard the same rumor and I guess it’s possible but it sounds like a high degree of paranoia. WWE has always utilized local independent wrestlers as “extras” on their television. In fact, one of our readers actually participated as an “extra” in an angle with Chris Jericho several years ago. It’s a great networking opportunity for the worker(s) called in. Remember Colin Delaney? He was brought in to work a per shot and landed a contract. The wrestling business is very much about *who* you know and any local talent called to work a WWE show should use it to get their name out there.

If Team Cena wins at Survivor Series, then what’s next? A general manager comes back? Does The Authority leave TV for awhile?

There continues to be a lot of “what’s next” chatter surrounding the outcome of Team Cena vs. Team Authority at Survivor Series. What we know for sure is that John Cena will be challenging Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship after the pay-per-view so regardless, he’ll be protected in the match.

Speculation/backstage gossip over the past couple of weeks has suggested The Authority are going to be written off TV, with WWE possibly reverting back to a Vince McMahon vs. Triple H “power struggle” program that was originally slated for this year. The Authority has been highly protected, overcoming the odds for well over a year now. Will a different outcome take place at Survivor Series? I can’t confirm for sure but regardless of the outcome, Cena will be protected to be a viable challenger for Brock Lesnar and the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

Do you think now the WWE Network is in full swing and PPVs are more 'special events,’ do you think it’s more likely WWE finally holds a PPV in the United Kingdom?

The WWE Network gives the company the ability to hold a live televised special from the United Kingdom. However, it would be a horrible idea to try and rebrand one of the monthly pay-per-views from the United Kingdom because of the time difference. All we have to do is look at how Bound for Glory 2014 fared just last month. I know TNA has a slew of other issues but it was a sad state of affairs.

WWE needs to get their Network up and running over in the United Kingdom before this would be a possibility .

From the Ask WNW vault…

September 2012: Why did WWE have The Miz job to Ryback in under three minutes on Raw? - If you’ve been keeping up on Richard’s Backstage Blog then you read here a couple weeks ago that Vince McMahon was ready to take Ryback to the “next level” despite concern from most workers and officials. As we saw at the conclusion of this week’s Raw, it’s happening and WWE is ready to start feeding Ryback in the main event. Some are speculating Ryback is the backup plan to work against Punk should John Cena not be able to go but one thing is clear, he’s getting ready to get his push at the top. Check out my report from a couple weeks ago for some interesting details that will prepare you for the major push.

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