So, welcome to another installment of #TNATalk as I answer your questions you sent to me involving TNA Wrestling/Impact Wrestling. If you have a question for me to answer, send them to me at this link or write them in the box below or tweet them by using "#TNATalk".
Why did Low Ki decide to return to TNA now when he should have been back in 2011?
There are multiple factors that go into a talent wanting to return to a certain company or place. These factors range from money to scheduling to management. I do not know why Low Ki came back to TNA Wrestling right now compared to 2011, but there has to be certain factors that played into effect. I do remember Low Ki retiring from in-ring competition, but he came out of retirement and has joined TNA earlier this year. I don’t know the extent of his contract, but obviously it has to benefit him in order to be there.
I read an article on Magnus with one stating that Mickie James (his real-life girlfriend and the mother of his son) could be his Morality Pet on having him be an on-screen bitter person by discontinuing his partnership with Bram. Could this storyline work out for him and propel him back into the TNA spotlight?
First off, congratulations to Magnus and Mickie James on the birth of their child. Now, I remember Mickie James stating she would like to come back to the wrestling business, but she is open about going anywhere. She has a desire to go to the WWE to become a trainer at their developmental facility. Honestly, I don’t think Mickie James will be back in TNA, but (I know I always say this but it is true) never say never.
As far as the Magnus character, I do think he is being underutilized and forgotten being with Bram. I have been stating this for months and I will continue to state it until it changes. Let’s face it, Bram is the shining star right now. He is impressing me and many others. He’s one of the highlight characters on the show and I pop when he comes out. The Magnus character, on the other hand, has lost his momentum and luster. The focus is on Bram and it really should be on Bram and Magnus.
From how they booked the 10/22/14 show, Magnus helped Bram win his Hardcore match with Devon. Is that going to lead to something? For my #TNANewsBooksImpact, my first script for 10/22/14 had Magnus look weak compared to Bram which would have set up a face turn for Magnus as he turns on Bram. NOW, for my 10/29/14 script, I am having Magnus and Bram be as one where Magnus is helping Bram, so it seems, but it will lead to an ultimate swerve in where Magnus does the ultimate face turn.
Did Madison Rayne return to TNA as a face because of becoming a mother?
As we seen on last night's episode of Impact Wrestling, Madison Rayne turned heel against Taryn Terrell. When Madison returned to TNA after her pregnancy, the thought of TNA making her face because of being a mother is quite crazy if you think about it. There's far more important things that go into deciding whether someone will be face or heel. Obviously Madison went against The Beautiful People when they returned. It's all about what programs the company wants to do and who is available for those programs.
Will we see AJ Styles back in TNA?
I am somewhat surprised that we are still talking about AJ Styles coming back to TNA almost a year after he departed, but after thinking about it, I shouldn’t be surprised knowing how much AJ Styles meant to the company.
When AJ Styles left TNA, I was honestly surprised they let him go. AJ Styles is the person that first caught my eye when I first watched TNA and I still remember that. AJ Styles is a top notch talent that a company should deeply desire to watch. However, money is money and AJ wasn’t going to take a pay cut and I don’t blame him. TNA should have offered him what he wanted for what he has done for the company. They simply couldn’t afford him anymore.
Now that AJ is gone from TNA, he is making a great living on the independent scene to Ring of Honor to New Japan Pro Wrestling and even Global Force Wrestling in the future. AJ Styles really does not need TNA Wrestling and he is proving that. I don’t think he will want to come back now. Does TNA need AJ Styles? Obviously their numbers are stagnant from when he was there to when he wasn’t there. The only thing the company can determine about him is the merchandise dollars. I don’t know how much AJ was bringing in terms of merchandise sales, but it had to be something to take into account.
Continue to the next page for the remainder of the questions and answers:
Does TNA Wrestling have a new television deal in the United States yet?
As of right now, TNA Wrestling does not have a new television deal in the United States. From everything I can gather, TNA is in talks with WGN America and the Velocity Network. I think it is time to state that we can take Spike TV out of TNA Wrestling’s future. It looks like Spike will be moving on and TNA is forced to find another network. While one hasn’t been announced yet, they are only two months away from 2015. They will need to get a deal done soon and start finding venues to produce new shows in 2015 as well as to start advertising those shows to sell tickets. It looks like UTA/TNA is trying to get as much out of these networks as possible, but as we can see from their relationship with Spike TV, that didn’t work out. TNA Wrestling wanted more money per hour, but Spike wasn’t budging. Hopefully they are giving WGN and Velocity a fair number in terms of revenue streaming. A deal has to be made soon and hopefully it will benefit BOTH sides where BOTH the network and TNA can grow domestically.
Has Kurt Angle signed a new deal with TNA Wrestling?
As of Tuesday night, Kurt Angle has not signed a new deal with TNA Wrestling and I can clearly confirm that. Kurt has been negotiating with WWE and TNA Wrestling for the past month. However, he has come to terms with TNA Wrestling on their offer. The last thing to do is to sign on the dotted line, BUT TNA did not give him a physical contract yet. He has been waiting since Bound for Glory, but TNA is not offering contracts to anyone until they get a television deal in place. One known person that is getting shafted is, obviously, Kurt Angle. Other names are being tossed around are Bully Ray, Gail Kim, and Samoa Joe. TNA is in a rough spot right now and even if those other names aren’t affected, the biggest name in TNA Wrestling is being affected right now and it certainly isn’t smart business.
Like my Facebook page for my full wrestling thoughts.