TNA Wrestling's Future On Spike TV, Pursuit Of MVP, Four Names Targeted As New Signings, Return To Universal Studios, Update On The Carter Family Wanting To Sell The Company

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- TNA Wrestling's contract with Spike TV is up in October 2014. There are a couple things of note here. First, the new WWE TV deal will go into effect in October 2014, meaning Spike TV (or Viacom to be more specific) could theoretically be a suitor for the WWE deal if they do not agree to a new deal with NBC Universal by February 14, 2014. In fact, the belief in TV circles is WWE has already reached out to or met with representatives from Viacom. There is a lot of nervousness within TNA about their deal. The feeling from many is they don't have a lot of leverage in negotiations and the loss of Eric Bischoff is seen as problematic, given his good relationship with the network. There's also a feeling the promotion being started by Jeff Jarrett and Toby Keith is interested in the contract.

- MVP says he's very much a free agent and dismisses any reports that he's signed with TNA as part of the new investor angle. We reported here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com Premium on January 6, 2014 that TNA and MVP were believed to be getting close to a deal. TNA simultaneously pursued MVP while they were negotiating with Styles. The feeling was if they re-signed Styles, they wouldn't be able to sign MVP.

- In addition to signing Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards, we can confirm there's been legitimate interest in The Young Bucks, Roderick Strong and Chris Hero. The deal they were offering Strong in December included zero guaranteed dates but would feature a $1300/month downside whether he worked or not.

- TNA's immediate problem about having nowhere to tape TVs has been solved for the short-term. Fresh off the news that Universal Studios has reportedly become a part of WWE's negotiations for a new domestic TV deal with NBC Universal, they announced late Friday they're returning to the theme park for several new dates. The return is scheduled for an "Impact Live" event on March 13th followed by Impact tapings on March 14th and March 15th. They'll return in April for an "Impact Live" event on April 10th followed by Impact tapings on April 11th and April 12th. On April 26th, TNA will hold a One Night Only taping followed by a "Pay-Per-View" event on April 27th and Impact tapings on April 28th and April 29th. They'll return in May for Impact tapings on May 7th, May 8th and May 9th.

- The Carter family is believed to still have interest in selling TNA Wrestling but there is nothing to report as of press time.

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