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Backstage TNA Releases & Changes
TNA/Impact Wrestling/Global Force Owl Men/Whatever
They’re Called This Week haven’t had the
best 2017. Or 2016. Or 2015. But hopefully,
after another year of false starts, the company
is putting their owls in a row for a good
2018 – with some very significant backstage
PWInsider is reporting that both John ‘Big’
Gaburick and Dutch Mantel are expected to
officially leave Impact Wrestling on the 1st
January, 2018. Gaburick has been with TNA
since 2013, and has overseeing production
since Jeff Jarrett was let go in October.
Before that, he was a longtime employee of
WWE, working there since the 90s as its Vice
President of Television Production. He’s
been a reported source of tension backstage,
supposedly being behind the failed tape library
sale to WWE last year.
Mantel, meanwhile, is the former Zeb Colter
in WWE, and had been working for Impact in
Creative since Jeff joined TNA earlier this
year. But Dutch “lost his position of power
when Jarrett exited the company” and might
have “already been let go”.
These reported releases come at the same time
as a statement from Impact noting a reshuffle
at the top of their management structure,
revealing Don Callis and Scott D’Amore have
joined the company as Executive Vice Presidents,
who will report to Impact President Ed Nordholm,
and form “a 3-member Executive Committee
with overall responsibility for developing
the creative direction for the Company and
managing the execution of the Company’s
PWInsider adds that “There is an expectation
that there will be additional talents exiting
over the next month or so, including some
top of the card names.” James Storm and
Ethan Carter III are thought to be amongst
these, as their contracts are the most expensive,
and they expire early next year.
Another name said to be leaving the company
is more problematic, though – as they’re
currently one of the promotion’s champions.
Be careful, as we’re about to enter the
Spoiler Room Brawl for Impact Wrestling in
WWE Want Laurel Van Ness
Wrestling Observer Radio have revealed Laurel
Van Ness planned to leave TNA early last month,
but she didn’t let management know until
after she’d won the Knockouts Championship
at their 8th November TV taping – a win which
will air on this Thursday’s episode of Impact.
One reason behind Laurel wanting to leave
TNA might be the rumors that WWE is interested
in signing her. She previously appeared for
WWE in 2014 as Megan Miller – the physical
therapist who claimed to be having an affair
with Daniel Bryan, which was all part of the
awful feud between Stephanie McMahon and Brie
Bella. Ness also came fourth in the 2015 season
of WWE’s Tough Enough show, and she’s
currently dating Smackdown wrestler Zack Ryder.
The Wrestling Observer claim Impact will not
let Ness go until she’s been written out
of their storylines, while Creative Team member
Sonjay Dutt has told Sportskeeda “She’s
with the Knockouts Champion… She’s with
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