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A lot has gone down in TNA over the last few
Original founder Jeff Jarrett has officially
regained control of the promotion after being
brought back in by the new owners Anthem Sports
Jarrett, in turn, has changed-up the backstage
team, replacing previous Head of Creative
John Gaburick with his guy Dutch Mantell – the
former Zeb Colter in WWE.
With the first batch of TV tapings from the
new regime set to start tonight, TNA’s future
direction will finally be unveiled.
And it’s going to be pretty different.
In just this week alone, top acts Mike Bennett
and Maria Kanellis, former World Heavyweight
Champion Drew Galloway, current Tag Team Champions
Matt and Jeff Hardy – and now the latest,
former Knockouts Champion Jade – have all
left the company.
The way things are going, expect several other
wrestlers to have departed TNA by the time
this News episode goes live.
Even people who’ve never been signed by
TNA are on their way out, like PWG and Evolve
wrestler Chuck Taylor:
“Last night I asked for my release from
This morning they informed me I was never
One of the main reasons for so many talents
not resigning with TNA’s new regime appears
to be negotiations going down to the wire.
Reby Sky revealed the Hardys only got their
finalised contracts five days before their
current ones were set to expire, making them
feel bullied into resigning.
Drew Galloway echoed those words to the Scottish
Sun, saying that although TNA’s offer to
him was “one of the best in the company…the
reality is that because they waited until
the last second I had to turn it down.”
It seems like a bad case of timing, with many
top wrestlers’ contracts expiring at the
same time company management was being overhauled.
Another victim of this is Alberto Del Rio.
PWInsider are reporting the former WWE Champion
was originally meant to be debuting at tonight’s
Impact tapings back when John Gaburick had
the book, but – rather ironically – these
fell through when Double J and Del Rio’s
former TexAmerica manager Mantell took over
So who is going to be in the Impact Zone tonight?
Bobby Lashley, Moose, Eli Drake, Davey Richards,
Eddie Edwards and EC3 all resigned with TNA
before Anthem took over, so they’ll presumably
be the promotion’s focus point going forward.
Cody Rhodes is only booked for one of four
TV taping dates.
But what next for the Hardys?
After tweeting WWE stars Sasha Banks and Bray
Wyatt after departing TNA, he’s now flirting
with Kenny Omega – calling out The Elite and
New Japan Pro Wrestling:
“Did someone say MAGIC?
Myself & the NEFARIOUS #BrotherNero have eyes
on The ELITE & The New Wrestling in Japan.
We’ll see you all soon.”
Meanwhile, Wrestling News World are reporting
that WWE “thinks they will land Jeff with
almost certainty, however they aren’t as confident
with signing Matt.”
Apparently WWE are willing to offer Jeff a
Chris Jericho-like deal with limited dates
where he only works TV, PPVs and a few house
shows and they’ll give him “a monster
face push if he returns.”
But because Jeff doesn’t want to leave his
Broken brother, “WWE has to play to Matt
as much as they play to Jeff.”
Find out the whole story behind Matt and Jeff
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