Bruce Prichard not a fan of the Knockouts:
According to a report from the Wrestling Observer the reason the TNA Knockout division has fallen by the wayside, is that Bruce Prichard is not a fan of women’s wrestling. Prichard who signed in late 2010 got his current role as Senior Vice President of Programming and Talent Relations on October 17, 2011, since then he has supposedly been guiding the creative content and women are not his focus.
The decision to move away from the women is baffling considering historically they have been some of the highest rated segments on Impact. You’d think nurturing and improving the division would be one of TNA’s primary goals if ratings are what they want. Unfortunately it seems Dixie Carter is once again being dazzled by tenured veterans, who have a stale and old-fashioned view of the business.
This may explain why Angelina Love and Velvet Sky both asked for their releases, and other women have disappeared from the spotlight.
Vegan + WWE made Bryan sick:
Daniel Bryan continues to discuss his reasons for ditching a strict Vegan diet. Last week he explained that it was difficult to get all the foods he needed while traveling the WWE schedule and was getting sick. In a recent interview with Mix 106.1 in Philadelphia the one half of Hell No said relying on soy was the main problem and that he’s now getting most of his protein from eggs, which is more ethical than chowing down meat but still a sin in Vegan circles. Bryan says his choice to go Vegan was for health reasons so there’s no point being unhealthy if it’s not working for him.
TNA talent banned from Indy DVD releases:
In what will have a knock-on effect on the bottom line of lower card TNA wrestlers, the company has banned them from appearing on the DVDs of independent promotions. This means members of TNA’s roster than rely on Indy bookings to supplement their income won’t be allowed to be booked on any major independent events that are filmed for commercial release.
It appears that like WWE, TNA contracts state that talent are exclusively TNA’s from a copyright standpoint, it’s just the company usually chooses not to enforce those clauses and lets their talent have outside bookings.
Edge having Neck surgery:
WWE Hall of Famer Edge will be undergoing neck surgery on November 8th, to correct issues sustained during his wrestling career. He told the Matthew Aaron Show that he’ll need about 4 months to recover before pursuing his various non-wrestling projects.