According to his sarcastic friend John "Bradshaw" Layfield on facebook, TNA executive Bruce Prichard recently had a health scare and suffered two heart attacks in the process:
Very happy one of my best friends Brother Love (Bruce Prichard) is ok after suffering two apparent heart attacks this past week. He's got two new stents and doctor says that according to his research he actually does have a heart. Very, very happy that my pal is ok. A few years ago Gerald Brisco, who hired me at WWE and is also good friend of mine and Bruce's, had a heart attack-so apparently both of them have a heart-who would have believed it?
Dave Meltzer of f4wonline.com clarified that he was hospitalised with a heart issue over a week ago and consequently did not oversee TNA's Victory Road pay-per-view on Sunday or their subsequent Impact television tapings this week. This led to the operation to have two stents put in his heart and at some point in the process he suffered the heart attacks, but apparently he's now recovering well. There is no word on when he will be healthy enough to return to work for TNA.
Prichard was a long time road agent for WWE, someone most thought would have a lifetime job with the company, but he was fired in late 2008 for a combination of reasons, including regularly having "personal issues" (standard code for drug problems), perceived laziness, his political games finally catching up with him and Stephanie McMahon not being a fan of his. Close to two years later he joined TNA's production staff and quickly rose up the ranks to be one of the most powerful people within the promotion. He became TNA's head of talent relations when Terry Taylor was fired from the position in late May and then replaced Vince Russo as their creative head in October, a demotion that eventually caused Russo to walk out of the company. Prichard was praised for slowing down the frenetic pace of Russo's writing in the run up to Bound For Glory, something that has largely been stuck to, but other than that it has been pretty much business as usual on the creative front. We at Cageside Seats would like to wish Prichard a speedy recovery and hope that TNA, already stretched thin on resources, can cope in his absence.