In the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer reported that Scott Steiner had decided to leave TNA instead of re-signing with the company when his contract recently expired, likely upset at how little he had been used by management of late:
Scott Steiner (Scott Rechsteiner, 49) is off the TNA roster because his contract expired and he decided against signing an extension. He hadn't been used in months on television so he wasn't a major part of plans, which may have been why he didn't care to sign the new deal.
Really, if Steiner has indeed left TNA, then he did them a big favour, as at his age and immobility he's expensive deadwood taking up vital television time that could go toward establishing their next generation of stars, even though he still has presence as a monster heel and can cut a mean promo.
However, we can't be certain that Big Poppa Pump is gone from TNA for good when he took to his Twitter page to bury Hulk Hogan, Eric Bischoff and Bruce Prichard as soon as news of his departure from the promotion had leaked. Dave Lagana, TNA's new lead scriptwriter, is keen to use social media more heavily in their onscreen storylines and to create a more interactive live pay-per-view experience, so there is a distinct possibility that this is all just a worked shoot angle, like WWE tag team champion Epico publicly complaining on Tuesday about being relegated to a lowly dark match at WrestleMania 28. On the other hand, Steiner is a hothead who is prone to speaking his mind, so he could genuinely be venting at the incompetence he's had to live with over the past fifteen months from TNA management.
After the jump, you can read Steiner's multi-day Twitter rants and Hogan's response to them. What do you think Cagesiders, work or shoot?
Scott Steiner: Can somebody send tna's booking team of pritchard hogan n bischoff video's from ring ka king..booking hogan in a sex tape wont help ratings..what an embarassment to tna n spike tv. Brother... Wait... His ex-wife said he was .gay..so who's the guy in the sex tape.
Read my tweats people, I am not blasting TNA if I do I will let you know. Right now im trying to save tna bcuz its the titanic and its sinking fast bcuz hogan n bischoff r doing the same bullshit they did to destroy WCW. It took them 1 1/2 months to drive tna to its lowest ratings ever...the best way to save it is to jump off and be the voice for the guys. Bitter???? I have nothing to be bitter about! I have a contract extension signed by tna officials that under the circumstances i would not sign.
How app'ate wwe mentions tna by lawler makin fun of pritchard having heart attack. That fat piece o shit has ppl in tna that he was vinces rite hand man. Bn up there twice-saw he was go'fer/bitch ....lawlers joke is on par for what they thought of him. Keep on puttin mayonaise on yur pigs feet n porkloins u fat fuck. U were so close to makin alot of ppl happy.
When these assholes got control they tried to takeover everybodys twitter page. If u didnt have twitter they made one up for U...so u people who think yur tweeting sting its not him. He told me he doesnt watch the show. So hes not tweeting about a show he doesnt watch. Evrybody refused to sign over twitter so every wk u get an email begging u to twitter what they want. Got one today, Please tweet this; Hogan take over as GM wonder what he will do...WTF really. Even if u r not on show Please tweet..so the booking team of pritchard bischoff n hogan wont book U want u to tweet about hogan. Tweet about yurself hogan nobody else wants to tweet about u u fucking mark. Im tweeting what they wish they could.
Wondeting what hogans going to do...hmmmm...hes a fn mark so hes going to make a couple of matches that ppl want to see. Nothing more unprofessional than a heel wanting to be cheered. So ppl cheer him which pissd everybody off especially sting bcuz he had to wrestle him. Have the future of wrestling garrett do something bcuz eric told him to in booking meeting....what a fucking joke. Now hes good but hes going to everything like he did when he was bad bcuz he was first good. And that produced the worst ratings ever so he went bad which was just as bad as when he was good. Then his bad wasnt any good bcuz his ratings still sucked so he turnd back to good from bad. Wtf y'all get his bullshit ....dont forget to say BROTHER ..bcuz its fresh. Stupid mofo. Remember deny u had anything to do with the release of the sex tape to try n get more sales. How kardashian of u....Homomania running wild..his shit writes itself. His ex-wife said he was gay right!!!..hhmmm who brought in Orlando Jordan.
Hulk Hogan: Wow do I feel like a fool! I knew Steiner came to TNA the last tapings then was asked to leave, I heard the news and I was lobbying hard to Bring him back the right way because I see money and talent in him, I had no idea he felt that way about me because he is always really nice To me and my family, guess I was really wrong, at least I know who he really is now. HH
Scott Steiner: Bischoff had a ringside meeting at tv tapings and praised flair for being a 2x HOF"er. Guys were like wtf what a MARK he does know the HOF is a work right? Guys dont respect Flair they have all gone to http://espn.com webpage n read the article on Grantland. They see a drunk who doesnt own a car a house and cant pay his electic bill for his appartment. They were saying damn not only is he an asshole he's a fn mark. Then on the show he put over the HOF rings twice...hey dumbass the WWE thanks u for putting over there product. What a marketing genius. Why dont u run a streamer during the show and announce their houseshows for this wkend.