If you thought TNA's dire public image couldn't sink any lower in the aftermath of firing Jesse Sorensen less than 18 months after suffering a broken neck in their ring, despite Dixie Carter promising him a job for life with the company, think again Cagesiders.
According to Dave Meltzer in this week's subscriber only Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Sorensen claimed in a recently released shoot interview for Highspots.com that TNA refused to pay for any of his medical bills from the serious neck injury that briefly left him unable to move his legs.
Consequentially, Sorensen had to rely on his mother's medical insurance to cover the cost of his treatment, but eventually she had to file for personal bankruptcy as the expenses continued to mount up.
In the final slap in the face, neither Dixie nor TNA's CFO Dean Broadhead had the decency to explain their decision to release Sorensen to him personally, instead leaving the duty of breaking the bad news to the head of their travel department Bob Ryder.
Of course, TNA's history is littered with ex performers disgruntled over their poor pay and working conditions, most notably Shannon "Daffney" Spruill, whose wrestling career ended prematurely from the concussions caused by being pressured into doing dangerous in ring stunts and having to work with a recklessly green trainee. Like Sorensen, she was forced to pick up the hospital tab too.
However, Daffney fought back and earlier this year won an out of court settlement from TNA over a Workers’ Compensation claim she had made against the promotion shortly before they fired her in March 2011.
The vain hope was that TNA may have learnt their lesson from the Daffney debacle and changed their morally reprehensible policy of leaving their talent to pay for all the costs of rehabilitation and surgery resulting from in ring accidents, especially for someone like Sorensen who was lucky to avoid permanent paralysis of his legs. I guessed wrong, but that was before their ever present money woes worsened from taping Impact on the road. Shame on me.
In this cesspool environment, can you blame AJ Styles for wanting to consider his options elsewhere or anyone else on the roster for that matter?