If there were Nightmares in Nashville, then over the last few days there have been some ordeals in Orlando concerning TNA management and their wrestlers. But before we get to that in our rundown of the latest backstage TNA news, lets start with something positive first:
- TNA are finally starting to tape Impact on a regular basis outside of Orlando, nearly six months after they dipped their toe in those foreign waters with what turned out to be a one off taping in Fayetteville. The company has announced three TV tapings on the road on August 25th, September 21st and October 26th in Huntsville, Alabama, Knoxville, Tennessee, and Macon, Georgia, respectively. Provided Spike TV are happily funding the additional cost to move some of TNA's tapings out of the cheap Impact Zone in Universal Studios, which was believed to be the hang up that delayed this desired move, then it's a step in the right direction for the struggling promotion, as the Fayetteville taping was widely lauded for making the promotion look more major league.
- In another sign that things might be looking up for Dixie Carter and her company, she's reappeared on Twitter to put over the Destination X PPV after several months of inactivity and basically going into public hiding. Let's hope she's been taking lessons on how to use social media sites properly in the meantime, so she doesn't get her account temporarily suspended again or say more stupid things that could land her in trouble.
- For all the talk about TNA management intentionally sabotaging the Destination X PPV, early signs are they did a pretty poor job of it. Jack Evans' jaw dropping return match to TNA against no names Tony Nese and Jesse Sorensen was by far the highest quarter on the go home show for the PPV. Expect Evans not to be brought back or if he is, then immediately turned into just another X Division jabroni or given a career killing gimmick.
- Speaking of X Division jabronis, Generation Me were granted their contractual releases on Sunday after requesting for them towards the end of last month. Word on the street is that the duo were disgruntled at not being regularly booked on TNA house show tours and that they've already lined up a return to their old stomping ground of the now Sinclair Broadcasting owned Ring Of Honor. Without regularly house show bookings Generation Me were probably in the same boat as Jesse Neal, making so little that they would qualify for food stamps.
- We shouldn't forget those with career killing gimmicks either, as Orlando Jordan has also been released. The only surprise was that it took this long. Jordan was put in the unenviable position of being scripted to play a "depraved bisexual" who had a penchant for dressing up in gaffer tape and licking mock semen off his chest, while his real life boyfriend, who had never been in the business before, was made his onscreen companion. It wasn't long before Ric Flair chewed out Jordan's boyfriend at a hotel bar apparently for making an embarrassing scene in front of a major executive's wife who was grossed out at his behaviour with Jordan. Even with his boyfriend sent home permanently, Jordan remained a heat magnet backstage with unsubstantiated rumours that he was hitting on various people backstage. Eventually things calmed down when the ineffectual shock tactics were removed from his act and he became a more typical expendable opening match comedy gay character, forming a tag team with Eric Young who was oblivious to his overt sexuality. TNA were extremely lucky that the gay media bought the con that Jordan was some kind of bisexual pioneer and that they never picked up on the hypocrisy of TNA starting an anti-bullying campaign called Eliminate The Hate after a series of high profile suicides amongst gay teenagers. Maybe being as oblivious in real life as his tag team partner was scripted to be onscreen, Jordan for some reason thanked the company on the way out the door via Twitter.
I want to thank TNA LOCKER ROOM FOR ALLOWING ME TO SHAKE THINGS UP
AND TRY TO SHINE A LIGHT ON SOME PRECONCEIVED PERCEPTION I DEAL WITH EVERYDAY PERSONALLY AND PROFESSIONALLY
... I got my wings back! So lets fly! ^_^ Thanks TNA and Wish nothing but the best!