The TNA rumors are starting to kick up again. Chris Sabin left the company last week and both Christopher Daniels and Kazarian seem to be heading out the door as well. Someone else who looks like they won’t be in action anytime soon is Austin Aries. According to prowrestling.com on Wednesday, Austin Aries blew up backstage at a TNA TV taping and management didn’t take it well.
With Sabin, Daniels, Kazarian and Aries out of the picture, TNA Impact Wrestling loses four of their most talented in-ring wrestlers. The signings of James Storm, Gunner and Robbie-E were seen as positive signs, but Storm is the only main event player of the three. There is a lot of concern now backstage about the future of the company, regardless of the signings.
The biggest concern comes from TNA Impact Wrestling moving their TV taping to the Manhattan Center in New York City. Fans of wrestling history know that the WWE started out their “WWE Monday Night Raw” shows at the Manhattan Center. However, after 12 years of existence, it seems a downgrade because the building only holds about 800 fans with the TV equipment set up. That will make the crowd seem hot, but it will be much smaller than some wrestlers are used to.
Management and veteran wrestlers are trying to calm the nerves of the younger stars. According to Dave Meltzer, they are trying to convince the younger talent that things are ok and they are looking forward to competing in front of hardcore New York fans. However, New York fans are also vocal and one has to wonder how they will take the loss of some popular indie stars that became TNA superstars.
Another concern for TNA Impact Wrestling behind-the-scenes is the fact that Jeff Jarrett is highly publicizing his new Global Force Wrestling. He posted photos of him and his wife Karen Jarrett with a number of former TNA stars, including Lance Hoyt, Mickie James, Jay Lethal and more with a logo for Global Force Wrestling on the photos. As a result, TNA management have banned contracted wrestlers from taking any photos with Jeff or Karen Jarrett.