TNA Undergoes Major Talent Shakeup
In a flurry of moves early this afternoon, the TNA talent roster has undergone a bit of a shakeup.
"Queen Bee" Leaves the Hive...
Madison Rayne, a former TNA Knockout Champion, posted to her Twitter page that her TNA contract has expired. The post reads:
"My contract with TNA has ended. I want to thank you all for the constant love and support and promise you I will be back in the ring again soon. Huge thanks to (Dixie Carter) and the entire iMPACT Wrestling family for giving my dream job. I'll see ya'll again soon."
Madison and her husband are expecting their first child in August, and she announced her pregnancy in March. You can follow Madison on Twitter at Twitter.com/MRayneTNA
Madison really developed - she was shy at first and not a really great talker, but she became a strong personality toward the end of her run. I hope TNA brings her back when she's ready to return after her pregnancy.
First of Her Kind Released...
Taeler Hendrix was the only female to ever win in the Gut Check. Today, she confirmed via Twitter that she has left TNA. She posted:
Fans, I'm not mad. It was a decision I made. Be happy for the direction I choose. I dare to be revolutionary, and now I can do that for my future."
Taeler did make some appearances on iMPACT, most recently facing Mickie James in a televised match. She spent most of her time in developmental (Ohio Valley Wrestling) and continues to plug it. It seems she will still work in OVW. Follow her on Twitter at Twitter.com/Taeler_Hendrix
Release the Sleeze...
PWInsider.com's Mike Johnson reported that Joey Ryan has been released from his contract. Later, Ryan took to Twitter to confirm that he has indeed been released. He wrote:
"Now free to work anywhere. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if interested. Also, support me by buying a t-shirt at Prowrestlingtees.com/joeyryan"
If you remember, Ryan was actually rejected in a Gut Check segment, but ended up getting more television time than any of the actual winners by feuding with the Gut Check judges. You can follow Joey's Twitter at Twitter.com/JoeyRyanOnline
OMEGA Man Sent on His Way...
Former OMEGA student Christian York's run with TNA has also come to an end today. York got his start working in the independent scene, getting opportunities with WCW and WWE before this most recent run with TNA.
York was used primarily in the X-Division, getting opportunities to challenge for the title. He posted earlier on Twitter simply "what to do, what to do?"
It's worth pointing out that Crimson has also been removed from the TNA Roster Page.
Sam Shaw was also listed as released, but Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com updated his story with a retraction and an apology, saying that Shaw is still with the company as of this writing.
We've watched WWE really build up their developmental program, and now we see TNA cutting on theirs. Alex Silva was released, and now these cuts. I'll have more to say on this in a blog later today - but this is part of the reason TNA is struggling.