Before we get into the big news of the huge star to TNA and WWE going after more talent from other companies, I’ve got something I want to address: the growing problem of WWE monsters dressing up in silly costumes.
I think we’re all familiar by now with Wonder Braun and sexy Bray Wyatt, but now we have to add Rusev to the list.
The Bulgarian Brute posted a photo of his new pet Gecko on Instagram. Which is badass. Geckos are cold-blooded reptiles, descendants of the dinosaurs. It’s almost enough to make you miss…the framed photo of Rusev dressed up as a cowboy in the background.
Now to the actual news.
Live Audio Wrestling are reporting that Anthem Sports & Entertainment – the new owners of TNA – have been in talks with the promotion’s founder Jeff Jarrett. It’s not yet known what the talks were about, as it could just be Anthem getting background information on their new purchase, but the article points out that with the loss of Billy Corgan and Dave Lagana from TNA’s creative team, Anthem might be approaching Jeff about replacing them.
Jarrett resigned from TNA in late 2013 to start a new ‘promotion’ Global Force Wrestling and to sell gold, but he did remain as an investor in TNA and even returned in 2015 to be inducted into their Hall of Fame.
There’s an interesting promotional war building behind the scenes in North American wrestling. Anthem Sports and Entertainment don’t just now own TNA, they also broadcast Ring of Honor programming on their Canadian TV station The Fight Network. There’s speculation that some crossovers could occur, especially following TNA’s Broken Matt Hardy appearing on Ring of Honor’s Final Battle pay-per-view to challenge The Bucks of Youth to a match.
WWE’s response? Buy all their talent.
After PWInsider’s report that WWE is currently in full signing mode, the Wrestling Observer are reporting that Ring of Honor’s Nigel McGuinness is expected to sign as a coach at the WWE Performance Center. This comes just days after ROH announced that McGuinness is leaving their promotion, and around the same time that ROH colour commentator Steve Corino is all but confirmed for a similar position at WWE. Wrestling News World are also reporting that Ring of Honor wrestler BJ Whitmer has also been offered a Performance Center coaching role, along with the occasional wrestling appearance for NXT, but he has not yet signed.
If all three men go to WWE, it would see Ring of Honor lose their main colour commentator, their on-screen matchmaker and a decade-plus veteran of the company – all of whom have been with the promotion since the early 2000s. ROH appear to be concentrating on keeping younger acts to secure their future, already resigning The Young Bucks to a multi-year deal, and are now focusing in on Adam Cole, whose contract expires in April.
Also – despite seemingly denying the reports – the Wrestling Observer maintain that Chris Hero has already passed WWE’s medical tests, and his return appears to be a done deal, and that TNA’s Eli Drake is high on WWE’s wish-list for the new year.
How would you book Jeff Jarrett’s return to TNA as an on-air character? Make all the gold jokes you want in the comments down below.