Back in February when Dixie Carter officially announced that TNA was taking IMPACT Wrestling on the road, the average wrestling fan assumed that more money would be made through this venture. So far it seems to be having the opposite effect as budget cuts are collecting victims both behind the scenes and those in front of the SpikeTV cameras.
The first cut that comes to mind was former TNA announcer Todd Keneley, who called the action in the ring as part of a three-man broadcast team alongside Mike Tenay and Taz. Upon his release from the company, Todd wrote on his twitter account: “Thank you so much for all of the support and compliments on my work. Can’t tell you how much I appreciate it. Really making my day!”
With Mike Tenay pushing 60 years old, Todd could have been the future voice of TNA Wrestling.
Follow Todd Keneley on Twitter: @ToddKeneley
Another talent to bite the dust is the man who tried bringing sleazy back, Joey Ryan. He stated on twitter: “Now free to work anywhere. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if interested. Also, support me by buying a t-shirt at Prowrestlingtees.com/joeyryan.”
Joey Ryan made his debut in IMPACT Wrestling as part of TNA’s Gutcheck Challenge. After failing to win the judge’s votes, Ryan weaseled his way at an opportunity to win a contract by facing Al Snow at Bound for Glory 2012. Ryan won that match–with assistance from Matt Morgan–and went on to compete in TNA’s X Division.
Ryan was known for his signature mustache and disturbing excessive use of baby oil. Prior to TNA, Ryan was well-known for his work on the independent circuit which includes: Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (which he helped found) and NWA Championship Wrestling from Hollywood.
Follow Joey Ryan on Twitter: @JoeyRyanOnline
The next talent to go was TNA’s first-ever Knockouts GutCheck winner Taeler Hendrix. She wrote: “Fans I’m not mad. It was a decision I made. Be happy for the direction I choose- I #DareToBe Revolutionary & now I can do that for my future.”
Hendrix competed on IMPACT Wrestling against Tara in losing efforts; and her final match on TV was against the current TNA Knockouts Women’s Champion Mickie James.
Taeler Hendrix started her pro wrestling career in 2008. Then in 2010 she made her debut in Ohio Valley Wrestling–TNA’s Developmental Territory. She is formerly a three-time OVW Women’s Champion.
Follow Taeler Hendrix on Twitter: @Taeler_Hendrix
Madison Rayne is also gone from the company–for a good reason. The former Knockouts/Tag Team champion is pregnant, which is why she let her contract expire: “My contract w/ TNA has ended. I want to thank you all for the constant love & support and PROMISE you I will be back in the ring again soon!”
“Huge thank you to @TNADixie and the entire @IMPACTWRESTLING family for giving me my dream job :)) I’ll see y’all again soon!!”
Follow Madison Rayne on Twitter: @MRayneTNA
Unfortunately, Christian York–another GutCheck winner–was released from his contract. He wrote: “I’d like to thank @IMPACTWRESTLING @TNADixie @TheRealAlSnow for the opportunity. Fun while it lasted, time to move on! Good times&memories”
The former ECW wrestler was an awesome competitor having fantastic matches with then-TNA World Heavyweight champion Jeff Hardy and then-X Division champion Rob Van Dam.
Follow Christian York on Twitter: @ChristianYork
Lastly, TNA released Crimson from his contract. Crimson had his undefeated streak of 470 days come to an end at Slammiversary X to James Storm. He made his return to IMPACT Wrestling after a year, and lost to Joseph Parks in a Bound for Glory qualifying match.
Follow Crimson on Twitter: @Crimson
Best of luck to all these talented men and women on their future endeavors.
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