Wednesday, May 20, 2015

TNA News Briefs: May 2015

* Jade and Marti Bell have been added to the TNA roster page. Meanwhile, Rebel and Crazzy Steve have their own profiles separate from the Menagerie (which has been added to the alumni page), so it appears that Knux may be done with TNA.

* TNA has moved their June IMPACT tapings to June 24-June 27th. This would mean they would be taping their July/August IMPACT shows before Slammiversary airs on Pay-Per-View.

* According to PWInsider, representatives from Destination America visited TNA headquarters this week to discuss several topics with the creative team. Also, TNA hopes that Jeff Hardy will be back by August and they are looking to set up more live events in late summer to early fall.

* According to 1wrestling, Simon Inoki attended the Orlando tapings to discuss a talent exchange between TNA and IGF in Japan. Knux has participated in the last two IGF events and additional TNA talent will be appearing on upcoming events.

* TNA announced that IMPACT Wrestling is moving to Wednesday nights at 9/8c on Destination America, beginning June 3rd. They have also added a live event for September 17th at the York Fair Grandstand in York, Pennsylvania. Check the listing here.

* Matt Hardy, Drew Galloway and Mr. Anderson will represent TNA at the Lucha Libre World Cup on May 24th. In exchange, AAA wrestler Argos worked two X-Division matches at the Orlando tapings. More details are available here.

* Bully Ray confirmed via Twitter that his appearance on the May 8th IMPACT was a one-shot deal. Velvet Sky, on the other hand, is back with TNA on a regular basis.

* According to PWInsider , Chris Hero and Roderick Strong were visiting backstage at the Orlando tapings. Also, TNA's relationship with Wrestle-1 is officially over.

* Dixie Carter announced that longtime head of production, Steve Small is leaving TNA in the near future. As his replacement, TNA has brought back Ron and Don Harris to fill his role.

* Billy Corgan continues to generate media buzz for his role in TNA. Regarding his new job, Corgan said: "What will make TNA different is a great level of creativity. It wouldn't surprise me if, down the road, my greater focus is the wrestling product. I've had an incredible music career. I'm looking for different challenges." Read the following interviews: Associated Press | Rolling Stone | Fox Sports

* Dixie Carter was a guest on the Steve Austin Show. They discussed a number of topics regarding TNA's business decisions, television product and more. Listen to the podcast: Part 1 | Part 2