Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Protocol and the No Compete Clause.....

I just got the news.....John Morrison and TNA are VERY interested in working together. In fact, TNA is wanting to bring in Morrison AND Melina, just as predicted. Am I psychic? I don't think so. But there are patterns of activity in this business and if you've done your research and seen firsthand how things play out enough times, you can pick out that pattern and use it to your advantage, in this case, it makes me and my sources more credible.

Right now, the plan on TNA's end of things is to make John Morrison the star attraction of the X Division, making guys like Kid Kash, Austin Aries, and Jesse Sorensen look like their division matters again. I think this bodes well for both parties as the familiar faces TNA has for the casual fan will integrate well with those unfamiliar and make for a more recognizable product. It's a time tested tradition and it works. Once the crossover is complete, the X Division will have about 9 performers and the Knockouts Division will have a very lucky 13.

The question comes to me though, when will the debuts take place? The way WWE's contracts work is something necessary to give an answer to that question. When WWE does it's spring cleaning and fires a lot of talents, they are bound by the "no compete clause", which states that they have a 90 day period in which they are not allowed to compete at a rival TELEVISED promotion. That being said, the contract is domestic, so they are free to leave country and work in Japan if they choose. Now, once the 90 days is up, they are truly free. BUT, if their contract simply expires, they are free to do as they wish. When Christian came to TNA, he had only the previous weekend worked a PPV for WWE and showed up at the Genesis 2005 PPV in Orlando the following Sunday. John Morrison's contract is up this weekend and he will be free to do as he pleases. Melina has been free for a couple of weeks now, but TNA is wanting to debut them together or, at least bring them into the company together to make matters of contract less complicated.

So with a little bit of education and a lot of hype, I bring you tidings of great joy to all the TNA Nation....we're expecting company......

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