I know that the past day or two have been sporadic for posts and, believe me, there is a good reason. I've got a LOT of TNA news to bring to the table. SO, without too much further ado, I say we launch right in there....
First on the docket is that Spike TV and TNA have come to a contract extension agreement which would put them with the network until AT LEAST October of 2014. This is HUGE news because TNA AND Spike are going to be looking for ways to gain viewers in the coming year. So expect some pretty amazing things from the creative staff in Florida AND Nashville as they will be debuting characters, bringing people back, and whatever else it takes to sway the WWE crowd.
Next up is the DVD. As I stated in an earlier column, WWE and TNA negotiated pretty hard for how to allow Ric Flair to appear for the Hall of Fame ceremony. Also as stated, WWE agreed to to allow TNA to utilize the voice talents of one of their performers and physical presence in their sound stage as host for a future TNA DVD release. The backstage word is that it will be someone with ties to ALL three legends on the TNA roster; Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, and Sting.
Under THAT condition, only a few of names float to the surface. One name is not officially under contract, one is under a legends deal of his own, and one is retired. While there may be more that I don't see, these names strike me as the most logical names to have connections to the legends TNA has under contract at the moment.
1. Mick Foley.....Right now, he working on an appearance contract, which means he's not locked into a set amount of dates to work. Since he's worked for TNA, he would have those connections, but his name is not the one I believe to be most likely.
2. Kevin Nash.....Currently, he's under contract as a legend, but is serving out his time on the paper without dates or presence on television. In fact, some close to him speculate that he won't resign another WWE contract and will, instead go back to TNA once his current deal runs out. That, in my opinion, makes him a bit of a wild card.
3. Shawn Michaels.....This is the single name I'm most hopeful for. Michaels has had dealings with every legend on TNA's roster. He appeared at an independent wrestling show for a Christian rally of sorts as a run-in to save Sting from a beat down and was interviewed by Sting on a Christian talk show a few years back, for those who doubt the Sting connection. If Vince were to give his blessing on the endeavor, which you can bet Michaels would ask for, this would be a HUGE deal for TNA. In my personal opinion, it would be bigger than WWE mentioning TNA by name at the ceremony itself.
With speculations that the connections with Sting, Flair, and Hogan, it can be reasonably be assumed that it would be some kind of tribute to them as as part of their 10 year Anniversary Celebration, but there are no real concrete answers as of yet. As always, I'll keep digging and looking for the pattern in this. Answers will come in time.