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Just 13 days after Tna announced Bobby Roode would be leaving the company after 12 years of service, the two-time Tna World Heavyweight Champion and eight-time World Tag Team Champion was sighted at Nxt TakeOver: Dallas.
Highlighted by WWE’s camera crew and social media team during the live event, Roode looks destined to become the latest Tna stalwart to have found a new home in WWE over the past year.
That's @RealBobbyRoode at ringside at @Wwenxt #NXTTakeOver: Dallas!! pic.twitter.com/4KcHpe4V2O
— WWE Nxt (@Wwenxt) April 2, 2016
Along with Samoa Joe, Aj Styles and Austin Aries in the past year; Beer Money Inc. teammate James Storm also had a brief stint in Nxt before returning to Tna in early 2016. Even so, it’s more than likely that Roode will pursue a singles career in Nxt after Storm’s signing with the troubled Impact! brand.
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- Matt Marsden
On March 19, both Bobby Roode and Eric Young were released from Tna, at their own requests, after 12 years with the company. This week, Dave Meltzer announced on Wrestling Observer Radio that both men have held preliminary talks with WWE officials, via an intermediary.
Roode, 39, and Young, 36, both trained in their native Ontario and first made an impact in Tna in 2004 as part of Team Canada. Though that stable disintegrated after a few years, Roode and Young feuded after its dissolution. When both men went their separate ways, Roode formed the championship tandem Beer Money with James Storm, while Young primarily played a comedy babyface.
In 2011, Roode – who had grown into one of the best workers in the company – turned on Storm to become the Tna World Heavyweight Champion. In 2014, the popular Young upset Magnus for the title in a storyline that many saw as inspired by Daniel Bryan »
- Scott Fried
In yet another sign that Tna is in its death throes, two of the company’s most loyal performers have asked for and been granted their release.
The news comes as a bit of a surprise because we all assumed both men would remain with the promotion until it ceased to exist, but this could be a case of abandoning ship before it’s fully submerged.
Heading into the TV taping both men were champions, with Roode holding the tag team titles alongside his Beer Money partner James Storm while Young was the King of the Mountain. Young dropped the title to Bram in a falls count anywhere match while Beer Money relinquished their championship to The »
- Brad Hamilton
Tna heads to Manchester, England for this week’s episode of Impact, as Matt Hardy again hopes to secure his heel foothold on the company as Tna World Heavyweight Champion, and EC3’s status as the face underdog is further built up (albeit with a mixed level of conviction).
So, what really worked this week? Well, Someone was smart enough to give Tyrus plenty of mic time, we saw the return of a classic Beer Money mainstay (hopefully forever more), and the main event between Kurt Angle and Drew Galloway was easily the best match in recent Tna memory bar none.
As weird and wonderful as ever, if still not really hitting the consistent stride it should be in terms of actual quality, here are 22 Wtf moments from this week’s Tna Impact Wrestling…
22. Tyrus References Winston Churchill…Riding On A Unicorn ImpactWrestling.com
As Matt Hardy, Reby, »
- Jack Pooley
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Tna President Dixie Carter spoke with the Associated Press earlier this week and claimed that WWE are trying to sign members of Tna’s roster.
Attention paid to transfers between the two brands has been intensified in recent times after James Storm decided to leave Nxt to rejoin Impact Wrestling. The former Beer Money man had appeared in a couple of episodes of WWE developmental’s weekly show, but decided against signing a full-time deal.
According to ProWrestlingSheet.com, WWE were only willing to offer less than $100K a year to Storm. Tna, on the other hand, offered him two-and-a-half times more than that.
In years gone by it has normally been fired WWE Superstars that have made the move to Impact Wrestling – with the likes of Drew Galloway and Ethan Carter III a couple of successful examples – but Dixie claims WWE are now actively scouting her wrestlers. »
- Ross Tweddell
James Storm has returned to Tna Impact Wrestling, following his brief run with WWE on the Nxt brand.
He was never under contract with WWE, but will have known that he was burning a bridge when going back to Tna. However, his decision was probably based on the fact that WWE weren’t going to do any thing with him. Triple H brought him in to give Nxt a little rub, he was good for a pop on his October debut, but that was about it. At thirty eight years old, there was little in the hope for further progression.
In contrast, he’s a big fish in Tna, having featured for years as one of the key characters. Going back to Impact Wrestling was a decision that plays to his strengths. Right away, he reformed Beer Money with Bobby Roode. That should provide plenty of entertainment and is »
- Grahame Herbert
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