New TNA Knockout?, Sandman no shows iMPACT! Tapings, Samoa Joe’s Return plus more

Christina Von Eerie

Christina Von Eerie

– Independent women’s wrestler Christina Von Eerie was backstage at last night’s TNA iMPACT tapings but did not wrestle in front of the crowd, according to reports. The talk backstage was that Von Eerie may be a new valet for Jesse Neal & Shannon Moore’s team – Ink Inc.

– The Sandman wasn’t at last night’s TNA iMPACT tapings as scheduled, and the word going around backstage was that he no-showed. The buzz backstage is that they are short on talent for the EV2.0 faction.

– TNA Knockout Christy Hemme is now on Twitter at @chemme.

– Despite his illness, Tommy Dreamer worked last night’s TNA iMPACT tapings in Orlando and appeared on camera. Dreamer has been suffering from flu-like symptoms and has had a fever and vomiting.

– As noted before, former WWE Diva Katie Lea Burchill wrestled a tryout match with TNA at last night’s tapings, losing to Madison Rayne. Jeremy Borash wrote the following on Twitter regarding her tryout: “The fmr Katie Lee Burchill did great in her TNA dark match tonight. Future KO?”

The rest of this news report contains spoilers, if you wish to avoid don’t read, otherwise click the “More” option –> – TNA was running another series of drug testing at the tapings yesterday in Orlando. According to a source, talent were subject to physicals, blood work and drug screening. The screenings were believed to be random.

– TNA regulars not at the tapings yesterday included Rob Terry, Hernandez, Lacey Von Erich, Sarita, Taylor Wilde and Hamada. None are scheduled for the tapings tonight as well.

– Abyss received props from the locker room for still wrestling despite battling a case of food poisoning. Abyss worked at last night’s tapings and is back for tonight’s tapings.

– Last night’s TNA iMPACT tapings were delayed because Ken Anderson didn’t arrive to the building until long after the taping had started. Anderson was scheduled to be in the main event and was involved in an angle to set up the match. They ended up holding extra dark matches until he arrived. The word backstage was that travel issues were to blame.

– Samoa Joe returned at last night’s tapings and defeated Orlando Jordan. This was the first time Joe was booked for iMPACT since he blew up at Vince Russo at others inside a production truck. Joe was upset that the ring announcer gave away the ending to his 10-minute time limit draw against Jeff Hardy. The incident resulted in all wrestlers being banned from the production truck from this point forward.

– It has been announced that TNA has hired Al Ovadia as their chief marketing officer. He will be overseeing marketing development and licensing for the company. Ovadia has been involved in several aspects of the entertainment world, which include the following…

* Executive vice president of Sony Pictures Consumer Products
* Vice president of licensing and merchandising at Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
* Vice president of network creative services at NBC Television

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About Ray Mullan
Ray Mullan is a longtime wrestling fan and Owner/Editor of TNA UK . Also a contributing writer to a number of other online wrestling media including 1Wrestling.com, Wrestle Zone UK & Lords of Pain.

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