TNA Late With Pay, New Championship, Why Davey Richards Rejected NXT

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TNA Late Paying Staff Again?

Brian Fritz is reporting that TNA’s head of production – Don and Ron Harris – called a meeting this week informing production staff that the company was once again late with their pay, and if they had a problem they were free to quit. It’s alleged that this refers to payment for May’s TV tapings.

TNA is backed by multi million dollar energy company Panda Energy, there is absolutely no reason why staff and talent shouldn’t be paid on time, unless they have simply made a concious effort to under-fund the company. This is simply bad business and does not help TNA’s image at a time when a lot of fans think they’re on the verge of shutting shop anyway. Ultimately whether TNA lives or dies is up to Bob and Janice Carter, and if they’re not even prepared to pay staff then we can clearly see where things are headed.

TNA Announce New Championship

TNA have announced that the King of the Mountain match at Slammiversary will be contested as a championship match going forward. So the winner of the match will presumably defend their crown next year and so forth. Since Jeff Jarrett is hyping this as his “final TNA match” does this mean he isn’t winning?

Matt Hardy, Drew Galloway, Eric Young and Bobby Roode are also in the match on Sunday.

Why Davey Richards Chose TNA

Davey Richards explained why he chose TNA over NXT in a recent interview with the News Hub:

We couldn’t commit to going down there and going into their system. I can’t go down there and train 5 days a week at NXT because I’m in school, I’m in medical school full-time. It is very important for me to get my doctorate and I’m also a full time firefighter/paramedic and that’s something that’s very near and dear to me to. For me, I operate best just in life just to being having Davey time, wrestling time, and then coming home and having Wes time. I love wrestling, I also love saving people’s lives and helping and medicine and things like that. So I don’t love one more thing than another so for me it’s just doesn’t work out for me to go 100% into wrestling and that’s just my personal thing.

They were very kind to us. They were very generous. They were very fair and nothing to absolutely have to say to them. They were absolutely great people. They are obviously doing great so were all very happy for them. It’s just didn’t work for me personally. Pursuing my doctorate is kicking my butt, so I have a full time job and I wrestle full time and I go to school full time so for me to give up all of that just to go to NXT wouldn’t work out. I have to concentrate on that. They had some names and I said well could I be something Billington because well Tommy Billington is The Dynamite Kid, my number one inspiration in wrestling. They were cool with it and it was all good.