Earlier today it was reported that Awesome Kong and Taryn Terrell’s contracts would be expiring this weekend. Bob Ryder took to twitter to shoot down the reports and he singled out Dave Meltzer. Nevermind the fact that several other names have been confirmed to be leaving the company and there have been tons of reports going around about talent and production getting their pay checks late. Ryder has decided not to address any of those stories but has decided to play semantics and pick apart one story that may or may not be wrong.
The reason why I say that the Kong/Terrell story may not be wrong is because they could have both worked out deals to come back and work on a “per appearance” basis. Kong and Terrell have taped episodes of Impact that will air up until August. If they come back to work on the next (and possibly final) set of tapings then TNA would be covered through September. For the record, Ryder is saying that Terrell is contracted until March and Kong until December.
Of course, sources can be wrong and perhaps Meltzer got wrong info on Terrell and Kong’s contracts but when he gets his information correct 95% of the time he should get the benefit of the doubt, especially when TNA has been quiet on confirmed departures.
TNA has yet to address the news of the departures of Sam Shaw, Gunner, Austin Aries, Magnus, Low Ki, Sam Shaw, James Storm, and Gunner. They have also refused to address the internal memo sent within Destination America that states that they plan on not renewing Impact in September.
Here is what was in the memo:
Destination America is not renewing TNA Wrestling next year. While the ratings were strong, the audience was not large enough to justify the program investment. We plan to honor the current contract and continue to air original episodes of TNA Wrestling on Friday nights through the end of the third quarter 2015. When the up-front rate card is released, the Friday night anthology title will now be called ‘American Tales,’ which will be a combination of Paranormal and Americana programming. I hope this is good news given all of the advertisers that included TNA on their DNA list.
Here is Ryder’s tweet to Meltzer:
.@davemeltzerWON The story on your site is totally wrong and an example of irresponsible reporting. An apology and correction should follow.
— Bob Ryder (@brydertna) June 28, 2015
Meltzer has posted an update here.