Since Wednesday, TNA was taping something. It could have been IMPACT after BFG, One Night Only, Xplosion or something else. There weren't any storylines, championships, or promos (very few). Most of the matches were straight up singles contests.
We got some new blood in the form of Aiden O'Shea (the former Jay Bradley) and Crimson. Both should make solid additions to the roster. Another talent (that I won't name) made appearances on the show, much to my positive surprise.
It also appeared that TNA was trolling fans with "Genesis." They announced some of the most bizarre matches that couldn't possibly happen. If they did, I would be surprised.
*PWInsider once again broke a TNA News story with the news that Bully Ray quit TNA after he "realized the shape TNA was in." Apparently his role was only temporary. This is more egg on the face of TNA as they built him up only for him to disappear.
I was critical of the segment where Bully Ray was lecturing Dixie Carter despite his background. I noted that I felt the segment had a very depressing aura about it. Its like Dixie needed to cheer up the crowd because of the state TNA was in. Bully Ray's departure just makes the segment worse. He ran his mouth and then bailed.
The good news is that this gives TNA the opportunity to go back to have an anonymous authority figure. Having a GM of sorts wasn't needed. How the company did it before was effective enough.
If I were creative, I would write Bully out by editing out all of his upcoming segments (which would have more than one benefit). Do a Breaking News story on the TNA Website saying Bully Ray was fired A) Because he is a douchebag, B) Wasn't good at his job or C) Tried to re-hire Wes Brisco and Garett Bischoff.
I don't know what this means for Velvet Sky. She didn't appear at the tapings this week but a few Knockouts didn't. My guess is that with her dating Bully, she is likely gone as well.
The most interesting element was Bobby Roode's involvement. It looks like they are playing off the rivalry between TNA and GFW with each company having their flag bearers.
I see a lot of similarities between the two companies. Not only is Jeff Jarrett the founder of both companies but a lot of different business decisions are similar. They both have a Heavyweight, High-Flying, Tag Team and Women's Division. They are both using the Six Sided Ring. GFW has many names on its roster that formerly appeared in TNA.
The main difference is that while the past few weeks TNA has had a dark cloud over their product, GFW has a small buzz. Its all about perception though. I am hoping we get something between both companies at this week IMPACT TV taping leading in to Bound For Glory.
*From what I can guess, TNA is preparing for life after Destination America. Theoretically, they could survive for months while they search for a new TV partner. They have already taped enough TV that could take them into January. Their talent are on PPA deals now, they partnered with a Production company. They could air IMPACT on their website for American fans while they continue negotiations. Their only real costs are for TNA HQ in Nashville, which I am sure they can finance through international TV deals.