03 October 2013

TNA Thursday Randomania - Oct 3, 2013

- Hulk Hogan's contract reportedly expired two days ago and no new deal has been announced by either TNA or the Hogan camp.  So I think it's safe to say that TNA will write Hogan out tonight.  Last week, I called for Dixie Carter to fire Hogan on TV but I realize that scenario is not at all a possibility.  I imagine, and I'm speculating, that Hogan has a clause in his contract, giving him final say in the booking of his on-screen persona.  With that in mind, not for a second do I believe that he would OK his own dismissal at the hands of heel Dixie.  So if you think that the Immortal one will leave TNA on any terms other than his own, you're being naive.  However, Hogan's departure under any circumstances is a victory for TNA fans.

- I'm sure you know by now that Mr. Anderson announced in a interview earlier in the week that he should be signing a new deal within the next week or so.  Some sites reported this as news but I'm afraid they may have jumped the gun.  Yes, Anderson gave the impression that his reps are essentially dotting the I's to his new contract but I'm not so sure the two sides have agreed to a new deal.  He, himself, claimed that he and TNA were "negotiating right now" and that he's "hoping and assuming" that they can agree to a new deal "relatively soon".  This is not exactly a done deal, folks.

- Last night at the OVW tapings, a stipulation was made for the forthcoming heavyweight title match, presumably at Saturday Night Special, involving current champion Jamin Olivencia and challenger James 'Moose' Thomas.  It appears that the loser of the match will be forced to leave Ohio Valley Wrestling.  I wonder, could the "loser" find his way on to the Impact Wrestling roster?  I've watched these two gentlemen for quite some time and either one would be a nice addition right now.  I will definitely be keeping an eye on the result of this match.

- As of this moment, one match has been officially booked for Bound for Glory (Bully Ray vs AJ Styles for the TNA world heavyweight championship) and one for the pre-show on SpikeTV (Bro Mans vs Joseph Park & Eric Young vs Bad Influence vs Chavo Guerrero & Hernandez in a #1 contenders gauntlet match, with the winners advancing to challenge James Storm & Gunner at BFG).  Without giving too much away, there will be two more matches announced on tonight's show or at least teased, leaving TNA with two shows to book another three or four matches to fill up the BFG card.

- So who is Ethan?  We speculated, last week here on TNAMecca, that Ethan could very well be Ethan HD.  There were too many coincidences to simply ignore him.  With that said, I have a feeling it's someone who's recognizable to much of the TNA fanbase and I don't think Ethan HD fits that description.

-And finally, I'd like to discuss the latest attempt to rebuild the X Division.  It's interesting but I'm getting the feeling that TNA are essentially transforming the X Division into the company's mid-card division, in which its title would be on par with what typically would be a wrestling promotion's secondary title.  If this is the case, it's a very smart move.  For one, Option C will become much more attractive to the rest of the locker room and, two, the division's depth will be its strength, not its weakness which has often been the case in recent years.  In just the last couple of weeks, we've seen the likes of Manik, Jeff Hardy, Chris Sabin, Austin Aries, and Kenny King become apart of a multi-layered storyline that started when Aries stole Suicide's mask.  I'm happy to say, the X Division, right now, is one of the most exciting aspects of Impact Wrestling. 

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