— Working her first match in TNA in several years, former WCW valet April Hunter worked last night’s iMPACT! taping in Orlando.
Teaming with fellow independent women’s wrestler Lorelei Lee, the former Playboy model squared off against Knockout Tag Team Champions Sarita and Taylor Wilde in a tag match — which will air during TNA’s four-hour New Year’s Eve Knockout Eve special on Spike.
Hunter, 35, announced her retirement from in-ring competition in 2007 as a result of numerous wrestling-related injuries. Though still not healed, she has since gotten better as she was able to return to the ring a few weeks ago. Following a recent wrestling tour of Europe, Hunter commented on why she returned to the ring in her online newsletter:
“I got a lot of questions as to WHY I would wrestle again…it’s a fair question with a simple answer: I am trying to help my mom out financially. She has health insurance, but it’s not covering nearly enough of her cancer treatments, so I’m doing what I can if the money is right. I’ve been through a lot of therapy for my back and am also trying to work SMARTER rather than harder now. No, I’m not healed, but I am better than I was and can get by if it means getting another ridiculously high co pay of hers sorted out. Incidentally, Mom’s scans came back showing tumors starting to shrink from the chemotherapy, so here’s to hoping for remission.”
You can sign up for her free newsletter at her official website, www.AprilHunter.com.
— TNA Knockout Lacey Von Erich, who had been selling ring-worn items and autographed photos on eBay, was booted from the online auction and shopping website on Monday. Her previously registered account now reads: “Not a registered user.”
— Sheik Abdul Bashir’s profile has been removed from the roster section of the official TNA website.