— A number of people within TNA are negative on the company’s decision to sign independent women’s wrestler Betsy Ruth (Mary-Kate Duignan), whose Rosie Lottalove persona is reportedly based on Rosie O’Donnell and mid-90s WWE character Bertha Faye. Some within the organization see her as a potential replacement for Awesome Kong. However, she’s considered very green and many feel there are several other talented females available who could make an immediate impact in the company.
Many assume management leans on talent from Team 3D’s wrestling academy because they work cheap and reside within driving distance of the Impact! Zone in Orlando. One wrestler believes management is paying Duignan $250 per appearance, and noted that TNA would have likely retained Kong had they bumped her salary up $250.
— D’Angelo Dinero recently suffered a labral tear in his shoulder. Though he appeared at last week’s television tapings to take part in a segment promoting the Top 10 Contender’s Rankings, he told friends he’s a month or two away from being healthy enough to return to the ring.
— TNA is using a 7-D camera for “Hervey-Cam” backstage segments running on iMPACT!. Jason Hervey of Wonder Years fame directs the majority of those segments and uses his own camera crew.