WrestleZone has learned that TNA was heading into this week's set of iMPACT tapings for Spike TV with the thought that Mick Foley was going to be revealed as the "Network Representative" who has been making Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff's lives miserable.
"The whole angle was a ripoff of the Original ECW and Paul Heyman's shoot on (then-TNN, now Spike TV) in 1999 and 2000," a key TNA insider told us this afternoon, "and then the angle also became a way for TNA to think to themselves they were one-upping WWE with the anonymous Monday Night Raw General Manager angle."
Sometime early this week, the plans with Foley fell apart. We have heard two different stories regarding this, both from credible TNA insiders. Obviously, only Foley, Vince Russo, Eric Bischoff, and Dixie Carter know the whole truth at the moment.
The first story is that Foley's contract is set to expire soon, and he let TNA know he was not bluffing when he said he didn't see why he would re-sign when his deal with the company was up.
The second story we heard is that Foley disagreed with the creative aspect of the reveal, and simply balked at being the "Network Representative."
Whichever is the case, we have heard there is a real concern over finding someone who can not only be a major shock to TNA fans, but also someone who can carry the role long term.
We will continue to bring you exclusive behind-the-scenes information on this breaking story as it develops.