Last week, Wrestling-Radio.com conducted an audio interview with TNA Knockout Traci Brooks to discuss a variety of topics. During the interview Brooks said that fellow Canadian women’s wrestler Shantelle Taylor had signed a contract with TNA. Brooks said, “There’s so many great Ontarian wrestlers. I mean there’s Gail Kim and I. Shantelle Taylor just got signed. Angel Williams is Angelina Love. He [Scott D’Moore] is the one that got us all there.” On Impact last week, Taylor was briefly shown in the audience volunteering to compete in Awesome Kong’s $25,000 challenge. Considering that one of the “fans” in the audience has already been signed to a contract, that seems to be a good indication of where the angle is going.
For the third week in a row, the “Black Machismo” Jay Lethal-SoCal Val wedding angle lost a good portion of Impact viewers. The show’s biggest rating drop came from quarter three, which featured the Lethal & Sonjay Dutt vs. Rock ‘n’ Rave Infection match and the skit afterward featuring a music video. On the 5/15 Impact, the quarter featuring their skit lost 262,000 viewers. On the 5/22 Impact, their segment figured into a 76,000 viewer loss. The highest rated match of last week’s show was the Angelina Love vs. Roxxi Laveaux match, which drew a 1.0 rating. It was the second-highest rated segment of the show behind the first quarter hour, which had the benefit of the CSI lead-in. The women’s match topped the final quarter hour which featured the end of the first-ever Christian Cage vs. Tomko match plus A.J. Styles’s statement to Karen Angle leading to a big brawl. The women’s match also topped the Rhino vs. James Storm King of the Mountain qualifying match in Q6, which drew a 0.90 rating. The show drew a 0.94 overall rating.
Kevin Nash was scheduled for TNA’s monthly conference call earlier today. He no-showed it due to miscommunication. Nash told officials he misread the e-mail and thought it was actually scheduled for tomorrow. Nash has been doing a number of media appearances and interviews promoting TNA in recent weeks, so it was likely just a mistake. Booker T filled in for Nash during the call.