According to the Wrestling Observer, TNA had more than 60 performers under contract two years ago, but now the company has just 33 talents signed, following the recent departures of Hernandez, Kazarian and Chris Sabin.
Tonight's WWE NXT Matches
The following matches have been taped for tonight's WWE NXT broadcast:
-The Ascension vs. Buddy Murphy and Elias Samson
-Aiden English vs. Mojo Rawley
-Angelo Dawkins vs. Big Cass
-Charlotte vs. Alexa Bliss in a NXT Women's Title tournament match
-Tyler Breeze vs. Sami Zayn vs. Tyson Kidd in a #1 contenders match
WWE Issues Statement on Use of Putin in Story Lines
The Daily Beast has posted a story about WWE using Vladimir Putin's image and name in story lines, and WWE has issued the following statement regarding the angle:
"WWE programming, like Hollywood movies and television shows, is an exciting blend of action, characters and fictional storylines of good versus evil that are often inspired by pop culture and current events. Russian President Vladimir Putin has given us good material to work with to create strong characters in Rusev and Lana, who are perceived as either protagonists or antagonists depending on where in the world you are watching WWE programming."