July 21, 2008
TNA announces release of Kaz
By JASON CLEVETT - SLAM! Wrestling

Frankie Kazarian

TNA announced the release of Frankie Kazarian, known now in the company as Kaz, on their website.

“TNAwrestling.com has learned that Kaz will leave Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. Kaz requested his release on Monday morning. Before departing TNA, Kaz has agreed to fulfill his upcoming TNA Live Event obligations,” read a statement on the tnawrestling.com. “Kaz will appear on the premiere episode of the new "Karen's Angle" interview segment this Thursday night on "iMPACT!" to comment on his departure and his reasons for doing so. TNA Wrestling wishes Kaz all the best in his future endeavors.” The announcement that he would appear on TV made fans suspicious that it is an angle, which is likely to play out over the next several weeks.

Kaz has been in a main event position as of late in TNA, as team captain for Team TNA in the World X-Cup, competing in the Ultimate X match at the last TNA pay-per-view Bound for Glory on July 13th. Kaz defeated Christian Cage at a ladder match at Sacrifice 2007 and narrowly lost to then-TNA champion Kurt Angle. He replaced Kurt Angle in a three-way main event against Scott Steiner and TNA champion Samoa Joe at Sacrifice on May 11th and challenged Joe again for the belt on the June 12th edition of Impact.

Kazarian first joined TNA in the summer of 2003 as one of the X-division’s top stars. He requested his release from the company on February 15th, 2005 and signed with WWE. He was undefeated in the company, but only wrestled on Velocity, and requested his release from there on August 15th of the same year. He returned to TNA at Victory Road 2006.

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