Gut Check alumni, superstar cut from TNA roster, former Knockout not renewed
JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling
TNA has trimmed their roster down by five wrestlers, releasing four competitors and not renewing the contract of another.
Word leaked early Tuesday that Crimson, Taeler Hendrix, Christian York and Joey Ryan had been given notice while Madison Rayne's contract was not renewed. TNA has not confirmed any releases on their website, but some of the personalities have begun to speak about this themselves.
"Fans I'm not mad," Hendrix said on Twitter. "It was a decision I made. Be happy for the direction I choose- I #DareToBe Revolutionary & now I can do that for my future."
"I just want to thank @Lagana & @TheRealAlSnow for the opportunities provided & thank @EBischoff & @HulkHogan who were my biggest supporters," Ryan said through his Twitter account. "Now free to work anywhere. Contact... if interested."
Rayne, currently pregnant, was optimistic in her postings on Twitter. "My contract w/ TNA has ended. I want to thank you all for the constant love & support and PROMISE you I will be back in the ring again soon! Huge thank you to @TNADixie and the entire @IMPACTWRESTLING family for giving me my dream job :)) I'll see y'all again soon!"
Neither Crimson, York nor Shaw had made a statement as of press time.
Rayne (real name Ashley Cabot) came to TNA in 2009 after a successful run in the indies in promotions such as Shimmer and Wrestlelicious. Originally introduced as the third member of The Beautiful People, Rayne would turn on her cohorts and break out on her own. She would go on to hold the TNA Knockouts Championship four times to go along with two runs as TNA Knockouts Tag Team Champion (once as a member of the Beautiful People under the Freebird Rule with Velvet Sky and Lacey Von Erich, later with Gail Kim). She was also voted TNA Knockout of the Year in 2010.
WHAT YOU THINK
TNA made some cuts today; of these wrestlers, which was your favourite?
Crimson - 44%
Christian York - 19%
Joey Ryan - 19%
Taeler Hendrix - 18%
Crimson (Tommy Mercer) was brought into TNA as a family member of Amazing Red and quickly established an unbeaten streak. He would enter into a lengthy partnerhip with Matt Morgan and gain the TNA Tag Team Championships during this time before turning heel. He would also compete in the Bound For Glory series in 2011. He had recently returned from injury, competing in TNA's One Night Only PPV series and also recently on Impact.
Hendrix and York were Gut Check winners, while Ryan was unsuccessful in the challenge but was later signed to a contract.
York previously competed in ECW and came to TNA as a strong contender in the X Division, while Ryan went through various roles in his short TNA tenure, most recently as a referee for the Knockouts Division. Hendrix, meanwhile, had primarily been part of the OVW roster.
Stay tuned to SLAM! Wrestling for more roster news from TNA.