More On The TNA Creative Team Situation, News On Spike & TNA's Relationship
Source: PWInsider- As noted before, Spike TV President Kevin Kay threw a party for TNA after Monday's Impact Wrestling tapings in Orlando. This is said to have alleviated concerns about TNA and Spike's long term relationship. It's believed that TNA's current deal with Spike expires this Fall.
- TNA sources indicate that Dixie Carter's Twitter announcement on Vince Russo this week was the first anyone in the company knew of Russo's status, with the exception of those that are in Dixie's inner circle. The decision to release Russ from his position as lead writer for the creative team didn't come as much of a surprise because most of TNA's creative in recent months had been directed by Bruce Prichard and Eric Bischoff with Russo and Matt Conway writing the scripts.
Dave Lagana worked this week's Impact tapings helping with production, offering feedback and giving some creative input. It's expected that Lagana will work with Conway on the Impact scripts but he is not seen as a replacement for Russo as much as he is seen as someone who was already working for the company and is now taking on more responsibilities. While Lagana's position with TNA is listed online as Creative Director, that has been his title since TNA hired him back in November to work on Ring Ka King.
Russo began working for TNA back in 2002 and had become one of Dixie Carter's top confidantes.