Sources say that TNA has "encouraged" its contracted wrestlers to be at Hardcore Justice tonight, but it is not required since they are not booked. Many of the wrestlers are said to be skipping the show, with some reportedly "wanting nothing to do with" the PPV or any of the storylines related to it which they see as having taken time away from the ongoing TNA feuds.

TNA talent feels that the company should be looking forward and not backwards, to ECW or even to old WWE or WCW storylines. With the Sean Davis super-secret promotion gaining steam, several within TNA are said to be wondering if it will actually come to fruition. As many as 10 to 15 wrestlers are said to be unhappy with the emphasis on ECW recently and considering a move to WWE (for thee upper tier in that group) or the Davis promotion (for the underused).