-- As noted earlier here on the website, a big angle is planned for tonight's TNA iMPACT! tapings in Orlando set to air next Thursday. The angle will involve Rob Van Dam having to vacate the TNA World Heavyweight Championship and a tournament will take place to crown a new champion. The tournament is set to begin at tonight's tapings and carry over into next month's No Surrender PPV on September 5. The belief at this point is that the storyline involving RVD vacating the title is due to his character suffering injuries from the big beatdown angle that airs this Thursday on Spike.

-- Ring of Honor star Roderick Strong was backstage at yesterday's TNA TV tapings in Orlando, FL. Strong had last worked for TNA in early 2006. He was also part of the first ever TNA match that aired on Spike TV in iMPACT's debut on the network back in October 2005 with AJ Styles.

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