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Latest on the TNA Creative Situation, Russo’s Son Quits, Sorensen Update, Kurt Angle Says His Chances Of Making The U.S. Olympic Team Are “Slim To None” ,More

February 18, 2012   ·   0 Comments

Jesse Sorensen has been released from the hospital and is back home recovering in Tampa, Florida.

– Will Russo, Vince Russo’s son, had been working for TNA’s production team until this past Sunday when he quit the company via telephone call when it became clear that his dad was no longer employed.

– 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.

Kurt Angle, who has not competed in an amateur wrestling contest since winning the gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, admits it’s highly unlikely that he will make the United States team for the 2012 event.

“I had to give it a lot of thought, it didn’t just come out of my head and say I’m going to try for Olympics,” Angle told BBC Sport of his upcoming trial in April. “What are my chances of making the team? Slim to none, I’m not going to lie but, if I can look you in the eye and say I have a chance that’s more than enough. That’s worth training five hours a day to get ready for the trials and for the biggest event of all, the Olympics.”

He added that family members are concerned for his health.

“I’ve had my ex-wife Karen tell me you’re not fit for it. I’ve had family members say they’re concerned about my neck, my mother’s always worried and even some of my brothers aren’t taking me seriously.

“Last time they were with me everywhere I went, now they’re like ‘nah he’s not really doing it’. I’ve been doing it by the grace of God as I don’t have near the support I had back then.”

The full interview is available here.


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