According to Dave Meltzer, Victory Road appears to have drawn one of the lowest buyrates of any of the monthly PPV events in TNA history.
Vince Russo was the one who pushed strongly for Dustin Rhodes to be brought in. The idea is to make him as close to the Goldust character as they can get away with whilst avoiding a lawsuit from WWE.
TNA are also keen to bring in Matt Bloom, formerly A-Train in WWE. He’s currently wrestling for NJPW as Giant Bernard, where he holds the IWGP World Tag Team Titles with Travis Tomko.
TNA have been trying to talk Ron Killings into coming back but have no interest in persuading Konnan to return. He was actually sent a legal letter by the company that places him under suspension for missing dates, forbids him from bad-mouthing TNA whilst under suspension, and requests that he repays the money they lent him for hip replacement surgery.
Meanwhile, Sonjay Dutt was told by Terry Taylor that TNA would not pay for the MRI he needs for his shoulder tear. The refusal has apparently caused a lot of upset amongst the other young wrestlers.
Scott Steiner hopes to wrestle at Hard Justice next month but should certainly be cleared in time for No Surrender in September.
At the moment, Bound for Glory looks likely to be held in Atlanta this October. TNA originally planned to hold it in Chicago on the 14th but changed their minds when WWE booked No Mercy there on the 7th. Other places being considered are Charlotte, Norfolk and Greenville.
Ricky Banderas will be using the name ‘Judas Mesias’ when he debuts as Jim Mitchell’s son.
Credit: Wrestling Observer Newsletter, 23 July 2007 (click here for subscription information)