TNA is sending A.J. Styles, Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt, Chris Sabin, Alex Shelley and either Curry Man or Johnny Devine to the CMLL show in Arena Mexico on 25 July. This is a one-date deal that is part of the agreement for the Mexican talent working the World X Cup.
Meanwhile, Perro Aguayo Jr publicly denounced TNA this week. He said that he has no interest in going there because there show has too many silly gimmicks and he doesn’t want to be involved with such things. He also said he had no interest in WWE as he would not have any creative input into his storylines, unlike his CMLL deal. Aguayo Jr also says he has as many dates as he wants booked for the rest of 2008 and so doesn’t need to look for more work anyway.
Frank Trigg did not have any interest in pro-wrestling until TNA contacted him in March to participate in the Kurt Angle/Samoa Joe build-up. Mike Tenay suggested using him as he had seen him broadcasting with Pride on FSN. Trigg had also previously met Angle from his amateur days, as well as hanging out at UFC 81 (Brock Lesnar’s debut fight). Angle is now teaching him how to work pro-wrestling matches, with Trigg apparently proving a capable student. The idea is for the two to form a tag team to take on A.J. Styles and his partner, though Trigg is too busy to work anything like a full-time schedule. As well as his MMA commentary work he does two daily training sessions at Xtreme Couture, manages a clothing line and does a daily online MMA radio show. So rather than sending him to a wrestling school, TNA pays him to come to Orlando and train with Angle directly.
Jay Lethal and Sonjay Dutt have suggested that TNA bring in the Iron Sheik as a rapper to introduce Booker T. Uh, okay.
Credit: Wrestling Observer Newsletter, 07 July 2008 (subscribe here)
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