As we reported on the site yesterday, Brooke Hogan is now gone from TNA. The feeling internally was that her role on Impact had run its course and the sides decided it was time to part ways. Hulk Hogan was brought into the discussion and as far as I know the parting was amicable. Brooke is said to be focusing on non-wrestling projects going forward but the door is always open for a return at a later date if it makes sense to both sides. Also, financial considerations did factor into her release. One source in the company described her contract as being "A luxury we can't afford right now". That is the truth too, as paying good money to a non-wrestler, who isn't any kind of draw, at a time when TNA is cutting people that actually take bumps is impossible to justify to the talent. While there was no outward heat from the workers towards Brooke that I have heard about, there was a feeling among at least some of them that they felt at a time when money is tight, it should be spent on the people that actually work and not personalities. That is a feeling I agree with.
I think it says a lot about TNA's PPV buyrate numbers when you look at what bringing the PPVs to Impact have done. Last month, Destination X did 1,494,000 viewers, up from the 1,190,000 that they did the week prior. Hardcore Justice did 1,319,000 viewers on Thursday, up from 1,179,000 the week prior. The jump was about half of what they did last month, but at least they rose. The flip side is that if they could only get 140,000 more viewers to tune in this week for a PPV quality show, they probably couldn't have gotten a whole lot of people to pay $29.95 to watch it. So, putting the shows on Spike, where higher numbers keep TNA's main source of revenue happy, was the right call.
Thomas Rude sent the following videos:
AJ Styles arrives at Hardcore Justice http://youtu.be/HwA16X0n4_0
Sonjay Dutt arrives at Hardcore Justice http://youtu.be/oIC027roENU
Jay Bradley arrives at Hardcore Justice http://youtu.be/eEsrWbA32bw
Bobby Roode arrives at Hardcore Justice http://youtu.be/W88NO2NMd8U
Christie Hemme performs a sound check before Hardcore Justice http://youtu.be/gxmCJAfUJa0
Austin Arie's Thoughts on his Match at Hardcore Justice http://youtu.be/HCYfrHbA1Rk
Steel Cage Setup for Hardcore Justice http://youtu.be/jDsDKFUcEDc
Why did Mickie James leave WWE for TNA? http://youtu.be/YDODIyM3zuw
Scott Steiner on TNA Wrestling http://youtu.be/j9HReXS8bMI
The Main Event Mafia Loses a Member http://youtu.be/HFrINkqGY-8
A View From Mike Tenay's Seat For Hardcore Justice http://youtu.be/oIMgv3QWh3g
Bobby Roode Preparing For His Tables Match http://youtu.be/jlyHBka1HE4
Who Is Bully Ray Talking To Before Hardcore Justice? http://youtu.be/87xtBxRu394
The Making of the Knockouts back to school video http://youtu.be/6XvlidK7XPU
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