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LOTS OF BACKSTAGE NOTES FROM FORMERLY TNA, NOW IMPACT WRESTLING (SPOILERS)

By Mike Johnson on 2017-03-03 09:50:00

Impact Wrestling returns for another round of Impact Wrestling tapings tonight.  If anyone is attending, we are seeking spoiler reports.

We are told the deal to bring Alberto el Patron in was finalized on Wednesday, the day before he flew in and won the TNA title.   The storyline with Alberto is pretty much what was originally planned for Drew Galloway before he opted not to stay with the company, so in an alternative universe somewhere, Galloway won the title last night.   They will follow up on the controversy regarding the end of the match on tonight's taping. 

Ed Nordholm held a meeting with talent before the taping last night to officially inform them they were back on TV as of next month in the UK with Spike.   The meeting was said to have a positive feel overall.

In regard to creative decisions, they are Jeff Jarrett and Dutch Mantel's domain.  While John Gaburick in the past was always open to suggestion, there was more of a feeling that Jarrett and Mantel are taking a hardline, old school stance in that the creative direction and plans laid out are a certain vision and they need to go according to that vision.   There was no wiggle room for changing ideas.  Given that they are trying to lay out the new direction, that's to be expected.

While he is in Orlando, Konnan was not backstage at last night's taping.  He is expected to be there tonight and appearing on camera. 

I mentioned the idea of LAX returning in some form on the site earlier this week.  Homicide is expected back this week.  Hernandez, however, is not slated to return.

Bruce Prichard will be involved with Bobby Lashley going forward but will also have additional on-air roles.  There has been talk of adding someone in a Lashley mouthpiece role dating back a few weeks and we are told others were considered and even approached before Prichard was brought in.  They are going to heavily plug his "Something To Wrestling With" podcast with Conrad Thompson as part of the deal.

Dale Oliver, who has produced theme songs in the past for the company, is back here and the company will be using his material going forward, leading to some music changes last night.

Bob Ryder was backstage timing out the shows last night, a position he did for many years with the company.  Matt Conway had been responsible for that most recently.

Kevin Matthews, Fallah Bah and Mario Bokara were all backstage last night waiting to debut.

Reno Scum wore the GFW Tag Team belts to the ring last night, so those titles are going to be recognized with the idea that it's a different company, sort of like the old days of World Class and Wild West Wrestling in Texas in the '80s.  I really need to stop pointing out how old I am.

 

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