UPDATE x 5: Anthem Sports Vice President Ed Nordholm tweeted the following, revealing that ODB is backstage at the TNA iMPACT! Wrestling TV tapings and will be making her return to the company next week. As previously reported, tonight’s iMPACT! Wrestling broadcast was taped several months ago.
UPDATE x 4: Alberto El Patron has signed a full-time deal with TNA and will in fact be debuting during tonight taping. El Patron came to terms with the company within the last few days and will be getting a “massive push” with the company.
Talks with El Patron stalled when Jeff Jarrett and Anthem took over the company, but the company reached back out and came to terms on a deal. Former (?) WWE “Diva” Paige, El Patron’s real-life girlfriend, is also backstage at the taping. Paige reportedly quit WWE when she and El Patron were suspended in August of 2016 for violating the company wellness policy.
Josh Mathews and “The Pope” will be the announce team. Despite his interesting tweets, WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross is not at the TV tapings.
UPDATE x 3: Some big changes are clearly in the making at tonight’s TNA iMPACT! Wrestling TV tapings. As you can see from the below tweet via a fan in attendance, Alberto El Patron is at the tapings. In addition, Jim Ross posted an intriguing message to Twitter wishing the iMPACT! taping luck and saying he was “expecting many changes including perhaps a different soundtrack” along with a couple of coy emojis. Make of that what you will.
* Word is that TNA is considering using some form of LAX this week.
* Bruce Prichard is expected to be a heel manager and will likely be involved with one of the company’s top stars.
* Laredo Kid and Garza Jr. are both working the iMPACT! Wrestling TV tapings this week. They will be representing the CRASH lucha libre promotion. You can see a pic below of Laredo Kid and Garza Jr. in front of the new TNA iMPACT! Wrestling logo:
* Brooke “Miss Tessmacher’ Adams recently returned to TNA after the birth of her son. She said that she would not work this week’s tapings but it’s unknown if she’s still on the roster or not.
* Kongo Kong and Mario Bokara are set to appear at the tapings. Kong has worked for Juggle Championship Wrestling and Jeff Jarrett’s GFW with a face-painted wildman gimmick. Bokara is a Wrestlepro regular and has also appeared for OVW.
* It’s believed that Magnus will appear at the tapings in some role.
* TNA reached out to Low Ki about a return but a deal doesn’t appear to have been made.
ORIGINAL: According to sources, the following talents will be at this week’s TNA tapings…
* Konnan: TNA and Konnan’s CRASH in Mexico are trying to work together.
* Karen Jarrett: She’s expected to be a big part of this week’s TV tapings in an on camera role.
* Bruce Prichard: as previously reported in both an on-air and backstage role.
* Kevin Matthews and Fallah Bah: They are regulars with WrestlePro in New Jersey.
* TNA is reportedly interested in former ROH star Donovan Dijak.
* There should be some other talents from the Northeast booked as well, but names have not been confirmed.