Big news from the TNA front, as it appears, former world and current tag champion Bobby Roode's TNA deal has lapsed.
Right now, the company is in a bit of a jam, as we are less than 24 hours away from one of its signature pay-per-views, and Roode is supposed to be a part of it.
TNA Tag Team Champion Bobby Roode's contract with TNA has expired, which explains why Roode has not been on TNA TV since The UK Impact tapings.
This makes Roode's status for Lockdown tomorrow night unknown; however he is scheduled to defend the Tag Team titles along with Austin Aries against Chavo Guerrero & Hernandez and Daniels & Kazarian in a three way tag match.
According to the report, TNA Talent Relations head Bruce Prichard allowed Roode's contract to expire, and Roode had to actually bring it to the attention of TNA officials, which could end up costing TNA a lot of money if/when Roode signs a new deal.
To me, this is a bit surprising. Especially considering, Roode just became the longest reigning TNA champ less than a year ago. Not to mention, he is probably one of the more popular TNA originals on the roster, so losing him would be detrimental to the company.
Don't get me wrong, I am certain both sides will come to terms on a deal. However, it’s just embarrassing that something like this could happen. Personally, I feel the best way to get through this is to sign Roode to a one-night deal and continue negotiations after Lockdown.
Ultimately, I have to believe that this happened because of Jeff Hardy's deal recently being renewed. The fact is, the company really did its best to ensure Hardy would resign, and I am sure all of Prichard's efforts were put toward inking the "Charismatic Enigma."
Overall, this shouldn't have happened, but I kind of understand how it could. Let's face it, if you have a marquee name like Jeff Hardy on your roster, you want to make sure that he doesn't jump ship anytime soon.
Yes, Hardy comes with some baggage, but he is a household name who has legions of fans, and losing that kind of brand could damage TNA.
In the end, we will have to wait until Sunday to see if Roode appears. Keep in mind, even if he wrestles at Lockdown, he may not be locked in with TNA after then.