Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter
The word going around in the TNA locker room is that the TNA talent is a bit divided. It’s being reported that much of the longtime talent is very unhappy with the push of the new guys they brought in. The one exception is Ric Flair.
He seems to be getting along with just about everyone in the back. Hogan isn’t disliked, but longtime talent feels a little let down considering the high hopes that came with him. The biggest issue seems to be the recent addition of the former ECW talent.
I can’t say that I don’t blame them for feeling this way. Many of the original TNA guys have busted their humps for years with this company. I can only imagine how much of a slap in the face this is for them. How things play out in the future, only time will tell.
The only guy who was really willing to comment on the issue was Rob Van Dam. He had some very interesting points in regards to the situation in the back. He talked about management, talent, Jeff Hardy, and himself.
Rob Van Dam
"I'd imagine a lot of the old TNA guys are feeling like they're taking a back seat. The thing is...you can't argue with numbers. Last week, TNA broke new all-time records for ratings! TNA needed a change. The six-sided ring and the great technical wrestlers—that nobody knew—wasn't working. TNA brought in two rock stars, and look at the company now! Dixie often points out how hiring Jeff Hardy and RVD started a whole new era—why do some of the wrestlers not see it? Too young, too green, too selfish to have the correct perspective. Whereas some of the TNA stars are lucky to get recognized walking around the studios, Jeff and myself live like actual celebrities, signing autographs and taking pictures EVERYWHERE we go. Without experiencing this, it's probably hard to imagine. In fact, very few wrestlers stick out in people's minds the way that Jeff and I do. WE love our fans and we love their love. TNA is blowing up. Good things will come our way and I see it all happening now. This is a very exciting time. More people watching TNA means more people exposure to the other wrestlers on the card too...as long as they're good enough to hang around with the rising standards."
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