Don West is reportedly leaving TNA due to the fact that he was offered a spot as the General Manager of the North American Hockey League's Wenatchee Wild out of Wenatchee, Washington. West will be involved in all aspects of the Wild and got a great offer that he could not have reasonably turned down.
There is no reported heat on West for leaving and he is said to be going out on good terms. He will finish up with TNA this month.
ORIGINAL: Several TNA sources say that Don West has given the company notice that he will be leaving soon. West has been with the organization since its inception. He first worked as an announcer before moving on to be the head of TNA merchandise in the summer of 2009.
When he started, he had no experience in the wrestling business when the company launched in June 2002. West and Mike Tenay were the company's announce team. West was also used as The Amazing Red's manager. West was replaced by Taz in the announcer's position in August 2011. West then went on the road full-time with autograph signings and doing "Don West Deals" at the shows. West would mention deals inside the ring and at the merchandise table.
West, who used to work for Shop at Home (and was even parodied once by Will Ferrell on Saturday Night Live), used his pitching style for the ShopTNA.com website and TNA live eventss. Several people within TNA say that it will be "near impossible" to replace West's skills in the merchandise aspect. West will now focus on his website, Wild West Deals (WildWestDeals.com).