Backstage TNA News – Contracts, Payments & Creative Team Changes & Updates



According to sources, TNA officials sent out an email to their roster on Monday. The letter confirmed that Dutch “Zeb Colter” Mantell will now be the head of creative for the company going forward. John Gaburick will be a “creative consultant” and will run the gorilla position during the iMPACT! Wrestling TV tapings. Gaburick will not be involved in the company’s creative aspects other than being a consultant. It was also confirmed that former TNA creative team member Matt Conway has left the company.

Jeff Jarrett will be overseeing things as the company’s Chief Creative Officer. As of now, Jarrett will not be featured on TV.

There are also expected to be some major changes on how talent contracts are structured. Talents used to be paid per episode each time they appeared on TV. Basically, if one taping day counted as multiple episodes they would be paid for each episode taped. TNA is now planning to shift to a per-date pay scale instead. There will also be some cases where talent will have to get approval for independent dates and will have to pay the company 10% of their wrestling earnings outside of the company. There is also talk among some talents that changes to royalty payments are on the way as well.

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