Partial Source: The Wrestling Observer
UPDATE: As previously reported,
Jay Lethal and ReDRagon were attempted to be recruited to work TNA Slammiversary
without success. The original report suggested that Davey Richards had “gone
rogue” and attempted to recruit independently, only to be shut down because they
were under contract.
Now it appears that this may not be the case. Sources
close to the situation are saying that TNA has “absolutely” been involved in the
attempted recruitment of ROH talent and that despite claims to the contrary, it
was not a contractual issue as much as it was the fact that ReDRagon and Jay
Lethal had no interest in working for TNA.
ORIGINAL: Several sources recently
reported that TNA has been attempting to contact ROH talent to appear at their
events. These talents included Bobby Fish, Kyle O’Reilly and Adam Cole, who are
all under ROH contract.
However, according to sources in TNA and ROH, it’s
not quite what it’s being made out to be. Jay Lethal, a former TNA champion, was
contacted about working the Destination X-themed iMPACT! episode but turned it
down because he was under contract. TNA is said to be contacting former
champions for the event.
Davey Richards reportedly contacted reDragon
(O’Reilly, Fish) about coming in to possibly face The Wolves at the event.
However, both are under contract and can’t do it. TNA itself didn’t contact
either man, as the call was said to be made “independently”. Richards seems like
the most likely suspect as he trained O’Reilly. The Observer also named him as
the culprit since he felt the TNA tag division was “weak”. Not a single TNA
executive had a conversation with reDragon.
TNA has had talks with other talent who aren’t under
ROH contracts “from time to time” (as well as talent contacting TNA) but it
never went beyond talks.
A TNA source said: “All conversations with talents
start with, ‘Are you under contract?’ If the answer is Yes, we don’t go any