Posted by TNA Wrestling News Staff on Jul 27, 2013
Major Update – Why Jesse Sorensen Was Released

Major Update – Why Jesse Sorensen Was Released


As you probably know by now, Jesse Sorenson was released from his TNA contract on Monday. Reaction to the development has been almost universally negative toward TNA and partially led to Dixie Carter’s attempt to do a Q&A on Twitter under the hashtag #AskDixie to become a haven for negative comments toward the promotion.

As previously reported, the release was made as a purely financial perspective as TNA is trying to cut costs and make the company viable as it tours live. Sorenson was being paid much higher than someone in his duties as a production assistant and according to sources in the company, the reason for that had to do with the company attempting to help Sorensen as he recovered. The company had changed his deal following his injury from a per-appearance one to a monthly guarantee and he was paid during the period of his recovery as well as when he came back on as a PA (Production Assistant). Basically, they tried to help him out as much as possible.

When Sorensen was made a PA once iMPACT! started going on the road, he was essentially being paid a good salary for working two to three days a month where he would make sure everyone who was needed for the taping had signed in and confirmed they were present, then bring talents to different areas they were needed for filming of promos and the like. The reason for this was so he could learn production skills that he could eventually use in TNA and possibly elsewhere. After the financial cutbacks began, the company started reviewing everyone’s positions and Sorensen was making more than the average TNA staffer that could also handle the responsibilities, but wasn’t working full-time. He was making more than some of the actual wrestlers on the roster. The feeling was that their hands were tied as they could not afford at the moment to hold onto anyone who wasn’t “pulling his weight” compared to others who would be cut in his place.

Another thing that was hurting him, and perhaps kept them from offering him a different deal or giving him more to do, was Sorensen’s desire to return to the ring both on independent dates and eventually for TNA. The opinion was that the company was trying to help him transition out of his in-ring career for his own health and safety but he was more interested in returning to the ring. Sorensen pushed himself to make a return and has trained to do so when TNA was telling him that he would need to get medically cleared to get indy dates, which wasn’t going to happen considering his circumstances. All accounts is that the company struggled with the decision because he was well-liked and the company wanted to help him out, but they had to make a very difficult choice in the end.

Sorenson has been soliciting bookings on his Twitter account, suggesting he’s still looking for an in-ring return. Many feel that it’s not a smart decision but ultimately that is up to him.

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7 Responses to “Major Update – Why Jesse Sorensen Was Released”

  1. TwIsTeD_EnEmY says:

    I thought this site already told us the " real reason " why Jesse Sorensen was released already.
    Frankly by the sounds of it though, it would be unfair to hold on to him when so many other people who were working harder and had more responsibilities were being released.

  2. John says:

    How about cutting people who contribute nothing like Hogan or Bischoff, instead of some one who risked his life for your business. Completly classless move by TNA.

  3. jbcissom says:

    I'm really tired of all the Hogan and Bischoff haters. Get a life! EB has actually done a fantastic job since leaving the "on air" aspect. Hogan hasn't been the focus, thank God! So let it go. I can't defend Brooke, she does need to go.

    And in regards to the article, how can Sorenson work when he's not medically cleared? You have to be medically cleared to have a license to perform in certain states…. i.e. Florida which is the next show he's supposed to be appearing at.

  4. jp says:

    Classless? What do you do for a living? Whatever it is, I bet your employer wouldn’t guarantee you a lifetime job if you are hurt while working. Really, where does it say you job is guaranteed after your hurt? They already have him guaranteed money while being hurt all this time. Sounds like they did about all they could, other than just write him a monthly check forever and where’s the logic in that? Dude got hurt wrestling, they’ve kept paying him, much more than they were before the injury, ever since he’s been hurt. Enough already

  5. JoeWrestling says:

    Is what it is.. moving on now.. as is Sorenson.

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