Posted by TNA Wrestling News Staff on Jun 14, 2014
More On TNA Trying To ‘Raid’ ROH Talent – Big Update

More On TNA Trying To ‘Raid’ ROH Talent – Big Update

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 further, ever.’

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10 Responses to “More On TNA Trying To ‘Raid’ ROH Talent – Big Update”

  1. Jay Lethal says:

    Why would ROH’s best talents want to work for TNA right now when they can’t even keep the likes of AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels who’ve stuck with them right from the start?

    • Tomohiro Ishii #1fan says:

      I'm not agree to see TNA without Aj but a possible answer to your question is :
      maybe because they want to spend money for new talents,or even for talents from the past but different from the usual top guys of the past.
      At the end of the day they contacted a former x division champ who is working in a indy company,i suppose they have done a right move

      • oh0K says:

        Can't blame Jay Lethal if this is true. Why would he want to come back, they were pushing him crazy and just all a sudden let him go. They pretty much did the same with the pope, its like they dont know what to do with someone once they get over…

  2. tna24 says:

    i dont blame them if they dont want to work for tna, tna at a low point i think. tna still got great talent just not use right or not use at all. since the same people are getting face time meaning mostly mvp and eric young.

  3. HolsG says:

    Gutted Jay doesn't want to return, we need more big high flyers like him, especially since AJ left. Leaving just as he was getting a push too 🙁

    • Tomohiro Ishii #1fan says:

      I respect Jay but i think of the past we just need LOW KI and for new the generation there's a certain Ricochet in the indies

  4. Cezar_TheScribe says:

    This doesn't make any sense.

    Adam Cole is ROH's Champion, they should know Cole is under contract.

  5. hangers says:

    I cant see what TNA could possibly offer the top ROH talent at the moment to make them jump ship.. That being said, this sounds like a beat up to me and more like TNA just contacting some ex talents to work a ppv..

  6. Tomohiro Ishii #1fan says:

    "only to be shut down because they were under contract"
    "it was not a contractual issue "

    Coherence ..

    btw if TNA 's got to steal someone then go for Elgin

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