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Dusty Rhodes, Bob Ryder, and Jerry Jarrett addressed TNA's wrestlers briefly right before the TNA Impact! taping began. Jarrett introduced Dusty as the new booker for the company. Rhodes told the wrestlers that he has a vision for the company and to be patient as he works towards making it a reality. One wrestler who was there likened it to a college coach firing up a football team. There was underlying tension in the locker room before the meeting but by the time it was over, it was a mostly positive feeling among the crew.

 

Rhodes later met separately with the X-Division crew and told them that he is a big fan of their work and they have been underutilized by the company. He said that as talented as they are, he doesn't know who their characters are, which means the fans don't either. Rhodes told the X-Division workers that they will be getting chances to do promos and working at connecting with the audience. He explained to them that he wants to expand their characters because without a connection to the fans, they won't be able to draw money. Rhodes put over how talented he thought they all were and that he wants them to be an important part of the show. He said that he wants to help them improve so they can help the company grow and be an important attraction for TNA.

 

Bob Ryder told the wrestlers that there will be some changes in the taping schedule, handing out the new taping dates (every other Tuesday). TNA management made it a point to explain to the talent that they are "climbing a mountain" and they have a long way to go still, but the talent is the most important thing, so they will be paid for two shows per taping. They also mentioned that other changes may be coming down the line and asked the talent to work with them as they try to make the company grow.

 

The word I am getting is that since the Turning Point PPV was set prior to Rhodes taking the position, once they move beyond that PPV, the direction will be 100% Rhodes' vision. Jeff Jarrett did not show any sign of frustration over the booking changes, although he has much more pressing personal issues to deal with due to a family illness. More than one person at the tapings told me that Jarrett was business as usual, and was letting everyone else do their job.

 

Randy Savage (flanked by Bryan Adams) was said to have been much more accessible and friendlier this week towards the wrestlers than he had been at his previous two TNA appearances.

 

After the meetings with management, the TNA wrestlers were said to be positive about everything. The crowd size was up again, which was somewhat attributed to the bigger names that the promotion has appearing on the shows.

 

 

--Taken from UKFF, no source given

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Rhodes later met separately with the X-Division crew and told them that he is a big fan of their work and they have been underutilized by the company. He said that as talented as they are, he doesn't know who their characters are, which means the fans don't either. Rhodes told the X-Division workers that they will be getting chances to do promos and working at connecting with the audience. He explained to them that he wants to expand their characters because without a connection to the fans, they won't be able to draw money. Rhodes put over how talented he thought they all were and that he wants them to be an important part of the show. He said that he wants to help them improve so they can help the company grow and be an important attraction for TNA.

abotu time somebody talked some sense. just working well in the ring isn't enough to get these guys over. WCW's cruisers at their best had interesting storyline as well as good in ring product.

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