TNA Makes Cuts to Talent Roster and Office Staff

Word began leaking out earlier today that TNA was making cuts to its talent roster.  Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com had the news that TNA was releasing several wrestlers in a cost cutting measure.

Christian York, Crimson and Joey Ryan were given their release while Taeler Hendrix, the only female winner of the TNA Gut Check, confirmed on Twitter that she is no longer with the company and asked for her release.

Joey Ryan also confirmed his departure from the company on his Twitter account.

 

Madison Rayne has also confirmed on Twitter that her contract has expired and she is no longer with TNA. That is not surprising because she is pregnant and hopes to return to the company when she can.

 

Between The Ropes has also learned that William Goertel, who worked behind the scenes handling graphics for the video department, was also released from the company.  He was let go last week on the same day as executive producer Kevin Sullivan who has been replaced by former WWE producer John Gaburick.

Several weeks ago, TNA parting ways with long time marketing director Michael Weber who held that position with the company since 2008.

TNA Hires Former WWE Production Executive John Gaburick

Former WWE Vice President of Television Production has been hired by TNA Wrestling to oversee their television.  Gaburick parted ways with the WWE earlier this year after working with the company for 13 years.

Many fans know his best as “Big” John Gaburick from his appearances on the original Tough Enough reality series on MTV.

Here is the press release that TNA sent out:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

JOHN GABURICK NAMED EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT TELEVISION PRODUCTION TNA ENTERTAINMENT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 27, 2013) – John Gaburick has been named Executive Vice President of Television Production for TNA Entertainment effective immediately. Gaburick is an accomplished production executive who joins TNA from World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) where he served as Vice President of Television Production. The announcement was made today by President Dixie Carter, to whom he will report.  In his new role, Gaburick will oversee management and production of TNA Entertainment television including LIVE IMPACT Wrestling, marketing and advertising production, special projects and digital assets.

“As TNA evolves, John’s award-winning creative vision and production expertise coupled with his sports and entertainment industry business savvy make him the perfect person to push us in new directions,” said Carter. “He is a gifted and innovative storyteller, and we are thrilled to have him on board.”

“I’ve always admired Dixie Carter and TNA as a uniquely dynamic and growing organization,” said Gaburick. “This opportunity marks an exciting new challenge for me, and I am honored to join the team.”

Prior to joining TNA Entertainment, Gaburick spent the past 13 years in production at WWE. While there, he was awarded the PROMAX/BDA Brandbuilder of the Year Award and guided all image and brand-building media campaigns, as well as network documentary programming. Additionally, he spent 10 years as Operations Manager for National Business Archives in Jessup, Maryland. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Towson University in Towson, Maryland and is a proud member of The Towson University Athletic Hall of Fame. He will be relocating to Nashville with his wife and two young children.