— Sting did not appear at this week’s set of Impact tapings due to a contract dispute with TNA, reports ProWrestling.NET. According to multiple sources, Sting is in the midst of negotiating a new contract with the company and will not return to television until the situation is resolved. Sting is working with TNA on a year-to-year basis and his current contract should be expiring at the end of the year. During last year’s contract negotiation with Sting, TNA President Dixie Carter and Jeff Jarrett butted heads over offering a new contract to Sting as Jarrett didn’t feel he was worth the type of money that Carter was willing to pay him.
— TNA has implemented a policy to no longer paper pay-per-view events feeling it’s not good long-term business to give tickets away for free, reports the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. TNA would often paper their pay-per-view events the week before the show due to lackluster ticket sales to make the venue appear full to the television audience. Last Sunday’s Hard Justice pay-per-view drew 3,500 fans to the 8,500 seat Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, New Jersey, another figure that has to be considered disappointing. By not giving away free tickets for Hard Justice, TNA combated the appearance of empty seats by moving nearly all of the fans to one half of the arena to give the illusion to the television audience that they drew a packed arena. One side of the arena had nearly all of fans whereas the hard camera side was practically deserted sans a few fans in the ringside seats.
— The TNA website has put up an actual profile page on Sheik Abdul Bashir, which you can see at this link.
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