Multiple sources within TNA are reporting that Awesome Kong (a/k/a Kia Stevens) and the company have agreed to finally part ways. Kong had been asking for about a 15 percent pay increase or a contractual release, and it appears the company has opted for the release instead. There’s no word yet on whether the paperwork is official, but a source with knowledge of the issues with Kong told Jason Powell of Prowrestling.net, “There’s no turning back now.”
One of the holdups in the release becoming official was that TNA wanted to include a lengthy noncompete clause, different from the traditional 90-day noncompete. As of right now sources are unaware of the length of the noncompete agreement that will be enforced. Kong and Hamada were stripped of the Knockouts Tag Titles on March 8, and Kong’s bio was removed from the TNA website this past Thursday.