source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter
– Internally, TNA officials believe Christian Cage is through with the company. They did make an attempt to get him to stay, even holding a meeting with him asking him what it would take for him to stay with the company. TNA even had some of the top wrestlers individually try and talk him out of the leaving the company, but he wouldn’t commit. Had Cage stayed in TNA, he would have been the main talker on the babyface side against the Main Event Mafia. WWE sources believe he’s coming in while TNA believes Cage will be linked to Edge upon his return to the company. With Edge’s position in WWE, TNA believes the spot is worthy of the heavier schedule. However, Cage going to WWE doesn’t come without risk. In TNA, he’s guaranteed a position high up on the card whereas in WWE, Vince McMahon was never too high on him during his last run in the company as he didn’t see too much in him.
– One of the reasons TNA often holds multiple person matches during pay-per-views is because company president Dixie Carter doesn’t like the idea of paying performers not competing on the big cards. As a result, TNA does what they can to have everyone work no matter what. In WWE, the pay-per-view spots are typically reserved for the premiere talent of the company with dozens of midcard and low-end performers often being left off the cards.
– Last week’s edition of Impact drew a 1.10 cable rating with 1.4 million viewers overall. The program did a 0.80 in Males 18-34 and 0.68 in Males 35-49. Here are the segment-by-segment numbers: The X Division tag match featuring Sonjay Dutt & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Jay Lethal & Consequences Creed match lost 76,000 viewers. The Knockouts match pitting The Beautiful People vs. Christy Hemme & Sojourner Bolt gained 38,000 viewers. The debut of ODB’s talk show, “ODB’s Angle,” was a big flop. Her interview with Sharmell lost 114,000 viewers. The AJ Styles & Samoa Joe vs. Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley match gained 127,000 viewers. A match pitting Booker T and Eric Young gained 13,000 viewers. The main event of the show featuring Kurt Angle & Kevin Nash vs. Matt Morgan & Abyss lost 25,000 viewers. The final segment of Impact featuring Mick Foley, Angle, Jeff Jarrett and Rhino gained 38,000 viewers and drew the show’s peak rating of a 1.13.