source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter
– As reported earlier, Raven, 44, returned to TNA this past Monday after a long absence. He was said to have come back in better condition then when he left in early 2008. Towards the end of previous stint in TNA, he was dealing with a thyroid condition as a result his excesses of the past, which caused him to balloon in weight no matter how much he exercised. His medical problems have since been cleared up and his weight is back under control again.
– Don West’s persona in TNA is being completely patterned after WWE Hall of Famer Bobby “The Brain” Heenan. Fellow announcer Mike Tenay was Heenan’s best friend in World Championship Wrestling so he knows how to work with Heenan to make him shine.
– Wrestling legend Danny Hodge appeared at last Thursday’s TNA live event in Oklahoma City, which drew 1,000 fans. He heads the Oklahoma State Athletic Commission and has been to all major MMA shows in the state as well.