This is an update from a few weeks ago in which Awesome Kong asked for her release following her one-sided fight with shock jock personality Bubba The Love Sponge. It has been reported that Kong has been telling friends that TNA Officials refused to grant her release. She then countered by telling TNA that she would not appear on the UK tour as orginally advertised. It also has been reported that Kong also had to be talked into working the taping the night after her fight with Bubba. The issue between herself and Bubba appear to have been resolved following a meeting between Kong, Hogan and Bischoff. It is possible that creative could turn this into a storyline if and when Kong returns.
The bulk of the problems between Kong and TNA is said to be over financial matters. Kong is said to be very touchy when she notices TNA spending frivolously on new talent while also claiming that they can’t afford to give raises to her and other women. The assumption is that Tara and maybe Christy Hemme are paid well because of their past history with the WWE. There has been a lot of frustration over the pay that the other females receive. It should be noted that TNA does not pay their women well despite being the highest rated segments on IMPACT.