In an update on the current creative direction of TNA, the Wrestling Observer Newsletter is reporting that Vince Russo is currently the acting lead writer, but Dixie Carter is in charge of the big picture. There is no outright philosophy other than TNA seems to be going in a more sports-oriented direction. It was noted as to how the referees are now given more power. Dixie wants to have more an emphasis on pushing newer talent like Hernandez, who is said to be one of her favorites, as well as Bobby Lashley and Matt Morgan. The announce changes are also part of moving in the more sports-oriented direction. Replacing Don West with Taz was done in part to have a more sports-like announcing team with less of the high-energy Don West style that Jeff Jarrett was in favor of.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and PWTorch.com are both reporting that Trenesha Biggers (Rhaka Khan has alleged that Angle repeatedly abused her and left marks on her body, supporting her claims of abuse by the current TNA World Champion. “She said he has displayed a pattern of physical abuse against her, leaving bruises and bite marks, over the past several months,” reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from the August 26th court hearing. Biggers said she tried to forgive Angle repeatedly for the alleged abuse. Kurt Angle’s attorney told the media that Biggers claims there was an incident which occurred on August 6th, but Biggers waited until August 15th to file the emergency Protection From Abuse against Angle. Angle’s attorney downplayed the abuse and incidents. “We have an individual (Biggers) who has made allegations of abuse,” he said. “We have evidence that shows it’s not true.”
Angle added: “No, I didn’t commit any type of crime.” His attorney was quick to claim that TNA is supporting Angle in the matter. “Let’s make that clear. TNA Wrestling is supporting Kurt,” he said. Angle was allowed back into his home on August 26th, but Biggers is not allowed back in the home and said she has been living in a hotel and not in Angle’s home since she filed the protection order. The Post-Gazette states both sides negotiated outside of court, but could not reach an “amicable resolution,” leading to the delayed court hearing on September 29th.