By Graham "GSM" Matthews
With TNA's Bound for Glory pay-per-view this weekend, rumors have been running rampant in the wrestling world that TNA officials are looking to make the show as grand as possible in attempt to bring back the hundreds of thousands of viewers they lost upon their move to Destination America network earlier this year. To do this, they have contemplated bringing in a major free agent to make a surprise appearance at the event.
Wrestling fans have speculated that it could be anyone from Rey Mysterio to Goldberg, but according to a credible source from within the organization, TNA is determined to sign WWE's Adam Rose (i.e. Ray Leppan) to a deal. It was Leppan who actually approached TNA about coming over, and because he was fresh off his run on WWE Superstars, they felt he was a "must have." Of course, this would be a breach of his contract with World Wrestling Entertainment, but that didn't stop TNA from having Hernandez appear on their show despite still being with Lucha Underground earlier this year. Besides, who reads contracts anymore?
For those unaware Leppan was still signed to WWE, well, he is. He's been featured on such programs as Superstars and Main Event, losing to the legendary likes of Jack Swagger and R-Truth. His party pooper gimmick has earned him a following of some sort, or it's at least attracted enough attention to garner TNA's interest. His connection with the crowd is undeniable as well as exceptional abilities in the ring, making him the perfect candidate for TNA to bring in for their biggest show of the year.
TNA management was told over the summer to do something huge to impress officials at Destination America after the recent slump of low ratings for their flagship show, Impact Wrestling. Incorporating Bigfoot into their latest set of tapings as well as holding a "Leg on a Pole" match didn't do the trick, so their next best idea to sign someone who had buzz.
While details are still sketchy, there are also rumblings that TNA plans to incorporate Leppan into their newest heel faction set to debut at Bound for Glory on Sunday. It's unknown whether it will be a resurrection of their vintage Aces and Eights group or something completely original (which is unlikely), but what is known is that Rose would be leading the stable. Micah, Tyrus and D'Angelo Dinero are also rumored to be a part of it.
On an interesting note, Leppan wasn't the first name TNA thought of signing; in fact, he was their last resort. Batista's Hollywood agent didn't return their calls, CM Punk blocked their number, and while Hulk Hogan's comeback to the company was almost a lock, there was said to be heat from Lashley and Awesome Kong about bringing him back into the fold.
All "facts" in this article are erroneous and compete faction. If you took it seriously, well, joke's on you. Thanks for reading!
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