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Liam DunneApril 23rd, 2016NewsComments Off on Velvet Sky Leaves TNA!

Velvet Sky Leaves TNA!

It seems another major TNA star has called it quits with the financially struggling company. TNA main stay Velvet Sky has handed in her notice to TNA officials as of yesterday (22rd April 2016). TNA themselves confirmed that her last televised appearances took place at the tapings on the same day.

Here is what they said in their press release:

IMPACT WRESTLING and Velvet Sky Part
IMPACT WRESTLING today announced a mutual decision with TNA Knockouts veteran Velvet Sky to not renew her agreement.

Sky’s final in-ring appearance with TNA occurred in Orlando earlier today and will broadcast on an upcoming episode of IMPACT WRESTLING seen Tuesday nights at 9/8c on Pop.

“This has been my home for 10 years and, no matter what happens in my future, I will never forget where I’ve come from or the people who have helped me get where I am,” said Sky. “Thank you to everyone at TNA – from talent to production to crew -who has helped me do what I love.”

It’s getting increasingly difficult to ignore the fact that TNA has been losing a lot of their talent that was synonymous with their branding, with most of them jumping ship to the WWE or WWE’s developmental brand of NXT.

Velvet Sky is currently in a relationship with WWE’s Bubba Ray Dudley. The two met and started dating during their time in TNA together when Bubba was known as Bully Ray and became one of the company’s top heels, before returning to the WWE along with Devon. Sky was spotted with Bubba during the Hall Of Fame ceremony during WrestleMania weekend. Whilst that may not mean anything (after all WWE allows their invitee’s to bring almost anybody as a guest), with her boyfriend already in the WWE and a number of TNA stars finding major success in the WWE, such as Austin Aries, Samoa Joe and, particularly, AJ Styles (as well as WWE flirting with prospect of Bobby Roode’s debut), one can’t help but speculate that Velvet will be the first major female star to jump ship to WWE.

After all, WWE is a far different place now compared to the days when the aforementioned stars first signed with TNA. WWE was very “Anti-Indy”, almost not wanting to acknowledge their existence, and women had 2 minute matches with very little story or build. NXT in particular has changed this, stars from an Indy background are presented less like rookies but more like storied warriors who have battled across the globe to finally make it to the WWE. That goes for the women too.

What do you think? Can we see Velvet make an “impact” in the WWE Women’s division soon?

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