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Some new names that I've confirmed are signed to the Florida start-up promotion in the last week or so are Booker T, Paul London, Rocky Romero, Sonjay Dutt, Super Crazy, Hijo Del Rey Misterio and 2 Cold Scorpio. I am told that there are some other younger talents who have signed as well, but I haven't confirmed any names yet.

There's been a strong rumor in the last 24 hours that some top Ring of Honor talents may have signed here as well, but I cannot confirm that at this time.

I am also told that the contracts signed by talent do not officially take hold until this October. So, that is when it appears the project (which amazingly, has still been able to keep it's name private) is going to officially launch. As of today, there are no set dates or locations for the tapings but one would assume it will be around there since at that point, they will be paying wrestlers.

Any talk that the promotion is going to simply be a Florida-based company is just that - they are planning for a much grander scope in terms of their goals. The plan is to do tapings and try and find a national television outlet. I am told that everyone involved realizes the reality of the situation and that no one is expecting a deal to fall in their lap overnight. Based on what I am hearing, I don't believe the promotion is looking to buy themselves timeslots either, a strategy that has led to many an early death for pro wrestling companies.

One of the reasons the company has been so secretive about letting names out and launching is that they don't want there to be a huge buzz or hype, feeling it will leave fans waiting for them to get going while their main focus right now has been building the company's infrastructure. I am told one of the things the company has been working on is setting up benefits for the wrestlers. The story being told among those who are signed is that everyone involved will receive full medical benefits as well as a 401K and stock options in the company, so if the group takes off, everyone shares in that success. I am told that was something Milton Wilpon has pushed after hearing some of the stories from older talents about how they have been treated over the years. If all that comes together, it's certainly a great idea.
 

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The story being told among those who are signed is that everyone involved will receive full medical benefits as well as a 401K and stock options in the company, so if the group takes off, everyone shares in that success. I am told that was something Milton Wilpon has pushed after hearing some of the stories from older talents about how they have been treated over the years. If all that comes together, it's certainly a great idea.
Wow that can be a good idea.
 

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I don't see how this group can be taken seriously if they have nothing set as far as TV, taping dates or locations. From what I hear TV networks that matter don't even want wrestling. Lets see how long they'll keep offering benefits and 401K's if they start bleeding money.
 

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One of the reasons the company has been so secretive about letting names out and launching is that they don't want there to be a huge buzz or hype, feeling it will leave fans waiting for them to get going while their main focus right now has been building the company's infrastructure.
I'd say that the reason why they aren't letting names out is because they don't have any names to let out. Although signing Rocky Romero and El Hijo de Rey Misterio is the kind of forward thinking that TNA is sorely lacking.
 

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interesting. The more I hear about it the more I want to check it out. They don't need a national TV deal I think they should go the other route and get a syndicated deal and run saturday mornings for kids or something.
 

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So Rocky left AAA for this?

They have to sign to a smaller network first. You not going to get a million fans overnight. Look at Lucha Libre USA, 100,000 fans per week. TNA started with less than that. It takes time and patience.
 

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So Rocky left AAA for this?

They have to sign to a smaller network first. You not going to get a million fans overnight. Look at Lucha Libre USA, 100,000 fans per week. TNA started with less than that. It takes time and patience.
well the wilpons already own their own network ... i wonder or am hoping during the winter we see some wrestling shows from their channel sportsnet new york
 

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if they let London cut one of his insane promos im all for this, the man's seriously lost it as of late. & like usausa1 had mentioned, im quite surprised rocky left aaa for something as up in the air as this.. i hope he has a backup plan if this goes down the shitter so to speak. Rocky's too good not to be wrestling with someone of at least AAA caliber
 

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Jon Moxley
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Mike Knox
Paul Burchill
Adam Pearce
Christopher Daniels
Charlie Haas
Mickie James
Katie Lea
Shelton Benjamin
Jimmy Wang
ODB
Awesome Kong

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Jon Moxley
Dragon Kid
Mike Knox
Paul Burchill
Adam Pearce
Christopher Daniels
Charlie Haas
Mickie James
Katie Lea
Shelton Benjamin
Jimmy Wang
ODB
Awesome Kong

Need to be call
Adam Pearce lol. Are you fucking serious? Won't happen and shouldn't happen.

Dragon Kid won't be moving to live in America just for the sake of a random promotion.

Other than that, if all they are going to do is promote former WWE wrestlers why wouldn't everyone just carry on watching the WWE?

Oh and Moxley is shit.

If they want success they need to court the hispanic audience. TNA and WWE don't do it enough. That's what this list of 7 names seems to do in the most part. Bringing in everyone who WWE release, indiscriminately, is a recipe for disaster. Mike Knox is not one of the best wrestlers in the world, contrary to what Todd Grisham was paid to tell you.
 

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I'll keep tabs on this because it seems interesting. I doubt they will succeed but it is always nice to see another promotion try.
 

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If they wait until 2011 I'm sure they can have fun at Soundstage 21 at Universal Studios Orlando, Florida since TNA might be vacating it some time. If not, the new promotion could take up some place and make it their own much like what happened back at the Asylum, with real wrestling fans rather than cast members.
 
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