TNA’s official website recently introduced the ‘Alumni’ section of their roster page, allowing fans to reminisce about their former favourites, who have since departed the company.
However, the pages on offer are simply old profile’s that offer no explanation of what the wrestler has gone on to do since. So, without further ado, here is part two of GiveMeSport’s ‘Where Are They Now’ look at some of the best and brightest former TNA talent:
• Brooke Hogan
Daughter of the famous Hulk Hogan, Brooke joined her Dad in TNA in 2012, signing on to work as an on-screen authority figure and backstage consultant to the TNA Knockouts. Later that year, she began an on-screen relationship with Bully Ray, who saved her from being kidnapped by the villainous Aces & Eights. Hogan accepted a marriage proposal from Ray and successfully had him installed as the number one contender to the World Heavyweight Title for the 2013 edition of Lockdown.
However, Ray turned heel, winning the World Title from Jeff Hardy and spectacularly dumping Brooke in favour of her name sake, Brooke Tessmacher. Hogan was released from TNA in August 2013.
Since her release, the 26-year-old has returned to her music career – although she has not released a solo album since 2009. She has also widened her film career, appearing in several small films including 2-Headed Shark Attack, Skum Rocks, Vengeance Wears a Skirt and School of the Dead.
• Chavo Guerrero, Jr.
The son of Chavo Guerrero Sr, grandson of Gory Guerrero and the nephew of Eddie Guerrero, Hector Guerrero, Mando Guerrero and Enriique Llanes, Chavo Jr. comes from one of the most famous wrestling families ever. He joined TNA in 2012 after over 15 years with WCW, WWF and WWE. He aligned himself with Hernandez, and the pair became the World Tag Team Champions at Bound for Glory, defeating Bad Influence and Kurt Angle and A.J.
Styles. They held the titles until January 2013, when they lost to Austin Aries and Bobby Roode in Manchester, England. Chavo remained with the company until December, when he received the pink slip in the Feast or Fired match, meaning he was fired from the company.
Rumours have it that the 43-year-old will now be hosting his own TV show later this year, and that he has actually already filmed interviews with several guests, including TNA star MVP, former UFC fighter Jason “Mayhem” Miller, and Bellator fighter Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. There is no confirmed debut date for the series as of yet. Guerrero is also thought to be working closely with Jackson in a coaching capacity before the latter’s return to TNA later this year.
• Chris Sabin
After 11 years with the company, Chris Sabin left TNA earlier this year – following a storyline feud with Velvet Sky. Less than a year before his departure, Sabin won the TNA World Heavyweight Title for the first time in his career – defeating Bully Ray. Although he relinquished the belt just four weeks later, it completed an exceptional TNA career for Sabin.
A record eight-time X Division Champion and a one-time World Tag Team Champion alongside Alex Shelley in the Motor City Machine Guns, he was the sixth Triple Crown Champion in TNA history. He also competed in the first ever Ultimate X match back in 2003.
Since his departure, Sabin has been taking independent bookings, and is thought to be keen on continuing his wrestling career despite a long catalogue of injury problems. He tore both his ACL’s over the course of the last three years, but has been commendably unfazed by his TNA release – jumping straight back into action.
• Christian York
A veteran of the independent wrestling circuit, Christian York grabbed his TNA opportunity in 2012 – losing a Gut Check match to Zema Ion and impressing the competition judges enough to earn a contract.
He returned in November of that year, losing to World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Hardy in a non-title match. He went on to make several unsuccessful challenges for the X Division Title before making his final appearance in May 2013, losing to Jay Bradley in the first qualifying round for the Bound for Glory Series Tournament.
York has since returned to his routes in the independent circuit. He won the MCW Heavyweight Championship for a second time in February 2013. He held the title until May 2014, when he lost to Drolix.
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