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 four of GiveMeSport’s ‘Where Are They Now’ look at some of the best and brightest former TNA talent:
• Daffney / The Governor
The gothic Knockout star, Daffney debuted for TNA in 2008 when she was plucked out of the audience in a pre-planned move for a match against Awesome Kong. For the next year, she feuded with the Beautiful People – culminating in a tag team victory at the Destination X pay-per-view, alongside Roxxi and Wilde. During the feud she was known as The Governor. In March 2009, she re-took the ring name Daffney after having her hair cut by the BP’s, and tagged with Abyss and Raven in mixed tag team matches.
She made her last appearance for TNA in early 2011, and later made a workers’ compensation claim against the company for injuries suffered while wrestling. She argued that she had endured an unsafe working environment and claimed that she would now be unable to continue her career. The lawsuit was settled out of court in March 2013. She briefly dated former WWE star CM Punk.
• Desmond Wolfe
British wrestler Desmond Wolfe, also known by his alternative ring-name Nigel McGuinness, joined TNA in 2009, after a deal had fallen through with WWE. He began a feud with Kurt Angle before joining the Fortune stable alongside Robert Roode, A.J. Styles and James Storm. He represented Team Flair in the annual Lethal Lockdown match in 2010, where they defeated Team Hogan. Flair compared Wolfe to Lex Luger, an original member of the Four Horseman, but fell out of favour after a series of losses. In 2011, he became the new commissioner for TNA Xplosion, working alongside Jeremy Borash and Taz. He was released from his contract later that year.
In August, Wolfe returned to Ring of Honour, where he was a former World Champion – using the McGuinness name. However, he retired from in-ring competition later that year, taking up a full-time position as a colour commentator. In December 2012, McGuinness released a documentary titled The Last of McGuinness on his final days as an in-ring performer. It was during which that he revealed that WWE had rescinded his contract after feeling an old bicep injury needed surgery, while his in ring career in TNA ended after contracting hepatitis B during his time there. In late May 2013 McGuinness toured the UK with the shorter final cut of his documentary and has become an advocate for both the hepatitis B vaccination and an end to the use of intentional blood loss in wrestling.
The long-term tag team partner of Bully Ray, Devon signed for TNA in 2005 after leaving WWE. He and Ray became known as the Dudley Boyz, as well as Team 3D. Characterized by their unorthodox ring apparel and usage of tables in their matches, the pair were one of the most successful tag teams in the history of professional wrestling, and are recognized by TNA as 23-time world champions. Also the winner of two TNA Television Championships, Devon joined the outlaw biker group Aces & Eights in 2012, and was later joined by Ray – who was revealed as the stable’s leader. Devon was fired from TNA in August 2013 when he was pinned during a five-on-five tag team match against the Main Event Mafia and A.J. Styles.
Devon has since returned to the independent circuit. He appeared at House of Hardcore 3, where he and Matt Hardy defeated Homicide and Eddie Kingston. He also came out later that night to tease a confrontation with Bully Ray, only for the two to confront Tommy Dreamer. He has also opened a smoothie shop – 3D’s Power Blendz – and, along with Ray, an Academy of Professional Wrestling and Sports Entertainment in Florida.
• Don West
A colour commentator, Don West was signed by TNA in 2002 to partner Mike Tenay. During his time with the company he was involved in several minor storylines. In 2006 he was attacked and knocked out by Kurt Angle. In 2009, he turned heel and verbally assaulted Tenay. He later turned up late and in a drunken state, again brawling with Tenay. In August 2009 he was replaced by Taz, and promoted to oversee merchandise development and sales initiatives. He reportedly handed in his notice in May 2012, and left the company shortly afterwards.
After leaving TNA, West accepted an offer to become the new director of sales and marketing of the Washington based Wenatchee Wild ice hockey team. His departure from TNA market the end of his ten-year wrestling career.
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