One TNA Champion has teased jumping to the WWE.
Impact Wrestling Knockout Laurel Van Ness (Chelsea Green) asked for her release from the company following the last set of Impact tapings in Ottawa, Canada.
Van Ness signed with the promotion back in June of 2016. She is currently in the tournament to crown a new Knockouts Champion after Gail Kim retired and vacated the title.
She took part in a recent interview with The Orlando Sentinel where she discussed a variety of topics, including getting into the wrestling business, the responsibility of being Champion, her favorite theme park rides and more.
When Laurel’s contract status with Impact Wrestling was brought up, Laurel noted that she is currently under contract with the company until June 2018, presumably shooting down reports that she had requested her release from the company at the last set of television tapings in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
The current top of the Impact Knockouts Division recently posted to Twitter announcing she was looking for a place to apply her craft from January 26th-28th.
This is a very interesting time to mention seeing how the Royal Rumble falls around those dates. She wrote the following on Twitter:
“Just had Jan 26-28 open up!! What companies are running?!? TAG ME 🥂.”
The Royal Rumble pay-per-view event takes place on Sunday, January 28, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the Wells Fargo Center and will air on the WWE Network and some traditional pay-per-view outlets. Both Raw and SmackDown brands will be featured.
In case you haven’t watch Impact in a bit, she explained the origin of character in a recent interview:
“Well, everyone asks me that. It started out basically where, yes, when I was left at the altar, everything that happened after I was left at the altar, so me dropping down to my knees and being the most dramatic human in the world, that was me. Then when I got to the back, everyone was leaving, that was the last day of tapings, and Dutch [Mantel] came up and said, ‘I just want you to cut a quick promo. We don’t know if we’re gonna use it. You’re gonna sit, and you’re gonna cry.’ So as I was doing this promo, drinking champagne, which was real champagne, it was like my second bottle of champagne.
Oh yeah. I’m drinking the champagne, and he’s kind of shouting ideas at me, like, ‘Oh, sing. Sing ‘The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow.’ Do you know that song?’ And I’m like, ‘Oh, sure.’ He’s like, ‘Act crazier. One more take, but do it even crazier.’ When that aired, it kind of took off in this weird way I never thought it would. So then when I came back for the next set of tapings they were like, ‘Okay, we’re gonna roll with this crazy bride. I think we’ll keep you in the dress.’ I was like, ‘Oh, that’s cool.’
From there on it was them saying to me, ‘Do whatever you want and be as crazy as you want, and hopefully we have to tell you to dial it down.’ So every time I went out there I did something crazier. You know, more outlandish than the last time I went out there.
But I can’t just say it was only me, because what I loved about Laurel, and I still love about Laurel is that every time I was kind of going through a match someone random in the locker room, it could have been Dutch, it could have been Abyss, it could have been EC3 or Spud. Random people have always had ideas. One idea, Pat Kenney was like, ‘Oh, you should do an airplane around Kong.’ I was like, ‘Sure. Done.’ He said that as I walking out, and then that became Laurel’s thing.
Someone else was like, ‘Hey, I saw this funny spot where you take the girl down, and then you pin her like Cameron from WWE. Pin her on her stomach, and you think that that’s real.’ So then I’m like, ‘Easy. I’ll do that,’ as I’m going out there again.
And the next time it’s like, ‘Oh, you should get tangled up in the ropes, that’s funny. And then you should get hit with this move,’ and I’m like, ‘Okay. Sure.’ So it’s kind of like this weird character where it doesn’t matter what you tell me to do, I can go out and do it because I am the most unexpected kind of random character.
Nothing that I do you question and be like, ‘Wait. Why?’ You know what I mean? Because it’s fun like that.”
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