This week’s edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter confirmed rumors that former four-time TNA Knockouts Champion ODB had parted ways with the company, though few details had been given upon initial circulation of the rumors. However, the outlet has now given reason as to why the 36-year-old is no longer with Dixie Carter and Co.
According to the report, ODB’s contract was allowed to expire due to the ongoing budget cuts in TNA. This was her third run in TNA, as her second went from 2007-2010, before she was brought back in 2011. During her second tenure, she also served as the official referee of the Knockouts division in TNA, alongside portraying the on-screen wife of former TNA World Heavyweight Champion, Eric Young.
ODB, real name Jessica Kresa, had previously appeared on the first season of “WWF Tough Enough,” the season eventually won by Maven. She would spend a little bit of time in TNA, making a name for herself, before re-signing with WWE and being assigned to Ohio Valley Wrestling. Meltzer noted in his report that despite being gifted in the ring, she signed at a time when WWE was only interested in supermodels, and thus, fell out of the fold.
TNA has been allowing many of its contracts to expire as of late, including locker room leader Bully Ray’s. He reportedly announced his departure to the company backstage at a live event “SummerSlam” weekend. The company has had ongoing talks with networks about finding a new home for “Impact Wrestling,” with VELOCTY being listed as a potential suitor. However, a move there would require even more budget cuts for the company.
The ship is continuing to sink, and sink fast in TNA. It’s a shame, but it appears this place is literally on its last leg.