Ed Ferrara is leaving the NWA-TNA: Total Nonstop Action announce team to pursue other interests.
"I wish everyone at NWA-TNA the best of luck. I've got a lot of friends in the organization and I hope things take off and that the company goes through the roof. I wish everyone involved with TNA continued success," said Ferrara.
We thank Ed Ferrara for his help in launching our promotion and wish him the very best of luck in the future.
The announcement doesn't specifically state when Ferrara is leaving, though I presume it's effective immediately (otherwise why not save the announcement for tonight's broadcast?). The announcement also doesn't state if Ferrara will be replaced on the broadcast team, or if NWA-TNA will go with a two-man setup of Mike Tenay and Don West.
Moving onto the realm of wild speculation, the big question is "Did Ferrara jump or was he pushed?" It's become obvious in recent weeks that Jerry Jarrett, the head of the NWA-TNA promotion, has been cutting costs to the bone (and beyond). Is Ferrara's departure just another cost-cutting measure? Or perhaps the friction between Ferrara and Vince Russo created a situation where one or the other had to go. Maybe Ferrara saw the writing on the wall and decided he didn't want to go down with a sinking ship. Or maybe Ferrara just decided that professional wresting is a business he no longer wishes to be a part of. Anyone else care to hazard an opinion?
Finally, those interested can Click Here to see the announcement in full on the NWA-TNA site.
Reliable sources imagine that, now that Bisch has officially announced the death of women's wrestling per se, Ed F. is going back into training to re-claim the women's title that we all know is rightly his. Understanding how far he has to go, Mr. Ferrara has simply set his priorities: He can't be a full time announcer AND a full time wrestler. Obviously, Summer Slam is out of the question, but we'll be seeing him no later than Royal Rumble.
Unemployment isn't just for philosophy majors anymore. Useful people are also starting to suffer. -Kent Brockman
The following is from Bob Ryder's "Notes From Backstage" on the NWA-TNA web site:
We announced on the website yesterday that Ed Ferrara was leaving to pursue other interests. Some have unfairly interpreted that announcement to conclude that he was forced out because of a conflict with Vince Russo. That's not at all true. Ed went to school several months ago to learn how to do video editing, and in fact had been doing some of that for us. He's made several contacts in the Nashville area and is planning to pursue options in that field of work. Ed was a valued member of our team both in front of and behind the camera and he will be missed.
Naturally, I prefer to believe that HumanMeal's explanation is closer to the truth. Seriously, though, if NWA-TNA didn't want their announcement of Ed Ferrara's departure to be "unfairly interpreted" then why did they hold back on this piece of information? Or did it take them an extra day to think it up?
Those interested may Click Here to read Bob Ryder's column in full on the NWA-TNA site.
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