As noted earlier, Shawn Daivari (a.k.a. Sheik Abdul Bashir) lost the “Feast or Fired Match” at Final Resolution because he was legitimately leaving TNA. Original plans called for Daivari and Cody Deaner to simultaneously grab the briefcase containing the pink slip with Daivari beating Deaner in a “Loser Leaves TNA Match” on an upcoming episode of iMPACT!. However, booking plans changed because Daivari had asked for his release.
Reportedly, he was upset because TNA’s Director of Talent Relations, Terry Taylor, told him that creative didn’t have any significant plans for him. He was subsequently asked to take a significant cut in pay from the rumored six-figure per year contract he inked over the summer. The ten-year veteran was offended by the request and opted to ask for his release rather than take the pay cut. The former “Red Rooster” obliged his request and the booking plan was changed as a result.
As far as Deaner is concerned, his future with the organization appears to be in doubt considering TNA originally planned on having him lose the match. Sources have indicated that Hulk Hogan feels Deaner’s gimmick makes the company look “low budget.”