It’s been noted in recent weeks that TNA officials are searching high and low for new talent. While the company’s main focus remains in acquiring ‘big names’ from year’s gone by, they’re still very much interested in landing talent that have fallen under the radar as it were. One such name is former WWE performer Ricky Ortiz.
According to Anthony DeBlasi of Wrestling-News.com â€” who has numerous sources within TNA â€” company officials are contemplating signing the former college athlete, who was released this past August by World Wrestling Entertainment.
Should Ortiz return to national television, it will likely be under an all-new identity as he appeared on a World Wrestling Council show just one week past his release from WWE with a drastic change in appearance. Working as a heel against former TNA performer Shane Sewell, Ortiz had noticeably cut off his trademark ‘fro’ and switched his in-ring attire from baggy exercise pants to standard wrestling trunks.
While Ortiz has not appeared on too many independent cards since his departure from WWE, he has not hung up the boots as he is accepting bookings through talent agent Bill Behrens.