Up until recently, WWE has been hesitant from using the name of TNA or Impact Wrestling on television.
Outside of former TNA President Dixie Carter doing an interview for WWE Hall of Famer and current General Manager of WWE’s flagship show, Monday Night RAW, Kurt Angle’s WWE 24 special that aired last year on the WWE Network, the sports entertainment company has gone out of their way of not mentioning the promotion.
Just look at Jeff Jarrett’s Hall of Fame speech last week, he didn’t mention TNA at all, which is a bit odd considering that it could be argued that is his biggest achievement of his career.
As seen on this week’s episode of Monday Night RAW in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Smoothie King Center on the USA Network, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn approached Angle about wanting a job with the red brand after they were officially fired from SmackDown following WrestleMania 34 loss to Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan.
Angle did name TNA during the backstage segment as he first told Owens and Sami that the RAW tag team division was full, but he heard “TNA is hiring.”
During Wednesday’s Impact conference call, former WWE star and current Impact World Champion Austin Aries responded to WWE’s jab at TNA. Here is what he had to say:
“It’s cool man. We are hiring. If you come here, we won’t test you, or take money out of your pocket for smoking marijuana.”
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