Two former TNA World Champions have finished their contracts with the company. Bobby Roode and Eric Young officially became free agents on March 19 after requesting their release. They are now free to join any promotion including WWE.
Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer noted that the only logical choice for both wrestlers is to sign with either New Japan Pro Wrestling or WWE. If they choose to sign with WWE, they will join other former TNA world champions including A.J. Styles and Sting.
Thank u to everyone who had a part in making the last 12 years of my life unforgettable. On to the next chapter in my life #ItFactor
— Bobby Roode (@REALBobbyRoode) March 20, 2016
Both wrestlers have been with TNA for 12 years. They started in 2004 as part of Team Canada with Petey Williams and Johnny Devine. Roode is a two-time TNA World Champion while Young held the title just once.
In the latest television taping of Impact Wrestling, Roode and his Beer Money partner, James Storm, dropped their TNA Tag Team titles to Decay members, Abyss and Crazy Steve. On the other hand, Young lost his King of the Mountain championship to Bram.
12 years ago we signed our first contract side by side. Today we step into the open market again! pic.twitter.com/v8hW2vtqob
— Eric Young (@TheEricYoung) March 20, 2016
Meltzer also said on the Wrestling Observer Radio (via Wrestling Inc.) that nothing is confirmed about the future of both wrestlers. However, he added that there are rumors saying Roode and Young’s departures are related to a move to WWE.
In the past year, the WWE has signed several performers from TNA including Styles, Sting, Samoa Joe and Austin Aries. Roode and Young are two great wrestlers with several good years left who could add more star power to the company’s NXT brand.
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