Ex-WWE Stars Spotted Backstage at TNA Post-Hard to Kill PPV



by ATIA MUKHTAR

Ex-WWE Stars Spotted Backstage at TNA Post-Hard to Kill PPV
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In a strategic move to bolster its roster, TNA Wrestling is making waves by welcoming notable free agents, particularly those formerly associated with WWE. This trend continued at TNA's recent Hard To Kill pay-per-view event, which marked the impressive debut of two ex-WWE talents, Nic Nemeth (previously known as Dolph Ziggler) and Ash By Elegance (formerly Dana Brooke).

The wrestling world buzzed with excitement following reports from Fightful Select that two additional WWE alumni were present at TNA's latest tapings in Orlando last Friday. The duo in question, formerly known as Maximum Male Models in WWE – Mace and Mansoor, were spotted backstage, fueling speculation about their future in TNA.

MxM Targets Tag Titles

Known for their charisma and in-ring prowess, Mansoor and Mace, now going by the moniker MxM, have been vocal about their ambitions since their WWE departure. Their presence at the TNA tapings comes on the heels of a provocative call-out of the Motor City Machine Guns during a podcast, where Mansoor expressed his desire to dethrone Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin of the DEADLOCK Pro Wrestling World Tag Team Championships.

MxM's foray into the independent circuit is already making headlines. They are slated to appear in Tampa, Florida, coinciding with the Royal Rumble weekend, at Effy's Big Gay Brunch 8, an event under the Game Changer Wrestling banner.

This appearance is particularly noteworthy as it marks their first joint venture post-WWE, though it remains unclear if they will compete in the ring during the event. Adding to the intrigue, Alex Zayne of New Japan Pro-Wrestling was also reported to be backstage at the TNA tapings.

Sources from Fightful Select indicate that while the presence of these three wrestlers was confirmed, there was no official word on whether they would feature in any shows or tapings. However, they were expected to engage in critical meetings, possibly discussing future collaborations with TNA.

These developments signify TNA's commitment to enhancing its talent pool and delivering diverse, high-octane wrestling entertainment to its audience. With the addition of these former WWE stars, TNA is positioning itself as a formidable force in the wrestling world, eagerly anticipated by fans and analysts alike.