Today’s edition of the Wrestling Globe Newsletter suggests that Awesome Kong has been unhappy in TNA for some time before the incident with Bubba the Love Sponge this past weekend. Mike Aldren reports:
Awesome Kong has requested her release following the events of this past week. She noted to friends that the altercation with Bubba the Love Sponge at Monday’s television taping was the straw that broke the camel’s back. She had been unhappy for some time. The company has not responded to her release request thus far and are hoping that she will change her mind. “Kong is really disappointed in the fact that this company that once had class has turned into a paranoid backstabbing contest because people in management are too worried about keeping their jobs to really voice their opinions or represent the talent appropriately,” said one source. “They sold all the talent that they were a team [before Hogan/Bischoff arrived]… but then moved forward without rewarding anyone, and benched half of the original roster on top of that.” Regarding the actual altercation, Kong admitted fault saying she had planned to give Bubba a piece of her mind due to his remarks on Haiti, but things quickly got out of hand. She cited lack of sleep, noting that she had spent her free time last weekend raising funds for the victims of the earthquake, and was also dealing with the loss of her mentor, wrestling promoter Ed Chuman. She said delirium took over and she ended up smacking Bubba instead of talking to him. One of Kong’s friends also noted to us that she is furious with Bubba for ripping her on Howard Stern, and for attempting to make an angle out of the situation on his own radio show. She is now back at home pondering her future. She was originally booked for the upcoming European tour but won’t be making those dates any more.
It’s been well noted here at Diva Dirt some of the disparaging comments that have been made about Kong by Bubba the Love Sponge and most recently, Hulk Hogan on Bubba’s radio show. I can’t imagine wanting to work for a company where it’s allowed to speak about a fellow employee like that, let alone a member of management getting in on the act, perpetuating the drama instead of dealing with it in private like professionals.
I can’t say I blame Kong for wanting out as TNA’s scenario is becoming the wrestling equivalent of the maligned NBC. Very public ‘scandal’? Check. Top star wanting out? Check. All we need now is an awards show where TNA is the butt every joke ala the Golden Globes.