News on a New TNA Knockout, TNA’s Gladiator Gimmick, More

– As reported earlier, TNA officials are on the look out for new female talent to possibly fill the huge void Gail Kim left behind. Prior to last night’s iMPACT taping, popular SHIMMER regular Portia Perez received a tryout. She lost to Angelina Love. Perez is a 21-year-old Canadian wrestler who has been wrestling since 2004. Back in September, Pro Wrestling Illustrated ranked Perez No. 50 of the best 50 female singles wrestlers in the PWI Female 50 in 2008.

– TNA will air a “Year in Review” episode on January 1, 2009 in place of a regular episode of iMPACT. Tonight’s iMPACT taping is scheduled to air on January 8, 2009. TNA taped a match or two a few weeks ago to air on the New Year’s Day show, including a match involving The Beautiful People.

– As noted last week, on last Thursday’s iMPACT, a vignette ran promoting a wrestler by the name of Brutus Magnus. We can confirm that he is indeed Nick Aldis from the UK version of American Gladiators. The 22-year-old recently signed a contract with TNA and will be assuming a modern day gladiator gimmick upon his debut. He actually does have some wrestling experience as he started his wrestling training when he was 14 years old and debuted at age 16.

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