Source: The Wrestling Observer
If Raven looked upset a few weeks ago when he lost to Jeff Hardy on iMPACT (with the stipulation being if he lost, he’s gone from TNA), then it wasn’t just his acting chops that convinced you. Many sources are reporting that Raven was legitimately upset at being written off TNA television and told his services were no longer needed. Sabu is another star who was also upset at being let go. Although Raven was “fired” and is truely gone, he did wrestle for TNA at a house show beating TNA TV Champion AJ Styles (in a non-title match) cleanly with his DDT finisher. Many feel TNA is having those wrestlers who are parting with the company leave with clean wins over big stars at house shows as a way to keep them happy if/when they bring them back.
Both Raven and Sabu have had many runs with the company, with Raven even being a former TNA World champion back when the company was NWA:TNA. The feeling among many veterans who have worked with Raven before felt that if TNA had absolutely made up their minds to remove him from TV, then keeping him employed at least as an agent would have been wise. The futures of both Rhino and now Steven Richards are in doubt according to many sites. However many feel Richards is in good standing with the company and may be the “Hardcore Holly” of TNA i.e. a name everyone knows who is used to mainly put over others.