– Impact Wrestling tapings are scheduled to begin soon, but it was announced to the crowd that Alberto El Patron didn’t want to win the title that way and the belt is officially vacant.

– Homicide is backstage at the TNA Impact Wrestling taping.

– Also backstage are the TNA Tag Team championship belts.

– PWInsider.com has confirmed that Bubba Ray Dudley AKA Bully Ray was extremely close to returning last night and facing Lashley for the championship. They were told by multiple sources that the company made him a big-money offer to come in with a top spot. All signs are it was extremely close to happening but at the last minute the two sides were not able to consummate the deal.

One Impact Wrestling source confirmed that after it was obvious they were not going to sign Dudley for the spot, they reached out to Alberto El Patron late Wednesday night and came to terms with him for the last minute debut.

PWInsider has also learned that Impact reached out to another name to potentially take that role before Alberto, but we have not confirmed who that other name is as of this writing.

The initial plan was for Drew Galloway to win the championship last night but Galloway opted not to sign a new Impact contract and instead the part of the company, siding the last minute nature of Impact’s offer.