Former TNA referee Rudy Charles issued the following statement over on his official MySpace page today regarding his departure from TNA Wrestling:
“As many of you have now heard, I was recently informed by TNA Wrestling that I was being let go. While I could easily cast blame and be angry at the circumstances, that is not how I want to handle the situation. As a company, TNA is free to run their business as they see fit.
I had been a part of the TNA family since the company began in 2002. On camera, I served as a referee since the first show and was promoted to senior referee a few months later. Behind the scenes, I was as a receptionist/assistant/merchandise guy/you name it for the first year and a half and have served as the Creative Assistant for the last 3? years. During that time, it has been a privilege to serve my co-workers and you, the fans, every time I stepped into the TNA offices, the creative meetings or the six-sided ring. However, that chapter of my life has come to an end and I would like to wish TNA the best in their future endeavors.
While I am still considering all the possibilities that my future holds and exploring options outside of the wrestling business, I am by no means stepping away from the ring. I have talked to several promoters about refereeing for their organizations and am excited about some of the possibilities and challenges that working with an up-and-coming promotion can provide.
As an avid fan and listener of Dave Ramsey, I have followed the financial principles that he teaches and have been debt free since 2005. Through this and through my faith in God, I know that I am going to be okay. While some may blame ?these tough economic times? for their woes, I will not. The words ?when one door closes, another will open? ring true.
Thank you to my colleagues and friends who have called and e-mailed. I want to give a big THANK YOU to my family, who has been extremely encouraging and supportive. Last but not least, a big BIG THANK YOU to my fans who have written me who have shared their stories and shown their support.
Thanks and God bless,
Dan ?Rudy Charles? Engler”