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Notes: TNA Knockout released; Randy Savage's and Lanny Poffo's father dies

TNA has released Traci Brooks, according to pwinsider.com.

Brooks had been with the company since 2003, but her role was diminished in recent months. She seemed to be getting a push when she joined The Main Event Mafia last year, but the group was disbanded a few months later. Brooks, 34, is married to TNA's Kazarian.

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In other TNA news, Awesome Kong is still listed on the roster on TNA's Web site. She sent out a tweet earlier this week that seemed to indicate that she had been released.

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Former pro wrestler and promoter Angelo Poffo, the father of Randy "Macho Man" Savage and Lanny Poffo, died in his sleep this morning, according to a statement issued by Lanny Poffo on his Web site. He was 84.

Poffo was an active wrestler from the 1950s to the 1980s and was the owner of the Kentucky-based promotion, International Championship Wrestling, where his two sons were the top stars in the late '70s and early '80s.

My condolences to Poffo's family and friends.

Baltimore Sun photo: Angelo Poffo and his son Randy Savage at the WWF Hall of Fame banquet in Baltimore in 1994.

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