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This article serves as an extensive chronicle of all the bullshit, WTF and LOLTNA moments over the company's history. It should help people write a few books once TNA actually dies.

We've split this column into years to maintain a loose sense of chronological order. This lets us cover every detail in the saga of how one company made us laugh so much, feel so dirty afterward, and fucked up every opportunity to better itself.

Contents

2002

LOLTNA would not be possible without its savior, Vincent J. Russo.
OVER. AS. FUCK.

The Gimmicks

The Johnsons. TNA thought people would consider this funny.
  • Moments before the very first TNA broadcast, a dark match took place that featured a morbidly obese black wrestler named Cheex and his valet "The Brown Eye Girl". Cheex's immense weight damaged the ring, which meant the ring crew had to act fast to repair the damages before the PPV went live.
  • The Dupps, a hillbilly tag team originally from ECW, helped TNA break new ground when the company introduced an incest aspect to their gimmick – a valet billed as both their cousin and girlfriend, Fluff Dupp, accompanied the team to the ring.
  • A tag team called The Rainbow Express used a gay gimmick as heels (TNA targeted the South as its primary audience). Color commentator Don West made awkward homophobic remarks about the team while heel commentator Ed Ferrara sounded educated and tolerant in comparison. Oh, and the Rainbow Express debuted after the cousin-fucking Dupps, which the commentators didn't seem to care about all that much.
  • TNA had not one, but two terrible penis-related gimmicks:
    • Richard and Rod, The Johnsons, were literally a pair of wrestling cocks managed by Mortimer Plumtree.
    • The Hot Shots – future Raven follower Cassidy Riley and future Natural Chase Stevens in their first TNA appearances – wrestled with giant bulges in their pants (i.e. tubesocks jammed into their tights). They cut a promo that consisted of three brief lines ("We're pricks. We are proud. And we are protruding!") and grabbed their 'dicks' afterwards.
  • The first month of weekly PPVs featured a midget match on nearly every show. The short-lived midget division included Puppet, a psychotic dwarf who threatened to kill other midgets and once masturbated in a trash can before asking backstage interviewer Goldylocks if she wanted some of his "porridge"; Meatball, an obese midget; and Teo, an "extreme" midget who once tried to force his way onto one of the cagedancers.

Segments, Mishaps, and Angles

  • As an omen of things to come, TNA used the first segment on its first ever PPV broadcast to show a group of older wrestlers talking: in the first few minutes of the debut show, Jeff Jarrett cut a promo about how having a battle royal to crown a NWA champion was a bad idea; Ken Shamrock came out moments later to agree with Jarrett; and Scott Hall showed up through the crowd to...agree with them as well. What a way to build up the main event!
  • The very first broadcast also featured a performance from Toby Keith, who Jeff Jarrett shoved midway through. The performance (one for which TNA surely paid out the ass) simply stopped after the shoving. Security hauled Toby Keith away despite Jarrett having assaulted Keith, though he did cost Jarrett the NWA title later in the broadcast as revenge.
  • To satisfy their backwoods audience even more, the first month of PPVs featured K-Krush (Ron Killings, aka R-Truth) feuding with NASCAR driver Hermie Sadler. This feud culminated in a match at PPV #4, one which Sadler won by reverse decision. Sadler would've driven a car covered in TNA sponsorship logos during NASCAR events as a trade-off, but he failed to qualify for the rest of the season.
  • TNA plugged a lingerie elimination match on the first show by having Elektra make one of the most egregious accusations in wrestling history – she accused Francine of causing ECW's bankruptcy. The next week, the women involved in the match wore what looked like pajamas from an insane asylum, then left the ring after getting stripped down to their bra and panties (thus getting eliminated). Jeremy Borash fucked up the introductions for the first two girls, then just stopped introducing them altogether. Once Francine was eliminated, Ed Ferrara tried to help her – and in response Francine pretended she would fellate Ed before she punched him in the groin. The Francine/Ferrara exchange took the focus off of the actual match, which caused cameras to miss most of the eliminations. Taylor Vaughn (B.B. in WWE) eventually won the match – which meant she earned a contract and the "Miss TNA" moniker.
  • Jim Miller, then-President of the National Wrestling Alliance, had so much faith in TNA that he didn't show up to acknowledge the company until its third show (he was in Japan beforehand). When Miller finally showed up, the PPV ended with an image of him tied up with rope and the letters "F U" spray-painted on him.
    • Bill Behrens was shown tied up and stripped to his underwear, too. TNA explained neither of these things.
  • Fans brought tons of signs for ring girl Athena to shows. Although fans at The Asylum loved Athena, TNA didn't properly introduce her to the PPV audience for several months, which left the home audience in the dark as to what the signs meant.
  • James Storm and Chris Harris didn't compete in a tournament to crown the first NWA Tag Team Champions under the TNA banner because someone had knocked them out backstage. A few weeks later, TNA revealed the above-mentioned Hot Shots as the culprits – even though the team hadn't even debuted at that time.
  • Sabu became the #1 Contender to the NWA World Heavyweight Championship in a Ladder Match despite never making any appearance prior on the show where the match happened. He then challenged then-champion Ken Shamrock to a Ladder Match, and Shamrock challenged Sabu to a Submission Match. The dueling challenges resulted in a Ladder/Submission match that ended with Malice stealing the Heavyweight Title.
  • Brian Lawler turned heel when he turned on Scott Hall. Lawler explained his actions on the next PPV by cutting a promo on how much he hated his father, Jerry "The King" Lawler.
    • Brian Lawler main evented a PPV against Scott Hall. At the beginning of the match, the crowd chanted "Jerry's Kid" as Lawler berated them for a good three minutes. During all of this, the near-seven-foot Scott Hall managed to hide behind Lawler.
  • Puppet came down to the ring after Jeff Jarrett attacked another midget. Puppet pulled a gun on Jarrett – only to get hit multiple times with a steel chair.
  • Scott Hall ended his second PPV in a row getting carted out of the arena on a stretcher after Ron Killings strangled him with a belt. Earlier in the PPV, Killings did the same spot with Norman Smiley, who Killings strangled for a longer period of time than Hall – and Smiley walked away from the event under his own power.
  • Ron Killings cut a shoot promo about how Ricky Steamboat never made it to the top in WWE because of racial discrimination. When Killings claimed TNA had done the same to him, Steamboat agreed with him and gave Killings a shot at the NWA World Title. TNA planned for this to result in Steamboat's first heel turn ever, but he never appeared in TNA again after this promo. (Smart man.)
  • Don West assumed the role of Amazing Red's number one fan and stood on the announce table to scream "GO, RED, GO!" in the middle of a match.
  • After a successful run of PPVs, TNA ran a "best of the X-Division" series. More than half the matches involved AJ Styles, as TNA obviously wanted to push him as one of the main faces of the company – which they tried to do via a heel turn as soon as he became popular with fans. The theme of "a wrestler well-respected by the wrestling industry and fans who would honestly prefer to cheer someone who does high risk moves than boo them" would become a staple of Styles' TNA career.
  • The Blue Meanie debuted, gave Francine a DDT, and promptly disappeared back to wherever old ECW stars go after they become irrelevant. (Tommy Dreamer still rents out his basement, doesn't he?)
  • Marcus Bagwell killed off his Buff gimmick after losing to The Rainbow Express ("I'm a six time tag champion and I just got beat by two gay guys"). TNA put the angle on hold when it didn't book him for another two months (Jerry Jarrett disliked Bagwell's backstage unprofessionalism). Bagwell quietly returned, lost a tag tournament match with BG James, and disappeared for the rest of the year.
  • Syxx-Pac shoots on "sports entertainment" and how he had come to TNA for professional wrestling again. He cut this promo just before TNA held an impromptu boxing match between Saved by the Bell star Dustin "Screech" Diamond and obese TNA timekeeper Tiny.
    • Sean Waltman initially refused to join the company unless they booked his then-girlfriend Alicia Webb (the former Ryan Shamrock in WWE). Jarrett expressed concern at this, since Webb was Ken Shamrock's ex-girlfriend, but ultimately booked her. TNA paid her $500 per appearance (after Waltman refused the initial offer of $350 per appearance) to come down to ringside so guys would hand her money. TNA Never Explained This™.
  • Taylor Vaughn didn't appear on TNA programming for a month after she won the "Miss TNA" moniker. When she finally appeared, Bruce interrupted her interview and eventually defeated her in a match where Vaugh's "Miss TNA" crown was on the line. The next week, Bruce put that title on the line against Vaughn in an evening gown match in which he wrestled completely in drag. (Bruce treated the the crowd to a striptease after defeating Vaughn.) Bruce continued to put the "Miss TNA" title on the line in Kaufman-esque open challenges to women in the crowd – and he wrestled all of them in drag. Vaughn soon disappeared from the company entirely.
  • James Storm debuted as a comedy cowboy character who shot cap guns off before each match. Chris Harris blamed James Storm's "gimmick" when TNA didn't book America's Most Wanted for a couple of PPVs afterwards.
  • During PPV #9, Don Harris wore a shirt that featured the Nazi SS symbol. The Jarretts apologized for this on the TNA website and put Harris on probation. Upon returning, he never wore the shirt again, though people could still make out his SS tattoos.
  • Jarrett fought a guy billed as "Bullet" Bob Armstrong's masked "The Bullet" character two weeks in a row. The Bullet unmasked after the second match and revealed himself as BG James (WWE's Road Dogg and son of Bullet Bob). James' distinct tattoos weren't on The Bullet during the character's first bout, though.
  • Since Dreamworks Pictures had a movie filming in the area, Chris Rock appeared in the ring for less than two minutes in a segment in which he declared "NWATNA is the best wrestling in the whole world!"
  • After two title matches (and numerous others) end in disqualifications or just end, Bob Armstrong decided to make a change to the NWA rules: if a wrestler decides to get deliberately counted out or disqualified, they lose their title. Armstrong announced this change on a show where three separate matches involved brawls around the arena. The first title defense after this ruling featured a DQ, but because Ron Killings didn't intentionally get himself disqualified, he kept his belt. Numerous examples of referee Scott Armstrong failing to call for count-outs or DQs plague later PPVs.
    • "Bullet" Bob also announced a tournament for a shot at the NWA World Title and placed Don Harris (TNA's "Head of Security") in the referee role for all those matches. The first match involved BG James and Ron Harris (Don's brother). Bob came down to the ring and fired Don as referee so BG James could win. TNA never followed up on this.
  • On PPV #23, James Storm vs. Slash went down in history for the most false finishes in one match. Storm kicked out of a powder shot, got rolled up with a handful of tights, and received a belt shot before he resorted to a double team on Slash to win the match. The referee was distracted about six times during this contest.
  • A triple threat tag team match between The New Church, the Harris twins, and America's Most Wanted saw several referee distractions take place due to typical underhanded manager shenanigans. During one of these distractions, Athena hit a low blow on the Harris brothers. At the end of the match, the Legion of Doom ran in to beat the fuck out of the New Church and the Harris boys. The referee never called for a disqualification despite everything happening right in front of him. AMW won the match when they pinned Slash after the LOD nailed him with the Doomsday Device.

The Jerry Lynn and AJ Styles Saga

  • Lynn and Styles tagged together in the first ever match on TNA, though they lost that match to The Flying Elvises (a trio of multiracial Elvis impersonators). The following week, Styles pinned Lynn to become the X-Division Champion. The week after that, Styles and Lynn became Tag Team Champions.
  • The week after that, Lynn hit a piledriver on AJ and called him a glory hog. Lynn would compete in an X-Division rankings match later in the same show - and be nonsensically eliminated first from it, setting him at the low end of the division totem pole despite him feuding with AJ. One week later, Styles demanded an apology – and then kicked Lynn in the head. Lynn later interfered in AJ's X-Division Title defense.
  • TNA remembered these two held the the Tag Team Titles and had them make up on the very next PPV – and then booked AJ to attack Lynn on the next show, despite them still holding the Tag Team Titles.
  • Lynn was pinned in a Triple Threat for AJ's X-Division Title. The two then randomly brawled with Jeff Jarrett and Ron Killings to end the show.
  • Lynn and Styles defended the Tag Titles against Jarrett and Killings, but the match ended with a (typical for TNA) Dusty Finish.
  • TNA finally booked Lynn and Styles into a trio of matches that would help them settle their differences: a Falls Count Anywhere Match, a No Disqualification Match, and (if necessary) a ten-minute Iron Man Match. The series ended with no clear winner when the Iron Man Match ended in a 3-3 draw.
  • A few weeks later, Styles and Lynn (still feuding over the X-Division Championship) fought in a Ladder Match where the referee took a bump for no reason, Sonny Siaki interfered (and got beaten up by Lynn), and AJ ended up with the belt. This apparently didn't settle well with Bob Armstrong, who immediately booked a rematch for the next week under the same stipulations.

Disco Inferno's Jive Talkin’

• Putting someone through a table = 2 ½ points (5 points if it's on fire)

• Sticking opponents head in the toilet = 2 ½ points (3 ½ points with shit)

• Goosing a woman = 2 ½ points (3½ if it's a man)

• Hitting Jeremy Borash or Sarah Lee (ticket lady) = 2 ½ points.

• Using a farm animal = 2 ½ points

• Spanking your opponent with the Horsee-poo (stick horse) = 2 ½ points (-2 ½ points if they like it)

• Using Jay (Blowup Doll) = 2 ½ points

• Using a weapon a fan gave you = 1 point.

• Crying like a pussy = -5 points

• Sticking your opponent's head in the cotton candy machine for one full rotation = 10 points (automatic win)

Rules of the Dupp Cupp
  • Glenn Gilbertti (Disco Inferno in WCW) pitched an idea for a talk show during his debut. He hyped it by putting himself over as the guy who pinned Joey Maggs and Barry Horowitz countless times.
  • Week One: Goldylocks made an appearance. Gilbertti called her a stupid bitch, demanded to see her tits, and claimed those were all she was good for. After Goldy attacked him for being a misogynist fuckwit, Paulina Thomas from season 1 of Tough Enough debuted as Gilbertti's bodyguard. She disappeared after the second episode of Jive Talkin’.
  • Week Two: The Dupps made an appearance in which they introduced the Hard-10 Championship. They also brought out their granddaddy's spit bowl (The Dupp Cupp) and said the person with the most points would take it home. Though someone could easily get to ten points by hitting someone with a chair ten times, it could be achieved by "feeling up the ticket lady" or "involving an animal in the match" (amongst other ridiculous things; see Rules of the Dupp Cupp to the side). After the Dupps bored everyone to death with their endless explanation of the Dupp Cupp rules, the first fight for the Cupp took place on Jive Talkin’. Said fight did little for the crowd and resulted in Ed Ferrara suffering a concussion. Ferrara would later leave the company when it told him it couldn't pay him his monthly fee. (In retrospect, this began a bad trend.) Though the Dupps also departed from the company soon after this appearance, the Hard-10 "matches" continued well into 2003 anyway.
  • Week Three: Gilbertti interviewed someone pretending to be a Baldwin brother (actually, it was Shark Boy without his mask on). TNA never had another installment of Jive Talkin’ after this and would never mention it again.

Syxx-Pac Wins the X-Division Title

  • During a match with Sonny Siaki, Jerry Lynn (the #1 Contender for the X-Division Championship) suffered an injury and negated the idea of a Lynn vs. Styles Ladder Match rematch.
  • On the same show, TNA put on a fifteen-minute X-Division Iron Man Match for that #1 Contender spot between Tony Mamaluke, Kid Kash, Ace Steel, and Low Ki. With five minutes to go, all four men each had one point. When the timer hit the one-minute warning, Steel and Low Ki were wrestling each other. As Low Ki put Steel in position for the Ki Krusher, Mortimer Plumtree pulled on Low Ki's legs and set him up for a pinfall. The referee counted the pinfall even though the full fifteen-minutes had elapsed.
  • Bill Behrens decided to put Ace Steel in the Ladder Match against Styles. Low Ki disagreed, Ace Steel and Plumtree came out to counter-argue, and Bob Armstrong decided to put Steel and Low Ki in a match to fill the #1 Contender spot.
  • During the Steel/Low Ki match, Plumtree took advantage of a referee distraction and injured Low Ki. Ki lost the match via count-out, but not before Behrens, Armstrong, and everyone else (and their dogs) intervened to call the DQ. Once the bell rang, Jeremy Borash announced, "The winner via countout, Ace Stee—it's a disqualification, ladies and gentlemen, the winner of the match via disqualification: Low Ki!"
  • Since the X-Division gave him such a headache, Armstrong put every X-Division competitor into the Ladder Match with Styles. Despite not actually being in the ring when the bell rang and having never competed in an X-Division match beforehand, Syxx-Pac came out during the last thirty seconds, climbed the ladder, and won the title.
    • Syxx-Pac eventually put over both Low Ki and Styles and dropped the belt back to AJ.

Brian Lawler and April

  • Brian Lawler spent a good amount of time threatening to reveal something about Jeff Jarrett. TNA Never Followed Up On This™. Jarrett eventually confronted Lawler: "I did not sleep with April, but you've gotta wonder, Brian – who is right now?" (April, of course, being indie wrestler/fitness model April Hunter.) This led to Syxx-Pac making out with April on the entrance ramp during one of Lawler's matches.
  • April lied to Lawler (a heel) by saying Syxx-Pac forced her into the kiss. This made April some sort of super heel(?).
  • During a match between Syxx-Pac and Lawler, April became frantic and begged them to stop fighting before Goldy came out to comfort her. The announcers implied that the two were in a lesbian relationship. TNA Never Followed Up On This™.
  • Waltman left TNA after Vince Russo joined the company. His departure forced TNA to change the identity of April's secret lover from Syxx-Pac to Bruce – the same Bruce that had debuted as a homosexual character in the Rainbow Express, eventually became Miss TNA, and beat up women on a regular basis.
  • During an interview segment, Lawler heard April moaning and burst into the girls locker room to confront her. April had on a skin-colored bikini to cover her breasts, and was covered in a copious amount of bubbles. Despite trying to maintain an above-chest camera frame, the cameraman continually dipped down to bizarrely show that April either had no nipples, or had them somewhere they shouldn't be. (And since she has implants...) Lenny Lane confronted Bruce and called him a phony homosexual before Brian Lawler ran in for a beatdown.
  • TNA stopped booking Lawler for the rest of the year as punishment for lashing out at a fan who sat on his jacket. Bruce later dropped his homosexual gimmick via a worked shoot wherein he rechristened himself as "Angry" Alan Funk. Naturally, he stopped appearing on TNA shows not long afterwards.
"Until they make radical surgical changes in creative, and unless they get some people who comprehend the wrestling business, they are doomed to be the financial drain on Panda [Energy] that they are now and have been since inception. The core of their problems is the creative development of their product. They have to cut the cancer out. [...] I would deserve the label ‘stupid’ if I had made the decision to hire Vince Russo. But I made the horrendous mistake of yielding to [Jeff's] wishes. [Russo] obviously has qualities that I don’t recognize or understand. How can a person who has a 15-year history of failure still keep a job?"
TNA Co-Founder Jerry Jarrett on Vince Russo

C-O-N-SPIRACY or N-A-I-V-E?

  • When TNA started up in January 2002, Jeff Jarrett hired Jay Hassman to deal with setting up contracts for the various pay-per-view companies around the country and ensuring the company had advertisement in various cable TV magazines. When Jarrett asked about buyrate estimates, Hassman said they would be in the 60,000 to 70,000 range – and that the first ever TNA show had done 80,000 buys.
    • In a way, the Internet called bullshit on this claim: various people had complained on forums that they couldn't watch the PPVs because their cable providers didn't carry them, and the ones that could watch them didn't see them mentioned in any cable listings or advertised on TV. Jarrett smelled a rat and called InDemand directly for the PPV numbers; InDemand told him that the first show had done just under 20,000 buys. TNA sued Hassman and his company – which also provided PPV support for the WWE.
    • This moment would mark the start of two specific issues: the conspiracy theory that WWE had sabotaged TNA from the beginning and TNA's constant money problems (Jarrett had budgeted the company at 50,000 buys based on Hassman's estimates).
    • Dixie Carter got involved in the company around this time, too. Jarrett received financial backing from a lot of different companies when TNA began, one of these being HealthSouth. In October 2002, HealthSouth lost a bunch of revenue due to fraud investigations and pulled out as a backer for TNA. Dixie, already working as a promoter for TNA, persuaded her father to become a financial backer for the company. Panda Energy purchased the 71% backing position for the company for $250,000, the company renamed itself as TNA Entertainment, and Dixie became TNA's President by the start of 2003.

2003

TNA fans show their support to one of Vince Russo's classic shoot segments

The Russo Shoots

  • "OH SHIT, IT'S VINCE RRRUUUUUUUSSSSOOOOOOOOO!" - Mike Tenay on Mr. Wrestling III unmasking to reveal himself to be Vince Russo. Mr. Wrestling III had previously helped Jarrett win his first NWA Title.
  • The show afterwards would feature the first of many Russo shoots on wrestling in general. Russo started by claiming that TNA originally stood for Tits 'n' Ass and that the promotion would've been gritty. Some indications of this original concept remain: cage dancing girls and midgets masturbating in garbage cans. The latter would be mentioned at least three times.
  • The following PPV, Roddy Piper was given a live mic to plug his book. Instead, he shoots on Russo while the crowd went nuts. This was until Piper said "Hey Russo, did you book my cousin Owen's death?". Everything went quiet whilst Piper ranted about Vince before Russo came out to calm Piper down. Piper refused to give Vince the mic, hit him with his book and then verbally berated him.
  • After a tag match, Russo came out and responded to Piper's comments. He then talked about how he gave the fans everything they wanted and he will deliver. He mentioned Athena, who was a local girl from Tennessee who worked in the arena. Due to her being attractive and having some background as a wrestling valet, signs started appearing at the shows such as "HIRE ATHENA" or "TNA NEEDS MORE ATHENA". In response, Russo brought her into the ring. A very uncomfortable sequence ensued that involved Russo attempting to get her to flash the audience, slapping her and repeatedly calling her an ugly wench. Eventually the Harris Twins came out for the save, but they swerved by hitting Athena with their finisher. Twice. Apparently security didn't feel it was necessary to intervene until after Athena was already long laid out. This whole segment lasted a good ten minutes.
  • Tenay brought out J.J. Dillon and announced that he had replaced Bob Armstrong as the NWA Representative. Russo came out with The Harris Brothers and called J.J. Dillon a piece of shit, a pawn of Vince McMahon during his time with WWF, and claimed that Dillon was the man responsible for his WCW release. The segment ended with The Sandman attacking The Harris Brothers on Dillon's behalf. Dillon would make one more brief appearance in TNA and then disappear from the promotion.
  • A video package of Mike Tenay interviewing Vince Russo opened a show which was intended to introduce Russo to new viewers. During the worked shoot, Russo defended putting the WCW Championship (which he referred to as a prop) on David Arquette, defended ruining the cruiserweight division with the likes of Oklahoma and Madusa, and told the fans that IF YOU WANT LUCHA LIBRE, GO TO JAPAN!
  • Tony Schiavone debuted, turned heel, was promised a job by Russo and then was never seen in TNA again. This entire segment lasted a good ten minutes and achieved absolutely nothing. Fan signs clearly shown throughout this segment included "WHO CARES?" and "The 'Total Non-stop Action' has officially stopped".

Sports Entertainment Xtreme (S.E.X.)

  • This was made worse by the fact that Russo introduced the stable as "Sports Entertainment Extreme, you can work out what the letters stand for." S.E.E.?
  • David Flair made his debut wielding an axe, presumably to use on Jeff Jarrett and Curt Hennig. Tenay and West hype up Flair (who just months ago was completely destroyed on WWE television by the Undertaker) as a huge acquisition for S.E.X. Vince Russo also decided to axe the TNA set for shiggles during this segment.
    • The debut of both Flair and the axe led to TNA's first iteration of Russo's favorite gimmick match, the "item on a pole" match; an Axe Handle on a Pole. This match, featuring Flair and Hennig, would be Hennig's last match.
  • Mike Sanders was hyped as a big acquisition and joined S.E.X. almost immediately after his debut. Sanders then jobbed to Jim Duggan (twice), Moondog Spot, and Shark Boy.
  • The Rock 'n' Roll Express immediately turned heel after their debut, then joined S.E.X. and did practically nothing.
  • Russo left the company as an onscreen character in an angle that paralleled the Ric Flair/David Flair saga in WCW 2000. Jarrett taped an interview of Russo's sons basically saying that Russo was a terrible father. Russo then left S.E.X. to be handled by Glenn Gilbertti and Mike Sanders.
  • During their feud with Jose Estrada, S.E.X. introduced a fat Elvis impersonator named Disgraceland to the group. Disgraceland ate during his matches, gave Estrada a swirly in the toilet after his debut, then disappeared after being beaten by Estrada a few weeks later.
  • Triple X (Low Ki, Elix Skipper, and Chris Daniels) won the Tag Team Titles for the stable, which also included The Harris Brothers and The Rock 'n' Roll Express. This effectively reduced competitors for the Tag Team Titles to AMW and The New Church, as every other tag team was already part of S.E.X.
  • Vince Russo returned to TV but distanced himself from S.E.X. Russo claimed he owned the rights to the S.E.X. name and stripped the group of their gimmick. Despite being a nameless and (at this point) useless faction they stuck around for awhile doing nothing before quietly breaking up.

The first Ultimate X match

  • Two lengths of rope were suspended above the ring forming an X, the belt was hung in the middle, and the object was to monkey hand-over-hand to the belt and pull it down.
  • The emphasis of this match is the "X Factor": No Limits. No Ladders.
  • The logic department failed on TNA as soon as one wrestler let go of one of the ropes, the ropes sprang back with force causing the very small belt to pop off.
  • As a result, TNA officials had to rehang the belt TWICE during the match.
  • Don West reacted to this by almost creaming himself and screaming YES! YES! YES! YES!

One Night in TNA

  • Vader showed up, went over the Harris Brothers, and was never seen again.
  • Paul Bearer randomly debuted at the end of a PPV and then did practically nothing, except blade a few weeks later.
  • After Russo unmasked as Mr. Wrestling III, Mr. Wrestling IV showed up and unmasked to reveal Nikita Koloff. Koloff hadn't been seen in pro wrestling since 1992. Koloff teased turning against Russo before walking out of the company completely, never to be seen again.
  • Not only did Bart Gunn make his TNA debut, Mike Tenay hyped him up as a former big superstar from the WWE. He joined S.E.X. and lasted about a week.
  • Moondog Spot tagged with Jim Duggan and went over S.E.X. leaders Gilbertti and Sanders in under two minutes. Never showed up again.
  • Viscera debuted to be Ron Killings' bodyguard. He disappeared after two weeks and was never seen again.
  • Mike Awesome hung around with The New Church for a few weeks, then inexplicably disappeared.
  • Lex Luger's arrival in TNA came while he was still under indictment for thirteen felony drug charges after the death of Miss Elizabeth happened in his home. TNA used this to their advantage and hyped this as his first match since the Elizabeth fiasco. Before his match he cut a shitty promo in which he called AJ Styles "AC" Styles. Luger then almost made AJ tap in the Torture Rack until Sting saved the day. Way to keep your top face strong, TNA.

Miscellaneous Shenanigans

  • Goldylocks butchered the National Anthem LIVE! on PPV.
  • Lollipop, a cagedancer notable for sucking on lollipops, accepted an open challenge from S.E.X. member Holly Wood. She suffered a nip slip almost instantly and then got her top ripped completely off clearly exposing herself on camera and in front of the live crowd. Fortunately Jeremy Borash was waiting with his jacket off (and was shown on camera before the incident) to cover her up.
  • Larry Zbyszko debuted to yell at AJ for being a punk. This led to a match in which AJ needed to cheat to beat the 52 year old living legend.
    • Because AJ didn't even beat Zbyszko in under 10 minutes, Zbyszko was assigned to be his manager. This angle was quickly dropped after Russo lost interest in writing it.
  • A feud between Brian Lawler, David Flair, Erik Watts and Dusty Rhodes broke out over the NWA World Title; the catch here was that none of them were the actual champion. Ric Flair owned a replica of the title belt awarded to him for his services to the wrestling world. Flair gave this to David as a present for finally getting serious about his wrestling career. David brought this to the tapings but Dusty said that David shouldn't have it, despite the fact that it was David's.
  • AJ busted into the S.E.X. locker room with a chainsaw, threatened to cut Glenn Gilbertti into pieces, and called him a faggot.
  • Raven became the first wrestler to cross the line and join TNA. He instantly became a major figure in the NWA title scene and earned a title shot after about four months. During the match Jarrett overcame odds that would make even John Cena cringe and Raven lost the match, deflating all of his momentum in the process.
  • The New Church, a stable made up of Malice, Slash, Brian Lee and headed by James Mitchell, accidentally turned face when TNA booked a heel vs. heel tag team match. Considering that the tag team had been built up for weeks as EVIL, it seemed untimely to debut yet another heel stable.
  • Kid Kash beat Abyss in a First Blood / Chair on a Pole match.
  • In order to promote the X-Division as having no limits, TNA debuted a muscular wrestler, "The Masked X" (former Quebecer Carl Ouellet under a mask, obviously), the idea being that he was a monster heel. This went pretty well as he squashed his opponents and the commentators pushed the idea of X's finisher, the Package Piledriver, being a "death-like" move. During his second match things went slightly wonky when he attempted a swan dive and almost killed himself. He disappeared after two months.
  • More X-Division madness as there was not only a X-Division Title, but an X-Division Trophy as well. This was not explained thoroughly, but from what I can make out the trophy worked as the number one contendership. Anyway, Michael Shane had one and Chris Sabin had the other. They had a match and at the end of it Michael Shane won both the belt and the trophy. He then frequently appeared with the trophy and the belt. No explanation.
  • Mike Lockwood, the former Crash Holly, debuted in July as Mad Mikey, with his gimmick being incredibly obvious: he was mad at things. He wrestled on nine of the weekly PPVs, and left just a month before his death.

Hulk Hogan is (Not) Coming to TNA!!!

  • Jeff Jarrett attacked Hulk Hogan at a press conference in Japan in October. This was supposed to lead to TNA's first ever $30 supercard PPV that had the main event of Jarrett vs. Hogan. Jarrett was supposed to go over and Hogan suddenly had mysterious "pains". The whole thing turned out to be meaningless as Hogan would not wrestle for TNA and eventually re-signed with WWE. Hogan went on to never appear in a TNA ring until 2010. The footage of Hogan being attacked was replayed countless times and made it onto the 50 Greatest TNA Moments DVD.
    • Part of the issue with Hogan coming in went back to Bash at the Beach 2000, where Jarrett laid down for Hogan in a worked shoot. In a speech after the match, Russo came out and called Hogan "a bald son of a bitch". Hogan, despite being in on everything that night, wasn't happy with being called bald and filed a real defamation of character suit that prevented the two working together. Three years later the suit still existed.
    • On top of this there was very real tension in the booking and creative team. At the time, it consisted of Jarrett, Dutch Mantell and Vince Russo. Often the three would come up with a scenario and agree with Russo's plans before waiting for Vince to leave and change all of his ideas. Russo was paranoid that Jarrett was "out to get him" and when Jarrett told him he'd been in discussions with Hogan Russo immediately saw that as a betrayal.
    • Later that month Russo made the decision to leave TNA. To take himself off television, Russo had Jarrett beat him up. Russo told him to make it look as real as possible. Russo would suffer another concussion and severe bruising.

2004

  • TNA's first show of the year had no clean finishes. Three matches had the referees distracted, one had the referee blatantly ignoring interference and the last one was Ultimate X where Mike Posey got bumped so Shane Douglas could bring out a ladder.
  • Jeff Hardy debuted at the anniversary show in June, a debut which he and his then-girlfriend decided to spoil on the internet beforehand. In his first run in the company, Hardy no-showed two PPV events and had a habit of sleeping in during iMPACT tapings.
    • Jeff also brought the "Hardy Party" to the iMPACT zone -- a group of fat, hair dyed groupies who hung out with him after show was over. They typically hogged up the front row to watch Jeff's matches only to leave when they were over, and were very much hated by everyone else. Eventually the "leader" of the pack was banned from Universal Studios for a year for shoving people in the crowd to get front row seats, which led to much rejoicing among non-Hardy Party regulars.

The Street Team

  • After TNA launched a message board on their website, Dixie Carter introduced "The Street Team". The concept was to send fans out on the street to do TNA's advertising for them. For a fee, TNA would send them a package that included flyers, buttons, stickers and other miscellaneous items to use in order to spread the word.
  • In addition, for people who didn't want to pay, they could join an internet team. TNA's board admins would give assignments for board members to go to various message boards and advertise TNA. Many of the attempts were to try and fit in with a "niche" based on a storyline they were doing. For instance, a NASCAR forum was targeted due to Jeff Hammond's appearance on a PPV. The mass majority of these efforts resulted in either the fans getting mocked or ignored. Other internet assignments included griefing TNA references into Blockland servers.
  • As for the street team members on location, it predictably resulted in TNA fans simply hounding WWE fans waiting in line for tickets or heading into a show by shoving TNA flyers in their faces. This also usually resulted in an overly negative reaction.

Under New Management

  • TNA ended 2003 with Raven being betrayed by CM Punk and Julio Dinero, which cost him a shot at the NWA World Heavyweight Title.
  • Jarrett theorized thus: if he could get all the control over to his buddy Don Callis and make sure there is never a No. 1 Contender he'd never have to defend the belt. This plan involved Jeff talking to a lawyer about actual employment law within the US, specifically acts of violence by those in management positions.
  • This plan involved exposing the entire NWA Board of Directors for petty crimes, having them struck off, and forcing Erik Watts - the Director of Authority - to put his job on the line.
  • TNA Security took sides in the power struggle and split into two feuding factions: Red Shirt Security and Black Shirt Security.
    • WWF jobber Joe E. "Just Joe" Legend became a major player in this angle as he led the Red Shirt faction. He main evented a few PPVs during his run, including one Guitar and Baseball Bat on a Pole Match against Jarrett.
  • Jarrett's next plan was to win the Mr. TNA Award which granted the winner a World Title shot. It was eventually won by AJ Styles.
  • Callis beat Watts after Goldilocks betrayed Watts.
  • Jarrett's new management lasted a mere fortnight before Vince Russo came back.

"Celebrity" Involvement

Jonny Fairplay would be the first of many failed reality "stars" brought in for publicity at a high price. Nobody cared.
  • TNA hyped its biggest announcement of the year in January: Jonny Fairplay is coming to TNA. Jonny was a wrestling fan who appeared on Survivor Pearl Islands. TNA hyped him up as the "most hated man in America", most notably because he lied about his Grandmother's death during a challenge on the show to gain the sympathy of his fellow tribemates. He was paid $350,000 plus health insurance for his appearances, which consisted of him doing nothing of note besides getting press slammed out of the ring by NFL star Brian Urlacher.
    • Fairplay randomly returned after being off TV for four months. He issued an open challenge to any reality star to take him on in the "Reality Challenge". This was never followed up on and Fairplay was then off TV again for another six months.
    • Speaking of Brian Urlacher, he was under contract with the Chicago Bears at the time of his TNA appearances. Perhaps some foreshadowing of the Pacman Jones debacle that would come years down the road, TNA decided not to ask for permission to use Urlacher in a physical matter on their show. Once the Bears found out, they asked Urlacher to immediately cut all ties with TNA.
  • TNA hyped up Dennis Rodman returning to wrestling with TNA. He came out with 3 Live Kru during a random iMPACT! and sat ringside to watch their match with Team Canada. He didn't do anything else for the rest of the episode and was never seen again.
  • The Insane Clown Posse found themselves in a pretty awkward feud with Disco Inferno, Kid Kash, and David Young after coming to TNA. A highlight of the feud included the first and only Dark Carnival match which was a hardcore match with ICP music randomly interrupting the match concurrent with colorful lighting. Mike Tenay explained that these distractions were "part of the experience." According to Slam! Sports, ICP brought the largest paying crowds that TNA had seen at this point.

Vince Russo Returns

  • After firing Mike Tenay the week before, Jarrett discovered there was a new Director of Authority. Tenay returned at the end of the next show to bring out the new DOA: Vince Russo.
    • Russo had become a born again Christian during his time off and wanted to come back to have the opportunity to explain himself on television.
    • In his first promo back Russo claimed he "did a deal with the devil" and "knelt at the altar of television ratings" by putting "nudity, violence and vulgarity" at the forefront of television. All three of these words received pops. After Russo announced he'd been "forgiven" (i.e. a Christian) the crowd chanted "BULLSHIT".
    • Inevitably, in spite of Russo getting chants of "pass the torch" going, this became another Jarrett/Russo feud. Jarrett slapped Russo and got zero reaction.
  • James Storm, one half of America's Most Wanted, hurt his shoulder in early 2004. TNA decided to give Chris Harris a singles run while Storm recovered and booked him in strong matches. The fans actually got behind Harris, who put on some great performances with some of the top tier talent. A storyline is booked where Russo, now playing a face as a "born again" Christian, was grooming Harris to win the title by keeping Jarrett on the sidelines to accumulate ring rust. Harris and Jarrett wrestled at a highly hyped PPV and Jarrett ended up winning. Harris was back to the midcard shortly after, killing all his hype.
  • After Vince Russo's exit, TNA looked towards Dusty Rhodes' direction to be the new head booker. Rhodes proceeded to fire half the X-Division and put Jeff Jarrett, Diamond Dallas Page, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Randy Savage, Sean Waltman and Billy Gunn in main event feuds throughout the year. His freshly released son Dustin was also predictably signed and was teased with an upper card slot while earning victories over up-and-comer Bobby Roode at PPVs.
“I signed a $150,000 contract with TNA Wrestling for a year. I ended up making 8 appearances for 40 minutes. Then I signed a second contract and they didn’t use me. So, I’d like to thank them for $300,000 for 40 minutes’ worth of work.”
Jonny Fairplay reminisces on his tenure with the company

Early PPV Supercards

Victory Road 2004

  • During an opening gauntlet match Alex Shelley feigned an injury. Don West was so concerned about whether or not he was really hurt but then gave everything away when Shelley recovered.
  • The event was also the conclusion of a story between Russo and Dusty Rhodes where fans were voting who would become the Director of Authority. During the event the same stats are shown as the "current" results and Scott Hudson was fed a line saying that they'd had a server breakdown from excess voting in Stanford, Connecticut (headquarters of WWE).
  • 3LiveKrew were billed as having a year long struggle to win the Tag Titles. The match went 6:57 with most of the heat on referee Andrew Thomas who kept looking to see if the double teaming/illegal tactics/interference had stopped.
  • Presumably the previous match was so short to give time for the next segment: Piper's Pit which featured Roddy Piper telling Jimmy Snuka to hit him, before Kid Kash interrupted to which Mike Tenay commented: "Why is this interruption from Kash of all people?". Kash was joined by Kaz and Michael Shane to beat up Snuka before Sonjay Dutt made the save. Sonjay was then hit in the back of the head with a coconut. This NINE MINUTE segment ended with Kaz and Shane saying that "wasn't right" and Kash claiming "I didn't bring the coconut". WHY?
  • Promoted as the PPV where "the old world falls and the new world emerges" the event would end with Jeff Hardy (27) being beaten by Hall (46), Jarrett (37) and Nash (44) who turned on him. The entire PPV was hyped around whose side Hall and Nash would be on.
  • Randy Savage also debuted in the last thirty seconds of the PPV, magically teleporting from a limousine to the inside of the building in about three seconds.
    • Although this was to lead into long term plans to use Savage, Savage bolted on TNA right after it was revealed that they were in negotiations to bring in Hogan during this time due to Savage having a real life feud with his ex-friend. This one time appearance would sadly be Savage's last appearance in a professional wrestling ring.
Look at us, WWE! Look! Look! Look at us! We're on your filming set with balloons, LOL! Oh hey, Raymond Stereo! Look, it's us!

Turning Point 2004

  • Randy Savage was booked in a six man tag team match with partners Jeff Hardy and A.J. Styles against Jeff Jarrett, Kevin Nash and Scott Hall. He never appeared on iMPACT once during the hype for the PPV. During the PPV, Savage was "kidnapped" in the middle of the show and didn't appear until the last minute of the match where he simply punched Jarrett in the face and pinned him for the win. He was never seen or mentioned again after this.
  • Cookie-gate. In December 2004, WWE was in Orlando filming the "West Side Story" Royal Rumble commercial. Being in town, a few TNA stars and a camera crew headed over to the WWE filming set to offer a "welcome wagon". However, they were kicked off the set. In response, this was turned into a "storyline" where the footage of what went down was hyped to be shown at the PPV in an attempt to make WWE look bad. To hype up how overly scandalous this supposed footage was, a fake Vince McMahon and Triple H began roaming the iMPACT zone to find and destroy the footage while "firing" several TNA employees in the process. The footage actually ended up making TNA look much worse. It starred BG James, Shane Douglas, Ron Killings, Konnan, Abyss and Traci Brooks walking onto the set with balloons and cookies, acting like obnoxious buffoons. After continuously asking if they could speak to Vince McMahon, uninvitedly eating food off the buffet table and putting Eddie Guerrero, Randy Orton and an unmasked Rey Mysterio on camera, they're left offended and surprised when WWE officials told them to leave. After the footage was aired, Tenay and West acted completely baffled as to why WWE would do such a thing. Nobody cared.

2005

Against All Odds 2005

  • Bizarrely this PPV opened with Scott Hudson and Shane Douglas conducting promos for the main event outside doors.
  • Jeff Hammond was brought in to team up with the 3LiveKrew. He tagged with BG James who worked an entire match against Kaz/Michael Shane before picking up the pinfall. Hammond, a NASCAR commentator, went on to host a weekly segment on iMPACT!
  • Abyss beat Jeff Hardy in a Full Metal Mayhem match (TNA's version of TLC) to become the Number One Contender. The final spot was supposed to be Abyss press slamming Hardy into four stacked tables. Instead Abyss threw him over the rope and Hardy barely went through one. Pissed off by the blown spot, Hardy nosold the move and started drop kicking tables whilst Abyss retrieved the contract. Subsequently Abyss didn't cash this contract in for a title shot and instead was pinned by Hardy at the next PPV.
  • Jeff Jarrett faced Kevin Nash in a match where he would lose the title if he used his trademark guitar. During the match Jarrett pulled out a case containing a cello, the neck of which snapped as he prepared to hit Nash with it. Despite Jarrett using the cello case to crush Nash's knee, the referee wouldn't let Nash hit Jarrett with the body of the cello. Three ref bumps, a run in by the debuting Billy Gunn (see below), a returning Syxx Pac, BG James, a belt shot, and a low blow later, JARRETT RETAINED!
  • Billy Gunn debuted in the middle of the main event between Kevin Nash and Jeff Jarrett by hitting Nash with a steel chair. Despite helping Jarrett, he had absolutely no reaction from the crowd. Furthermore, TNA was so excited to debut Gunn that they didn't even have a name prepared for him, forcing him to walk around in a "No introduction needed, you already know my name" T-Shirt for awhile. Eventually he used the name "The New Age Outlaw", but TNA had to once again think of a new one as that was a WWE trademark, sticking with simply "The Outlaw". That one didn't last too long, either.


  • TNA signed Dave Hebner for a backstage role after WWE released him. Dave made three bizarre onscreen appearances where he was shown doing nothing but taking notes. TNA never explained why he did this, and after his last appearance, nobody ever mentioned it or him again.
  • Monty Brown got insanely over with his above average promo skills and entertaining persona. After testing him with a main event push that the fans got fully behind, TNA proceeded to have him feud with a bad Terminator rip-off before turning him heel as Jeff Jarrett's goon. He stayed in the midcard for the rest of his TNA run.
    • TNA spent several weeks hyping the debut of Trytan, who was former Red Shirt Security goon and former bodyguard for Jonny Fairplay Ryan Wilson. He was basically a cheesy Terminator rip off with sunglasses, a leather jacket and a terrible F5 called the T-3. His only feud was with Monty Brown, which consisted of Trytan pointing at Brown from the ramp at the end of his matches. They had a pretty bad five minute match at Destination X. Right before the finish, the lights went out and Trytan was nowhere to be seen. Instead, a masked Mideon was in the ring, who Monty proceeded to squash and pin. Mideon was never seen or mentioned again, this whole angle was never explained and Trytan was gone from the company soon after.
"I've been reading The Death of WCW, and after reading it I mean... Hulk Hogan, I'm glad he's not with us".
AJ Styles during a 2005 interview with NODQ.com
  • WCW jobber Hector Garza received a massive push that got cut short after he was busted for steroids and got deported. Mexican wrestler Shocker seemingly was going to be groomed to take Garza's place as Tenay and West put him over huge despite zero crowd reaction when he debuted at Destination X. He never grew on the crowd but received an X-Division title match anyway and then disappeared shortly after, reportedly sacked due to no-showing.
    • On the bio put up for Shocker on their roster page, it was explicitly pointed out that he had starred in a fairly popular fast food commercial that was playing regularly on TV at the time. The only problem with this was that he was masked in that commercial, so nobody knew it was him.
  • Traci, Trinity and Jonny Fairplay were feuding over who got to be Dusty Rhodes' personal assistant. After some very unfunny "Survivor Scavenger Hunt" skits at Final Destination, Dusty gave them the task of signing a new tag team to TNA. They'd have a match at Destination X and whoever's team won, they'd be the new assistant. Fairplay -- who previously tried to "sign" already established TNA stars like AMW and Dustin Rhodes -- was unable to get one and was out. Traci and Trinity, however, were able to score two huge teams that were hyped throughout iMPACT broadcasts and were advertised as a selling point for Destination X. They turned out to be Phi Delta Slam -- a couple of obese men in their mid-thirties playing a frat boys gimmick, who later turned up again down the road as the Main Event Mafia's security duo -- and the Harris Twins. Nobody cared. They also had an awful match.
    • During the Destination X PPV, Fairplay ended up signing Buck Quartermain and Lex Lovett, two guys who were regular jobbers for the company at this point. This was after Traci was already named Personal Assistant, so it was never explained why Fairplay bothered doing this. Also, he never appeared on TNA again, and Quartermain and Lovett soon disappeared as well.
    • It should be noted that Phi Delta Slam were Dusty Rhodes' chauffeurs and hunting buddies at the time, which was pretty much the only reason why they were hired.
  • Dusty booked a complex match for the X Division title at Destination X. It started out as a tag team match featuring AJ Styles and Elix Skipper against Christopher Daniels and Ron Killings. After Killings was pinned it became a triple threat. Daniels and AJ survived the triple threat and had a singles Ultimate X match. During that match Daniels and AJ inadvertently knocked out the ref. AJ got up and retrieved the belt but was attacked by Daniels who took the belt from him. The ref then saw Daniels with the belt and declared him the winner.
  • The Lockdown PPV debuted under Dusty's tenure in April of 2005. The idea originally came as a joke during a booking session in which he sarcastically suggested that every match on the card be contested inside a cage. Dixie, unaware he was joking, jumped at the idea. Lockdown has been a staple of the TNA PPV market ever since, though in 2013 they abandoned the "all matches in a cage" format, limiting the gimmick to specific matches instead.
    • The very first Lockdown is generally remembered for Chris Candido's very last match, the opener, in which he landed wrong after taking a dropkick from Sonny Siaki and fractured several bones in his leg. He died days later of a blood clot, a complication stemming from surgery. His last appearance for TNA saw him happily celebrating the Naturals' tag title win on the Impact after the PPV, which aired after his death due to TNA's taping schedule. This heartbreaking image was used for TNA's "in memory of" graphic.
  • Following the death of Chris Candido TNA refused to pay Tammy Sytch the money they had owed him. While this is technically legal because they were not officially married, Terry Taylor sent her a ham dinner as a condolence gift.
  • In memory of Chris Candido, TNA held the Candido Cup. The tournament consisted of several tag teams with a veteran and a future star. The winner of the Candido Cup would earn a trophy and get a title shot. Sean Waltman and Alex Shelley ended up winning the whole thing, but Waltman decided to piss on the tournament by no-showing the PPV where he and Shelley were entered into a four-way for the tag titles as a result of winning the tournament.
    • Waltman didn't just no-show. He disappeared for an entire week, despite having been at a relative's house only about two hours away from where the PPV took place. Candido's brother Johnny was subbed in at the PPV as Shelley's partner midway through the match. They didn't win.
  • AJ Styles finally ended Jeff Jarrett's nearly year long title reign at Hard Justice 2005. To capitalize on the triumphant victory, AJ would drop the title to Raven in the King of the Mountain reverse ladder match just thirty-five days later.
  • Speaking of Raven, he would hold the title throughout the summer before dropping the title back to Jarrett. Via an AMW heel turn. At a house show. For another promotion (Scott D'Amore's Border City Wrestling). TNA hyped the holy hell out of this, naming it "Controversy in Canada" in one of what would eventually turn out to be several attempts at ripping off the Montreal Screwjob.
  • When TNA landed their Spike TV deal, they decided to ignite a Kevin Nash vs. Jeff Jarrett feud for the title to main event their first version of WrestleMania, Bound for Glory. The day of the event, Nash hurt himself picking up his son's toy chest, so he was out. TNA solved this by having a battle royal that night to determine a Number One Contender. Rhino, who had been booked mainly as a midcarder to this point (and had been already booked on the card in a hardcore match), won the battle royal and pinned Jarrett to win the belt. TNA followed up on this underdog story by having Jarrett win the title back two days later at an iMPACT taping. Rhino was back to the midcard soon after.
Hurry! Hurry! We've gotta get a camera out there! And off of us reading the script, preferably.
  • At Bound for Glory 2005, an Ultimate X match was held to crown the #1 Contender for the X-Division title. Since this wasn't a title match, a wooden X was hung from the center instead of a belt. This caused problems as it wasn't very secure. As Michael Shane and Chris Sabin were both shimmying on the rope, the X suddenly fell down. This caused the match to be stopped for several minutes as officials hung it back up. With the match restarted, the X fell off yet again. Realizing where this match was going, Petey Williams improvised by catching the X, even kneeling underneath and seemingly praying for it to drop, which was a very nice touch on his part. This was not the planned finish, but he was awarded the win anyway. A rematch was held on the Impact after the PPV. Williams won that too, which suggested that he was supposed to win the first match anyway.
  • Tenay and West are clearly shown reading from a script on iMPACT.
  • Neilson Corporation offered to buy TNA in May 2005 for $10,000,000 USD from Panda Energy; however, Panda Energy expressed no interest. Morphoplex, a major TNA sponsor, offered Panda Energy $20,000,000 USD for the company later that month, which was also rejected.

2006

  • Samoa Joe was signed in 2005 and built up as a huge force to be reckoned with. Joe went on an eighteen-month undefeated streak, during which he got a clean win over the NWA World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Jarrett in a non-title match. Kurt Angle debuted in the fall of 2006 after leaving WWE a few weeks prior; instead of building up to Angle vs. Joe, said match -- which was both Angle's first TNA match and the end of Joe's undefeated streak -- took place two months after Angle's TNA debut (Genesis in November 2006). Joe's career stagnated after his follow-up matches with Angle; he didn't win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship until 2008 -- from Kurt Angle, ironically enough -- and by that point, everyone had stopped caring.
  • ROH regulars Austin Aries and Roderick Strong became big parts of TNA's X-Division, teaming with Alex Shelley in what was referred to by fans as the second coming of their ROH faction, Generation Next. After a massive snowstorm, TNA suggested the pair no-show their scheduled ROH show in order to ensure their ability to make it to Florida in time for a TNA PPV. Aries and Strong stayed true to their ROH commitments, and although they both made it to Florida on time, both served a long suspension. Strong was released shortly after the suspension was up, while Aries was repackaged as Austin Starr.
  • The Fans' Revenge match. Fans became lumberjacks and surrounded the ring armed with leather belts. This happened twice, once at Victory Road 2006 with LAX and Beer Money, and again at No Surrender 2006 with Samoa Joe and Jeff Jarrett. TNA encouraged fans to send in videos to earn the chance to be selected as a lumberjack.
    • The fan submissions were so laughably bad, several videos were featured on The Smoking Gun's Worlds Dumbest Fans in 2009.
  • Jackie Gayda joined Planet Jarrett after being blackmailed when Alex Shelley brought Jeff Jarrett an allegedly incriminating piece of tape involving Gayda, which was funny since Gayda claimed to have a huge secret to reveal about Jarrett. We never found out what was on the tape or what the secret was, as she took time off after becoming pregnant and never returned to TNA.
  • Jim Cornette vacated LAX's Tag Team Championships when the company deemed LAX "unfit" to hold them after LAX attempted to attack Gail Kim and burn the American flag. Cornette later backed down when LAX's lawyer said it was within their first amendment rights. In reality the decision was so unpopular that it almost turned LAX face with the iMPACT zone chanting "BULLSHIT" when the announcement was made.

VKM

  • After Shawn Michaels and Triple H reformed D-Generation X, the New Age Outlaws rebranded themselves the Voodoo Kin Mafia, or VKM (Vincent Kennedy McMahon), and participated in numerous unfunny skits mocking both WWE in general and DX in particular. Even though fans panned the angle, during the infamous "Donald vs. Rosie" match on Raw, fans made a point of chanting "VKM" (as well as "TNA").
  • TNA started a feud between VKM (faces at this point) and Christy Hemme, stemming off Billy Gunn playing an asshole chauvinist and talking about how women belong in the kitchen. Christy eventually stood up to Gunn, which sounds okay -- if Christy hadn't turned heel by doing so.
    • Hemme followed this up by bringing in several tag teams to face VKM. She first brought in the Heart Throbs, a jobber team freshly released from WWE; they lasted all of one show. She brought in The Bashams, who were originally intended for the role, next, and TNA positioned them as Christy's permanent team -- until the company fired them for no-showing a live event soon after their debut.
  • VKM issued a $1,000,000 challenge to WWE: send stars from the WWE -- specifically, DX -- to compete in an open challenge match. Dixie, thinking Vince will actually respond to this challenge, froze the million dollars.
  • Roxxi Laveaux made her debut as VKM's voodoo priestess valet. No real explanation was given.

Orlando Screwjob

  • Jarrett became paranoid that he would lose his job as he believed he was perceived as a "cancer" behind the scenes. For some reason Larry Zbyszko thought he would get fired too in favor of TNA bringing in Jim Cornette despite having a no cut contract.
  • The two conspired that if Jarrett was champion then their jobs will be safe. Because of this they rehashed the Montreal Screwjob for the millionth time at Slammiversary.
  • During the King of the Mountain match they had Earl Hebner push a ladder over that Christian and Sting were climbing on, allowing Jarrett to become champion.
    • The event was foreshadowed at Against All Odds during Earl Hebner's debut with the company. Jeff Jarrett put Christian in the sharpshooter while Tenay and West pleaded with Hebner not to call for the bell.
  • Immediately after the match another referee took the belt away from Jarrett and handed it over to Jim Cornette while Jarrett knelt at the bottom of the ramp and sobbed.
  • Cornette fired Hebner on the next episode of iMPACT but then handed the title back to Jarrett and made him defend it at the next PPV as punishment, which he would have had to do anyway.
    • Hebner was later rehired by Cornette after he passed a polygraph test proving he wasn't part of the plan.
  • A few months later Larry Zbyszko would be fired after losing a match with Eric Young (who also was paranoid about losing his job, leading to the fairly popular "Don't fire Eric!" gimmick) at Bound for Glory.
  • This whole episode was dubbed The Orlando Screwjob and nothing about it made any sense.


  • Abyss won his first and only NWA World Championship by disqualification when Sting pushed referee Rudy Charles. Back in the early days of TNA, Bob Armstrong made a rule saying any champion who intentionally disqualified himself from a match would lose their title. While TNA deserved credit for remembering this rule (and showing actual continuity), nobody had mentioned the rule since 2002, and TNA eventually did away with the rule after this match. This ending resulted in most of the live crowd and viewing audience having no idea what the hell was going on.
  • Robert Roode was praised as being the future of the industry as part of his post-Team Canada singles run, and legendary managers such as Bobby Heenan and Sherri Martel actually appeared on iMPACT to convince Roode to hire them. Roode ended up hiring Traci Brooks as his manager and feuded with Eric Young for over six months because he wanted to be popular like Young was; both moves killed any momentum he may have had coming out of Team Canada and turned him into one of TNA's most boring performers. Roode wouldn't recover from this period of his career until TNA paired him off with James Storm.
    • A "highlight" of this terrible and seemingly never-ending feud was Eric Young defeating Traci. In a bikini contest. In which Young stripped down to Spongebob skivvies.
    • Another "highlight" saw Young and Jeremy Borash, with Alex Shelley in tow filming, at a convenience store at about 4 in the morning or so looking to buy condoms. Both were then ridiculed by James Storm and Jacqueline for no good reason.
  • At Hard Justice 2006, the opening match between Johnny Devine and Eric Young was disrupted by a large cloud of smoke, which caused fans to begin chanting "YOU CAN'T SEE US!" (in reference to John Cena's catchphrase) and "THE ROOF, THE ROOF, THE ROOF IS ON FIRE!" (once the cause was revealed). A shot of the smoke revealed that the Impact Zone's roof was on fire (the fire was caused by the pyro which kicked off the PPV, which ignited a piece of sacking that had been left in the rafters). Devine and Young worked the remainder of the match to a finish -- something both men should be commended for -- and then followed fans, other workers, and TNA staff out of the Impact Zone. As the fire department spent a half-hour extinguishing the fire, Tenay and West ran down the rest of Hard Justice's card and held interviews with various wrestlers (including a possibly-high Monty Brown). A multi-team tag match was booted from the card as a result. No more pyro would be used the rest of the night, which prompted a "No more pyro!" chant when Abyss, who had pyro then, came out for the next match.
  • Jackass: Number 2 was heavily promoted for several weeks as many X-Division wrestlers attempted to recreate stunts from the Jackass series (something the opening sequence of the show strongly discouraged). Stunts included Senshi popping a blow-up doll by stomping on it, Jay Lethal riding a shopping cart into the ringpost, and Petey Williams being fed laxatives. Displeased fans chanted "No more Jackass" at them for it. Despite their effort, Steve O and Chris Pontius made an appearance on Raw and had a match with Umaga while nobody from the Jackass crew stopped by the iMPACT Zone. Soon after Steve O and Pontius appeared on Raw, all promotion for the Jackass movie died, and the stupid gimmick was laid to rest right along with it.
    • The Petey Williams laxative incident happened at a PPV during a match with Jay Lethal. What could have been a fun X-Division match for the paying customers turned into a terrible "comedy" match where Petey feigned badly needing to take a shit bell-to-bell. Don West shouted "THE SMELL! OH GOD THE SMELL!" the entire match, although nobody in the audience seemed too bothered.
This is what TNA actually believes.
  • WWE resurrected ECW in mid-2006; in an attempt to bring legitimacy to this rebirth, WWE attempted to lure former ECW stars working in TNA into working as part of WWECW. During house shows, ECW alumni who were offered contracts rip said contracts up in front of a crowd. TNA turned this into a storyline when Rhino began bashing both ECW and Vince McMahon; for weeks, Rhino whined about how WWECW was not the original ECW, and the whining culminated in Rhino taking the original ECW World Heavyweight Championship and tossing it into a burning barrel.
    • Team 3D got involved in this, too; most notably, they stapled an "ECW fears TNA" sign to Abyss' head during a hardcore match.
    • During the burning, the belt was kept in a bag and never actually shown on TV, ostensibly for "legal reasons". Rhino revealed a year later that the reason for this was actually because Rhino didn't really burn the ECW belt. An old replica NWA tag-team belt was in the bag, instead.
  • Shannon Moore came to TNA after a fresh Future Endeavoring from WWE and began using an exaggerated version of his "Prince of Punk" gimmick. Moore debuted by interrupting what was at the time a dream match between AJ Styles and Hiroshi Tanahashi, started a feud with AJ and even got a clean victory over him (back when Styles was still relatively important to TNA). The next week, Shannon was gone; TNA hadn't actually signed him to a contract, and when WWE came calling again, Moore headed back north while taking a jab at TNA in his WWE.com interview.
  • TNA repackaged Kazarian, Matt Bentley, and Johnny Devine as Serotonin; they were essentially a new version of Raven's Flock -- right down to Raven leading the group -- which did nothing but lose every match they were in and let Raven whack them with a kendo stick after every loss. Devine was inexplicably pulled from a fairly successful pairing with Alex Shelley, Paparazzi Productions, for this.
  • BG and Kip James cut a promo mocking Team 3D; this involved BG sticking a box up his shirt to look like Brother Ray and Kip blacking up to look like Devon. People were not pleased.
  • Christian Cage and Rhino had a big feud that culminated in an "8 Mile Street Fight" (named after Rhino's birthplace of 8 Mile) at Bound for Glory. Their match was good and should have ended the feud; instead, the feud restarted weeks later when Christian and Rhino had a "Barbed-Wire Cage Match" on iMPACT for free -- a week after competing in a "Weapons Or Escape Pole" Match (where each pole had either a weapon or a tool for escaping which could be used in the cage match) which ended when all four items were torn down (no pinfalls or submissions took place).
    • TNA would hold another "8 Mile Street Fight" later on -- between Rhino and Tomko as a throwaway match on iMPACT.
  • TNA ended 2006 by rehiring Vince Russo as head writer.

2007

Vince Russo Returns (again)

The reverse battle royal. How on earth did nobody think this was a good idea before?!
What's Large Jimmy Wiener doing in the iMPACT Zone?!
  • At Genesis 2007, Kaz and Christian Cage competed in a #1 Contendership ladder match. During the match, Christian accidentally tore the contract on the clipboard off, leaving Don West and Mike Tenay to cover for it by saying one wrestler must pull down the clipboard to win.
  • The "Reverse Battle Royal" -- a genius concept where half the roster fought outside of the ring to get in before competing in an actual battle royal (up until two people remained, at which point the battle royal turned into a one-on-one match) -- happened twice, despite one being widely lauded as one of the worst matches of that year.
  • During Chris Sabin's feud with Jerry Lynn over the X-Division title, he came to the ring wearing a diaper to illustrate how old Lynn was.
  • RAW was pre-empted due to the Westminster Dog Show and TNA decided to capitalize and have a two-hour Monday night special show. To show that they were good at capitalizing, they started the show with Eric Young smoking cigars with dogs.
  • TNA brought in Rikishi (under the name Junior Fatu) for no reason. He cut a promo where he forgot both Robert Roode's name and the name of the tournament TNA booked him to compete in. He left weeks later after asking for more money.
  • AJ Styles went from Main Eventer to Christian's goon, along with Tomko.
    • AJ Styles went from Christian's goon to Angle's bitch, also along with Tomko.
      • AJ Styles "married" Karen Angle during a vow renewal ceremony between Kurt and Karen, during which Samoa Joe attacked Kurt. (About a year later, Jeff Jarrett married Karen Angle in real life.)
    • Special mention should be given to Tomko (who had been heavily supported by the crowd prior) turning on Christian and joining Angle for no real reason other than Russo wanting to swerve the fans. This incident caused all of Tomko's crowd support to die as fans stopped caring, and caused significant damage to his career. He would be booted from the company soon after.
  • TNA signed a severely out-of-shape Dustin Rhodes, and as a play off his Goldust character, he used the new moniker "Black Reign". Dustin wrestled in a black and silver version of his Goldust outfit, and his entrance involved wearing a black wig and carrying a rat around. To this day, Goldust refuses to talk about this period of his career.
    • Dustin's addiction to painkillers severely hampered him during his TNA run; he claimed to have taken at least forty pills a day during his TNA run. While still employed by TNA, Dustin eventually entered rehab on WWE's dime. Also like Jimmy Rave (mentioned below), Dustin also ended up getting released by TNA for a lack of creative plans.
  • After America's Most Wanted's broke up, TNA attempted to rekindle Chris Harris' lost singles push from 2003. He put on a star-making performance against James Storm in a Texas Deathmatch, for which TNA rewarded him with a spot in the King of the Mountain match to crown the first ever TNA World Heavyweight Champion. Harris later had a match with Christian that ended via interference by Dustin Rhodes; after this match, TNA dropped Harris down the card to feud with Black Reign. Since Black Reign feuds always ended up horrible, Harris' momentum ended up hitting the skids faster than Nick Hogan on a bender. Harris' next storyline involved him whining about his position in TNA -- and TNA turned this into the storyline reason for legitimately releasing him. As a big thank you for his 5 years of service to the company, TNA posted a message on their website announcing that Harris had quit and that he's a gigantic crybaby.
    • After a hot run of great matches with Christian and Kurt Angle, Kazarian ended up feuding with Black Reign. Their feud included a Rat on a Pole Match (an exact replica of the infamous 49er's Match from WCW: out of four boxes hanging from poles, three contained mouse traps, and the fourth contained Black Reign's pet rat).
      • In an otherwise-hilarious promo featuring him all painted up and taking the absolute piss out of Black Reign, Kazarian would rename the rat "Terri" in a reference to Dustin's ex-wife. Nobody was amused.
  • The Elevation X match debuts. This match is essentially a scaffold match with two scaffolds forming an "X". The match featured very little action but plenty of reaction shots of people in the iMPACT Zone covering their mouths in shock at how high up the scaffolding was. Elevation X also happened twice.
  • TNA debuted an animal mascot akin to The Gobbledy Gooker, Stomper the Kangaroo, live on PPV at Sacrifice. Luckily his tenure was short lived.
  • Jay Lethal achieved one of the biggest upsets in TNA history by defeating Kurt Angle for the X-Division Championship. To reward him, TNA had Team 3D squash the entire X-Division -- including Lethal -- for a few months.
    • The Team 3D storyline had an entertaining little angle where they could not weigh in over 275 pounds or they would not be allowed to compete. Jokes were made about them being able to transfer weight between them, because one would always make weight, and it wasn't the same one twice. This eventually led to a really entertaining Fish Market Street Fight match between them and Shark Boy/Curry Man, in which fish were thrown and twinkies were used as bait.
    • About an hour after Lethal beat Angle, he was dispatched to the ring as part of a group of X-Divisioners for Joe to beat up. This rightfully pissed Angle off, as he'd argued for Lethal to go over him clean (even turning down interference) and felt that it de-valued Lethal's win.
DID YOU KNOW THAT RELLIK IS KILLER SPELLED BACKWARDS??!?!?!!
  • TNA signed former WCW wrestler Johnny "The Bull" Stamboli, who debuted as an ally to Black Reign with a Muta-like mask and the name Rellik. (Stamboli wrestled on the independents with this gimmick, which was originally named "Redrum".) TNA made sure everyone knew about their "clever" name by having Don West or Mike Tenay (and eventually Eric Young) say "Rellik -- that's killer spelled backwards!" at some point during every one of Rellik's appearances until the company released him. You can imagine just how annoying that quickly became.
  • Jim Cornette booked a Tag Team Championship match between Kurt Angle (who had won the Tag Team titles by himself) and the Steiners with an extra stipulation attached: if Angle lost, the Steiners would have five minutes alone in the ring with Karen Angle. What did Cornette think they planned on doing to Karen (other than potentially raping her) if they'd won?
  • Anything involving both Kevin Nash and Samoa Joe always turned out awful. Things never went right between these two, and Joe always looked like a dumbass for trusting Nash despite Nash always turning on him.
  • Joe stole Angle's clothes while he was tanning during an iMPACT taping. Kurt hunted Joe down for the rest of the show wearing only a pair of tiny red briefs. Jeremy Borash followed Kurt around for the entire show while Kurt asked him several times if he was looking at his package and yelled about freaks wanting to sell his underwear on eBay.
  • Andrew "Test" Martin randomly debuted, picked up the nickname "The Punisher", went over in the main event of Hard Justice, and promptly disappeared from the company.
    • Martin was very likely the only guy in TNA ever fired because he was too muscular. While normally this would be one of the dumbest things ever, it made sense because Congress had put professional wrestling under a microscope regarding steroid abuse in the wake of the Benoit tragedy and Martin was a walking red flag at the time. He was told he could come back when he had lost some muscle mass. He never came back, as first he retired later in the year then died two years later.
      • According to a report submitted to the Congressional Committee on Oversight and Government Reform released to the public in 2009, of 60 TNA wrestlers tested in January 2007 26 tested positive for drugs, 15 of those tested positive for steroids.
  • Spike TV filmed a four and a half minute western-style "action short" featuring Kurt Angle walking into a bar in Connecticut and getting in a barroom brawl with actors doing poor imitations of familiar WWE stars.
  • TNA debuted its version of the Money in the Bank Match: Feast or Fired. Half of TNA's roster fought for possession of four briefcases, strapped onto poles situated at four corners of the ring. Some time after the match, the wrestlers who managed to snag a briefcase opened them to find out if they'd won a "feast" (three briefcases contained title shots) or gotten "fired" (one briefcase contained a pink slip).
    • This would also kick off the incredibly unfunny running gag of Christopher Daniels somehow getting the "fired" briefcase every time, no matter what gimmick he was using. Originally, he didn't get a briefcase, but his Triple-X running mate Low Ki did. Ki left the company shortly after the PPV where the match took place, so instead of just having him be the first victim of the "fired" briefcase, Daniels beat him for the briefcase and was fired instead. It made no sense.
  • TNA brought back Tiny the Timekeeper, who hadn't appeared in about four years, to copy the schtick of WWE's Big Dick Johnson. As "Big Fat Oily Guy", Tiny participated in lots of unfunny skits and wrestled in a Tuxedo/Evening Gown match with Christy Hemme at Against All Odds 2007.
  • Lance Hoyt and Jimmy Rave joined forces to form The Rock 'n Rave Infection, a heel tag team notable for their love of Guitar Hero. They were managed by Christy Hemme (who seemed to have trouble finding teams who didn't suck) and came to the ring with Guitar Hero controllers.
  • TNA hired Ayako Hamada, pushed her as the most talented Knockout in the division for two months, then promptly forgot about her existence for damn near the rest of her TNA career.
  • Glenn Gilbertti said he wanted one last run during an interview with Mike Tenay. The next week he returned under the familiar Disco Inferno moniker only to be squashed by Abyss and would never wrestle another match on TNA TV.
  • Sting beat Kurt Angle for the World Heavyweight Championship at Bound For Glory 2007. Two days later Sting would drop the belt back to Angle on iMPACT.
  • The Prince Justice Brotherhood happened. The name alone speaks for itself.
    • The name itself was an unfunny in-joke that nobody got, as Prince Justice was one of Abyss' pre-TNA gimmicks.
  • Scott Hall no-showed Turning Point 2007. This resulted in Samoa Joe cutting a promo where he branded Scott Hall "the Phantom of the Impact Zone", which legitimately upset Dixie Carter (who sat at ringside during the show). Joe looked at her and shouted, "Are you mad? Go ahead and fire me; I don't care." After the match, Nash and Joe had a fight, as Joe had taken several shots at him as well.
    • Hall's replacement in the match? Eric Young.
    • Dixie was pissed because Joe was originally supposed to take a few shots at Hall and introduce Young as the replacement. Unfortunately for Dixie, Joe realized at some point during it that he'd been handed a live mic on a PPV broadcast and decided to air some grievances. Why she didn't just send someone backstage to tell production to cut his mic, nobody knows.

Lockdown 2007: TNA Does Something Shocking

*BZZZZT* "....BOOOOOOOOOOOO! FIRE RUSSO! FIRE RUSSO!" - Fans react to the infamous electrified steel cage match
  • The promotional poster for this show featured the tagline "Live From St. Louis"; TNA actually held the show at the Family Arena in St. Charles, Missouri.
  • Chris Sabin won an Xscape Match where the rules said the winner must leave St. Louis. TNA never actually showed Sabin leaving the city.
  • Former tag partners Chris Harris and James Storm faced off in a blindfold cage match; instead of actual blindfolds, they wrestled with cloth sacks on their heads. The referee spent most of the match trying to put the bags back on. Numerous critics call this the worst match in TNA (and wrestling overall) in 2007.
    • A month later, both men made up for this shitfest with the aforementioned Texas Deathmatch, which numerous critics called one of TNA's best matches of 2007.
  • Team 3D fought LAX in an Electrified Six Sides of Steel Match. Because the cage wasn't actually electrified, TNA simply turned off the house lights and lit the ring with a light bluish glow. Whenever someone touched the cage, the light flickered and the wrestlers squirmed around as if they'd been tazed. None of this stopped TNA from showing close-ups of the wrestlers touching the cage outside of these "shock spots" or Hernandez wearing gloves in order to climb the cage.
"Pretty much every time the crowd chants 'Fire Russo', I can tell you, it wasn't him who wrote that segment."
Dixie Carter, during her YouShoot

Abyss, Sting, and Judas Mesias

  • Abyss lost the NWA World Heavyweight Championship in a Three-Way Elimination Match after Sting eliminated him first, so he repaid Sting by costing him the match. For this reason, Sting looked up Abyss' public records and discovered Abyss served time for shooting his father in the back. After both a "Prison Yard Match" and the Last Rites Match (see below), Abyss' longtime manager/controller James Mitchell appeared on iMPACT with Abyss' mother; as it turns out, MommAbyss shot Abyss' father, and her son took the blame for her. Mitchell could control Abyss because he knew the truth about the shooting (presumably because he later revealed his identity as Abyss' real father) and threatened to call the police.
    • For some reason, Tomko was involved. His involvement was never really explained.
    • At one point Sting practically said he wanted Abyss to die; this led to the first -- and, if there's a God, only -- Last Rites Match at Destination X. The two fought in TNA's version of a casket match, which involved obnoxious and unnecessary theatrics such as candelabras placed on every ringpost, headstones placed around the ring for use as weapons, and a casket (referred to as a "deathbed") lowered from the ceiling before getting raised back up after the conclusion of the match. Sting won, by the way; Abyss' "death" lasted eleven days.
      • This match was especially noteworthy for being the first time the "Fire Russo" chant was heard. Dixie responded to this by threatening to fire someone other than Russo every time it was chanted. The chant continued to be heard. Dixie never followed through on her threat.
    • Abyss' feud with Sting ended up humanizing him, which killed any remaining mystique to his character, especially when he started talking.
  • TNA then practically ripped off the entirety of The Undertaker/Kane/Paul Bearer storyline with its storyline involving Abyss, Judas Mesias, and James Mitchell. Judas Mesias sucked more balls than Pat Patterson, was far too short to be any real threat to Abyss, and the feud itself featured a number of terrible gimmick matches. While Dutch Mantell ended up taking the blame for this crapfest, Dutch said Russo deserved the blame.
    • Mesias was injured midway through in a gimmick match in Mexico, so TNA threw Black Reign and Rellik (which was still "killer" spelled backwards) into the feud for no reason. Mesias himself wouldn't last long with the company after returning, as TNA wasn't willing to pay him what he was making in Mexico.
    • For the record: if you actually bought into the kayfabe of this storyline, then James Mitchell became a father at the age of nine, making this one of the worst things TNA ever did.
"You don't hear anyone fucking chanting 'Fire Dutch', now, do you?"
Dutch Mantell, during his YouShoot

Pacman Jones comes to TNA

Pacman Jones won the TNA Tag Team Titles despite doing little more than standing on the apron for his "matches".
  • Adam "Pacman" Jones, a disgraced football player, signed with TNA. Despite sundry off-field shenanigans, Jones managed to stay under contract with the Tennessee Titans, who scored a court order forbidding Jones to become physically involved in any wrestling match in any way whatsoever. Guess leapfrogging someone a couple times and throwing a football at someone's junk didn't count as being "physically involved". TNA paired Jones off with Ron "The Truth" Killings (WWE's R-Truth). The pair defeated Sting and Kurt Angle for the TNA Tag Team Championships without "Pacman" doing any wrestling at all. Yes, you read that right: a man not allowed to wrestle in any way won a wrestling championship.
  • Thank God TNA picked an upstanding celebrity, and not for example a man whose been arrested five times, investigated eleven times by the police, involved in a shooting incident that left a man paralysed... oh wait...
    • His pre-debut vignettes said, of all things, that he was coming to prove that he was the best team player there.
    • Jones and Killings continued to successfully defend the Tag Team Championship with Killings handling all of the wrestling. In typical TNA fashion, the company waited until Jones' final night as a tag champion to do what they should have done in the first place: they added another member to "Team Pacman" (the debuting Consequences Creed), who became Truth's partner and made Jones simply a manager. Creed and Truth lost the tag titles on the night Creed debuted.
      • Ron Killings disappeared from TV after Jones left TNA. When he started appearing again months later, he only showed up in fake movie trailers during episodes of iMPACT. TNA never explained the purpose of these trailers, and Killings left TNA shortly after the last trailer aired.
      • Consequences Creed disappeared for a long while, then came back and went on to team with Jay Lethal for a brief time and wrestle in the X-Division, but he later left TNA and signed a developmental deal with WWE, becoming the '90s obsessed Xavier Woods of NXT fame.
  • As a prelude to bringing in "Pacman" Jones, NFL star Frank Wycheck made a handful of appearances with the promotion a mere month before they signed Jones. Killings somehow ended up in this feud as well, as Wycheck tagged with Jerry Lynn to take on Killings and James Storm at Slammiversary. Wycheck -- in his first wrestling match -- hit Storm with a cradle piledriver, nearly killing him.
At least we got this GIF out of the ordeal.

The Holiday Specials

iMPACT 11/22 - TNA Thanksgiving Special!

  • The Angles, dressed up as pilgrims, welcomed everyone to their home for Thanksgiving.
  • Throughout the night many TNA wrestlers made appearances at the Angle house in comedy vignettes. Such gems included: Roode making Ms. Brooks sit at the kids' table, Black Machismo confusing Awesome Kong for Kamala, and the inevitable food fight.
  • The Outsiders showed up late to Angle's party. Nobody was really that upset, everybody was surprised Hall decided to show up.
  • The Turkey Bowl debuted. Throughout the night three triple threat semi-final matches were held involving one X Division wrestler, one tag team wrestler, and one heavyweight wrestler.
    • The winner got a $25,000 reward, the loser of the match had to wear a turkey suit.
    • The night closed with AJ Styles in a turkey suit trying to imitate Bobby Heenan in the weasel suit as Joe pinned him to win The Turkey Bowl.

iMPACT 12/20 - TNA Christmas Special!

  • Jim Cornette had the week off so his bodyguard, Matt Morgan, booked the show. I guess The Blueprint had a thing for gimmick matches.
  • Unlike the infamous Thanksgiving iMPACT Thanksgiving Party, the Christmas party took place at Eric Young's house.
  • Beer Money and Rock n' Rave Infection faced LAX and Steiner/Booker T in a Christmas Cage Match, essentially the six sides of steel draped in Christmas lights.
  • Motor City Machine Guns and Jay Lethal vs Team 3D and Johnny Devine in a Double North Pole Match, a stipulation on a pole match with two poles (each pole decked out in Christmas lights) with the winner getting to pick their stipulation for their match at the PPV.
  • Abyss vs. Black Reign vs. Rellik vs. (for some reason) Shark Boy in a Silent Night Bloody Night match, a hardcore match with a barbed wire Christmas Tree with presents underneath containing weapons. The Christmas Tree was suspended from the ceiling like a pendulum and was hyped as the most effective weapon. All four competitors initially ignored the tree nevertheless and ran right for the gifts. At one point Abyss unwrapped a barbed wire baseball bat and responded gleefully despite having an entire tree made of fucking barbed wire right next to him. Because the tree was hanging from the ceiling, and had nothing anchoring it down, the tree swung all over the ring. Shark Boy was struck by the tree as soon as it came into play and it casually bounced off of him shredding any remaining chance of it being taken seriously. Regardless, a highlight of the match was when the tree was swung into the corner where Black Reign had to hug the tree to keep it from bouncing off of him in an attempt to execute the spot correctly.
  • The Santa's Workshop Knockout Street Fight, a Street Fight featuring all of the Knockouts. Except Kong and Gail Kim, who left the match right at the beginning to brawl backstage. The rest of the match consisted of slow miscellaneous brawls with a big obnoxious box in the ring while the ladies waited for Kong to come back and win the match.
  • AJ Styles vs. Kaz in a Ladder Match with a reindeer suit hanging above the ring. AJ lost and closed his second 2007 holiday special in an animal costume.
  • The show closed with Tenay saying that something like this can only happen in TNA like that's a good thing.

2008

Oh shit, Mike, look! It's... that guy! Let's put him on camera!
YOU SELFISH PRICK!
  • Robbie (real name Derek Graham-Couch), one-half of WWE tag team The Highlanders, attended a live iMPACT in March 2008. He had been backstage visiting some friends and stuck around to watch them perform. TNA deliberately decided to show Robbie onscreen (they used his real name to avoid a trademark lawsuit with WWE, spelling it wrong in the process), and when he noticed, he tried to hide himself (to no avail). Tenay and West proceeded to brag about a WWE jobber being in the crowd, thus completing Robbie's public humiliation, before a WWE official called Robbie and told him to leave the arena. This happened right before WrestleMania (which was that weekend in Orlando), so Robbie lost his WrestleMania bonus as punishment. WWE kept The Highlanders off of TV for months, and the team eventually jobbed out to Cryme Tyme before WWE released them. Way to be dicks, TNA.
    • TNA also gloated about this on their site, at least until a good portion of the roster got so pissed at them for their dick move that they had to take it down.
  • Christian went through a glass table, and in a great piece of theater, TNA prepped a towel with fake blood to make Christian's injuries look worse (despite showing the "blood" already on the towel). Christian stayed out of action for three weeks. Homicide went through a glass table the week afterwards; he showed up at TNA's next PPV with a band-aid over his eye.
  • Bill and Doug (Youtube channel rvdtito4life) became two of the most famous members of Youtube's IWC (also known as Youtube Shooters). After giving incessant praise for TNA and nonstop criticism of the WWE product many speculated that they were on the payroll of TNA -- specifically after TNA's official Youtube page subscribed to their channel. Bill and Doug would eventually go on to be officially hired by TNA and hosted a short lived online radio show called TNA Addicts. The Youtube duo would later left the company after losing faith in the product, citing major problems in the creative process. Their videos after quitting got progressively more anti-TNA to the point of telling their audience not to watch iMPACT.
    • After their hiring, their channel was hacked. The culprit? Self-proclaimed "YouTube Shooter" and noted small name big ego Kent Jones, who was jealous that he didn't get hired.
  • To hype TNA's first video game, the company debuted the character Suicide, based on the fictional charater of the same name in the game's single-player story mode, six months after the game's release. Before his debut, split-second footage featuring a link to a nonsensical in-character blog was spliced into TNA shows (and even a PPV). This blog was never even mentioned post-debut, making it completely pointless. By the time TNA retired the character for two years in 2011, at least three different people had played the role (including Christopher "I deserve so much better than this" Daniels).
  • TNA signed Bobby Lashley and hyped him with videos discussing his crossover into MMA. Instead of putting over TNA, Lashley did nothing but talk about how much he wanted to fight Brock Lesnar in UFC. Lashley's MMA career turned out to be a bigger joke than this.
    • Lashley brought his incredibly annoying then-girlfriend Kristal (who TNA billed as his wife) with him. He would promptly get into an awful feud with Scott Steiner over her.
  • Daffney's Sarah Palin ripoff gimmick, "The Governor", debuted after the 2008 American presidential election and lasted for nearly four months before TNA figured out Daffney didn't need it.
    • At one point, TNA actually invited Sarah Palin to one of their PPVs, offering to donate to a charity if she showed up. She didn't.
  • In an actual meeting discussing production values and cutting costs, Mike Tenay failed to defend broadcast colleague (and friend) Don West when the idea of running the show with one commentator came up. In true Russo fashion, TNA decided to turn West heel by having him bring up the actual meeting and call Tenay "a selfish prick" on-air before storming off. TNA later replaced West with Taz at the commentary table, while West returned to shilling merchandise (better known as "a job promotion") before leaving the company.
    • Ironically enough, turning West heel actually made him a better commentator, to the point where people were annoyed when Taz replaced him a month ahead of schedule.
  • TNA paired Petey Williams up with Scott Steiner, with Petey serving as Steiner's protégé; this resulted in Petey riding with Steiner between house shows. On one of these journeys, Steiner drove the wrong way into a drive-thru order at the pay window, and then ate his food in the park-and-wait bay.
    • Petey Williams also became "Maple Leaf Muscle" during his run with Steiner; this gimmick started getting him over with fans again. TNA promptly fired him for daring to get over with the help of a veteran instead of putting the veteran over.
  • After leaving WWE, Mick Foley -- one of the nicest, most liked, and most respected personalities in the industry -- went to TNA. After TNA gave him a World Championship reign for no legitimate reason, TNA proceeded to piss Foley off to the point where he openly bashed the company on his Twitter while still under TNA contract.
  • At Destination X 2008, Eric Young debuted his superhero alter-ego, Super Eric. At Lockdown, Young and Kaz won a "Cuffed in a Cage" match to earn a future Tag Team Championship match. On the April 17th episode of iMPACT, Young -- who left the match and returned as Super Eric -- and Kaz won the World Tag Team Championship. The team gets stripped of the titles after Young refused to admit Super Eric's true identity (Eric Young, which anyone with half a brain already knew). Young soon started appearing in segments where he tried to find Elvis, and Super Eric disappeared for good.
  • A match between Daffney and Taylor Wilde ended up getting the highest ratings of any segment of the episode of iMPACT it aired on. TNA followed up this success by rarely putting either Knockout on TV again.
  • Taylor Wilde became the focus of one of TNA's first major pay scandals. Despite her status as both a performer on a primetime cable network television program and then-reigning Knockouts Champion, Wilde worked a second job at a local Sunglasses Hut to cover her living expenses, since TNA paid her far less than she needed. When a fan recognized her at the second job, she quit said job out of embarrassment. She also left TNA later in the year, presumably also out of embarassment. The Taylor Wilde fiasco marked the first time critics of the company turned the disparity in pay between male and female performers, as well as the generally low pay of TNA in general, into a legitimate issue of discussion.
    • ODB also revealed that she had to work a second job as a bartender.
    • This extended to the male side of the roster, as well. Several midcarders have admitted to having second jobs. Meanwhile, TNA continued to pay big bucks to ex-WWE "big names" and eventually shelled out $4 million for a half-dozen people, none of whom were midcarders or Knockouts.
  • After Jay Lethal's "Black Machismo" gimmick got quite over TNA decided to make SoCal Val his valet and onscreen love interest in an attempt to mirror the Miss Elizabeth/Randy Savage romance. The two had a mock wedding at Slammiversary akin to the Savage and Elizabeth wedding at Summerslam 1991. Sonjay Dutt, Lethal's best friend and occasional tag team partner, became jealous of their relationship and they then feuded for several months. SoCal Val eventually betrayed Lethal at No Surrender and claimed to be with Dutt for the money, as his father was one the richest men in India apparently.
    • A highlight of this feud included the "Black Tie Brawl & Chain Match" at Hard Justice 2008. The match was a Tuxedo match where the two guys were chained together for some reason. We'd go into further detail here, but we think the name alone speaks for itself.
      • After that crapfest, the feud was rescued by a "Ladder of Love" ladder match at No Surrender the following month, which despite the stupid name turned out to be pretty good.
      • A further additional, hindsight-driven feud highlight included the build for Lethal's wedding to SoCal Val. During the feud and wedding, Lethal's family was shown in the crowd in support of Lethal for some matches during the feud with Dutt, including selling Lethal's then real-life girlfriend, future WWE Diva AJ Lee, as his sister. The future AJ was, shall we say, visibly not related to "Black Machismo"'s family.
    • The Sonjay/Val relationship was dropped about two weeks after Val's betrayal. Sonjay wasn't with the company for very long after that.
  • TNA brought in Frank Trigg, a moderately famous MMA fighter, to hang around Kurt Angle due to their resemblance. Trigg faced AJ Styles at No Surrender in a "MMA fight" that ended in a DQ. The match was shit on by the live audience in the iMPACT Zone with chants like "This is bullshit", "We want wrestling", and the infamous "FIRE RUSSO!". It was rumored afterward that the match ended early due to the crowd rejecting it so thoroughly.
    • On several cable providers, the feed cut to porn during this match. No one took responsibility.
    • After the match, AJ went over to the announce table, expressed his own displeasure, and said "I'm a wrestler!". Despite this stinker of a match, Trigg remained employed for a while longer because he was friends with Angle.
  • The Turkey Bowl returned and Alex Shelley was forced to don the turkey suit.
  • Shane Sewell debuted as a referee who attacked people who refused to respect his authority, especially Sheik Abdul Bashir. Eventually, this was quietly dropped, and Sewell was fired.
  • Don West briefly referred to Gail Kim's finishing manuever as the "Happy Ending". For those not in the know, the phrase "Happy Ending" refers to an often-illegal service offered in certain seedy Asian massage parlors where a male customer is masturbated to orgasm after a massage.
    • As if that wasn't bad enough, Christy Hemme's finisher was dubbed the Flying Firecrotch Guillotine.
  • TNA signed Cheerleader Melissa, considered one of the best female wrestlers in North America, and placed her into the role of Awesome Kong's mouthpiece, a hijab-wearing foreigner named Raisha Saeed. Melissa made the best of a bad situation and actually managed to get the borderline-racist heel character over. TNA eventually re-debuted her as Alissa Flash; after spending time hyping her as one of the best women wrestlers on the roster -- she also referred to herself as a "Future Legend" -- TNA proceeded to do absolutely nothing with her. Melissa eventually left the company and returned to the indies under her Cheerleader Melissa schtick, though she also portrayed Raisha Saeed in several indy matches (alongside Awesome Kong) and portrayed both Saeed and Flash in Ring Ka King.

2009

  • Mick Foley had a match with a Rocky Balboa cutout, this isn't a joke.
  • Remember the Dupps from near the top of this page? One of them, Stan Dupp, managed to shed the gimmick and actually had a fairly successful run in WWE under the name Trevor Murdoch. He returned in April 2009 as Jethro Holliday, teamed with Eric Young for a while, turned heel, jobbed to all and sundry, and was out the door in November.

The Main Event Mafia

  • TNA rehashed the Millionaires Club idea from WCW as the Main Event Mafia. This went about as well as one might think a storyline involving a supergroup of Booker T, Scott Steiner, Kevin Nash, Kurt Angle, and Sting trying to teach the TNA Originals about respecting veterans would go.
  • The group of TNA Originals who banded together against the MEM -- the "TNA Frontline" -- stayed together as a cohesive unit for all of three weeks before going off to do something else. TNA eventually resorted to having the MEM feud with itself to salvage something out of the broken storyline.
  • Eric Young formed the World Elite stable, a group of random wrestlers from non-US countries (and, later, Homicide, who's from Brooklyn), and then joined forces with MEM during the short lived Frontline angle. They turned on MEM and then -- similar to Frontline -- broke apart unceremoniously to be in separate angles, though this only happened after Hogan and friends arrived, meaning that they actually outlived the MEM.
  • Joe returned to TNA after three months of recovery after being beaten down by MEM. Video packages played hyping his return with a new look in which he threatened to introduce MEM to the "Nation of Violence". He feuded with MEM for about six months after this only to turn heel by betraying AJ and handing Kurt the TNA Championship at Slammiversary. This was especially stupid because Samoa Joe was MEM's first target back in 2008. MEM explained that they couldn't beat him so they paid him off. Joe went from having main event matches to going back down to the X-Division during this run.
  • Rather than attempting to use the Main Event Mafia angle to put younger stars over, the stable eventually imploded and feuded with each other, leading to the MEM feuding with itself over control of TNA.
  • The angle ended the night after Bound For Glory 2009 with Kurt Angle saying the group had accomplished its goal. In reality Booker T left the company and Sting took his annual time off.
    • Booker's last appearance was supposed to be him losing to Matt Morgan. Upon hearing this, he reportedly threw a gigantic hissy fit. He ended up doing a stretcher job.
  • Despite the angle being over Steiner continued to wear MEM shirts and complained about young talent having no respect. This led to nothing as he was released soon after.

Destination X 2009: Going Nowhere Fast

  • As a preface: notable wrestling journalist Bryan Alvarez tried to get a refund for ordering this PPV.
  • During an interview segment with Jeff Jarrett and Mick Foley, the sound continually dropped and rose before the words "BRUTUS MAGNUS" flashed on the screen.
  • Cody Deaner defeated Shark Boy and some guy from New Mexico in the Win a date with ODB dating show segment. There was no reason for this to be on PPV. Really the only reason this segment even existed was so Russo would have an excuse to write some dick jokes.
  • Samoa Joe attacked Scott Steiner with a machete. Their match went to a no-contest when Joe dragged Steiner out of the building. Minutes later, Joe reappeared in the parking lot with a bloody knife and Steiner is nowhere to be seen. When questioned Joe says "this is the start of his Nation of Violence and that he's going to kill the rest of the Mafia too". Fans almost immediately updated Steiner's Wikipedia page to say that Steiner was killed by Samoa Joe. Immediately following this heel commentator Don West says "Joe has gone too far", Tenay justified Joe's attack by saying it was Steiner's fault.
    • On the episode of iMPACT after this PPV, Steiner appeared wearing a hoodie with a full-face covering. The next week, he appeared in his normal attire with no visible marks or scars on his body from Joe's attack.
  • AJ Styles defeated Booker T for the TNA Legends Championship, a fake title Booker introduced as part of his run in the Main Event Mafia. Tenay attempted to push this as a major win for a former World, Tag Team, and X-Division Champion.
    • It's been said that Booker was allowed to introduce the Legends championship to get him to stop complaining about not having a title. The person who let him do it? You guessed it, RUSSO.
  • Team 3D put their careers on the line to face Beer Money in a match for the Tag Team Championship -- which ended in a disqualification. Jim Cornette restarted the match with a No Disqualification stipulation attached; less than ten seconds later, Roode and Storm ran to the back, causing a No Disqualification Match to end in a count out. Don West called this "disappointing".
  • Christopher Daniels portrayed Suicide (due to Kazarian suffering an injury) and won an Ultimate X match in exactly the same way he won one as himself a couple of years prior. Fans chanted "Fallen Angel" during the entire match.
  • The show's main event, Kurt Angle vs. Sting, featured Jeff Jarrett serving as a Special Guest Referee and Mick Foley acting as a Special Guest Enforcer. Foley, Jarrett, and Sting were all faces, which forced the crowd to boo Angle as a heel (despite Angle getting screwed over by three other people). Highlights of this match included:
    • Jeff Jarrett -- a trained wrestler -- took a ref bump from Angle and stayed down for ten minutes.
    • Foley failed to call for Angle submitting, but counted a pinfall against Sting.
MINUS. FIVE. STARS.

Victory Road 2009: MINUS. FIVE. STARS.

  • Tara vs. Angelina Love opened the show. Angelina won despite Tara sliding her foot under the rope (which should have negated the pinfall attempt). The loss ended Tara's first reign as Knockouts Champion, which she'd started less than a month earlier by beating Angelina on iMPACT.
    • TNA showed a segment later in the show featuring referee Slick Johnson emerging from the showers with Angelina's Beautiful People comrade, Madison Rayne -- and despite being live on PPV in front of a working camera Madison told backstage reporter Lauren to not tell anyone about this rendezvous with Slick. Despite Slick's questionable actions, he refereed two other matches on this show and was never punished.
  • At the last minute, Dr. Stevie (Stevie Richards, playing Abyss' psychiatrist/therapist) turned his match with Abyss into a No Disqualification Match. Jim Cornette never announced that he had approved the change and Stevie didn't have the authority to change but everyone went along with it regardless. The only reason it was changed was so Abyss can use a tazer on Stevie to knock him out and win the match -- even though Abyss had already hit him with a Black Hole Slam. The tazer spot itself looked like something out of the Electrified Steel Cage with a loud, phony BZZZZZZ sound and a ton of smoke shooting out from it while Stevie sold like death.
  • Kevin Nash announced a "Big Sexy Tour Valet Search" to find a female valet, set to begin a few months after Victory Road -- which spoiled the stipulation of Nash's match against AJ Styles (if AJ wins, Nash retires). Nash easily defeated Styles with a chokeslam, won the Legends Championship, and went on to do his valet tour, which eventually resulted in Jenna Morasca being brought in.
  • TNA brought in Jenna Morasca, a reality show contestant who'd won "Survivor" six years prior, for a couple of months. Hardly anyone, fans and employees alike, could figure out why TNA hired her in the first place; she stuck around the Main Event Mafia and did absolutely nothing, then antagonized the hell out of and ended up being booked in a match against Sharmell on this pay-per-view. After eight agonizing minutes of two non-wrestlers doing the worst in-ring performance in women's wrestling history, fans knew it deserved the label of "worst match the year". Some fans still think of this match as the worst worked match in the history of pro wrestling. The Wrestling Observer gives the match a "MINUS. FIVE. STARS." rating, and the match soon found its way into Botchamania (and its intro) and the Disasterpiece Theatre as its third entry, as well as the second from TNA.
    • TNA reportedly paid Morasca half a million dollars for her TNA appearances -- reportedly soon after TNA rejected a small pay raise for Gail Kim (a move which caused her to leave TNA for WWE). While some people claim Dixie Carter's obsession with reality show stars led to Morasca's signing, Kurt Angle had also starred with her in a horrible direct-to-video movie titled "End Game". (Angle starred in a handful of low-budget movies around this time, thinking they would lead to bigger acting roles. They didn't.)
  • Numerous wrestling critics called this show the worst TNA pay-per-view of all time, and many of those same critics also called this show one of the worst overall wrestling shows in industry history.


  • At Lockdown 2009, these things happened: Bobby Lashley showed up at the end of the PPV, Mick Foley won the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, and the Main Event Mafia suffered a major defeat. TNAWrestling.com ran the following stories as its top stories of the week: promotion on Sacrifice (the next PPV), a story on AJ Styles vs. Kevin Nash on iMPACT, an ad for Team 3D's new shirt, and an ad for Jeff Jarrett's new DVD.
  • Kurt Angle stole the keys to Mick Foley's office and Foley fought to get them back in a Keys on a Pole match on iMPACT.
  • Jimmy Rave claimed he was a complete drug addict during his 2007-2009 run in TNA. Despite knowing of Rave's painkiller addiction and how it affected his in-ring performance, TNA did absolutely nothing about it. The company eventually released Rave in 2009 -- because Creative had nothing for him to do.
    • Rave eventually returned to ROH, but after a few months, that company released him -- because of his painkiller addiction. Rave went to rehab after that and has made several more appearances in ROH and on the indie circuit since then.
  • Traci Brooks returned after a long absence to face off with Alissa Flash. Flash worked Traci's arm the entire match, and at one point, Mike Tenay says Traci suffers from a handicap (a birth defect in the same arm Flash worked over) -- and then said Traci specifically told him not to mention it on-air. While fans were left wondering why Tenay would reveal something he was asked not to, Traci lost via submission. She proceeded to beat Alissa down after the match while screaming about her arm. Nobody in the live audience had any idea what Traci's beatdown and yelling meant. Traci wrestled another match with ODB, where the exact same thing happened. After the second match, Traci disappeared from TV, and TNA never explained any of this.
  • Terry Taylor asked Daffney to allow Abyss to chokeslam her off the ring apron and onto a barbed-wire board. Daffney reluctantly agreed to perform the stunt, and for her trouble, she suffered a concussion. Since Spike TV refuses to allow TNA to show any form of man-on-woman violence, TNA ended up cutting the stunt from broadcast. To complete Daffney's humiliation, TNA refused to pay for her medical costs -- and the company sent Terry Taylor to tell her.
  • TNA called AJ Styles vs. Christopher Daniels vs. Samoa Joe for the X-Division Championship at Unbreakable in 2005 "the greatest match in TNA history", so it repeated the match at the end of 2009, this time with the World Heavyweight Championship on the line. Fans called the Turning Point 2009 match TNA's best match of the year. Within the next year, all three men would flounder in virtual obscurity (even by TNA standards).
    • Fans chanted "Screw Hulk Hogan" during the match. TNA brought him in anyway.
  • Between his TNA debut and the end of 2009, Earl Hebner ended up involved in three separate screwjob angles -- and nobody cared about any of them.
  • Traci Brooks posed for Playboy's October edition, but when the magazine hired new editors, said new editors nixed the pictorial from the magazine in an attempt to completely distance Playboy from wrestling. Playboy published Traci's pictorial on its website and replaced her magazine appearance with a "pictorial" of cartoon character Marge Simpson. None of this mattered, anyway, since TNA made no mention of Traci's pictorial on television or promoted it in any way.
    • In anticipation of the pictorial being published, TNA completely ripped off WWE's "Playboy Push" for her, gave her a lot of TV time, and made her a member of the Main Event Mafia, though no onscreen reason was given for why she was suddenly so heavily featured. When the pictorial was kicked to the website, her push died and she was again removed from TV.
  • Taz joined TNA in 2009; months later, he replaced Don West as color commentator. Instead of improving the announce team, Taz made Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler seem like a godsend in comparison.
  • Police arrested Kurt Angle for stalking Rhaka Khan, driving with a suspended license, and possession of HGH the day before Hard Justice 2009. At Hard Justice 2009, Angle retained the TNA World Heavyweight Championship by winning a Triple Threat against Sting and Matt Morgan. Fans chanted "YOU GOT ARRESTED!" at Angle throughout the match.
  • Cody Deaner, ODB's male manager, pinned Knockout's Champion Velvet Sky making ODB the champion. ODB was later stripped of the belt as Deaner claimed himself to be the actual champion. At No Surrender ODB would defeat Deaner and become the undisputed Knockout's Champion.
YOU STILL GOT IT! *clap clap clapclapclap* YOU STILL GOT IT!
  • Jay Lethal began challenging "legends" to matches. In his first match, he faced off with Jim Neidhart. As the fans chanted "YOU STILL GOT IT!" to Neidhart -- who had a beer gut so big, it made him look pregnant -- Lethal lost the match clean. Lethal disappeared from TV for a month, then repeated the schtick with Tatanka (who also beat Lethal clean). TNA never brought Neidhart and Tatanka back again, and the company unsurprisingly never followed up on this and dropped it without explanation.
  • TNA held a one night tournament (the "Championship Series") over an entire episode of iMPACT. Eight people from different "divisions" fought in a single-elimination tournament, and the person who won the tournament would earn a title shot within their respective division. The idea made little sense from the get-go, as it meant Robert Roode would earn a Tag Team Championship shot instead of a World Heavyweight Championship shot for winning the tournament (despite having beaten the likes of Kurt Angle and Bobby Lashley in one night). In the end, Lashley won the tournament, but after this victory, TNA never mentioned the tournament again, and Lashley never received his title shot.
  • Hernandez had won a Feast or Fired world title shot in December of 2008. He tried to cash in the month afterward, but it didn't work, so he was able to hold onto his shot. Problem was that he was injured some time afterward. He didn't get to cash his shot in 'til No Surrender in September, and instead of waiting until after what was supposed to be a 4-way to cash in, he cashed in before the match and made it a 5-way. It's been speculated that TNA completely forgot he still had the briefcase and had him drop it in the stupidest way possible, so he wouldn't look like a threat.
  • After the announcement that Hulk Hogan had signed with TNA was made public in October many in the locker room remained split on the decision. Dixie Carter, like a mother scolding her children, decided to address the TNA roster personally and delivered a speech about the state of the company while the entire TNA roster sat in bleachers and watched appearing to be bored out of their fucking minds. The overall tone of the speech was essentially "it's my way or the highway." Despite this being a legitimate message to TNA's employees, and wasn't part of any ongoing storyline, a video of the speech actually opened an episode of iMPACT. It was soon widely mocked and criticized by everyone who watched it.
  • Hulk Hogan's signing was announced in October. The fact that he was coming to TNA was mentioned every five minutes on every Impact from the date of his signing until his debut in January, with commentary on already taped shows re-dubbed to mention it. You can imagine how annoying that quickly became.
  • Towards the end of the year TNA began to hype up their first ever tour of Australia, with Jeff Jarrett even visiting the country and holding several "auditions" of sorts in different states for selected applicants to perform at that state's house show as either a wrestler or a manager. The tour would ultimately be cancelled shortly after Hulk Hogan debut, two months after his own tour of Australia coincidentally enough.

2010

I can't see shit.

January 4, 2010: The Night TNA Changed Forever Into Hogan's Playground

  • At the very beginning of the show, footage was aired of fans bashing WWE and talking up TNA.
  • An X-Division Asylum match opened the show; to win the match, one of the participants had to climb up the domed cage structure and through the hole on the top. The cage's blinding red color made it nearly impossible to see anything going on in the ring, and even if anyone could see anything, the incompetent cameramen missed every single spot. Homicide attempted to climb out of the cage, but when he failed, he dropped down to the ring and hit everyone with a baton, causing a cage match to end in a No Contest. This resulted in very loud "THIS IS BULLSHIT" chants from the audience. TNA did this as its first salvo in a new "Monday Night War".
    • Jeff Hardy returned to TNA by randomly hitting Homicide with a chair following the Asylum match. Neither TNA nor Hardy ever explained the attack.
    • The second time Homicide attempted to climb the cage, he got stuck.
    • After the first round of "This Is Bullshit", the chanting was very noticeably censored. Instead of turning the audience mic down or just censoring the chant itself, production decided to blank the sound entirely upon every reiteration of the chant, making them look stupid in the process.
    • Vince Russo later defended this match, basically saying "Why can't there be a No Contest in a cage match?" despite the obvious logic fail.
  • TNA showed Hogan's arrival via limousine on its way to the Impact Zone. The footage clearly showed the limo driving around Universal Resort. Hogan arrived and said "I've been in the back all day". This ended up being edited out of the repeat showing.
  • During Eric Bischoff's first promo with the company, he asked SoCal Val to bring him the script for the night. He ripped the script up and threw it into the crowd, then he gave Val his version. Security went into the crowd during commercial and asked the fans to hand the ripped pages back (since Bischoff ripped up a real script).
  • Fans booed Hogan (who was still supposed to be a face) after he verbally attacked Jeff Jarrett (who was supposed to be the heel but acted like a face) following a heartfelt speech.
    • In this, Hogan accused Jarrett of being a famewhore who held young talent down for his own gain. This would be accurate and legitimate criticism of Jarrett, if it were coming from basically anybody besides Hogan. Most everybody saw it as a massive pot-kettle-black moment.
  • Bobby Lashley came out, randomly turned heel for no reason, and left the company a few weeks later.
    • When Lashley first joined TNA, an agreement between Strikeforce (the MMA promotion Lashley worked for) and TNA said Lashley could appear on either company's programming so long as he crosspromoted both companies. When rumors about Hogan and TNA began, Hulk appeared at a UFC event and put over the company. UFC planned on moving to Spike, and Strikeforce considered Hogan's appearance a breach of its verbal agreement with TNA; Strikeforce then disallowed Lashley from promoting TNA, then later pulled him from the show altogether.
    • After firing Lashley, Hogan and Bischoff proceeded to tell Ric Flair (who had also arrived during the show) that they couldn't fire him, because he'd signed his contract before they'd arrived. The obvious logic fail displayed was never addressed.
  • The Nasty Boys showed up and shredded their last tiny sliver of relevance to the wrestling industry. Despite general fan apathy, they stuck around and engaged in an awful feud with Team 3D, which led to the reveal that Brian Knobbs couldn't even cut a promo without getting winded.
  • Prior to the show, TNA advertised a match between Samoa Joe and Abyss. Once the show started, Rhino replaced Joe, and the match turned into a Barbed Wire Match. During the show, a backstage attack forced Rhino out of action, and TNA replaced him with Samoa Joe. Joe and Abyss then proceeded to have a regular singles match.
    • TNA also advertised a tag team between The British Invasion and Beer Money, but this match actually didn't take place, due to Beer Money also being attacked backstage.
  • Bubba the Love Sponge, an obese radio host and longtime friend of Hulk Hogan (ex-friend now), served as the show's interviewer; he tried to use the whole show to get himself over, as opposed to the people he was supposed to be interviewing.
  • Mick Foley spent the whole show attempting to get into the iMPACT Zone despite security doing its best to keep him out -- while numerous other uninvited guests (including Scott Hall, Sean Waltman, and the Nasty Boys) managed to get in with little problem. Hall and Waltman actually attacked security (and were not punished for doing so), while Bubba the Love Sponge ran interference to get the Nastys in.
  • OBD and Tara wrestled a godawful (and ridiculously short) match due to ODB busting one of her breast implants. TNA decided to show this match without any opposition from WWE to potential new fans -- and put on an awesome tag team match (Awesome Kong & Hamada vs. Sarita & Taylor Wilde) on the second half of the show (when Raw was on). None of the four women in the tag team match showed up regularly on TV again after this show, and Sarita only started showing up again thanks to Rosita and the Mexican America group.
  • Throughout the night, TNA showed the Beautiful People playing strip poker with Val Venis Sean Morley in an attempt to keep people from switching to Raw. Nobody cared.
  • Orlando Jordan made his debut by interrupting a backstage interview with D'Angelo Dinero, and despite Tenay and Tazz hyping him up as a big star, nobody cared. Jordan went on a winning streak for a while, then he underwent his infamous gimmick change and his momentum died faster than Owen Hart.
  • Numerous commercial breaks plagued the show's main event. At one point, Tenay said TNA would stick with the main event to the finish with absolutely no commercial breaks -- then followed up by transitioning into the next commercial break.
  • Rather than ending the night with Angle & Styles' fantastic main event match, TNA ended the show with a segment featuring Hogan, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Sean Waltman, and Mick Foley talking.
Christopher Daniels went from having MOTY main event matches to feuding with Sean Morley. And losing. Clean.

Genesis 2010

  • Hogan and Bischoff opened the show by introducing the traditional four-sided ring. The crowd shit all over the entire segment, loudly chanting "WE WANT SIX SIDES". Hogan responded by burying TNA's history (much like he did on January 4th with Jarrett), which resulted in more boos. Hogan and Bischoff then resorted to insulting Vince McMahon to get the fans cheering again.
    • None of the roster was informed of the ring change until they arrived at the arena and saw it. This was gross negligence on TNA's part, as matches had to be changed to accomodate the change in ring and injuries could've resulted from the roster not being prepared for the switch.
  • To reward Christopher Daniels for his series of great main event matches leading to the turn of 2010, Hulk Hogan brought in his buddy Sean Morley to feud with the Fallen Angel. The former WWF enhancement talent, now severely out of shape, beat Christopher Daniels clean at Genesis. Even though Morley was playing the face and Daniels the heel, the fans absolutely refused to get behind him. The crowd was so mad that Morley was put over clean that several fans could be seen turning their backs on the ring, as if they were turning their backs on TNA. Morley had two more matches after this before leaving and Daniels was reduced to obscurity before getting released.
Fan reaction to Venis' win over Daniels
  • Despite being fired by the WWE nearly a year before, Mr. Kennedy debuted as a "major acquisition", now billed as Mr. Anderson. The fans proceeded to loudly chant "overrated" during his match with Abyss.
    • Scott Hall had no-showed two TNA PPVs in the past at this point. But this was of no concern to TNA as they simply brought him back for a third time and had him compete in another PPV match at Genesis. Hall tried on his wrestling trunks, realized how fat he was, and pulled out of yet another match just hours before showtime.
    • TNA was so butthurt over the reaction they got during Genesis that they had Senior Director of Production Steve Small sent out to address them. Small explained that they must tell a story to the audience by reacting to the show properly, not chanting offensive words and branded the crowd as "cast members". This enraged a lot of the iMPACT Zone regulars and actually led to many people who had been showing up for years never going back again. Since then, many obvious plants can be seen in the crowd (most noticeably several hot girls in the front row who only cheer when the camera's directly on them). The formerly rowdy iMPACT Zone crowd soon became dead enough that in 2011, unbearably loud canned crowd noise would be pumped in all the time during taped shows (despite the cameras clearly showing the crowd not making any noise), and the move in 2013 to finally leave it and get iMPACT! on the road was greeted with universal approval.
    • Kurt Angle vs. AJ Styles had a stipulation that if Angle lost, he would never get a TNA title shot again as long as Styles was champion. Angle lost. The next night, Hogan "changed his mind" on the stipulation and did Angle vs. AJ AGAIN for the third consecutive time. This one ended in Montreal Screwjob Rehash #139 with, of course, Earl Hebner as referee. Nobody cared.

The Monday Night Wars Massacre

  • From 3rd March 2010 to 17th June 2010 iMPACT! failed to get a 1.0 in the ratings. Three shows managed a 0.99 and the lowest of these numbers was a 0.62 against the Wrestlemania 26 post show.
  • Ric Flair began managing AJ Styles after his debut. Soon after AJ began getting billed as "The New Nature Boy" and started wearing flamboyant robes to the ring. The Nature Boy gimmick didn't end up sticking as it didn't fit with Styles and there was little chemistry between him and Flair.
  • ODB & Tara had two consecutive one week reigns each, bouncing the title four times between each other.
  • Roxxi Laveaux became a consistent force in the Knockout's Division. At the New Year's Knockout Tournament, Roxxi snapped her ankle in a match, but worked through the injury till the finish. Dixie Carter praised her on Twitter for being a trooper. TNA rewarded her by releasing her before she recovered.
    • Roxxi returned to TNA on May 20, 2010. After gaining momentum and even pinning Knockouts Champion Madison Rayne, she got a shot at the Knockouts Championship at the following PPV. Unbeknownst to her, the PPV would be her last night with the company. Upon arriving to the arena she was informed that she had been released and she was dismissed after her match with Rayne. This run with the company lasted less than a month.
Hah, that'll put a lot of butts in the seats.
  • Orlando Jordan got an extremely over the top bisexual gimmick, a version of which he'd been pitching to WWE before he was fired from there. This included such segments as him pouring semen-like liquid on himself, descending from the top of the arena wrapped in caution tape and talking dirty to a cardboard cutout of Rob Terry. Jordan, who is bisexual in real life, defended the gimmick by saying that he hoped it would "help troubled teens." Of course, it had the opposite effect. Much like the Rainbow Express in early TNA, Jordan was portrayed as a freak and Tenay & Taz both acted completely disgusted with everything he did. After the gimmick was poorly received, he was taken off television before having a short lived comedy tag team with Eric Young.
    • Jordan also debuted a pair of valets, one male and the other female. TNA had sadly mistaken bisexuality for polyamory, which they were soundly mocked and blasted for. This aspect of his character was short-lived, as the male valet was fired after an incident with Ric Flair and the female valet disappeared. She would reappear several years later, sans gimmick, as Brittany.
  • Homicide delivered a brutal unprotected chairshot to Rob Terry which busted Terry open the "hard way" as a means of putting Terry over as a monster. The segment caused controversy as it aired two days after the suicide of Chris Kanyon, a suicide many speculated was linked to concussions suffered throughout his career. Lance Storm quit watching TNA after the incident and wrote a blog about it entitled "TNA: I'm Done". Dave Meltzer and Bryan Alvarez called for whoever wrote the segment to be fired during their podcast.
  • A fat ninja constantly interfered in matches to attack AJ Styles. This went on for several months. It's eventually revealed to be Tomko, who claimed he taught AJ everything he needed to know before becoming champion, despite AJ being a 3-time TNA Champion prior to Tomko even coming to TNA. AJ and Tomko had one match and Tomko was returned to jobberhood.
    • The arrival of Hogan and co. killed this off, so they could turn AJ heel and put him with Flair. Tomko would soon be booted again.
  • During a radio interview, Hulk Hogan claimed with a straight face that Abyss was the next John Cena. In this same interview, Bischoff decided to bash Chris Jericho and say that he didn't draw a dime.
  • Abyss became Hulk Hogan's buddy on TV following that very radio interview. Hogan rewarded Abyss with his WWE Hall of Fame ring. With Abyss holding the ring, he was suddenly more powerful and had the ability to slam people through wrestling rings. But if that wasn't bad enough, Ric Flair got into this feud too which lead to a match challenging Hogan & Abyss to put his Hall of Fame ring against his. That's right. A main event match was hyped up by TNA that involved the main prize being WWE Hall of Fame rings.
    • After Hogan & Abyss earned Flair's ring, they gave it to Jay Lethal. Jay Lethal was promptly given a push against Flair, got quite over, only for creative to run out of ideas and send him straight back into the X-Division jobbin' to Robbie E. He was eventually released a few months later, which pissed off much of the roster and was actually used as an onscreen reason for Fortune turning on Immortal.
  • Joe was kidnapped by ninjas and was off TV for over a month. Even after returning the ninjas were never explained.
    • Between Joe's kidnapping and his return, a single pretape was broadcast, with him declaring that "They have spoken". No explanation was given for this, and Abyss soon started saying those exact same words.
      • It was eventually said that the kidnapping was to cover for Joe being suspended for complaining about a match he'd been part of, and that he was originally going to be put in Immortal but was nixed because he was still getting cheered for beating people up.
  • TNA built up "Pope" D'Angelo Dinero as the next big face of TNA. His Black Pope gimmick became extremely over with the fans and he had a reputation of putting on some fantastic matches. After giving him a huge upset victory over AJ Styles, TNA made him #1 Contender for LockDown. This was followed up by Pope losing cleanly to Orlando Jordan and taking a backseat role on the show so Team Hogan vs. Team Flair could be hyped up for LockDown. Pope lost at the PPV and was reduced to midcard before having a terrible heel run, completely milking him dry of all momentum.
  • Also at Lockdown, Kazarian won the X-Division title, which had been vacated at the last second because Doug Williams was stuck in the UK following the eruption of an Icelandic volcano. Kazarian held the belt for almost a whole month, but there is no photographic evidence of this reign because the belt was still in Williams' possession. Once a rematch was put together at Sacrifice, Kazarian lost it right back to Williams.
  • Eric Bischoff made Jarrett clean bathrooms, flip burgers, and come to the ring without entrance music as part of their feud. These shenanigans were supposed to be degrading. At one point in the feud Bischoff opened a live iMPACT by treating the audience to a guitar solo only to be predictably hit in the head with the guitar by Jarrett at the end of the segment.
  • Sean Waltman no-showed LockDown. This made TNA PPV #3 that Waltman no-showed. However, management knew weeks in advance that he would not be able to participate due to medical testing results they had on file stating that he was positive for hepatitis c. In Missouri, that makes it impossible to secure a license to wrestle. Rather than remove him from the card and pull him from all advertisements, they waited until the PPV went on the air and Taz was fed the line to say (against his will): "Its just X-Pac being X-Pac". Sean Waltman later stated adamantly that he hadn't been a fuck up for many years, yet he didn't hold the remark against Taz because he was aware of the way TNA buries people.
  • After weeks of suffering abuse at the hands of The Band, Eric Young joined them. His motives were never explained and no reason was ever given. Young went on to hold the TNA Tag Team Championship with The Outsiders under the Freebird Rule after Nash cashed in his Money in the Bank Feast or Fired contract. That's right, Hall and Nash were tag team champions in the year 2010.
    • The Band weren't the champs very long as Scott Hall was arrested ten days after they won. Hall was arrested for disorderly conduct after being drunk in public. When asked where Hall worked he replied that he was unemployed despite being a reigning champion in TNA. TNA released Hall and then stripped Nash and Young of the titles even though Nash and Young handled nearly all of the action and Hall contributed little to their matches.
  • TNA signed Rosie Lottalove, an obese Knockout fresh out of Team 3D training school. She seriously injured Daffney in her tryout match by sitting on her face, but TNA hired her anyway. She only wrestled a few more matches for the company before they released her, reportedly because she was terrible. TNA refused to pay for Daffney's medical bills related to this accident as well as the aforementioned barbwire board accident she had suffered a few months earlier. As a result she filed a lawsuit, which was eventually settled out of court.
    • Although the Daffney incidents were huge black eyes for Dixie's reputation and all of TNA management, the blame was placed on Terry Taylor, Head of Talent Relations and one of Dixie's known stooges, and Taylor was released from the company. Taylor was replaced by Bruce Prichard, a former WWE Producer (also responsible for portraying Brother Love), who had bashed TNA in an interview before he joined the company and reportedly wasn't well-received in the back. Ironically, Terry Taylor returned to the WWE in a backstage role around this time as well.
  • Matt Morgan went off the deep end a bit after putting Hernandez on the shelf, declaring himself the sole tag champion and referring to himself in the Royal We, leading to many jokes that he'd somehow become Venom. Despite actually being recognized as the sole tag champion, for some reason he still had to enlist people to defend the titles with. This was never explained and quietly dropped after Morgan lost the tag titles.
The longest reigning champion in TNA, AJ Styles, dropped the title to a newly debuted RVD. RVD vs. Styles -- considered a "dream" match for years with many fantasy bookers, was thrown together with no hype on free television.
  • Dixie Carter went back on her promise and became an onscreen character. She gave a performance so wooden that it made Linda McMahon look like Meryl Streep.
  • Destination X 2010 ended with Flair, AJ, and Desmond Wolfe literally falling into a hole in the ring.
  • After returning in March Sting turned heel and began spouting off cryptic nonsense practically every week. He then donned the red Wolfpack facepaint and was in the worst shape of his entire career, having to wear a t-shirt in every match. All of his actions were supposed to warn us about the formation of the Immortal faction (see below) but it was dragged out for over half a year and by the time everything came to fruition nobody cared.
  • RVD debuted in ridiculous fashion. After being revealed as Sting's mystery opponent, he pinned him in around 10 seconds with a crossbody and rolling thunder. The fans went wild for him, but all of this excitement was killed stone dead when Sting took the bat and delivered a seemingly neverending beatdown. Security inexplicably prevented Hogan from getting involved, choosing to let Sting beat RVD down as much as he wanted. Sting then hit Hogan with the bat to end the segment, leaving the focus squarely on Sting and Hogan. What a way to debut a big name acquisition.
    • It was circulated after the show that Sting was rehabbing from shoulder surgery and Hogan was late to the ring. Facepalms all around.
  • RVD was signed to a contract where he was only contractually obligated to make a certain number of appearances. That didn't stop TNA from making AJ (the longest reigning TNA Champ in history at that point) drop the belt to him on a random iMPACT with zero hype. When the number of appearances RVD made caught up with them they wrote him off TV by having Abyss attack him with Janice. The result was, as Joey Styles best put it, "I’ve seen wood chipper victims who were less of a mess than RVD. Who books that crap?” We were told that RVD suffered head and spinal trauma, needed 115 stitches, and possibly punctured organs. As a result the title was vacated. RVD miraculously recovered from these life threatening injuries and easily defeated Abyss without much difficulty. He spent the next several months bitching about how he never lost the belt and demanding a title shot.
    • During his reign as champ, RVD outright stated in an interview that he wouldn't lose the title to anyone who didn't work during the Attitude Era and compared himself and Jeff Hardy to rock stars, pretty much burying the rest of the roster in the process. Nice choice of champ there, TNA.
"The Icon Sting wearing a Sting mask?" - Mike Tenay
  • RVD is hit with a chair by a man in the first row wearing a Sting mask. The man took off his mask, revealing himself to be... Sting.
Angelina Love won the Knockout's Title right from a box. Yes, this actually happened.
  • The Lock Box Challenge. Early in the night the Knockouts fought for keys. These keys were to open boxes in which they could either win: a contract which allowed them to make any match of their choosing, Tara's pet tarantula, a forced striptease, or the Knockouts title. Angelina unlocked the box with the title and became champion. Tara unlocked the box with her tarantula, and had to treat it like it was more important than the title. Apparently Russo and co. didn't learn from the infamous 49'ers Match in which Booker T literally won the WCW title out of a box in WCW 2000. Daffney, having unlocked the striptease, was forced to strip or else she would be fired. Although the striptease never happened (she was attacked by Lacey Von Erich midway through, who obliviously started stripping as a brawl erupted around her), she wasn't fired. Oh by the way, this closed the show.
    • Following the reveal, Velvet Sky challenged Angelina Love to a "Leather & Lace Match" for the next Impact. The next week, that match was changed to an I Quit match that ended in a no contest! ODB's infamous "What is happening to our division?!" tweet was sent during this match.
    • The contract allowed the holder to make any match of their choosing. For some reason, Velvet made it a non-title match.
  • Bischoff debuted his new concept - the ranking system voted on by TNA fans. The person who was #1 would earn a title shot. The IWC was quick to give Desmond Wolfe the landslide victory, mainly because the system they were using allowed multiple votes. Bischoff's response to this was to have Wolfe get squashed by RVD in minutes. They tried again the following week and Wolfe won again, only to get squashed again. The ranking system was then discontinued and Bischoff then took every opportunity to bash the IWC in any interview he did. Wolfe was rarely ever seen around the main event after this.
    • Where did Abyss, the guy Hogan said would be the next John Cena, rank in the fan poll? DEAD LAST. Even Rob Terry had more votes than Abyss.
  • After becoming Fourtune's manager, Flair began getting "iced" during interviews and after matches. TNA thought this would make him connect better with the younger TNA crowd. It didn't.
    • At one point, TNA management actually had to tell Flair to keep his clothes on while on TV, as they'd been getting complaints.
  • AJ Styles went from Main Eventer to midcard goon as the TV Champion while part of Fourtune.
  • TNA greenlit a segment in which James Storm spit a fireball at Jeff Hardy. Storm's fireball actually engulfed Hardy's face and left him with second degree burns. The scene was so gruesome that Spike TV cut it out of the live broadcast.

Abyss, Desmond Wolfe, and Chelsea

  • Abyss was shown laid out in the parking lot. Later in the night footage from the security cam shows that he was hit by a barely moving car. After this we are shown him leaving the iMPACT Zone area in an ambulance.
  • Abyss returned the next iMPACT and went back to normal like nothing ever happened until about a month later when Abyss got arrested for allegedly assaulting Chelsea, Desmond Wolfe's valet. The whole thing ended up being a setup by Wolfe to screw Abyss over. This should sound eerily familiar to the Goldberg/Elizabeth angle from WCW.
  • Desmond Wolfe then lost Chelsea's services to Abyss for a month. Chelsea was hysterical and had to be carried away from Wolfe forcefully by Abyss, the face in this equation.
    • In typical Beauty and the Beast fashion, Chelsea would eventually be won over by Abyss, just in time for her month with him to be up. She was then, again, reluctantly forced to manage someone she wanted nothing to do with.
  • Abyss kidnapped two of TNA's backstage personnel, then branded them with his branding iron -- Bob. He also introduced a 2x4 covered in nails -- Janice. For those uninitiated, Bob and Janice Carter are Dixie Carter's parents.

The Kong and Bubba Blunder

BtLS seen here after receiving a stiff punch from Mick Foley.
  • TNA hired obnoxious radio host/Howard Stern wannabe/Hogan buttbuddy Bubba the Love Sponge after Hulk Hogan's TNA debut; a couple of months later, Bubba said "Fuck Haiti" on Twitter (in regards to the earthquake that devastated Haiti). Awesome Kong, who had been a driving force in raising funds for Haiti within the wrestling community, got into an altercation with Bubba. Several wrestlers who witnessed this altercation confirmed that Kong beat the living fuckshit out of Bubba; these wrestlers, including Hogan himself, unanimously described the beating as one of the most brutal and one-sided locker room shoot fights they had seen in the past thirty years. For her transgressions, Kong was suspended and sent home; when TNA refused to release her upon request, she decided to refuse to take part in the United Kingdom tour. After a threatening phone call from Bubba and a refusal from TNA to increase pay within the Knockouts Division, TNA finally released Kong -- then decided to strip Kong and her partner Hamada of the TNA Knockouts Tag Team Title (the on-screen explanation given was that they had not defended them within the past thirty days, but they had actually defended them 21 days prior). Hamada all but disappeared from TNA television after this, and she was later released.
    • As for the fat fuck that got Kong fired: Bubba got released in April, not long after Kong's release. What did he do to deserve getting shitcanned by TNA, when "Fuck Haiti" wasn't enough? He ambushed Kong during an interview on another radio show and spouted racist and sexist slurs at her. The host of the radio show was one of Bubba's friends and had planned the ambush with him. Once the interview hit the Internet, his release was immediately announced and celebrated by the great majority of the Internet. On the plus side, Bubba's last on-screen appearance in TNA saw him getting punched in the face by Mick Foley.

TNA ReACTION or How I Learned to Gain a Third Hour and Alienate Fans

  • On April 12th TNA ReACTION began as an hour long program following iMPACT!, the show did two pilots and Spike showed interest in airing the show weekly.
    • The show initially was an "after the storm" show with improvised dialogue from the wrestlers who were filmed in a cinema-verite style (read: shaky camera hidden from view angle) with other more promo style interviews. This was a complete change from most of modern wrestling where promos had deliberate segments and were filmed with clear shots.
    • ReACTION was pushed back from May, to June, to July before eventually debuting in August.
    • Instead of the original follow up format, iMPACT! began to use the show as a third hour. As a result most main events on iMPACT start five minutes before the end of the show and then Mike Tenay/Taz told viewers to stay tuned for ReACTION!. The problem here was that ReACTION only aired in the USA and Canada meaning the rest of the world didn't get any main events. Secondly anyone with DVRs who forgot to record ReACTION also missed out on their main events.
    • After just twenty episodes, Spike dropped the show in December. The reason for this was long rumored that Spike was upset that ReACTION was killing the ratings boost iMPACT gave whatever show on after it. (As much as a dig at Spike really)
      • Another nail in the ReACTION coffin was that the style of promos it used was integrated onto iMPACT! proper, which resulted in most of the stuff that would've been on it airing on the main show anyway.

Hardcore Justice and EV2.0

  • Paul Heyman was in talks with TNA to join the company. However, he wanted full control of the company aspects, and wanted to get rid of all the veterans aside from one guy to stand out (if you're over 40 I'll rip your fucking head off) while building a younger, talented roster. Spike TV were fine with it, TNA was fine with it, but Dixie Carter was not due to her loyalty to these veterans as well as people who would be fired such as Vince Russo. The deal fell apart and TNA continued to go backwards instead of forwards.
    • Heyman later let slip that he would've tried to steal Daniel Bryan Danielson away from WWE after Tiegate happened and build him up as an unstoppable submission machine for an eventual match with Kurt Angle. Your inner mark is now weeping for what might've been.
  • It's worth noting how Dixie came up with this incredibly unique idea. TNA decided to have a focus group to ask a handpicked group of fans what they want to see in wrestling. Most of them said they missed the days of ECW. Oh yeah, and this focus group was held in Philadelphia.
  • Tommy Dreamer was shown in the crowd for a few weeks. At first he appeared alone but he was joined by more ECW alumni each week. Eventually the group of ECW originals jumped the guardrail and attacked members of the TNA roster. The week after this Dixie Carter threw her support, not in favor of the TNA roster, but behind the ECW originals (saying that she invited them) and agreed to give them their own PPV. Dreamer announced that the stable of ECW originals would be called EV2.0 but never bothered to explain what that stood for. It was later explained that EV in EV2.0 stood for "Extreme Violence" and that the 2.0 was used because the word dub is slang for two, so eventually people were supposed to chant "EV Dub!" so that it sounded like fans were chanting "ECW". Very few fans caught on to the joke.

Hardcore Justice

  • For some reason the iMPACT zone was lit with weird blue lighting. It was supposed to make the show seem ECWized. It didn't work.
  • Taz opened the show to get the crowd fired up. He later admitted in an interview that he wants everybody to move on from ECW and that he was not in favor of another ECW reunion.
  • Due to WWE owning a majority of ECW's trademarks TNA had to rename many of the performers. This also included the actual brand "ECW" which they weren't allowed to say on the night. Mike Tenay opened the PPV by saying "Some of you might remember a certain promotion associated with the letters ECW, well we aren't allowed to mention it but you'll get a fresh reminder tonight".
  • Bald Sabu, Skinnyish Balls Mahoney (or Kahoneys as he was billed), and an aging bleach blonde Raven were among the wrestlers who competed.
  • Kahoneys and Brother Ray had a lightsaber duel in the middle of their match.
  • Many ECW originals paid tribute to Joey Styles. Styles responded by ripping TNA every chance he gets.
  • Some of the originals who returned for one night were reportedly paid around $250 for their appearance. Many in the industry were critical of Dixie Carter because this PPV was estimated to have sold 3 to 4 times better than the average TNA PPV and she had the ECW originals to thank for that, whom she rewarded with a light paycheck.
  • Tommy Dreamer and Raven's match caused controversy when Dreamer bled in front of his two young children.
  • RVD was set to face Jerry Lynn in a rematch from his most fabled rivalry. Lynn was replaced by Sabu due to an injury.
  • Brother Ray asked the fans to thank Dixie Carter for allowing this night to be possible. "Thank you Dixie" and "Fuck you Vince" chants filled the iMPACT Zone moments before the show went off the air.
  • Despite Hardcore Justice being billed as "The last stand", EV2.0 remained with the company for the rest of the year and even picked up a victory over Fortune at Bound for Glory. Again despite this, Fortune remained all powerful in the following weeks, whereas EV2.0 quietly disappeared throughout the course of the year.
  • The original PPV card was moved to the Impact after the PPV, billed as "The Whole F'n Show", and was much better received than the PPV, especially for the last match in the Beer Money/Motor City Machine Guns best-of-5 series.

Bound For Glory (Prelude + Aftermath)

  • At No Surrender Kurt Angle wrestled Jeff Hardy in the semi-finals of the TNA World Championship Tournament, with the stipulation that if Angle lost he would have to retire. The match, which featured Kurt Angle kicking out of Jeff Hardy's Swanton Bomb 3 times to little crowd reaction, ended in a time limit draw, only for Eric Bischoff to react to the crowd and order the match get 5 more minutes as they seek to find a winner. After another 5 minutes, there was still no winner, so Bischoff demanded another 5 minutes. After all this, there is still no winner, so the match was announced as a draw after all. The two wrestled in a rematch on iMPACT on September 16th, which also resulted in a draw, prompting the announcement that both Hardy and Angle would wrestle for the title at Bound For Glory in a triple threat match with Mr. Anderson.

Before The Glory

  • The show started with Abyss taking Dixie hostage. A camera crew followed closely behind the two of them as they headed to the ring. Although they passed several people on their way to the ring, nobody (including the camera crew) seemed too eager to help free their boss from Abyss until Eric Bischoff saved the day.
    • Bischoff and Hogan tricked Dixie (kayfabe) into signing a contract which gave them full power over TNA. She thought she was signing papers to get Abyss fired. What happened to Dixie, the smart and powerful businesswoman who would, you know, check the fine print of shit like that?
  • Ric Flair and Mick Foley had a pretty gruesome Last Man Standing match. These two veterans were given more time than any other singles match on the card.
  • Robbie E. and Cookie made their long awaited debut! Nobody cared, Atomic X-Pac heat, etc. To make matters worse, the Robbie E. character was created to bring interest in from fans of The Jersey Shore. Robbie E. debuted on TNA on Spike TV while The Jersey Shore was airing on MTV making that impossible. See Jwoww's appearance below for more
    • Prior to their debut, they reportedly competed in a dark match against Shannon Moore and Christina Von Eerie that was termed the Worst Dark Match Ever, which included Moore laughing his head off at Cookie.
  • The main event was the $100,000 Gauntlet Battle Royal. The match was pretty much the Royal Rumble-lite featuring Bound For Glory participants. Kevin Nash was visibly most uninterested and showed up in street clothes.


  • The Bound for Glory PPV poster was released several months before the event. It featured Kurt Angle, Mr. Anderson, and Jeff Hardy next to each other. This spoiled the main event months before it was officially announced. The other wrestlers on the poster were Jeff Jarrett, Sting, and Hulk Hogan leaving no TNA originals featured. The average age of everybody on the poster is 43 years old.
They're*
  • TNA held its Bound for Glory 2010 PPV at the Ocean Center in Daytona, Florida; the same arena that Hulk Hogan turned heel in at Bash at the Beach 1996. They ended up getting 3,500 in attendance, the majority of which was papered in with free tickets. The PPV ended with Hogan (who was apparently not in the arena due to recovering from back surgery) struggling to get into the ring to argue with Eric Bischoff who brought a chair with him after everyone was knocked out and a ref bump happened. Instead, Jeff Hardy stepped up, took Hogan's crutches and smashed them over Angle and Anderson, picking up the win. Jeff turned heel, and "they" was revealed to be himself, Hogan, Bischoff, Jeff Jarrett and Abyss. So basically they redid Bash at the Beach, complete with the trash throwing at the end.
The people who actually bought tickets to the PPV

iMPACT 10/14/10

  • A nearly 45 minute promo opened the show, which spanned two commercial breaks. Hogan and Bischoff formally announced the creation of the Immortal faction and Jeff Hardy consolidated his heel turn. Kevin Nash left the company and Sting decided to disappear again. Fourtune, which had been feuding with Hogan for quite some time, joined Immortal too for some reason.
  • When they finally got around to the first match of the night Tara voluntarily laid down to be pinned by Madison Rayne to win the Knockouts title in Tara's first title defense.
  • Dixie Carter snuck into Bischoff and Hogan's office and called Bischoff a "smug shit". She later thanked Spike TV in a tweet for letting her swear on television. This promo closed with Dixie's husband Serg getting punched in the face by Gunner and Murphy while she screamed his name at the top of her lungs.
  • Abyss and Joe wrestled a two minute match before Abyss got himself DQ'd by using the bell as a weapon.
  • Kurt went back on his promise to retire if he lost a match due to the ending to his match at BFG. Jeff Jarrett came out to shoot on his relationship with Karen thus beginning their feud which would last for nearly nine months.
  • Jwoww of Jersey Shore fame was paid $15,000 to make one appearance on iMPACT. Many in the TNA locker room were angered by the news as the Knockouts were reportedly very underpaid, often having to take second jobs to make ends meet. TNA did get some free publicity, however, as Jwoww and Jersey Shore cast members hyped up the appearance and told their fans to check out TNA from 8-9 (but to turn the channel at 9 since the season premiere of Jersey Shore would be starting). TNA decided to do the neverending Hogan/Bischoff segment to start that show off and start the Jersey Shore segment at 9:00, directly competing with the actual Jersey Shore. Predictably, they lost.
    • A few months later TNA did the same thing with Angelina (another Shore castmember) with a similar $15,000 payout for one appearance.
  • Due to Nash and Sting walking out of the company Pope was punished by Immortal for being their partner at Bound for Glory and was booked in a 5 on 1 handicap match with Fourtune in which Fourtune actually cheated to win. Pope was pulled off TV completely shortly after this.
  • Ken Anderson and RVD had a match to decide who the number one contender would be. Bischoff came down and took the referee to the back with him. Hardy then came down with a chair and attacked both of them with it to close the show, making the match end in a no contest.
  • The entire show featured only six minutes of wrestling in two hours. If you count the main event going long into ReACTION then that brings the total up to 16 minutes for three hours of wrestling.

Other Fallacies

  • Matt Morgan vs Hernandez: Round I
  • MATT MORGAN VS HERNANDEZ: ROUND II (TNA refused to accept they have no chemistry together)
  • MATT MORGAN VS HERNANDEZ: ROUND III THIRD TIME'S A CHARM (that's not a guarantee) WHEN YOU'RE IN A CAGE (also, their face/heel alignment was switched). It still didn't work, and never will.
  • Eric Bischoff forgot the name of the Ultimate X match and booked Mr. Anderson in an "X-Division" match with Kazarian. Everyone involved apparently forgot the rules to Ultimate X, as Anderson almost won by using a ladder (a match originally billed as No Limits, No Ladders).
  • TNA did a round of drug tests in early autumn of 2010. Several wrestlers knew they were going to fail before the tests came back and were scared of getting reprimanded. Wrestlers with failed drug tests were simply informed that their test came back positive for illegal substances but no disciplinary action was taken. No other tests were done.
  • WWE banned chair shots to the head and issued fines to those wrestlers that do it. TNA responded by having a chairshot every two or three matches. Turns out WWE banned them because of the potential health hazards with repetitive concussions (see Bret Hart). TNA's repeated chairshots resulted in Ken Anderson getting a concussion from Jeff Hardy braining him with a chair. To their credit TNA banned all chairshots to the head after the Anderson incident. Matt Morgan then began a kayfabe crusade for concussion awareness stemming from the fiasco, even though he had been kicking people's heads into the ringpost (and bragging about it) weeks earlier.
  • When Bischoff turned heel, he turned on his sexretary Miss Tessmacher and told her she would have to fight as a Knockout to stay employed. Tessmacher then sought the help of wrestling novice Lacey Von Erich to learn how to wrestle. The angle was quickly scrapped when Lacey was released from the company and Tessmacher broke her jaw, and was rendered completely pointless after Tessmacher's return, in which she showed she was much better than Von Erich had ever hoped to be in-ring.
  • Ric Flair admitted to having sex with a horse during a promo on the November 18th episode of iMPACT.
  • On this same episode, Hogan cut a long, uncomfortable promo in which he destroyed the fourth wall and declared that they were throwing kayfabe out the window and that "34 fake titles" mean nothing, burying Team 3D, the winners of those 34 Tag Team titles. In a fit of borderline hilarity, once Victory Road 2011 came along and Jeff Hardy got himself in trouble by showing up for the main event with visions of fried eggs dancing in his head, Hogan chose Bully Ray of Team 3D to push as the next big thing. Hogan's crapping all over Bully and his partner was never mentioned.
  • As a prelude to Victory Road 2011 (see below) TNA officials almost pulled Jeff Hardy from the main event of Turning Point after suspecting him to be unfit to compete. Hardy told officials he was simply exhausted from being on the road and they ultimately let him perform. Matt Morgan somehow carried Hardy to a watchable match although Hardy spent a sizable portion of the match laying on his back.

2011

  • On 4th January, TNA sent Beer Money, Rob Van Dam and Jeff Hardy to NJPW's Tokyo Dome show. Whilst the Beer Money and Rob Van Dam matches were ok, Jeff Hardy's TNA World Title defense against No Limit member Naito was incredibly bad. As a result, NJPW had not used TNA talent in any of their shows since. Since then, they have severed their working relationship with TNA and arranged one with Jeff Jarrett's Global Force Wrestling (see below).
  • During Ken Anderson's first promo as TNA World Champion he took several digs at the WWE, including bitching about how WWE banned him from chewing gum. TNA had to shoot the promo twice as they thought he didn't make enough potshots in the first take.
  • Matt Hardy debuted at Genesis with a hairdo similar to Tyler Reks'. During the match, Tenay pointed out Hardy's position as a trending topic on Twitter -- and failed to mention Tyler Reks trending right below Hardy.
  • TNA made obvious plans to have the Main Event Mafia reunite to face down Immortal. After Booker T and Kevin Nash were contacted to make an appearance, both showed up in the WWE at its Royal Rumble event just days before the planned MEM reunion, forcing TNA to drastically alter its plans.
    • Booker had problems with TNA after he joined the company; he also didn't approve of TNA's decision to partner up with Team 3D's school as a training facility instead of his own. He was eventually branded "the most selfish man in the company".
    • Nash, on the other hand, walked into Dixie's office the Friday before the Royal Rumble to hand in his notice. Dixie granted his release, despite knowing he planned to sign with WWE. Nash had issues with his pay (of course), but he also had issues with the storyline. Creative contacted Nash and Steiner to say they planned to reunite the MEM; Nash agreed to return, so long as TNA made Immortal look like a legitimately dominating force (so the MEM would be on near-equal ground and the feud would mean something). The week before Nash left the company, TNA filmed an angle where Crimson planted Abyss's nail-enhanced 2×4 into the back of Abyss (Immortal's muscle). Nash saw no point in returning when Immortal looked weaker and weaker with each passing week.
    • TNA's backup plan, having Fortune break away from Immortal, ironically enough was what the fans had wanted all along. It was very strongly received, especially the accompanying promos from AJ and Roode.
TNA airs a highly original video promo hyping the return of Sting. This aired just two weeks after Undertaker's 2.21.11 WWE return.
  • Following the 2/21/11 vignettes hinting at the return of The Undertaker, numerous reports said Sting had signed with WWE, which fueled rampant speculation about Sting's fate and who would actually come out on 2/21/11. (The Undertaker and Triple H ended up returning on the fated date.) Sting re-signed with TNA soon after the first vignette aired, but before he returned into an on-screen role, TNA aired videos identical to the 2/21/11 vignettes to hype Sting's return. The videos were widely panned and mocked as ripoffs. The 52-year-old Sting won the TNA World Heavyweight Championship on his first night back.

Against all Odds, Bad Booking, Snowstorms, and Falling off Ladders 2011

  • Robbie E. won a Number One Contendership Triple Threat against the Young Bucks via countout, mainly because the flights to Orlando were grounded due to a snowstorm.
    • TNA did make up for this by sending X-Division Championship Kazarian for a match with the new #1 Contender.
    • The Bucks got in trouble with TNA for having the decency to let their fans know they wouldn't be at the show via Twitter. Supposedly, TNA wasn't happy with them because it forced them to have to "come up with something on the fly". Nevermind that, because they'd booked both Bucks in the same triple threat, they had no choice but to declare Robbie E. the winner or anything like that.
  • Mickie James and Madison Rayne had a Last Woman Standing match where during the match for no reason the two women spent a minute under the ring before reappearing.
    • The finish involved Tara distracting Mickie so Madison could use brass knux on her. Madison also attempted a pin before the ref counted Mickie out.
  • Kurt Angle vs. Jeff Jarrett, a huge grudge match with almost two years of storyline where Kurt could regain custody of his children if he wins, opened with a lockup, continued as a standard wrestling match and ended with Jarrett pinning Kurt - clean.
    • Angle at the end of the match took off his boots and left them in the ring as a sign that he had retired, four months after Kurt said he'd retire if he lost the World Heavyweight Title at Bound for Glory.
  • Jeff Hardy vs. Ken Anderson (two of the safest workers ever amirite?) in a Ladder Match.
    • These guys nearly killed each other to the point where the finish almost legit killed them.
      • The plan was for Anderson to go for his finisher (The Mic Check) from the top of two ladders on Jeff. Jeff was going to hold onto the ladder and let Anderson fall off to the mat. Jeff would then grab the belt and win.
      • Instead Anderson fell off the ladder, Jeff reached out and fell off the ladder, and the two men clattered to the floor between the ladders. Jeff then just got up and pulled down the belt.
      • This was after Jeff had lost the belt a mere 30 days before and whilst Jeff was STILL on trial.
The Impact Zone began chanting "bullshit" after the finish. Sting responded by turning around and agreeing with them.

Victory Road 2011: Because I Got Exhausted High

  • TNA placed Kurt Angle on the PPV poster by himself. Kurt didn't even appear at the event.
  • The heated, personal feud between former ECW alumni Bully Ray and Tommy Dreamer culminated in a hardcore match where Dreamer hit Ray with a water bottle and a big yellow plush toy. The highlight of the match: Tommy used a blow-up doll as a weapon. Ray sold the attack and ended up in the 69 position with said doll.
  • The finish to Rosita and Sarita/Angelina and Winter was overly complex with a distracted ref (old, slow, and tired Earl Hebner no less), the belts being used as weapons, and a run in all at once.
  • Hernandez defeated Matt Morgan in a First Blood Match by using fake blood.
  • TNA played footage of the Jarretts throughout the night in order to hype Jeff and Karen Jarrett's feud with Kurt Angle. In the footage, Jarrett -- the heel in this feud -- took Angle's kids around Universal Resort and helped them have a good time.
  • The Young Bucks had a mini-feud where Max treated Jeremy like a bitch on his birthday. This culminated in an Ultimate X Match where Max treated Jeremy as a slave, Robbie E. brought a ladder into the match, and Kazarian won the match by retrieving the belt after climbing the ladder.
  • RVD faced off with Mr. Anderson for the #1 Contender spot at the next PPV. Due to their contrasting styles, they had a piss poor match; fans might have called it the worst match of the year if this show's main event hadn't happened. The match ended in a double countout and left no clear contender for the following month. Half the audience chanted "RESTART THE MATCH" in disgust, while the other half chanted "NO" in fear of having to watch these two wrestle again. Taz encouraged fans to tune into iMPACT to watch an expected rematch.
  • In the show's main event, Sting defeated Jeff Hardy to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship in less than ninety seconds. Jeff came out to the ring looking completely exhausted stoned out of his goddamned fucking mind and stumbled around the ring before getting in. The referee noticed Hardy flailing about and signaled "X" with his arms to the back. Eric Bischoff came out to make a last-minute audible (ostensibly telling Sting to end the match as quick as possible), clearly upset with Jeff's condition. Sting then forced Hardy into the Scorpion Death Drop and pulled Hardy into a pin.
    • When fans started chanting "bullshit" post-match, Sting turned to the crowd and yelled "I agree!" loud enough for home audiences to hear.
    • Since the PPV ended far earlier than expected, TNA played a recap of the PPV after the main event finished. The recap lasted longer than the actual main event.
    • TNA would own up and give people who paid for the PPV a "refund" in the form of six months of free access to their On Demand service. The idiot who made the call to send Hardy out for the match apparently kept their job.
    • The main event would go on to become the inaugural /wooo/ Disasterpiece Theatre match.


One of these men is a professional wrestler. The other is a WWE Hall of Famer.
  • Brian Kendrick proved how little control TNA exerted over its talent when he made an unpromoted, impromptu appearance on daytime game show The Price is Right. Kendrick won a popcorn machine and ended up on the main stage, but he never once mentioned his profession or who he worked for. TNA never hyped Kendrick's appearance, and the company refused to mention it afterwards since it would show how little they knew about what their own talent did.
    • One rumor said the popcorn machine Kendrick won accounted for 65% of TNA's annual income.
  • TNA billed Madison Rayne as "The Queen Bee of the Knockouts" and gave her the longest individual reign as Knockouts Champion. At Lockdown 2011, an injured Mickie James squashed Rayne in less than a minute; Madison's momentum died almost immediately, and she arguably never completely recovered from the humiliating loss.
  • Jay Lethal won the X Division Championship for the fourth time -- on a random episode of iMPACT with no buildup and a confetti-laden celebration. Lethal lost the title at a non-televised live event a few weeks later.
  • TNA booked AJ Styles vs. Douglas Williams for the TNA Television Title for Genesis, but when AJ suffered a knee injury, TNA put Abyss in his place. Abyss won the title at the PPV, but two weeks later, Crimson nailed Abyss with Janice (no pun intended), and Abyss disappeared from television. Five months later, TNA officially stripped Abyss of the TV Title -- one week before he returned to television.
  • Gunner debuted as one of Immortal's two security guards and randomly won the vacant TV Title on an episode of iMPACT -- even though nobody could tell the difference between Gunner and his equally bland partner, Murphy, despite the fact that Murphy was the taller of the two. They eventually started wearing their names on their ring gear.
  • TNA plugged Dixie Carter's Twitter on TV for several months -- but their advertising hit a snag when Twitter suspended her account for imitating a "verified account".
    • Twitter later un-suspended the account and verified it.
  • TNA signed Chyna to work with Kurt Angle in his feud with Jeff and Karen Jarrett, giving continuity to the Chyna/Jeff Jarrett feud nobody cared about in 1999. Chyna made two appearances -- one on iMPACT, one on Sacrifice -- before TNA forced her to choose between them and doing porn. She chose doing porn.
    • In her big return match at Sacrifice, Chyna nailed Karen Jarrett with a Pedigree. Mike Tenay, in a brilliant piece of commentary, called it as a "DDT-style move".
    • It was rumored that TNA's original choice for the role was Isis the Amazon, who'd managed a certain amount of infamy as Aloisia, the NXT competitor who'd been booted from that show and WWE not long before for failing to disclose that she'd done some racy photo shoots. That deal fell through fairly quickly, however.
  • "Wildcat" Chris Harris returned to TNA to team up with Matt Hardy at Sacrifice as challengers to Beer Money. Harris hadn't worked for a major promotion since his month-long run in WWE's ECW brand as Braden Walker -- and he hadn't lost any weight in the interim. Before the match started, the crowd chanted "Knock Knock! Who's there? Bra-den Wal-ker!" to mock Harris' WWE tenure. Harris and Hardy lost their match, and Harris (along with his expanding waistline) disappeared.
ROB DAM VAN! THE WHOLE SHOW FUCKIN'!
  • Misspelled merchandise images -- including "Eric Bishcoff" greeting cards and "RDV" T-shirts -- showed up on TNAShop.com and TNA's Facebook account.
  • Angelina Love started seeing Katie Lea (aka Katie Lea Burchill in WWE) in segments resembling the 1998 WCW vignette where Warrior appeared in a mirror to Hogan. TNA eventually revealed Katie Lea's new identity -- Winter -- and turned her into a psychotic lesbian pseudo-vampire who started drugging Angelina, turned her against Velvet Sky, and broke up The Beautiful People.
  • Immortal turned into an empty stable when Fortune left the group, TNA suspended Jeff Hardy, and Jeff Jarrett continued to feud with Kurt Angle. At Lockdown 2011, what was left of Immortal faced off against Fortune in a Lethal Lockdown Match. TNA billed the match as a winner-take-all situation where the winner would gain power in TNA. Fortune won and turned Immortal into a bloody mess in the process -- but on the very next iMPACT, Immortal remained in control of TNA.
  • TNA put together another "foreign heel" group in Mexican America. Unlike other such groups (including Team Canada and spiritual predecessor LAX), none of Mexican America's members could cut a promo or (in the case of Hernandez and Anarquia) wrestle a quality match. TNA spared half of the audience from at least watching Mexican America's in-ring segments by dropping a giant Mexican flag from the rafters, which obscured the audience's view. As an extra bit of irony: none of Mexican America's members were from Mexico. One, Sarita, even hailed from Canada.
    • After what seemed like forever, Mexican America quietly broke up. Anarquia was first kicked to OVW then fired (but not before being the cause of a horrendous botch that injured Chris Sabin), and the other three members were completely pulled off TV (and in Sarita and Rosita's cases, never came back, also not before Doug Williams nearly died of a broken neck in the ring because Hernandez badly botched a Border Toss). In his first post-Mexican America appearance, Christy Hemme announced Hernandez as being "one half of Mexican America".
  • After a number of referees left the company, Eric Bischoff gave a job to his son Garett, who worked under the name Jackson James. When company officials tried to deny Garett's real identity -- and the internet called the company on its nepotistic bullshit by revealing the truth -- Garett received a ton of heat from the talent. TNA attempted to turn Garett into a crooked ref who made rookie mistakes, but it soon dropped this idea and turned the actual reveal of Garett's real identity into a plot point at Bound for Glory 2011.
A typical TNA House Show.

Wrestling Matters Here, Brother! IT'S ALL FUCKING BLUE!

  • As a response to WWE backing away from the word "wrestling", TNA rebranded itself with the tagline "Wrestling Matters Here". In vignettes playing up the new tagline, the TNA roster took shots at "sports entertainers" and hyped up TNA's focus on wrestling -- and in another example of TNA failing to live up to the hype, the first episode of Impact following the debut of the new tagline featured less wrestling than the average episode of Raw. The show closed with a segment featuring Sting attacked by Mr. Anderson (who dressed up as '80s Sting), and it also featured segments such as Eric Young walking in on Gunner taking a shit, Eric Bischoff cleanly pinning one half of Generation Me (aka the Young Bucks), and Abyss winning the X-Division Championship.
  • In mid-2011, Jesse Neal tweeted about getting approved for food stamps. When a number of his followers accused him of making fun of people who rely on food stamps to feed themselves, Neal claimed he wasn't joking and he needed food stamps to help feed his family. His tweets became yet another indictment of TNA's reportedly low salaries.
    • Neal later retracted the tweets, even though tons of fans had already seen them.
    • Neal left the company some time afterward, after TNA wanted him to move to Kentucky to work in OVW, but wouldn't compensate him for the move.
  • TNA put up "Wrestling Matters" billboards in Stamford, Connecticut -- the home of WWE's headquarters and a city TNA had never run a show in before or since -- to take a jab at its competition.
  • The "name change" of TNA's chief program to Impact Wrestling confused fans and TNA employees alike, since nobody knew for sure if the company planned on changing its name to Impact Wrestling as well. At Slammiversary 2011, the ring still featured the Impact Wrestling graphics (despite not being advertised under the Impact Wrestling banner). At Hardcore Justice, the company finally bothered to change the ring back to TNA's traditional red colors. Eventually (a long time after the actual change), Dixie Carter finally clarified that it was just the show.
  • TNA replaced Jeremy Borash with Christy Hemme as its main ring announcer (Borash stayed around to announce main events). Hemme received a spotlight and screen time to announce the entrances -- but she proved horrible at her new job. She often said lines before entrances happened, and at Destination X, she botched Austin Aries' introduction by saying, "ALL THE WAY FROM....................IT'S AUSTIN ARIES!"
  • The Impact Zone crowd (better known as Impact Zoners) eventually gave up on the product and stopped reacting to anything. To deal with this problem, TNA placed a group of plants in the front row during every taping and began dubbing in loud canned crowd noise throughout the show without stopping. (TNA basically turned the SmackDown Hair Dryer up to "high" and left it on all night.) They also began to show camera shots of the "cast members", even though most of them did nothing.
  • Gunner won the TNA Television Title, then didn't defend it for two months. He ended up losing it to Eric Young on the same episode of Impact where Beer Money found a stand-in for an injured Robert Roode (so James Storm and his new partner could defend the TNA Tag Team Championship).
  • In response to WWE signing Mistico and debuting him as Sin Cara, TNA slapped Amazing Red into a bad luchador outfit to create the character Sangriento. The company made things worse when it called Sangriento a "Mexican sensation" prior to his TNA debut. The Sangriento gimmick didn't last long, and Red eventually left TNA once again.
  • Abyss became the X-Division Champion. He began to call the championship "the Xtreme Title" and quote Sun-Tzu's The Art of War before and after matches. Eric Bischoff dubbed Abyss the "X-Division Killer". After losing the title, TNA dropped all of these things and never mentioned them again.
"Hulk has a completely different aspect of the business, Eric has a different aspect of the business, Vince has a different aspect, Dixie has a different aspect ... There's this pot that's on the fucking kettle and me and Sean (Waltman) say 'hey man you know what would be good right now, some fucking venison chili' so we put some venison in and we put some chili beans in and we put some other shit in and we walk away. And then they grab it and say 'what is this a piss test?' and the two guys piss in it. Then Dixie says 'what is this a stool sample?' and she shits in it. Then fucking Russo goes 'what is this matzo ball soup?' he throws matzo balls in it ... There's just way too many fucking chips."
Kevin Nash explaining the problem with having too many cooks in the kitchen during a shoot.
  • On a Wednesday afternoon, Eric Bischoff got on Twitter and said people should stop criticizing him and Hulk Hogan. He said the changes they made to TNA never truly affect the on-screen product, and TNA's Internet critics make up only 10% of its total audience. Bischoff also said the ratings showed the true story ("The numbers don't lie"); to prove his point, that Thursday's edition of Impact Wrestling did a 1.01, the lowest rating of the year (to date).
  • Bully Ray vs. AJ Styles had a Last Man Standing match at Slammiversary. At the climax, AJ gave a bloodied Bully Ray an awesome diving elbow drop off a stage truss through a table. The crowd went nuts; even the commentators went nuts. Then Ray pushed AJ with his foot and sent AJ stumbling into TNA's cheap set. Bully Ray won the match.
  • Ken Anderson won and lost the World Title twice this year at this point. He had also turned heel and face so many times by the end of the year no one knew what he was or how to use him.
  • ODB and Jackie Moore randomly re-debuted and attacked Velvet Sky blaming her for the declining quality of the Knockouts division. The obvious logic fail of them not going after management instead was not addressed. Despite "not being under contract", security did little to stop them from interfering in Velvet's matches. It got to the point where, despite "not being under contract", they received more TV time than the other Knockouts. The angle ended with the two teaming up with Velvet to fight Madison Rayne, Angelina Love, and Winter for no reason. Jackie left TNA shortly after never to be seen again, while ODB reappeared later in the year as a face.
Sting transforms into The Joker.
  • Sting became The Joker. Seriously. After his gimmick change gathered slight interest from fans, TNA booked Sting to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship from Mr. Anderson less than a month after he initially lost it.
    • This happened on the Impact after Destination X. Earlier in the evening, Sting appeared in the ring with three "clowns", who he referred to as his backup. Throughout the night, the "clowns" attacked members of Immortal. Gunner eventually was cornered by four "clowns", who unmasked and revealed themselves to be AJ Styles, James Storm, Kazarian, and Chris Daniels. During the main event, Bully Ray ended up getting attacked by a fifth "clown"; after Sting won the world title, he found out who wore the final "clown" mask: Kurt Angle.
  • When CM Punk became the hottest thing in the mainstream wrestling industry after his worked shoot prior to Money in the Bank, TNA made all five of Punk's TNA matches (from 2003) available on their On-Demand service -- even though Punk did nothing in TNA, TNA kicked him out shortly after he got in a fistfight with Teddy Hart (though Punk denied this was the cause of them booting him, instead saying that it was the usual "creative had nothing for him"), and Punk openly hated the company.
  • Kurt Angle and Sting feuded over the TNA World Heavyweight Championship under the idea of Angle never managing to beat Sting in a match before. Critics soon pointed out a glaring flaw with this feud: Angle beat Sting in a world title match on a 2007 episode of Impact.
  • TNA claimed Kurt Angle won fourteen world championships. At the time of these claims, Angle had only won twelve world titles (five in TNA, six in WWE, and one in New Japan). TNA treated his Olympic gold medal and a heavyweight championship from WWE's Memphis developmental promotion as his other two world championships.
  • Bischoff, convinced X-Division matches placed style (high spots) over substance (story), booked a Triple Threat X-Division match for Hardcore Justice; during the match, Austin Aries essentially ducked out of the ring and looked to steal a pin, which involved Alex Shelley looking over his shoulder and Brian Kendrick not caring about Aries at all. The crowd refused to care, and to top it off, Kendrick won.
  • Kurt Angle had feuded with Jeff Jarrett over his ex-wife Karen marrying Jarrett and taking Kurt's kids away from him. When Angle turned heel and joined Immortal, he said he joined because Dixie kept Jeff and Karen's relationship secret from him -- and he said this while joining the same stable as Jeff and Karen.
    • This must've been an onscreen secret, as some time beforehand the relationship was made public offscreen. For some reason, Dixie got involved and suspended Jarrett once she heard about it (citing possible problems), even though Angle had already known and was said to have been cool with it.
  • Almost two months after Jimmy Yang made an appearance on TNA, he took to Twitter and said TNA had not paid him for the appearance -- and the check it had issued him for the appearance had bounced. A TNA official called him after the tweet was sent and called his behavior "unprofessional". Yang replied to the accusation on Twitter: "Somebody called and said I was being unprofessional. Not paying somebody for a job is unprofessional."
    • TNA eventually paid Yang for his appearance after this.
  • TNA failed to learn from the mistakes it made when it signed Jonny Fairplay, Jenna Morasca, or the Jersey Shore supporting cast: it signed another reality "star" -- former Big Brother contestant Jessie Godderz -- to a contract. After letting him appear on-air a couple of times, TNA first sent him to Team 3D's Academy, then straight to OVW.
  • TNA succeeded in putting together a sponsorship deal with Direct Auto Insurance -- then fired the employee that worked out the deal in the first place.
  • TNA and Spike TV agreed to hold three Impact tapings outside of Orlando. Instead of going to places where the company actually drew crowds (such as New York), TNA decided to hold the tapings in Huntsville, Alabama; Knoxville, Tennessee; and Macon, Georgia, where TNA drew about 400 fans at a 2010 house show. 3,300 people reportedly attended the Huntsville tapings -- and only 400 of those people actually paid for their tickets.
    • On the 1 September episode of Impact (one of the episodes taped in Huntsville), TNA used the 2010 Impact theme song in segments instead of the current intro.
  • Kurt Angle and Mr. Anderson had a lumberjack cage match. Yeah, we can't figure that one out, either.
    • Note that this Lumberjack Cage Match, ended with outside interference from Bully Ray.
TNA World Champion Kurt Angle poses for his fourth mugshot since joining TNA. Still employed. (And still World Champion!)
  • TNA suspended Jeff Hardy following Victory Road 2011. After refusing to go to rehab -- and despite having a long-running legal case involving drug possession hanging over his head -- TNA kept Jeff under contract with the company. Hardy returned at the Huntsville Impact tapings and asked for a second chance -- and the crowd chanted "one more chance", seemingly forgetting about TNA allowing Jeff Hardy to work a match while exhausted high.
    • In the meantime, Jeff's brother Matt floundered around doing nothing, even after joining Immortal. TNA later suspended Matt for showing up to a house show late and not attending pretapings. Soon after his suspension, Matt found himself arrested for DUI following a car accident (which prompted TNA to release him). After making a YouTube video where he vaguely threatened suicide, Matt made another video where he apologized for the previous video and announced his retirement from wrestling. Which didn't last long.
      • Less than a week after Matt's DUI, Kurt Angle -- the reigning TNA World Heavyweight Champion -- got arrested for a DUI (his third such arrest and fourth arrest overall as a member of the TNA roster). TNA punished him by booking him to successfully defend the title at a PPV.
  • TNA booked Jersey Shore's Ronnie Ortiz-Magro to make multiple appearances on Impact, even though 'every appearance of every reality show "star" on TNA programming did nothing to affect the ratings. TNA had also fired Cookie and kept Robbie E off of TV for months. TNA fans on Facebook even noted the past failures of reality show "stars" in regards to helping the company.
  • Less than a year after being released, Traci Brooks made some one-off appearances in TNA to support her husband, Kazarian. A few months later, TNA brought Traci back full time to participate in a storyline where she slept with Eric Bischoff in order to get rehired as the head of the Knockouts Division (something Kazarian apparently had no problem with at all). Bischoff eventually put Karen Jarrett in charge of the Knockouts, but TNA kept Traci around so it could book her as a sympathetic figure.
  • After nine years of promoting the X-Division with the tagline "It's not about weight limits; it's about no limits", TNA imposed a weight limit on the division, turning it into the equivalent of the WCW's "You're too small to ever be a star" Cruiserweight Division. (THOSE CRUISERWEIGHTS CAN CRUISER-WAIT, BROTHER.)
    • Almost immediately, the weight limit was ignored, as Doug Williams (who was just over the limit) continued to compete in X-Division matches. It was finally abolished when RVD won the X-Division title. Zema Ion, who RVD had won it from, took to Twitter to complain about RVD being over the weight limit. Nobody cared.
  • Madison Rayne forced Brooke Tessmacher to face her tag team partner, Tara, and she placed a condition on their match: if they don't fight, they get fired. Brooke and Tara proceed to pretend to fight each other -- which consisted of rolling around the floor and corpsing (Mike Tenay: "What are we watching here?") -- but instead of firing them, Madison simply forced them to actually fight. She tried to make the faces fight each other by slapping Brooke in the back of her head to make her think Tara took a cheap shot -- and even though Brooke had Tara in her line of sight, she believed Madison and began to fight Tara. The match ended when Madison broke the women up, shouted "HIT SOMEONE!", and ended up getting hit by the babyfaces. This took ten minutes from start to finish; neither woman ended up getting fired. In the match's only true highlight, the crowd started a "USA!" chant for no real reason.
  • Jeff Hardy and Sting teamed up on an episode of Impact; in a pre-match interview, they both refer to themselves as "marks" for the other person.
  • Kurt Angle attacked James Storm backstage; as a result Storm took time off for a concussion. During a video link interview between Tenay and Storm, Angle came out, grabbed the headset from TNA and verbally taunted Storm. Storm responded by cutting Angle down, telling him that as soon as he's back he'll put Angle out for twice as long. Angle told him that he didn't have to wait as he'd come to Tennessee and find him the next week. This segment was highly praised by several critics for its simple storyline and pure aggression and feeling in the promos of both men.
    • TNA capitalized on this great segment by filming Kurt Angle dressed up as a cowboy and superkicking people in a bar.

The Bound For Glory Series

  • TNA created the Bound For Glory Series as a "tournament" consisting of twelve guys who receive points for matches based on if they win or lose (and how they do so). At the end of the Series, the top four men in the rankings would face each other in a match at Victory Road, and the winner of said match would earn the right to face the TNA World Heavyweight Champion at (obviously) Bound For Glory.
  • In addition to matches aired on TV and PPV, TNA counted house shows matches towards the Series standings. TNA's usual disorganization came into play here, as wrestlers didn't get an even amount of matches throughout the "tournament". Gunner finished the Series with a 6-13 record, but because he wrestled in nineteen Series matches, he ended up as one of the top four wrestlers in terms of points. James Storm also ended up in the top four, despite wrestling in just twelve Series matches.
  • TNA, determined to further destroy the career of Samoa Joe, booked Joe as a loser throughout the entire "tournament": he lost every single match he competed in -- including a submission loss to Brother Devon (aka D-Von Dudley) -- and when he finally won a match via submission, he refused to break the hold, which resulted in a disqualification loss. This loss pushed Joe into negative points, and he remained at the bottom of the points rankings for the rest of the Series.
  • Four wrestlers involved with the "tournament" received injuries during matches, which forced them to sit out for the remainder of the Series; only one of the four (Matt Morgan) suffered a legitimate injury (a pectoral tear), and was kept on the show as a Series analyst doing commentary during matches. TNA wrote Crimson, pushed as an undefeated monster at the time, off TV for a short while following his "injury". Brother Devon and D'Angelo Dinero didn't sell their "injuries", though; they even competed at No Surrender with no problem.

No Surrender 2011: We Love America

  • This PPV featured five blinding spots over three hours. Three matches finished with a blinding spot (including the main event): James Storm lost to Bully Ray via disqualification when he accidentally spat beer in the referee's face, Mickie James lost her match with Winter by getting blood sprayed in her face, and Sting lost his title match after getting blinded by Hogan.
  • TNA held this PPV on the tenth anniversary of 9/11. The show opened with a touching 9/11 tribute. Rosita appeared on the show as part of the racist anti-American stable Mexican America; later in the show, she gave a very sincere and emotional interview where she talked about her late father passing away during the tragedy and how she used his passing as inspiration to improve as a professional wrestler. Rosita continued to appear as part of Mexican America after this show.

Sting vs. Hogan

  • Sting spent an entire year trying to get control of TNA away from Hogan and back into the hands of Dixie Carter (who Hogan had conned into signing over control of TNA in the first place). Sting challenged Hogan to a match at Bound For Glory, but Ric Flair came out and said Sting would have to go through him before getting to Hogan.
  • Before locking up in the main event of an episode of Impact, Sting and Flair cut a promo where they discussed their previous matches. Sting questioned Flair's credibility as a wrestler, and Flair questioned Sting's motivations. The serious promo made both men appear to respect each other; by all accounts, it would have sold the match beautifully. TNA decided to retape the promo to be more over-the-top crazy.
    • In their match, Sting (53) and Flair (62) did a superplex spot. Flair suffered a torn tricep and stayed on the shelf for six months. Sting won the match by kicking out of a brass knuckles shot and making Flair submit.
  • On the next episode of Impact, Hogan announced his retirement from wrestling, in order to avoid the match with Sting. This show did a 1.01, the lowest of the year to date. One week later, Sting tricked Hogan into signing the match for Bound for Glory.
  • Hulk Hogan earned two million dollars per year on his 2010 contract, which made him one of the highest-paid performers in the business. Hogan's "retirement" angle, which TNA highly hyped up, ended up getting the lowest rating of the year. Hogan's presence barely improved TV ratings (and sometimes even hurt them), and PPVs scheduled to feature the Hulkster did no better than those without Hogan (all TNA PPVs managed six to nine thousand buys all year). Hogan made sure to rarely mention TNA in outside interviews; he also hosted another wrestling show (for midgets) and appeared in a wrestling game that failed to mention TNA in any way. How did TNA punish Hogan for failing to draw in fans and improve the company's situation? It re-signed Hogan to a two-year contract as soon as his old one expired.
At TNA's biggest show of the year, only 2,500 people paid to get in.

Bound for Glory 2011: No Push for You, Come Back in One Year

  • Eric Bischoff's real life son, Garett, debuted as a referee one year prior under the name Jackson James. As a referee, he made a number of mistakes, but no one ever once thought to put over the idea of Garett working as a "heel" referee (even though everyone knew the truth about Garett by this show). At the PPV, Bischoff and James discussed how to screw over Hogan, to which James says "I understand, Dad." The now-heel "son of Bischoff" refereed the Sting/Hogan match, which Sting won by making Hogan tap out; after the match, Garett turned face by grabbing a chair from his father, who waited until after the match to exploit Immortal's numbers in an assault on Sting (and Hogan). After this show, Garett Bischoff transitioned into a role as a wrestler, where he received TV time and as big a push as TNA would give a green rookie with no real wrestling experience, during which he was shilled by much of the face half of the roster. He was booed like crazy the entire time, to the point where Kid Kash, attempting to drum up the cheapest of heats at a house show in Canada by insulting the memory of Owen Hart and saying he wanted to injure other members of the Hart family, couldn't even get the fans there to cheer for Garett. For more on Garett's push, see "Nepotism Matters Here" below.
  • In a pull-apart brawl between Jeff Jarrett and Jeff Hardy, the fans cheered more for road agents D'Lo Brown and Al Snow when they hit the ring (fans also cheered for fellow agent Simon Diamond and Atlas Security). While Jarrett got dragged backstage, the Philly crowd chanted for D'Lo and Head (Al Snow's mannequin head/"partner").
    • TNA booked a Fatal Four-Way for the Knockouts at this show; it became a faces vs. heels tag match with fellow heel Karen Jarrett serving as the guest referee. Karen ended up blinded thanks to Winter, and Traci Brooks counted the pinfall (and received zero repercussions for doing so).
  • Hulk Hogan turned face after losing to Sting in what one could charitably call a "brawl", then turned on Immortal and helped Sting fend them off. Why does this matter? Well…
Bischoff & Hogan show their appreciation to longtime fans of TNA.

Bobby Roode Gets Pushed (Off a Cliff)

  • Hulk Hogan went on a media run on the weekend before Bound for Glory to hype the PPV, which features Kurt Angle and Bobby Roode in the main event match (for the World Heavyweight Championship). On The Howard Stern Show, Hogan hyped his match with Sting while saying Angle would face "some other guy" (Roode). On another radio interview two days before the show, someone asked Hogan about Bobby Roode. Hogan said Roode's "not ready", then said he would have preferred to see James Storm in Roode's position. Hogan does both interviews completely out-of-character.
    • Hogan then went on Twitter and called fans angry with what he'd said "marks" and claimed to be working them all; he then proceeded to re-tweet every possible positive reaction to his comments. Hogan also took a potshot at AJ Styles during his tirade by blasting AJ for not attending a fan interaction event on the weekend of Bound for Glory. AJ had told TNA he wouldn't attend these events due to his father passing away.
“We literally had a change in 2011 at Bound For Glory right before the match in the main event. In other words, somebody was supposed to win, and it got turned to me winning that night. It worked out for the better; I’m not going to lie to you. So the change was good, but literally, we didn’t hear about it until that night, and me and Bobby Roode was like 'What?! I’m winning?! I have a torn hamstring and I can't even wrestle.'”
Kurt Angle on Busted Open, explaining the ending to Bound for Glory
  • Kurt Angle defeated Bobby Roode at Bound for Glory despite the massive amount of hype TNA put into Roode's push towards the PPV (which included Roode defeating his Fortune teammates on the month of Impact episodes leading up to the PPV). Making matters worse: the injured Angle could barely wrestle a full match, which cut the main event of TNA's alleged "WrestleMania equivalent" down to less than ten minutes. TNA's long-term plans had Roode winning the title at the PPV -- apparently, TNA had this plan in place since the summer -- but these plans mysteriously changed the night before the event (after Hogan's "Roode isn't ready, brother" media run). Numerous dirtsheets (and, later on, TNA performers) credited Hogan as the major campaigner in getting the finish changed at the last minute.
    • After the main event, fans angered with Roode's loss once again took to Twitter to express their anger. Hogan spent most of the night re-tweeting positive comments (again) and calling anyone who said something negative a "mark" (again). Eric Bischoff chimed in the following morning with this gem: "Having a blast watching Internet marks react. Candy from a baby!"
    • Several Australian radio stations assumed Bobby Roode would appear on several of their shows as part of a promotional tour for a future TNA house show run. These stations confirmed Roode's appearances had been canceled on Monday (the day after Bound for Glory) and TNA had booked no one to fill the gap, which furthering the theory of Roode's push getting sacked by Hogan days before the biggest moment of his career. The appearances were later rescheduled for after Roode actually won the title.
    • Some pundits believe Hogan gave Roode the shaft at the PPV so Hogan's big face turn wouldn't be overshadowed by the most-awaited world title change in TNA history.
    • Hogan defended the booking by claiming that Roode would be better off as a heel. To play up Bobby Roode's heel turn after he did win the title, TNA aired a vignette of Roode's friends and family talking about how he became a different person after winning the world title -- and how he should do the right thing and offer Storm a title shot. When TNA aired this for the first time, fans loved it -- so TNA continually aired it over the next few weeks. One of Roode's friends eventually came out during an episode of Impact to talk to Roode; during this segment, TNA established Roode as a neglectful father and husband, as he had apparently not been home to see his kids, wife, or family since winning the world title. Roode pushed his friend down and beat him up before Jeff Hardy made the save.

Impact Wrestling 10.20.2011: We Are (Not) Wrestling

  • This episode of Impact featured less than seven total minutes of actual in-ring wrestling. A similar situation occurred on the Impact following Bound for Glory 2010.
  • The opening video package of this show focused specifically on Hogan vs. Sting, and nobody makes any mention of anything else that happened at Bound for Glory. TNA also aired two video packages dedicated to Hogan vs. Sting after commercial breaks.
  • The show opened with an in-ring promo featuring Sting, Hulk Hogan, Dixie Carter, Kurt Angle, Bobby Roode, and James Storm; it lasted just under forty minutes and included three commercial breaks.
    • The gist of the promo? Dixie had regained control of TNA, Angle had screwed Roode by rigging the Bound for Glory contract so Roode would never get another shot, and Sting -- now the authority figure of TNA, thanks to Ditsy…er, Dixie -- had booked Storm vs. Angle for the TNA World Championship as the main event of the evening.
  • After a brief Knockouts match -- a segment which, incidentally, earned the highest rating of the show -- Jeff Jarrett and Jeff Hardy did a repeat of their PPV brawl, with one notable difference: in the middle of this brawl, D'Lo and Al Snow started fighting, presumably because the crowd cheered for them at the PPV.
  • In the only decent segment of the show, Abyss defeated Gunner by countout when Gunner ran away from Abyss (since Abyss only gets over with crowds when he works as a monster).
  • Despite having aired promos over the last month saying Roode had waited thirteen years to get a shot at the TNA World Championship and reach the pinnacle of his profession (in TNA), TNA put over Velvet Sky's four year struggle to become Knockouts Champion.
  • Karen Jarrett and Traci Brooks came out to cut another promo to set up Gail Kim's return.
  • After Bischoff called out Hogan, Immortal came down to the ring to beat him up, but Sting came down to the ring to help Hogan. Garett Bischoff appeared at the top of the ramp for the sole purpose of finishing off the bizarre and out-of-place segment: Eric knocked his own son down, then showed the world Garett's chest tattoo ("Bischoff").
  • In the show's main event, James Storm defeated Kurt Angle in just over a minute to become the TNA World Heavyweight Champion. TNA put on this match and booked this title change with zero build and zero hype.
  • Overall Rating for the show: 1.35.
    • While TNA ended up getting its highest TV rating of the year with this show -- a show which legitimately attracted a record number of viewers for TNA -- this rating only tied Impact's overall highest rating.
    • On Twitter, Bischoff said the following about the rating: "Ever notice how the shows that the dirt sites put over get the lowest ratings and the ones they bury get the highest? hmmmm." The next episode of Impact dropped back down to normal ratings levels, meaning TNA lost whatever gains it received with the post-Bound for Glory buzz because of the 20 October episode.


  • After James Storm won the TNA World Championship, Bobby Roode became the #1 Contender for the title. Samoa Joe -- the same guy who scored -10 in the Bound For Glory Series, lost nearly every match he was in during 2011, and had no relevance to the current TNA product -- challenged Roode for the title shot. Roode pointed out these issues and buried Joe on camera; Sting still went ahead and booked the match. Roode won, of course.
    • Two weeks after James Storm's TNA World Heavyweight Championship victory, Bobby Roode turned heel, defeated Storm, and won the title on Impact.
inb4 Algerian America debuts.
  • On 7 November, TNA's website was hacked by a group of script kiddies hailing from Algeria. Since TNA outsources all of its web development, they had to try and regain control of the site twice, and until they got control back for good, they redirected visitors to the TNA online shop.

Turning Point 2011: Titles? Who Gives a Shit About Titles

  • Robbie E. defeated Eric Young for the TNA Television Title, further proving how little TNA cared about the title.
  • Gail Kim won the Knockouts Championship at this show. In the month between her return to TNA and this show, Gail also won the Knockouts Tag Team Championship. Gail said she wanted to work hard to earn titles in the past.
  • AJ Styles faced Bobby Roode in the show's main event. AJ worked the match injured, making him the third injured person to work with Bobby Roode in a world title match.
    • TNA booked this match in the last thirty seconds of the episode of Impact before the PPV: AJ came out and shouted at Roode, Sting asked AJ if he wanted to face Roode, AJ nodded, and Sting replied with "You got him!"


  • On the Impact after Turning Point, James Storm -- who TNA pulled out of Turning Point's main event due to a concussion -- took a couple of head bumps in a fight with Kurt Angle at the end of the show, despite saying he would need six to eight weeks to recover earlier in the show.
  • Karen Angle, who still ran the Knockouts Division, said she'd been trying to get the Knockouts to show less skin on camera -- but the fans wanted to see more. To that end, she made the Knockouts wrestle in their lingerie on Impact's Thanksgiving episode, in a match actually called "Thanksgiving Thong Thunder". All of the faces complained about this, despite fans apparently asking for it; notable protesters included Velvet Sky (who grinds on the middle rope and directs the camera to her ass during her entrance) and Brooke Tessmacher (who not only posed nude before coming to TNA, but also stripped out of a secretary's outfit during her entrance). When this match finally happened, the lingerie covered more skin than the Knockouts usually show, it ran longer than any other match on the show, and it sucked more than the Bellas in Johnny Ace's office during contract renegotiations.

Final Resolution 2011

  • Prior to the Knockouts Match, TNA's production crew queued up the Tale of the Tape instead of the planned intro package. The feed went black before going to the intro package; after it aired, TNA went back to a shot of the Impact Zone -- then production fucked up again by playing the video package instead of the Tale of the Tape.
    • The crowd reacted to almost nothing on the show (including hot tags, heel tactics, and momentum shifts within matches). The only notable crowd member spent the beginning of the Robbie E vs. Eric Young match chanting "WE WANT RYDER!"
  • TNA booked Jeff Hardy vs. Jeff Jarrett in a Steel Cage Match for this show. Either man could win by pinfall, submission, or cage escape. TNA added other stipulations as well:
    • Sting, serving as a ringside enforcer, would keep Karen Jarrett handcuffed to him in an attempt to prevent her from interfering.
    • Hardy would get fired from TNA if he lost, but he would receive a shot at the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at Genesis if he won.
    • TNA later added another stipulation via Twitter: if Hardy won, Sting would fire either Jeff or Karen.
    • TNA's plan: while Hardy crawled trough an open cage door, Jarrett would hit him from behind, which would cause Hardy to push the door against a nearby Sting. TNA's reality: the referee stubbornly tried to close the door while Hardy crawled out.
    • Hardy asked for a short match at Turning Point due to back problems. Hardy performed a Senton off the top of the cage at this show.
  • TNA proved how much it loved to use PPVs as a vehicle for the television product with its booking for the 30-Minute Iron Man Match between AJ Styles and Bobby Roode for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. When the match ended in a tie, the crowd chanted "Five more minutes" while Roode walked out, AJ screamed for Sting to come out, and the PPV went off the air. On the episode of Impact after this show, Sting gave AJ his "five more minutes"; Roode eventually won -- clean, no less -- after Sting restarted the match again once those "five more minutes" were up.
    • Remember the firing stipulation mentioned above? After both Jarretts spent most of the show sucking up to Sting and throwing each other under the bus, he decided to fire them both. This anticlimactic end to them was used to legitimately write Karen off the program.
    • TNA averages around one million viewers on each episode of Impact. Final Resolution 2011 reportedly received 8,000 buys.
      • As a side note: WWE's December to Dismember 2006, which did the lowest buyrate in WWE history, received 96,000 buys.
Pictured here: an example of TNA's quality PPV posters.

2012

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  • Relevant: Vince Russo left TNA in February 2012, following six years of solidifying his reputation as one of the worst wrestling bookers in recorded history. TNA called the split "amicable and professional".
    • Russo released a statement of his own, in which he commented that "It simply makes good business sense that where someone of my talent and ability was not going to be used to their capability or capacity, that a parting of the ways was inevitable." Shine on you crazy diamond, Vinnie Ru.
  • Gunner began using Mike Awesome's early 2000 gimmick; while Awesome randomly attacked people and sent them to the hospital, Gunner randomly attacked people and sent them to OVW. After a few weeks, this was quietly dropped.
  • Sting decided to hold a tournament for a Tag Team Title shot -- and each team consisted of partners who didn't get along. In almost every match in the tournament, none of the teams worked as a team, which resulted in one team almost always picking up a victory due to the other team not working as a team. Scott Steiner and Abyss worked as a team for one week, but a week later, Abyss screwed Steiner and cost them the match. AJ and Kazarian also worked together -- until Kazarian turned on AJ in the middle of a match. One team, Magnus and Joe, actually stayed together after the tournament finished.
  • Kazuchika Okada became IWGP World Champion in early 2012. The previous year, NJPW had sent Okada to TNA on a learning excursion. Okada proceeded to do random jobs for a while in TNA, then became a Kato knock-off for a few weeks while Samoa Joe feuded with D'Angelo Dinero. After doing absolutely nothing in TNA beyond that, Okada returned to NJPW, where he became one of the promotion's top stars within a month. A rumor stated that NJPW knew how TNA was going to book him, and let it happen. This was to give Okada a healthy dose of humility and perspective before receiving his Main Event push in NJPW.
  • After months and months of building to a heel turn by Devon's sons during first a feud between Devon and D'Angelo Dinero then them teaming, the two attacked their dad on TV and joined up with Dinero -- but three weeks later, Devon's sons refused to beat up their father after the match (at Dinero's insistence), then turned on Dinero before celebrating with Devon at Genesis and finally disappearing not long afterward.
  • After a #1 Contender's match between Jeff Hardy and James Storm broke down into a brawl following countless run-ins, Bobby Roode declared the match as a No Contest -- without explaining what gave him the authority to say it was a No Contest.
An entire company, summed up in one GIF.
  • In another attempt to have ESPN notice them, TNA signed NFL player Brandon Jacobs to make a special guest appearance on Impact. In his appearance, Jacobs argued with Bully Ray and cut an atrocious promo with James Storm. Jacobs' appearance during the main event closed the show -- while a TNA World Heavyweight Championship match between Bobby Roode and Jeff Hardy opened the show.
  • TNA started an angle where Abyss' parents (you know, Abyss' mom, who shot Abyss' dad, who was actually James Mitchell) sent TNA a letter about their concern for their son's whereabouts. They claimed nobody had seen Abyss for the past few months -- even though Abyss used Twitter extensively throughout his absence. Apparently this was supposed to be some kind of storyline explanation for his absence while he was in India working for TNA's offshoot promotion, Ring Ka King, which many proceeded to point out.
    • This angle also ran side by side with other Twitter-based "worked shoot" angles TNA tried to run with Austin Aries and Sting.
  • Crimson had a 470 day winning streak. Ever since he debuted, TNA did everything in their power to protect this streak and hype it up, despite a majority of the fans not giving two shits about him. So what was the pay off to this joke that lasted nearly 2 years? James Storm returned, kicked him in the face, pinned him in two minutes and Crimson was promptly shipped off to OVW.
  • At Victory Road 2012, Bobby Roode pinned Sting after Sting knocked himself out -- by smacking the back of his head against a steel chair during a Scorpion Death Drop.
  • Also at Victory Road '12, one segment had Jeremy Borash boast about how "Victory Road" was the #1 trending Twitter topic in the United Kingdom. As pointed out on Botchamania after the event, there's no way to legally watch TNA PPVs live in the UK, so Borash in effect boasted about the PPV being illegally streamed by an entire country.
  • After his loss to Roode, Sting began campaigning for Hulk Hogan to run TNA again, so Sting could step down from the position and wrestle again. Yes, after nearly a full year of Sting and Dixie Carter challenging Hulk and eventually taking the reigns of power away from him, they gave it right back to him a few months later. To make matters worse, Lockdown's hype revolved around this storyline instead of the long awaited TNA World Heavyweight Championship feud between James Storm and Bobby Roode.

Nepotism Matters Here

Brooke's debut episode actually drew the lowest rating for a non-holiday Thursday Impact in years. This probably had more to do with the time change but these plant signs are still ridiculous.
  • Vince Russo's son received a job in TNA's production department; however, he left the company with his father.

Garett Bischoff

  • After Bound for Glory 2011 Garett Bischoff received a major push. First he would defeat former TV Champion Gunner twice, and after the second time Gunner "injured" him by piledriving him on concrete. A very big deal was made about his return from that, including vignettes showing him training, teasing who he'd gotten as a trainer, and featuring Gunner beating random bystanders up. This led to a PPV match where he had his trainer, Hogan (who had been revealed before then, see below for how that was), in his corner against Gunner, who had his father in his corner. He lost that match, though it was not the end to that feud, as it would continue on 'til Lethal Lockdown in some fashion. He also survived two beat the clock matches against Kurt Angle (one a time limit draw, the other thrown out after Gunner rushed the ring), and main evented an Impact teaming with Jeff Hardy against Gunner and Angle. For awhile Hogan was his mentor (the reveal of Hogan as Garett's mentor was one of TNA's usual "OMG MYSTERY GUY!" reveals, complete with the very overused bit where someone catches a glimpse of who it is, freaks out, and proceeds not to tell anyone until the actual reveal) and tried to put him over as the future of wrestling. See the entry below regarding the UK tour for how well that went. All of this took place during a heavily featured feud against his father which saw his father leave his onscreen role.
    • Fortunately TNA realized how green he was and didn't put him in a singles match against his father at Lockdown. Instead he was surrounded by a number of competent workers in the tag team Lethal Lockdown match. Garett ended up winning the Lethal Lockdown match for his team nevertheless, which sent Eric packing from his on-screen role in TNA.
      • The stipulation for this match stated that Eric Bischoff no longer had legal rights to his last name, and could not be referred to as Bischoff anymore. TNA remembered this for one week by censoring Ric Flair when he came out to talk about Eric B*******, and then forgot the angle the following week.
    • TNA ended the first Open Fight Night (see below) Impact with the "celebration" of Eric Bischoff's career before he left TNA (as an on-screen character) following his Lethal Lockdown team's loss at Lockdown. Ric Flair came out with Bully Ray, Gunner, Kazarian, and Daniels in tow, then gave a speech on the awesomeness of Eric Bischoff while Bully Ray tried to start pro-Bischoff chants. Bischoff came out and sat on a goddamned throne while the crowd mercilessly booed him and gave him the "Hey Hey Hey, Goodbye" treatment. To add insult to injury, Garett Bischoff came out with the Motor City Machine Guns, Rob Van Dam, and Austin Aries -- and the crowd showed its support for Garett by chanting for his backup while he talked. The entire segment ended with Eric Bischoff getting shoved into a portable toilet, which ended up getting tipped over, covering Bischoff in shit.
      • TNA also voided its own continuity with this segment: the previous week, TNA censored Bischoff's last name when anyone referred to him by his full name, but on this show, TNA didn't censor any audible mention of his last name. Great job, production staff.
      • Much like the great superstables of TNA's past (S.E.X., M.E.M., TNA Frontline, World Elite, and EV2.0 to name a few) the Eric Bischoff sendoff marked the unceremonious end to the Immortal faction as everyone involved with Immortal broke out to be in separate storylines after that.
    • TNA's UK tour managed to draw large numbers and actually sell out an entire arena. What did TNA do to repay its loyal UK fanbase? It gave them excessive promos, lackluster matches, and a vast focus on the return of Hulk Hogan, who was revealed to be the trainer of Garett Bischoff. The UK fans, who knew how stupid it was that Garett even had a job, booed the young Bischoff out the arena in all of his appearances on the tapings. TNA edited said boos for cheers.

Brooke Hogan

  • Dixie Carter announced over twitter that Brooke Hogan would join the Impact Wrestling roster as the Executive in Charge of the Knockouts Division starting May 31st. That's the joke.
    • Instead of promoting anything else that was on the show that week, all the promotion for Brooke's debut episode focused on her. The graphics they used to promote her debut during the episode looked almost nothing like her.
      • Brooke Hogan's introduction to Impact Wrestling by Dixie Carter resulted in a mix of cheers, boos and the crowd not really giving a shit, definitely not accepting Dixie Carter's claims of how Brooke would help the company and how knowledgeable she was.
  • After debuting, Brooke Tessmacher was forced to drop "Brooke" from her ring name because TNA is only big enough for one Brooke apparently, despite Brooke Hogan referring to Tessmacher several times as Brooke and despite her still being referred to on the TNA site's roster page as such.
  • Many of Brooke's segments appeared to have been taped separately from the rest of the show, likely as a result of her relaxed schedule. As a result she rarely actually appeared in the same shot with the Knockouts as her shots were edited into the promo.
  • Brooke left TNA in August of 2013, which was celebrated by the majority of the Internet.


Have Steiner's words ever been more coherent?
  • After declining to sign a new contract with TNA, Scott Steiner proceeded to completely trash TNA via Twitter. In the weeks after his release, Steiner blasted Bruce Prichard (TNA's new head writer), accused Hogan and Bischoff of doing the "same bullshit they did to destroy WCW", confirmed Hogan as the force behind the last-minute changed outcome of Roode vs. Angle at Bound for Glory 2011, ripped into Hogan for verbally attacking other wrestlers on both personal and professional levels, and (because it was part of a larger number that was given to Bischoff's docket when he testified in the Gold Club court case) encouraged fans to chant "609" whenever either Bischoff (Eric or Garett) showed up on-screen. Steiner's anti-TNA tirade started on 2 April and went on a brief hiatus in early May when both Bischoff and Hogan threatened to sue Steiner for the tweets. On June 7, the night Brooke Hogan debuted, his tweets resumed. The angry and often-incomprehensible Steiner came across as humble, reasonable, and intelligent when compared to Hogan and Bischoff -- and Hogan, who met previous negative Twitter exchanges involving Warrior and other "haters" with contention, had only replied to Steiner's tweets with attempts at reconciliation until his announcement that he is seeking litigation.
    • Steiner remained on TNA's payroll for a while longer, thanks to his work with Ring Ka King.
    • "We want Steiner" chants had been planned to be chanted in TNA arenas for a few months, but took a while to take effect.

Lockdown 2012: Sorry About Your Damn Luck

  • ODB and Eric Young became the Knockout Tag Team Champions, which made the titles TNA's second biggest joke, right behind Garett Bischoff. During their title reign, they married each other in a steel cage on the Impact before Lockdown. Sarita and Rosita made an appearance before the wedding to try to tempt Young away, then showed up during the ceremony in lingerie, prompting first ODB and then Young to also strip down to their underthings.
    • Young almost promptly vanished from TV after this, because he was busy filming for his Animal Planet show, Off The Hook: Extreme Catches. For some reason, ODB calling him and demanding he return with fried chicken became a weekly thing for a while.
  • For once, TNA did the right thing and put Garett Bischoff where he belonged: in the curtain jerking match.
  • TNA's road agents still hadn't clued into how War Games works. They gave the heels the advantage this time around, but each time a new heel prepared to enter the match, the heels in the ring had already gained the upper hand. When the next face prepared to come out and get some pops, the faces in the ring immediately started their comeback.
  • Hogan and Flair came out for a nonsensical rambling promo that had no relevance to anything else on the show and ended with Hulkster using the old thumb-on-nose, wiggle-of-the-fingers, neener-neener-neener taunt. Although the dirtsheets initially reported that this would lead to a Hogan/Flair feud it lead to absolutely nothing and was completely meaningless.
  • The Motor City Machine Guns returned after an nearly year-long run of on/off absences (as Shelley and Sabin suffered back and forth injuries that prevented them from teaming for a long time). To welcome them back, TNA fucked up their entrance, and the duo came out to near-silence.
  • "The Undefeated" Crimson beat Matt Morgan, and nobody gave a shit. Hell, for the majority of the night, the audience gave no fucks about the show, even though TNA held it in their old stomping ground of Nashville.
  • Despite Russo's departure from TNA, he continued to inspire the company: the match where Russo defeated Booker T to become the WCW World Heavyweight Champion featured the exact same finish as the Storm vs Roode main event. How did Storm lose? He Superkicked Roode out of the steel cage door, causing Roode to win the match and retain the world title.

The GutCheck Challenge and Open Fight Night

  • On the 26 April edition of Impact, TNA held its first "Open Fight Night". Under the rules laid out by Hogan a week prior, on an Open Fight Night, anyone would be allowed to challenge any other wrestler on the roster -- including any given champion -- and the company would also hold a "GutCheck Challenge" where an aspiring rookie/newcomer would receive a tryout match with the possibility to be signed to a TNA contract. A glorious indie motherfucker (and OVW regular) named Alex Silva jobbed to Robbie E. Great booking.
    • When setting this idea up, Hogan demanded at least one title match on any given "Open Fight Night". Hogan ordered a mandatory weekly defense of the TV Title the week prior, making it exempt from this demand. Hogan, in his infinite wisdom (coughbullshitcough), paired off Mr. Anderson and Jeff Hardy and gave them a TNA Tag Team Championship shot -- instead of giving a shot to either The Motor City Machine Guns, Christopher Daniels & Kazarian, or even Eric Young & ODB. The current champions, Magnus and Samoa Joe, retained the titles after a great match; after the match, Kazarian and Daniels attacked the champs because they didn't get the title shot.
      • Another Open Fight Night, on May 24th, saw Hogan throw out a #1 contendership 4-way that had been booked from 4 qualifier matches the week before, solely so he could pick the #1 contender.
      • How long would that mandatory weekly TV title defense thing last before TNA forgot about it? Approximately three weeks, with Devon working a dark match on the third week instead of defending the title.
    • Instead of ending the show on the great tag team match, TNA ended this episode with the aforementioned "celebration" of Eric Bischoff before he left TNA (as an on-screen character) following his team's loss at Lockdown.

The GutCheck Challenge

  • The first edition of GutCheck featured the aforementioned Alex Silva. After jobbing to Robbie E., his performance was graded by Bruce Prichard, Al Snow, and Ric Flair in a segment that could best be described as American Idol meets Tough Enough. The original plan for this segment was to have Flair and Prichard give Silva the thumbs down meaning Silva wouldn't be signed due to needing 2/3 judges to approve. Initially Flair went along with the script but deviated halfway through for some reason and Prichard went along with it, accidentally signing Silva in the process. Silva was kept in OVW, made a few appearances, and was fired just before several other GutCheck contestants.
    • Due to Flair's antics he wouldn't return to the promotion and was replaced by former Tough Enough judge Taz. Taz and Al Snow were both former Tough Enough judges which only added to the similarities between the two programs.
  • The next GutCheck featured Joey Ryan going against Austin Aries. The booking was done well because both were from the independent scene and had wrestled each other before. Internet voting was 87% for Ryan getting a contract. Ryan was declined a contract when judges Bruce Prichard and an irate Taz voted no. Ryan began to use the 87% vote in a (kayfabe) campaign to get into the company, and eventually won a contract in a match against Al Snow.
    • TNA decided to change its business model and "pull back the curtain" on the industry after the first week to coincide with Impact going live at 8 PM. The GutCheck suffered the worst of this as Taz, Prichard, and Snow were shown watching clips of Ryan's match while they criticized him for his "gimmick" and being "in character" which completely ruined any suspense of disbelief. Dixie believed that doing this could bring fans of reality television to watch who wouldn't normally care about a wrestling program. It didn't work.
  • You! YES you! You could sign up for a GutCheck tryout. All you had to do is send TNA a 250 dollar processing fee for them to delete your application as this was just a way to justify OVW talent and Team 3D trainees being on the air. No word yet on if the applications ended up being TNA's strongest revenue stream next to Kendrick's Pop-corn machine.
    • TNA did try to make GutCheck seem legit by bringing in several contestants who weren't from OVW or 3D trainees. One's selling point was "He's only 18 years old!", and another (Kris Lewie, the absolute worst of the lot) put on what could easily have been called one of the worst matches in Impact history. Both were quickly sent packing.
  • Eventually, a GutCheck match was won by the contestant. Unfortunately, it was Wes Brisco, with his opponent being Garett Bischoff. The match opened an Impact, was treated pretty much as an afterthought, and was really bad. It was only after this suckfest (and skipping a month due to holiday tapings) that TNA got the point about GutCheck and started using it to find quality talent they could use immediately, though that mentality also didn't last long.
    • When it came time to judge Brisco, Al Snow "mysteriously" disappeared, and was replaced by D'Lo Brown, who everyone immediately pegged as being in with the Aces and Eights. This was on November 29th. It took almost four more months for TNA to anticlimactically confirm what everyone knew all along.
  • The insanity didn't end there, though. Later, TNA organized a huge fan-vote poll with a huge list of people who had passed their initial GutCheck tryout. This ranged from complete unknowns to several well-known indie workers. This would've been all well and good, except TNA had decided to use everyone's real names, so it took some investigating to figure out who everyone was. This led to the discovery that they'd included three WWE signees (including one, Corey Graves, who had been on NXT for several months at that time) in the polls. When TNA finally caught on that people had figured this out, they removed their bios, but strangely did not remove them from the polls. Others included one who had already been on TV for a GutCheck (Evan Markopoulos, the infamous "He's only 18 years old!" guy, who TNA later funded OVW training for), several who had already been on TNA TV in some way (including Chase Stevens, who'd been a tag champion twice with the company), and one who was convicted for sexual assault on a minor (Chasyn Rance). Later, their persistent use of real names would alienate several contenders, chief among them Courtney Rush, who requested that she be removed.
    • Not long after, more insanity would occur with the polling, as it somehow went from one vote per IP to unlimited voting. This was blamed on a "glitch". Guess TNA didn't learn their lesson from when they did that with the rankings poll. Unsurprisingly, that led to a massive amount of people voting over and over for the same people. When informed via email that the "glitch" wouldn't be fixed and the poll would not be redone, several well-known contenders (including Athena (no, not the Athena above), LuFisto, and Greg Iron) dropped out, citing that it had become a popularity contest. Others pleaded with their fans not to cheat. Once word got out and the backlash started, the plug was pulled entirely. It's pretty safe to say now that TNA shouldn't be trusted with any kind of fan polling.


  • The main event of Slammiversary 2012 was Sting vs Bobby Roode. Hogan said that Sting was the top man in TNA and should get the shot after a lumberjack match in which Sting won. Nice way to build up Roooo there.
    • Hogan also casually tossed Mr. Anderson under the bus as he had a title shot VS Roode at Slammiversary. This was never brought up ever again. Anderson was instead put in a three-way with RVD and Jeff Hardy at Slammiversary with the winner facing the World Heavyweight Champion on the Impact after Slammiversary. Yes, they were still pushing the same old contenders from 2010 because Hogan said they're ready, brotherjackdude.
  • TNA thought it was a good idea to do fan voting for a contender to face Devon for the TV Title. Last time fan voting happened, it resulted in shenanigans at the fact that people wanted Desmond Wolfe over Jeff Hardy, so this time TNA would pick four possible contenders every day from Monday and have the fan voting commence on the Thursday afternoon. The first week it happened, Jeff Hardy was given a shot and the match was thrown out due to the usual Robbie E. and Robbie T. interference. The next week, there was no fan voting (way to promote weekly voting) and Robbie E. was given a shot, with Garett Bischoff in Devon's corner. Devon/Robbie E. became a regular feud, and all their matches stunk.
    • A tag team match was made involving Robbie E. and Robbie T. vs Devon and Garett Bischoff at Slammiversary. Yes, this happened. Like most matches on the card they had been barely promoted and many were whipped up in the last week, and that PPV was supposed to celebrate TNA's tenth anniversary.
      • On a meta level, this was the ideal way to celebrate 10 years of TNA. Booking PPVs right before the PPV; Booking family members no matter how little people want to see them; and recycling matches already done on free TV hundreds of times.
An example of TNA merchandise after the departure of Don West is seen here.

Claire Lynch

  • Following his match at Destination X the previous year, Christopher Daniels spent the rest of the year slowly turning heel by openly resenting Bobby Roode for winning the Bound For Glory Series and AJ Styles for getting far more high-profile opportunities in the company. Daniels finally turned heel at the end of the year and developed a gimmick of trying to stab random wrestlers with a screwdriver. He had a series of matches with AJ Styles in one of TNA's longest running feuds.
  • At the beginning of the year, Daniels claimed that AJ Styles had a darker side. TNA didn't follow up on this until after AJ finished his feud with Bobby Roode: during the above-mentioned Wild Card Tag Tournament, Daniels approached Kaz with information on AJ. During a tag match with AJ, Kaz walked out, and AJ lost the match. Kaz appeared reluctant to follow Daniels on the following episodes of Impact, but finally turned on AJ during their match at Against All Odds and became a full-fledged heel.
  • Kaz and Daniels interrupted AJ's matches over the next few weeks -- they flashed random documents and threatened to expose Styles' secrets. Daniels eventually revealed photos and video of AJ with Dixie Carter as they entered a motel room together, as well as a phone call between the two about a secret meeting they didn't want Dixie's husband Serg to hear about. On the last reveal, Serg -- a non-wrestler -- laid out Styles with one punch. This was never addressed again.
    • Dixie didn't acknowledge this angle despite her constant presence on Impact to promote Slammiversary, at least not until the recorded phone call was played. When that happened, she stormed out on the stage and screamed for production to stop playing it.
  • Kaz and Daniels won the Tag Team Championship at Sacrifice, then dropped the belts to AJ and Kurt Angle one month later at Slammiversary to up the stakes in this feud. Despite being champs together, Kurt had virtually no involvement in the feud, and AJ hardly ever wore his title belt. Angle and Styles dropped the titles back to Kaz and Daniels two weeks later.
  • AJ and Dixie eventually decided to go public with their big secret. While AJ tried to convince Dixie not to reveal it (despite initially wanting to go public with it in the first place), a random woman entered the ring. She identified herself as a pregnant drug addict trying to get clean with the help of AJ and Dixie without anyone finding out. An enraged Daniels and Kaz rushed to the ring and got laid out by AJ as Impact went off the air. Fans responded with obvious confusion as to who the pregnant junkie was and why they should care about her.
    • What about that mysterious telephone call that Daniels recorded? He had edited a telephone call between AJ and Dixie talking about planning Serg's surprise birthday party. TNA did a whole article dedicated to it on their website. This detail was never mentioned again, and Serg never apologized to AJ for cleaning his clock.
  • At the end of the next episode Impact, Daniels told Dixie that AJ had fathered the junkie's baby. TNA felt proud enough of this angle to praise Eric Bischoff for coming up with such a compelling twist and rewarded him with a raise -- despite largely negative fan reactions on Twitter and some of TNA's lowest ratings for the big reveal segment.
  • In later weeks, the pregnant junkie -- Claire Lynch -- turned heel when she joined with Daniels and accused AJ fathering her child. AJ claimed he didn't know if he had even had sex with her (and called her a foot), but Claire provided evidence for her claim: pictures of her on top of a passed-out AJ lying in bed that suggested she had date raped Styles after a wild night of partying. AJ challenged Daniels to a match in which AJ would own up to fathering Claire's baby if he lost, but take a paternity test if he won. Yes, we know, that sounds stupid no matter how you read it. He won the match and took the paternity test.
    • One week, Claire cut a promo after arriving at the Impact Zone, during which she was smoking. Yes, she was supposed to be pregnant and she was smoking. On camera. During a nationally televised show. Suspension of disbelief, what's that?
  • TNA abruptly ended the storyline when Julia Reilly -- the actress who played Claire Lynch -- left the company after fans found some of her other acting jobs on YouTube and left harsh comments on her work. On the episode of Impact where Daniels and Kaz would have revealed the paternity test results, Claire's attorney (played by Janice Carter, Dixie's mother) came out and read a statement that said Claire admitted to conspiring with Daniels and Kaz to blackmail AJ over a pregnancy she never had in the first place.
  • Photos surfaced of Ms. Reilly at her day job: playing Olive Oyl at the Popeye ride in Universal Studios. TNA never even left their own backyard to look for someone to play Claire.
  • It was so bad that, despite giving us Kazarian and Daniels as Bad Influence, it won the 2012 Gooker by a fairly wide margin.

Aces and Eight PM, NOW LIVE!

  • From May 31st on, Impact Wrestling started earlier at a 8PM EST time slot. Not only that, but for 12 weeks Impact went live from Orlando. The first week generated a 0.89 rating and a viewership of 1,296,000 which was the lowest viewership of the year at that point and the lowest viewership in a long time.
  • Hulk Hogan posted on Twitter praising everyone in TNA for working together and staying positive with the ratings being a mirror reflection of their hard work. Shortly after it was posted, the rating for Impact was posted (a 0.97) and they did the lowest viewership number since moving to live at 8pm. Oops.
  • Viacom, Spike TV's parent corporation, played hardball with DirecTV and struck out; DirecTV dropped all of Viacom's networks following failed negotiations over pay rates for the networks. After putting on one of the best PPVs in its history and drumming up tons of positive buzz, TNA's ratings suffered thanks to something far out of its control. The Viacom/DirecTV dispute lasted two weeks, and Viacom, being amazingly petty, pulled all their shows from the Internet, forcing fans to find alternate means to watch Impact.
  • Spike TV decided to give TNA an extra hour to play with. (Again.) TNA showed no interest in making Impact a three hour show, and as a result, Spike TV aired Impact Rewind -- an hour-long recap of the previous week's episode of Impact. The show's only episode flopped hard with a 0.2 rating; Spike canceled the show, and TNA eventually moved it online before incorporating weekly recaps into the beginning of Impact itself.
  • Most likely due to the 2012 schedule changes and the DirecTV fiasco, Impact drew its lowest yearly average ratings in six years.
  • Mr. Anderson needed a submission in his last match in the 2012 Bound For Glory Series to tie with AJ Styles for 4th place and stay in the Series -- but during the whole match, Anderson only went for pinfalls and made no submission efforts. He won by pinfall and effectively eliminated himself from the series.
  • Devon's contract expired and TNA didn't renew it -- despite Devon holding the TNA Television Championship at the time of his departure.
    • This was not the first time that had happened. The Knockouts tag titles were vacated at least once for the exact same reason prior.
    • TNA attempted to rectify the situation by holding a TV title tournament (won by Joe), only to promptly rehire Devon as part of the Aces and Eights, have him win back the title he never actually lost in an overbooked screwjob, then almost never defend it. What happened to that 30 day thing, huh?
"I have had some amazing matches with the late, great Eddie Guerrero. I have also wrestled Chavo Guerrero."
Kurt Angle on the legend of Chavo Guerrero
  • Hulk Hogan had a meeting with three TNA tag teams who'd never received a tag team title shot: Chavo Guerrero & Hernandez, Kid Kash & Gunner, and the Robbies. AJ Styles crashed the meeting and wanted to face the champs, but Hogan refused to let him wrestle them alone. Kash and Gunner were eliminated next, which left the month-old team of Chavo & Hernandez and the year-old team of Robbie E. and Robbie T. (Rob Terry). Robbie E. pled his team's case and explicitly mentioned his team's longevity to Hogan. Hulk picked Chavo & Hernandez, who promptly lost to champs Christopher Daniels and Kaz later in the evening. Hulk then booked Daniels and Kaz against AJ Styles and Kurt Angle at No Surrender -- despite Angle having had no involvement with the AJ/Daniels/Kaz angle at any time and working with A TORN FRICKIN' HAMSTRING.
    • Something related, during Chavo and Hernandez's feud with Kazarian and Daniels, Kazarian and Daniels made snide remarks saying the only way Chavo got over was because he constantly referenced his uncle, Eddie Guerrero. This would've been good heel heat if it wasn't true. I dare you to go back and watch any TNA Chavo promo and count how many times Eddie Guerrero was mentioned.
    • It's not just Eddie references anymore. Eventually, "second rate Eddie clone" became Chavo's entire gimmick until he departed from the company.
TNA has become well known for their creative art department.
  • Joseph Park was kidnapped by the Aces and Eights and tortured for about a month. These segments were filled with over-the-top violence; at one point the Aces and Eights hit Park in the head with a hammer, nearly killing him. Despite the possible murder of an innocent attorney, the show continued without a hitch and the incident was undersold by the announcers.
  • Tara defeated Miss "don't call her Brooke" Tessmacher to win the TNA Knockouts Title at Bound for Glory. A few weeks before the match, Tara turned heel by attacking Tessmacher on the advice of her "Hollywood boyfriend". Tara revealed her boyfriend after her title win: Jessie Godderz from Big Brother, who -- despite Taz's attempts to put Godderz over -- (even though Taz just went IT'S THAT GUY) nobody cared about. The crowd chanted "who are you" during his reveal.
  • The stipulation for the Aces and Eights vs Sting and Bully Ray match said Aces and Eights would have full access to TNA and the Impact Zone if they won and go away if they lost. TNA spoiled this with a poster for their upcoming Turning Point PPV with Aces and Eights imagery all over it, so of course they won the match.
  • The Knockout tag titles were mentioned a few weeks before Bound for Glory and how they needed to be defended as decreed by Hogan. The Knockout tag titles disappeared off the face of the earth shortly after.
  • After Matt Morgan left the company TNA still incessantly played his Direct Auto commercial damn near every commercial break. Morgan made subtle hints over twitter that he planned to join WWE but this was made impossible due to legal restrictions involving TNA's lawsuit against WWE. He returned to TNA by jumping the guardrail at house shows until he redebuted publicly at BFG to aid Joey Ryan.
  • TNA hired Howard Stern Whack Packer Eric the Midget to make appearances on the online show TNA Today hoping to get some free publicity from Stern. Howard refused to play clips from the show for weeks, claiming the show was terrible. After Eric threatened to withdraw donations he made to Stern's favorite animal charity with his TNA paycheck Howard played a clip where Bobby Roode threatened to kick Eric out of his wheelchair -- and he and the crew ridiculed the exchange. This would cause Eric to resign from TNA.
  • Yet more Matt Morgan vs. Hernandez. This time, Chavo and Joey Ryan were dragged into it. At that point it was worse than the never-ending AJ/Daniels feud. Morgan and Hernandez could only dream as being as entertaining (or as safe) as them.
  • Christopher Daniels' feud with AJ Styles STILL continued, slowly building up more heat. Daniels often insulted AJ Styles and bragged about making his 2012 horrible. Both wrestlers have taken shots at TNA management by openly mocking the "One Last Time" gimmick, saying "One last time, until the next time".
  • Former WWECW jobber Mike Knox was unmasked as a member of the Aces and Eights. After several seconds of "HUH" "WHAT" "WOW" from the announcers Tenay said "That's a familiar face" to Taz and explained to the audience that Knox used to be employed by WWE. Which was the exact same thing he did when Luke Gallows was revealed.
  • The turkey suit returned! This time, Jessie Godderz ended up wearing it.
  • From May 10th onward, Madison Rayne teased having a crush on someone, to the point of even asking people what he was like. After taking forever with this, she came out on the July 5th episode of Impact during Devon's mandatory weekly title defense and revealed her crush by tackling and kissing him senseless. Her crush? Earl Hebner. This eventually led to Hebner tweeting about receiving a blowjob (long since deleted) and being sacked as a ref for Knockouts matches.
    • Once Hebner was sacked, instead of attempting to employ other regular TNA refs, Brooke Hogan introduced Taryn Terrell as Knockouts ref. Her debut received no response, which upset people backstage. Apparently those people conveniently forgot that she never used her real name on TV outside the Diva Search. According to rumor, much of the TNA roster didn't know who she was, only remembering her as "the crazy one" who got herself fired from WWE.
      • After several months of Taryn's horrid refereeing, Gail Kim managed to get her fired from that gig, but Brooke Hogan promptly rehired her as a wrestler.
        • After Taryn was fired, instead of attempting to employ other regular TNA refs, Brooke Hogan AGAIN decided to stuntcast refs. First, it was Joey Ryan, who proceeded to ogle, grope, and pretty much harass the girls mid-match. Not learning from that, Brooke appointed ODB as Knockouts ref. Nobody knew why there couldn't just be a regular ref for the Knockouts, and the stuntcasting soon ended anyway.
        • Taryn soon received a nickname. That nickname? "Hot Mess". Either someone was really stupid or thought they were being clever.
        • After participating in two well-received hardcore matches with Gail Kim and being positioned to challenge for the Knockouts title, Taryn suddenly vanished from Impact. After several weeks, the reason she had disappeared was found out: she'd become pregnant. She wouldn't return until 2014.

PLEASE DON'T GO

  • With his contract expiring in the near future, TNA did its best to make Jeff Hardy comfortable hoping that he would re-sign with them. This all took place while a restraining order based off a lawsuit was in place keeping WWE from signing TNA talent, as we previously saw with Matt Morgan.
  • Remember the Bound for Glory series to see who took on Austin Aries at BFG? Are you thinking Bully Ray won, Samoa Joe? Not even James Storm? No. Jeff Hardy won and became the number one contender.
  • At the go home Impact Aries turned heel at the end of the show by taking a script out of his trunks, going against it, and shooting on Jeff. Ultimately Jeff won the belt in a match where more than half of the audience was against him, partly due to TNA jumping the gun on Aries' heel turn.
  • On the October 25th episode of Impact, Hulk Hogan said he would pick an opponent to face Jeff Hardy out of either Bully Ray, Kurt Angle, James Storm or Mr. Anderson for Hardy's TNA World Championship. After leaving Hogan's office, the home audience actually HEARD Jeff's inner monologue on the possible opponents. Suspension of disbelief, what is that?
    • On the same episode, Mr. Anderson, who wasn't chosen for the match with Hardy, was challenged by Austin Aries and attacked Aries shortly thereafter. Before the segment ended, a production team member could clearly be heard saying "Cut! Ok!" before moving on to the next segment.
      • It would've been bad enough if this had been on a live Impact, but this aired ON A TAPED IMPACT.
    • Hardy's inner monologues, always delivered in that bored-sounding monotone, would soon become a weekly thing for a while, prompting many a telepathy joke at Hardy and TNA's expense.
  • After winning the world title, TNA allowed Hardy to carry a custom belt around similar to the one he used in 2010 as well as holding the real world title belt. No explanation was given for why he was allowed to do that.
  • Kicking off the first Impact of 2013 was the 2012 Impact Wrestler of the Year Award, with the plastic trophy that broke easily being "voted" by the fans. The options were Austin Aries, Bobby Roode, Bully Ray, James Storm and Jeff Hardy. You can guess, despite not doing much until being pushed to the moon to convince him to renew his contract, that Jeff Hardy won it.
    • Austin Aries protested against the decision saying it was rigged. At least TNA admitted it in a way.

2013

TNA WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!
  • Despite switching to live shows in 2012, TNA began 2013 by switching back to their old model of taping several shows at once then airing them later in the month. The problem? Nobody told the marketing department, as TNA still advertised all their shows as live, encouraging people to tweet with the hashtag of #ImpactLive. Several chose to mock this with the hashtag #ImpactTaped instead.
    • Eventually, they settled on going live every other week, yet still persisted in advertising all their shows as live. This resulted in tired and uncaring crowds during the taped shows, as tapings happened after the live shows ended. #ImpactTaped mocking continued.
  • TNA booked the Alamodome in Texas for Lockdown, which now takes place in March instead of April. The arena seats over sixty thousand people, but if the 2012 PPV looked terrible on camera, just wait until the Alamodome: even if TNA manages to reach full attendance via a combination of ticket sales and papering fans in, the stadium will still have far more empty seats than filled ones that night, thanks to TNA running Lockdown in a small part of the stadium.
    • On the bright side, TNA decided to drop the PPVs scheduled for February and September to give itself time to create a bigger buildup for Lockdown and Bound for Glory and disguise the fact that its PPVs generally don't sell well.
  • TNA finally did the right thing and cut down their PPVs down to four - Genesis, Lockdown, Slammiversary and Bound for Glory - then taped eight taped "In Your House" "One Night Only" PPV specials with all sorts of gimmicks replacing the live shows that won't matter to the TV product.
    • What was so bad about this? TNA charged $45 for Bound for Glory as it was their big event (yet they couldn't even fill seats for it) and one of their specials was another ECW Reunion show.
      • In true TNA fashion, once every "One Night Only" show was taped, the one the Internet was most excited about turned out to be the Hardcore Justice show. Also in true TNA fashion, all but the first two were taped over three days in March but wouldn't be airing for at least several months after that.
    • As one of the specials was a Knockouts-only special, TNA began asking former Knockouts to work the show. However, hardly anyone they asked was particularly keen on doing so. They were turned down by Traci, Angelina Love, Roxxi, Awesome Kong, Winter, Alissa Flash, Payton Banks, Sarita, and Rosita, while Shelly Martinez revealed she wasn't even asked. Flash eventually agreed to work the show after all. At the same time, Madison Rayne announced her pregnancy, so she only made a non-wrestling appearance to remind everyone she was still employed.
  • Last year, TNA began advertising for an upcoming UK tour which included two TV tapings in Manchester and London, basically filming an entire month of Impact outside the US. Said advertisement included Jeff Hardy, their world champion. Problem with this was that Hardy is not allowed in the UK, due to his felony conviction. This apparently didn't bother TNA, who continued advertising him for it. On January 19th, not long before the tour was supposed to begin, TNA announced on their Facebook page that Hardy wouldn't be on the tour due to a (non-legit) injury from the taped Impact before the UK shows, meaning that a month's worth of Impacts wouldn't have their world champ on them. TNA did not acknowledge his disappearance at the actual events, instead putting up paper notices that he was not coming because of an "injury" - but most UK fans knew the truth. The tour is the only time of the year when TNA actually fills up arenas for shows legitimately, had they well and truly screwed up by putting the belt on the junkie and not taking it off him before the tour started?
    • Even worse than this was that Hardy defended the title prior to the injury angle on the taped Impact against Christopher Daniels. The match was built up as a big deal and would've been a perfect opportunity to get the title off Hardy for the month and give Daniels, who was arguably at his hottest, a much-deserved reign. Yet, they didn't go for it, instead keeping the title on Hardy and taking him off the tour via a lame Nancy Kerrigan-esque attack by the Aces & Eights. How the heck could they justify that?
    • Two weeks into the tour, TNA pretty much gave up the ghost by revealing that Hardy wasn't actually injured (kayfabe-wise) and that he'd be back "in a few weeks", with "in a few weeks" obviously meaning "when the taped Impacts come to an end".
  • The week after the Hardy debacle, Kurt Angle officially swiped Sting's title of dumbest man in professional wrestling when Wes Brisco and Garett Bischoff were revealed as Aces & Eights members. For a time before that, he'd been mentoring both, and had actually been the driving force behind getting Brisco his Gut Check shot. Meanwhile, everyone else had pegged Brisco as a member right off, then eagle-eyed viewers outed Garett based on him not covering tattoos properly.
  • At the start of the year TNA launched the Gut Check Challenge where people could vote for people on the website with the most votes leading to a possible match on Impact Wrestling's Gut Check segment. As we know from the voting on TNA websites before, they screwed it up. There were no limits on how you could vote, so you could keep on voting for the same person every minute. TNA suspended the voting but in all fairness it was their own fault for not dealing with potential vote rigging before the polls went up.
    • Some time after being pulled, the GutCheck Challenge Poll returned, with changes that show that they actually learned from the disaster! Too bad for TNA that most of the people in the old poll dropped out before then.
      • Immediately after Bracket 1 voting went live, no one could vote because every page associated with the poll began to refresh itself over and over and over and over. It soon began to happen every time a new bracket went live.
  • Upon being revealed as a member of the Aces & Eights, Taz's commentary proceeded to get even worse than it already was, as he started awkwardly shoehorning group references in as well as making stupider comments. Among the facepalm-worthy bits from him: referring to himself as teflon, talking about his ass, and saying that short guys had no place in professional wrestling, a comment aimed at Rockstar Spud. Obviously he'd been looking in fun house mirrors at the time, then.
  • TNA thought that using Bellator as a good place to make announcements was a great idea. Dixie Carter announced that Jeff Hardy was signed to a new two year contract, which meant that we'd be seeing more of this junkie not putting over talent as he holds his awful belt high.
    • Oh and that they'd be running a TV taping at Corpus Christi. WHY.
    • At least TNA had finally gotten something out of the Bellator thing after all the weeks they spent talking about it. Yes, we knew it was on after Impact. No, you didn't have to mention it every match or hype what was going to be on it while ignoring your own product. I'm sure people forgave you for looking stupid as you missed important stuff happening in-ring because you were off talking about some light-heavyweight match happening on there or something.
      • It was only after Bellator's season finale that the near-constant plugs stopped, and they didn't return when Bellator did because Bellator was moved to Wednesdays. Of course, then they ripped off The Ultimate Fighter and stuck it on after Impact, so they had to start hyping it again, and it soon extended to MMA and kickboxing specials as well. Basically Spike had started using TNA to promote all the other unrelated full contact crap they'd decided to put on, and the fact that Impact was being treated as an informercial started to piss fans off.
    • On one Impact, Taryn Terrell's appearance on Bellator was hyped. What did she appear as? A ring girl. Also pretty heavily hyped was one of King Mo's fights. He was knocked out in Round One, in under three minutes.
    • Bellator had an app. That was heavily plugged, too.
  • British wrestler and UK Bootcamp competitor "Party" Marty Scurll wrestled in a 6-person mixed tag match during the UK trip. At the tail end of it, Scurll went to perform a suicide dive onto Jessie Godderz, who was just outside the ring. Scurll overshot it just enough to skim down Godderz's back and slam right into the guardrail. Instead of just showing the actual end of the match and not calling attention to what could've been a bad injury, TNA showed the botch at least three more times. Fortunately, Scurll was OK.
  • Chavo and Hernandez received the Garett Bischoff treatment from the UK fans, and nobody bothered to edit it out. It didn't help that they interfered in a match between Austin Aries and Bobby Roode that the crowd was really into.
  • One edition of Gut Check involved the judges needing to decide between which two Knockouts deserve a contract with TNA. The potential knockouts in question were Ivelisse Velez, formerly known as Sofia Cortez in WWE, and Lei'd Tapa. Despite fans interest in Ivelisse and the amount of recognition she had as well as the talent she possessed, TNA decided to axe her in favor of Tapa, who only had two years of experience. During her Gut Check, the fans in the arena booed her and chanted "NO!" at her. Ironically, Bruce Prichard was the one judge that said "no" to giving her a contract, but Al Snow and Danny Davis said yes, giving Lei'd Tapa the contract.
    • You would wonder why TNA would choose Lei'd Tapa over Ivelisse, until you discover that she is the niece of The Barbarian. Like Garrett Bischoff, Lei'd Tapa was picked over the more talented Ivelisse likely due to being a relative of one of Hulk Hogan's buddies.
    • Even from a kayfabe standpoint, it made no sense to pick Lei'd Tapa, as Ivelisse was on offense about 90% of the match, nevermind the fact that she actually WON it.
      • The annoying bit where the judges picked the GutCheck match loser to go on started here, and it had continued ever since. This was also the last time someone was actually signed out of GutCheck, as nobody was signed from the following two, and GutCheck came to an end afterward.
  • Garett Bischoff and Wes Brisco received mic time to whine and complain! The UK crowd tried to drown them both out. Brisco referred to Hulk Hogan as "Hawk Hogan", prompting many a facepalm from viewers.
  • On March 7th, D'Lo Brown was revealed as the VP of Aces & 8s. Taz sold it like a huge coup while Mike Tenay pondered how deep the conspiracy went before D'Lo, looking more like an out of shape Ninja Turtle than Super Shredder, cut a bland promo. No one cared.
    • Kurt Angle solidified his claim to the title of dumbest man in professional wrestling during this, as he'd managed to unmask D'Lo the week before (conveniently out of camera view, of course). Instead of at least trying to get the word out, he sat on the information for a solid week. When he appeared at the start of Impact, he chose to sit on it for an hour longer. When reveal time came, he chose to brawl with Wes Brisco instead. Only at the very last second did he even attempt to tell anyone, and by then it was way too late. He chose to reveal D'Lo by pointing at him before running into a kick to the balls.
    • It took Dixie several weeks after this to get around to "firing" D'Lo, and then it was done over Twitter.
      • It took even longer for the A&8's to put the kibosh on VP D'Lo, but because he lost an I Quit match, not because he lost his position in the company. They busted him down to group gofer and general whipping boy before he vanished from the group due to being fired.
  • March 8th was the one year anniversary of Eric Young and ODB's Knockouts Tag Team Title win. TNA did not acknowledge this at all, as neither had been in TV in a long time.
    • Reminder that this was the same title that was vacated twice because it had not been defended in 30 days.
  • Rob Van Dam lost the X-Division title to Kenny King, except they had to improvise a finish because Earl Hebner completely screwed up the original.
  • The trend of titleholders' contracts expiring continued. This time, it was Bobby Roode's contract, while he was one half of the Dirty Heels, who were the reigning tag champs at the time. He actually had to bring this up because nobody in TNA noticed! Unsurprisingly, the person blamed for this massive screwup, Bruce Prichard, wasn't fired, at least not at that point.
  • Remembering how well putting a weight limit on the X-Division worked the last time, TNA tried it again, along with other rules including mandatory 3-way title defenses and anyone being pinned or submitting in those matches being knocked out of title contention, though they can re-qualify by winning a 3-way contendership match. Some concern was showed at the beginning of this, as TNA didn't have much of a viable X-Division to sustain all of it. The X-Division roster was soon bolstered by returning names like Petey Williams and Chris Sabin, but eventually was relegated to the back burner again.
    • During X-Division matches, TNA introduced the X-Cam: a camera on the referee's head. Some of you who watched WCW might remember that, it was done there too. The very first week it was introduced, it was complained about because the camera gave everything shot from its perspective a very sickly yellow hue. TNA kiboshed it two weeks after it was introduced.
    • The X-Division reshuffling led to the rediscovery of the Suicide costume, which was then given to TJ Perkins, who'd worked for the company several times before as Puma. He proceeded to completely give away his identity in his first match after donning the costume by grabbing the top and middle ropes and hanging between them, which was a signature taunt of his.
    • Not surprisingly, the 3 Way X-Division defense rule is a failure, as a few months later, Dixie would tweet that they are scrapping the rule in favor of traditional One on One matches from now on due to "fan feedback". At least TNA saw how much of a stupid idea this rule was.
  • TNA actually marketed a Dixie Carter action figure, and promoted a contest involving tweeting her pictures of the action figure in assorted places, which was not the best thing to mention to the Internet considering the large number of Photoshoppers.
  • TNA put out a press release, just to say that Dixie was going to the UK to host a "secret" party and a later meet and greet. Nobody cared.
  • Chavo and Hernandez won the tag titles again. Nobody cared. In fact, people really were annoyed by that, as the TNA tag division only had three regular teams at the time (the other two being Bad Influence and the Dirty Heels) and Chavo and Hernandez were the only face team out of the three.
    • Eventually, the tag division got a second face team. Originally, it was thought to have been Joe and Magnus, but they reunited solely to take on the biker ninjas. Eventually, James Storm got to pick a mystery partner. Out of everyone he could've picked, he picked a randomly returning Gunner. Hardly anyone was enthused.
  • After news got out that Rogers Cable in Canada was moving Spike TV to a more expensive subscription tier on their cable packages, many of the TNA roster tweeted out about how dissatisfied they were with the decision. Only problem was that most of the tweets talking about the news were basically similar in nature with certain words changed around, basically proving this was a move that the P.R. guys at TNA forced the wrestlers to re-tweet and change wording around to make it seem like it wasn't a copy and paste job. Too bad Tara and Chavo basically pasted the same wording.
    • Later on the wrestlers were forced to shill that Bound For Glory tickets were on sale, with Christian York and Rockstar Spud basically copying and pasting the exact same wording. In York's case, it was about 30 seconds before the main TNA account tweeted the exact same thing, immediately outing his copy and paste job.
  • James Storm was injured while being a special guest referee.
  • On the May 9th episode of Impact Wrestling (The same one with the above mentioned Storm referee injury) Christy Hemme accidentally introduced Austin Aries and Bobby Roode incorrectly as Bad Influence, thinking that Daniels and Kazarian would come out first. Aries, being legitimately annoyed, cornered Hemme near the turnbuckle, went up the second turnbuckle, and proceeded to shove his junk into Hemme's face. Hemme later went on Twitter saying that Aries was out of line with his outburst, to which Aries countered back by saying that Hemme couldn't take a joke. The next week, Spike TV issued a statement saying that Aries would be disciplined for sexual harassment against Hemme. Who was the idiot here? Hemme for messing up the intro or Aries for shoving his dick up a woman's face?
    • Aries was later "severely" fined, at the insistence of Spike. A few days afterward on Impact, many shots were taken at TNA and Spike for their hypocrisy in still including the usual pervy camerawork, such as the slow pan up Hemme.
  • Zema Ion was hospitalized with appendicitis. In addition to removing the appendix, doctors also found a tumour which had to be removed. This became another example of TNA not giving a fuck about assisting talent with their medical issues (and obviously not paying them decent wages so they can actually afford things) as $30,000 was needed for treatment (Ion didn't have medical insurance as he couldn't afford it) and Zema's girlfriend had to post a fundraiser for fans to help pay for his treatment.
    • Many months later, Ion would reveal that he got heat for this fundraiser backstage as some TNA officials felt like this made the company look bad.
  • AJ Styles, having returned following an injury, eventually started becoming moody and brooding with his hair much longer and basically blaming TNA for all of the problems he suffered in 2012. With this, Bad Influence tried to convince AJ to rejoin their entourage to reform Fortune, but AJ refused by beating both men up. Shortly after this happened, the Aces & Eights started trying to recruit AJ themselves, even going as far as calling AJ "Their boy" and giving him an open invitation to join the group. The Aces & Eights thought they'd succeeded when AJ wore the vest they gave him and attacked Kurt Angle, who claimed that AJ was ruining his legacy in TNA as one of the originals of TNA. AJ eventually turned on the Aces & Eights shortly thereafter and claimed to be his own man. If you guessed that the final paragraphs sound similar to when the nWo tried to recruit Sting back in 1996 only for him to turn on them, give yourself a pat on the back.

Bully and Brooke Hogan

  • After the awful Claire Lynch storyline in 2012, what could possibly be worse? They made another ridiculously awful love interest storyline involving Bully Ray and Brooke Hogan. Yes, not Miss "don't call her Brooke" (although some still do) Tessmacher. Brooke Hogan.
  • Happening because TNA thought that Brooke Hogan drew (brotherjackdude), they put her in a storyline where she was fucking Bully Ray, except Daddy Hulk didn't like that one single bit, because Hulk believed that Bully wasn't the right guy for her.
    • One week before Impact went off the air, Hulk caught both of them making out. What a horrible way to end a show, in fact Hogan took the week off after that happened.
      • The following week's show contained a backstage segment where Bully told Brooke that he thought Hulk knew about their relationship. A flustered but skeptical Brooke wondered aloud how Hulk could have possibly figured it out. Certainly not because Hulk AND cameras caught them making out in the parking lot to end the previous show. If nothing else, at least this confirmed that TNA is so bad even its own employees don't watch it.
  • When he returned, despite pleas from Brooke, Hulk Hogan suspended Bully Ray indefinitely without pay.
    • Showing that the promotion department didn't know what was happening onscreen, the Genesis ad campaign (which featured Bully) continued, despite his indefinite suspension.
    • Despite being indefinitely suspended, Bully was still allowed to appear and talk onscreen. Does TNA even know the meaning of the words "indefinite suspension"?
  • Booked to explain his actions the week after, Bully saved Brooke after the Aces and 8's threatened to take Brooke and do some nasty things to her. Even then, Daddy Hogan isn't pleased. To make it all worse, MARK (Bully Ray) asked Brooke if she would marry him. All this in one week, and people thought that TNA was actually improving.
  • The wedding occurred on the January 17 edition of Impact. Towards the end of the ceremony Taz, who had been one of Bully's groomsmen, turned heel and joined the Aces & Eights. Aces then crashed the ceremony, attacked every male present, and held Brooke and forced her to watch, but she seemed more concerned about keeping her nips from falling out of her low cut dress that she decided to wear for the segment. After the beatdown Brooke ran to her father while covering her bosoms and whispered "My boobs are out" loud enough for the camera to pick it up. Hulk responded by saying "GO CHECK ON BULLY ... OH GOD." Brooke then accidentally ran past her fiance and checked on Tommy Dreamer instead. The entire segment, including "My boobs are out", was posted on TNA's Youtube page for several days, until someone thought better of it, took it down, and put up an edited version omitting that part. By then, the uncut version had already been grabbed and posted.
    • When asked about the wedding, Brooke would later claim that it was real. She was very likely the only person who actually believed that, until...
      • Everyone's favorite douchebag celebrity gossip columnist with a fat back, Perez Hilton, published a video of Bully at his bachelor party and slammed him for being photographed with a topless dancer while being engaged to Brooke, cementing his status as a gigantic idiot. Later, after being called an idiot for falling for it by pretty much everyone, he actually bothered to do some research and posted an addendum acknowledging, not that he was fooled, but that Brooke "may" not be getting married and pro wrestling "may" not be real. Nice save, Hilton.
  • Once Brooke and Sting managed to reconcile Bully and Hogan, Hogan's attitude underwent a total 180 as he handed #1 contendership over to Bully, completely ignoring the fact that he'd organized four matches with the sole intent on deciding a #1 contender from the competitors and that Bully wasn't in any of them. Hello conflict of interest.
    • This royally backfired on Hogan, Sting, and Brooke, as immediately after Bully beat Hardy for the title at Lockdown, he revealed that he'd been using them all along just to get there, and that he was the man running the Aces and Eights the entire time.
      • Brooke continued to claim that this "betrayal" wasn't a storyline. Alright Brooke, you can stop, you're not fooling anyone. Except for possibly Perez Hilton again.
      • Bully and co. spent the whole of the Impact following Lockdown beating up people randomly and taunting Hogan to fire them. Hogan didn't. Instead, he tried to get the rest of the roster to band together against the biker ninjas. Not even half the roster showed up to the ensuing brawl, and those who did received a beatdown.
      • Hogan started acting like a royal douche to Sting in an attempt to shift all blame away from himself, despite the fact that he was the one who gave Bully the title shot. Matt Morgan popped up again to start calling Hogan out on this particular brand of bull, saying that if Hogan had given him the shot, everything wouldn't have happened.
      • Eventually, Morgan tried to work out a deal with Hogan, saying that he'd take care of Bully in exchange for #1 contendership. Hogan proceeded to be an asshole about it, shooting him down because he "would've been doing it for the wrong reasons", and proceeded to try to take on the biker ninjas himself. Sting showed up again and they proceeded to clear the heels out. Yep, you read that right. The A&8's ran roughshod over the great majority of the roster, yet were sent running for the hills by Hogan and Sting.
      • The next week, Sting went over Morgan clean, with Morgan "passing out" in the scorpion deathlock, to win yet another title shot.
      • Sting was then dumb enough to agree to a stipulation for the match: if he lost, he wouldn't get any more title shots. Hogan kept popping up to try to kibosh the stip, but Sting told him not to. He then proceeded to lose the match.
      • His first appearance after losing, Sting proceeded to tease the return of the Main Event Mafia. The same week, dissention was teased in the biker ninjas between Doc and Anderson over the vacant VP spot. Apparently TNA couldn't just pick one of these things to do. The Doc/Anderson tiff was kiboshed when Doc's contract ran out and wasn't renewed.
      • Meanwhile, Bully kept trying to see Brooke again. This, combined with her having saved him from an attack by her father, pointed towards a really unnecessary heel turn for Brooke, which was thankfully kiboshed when she left TNA.
      • Someone apparently thought it would be a good idea to mention Brooke's real life engagement to a football player during this. So much for suspension of disbelief.
      • It's not like any of that mattered though as Brooke was released in mid August 2013 without a proper conclusion to the angle.
      • Bully would later talk on the phone on the August 15th episode, ending with him saying "I love you, Brooke", implying he was talking to Brooke Hogan. The next week, Bully would reveal that he was having an affair with "I can be called Brooke again" Tessmacher. It didn't help this aired the week after Brooke Hogan was released, so unless you forgot Miss Tessmacher's first name, this wasn't surprising. TNA proceeded to drop Tessmacher's last name as a result, making her simply "Brooke".

Well that didn't work, back to 9 PM!

  • Impact went back to 9 PM because the earlier timeslot had resulted in the same ratings as before the initial move to 8 PM, regardless if the show was live or on the road. In a show of exceptionally poor foresight, this change took place right in the middle of the NBA Playoffs!!! As a result, the first Impact back at that timeslot managed a .83 with a 26% drop in viewers, the lowest-rated Impact since the Monday night debacle.
  • Velvet Sky's horrendous Knockouts title reign finally came to an end when she dropped the title to Mickie James. For at least a month before she dropped the title, she had a (at least partly kayfabe) knee injury, except you wouldn't know it because she ran around like nothing was wrong. The times she DID remember to sell it, she did so by pretty much collapsing like a marionette. Comparisons to John Cena were made. This cleared the way for Mickie's long-teased heel turn.
    • Even after she was supposedly cleared for a rematch, the no-sell/collapsing routine continued, and the rematch was awful.
  • To further enhance the #ImpactTaped experience, TNA actually started taping shows an hour or two before the TV airing so they can tape two shows quickly and not be there all night. Of course, TNA still used #ImpactLive when it really wasn't, even into 2014 when they started taping months ahead of time.
  • During Slammiversary, Dixie Carter announced the second member of the TNA Hall of Fame: Kurt Angle. Keep in mind that the first two members of the TNA Hall of Fame (Kurt Angle and Sting) all had their major success in the business outside of TNA (Sting in WCW and Kurt in WWE) and were voted in instead of TNA talent that started with the promotion from the beginning (AJ Styles) or were important to the company to begin with (Jeff Jarrett, who founded the company).
  • Dixie Carter tweeted before Slammiversary that a "Major Free Agent" was going to be announced soon as joining TNA. Shortly after the news, rumors were abuzz with who would be joining the company going from rumors that it was John Morrison, Shelton Benjamin, Prince Devitt, and even TNA re-signing RVD. With the announcement, both Batista and Goldberg denied joining the company via tweets. The next week TNA issued a statement stating the big signing was Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, who also announced he will be fighting for Bellator. So basically TNA thought that they would have a better shot with an established MMA fighter in "Rampage" Jackson and not with King Mo who signed a deal with TNA for the exact same reasons and who was completely humiliated when he was knocked out in one round.
    • The week he debuted, Kurt Angle got in his face and a match was teased. They metaphorically kissed and made up the next week. Shortly after debuting, he did an interview in which he said that he wouldn't start wrestling until his MMA career was done, making him yet another investment TNA won't be getting a return on for at least quite a while.
      • The above didn't stop TNA from putting him in their Mafia reboot, wasting a spot that could've gone to someone who can actually wrestle. He didn't fit in with the Mafia at all, and it took weeks for him to even wear a suit. This was eventually made completely pointless by Bellator pulling Rampage off TNA shows.
  • The GutCheck Challenge voting ended, with "Bad Bones" John Klinger getting the nod. Unfortunately for Klinger, TNA fanvotes never go right. In this case, people once again discovered that they could vote multiple times from the same IP, this time just by having multiple email addresses registered. Though TNA had caught this once before (returning one competitor, Shawn Shultz, back down to thirteenth after he suddenly shot up to first), nobody bothered to close the loophole. Once runner-up "Portugal's Perfect Athlete" Shanna was tipped off to this, the accusations started to fly. TNA never addressed it.
    • Not long after the vote finished, news circulated that sixth place finisher Adam "The Big O" Ohriner (who was mostly famous for appearing on Zack Ryder's webshow) would be getting a televised GutCheck. That must've really annoyed Klinger, Shanna, and the other three who finished ahead of Ohriner in the winners' bracket vote.
      • Ohriner's competition? Tough Enough alum Ryan "Skidmarks" Howe, who had somehow become some mutant mix of Heath Slater, Johnny Devine, and Van Hammer since then.
        • And neither were hired, making it a complete waste of time. This was also the very last GutCheck, which meant that the GutCheck Challenge mentioned above was completely pointless as well.
  • TNA released this preview clip for the 6/27/13 Impact two days before the show, directly spoiling the outcome of a title match and outright revealing the identity of the current Suicide in the process. Kayfabe? What's that?
    • While trying to get the fake Suicide (who turned out to be Austin Aries) to unmask, Hogan claimed that the current Suicide, TJ Perkins, had been Suicide for the character's entire run with the company, which prompted facepalms and jokes from people who actually knew the character's history and that he'd been played by three other people before Perkins.
    • The next week, Suicide was given a new name (Manik) and new music, only to come out in the same old, barely altered ring gear. Did those cost cutting measures mentioned below extend to the costume department or something?
  • With most of the tag division in the BFG Series in some way, pretty much the only heel team that was left to challenge Gunner and James Storm was Robbie E. and Jesse Godderz. The segment that started this feud was mainly comprised of Storm making fun of Robbie and Godderz's tag name (the Bro-Mans, with Storm claiming it was "bromance" and dragging the joke out for far longer than it needed to be dragged out) and calling Tara a butterface, and was quite painful to watch. The (non-title) match the next week wasn't much better.
    • After one or two matches, the feud was suddenly dropped. Wes Brisco and Garett Bischoff got a title shot, but didn't feud with them either. This led to Chavo and Hernandez getting yet another shot at the tag titles, which nobody wanted to happen in the first place.
  • After leaving the Impact Zone in early 2013, the financial burden of being on the road began to take its toll in July. Dixie reportedly placed the blame on the cost of taping the One Night Only PPVs. In order to meet the financial burden (the average cost of taping an Impact episode outside of the Impact Zone is estimated at $600,000) TNA reportedly was late paying a number of talents, and the company would go on to part ways with a number of talent to cut costs including:
    • Madison Rayne, whose departure was especially concerning considering that they deprived a pregnant woman of a job. Even if her contract expiring meant that she likely couldn't bring a wrongful termination lawsuit on their heads, it must've been some serious bad karma. Good thing that was avoided, as Rayne returned to TNA in December.
    • Taeler Hendrix, Joey Ryan, and Christian York. There went the last sliver of legitimacy of The Gut Check. Hendrix dissed TNA in an interview with Headlocks2Headlines almost immediately after her release; claiming most in the locker room were miserable, The Gut Check was a total failure, and confirmed that TNA's financial problems are hurting everyone from the top of TNA to those in OVW. She also said that her release was a mutual agreement which doesn't make much sense when just a month prior. TNA did a promo video hyping Taeler's story getting into TNA.
    • Crimson's firing was also very awkward when you consider he was called a "returning superstar" on TNA's taped Hardcore Justice PPV that aired not too shortly after his firing, even with fans chanting "Welcome Back". In reality, because the show was taped back in February, the fans were chanting about Crimson coming back from an injury that happened to him back months prior in 2012.
    • The bleeding didn't stop as TNA later released Tara from her contract due to monetary reasons (She was reportedly one of the highest paid Knockouts in the company) and D.O.C.'s contract was not renewed despite him being in the middle of a storyline. Upper personnel in the company were also affected, with it supposedly affecting longtime backstage agent D'Lo Brown, who reportedly took a paycut only for TNA to release him anyways.
    • Bruce Prichard was also let go which was probably one of the better firings after the lot due to his incompetence as head of talent relations including letting talent contracts expire without knowing that they were coming up. Perhaps creative (which he headed up) might actually improve now after failing ratings, watered down divisions and lackluster storylines.
      • Prichard's replacement on Creative? Eric Bischoff. And nothing changed.
    • Matt Morgan left. Again. Considering that TNA had basically made him look like a total schmuck in jobbing him to Sting then barely using him afterward, not much of value (if anything at all) was lost.
    • In what could be one of many backward moves made by the company this year, they dropped the commentator that actually made the announce team bearable, Todd Keneley. In the meantime, Taz was signed to a new contract. The company preferred to use the awful two-man table of Mike Tenay and Taz, so expect the teflon man to shoot on Keneley whenever he feels like it.
      • The most hilarious thing about Taz's contract is that despite only working at least once every two weeks, he gets one day of the year off. This silly day off usually happens at Destination X (which he has not done since 2010 due to a reason that changes every year) which means that fans can be relieved of terrible commentary, for at least a show or two.
      • It soon came out that Taz tried very hard to get back in WWE when his contract with TNA was up, and the only reason he signed a new contract was because WWE didn't want him.
    • Jesse Sorensen was also released. Eric Bischoff bid him adieu on Twitter where he said "Nothing but respect and support for Jesse Sorensen. Stay strong, never lose your determination, and success will find you." That success was nowhere to be found in TNA apparently.
Dixie's twitter Q&A went awry, partly provoked by Jesse Sorensen's release days earlier. In response Sorensen released his own #AskDixie shirt in honor of the event. Distancing himself from TNA, he actually managed to spell it correctly.
    • Mickie James' TNA contract expired and was not renewed (see "Hogan's Contract Expires" as to why it wasn't renewed), which further weakened the already depleted Knockouts division. Who would TNA replace her with? Lei'd Tapa, the same woman who was signed instead of Ivelisse.
  • Dixie once again did something stupid on Twitter, this time trying to solicit questions through the #AskDixie hashtag. Her timing couldn't have been any worse, as this came not long after all the releases mentioned above. Twitter fired back at her, and the resulting slaughter was both epic and hilarious.
    • Dixie finally answered questions on August 1st, though she answered very few because she refused to answer questions she saw as "outrageous" or "hurtful" and most of the questions and comments apparently fell into either category. One of the questions asked was why she was bringing in MMA guys and to show off her expertise on this subject, Dixie explained that King Mo and Rampage are both "wrestlers, first and foremost" and talks about their various accomplishments as amateur wrestlers. Yes, Dixie really does believe professional wrestling and amateur wrestling qualify as the same exact thing. She continued to answer questions for a few weeks, then completely stopped.
  • TNA started promoting an app of their own. Unfortunately for them, it was a workout app featuring Jeff Hardy. Nobody cared, and they soon stopped promoting it.
  • The joke that was the Knockout tag titles finally came to an end, as they were officially removed from the TNA site roster page in early July. Why it took them several weeks to do this after Eric Young and ODB handed them over, nobody knows. Reportedly, the TV title came to an end as well, although it remained on the roster page until July of 2014.
  • Mr. Anderson apparently hadn't learned from the year he basically eliminated himself from the BFG Series. In a random draw tag tournament to get into a 6-person match for 25 points in this year's Series, he drew Mafia member Magnus as a partner and proceeded to act like a total douchebag, basically leaving Magnus to win the match by himself.
  • Another example of TNA screwing up at the last minute involved a house show in Missouri where a number of wrestlers were unable to perform due to having no wrestling license in that state, those wrestlers being Garett Bischoff, Jay Bradley, Miss Tessmacher, Gail Kim, Wes Brisco and the TNA World Heavyweight champion at that time, Chris Sabin. Who in the TNA office was supposed to be responsible for obtaining the licenses? The recently released Head of Talent Relations. Thanks to TNA not sorting out the licenses in time they had offered refunds to the 300 who actually wanted to attend this show.
    • With the very limited roster, TNA offering full refunds for those who attended the show, with how their money issues are, wasn't a smart idea. They also offered the fans who stayed to watch the show to meet the wrestlers backstage for free, which pissed off a lot of the people who paid for the TNA VIP package, as some fans were able to do something for free that they were offered to do if they paid $65 to do so. Jeff Hardy's picture and autograph, however, was still $20.
  • To make matters worse about TNA's money troubles, two house shows, one in Eugene, Oregon and one in Yakima, Washington were cancelled as well as TNA suspending their video on demand service due to "A major transition". You know it's getting bad when people won't even pay to watch TNA's archived matches.
Anything not highlighted was tarped off.
  • Showing why TNA's absolutely clueless at having shows on the road and not promoting them (or holding them in actual places not the middle of nowhere), the Impact taping in Wichita Falls Falls, Texas (featuring the return of Tito Ortiz) was only set up for 1,500. There were 18 upper level sections of the building they ran. They sold tickets in seven of them. There are 18 sections in the Mezzanine level. They sold tickets in three of them. And they didn't sell them out.
  • As if all that wasn't bad enough, one of TNA's taped "One Night Only" PPVs, 10 Reunion, was dropped by DirecTV. Its replacement? An all day marathon of "Up the Skirt: Thongs Revealed". Yep, TNA got thrown over for upskirt porn. Thankfully, this didn't happen again the following month.
  • Kurt Angle was pulled over for DUI YET AGAIN on the evening of August 1st.
    • Because of Angle's DUI arrest, Angle checked himself into rehab for his substance abuse problems, which also led into another problem. Before Angle got arrested, TNA was hyping a 5 Vs. 5 match between Aces & Eights and The Main Event Mafia on the Hardcore Justice special Impact on August 15 in which the wrestler who was pinned would be fired from TNA. Instead of simply finding a replacement wrestler to take over Angle's spot, Dixie Carter announced that the match would be postponed until the following weeks Impact. So Kurt Angle saved a wrestler from potentially leaving TNA for one week, which was either a good thing or a bad thing depending on your feelings on the situation.
      • Who paid for Angle's rehab? WWE.
      • Technically it wasn't even postponed, as it was taped at the same tapings as the show where it was announced it wouldn't happen.
      • When the match finally happened, the fifth man turned out to be AJ Styles, who suddenly decided not to be a loner anymore with no buildup or explanation. The next week, he completely ripped off CM Punk by worked shooting on TNA.
        • Who ended up being fired? Devon. What was the point in bringing him back if he was just going to be booted again?
  • The main event of the August 15th Impact featured Bully Ray Vs. Chris Sabin in a cage match with the stipulation being that if Bully Ray lost the match, he would never get another title shot in TNA. Given the stipulation, it was no surprise that Bully Ray won the title back in an anticlimatic fashion, sadly branding Sabin as a transitional champion. He almost immediately disappeared back into the X-Division and nonsensically turned heel.
    • Said anticlimactic finish included a completely unnecessary ref bump, Anderson shutting the cage door on Sabin, and the also-anticlimactic heel turn of Tito Ortiz, which is mentioned below.
  • TNA posted a video of TJ Perkins, the current person behind the Manik persona, signing a TNA contract. This would've been all cool and all if it wasn't for the fact that He was at the time the current X-Division Champion! Basically revealing that the current X-Division champion was without a full contract to TNA and also proving that they could have dumped the Manik gimmick on anybody again if Perkins didn't sign with TNA.
  • Hogan nearly wrecked TNA continuity on the August 29th episode of Impact by booking a match between Sting and Bully Ray for the world title. It had to be clarified after the show that the match wasn't for the title, meaning that Hogan utterly screwed up in the process.
    • During that same promo, Hogan booked Ray against "a member of Aces & Eights" for the title at a then-upcoming show. Despite everyone and their mother knowing that it was Mr. Anderson, they delayed revealing it 'til the next week, because Hogan had also extended the Bound For Glory Series for an additional week...despite the show's theme being that the Series was coming to an end and "winner takes all".
  • The Bound For Glory Series, deliberately mistimed and cut short by TNA (why do it if it's just gonna be halfassed?), came to an end a week after it was supposed to end with a battle royal involving every competitor, despite the fact that a good portion of the list had no prayer of getting into the top four and only Hardy was in any position to be knocked out of the top four. This served as a saving throw for AJ Styles to catapult from fifth up to first, since he'd pulled an Anderson the week before and eliminated himself via getting a pin when even the announcers pointed out that he needed a submission to stay in.
  • Wes Brisco was unceremoniously fired from the Aces & Eights and from TNA after losing a multi-man match, whittling the biker ninjas down even more. This was purely to write him off television, and for unknown reasons he'd actually stay employed with the company through the rest of the year before being fired in January of 2014.

#august1warning

  • Almost immediately following the massive roster cut TNA administered, a "cryptic" video was posted on the TNA Youtube page, saying that someone who was supposedly not employed by TNA or Spike TV would show up on the August 1st episode of Impact. When people failed to care, TNA soon teased a clue as to the person's identity if the video hit 250K views. Think about it for a bit. If the mystery person wasn't employed by TNA or Spike TV, how in the hell could they even be able to give a clue as to the person's identity?
    • To make things even more stupid, they released more videos to hype the reveal. A second video basically flat out denied the character was Batista whereas a third video denied the character was Chris Jericho. Funny how, to hype a new wrestler coming into TNA, TNA had to tell people that it wasn't a wrestler most wrestling fans would've cared to see in TNA. Despite this, they set standards very high for who it could possibly have been by comparing him to two huge stars. Speculation ran wild.
    • In the closing minutes of the August 1st edition of iMPACT, MMA fighter Tito Ortiz was revealed to be the man behind #august1warning. Yes, yet another MMA star was brought into TNA on a big money contract at the expensive of countless people's jobs. Tito was hyped as a MMA legend despite being nearly 40, aging and incredibly irrelevant compared to when he was last in TNA almost ten years ago. The debut consisted of Tito standing on the ramp, folding his arms, and trying way too hard to look intimidating as the men in the ring pointed at him and argued amongst themselves. Crowd reaction for Tito's debut was silent and Twitter immediately blew up with negative comments.
    • In the end, the entire thing was nothing more than a cross-promotional package to hype up the upcoming Rampage vs. Tito fight, which wasn't even scheduled until that November. TNA effectively wasted their entire show and hype to help market a fight that wasn't even happening in their company.
    • The next week, Tito made an appearance that was purported to be him explaining himself. He was interrupted by Angle in a complete and utter retread of the interruption Rampage received not too long before. Bully Ray interrupted them both to say he didn't respect either. Nobody cared.
    • During the August 15th Impact, with Angle having shipped himself off to rehab, Rampage offered Tito the empty spot on the Mafia team. Sting later gave his blessing, which should have tipped everyone off to what was going to happen. At the end of the show, Ortiz promptly and anticlimactically turned on Rampage and the Mafia.
    • Not long after the ten-man fiasco where Tito wasn't even on a team despite his heavily-hyped induction into the Aces & Eights (which involved him being given Devon's vest and pissing off Anderson), Bellator pulled both Rampage and Tito from TNA shows, making this whole thing completely pointless.
    • A week before the fight was to take place, Ortiz fractured his neck in training, canceling his fight with Rampage. So not only was the #august1warning promos completely pointless to TNA, it ended up being completely pointless to Bellator as well.
      • It was been pointed out by some that this angle was mandated by Spike TV strictly to promote Bellator, and Impact, being one of their highest-rated shows, was an ideal platform to do that. Regardless, TNA's handling of the angle was still a travesty.

Hogan's Contract Expires (October 2013 onwards)

  • Something that was the end of Hulk Hogan in TNA: his contract expired on October 1st, 2013. Despite TNA's obvious money issues, they were still interested in a new deal, yet TNA paid Hulk Hogan in his contract $35K an appearance. Some talent in the company are lucky if they get double that a year. (Hogan later signed with WWE.)
    • Just before then, the contracts of Mr Anderson and Mickie James expired. And as you can expect, it came down to money as well. TNA having to make huge cuts due to the failure of the road tapings (lack of attendance, etc), TNA offered Mickie James $60,000 a year. She obviously didn't take it and who couldn't expect that, especially when Hogan was paid all that money and Christy Hemme was rumoured to make $100K a year to do shitty ring announcing and work with the Knockouts. AJ Styles had a contract extension until the end of the year, and even then they expected him to take a pay cut when the man seen as TNA's top star wants a well-deserved pay raise. Naturally, AJ refused and departed in 2014.
  • To write Hulk Hogan off should he not return, the final segment on the 10/3 Impact show was when a heel Dixie Carter wanted Hogan by her side and to "ride the Dixie Train". Hulk said that the offer was best for someone else and said that he was quitting. The most ridiculous part however is that Dixie BEGGED Hogan to stay, even holding one of his legs at the ramp in an attempt to show that without Hogan, Dixie and TNA would be worthless. She then spitefully fired him anyway, acting like a two year old who hadn't been given their way.
    • Despite the general consensus that Hogan should have been fired on air to help generate heel heat for the turned President of the company, he invoked his creative control clause to ensure that his exit was what he wanted and not what anyone else would have liked. Even at the end, Hogan refused to put the company or even other talent over in what turned out to be his final appearance for the company, he was only interested in himself. Although Hulk Hogan was seen as someone who alongside Eric Bischoff had run the company into the ground since their arrival in 2010, it seemed that Hogan did not want to be blamed for TNA's downfall and that all the blame should be on Carter. Despite Dixie being the one making the final decisions, she has been known to be a nodding head to the likes of Hogan, Bischoff and the departed Bruce Prichard, thinking that their suggestions are what the company needs, yet turned out to be the complete opposite. And as was pointed out in the Wrestling Observer, the worrying image of Dixie Carter willingly disparaging her company's top talent as a heel (calling AJ Styles, the headliner for Bound For Glory, worthless) while begging for Hulk Hogan to stay hasn't been lost on the talent backstage.
      • And what did Hogan do after his TNA contract expiration? Become the face of a web hosting company named Hostamania, riding a wrecking ball as a parody of Miley Cyrus where you could quite clearly see Hogan's old backside. Well done Hulk!
  • The next week, Hogan received the same treatment Bischoff got for one week when he was written off TV, where his name wasn't even mentioned. It made TNA look incredibly petty.
    • In a related note, Bischoff wasn't even backstage at the TNA tapings that took place after Bound For Glory, with the official term being that he was "Going to write shows at the comfort of his home", which was a more polite way of saying TNA wanted Bischoff to sit out the rest of his contract.
  • A closeup from a graphic hyping the Bully Ray/AJ Styles contract signing that was on TV at least three separate times during the 10/17 Impact.
  • Due to TNA's money issues, most of TNA's show bookings after Bound For Glory were canceled. (A Impact Wrestling taping that was scheduled for 11/25 in Baltimore, Maryland, a 12/5 Impact Wrestling taping in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and another Impact Wrestling taping on 12/19 in Arlington, Texas) News also came out that TNA was trying to salvage this problem by negotiating with Universal Studios Florida to Return to the Impact Zone to tape shows there! I guess the going on the road thing was another failure in the belt of TNA like the Monday night experiment. Other locations including Las Vegas had been discussed for a more permanent approach but should TNA return to the place home of "cast members" and tourists getting in for free not knowing anything about the product, it will be seen as a huge step back from their ambitious decision to leave there earlier in the year.
The Tulsa, OK Impact Taping only had 800 fans in attendance. TNA couldn't even cover it up on camera.
  • A Dixie Carter shirt was released on TNA's shop and as you could expect, the fans were very happy to see it. One since-deleted comment included "They should start selling Dixie dildos so we can fuck ourselves while we're being bored to death watching impact". What a great idea.
  • TNA canceled tapings, fired talent, lowballed others...yet apparently could afford to bring in the current Mr. Olympia to accompany the Bro-Mans to their matches at Bound For Glory. Guess we're seeing where the money they're "saving" is really going now. On top of that, nobody there knew who the guy was, making it another pointless bit of stuntcasting.
  • A seating arrangement for the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka, Kansas revealed that TNA had plans to go back to the six sided ring. Too bad the house show wasn't slated to happen till September 17th, 2015 so unless TNA has plans to reveal the change soon, this return to a concept that made TNA original may not happen at all.
  • TNA announced that they fucked up hard with the road tapings and would be hanging their heads in shame by returning to Universal Studios for their shows, although not the same Impact Zone but a smaller, wider studio as the original studio is occupied. Except they put a PR spin on it to not make it look bad, announcing that there will be filmed content which will be released 24/7, focusing more on that instead of live events. Even then, it really was a huge step back, after bombing hard on the road tapings and wasting huge money on wasteful talent like Hulk Hogan, it makes people wonder if this is nearing the end of TNA.
  • As it turns out, it probably is nearing the end, as Dave Meltzer reported that the Carters and Panda Energy may want to sell the company to the highest bidder, with the possible candidates being Bischoff, Viacom, Jeff Jarrett and even the WWE. If it is truly the end of TNA, they will probably die in the most fitting way possible: just like WCW. There could still be hope, however, with rumors that the strongest person capable of buying the promotion is Smashing Pumpkins front man Billy Corgan. These rumours ended up with Janice Carter herself sending out a memo to TNA's employees saying that the Carters had no intention to sell their ownership stake and Panda Energy remained committed to the product, even if they're losing millions of money and letting Dixie treat most of the talent like shit.
  • To cut costs again, TNA had to cut ties with OVW as a developmental territory. It made sense because unlike OVW's glory days when they brought up fresh talent that eventually did become stars when they were a WWE farm promotion (John Cena, Randy Orton, Brock Lesnar and CM Punk for example), TNA basically used OVW as a dumping ground for talent that they didn't bother having the time or effort to push to the main roster. (Taeler Hendrix being a huge example)
  • Even with their financial issues, Dixie Carter was able to announce that Pacman Jones had re-signed with TNA and was returning to the company despite doing nothing but be a cheerleader to other wrestlers during his first run. See "Pacman Jones comes to TNA" above. As it turned out, he only made one appearance where he, along with another football player, got into an argument with and proceeded to bodyslam Bad Influence. It was a waste of time, didn't get any publicity or hype, and was never mentioned again.
  • The heel TNA Knockouts champion Gail Kim aligned herself with the Polynesian powerhouse women's wrestler Lei'D Tapa who became her bodyguard, which could be considered a blatant copycat of a WWE storyline due to the fact that over on WWE at the same time, the heel WWE Divas champion AJ Lee aligned herself with the Polynesian powerhouse women's wrestler Tamina Snuka who became her bodyguard. (Keep in mind the AJ/Tamina alliance happened about a month before the Kim/Tapa alliance started)
  • Despite TNA having to return to Orlando to do the majority of their shows, house shows were still on the card. Except they were being held in high school gyms, where you could buy tickets for one of them in a cupcake shop of all places. So if you think things have really got bad, high school gyms and cupcake shops should solidify that.
  • TNA finally pulled the plug on the Joseph Park gimmick and revealed that Bad Influence discovered that Joseph Park's supposed law offices actually closed down back in 1996. Eric Young also busted open Park in a match and showed Park his own blood, causing Park to all of a sudden know how to pull off Abyss's moves exactly like Abyss. After the match, Young revealed that Park is suffering from a split personality disorder and therefore couldn't find "his brother" because he IS Abyss. Too bad most fans figured out the secret the moment the Joseph Park character debuted a year and a half ago. (And also forgetting about the "Other Abyss" that appeared alongside Park on a few occasions)
  • TNA held another Feast or Fired match on the December 12th Impact tapings. However, to possibly avoid spoilers about the results, TNA didn't reveal the results to the audience during the tapings, meaning that the final results wasn't revealed until the episode actually aired 3 weeks after the match was initially taped. In the end, Zema Ion got the X-Division title shot as expected, Ethan Carter the Third (The artist formerly known as Derrick Bateman of WWE fame) won a tag title shot despite not having a tag partner (and later gave it away, with it ending up in Gunner's possession as well before being transferred to James Storm and seemingly forgotten about), and what could be a good thing to come out of this, Chavo Guerrero would be fired, but the bad thing about this match? Gunner got the TNA World Title shot! (WHY??!!)
    • In a little footnote, Curry Man was scheduled to wrestle in this match, but intentionally walked out on it just after it began, hopefully ending TNA's running gag of either Christopher Daniels or his alter ego Curry Man getting the fired briefcase in the Feast or Fired match. Ironically, Daniels would depart the company again in 2014.
  • Panic mode in TNA was brought up again when Jeff Jarrett, one of the founders of the company who was barely on TV in any way for TNA for the majority of 2013, announced he had resigned with TNA effective December 21st. The news was alarming since Jarrett, despite his Triple H-like ego holding of the title during the early days of TNA, actually cared about the future of the company he built, unlike Dixie who now basically owns a sinking ship and is doing nothing to save it from being salvaged.
    • After Jarrett resigned, news came out that he had been trying to negotiate the sale of TNA to Toby Keith and that the deal had fallen through.
  • To add insult to injury with the departure of AJ Styles, it was announced that he would be working the January 4th, 2014 Ring of Honor tapings at TNA's home place of Nashville at the Fairgrounds where TNA held their weekly PPVs.
  • To finish out the year, TNA taped their annual Hardcore Justice show, but due to their finances, the only outside former ECW wrestler contacted to do the show was Tommy Dreamer, basically turning this show into TNA's version of the Extreme Rules PPV. TNA's sad state of affairs basically ended the only thing people ordered the PPV for in the first place: To see what former ECW wrestlers agree to do the show and due to practically no more outside wrestlers coming in, it is now a part of TNA's library of throwaway taped PPVs that make little to no buyrates for TNA.

2014

From Bad to Worse (January to Lockdown 2014)

  • Despite heavily announcing TNA's return to Universal Studios in Orlando following the failures of the road tapings, it was reported that TNA were not able to secure any more dates for Soundstage 19 or anywhere else as they had all been booked for the year. So not only had they lost AJ Styles and Jeff Jarrett, they had lost their place where they could tape shows and not worry about the expensive costs of the lack of attendance. TNA taped two episodes at Huntsville, Alabama and then six episodes in the UK. Fortunately for TNA, it was revealed weeks later that they had managed to secure more dates at Universal Studios by means of holding tapings on weekends where they would be holding house shows in empty arenas instead as well as not taking the soundstage over full time like they had done before.
  • To further the Jeff Jarrett / Toby Keith rumoured failed takeover of TNA, it was reported that there were possibly plans to form a new promotion altogether (this was later announced in April as Global Force Wrestling). Although TNA had its TV deal with Spike, with Jarrett calling the shots it could result in more talent jumping off the sinking ship for something that would at least be run better than anything by Dixie Carter.
    • According to the Wrestling Observer, the deal to sell to Keith had almost gone through, but Bob Carter decided to demand that they keep his daughter on as president, allow her to keep some modicum of power within the company, and allow her to remain an on-screen character. Keith backed away as soon as he heard that, and the deal fell through.
  • TNA would eventually announce they had signed a deal to show all TNA Programming on the Challenge network in the United Kingdom and Ireland.... around the same time there were rumors that TNA may get bumped from Spike TV due to WWE re-negotiating their broadcast contract with NBC Universal, with Spike's name being brought up if the NBC Universal deal falls though and WWE ends up negotiating with another network, Spike being one of the candidates. Funny how TNA announced they had a TV deal in a country outside of where they are based, which is THE UNITED STATES!
The 2014 version of a TNA House Show. As you can see, it's not exactly different than before.
  • AJ Styles came back to TNA to basically say that Magnus was a farce as the champion and decided to challenge him to a match to determine the undesputed TNA World Champion on the January 9th iMPACT. During the entire show, basically all the faces except for Sting were being taken out in the backstage area via various means to basically whittle down any hope AJ had of having help for the match, when ended up becoming a No Disqualification match. The "match", if you could call it one, was basically a really overbooked mess of all the heels attacking AJ Styles with Sting being the only face left to help AJ. Kurt Angle, who wasn't attacked, was told that a family emergency happened and left the arena before the match started. The clusterfuck of a "match" also featured not one, not two, but THREE different referees coming out to referee the match. One of which, Earl Hebner, walked out of the match after seeing how outnumbered AJ was compared to Magnus. In the end, Magnus would walk out the TNA Champion in what basically amounted to a huge middle finger to AJ Styles and all he ever accomplished in TNA.
  • The Budget Cutter struck again as Jay Bradley and Wes Brisco (who was inexplicably still employed) were both fired.
  • In a huge free agency pick-up, TNA succeeded in signing The American Wolves, Eddie Edwards and Davey Richards, mere days after being rejected by WWE. While TNA has a history of signing WWE castoffs, rejects, and has-beens, the immediacy of this signing was remarkable (and partly because Richards had wanted to go to TNA in the first place). Edwards and Richards introduced themselves in a backstage segment on the live TNA Genesis show on Spike, but did not wrestle in their debut or at the following tapings.
  • It was rumoured that Vince Russo was back working in some form in the company. Given the fact that the recent booking had so much in it that sounded like Russo booking such as run-ins, awful main events and even a briefcase on a pole match; this couldn't really be surprising, although it showed that Dixie Carter really didn't want to bother fixing the company if she brought back the writer known for many of TNA's awful booking decisions.
  • In an obvious play on the above mentioned purchase rumors from 2013, TNA created a storyline saying that a mysterious investor was going to buy TNA. At the end of the TNA taping from Glasgow, Scotland it was revealed that the "investor" was none other than former WWE U.S. Champion Montel Vontavius Porter, or MVP for short. Dixie apparently had no idea who was investing in her company, and that they had apparently been doing so for months.
  • DirecTV dropped TNA's One Night Only PPV in February, once again replacing it with porn.
  • Before Jeff Jarrett left TNA, he was successful in getting TNA a working relationship with The Great Muta and his new promotion, Wrestle-1. However, rumors surfaced that Vince Russo may be once again working behind the scenes at TNA in a consulting role via outside correspondence, which is supposedly putting a strain on the relationship with Wrestle-1, due to people at Wrestle-1 feeling that Vince Russo is racist against Japanese talent. With Russo's "Lucha Libre" comment years earlier and him basically burying Jushin Liger with a tequila bottle shot in WCW, is it any wonder why?
  • Jeff Hardy revived his old Willow the Wisp gimmick, resulting in the man who is probably the most recognizable person in TNA being masked. With a gimmick that most people won't recognize and will make fun of.
  • With two weeks of taped Impacts to go and a PPV coming up, someone thought it would be a good idea to have the Wolves win the tag titles...at a house show!
    • The rushed and very last minute title victory for the Wolves was only done because of the upcoming Wrestle-1 tour. Wrestle-1 wanted the Wolves to come down in the tour as the champions over Bro-Mans. You know TNA's booking sucks when the company you have a working agreement with basically demands a title change because they have no confidence in the champions you originally had hold the titles.
      • Once they reached Japan, the Bro-Mans won the tag titles back, which made the initial switch make even less sense than it initially did. To make matters even more ridiculous, the show they won them back at was a taping for a One Night Only PPV, so not only was this the first ONO to actually affect canon, the actual title change (plus a second title change, this time the X-Division title) wasn't actually aired in the US until July!

Lockdown 2014 (March to June)

And it wasn't even an empty arena match.
  • The Lockdown attendance was a far cry from the packed houses on the UK tour, as the crowd wasn't even large enough to fill the ringside area all the way and camera angles almost constantly showed the massive amount of empty seats.
  • Dixie banned Jeff Hardy from the arena in a rant after the opening match, guaranteeing that he'd be showing up later on in his Willow guise. When he did, he entered Lethal Lockdown by diving from the top of the cage (not actually hitting anyone in the process) and selling offense by screaming. Meanwhile, commentary immediately outed that it was Hardy, making all the buildup beforehand a waste of time.
    • The TNA Twitter account tweeted that security was "at high alert" for Hardy. Laughter ensued.
  • Samuel Shaw threatened to commit suicide by jumping from the top of the cage. Fans chanted for him to jump.
  • In yet another of TNA's pointless rehires, Bobby Lashley showed up to attack Ethan Carter the Third.
  • Abyss inexplicably turned heel to aid Magnus in retaining his world title...by pulling Joe through the ring before attacking him. What few fans that were in attendance chanted "bullshit" and the Internet chorused "WTF was that?!" in unison before lighting up with negative comments.
  • Dixie's hired "insurance policy" Bully Ray turned face to help cost her her job, as if Dixie forgot that this man was trying to take over the company for much of the previous year.
    • Despite being given a hilarious sendoff by Rockstar Spud and EC3 the Impact after Lockdown, she returned to TV after a month, making the entire thing completely pointless.
  • Two weeks after Lockdown, after several months of build and a week after she turned on Gail Kim, Lei'd Tapa's run with TNA ended when she lost a completely unpromoted match to Gail. Outside of a quick mention in Gail's promo and a throwaway line from Taz afterward, hardly any of the viewers had any idea she was legitimately leaving until she tweeted about it after the show.
  • It was finally confirmed via PWInsider on April that Vince Russo is working for TNA again, this time as a consultant. The signs were all there some time before this report: odd title changes, an obsession with the Beautiful People which included a promo where the girls seriously said "SWERVE!" in reference to a heel turn, battle royals with singles matches tacked on at the end mislabeled as gauntlet matches, etc.
    • A while before this, it was revealed that Christy Hemme had become part of TNA's creative team. With Russo coming into the equation, it truly went from bad to worse, as he edits the scripts from the creative team and passes them back to John Gaburick, the head of TNA creative.
  • On the April 10th Impact, in a match with very little build going into it, Eric Young defeated Magnus to become the new TNA World Heavyweight Champion after winning a battle royal earlier in the night. The timing of this couldn't have been much worse, as Daniel Bryan's world title win at Wrestlemania was only 4 days prior. Similarities to Bryan all fell into place, and will be spelled out nice and easy here for TNA marks to clear up skepticism:
    • Apart from having a bushy beard like Bryan, MVP complemented Eric Young's "fighting spirit" - a spirit which Daniel Bryan has been said to have by HHH.
    • Eric's next feud after winning the title was against his former tag team partner, Abyss, who is a masked monster. Just like Daniel Bryan whose first feud since winning his world title was against Kane.
    • Eric Young also received "YOU DESERVE IT" chants on another episode, just like Daniel Bryan.
    • Bully Ray had to copy Daniel Bryan's line where he basically said "You didn't make this company...THE FANS MADE THIS COMPANY" - with Dixie Carter playing the role of Stephanie McMahon in TNA.
    • TNA even brought attention to these similarities via Dixie Carter: She claimed to have invented beards and that she would sue anyone "stealing" her intellectual property, as if TNA was winking to the audience that this storyline surrounding Eric Young is stolen from WWE.
    • As for the former champion Magnus, he inexplicably fell out of the title picture completely after losing to Young, to the point of being stuck in a tag team with newcomer Bram (Kenneth Cameron, formerly of WWE's Ascension, who was bounced out of that company for assaulting a police officer) and becoming one of several guys to engage in a pointless, go-nowhere feud with Jeff Hardy/Willow before being kicked into the tag division.
  • In early May a carnival themed stable called The Menagerie made their debut in TNA. This stable featured former Aces & Eights member Knux along with a woman named Rebel, a clown named Crazzy Steve, and Rob Terry under a mask and simply going by the name "The Freak", plus two people on stilts. The first week featured Knux returning to the ring to defeat Kazarian. The second week featured Crazzy Steve's in ring debut, and the "match" turned into complete insanity. The match consisted of Kazarian kicking Steve, tripping over Steve on the outside, Kaz falling over the top rope, Steve hitting a splash on balloons, and then Steve pantsing the referee while The Freak distracted him and Rebel did stuff on ropes, causing Kazarian to win by disqualification, all while The Menagerie's theme played the entire time à la New Jack.
    • And to put the cherry on top of it all, this would end up being Kazarian's last match on the TNA roster as he left the company a week prior to the match airing, following the example of Daniels, who left TNA the month before.
      • And as if Bad Influence departing wasn't bad enough, Chris Sabin also left at the same time. Hernandez departed not long after.
      • After Kazarian departed, the Menagerie began to feud with the Bro-Mans, and Robbie E. revealed that he was afraid of clowns. It was as stupid as it sounds.
      • During a tag match on an episode of Impact, Rob Terry's mask fell off.
  • Because TNA seemingly can't go a few months without a heel authority figure, MVP turned heel in mid-May and proceeded to form a faction with Kenny King (who he'd been feuding with immediately beforehand) and Lashley to beat down Eric Young. At the same time, Dixie's group with EC3 and Rockstar Spud is still around, and they're still heels, making two heel factions trying to control the company at the same time.
    • The assaults on EY threw even more fuel on the "similar to Daniel Bryan's storyline" fire as MVP injured Young's arm, and then put himself in a match for the world title the same night before joining forces with two other superstars to beat down EY, three things that Triple H, WWE's heel authority figure, has done to Daniel Bryan.
  • TNA spoofed the Solange Knowles/Jay-Z elevator incident by having Dixie attack Rockstar Spud in an elevator. It was quickly and soundly mocked.
  • Money issues were getting so bad in TNA that the production crew reportedly threatened a complete walkout of the company due to their pay coming in late or not at all after tapings. The walkout never happened, however a longtime member of the production staff did quit TNA over the issue.
  • Gunner somehow became qualified to deal with Samuel Shaw's psychopathy because he spent a lot of time with a friend who had PTSD. It's a tossup which is more tasteless: TNA actually involving PTSD in a storyline or Gunner believing that all mental issues are the same.
  • Right off the back of their $40 Willow Umbrellas, Shop TNA continued to put out fantastic, quality products with two masks (one of Willow and one of Manik, who, with the exception of his match at Lockdown, hasn't been on TV since October) and an Eric Young beard. And if it wasn't bad enough that the fact that selling a beard is yet another thing to add to the ever growing list of things TNA has done that are similar to Daniel Bryan's push, the beard and both masks are made of plastic and are completely horrid looking, in particular the Manik mask.
  • On May 29th, relative newcomer to the Knockouts division, Brittany, cut a whiny promo on Madison Rayne, during which she strongly implied that she was a lesbian and had feelings for Madison. Absolutely zero build towards this was given, not in any of the prior Impacts or the two segments and match that took place before the promo.
  • Austin Aries vs Samoa Joe in a loser leaves TNA match took place on the June 5th Impact. The match was preceded by 8 terrible non-wrestling segments in a row, including an in-ring segment between The Bromans and The Menagerie. The match, which was decent enough before the ending, ended with Eric Young and Bully Ray interfering by taking out the ref, meaning the hour of hype for this match resulted in a non-finish.
    • How did MVP punish the four faces for this? By allowing Kenny King to accept an 8 man tag team first blood match. The faces won by making EC3 bleed. This was followed by a backstage segment where Dixie Carter declared war on MVP and his group. Nobody gave a single shit except for Dixie herself.
    • Speaking of MVP not enforcing any kind of punishment, at the start of the show MVP booked the Tag Team Champions, Eddie Edwards and Davey Richards, in a singles match against each-other, demanding them to fight or he'd strip them of their titles. Richards and Edwards proceeded to have a slow moving mirror match, which Davey won with a roll-up, with Kenny King watching at ringside. Post match The Wolves beat up King after he demanded them to actually fight, in a retread of Madison Rayne doing the same to Brooke Tessmacher and Tara in 2011. They were not punished and they remained the tag team champions.

Slammiversary 2014 (June onwards)

  • In one of the worst cases of the TV tapings biting them in the ass, it was revealed that MVP, who was scheduled to face off against Young for the TNA title, was sidelined with a knee injury during a house show in England on May 30th, which took place not too long after the last series of tapings. TNA announces that MVP is out the Friday after the last show before Slammiversary is aired, announcing that a three way cage match would take place with Eric Young defending against the winners of Bobby Lashley vs Samoa Joe and Austin Aries vs Kenny King.
    • In the end, the Eric Young "Daniel Bryan clone" experiment ended abruptly when Bobby Lashley won his first TNA championship...in the main event of the Impact after Slammiversary, no doubt pissing off anyone who actually ordered the PPV.
  • Before Slammiversary, TNA's twitter made a tweet saying if this got 500 RTs, they would announce the opening match. The tweet only had 250 RTs, so they deleted the tweet and announced the opening match anyways.
  • Remember the rumor that the six sided ring was returning due to a seating arrangement change in 2013? Apparently in a way to save face, TNA asked for fans to vote whether to keep the four sided ring or return to the six sides with effect from the New York tapings. Not surprisingly, the vote for the six sided ring won the poll in a landslide.
    • Not everyone was happy with the six sided ring coming back. Austin Aries and EC3 were big supporters of keeping the four sided ring as the six sided ring is much less forgiving when taking bumps and the ropes are often far tighter. TNA could have easily sorted this somewhat by purchasing a larger ring, but ended up buying the same sized ring they've already used (supposedly they had converted their previous rings to four sides).
      • And why was TNA so adamant on changing the right at this point and not earlier on in the year or even after Hogan left last year? Because Jeff Jarrett had thought about using it for Global Force Wrestling.
  • If you still even care about the TNA Hall of Fame, Kurt Angle revealed the third announced members to be Bully Ray and Devon, Team 3D, in yet another case of shafting TNA originals for guys who made names for themselves outside of TNA in their Hall of Fame.
  • During one of Tommy Dreamer's House of Hardcore independent wrestling events, Tommy Dreamer accused Dixie Carter of pulling Bully Ray from the show due to her own personal agenda and did a worked shoot saying that Dixie didn't care about the fans and promised that Bully would make things up to the fans at the next TNA iMPACT taping. What was so important to Dixie that she had to pull Bully Ray out of an independent wrestling show? Bully was a guest for the Spike TV Awards along with Dixie and Gail Kim in a way to help with the negotiations to try to get a new Spike TV deal.
    • Although TNA tried to pull this off as a shoot, people figured this was a angle quickly when Abyss wasn't pulled out of the show and proceeded to chokeslam Dreamer during the promo.
    • This led to yet another of TNA's pointless rehires, this time Rhino, who returned to be Dixie's hired gun.
  • To boost ticket sales for their New York City tapings, TNA outright gave away that Jeff Hardy (finally shedding his ridiculous Willow guise) had won a #1 contendership battle royal on an Impact that had yet to air at the time.
  • During the main event of the July 24th TNA Impact, former members of WWE's version of ECW, Gene Snitsky and Ezekiel Jackson, the last ECW Champion under the WWE umbrella, would go on and attack Tommy Dreamer and the Dudley Boyz and would align themselves with Dixie Carter and her Team Dixie faction. Although this would give us the very bizarre concept of the last Original ECW champion Rhino teaming up with Ezekiel Jackson, the last ECW champion of WWE's relaunch, they would be soon fired the next week due to them only being paid for that appearance only.
  • For a time (and possibly still ongoing), people browsing the TNA online shop who attempted to leave the page were stopped by a popup of Willow offering a 5% discount on anything, in an attempt to get them to buy something.
  • After over 15 months of it not appearing on television, the TV title was FINALLY declared inactive.
  • TNA announced a conference in London where they said they were going to make a special announcement. This conference was hyped up for consecutive weeks only for TNA to make the announcement on social media a couple of days prior to the conference. The announcement was a sequel to TNA British Boot Camp.
  • After months worth of rumors and denials, Vince Russo was once and for all confirmed to be working for TNA as a consultant...when he accidentally cc'd an email to Mike Johnson of PWInsider containing instructions for Taz and Tenay to do voiceovers. After trying to spin it as a swerve on his Twitter, he finally came clean and admitted it along with admitting that TNA had him under a confidentiality agreement, then removed his admission from his website, but not before it was screengrabbed. Considering that any fan with knowledge of Russo's handiwork could tell that his grubby mitts were all over the product long before now, many considered TNA's attempt to keep his involvement a secret obnoxious.
    • It was later reported by Dave Meltzer that the reason that Russo's re-involvement with TNA was kept a secret was because, not only does Wrestle-1 hate the guy, Spike TV also hates the guy! In trying to keep it secret, they also had to lie to the roster that he was once again involved with the product, so nobody is happy with this particular re-hiring. This may end up being the thing that sinks TNA for good.

TNA IMPACT CANCELLED BY SPIKE TV (July onwards)

  • It was soon leaked that Spike had decided to pull the plug on their association with TNA once their current contract runs out, with Meltzer later mentioning that the situation with Russo being rehired that's mentioned just above had much to do with the decision.
    • It was later confirmed that Spike TV had told Dixie directly that Russo was not to be brought back under ANY circumstances, yet she did it anyway and lied about it.
      • A few days later, Vince Russo posted on Twitter saying that he had left the company as they suggested that he take a break but instead he decided to walk, in actual fact he was fired by John Gaburick who jokingly suggested that TNA and Russo no longer be involved, but then got serious and actually got rid of him.
      • Russo later revealed that he'd actually been involved with TNA again since October of 2013 and also claimed to have sat in on creative meetings and critiqued episodes of Impact.
    • Not only did Dixie lie to everyone about bringing Russo back, she was determined to lie about being cancelled, as she reportedly told everyone that TNA was voluntarily leaving Spike TV due to lack of promotion.
    • In a scumbag move, those in the TNA office reportedly told indie promoters to wait until Monday to book TNA talent, as "they'd likely be cheaper" then.
  • Trying to save face, Dixie Carter tweeted saying that negotiations with Spike TV were still ongoing, and employees were supposedly emailed denying the rumours.
    • It's unlikely they would believe that, as they did the same when it was rumoured that TNA was up for sale - the company denied it, but in actual fact, Jeff Jarrett was working on a bid with Toby Keith, only to abandon it when told that Dixie had to stay and remain both President and a TV figure as well.
  • So what does TNA do instead of focusing on keeping their sole television show on the air? Sign another new wrestler! On July 30th, they announced the signing of newcomer (and Team 3D trainee) Chris Melendez to a "multi-year" contract, all the while shilling that he had served in the Army and lost a leg in Afghanistan.
  • And once again, they spoiled their own show.
  • Not only are they still spoiling their own show, they're making a day of it.
  • To support the episode where Dixie goes through the table, TNA branded the episode on social media with #ITHAPPENS - this backfired as many users on Facebook and Twitter used the hashtag in reference to TNA's recent Spike TV issues.
  • As if everything piling up on TNA all at once wasn't bad enough, Davey Richards (one half of their tag champs) broke his leg at a house show the evening of August 15th, which surely must be making them scramble even more.
  • After Alberto Del Rio was released from WWE and given a no compete clause for 3 months, TNA soon expressed interest in not only hiring Alberto Del Rio, but making him the TNA World Heavyweight Champion - showing that they have not learned from their previous mistakes of giving former WWE wrestlers a push upon immediately joining the company at the expense of the TNA originals.
  • At a live event on August 17th, Bully Ray held a talent meeting - simply so he could tell them goodbye, as he was leaving the company as well!
  • Despite not yet having renewed, Spike TV moved Impact to Wednesdays.
    • The main reason for this is because word got out that WWE's Smackdown would be moving to Thursdays; with all the internal problems going on with TNA, also fighting off competition from Smackdown would be totally infeasible for the failing brand.
    • Despite moving to Wednesdays, they still had Thursday advertisements. This happened for about 5 minutes on August 18th, 2014.
    • First Episode of Impact Wrestling on Wednesdays Rating: A stinging 0.65 (according to Wade Keller), meaning almost 1/3 of the regular TNA audience didn't make the jump with them. And why would they? Despite being an absolutely massive shift, It was BARELY mentioned or advertised in any way by TNA or Spike TV, and was obviously rushed.
  • It was soon announced that Impact would stay on Spike TV...through the remainder of the year, which was only about two months more than when their original contract would end.
    • Another network has actually shown interest in airing Impact: a small network called Velocity (not to be confused with the old WWE show), which mainly shows programs about cars and isn't carried by many cable and satellite providers.

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