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* Spotlighting their women's (Knockouts) division, at times regarded as the best source of actual women's wrestling on North American television (giving the US mainland something comparable to IWA PR, Wrestling/{{CMLL}}, Wrestling/{{AAA}} and WWC after a four year dry spell).

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* Spotlighting their women's (Knockouts) division, at times regarded as the best source of actual women's wrestling on North American television (giving the US mainland something comparable to IWA PR, Wrestling/{{CMLL}}, Wrestling/{{AAA}} and WWC compete with the rest of the region after a four year dry spell).
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* MassiveMultiplayerScam: Immortal. Enough said.

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* MassiveMultiplayerScam: Immortal.Immortal on Dixie Carter. Enough said.



* RingOldies: Kurt Angle, Mick Foley, Sting, Wrestling/ScottSteiner, and Kevin Nash, among others. Hulk Hogan ad Ric Flair were added to the mix in 2010, Hogan with (apparently) the same amount of creative control he had during his time in WCW.

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* RingOldies: Kurt Angle, Mick Foley, Sting, Wrestling/ScottSteiner, and Kevin Nash, among others. Hulk Hogan ad and Ric Flair were added to the mix in 2010, Hogan with (apparently) the same amount of creative control he had during his time in WCW.
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** Garrett Bischoff. It started well enough (he made his debut as a nameless referee) but after he got introduced as "Garrett Bischoff" he was pushed to the moon. It's not that Garrett was a ''bad'' wrestler: he was as good as you would expect a wrestler of his limited experience to be. But he leapfrogged to the main event and [[InformedAbility was pretty much endorsed by every single top-card wrestler]] in [[TheScrappy an effort to get him over as The Next Big Thing]]. Fans saw through the nepotism and no amount of endorsements or scrappy underdog bouts could save him.

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** Garrett Bischoff. It started well enough (he made his debut as a nameless referee) but after he got introduced as "Garrett Bischoff" he was pushed to the moon. It's not that Garrett was a ''bad'' wrestler: he was as good as you would expect a wrestler of his limited experience to be. But he leapfrogged to the main event and [[InformedAbility [[CharacterShilling was pretty much endorsed by every single top-card wrestler]] in [[TheScrappy [[PassingTheTorch an effort to get him over as The Next Big Thing]]. Fans saw through the nepotism and no amount of endorsements or scrappy underdog bouts could save him.
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* Spotlighting their women's (Knockouts) division, at times regarded as the best source of actual women's wrestling on North American television (giving the US mainland something comparable to IWA PR, CMLL, AAA and WWC after a four year dry spell).

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* Spotlighting their women's (Knockouts) division, at times regarded as the best source of actual women's wrestling on North American television (giving the US mainland something comparable to IWA PR, CMLL, AAA Wrestling/{{CMLL}}, Wrestling/{{AAA}} and WWC after a four year dry spell).



* BShow: ''TNA Xplosion'', to the point that it's now only seen in international markets and no longer airs in the United States.

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* BShow: ''TNA Xplosion'', to the point that it's now only seen in international markets and no longer airs in the United States. Even some of the stations that did keep it long term showed "iMPACT" in it's place in between the Fox Sports Net and Spike TV deals.



** Daffney did not want to take a certain bumps, but Dixie/TNA convinced Daffney that they would pay the medical bills if something happened. Daffney got hurt. TNA [[ILied did not pay]]. Then after she got treated, she was told that it was her ''own'' fault for getting hurt, and not the untrained wrestler she was wrestling.[[note]]That woman was [[Wrestling/TheDudleyBoys Team 3D]] Academy trainee Betsy Ruth who has since lost a lot of weight and improved dramatically. Still, she wasn't ready for wrestling at the time the incident took place.[[/note]]

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** Daffney did not want to take a certain bumps, but Dixie/TNA convinced Daffney that they would pay the medical bills if something happened. Daffney got hurt. TNA [[ILied did not pay]]. Then after she got treated, she was told that it was her ''own'' fault for getting hurt, and not the untrained wrestler she was wrestling.[[note]]That woman was [[Wrestling/TheDudleyBoys Team 3D]] Academy trainee Betsy Ruth who has since lost a lot of weight and weight, improved dramatically. dramatically and briefly reappeared in TNA as Andrea. Still, she wasn't ready for wrestling national TV at the time the incident took place.[[/note]]



* DarkestHour: For the promotion itself, late 2013 was certainly the most dire period in its history. Despite some critical success with the Aces & Eights angle and other promising creative stories, TNA was hemorrhaging money because of its underperforming and costly tour schedule and expensive legends contracts for Hulk Hogan and others. Hogan left in October of that year, but by then TNA had had to cut performers left and right. Wrestling/JeffJarrett, the company founder, left in December, as did 11-year TNA veteran Wrestling/AJStyles after a broken contract renegotiation. TNA fled back to the Impact Zone for future TV tapings and rumors ran rampant that the Carter family was putting the promotion up for sale to the highest bidder.[[note]]These rumors seem to be confirmed, as articles have come out claiming that Jarrett, prior to departure, had attempted to buy TNA back along wtih Music/TobyKeith, but Bob Carter refused to sell it to them because they wouldn't give Dixie the same job security.[[/note]] It wasn't until summer of 2014 that the company finally seemed to recover its footing, resuming a limited tour schedule, contracting with acclaimed crossover events with Wrestling/TheGreatMuta's Japanese promotion Wrestle-1 and Wrestling/TommyDreamer's House of Hardcore, and bringing back the six-sided ring. Then they hired Russo again -- in "secret". It was fairly obvious he had ''something'' to do with the show (a lot of ''Impact!'' in early 2014 had his trademark booking), but it was all technically rumor at the time since the company hadn't announced anything and no one had any proof. Then Vinny Russo outed himself on accident by sending commentary instructions for Taz and Mike Tenay to [=PWInsider=]. They tried to make it look like a work, but Russo came clean eventually. And as it turns out, there's a reason why he was rehired in "secret" -- not only did Wrestle-1 hate him under the perception that he's racist against Japanese and Mexican wrestlers (not without merit, mind you), but ''[=SpikeTV=]'', who was negotiating a new TV deal for ''Impact!'' at the time, hated him too. In fact, they specifically instructed Dixie herself ''not'' to rehire him. While it may not have been the main reason why they decided to not renew the deal, it was certainly a deciding factor. At this point TNA is dying a slow death, and time will tell if it's getting better anytime soon.
* DeadMansHand: The [[AllBikersAreHellsAngels biker gang]] recently invading TNA as of summer and fall 2012 use the aces and eights as their name and calling card.

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* DarkestHour: For the promotion itself, late 2013 was certainly the most dire period in its history. Despite some critical success with the Aces & Eights angle and other promising creative stories, TNA was hemorrhaging money because of its underperforming and costly tour schedule and expensive legends contracts for Hulk Hogan and others. Hogan left in October of that year, but by then TNA had had to cut performers left and right. Wrestling/JeffJarrett, the company founder, left in December, as did 11-year TNA veteran Wrestling/AJStyles after a broken contract renegotiation. TNA fled back to the Impact Zone for future TV tapings and rumors ran rampant that the Carter family was putting the promotion up for sale to the highest bidder.[[note]]These rumors seem to be confirmed, as articles have come out claiming that Jarrett, prior to departure, had attempted to buy TNA back along wtih with Music/TobyKeith, but Bob Carter refused to sell it to them because they wouldn't give Dixie the same job security.[[/note]] It wasn't until summer of 2014 that the company finally seemed to recover its footing, resuming a limited tour schedule, contracting culminating with acclaimed crossover events with Wrestling/TheGreatMuta's Japanese promotion Wrestle-1 and Wrestling/TommyDreamer's House of Hardcore, and bringing back the six-sided ring. Then they hired Russo again -- in "secret". It was fairly obvious he had ''something'' to do with the show (a lot of ''Impact!'' in early 2014 had his trademark booking), but it was all technically rumor at the time since the company hadn't announced anything and no one had any proof. Then Vinny Russo outed himself on accident by sending commentary instructions for Taz and Mike Tenay to [=PWInsider=]. They tried to make it look like a work, but Russo came clean eventually. And as it turns out, there's a reason why he was rehired in "secret" -- not only did Wrestle-1 hate him under the perception that he's racist against Japanese and Mexican wrestlers (not without merit, mind you), but ''[=SpikeTV=]'', who was negotiating a new TV deal for ''Impact!'' at the time, hated him too. In fact, they specifically instructed Dixie herself ''not'' to rehire him. While it may not have been the main reason why they decided to not renew the deal, it was certainly a deciding factor. At this point TNA is dying a slow death, and time will tell if it's getting better anytime soon.
* DeadMansHand: The [[AllBikersAreHellsAngels biker gang]] recently invading TNA as of in the summer and fall of 2012 use used the aces and eights as their name and calling card.



** One of Vince Russo's credos is that pure faces and pure heels don't exist in life, and that all characters should be "[[GrayAndGreyMorality shades of gray]]". This is why it was so hard to tell the heels from the faces and why the booking could be so inconsistent.
** It would be one thing if Russo's idea of GrayAndGreyMorality was to have the faces exhibit some heelish traits occasionally, a la "Stone Cold" Steve Austin or Wrestling/TheUndertaker, or if he had faces sometimes act selfish the way Wrestling/CMPunk did when he cashed in his [=MITB=] contract on a beaten and exhausted Wrestling/JeffHardy while still a face. The problem is that Russo's idea of GrayAndGreyMorality involves wrestlers acting like they're 100% face one week, and then going to 100% heel the next. Beer Money did a FaceHeelTurn for no real reason, while Eric Bischoff and Mr. Anderson have done [[HeelFaceTurn Heel Face Turns]] for no reason that was adequately explained. It's like the old character has been abducted and replaced with their [[EvilTwin evil (or good) twin]].

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** One of Vince Russo's credos is that pure faces and pure heels don't exist in life, and that all characters should be "[[GrayAndGreyMorality shades of gray]]". This is why it was so hard to tell the heels from the faces and why the booking could be so inconsistent.
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inconsistent. It would be one thing if Russo's idea of GrayAndGreyMorality was to have the faces exhibit some heelish traits occasionally, a la "Stone Cold" Steve Austin or Wrestling/TheUndertaker, or if he had faces sometimes act selfish the way Wrestling/CMPunk did when he cashed in his [=MITB=] contract on a beaten and exhausted Wrestling/JeffHardy while still a face. The problem is that Russo's idea of GrayAndGreyMorality involves wrestlers acting like they're 100% face one week, and then going to 100% heel the next. Beer Money did a FaceHeelTurn for no real reason, while Eric Bischoff and Mr. Anderson have done [[HeelFaceTurn Heel Face Turns]] for no reason that was adequately explained. It's like the old character has been abducted and replaced with their [[EvilTwin evil (or good) twin]].



** Count the number of times that a {{Heel}} super-faction ([[{{Expy}} not at all resembling WCW's New World Order]]) have attempted to control the company through force: Sports Entertainment Xtreme (2002-2003), Planet Jarrett (2005-2006), the Main Event Mafia (2008-2010), Immortal (2010-2012) and now Aces & Eights (2012-2013). To put this in perspective, since its inception in 2002, to Aces & Eights, TNA has been under siege just over 55% of the time and no, Aces and Eights would not be the last group to do this. Also note that three of those five factions (Sports Entertainment Xtreme, Main Event Mafia and Immortal) were essentially the same "Old Guard vs New Guard" storyline in different wrapping paper.

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** Count Try to count the number of times that a {{Heel}} super-faction ([[{{Expy}} not at all resembling WCW's New World Order]]) have attempted to control the company through force: Sports Entertainment Xtreme (2002-2003), Planet Jarrett (2005-2006), the Main Event Mafia (2008-2010), Immortal (2010-2012) and now (2010-2012), Aces & Eights (2012-2013). To put this in perspective, since its inception in 2002, to Aces & Eights, TNA has been under siege just over 55% of the time and no, Aces and Eights would not be the last group to do this. Also note that three of those five factions (Sports Entertainment Xtreme, Main Event Mafia and Immortal) were essentially the same "Old Guard vs New Guard" storyline in different wrapping paper.
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Their original business model was PPV-only, offering low-priced, weekly pay-per-view events in lieu of a free television program. Unfortunately, they were unable to attract enough regular buyers to turn a profit, and eventually the company was bought out by a power-plant company called Panda Energy. With the considerable financial backing of their new owners, TNA withdrew from the NWA and switched to the WWE model of having a free television series (''TNA Impact!'', later ''Impact Wrestling'') to promote inexpensive weekly [=PPVs=].

Twenty seven months and 111 pay per views later, TNA got their first television deal (with Creator/{{Fox}} [=SportsNet=], a collection of regional sports networks owned by, or affiliated with Fox) and switched to monthly pay per view. When this deal expired, TNA became a WebOriginal for a few months until Creator/SpikeTV picked up ''Impact!'' and gave it a weekly timeslot. After years of making a loss, this new deal was lucrative enough for TNA to ''finally'' make a profit, mainly from television licensing fees.

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Their original business model was PPV-only, offering low-priced, weekly pay-per-view events in lieu of a free television program. Unfortunately, they were unable to attract enough regular buyers to turn a profit, and eventually the company was bought out by a power-plant company called Panda Energy. With the considerable financial backing of their new owners, TNA withdrew from the NWA and switched to the WWE model of having added a free television series (''TNA Impact!'', later ''Impact Wrestling'') called ''TNA Xplosion!'', a BShow on the Florida regional Sun Sports channel used to promote inexpensive the weekly [=PPVs=].

Twenty seven months and 111 pay per views later, TNA got their first television deal beyond Florida (with Creator/{{Fox}} [=SportsNet=], a collection of regional sports networks owned by, or affiliated with Fox) Fox), took on a more WWE model with a new television program to center themselves around (''TNA iMPACT'', later renamed ''Impact Wrestling'') and switched to monthly pay per view. When this deal expired, expired in May of 2005, TNA became a WebOriginal for a few months until Creator/SpikeTV picked up ''Impact!'' and gave it a weekly timeslot.timeslot starting in October. After years of making a loss, this new deal was lucrative enough for TNA to ''finally'' make a profit, mainly from television licensing fees.



Then, in 2014, it was reported by several news websites that Spike TV would not renew ''Impact''. Ultimately, Spike would continue to air TNA programming until the end of year. In January 2015, TNA's programs moved to Creator/DiscoveryChannel's offspring, Destination America. Unfortunately, the relationship became contentious from the start, as four months after TNA's debut, Destination America would begin airing Wrestling/RingOfHonor's weekly television program as a lead-in.[[note]]The added reach of Destination America, combined with their weekly Saturday slot still airing on Sinclair Broadcasting affiliates, technically put Ring of Honor in more potential households than [=TNA=]. If that were the measuring stick, then Ring of Honor would be the #2 wrestling promotion in America.[[/note]] Ultimately, Destination America's interest in wrestling as a whole would collapse fast, choosing to drop both ''Impact'' and ''ROH Wrestling'' by the end of year.

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Then, in 2014, it was reported by several news websites that Spike TV would not renew ''Impact''. Ultimately, Spike would continue to air TNA programming until the end of year. In January 2015, TNA's programs moved to Creator/DiscoveryChannel's offspring, Destination America. Unfortunately, the relationship became contentious from the start, as four months after TNA's debut, Destination America would begin airing Wrestling/RingOfHonor's weekly television program as a lead-in.[[note]]The added reach of Destination America, combined with their weekly Saturday slot still airing on Sinclair Broadcasting affiliates, technically put Ring of Honor in more potential households than [=TNA=]. If that were the measuring stick, then Ring of Honor would be was the #2 wrestling promotion in America.America while the deal lasted.[[/note]] Ultimately, Destination America's interest in wrestling as a whole would collapse fast, choosing to drop both ''Impact'' and ''ROH Wrestling'' by the end of year.



* Spotlighting their women's (Knockouts) division, at times regarded as the best source of actual women's wrestling on North American television (USA television when a foreign rival has their act together and TNA doesn't).

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* Spotlighting their women's (Knockouts) division, at times regarded as the best source of actual women's wrestling on North American television (USA television when a foreign rival has their act together (giving the US mainland something comparable to IWA PR, CMLL, AAA and TNA doesn't).WWC after a four year dry spell).



* ''Ring Ka King'', an Indian wrestling promotion/TV show and {{Spinoff}} that was run by Jeff Jarrett. It featured a number of TNA talents (in addition to original Indian talent) and received generally favorable reviews and ratings. Despite its success, however, it was not renewed for a second season. Ring Ka King continued to run live shows for years without TNA though and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bC9jp6ldPKs you can watch the entire television series on YouTube]].

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* ''Ring Ka King'', an Indian wrestling promotion/TV show and {{Spinoff}} that was run by Jeff Jarrett. It featured a number of TNA talents (in addition to original Indian talent) and received generally favorable reviews and ratings. Despite its success, however, it was not renewed for a second season. Ring Ka King continued to run live shows for years without TNA though season and was effectively replaced by the unaffiliated CWE. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bC9jp6ldPKs you You can watch the entire television series on YouTube]].



** '''Jade''' since April 5, 2015 [[labelnote:taped]]March 17, 2016[[/labelnote]]

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** '''Jade''' since April 5, 2015 2016 [[labelnote:taped]]March 17, 2016[[/labelnote]]



* AffablyEvil: It was pretty hard to hate the on-screen leaders of Immortal and the heel version of Fortune (Eric Bischoff and Wrestling/RicFlair, respectively).

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* AffablyEvil: It was pretty hard to hate the on-screen leaders of Immortal and the heel version of Fortune Wrestling/{{Fortune}} (Eric Bischoff and Wrestling/RicFlair, respectively).
1st May '16 11:08:04 AM SomeoneElse17
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** '''Drew Galloway''' since March 15, 2016

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** '''Drew Galloway''' '''[[Wrestling/DrewMcIntyre Drew Galloway]]''' since March 15, 2016



** '''Bram''' since April 26, 2016 [[labelnote:taped]]March 19, 2016[[/labelnote]]

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** '''Bram''' since April 26, 2016 [[labelnote:taped]]March 19, 2016[[/labelnote]]2016 [[/labelnote]]



** '''Jade''' since April 5, 2015 [[labelnote:taped]]March 17, 2016 [[/labelnote]]

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** '''Jade''' since April 5, 2015 [[labelnote:taped]]March 17, 2016 [[/labelnote]]2016[[/labelnote]]
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** '''Wrestling/MattHardy''' since January 19, 2016 [[labelnote:taped]]January 8, 2016[[/labelnote]]

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** '''Wrestling/MattHardy''' '''Drew Galloway''' since January 19, March 15, 2016 [[labelnote:taped]]January 8, 2016[[/labelnote]]



** '''The Wolves (Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards)''' since September 9, 2015 [[labelnote:taped]]July 29, 2015[[/labelnote]]

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** '''The Wolves (Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards)''' '''Decay (Crazzy Steve and Abyss)''' since September 9, 2015 [[labelnote:taped]]July 29, 2015[[/labelnote]]April 26, 2016 [[labelnote:taped]]March 19, 2016[[/labelnote]]



** '''Eric Young''' since January 12, 2016 [[labelnote:taped]]January 6, 2016[[/labelnote]]

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** '''Eric Young''' '''Bram''' since January 12, April 26, 2016 [[labelnote:taped]]January 6, [[labelnote:taped]]March 19, 2016[[/labelnote]]



** '''Wrestling/GailKim''' since September 16, 2015 [[labelnote:taped]]July 29, 2015 [[/labelnote]]

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** '''Wrestling/GailKim''' '''Jade''' since September 16, April 5, 2015 [[labelnote:taped]]July 29, 2015 [[labelnote:taped]]March 17, 2016 [[/labelnote]]
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->''[[{{Irony}} Wrestling Matters Here.]]''

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->''[[{{Irony}} Wrestling ->''"Wrestling Matters Here.]]''
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->''Wrestling Matters Here.''

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->''Wrestling ->''[[{{Irony}} Wrestling Matters Here.''
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** Ken Anderson grew up in the podunk town of Two Rivers, Wisconsin, admiring fellow small-town boy Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin. Now in TNA, as "Mr. Anderson" he has had the opportunity to recreate the enormous success Austin enjoyed in WWE in the late 1990s and early 2000s, paying tribute to his idol with a similar WildCard moral alignment and [[CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority a crowd-pleasing anti-establishment attitude]].

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** Ken Anderson Wrestling/KenAnderson grew up in the podunk town of Two Rivers, Wisconsin, admiring fellow small-town boy Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin. Now in TNA, as "Mr. Anderson" he has had the opportunity to recreate the enormous success Austin enjoyed in WWE in the late 1990s and early 2000s, paying tribute to his idol with a similar WildCard moral alignment and [[CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority a crowd-pleasing anti-establishment attitude]].
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