[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/TNA_Logo_03.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:CROSS THE LINE]]

America's [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative second most popular]] [[ProfessionalWrestling wrestling]] promotion, even if it's primarily just by default.

After the end of the Wrestling/MondayNightWars in 2001, there were no more companies that could compete with Wrestling/{{WWE}} on a national scale and a number of independent promotions (such as ''Wrestling/RingOfHonor'') sprang up. One of these was NWA: TNA (Total Nonstop Action), an affiliate of the Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance founded by Wrestling/JeffJarrett and his father Jerry in 2002.

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 expensive monthly [=PPVs=].

After their first television deal (with Fox Sports Net) expired, TNA became a WebOriginal for a few months until 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. In 2013 TNA began taking Impact Wrestling tapings on the road, and cut back on the number of [=PPVs=] per year to four and having the rest as specials on Impact Wrestling. However, that decision turned out to be disastrous, as the road tapings proved so costly, they had to let go of a lot of talent and settle back into a permanent home once more to stay afloat.

As of October 27th, 2013, TNA has been reported to be up for sale to the highest bidder. We may be seeing the beginning of the end.

TNA is most well-known for a few reasons:

* The X Division, which is essentially a cruiserweight division without a weight limit. It emphasises high-flying moves and fast-paced action. In March 2013, a 230lb weight limit was implemented, but was soon recinded.
* Their Women's (Knockouts) division, widely regarded as the best source of actual women's ''wrestling'' on North American television.
* Having a ''large'' number of ex-Wrestling/{{WCW}}, ex-Wrestling/{{ECW}} and ex-WWE wrestlers on their roster, most prominently Wrestling/HulkHogan and Wrestling/{{Sting}}.
* Having a six-sided wrestling ring for a time (2004-2010), which gave their show a unique look. This was trashed when Hulk Hogan was hired and immediately made the decision to revert to the standard four-sided ring.
* An abundance of GimmickMatches and overbooked main events. Note that Wrestling/VinceRusso was (infamously) their head writer for a number of years, and the amount of extraneous hijinks has decreased (to an extent) since his resignation. He's since been rumored to be back consulting for the company in a freelance capacity.
* The Impact Zone, a venue in Orlando Studios, Florida where TNA taped everything (including their [=PPVs=]) for years. Unfortunately, this meant that they couldn't charge ''anything'' for tickets (as the show was classed as a theme park attraction). Their lease on the location expired as of March 2013, and they have since taken their tapings on the road.
* Occasionally acting as an UnknownRival to [=WWE=] with [[TakeThat cheap shots]] and insider gags at their expense. For example: after a report circulated online about WWE excising the word "wrestling" from their promotions, TNA immediately changed its slogan to "We Are Wrestling" and their advertising to emphasise how they were a ''wrestling'' company. WWE, to its credit, ''does'' keep tabs on TNA and even had the good grace to inform them when one of TNA's ex-employees [[http://www.pwrshow.com/index.php/s5-flex-menu-25050/pwrverifiednews/3391-extensive-details-on-tna-wwe-lawsuit-wittenstein-alleged-to-have-emailed-entire-roster-contracts attempted corporate espionage]].
* ''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 favourable reviews and ratings. Despite its success, however, it was not renewed for a second season. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bC9jp6ldPKs You can watch the entire series on Youtube]].
* Their love of invasion/takeover angles, thanks to the FleetingDemographicRule. Since its inception in 2002, TNA has spent over 55% of the time[[note]]71/129 months, as of February 2013[[/note]] [[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs under siege by a hostile force.]]
* Their financial trouble in mid-late 2013, owing largely to their employment of [[Wrestling/HulkHogan said veterans]], leading to much chortling from the [[SmartMark smarks]] about rubber checks.[[note]]The celebrity guests and vets get paid astronomical sums for comparatively very little work, while the midcards sometimes have to apply for government aid or work second jobs. The Knockouts [[StayInTheKitchen got paid even less]].[[/note]] They've had to end their road tapings over it, but now that Hogan's gone they're probably going to be fine.
* Seemingly '''always''' being on [[PerpetualPoverty the verge of extinction]], according to internet critics. Some of the above issues on the list don't help this.

TNA currently have five championships that they recognize:

[[folder:List Of Champions]]
* '''TNA World Heavyweight Championship'''
** [[spoiler:'''Eric Young''']] since April 10, 2014
* '''TNA Television Championship'''[[note]]Formerly the Legends Championship (a vanity title created during the Main Event Mafia storyline), formerly the Global Championship (when held by the World Elite faction, with the gimmick that it would only be defended in non-American countries). The current gimmick for the Television Championship is that it is ''supposed'' to be defended on every single television taping, but that stipulation appears to have been quietly dropped.[[/note]]
** '''Abyss''' since June 2nd, 2013
* '''TNA World Tag Team Championship'''
** '''The [[UnfortunateNames Bro-Mans]]''' (Jessie Godderz and Robbie E.) since March 2, 2014
* '''TNA X Division Championship'''
** '''Seiya Sanada''' since March 2, 2014
* '''TNA Women's Knockout Championship'''
** '''Madison Rayne''' since January 16, 2014
[[/folder]]

----
!!Tropes associated with TNA:
* AbortedArc:
** Miss Tessmacher being trained to wrestle, since her teacher Lacey Von Erich [[RealLifeWritesThePlot has left the company]]. (Tessmacher got better, and has held the Knockouts title.)
*** On top of her breaking her jaw.
** Who was Samoa Joe abducted by? Where is the Nation of Violence thing?
*** And since Joe was the first to proclaim that "They" had spoken, why wasn't he in Immortal?
** Remember when D'Angelo Dinero was a contender for the world title instead of a blink-and-you'll-miss-him midcarder?
** The Network, especially who the representative was after Mick Foley was PutOnABus.
* AccuserOfTheBrethren: This was Jeff Jarrett's vendetta against Jeff Hardy in late 2011 after Hardy [[HeelFaceReturn returned as a face]] to atone for infamous performance at Victory Road.
* TheAce: Shall forever be Wrestling/AJStyles.
* ActionGirl: The TNA Knockouts division.
** [[BadassDecay At least they used to be]].
* 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).
** FauxAffablyEvil: It was pretty hard ''not'' to hate Jeff Jarrett and (the former) Karen Angle, since they're ''super'' smarmy.
* TheAlcoholic: James Storm
* AllAmericanFace: Wrestling/KurtAngle, when he's a face.
** To a somewhat lesser extent, "Team TNA" / "Team USA" in any World X Cup Tournament.
* AllBikersAreHellsAngels: Wrestling/AcesAndEights.
* AncientConspiracy: Immortal were treated like this. Aside from Abyss's name for [[{{Pun}} them]] before ''Bound For Glory'' "10.10.10", and aside from the glaring fact that Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff notoriously gave [=WCW=]'s life to the Wrestling/NewWorldOrder over a decade ago, there's the fact that Sting had been shouting in tongues about the nefarious evils of Hogan/Bischoff since they'd arrived in TNA yet few other characters ever listened. Also, [[TheBadGuyWins they got away with it]].
* ArtisticLicenseLaw: Abyss kidnaps Dixie Carter, who then demands he be fired ''immediately''. Eric Bischoff then gets the contract for Dixie to sign, stating outloud that they were the forms for the release of Abyss. The next week, it emerges that Bischoff didn't have Dixie sign Abyss's release, ''he had her sign over the company to him & Hulk Hogan''. Dixie's lawyer threatens to take Eric to court over the matter, but Eric says that Dixie signed the contracts in front of the television cameras of an internationally broadcast show, so they wouldn't beat him. ''Even though that same footage features Eric saying the forms were for the the release of Abyss'', and the lawyer would have kept a copy of what he faxed over & could easily prove that it didn't match the signed contract, so any court would immediately rule in her favour. Even dumber is that Hulk Hogan actually looks Dixie in the eye and says outright "I screwed you out of your company", therfore admitting to the fraud ''in front of more television cameras''.
** Subverted at least a couple months later when Dixie came back with paperwork of an injunction she got placed on Hogan.
*** At least until a judge (who was "friends" with Dixie) ruled not only was Bischoff completely in the legal right when he used a fake contract to get control of the company, he ALSO ruled that Dixie was still FINANCIALLY responsible for TNA. Try to find that in a Contract Law casebook.
* BShow: ''TNA Xplosion'', to the point that it's now only seen in international markets and no longer airs in the United States.
* TheBadGuyWins: ''Bound For Glory'' "10.10.10." and ''Turning Point'', the following PPV. Barely subverted at "Genesis" 2K11 (See NearVillainVictory).
** Following ''Turning Point'' 2011, this happens pretty much all the time.
* BetweenMyLegs: This kind of shot was used for several years for entrances, with [=SoCal=] Val's legs doing the framing. Also occasionally done these days using ring announcer Christy Hemme.
* BraidsBeadsAndBuckskins: This is basically the gimmick that Wrestling/MickieJames played up when she first arrived in TNA in 2010, underscoring her Native American heritage with, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin beads and buckskins]] (no braids, though) and the 1970s hard-rock theme "Hardcore Country" (with its "primitive" guitar sound). She has kept "Hardcore Country" into 2011, but now goes for a more generic, [[DeepSouth traditionally Southern look]] (she's from Virginia).
* BreakingTheFourthWall: One of THE most blatant and needless examples of this in the history of scripted television came from Hulk Hogan on ''Re[==]Action'' November 18th:
--> '''Hogan''': "Well, brother, we're lightening the load around here. We're trimming the fat. We're thinning the herd. I mean, you know, it's pathetic. It's pathetic, that Dixie would let this company get in the shape it's in. It's her train of thought! Raven? Who hasn't had a damn shower or bath? Y'know, with RVD, and that whole crew out there? They meant to professional wrestling what Hulk Hogan, who sold out Shea Stadium? who put 94,000 people in the Pontiac Silverdome? who slammed a 700-pound giant? They mean to professional wrestling what Hulk Hogan means?
--> "No wonder this company ''was'' in the shape it's in. It's time to get rid o' the trash, the garbage, the worthless piece of crap out here, and we started with Dixie Carter. Yeah, we're gettin' ''very'' real around here. We are so, real, it's unbelievable. Because, if you don't get over like I said, you're fired. If you don't draw number, if you don't entertain, if you don't put asses in seats, if you don't put the coinage in the piggy bank, you're fired. No more games. No more, "[[FourthWall Kayfabe]]." "It's a work." "I've won 34 tag team belts." Who gives a damn, how many…fake belts you won!? If you don't draw money, you get fired around here. If you don't put asses in seats, you’re gone."
* BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu / CurbStompBattle: Rob Van Dam, who defeated Sting in about ten seconds during his surprise debut in TNA, only to [[DisproportionateRetribution immediately receive a hellacious minutes-long beatdown from Sting and his trademark black bat]].
** Especially bad when security holds back Hulk Hogan, who is trying to ''help'' Wrestling/RobVanDam... and they completely ignore Sting ''as he continues to beat the holy hell out of RVD while security does nothing.''
*** This can be somewhat justified in both parts. Sting was rehabbing from shoulder surgery and was limited in what he could do in-ring (though he didn't bother to inform anyone beforehand), which was why RVD went over so quickly. And the reason why the beatdown went so long? Hogan missed his cue and was late to the ring. Facepalms all around.
* BrooklynRage: Bully Ray.
* TheBrute: Abyss, whenever he's heel at least. Also, Wrestling/AJStyles has been TheDragon in two stables with someone like this, namely Matt Morgan and Tomko.
* CallBack[=/=]ContinuityNod: Part of the reasoning behind "Open Fight Night" which gives wrestlers a chance to seek retribution for incidents that had previously been LeftHanging. For example, on the very first OFN, Devon (the Television Champion) called out Bully Ray, who he had hardly interacted with at all since their split a year earlier.
* CanonDiscontinuity: The most common reaction to people meeting Joseph Park? "I didn't even know Abyss had a brother!" [[SevenYearRule Apparently]], Father James Mitchell and Judas Mesias never existed.
** [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Technically Mesias was his stepbrother…]]
* CaptainErsatz:
** Abyss is strikingly similar to Wrestling/{{Kane}}, even going so far as to use the Chokeslam as a finishing maneuver. He also bears a resemblance to Wrestling/MickFoley (especially in his Mankind persona), what with the hardcore wrestling and the outfit he used to wear. This didn't go unnoticed when Foley himself actually came to TNA; he feuded with Abyss for a while, then took him under his wing.
** Beer Money. Sound familiar? Oh yeah: the APA! [[Wrestling/BobbyRoode Robert Roode]] even followed John "Bradshaw" Layfield in holding up the "money" end of the equation.
*** One could say they're more a CaptainErsatz of Bradshaw himself split in two (James Storm being face Bradshaw and Robert Roode, heel Bradshaw).
** 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]].
* CaptainObviousReveal: By the time it happened, few people didn't see it coming that Bully Ray would be the president of the Aces & Eights.
* TheCassandra: Sting, who warned everyone about Hogan and Bischoff and was [[DesignatedVillain seen as a heel because of it]].
** Hogan himself became this in regards to his initial feelings on Bully Ray at the start of the "Bully and Brooke" storyline.
* CelebrityParadox: Played with whenever TNA airs a skit set in the "real" world. Wrestlers such as Jeff Jarrett or Eric Young interact with ordinary mortals who don't seem to have a clue who they are, even though they're on national TV every week.
* ChekhovsGun: Unintentional, but it still counts. Flair was originally saying "They" were Fortune during the initial conspiracy.
** Another unintentional example: Tomko's been owed a world heavyweight title shot since he beat Samoa Joe once in 2007 as a favor to then-current champ [[Wrestling/{{Christian}} Christian Cage]]. About three years later in 2010 he got this world title shot…by pissing off his former Coalition partner and then-current champ Wrestling/AJStyles when he revealed himself to be AJ's mystery assailant.
* ChristianityIsCatholic: D'Angelo Dinero, a supposed evangelical (Protestant) street preacher, has been nicknamed "The Pope."
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}:
** [[TheStoner BRIAN]] [[WackyGuy KEN]][[JunkieProphet DRICK]].
*** He dropped the [[Franchise/StarWars Obi-Wan Kenobi]] act towards the end of his run, portraying just a generic karate guy in white pantaloons. Or at least it seemed that way when he wasn't cutting as many promos…
** To a lesser extent, Abyss.
*** And [[DarkChick Daffney]].
* ConspiracyRedemption: Fortune, defecting from Immortal on February 3rd.
* CoolMask: Abyss, [[UnfortunateNames Suicide]]/[[RetCon Manik]], and [[AnimalMotifs Tigre Uno]]
* CorruptCop: TNA Security Guards Gunner and Murphy. And this is ''before'' they worked for Immortal.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: [[http://www.cagesideseats.com/2010/9/29/1719902/an-examination-of-tnas-appalling-treatment-of-talent This article]] list several hideous business practices that TNA is accused of - IN REAL LIFE.
** Following Jesse Sorensen's release, he leveled several more accusations at them, such as them not helping to pay his hospital bills (driving his mother into bankruptcy) and Dixie Carter violating a promise she'd made to both him and his mother that he'd have a job for life.
* CryingWolf: Frequently done with teases of surprises that end up often either not happening or turning out to be very underwhelming.
** Such as the "Who rung the bell?" controversy in March 2011 when Rob Van Dam and Mr. Anderson competed for the number-one contendership to Sting's title. Not only did that turn out to be a total red herring, but TNA [[HandWave handwaved]] it so dismissively that it was almost insulting. (For the record, it was referee Earl Hebner, and Rob Van Dam didn't even accept that victory.)
** The August 1st surprise, Tito Ortiz. When he was revealed, the crowd was completely silent and Twitter immediately lit up with negative responses. The fact that he and Rampage Jackson were only around to promote an MMA fight for another company that wasn't even happening for several months didn't help matters any.
* DarkerAndEdgier: You don't have to watch this program too long to figure out that TNA is noticeably less gimmicky and comedy-oriented than WWE. That may be precisely the reason why some fans prefer it to its older counterpart.
** There are exceptions, like the MagicFeather Hall of Fame rings and Jeff Jarrett doing every menial job in existence at the behest of cartoonishly evil Eric Bischoff. Or Eric Young's antics.
*** When they have their good wrestling getting in the ring and nearly ''killing'' themselves for their matches (which they do), they can claim DarkerAndEdgier.... [[BadAssDecay but this does not happen as frequently as it used to]].
* 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.
* DealWithTheDevil: Joining Immortal was largely treated as this, which was only fitting considering the nature of that outfit.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: When Daniels and Kazarian won the tag titles they started calling themselves "The World Tag Team Champions of the World."
* DespairEventHorizon: After the rise of Immortal, Sting and Nash [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere decide to leave rather than fight or join them]].
** [[HesBack Until Sting had a change of heart]]....
* TheDogBitesBack: Treating AJ Styles and Matt Morgan like crap came back to haunt Eric Bischoff, as it made both HeelFaceTurn on him, AJ taking Fortune with him and forming the first real threat to Immortal. A lesser example happened later when Eric insulted most of the X Division. Later that night, he and Hogan find "You're next" written on the side of their car, leaving them even more paranoid than they already were. Cut to the same wrestlers Eric was insulting earlier laughing and high fiving each other.
* DumbIsGood: Dixie Carter in her (on-screen) role as TNA President. Well-meaning and filled with IncorruptiblePurePureness, but ''always'' gets outwitted by the evil {{Heel}}s that try to take over or manipulate her company. It sends a bit of a mixed message when the roster are also making comments about what an intelligent and inspirational leader she is. With her FaceHeelTurn at the end of 2013 she's become a lot more cunning.
* {{Expy}}: Upon the revealing of the new Impact Wrestling set, fans were already comparing it to the set of ''[=WCW=] Thunder''.
** The Aces and Eights are pretty obviously a wrestling version of SAMCRO from ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy.'' Various tweets from TNA wrestlers that imply nearly the entire roster are big fans of the series make this pretty obvious.
* FaceHeelTurn and HeelFaceTurn: Until Vince Russo left, this happened [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor constantly]].
** And most of that time the average fan likely couldn't tell who's a face and who's a heel, despite the fact that for a couple of years, they had [[GoodColorsEvilColors separate entrances for faces and heels]].
*** One of Vince Russo's booking trademarks is that he doesn't believe in pure faces and pure heels, and feels 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]].
*** Vince Russo. He's either a magnet for bad writers, or he has some sort of karmic curse following him, because bad writing seemed to just ooze from his pores into the general atmosphere of the script.
* FailOSuckyname: Immortal.
** Indeed, considering how vulnerable Immortal seemed to be to the various curveballs hurled at it by "The Network," wouldn't this also be a literal case of [[NotQuiteForever You Fail Forever Forever]]?
* FiveBadBand
** Fourtune:
*** BigBad: Ric Flair
*** TheDragon: AJ Styles. Matt Morgan used to fit this when he was Flair's bodyguard
*** TheBrute: [[strike:Matt Morgan]]. Beer Money have been stated to be the muscle of the group.
*** EvilGenius: Douglas Williams
*** DarkChick: Kazarian
*** SixthRangerTraitor: Matt Morgan
** Immortal:
*** BigBad: Hulk Hogan
*** TheDragon: Jeff Hardy
*** TheBrute: Abyss
*** EvilGenius: Wrestling/EricBischoff
*** DarkChick: Wrestling/JeffJarrett, if only by default.
* FiveManBand
** [=EV2.0=]
*** TheHero: Wrestling/TommyDreamer
*** TheLancer: Wrestling/{{Raven}}
*** TheBigGuy: [[Wrestling/{{Rhyno}} Rhino]]
*** TheSmartGuy: Wrestling/{{Sabu}}
*** TheChick: Wrestling/StevieRichards
*** TagalongKid: Brian Kendrick
*** SixthRanger: Wrestling/RobVanDam
** [=Fortune=] [HeelFaceTurn]
*** TheHero: AJ Styles
*** TheLancer: Wrestling/ChristopherDaniels
*** TheBigGuy: James Storm
*** TheSmartGuy: Robert Roode
*** TheHeart: Kazarian
*** SixthRanger: Alex Shelley/Kurt Angle/Crimson/Sting
* FleetingDemographicRule: 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-Present). To put this in perspective, since its inception in 2002, TNA has been under siege just over 55% of the time[[labelnote:]]71/129 months, as of February 2013[[/labelnote]].
** 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.
** Wrestling/AJStyles's recent "Leaving with the Title" storyline with Dixie Carter is clearly a rehash of Punk's famous storyline (which he did ''twice'', once in two different companies) that would launch him into superstardom, with the only difference being that AJ has been gone longer. It isn't catching on, mainly because Dixie Carter makes a poor replacement for Wrestling/VinceMcMahon and because everybody knows that AJ is still with the company, whereas with Punk everything was kind of up in the air.
** {{Subverted|Trope}} by the facts that AJ and TNA's actual contract negotiations fell through without a deal in place and nobody knows whether he'll ever return, he was sent off in one of the most blatantly overbooked screwjob matches ever in an attempt to keep him looking strong on the way out, and countless angry fans/mocking smarks are declaring that Dixie Carter crossed the line and/or TNA is dead.
* ForeignWrestlingHeel: [[Wrestling/CheerleaderMelissa Raisha Saeed]], Sheik Abdul Bashir, and Control Terrorism Unit (C.T.U.) when they were in the World X Cup 2006. In fairness, C.T.U. was (supposed to be) a heel unit in its home promotion too.
** Several World X Cup teams are treated as heels, but this is partially because they actually ''act like heels'' instead of just being foreign.
** Team Canada was this until the breakup.
*** And former Team Canada member Eric Young joined up with the British Invasion, Sheik Abdul Bashir, Kiyoshi, No Limit, and Homicide to create the World Elite, which was basically this until they disappeared following the arrival of Hulk Hogan (and the departure of Bashir).
** Somewhat averted by Desmond Wolfe: he wasn't a British jerk, but rather, he was a jerk that just happens to be British. Being British didn't really come up in his character at all.
*** Except in his accent. He used a few American colloquialisms, which sounded a little off with his thick British accent. When he used the term Ghetto Booty, some realized they were going for ForeignWrestlingHeel, just surprisingly subtly.
*** He did call his finisher the Tower of London and ran in a group called London Brawling though.
** Also kind of averted with Sarita and her ''[[BilingualBonus prima]]'' Rosita. They are Mexican, and have been known to lapse into GratuitousSpanish on occasion, but otherwise they don't really come off as foreign. Same with Hernandez, who dresses like a Chicano homeboy but was serving as muscle for the primary Anglo-American faction Immortal....
** ....until March/April 2011. The above three, plus a new wrestler named [[MeaningfulName "Anarquia"]] joined forces as "Mexican America," a faction of [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain gringo-hating Chicano extremists]] [[ANaziByAnyOtherName plotting a Nazi-style takeover of the United States]]. How do you say "swastika" in Spanish?
*** Esvástica.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** Much like the Chekhov's Gun above, unintentional but it still counts. During their time with Immortal, Fortune were giving constant hints in backstage segments toward how they could only trust "the core four" (each other/themselves), and Robert Roode even once said in an interview that he envisioned them holding all the gold, even going so far as to say he saw AJ regaining the World Heavyweight Championship. ''This was while Jeff Hardy was World Heavyweight Champion.''
** When Bully Ray told Hulk Hogan during what appeared to be a HeelFaceTurn he wasn't a 'good guy' ... he meant it. In fact there were a number of things Bully said which may as well have been hanging lampshades on his true intentions: telling the camera interviewer on Re-Action that he'd do anything to become world heavyweight champion, promising Hulk the night of his title match that he'd do something memorable, and even saying prior to the storyline starting that he wanted to become champion to piss off the wrestling world.
* FourIsDeath: Fortune, despite usually having more than four members. Wrestling/RicFlair intended for them to be another chapter in the legacy of his old group the Four Horsemen, the "Fortune 4" was the name of both their theme and their symbol, the group's name used to be spelled "Fourtune" early, the first four wrestlers Flair brought in to complete the group had an established "core" bond between them, and there were even a total of eight members (two times four) in the group's history.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: The core four members of Fortune:
** Sanguine: James Storm.
** Choleric: AJ Styles.
** Melancholic/Leukine: Bobby Roode.
** Phlegmatic: Kazarian.
* FunWithAcronyms: '''S'''ports '''E'''ntertainment '''X'''treme, '''V'''oodoo '''K'''in '''M'''afia. The TNA name also qualifies.
** For the uninitiated, '''VKM''' is [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]] - middle name 'Kennedy'.
* GameShowAppearance: The team of Mick Foley, Matt Morgan, Rob Van Dam, Jay Lethal and Mr. Anderson squashed the team of Tara, Lacey Von Erich, Christy Hemme, Angelina Love and Velvet Sky on the "TNA Wrestling Special" week on ''Series/FamilyFeud'', November 1-5, 2010.
** What was unacknowledged on the show, of course, was that, with the exceptions of Lethal, Lacey, Angelina and Velvet, everybody, of course, were ex-WWE people at the time.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Not exactly since they're not trying to sneak a curse word by, but it's surprising that they can say "asshole" on cable so often and keep a TV-14 rating.
** Somehow Dixie Carter got away with calling Eric Bischoff a "little smug shit" on this TV-14 television show. Even TV-MA {{Fanservice}}-filled {{Manswers}} doesn't typically get away with this from SpikeTV. Dixie would later thank Spike for allowing her that swear.
** Since mid-2012, [[Wrestling/ChristopherDaniels Christopher]] [[SmugSnake Daniels]] has adopted the tendency to tape his fingers in black and showing the hand off to the crowd, but not [[FlippingTheBird his thumb and middle fingers]].
** Of course, given just how bad the product could be at times and how poorly run the company has been, one could argue that TNA redefined it by putting out shows that are nothing ''but'' crap.
* GimmickMatches: TNA has invented more than a few; they were apparently so obsessed with all types of these that Kurt Angle himself once said TNA puts on "too many gimmick matches" in an ESPN interview.
** The six-sided ring itself could have been its own gimmick match.
** Might have established a new low with the infamous Reverse Battle Royal.
** Nearly surpassed it with the ungainly red (bird)cage as the opening match under the Hogan regime. Poor Homicide trying to climb out of it to no avail (think [[Film/FullMetalJacket Pvt. Pyle]] on the obstacle course).
--> '''Gunnery Sergeant Hartman:''' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNs14a5zD2s&feature=player_detailpage#t=475s "Private Pyle! Whatever you do, don't fall down! That would break my fucking heart!!"]]
* GirlPosse: The Beautiful People.
* GlassJawReferee: Averted by Shane Sewell, whose Puerto Rican wrestling background was acknowledged.
* ''{{God}}'' [[AGodAmI Am I]]: Ric Flair literally claims to be God. Not ''a'' god. ''God''.
* [=GoldDigger=]: Karen Angle - er, Jarrett - seems to have become this.
* HesBack: After all of the BadassDecay that came with being a Hulk Hogan fanboy, Abyss finally turned on Hogan and made it clear he was no longer a monster in name only. He was now a ''real'' monster who choked out Hulk Hogan, layed out Rob Van Dam when he ran out to help, and shrugged off multiple chair shots from Mr. Anderson when ''he'' ran out to help. He has since been able to [[NoSell withstand ridiculous amounts of punishment]], shown no trace of fear toward any of his opponents, is acting very AxCrazy, and most recently put Rob Van Dam on the shelf (kayfabe).
* HiddenAgendaVillain: Aces & Eights. It's been over eight months[[labelnote:*]]Of this writing, March 2013[[/labelnote]] since their debut, and in that time they have provided no agenda to their actions. It ''seems'' to be a {{Cult}} of vengeful wrestlers who feel they have been "wronged" by TNA in some way, and at least one member has alluded to a "Higher Power", but no goal or purpose has yet been established. (Contrast this with [=WCW=]'s New World Order angle, in which Scott Hall stated ''exactly'' what the group's goal was in his first appearance.)
** Their agenda was eventually revealed to be a means of Bully Ray gaining the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Had Bully Ray won the Bound for Glory series the first time around, he would have gladly revealed their goal.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Before Fortune's defection, this was literally the only reason Jeff Jarrett stopped beating up plant fans in his Double-J-Double-MA challenge, Jeff Hardy ever lost the World Heavyweight title, and Immortal's iron fist hadn't completely choked TNA.
** There's a bit of a pattern in TNA where guys who've had a history of turning their backs on partners and friends end up finally taking a taste of their own medicine. See Wrestling/{{Christian}}, Wrestling/JamesStorm, and [[TheGiant Matt Morgan]].
* [[AdaptationDistillation House Show Distillation]]: TNA's house shows are actually well liked for their matches (often compared to the weekly pay-per-view era) and [[MeanCharacterNiceActor the meet and greets]] before and after the show.
* ICallItVera: Abyss' nail covered 2x4, "Janice," and his "10.10.10" branding iron "Bob."
** MeaningfulName: Though it was never stated, these weapons were named after Dixie Carter's parents, {{Foreshadowing}} her forceful exit from the company.
* TheIlluminati: Immortal. It's bad enough the whole formation of this stable involved [[MassiveMultiplayerScam an ever-expanding secret group]] [[AncientConspiracy working the scene for longer than the entire duration of most wrestling plots]] [[TakeOverTheWorld to take full control of TNA from]] [[PointyHairedBoss Dixie Carter]] [[NebulousEvilOrganization and rule it with an iron fist]]. Or that TheReveal which completed this group's takeover was at ''Bound For Glory'', on the ominous date of "'''10.10.10'''". Or that they shared many quick parallels to Hogan and Bischoff's [=NWO=]. But in the very first episode of ''Impact'' since said reveal, we had the members talking about how they'll live forever through Hogan (hence the Immortal name), Ric Flair and Fortune bowing down and professing undying love to Hogan (these two have been featured as enemies for the past 25 years), and World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Hardy looking and playing the part of the DarkMessiah, all within the same celebration promo which lasted across two segments and saw Immortal and Fortune stand in the ring for close to '''40 minutes'''. Later we had Jeff Jarrett claiming he [[DealWithTheDevil sold his soul to the devil]] (joining Immortal is referred to as this several times in the future) to get back at Kurt Angle for stealing [[SpotlightStealingSquad his influence in the company]] and then some, and DarkMessiah Hardy even referred to himself as TheAntichrist of professional wrestling with one eye shadowed in a backstage vignette. Last but not least, enter Hardy's closing words on TNA's third-hour show ''Re[==]Action'' that night: "We will continue to rise, until the end of the world." Knowledge of actual Illuminati theories, even without having a fixed opinion about them, can make this all very cringe-worthy.
** To make matters worse, that same first ''Impact'' after "10.10.10", which as a result of said event was the most viewed episode ever, was near-universally found abysmal in every way except for showcasing the power and control of Immortal. The fact Hogan and Bischoff actually have creative power in TNA could not be made more obvious than that night. This is important because in one key device to the theories, the Illuminati is said to control the media. Examples are as follows:
*** On what is supposed to be a wrestling show, it took '''''[+75 MINUTES+]''''' for the ring announcer to first be able to say the words "The following contest is scheduled for one fall." The ensuing entrances, match, and disqualification ending occurred ''within three and a half minutes''.
**** The one impromptu match which happened in those prior 75 minutes time was a FingerPokeOfDoom sans pretenses or finger poke, and was quickly followed up by former [=WWE=] mainstay Wrestling/MickieJames owning the duo involved. This demonstrated just how far the [[ActionGirl Knockout]] division and Championship's collective prestige had fallen.
**** By contrast, ''[[Wrestling/{{WWESmackDown}} WWE [=SmackDown!=]]]'' which aired the following night finished four full matches in its first 75 minutes, two of them longer than the total amount of time ''Impact'' put into wrestling.
*** In fact, there was less time on said ''Impact'' dedicated to wrestling than there was dedicated to JerseyShore's "J[==]Woww" befriending the GirlPosse, encountering the OddCouple, and embarrassing the one-month-old LowestCommonDenominator parody of her own show - [[http://www.cagesideseats.com/2010/9/29/1719902/an-examination-of-tnas-appalling-treatment-of-talent all allegedly to the tune of $15,000]].
*** Most of the main event was actually wrestled on ''Re[==]Action'', and even that match had a non-finish which only served to showcase the power and control of Immortal.
*** Combine ''Impact'' and ''Re[==]Action'', we had less than 20 minutes of wrestling in a three-hour block of programming. If we're to go into [[Creator/GeorgeOrwell Orwellian]] territory with TNA, the whole show was an insulting level of [[NewSpeak prolefeed]].
** However, they managed to make up for it by having Fortune turn on Immortal and proceed to [[CallingTheOldManOut call Immortal out]] on ''everything'' mentioned above!
** And then there's the court case. Dixie Carter goes to court to contend that Hogan and Bischoff's acquisition of the company is illegal, which, since ''everybody saw that it was under false pretenses'', should've gotten the whole contract annulled within days. Considering the judge was apparently a friend of Dixie's, maybe not even that long. Instead, weeks was how long it took merely to get the injunction slapped on Hogan. Not even Bischoff. Just Hogan. The whole case itself took months. And it was ruled that [[ArtisticLicenseLaw the contract was 100% legal, Hulk and Eric have total control of TNA, and Dixie is still responsible for supplying the company money]]. Oh, these two are TheIlluminati indeed.
** Although, after Jeff Hardy's EpicFail at Victory Road, Immortal wasn't so much the Illuminati altogether anymore as a street gang with support from the 2/3-man Illuminati of Bischoff and Hogan, and maybe Flair.
** As of ''BFG 2011'', with Sting managing to both beat Hogan for the power and get him to go face… yeah, this trope is done.
** Confirmed done the Impact after the PPV, via a 39 minute segment in which Sting, Hogan, and Dixie celebrated, among other things.
** So basically, this trope [[{{Bookends}} both began and ended with a Hulk Hogan turn at BFG and a 30-40-minute segment on the following Impact]]…
* IncompetenceInc: Any company that willfully employed Vince Russo for as long as TNA did is asking for this title.
** The entire power structure in TNA seems to be composed of petulant, spoiled brats.
*** {{Manchild}}[=/=]ArtistDisillusionment: Eric Bischoff loves acting like a six year old, making fat jokes at the expense of and generally sniping at fans who simply do not like TNA.
*** TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong: Aside from Bischoff above, Wrestling/MattHardy will complain about all the negativity going around on the dirtsheets, despite being the direct cause of it (see Edge/Lita 2005, his Twitter account, his and Jeff's "shoots" against CM Punk, his pathetic re-enactment of his breakup with Wrestling/{{Lita}}).
*** PointyHairedBoss: You don't have to look very far to see examples of this for Dixie either in storyline or in real life. Vince Russo also qualifies in heaps.
*** DumbIsGood: Dixie's opinion is that, since wrestling is "television", nothing has to make sense. Apparently confusing "television" with ''Series/TwinPeaks.'' This explains the rampant LowestCommonDenominator atmosphere, as well.
**** Dixie seems to be this in real life, as well. One memorable instance had her soliciting questions on Twitter mere days after firing several people. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATDru0DWExA It didn't end well for her]].
** Contract management has been a consistent problem. RobVanDam has ''twice'' had his [=TNA=] contract expire while he held a singles championship [[hottip:*:He had the TNA World championship, which was vacated before he was eventually re-signed. He also held the Television title which he (reluctantly) agreed to hastily drop before jumping back to WWE.]] . More recently, AJStyles held the world title as his contract expired after [=TNA=] assumed re-signing him was a formality; instead, they couldn't come to terms and he left, forcing the company to vacate the title for real as opposed to as part of a storyline as originally planned. MickFoley, KevinNash, and several other wrestlers have all had contracts expire square in the middle of big angles, or could not be signed or extended after extensive buildup, leading to conspicuous cases of [[AbortedArc aborted storylines]].
*** [[HulkHogan Hulk Hogan's]] contract was a financial albatross. Despite being a huge draw and lending some much-needed credibility to the [=TNA=] product, his contract alone constituted a very large percentage of [=TNA's=] overall expenses, leading them to cut a large number of mid-carders from the roster, including long-time [=TNA=] mainstays like Matt Morgan and Joey Ryan. And after the bloodletting was through, Hogan's own contract expired and [[ShootTheShaggyDog he chose not to extend his deal]].
* InsistentTerminology: TNA refers to gimmick matches they create as "concept matches".
** There's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOwBJu5Hfzk that one video]] in which TNA Director of Production Steve Small refers to the audience as "cast members". Probably so they can be "fired."
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: CM Punk has wrestled for TNA, but never did anything of note. They clearly didn't think much of him when he quit in order to work for ROH. As of 2011, they are probably starting to regret it.
* LargeHam: TNA Superstars do tend to be more reserved than WWE Superstars, but [[Wrestling/JamesMitchell Father James Mitchell]] was pretty hammy, but what else would you expect from a guy whose previous character the Sinister Minister was supposed to be ''{{Satan}}?''
** Not to mention Ric Flair and Mr. Anderson.
** Jay Lethal was hammy enough for most of the roster.
** Currently, Christopher Daniels is the hammiest guy in the company, with his tag partner Kazarian not far behind.
* LaxativePrank: Jay Lethal, Alex Shelley, and Chris Sabin once slipped laxatives into Petey Williams' water bottle.
* TheManBehindTheMan: "[[SpikeTV The Network]]," whoever they are. (They're actually a nonvillainous example, constantly checkmating all of Immortal's moves, albeit only in the interest of TV ratings.)
** The executive behind the Network's activity turned out to be Mick Foley. Until he [[{{Kayfabe}} got]] [[PutOnABus fired]]. Now it's pretty much unknown, because the Network storyline was dropped shortly after Foley's departure.
* MassiveMultiplayerScam: Immortal. Enough said.
* MightyWhitey: Jeff Jarrett's new gimmick of being "King of Mexico" (after winning the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/mexico/aaa/aaa-h.html AAA World Heavyweight Championship]] and bringing it to the United States).
* MoodWhiplash: During the 2011 No Surrender pay-per-view (held on Sept. 11), Rosita was booed by fans as a heel running interference as part of Mexican America during the tag team title match. Later in the pay-per-view, Rosita brings up in an interview that her father died on 9/11, and inspired her to go into wrestling. The crowd acknowledged her breaking character with applause.
* MookHorrorShow: On the July 14, 2011, edition, Sting (who's been "coincidentally" mimicking [[Film/TheDarkKnight Heath Ledger's]] [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker "Joker"]] with his new makeup design) set loose a small group of clown-masked minions on Immortal. What follows pretty much played out like a slasher flick, with the clowns picking off Immortal one by one. Gunner even attempts to invoke [[FinalGirl Final Boy]] on them, which fails. Turns out the clowns were actually Fortune helping Sting out.
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: At Turning Point 2011, Bully Ray and Scott Steiner were booked in a tag match. They cut a promo, with Bully Ray saying "You're in the ring with one half of the greatest tag team of all time, and Scott Steiner too!" Steiner didn't take kindly to this, causing him to shoot back "''I'm'' the greatest tag team of all time!"
* NearVillainVictory: Genesis 2K11, in which aside from Morgan/Anderson, not a single face won a match with Immortal managing to capture the rest of the titles. Then Bischoff got overconfident and booked the World Title match immediately after Anderson won the match, which lead to Jeff Hardy losing the championship.
* NebulousEvilOrganization: Immortal, thanks to Abyss referencing it as "They/Them" during the lead-up to TheReveal at ''Bound For Glory'' "10.10.10."
* NecessarilyEvil: Sting's 2010 FaceHeelTurn was this, at least that's what he claimed.
** [[TheCassandra Sting was right]].
* {{Nepotism}}:
** Started by Jeff Jarrett and his father.
** Kurt Angle bringing in his now ex-wife Karen, who married Jeff Jarrett in RealLife.
** {{Kayfabe}} with James Mitchell claiming to be Abyss's "father."
** 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.
** Brooke Hogan, who was handed the role of "Vice-President of the Knockouts Division", a title that required little actual work (she occasionally gathers the female roster in her office and arbitrarily decides who should get a title shot) but a disproportionate amount of screen time. She got even ''more'' screen time when she became involved in a romantic storyline with Bully Ray, which became ''the main plotline of TNA''.
** More {{kayfabe}} with Ethan Carter III, spoiled nephew of Dixie herself, portrayed by the man formerly known as [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} Derrick Bateman]]. In fact he seems to be a parody mixture of both this and the overpaid prima donna athlete.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Joseph Park asks Eric Young to help him find his brother Abyss. Young is the only guy on the roster who's wacky enough to not only deduce that Joseph Park ''is'' Abyss, but to seek to trigger the realization in the two alter egos. This results in Abyss turning on Young during a tag team title shot, beating Young in a Monster's Ball, and reacting to Young's unmasking him in said Monster's Ball by walking away to find someone who can "understand him" and help him "fix this". [[spoiler:This then crosses into ForWantOfANail when Abyss finds that someone in World Heavyweight Champion Magnus, who he proceeds to help screw Wrestling/SamoaJoe out of the world title at Lockdown.]]
* {{The Nicknamer}}s: Christopher Daniels and Kazarian, the (former) World Tag Team Champions of the World (or #WTTCOTW). Especially towards Hulk Hogan.
* OddCouple: [[DepravedBisexual Orlando Jordan]] and [[{{Manchild}} Eric Young]].
** Eric Young and ODB.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted with Jeff Jarrett and Jeff Hardy, who feuded in late 2011.
** [[strike:Played straight]] Subverted when Brooke Tessmacher had to return to her old name of "Miss Tessmacher" following the controversial hiring of Brooke Hogan, while still occasionally being called Brooke by other wrestlers and even Hogan herself.
** The roster currently includes four wrestlers whose first names are variants of "Robert" - Robert (or Bobby) Roode, Rob Van Dam, Rob Terry and Robbie E. There's also Doug Williams and Petey Williams (no relation).
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: This was basically Wrestling/KevinNash's character during his 2006-2010 run.
* PartsUnknown:
** Abyss is billed from there
** Judas Mesias, from "The Depths of Hell"
** Shark Boy, from "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," later changed to "The Deep Blue Sea"
* PerkyGoth: Jeff Hardy, Daffney.
* PowerStable: Sports Entertainment Xtreme, Planet Jarrett, The Angle Alliance, The Main Event Mafia, Christian's Coalition, The Beautiful People, Fourtune, Immortal.
* PreviouslyOn: TNA, since 2012, have had one of these at the start of their episodes. And it always ends in "Impact Wrestling starts right now!"
* PutOnABus: Wrestling/SamoaJoe. Although it wasn't a bus, it was a van. And he wasn't "put" on it so much as he was "thrown into it by ninjas".
** And [[TheBusCameBack he came back]] with no explanation some time afterward.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: Fourtune, for the first four months of Immortal.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Wrestling/JimCornette was one, to an extent. Eric Bischoff's tried to be one, after a HeelFaceTurn.
** Actually, Hulk Hogan was a better example. At least before TheReveal. Now, he's one once again.
* TheReveal: Most notably, and recently, Immortal.
** Each time an Aces and Eights member is unmasked.
* RingOldies: Kurt Angle, Mick Foley, [=Sting=], Wrestling/ScottSteiner, and Kevin Nash, among others.
** Hulk Hogan was added to the mix in 2010, with (apparently) the same amount of creative control he had during his time in WCW.
** Don't forget Ric Flair. TNA seems to get all of WWE's washouts.
* RoyalWe: During the time period in which he singlehandedly held both tag team championship belts, Matt Morgan would refer to himself as "we" and "us".
* ScrewedByTheNetwork: In-universe as part of the plot. For a while, the Network had an executive helping Sting to screw Immortal by keeping them under control, sending Bischoff and Hogan into a mild VillainousBreakdown. This person turned out to be Mick Foley, only for him to get fired ([[RealLifeWritesThePlot he actually requested a release]]) weeks later.
* ShoutOut: Hoping to capitalize on Orlando Jordan's RealLife [[BiTheWay bisexuality]] (in the stupidest way possible), they had Jordan make his re-debut dressed as Music/LadyGaga from the video for "Telephone".
** The lady first introduced as Eric Bischoff's on-screen assistant, former WWE diva Brooke Adams, is named [[Film/{{Superman}} "Miss Tessmacher"]].
*** "Brooke" later was acknowledged as her first name after she transitioned into a wrestling role, thus toning down or changing up the shoutout somewhat.
*** Except [[OneSteveLimit with no amount of regularity anymore now that Brooke Hogan was hired]].
** Abyss' [[WeaponOfChoice Weapons of Choice]], Bob and Janice, are the names of Dixie Carter's parents.
* SomethingPerson: TNA was spoofing this trend in wrestling for a while (which was a major trait of WWE in the early 1990s, by the way) with such ridiculously costumed wrestlers as "Shark Boy" and a mythical [[FakeNationality "Japanese"]] character named "Curry Man."
** Must be noted that TNA didn't come up with either gimmick. Both were in use long before then.
* SlobsVersusSnobs: How James Storm and Bobby Roode interacted when they first were paired up. Over time, they meshed very well and Beer Money was formed.
* SmallNameBigEgo: The Company in of it itself. It really thinks its bigger than it truly is and acts like they are rivals to WWE and are known worldwide. When in reality most people don't know about TNA and they struggle to obtain a Million Viewers per week and WWE doesn't even regard or care about their existence most of the time.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Subverted with Miss Tessmacher being one to Immortal's plan. TheWorfBarrage example of this, actually.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Ric Flair's group. Is it "Fortune" or "Fourtune?" Fans and reporters alternate between the two. Even ''the company itself'' seemed to alternate between the two.
** For the stable's first few months, it was "Fourtune" in honor of the Four Horsemen. However, since more and more people pointed out that the stable has ''six'' people in it (seven if including Flair) after including Morgan and Williams, it was switched to "Fortune."
* SpiritualSuccessor: Has become one to [=WCW=] over the past few years.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: Jeff Jarrett from 2002-2006; Kurt Angle from 2006-2009; Hulk Hogan starting from 2010.
* StealthPun: In the acronym of the promotion, though it wasn't much of a StealthPun in the early days of the promotion; the name was intended to make the company stand out as a more adult alternative to WWE, since TNA started out on pay-per-view with weekly shows, even though WWE was years away from the turn to PG at that point.
* SureWhyNot: When Amazing Red first wrestled for TNA, color commentator Don West was a ''huge'' fan & would mark out everytime Red was in a match, at one point even climbing on top of the announce table to lead a "Let's go Red!" chant. When Amazing Red returned to the company after West's heel turn & Taz replacing West on commentary, West was promptly turned face & made Red's manager.
* TakeOverTheWorld: Well, the TNA world, anyway. Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff came in, influenced people, brought in some friends, worked Dixie Carter, and obtained control of the company. Some fans feel like this is more than just the on-air storyline.
* [[TakeThat/ProfessionalWrestling Take That]]: TNA loves doing these against [=WWE=]. Constantly. In fact, if you're a former WWE wrestler coming in to TNA, you're practically required via contract to take a potshot at WWE within your first month. (And Hulk Hogan seems to do one every chance he gets.)
** Eric Bischoff had started doing these on a weekly basis since his arrival; it's actually pretty sad.
** In May 2011, TNA began the process of rebranding itself as ''Impact Wrestling'' as a rather pointed TakeThat to WWE, which had just dropped all references to the word "wrestling" both on its TV shows and in its legal name.
*** Included in the various commercials about the rebranding, are a few with Hulk Hogan talking about how this is [[{{Kayfabe}} real wrestling]], with [[ShockingSwerve real stories]] and [[BlatantLies no scripts]]. Ending with "We're here to wrestle, [[TemptingFate not entertain]]." Looking at some of the TV ratings, PPV buy-rates and IWC responses, he may in fact be right on that last aspect; it's just ''not'' entertaining any more.
** Newly-debuted [[{{Kayfabe}} investor]] [[Wrestling/MontelVontaviousPorter MVP]]'s promo on the February 6, 2014 edition of ''Impact Wrestling'', talking about how ''pro wrestling as a whole'' is being ruined by ''too many owners'' running around thinking ''they'' can abuse talent and disrespect fans however ''they'' please, has all but cemented this status for the Heel!Dixie storyline, both as a TakeThat towards [=Vince McMahon=] and a TakeThatMe directed at Dixie herself.
* TakeThatAudience: Eric Bischoff introduced a new ranking system where the fans would have a major say in it, voting for who would be the top ten contenders for the TNA World Title. Despite the fact that AJ Styles, Abyss, The Pope, Sting, and Jeff Hardy were all being pushed hard, the fans voted for Desmond Wolfe to be #1 contender. The very next week, he lost in five minutes to Rob Van Dam in a non-title match. Wolfe never sniffed world title contention after that and the rankings disappeared after a mere two weeks.
** More insulting was that Dixie's comments on Twitter gave the impression that she thought this was what the fans had wanted.
** When introducing the new four-sided ring to replace TNA's unique six-sided ring, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zO5QqVKWT-w&t=1m0s the crowd booed and started to chant "WE WANT SIX SIDES!"]] Hogan's response to the crowd?
-->'''Hogan''': "I got one thing to say about six sides: you had it, and it only got you so far. Now we're takin' ya all the way, Jack! No more eight sides, no more six sides, no more stinkin' playpen rings!"
** There was Dixie Carter's quote about how TNA tries to appeal to the kind of fans like "that guy who collects the toys in the 40 Year Old Virgin." Of course, the "guy who collects the toys" is the [[YouSuck titular character]] of the movie.
* TheThemeParkVersion: Literally, as they broadcast their TV shows and InNameOnly [=PPV=]s ''from'' the Universal Studios theme park in Orlando.
* ThrowingDownTheGauntlet: "Open Fight Night" is basically built around this, anyone can call out anyone and the challenged ''must'' fight.
* TookALevelInDumbass: Where to begin?
* TookALevelInJerkass / MotiveDecay / HeelFaceDoorSlam: Tomko.
* UndyingLoyalty: Wrestling/AJStyles, a constant in the troubled company and thought-to-be lifer for TNA. His leaving was genuinely shocking, and caused many fans to declare that TNA's days are numbered.
* UnknownRival: To [=WWE=]. TNA's relationship with WWE is fascinating to behold, swinging between snarky antagonism and utter reverence.
* TheUnReveal: Velvet Sky removes the helmet of the mysterious biker chick who's been allied with Madison Rayne, only to find a mask underneath. (It has since been revealed that this woman is Tara. You know, the [[StealthPun "spider-lady."]])
* VaguenessIsComing: The ominous warnings about "They" by Abyss in the early autumn of 2010.
** Subverted in early 2011, by Crimson. In his case, "They" were the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad accomplices]] [[ConspiracyRedemption turned]] [[BigDamnHeroes good guys]].
* WildSamoan: Averted by Samoa Joe.
** At least until he brought out a machete, wore some crazy pants and painted a tribal marking on his face that looked like a penis. Thankfully, he's gotten far away from that, but it did a lot towards killing his push.
* WithUsOrAgainstUs: An unfortunate example happened not long after Hulk Hogan signed with TNA. TNA Wrestling president Dixie Carter, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wn13PwaRQ6s gave a big speech]] to the wrestlers before an episode of iMPACT! in which she basically acknowledged the incredibly shitty decisions being made by the company, and rather than do anything about it, told the wrestlers to shut up or leave. Either they were behind her, or they could leave the company. [[http://www.wrestlezone.com/editorials/article/it-just-keeps-getting-better-90269 This]] [[http://www.vivekwwe.com/wwenews/1585-wwe-reacts-to-tna-president-dixie-carter-speech.html did]] [[http://www.prowrestling.net/artman/publish/powelleditorials/article1008702.shtml not]] [[http://www.wrestling-edge.com/tna-news/tna-wrestler-reacts-to-dixie-carters-speech-details-on-the-black-machismo-invitational.html go]] [[http://www.wrestleview.com/news2009/1257714323.php over]] [[http://www.zimbio.com/TNA+Wrestling/articles/UVojvt1i_cO/Industry+Weighs+Dixie+Carter+Speech well]] [[http://www.camelclutchblog.com/dixie-carter-paul-heyman/ with]] [[http://www.ukff.com/lofiversion/index.php/t116095.html anyone.]] At all.
** Since Hogan arrived, Christopher Daniels and Awesome Kong, among others, have left/been released from TNA (with Daniels infamously showing up at a Ring Of Honor event just days after his release from TNA, shocking everyone with his appearance). [[Wrestling/LisaMarieVaron Tara (aka [=WWE=]'s Victoria)]] also left. Daniels and Tara have returned since (though Tara was released again in 2013), but Kong became Kharma in [=WWE=].
*** Arguably the absolute worst the TNA creative have done lately is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOwBJu5Hfzk tell the audience that they are "cast members"]] as a means to try and control the very chants that the crowd makes, allegedly due to wanting the show to be more fan-friendly and to help "tell a story" to the TV audience. While there are several chants that shouldn't be heard by children, this rings more than a little hypocritical considering the current violent & sexualised content being pushed on the show. Ostensibly this is an attempt by TNA to [[TruthAndLies regulate the chants from the crowd to try and quell any anti-Hogan regime reactions]]. Or, find an excuse to "fire" the audience.
** It worked. The Impact Zone soon became a dead zone, to the point where TNA started hiring plants and piping in overloud crowd noise.
* WritingAroundTrademarks: Several wrestlers have had to use ring names that were close to their more famous ones in order to avoid WWE's lawyers from sending TNA into legal Hell (the most notable being Bubba Ray Dudley and D-Von Dudley, who became Brother Ray and Brother Devon because of WWE owning several ECW trademarks); notable aversions include Christian Cage (he trademarked the name, so WWE couldn't stop him from using it) and Taz.
** Taz's case was due to the performer's WWE name being "Taz'''z'''", which they could trademark.
** Also, Rh'''i'''no. In WWE, he changed his name to Rh'''y'''no.
** The [=ECW=] faction was been dubbed "[=EV2=].0"
*** This can become rather painful to hear as TNA skates closer to old [=ECW=] set-ups.
** "MIIIIISSTERRRRR......[[strike: KEN-NED-DY]] AND-ER-SON."
*** "AND-ER-SON."
** Not sure if played straight or a subversion, but what exactly does the name "[[Wrestling/MontelVontaviousPorter MVP]]" stand for in TNA?
* YouBastard: One Night With ODB. They took videos from [[LowestCommonDenominator various fans]] and actually aired them on National TV. What came out of it? We had the last appearance of Shark Boy until 2013, and the debut of Cody Deaner. TNA made sure to make its fans look like complete idiots in order to shoot an angle that went nowhere.
** They did the same thing for the Fans' Revenge matches, to the point where some of the videos were aired on an episode of World's Dumbest Fans.
----