Trivia / TNA

  • Career Resurrection: Austin Aries, Low Ki and Awesome Kong had all had some degree of frustration surrounding their departures from TNA and were all contemplating retirement after having seemingly ran their courses in other promotions before TNA somehow convinced each to return and keep wrestling.
  • Creative Differences: The end of their 10 year NWA deal in only three years was the result of it. It was commonly reported as NWA abrogating but in truth both companies wanted out of it.
  • Creator Backlash: Jerry Jarrett absolutely HATES what the promotion he co-founded turned into. On that topic, he's not too enthralled with his other creation/co-founder either, though they finally ironed things out in recent months.
  • Executive Meddling
    • Dixie Carter is a stubborn and complete idiot: common ground for both those that love and hate TNA. She thinks anyone would fund her for 10% ownership? She needs to give it up and just call it quits, nobody is going to invest in her circus act with Carter in still in charge. (It's not like she didn't have 500 chances in the past, and somehow managed to blow all of them.)
    • TNA is known to interfere with the booking of promotions that use "its" talent or talent it wants to have. "Its" being in quotes because TNA wrestlers are supposed to be independently contracted, allowing them to work where they want and other people to do what they want with them, so long as the wrestlers themselves agree. Some standout examples include insistence Amazing Kong not lose the NWA Women's world title clean and insistence that the Motor (or rather, Murder) City Machine Guns could not lose to the Ring Of Honor Tag Team Champions The Kings Of Wrestling. In the former case, MsChif won the title by count out (which is supposed to be impossible) and in the latter the Briscoes ran out and caused a disqualification (which used to be grounds for firing per the code of honor, a code which is now all but useless because of stuff like this).
    • TNA has also been on the receiving end of this kind of meddling, such as Spike TV's insistence of using Impact to promote Bellator (which resulted in meaningless short stints from several Bellator fighters before finally bearing positive fruit with Bobby Lashley's surprisingly stellar world title run) or Lucha Underground's insistence they cut Hernandez out of their shows (which had the unfortunate side effect of destroying TNA's top heel stable at the time, the Beat Down Clan). Spike TV's meddling led to the network dropping Impact in 2014, after the network discovered TNA had rehired Vince Russo (whom Spike TV executives hated) in a deliberate breach of contract.
  • Fan Community Nickname: In the same way that Cheff Jeff Hardy fans are called the Creatures of the Night, D'Angelo Dinero calls his fans the Congregation.
  • Fake Nationality: Shocker was the only Mexican national on the 2006 version of Team Mexico.
  • Follow the Leader: WWE is Disney. TNA is DreamWorks. They could be Pixar, but no one wants to rock the boat.
  • Network Decay: Had TNA not convinced Spike to drop them, they likely would have ended up dropped in the long run or have been forced to water down their product back to Fox Sports Net levels due the fact Spike wanted to become a more family friendly network. (Then again, the Fox Sports Net era wasn't exactly hated, with additions such as Samoa Joe)
  • No Budget: Eh, kinda. See, TNA is backed by Panda Energy, a multi-million dollar energy company owned by Dixie Carter's parents. It used to be that Panda would feed TNA an astronomical amount of money at the behest of Dixie, despite getting little to no profit — that all changed when Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff arrived. The amount of money spent during their time in the company was so great that Dixie's parents finally said enough and put her on a budget managed by her mom. Said budget was significantly smaller than it was originally, forcing the company to cut back in nearly every area of business, and causing several of their talent to leave in the face of significant pay cuts. The loss of the Spike TV deal further hurt the budget, so now TNA is suffering a severe case of this, as much of the talent and the production crew are being paid late.
  • No Export for You and Screwed by the Network
    • Averted. In the UK, TNA aired on a channel called Bravo. It was taken over by Sky, who closed it down. As Sky already airs WWE, it was assumed that TNA would be dropped, but Sky put it on game show channel Challenge instead, which at the same time got launched on Freeview to replace Channel One, thereby increasing TNA's audience instead of removing it!
    • But inverted in the U.S. TNA's B-Show, Xplosion, isn't aired anywhere on U.S. TV, and is only shows in foreign markets. It is pretty easy to find online, however.
  • Paying Their Dues: It's believed the real reason Kazuchika Okada was sent to TNA for a learning excursion was for this, as NJPW knew that TNA would do nothing meaningful with him, especially considering that Vince "IF YOU WANT LUCHA LIBRE, GO TO JAPAN!" Russo was booking. The humility he would gain from the experience was to make him much more appreciative of the main event push he would get with his return, in which he became one NJPW's top stars within a month. However, it's also been rumored that TNA's treatment of Okada is a major reason why the partnership between the two promotions soured. Either way, Okada has a very low opinion of TNA and isn't above doing an occasional Take That (though he is still good friends with most of the TNA roster from around that time, by the looks of it).
  • Recycled Script:
    • An angle features a frustrated Ken Anderson joining a stable where Bully Ray is either field general or outright leader. It starts off great for him but eventually he hits a couple snags and Bully Ray begins to question and antagonize him. Inevitably the tension leads to him being betrayed and forcibly kicked out of the group, with Bully directing traffic. Finally, after a short time away, Ken comes back primed for vengeance and whoops him some Bully ass. This occurred with both Immortal in 2011 and Aces & Eights in 2013…the latter resulting in the end of the stable at the hands of Anderson.
    • AJ Styles is taking part in a war that involves the future of TNA. Christopher Daniels, AJ's best friend, comes back to TNA to come to his aid in this struggle and becomes part of the faction AJ fights alongside, tagging up with AJ on several occasions during this time. Sometime after the egomaniacal superstar force that tried to lay siege to TNA is defeated and/or weakened, Daniels starts and challenges AJ to a match which AJ wins. Daniels starts getting ambitious and jealous, accuses AJ of viewing him as a sidekick, and rubs in his own self-perception that he's as good or better than AJ. This leads to the two falling out and having bitter heat with each other as they continue to fight over envy and pride. Officially this happened twice, during/after TNA Frontline vs. Main Event Mafia in 2009 and during/after Fortune vs. Immortal in 2011, but shades of this pattern can be traced back to even before the two's real-life friendship became a part of their characters. In early 2003 they teamed once or twice as part of TNA's first takeover stable Sports Entertainment Xtreme, which AJ was simply an ally of while Daniels was a member, then in 2005 "Daniels is jealous of AJ, cue feud" would serve as the impetus to kick off their infamous X-Division Championship rivalry.
  • Recycled Soundtrack: A few, recently.
    • Rashad Cameron's "Mr 360" is a re purposed version of Jerrelle Clark's "Mr 630".
    • Taeler Hendrix's theme is an instrumental version of Jenna Morasca's theme.
    • Mason Andrews uses an instrumental remix of Jeff Hardy's "Modest".
    • Taken Up to Eleven with "Sacrifice". It was originally used as the theme of the first PPV of the same name, and is repeatedly used as a stock theme. It has been used for, most recently, Gunner, Murphy and Alex Silva.
  • Role Ending Misdemeanor:
    • Teddy Hart was blackballed from TNA in 2004 for having a fight with CM Punk at a local restaurant. This happened because in late 2003 was the four-way tag team scramble cage match in ROH in which Teddy endangered many of his coworkers by doing insane high-flying moves off the top of the cage after the match was over without warning. This caused the entire ROH locker room to unite against him and throw him out. It was believed that Punk was blackballed for this as well, only for him to clarify that he left because "creative had nothing for him", and out of protest to TNA pulling out many of its wrestlers from ROH due to the RF video scandal (which happened around the same time as the Hart fight, in case you're wondering how the two could be confused)
    • TNA released Angelina Love in September 2009 after she found herself facing deportation due to not having a legal work visa. Eventually, everything was resolved.
    • Spike TV's parent Viacom declined to renew TNA's Impact Wrestling contract when it expired in the end of 2014, allegedly because the network found out the promotion had re-hired Vince Russo, which was against the wishes of Spike's executives.
  • Running the Asylum: Shown in great detail in the With Us or Against Us example.
  • The Cast Show Off: Samuel Shaw drew graphics for all the matches on the April 3rd 2015 Impact.
  • What Could Have Been
    • According to Vince Russo, the promotion was planned to be more adult oriented (as in explicit sex) during its early NWA years.
    • Shortly before his death, Curt Hennig was planned to defeat Jeff Jarrett for the World Heavyweight Title.
    • The return of the Main Event Mafia was cancelled when Kevin Nash, and Booker T instead made a deal with WWE to return there, forcing TNA to change who "they" where just before the reveal.
    • Paul Heyman was invited to join Russo in Creative, but one of Paul's stipulations was, sensibly, the immediate removal of Russo, Hogan, Nash and their ilk before a repeat of the WCW debacle occurred. This proved impossible as Heyman had no clout to demand such a thing, and Dixie made it clear she would remain loyal to them come hell or highwater.
    • Several well-known indy stars tried out and/or were offered contracts over the years, but declined and/or signed elsewhere. Místico contacted TNA in 2008 after turning down WWE but TNA couldn't come up with anything that let him keep his CMLL dates either. TNA would have had the chance to book T&A but April Hunter declined a long term contract due to the lack of health benefits(and T was renamed Velvet Sky). Other prominent cases include Tyler Black and Jon Moxley.
  • Word of God: Is it the show or the entire company that's been rebranded to "IMPACT WRESTLING"? According to Dixie Carter, it's just the show.
  • Write Who You Know/Reality Subtext: A rather unfortunate example with Dixie Carter due to the fact how she knows people feel about her is the basis for her heel turn of late 2013-early 2014. Yet they seem to have been true about her in real life for a long time now.

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