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.
  • 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 either.)
  • Executive Meddling
    • 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 or Lucha Underground's insistence they cut Hernandez out of their shows.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: 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.
  • Running the Asylum: Shown in great detail in the With Us or Against Us example.
  • 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.
  • 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.