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->''Wrestling Matters Here.''

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 the number of independent promotions grew dramatically. 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 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. Unfortunately, in mid-2014 it was reported by several news websites that Spike TV would not renew ''Impact Wrestling''. Both TNA and Spike claimed as of early August that they were still in negotiations. Ultimately, Spike would continue to air TNA until the end of 2014. In January 2015, TNA programs moved to Creator/DiscoveryChannel offspring Destination America, but unfortunately, Destination America's interest in TNA would collapse fast as the network decided on May 20th it will cease airing TNA programming at the end of the third quarter (somewhere around the end of September). With the imminent loss of yet another television deal, the outlook for TNA's continued existence looks grim at best. To add insult to injury, a week later, Destination America announced it will air Wrestling/RingOfHonor also, effectively making it the second largest wresting promotion in the US.

For nine years (2004-2013), TNA taped its program at the "Impact Zone", a soundstage at Universal Studios Florida. While the static location maximised production values at minimum cost, TNA could not make money from entry tickets because it was classified as a theme park attraction. In March 2013, TNA attempted to take its show on the road and tour around America: however, this proved to be disastrous as they could not sell enough tickets to cover the costs of touring. The loss forced TNA to move back to the Impact Zone and make drastic cutbacks in almost every area of business, which in turn lead to a number of their biggest and longest serving stars quitting after learning that they would be facing significant pay cuts.

TNA is most well-known for a few reasons:

* The X Division, TNA's equivalent of a hardcore division though at times has been treated more like a cruiserweight division. It emphasizes high-flying moves and fast-paced action with no imposed limits, except for an angle in which a weight limit ''was'' imposed.
* 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).
* Having a ''large'' number of ex-Wrestling/{{WCW}}, ex-Wrestling/{{ECW}} and ex-WWE wrestlers on their roster, most prominently Wrestling/HulkHogan, Wrestling/KevinNash, Wrestling/KurtAngle, and Wrestling/{{Sting}}. Other familiar faces included first Wrestling/DustyRhodes and later Wrestling/EricBischoff, two men who put a spotlight on their sons ([[Wrestling/{{Goldust}} Dustin Rhodes]] and Garrett Bischoff, respectively), and in the case of Bischoff, dissolved the X Division and replaced it with old friends from WWE and WCW.
* Their six-sided ring, which gives their show something of a unique look. However, they used the standard four-sided ring for the Wrestling/HulkHogan era, and for a few months after it. Liberal amounts of TheyChangedItNowItSucks were applied by the fans around the change to four sides [[UnpleasableFanbase and the transition back to six sides]].
* Dialing up the vulgarity, in reaction to the WWE's LighterAndSofter approach.
* An abundance of GimmickMatches and overbooked main events. The fans often blamed Wrestling/VinceRusso, who was one of their writers for a number of years [[note]]but was only head of creative from mid-2009, with Jarrett's departure, to the beginning of 2010, when Hogan and Bischoff arrived[[/note]], for the majority of the more ridiculous ideas allowed to air.
* 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. 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]].
* Their love of invasion/takeover angles, thanks to the FleetingDemographicRule. Since its inception in 2002 up until June 2014, TNA has spent over 55% of the time[[note]]80/144 months[[/note]] [[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs under siege by a hostile force.]]

TNA currently have five champions that they recognize:

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* '''TNA World Heavyweight Champion'''
** '''Ethan Carter III''' since July 1, 2015
* '''TNA World Tag Team Champions'''
** '''Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards''' since July 1, 2015
* '''TNA X Division Champion'''
** '''Tigre Uno''' since June 24, 2015
* '''TNA King of the Mountain Champion'''[[labelnote:note]]Formerly the TNA Legends/Global/Television Championship[[/labelnote]]
** '''Wrestling/JeffJarrett''' since June 28, 2015
* '''TNA Women's Knockout Champion'''
** '''[[Wrestling/BrookeAdams Brooke Tessmacher]]''' since July 15, 2015
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!!Tropes associated with TNA:
* AbortedArc:
** [[Wrestling/BrookeAdams Miss Tessmacher]] being trained to wrestle, since her teacher Lacey Von Erich [[RealLifeWritesThePlot has left the company]], on top of Tessmacher breaking her jaw. Tessmacher got better, and has held the Knockouts title.
** 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.
** TNA has a strange habit of building people up and booking them in major story arcs in the immediate run-up to their contracts expiring, and then either refusing to given them a new contract that reflects their status, or simply demanding huge pay cuts from their new stars, apparently oblivious to the bargaining power that they themselves put in these people's hands. These wrestlers often quit in disgust, stopping their storylines cold.
* AccuserOfTheBrethren: This was Jeff Jarrett's vendetta against Jeff Hardy in late 2011 after Hardy [[HeelFaceReturn returned as a face]] to atone for his infamous performance at Victory Road.
* TheAce: Shall forever be Wrestling/AJStyles.
* ActionGirl: The TNA Knockouts division, [[BadassDecay though its reputation sank during the start of Madison Rayne, Velvet Sky and Lacey Von Erich's joint run at the top of it]], going so far as to be [[RealWomenDontWearDresses the onscreen reason]] ODB and Jacqueline returned. It took Wrestling/GailKim's return to recover the spirit of the division.
* {{Acrofatic}}: Samoa Joe is the most famous but Ryota Hama just might be the most impressive example at 5'9 400lbs doing rolling sentons.
* 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. Even Jackie Moore was astounded by his consumption.
* 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, which is based on another club.
* 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.
* AscendedFanboy: When Amazing Red first wrestled for TNA, color commentator Don West was a ''huge'' fan & would mark out every time 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.
* 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). Between Turning Point 2011 and Against All Odds 2012, all the champions were heels.
* 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!" [[FleetingDemographicRule 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! It could also be said that they're a CaptainErsatz of Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield himself [[DecompositeCharacter split in two]] (James Storm being {{face}} Bradshaw and Robert Roode, {{heel}} [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney 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]].
* 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. Given their ratings, though...
* ChekhovsGun: TNA seems to thrive on unintentional examples of this trope.
** During the initial Immortal conspiracy, Flair was originally saying "They" were Fortune before Abyss outed that as a lie. So naturally the counter-conspiracy a few months later [[RealLifeWritesThePlot ended up]] with [[IronicEcho "Them" being Fortune]].
** Tomko was 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.
** Bram's initial angle in TNA was confronting Magnus for going soft and becoming a disgrace in a suit during his Team Dixie-backed world title reign, which had concluded not long before. The year after, following Bram's final falling-out with Magnus, Bram ended up being partnered with Dixie's nephew Ethan Carter III in a tag team title tournament—during which Bram made it perfectly clear he neither liked nor trusted [=EC3=].
* ChristianityIsCatholic: D'Angelo Dinero, a supposed evangelical (Protestant) street preacher, has been nicknamed "The Pope."
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}:
** [[TheStoner BRIAN]] [[WackyGuy KEN]][[JunkieProphet DRICK]]. He eventually 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.
** [[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.
** 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, The Dudleys told her that it was her ''own'' fault for getting hurt, and not the untrained hippopotamus she was wrestling.[[note]]That woman was 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]]
* {{Crossover}}
** Formerly with The other [[Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance NWA]] members, Wrestling/RingOfHonor, Wrestling/ProWrestlingGuerilla, IWA Puerto Rico and Wrestling/{{CMLL}}. Occasionally with WWC and [[Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling NJPW]]. Periodically with Wrestling/{{AAA}} until Jarrett left (he plans to ally them with GFW). Teased with House Of Hardcore.
** WRESTLE-1 presents: TNAW Bound for Glory 2014!
** World Wrestling League vs TNA, Campeon vs Campeon, [[http://superluchas.net/2014/11/25/wwl-vs-tna-en-navidad-corporativa/ Glamour Boy Shane vs Bobby Roode!]] Match ended up not happening though due to a delayed flight. So The Revolution took on La Artilleria Pesada instead.
* 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. This is exactly what they set out to be in hopes to draw a more mature audience than their older counterpart. That said, there are exceptions. The MagicFeather Hall of Fame rings and Jeff Jarrett doing every menial job in existence at the behest of cartoonishly evil Eric Bischoff, Eric Young's antics...
* 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 HulkHogan 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 Ru 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.
** HopeSpot: At the beginning of 2015, they signed a new TV deal with Destination America... which is a step ''down'' as it doesn't put them in as nearly as many households as they use too. Not only that, they failed to re-sign Wrestling/SamoaJoe. Then Destination America signed with ''ROH'' as well, and their contract with TNA has an out clause for September -- which they are more-or-less confirmed to be exercising ''very'' soon. Not only that, but several major stars of the promotion (notably Wrestling/AustinAries and Wrestling/JamesStorm) are leaving in ''droves'' during the summer. They are also embroiled in legal controversy involving Hernandez and Wrestling/LuchaUnderground -- the former thought he was free to sign with TNA and appeared at tapings as part of the BDC, only for the latter to inform him that was not the case, and demanded he be edited out of the footage. With Hernandez gone, the BDC was effectively depleted and MVP (who had only just signed the year before), no doubt frustrated as well, left TNA.
* 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 Sting later 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.
* EvilPowerVacuum:
** TNA has spent ''half its existence'' constantly dealing with some heel, mega-faction, which inevitably falls to in-fighting before the remnants are outright destroyed all together. Then we got at most a year before another one comes along and the whole process repeats itself. To say the fans are sick of it would be a ''severe'' {{understatement}}.
** Unlike the WWE (which, in recent years, does not shy away from building up new stars), the TNA main event scene is in constant flux. The issue with TNA is that it relies on stars who made their fame in the WWE to carry the responsibility instead of building up new stars instead. Then when those stars inevitably leave, they search for more ex-WWE stars to fix things up instead of building up the talent they already have. The only consistent main event stars TNA has managed to keep to this day are Kurt Angle and Jeff Hardy (both of whom made their fame in the WWE and, for health reasons, the WWE won't take back) -- all the others have now left the promotion almost entirely.
* EvilVsEvil
** Until Vince Russo left, this happened ''[[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor constantly]]''. Even internally, most wrestlers had trouble cooperating with their own tag teams and stables, with loads of [[StupidEvil in-fighting and betrayals]], so 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 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]].
* {{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.
* FailOSuckyname: Considering how vulnerable Immortal seemed to be to various curveballs hurled at it by "The Network," it would be this and a literal case of NotQuiteForever.
* 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=], post-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 (2012-2013). 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.
** 2003: Fox Sports Net has two Wrestling Programs with an "Impact Zone"(Zona Impactante), TNA and IWA. IWA runs an angle where Savio Vega must be suspended in a cage if Super Phoenix is to get a title shot at Ray González. 2010, TNA has been on Spike TV for awhile and Savio Vega is working on Xplosion...is Cookie being suspended in a cage during a title match between Wrestling/JayLethal and Robbie E? [[spoiler: Is she dropping brass knuckles from the cage, just like Vega did?]] TNA liked this one so much it happened again in 2012 with Madison Rayne being suspended above Mickie James and Gail Kim.
** Wrestling/AJStyles's recent "Leaving with the Title" storyline with Dixie Carter has been noted as highly similar to Wrestling/CMPunk'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, and 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.
* ForeignWrestlingHeel
** [[Wrestling/CheerleaderMelissa Raisha Saeed]] 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. Then 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 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.
** Avoided with Sarita and her ''[[BilingualBonus prima]]'' [[Wrestling/TheaTrinidad 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? [[note]]Esvástica.[[/note]]
* {{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.
** They tried to invoke this at one point with the breakup of Christian's Coalition, but it didn't come across well at all. Tomko was leaving to fly to Japan for a defense of his IWGP World Tag Team Championship, with AJ Styles wanting to come along until Christian Cage came and pulled AJ back to stay with him. Mike Tenay tried to sell this as "friction" within the Coalition, but the segment itself didn't hint at any conflict between the three, and considering Styles and Cage were both in an eight-man tag team match later that night, it wasn't exactly unjustified.
* 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.[[note]]'''VKM''' is [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]] - middle name 'Kennedy'.[[/note]]
* 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.
* 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]].
* 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 but TNA has yet to seriously use the styles of wrestling it was built for.
** 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).
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: As per Russo booking. One of TNA's biggest issues is that wrestlers switch alignment so often that the fans have no idea who is what, and therefore who to cheer. Nominally, in the WWE you only turn if your gimmick is getting stale -- you only turn as quick as TNA wrestler does if your previous turn is ill-conceived or ill-received, and once you complete the turn you stay with that alignment for a good while. In TNA, you flip-flop like every six or so months, which is nowhere near enough time for a wrestler to get over completely with their new act. Other times the turns make no sense or shouldn't happen at all from a business standpoint (see: Jeff Hardy). This issue only started to correct itself when Russo left the company in 2012, and more or less stopped when he was gone for good in 2014.
* HiddenAgendaVillain: Aces & Eights. It took over eight months after their debut to provide an agenda to their actions. It ''seemed'' to be a {{Cult}} of vengeful wrestlers who felt "wronged" by TNA in some way: at least one member has alluded to a "Higher power"(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 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 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.
* HowTheMightyHaveFallen: While not as mighty as say, Wrestling/{{WCW}}, TNA was indisputably the #2 wrestling promotion in the United States -- it'd made sense to go there if you couldn't make it in the WWE. But after Hogan and Bischoff came and went, the company is in such a sorry state that many wrestlers avoid it entirely, while many of the TNA Originals, who have been with the company since its inception, quit and started shitting all over it (most notably Wrestling/AJStyles). ROH, once a distant third, is now close to eclipsing TNA entirely, especially when many fans learned that some of the most popular stars in the WWE today originated from there. What was once lauded as a rising promotion that, with the right care, could have competed with the WWE, is now barely hanging to a thread, with many fans now wishing for it to be put out of its misery. It's reached a point where PWI no longer recognizes its Heavyweight Title as a World Title, more or less declaring that TNA, in their eyes, has dropped to indy status.
* 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: Dixie runs a wrestling promotion the same way Wrestling/PaulHeyman writes checks. Actually, that may be a disservice to Paul E. -- {{Wrestling/ECW}} lost $7 million before filing for bankruptcy in '01. TNA loses that amount in a month.
-->'''''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pBpKHTV-oI#t=1600s Wrestle! Wrestle!]]''''': Actually, the only thing that might save my sanity is if this were some elaborate, postmodern, [[Creator/StephenColbert Colbertesque]] parody; some kind of satire of mid-fall WCW. If they were making a show like that, this might make sense. And honestly, if I lose any more of my marbles, I might start latching onto this. You'll know that day has finally come when just I sit down and be like, "'''''[[MistakenForProfound I GET IT!]]'''''"
** You don't have to look very far to see examples of this for Dixie either in storyline or in real life. In reality, her parents own Panda Energy and basically foot the bill for all other ventures just to keep her far away from it. She used to run a PR firm or something but then got bored of it. Jeff Jarrett then approached her about investing in TNA, so she got on the horn and asked Bob & Janice to buy it for her. And yes, recently she's been redirecting the production crew to work on footage for a reality TV pilot about her life. People that have worked for TNA often call her a money mark, and when your family is richer than God you can afford to be.
** Dixie's opinion is that, since wrestling is "television", nothing has to make sense. Apparently she has conflated "television" with ''Twin Peaks.'' This explains the rampant {{Ratings Stunt}}s and general atmosphere of [[LowestCommonDenominator sleaze]], as well.
** One memorable instance had her soliciting questions on Twitter mere days after firing several people. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATDru0DWExA That ended well.]]
** Any company that willfully employed Vince Russo for as long as TNA did is asking for this title but the entire power structure in TNA seems to be composed of petulant, spoiled brats. In 2014, they rehired him back ''in secret'' despite even Creator/SpikeTV's executives hating his guts. TNA denies that Russo's continued employment had anything to do with Spike deciding to cancel the show, but considering that decision came just weeks after Russo accidentally outed himself, many people believe otherwise.
--->'''''Website/{{WrestleCrap}}''''': Seems like I’ve [[Literature/TheDeathOfWCW been down this road before.]] As we teased in that book, a ''Death of TNA'' book is really a no brainer. Not in the that it makes perfect sense for Bryan and I to write it, but rather that throughout its existence, the folks who have run this company seemingly never had any synapses firing. With WCW, at least you had a peak.
** Because Controversy Creates Coinage, and Eric Bischoff was the kayfabe "[[HostileShowTakeover owner]]" of the company at the time, he had license to be an adolescent guffawing dickhead 24/7. His response to criticism is to make [[YouAreFat fat jokes]] at the expense of/generally sniping at fans who simply do not like TNA. His Twitter feed was so terrible, it turned ''Scott Steiner''[='s=] into a font of [[http://www.taimapedia.org/images/7/75/SteinerTwitter.jpg coherence and wisdom.]]
** Aside from Bischoff above, Wrestling/MattHardy will complain about all the negativity radiating from the dirtsheets, despite being [[TheLoad 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}}).
** Contract management has been a consistent problem. Wrestling/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, AJ Styles 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 Wrestling/JoeyRyan. And after the bloodletting was through, Hogan's own contract expired and [[YouSaidYouWouldLetthemGo 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."
* {{Irony}}: TNA's constant attempts to rip off on the WWE and breathe new life in the promotion often has the opposite effect -- look no further than their attempt to rehash the "Summer of Punk II" with AJ Styles as Punk and Dixie Carter as Vince. A poor rehash at that, the storyline fell dead when AJ Styles, notorious company man, ''didn't'' re-sign. His departure caused the gradual hemorrhage of talent (detailed in OutOfFocus below) to go full blast as the company failed to re-sign much of its signature, non-WWE talent such as Bad Influence (Wrestling/ChristopherDaniels and Kazarian) and, in 2015, Wrestling/SamoaJoe. Meanwhile, the "Summer of Punk II" allowed Punk and later on, Wrestling/DanielBryan, to kick down several doors in the WWE, leading to the signing of several prominent indie stars -- [[HilariousInHindsight Samoa Joe in particular]].
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Wrestling/CMPunk has wrestled for TNA, but never did anything of note. They clearly didn't think much of him when he quit in order to stay with ROH (whom TNA had barred its wrestlers from working for [[CorruptCorporateExecutive against their contracts]]). As of 2011, they are probably starting to regret it -- a couple of months after the red hot storyline that catapulted him into the stratosphere and made him Wrestling/JohnCena's equal, they put all the matches he did for them on their video demand service. The move made no sense since Punk wrestled all of five matches for them, and has been quite vocal of his hatred of the company -- when he abruptly quit the WWE in 2014, he didn't even entertain the idea of signing with TNA, and retired from professional wrestling entirely and went to UFC.
* 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.
** In recent years, Christopher Daniels had taken up the role of 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.
* LighterAndSofter: TNA of all companies decided to go "family friendly" when it showed up on Fox Sports Net. Well, their pay per views were not but the television program had much less blood, profanity, [[AccidentalPun T&A]] and the like, proudly boasting all they needed was "'''''Six''''' Appeal". This was almost immediately reverted when they moved to Spike TV and showed Jacqueline moderating a drinking contest.
* 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.
* MatryoshkaObject: Sports Entertainment Xtreme, a PowerStable so large [[RecursiveReality it had its own power stables inside of it.]]
* MassiveMultiplayerScam: Immortal. Enough said.
* MeetTheNewBoss: MVP, Director of Wrestling Operations. [[BitchInSheepsClothing Same as]] [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Dixie Carter]] [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking except he can also wrestle]] ([[RealLifeWritesThePlot at least when his knee's not blown out]]).
* 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}} Matters Here:''
** 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. Ironically, despite the deep hatred the TNA fanbase has for TNA's blatant nepotism, EC3 is very popular with them.
* 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]]. Also, Eric Young and ODB.
* OneSteveLimit
** Averted with Jeff Jarrett and Jeff Hardy, who feuded in late 2011.
** 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 in 2012 included 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.
* OpenSecret: Wrestling/VinceRusso's "secret" rehiring in 2014. It was fairly obvious that he had ''something'' to do with the show as a lot of his tells were there, but there was no official announcement nor concrete proof, so it all it could be called at the time was a rumor at best. Then Vinny accidentally outed himself to [=PWInsider=] by emailing them commentary instructions, and it caused a whole floodgate of problems, especially when it was revealed that his re-involvement with the show dated as far back as ''October 2013''.
* OutOfFocus: TNA has been bleeding stars since AJ Styles' high profile and vocal departure from the company, after over a decade of loyalty from the very beginning, mostly from AJ's fellow "TNA Originals", leading to the loss of some of the co pany's most loyal and popular wrestlers.
** OlderThanTheyThink: The hemorrhage of talent had actually been going on since before that point, in particular when the costs of traveling on the road regularly became too overwhelming for the TNA budget to sustain. It was just easier to ignore because the likes of Crimson, Wrestling/JoeyRyan, and Jay Bradley weren't players of significant influence with the company or its fanbase. When the likes of Aces & Eights members Devon and DOC, then-reigning Knockouts Champion Mickie James, and even guys who've been tied to the company since day once such as ''original founder Wrestling/JeffJarrett and then-reigning World Heavyweight Champion and permanent [[TheAce ace]] AJ Styles'' started leaving, however, that was the point where people started pressing the alert button.
* 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: These frequently dominated much of the roster. Sports Entertainment Xtreme, Bitch Slap, Planet Jarrett, The Angle Alliance, World Elite, The Main Event Mafia, Christian's Coalition, The Beautiful People, Fourtune, Immortal, these are but a few examples.
* 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.
* RealWomenDontWearDresses: The purpose of Bitch Slap (Nurse Veronica, Traci Brooks, Cheerleader Valentina and Trinity), who aimed to get rid of TNA's cage dancers, April Pennington and Lollipop specifically. [[AbortedArc The Bitch Slap Stable and the Dancers themselves just disappeared without real resolution.]] Also, Jacqueline and ODB had this attitude toward the knockout division when they returned from their hiatus, "knockout division" being shorthand for Velvet Sky.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Wrestling/JimCornette was one, to an extent. Eric Bischoff's tried to be one, after a HeelFaceTurn. Hulk Hogan was a better example. At least before TheReveal.
* TheReveal
** Most notably, 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.
** 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". Christy Hemme simply stood there and looked confused all the while.
* 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"]].
** Abyss' [[WeaponOfChoice Weapons of Choice]], Bob and Janice, are the names of Dixie Carter's parents.
* SomethingPerson: TNA has employed "Shark Boy" (previously best known for a WCW appearance) and revived the mythical [[FakeNationality "Japanese"]] character "Curry Man."
* 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.
* 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. 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 from 2010-2013; Dixie Carter starting from late 2013.
* 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 only WWE Smackdown and [[BShow Velocity]] were PG at that point, Smackdown had not yet been {{screwed by the network}} and consistently got higher ratings than TV-14 Raw.
* 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.)
*** There's a reason why in many Knockout matches, if they perform succesfully, the fans chant "Better than the [[Characters/WWEDivas Divas]]".
** 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.
** Drew Galloway's digs at the WWE on the March 7th, 2015 episode centred around the InsistentTerminology they use. Mainly, 'superstars' instead of 'professional wrestlers', and 'sports entertainment' instead of 'professional wrestling'.
* 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. Go home Dixie, you're drunk
** 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? Maybe with Eric Young, after hitting his head following the demise of World Elite?
* 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.
** ChrisJericho pointed out that TNA's TV ratings have consistently hovered around the 1.0 mark, which is admittedly poor compared to the WWE's dominance, but it also means that, throughout almost TNA's entire life, they have had a core audience of around one million people, who have stuck by them through every single dumb, ill-advised and just plain offensive thing they've done. People crave an alternative brand. WWE has completely swamped the professional wrestling business, to the point where small promotions like TNA are barely a blip on their radar. It's not hard to spin TNA's flagging fortunes into an indictment of WWE.
* UnknownRival: To [=WWE=]. TNA's relationship with WWE is fascinating to behold, swinging between snarky antagonism and utter reverence. These days, Vince gives Dixie about as much attention as a wet fart. No, [[InsultToRocks scratch that]], wet farts are usually attention getters.
* 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, painted a tribal marking on his face that looked like a penis and started biting people. 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 Wrestling/RingOfHonor 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. And 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"
** "MIIIIISSTERRRRR..... KEN-NE...AND-ER-SON."
*** "AND-ER-SON."
** 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.
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