These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Oh that's not the best part, the best part is AJ Stylescalling Bischoff out for turning TNA into a WWE ripoff. Why is this the best part? This is exactly what the fans had been complaining about!
After the catastrophic mess that was the Main Event of Victory Road 2011, TNA offered six months of free access to their online on-demand service if you show proof of purchase.
The Reveal of Bully Ray as the head of Aces and Eights is also seen as this. Two weeks later, a series of vignettes which arc weld the entire nine-month storyline up to that point and showed off its surprising amount of depth was met with critical acclaim.
ABYSS. When he's not acting like a scared child, high pitched voice and all, he's simply not winning matches. Then there was the WWE hall of fame ring that gave him power.
The X Division went from "go as hard as you can no limits wrestling" to "cruiserweights with a fancy name". For perspective, in WWE, heavyweight was default, cruiserweights getting their own little corner on Smackdown. In TNA, the X Division Championship was the most promoted in the promotion with heavyweight being the "other" division. Perhaps this was the result of the heavyweight title still being the NWA's but TNA's constant focus on X Division action transitioning to the X Division Champion and anything related not being seen for weeks at a time or regulated to Xplosion was just jarring, as was putting a weight limit on the X Division, as was making the X Division Championship a stepping stone for the Heavyweight title!
The Knockouts Division: they went from being one of the best parts of TNA (they even main-evented an episode of Impact!) to becoming a shallow parody of their former glory, all in the space of a couple of years. ODB famously tweeted "What is happening to our division?" after watching a "Leather and Lace" Match on Impact in early 2010. With the return of Gail Kim and Karen Jarrett finally leaving, this has started to be reversed.
Mick Foley went from becoming an actual psychotic berserker capable of taking the world title to being Too Dumb to Live concerning his final weeks against Eric Bischoff. Though Foley's being a Bunny-Ears Lawyer predates TNA.
Matt Morgan: First Samoa Joe came back and murdered him, then Kevin Nash got the tag team titles from him. He's moved from the badass he was into someone who's getting his ass kicked by everyone with a foot.
Tommy Dreamer: Lost an I Quit match to AJ Styles, hell, he's basically just lost everything to AJ Styles.
Lacey Von Erich's hands being too small to make her attempts at using the Iron Claw believable.
Rob Terry probably set the record. He takes two chair shots, one an unprotected shot to the head that legitimately busts him open, from Homicide, no selling both and destroying Homicide. As The Brian J of you tube put it "For 20 seconds, Rob Terry was the baddest man on the planet. And then Orlando Jordan came out, ate cherries, and squirted himself with lotion. And the moment was ruined forever." Terry could have at least been pushed as an implacable monster but instead became the victim of a stalker. Jordan would actually beat down Terry, while dressed as Janet Jackson, with his bare hands after a chair could not get it done.
Homicide is an inter promotional example, as he is much less effective in TNA than he was in IWA Puerto Rico, Ring Of Honor or Full Impact Pro. It could be worse, all things considered, but the Rob Terry thing did him no favors either.
As a less dramatic example, "Stone Cold" Shark Boy. In the 2008 Rec.Sport.Pro-Wrestling Awards, it came in 19th out of 23 in the "Best Wrestling Gimmick" category, and 3rd out of 23 in the "Worst Wrestling Gimmick" category.
Ink Inc was a pointless pairing only put together because they both had mohawks or a horribly underused team. Adding Toxxin did nothing to piece the base back together. Most seem to like all three as individuals but as a group is where the splinters form.
Changing from the six-sided ring to the more traditional four-sided ring. Many fans hate the change (Note the "WE WANT SIX SIDES" chant on the night of said change) while others (particularly the Smarks) see this as an improvement. Wrestlers were won over in good time, though, by noting that the mat was far less stiff to bump on.
Orlando Jordan's bisexuality becoming a part of his gimmick. Even now, the arguments about whether it's a good thing or a bad thing haven't been settled in some circles.
Introducing two characters based on Jersey Shore was strike one; having one of their one of their stars make a one night cameo for $15,000 and humiliating a legitimate wrestler in the longest segment of the night was strike two; hiring another one of them and potentially bringing the first one back is/will be strike three.
Doing away with one of the characters was a step in the right direction, but then TNA brought in a thirdJersey Shore cast member.
Magnus's early 2014 run as World Heavyweight Champion. On one hand, he carried himself like a confident heel champion well enough in his promos. On the other hand, his match quality had been suffering or at least stagnating for awhile and the increasing amount of interference needed for his title defenses was being roundly decried as absurd even for a heel.
Captain Obvious Reveal: By the time it happened, few people didn't see it coming that Bully Ray would be the president of the Aces & Eights. Not everyone even knew why it would be him or how. They were just used to TNA pulling that kind of thing.
Seriously, does anybody want Kevin Nash to be on screen?
Yes. If he's behind the mic, he's great. Just as long as he doesn't wrestle.
Gail Kim in her second run of this company. However, unlike the other examples mentioned above, Tropes Are Not Bad, since she's a decent wrestler in her own.
Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Jesse Sorensen showing up at Destination X 2012 and able to walk under his own strength despite wearing a neckbrace and delivered a promo promising he'd be back in the ring.
He has since returned to the ring, but not in TNA.
Dear Negative Reader: When The Spoony One began his short lived webshow Wrestle Wrestle!, he naturally began by criticising iMpact. One of his fans posted a link to the video on Dixie Carter's Facebook page. To the surprise of everyone (including Spoony), Dixie started tweeting him in response, essentially saying he was just being mean for the hell of it. The head of a nationally broadcast wrestling promotion actually took the time to start a flame war with an internet critic. Spoony ran with it for a short time, directly addressing Dixie in the next few videos and even volunteering to join the company as a booker. Dixie realised that spending time arguing with Spoony was counter-productive and left him alone after that.
Eric Young and Orlando Jordan's gimmicks, to many.
The ENTIRE, well, angle involving Kurt Angle, Jeff and Karen Jarrett, and their kids. The pinnacle of this is probably having the custody of their children being part of a stipulation for one of their PPV matches.
Eric Young's concussion gimmick is really nasty, especially in light of what's happened to Dynamite Kid and Chris Benoit.
Austin Aries got some serious heat in May of 2013 for an on-air rib on announcer Christy Hemme. When she accidentally announced Bad Influence instead of himself and Bobby Roode, he responded by cornering her in the ring till she announced them properly, then standing on the turnbuckle with his junk near her face. Christy, and a sizable part of the fanbase, didn't find this so funny, and he was reportedly fined for the incident.
AJ Styles. He's arguably the most well known and popular of the "TNA Originals."
He only qualifies thanks to Hogan & Bischoff dropping him to the midcard after a needless heel turn. Prior to that, he was the top face in the company.
Christopher Daniels/Curry Man is basically to TNA what Shelton Benjamin was to WWE. A talented worker people always wanted to see in a higher position than he was in, except for when he was part of a popular tag team.
Eric Young, except for perhaps his "World Elite", "Kevin Nash's buddy" and "Knockout Tag Team Champion" phase. And even in the latter case, people who didn't like him holding a women's belt still seemed to like Eric Young otherwise.
By her second appearance, there were people calling for Awesome Kong to be TNA World Heavyweight Champion, most only halfway joking, some not at all.
Shark Boy, despite rarely being treated as a serious competitor had fans up to the uniformed troops parting their foreheads with their hands when he appeared. His Stone Cold phase was a little more divisive online, mostly because it was running at the same time as Black Machismo, but still popular in the Impact Zone.
Daffney Unger; her rare appearances on Impact were accompanied by some of the biggest pops of the night, even though she's a heeljobber, which just showed how dumb TNA was in not pushing her as a face when they had the chance.
And now we had Norv Fernum and Dewey Barnes. Anytime they had a match, the crowd seemed to cheer for them despite being jobbers.
Ethan Carter III is very popular for a guy who spent almost all of his time in the ring winning disappointing squash matches, including one against the aforementioned Shark Boy.
Rockstar Spud for being absolutely hilarious.
Perhaps the most notable example of this trope is none another than the six-sided ring itself.
Evil Is Sexy: Ever since turning heel Sarita wears about 75% less clothing below the waist and has a wicked smile.
Fan Hater: The poor little Impact Zone and its residents have attracted many, mainly for the sins of getting into wrestling shows cheap, being confused as to what is going on and being easy to get cheers from. Despicable aren't they? In fact, if Konnan is to be believed, this even extended to some members of the TNA booking team, who hated how the Impact Zone would often chant for both wrestlers at once.
The "call girl" element to the Shout-Out involving Madison Rayne's "Killa Queen" theme. Madison has had at least two referee seduction angles; one short-lived as a member of TBP, the second on her own and lasting long enough to get her the Knockouts title back for a few days.
The Beautiful People's feud with Awesome Kong revolved around them trying to give Kong a makeover. They partially succeeded when they tied Kong's braids into the framework of a steel cage, her freedom from this predicament necessitating scissors. This goes beyond the Beautiful People's generally campaign against "ugly people", before wrestling for TNA, the Beautiful People's Leader, Angelina Love, used to wrestle in multicolored braids similar to Kong's. Love didn't like the look because it reminded her of what she used to be. Furthermore, she'd know exactly what shouldn't be done with them from her own personal experience.
Same for EC3's early Squash Match/Informed Ability gimmick boosted by flavor of (kayfabe) Nepotism. As he lampshaded in one #IMPACT365 interview, this allowed him to slowly work his way up the ladder of notoriety in TNA while constantly throwing his status in everyone's face at the same time, making it an interesting cross between using his family connections effectively yet also somewhat earning his keep. Furthermore, once a TNA babyface got sick and tired of his antics and demanded a fight with him, his boosting up the card would be all but guaranteed and the faces would have no one to blame but themselves. So basically, Dixie Carter gave him everything…but at the same time she didn't.
"The Reign That Never Ends" is a really strange title for Brittany's theme, seeing how she was basically a valet/jobber. But then, her fanning of Madison Rayne, which seemingly came out of the blue, suddenly makes sense. It wasn't in reference to her "reign" at all.
Fridge Horror: Here's a scary thought; does anyone realize that, with his recent tag title victory for the Bro-Mans, if Robbie E by some miracle wins the TNA Heavyweight Title, he'll have become a Grand Slam Champion in a shorter time than AJ Styles?!
TNA is very popular in the UK. It even got a reality show dedicated to it, British Bootcamp.
Tapes of the TNA X Division were very popular in Japan, were in that the badass decay of division and burial of hopeful Japanese stars wanting to be a part of it shushed some of the hype. Nonethless The Great Muta's enthusiasm for Seiya Sanada's entry into the division was not an act and after he took the title to Japan and the division recovering most of its prestige, it began to build back its fan base.
TNA's popularity in India manages to gave birth to it's own Indian Spin-Off promotion Ring Ka King even if it only lasted for a season.
Any countries where TNA gets higher viewership than WWE counts, although this is mostly due to TNA being on free TV Channels compared to WWE which are on paid Cable Channels around the world.
As the more ridiculous angles slowly started to fall by the wayside in 2004, leaving the company to focus more on something it was good at, which was putting on matches that weren't like whatever WWE was currently doing. Then their Fox Sports Net Deal lead to a further cut down on talking and shock value.
The budding knockouts division had about six good wrestlers, two of which did not regularly appear, and three...not as good. Better than what WWE put on TV at the time but nothing beyond what Monday Night Raw had prior to the 2004 diva search. Then came Amazing...AwesomeKong!
The pay-per-views from April 2012 onward have been regarded highly by both the wrestling press and internet smarks, following nearly 10 years of TNA being a laughingstock of a wrestling promotion. This started, not coincidentally, shortly after Vince Russowas let go.
Impact has also garnered a positive reaction post-Russo, with critics praising the in-ring focus, building up angles around the titles, and going back to focusing on their current roster instead of bringing in Attitude-Era wrestlers and GM power struggles.
This trope could pretty much be renamed "Shaving the Head" for Kazarian. His recent promo work is vastly improved, and he's just that bit better in the ring, since shaving off his hair and teaming with Christopher Daniels.
Garett Bischoff's promo on Dixie Carter just before Slammiversary. Look at his early-2012 promos when he was stumbling over his words every few seconds. And then look at that. Fuck.
Impact became far easier on the eyes and ears when they traded in the dead audiences and small confines of the Impact Zone at Universal Studios to the vibrant, hot crowds and (somewhat) larger arenas on the road.
Proof that the best tropes are not always good? Unfortunately, that plan was rushed into without regard for finances and became so expensive it caused a year-and-a-half-long talent hemorrhage which sabotaged the Aces & Eights storyline and cost them AJ Styles.
The focus on younger talented, such as EC3, The Wolves and Samuel Shaw beginning in 2014 has been welcomed by many.
Many fans rejoiced when the six-sided ring made a comeback as a result of a fan voting.
What makes the story arc of Miss Tessmacher learning to wrestle really sad is that "Miss Tessmacher" was formerly Brooke Adams in Kelly Kelly's "Extreme Exposé" dance squad with Kelly and Layla El in WWE. In a 2007 interview, she mentioned that if she ever improved as a wrestler she would love to leave Extreme Exposé and strike out on her own. Flash-forward a split and about three years later, by the time Brooke started in TNA as a receptionist, Kelly and Layla had long beaten her to the path of becoming wrestlers.
Then after a couple years she became the Knockouts Champion and (somewhat arguably) the best wrestler of the three, while Layla's had an ineffectual Divas title reign and Kelly's left the company.
Christopher Daniels and Kazarian at one time shared the role of the cool maskedvideo game characterSuicide. Originally the character was Kazarian's, but when he got hurt, Daniels ended up taking the role and doing double duty both as Suicide and as himself. They even had each other's back when Kaz reprised the role in the middle of a storyline where the Motor City Machineguns and Lethal Consequences were trying to unmask Suicide to prove it was Daniels. Now, the Suicide character is renamed to something less unfortunate, the Guns are both gone, and Kaz and Daniels as heels are the most well-oiled tag team TNA's had since the Guns and fellow ex-Fortune members Beer Money, Inc.
12/17/12: Tommy Dreamer got his ass kicked by The Shield in WWE. Exactly a month later on 1/17/13…everybody fears the Aces & Eights...
The name of MVP's latest faction, the Beat Down Clan, and especially the swagger with which he first introduced the name, immediately becomes this once you realize that literally every successful Power Stable in professional wrestling history has essentially been a beat down clan.
Ho Yay: The relationship between AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels was chock full of Ho Yay, even when they were enemies. When they were arguing over the possibility that Daniels could beat Styles, it seemed like a lover's spat that lasted for weeks. Samoa Joe acting like a jealous third party didn't help any. Keep in mind that Christopher Daniels and AJ Styles have named their kids after each other, so this is hardly a relationship that ends when the match does.
This recently happened again with AJ and Daniels, over the same thing. On the 8/25/11 Impact broadcast, Daniels nearly broke down into tears while explaining why he asked AJ for another rematch (closely resembling an Anguished Declaration of Love) and outright hugged AJ when the rematch was accepted.
Kevin Nash with Alex Shelley, when he managed the Paparazzi (Austin Starr ofter played the jealous third party). Unlike the above, this was done deliberately.
Kevin Nash and Scott Hall have been this. Nearly all of Hall's brief tenures in TNA have seen these two be inseparable. One particular embrace they shared in the ring in late 2007 managed to make Hall look like Nash's girlfriend without at all being erotic. Following Hall's no-show and Samoa Joe's scathing promo on him in 2008, Nash even systematically befriended, mentored, and then betrayed Joe through that year's duration. Over that one promo.
Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin are one of the most homo erotic tag teams ever, refer to themselves as Heterosexual Life-Partners, they constantly hug and stare soulfully into each others eyes, and have some of the best coordination of any group ever. Not to mention being real life BFF's outside of TNA along with Petey Williams.
Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan during the first "Immortal" promo had this in spades to the point that Ric told Hogan he was going to get up very morning loving him more than he's ever loved anything else. Hogan then asked if that included his ex-wives. Ric said yes.
More than a few fans believed that the "They" Abyss was talking about was Hogan and Bischoff, and the Impact before Bound For Glory, even more suggested it was them. Come Bound For Glory... Let's just say Sting was right...
When Jackson James first appeared and made questionable decisions that were written off as rookie mistakes, at least one person believed that he was in Immortal's back pocketnote Due to every Smart Mark and his dog recognizing him as Eric Bischoff's son.. Come Bound For Glory a year later and it was revealed to be the case.
Joseph Park actually being Abyss was obvious to many (probably most) fans from the very first time he lost his shitnote and started wrecking shop in a very Abyss-like manner complete with a Black Hole Slam, practically Lampshading the fact that they're played by the same guy after seeing his own blood. Keep in mind that this was well over a year before the actual reveal.
Joker Immunity: Dixie Carter has it, but the company in general enjoys this. WCW failed because they alienated fans to the point that they were a financial sinkhole and TBS sold them down the river; ECW was financially mismanaged and had a product that was too violent to get mainstream attention; independent promotions have paper-thin profit margins and fail all the time if they simply don't draw; the WWE and Ring of Honor have to answer to stockholders, network executives and fans and could conceivably fail if people just stop watching. TNA has a guaranteed timeslot on Spike (or used to, as can be seen later on in the Poison Oak Epileptic Trees section) and are financially propped up by a major energy company owned by Dixie's father, this makes Dixie essentially a law unto herself and means that, unless TNA becomes a huge liability, will be funded if people watch or not.
It's pretty much an unwritten rule that Tara has this with every tag partner she has.
Taylor Wilde with Hamada and (previously) Sarita.
Winter with Angelina Love, but subverted with her being pretty much Angelina-sexual.
Love It or Hate It: TNA is incredibly polarizing. One side says that the storylines and writing are so bad that it makes the show unwatchable. The other side says that their young talent is so incredible and the matches are so good that it makes up for the bad storytelling. They're kinda both right.
Most people consider the breaking point the amount of time spent on storylines (i.e. talking) versus the amount of time spent on wrestling. YMMV all around.
One thing about TNA that must aggravate some WWE fans is that they apparently have to assign all of their talent to some ridiculously large faction (Main Event Mafia, Fortune, etc.) in a failed attempt to recreate the magic of 1990s WWE with The Corporation, The Nation Of Domination, etc. Rather than make the storylines more interesting, this tactic only cheapens them because it locks the characters into stereotyped roles to the point where their only motivation for attacking each other is "one's in Fortune and the other's not," etc.
Memetic Mutation: JOE'S GONNA KILL YOU! (Borrowed from Ring Of Honor, who got it IWA Mid-South, who got it from Taz in ECW)
Misblamed: Writer Vince Russo - fans frequently chant, "Fire Russo!" To be fair, Russo's not the only person involved with the booking (Dutch Mantell was also involved, and Jeff Jarrett had the final say on everything). He gets singled out because of his track record with WCW.
If it had anything to do with Abyss before his Badass Decay set in, it was Dutch Mantell booking it. The first time the "Fire Russo!" chant was invoked (Turning Point 2006, during the Sting vs. Abyss Last Rites match featuring a casket suspended from the ceiling, called a Deathbed), Mantell was later pegged as the guilty party.
Here, Dutch defends himself. After Dutch Mantell left whatever blame he would get went at Savio Vega, but according to Awesome Kong Vega was hardly able to do anything in the first place, not having close to the amount of Mantell did.
According to Internet reports, Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff have been rewriting the shows.
Despite getting a lot of flack for things he wasn't involved with, Russo is still a horrible writer. When the infamous "DQ in a Cage match" happened Russo defended it saying that there was no reason why DQs shouldn't happen in a Cage match.
The infamous Jeff Hardy vs. Sting Match at Victory Road 11 brought a lot of hate TNA's way, despite the fact, that in the end, Jeff Hardy was the one who showed up completely stoned out of his gourd, and TNA had to choose whether to send him out for a quick squash or cancel their headlining match. We can argue about whether the company making a known substance abuser champion was Tempting Fate to begin with, but in the end, Jeff screwed Jeff.
Hardy himself did catch a ton of heat over this as well, though.
Narm: The Beautiful People, all over. Maybe having your main heels for your women's division, dress, act, and look like pornstars isn't the brightest idea when you want them to intimidate their opponents.
Narm Charm: Abyss clearly was dipped in this as a kid. To have such an obviously Narmy character get such great responses from the crowd every single time is either a sign of this or stupidity on the crowd's part.
Nightmare Retardant: Abyss. He looks like Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz after a botched plastic surgery. Surprisingly he managed to make it work for a bit. Then they had him talk. It went way downhill from there.
Older Than They Think: Many of the complaints people make about the "changes" TNA made around 2010 had deeper roots. Women stripping? Treating the X-division like glorified cruiser weights? Huge stables? Takeover angels? Celebrity guest spots? That had all happened before, but when TNA finally decided to go head to head against Raw critics all around the internet acted as if it was all new and proof WWE was going to kill TNA, when that all failed to kill TNA before. Apparently Hulk Hogan's presence was going to be the deciding factor this time for those who did have an idea but he had been used to build TNA angles before (if not showing up in person). As long as they have Panda they will be fine.
Protection from Editors: Vince Russo is to pro wrestling booking what a shotgun is to target practice: just firing a gajillion ideas out and hoping something hits. In WWE, and his early run with WCW, he worked WITH a team of other writers with careful oversight, so the target was essentially a chain-link fence: 1 in 100 ideas "hit", while the rest of the garbage went flying by. Now there's only one other writer besides Russo, Matt Conway, and, well... The chain link fence is more like the broad side of a barn. And whatever he says, goes. And he says a lot of weird shit.
Many thought the same about Russo after he showed up in WCW.
Speaking of Russo, many believe he's back with TNA due to some recent examples of stunt booking. In fact, despite his continuous denial of this it's treated as Common Knowledge.
In a HUGE moment of suck for TNA, this was accidentally confirmed to be true by Russo himself. In late July of 2014, Russo accidentally CC'd Pro Wrestling Insider writer Mike Johnson's name (Johnson being one of the main pushers of the "Russo-is-secretly-back-with-TNA" theory) into a confidential email message sent to Mike Tenay and Taz informing them of how he wanted them to do the voiceovers for a recently taped Impact. Johnson, immediately capitalizing on this, revealed in an article that he had received the email and has proof Russo is working for TNA. Russo briefly attempted to play it off as a swerve, only to back down once Johnson threatened to reveal the contents of said email and admit he was secretly back with them as a confidential consultant. Shortly after this, it came out that Spike TV executives called Dixie Carter up and informed her of their decision to terminate all negotiation on a new broadcasting deal with TNA (the current deal ends in October), letting them know that Impact Wrestling had only three months max left on the network. The Russo lie was quickly identified as possibly the last straw that broke the camel's back, as Spike's staff reportedly hate Russo with a passion. Furthermore, it seems that the company's working relationship with The Great Muta and his promotion WRESTLE-1 was initially put in jeopardy by the Russo return rumors and a lack of straight answers about it backstage — at least, until "Big" John Gaburick note TNA's current Vice President of Creative and Talent Relations, long-established as running the show behind the scenes since Hogan's exodus admitted to Muta that yes, Russo was back, but assured him that Russo was only a consultant and wouldn't be doing to the WRESTLE-1 talent what he'd done to Yujiro and Naito of No Limit in 2009note along with every other Mexican or Japanese cruiserweight he'd ever written for creatively in either WCW or TNA. In addition to this, TNA may have soured the morale backstage even furthernote which was already struggling as a result of the money and talent hemorrhage caused by Hogan and Bischoff's taking-Impact-on-the-road idea grossly backfiring, as they apparently lied to the very wrestlers whose livelihoods are at the discretion of both creative and the fans in order to keep the secret from leaking out.
In short: Hogan was suspected of being a mole planted to kill TNA much like Russo was suspected of being a mole planted to kill WCW, but by secretly returning on the payroll, lying about it to everyone, and getting caught at a critical time for the company's future, Russo, along with Dixie Carter and John Gaburick, may have actually just killed TNA.
Velvet Sky passed from an useless "Diva" who only serves as fanservice to a very competent Knockout.
Roxxi became popular as soon as she stopped gyrating or using voodoo.
Robbie E was hated since his debut because of his stale Jersey Shore gimmick. It took teaming up with mutual scrappy Robbie Terry to become a better superstar.
Jessie Godderz. He started as a wasted slot because of his Big Brother fame. The solution? Put him with the already rescued Robbie E to form the BroMans and he's now a good talent.
This company also takes part in polishing the so called 'E-Jects who are considered useless at first (except Jeff Hardy, Mickie James, Mr. Anderson, Lashley and MVP. Believe it or not, Mickie James and MVP were TNA Originals in the past as Alexis Laree and Antonio Banks respectively, while Jeff Hardy is one of the inaugural superstars in the roster) and making them as decent superstars in comparison to their previous iterations in WWE.
Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: 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.
Older Than They Think: 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, Joey Ryan, 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 Jeff Jarrett and then-reigning World Heavyweight Champion and permanent ace AJ Styles started leaving, however, that was the point where people started pressing the alert button.
So many times that they're no longer shocking and are often considered senseless.
However, some actually do manage to come off well. One of the best examples of this going right was the big reveal of Bully Ray being the leader of the Aces & Eights after him winning the heavyweight title. At the time, it seemed like a very Russo-esque swerve for the sake of shock value, since in storyline, Bully had been married to Brooke Hogan and was a firm Face and constant opponent of the Aces & Eights for several months and as such, his Face-Heel Turn was fairly crapped on by the fans. But then two weeks later on Impact, Bully was in a number of monologue segments that had him walking through story arcs and seemingly unrelated events over the past nine months that laid out his master plan from start to finish, showing that the whole plan had a rather astonishing level of thought put into it, even covering Wes Brisco's Gut Check challenge several months prior to the big payoff that had nothing to do with the ongoing Aces & Eights storyline... until it was revealed that D'Lo Brown, who later was revealed as the club V.P., had filled in as a Gut Check judge following an injury to Al Snow and voted to bring Brisco in. Not only that, but Brisco's opponent, Garrett Bischoff, was also later shown to be an Aces & Eights member, making the entire series of events one where a TNA executive had wormed his way onto the judging panel to vote in a new member of his rogue faction after a tryout match where he was the first one to beat an existing TNA wrestler, who was also a member of said faction who arguably took a fall to make his new comrade-in-arms look good. Events like this and many more were shown and explained in what is probably the most in-depth and drawn-out wrestling storyline in the past few years.
Dixie Carter may very well be the most hated woman in wrestling, and Bully Ray was only hunting her down to put her through a table because she'd done it to him first, but one couldn't fault Ethan Carter III for wanting to protect his auntie from Bully Ray—especially after MVP and his crew stopped trying to consolidate power with Team Dixie, taking Bully's mission from "Put Dixie, Spud, EC3, Lashley, Kenny King and MVP through tables" to "Put Dixie Carter through a table and that'll be good" with Spud and Ethan also getting dropped through tables on the way there.
Specifically, most WWE-to-TNA defects get variations of their WWE themes, like Christian Cage and Team 3D. Others who were popular on the independent circuit sometimes get variations of their indy themes.
Jeff Jarrett early on, though his position was usurped by Dixie Carter after she became a regular onscreen figure.
The British Invasion to fans outside of the UK. Brutus Magnus would eventually become somewhat respected as a wrestler but his world championship run was so bad even the fans in the UK turned on him. Rob Terry is somewhat liked in his masked role "The Freak" but that's it.
When people start calling Knockouts "divas" they're usually referring to Rhaka Khan, Velvet Sky, Lacey Von Erich, Shelly Martinez and Brooke Tessmacher or more rarely, Cookie, Jenna Morasca and Sharmell. Though Velvet is very popular in Orlando and Tessmacher shook it off completely.
Madison Rayne has gone through periods of what one could call "Shoot the Messenger". There are few complaints about her compared to complaints about what TNA has had her do, starting with being the whipping girl of the Beautiful People and flowing steadily so on, "killing" Roxxi Laveaux's career being a particularly disliked moment.
All of Mexican America, except Sarita. Hernandez was okay in the eyes of the fandom immediately before the group formed and immediately after it broke up. Rosita got a lot of crap for being short. People just wanted Anarquia to begone entirely, and they got their wish.
Adam "Pacman" Jones, especially after it was revealed he had a 'No Contact' clause in his contract. Even more so after he "won" a tag team title belt. Why they hired him in first place? Simply, to infaurate the fanbase.
Tearjerker: After The Naturals defeated AMW to regain the NWA tag titles one of the last images was of them and their manager Chris Candido clutching the belts with a smile on his face proud of their accomplishment despite being in severe pain due to an real life injury he suffered less than a week ago. A few days later he died due to a botched surgery.
They Changed It, Now It Sucks: The initial reaction to TNA's changeover in 2010 to a traditional four-sided ring, after having been using a six-sided ring for over five years. It can be argued all day as to whether the six-sided ring was gimmickry to begin with, but the fact that the company changed the work environment of a very dangerous profession without informing their employees or production staff beforehand, in order to apparently cater to Hulk Hogan and his friends' wrestling style, makes the hate at least a little justified.
Perhaps the biggest example of this is their "3.3.11" promo. About the only thing different from the "2.21.11" promo was the color.
Fridge Brilliance may apply here: rumours still last that the 2.21.11 affair was to hype Sting's WWE debut, most likely for a match at WrestleMania against The Undertaker, but when Sting re-signed with TNA, they had to change it. The 3.3.11 promo could well have been a we've-got-Sting-and-you-haven't style jab at the WWE.
Except that Sting staying around led to the pathetic "match" with a drugged-up Jeff Hardy at Victory Road.
Much was made about the fact that he stole a golden cape that Hulk Hogan used to wear. Morgan wore it to the ring for several months, never actually addressed the fact that he still had it, and was let go before anything could come of it.
Current (at the time) WWE Intercontinental Champion Christian is going to appear on one of your pay per views? Do you try to turn an angle out of it? Promote it at all? No? Well then you're TNA. (That said, it's uncertain whether they would be allowed to do so.)
Remember that plot about a Samoa someone, a van and ninjas? That's alright, because there was no plot that came of it.
Velvet Sky has been given the power to make any match she wants with the Knockouts champion and former best friend Angelina Love? Any match at all, any stipulation? Does she give herself a title shot? No, no she does not.
So House Of Hardcore is name dropped on Impact. Does this lead to some crossover with HOH or Family Wrestling Entertainment? Eh, sort of, but it doesn't result in any stars from either promotion getting national television exposure who had not had it already. In fact, it only resulted in two wrestlers new to TNA, neither from HOH or FWE and both gone almost as soon as they arrived. In this case, the plot wasn't bad, but it could have been so much more.
Uncanny Valley: Angelina Love's makeup and outright entranced demeanor had her looking this way more and more during the middle stretch of her storyline with Winter.
For a couple of months, half of Immortal. Fortune was led by "The Nature Boy"Ric"God!"Flair and consisted of several wrestlers the likes of which have helped build TNA from the ground up yet had a very good case to say that they've been Demoted to Extra for any latest big name veteran fads that may go through the place. When they turned on Immortal using the same exact character premise, the crowd exploded in joy.
Then there are the Jarretts; despite being portrayed as a Card-Carrying Villain and his Golddigger wife, both with a chronic case of Small Name, Big Ego, Jeff and Karen have had fans supporting them over Kurt because it's been documented on-screen and speculated off-screen that Kurt treated Karen like shit during their marriage, not to mention he usurped Jarrett's Spotlight-Stealing Squad power and then invoked Jeff's children into their previous feud. The Jarretts managed to be Faux Affably Evil enough to wear this down in good time, though, especially after filming the kids at home on air to demonstrate what a "perfect family" they were as part of their feud with Kurt.
Then there are ODB and Jacqueline, who had legitimate gripe with being ousted from the Knockouts in favor of the current scantly clad, barely talented pieces of eye candy that currently populate the division. The pair claimed intent to "clean up the Knockouts", and THANK GOD, they were the faces in this feud.
The glaring disconnect of Velvet Sky suddenly cutting "I busted my butt to belong here" promos yet still bending her butt over and getting it kicked the exact same way as when she rolled as an Alpha Bitch with the Beautiful People (aside from the occasional blowoff DDT and pin, essentially winning less believably than John Cena) did not help this.
There have been attempts to turn AJ Styles into a Heel, and they've never really worked. He's simply too much of a nice guy to be a believable villain.
Alternately, those heel turns did work, but rather than giving him heat, they worked in that they gave him Character Development, which added some luster to him as a face. It also didn't hurt that True Companions tended to be involved. Prime example would be Fortune, listed above.
When Rhinoturned heel, he told Tommy Dreamer that he was only doing what he had to do to keep his job, and explicitly mentioned that he had to provide for his children. Understandable even in the best of times, and when the economy is as bad as it is, that's about as sympathetic as "heel" motives get.
Dreamer's own heel turn about a half a year later at first saw Bully Ray gleefully forcing his hand in a way that was very much implied to be the same situation. Then he decided AJ and the fans were all Ungrateful Bastards and worked with Bully Ray willingly before leaving weeks later.
Austin Aries has pulled this off recently. Following Jeff Hardy's match with Bobby Roode before Bound for Glory, he came out and cut a promo (apparently completely different from what was scripted) calling out the TNA back room for giving Jeff Hardy preferential treatment, even though Austin was the defending TNA World Heavyweight Champion. Come Bound for Glory, it appeared he had done the impossible once again, by getting the fans to boo Jeff Hardy.
What an Idiot: Dixie Carter, John Gaburick, and/or whoever decided it would be a brilliant idea to rehire a man as a creative consultant who both your core fanbase and the network you're trying to negotiate a new deal with to stay on the air have told you they despise, and then try to hide it from everyone including your own wrestlers, is/are probably the biggest idiot(s) in the history of pro wrestling.
Win the Crowd: Bobby Lashley's current reign as World Heavyweight Champion was initially maligned by many a TNA fan due to being a muscular former WWE guy lacking in mic skills who only recently returned to action in TNA yet being given the championship over Eric Young. Since then, he hasn't been able to completely do away with his Broken Base, but a lot more of it's on his side now as opposed to the other way around. He has quickly progressed through his reign as a beast mode monster heel fighting champion, with stellar main event title defenses against EY, Jeff Hardy, and Austin Aries — all clean victories at that — during his first month with the belt. As for the talking, MVP's been there to take care of that when necessary, putting Lashley over like a million bucks every time. Furthermore, by being a less-talk, more-action titleholder, Lashley has served as a perfect launching pad for TNA's latest attempt to return to its roots as the wrestling-based alternative (as opposed to wannabe competition) to WWE.
Win Back the Crowd: Lashley's title reign has also done this for the "G Coalition" angle and for MVP's return in general. When MVP turned heel on EY and declared his challenge for Young's title, then formed his faction with Lashley and Kenny King, fans immediately jumped on TNA for rehashing their Hostile Show Takeover formula yet again, with MVP's "Era of the Wrestler" talk as the face who drove Dixie Carter out of power being promptly declared false. Then MVP blew out his knee, Slammiversary became a straightforward wrestling show, and MVP's scheme was delayed until the following Impact where Lashley got the title instead, with MVP getting stripped of his power as well and becoming largely a mouthpiece for Lashley and a guide/occasional partner to King.
AJ Styles, thanks to a pretty rough 2012, which not only saw him become the victim of a complicated scheme by Christopher Daniels and Kazarian to destroy his reputation via a woman named Claire Lynch, but also saw him become locked out of the TNA title scene until Bound For Glory 2013.
Applied to Jeff Jarrett in 2005, when fans were pleading him to "DROP THE TITLE!" He was called "Triple J" by anti-fans due to comparisons to Triple H. This pretty much vanished around the time his wife died and he took less of an on-screen role with the company.
This also helped go away after two more things: first, the notorious lumberjack strap match where, whenever he was out of the ring, he would promptly be beaten down by sixteen fans with leather belts (some of them actual fans) AND Samoa Joe. Second, for the smarks at least, Hulk Hogan's presence has helped to dull the hate, especially after he essentially buried Jarrett on-screen in a way that almost made Jarrett sympathetic. When he returned to in-ring action, he didn't even have any entrance music for the first few months.
Since Immortal began, several of the members (Hogan, Bischoff, and Jarrett) has been building X-Pac heat due to overexposure and really asinine moments (such as Hogan's "No more kayfabe" promo).
Bubba The Love Sponge had this, chiefly because he was a barely-known radio show host who got into the company thanks to being friends with Hulk Hogan. When he got fired, pretty much the entire IWC exploded in joy.
Chanting "You can't wrestle" at Garrett Bischoff.
Dixie Carter won the 2013 PWI "Get Off My Screen Award", getting more votes than John Cena and The Authority combined!