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  • Breakup Breakout:
    • Julio Dinero was The Jannetty of The Gathering, to CM Punk and Alexis Laree (Mickie James).
    • Chris Harris was The Jannetty of America's Most Wanted, to "Cowboy" James Storm.
    • Elix Skipper was The Jannetty of Triple X, to Christopher Daniels and Low Ki
    • Douglas Williams ultimately became The Jannetty of The British Invasion, to Magnus.
    • Gunner was barely the breakout of his team with Murphy.
    • Shannon Moore is the more famous member of Ink Inc. Granted he already was before the team formed.
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    • Chris Sabin surpassed his Motor City Machine Guns partner Alex Shelley by winning the TNA World Heavyweight Title.
  • Career Resurrection: Austin Aries, Low Ki and Awesome Kong had all had some degree of frustration surrounding their departures from TNA and were all contemplating retirement after having seemingly ran their courses in other promotions before TNA somehow convinced each to return and keep wrestling.
  • Creative Differences
    • The end of their 10 year NWA deal in only three years was the result of it. It was commonly reported as NWA abrogating but in truth both companies wanted out of it.
    • Alex Shelley has been in both IWA Mid-South and CZW but his and Chris Sabin's refusal to blade for their feud with Johnny Devine and Team 3D ultimately lead to them leaving.
    • Hiroshi Tanahashi made a couple of inoffensive TNA dates in 2006, so following the "third IWGP belt" saga that saw Kurt Angle return the original IWGP Heavyweight Title belt Brock Lesnar refused to drop back to NJPW, they sent Tanahashi, their ace, to TNA for significantly more dates only to pull him out earlier than agreed after coming to the conclusion nothing would be done with him.note 
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    • Someone at New Japan most likely got a sense of déjà vu to when Jushin Thunder Liger lost the IWGP Junior Heavyweight title on WCW Monday Nitro when The British Invasion beat Team 3D for the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Titles in 2009 without notification.
  • Creator Backlash
    • Jerry Jarrett absolutely HATES what the promotion he co-founded turned into. On that topic, he's not too enthralled with his other creation/co-founder either, though they eventually ironed things out.
    • Also, former production manager Randy Ricci.
    • And who could forget the large swathes of TNA talent that had less-than-amicable departures with the company. Chief among them is AJ Styles, once regarded the heart and soul of the company, who admitted that when he finally left after nine years of Undying Loyalty he "didn't shed a single tear".
  • Executive Meddling
    • Dixie Carter apparently honestly thought that anyone would have funded her for 10% ownership. Billy Corgan initially sued them to leverage a takeover, but then other problems came to light. Stuff like: the tax lien, other outstanding debts that creditors are chasing (Aroluxe, a production company, and more). He backed off as far as he could and took Anthem's check. He has repeatedly said since that, if he knew how bad things truly were, he'd have never tried to buy it and that Anthem is much better-suited to handling the mess than him.
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    • TNA is known to interfere with the booking of promotions that use "its" talent or talent it wants to have. "Its" being in quotes because TNA wrestlers are supposed to be independently contracted, allowing them to work where they want and other people to do what they want with them, so long as the wrestlers themselves agree. Some standout examples include insistence Amazing Kong not lose the NWA Women's world title clean and insistence that the Motor (or rather, Murder) City Machine Guns could not lose to the Ring Of Honor Tag Team Champions The Kings Of Wrestling. In the former case, MsChif won the title by count out (which is supposed to be impossible) and in the latter the Briscoes ran out and caused a disqualification (which used to be grounds for firing per the code of honor, a code which is became all but useless because of stuff like this).
    • Even when TNA was no longer TNA Anthem managed to get an ROH pay per view removed from Dish Network, seemingly just to spite Matt Hardy.
    • TNA has also been on the receiving end of this kind of meddling, such as Spike TV's insistence of using Impact to promote Bellator (which resulted in meaningless short stints from several Bellator fighters before finally bearing positive fruit with Bobby Lashley's surprisingly stellar world title run) or Lucha Underground's insistence they cut Hernandez out of their shows (which had the unfortunate side effect of destroying TNA's top heel stable at the time, the Beat Down Clan). Spike TV's meddling led to the network dropping Impact in 2014, after the network discovered TNA had rehired Vince Russo (whom Spike TV executives hated) in a deliberate breach of contract.
  • Fan Community Nickname: In the same way that Cheff Jeff Hardy fans are called the Creatures of the Night, D'Angelo Dinero calls his fans the Congregation.
  • Fan Nickname
    • The Tennessee State Fairground Sports Arena in Nashville, where most of the shows were taped during the weekly pay per view era, was nicknamed the TNA Asylum.
    • Jeff Hardy's redesigned TNA World Heavyweight Title is referred to as the Aztec Sun belt, due it reminding people of the mythological female origin of all things.
  • Fake Nationality: Shocker was the only Mexican national on the 2006 version of Team Mexico.
  • Follow the Leader: WWE is Disney. TNA is DreamWorks. They could be Pixar, but no one wants to rock the boat.
  • Network Decay: Had TNA not convinced Spike to drop them, they likely would have ended up dropped in the long run or have been forced to water down their product back to Fox Sports Net levels due the fact Spike wanted to become a more family friendly network. (Then again, the Fox Sports Net era wasn't exactly hated, with additions such as Samoa Joe)
  • No Budget:
    • Eh, kinda. See, TNA was backed by Panda Energy, a multi-million dollar energy company owned by Dixie Carter's parents. It used to be that Panda would feed TNA an astronomical amount of money at the behest of Dixie, despite getting little to no profit — that all changed when Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff arrived. The amount of money spent during their time in the company was so great that Dixie's parents finally said enough and put her on a budget managed by her mom. Said budget was significantly smaller than it was originally, forcing the company to cut back in nearly every area of business, and causing several of their talent to leave in the face of significant pay cuts. The loss of the Spike TV deal further hurt the budget, so now TNA is suffering a severe case of this, as much of the talent and the production crew are being paid late.
    • Come 2016, TNA was basically broke. They were kicked out of their original headquarters and had to move in their merchandise warehouse instead, they're still paying their talent and production team late, and they can't even hold tapings because they're so short on cash. Their only sources of income are their TV deal with POP, merchandise sales, and the occasional tour, as both the house show market and the PPV market are effectively dead. Nobody is investing, because Dixie is intent on keeping the company under her control and refuses to sell the majority stake — and no one is willing to invest into the company with her at the helm because of her past track record. Hell, one of the reasons Billy Corgan ended up becoming a minority shareholder is because TNA needed the money and no one else with the means was willing to give it to them. In the end, Dixie Carter was finally forced to give up the company. It was bought by Anthem Sports & Entertainment, the parent company of their Canadian broadcaster, Fight Network (who finally dropped the TNA name fully). Their first year of ownership was a cluster as they'd tried to figure out what to do while not having any real money as they paid off the debts racked up during the later part of Carter's ownership.
  • No Export for You and Screwed by the Network
    • Averted. In the UK, TNA aired on a channel called Bravo. It was taken over by Sky, who closed it down. As Sky already airs WWE, it was assumed that TNA would be dropped, but Sky put it on game show channel Challenge instead, which at the same time got launched on Freeview to replace Channel One, thereby increasing TNA's audience instead of removing it!
    • But inverted in the U.S. TNA's B-Show, Xplosion, isn't aired anywhere on U.S. TV, and is only shows in foreign markets. It is pretty easy to find online, however, and is aired for free on their Twitch channel.
  • Paying Their Dues: It's believed the real reason Kazuchika Okada was sent to TNA for a learning excursion was for this, as NJPW knew that TNA would do nothing meaningful with him, especially considering that Vince "If you want lucha libre, go to Japan!" Russo was booking. The humility he would gain from the experience was to make him much more appreciative of the main event push he would get with his return, in which he became one NJPW's top stars within a month. What supports this is that Okada was pulled out early but left in TNA much longer than Tanahashi or even No Limit before him. However, it's also been rumored that TNA's treatment of Okada is a major reason why the partnership between the two promotions soured. Either way, Okada has a very low opinion of TNA and isn't above doing an occasional Take That! (though he is still good friends with most of the TNA roster from around that time, by the looks of it).
  • Recycled Script:
    • An angle features a frustrated Ken Anderson joining a stable where Bully Ray is either field general or outright leader. It starts off great for him but eventually he hits a couple snags and Bully Ray begins to question and antagonize him. Inevitably the tension leads to him being betrayed and forcibly kicked out of the group, with Bully directing traffic. Finally, after a short time away, Ken comes back primed for vengeance and whoops him some Bully ass. This occurred with both Immortal in 2011 and Aces & Eights in 2013…the latter resulting in the end of the stable at the hands of Anderson.
    • AJ Styles is taking part in a war that involves the future of TNA. Christopher Daniels, AJ's best friend, comes back to TNA to come to his aid in this struggle and becomes part of the faction AJ fights alongside, tagging up with AJ on several occasions during this time. Sometime after the egomaniacal superstar force that tried to lay siege to TNA is defeated and/or weakened, Daniels starts and challenges AJ to a match which AJ wins. Daniels starts getting ambitious and jealous, accuses AJ of viewing him as a sidekick, and rubs in his own self-perception that he's as good or better than AJ. This leads to the two falling out and having bitter heat with each other as they continue to fight over envy and pride. Officially this happened twice, during/after TNA Frontline vs. Main Event Mafia in 2009 and during/after Fortune vs. Immortal in 2011, but shades of this pattern can be traced back to even before the two's real-life friendship became a part of their characters. In early 2003 they teamed once or twice as part of TNA's first takeover stable Sports Entertainment Xtreme, which AJ was simply an ally of while Daniels was a member, then in 2005 "Daniels is jealous of AJ, cue feud" would serve as the impetus to kick off their infamous X-Division Championship rivalry.
  • Recycled Soundtrack:
    • Rashad Cameron's "Mr. 360" is a re purposed version of Jerrelle Clark's "Mr. 630".
    • Taeler Hendrix's theme is an instrumental version of Jenna Morasca's theme.
    • Mason Andrews uses an instrumental remix of Jeff Hardy's "Modest".
    • Taken Up to Eleven with "Sacrifice". It was originally used as the theme of the first PPV of the same name, and is repeatedly used as a stock theme. It has been used for, most recently, Gunner, Murphy and Alex Silva.
  • Role-Ending Misdemeanor:
    • Teddy Hart was blackballed from TNA in 2004 for having a fight with CM Punk at a local restaurant. This happened because in late 2003 there was a four-way tag team scramble cage match in ROH in which Teddy endangered many of his coworkers by doing insane high-flying moves off the top of the cage after the match was over without warning. This caused the entire ROH locker room to unite against him and throw him out. It was believed that Punk was blackballed for this as well, only for him to clarify that he left because "creative had nothing for him", and out of protest to TNA pulling out many of its wrestlers from ROH due to the RF video scandal (which happened around the same time as the Hart fight, in case you're wondering how the two could be confused)
    • TNA released Angelina Love in September 2009 after she found herself facing deportation due to not having a legal work visa. Eventually, everything was resolved.
    • Spike TV's parent Viacom declined to renew TNA's Impact Wrestling contract when it expired in the end of 2014, allegedly because the network found out the promotion had re-hired Vince Russo, which was against the wishes of Spike's executives.
    • Alberto El Patron was released after he no-showed the Lucha Underground vs. Impact Wrestling in April 2018. They might've been able to forgive it, had he not been main-eventing the show with then-Impact World Champion Austin Aries.
  • The Cast Show Off: Samuel Shaw drew graphics for all the matches on the April 3rd 2015 Impact.
  • Troubled Production: TNA has won The Wrestling Observer Newsletter's "Worst Promotion of the Year" award a whopping eleven times in a row — essentially every year since 2007 — specifically because of this reason. This is distinct from best/worst show awards, which TNA occasionally won best in while still being voted worst promotion. Initially it was due to disputes between management and talent, along with the company continuing to operate at a loss; however, thanks to the No Budget example above, from 2014 to 2016 (the last three years of Dixie's ownership), there were constant reports of talent and crew failing to get paid, numerous events/tapings getting cancelled, and in-house fighting within management themselves, eventually culminating in Billy Corgan suing his own company. Not to mention that TNA nearly went bankrupt at the end of each of those years, leaving them on death's door and leaving fans wondering if TNA was going to live to see the following year. Of all the major wrestling promotions throughout the entire world, the only one contemporary to TNA coming even close to that level of behind-the-scenes chaos is AAA, and even then, they make more than enough money to compensate for it.
  • What Could Have Been
    • According to Vince Russo, the promotion was planned to be more adult oriented (as in explicit sex) during its early NWA years, hence the TNA name.
    • Dan Severn was entering his second reign as world heavyweight champion when TNA gained control over the NWA titles. Since he couldn't make it to the first TNA taping Severn was stripped of the belt.
    • Shortly before his death, Curt Hennig was planned to defeat Jeff Jarrett for the World Heavyweight Title.
    • TNA found it had three of Generation Next's founders in January of 2006 and accordingly put them together. It only took a month for Aries and Roderick Strong to get suspended though and two matches after this suspension TNA decided it was done with Strong entirely until 2010, just to get sent right back out after a single match.
    • The return of the Main Event Mafia was cancelled when Kevin Nash, and Booker T instead made a deal with WWE to return there, forcing TNA to change who "they" where just before the reveal.
    • Paul Heyman was invited to join Russo in Creative, but one of Paul's stipulations was, sensibly, the immediate removal of Russo, Hogan, Nash and their ilk before a repeat of the WCW debacle occurred. This proved impossible as Heyman had no clout to demand such a thing, and Dixie made it clear she would remain loyal to them come hell or highwater.
    • Several well-known indy stars tried out and/or were offered contracts over the years, but declined and/or signed elsewhere. Místico contacted TNA in 2008 after turning down WWE but TNA couldn't come up with anything that let him keep his CMLL dates either. TNA would have had the chance to book T&A but April Hunter declined a long term contract due to the lack of health benefits (and T was renamed Velvet Sky). Other prominent cases include Tyler Black, Jon Moxley and Moose (who did go to AAA but turned down a TNA contract in favor of Dragon Gate USA and ROH). Masada was offered a job with the bonus of bringing Teddy Hart back in 2016 but Masada got arrested for public drunken stumbling and brought several other wrestlers including Jeff Jarrett (who was trying to negotiate the deal) and Hart himself( who had paid for the liquor) down with him.
    • Brooke Hogan pitched an angle where Kiera Hogan would be outed as her father's illegitimate daughter, based on the fact they had the same last name. While Impact would sign Kiera, Brooke was no longer with them when it did.
    • After his run in Lucha Underground, they tried to sign Ricochet & his girlfriend Tessa Blanchard, but apparently couldn't come to a deal; Ricochet ended up signing with WWE in 2018, with Blanchard signing with Impact a month later.
  • Word of God: Is it the show or the entire company that was rebranded to "Impact Wrestling" in 2011? According to Dixie Carter, it's just the show. Eventually in 2017 shortly after Dixie was ousted, the company would rebrand to Impact Wrestling before merging with Jeff Jarrett's Global Force Wrestling and using that as the company name in an effort to remove the stink of the last 7 years of the "TNA" brand (of course that rebrand turned into a mess when Jarrett was fired himself, leading to a quick backtracking to "Impact Wrestling" and the final doing away with the six-sided ring).
  • Write Who You Know: A rather unfortunate example with Dixie Carter due to the fact how she knows people feel about her is the basis for her heel turn of late 2013-early 2014. Yet they seem to have been true about her in real life for a long time now.
  • You Look Familiar:
    • "The Pope" D'Angelo Dinero was formerly Elijah Burke in WWECW.
    • Fans of CWF Hollywood recognize Eli Drake by his real name Shaun Ricker as the last heir to Percy Pringle's legacy.
    • Much like Eli Drake above, fans of CWF Hollywood recognized Norv Fernum as "Pretty" Peter Avalon, one half of the tag team PPRay.
    • Mica previously played a Mexican guy named Camacho in WWE.
    • Jade is better known in Ring of Honor, CZW, and other promotions as Mia Yim.
    • Jenna Morasca came in from Survivor.

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