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At the conclusion of the Monday Night Wars on March 26, 2001, WWE became the dominant wrestling company in the United States. From the ashes, several smaller promotions were founded to cater to the various niches displaced by WWE's programming.

One of these was Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), a NWA affiliate founded by Jerry Jarrett and his son Jeff in 2002 as a reaction to the latter's falling-out with WWE. In 2017, after gaining new ownership, it dropped the TNA name for the Impact Wrestling name, taken from its main weekly TV series, but revived the Total Nonstop Action Wrestling name on January 13, 2024 at that year's Hard to Kill PPV.

Since its establishment, the promotion has been known for:

  • Dialing up the mature content to attract fans of the Attitude Era, in contrast to WWE's pivoting back towards a cleaner, family-oriented product. This was especially true of the initial "Asylum Era", where their weekly Pay-Per-Views were raunchier and more violent than WWE's offerings.
  • Being the Unknown Rival to WWE in their early years, through numerous jabs and parodies at the latter's expense. For example, after a report circulated online about WWE fully excising the word "wrestling" from their corporate tongue in exchange for "Sports Entertainment", TNA immediately changed their slogan to "We Are Wrestling." Their YouTube channel has also been used to troll WWE: Whenever WWE announced an event that would be occurring "for the first time ever", or whenever any significant events happen to one of their former stars, TNA would upload similar matches and footage from years prior.
  • The X Division, a contemporary crossover between AAA-style Lucha Libre and high-flying cruiserweight wrestling made famous by such promotions as WCW, ECW, and New Japan Pro-Wrestling.
  • Spotlighting women's wrestling. The Knockouts division was once regarded as the best place for women's wrestling on national television. Nowadays, while WWE has the market mostly cornered on amazing women's matches since 2016, TNA still prominently features its women in a natural way.
  • Attracting a number of ex-WWE, WCW, and ECW talent during their heydays, most prominently Kurt Angle and Sting. This would either lead to a Career Resurrection (Christian Cage, The Pope, Ethan Carter III) or attract the company derision for pushing the new free agent who was clearly phoning it in over homegrown talent (Booker T, Junior Fatu, so many others).
  • The six-sided ring. They began using it after TNA Impact premiered on Fox Sports Net in June 2004. At the start of the Hogan-era in January 2010, the company reverted back to a traditional four-sided ring, but a fan poll would bring back the six sided ring from June 2014 until its second retirement at the January 2018 television tapings. (It was done away with because the wrestlers never particularly liked it. It's inherently stiffer than a traditional ring due to geometry, so there were concerns of it causing more wear and tear on bodies, and everyone trains in a regular ring, so timing and safety were concerns.)
  • A love of invasion and takeover angles. From its inception up through October 2015, the promotion spent over 59% of the time (95/160 months) under siege by a hostile force. Ironically, the failed Global Force Wrestling re-brand in 2017 came about two years after a previous GFW invasion angle.



TNA's original business model concentrated on offering low-priced, weekly pay-per-view events broadcasting out of "The Asylum", the nickname for the Tennessee State Fairground Sports Arena located in Nashville, which was the Jarretts' stomping grounds. The first such PPV aired live on June 2, 2002. In October 2002, TNA launched their first television series, Xplosion!, which aired in time-brokered syndication and was used to promote the weekly PPVs. Unfortunately, they were unable to attract enough regular PPV buyers to turn a profit, and they were forced to refinance the promotion by selling the majority share to a power-plant company called Panda Energy, principally owned by Bob and Janice Carter, who put their daughter, Dixie Carter (not to be confused with the actress of that name) in charge of the business end. With the considerable financial backing of their new owners, TNA would slowly cut ties from the NWA, dropping the NWA part of their name in early 2004, and creating their own championship titles after their agreement to use the NWA's titles came to an end in May 2007.

Impact Zone Era

In May 2004, TNA struck a new TV deal with Fox SportsNet. TNA's new flagship program, Impact! premiered in June 2004, taped at the "Impact Zone", a soundstage at Universal Studios Florida. The company soon shifted to monthly pay-per-views, with the last weekly PPV telecast in August 2004. For the next nine years (2004–2013), TNA taped its most of its weekly programing at the Impact Zone, while occasionally hosting PPVs and other events across the U.S and other countries. When the Fox deal expired after a year, Impact became a Web Original (and aired in syndication on a handful of channels) for a few months until Spike TV picked up the series in October (Xplosion was also revived to fulfill the syndicated slot). This new deal with Spike was lucrative enough for TNA to finally make a profit thanks to television licensing fees.

While "Impact Zone"'s static location maximized production values at minimum cost, TNA could not make money from entry tickets because it was classified as a theme park attraction. That ultimately did little to dissuade TNA, as while the booking could be a bit mercurial, it quickly began to distinguish itself on Spike by both snapping up established talent from WCW and ECW, such as Kevin Nash and Scott Steiner, but also talents that were either on their way out from the WWE or looking for their big break on TV from ROH; such as Kurt Angle, Samoa Joe, and AJ Styles. Supplementing all of this was the "X-Division", an openweight division largely known for it's high work-rate and excellent opening matches on PPVs; showcasing smaller, cruiserweight talent in a way that had previously only been done in WCW. Things were progressing smoothly for TNA, though never entirely free from controversy or haphazard decisionmaking, it produced a competent alternative to the Fed's content that fans fell in love with.

And then, in October of 2009, President Dixie Carter announced that TNA had signed Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan.

Hogan Era

Hogan and Bischoff were hired primarily to be creative consultants, but that also meant they mostly had the ability to do what they wanted, which was felt right away. Their tenure featured a litany of very unpopular changes throughout 2010; less focus on the talents that had come to define TNA and more on friends of Bischoff and Hogan, the loss of the six-sided ring, nonsensical invasion angles, and an increased dependence on purely ex-WWE talent to attempt to draw crowds, all wrapped up in a disastrous attempted switch to airing live opposite to Monday Night Raw, which crushed it soundly every week before they returned to Thursday nights without any fanfare (though it should be noted that Impact continued to air a replay of that week's episode in its Thursday time slot the entire time, meaning a large chunk of their audience just continued to watch it in the same time slot all along). This would coincide with a series of negative business decisions that all but ensured TNA's gains were for naught; they would never again see the kind of highs they had seen in the late 00's.

Beginning in March 2013, TNA attempted to permanently leave Universal Studios and tape Impact! on the road, but they could not sell enough tickets to cover the costs. Not only would TNA be forced to return to the Impact Zone, the company would also make drastic cutbacks in almost every area of business, and fans could feel it. An exodus of talent (including co-founder Jeff Jarrett and company face AJ Styles) would occur throughout late 2013 and into 2014. Spike would decline to renew TNA programming at the end of 2014, ending Impact on the channel.

Channel Hopping Sagas and Anthem Sale

In January 2015, TNA programming moved to Destination America. As Impact! was the first notable program to the air on the network since it began its decay, Destination America tried to expand its pro wrestling coverage by syndicating Ring of Honor's weekly television program for 26 weeks as a lead-in.note  Ultimately, Destination America quickly lost interest in wrestling, choosing to drop both Impact! and Ring of Honor Wrestling at the end of that same year.

Impact! then moved to Pop TV in 2016. During their time on Pop, Carter's parents ended their ownership stake, transferring it entirely to Dixie, but that worsened the financial picture. Dixie would bring in Smashing Pumpkins frontman and long-time wrestling fan Billy Corgan as the new company president after he put up the cash to fund operations for a while, but things would end badly between them and Dixie ultimately would sell majority ownership of the company to Canadian broadcast and media company Anthem Sports and Entertainment (which owns TNA's Canadian broadcaster, the Fight Network). Anthem formally announced their purchase of the company on January 3, 2017. In the months that followed, the TNA brand would be dropped for good and, in March of that year, "Impact Wrestling" officially became the new name of the company. In late June 2017, Impact announced a merger with Global Force Wrestling, a short-lived promotion founded by Jeff Jarrett after he left TNA, which Impact had previously had done some crossovers with. Originally, the plan was for the combined company to adopt the "GFW" branding while keeping Impact! as the name of the television series. As part of the merger, Impact would launch their own streaming service called the "Global Wrestling Network". However, following a series of incidents, Jarrett would be placed on a "leave of absence" in September 2017. The Impact-GFW merger, which had never been fully completed at a legal level, was called off in October 2017. (Jarrett's GFW never ran another show on its own, just slapping the name onto other indie shows, before Jarrett rejoined WWE.)

Anthem Era

At the beginning of 2018, Anthem would hire Don Callis (formerly known as the Jackal in the WWF and Cyrus the Virus in ECW) and Scott D'Amore, both of whom had worked for the company in the past, as the new co-Executive Vice Presidents in charge of day-to-day operations. The new management launched in earnest with the return of a four-sided ring and their first PPV of the year being aptly-named Redemption. Throughout 2018, Impact Wrestling would establish a partnership with Twitch to stream free, live events on the platform; return to touring on the road; and resume working with other promotions, such as Lucha Underground.

After the Pop deal ended, Impact's weekly TV show began airing on the Anthem-owned Pursuit Channel in 2019, in addition to streaming on Twitch to make for the former's low distribution. Later that year, Anthem bought a majority share of AXS TV, prompting Impact! to move to the network on October 29, where they have been ever since.

TNA Wrestling currently recognizes six championships:

  • TNA World Champion: Moose since January 13, 2024
  • X-Division Champion: Mustafa Ali since February 23, 2023
  • Digital Media Champion: Laredo Kid since April 20, 2024
  • World Tag Team Champions: The System (Brian Myers and Eddie Edwards) since March 8, 2024
  • Knockouts Champion: Jordynne Grace since January 13, 2024
  • Knockouts Tag Team Champions: Alisha Edwards and Masha Slamovich since May 3, 2024

"We know those tropes, Taz! What are they doing in the Impact Zone?"

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  • Aborted Arc:
    • 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? The answer to both questions is the same; Joe was meant to be in Immortal, but when the crowd wouldn't boo him for beating up the least sympathetic collection of faces in TNA history (Abyss in the middle of a "Hulk Hogan superfan" angle and Jeff Jarrett), they did a U-turn.
    • Remember when D'Angelo Dinero was a contender for the world title instead of a blink-and-you'll-miss-him midcarder? Remember when he was being set up for a rematch with AJ Styles (he just got beaten up on instead) as well as a match with Mr. Anderson on the next PPV (Anderson beat him up backstage, stole his sunglasses, and Jeff Hardy took his spot like it was nothing)?
    • Miss Tessmacher being trained to wrestle, since her teacher Lacey Von Erich has left the company, on top of Tessmacher breaking her jaw. Tessmacher got better, and has held the Knockouts title.
    • The Network, especially who the representative was after Mick Foley was Put on a Bus.
    • TNA had 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 give 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.
    • Joe Hendry and Yuya Uemura's team "JOYA" looked like it was going places until, a month in, NJPW called Yuya back from his excursion, forcing Impact to write him off in the Feast or Fired match at Impact 1000.
  • Accuser of the Brethren: This was Jeff Jarrett's vendetta against Jeff Hardy in late 2011 after Hardy returned as a face to atone for his infamous performance at Victory Road.
  • The Ace:
    • Shall forever be AJ Styles. The X Division is largely what put TNA on the map and AJ was its first champion.
    • Deconstructed by Eddie Edwards. First in his rivalry with Sami Callihan in 2018, and then during the Honor No More storyline, where he explained his reason for betraying Impact was that he gave everything for the company and then they betrayed him by allowing Kenny Omega to come in and take the World Title.
  • Action Girl: The TNA Knockouts division, 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 the onscreen reason ODB and Jacqueline returned. It took Gail Kim's return to recover the spirit of the division.
  • Acrofatic: Samoa Joe is the most famous, but Ryota Hama (from TNA's crossover with Wrestle-1) just might be the most impressive example at 5'9", 400 lbs doing rolling sentons.
  • Adaptation Distillation: A rare case in pro wrestling in which a promotion can claim House Show Distillation. TNA's house shows are well liked for their matches (often compared to the weekly pay-per-view era) and the meet and greets before and after the show.
  • Affably Evil: It was pretty hard to hate the on-screen leaders of Immortal and the heel version of Fortune (Eric Bischoff and Ric Flair, respectively).
  • The Alcoholic: James Storm. Even Jackie Moore was astounded by his consumption.
  • All-American Face: Kurt Angle, when he's a face. To a somewhat lesser extent, "Team TNA" / "Team USA" in any World X Cup Tournament.
  • All Bikers are Hells Angels: Aces And Eights, which is based on another club.
  • Animal Motifs: Owls, appropriately dubbed the LOWLTNA, since the company's makeover by Anthem. This was their first logo.
  • Ancient Conspiracy: Immortal were treated like this. Aside from Abyss's name for 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 New World Order 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, they got away with it.
  • Answers to the Name of God: In his TNA run, Ric Flair literally claimed to be not a wrestling god, but the wrestling equivalent of God.
  • Artifact Title: The "Knockouts" division, originally named in response to WWE's "Divas" division. Now that WWE has dropped the Divas branding, the "Knockouts" name has become this.
  • Artistic License – Law: 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. Just when it seemed to be at least subverted a couple months later when Dixie came back with paperwork of an injunction she got placed on Hogan, the 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.
  • Ascended Fanboy: 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.
  • B Show: TNA Xplosion, which is now only seen in international markets and on Twitch. Even some of the stations that did keep it long term showed "iMPACT" in its place in between the Fox Sports Net and Spike TV deals.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Bound For Glory "10.10.10." and Turning Point, the following PPV. Barely subverted at "Genesis" 2K11 (See Near-Villain Victory). Between Turning Point 2011 and Against All Odds 2012, all the champions were heels.
  • Begin with a Finisher: Sting was forced to do this to Jeff Hardy at TNA Victory Road 2011 due to Hardy showing up intoxicated on muscle relaxers and in no shape to compete: he pinned Hardy with a Scorpion Death Drop after one minute and 28 seconds.
  • Between My Legs: This kind of shot was used for several years for entrances, with SoCal Val's legs doing the framing. Also occasionally done using ring announcer Christy Hemme.
  • Blood Is the New Black: Back in its TNA days, it once booked what it called a "Sadistic Madness" match, an elimination match with a twist—no wrestler could be eliminated until he was visibly bleeding.
  • Braids, Beads and Buckskins: This is basically the gimmick that Mickie James played up when she first arrived in TNA in 2010, underscoring her Native American heritage with, well, 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, traditionally Southern look (she's from Virginia).
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: One of THE most blatant and needless examples of this in the history of scripted television came from Hulk Hogan on ReAction November 18th, 2010:
    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, "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.
  • Brick Joke: At Against All Odds 2006, referee Earl Hebner motioned as if he was going to screw Christian Cage in favor of Jeff Jarrett in their NWA World Heavyweight Championship match.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: Rob Van Dam, who defeated Sting in about ten seconds during his surprise debut in TNA, only to 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 Rob Van Dam... 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.
  • Brooklyn Rage: Brother Ray's (aka Bubba Ray Dudley's) repackaging into Bully Ray centered on two things: Putting on a lot more aggresion, and putting a lot of emphasis on him being from New York.
  • The Brute:
    • Abyss is arguably the biggest powerhouse the promotion has ever had, being huge and being very good at brawling, whenever he's heel at least.
    • Tomko was clearly the most physically imposing member of Christian's Coalition/The Angle Alliance.
    • Likewise, Matt Morgan was the most physically imposing member of Fortune.
  • Call-Back: Part of the reasoning behind "Open Fight Night" which gives wrestlers a chance to seek retribution for incidents that had previously been Left Hanging. 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.
  • Canon Discontinuity: The most common reaction to people meeting Joseph Park? "I didn't even know Abyss had a brother!" Apparently, Father James Mitchell and Judas Mesias never existed.
  • Captain Ersatz:
    • Abyss is strikingly similar to Kane, even going so far as to use the Chokeslam as a finishing maneuver. He also bears a resemblance to Mick Foley (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 Captain Ersatz of John "Bradshaw" Layfield himself split in two (James Storm being face Bradshaw and Robert Roode, heel Bradshaw/JBL).
    • Ken Anderson grew up in the podunk town of Two Rivers, Wisconsin, admiring fellow small-town boy "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. 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 Wild Card moral alignment and a crowd-pleasing anti-establishment attitude.
  • The Cassandra:
    • Sting, who warned everyone about Hogan and Bischoff and was 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.
  • Celebrity Paradox: 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...
  • Chekhov's Gun: 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 ended up with "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 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 AJ Styles 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.
  • Christianity is Catholic: D'Angelo Dinero, a supposed evangelical (Protestant) street preacher, has been nicknamed "The Pope."
  • Cloudcuckoolander:
    • Brian Kendrick's gimmick at one point seemed to be that he believed himself to be a Jedi master, complete with Obi-Wan Kenobi robe. He later stopped cutting as many promos towards the end of his run, making him seem more as just a generic karate guy in white pantaloons to those who hadn't seen his feud with Fortune.
    • To a lesser extent, Abyss. For starters, there's the storyline in which Hulk Hogan's WWE Hall of Fame ring acted as a Magic Feather for Abyss, as he believed that it gave him power, a la a Green Lantern ring.
    • Daffney, much like her time in WCW, though in her TNA run it really says something that her most "normal" period in the company was when she was impersonating Sarah Palin, before going on to join Dr. Stevie Richards' psychiatrist gimmick.
  • Conspiracy Redemption: The Immortal angle, which revolved around Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff's secret plan to take over pro wrestling, starting with TNA, involved absorbing Ric Flair's Four Horsemen Spiritual Successor group, Fortune, but while Flair was away, Fortune rebelled due to Bischoff mistreating them (especially AJ Styles) and Fortune had basically been babyfaces the entire time anyway.
  • Counterpart Combat Coordination: This is the draw of The World Cup Of Wrestling (not to be confused with the World X Cup, which is almost the exact opposite). Every team must have one wrestler to represent each of TNA's active title belts and they must face off against the wrestlers from the other teams in the same category. The team with the most wins, wins.
  • Continuity Nod: Part of the reasoning behind "Open Fight Night" which gives wrestlers a chance to seek retribution for incidents that had previously been Left Hanging. 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.
  • Cool Mask: Abyss, Suicide/Manik, and Tigre Uno
  • Corrupt Cop: TNA Security Guards Gunner and Murphy. And this is before they worked for Immortal.
  • Crossover
    • Formerly with the other NWA members, Ring of Honor, Pro Wrestling Guerilla, IWA Puerto Rico and CMLL. Occasionally with WWC and NJPW. Periodically with AAA until Jarrett left (he plans to ally them with GFW). Teased with House Of Hardcore. Currenlty with All Elite Wrestling.
    • TNA personnel were not pleased when they discovered front row tickets to the 2008 Turning Point had been bought by Shaggy 2 Dope, Violent J, 2 Tuff Tony and Corporal Robinson, men who along with TNA alumnus Scott Hall, made up the "Juggalo World Order". They were even less pleased when Sheik Abdul Bashir decided to sell the invasion and slap a heckling Tony.
    • W-1 WRESTLE-1 Kaisen: Outbreak and WRESTLE-1 presents: TNAW Bound for Glory 2014, W-1 Fighting Entertainment WRESTLE-1 ~ Impact ~
    • World Wrestling League vs TNA, Campeón vs Campeón, 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.
    • IW vs LU, can't imagine what that was about.
  • Darker and Edgier: 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 Magic Feather 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...
  • Dead Man's Hand: The biker gang invading TNA in the summer and fall of 2012 used the aces and eights as their name and calling card.
  • Deal with the Devil: Joining Immortal was largely treated as this, which was only fitting considering the nature of that outfit.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: When Daniels and Kazarian won the tag titles they started calling themselves "The World Tag Team Champions of the World."
  • Despair Event Horizon: After the rise of Immortal, Sting and Nash decide to leave rather than fight or join them. Sting later had a change of heart.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Treating AJ Styles and Matt Morgan like crap came back to haunt Eric Bischoff, as it made both make a Heel–Face Turn on him, AJ taking Fortune with him and forming the first real threat to Immortal. A lesser example happened later when Bischoff 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 Bischoff was insulting earlier laughing and high fiving each other.
  • Dumb Is Good: Dixie Carter in her (on-screen) role as TNA President. Well-meaning and filled with Incorruptible Pure Pureness, but always gets outwitted by the evil Heels 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 Face–Heel Turn at the end of 2013 she's become a lot more cunning.

  • Evil Power Vacuum: 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.
  • Evil Versus Evil:
    • Until Vince Russo left, this happened constantly. Even internally, most wrestlers had trouble cooperating with their own tag teams and stables, with loads of 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 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 "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 Gray-and-Grey Morality was to have the faces exhibit some heelish traits occasionally, a la "Stone Cold" Steve Austin or The Undertaker, or if he had faces sometimes act selfish the way CM Punk did when he cashed in his MITB contract on a beaten and exhausted Jeff Hardy while still a face. The problem is that Russo's idea of Gray-and-Grey Morality involves wrestlers acting like they're 100% face one week, and then going to 100% heel the next. Beer Money did a Face–Heel Turn for no real reason, while Eric Bischoff and Mr. Anderson have done Heel Face Turns for no reason that was adequately explained. It's like the old character has been abducted and replaced with their evil (or good) twin.
    • The faction wars of 2022 between Bullet Club (heels who can play faces vs. other heels because Evil Is Cool), Honor No More (heels, with two soon-to-turn-face members in PCO and Vincent) and Violent By Design (unambiguous heels).
  • Expy:
    • Upon the revealing of the new Impact Wrestling set in 2011, fans were already comparing it to the set of WCW Thunder.
    • The Aces and Eights are pretty obviously a wrestling version of SAMCRO from Sons of Anarchy. What makes this very obvious is that various tweets from TNA wrestlers imply that nearly the entire roster are big fans of the series.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Despite their attempts at affability, it was pretty hard to not hate Jeff Jarrett and (the former) Karen Angle both in their Immortal run in 2011 and their brief GFW Invasion run in 2015. They were essentially the main reason Dixie Carter didn't get booed for her character's stupidity.
  • Finale Production Upgrade: Their annual event Bound for Glory (and in more recent times, Slammiversary) is considered their biggest event, with storylines, teams and feuds ending, and new ones beginning in their place.
  • Fleeting Demographic Rule:
    • Try to count the number of times that a Heel super-faction (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), Aces & Eights (2012-2013), Dixieland (2013-2014) the Beat Down Clan (2014-2015), the Kingdom of Miracles (2016-2017, though their attempted takeover was far more subtle due to being a mostly female stable). To put this in perspective, since its inception in 2002, to Aces & Eights in 2013, TNA has been under siege just over 55% of the time, and as you can see, no, Aces and Eights would not be the last group to do this. Also note that three of those seven 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 Jay Lethal and Robbie E? 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.
    • AJ Styles's "Leaving with the Title" storyline with Dixie Carter at the end of 2013 has been noted as highly similar to CM Punk'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 was gone longer. It didn't catch on, mainly because Dixie Carter makes a poor replacement for Vince McMahon and because everybody was sure that AJ, a well-known company man, was still with the company, whereas with Punk everything was kind of up in the air due to Punk's well-known real life animosity towards WWE management. It was then subverted by the facts that AJ and TNA's actual contract negotiations fell through without a deal in place and he didn't 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.
  • Foreign Wrestling Heel:
    • 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 Foreign Wrestling Heel, just surprisingly subtly.
    • Avoided with Sarita and her prima Rosita. They are Mexican, and have been known to lapse into Gratuitous Spanish 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 "Anarquia" joined forces as "Mexican America," a faction of gringo-hating Chicano extremists plotting a Nazi-style takeover of the United States.
    • The Desi Hit Squad was this, made up of Rohit Raju and Raj Singh (the legit son of Stampede legend "Great" Gama Singh), along with Gursinder Singh who disappeared after a while. After that stable broke up, Rohit was a downplayed example.
      • Raj came back to play it straight in 2021, with Impact mainstay Shera as his muscle, and clashed initially with babyface Indian wrestler Bhupinder Gujjar.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • 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 Heel–Face Turn 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.
  • Four Is Death: Fortune, despite usually having more than four members. Ric Flair 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.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The core four members of Fortune. Sanguine James Storm, Choleric AJ Styles, Melancholic/Leukine Bobby Roode, Phlegmatic Kazarian.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Sports Entertainment Xtreme, Voodoo Kin Mafia. The TNA name also qualifies.note 
  • Game Show Appearance: 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 Family Feud, November 1-5, 2010.
  • Gimmick Matches:
    • 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 Pvt. Pyle on the obstacle course).
    • On the other hand, there is the Ultimate X match, in which a pair of cables crossing above the ring in a big X hold a prize at the center that must be retrieved to win the match, such as the X Division title belt, but only the truss towers at the corners that the cables are connected to may be climbed, no ladders allowed. Considered the signature of the X Division, it has usually been well recieved as a concept, as it has a distinct but straightforward gimmick and showcases the division's distinct style well.
  • Girl Posse: The Beautiful People. Dollhouse to a lesser extent, qualifying mostly due to Taryn Terrell's It's All About Me attitude being strong enough to make her an Alpha Bitch, as they were more motivated by her bitterness than the vanity, sadism or comradeship of the former.
  • Glass Jaw Referee: Averted by Shane Sewell, whose Puerto Rican wrestling background was acknowledged.
  • Gold Digger: Karen Angle (later Jarrett) gimmick seemed to be riding on the coattails of Kurt Angle and, early on, Jeff Jarrett. With Jarrett they eventually became genuine, though sickening, sweethearts.
  • Greater-Scope Paragon:
  • He's Back!: After all of the Badass Decay 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, laid 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 been able to withstand ridiculous amounts of punishment, shown no trace of fear toward any of his opponents, acts very Ax-Crazy, and put Rob Van Dam on the shelf (kayfabe) in 2010.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: 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.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: 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.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
    • 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 Championship, 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 Christian, James Storm, and Matt Morgan.
  • I Call It "Vera": Abyss' nail covered 2x4, "Janice," and his "10.10.10" branding iron "Bob." Though it was never stated, these weapons were named after Dixie Carter's parents. This served as Foreshadowing for how Abyss heralded the inception of Immortal, a group whose initial main goal was her forceful exit from the company.
  • I Have Many Names: The promotion itself got into many rebrandings in its roughtly 20-year history, to the pont the latest one was openly acknowledged onscreen. They began as Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling, but then circa 2011 the company would undergo a rebranding that saw them promote the name "Impact Wrestling", though it was eventually clarified that this only officially applied to their weekly TV show and not the name of the promotion. Eventually in 2017, shortly after Dixie Carter was ousted, the company would indeed 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. However, 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 of the six-sided ring. Then at Bound for Glory 2023, Impact president Scott D'Amore (who got most of the credit for righting the proverbial ship in the previous six years) announced that the company would be bringing back the TNA name at Hard to Kill in January 2024 as part of a general upgrade to the company's technical production. His reason? Even after 12 years of downplaying, then officially dropping the name, the TNA name is still the company's best known moniker and what most people actually call them. (Doesn't hurt that the name is all over their tape library.)
  • In-Series Nickname: "The Island of the Misfit Toys", coined by Eddie Edwards.
  • Insistent Terminology: TNA refers to gimmick matches they create as "concept matches". There's that one video in which TNA Director of Production Steve Small refers to the audience as "cast members".
  • Irony: By 2015, fans began declaring Ring of Honor to be the new No.2 in the U.S and predicted that TNA would be out of business by the end of the year. Both promotions were picked up by Destination America, but it was ROH that got screwed over due to the network pushing back their timeslot. While the network would drop all professional wrestling by the end of the year, ROH was only picked up for syndicated 26-week run.
    • Exaggerated in 2019: Thanks to new management introduced the previous year, Impact has slowly begun to make a resurgence. Meanwhile, ROH lost their top talent to All Elite Wrestling, held events that received mixed-to-negative reviews and earned low buyrates, and was embroiled in a handful of controversies.note 
    • Spike would drop TNA Wrestling at the end of 2014 due to an excutive fallout with Viacom. Two years later, Impact Wrestling would find a new home in the U.K on the local version of Spike, also owned by Viacom.
  • Large Ham:
    • TNA Superstars do tend to be more reserved than WWE Superstars, but 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 his last years in the company, Christopher Daniels had taken up the role of hammiest guy in the company, with his tag partner Kazarian not far behind.
  • Laxative Prank: Jay Lethal, Alex Shelley, and Chris Sabin once slipped laxatives into Petey Williams' water bottle.
  • Lighter and Softer: 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, 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.
  • The Man Behind the Man: "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 got fired. Now it's pretty much unknown, because the Network storyline was dropped shortly after Foley's departure.
  • Matryoshka Object: Sports Entertainment Xtreme was a Power Stable so large it had its own power stables inside of it.
  • Meet the New Boss: MVP, Director of Wrestling Operations. Same as Dixie Carter except he can also wrestle (at least when his knee's not blown out).
  • Mighty Whitey: Jeff Jarrett's "King of Mexico" gimmick (after winning the AAA Mega Championship and bringing it to the United States).
  • Ms. Fanservice: The Miss TNA title was a subversion, at least in theory, as it was awarded in a battle royal to the last participant to avoid being stripped of her clothing. Really subverted in that the second Miss TNA was Bruce, though he later gave the title to a woman, who then vacated it.
  • Mood Whiplash: 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.
  • Mook Horror Show: On the July 14, 2011, edition, Sting (who's been "coincidentally" mimicking Heath Ledger's "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 Final Boy on them, which fails. Turns out the clowns were actually Fortune helping Sting out.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: 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!"

  • Near-Villain Victory: Genesis 2011, 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 led to Jeff Hardy losing the championship.
  • Nebulous Evil Organization: Immortal, thanks to Abyss referencing it as "They/Them" during the lead-up to The Reveal at Bound for Glory "10.10.10."
  • Necessarily Evil: After doing a Face–Heel Turn in 2010, Sting claimed that it was this, as it was the only way he found to hinder Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan's actions (who had just came to TNA as "consultants"), who he immensely distrusted due to their mismanagement of WCW. Sting was right.
  • Nepotism:
    • Kayfabe with James Mitchell claiming to be Abyss's "father".
    • Ethan Carter III, spoiled nephew of Dixie herself, portrayed by the man formerly known as Derrick Bateman in WWE. In fact, he seems to be a parody mixture of both this and the overpaid prima donna athlete.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: 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". This then crosses into 'for want of a nail' when Abyss finds that someone in World Heavyweight Champion Magnus, who he proceeds to help screw Samoa Joe out of the world title at Lockdown.
  • The Nicknamers: Christopher Daniels and Kazarian, the (former) World Tag Team Champions of the World (or #WTTCOTW). Especially towards Hulk Hogan.
  • Non-Indicative Name: 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 Not Quite Forever.
  • Odd Couple: Orlando Jordan and Eric Young. Despite Jordan displaying every Depraved Bisexual stereotype and Young being a Manchild who didn't realize that Jordan was coming onto him, they worked as a pretty good tag team. Also, Young later had this and ODB; Young still the manchild while ODB was the most axiomatic redneck pro wrestler of at least that decade. They nonetheless fell for each other.
  • One-Steve Limit:
    • 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).
  • Only in It for the Money: Basically Kevin Nash's character during his 2006-2010 run was that he was in the company for the paycheck (and for fun).
  • Out of Focus:
    • The X Division went from no-limits wrestling to cruiserweights with a fancy name. For perspective, in WWE, heavyweight was the default, with the cruiserweights getting their own B Show on SmackDown. In TNA, the X Division Championship was the most-prestigious division. Perhaps this was the result of the heavyweight title still belonging to the NWA, but TNA later regulating the X Division to the B-Show (Xplosion) was jarring. As was putting a weight limit on the division. As was making the X Division Championship a stepping stone for the Heavyweight title.
    • Homicide was 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.
    • Tommy Dreamer losing an "I Quit" match vs. AJ Styles, Hell, he lost basically everything vs. AJ Styles.
  • Parts Unknown:
    • 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."
    • Rosemary is from "the Valley of Shadows".
  • Perky Goth: Jeff Hardy and Daffney both wears corpse paint (and Jeff's fans are known as "Creatures of the Night"), but they're otherwise fun-loving and full of spirit, with Daffney deliriously screaming and laughing during her own matches and those of her friends. Rosemary has become this during her face run, especially when she's with Allie.
  • Power Stable: These frequently dominated much of the roster. Sports Entertainment Xtreme, Planet Jarrett, The Angle Alliance, World Elite, The Main Event Mafia, Christian's Coalition, The Beautiful People, Fourtune, Immortal, Aces & Eights, these are but a few examples.
  • Previously on…: Since 2012, Impact began to have these as their cold openings at the start of each episode. These were later dropped prior to the end of the show's run on Spike, but recent episodes on AXS TV in 2020 brought back them back.
  • Put on a Bus: Samoa Joe. 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 he came back, with no explanation, some time afterward.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: Fourtune basically served as the Elite Mooks of Immortal for the latter's first four months, after having previously being a very popular stable on their own and having their own overarching theme, while also an individual quirky personality, which was familiar (namely, that they were a homage to The Four Horsemen).
  • Real Women Don't Wear Dresses: 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. 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.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Jim Cornette was one, to an extent. Eric Bischoff's tried to be one, after a Heel–Face Turn. Hulk Hogan was a better example. At least before The Reveal.
    • Scott D'Amore is now this after being appointed as the Executive Vice President of Impact.
  • The Reveal:
    • The setup for Immortal. Abyss claimed that he was controlled by some entity – to which he referred to as "they" – and that they were coming to TNA. Abyss began prophesizing the arrival of "they" at Bound for Glory on October 10, 2010. The main event of Bound for Glory was a three–way match between Jeff Hardy, Mr. Anderson and Kurt Angle for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Near the end of the match, Eric Bischoff came to the ring with a chair and attempted to interfere with the match, but was stopped by Hulk Hogan. Hogan and Bischoff appeared to have a disagreement, but this was a ruse as they helped Hardy win the match, with all of them becoming heels. After the match, it was revealed that Abyss, Hardy, Bischoff, and Hogan, along with Jeff Jarrett were "they".
    • Each time an Aces and Eights member, who initially were masked, was unmasked. The group started to kick into high gear when its first member to be unmasked turned out to be Devon, former member of The Dudley Boys, then two other members were revealed to be WWE alumni Luke Gallows (who went as D.O.C.) and Mike Knox (who went as Knux), before its Vice President was revealed to be D'Lo Brown, a TNA official, and its President Bully Ray, the man supposedly leading the charge against them.
  • Ring Oldies: Kurt Angle, Mick Foley, Sting, Scott Steiner, and Kevin Nash, among others. Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair were added to the mix in 2010, Hogan with (apparently) the same amount of creative control he had during his time in WCW.
  • Royal "We": 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.

  • Screwed by the Network: 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 Villainous Breakdown. This person turned out to be Mick Foley, only for him to get fired (he actually requested a release) weeks later.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Hoping to capitalize on Orlando Jordan's Real Life bisexuality, they had Jordan make his re-debut dressed as Lady Gaga from the video for "Telephone".
    • The lady first introduced as Eric Bischoff's on-screen assistant, former WWE diva Brooke Adams, is named "Miss Tessmacher".
    • Abyss' Weapons of Choice, Bob and Janice, are the names of Dixie Carter's parents.
  • Something Person: TNA has employed "Shark Boy" (previously best known for a WCW appearance) and revived the mythical "Japanese" character "Curry Man."
  • Slobs Versus Snobs: How James Storm and Bobby Roode interacted when they first were paired up. Over time, they meshed very well and Beer Money was formed.
  • Spell My Name With An S: Ric Flair's group. Was it "Fortune" or "Fourtune?" Fans and reporters alternated 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."
  • Spiritual Successor: TNA was conceived largely to fill the void of WCW, the difference being there was no initial effort to get television on the assumption no network would want another pro wrestling show after WCW failed. As it grew though, TNA became more and more like WCW, not just because of the large number of wrestlers who worked in WCW prior, not just because it got television, not just because the arena setups resembled Nitro and Thunder increasingly more as time went past and not just because of the many giant power stables trying a hostile takeover of the show that were a calling card of WCW. TNA also fostered relations with WCW's former partners New Japan and Triple A, and even started as an NWA member like WCW before breaking away, like WCW.
    • Since the rebranding, the promotion is now taking a cinematic approach from the now defunct Lucha Underground.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Jeff Jarrett from 2002-2006 (particularly his multiple runs as NWA World Heavyweight Champion); Kurt Angle from 2006-2009 (First winning all of TNA's male belts,note  then hijacking two different stables from Christian and Sting); Hulk Hogan from 2010-2013 (a non wrestler who gets to beat up the ones still capable of having matches while being in an authority figure role and central to a steady procession of angles).
  • Stealth Pun: In the initialism of the promotion, though it wasn't much of a Stealth Pun 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 Velocity were PG at that point, SmackDown had not yet been Screwed by the Network and there was even a time it consistently got higher ratings than TV-14 Raw.
  • Super Team: The Prince Justice Brotherhood, three judges who mediate disputes to keep order in the Impact Zone, are a parody of superheroes.note 
  • Take Over the World: 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.
  • 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 Divas".
    • In May 2011, TNA would change the name of its weekly television show from Impact to Impact Wrestling. Some fans consider this to be one of TNA's more pointed jabs to WWE, which had just dropped all references to the word "wrestling" both on its TV shows and in its legal name.
    • Newly-debuted investor 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 Take That! towards Vince McMahon and Self-Deprecation directed at Dixie herself.
    • Drew Galloway's digs at the WWE on the March 7, 2015 episode centred around the Insistent Terminology they use. Mainly, 'superstars' instead of 'professional wrestlers', and 'sports entertainment' instead of 'professional wrestling'.
    • Ethan Carter III himself practically reeks of this, particularly as Self-Deprecation, what with him being a parody of Dixie's own ridiculous penchant for nepotism.
  • Take That, Audience!:
    • 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.
    • When introducing the new four-sided ring to replace TNA's unique six-sided ring, 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 titular character of the movie.
  • The Theme Park Version: Literally for a while, as they used to broadcast their weekly TV shows and most PPVs from the Universal Studios theme park in Orlando.
  • Throwing Down the Gauntlet: "Open Fight Night" is basically built around this, anyone can call out anyone and the challenged must fight.
  • Token Good Teammate: PCO in Honor No More; he's technically with the heel group, but so over for his bumps that he's able to convincingly play babyface against guys like Moose and Steve Maclin.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Eric Young rather infamously went from spy movie supervillain-like leader of the World Elite Power Stable to comic relief with a gimmick of a mentally challenged person after taking a bump on his head in the finish of a match.
  • Unknown Rival: To WWE. TNA's relationship with WWE is fascinating to behold, swinging between snarky antagonism and utter reverence. TNA had its own in Pro Wrestling Syndicate, although it did eventually acknowledge the existence of PWS, perhaps because PWS was always somewhat playful about it.
  • The Un-Reveal: 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.)
  • Vagueness Is Coming: 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 accomplices turned good guys.
  • Wham Episode: The January 19, 2021 episode of Impact!. Out of nowhere Matt Hardy makes his grand return to the Impact Zone and brings with him the AEW tag team Private Party, who proceed to win the main event and earn a title shot against the Good Brothers. The "Forbidden Door" now goes both ways.
  • Wild Samoan: 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.
  • With Us or Against Us
    • TNA Wrestling president Dixie Carter, 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. And this was shown on air so all the fans could see it.
    • The audience has been told 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 (and if they wanted to be more family-friendly there were some chants most people wouldn't want their children hearing). It worked: TNA soon had to start hiring plants and piping in overloud crowd noise to the Impact Zone.
  • Writing Around Trademarks:
    • 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 "Tazz", which they could trademark.
    • Also, Rhino. In WWE, he changed his name to Rhyno.
    • The ECW faction was been dubbed "EV2.0"
    • What exactly does the name "MVP" stand for in TNA?
  • You Bastard!:
    • One Night with ODB. They took videos from 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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