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  • Arc Fatigue: The never-ending AJ Styles/Christopher Daniels feud. While the matches were amazing, it was basically rehashing the same story over and over again (Daniels gets jealous and turns on AJ). The 2012 iteration featured the nadir of TNA's storylines, the WrestleCrap "Gooker Award" winner Claire Lynch. The only good thing to come out of it was the formation of Bad Influence alongside Frankie Kazarian.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • While putting a weight limit on the X Division wasn't well-received by longtime TNA fans, it was actually an apology for putting the belt on Abyss, which inserted some unwelcome horror/"hardcore" elements into the division.
    • The second "they" reveal on February 3rd, 2011. Originally the storyline was written as a way for the Main Event Mafia to re-form... despite key members (Booker T, Sting, and Kevin Nash) not having re-signed with TNA yet. At least two, possibly all three of those guys were headed for WWE, instead. So, who were "they", exactly? Fortune. We also got a golden opportunity for AJ to call out Eric Bischoff for reducing TNA to a WWE rip-off.
    • The reveal of Bully Ray as the head of the Aces & Eights. Two weeks later, a series of vignettes managed to link-up the entire nine-month storyline and were surprisingly met with critical acclaim.
    • Bobby Roode was supposed to win at Bound for Glory 2011 after receiving a huge push. (Then-champ Kurt Angle needed to drop the title due to injury, anyway. But that would have overshadowed Hulk Hogan's Heel–Face Turn that same night, so of course it had to be changed at the last minute. Following outrage from the fans and the guys in the back, TNA had no choice but to give him the belt. Bobby would then turn heel, becoming a breakout villain and the longest-reigning champ in company history.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Abyss. When he's not acting like a scared child (high-pitched voice and all), he's simply not winning matches. His signature gimmick match, Monster's Ball, went from a once-a-year special at Bound For Glory to a regular occurrence on Impact.
    • Jeff Hardy: Being a Spot Monkey-ish Mr. Fanservice with drug problems is just the beginning.
    • Kurt Angle: Thanks in large part to his antics during interviews and on Twitter.
    • Hulk Hogan: Did he save TNA or doom it? Ratings flatlined when Bischoff and Hogan had creative control, but took a nosedive after they left.
    • Dixie. When you think about it you can trace when things really started going downhill to the time Dixie started inserting herself into storylines as an on-screen character. Like Russo, she only wanted a deal which let her be the star of her own wrestling show because she was living the mark's dream.
    • Velvet Sky is a puzzler because she never got better in the ring, and in TNA she had this thing of never protecting her opponent or catching people. One time they had to pull her by the hair to get her in position to catch someone coming off the top rope. She and Angelina were the weakest of the roster but got pushed to the moon.
    • "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 either 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, mainly because she didn't stick around long enough to really do anything. Most seem to like all three as individuals but as a group is where the splinters form.
    • Magnus's 2014 run as World Heavyweight Champion. On one hand, he carried himself 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. Hell in his first title defense against A.J. Styles he wasn't able to execute an single offensive maneuver successfully. He was only able to pin Styles after Roode hit his own finisher.
  • Broken Base:
    • Behind the scenes, Dutch Mantell. On one hand he was behind TNA's most successful feud and the highest rated "iMPACT" segments. On the other hand, that same feud almost destroyed Samoa Joe and he was one of the more mentioned figures in TNA's injury scandals for his insistence the X division be more about daredevil stunts than technical wrestling or other less risky strategies. Time has made more people favorable to him as nostalgia for TNA's peak, such as it was, set in and the controversies accompanying it were forgotten as fresh new scandals were discussed.
    • The initial reaction to TNA's switch to a traditional four-sided ring in 2010. TNA changed the work environment of a very dangerous profession without informing their employees or production staff beforehand in order to cater to Hulk Hogan's wrestling style. Fans chanted "WE WANT SIX SIDES" on the night of said change, while others (including the wrestlers) saw this as an improvement, since the previous one was like bumping on concrete.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Don't Shoot the Message: Considering how hijacking has become a major hot-button issue in wrestling, particularly in WWE, it turns out that former TNA Producer Steve Small may have had a point during his speech where he called the Impact Zone audience "cast members."
  • Dork Age:
    • Hulk Hogan's tenure as the onscreen authority figure from 2010-2013. In fact, TNA from that point onward is often looked at in this light. Despite making large improvements since Hogan's departure, this period was so damaging to the company's finances and reputation that it has essentially been in perpetual danger of going under ever since, with issues including wrestlers getting either late or no payment and serious production flaws, causing most of their top talent (including TNA Original AJ Styles, Sting and Samoa Joe), to depart.
    • The TNA Knockouts suffered one after the first departure of Gail Kim, including torrid affairs such as Jenna Morasca vs Sharmell, the infamous "lock box" title change, a Fingerpoke Of Doom, Karen Jarrett playing the poor-man's Vickie Guerrero, etc. Even after Gail returned, the decay was still ongoing (notably, Eric Young, a man, remained one half of the Knockouts Tag Team Champions for over a year until Brooke Hogan finally forced him and his partner/wife ODB to vacate them and retire the titles altogether) — it wasn't until the debuts of Taryn Terrell and Havok and the return of Awesome Kong that the division started to reclaim its former glory.
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • Despite being a pretty brutal guy, Samoa Joe gets a lot of cheers.
    • "The Pope" D'Angelo Dinero, who had to be worse than Joe to get heat during a feud with him, still got a lot of cheers.
    • Beer Money, Inc. TNA did end up making them into baby faces though.

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  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • AJ Styles. He's arguably the most well known and popular of the "TNA Originals." Even people who hate TNA like him. But let it be known 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.
    • If you love great deals and low prices, what's not to love about Don West? His background in sales made him sound funny on commentary (he made a Pelé kick sound like attempted murder, for example):
      "ABSOLUTELY CREAMED HIM, MIKE!"
    • 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.
    • Tomko, despite being largely used as a heel lackey to Christian or Kurt Angle, got popular enough at the end of 2007 into 2008 during his "going independent" phase of the Coalition/Alliance schism storyline that fans would often chant his name, with the aforementioned uniformed troops even holding a wide sign approving him as "army strong".
    • Daffney Unger; her rare appearances on Impact were accompanied by some of the biggest pops of the night, even though she's a heel jobber, 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.
    • Velvet Sky was arguably the most popular Knockout during her run.
    • Perhaps the most notable example of this trope is none other than the six-sided ring itself.
    • Senor Benjamin, the hispanic housekeeper (and father-in-law) of Matt Hardy, has gained a solid fanbase ever since appearing in "The Final Deletion".
    • Out of all the other dummies in the industry, not many can match the sheer charisma of E-LI DRAKE.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Ever since turning heel Sarita wears about 75% less clothing below the waist and has a wicked smile.
  • Fandom Rivalry: TNA's harshest detractors tend to be ROH fans. The relationship begins amicably in 2002, the year RF Video started up ROH to replace top seller ECW. The ECW fans who approved of ROH were still skeptical word of mouth and the video company would be enough to build a brand that would fill the void, so they were overjoyed when TNA came and put several wrestlers who were on ROH shows on pay per view. TNA founder Jerry Jarrett had been somewhat dismissive of ROH from the start but the fandom rivalry really started in 2004 when ROH broke away from RF Video, after RF's owner was involved in one of pro wrestling's most infamous scandals. ROH now lacked distribution, but its wrestlers were still on pay per view so fans remained happy and hopeful. Then TNA barred the wrestlers it had under contract from returning to ROH, and heaven has no rage like love turned to hate. The rivalry continued on into the GFW rebranding, even though GFW founder Jeff Jarrett was more positive towards ROH than his father, because at this point ROH had its own pay per views and its fans were angry with GFW's parent company Anthem for removing one from Dish Network, over Matt Hardy returning to ROH with his Broken gimmick. There have been other incidents that have only fanned the flames, including Christopher Daniels' spotty ROH career prior to his ROH Television Championship reign, and then his permanent return to ROH after his final departure from TNA. The aforementioned Matt Hardy/DISH Network incident isn't even the first time TNA has prevented ROH from broadcasting something — they once prevented the broadcast of a match between Tyler Black and Samoa Joe back in 2008 from airing for similar reasons.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Much of TNA's core fanbase believed that the promotion died when AJ Styles left. Considering that several TNA mainstays such as Christopher Daniels, Kaz, Chris Sabin, Sting, and Samoa Joe all left after him, there was a vibe that it wasn't just the fans that felt that way — not at all helped when, mere days after AJ was confirmed to be walking out the door, Jeff Jarrett, the founder of TNA, announced he was leaving too.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: The Beautiful People are terribly dressed. When they're dressed, that is.
  • Foe Yay: Taylor Wilde and Sarita.
  • Follow the Leader: TNA had a lot of things that WWE lacked circa 2009-2010. TNA had a solid tag division (remember the Young Bucks v MCMG matches and Beer Money v MCMG series?). They had great high-flyers in the X Division which bring fast-paced matches, very exciting. They had hardcore matches and crazy moments with barbed wire that for WWE was impossible to have with the parents groups watching.
  • Franchise Original Sin: The signing and subsequent booking of Kurt Angle set the dangerous precedent of putting older stars over younger, homegrown stars. However, back in the NWA-TNA era there were plenty of older wrestlers competing in the company with them even winning titles. But they were still far apart so that the younger wrestlers can still shine.
  • Fridge Brilliance
    • 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.
    • Speaking of Madison, there's her partnership with Gail Kim which seemingly came out of nowhere upon Gail's return to TNA in 2011. The circumstances of Gail's return explain it all: she came back enlisted by Karen Jarrett, the wife of Gail's former leader in 2005-06 and Madison's boss, as well as against then-Knockouts Champion Velvet Sky, one of Gail's arch-nemeses from her previous run and Madison's friend-turned-enemy who helped turn her into the abrasive queen bee she was. They had plenty of common ground to start with and likely hit it off from there.
  • Fridge Horror
    • Here's a scary thought; not many people realized that, with his tag team title victory for the Bro-Mans, there was a lengthy window of time in which Robbie E could have by some miracle won the TNA Heavyweight Title and have become a Grand Slam Champion in a shorter time than AJ Styles?!
    • Speaking of AJ Styles, during the Claire Lynch storyline, the week before AJ's match to either accept the blame or get tested in the Claire Lynch storyline AJ had this to say to Kaz and Daniels backstage:
      "You know what? You both know I was drugged. I mean, God knows I'd have to be to sleep with a foot like Claire."
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • TNA is very popular in the UK, often beating the top rated WWE show by anywhere from 43% to 53% in the ratings. It even got a reality show dedicated to it, British Bootcamp.
    • Tapes of the TNA X Division were very popular in Japan, though the Badass Decay of the 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 recovered most of its prestige, it began to build back its fan base.
    • TNA's popularity in India managed to gave birth to its own Indian Spin-Off promotion Ring Ka King even if it only lasted for a season before breaking off and dying.
    • 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.
    • In 2014, TNA drew larger crowds in Japan than it did in the US.
  • Girl-Show Ghetto: TNA's Knockouts Knockdown were the first all women pro wrestling shows to be broadcast nationally in the USA since GLOW. That was about thirty years in the ghetto.
  • Growing the Beard:
    • 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.
    • Fun fact: TNA treated their women's division about as badly as WWE did until they got Gail Kim and started the Knockouts division post-NWA.note  The budding Knockouts division had about six good wrestlers—two of whom 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. Gail Kim/Awesome Kong was basically one of the best modern day women's matches ever for a long time, back when Dutch Mantell was running that division.
    • 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 Russo was 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.
    • Garrett 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. 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.
    • While it might be too early to tell, Impact's move to Pop seems to be this, to the point the it might be a reboot of the company. The shows are better structured, a few characters have been Rescued from the Scrappy Heap, storylines seem to been better written and everything thus far seems to have an actual point. While not a perfect show, its is far and above what they were doing at Destination America or even the last few years on Spike.
    • After a Dork Age in 2017, the new-ish regime in 2018 has been seen as a vast improvement, getting rid of dead weight performers like Alberto El Patron and focusing on providing a good pure wrestling product.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In the past, Russo has argued that risky spots and gimmicks are necessary for "storylines" and defending No Contests in cage matches. Nobody mourned his firing after TNA's injury scandals and subsequent lawsuits came to light.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In addition to trying to open his own dungeon, Teddy Hart talked about wanting to bring the first pro wrestling ring with more than four sides to North America. Not only did AAA already have one of those, six sides in particular being made for Mexican styles of wrestling and all, but TNA would get one as well, three months after firing Teddy.
    • TNA's main house of operations for many years has been Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. During his second NWA World Heavyweight Championship reign, Christian Cage once called himself the "Champion of the Universe", possibly as a subtle nod to this. Since then, WWE (for whom TNA is the Unknown Rival) has begun calling its fanbase the Universe and as of summer 2016 the top title on its flagship show is called the Universal Championship.
    • 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 it was inverted after a couple years when she became the Knockouts Champion and (somewhat arguably) the best wrestler of the three, while Layla had an ineffectual Divas title reign and Kelly left the company, before Layla also left.
    • Booker T and Scott Steiner's first tag team experience together was far more unusual than winning the TNA tag titles while part of the Main Event Mafia. While under contract to WCW, where they actually often feuded, their team debut was actually an appearance on Charmed, jobbing in hell to Prue and Phoebe Halliwell.
    • Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian at one time shared the role of the cool masked video game character Suicide. 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 Machine Guns and Lethal Consequences (Jay Lethal and Consequences Creed) 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.
      • And in a different manner of speaking, The Guns were right all along about Christopher Daniels being Suicide.
    • December 17, 2012: Tommy Dreamer got his ass kicked by The Shield, one of the most talked-about stables in recent history in WWE. Exactly a month later on January 17, 2013, Dreamer got his ass kicked by Aces & Eights, one of the most talked-about stables in recent history in TNA.
    • 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. 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 often 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. But then, The Kliq seem to revel in this kind of stuff.
    • Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin could be seen as one of the most homoerotic tag teams ever prior to homoerotic campiness becoming a trend. They 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.
    • The Velvet Sky/Angelina Love/Winter triangle. Complete with attempted murder of the hypotenuse and a candlelit massage.
    • The Knockouts roster can be counted as this, given how much they waffle between catfight and orgy on a regular basis. Someone must be enjoying packing as much innuendo in as possible.
    • In a very subtle way, the former members of Fortune (aforementioned AJ and Daniels included). Even over a year since disbanding as a group, they just can't get enough of fighting each other.
    • Beyond the Faux Yay, the Beautiful People have a lot of this.
      1. Madison Rayne, after forming a tag-team with Gail Kim.
      2. Tara: With Madison Rayne, until the latter became a Bad Boss.
      3. And Tessmacher, and most other team-mates. Everybody is Tarasexual.
      4. It's pretty much an unwritten rule that Tara has this with every tag partner she has.
      5. Taylor Wilde with Hamada and (previously) Sarita.
      6. Winter with Angelina Love, but subverted with her being pretty much Angelina-sexual.
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient:
    • As one of the original X-Division members, AJ Styles is the hallmark of HSQ for TNA.
    • Christopher Daniels has a lot of moves and most of them are spectacular
    • Elix Skipper's New School move, where he walks the ropes and delivers a frankensteiner to an oppenent seated on the turnbuckle. At Turning Point 2004 he did this while ON TOP OF A CAGE!
    • Lance Hoyt. How many near seven footers do you know can pull off a Moonsault? And make it look good as well? Hoyt's one of them.
    • Petey Williams's finisher, The Canadian Destroyer.
    • Sonjay Dutt, when he decides to get serious. His finishing moves have to be seen to be believed.
    • Suicide/Manik, many a wrestler capable of evoking this reaction have worn the suit.
    • Scott D'Amore can pull off a Canadian Destroyer.
    • Jeff Hardy is still jumping off high places.
    • Kazarian, see Daniels.
    • Mr. Anderson is a daring risk taker for someone of his size. It is also unfortunately what makes him somewhat injury prone.
    • Generation Me, mainly during their feud with...
    • ...The Motor City Machine Guns, Pro Wrestling Zero 1 decided to pair Shelley and Sabin together as representatives of TNA and magic was made.
    • Team 3-D, one of pro wrestling's most decorated tag teams ever, got even better with Bully Ray's reinvention.
    • Sanada and Tigre Uno's first time as a tag team.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks!: Eric Bischoff, like Russo, just isn't any sort of wrestling mind and doesn't really understand the business, even though he was an awesome on-air character. TNA's attempt to recreate the Monday Night Wars (along with the nWo and Russo to complete the package) fell flat: Fans tired of it quickly because they had seen it all before and the now-ancient Nash and Hogan squashed all the homegrown talent for no net benefit. (Aside from this fan-made montage.)
    Bryan Alvarez: CLEAN!? IT IS 2009!!
    Vinny: [snickering] Kevin Nash is pinning AJ Styles for Championships on Pay-Per-View.
    Bryan: CLEAN!!
  • Magnificent Bastard: The Aces and Eights, especially their leader, Bully Ray.
  • 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)
    • ROB DAM VAN! THE WHOLE SHOW FUCKIN'!
    • Homicide just beat Suicide. Expect Genocide to attack Homicide backstage.
    • "I agree."
    • MINUS! FIVE! STARS!
    • "Broken" Matt Hardy was basically a perpetual meme machine:
      • Brothah Nero! Brothah Nero! It's ovah!
      • It's a dilapidated boat!
      • DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!
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  • Mis-blamed:
    • The Impact Zone chant of "FIRE RUSSO". Russo wasn't the only one involved with booking: Dutch Mantell was also involved, and Jeff Jarrett had the final say on everything. For example, Dutch was the one booking Abyss when his Badass Decay set in. The first time the chant was heard was at Destination X 2007 during the Sting vs. Abyss Last Rites match, which featured a casket suspended from the ceiling. Mantell was later pegged as the guilty party. Here, Dutch defends himself.
    • Once Dutch left, whatever blame he would normally get went to Savio Vega. But, according to Awesome Kong, Vega had a fraction of the input Mantell did.
    • The thing fans remember most about Bruce Prichard's time in TNA is how he "forgot" to negotiate contracts with certain stars like Bobby Roode. He didn't forget. Management never sent Roode a contract because some genius in the office decided they could get him for cheaper if he had to renegotiate.
    • The infamous Jeff Hardy vs. Sting Match at Victory Road 2011 brought almost as much hate TNA's way as it did Jeff Hardy's direction, 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 (though some argue that TNA should've just replaced the latter with another match regardless so the fans would at least leave with something). 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.
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     N-R 
  • Narm:
    • Sean Waltman went off script during a pay-per-view match for the Tag Team titles: he went to go get a ladder from under the ring and couldn’t find one, griping, "Why the fuck they gotta hide it?" This was loud enough to hear at home.
    • Lacey Von Erich's hands being too small to make her attempts at the Iron Claw believable.
    • Dixie Carter saved TNA and the jobs of a hundred wrestlers and other production staff. She helped the company grow with her family’s money. Also, unlike VKM, she didn't have a rep for losing her temper and wanted to be loved desperately, so she actually listened to the fans on occasion. Her biggest mistake was becoming an on-screen character who signed a kayfabe contract which gave Hogan and Bischoff full control over the company without reading a word of it because she was starstruck. (Evidently that's a normal practice in her daily life.) She turned heel, cut laughably-bad promos on AJ, and (in the words of WrestleCrap's 2013 Gooker Award) made Hulk Hogan look like an "Oscar Winner" in comparison. She didn't have a lot of television experience and her promos were awkward and circular. Her knees were actually knocking; in her head she knew she was supposed to be booed but she didn't like it. Even her comeuppance was spoiled; Dixie over-eagerly Tweeted fans to inform them she would be getting thrown through a table. In 2013, she was awarded Pro Wrestling Illustrated's "Get Off My Screen Award", getting more votes than John Cena and The Authority combined.
    • The January 30th 2015 edition of "Impact" where Madison Rayne dumps Taryn Terrell and Gail Kim from the top rope to floor and then attempts to smash their heads with the steel steps. It'd be frightening stuff if the fans weren't chanting "WE WANT PUPPIES".
  • Never Live It Down:
    • The "MINUS FIVE STARS" Victory Road match, duly immortalized by Bryan Alvarez and the Botchamania theme song. TNA's resuscitation of North American women's wrestling is often overlooked; look no further than here to see why.
      Bryan: The lewdest entrance I've ever seen.
      Vinny: I'm not—(snickering) I'm not trying to...I'm just describing what I saw: It was an entrance designed to show off her asshole. Not just her ass, but her actual tunnel.
    • Sometime after leaving TNA, Shelly Martinez rededicated herself to training and consistently had good matches. Her TNA comeback was by beset by botches during a poorly-booked fanservice match with Rebel. ("MY VAG! MY VAAAAAAG!!") She'd been wrestling for 17 years by this point and made Eva Marie look like Trish Stratus, and you can actually spot her tampon flying out during the pin. This comedy of errors earned more bad reviews from Alvarez and another Minus Five Stars rating, and poor Shelly was punted back into obscurity.
    • The Immortal/Fortune stuff along with the Hardy heel turn really watered down the product. In fact, most of the Hogan/Bischoff era gets this treatment — while it did have some good material, it's ostensibly the Dork Age of the company and even now TNA struggles to get out of its shadow.
    • Jeff Hardy Showing up stoned to a Pay-Per-View. Which he happened to be MAIN-EVENTING!!
    • James Storm throwing Mickie James onto train tracks.
    • The Vince Russo debacle that got TNA canceled by Spike.
    • The AJ Styles incident, where TNA tried to throw him under the bus right before his rumored WWE debut at the 2016 Royal Rumble.
    • Their name changes. The former TNA went through no less than three name changes over the course of 2017 alone, as first they drop the TNA name for "Impact Wrestling" (finally completing a shift that had begun during the Hogan era), then they adopt the GFW name from Jeff Jarrett's post-TNA start-up (that never really got off the ground) when they bring him back, only to quietly drop it after he's suspended then let go a few months later, leaving them right back with the Impact Wrestling name.
  • 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.
  • No Such Thing as Bad Publicity:
    • This line of thinking bit them in the ass when they decided they were getting on the AJ Styles hype train no matter what and posted a statement on the TNA website about his contract negotiations with them during the December of 2015, two days before the 2016 Royal Rumble, where AJ was rumored to make his WWE debut. For more on that, see Unintentionally Unsympathetic. Prior to this, the rumor of AJ going to WWE was in no way seen as embarrassing for TNA — AJ had been gone from their promotion for two years and all anyone was talking about were his awesome runs in New Japan Pro-Wrestling and Ring of Honor, and the possibility of his debut in WWE. TNA was regarded as a non-factor, and many believed that unless TNA broke the bank it was highly unlikely that AJ would sign back with them. After they posted the statement, TNA caught a lot of heat with the fans and the wrestling community at large for their actions, and it erased a lot of the good will they had gotten for their improved writing after moving to Pop.
    • Josh Mathews' embarrassing internet antics led to many fans calling for TNA to fire him. Instead, he was made a heel on television.
  • 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 had Panda they were fine.
  • Overshadowed by Controversy: TNA is capable of showcasing great matches and has provided many of various styles over the years. Their problem is creating buzz for those matches and keeping it from being drowned out by complaints of their blunders (both onscreen and off) when they do.
  • Poison Oak Epileptic Trees:
    • Many fans now believe that Hulk Hogan was secretly sent by Vince McMahon in a plot to kill TNA. Many thought the same about Nash/Hall/Russo after they turned up in WCW. Ehehehehehehehe it's a smark-proof plan.
    • 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". (The Knockouts actually squealed, "SWERVE!" at one point.)
    • "Big" Jon Gaburick was later accused of the same as Hogan, with the news that he was headed back to WWE after Impact finally got rid of him being taken as further evidence.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: The TNA iMPACT! console game by Midway Games wasn't too bad, but it had it share of glaring flaws (the CAW mode was quite limited, half of the roster was locked from the start so you have to play through Story Mode just to unlock them.) But the TNA Wrestling iMPACT! mobile game by Bandai Namco Entertainment was utterly horrible. The fighting was way too slow, all the wrestlers look freakishly thin (even big guys such as Abyss and Hernandez), the CAW mode was worse than the previous game, and it lacked variety in terms of match types. Worst of all, it was a PAID app.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • Matt Morgan. First Samoa Joe came back and murdered him, then Kevin Nash got the tag team titles from him. Then he was getting his ass kicked by everyone with a foot. After undergoing his Heel–Face Turn, he's reversed this and became a badass again.
    • The Knockouts Division. They went from being a key part of TNA (even main-eventing an episode of Impact) to 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 an I Quit match which ended in a No Contest in early 2010. Gail Kim's return and Karen Jarrett's departure helped mitigate the damage, but it wasn't until two years later that the Knockouts could be considered a respectable division again, with a rush of new talent debuting and the return of Awesome Kong.
    • When people make fun of the Knockouts, they're usually referring to Rhaka Khan, Velvet Sky, Lacey Von Erich, Shelly Martinez, and Brooke Tessmacher or (more rarely Cookie). Velvet was hired as eye candy and was useless in the ring to start with, but became a very-competent Knockout who is popular in Orlando. Tessmacher also redeemed herself over time. Roxxi became popular...as soon as she stopped gyrating, or using "voodoo."
    • MVP's debut in TNA as a "new investor" in 2014. Dixie laughably admitted she had no idea who had been investing in her company. After his team beat hers at Lockdown, ostensibly to prevent Dixie from continuing to abuse her power, he turned heel to challenge Eric Young for the belt—becoming the very person he was supposed to stop. Dixie (of course) returned to television a month later and remained a prominent part of Impact, antagonizing Bully Ray and shoving him through a table to help EC3 beat him. Comparisons to WWE's Authority, an already-miserable stable, were inevitable—at least before MVP abused his position to the point of losing it so that Lashley could become World Champion on the Impact after Slammiversary. Dixie was finally taken off TV after being sent through a table by Team 3D (a celebrated highlight simply because of how annoying she was) and MVP was salvaged by becoming a supporting mouthpiece to a credible world champion, without any on-screen authority over the product.
    • 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 were 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.
    • You couldn't convince anyone that Tyson "Problem Solver" Tomko had drawing potential if you only showed them his work in WWE. TNA may have eventually "ruined" him, but that they got as much out of him as they did is still commendable.

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  • The Scrappy:
    • Bubba the Love Sponge, a shock jock/white rapper with an interesting history with the Hulkster. Bubba has strong ties in the wrestling community in Tampa where a lot of big names live. Hogan was always a guest on his show during the Attitude Era and he would go full "Hollywood" Hogan mode. Bubba was brought in around the time Hulk Hogan came to TNA in 2010; he hijacked Jeremy Borash's and Christy Hemme's job as backstage interviewer, leading to loud "FIRE BUBBA" chants from the audience. Bear in mind that his reputation of being a backstage bully wasn't widely-known yet. All of Hogan's new hires (Bubba, Sean Waltman, Scott Hall, and The Nasty Boys) were fired before the start of 2011.
    • Orlando Jordan. It was during that period of time when anyone who had been fired from WWE had buzz in TNA's eyes, and was given a pretty decent push, e.g. Shannon Moore causing interference during a special match involving NJPW talent. (TNA jobbed out Tanahashi to a Shannon Moore run-in. Let that sink in.) Probably the most undeserving guy to beat Samoa Joe clean, which happened under Hogan and Bischoff's reign, of course. Jordan's real-life bisexuality became part of his gimmick: Jordan defended it by claiming he hoped it would "help troubled teens", but he had a habit of sexually-harassing every man or woman within a four-foot radius, including Rob Terry. Terry took two chair shots in his match vs. Homicide, including one unprotected shot to the head which bust him open in real-life. He no-sold both and destroyed Homicide. 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 that moment was ruined forever. Terry could have at least been pushed as a monster but instead became the victim of a stalking by Jordan. Jordan would later beat up Terry while dressed as Janet Jackson.
    • Mexican America were a poor substitute for LAX (Latin American Exchange), apart from 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 and inexperienced. People just wanted Anarquia to begone entirely, and they got their wish, though not before he nearly ended Chris Sabin's career.
    • The British Invasion. Brutus Magnus would later redeem himself as a wrestler, but his world championship run was so bad even the UK turned on him. Rob Terry was somewhat liked in his masked role as "The Freak", but that's it.
    • 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 on, "killing" Roxxi Laveaux's career being a particularly disliked moment.
  • Shocking Swerve:
    • 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. And just in case people were wondering how far ahead the angle was thought up, Devon posted this.
  • Small Reference Pools: While calling TNA the second largest wrestling company in the United States may be right, fan sites at one point liked to call TNA the second largest wrestling company in the world, even though they were regularly outdrawn by NJPW, CMLL, AAA and sometimes by WWC. Not that TNA has never drawn similar numbers as them, but it's hardly a clear cut case.
  • So Bad, It's Good:
    • The Beautiful People. Having the top heels in the TNA Knockouts Division dress and behave like actual porn stars would have already qualified for this, but they made TBP out to be vapid idiots, to boot. Remember when they went campaigning for someone who turned out to be a Palin impersonator?
    • Abyss was clearly dipped in this as a kid: to have such a grimdark character engage in such stupidity and still get a great reaction from the crowd every single time.
    • Hardcore Justice 2010:
      1. Tommy Dreamer announced that the stable of ECW originals would be called EV2.0. Because the word "dub" is slang for two, people were supposed to chant "E-V-Dub!" so it sounded like fans were chanting "E-C-W" or "E-C-dub" without getting TNA into legal trouble. Few fans caught onto the joke.
      2. Despite being an ECW throwback, it was held at TNA's standard venue with weird blue lighting (they couldn't find a blue ringmat?) and only Taz on commentary. Many of the old ECW stars had to change their names in order to avoid trademark infringement; even then, Mike Tenay and Taz regularly slipped up and said the trademarked names, which was mocked on Botchamania.
      3. Balls Mahoney (wrestling under the name "Kahoney") and Team 3D had a toy lightsaber duel in the middle of their match. This was simultaneously the most entertaining/embarrassing spot of the whole show.
    • Final Deletion! You wouldn't find a less grounded in reality anything anywhere else outside of Kaiju Big Battel, but it wasn't just a match, but the pay off to the then latest Matt vs Jeff Hardy feud that had gone in a new, strange direction when Matt woke up from the hospital Jeff put him in "broken". When viewed as a piece to a whole, it worked for many people.
  • Strawman Has a Point:
    • Jackie Moore and ODB came back without contracts and started beating the crap out of Velvet Sky because they believe that the reason they were fired was the gradual change of focus in the Knockouts division from the action girls to the eye candy.
    • 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.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: This used to be called "The Jimmy Hart Version". It could just as easily have been called "The Dale Oliver Version". Specifically, most TNA acquisitions who are either former WWE stars or popular independent wrestlers get variations of their previous themes, like Christian Cage, Team 3D, Angelina Love, Christopher Daniels, etc.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: Dixie’s tenure on TNA came to an end in 2014, after a feud with The Dudley Boys ended with Bully Ray putting her through a table to the cheers of those in attendance, including the announcers. Dixie withdrew from the day-to-day handling of TNA not long after the spot, making it more symbolic.
  • Tear Jerker: 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 a real life injury he suffered at the first Lockdown PPV the Sunday before the taping. A few days later he died due to complications from surgery and this heartbreaking image was used for his "in memory of" graphic, as the episode aired after he passed.
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks!: TNA was originally billed as an alternative to WWE, but the result of the Hogan/Bischoff crowd's meddling made it gradually become WWE Lite. Or worse, WCW Lite.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • AJ Styles. A dedicated company man and one of the best wrestlers of his generation (see his matches with Okada or Tanahashi in NJPW), he was nonetheless badly treated by TNA management despite being The Face of the company. His departure in 2015 started an exodus of other big TNA stars like Samoa Joe and Christopher Daniels.
    • In hindsight, it seems TNA was experimenting with bringing back WCW valets in the same manner as WCW digging up former WWE talents (Miss Elizabeth and others) for Nitro. Daffney was generally considered one of the unluckier people who got picked. As the "ugly" Knockout of the bunch, she rarely got booked despite grossing high ratings during her appearances on iMPACT. (It was apparent even during her lock box challenge "strip tease"...which made the whole thing even more uncomfortable.) And most of her injuries occurred in non-televised matches as the network didn't allow any depictions of man-on-female violence. She was persuaded to take bumps through wooden objects full of thumbtacks or wrapped in barbed wire, but the footage never got aired.
    • Russo is a leading cause. For example, had little use for the most decorated amateur athlete to come out of the United States, proven draw for Ultimate Fighting Championship and NWA World Heavyweight Champion Dan Severn. Ken Shamrock was right there, but rather than building towards a pay-per-view rematch, Severn was instead put in a referee shirt. No wait, that was WWF/E, he didn't even have the patience to wait for Severn to show up in TNA.
    • 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 a crossover with HOH or Family Wrestling Entertainment? In a way, yes, but it didn't result in any stars from either promotion getting national television exposure — at least not anyone 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 done more with the people available.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot
    • Much was made about the fact that Morgan stole a golden cape that Hulk Hogan used to wear. He 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? Alright, then. (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. It was completely dropped after a few months despite there being a tease of him being included in Immortal during it.
  • Uncanny Valley: Angelina Love's makeup and outright entranced demeanor had her looking this way more and more during the middle stretch of her angle with Winter.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic:
    • 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, even if Sky was supposed to be the bigger face.
      • 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 Rhino turned 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 was, 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 later. 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 Champion. Come Bound for Glory, it appeared he had done the impossible once again, by getting the fans to boo Jeff Hardy.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:
    • Velvet Sky in the eyes of some fans, particularly during the "being bullied" angle she had going on at the start of her face turn. It didn't help that the angle was criticized due to her bullying of other knockouts as a part of The Beautiful People for nearly her entire career in TNA beforehand and was only a face because her friends had turned against her. She became more of a true face later on after taking some time on a bus (and helping people in need following Hurricane Sandy in the meantime before The Bus Came Back).
    • TNA got hit with this trope when they posted this statement on their website two days before the 2016 Royal Rumble, where it was rumored AJ Styles was to make his WWE debut. The fans, instead of seeing AJ as a backstabber, saw TNA management as a bunch of incompetent, unprofessional dolts who were trying to screw over a wrestler that they had mistreated, who had been loyal to them for years. TNA was then put on blast by the entire Internet, including numerous wrestling personalities such as Tazz, for making themselves the laughingstock of the wrestling community once again.
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit!: The Robbie E gimmick, initially. By 2012, it had been mostly divorced from Jersey Shore and thus gotten more bearable.
  • Win the Crowd: Bobby Lashley's 2014 reign as TNA 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 was 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 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. He eventually lost the championship and exited the title picture as a face in 2015, but then won it back in 2016 in another monster heel push which saw him regarded as the best thing in the company next to Decay and Broken Matt Hardy, not only for being a complete badass juggernaut as a heel but also for his own much improved mic skills portraying the arrogant fighting champion.
  • Win Back the Crowd: Lashley's title reign has also done this for the angle surrounding MVP's return and Power Stable. 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. While Lashley inevitably turned face and MVP became the leader of what became known as the Beat Down Clan, this iteration of the takeover plot was much better received due to the Reality Subtext of the members' friendships and the depth the storyline developed — until it gradually lost most of its key members and then abruptly came to an end due to a bad contract.
  • The Woobie:
    • Jeff Jarrett, after Hogan buried him and his wife died.
    • AJ Styles, thanks to a pretty rough 2012, which not only saw him become the victim of a complicated scheme by Christopher Daniels and Frankie 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.
    • Eric Young, due to head trauma related "idiot" phases
    • Tommy Dreamer, but it wouldn't be Dreamer if he didn't suffer a little.
  • X-Pac Heat:
    • 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.
    • He made fun of this at least once by actually dropping the title on the mat during a promo.
      • 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.
    • Chris Sabin, Sonjay Dutt and Jay Lethal all got it when they were given a collective Jackass Fan Boy gimmick. Petey Williams and Senshi got it when they in turn sold the jackass pranks.
    • 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.

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