Roster Foundation: AJ Styles
The series that at one time was designed entirely for Global Force Wrestling as a way to get to more attention on GFW and give them some more content. Now with the tides changing for both TNA & Ring of Honor they both need more content so I figured why not bring back the old series.
For those who may not remember I take a look back at one of the founding fathers of TNA Wrestling in the "Phenomenal One" AJ Styles. Now many fans may forget how deeply engrained AJ was in the history of TNA as his tenure with the company goes all the way back to the very first show in June of 2002 when he fought in the opening match. That's right AJ was with TNA for a little over 10 years and won the TNA title twice and the NWA World title on three occasions. Below is a list of AJ accomplishments with the company:
- Two Time IWGP World Champion
- One time ROH Pure Champion
- One time ROH Tag Team Champion
- Three time NWA World Heavyweight Champion
- Four time NWA World Tag Team Champion
- Two time TNA Television Champion
- Two time TNA World Champion
- Two time TNA World Tag Team Champion
- Six time TNA X-Division Champion
- First TNA Triple Crown Winner
- First TNA Grand Slam Winner
- Ranked Number 1 on the PWI 500 in 2010
As of January 2016 it became official that Styles was now apart of the WWE. This means that AJ has the change to become one of a very small number of people carry the IWGP, TNA, and WWE World Championships. There is no doubt in my mind that before AJ hangs up his boots he will have more achievements to add to already extensive list of great achievement for what has been an awesome career so far.
TNA Moving Back Home
From the fall of 2005 to the end of 2013 this company had a home on Spike TV and was among the higher rated shows on the network. But then everything changed once Spike wanted to go a different direction with the TV station and didn't want pro-wrestling anymore. For the most part though during their tenure on Spike TNA was always on Thursday nights for two hours. Yes they did spend some time on Saturday and Monday, but in terms of length of stay most fans remember TNA being on Thursday nights. Since then a lot has changed including TNA being on basically every other night of the week excluding Friday, Sunday, and Monday.
Now some within industry predicted the move and others just thought it was possible, because of Smackdown not just going live but also moving to Tuesday nights. This would've meant pretty stiff competition for TNA Impact on Tuesday's so after about a week an announcement was made that TNA would indeed be moving from Tuesday back home. After almost 2 years on other nights TNA returns home to Thursday nights they will remain on POP TV and will just be switching nights. This switch will be happening next week as TNA will be moving to Thursday nights on July 21st and will remain 8/7c every week.
Also to go along with the big move they have announced that the Bound For Glory Playoff will begin this Thursday night. Though not much is known about this unique "tournament" to crown the #1 Contender for Bound For Glory I will say that I have always loved these types of things and I think TNA made a mistake by doing away with the BFG Series as that helped promote and build the World Title match for Bound For Glory in my book. In the big picture I think moving was the right decision and not just because this means another day for wrestling during the week. It is just because I don't know for sure that TNA would've been safe both ratings and viewer wise staying on Tuesday and it may have hurt the company more in the long run.
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