Over the course of the history of this company numerous well known talents have past through the doors of TNA and many of them have won the TNA World Championship. Following TNA leaving the NWA in the Summer of 2007 they developed their own titles including their own World Championship. Now below is a list of the Top 5: TNA World Champions (Post NWA).
If you're anything like me then you're probably sitting at your computer, or looking at your smart phone and thinking what could TNA possibly be doing involving Sting and WWE. Well as everyone knows Sting at one point was a part of TNA for a very long time and much like everyone last January Sting walked away from TNA. This past November at Survivor Series Sting shocked the Wrestling world and made his WWE debut after years of looking in from the outside.
Earlier today it was announced that TNA will be releasing a DVD compilation of some of Sting's Best Matches in TNA. Some of the matches are against the likes of Mick Foley, Hulk Hogan, Kurt Angle, Jeff Hardy, and various others this makes for a very interesting DVD. However, many people believe this is a very smart attempt by TNA to try and capitalize on Sting's great momentum going into WrestleMania and also maybe even get some new eyes on TNA.
I for one think that this is a great move by TNA with WrestleMania being this weekend and the fact that there really isn't another time of year where more eyes are turned to Wrestling then right now because of WrestleMania. So I don't blame TNA for announcing this DVD now and I hope this could get some fans' attention and allow them to give TNA another chance.
You can pre-order this DVD at http://shoptna.com/sting-an-icon.aspx
Everyone likes to look at the past and see all the good that was in the wrestling world like the Attitude Era, Territories, Monday Night Wars, Ruthless Aggression era, etc. But nobody ever seems to look back at the bad, like WCW near the end and I am not talking about WCW 1999, I am talking about WCW near the end of 2000 or early 2001. For years people wondered why WCW depended so much on the proven winners and never invested in new stars until it was too late. You might say Scott Steiner, Goldberg, Jeff Jarrett, Booker, T, and Diamond Dallas Page were made by WCW, which is true, but in the end what happened to Goldberg he became a joke. That leaves four people, from 1992-2001 the WCW brand only made four people from the ground up that's it. Now fast forward to see who has TNA made I bet you can count their home grown stars on one hand much like you could for WCW. TNA has made AJ Styles, Bobby Roode, James Storm, Austin Aries, and Bully Ray, now I ask out those guys whose still in the Main Event picture. Just Bobby Roode is still in the Main Event picture why well my guess is as good as yours meaning I have no idea. Now let's explore:
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WCW to TNA How Similar Are They:
Back in the early days of WCW the new faces began popping up like Kevin Nash, Bobby Heenan, Scott Hall, Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, and later we saw others. But where or where this talent did come from....... the WWF does that sound familiar, investing in stars who were already made by someone so you have it easier and don't have to make your own stars. Everyone knows the story of WCW and how for years the same veterans were on top of the company, but now is when I say the same can be said for TNA. The likes of Sting, Jeff Jarrett, Scott Steiner, Kurt Angle, Jeff Hardy, and other polluted and held the Main Event picture captive for years that were until things began to change. But who could forget people like those mentioned above and others like: Hulk Hogan, Eric Bischoff, Rampage Jackson, Tito Ortiz, Pacman Jones, The Band, The Nasty Boys, Sean Morley, and many others wasting TV time on Impact. Because much like WCW, TNA didn't want to invest the time in developing new stars. That is why most people had been under the assumption for years that TNA would follow WCW, and end as just another statistic in the past.
WCW & TNA: They Are Different
Then things started to change in TNA when people started not signing back first it was AJ then Hulk Hogan then Sting then Bad Influence then The Dudley's and now it's Samoa Joe. The only difference here is that TNA was able to change and move away from the established stars to begin making their own. WCW was never able to do it either because of how much money their Main Eventer's were making or because of the day of the week they were on. Around the end of 1999 WCW began to change from a glorified retirement home to the home of young talent. This changed started to take shape at Sold Out 2000 when Chris Benoit finally won the WCW World Title. But as everyone knows Benoit, Guerrero, Malenko, and Saturn all would walk out on the company the next day. Then WCW would proceed to take around 11 steps back (just a figure of speech) from January to April. Why I chose is because that is when a booking change took effect and the Vince Russo-Eric Bischoff era was under way and this also when the Young talent really started to get pushed. WCW was giving guys like Mike Awesome, Billy Kidman, David Flair, Buff Bagwell, Shane Douglas, Tank Abbot, and others a chance in the spotlight. But in many respects how WCW handled most these pushes were rushed, to soon, not taken seriously, and done too little too late.
In TNA on the other hand, they have started doing the same thing, only with them it may not be too little too late for TNA like it was in WCW. Because since around 2012 TNA has been starting to push new stars, they have started to make their own talent instead of just taking the alumni of the WWE. With home grown talent like Bobby Roode, Eric Young, James Storm, and Samoa Joe (Before being let go) finally coming out of their shells. Also with talent like Ethan Carter III, Rockstar Spud, The Knockouts, Sanada, Tyrus, and others finally being given an opportunity to shine it makes TNA look so much different in a good way. The future could still be bright for TNA wrestling if they stay on track.
In my opinion, it seems like TNA has woken up seen what everyone had been saying for years and that was TNA needs to be the alternative to the other major company. Though right now I wouldn't consider TNA a major company I firmly believe they are going through the changes that WCW never did or did too late. I don't know about anyone else, but I for one hope that TNA isn't doing this to late like WCW did and that even though TNA moved to a less TV company the company is still healthy.
For the longest time especially after the WWE got rid of the cruiserweight title TNA's X-division was something different and something you weren't able to find in the other company. But like most things the X-division had growing pains and just about died in the year 2010 when Abyss was made X-division champion. Then due to the talent TNA had the division during this period the X-division came back to life and has stayed alive for the last couple of years though it isn't a healthy now as it once was.
The X-division made TNA an alternative and it gave people a reason to like TNA over the competitor. Whether it was Jerry Lynn vs AJ Styles, AJ Styles vs Low-Ki, Amazing Red vs Kid Kash, or various other matches the early days of TNA were centered around the X-Division. Even after a couple of year move into 2005 and we find the top feud in TNA is Daniels vs Styles vs Joe for the X-Division title. Fast forward even longer to more recent years and you will see that X-division lost it's way and in my opinion growing pains are a perfect way to describe it. Much like everything else in TNA the X-division needed to be re-launched and given a new focus maybe not like it was but similar.
Though TNA may have lost the likes of Samoa Joe, Chris Sabin, Kazarian, and others who used populate the division that gives TNA opportunity to make new stars for the future of the X-division. Because in my book for TNA have some success they have show why they are different then other companies on TV and much like the last post about the Knockouts, the X-division is not only something that TNA has done right, but also is something that makes TNA different. However, a meaningless division is like not having a division at all and for time TNA had that, I hope that the X-division never returns to that time is long past the growing pains of 2010. Being different or the alternative is a lot better then being like others because being the alternative helps you stick and get noticed, that's what TNA was and what I hope TNA can move back to.
As wrestling fans there are a few questions we love to ask and one those questions are What if? Like What if WCW never went out of business, What if TNA got better Ratings on Spike? What if Sting came to WWE sooner? What if The Wars Never Ended? There are a lot of What if questions we can ask ourselves as fans, but do we ever ask ourselves What if signed that went somewhere else.
Situation has that for the last year around maybe even longer Rey Mysterio has had severe injury issues that have practically prevented him from entering the ring since WrestleMania of last year. But that's all also for almost a year or more than that WWE and Rey Mysterio have been wrapped up in a contract dispute as Rey wanted out, and WWE felt they were owed by Rey for his missed time. However, that all changed late last week when the news came out that WWE had come to terms with release of Rey Mysterio from contract. Following that Rey Mysterio would now be a free man for the first time since the fall of 2002. The question was what does he do now where does he go.
The Answer and Thoughts:
Fact is TNA made a run at CM Punk (whether they want to admit it or not) and they offered Alberto Del Rio and Del Rio almost signed from what I remember but couldn't come to terms with the company. So with that being said now that Rey is a free agent it is only fitting for him to be offered by TNA as well. The problem for TNA is two fold, would they have the money to offer him and number two Rey stated he only wants to go to AAA/Lucha Underground and not TNA.
In my book I firmly believe with the taping schedule TNA has it would have played to Rey's advantage, because he would only have to work three times a month and that's it. But I guess when he appeared via Video package on the AAA PPV late last year that was a pretty good indication that Rey would be going to AAA once WWE finally let him go. Just imagine Rey up against TNA's top stars like Bobby Roode, Kurt Angle, Lashley, Jeff Hardy, MVP, Austin Aries and also the stars of the X-Division like Low-Ki.
However, the news broke earlier today that Rey signed with AAA and will be appearing with the company in the not to distant future. Even though I knew this to be the case just being able to wonder would it be like to see Rey Mysterio in TNA and ourselves What If? That's why I wrote this, to ask What If!!!
If I am going to be honest with you all I am having trouble coming up with ideas to post about for TNA and that is why for almost two weeks nothing has been posted in this section. But I thought of this post series to maybe make up for the lack in news or interesting information having to do with TNA. Also with the current controversy surrounding the WWE divas division, I thought starting this series talking about the Knockouts would be a great idea.
Now TNA at first didn't have a Women's division in the company until 2007 when Knockout feuds were popping up all over from Jackie Moore vs Gail Kim, to Christy Hemme vs Roxxi these feuds came to ahead at Bound For Glory 2007 in 10 Knockout Gauntlet Match to crown the first Knockouts Champion. Since then TNA has done a very good job of building the Knockouts division from nothing into something that the fans care about. Whether it was The Beautiful People, Gail Kim, Taryn Terrell, Havoc, Kong, Taylor Wilde, Sarita & Rosita, Daffney, Roxxi, Christy Hemme, Jackie Moore, Tara, ODB, etc; TNA has always had a very competitive and intriguing Knockouts division. I will admit that until recently the knockouts division seemed to have lost it's way. But now it seems to be back on track especially since the "reboot" of TNA.
Something else I wanted to touch on was this "With the latest reboot, TNA officials want to focus on the athletics and the personalities of the Knockouts. The Knockouts division is expected to have a renewed focus and is held in high regard as one of the favorite chants backstage at last week's tapings from the NYC crowd was "better than Divas." That quote maybe old but it still proves a point that the TNA knockouts are given more chances and better opportunities to show what they can do in the ring then the divas in the WWE. Also it proves to me at least that Main Roster WWE divas are the only women wrestler apart of a major company that don't get opportunities to do the things mentioned above. I mean look at the matches Taryn Terrell and Gail Kim had when they fought each other for the title a while back, those matches are matches that you would never see in the WWE, because of who was involved.
That is why when it comes to the Knockouts Division this is something TNA has done a great job of building. Below are two matches from the series Gail Kim vs Taryn Terrell: Enjoy as they are Great!!!!
Highlighting Joe's Career in TNA:
To this point Joe has been with TNA since 2005 and almost instantly fans knew that Joe was going to be something special for TNA as he was booked to be undefeated from the time he debuted until the middle of 2007. Almost two year Samoa Joe competed in TNA without losing a single match, but then Joe run into a machine named Kurt Angle and Kurt became the first person to stick Joe with a loss. Most fans thought that Joe would be World Champion in TNA as soon as he reached the Main Event however in many respects TNA most likely didn't give him the Title because they didn't want his streak to over shadow the championship or vice versa. With that being said Joe eventually did win the World Title, but it wasn't until Lockdown 2008 when he fought Kurt Angle. Which by the way was the highest "rated" or most bought TNA PPV ever. That title win at Lockdown 2008 stands to this day as Joe's only reign as TNA World Champion.
Why Joe Left:
Yesterday evening Samoa Joe let all the fans know on Twitter that he had decided to part ways with TNA after 10 years with the company. First let me just say that even though for the last few years Joe had been misused by TNA that wasn't the reason why Joe left the company. Joe left because his contract expiredand because of the current financial standing of TNA they couldn't afford to pay Joe what he was making in his prior contract. The negotiating went to the wire and came to a close last night when both parities couldn't reach an agreement and decided that a mutual parting of ways would be best. This move benefits both Joe and TNA in the end, as it gives Joe a fresh start and the ability to work somewhere new for the first time in 10 years. Also it's good for TNA because this gives them the chance to be able to invest time and creatively into new faces.
Author's Note: Though this is a loss right now for TNA, I guarantee that within a few months both parties will have benefited from this decision as this move was "Best for Business."
These people on the list were either the longest tenured authority figures in the company's history or the most over Authority figures as either heel or faces. That is why I placed Dixie Carter on the list where I did, because I feel like the run she had last year that she was at one point the hottest heel in wrestling which in turn other members of the roster further over.
As many of you know after TNA moved from Spike TV over to Destination America they lost a lot of exposure when it comes to the amount of houses they reach on a National scale. However, since debuting on Destination America have finally started to change there ways when it comes to booking and running the company overall, as it seems like they are just focused on making the best of what they have. If only they did that on Spike!
How is TNA making the best of what they have? Well since debuting on Destination America TNA has accumulated the highest ratings ever on Destination America. Even though most would say who cares look at the network they are it is still an accomplishment for the company either way. Fact is that though they reach a lower number of houses the ratings don't lie and since they debuted 4 million people have tuned into Impact Wrestling. I will admit that I never have been the brightest supporter of TNA, but at this point I have realized that if they have success it means more people are watching wrestling and that is a great thing for the health of the business.
This is a great thing for TNA because they are being different from WWE and are finally realizing that for them to succeed as a company they need to be different; they need to be the alternative to the WWE and nothing like them at all. In my book since the move to Destination America TNA have done wonders with building their own identity again. Having your own identity is something that is not only much needed in the wrestling industry, but is also a joy to happening in a company that has seemed lost the last couple of years.
Congrats TNA on Your Ratings success and I hope it isn't too little too late!!!
Many of you are aware that back on Father's Day 2014 at TNA's PPV Slammiversary we saw the TNA debuts of The Von Erich Family. It was a smart move by TNA brining The Von Erich Family (Ross, Marshall, & Kevin) in for the show considering they held Slammiversary in Texas and the Von Erich's have been hand and hand with Texas wrestling since the days of Big Time Wrestling and Fritz Von Erich. Well the setting is that Kevin was getting the opportunity in Texas and on Father's Day to accompany his boys to the ring for their first worldwide televised match.
If my memory serves me correct the Von Erich boys defeated Bro Mans via DQ on that show which also saw Kevin deliver the Von Erich claw to DJ Z I do believe. Also can't forget that the crowd as well as the announcers enjoyed every single second of it. Now almost 7 months later Dixie Carter made the announcement on Twitter that the Von Erich boys have been signed to return to TNA at an upcoming taping in February:
(Below is the tweet from Dixie about the Von Erich's Appearance)