10 Fatal Mistakes That Destroyed The TNA Brand

10. The Reverse Battle Royal

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Back in the dim and distant past, TNA had a creditable habit of subverting traditional wrestling tropes in an effort to differentiate themselves from WWE to casual fans that may stumble across their product.

That resulted in a host of brand new philosophies, divisions, titles and matches, will all had the potential to fall flat despite noble intentions. Such was the case with the utterly horrendous 'Fight For The Right' tournament.

Though nobody formally ever took credit for it, the idea smacked of Vince Russo's WCW booking policy of changing things just for the sake of it, especially if it meant violating the suspension of disbelief required for watching wrestling full stop.

The format was TNA at its convoluted worst. A group of wrestlers (usually 16 or 18) would start on the outside of the ring, and fight to get in. That was it. The problem, had it not been blindingly obvious, was how painfully easy that task was.

The resultant mess saw wrestlers punching, and kicking, and punching and kicking, and punching and kicking, trying to make stepping between the ropes look an arduous endeavour. The first half that got in, had another battle royal fought under traditional rules, until there were two left to compete in a regular one fall singles match.

Astonishingly, the Battle Royal only formed part of a bigger tournament, which made the result of this complete shambles largely redundant.

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