It’s impossible to argue that TNA has been anything but a distant second to WWE since it began in 2002. However, it's often forgotten that the unloved runt of the industry litter has done a lot of good for the wrestling world since the demise of WCW and ECW in 2001.
When there was nowhere else to go, TNA gave wrestlers an option. When the WWE product was stale, TNA gave viewers an alternative. Most importantly, when WWE squandered a talent, TNA gave performers a stage.
While WWE is universally regarded by workers as the place to go and the ultimate goal for any wrestler worth his salt, Vince and co. don’t always have the golden ticket for everyone. There can only be so many men that make it to the main event of WrestleMania and not everyone is going to get the push of a Steve Austin or a John Cena.
For every WWE home run, there’s a thousand strikes. Luckily for the wrestling industry, TNA has usually been there to pick up whenever WWE has dropped the ball and a large number of wrestlers have flourished in TNA after floundering in WWE.
Let’s flip the script and recount ten times that TNA succeeded where WWE failed.