It’s been very, very important for the professional wrestling industry in north America that TNA has been in business for the past fifteen years or so.
To begin with, they provided the NWA with a much-needed home to rebuild from - and later on, they continued to provide a haven for frustrated former WWE performers, who found themselves on a much smaller stage, but still a global stage of sorts.
They've always been a distant second to the WWE but second-ranked doesn't have to mean second-rate: however, one of the biggest bugbears that their detractors have is the insistence on slavishly following the fortunes of the WWE, as though desperate to replicate any success the bigger company might have had.
There’s nothing wrong with snapping up former WWE stars if and when they become available of course. However, there are other ways in which TNA has gone a little Single White Female on their biggest competition in the last few years.
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