TNA’s history has been a fairly long, but troubled one. After WCW and ECW went out of business in 2001, wrestling fans were starved for an alternative to WWE. TNA hoped to fill that void when they came to be in 2002, but could never come close to doing it.
While most critics expected the company to go out of business within months, they somehow survived to move from the Nashville fairgrounds to Spike TV. At their peak, over a million fans in the United States alone were watching Impact on a weekly basis. After their run on Spike ended, that number was slashed by more than half.
While there are many reasons why the company collapsed, one of the key factors was not bringing in the right people. TNA spent a ton of money on Hulk Hogan, Rob Van Dam, Booker T and many other WWE and WCW stars, while completely neglecting to offer deals to talented young wrestlers and key behind-the-scenes players instead. It was a lesson that they somehow never, ever learned, and one that cost them everything.
As Rust Cohle from True Detective said "Life's barely long enough to get good at one thing. So be careful what you're good at."
Sadly, I can't solve a murder like Rust...or change a tire, or even tie a tie. But I do know all the lyrics to Hulk Hogan's "Real American" theme song and can easily name every Natural Born Thriller from the dying days of WCW. I was once ranked 21st in the United States in Tetris...on the Playstation 3 version...for about a week.
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