It doesn’t seem all that long ago that TNA Wrestling was a major player.
They were on Spike TV and had a roster that boasted Sting, Kurt Angle, Kevin Nash, Scott Steiner, Booker T, and Christian in addition to an exciting X Division that included AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, and Christopher Daniels. They had unique matches like Six Sides of Steel and Ultimate X inside of a six-sided ring. TNA had a successful niche wrestling product in an industry that had seen it all.
However, in 2009 President Dixie Carter brought in Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff to help run the company. The star power of Hogan and Bischoff initially worked, but TNA soon lost its way. The company was rebranded Impact Wrestling, the six-sided ring was scrapped in favor of a traditional one, and the company started to look and sound like Diet WWE. The promotion would soon experience a downward spiral they almost didn’t recover from.
New majority owners Anthem Sports & Entertainment finally have Impact Wrestling back on the right track. But, what will it take for Impact to be competitive against WWE and AEW? Let's find out...
I'm a pro wrestling content contributor for WhatCulture. I've been a fan since the early 1980s and have been writing about it for about ten years. I like taking a historical approach to pro wrestling and have a keen interest in the 1980s.