Long before it was the ugly duckling of modern American professional wrestling promotions, TNA was a place where under-utilised and unappreciated talent thrived, where talent led to results led to professional fulfilment. Legacies were established and careers were made in the Impact Zone, and don’t you forget it.
After years of largely overlooking anyone with "TNA" on their CV, WWE has softened its stance on workers who plied their trade down in Florida. Impact’s descent into irrelevance has a lot to do with it, but a mass of men and women made their name in TNA before taking those skills to WWE to become some of the biggest names in the industry today.
RAW, SmackDown and NXT are all full of performers who made an impact in TNA, so to speak, professional wrestlers who honed their skills in the occasionally raucous and occasionally morose surroundings of that fabled Impact Zone.
But not everyone gets to be AJ Styles, not everyone gets to be Samoa Joe. WWE barely knows how to book its own stars, let alone those made elsewhere.TNA has been the highpoint of many a performer’s career, believe it or not.
Born in the middle of Wales in the middle of the 1980's, John can't quite remember when he started watching wrestling but he has a terrible feeling that Dino Bravo was involved. Now living in Prague, John spends most of his time trying to work out how Tomohiro Ishii still stands upright. His favourite wrestler of all time is Dean Malenko, but really it is Repo Man. He is the author of 'An Illustrated History of Slavic Misery', the best book about the Slavic people that you haven't yet read. You can get that and others from www.poshlostbooks.com.