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7 Dropped Impact Wrestling Talents Who Became Stars Elsewhere

What was Dixie Carter thinking by letting these go?!

Impact Wrestling/AEW

Since its conception in 2002, TNA has been through a rollercoaster of form and a catalogue of stars. Through low periods where wrestlers seemed to quit the company almost weekly, (prompted by a lack of compelling storylines and mismanagement) to the high times of a thriving X Division, TNA has a strong history. Some of the biggest names in wrestling have appeared in TNA such as Kurt Angle, Ric Flair, Jeff Hardy, Hulk Hogan, Eric Bischoff and Sting, albeit to varying levels of fan reception.

TNA has nurtured dozens of wrestling talents across its run, with most of these finding their way to WWE in the years that followed with mixed success. A handful of names such as AJ Styles and Drake Maverick have enjoyed good runs in the company while other names like Eric Young, Austin Aries, Gail Kim, Lo-Ki (Kaval), TJP, Awesome Kong (Karma) and EC3 hardly made a splash.

In some cases though it can be TNA who drop the ball with talent, only to see the wrestlers they lost faith in becoming huge stars elsewhere. In this article, we will look at seven times TNA let go of a young talent, only to see them rocket to fame in the future.

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