I was the same way during 2006. While CM Punk was on ECW, I firmly preferred TNA over WWE at that time. So much excitement week in and week out while watching Impact. Engrossing characters/angles, good matches, the works. All done in the format of a 45 minute show too. Their hour shows are WAY better than their 2 hour programs. Which I don't understand, but whatever. If you get the TNA bug then start building up on that collection. I'm at around nearly 30 iirc. So I'm building up myself. Helps when my brother owns a TON himself. Combines our collection to owning nearly all from 2004 - 2009. The bulk is generally worth your time too. Although, listen to the recent posts of skipping out on No Surrender 2006 unless you can find it for a decent price online. Like wait for a sale on TNAwrestling.com to snag it for 5 bucks if you really want it. Anything else isn't worth the price.
Btw, don't pass on any of the Bound For Glory events. Doesn't matter how the collective years have gone, those events have always delivered. Hasn't been a "bad" one yet.
For me, 2006 WWE was all about the Cena/Edge feud, DX reunion, RVD push, ECW return, but despite all of that, I think I preferred TNA before at the time. Didn't care for Punk at the time, didn't start to become a fan him until 2009 when he had that feud with Jeff Hardy.
I remember when TNA's shows would only be an hour, and I also remember when they had a six-sided ring, what happened to that? The six-sided ring was unique to TNA and I liked it.
I've been reading the recent posts about No Surrender. I'll take the advice on it. I do remember enjoying Joe/Jarrett from that PPV though, but I haven't watched it since I saw it live, and I'll probably check it out on YouTube along with a few other matches from that card to see how they hold up 6 years later. I've noticed that TNA have a good amount of full length matches YouTube, as opposed to WWE, which is good, and PPV's that I'm not sure on buying I can just watch the matches on there and decide.
One thing I always liked about TNA PPV's is we always got them free here in the UK.
EDIT ~ There is no defending No Surrender 2006. It sucks. I wouldn't claim Angle's debut for the company as a positive either. Company went straight down following that goofball joining the mix.
I was a fan of Angle in the WWE, but I didn't care for him as much when he joined TNA for some reason. And now I often hear about how Angles matches have gotten worse over the years, and he's regressed in the ring, in the years I haven't watched TNA (stopped watching regularly in 2009).