Tag Teaming With James Ellsworth
Join Date: May 2011
Re: TNA Eras
An era is defined by a certain style (wrestling/gimmick), so there definately are some definable eras in TNA
2000-2003: Trial era. A lot of the wrestlers/ideas during these days were actually horrible. There was no clear direction, they were just trying out things to see what worked (and most of it didnt work).
2004-2007: X-Division era? The emphasis was on fast-paced exciting wresting, with mostly homegrown (indy) talent. There wasnt much storyline in those days, but the actual wrestling was far superior to anything else we've seen in North America. Pretty much all of TNA's top matches were from this era.
2008-early 2010: TNA moved more to a story-driven build, and ex-wwe guys became more important. Ratings went up significantly compared to 2004-2007, so there was a clear growth for TNA during this era, which had for example the MEM and a very interesting tagteam division. And naturally this era was the peak of the Knockouts division. And yet, many TNA fans dont remember this era fondly, probably because the X-Division style from 2004-2007 started to shift away during this era.
2010-current: Hogan/Bischoff era. The wrestling style and show structure has changed a lot, it basicly became a WWE-lite show. The X-Division, Tagteam division and Knockouts were basicly completely removed. And old TNA guys who helped buildup the X-Division were replaced by ex-WWE guys. It was however also the era where Austin Aries, Bobby Roode and Bad Influence became stars, although that wasnt until the latter part of this era.
My personal favorite era was 2004-2007, although 2008-2009 also had some good moments (tagteams/knockouts mostly).