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10 years on: TNA appreciation

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I decided to make this new thread because of the times I have read "TNA iz dying" and "Vince McMahon will own TNA". Not to mention the WWE fans I know personally that when they find TNA on the EPG love to say "TNA's crap".

Yes, Dixie Carter seems more Jim Herd than Vince McMahon. Yes, they have shot themselves in the foot many times through strange booking. Yes, the ratings have remained stagnant since 2008 and buyrates have probably dropped to dismal levels. But I watched this promotion from the very first show in June 2002. The first few months were totally wrestlecrap - The Johnsons, Rainbow Express, midgets etc. But against all odds (and with quite a few million dollars!) have stayed in business and gained an international presence that is increasing to this day.

Deal with Universal Studios to film Impact (TNA Impact Zone)
First TV deal (Fox Sports)
Monthly 3 hour PPVs

TV deal with Viacom

Went ‘Prime Time’
Went on the road - they now run over 80 houseshows per year, including tours of Europe

Went 2 hours

Video game released by Midway
Went HD

Toy line released by Jakks

Subsidiary promotion (Ring Ka Ka in India)

Goes live every week

Since the deal with Spike TV they've established with international companies for TV rights:

Altice (Ma Chaîne) - Available to France
Ananey Communications (Ego TV) - Available to Israel
B Sky B (Challenge TV) - available to UK
BT Vision - Available to UK
Chellomedia (Extreme Sports) - Available to UK
ESPN International (ESPN Star Sports) - Available to India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
Fox Cable Networks (Fuel TV) - Available to Australia
Fox Entertainment Group (FX Middle East) - Available to Saudi Arabia and Middle East
GMM Grammy (Grammy Sport One) - Available to Thailand
Naspers (Super Sport) - Available to South Africa, Nigeria and numerous sub Sahara African countries
Osman Mag (Bayaz TV) - Available to Turkey
Sky Deutschland (Sky Sports) - Available to Germany, Austria and Switzerland
Sky Network TV (The Box) - Available to New Zealand
Telekomunikacja Polska (Orange Sport) - Available to Poland
YES TV Ltd (All Sport Network) - Available to Hong Kong, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Laos, Mongolia, Singapore, Taiwan, Vietnam, Macau, Myanmar
ZON Multimédia (Sport TV) - Available to Portugal

Some acts they have introduced to mainstream television include:
Bobby Roode, Cowboy James Storm, AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, Abyss, Austin Aries, Desmond Wolfe
Alex Shelley, Chris Sabin, Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian, Monty Brown, Jay Lethal, Petey Williams, Sonjay Dutt, Awesome Kong, Velvet Sky, Homicide, Hernandez, Doug Williams, Magnus, Eric Young, Low Ki, Amazing Red

Other good concepts they brought to a wider audience:
The Six Sided Ring
X Division
Ultimate X
All Cage PPV
King of the Mountain
TNA Gutcheck

Had numerous identifiable acts of the 80’s and 90’s on their roster:
Hulk Hogan, Sting, Jeff Hardy, Jeff Jarrett, Kevin Nash, Ric Flair, Dudley Boyz, Booker T,
Rob Van Dam, Scott Hall, Kurt Angle, Mick Foley, New Age Outlaws, Raven, Ken Shamrock,
Steiner Brothers, DDP, Macho Man, Roddy Piper, Dusty Rhodes, Sabu, Shane Douglas.

Good tag teams:
Motor City Machine Guns
Latin American Exchange
Beer Money Inc.
British Invasion
Triple X
America’s Most Wanted
Generation Me
The Naturals
3Live Kru

Some other cool things:
Ron Killings
Sports Entertainment Extreme
Monsters Ball
Samoa Joe’s undeated streak
Styles vs. Joe vs. Daniels
Team 3D’s funeral
Giving Christian his first world championship
Paparazzi Productions
Knockout Division
The Main Event Mafia
Hiring and giving Matt Morgan and Elijah Burke something to work with
The riot angle
The ECW invasion angle
Bully Ray
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appreciation + TNA = no comments.

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i have been watching TNA since day one with the weekly ppvs. I was hooked from the first show.. Over the years sometimes they had done great shit and other times sucked donkey balls.. But overall they are still my favorite company in wrestling. I remember when they first started and everyone said that they wouldn't last a year, and then 5 years and look at them now their 10th anniversary.. Heres to 10 mores years of TNA iMPACT!

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I watch them for 5+ years, and I'm never gonna stop. They had good times, they had bad times, but they are obviously improving their product and stars and can delived fantastic wrestling show.
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Having Impact in IZ has been the worst decision ever.
IZ was the best decision ever. A safehaven for TNA, a guarenteed venue for Impact every week. In 2004 when TNA didn't have much money and hardly a fanbase compared to now, IZ was the best thing that can happen to them.

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Being the first main stream wrestling promotion in america to have a space for indy wrestling, which now is common knowledge but back then it was a big deal. I even remember austin aries debuting on impact in 05 and don west saying he was a multi time ROH world champion.

The x division was really something unique, I wish they bring it back in 2013.

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Being the first main stream wrestling promotion in america to have a space for indy wrestling, which now is common knowledge but back then it was a big deal. I even remember austin aries debuting on impact in 05 and don west saying he was a multi time ROH world champion.
Ah, Don West. I'd say he was a better commentator than any other company has now.

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They've had their ups and they've had their downs. There have been times when I don't watch them for months and there are times (like now) when I really enjoy the product. TNA has certainly come a long way, that's for sure and it's good to see them being successful. Hopefully they just keep getting bigger and bigger.

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I started watching in 2005 and haven't missed a show since BFG 2006 and Angle came in

Best Wrestling show on TV today and over the last 10 years have produced some really great things and bought to the mainstream a lot of talent who otherwise wouldn't be showcased; Aries, Joe, AJ, Daniels, Roode, Storm whilst also showcasing stars from years gone by seen as over the hill but still have plenty to offer; Angle, Sting, Ray

The X division was brilliant, the focus on it being not about weight limits but about no limits was always a really cool concept for me and I really hope they breath new life into it in the coming months because it offers something totally different to what is seen in wrestling currently

It's never been perfect, but then again no wrestling company at any time in history has been perfect

I think they are finally getting their shit together and if they can carry on what they have produced in the last 9 months going forward, the next couple of years should be brilliant to watch

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A show full of ups and downs, it's rather convenient that they're in an up-period right for their 10 years anniversary, and I'm looking forward to Slammiversary a lot compared to TNA PPVs, I'll probably stay up till late at night to watch it live. Maybe even pay for the PPV for a change, will see if TNA offer a live stream service or something like that.

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I would probably not be watching wrestling right now if it were not for TNA.

They are currently the only weekly wrestling show worth watching, unlike Raw/SD in which i find myself skipping through 80% of the shows.

Why some so called 'wrestling fans' actually WANT TNA to be bought out by Vince and fail, is beyond me.

Plenty of things still annoy me about TNA, and there is still much room for improvement, but i enjoy the product overall.

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Being a TNA fan from mid 2006 upto mid 2010, would like to thank jeff,jerry jarrett for starting the company, and him and the others during the years for giving us the 6 sided ring with the x diviston and great wrestling with it, and giving us something exciting and different to the rest and also dixie(upto 2010) that funded TNA for all those years, this isnt the place and time to diss what it has become due to certain men, but being which i like to call myself *a TNA original* i still love this company and i hope they get rid of the disease soon and make a full recovery, i will be watching tonight :) so to end this, thank you to everyone that BUILT TNA during the years... TNA TNA!!
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