The history of TNA continues to add more negative moments as time goes on. Many different regimes have taken control of TNA in both the business and on-screen worlds. Unfortunately, none of them worked out and the company consistently failed for the majority of its tenure. TNA currently struggles to find any form of relevance in the wrestling world. Jeff Jarrett is back in charge with the hopes of somehow turning the ship around, but the odds are against them. Negativity has followed TNA for the entirety of its existence with both fans and wrestlers being left in disappointment.
Numerous wrestlers have become enemies of TNA thanks in part to how poorly the company is run. Wrestlers have left the company due to issues like late paychecks, cheap pay and a lack of direction for the future. The bad falling outs caused the wrestlers to take a strong stance after TNA after leaving. There have been a few instances with TNA being the ones to cut bait with the talent and treating them horribly in the process. A select few cases actually ended with lawsuits. We'll look at fifteen wrestlers who have made it very clear that they absolutely hate TNA.
14 Scott Steiner
The ugly relationship between Scott Steiner and TNA is due to Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff. Steiner grew tired of the backstage antics of Hogan and Bischoff leading to very harsh comments on social media. The tweets stemmed from Steiner insulting TNA for giving them power to allegations of drug use and the ruining of careers by the two men in charge.
Former WWE star Victoria went to TNA under the name of Tara. The addition could have been huge with the very credible star being a great help for the Knockouts Division. Instead, they treated her with a lack of respect and made her loathe the company. Tara has gone on the record to trash TNA as a company for the poor decisions that ended up hurting the wrestlers.
12 Joey Styles
Joey Styles has never worked for TNA, but he has reason for his hatred of the company. TNA brought in Styles to try him out as the new play-by-play commentator at some point during the final years of his WWE career working for the website. Styles worked with Taz and hoped to land the job working on national television again.
11 Mr. Anderson
TNA actually pushed Mr. Anderson to the moon for a few years as a World Champion and main eventer. Anderson underachieved in the role but remained an important part of the on-screen product for quite some time. Like with most others, it still found a way to end negatively. Anderson was let go following his failing a drug test in 2016.
WWE star Goldust aka Dustin Rhodes worked in TNA on a few occasions in his time away from WWE. The most memorable stint was sadly for negative reasons under the gimmick of Black Reign. A bizarre gimmick was meant to take the face painted character to the next level of weirdness but it just didn’t connect due to having no real reasoning for it.
10 CM Punk
CM Punk had only worked for TNA during the very early days of the company’s inception before they secured a national television deal, but he still hates everything it represented as time went on. The career path of Punk led him to the WWE where he would go on to become a massive star. Punk spoke out against TNA numerous times during his WWE career calling out the company for being a failure.
9 Rob Van Dam
The signing of Rob Van Dam in TNA back when they hoped to compete with WWE was huge. RVD held great name value and a reputation as one of the best in-ring performers in the world. It felt like the perfect signing for TNA to move forward with a big name that could have contributed. Instead, Van Dam treated TNA like a vacation with no care at all for building the company.
TNA made a big change to their commentary team when they brought Taz to the company. Taz spent many years as one of the voices of Impact. The ending of his time ended abruptly a few years ago before he made the jump to join CBS Radio to host his own daily radio show. Taz has spoken out against TNA on quite a few occasions during his show.
7 Jim Cornette
Another current podcast personality that uses his platform to reference his dislike for TNA is Jim Cornette. The hiring of Cornette by TNA was done to add his legendary personality as a character on-screen and a mind in the booking meetings backstage to help pitch ideas. It all ended sourly when the disdain between Cornette and Vince Russo played out in TNA.
Kazarian is one of the many wrestlers that showed star potential during their young years in TNA. The company never went all the way with pushes and it ended up wasting the momentum that could have been something special. Kazarian spent his prime years with TNA before letting his contract expire to join Ring of Honor back in 2014 along with tag team partner Christopher Daniels.
5 Eric Bischoff
One of the worst decisions TNA ever made was giving control to Eric Bischoff. Many years after the mistakes of WCW, Bischoff didn’t learn and continued the same path. Bischoff convinced TNA to run tours in arenas they couldn’t sell enough tickets to make profits and wanted to compete against WWE on Monday nights. It all resulted in horrible failure in helping sink TNA.
4 Ric Flair
Ric Flair has shown his disdain for TNA both before and after he worked there. The comments of Flair about TNA before signing with the company mocked the small size of the company along with their lack of potential to grow. TNA eventually signed him during the Hulk Hogan regime before an ugly split following Flair’s dunk escapades growing old.
The story of Daffney’s time in TNA is one of the more depressing tales. Daffney showed great potential as a very popular member of the Knockouts Division. TNA treated her poorly enough with Eric Bischoff and Vince Russo booking her and the other women in sexist segments. Daffney would also be placed in hardcore matches due to her character resulting in very dangerous bumps.
2 A.J. Styles
TNA dropping the ball with A.J. Styles truly sums up why they are in shambles. Styles was clearly the face of TNA and the one top star they built that would always overcome horrible booking. TNA continuously hired former WWE and WCW stars and pushed them above Styles instead of building around their top young guy. Styles overlooked it all until they tried to make him take a pay cut in 2014.
1 The Hardys
Matt and Jeff Hardy helped add short term relevance to TNA in 2016 following their “Broken” characters and innovative matches. Various interviews from Matt showed he wanted to re-sign with TNA and continue having control of his character. Jeff Jarrett was given power in TNA and one of his first moves was to shut down contract negotiations with the Hardys.
To make matters worse, Jarrett and TNA are trying to prevent Matt and Jeff from using the “Broken” characters in WWE by claiming they have ownership. Both Hardys have spoken out against TNA doing them wrong in recent months. Matt’s wife Reby has been most vocal on social media airing TNA for all of their faults from refusing to pay her father Senor Benjamin to trying to own something the Hardys created.
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