Over the years TNA Wrestling has certainly had its ups and downs. At one point the company was competing with the WWE, stealing many of their top stars including Hulk Hogan, Sting, the Hardys and the Dudleys. Over the past few years most of those top draws have left the company and many have relocated back to the WWE or to other promotions such as Ring of Honor.
TNA’s roster seems to be depleted compared to what it once was. At one point fans would tune in every week to see what would happen, but now it seem as if many are turning away. There are certainly still some bright spots in TNA if you can sit through the reasons not to watch. The best way to watch it seems to be fast forwarding through about half of it in favor of the good stuff which is still there at certain times.
15 WATCH: New WWE Talent
TNA’s roster is so thin that even former WWE midcarders are a welcome addition, and will likely skyrocket to the top of the company. That was certainly true with guys like Ethan Carter III who competed in NXT, and Drew Galloway who was known as Drew McIntyre in the WWE. When Aron Rex, formerly Damien Sandow, debuted on Impact Wrestling he got a huge pop and now he is getting a huge push. It has also been announced that Cody Rhodes has signed with TNA and will soon be making his debut. These two guys are certainly worth tuning in to watch and could be very successful in the company if given the opportunity. Even though Damien and Cody were mid carders in WWE, they are still both very talented and the fans seem to appreciate them inside and outside the ring.
14 DO NOT WATCH: Lack of Quality Tag Teams
At one point the tag team division in TNA was pretty strong with teams like the Dudleyz, the Hardy brothers and Beer Money Inc. Luckily the Hardys have been paired back up, but even still the tag team division is pretty weak. One good feud has developed between Decay (Abyss and Crazzy Steve) and “Broken” Matt Hardy and Brother Nero. Ever since Eddie Edwards and Dave Richards stopped teaming up due to injury the TNA tag team division has really gone downhill. It’s a bit sad when one of the most interesting teams to watch in TNA is Jessie Godderz and Robbie E, The BroMans, although part of what makes them interesting is their new manager Raquel. TNA needs to work on revitalizing their tag team division if they want fans to take them seriously.
13 WATCH: The Grand Championship
After getting rid of the King of the Mountain Championship, Billy Corgan unveiled a new title, the Impact Grand Championship. TNA decided to do something pretty interesting here, getting as close to MMA as possible while still holding wrestling matches. The concept is that each match in this division takes place in three rounds consisting of three minutes each. If a pinfall or submission occurs, the match is over. If not, the rounds are scored on a ten point must system similar to boxing or MMA. This gives the matches a bit of more “real” feel and also makes them more watching in three small chunks. This could be just another gimmick that TNA does away with sooner than later but we will see if actually becomes popular with fans.
12 DO NOT WATCH: X Division Lacks Stars
At one time the TNA X Division stole the show on a regular basis, but now it seems to be on life support. While some of their X Division talent can still put on a good show, they are really lacking in star power and all of these guys seem to be about the same. Now this division features the likes of Andrew Everett, DJ Z, Mandrews, Rockstar Spud, and Trevor Lee. The problem with that is if you don’t watch TNA you have likely never heard of any of those guys, which certainly doesn’t make fans want to tune in to see these high flying stars compete. Even the Ultimate X match isn’t as good as it used to be, because there really is no one to root for.
11 WATCH: Lashley
Lashley is one of those guys actually worth tuning in to Impact Wrestling to watch. After having a good run in the WWE, Lashley has been just as dominant in TNA. This guy is legitimately tough and the proof is that he also competes in MMA. He has crushed his competition and recently started beating other champions to make a mockery of their titles. Lashley won the X Division championship and the now defunct King of the Mountain championship. He ended up having to turn them over to TNA management, but it just went to show that no one is really in his league. He will certainly have a great challenger in Moose before long, with both of those guys being about the same size and stature.
10 DO NOT WATCH: Too Many #1 Contenders
TNA seems to have a real issue with declaring #1 contender. The days of letting a #1 contender develop organically by winning big matches is long gone, and now TNA forces it on it. It seems like at least once a month they are determining a new #1 contender, and that usually comes in the form of a gauntlet match which is similar to a mini Royal Rumble event. TNA doesn’t stop there, once a #1 contender has been established for a big match, they sometimes name another #1 contender for down the line. This gets a bit old and feels really forced. For example Ethan Carter III won a tournament to face the champ Lashley at Bound for Glory. As if we could not wait for a title defense, Mike Bennett was declared the #1 contender in the meantime.
9 WATCH: Maria and Allie
This is one of the best angles going in TNA today, and two of the most attractive women in the company and in wrestling altogether. Maria Kanellis-Bennett, aka the “First Lady of Professional Wrestling” has come on strong in her short time in TNA. Not only is she married to the “Miracle” Mike Bennett, Maria also took over the Knockouts division and even became Knockouts champ in a controversial fashion. Her personal assistant Allie (Cherry Bomb) has seen limited action but was able to win the Knockouts championship pretending she doesn’t know how to wrestle, even though she was one of the best independent female wrestlers before joining the company. The friction between these two beautiful women will come to a head soon and they will start feuding which the fans will love.
8 DO NOT WATCH: No TNA Originals
TNA had a great group of talent for many years that stayed loyal to the promotion and made fans want to tune in and watch every week. Lots of those guys have been swallowed up by other promotions. A.J. Styles obviously went to the WWE, while guys like Samoa Joe and Bobby Roode have gone to NXT. Jay Lethal is having lots of success in Ring of Honor and even guys who weren’t TNA originals but were with the company for a long time including Rob Van Dam, the Dudleys, Kurt Angle and Sting are all long gone. At this point the only original guy left in TNA is James Storm, and he has been rumored to have almost left on more than one occasion. TNA at least owes Storm a push for a world title run at this point.
7 WATCH: Gimmick Matches
One thing TNA does well is gimmick matches to break up the typical routine. Their Ultimate X match is great, with ropes hanging above the ring that competitors have to climb across to reach the title and take it down (similar to a ladder match). TNA seems to overuse the gauntlet match, which is usually used to determine a new #1 contender. This match is like the Royal Rumble where wrestlers enter at timed intervals and eliminations come over the top rope with both feet on the floor. The last two wrestlers remaining have a match where a pinfall or submission is required. TNA seems to have gotten rid of the King of the Mountain match which was entertaining for a while, and they also scrapped the title
6 DO NOT WATCH: Billy Corgan
As the former front man for the rock band Smashing Pumpkins, Billy Corgan is certainly no stranger to the spotlight. Many fans were surprised when he started working behind the scenes for TNA and now Corgan has taken a more featured role in front of the camera making decisions about the company. It seems confusing who is really in charge of TNA, Billy or Dixie. He became the company’s Senior Producer of Creative and Talent Development in 2015 and became the president of TNA in 2016 as well as a minority owner in the company. The problem is that Billy doesn’t seem to have much a presence on the mic which is quite a surprise and he doesn’t seem to be very natural in the business. To this point he has not incorporated any rock and roll into the promotion which could give it to some excitement it really needs.
5 WATCH: Hardys Deletion Gimmick
One thing that got the wrestling world talking was the Final Deletion between “Broken” Matt Hardy and his brother Jeff Hardy. This angle was supposed to end a long time feud between the brothers and took place at the Hardy compound. This “match” was basically a combination of backyard wrestling and a low budget horror film and featured the likes of Matt’s wife Reby, his son “King” Maxell, and the ever popular gardener Senor Benjamin, not to mention the drone that seems to be Matt’s “friend”. After Matt won, Jeff had to be referred to as Brother Nero and serve Matt’s wishes. This gimmick was imitated by the WWE when The New Day visited the Wyatt Family’s compound. A second installment, Delete or Decay, took place when Decay visited the Hardy compound.
4 DO NOT WATCH: Hard to Find on TV
One of the biggest reasons you shouldn’t be watching TNA Wrestling’s Impact right now is that the product is hard to find. Most of us have never heard of the television channel POP until TNA left Destination America in favor of it. POP’s only other claim to fame seems to be Big Brother After Dark, but many cable subscribers don’t get this channel as part of their package. The same can be said for companies like Lucha Underground and Ring of Honor, who are buried on stations like El Rey. All of these promotions can easy be found online, but some fans would rather be able to sit back on their couch and watch them on TV without having to do extra work to find them.
3 WATCH: Gail Kim
One of the best and most entertaining wrestlers on the TNA roster is one of the Knockouts, Gail Kim. Kim has been around for a long time in TNA and is a five time TNA Knockouts Champion as well as a one-time TNA Knockouts Tag Team Champion. Kim had a good run in WWE where she was a one time WWE Women’s Champion. She has dominated the Knockouts division for many years while many other ladies have come and gone through the ranks of the roster. Kim is about to become the first female inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame at Bound for Glory and she certainly deserves it. Let’s just hope she doesn’t retire soon which could leave the Knockouts division in bad shape.
2 DO NOT WATCH: Too Much Competition
Overall TNA Impact Wrestling is alright, but compared to all the other wrestling available today it’s not really worth watching. Just watching the WWE’s Raw, SmackDown, and NXT is enough to keep you busy for six hours a week, not to mention a new pay-per-view event every other week. Other promotions like Lucha Underground and Ring of Honor are also putting out better products than TNA which is basically at the bottom of the barrel. If you have lots of time on your hands you might find something you like in TNA, but otherwise skip it in favor or something else better. The reasons on this list are worth tuning in for, but this struggling company may not be around much longer so be wary.
1 WATCH: Moose
Even though TNA can be tough to watch at times and their roster has been raided by the likes of WWE, NXT, and Ring of Honor, there are still some talented guys trickling in from time to time. First Michael Bennett and Maria came over from ROH, and later on Moose joined them as a welcome addition. His storylines have been a bit shaky, starting as a heel as part of that group before quickly turning on them and starting a feud with TNA champion Lashley. This feud should culminate in one of the better matches in TNA as of late, and Moose has the staying power to be a big star in the company. If TNA can keep signing new talent such as Moose they have a shot to stay relevant.
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