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Top 10 TNA Alumni Who Found Success In The WWE... And 5 Who Didn't

When WCW was bought by Vince McMahon, many thought it was the beginning of a sole power dominating the industry of professional wrestling. But some of the WCW alumni have decided to compete against Vince’s untouchable WWE as the similarly egoistic Jeff Jarrett created Total Non-Stop Action (TNA), a unique six-sided ring promotion which reaped the best the independent scene could offer and also bought the services of some attractive legends who could get the attention of the fans. Ever since TNA’s rise in popularity, Vince McMahon has almost blacklisted their wrestlers (even the seemingly great ones) and even if he signs someone he likes from their alumni, he mostly keeps them in a mediocre place to resort the dominance of the WWE product over the TNA guy.

Because of his arrogance, Vince has rarely approached the top guys of TNA (until very recently) and would rather buy from other independent promotions than sign a TNA product as the promotion was giving him hell during the last decade. Even when WWE signed a TNA product, they shoved him into a mid-card or lower-mid card position and rarely have they had a TNA guy main event a WWE show and neither has Vince put the main belt on a TNA product. He’s mostly bought TNA alumni who stayed in the promotion for limited number of years and then pushed them through the roof, almost mocking TNA missing the opportunity on these guys.

There are certain TNA Alumni who did indeed find the love from Vince McMahon, who utilized them in a rather compelling manner and treated them like his own product, while there are some who didn’t get an ounce of the respect they received in TNA. Though Vince never even mentions the name TNA in WWE TV ever, he has received some very talented products in the past from them, giving some of them opportunities while wasting the potential of others.

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16 10. Evan Bourne

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15 9. Joey Mercury

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14 8. Paul London and Brian Kendrick

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13 7. CM Punk

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12 6. Mickie James

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11 5. R-Truth

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10 4. Xavier Woods

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9 3. Seth Rollins

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8 2. Samoa Joe

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7 1. AJ Styles

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5 5. Kazarian

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4 4. Braden Walker

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3 3. Awesome Kong

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2 2. Low Ki

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1 1. Sting

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An absolute legend of the wrestling industry, it’s rather difficult to come to the conclusion of whether Sting is a “WCW Guy” or a “TNA Guy” as his contribution to the progress and popularity of both the promotions was massive. One thing that's for sure is that Sting is definitely not a “WWE Guy”. After years of being the face of TNA where he won the TNA World Heavyweight title four times and was responsible for reaping audiences towards the product, Sting finally left the promotion because of problems with management. This would propel rumors of him finally joining the WWE, although Sting had earlier openly admitted of his intention of never joining them. But he would finally give in to the demands; debuting in the 2014 Survivor Series where he helped Team Cena defeat Triple H’s Authority and push them out. This would result in a WrestleMania match against The Game, which he surprisingly lost and he would make periodic appearances afterwards, challenging Seth Rollins unsuccessfully for the WWE Championship at Night of Champions, marking the end of his wrestling career as he got badly injured. The only “highlights” of his WWE career are a Hall of Fame induction, two Slammy Awards and a single tag team victory on RAW, as his fears had come true and Vince McMahon showed how his arrogance prevails over everything by downplaying the legend that is Sting.

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