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Top 15 Most Criminally Underused TNA Wrestlers of All Time

The story of TNA is one of the saddest in wrestling history. The company debuted with great potential and promise as the only legitimate threat to WWE after WCW. That didn’t last very long. TNA went to the horrible route of trying to copy the WWE formula, but couldn’t do it as well. The signings of former wrestling stars from the 80s and 90s added more negativity to the reputation of the company being a retirement home. Poor content and the rumors of not being able to pay their employees have made TNA an irrelevant product despite the shows recently being more entertaining.

A big reason for TNA ending up in this spot was their lack of faith in young talents. The company has employed many of the best wrestlers in the world who were not even in their prime yet, but those wrestlers were always put in silly gimmicks or stopped with a ceiling limiting their potential. TNA chose to go to the bank for guys like Sting, Mick Foley, Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair and many others rather than just slowly growing their own brand. That plan will always lead to failure and, unfortunately, it screwed many talented performers along the way, as well as the promotion.

The underutilized TNA talents have mostly gone on to success in other promotions. Many of them have ended up making livings in Ring of Honor or on the independent wrestling scene. Self-made and independent stars are being rewarded after CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Seth Rollins and many others became important pieces in WWE history. Sadly, not all of the wrestlers TNA sabotaged have been met with success and a few are struggling to get active bookings or are no longer in the business. We’re going to take a walk down the dark history of TNA failures and look at the top fifteen most criminally underused wrestlers in company history.

15 15. Sonjay Dutt 

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14 14. Kazuchika Okada  

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13 13. Joey Ryan 

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12 12. Jimmy Rave 

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11 11. Luke Gallows 

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10 10. Daffney 

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9 9. Homicide 

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8 8. Petey Williams 

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7 7. Low Ki 

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6 6. Alissa Flash 

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5 5. Kenny King 

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4 4. Chris Harris 

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3 3. Christopher Daniels 

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2 2. Jay Lethal 

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1 1. Alex Shelley 

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Many of the wrestlers featured on this list were X-Division stars due to the company not believing they had a high ceiling due to their lack of faith in their size and style. Alex Shelley was dealt the worst card by TNA. Everyone was misused to an extent but guys like AJ Styles, Samoa Joe and Chris Sabin at least got to experience world title gold. Jay Lethal, Petey Williams and others had short stints as the premiere X-Division athlete but Shelley never was pushed as such. Shelley was horribly underrated until the incredible Motor City Machine Guns tag team was formed. Shelley was an innovative talent before his time and would be a huge star in NXT or on WWE television if breaking in today, but instead was wasted away in TNA.

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