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Top 15 Stars TNA Used Better Than WWE

TNA has been criticized for many years for putting too much emphasis on hiring former WWE talent and relying on names made elsewhere rather than building their own stars. While that is a fair and accurate criticism, it isn’t always the case when hiring stars from WWE’s past. Sometimes the best talent on the market happens to be talents leaving WWE. Many former WWE wrestlers turned out to be complete busts and hurt the overall future of the company, but some of them ended up positively improving TNA.

There’s also the case of WWE signing stars that were first in TNA. This has yielded more success recently with buzz behind adding free agents Samoa Joe and James Storm to the NXT brand. Before those two, WWE rarely would go after former TNA stars. There were rumors that the company was actively avoiding anyone that spent time on TNA television with the belief that the TNA brand harmed the wrestler’s value. Due to this, we’ve seen very few TNA talents make the jump to WWE but the ones that do, usually end up achieving less success.

Many wrestlers have wrestled for both WWE and TNA. This list will look at the stories of the wrestlers that have been put in a position to achieve more success in TNA. Every wrestler on this list is quite talented but it just shows that not everyone can fit in well and succeed in any scenario. Some wrestlers struggle to find themselves in the WWE bubble and had an easier time showcasing their talent in a smaller pond with more belief in them. For once, we’re going to celebrate some of the positive things TNA has done as we look at the top fifteen wrestling stars that TNA used better than WWE.

15 Drew Galloway 

via 411mania.com

14 Jeff Jarrett 

via fightnetwork.com

13 Chris Harris 

via onlineworldofwrestling.com

12 Brian Kendrick 

via fanpop.com

11 Low Ki 

via wrestlingnewsworld.com

10 Awesome Kong 

via impactwrestling.com

9 Rhyno 

via business2community.com

8 Monty Brown 

via prowrestling.wikia.com

7 Raven 

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6 R-Truth 

via wrestler.wrestling123.com

5 Bully Ray 

via phoenixnewtimes.com

4 Bobby Lashley 

via betweentheropes.com

3 Gail Kim 

via dailyddt.com

2 Christian 

via namu.wiki

1 Ethan Carter III 

via lastwordonsports.com

It is mind boggling to wonder how WWE missed out so badly on Ethan Carter III. As Derrick Bateman, he was stuck in developmental for far too long and when on the main roster, he was never utilized on television. The absolute best story of a released WWE wrestler trying his luck in TNA has been the success of EC3. After finally being put in a position to succeed, Carter became one of the most entertaining performers in all of pro wrestling. Unfortunately the bad decisions made by TNA has put them in a spot where many have given up on the company, but for those that still watch, just about every viewer would admit EC3 is carrying the company on his back.

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