TNA has a sad history of many debacles making them the laughingstock of the wrestling business. The company did many great things and introduced us to plenty of future stars but their downfall was much more prevalent. The old quote of taking one step forward but two steps back was the official mindset of TNA when it came to making decisions. There was a variety of poor concepts, gimmicks and overall ideas that hurt the reputation of the promotion. As a growing company, the main goal was to grow an audience by giving them something to believe in, but TNA did the opposite far too often.
The audience was often disrespected by the creative minds in TNA. There have been various stories of guys like Hulk Hogan, Eric Bischoff and Vince Russo talking down about wrestling fans. The lack of respect was showcased with the cheap and lazy ideas that TNA would come up with. Fans were forced to not only suspend their disbelief but to completely turn off their minds if they were to buy into many things the company booked. The saddest part is the talent was rarely the issue when it came to Impact, as the wrestlers worked hard and showed potential. They were just put in a terrible position to succeed.
The main job of a creative mind in a wrestling promotion is to find ways to put wrestlers in a position to deliver results. TNA would instead put the talent in a situation that diminished their value. The recent success stories of A.J. Styles and Samoa Joe are the perfect example. Both men are elite talents but fans started to take them for granted after TNA made them look like fools. Once leaving the company, they once again became respected names. The company did this for years and slapped fans in the face by not respecting them. We’ll look at storylines, gimmicks, match stipulations and overall decisions that make up the top fifteen times TNA insulted our intelligence.
15 James Storm Throws Mickie James on Train Tracks
14 Jersey Shore Feuds
13 Reverse Battle Royal
12 Sharmell vs. Jenna Morasca
11 Last Rites Match
10 August 1 Warning
8 Electric Cage Match
7 Joker Sting
6 ECW Reunion
5 Claire Lynch
3 Reverse Ladder Match
2 The Knockout Lockbox Showdown
1 Jeff Hardy vs. Sting
The absolute worst case of TNA insulting our intelligence was sending an intoxicated Jeff Hardy out to face Sting in the main event of a PPV. The situation was terrible with Hardy’s personal demons getting the better of him once again but TNA sending him out to perform was even worse. Did they not expect the fans to notice a wrestler high and/or drunk out of his mind? Any other alternative would have been a better option. There was a roster of hungry wrestlers begging for an opportunity and could have replaced him. Hardy lost the match in a few minutes but the potential of him hurting himself or Sting was too strong to risk. TNA made the worst decision in their existence by insulting the talent and fans on this night.
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