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Top 20 Worst Ex-WWE Talent Signings By TNA

Total Nonstop Action is viewed as a joke by a large percentage of the wrestling community despite being in business for over 13 years as the primarily (but distant) #2 promotion in America behind the WWE. Perhaps it’s the ridiculous acronym TNA or more likely the continuous poor decision making, but most people snicker when discussing their history. Early on, TNA stocked up on many former WWE and WCW talent to try to create a new product that could catch the wrestling fan’s attention by spotlighting established wrestlers. That was a smart business plan to get things started.

The problem arose when the company continued to go after boring names released by WWE instead of focusing on building their own stars. Some of the WWE signings turned out to be big successes for the company. Christian Cage enjoyed his first main event stint in TNA with a tremendous run for the company. Bobby Lashley reinvented his career and showed how much he improved from his WWE days. Gail Kim evolved into one of the best female wrestlers of all time. Kurt Angle became the face of TNA and added credibility to the promotion. Those are the rare exceptions, as the multitude of failed WWE stars is a far larger list.

TNA is currently in limbo as rumors state the company is losing their second television deal in less than a year as Destination America is bailing on the promotion the same way Spike TV did. With the future in doubt and as they struggle to make new stars, it feels like the plan to rebuild is too late and you have to wonder how different things would have been if TNA didn’t spend as much money and effort as they did on failed big signings. Taking a look back at the overall history of poor decisions when it comes to signing talent, these are the 20 worst signings of ex-WWE talent made by TNA.

20 Jeff Hardy

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19 Matt Hardy 

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18 Josh Matthews 

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17 Chyna 

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16 Val Venis 

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15 Rob Van Dam 

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14 Chavo Guerrero 

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13 Matt Morgan 

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12 Billy Gunn 

11 Test 

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10 Mr. Anderson 

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9 Rikishi 

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8 Vince Russo 

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7 Booker T 

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6 The Nasty Boys 

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5 Ric Flair

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4 Goldust/Black Reign 

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3 Scott Hall 

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2 Orlando Jordan 

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1 Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff

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Eric Bischoff isn’t added to the list on his own because he was part of the Hulk Hogan signing as his sidekick. When Hulk Hogan and Bischoff arrived, they completely demeaned the history of TNA by publicly ripping up a script from the former regime and burying the six-sided ring. These things would be fine if it was followed with success but ratings stayed in the same range and the only thing that grew was the budget. Hogan buried A.J. Styles and Bobby Roode in public interviews, claimed Abyss would be “the next John Cena” and made many more terrible decisions to harm the future of the company... which they are still paying for today.

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