With wrestling, there must be feuds and rivalries. TNA has presented some great feuds in the past, but which was the greatest this year?
Bobby Roode vs. James Storm
This feud was an instant classic between two former tag team partners. Originally fueled by jealousy, Bobby Roode threw away four years of friendship with James Storm in order to become TNA World Heavyweight Champion.
The methods in which Roode achieved his championship status would ultimately cause for James Storm to seek revenge. Four years of friendship had been broken by one beer bottle and the desire to be a champion.
James Storm would get his shot at revenge on April 15, 2012, at TNA Lockdown.
Everything was in Storm's favor that night. But one simple mistake would cost him everything. Storm super kicked Bobby Roode out of the cage, thus losing the match.
Storm had no one to blame but himself. Storm couldn't live with the failure and decided to take a break from the wrestling ring.
About three months later, "The Cowboy" returned with the same goal: become World Champion and kick Bobby Roode's ass.
Storm mowed through the BFG Series however, along the way, Bobby Roode lost his World Championship. Storm's revenge wouldn't be as sweet if he beat Bobby in a non-title match. Regardless, Storm's No. 1 goal was to become World Champion.
James Storm's road to the TNA World title would be cut short at No Surrender. Bobby Roode would crack a beer bottle over The Cowboy's skull and screw him out of the World title hunt.
This led to a shift in Storm's "bucket list." Kicking Bobby Roode's ass immediately became the No. 1 priority for "The Cowboy."
On TNA's biggest stage, Bound For Glory, James Storm put an end to the feud between these former tag partners. James Storm, in a bloodbath of a fight, closed the book on the Storm/Roode rivalry after one beer bottle and a Last Call super kick.
Bully Ray vs. Joseph Park
It's hard to believe that this feud started with TNA's Immortal faction. Abyss wasn't performing as the group had wanted him to, and Bully Ray couldn't deal with it anymore.
Abyss was removed from the faction, and by doing so, reignited "The Monster." Abyss chalked up a series of wins over his former allies, and Immortal started to regret kicking "The Monster" from the group.
All efforts in having Abyss back in Immortal failed. Eventually, Bully Ray got tired of pandering to Abyss and challenged him to a Monster's Ball at Genesis. If Bully won, Abyss would be forced back into the group. If Abyss won, he's free to do what he wants.
At Genesis, Abyss defeated Bully Ray and earned his freedom from the group. However, later in the night, Abyss would go missing backstage.
The Monster's absence would go unnoticed for months until Abyss' brother, a Chicago lawyer named Joseph Park, arrived.
Park searched high and low for his brother Abyss, and even asked around the IMPACT Zone. Hell, he even joined the live IMPACT audience and ate popcorn while enjoying a night of quality action.
Eventually, Park gathered up enough info to know who was last in contact with Abyss. All of the evidence traced back to Bully Ray.
Bully Ray denied all of the allegations Park threw his way. Bully got frustrated with Park and even attacked him one night. This attack led to a match between the two at Slammiversary. An anything goes, no disqualification hardcore match.
With an assist from his brother, Abyss, Joseph Park actually defeated Bully Ray. The following Thursday, Bully Ray wouldn't accept his defeat and issued a rematch.
In their rematch, Bully Ray beat Park after using his chain as a weapon. Joseph Park would become paranoid at the sight of his own blood and nailed Bully Ray with a picture-perfect Black Hole Slam. Whether Joseph found "The Monster" or not, is still a question to this day.
AJ Styles vs. Daniels
This is a feud almost as old as TNA itself. Dating back to 2005, the feud between AJ Styles and Daniels has been one of the most personal rivalries in TNA history.
It's dubbed as the feud in which TNA was built. Styles vs. Daniels, even seven years later, would still be a red-hot feud.
The story between them reignited over one year ago. Daniels made his triumphant return to TNA by helping Fortune in their war against Immortal. Daniels filled in for an injured Styles in the Lethal Lockdown match that Fortune won.
Everything seemed fine. AJ and Daniels were the best of friends that they're known to be, and nothing really went wrong. In the spirit of competition, and for the X-Division, Daniels challenged Styles to one more match between the two for Destination X in 2011.
AJ defeated his friend on the night where X-Division mattered most. The defeat would set off a different side of Daniels. A paranoid side who felt he had something to prove.
Daniels would interject himself into AJ's matches. All Daniels wanted was one more match, one more chance to prove himself against AJ. They agreed to a rematch, which Daniels finally won.
The victory over AJ would boost Daniels confidence to a new level. He didn't shake the hand of his good friend after the match, and he didn't reward AJ with a rematch that the "Phenomenal One" wanted.
Daniels' ego would grow and he'd separate himself from AJ and Fortune.
AJ was eventually granted a rematch at Bound For Glory 2011, where he defeated Daniels in an "I Quit" match.
Daniels would move onto a feud with RVD as AJ Styles and Kazarian would be paired up in the Wild Card Tag Team Tournament going into the new year.
Daniels would hold something over Kazarian and cause tension between the two in the tag tournament. Daniels claimed to know a secret about AJ, and Kazarian was working with Daniels in order to keep it at that: a secret.
Kazarian grew tired of protecting AJ, and the dastardly duo revealed what they've been hiding. They accused AJ Styles of having an affair with TNA President, Dixie Carter.
As time wore on it was revealed that AJ and Dixie were not having an affair, but rather helping a recovering addict. This is where Claire Lynch comes in.
Claire is pregnant, AJ is the father of her baby, Daniels & Kazarian torment AJ, all of that stuff. Claire vanishes from TNA and admits to the whole thing being a hoax. She wasn't really pregnant, AJ did nothing wrong and the team of Daniels and Kazarian were pulling strings all along.
All throughout that story, the characters in it (AJ Styles, Daniels, Kazarian, and Kurt Angle at times) would have awesome matches. Awesome matches at pay-per-views such as Sacrifice, Slammiversary, Destination X, Hardcore Justice, No Surrender and Bound For Glory.
TNA's Bad Influence and AJ Styles would both end up as losers following the Turning Point pay-per-view. Daniels and Kazarian lost their championship rematch for the tag titles, and AJ is ousted from competing for the TNA World title for 11 months.
As AJ Styles was admitting to how terrible of a year 2012 has been to him, the Bad Influence came back. Daniels and Kazarian poked fun at AJ and provoked one final match between TNA's oldest rivals.
At Final Resolution in "One Last Match," Daniels was able to defeat Styles with his very own finishing move, thus causing 2012 to worsen even more for The Phenomenal One.
TNA vs. Aces and Eights
This all began the IMPACT following Slammiversary. When Sting was speaking about the honor of being the first inductee into TNA's Hall of Fame, he was brutally attacked by several masked men.
In the weeks that followed, the attacks only worsened. Kurt Angle, Hulk Hogan, Austin Aries, Bobby Roode and The Pope had been attacked. Nobody was safe from this group, and nobody knew who they were or why they were in TNA.
A big turning point in this war happened on TNA's grandest stage, Bound For Glory. The Aces and Eights won full access to the IMPACT Zone, but their night wouldn't end there.
One of the members was unmasked in the center of the ring, and it was former TV Champion, Devon. Following the reveal, Devon stated his purpose for falling in with the gang.
It all boiled down to Hulk Hogan and Devon's release from TNA over the summer. Nobody stood up for—or helped—Devon. Nobody in TNA that is. Devon felt comfort with the Aces and Eights and has since become their "Sgt. In Arms."
Devon's reveal wouldn't be the only one the gang would suffer. Joseph Park unmasked former WWE Superstar Luke Gallows as another member in the midst of an all-out brawl on IMPACT. Known as DOC (Director of Chaos), the former WWE Superstar has been known for his bad attitude and use of a ballpoint hammer.
DOC brutally beat "The Icon" Sting with said hammer and hospitalized the TNA Hall of Famer.
The war between Aces and Eights only continues to heat up as A&8's Sgt. in Arms, Devon, has recently captured the Television Championship, and the gang targets multi-time World Champion, Kurt Angle.
Bobby Roode vs. Sting
This was your classic feud against authority. Reigning TNA World Champion, Bobby Roode, thought that the IMPACT GM, Sting, was out to get him.
Roode thought that Sting was pulling out all the stops to take the World title off of him. He even thought "The Icon" was jealous of himself.
Bobby Roode would be a pain, and Sting didn't like the fact that he was representing the company as World Champion. "The Icon" could only take so much of Bobby Roode's BS before he snapped. And Sting snapped just days after the Against All Odds pay-per-view.
Sting announced that he would finally get his hands on Bobby Roode in a one-on-one, no disqualification match in the main event of Victory Road.
The Stinger looked to have the match won, but after a Scorpion Deathdrop to Roode, Sting came down head first on a steel chair. Sting knocked himself out cold, lost the match and got a concussion as a result.
Roode would terrorize TNA President, Dixie Carter, in the closing minutes of the pay-per-view as a knocked out Icon laid in the ring.
Bobby Roode then moved on as Sting was placed on the shelf. Roode successfully defended his title against James Storm and Rob Van Dam. Going into TNA's 10-year anniversary show, Slammiversary, Bobby Roode ran out of competition for his title.
Just when the champ thought there was nobody left, Sting returned. "The Icon" would get a rematch from Victory Road; this time with the World title on the line.
Bobby Roode would cheat in order to retain his title, but that didn't stop Sting from destroying the champ. A frustrated Icon hit Roode with a Scorpion Deathdrop off the stage, thus ending their feud as both guys went their separate ways.
Austin Aries vs. Bobby Roode
A significant amount of this feud has already been covered leading up to this award. Austin Aries, then X-Division Champion, wasn't satisfied and wanted more championship gold.
Hulk Hogan offered a proposition to "A Double," and it was time to put up or shut up. Aries relinquished the X-Division Championship and did the unthinkable at Destination X. Austin Aries defeated Bobby Roode in order to become TNA World Heavyweight Champion.
Roode would explode with anger and claim Aries' win was a fluke. Aries would prove otherwise in their rematch at Hardcore Justice as he, once again, beat the "It Factor."
Their feud wasn't as long and/or personal as other feuds, but it did involve two of the most complete wrestlers today and TNA's top prize, the World Heavyweight Championship.
Joey Ryan vs. Al Snow
This feud has been so long that I've decided to include it on this list, even if you don't think it belongs!
Joey Ryan, denied a TNA contract on Gut Check, wouldn't accept no for an answer. He took to social media in order to spew his anti-Gut Check rants and remarks.
YouTube, Twitter, et cetera. Joey Ryan was slandering TNA's Gut Check and all judges involved. He had earned an 87 percent yes vote from the IMPACT crowd yet was still denied a contract.
Months following his denial, Joey Ryan would appear in the IMPACT crowd. He'd make his presence known during other unsigned wrestler's Gut Checks.
Joey Ryan threw cups of beer and even punched Al Snow. He carried a megaphone into the ringside area with him. Al Snow got sick of Joey Ryan and wanted a fight.
The two would meet at Bound For Glory, and if Joey Ryan won, he'd get that TNA contract he had wanted since May. If Al Snow won, however, Joey Ryan was done. Never to be seen again from TNA.
On the company's biggest night, Matt Morgan got involved in this Gut Check match and helped Joey Ryan win and achieve his ultimate goal: joining the TNA roster.