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10 Examples of Why Former WWE Stars and TNA Don't Mix

Tom LaneContributor IIIJanuary 7, 2017

10 Examples of Why Former WWE Stars and TNA Don't Mix

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    TNA has some great wrestlers, the likes of AJ Styles, Bobby Roode, Austin Aries and many more. One thing that usually doesn't work is when a WWE Superstar makes the decision to join TNA.

    TNA has shown a tendency to take some of the WWE's released mid-card wrestlers rather than build some of their own talent.

    There are a few notable exceptions to this rule with Kurt Angle, Gail Kim and Christian being major successes within the second biggest wrestling company in the US.

    For the success of Angle, Christian and Kim, there have been many failures and this list will look at superstars who haven't had much to like in TNA.

    Christian and Angle both had WWE success, but Christian became a star of TNA while Angle continues to give impressive matches for the company. 

    The list is in no particular order.

Booker T

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    When Booker T first joined TNA, he was given a big welcome, as shown in this video and he was built up as a legend.

    Sadly, he would go on to mediocrity with the company, becoming a member of the Main Event Mafia and suffering behind Sting and Kurt Angle in the group.

    Booker didn't win the TNA World Title but did create his own 'Legends' title which is still used today but was re-branded the Television title.

    Booker T should have been a big draw as he is widely respected within the industry, but he was a bit past his best and wasn't given a big enough push. 

    Booker is the five-time WCW champion but the zero-time TNA champion and therefore his time in TNA can bee seen as a failure for him and the company. 

Mike Knox/Knux

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    Mike Knox had a decent run with the WWE, but the issue I have with him joining TNA is why do they want him rather than has it bettered his career.

    Now known as Knux, he has become a bit of a background character in the Aces & Eights group that are terrorising TNA.

    The character hasn't really been established as Knox is behind the likes of Devon, Bully Ray, Mr. Anderson, Doc and D'Lo Brown in the pecking order.

    In the WWE, Knox was a member of team Rated-RKO  against Team DX at Survivor Series, towards the end of his WWE reign, he wasn't heavily featured and his career in TNA doesn't appear to be going very far. 

    Knox is a large guy and could be used in a monster role, I think TNA fans might enjoy a monster feud with Abyss but given his current standing and Abyss' recent return, it doesn't seem very likely. 

Scott Hall

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    Scott Hall is a wrestling legend and will be remembered for his time in WCW as one of The Outsiders and a key founder of the NWO.

    His role in the WWE as Razor Ramon will also be remembered, and his role in the WWE NWO less fondly remembered. 

    Scott Hall actually joined TNA four times, most recently following the debut of Hulk Hogan where Hall, Kevin Nash and X-Pac were still playing the same roles almost 14 years later as 'The Band'.

    'The Band' storyline has been over played, but TNA decided that they would give the trio one last shot despite the WWE failure.

    Hall's personal demons meant he was not the star we all loved and should probably have been avoided by TNA management, but he was signed four times rather than the better option of none. 

Matt Hardy

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    Matt Hardy is the less successful half of The Hardy Boyz both in the WWE and in TNA, but his run in TNA was awful.

    Hardy was a former tag team, US and ECW champion in the WWE and when his brother Jeff decided to jump to TNA, Matt asked for and was granted his released. 

    Matt Hardy became a member of Immortal, which was slightly overcrowded, but this wasn't the reason for his TNA failure.

    Matt Hardy was released from TNA after he was arrested for DUI and his personal life spiraled out of control. 

    Arguably, his brother Jeff could be considered a failure following the infamous Victory Road debacle but he has recovered well from the incident and become a key face of the company. 

Rob Van Dam

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    Rob Van Dam has been a success in the WWE and ECW but not so much in his stint with TNA.

    He had quite an odd debut which gave him a 20-seconds-or-so win against Sting followed by a beat down with a baseball bat.

    He may have been the 'Whole F'n Show' in the WWE and ECW but in TNA, the best of Rob Van Dam didn't really show. 

    RVD was given a push and became the world champion, but his run in TNA saw him slowly fall down the roster and become a mid-carder.

    RVD has aged and his high-flying style is affected by the loss of speed and athleticism and it seems RVD will never get near the TNA World Title again.

    Van Dam was the TNA X Division champion for a while, but he lost to Kenny King and it appears his career at TNA may have come to an end, but he is still on the TNA Roster page.

Ric Flair

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    Ric Flair joined TNA along with Hulk Hogan on what was set to be a historic day in TNA history, while it was historic, it wasn't for good reasons. 

    Ric Flair had recently retired from the WWE in an emotional farewell; he lost to Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania and was given a special goodbye from the WWE superstars.

    However, Flair joined TNA and wrestled a few times despite being in his 60s! Flair should not have wrestled in TNA.

    The Nature Boy was unhappy with TNA, as shown in the video, and I doubt very highly that TNA were too happy with Flair.

    TNA then didn't really know what to do with this legend and he became a judge for the new 'Gut Check' segments, but his time in TNA was up and he left to re-join the WWE. 

Bobby Lashley

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    Bobby Lashley was pushed by the WWE, but I think they realised that Lashley was a big man with little talent in the ring.

    In TNA, Lashley competed for less than a year, feuding with the likes of Kurt Angle and Scott Steiner during his time. 

    Lashley just didn't work for TNA and given his size isn't believable as a face, but that's how TNA used him largely. 

    He is a former two-time ECW champion and United States champion with the WWE but failed to win any TNA gold.

    Lashley left TNA in a rather odd way, as he was begging to be released before changing his mind and then getting fired.

    He left TNA to focus on his MMA career, which to this point has been largely unsuccessful, too. 

Orlando Jordan

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    Orlando Jordan was JBL's Chief of Staff in WWE and become the US champion, defeating John Cena for the title.

    Jordan's time in the WWE wasn't majorly successful, but his time in TNA managed to be even worse.

    His slightly odd character came out wearing police tape and his character was essentially bisexual, which probably isn't enough to base a character on. 

    Orlando was in TNA for just over a year; Jordan's best moment with the company was beating TNA legend Samoa Joe.

    He was teamed with Eric Young in a comedy tag team but his career in TNA ended with no titles and slight embarrassment from all sides.

The Nasty Boys

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    When The Nasty Boys joined TNA they were old, unfit and couldn't really wrestle, yet someone at TNA decided they would be a great fit. 

    They joined TNA in 2010 along with Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff at what was supposed to be the revival of the Monday Night Wars. It wasn't.

    The Nasty Boys won the tag team titles with the old WWF, but they achieved little with TNA in this poor and unnecessary stint.

    The tag team consisting of Brian Knobs and Jerry Sags feuded with tag team legends Team 3D (The Dudley Boys).

    The Nasty Boys only lasted a few months before an incident with Spike management led to their release from TNA. 

Hulk Hogan

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    One of the most recognisable wrestlers of all time following his runs in WCW and WWE and a wrestling legend. 

    A multiple world champion, a film star, a founding member of the NWO, a reality TV star, but in TNA, not a success.

    Hulk Hogan joined TNA and in 2010 was intent on making a statement, putting the TNA show head-to-head with the WWE's flagship show RAW.

    This didn't work and eventually TNA went back to their Thursday slot and many of the wrestlers who debuted on that Monday were soon out of a job. 

    Hogan was supposed to be a big draw and attract a larger audience for TNA but it just hasn't happened and TNA hasn't really improved following Hogan's debut.

    One issue is his age. He is too old to compete, although that didn't stop TNA allowing him to and therefore he offers only a big name.  

    Hogan seems to steal the limelight and none of the superstars are given as much attention as the Hulkster. 

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