Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff came to TNA to wage war with the WWE.
So far it hasn't been war, it's been a slaughter.
From new arrivals to releases of old favorites, we've seen things turn ugly.
This list will chronicle the worst of the worst of the Hogan/Bischoff era. Are they entirely their fault. No, but they deserve the blame. The captain must go down with the ship.
Destination X was a spit in the face for anyone who even considered buying the PPV. There was zero hype whatsoever.
After Genesis, Hogan and gang immediately began focusing on Lockdown. Sure a PPV away from the Impact Zone is something to be hyped up about, but that doesn't mean that you shouldn't promote the PPV that's next on your list.
Did anyone actually believe that Abyss would become champion? Sure he's Hogan's chosen but The Pope was already named number one contender for Lockdown.
Daniels' release clocks in at number 9 because I have my doubt as to how much of this is actually Hogan's fault.
Daniels' release was because of money. TNA brought in a lot of expensive talent, which is fine. But they also lost a great and loyal wrestler in Christopher Daniels.
The X Division hasn't been the same without the Fallen Angel. Williams, Kazarian, and Daniels all promised us that the X Division would come back. I doubt it ever will.
Some say that The Nasty Boys destroyed TNA. I wouldn't go that far but this was one surprise I could do without.
They can't wrestle and don't have anyone to take their lumps. Their match with Team 3D was an abomination and had no business being on a PPV.
The Band had some nostalgic factors. After all the NWO was huge. Do the Nasty Boys have any value that could cover up their futility?
TNA loves surprises as much as a five year old does, which is funny because their competition loves five year-olds.
TNA forgot that wrestling is the core of it's appeal. We like the stars but we don't tune in to see who's new week in and week out.
Surprises are nice every once and awhile. But "major game changing announcements" don't need to happen every week.
Hulk Hogan once referred to Abyss as TNA's John Cena
Try TNA's hybrid Kane/Hornswoggle.
Abyss isn't a bad wrestler. He's just not a main event level talent. Unlike Jeff Jarrett, he can't disappear behind scenes. Instead he has to make Desmond Wolfe look bad.
We don't need superhero story lines or WWE Hall of Fame rings. And we could use a little less Abyss.
Unlike the Nastys, The Band actually does have some nostalgic value. But that's about it.
One of WWE's biggest weaknesses is it's tag division. Coincidentally, TNA has an excellent tag division.
So why are Nash, Hall, and Young carrying the straps?
Needless to say, The Band is broken up. Hall and Waltman are battling personal problems. Bischoff hasn't ruled out a return for them to TNA.
Hopefully they don't get their belts back.
Here's one that actually could contend for the number one mistake. This one was a publicity nightmare.
Bubba the Love Sponge had no business in TNA to begin with. He's not a big celebrity and he's not even that appealing to those who are aware that he exists.
Awesome Kong and Bubba had a lot of backstage problems, including physical altercations. Bubba was let go, which couldn't shut him up since he has his own radio show. Kong left the company and the Knockouts have never been the same.
TNA had arguably the best female wrestler in the world on their roster. And they let her walk, because of a idiot who's legal name is Bubba the Love Sponge.
I originally gave the ramp change it's own slide but it was clear that there were more than 10 crimes of the Hogan/Bischoff era.
TNA's six sides weren't loved by everyone. But it was a defining feature of TNA. Hogan came in and did away with it like it was no big deal. TNA's history doesn't matter to Hulkster.
As for the ramp, that was utterly ridiculous. It was clearly put in there because Hogan, Flair, Hall, and anyone else over 80 were having trouble getting in the ring.
If you can't climb in the ring, you have no business being in it.
Hogan and Easy E came up with a great plan to let the fans determine the number one contender. What could be wrong with that?
Answer: The fans didn't want Abyss to be the number one contender.
Desmond Wolfe, Matt Morgan, and Jeff Hardy were the only wrestlers to receive any solid percentage of the votes. Yet Sting was chosen as the number one contender.
Hogan and Bischoff, if you're going to give the fans some power, don't kick them in the nuts. It hurts.
You can't really blame them for trying. After all, the January 4th ratings were promising.
The Monday March 8th ratings were not as promising. Which should have been the warning sign.
The Monday night experiment didn't work for a number of reasons, mainly a combination of the previous nine crimes listed. However, TNA didn't give the experiment enough time before retreating back to Thursdays.
Ratings haven't been the same. Will they ever? Who knows.
I cut the ramp and blood from my top ten list. I know Samoa Joe's treatment is another borderline topic. If anything, that showed me the magnitude of the screw ups since this experiment started.
Got a grievance to air that I didn't mention? Or maybe you thought my order was a bit off? Feel free to comment, I really appreciate any and all feedback that you guys have for me.