TNA: A Timeline of the Turmoil
Please note that not all of these dates are 100 percent accurate.
In recent months, TNA has been branded a ''sinking ship''—and with good reason!
There have been blow-ups behind the scenes, on-air blunders, bad decision-making and a general feeling of conflict and unrest backstage.
So, I decided to do some research and make a timeline of the turmoil in which TNA finds itself engulfed.
I have highlighted the dates, which I believe, to be the most important and most influential to the problems in TNA.
With that said, let's begin!
Oct. 31, 2009—Hogan & Bischoff Announce their Partnership with TNA
Hulk Hogan announces that he's the new business partner of Dixie Carter and TNA.
He wants to be the Vince McMahon of TNA and he wants to help make TNA the greatest wrestling organisation in the world.
Talk about biting off more than you can chew!
Jan. 4, 2010—Hulk Hogan Debuts on TNA iMPACT!
This would also mark the first time that TNA went head-to-head with WWE, as iMPACT! went live against WWE's Raw.
Although TNA would achieve their highest rating in the company's history that night, it would eventually lead to one of the worst ratings droughts in the company's history.
March 8, 2010—The Second Coming of the ''Monday Night Wars''
TNA decides to move their main televised show, iMPACT!, to Monday nights on a weekly basis.
TNA decide to air iMPACT! live every other week, with the show airing one hour before Raw went live.
Thus, TNA's second hour went into direct competition with Raw's opening hour.
March 30, 2010—A Ratings Disaster
TNA iMPACT! receives its lowest ever rating in the last five years.
iMPACT! would score a 0.6 cable rating that night while WWE's Raw would score a 3.7 cable rating.
This would prove to be one of the final nails in the ''Monday Night iMPACT!'' coffin.
May 3, 2010—TNA admits Defeat
TNA finally admits defeat in their first attempt at reigniting the ''Monday Night Wars.''
TNA would eventually announce that their main show, iMPACT!, would return to its original timeslot on Thursday nights.
June 13, 2010—Slammiversary
TNA hold their annual pay-per-view event, Slammiversary.
TNA had teased a big surprise for the event, which was supposed to be the announcement that Paul Heyman was joining the company.
However, an agreement could not be reached and the deal fell through. Fans were left scratching their heads as Tommy Dreamer debuted in TNA. We were all left thinking: ''Is this their big surprise?''
It turned out that this was planned anyway, but the whole ''Big Surprise'' angle was a flop.
This would prove to be an omen for TNA and their ECW angle.
July 17, 2010—ECW Invades TNA iMPACT!
The ECW angle is officially announced. Dixie Carter announces that she invited the ECW originals to TNA.
TNA disrespected their entire roster by giving overweight, washed up, has-beens ''control'' of a pay-per-view and giving them more focus than other, more deserving stars.
Aug. 3, 2010—Samoan Suspension
Reports emerge online that Samoa Joe has been suspended by TNA management.
Joe was suspended after a major blow-up backstage with officials after expressing his anger with various aspects of TNA's current product.
Aug. 6, 2010—Hogan Having Second Thoughts?
Reports emerge online that Hulk Hogan is not in favor of the current ECW ''Invasion'' angle.
This leads to further questions regarding who really has complete control in TNA.
Is it Hogan? Is it Dixie? Is it Bischoff? Is it Panda Energy?
Aug. 8, 2010—Unrest Backstage
Reports emerge on this very website that various stars in TNA are unhappy at present.
This is reportedly due to the lack of focus being given to original/long-term TNA stars.
In other words, they were unhappy at the amount of time and effort being given to the ECW originals.
Aug. 8, 2010—Hardcore Justice
The Hardcore Justice weekend starts off badly as the news breaks, which is later confirmed, that Jerry Lynn will be unable to compete in the main event due to a serious back injury.
It was unknown, in the hours leading up to the pay-per-view, who would be his replacement.
It is eventually announced by Mike Tenay and Taz during the event that Sabu will replace Jerry Lynn and face Rob Van Dam in the main event.
So, there it is. The 10 dates and 11 events which I believe to be the cause of some, if not all, of the problems in TNA.
Have I got it right, did I forget anything or did I waste my time writing this?
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