TNA has gone through many changes. Fans cry out for nostalgia and miss the TNA name, but there were also quite a few issues with the company. Now Impact Wrestling is carrying on that banner, but they are also trying not to make all of the same mistakes from the past.
While speaking to Pro Wrestling Boom Podcast, Angelina Love unloaded on TNA’s creative. She said that the company screwed up her work visa, and that led to her 2009 exit. Love claimed that the visa issue was not her fault, but then Vince Russo was taken out and new troops were brought in. During that time if you didn’t have WWE on your resume then TNA had no interest in booking you.
“The first time I left in 2009 was because they screwed up my work visa. A lot of people thought that was my fault, but that literally had nothing to do with me. It was all the company. Once they resolved that, I came back in 2010. I quit in 2012 because I was not being used properly. That Winter storyline was going nowhere. Then Vince (Russo) was out, and new people were in.”
“If you weren’t ex-WWE, or if they didn’t come up with a storyline for you, you were not used. I was paid per appearance. After that, Dixie told me that she wanted me to shave my head and do a completely different character. I was like, ‘What part did you say?’, and she just couldn’t get out of the conversation fast enough. Nobody seemed to care at that time. Bruce Prichard was there. Eric Bischoff was there. I was not a fan of theirs so I decided it was time for me to go. After five years of me and Velvet killing it, if they couldn’t see my worth at that point, I didn’t need to stay there.”
Impact Wrestling used WWE’s wave of April releases as the crux to their marketing for Slammiversary. That is a clever idea, but they did the exact same thing last year and brought in several names as well.
We’ll have to see if Impact Wrestling can stay away from booking too many ex WWE names, but it’s getting hard at this point as the company has released so many Superstars in recent memory.
Thanks to Wrestling News for the quote