INDUCTION: Jeff Hardy vs. Sting – 89 Seconds That Tell The Tale of TNA

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TNA, 2011

As I sit down to write this, I’m looking in my rear view mirror at what may be the final TNA Impact Wrestling PPV ever. The company looks to be in a complete free fall, with wrestlers leaving, rumors swirling, and the hardest of the hardcore fan base claiming that there’s no possible way this company could possibly be going out of business.

Seems like I’ve been down this road before.

(Yes, I’m shilling my book. Again. Buy it and help the site, won’t you?)

As we teased in that book, a Death of TNA book is really a no brainer. Not in the that it makes perfect sense for Bryan and I to write it (our legit concern: is anyone going to buy it?), but rather that throughout its existence, the folks who have run this company seemingly never had any synapses firing. With WCW, at least you had a peak. Sure, it took a while to get past the legendary reign of Jim Herd and the period where Hulk Hogan came in and made everyone on the roster bow before him, but eventually they hit on a great idea with the nWo and the Hogan heel turn, along with a fantastic Nitro program featuring every type of wrestling any fan would want to see. Their demise was amazing, arguably far more interesting than the rise due to the train wreck nature of it all.

With TNA, honestly, there was never really a rise, at least from a business standpoint. Sure, there was a year or two where they didn’t lose substantial amounts of money, but it’s never really grown. No matter what they did, who they brought in, what angles they ran, it’s just been a never ending gradual slide down. The rampant stupidity shown throughout its existence could possibly make for what may be the most comical wrestling book ever. I’ve pondered if I’d really need to write a single joke. Just reporting the facts is laughable enough.

As I watched Slamiversary, I thought back to what may have been the single worst main event in TNA history…and then wondered how on earth it had never been inducted here at

Let’s fix that wrong tonight!


The legendary encounter we’re about to cover took place at Victory Road 2011. See that poster above? That was official TNA promotional material. You’ll note it features Kurt Angle.

He never appeared on the show.

See? No need to write a joke. Just reporting the facts.

The main event of the evening was to feature Sting vs. the man who was probably the hottest merchandise seller and most popular wrestler the company ever had, Jeff Hardy.

So they turned Jeff heel.



As much as we can bag on TNA ownership, there were a lot of times where the roster didn’t help matters. And this would no question be one of those instances. For weeks leading up to the show, the backstage scuttlebutt was that Jeff Hardy had fallen off the wagon. In fact, he was being investigated for not only drug possession but distribution. That’s bad, and that is on Jeff Hardy.

This being TNA, however, management decided that despite these facts, they shouldn’t put someone else in the main event of the show, but should go forward with the plan of Hardy challenging Sting for the world title.

Did I mention that Hardy designed the title belt?

He did.

And it looked like this:







In a shockingly premonitory “Tale of the Tape” we were told, and I am quoting here, “No Excuses Tonight for Jeff Hardy.” I’ll say. And it was very apparent as Hardy made his way to the ring that something wasn’t quite right; he looked wobbly even by Jeff Hardy standards, staggering down the ramp and nearly fall down as he came up the ring steps.

But hey, he made it into the ring so all is well. Sting makes his way down the aisle, and Jeremy Borash starts his pre-match spiel, as all the while referee Brian Hebner is holding the championship as is the usual ritual.


Normally I’d chastise the ref for holding the belt down near his crotch and looking completely embarrassed by it, but seriously, look at that belt.

Would ANYONE be proud holding that?

Anyone OTHER than this guy?


Before the match can start, Eric Bischoff interrupts, because it’s TNA and that’s what they do. The highlight here was Bischoff going over and whispering something to Jeff, probably along the lines of, “Seriously, dude, how messed up are you tonight?” He also tells us that he’s changing the rules to this being a no disqualification match. So Sting punches Bischoff in the nose.

Eh, if we’re just going to waste time like that tonight, I’m going to indulge myself as well.

Remember back in 2012 when we used to get Jeff Hardy’s inner monologues on Impact? When he’d wander around backstage and we, the audience at home, could hear his thoughts but no one else on screen could? It’s really too bad TNA didn’t have that in place for this match.

It’s also too bad that Jeff’s inner dialogue in those segments was almost always inanely boring. Still, he did note in this clip that James Storm “drinks too much.”


The bell rings, and the action starts with Jeff taking his shirt off and pantomiming throwing it to the crowd. He does this for a good 45 seconds as Taz asks the question we all wanted answered: “What the hell is Jeff Hardy doing here?” As Hardy continues to refuse to lock up, you can see Sting seething…

…so he takes matters into his own hands, and punches him twice. The action concludes with a hair pull and a Scorpion Death Drop, which Sting follows up with a tight cover; watch closely and you can see Hardy kicking out while Sting fights to hold him down as Hebner counts the pin.

I noted that Hardy teasing throwing his shirt too nearly a minute; the entire debacle, including that time, lasted a whopping 89 seconds.


As Sting headed up the ramp to chants of “BULLSH!T!”, all he could do was shake his head and yell, “I AGREE!”

Even the normally rabid TNA fans were livid, so much so that the company actually apologized for the disaster on their website, complete with a peace offering: “TNA Wrestling strives to give fans who purchase our pay-per-views as close to a full three-hour event as possible. This Saturday’s `TNA Victory Road’ fell short of that standard. Your support of TNA is never taken for granted. To sow you how we value that support, we would like to offer six months of free access to the library.”

And yes, they SOW us how they value the fans. Because, you know, this is TNA.

As I wrap this up, I thought it would be fun to go back into archives and see what Bryan wrote about this night in his Figure Four Daily newsletter. Here it is, completely unedited:

“Normally I wouldn’t rate this, but we’re on a roll with negative star matches so let’s keep this alive. (-*****) Yes, MINUS FIVE STARS. How do I justify this rating? Well, one of two things happened here. Maybe this whole thing was a stupid work. You know, the Pillman loose cannon deal with Hardy playing the role of wrestler-in-no-condition-to-perform, trying to get Internet fans talking. Well, if that’s the case, this is the best they could come up with? If this was a work, and you were going to do this one-minute finish, at least have it go on second-to-last and come up with some creative excuse to put something else in the main event slot. Isn’t that the point of having a CREATIVE TEAM? If this was a work they bent over and fucked in the ass their most die-hard, loyal-to-the-death fans with a 1:29 main event on a show they paid anywhere from $35 to $45 for. The other possibility is that Jeff was messed up, which was what people in TNA claimed Sunday night. In which case, why is Jeff Hardy in the main event? Years ago WWE fired Jeff because they were concerned with his behavior and he refused to go to rehab. TNA immediately signed him. Then when he kept fucking up they let him go, and WWE signed him back. Then he left WWE a second time, and a week later he got busted and CHARGED WITH MULTIPLE DRUG FELONIES. It’s bad enough to bring a guy in who was having problems when working for the opposition (and believe me I am not defending WWE here because I thought it was wildly irresponsible when they did it as well), but to bring him in when he’s facing possible jail time on drug charges? For fuck’s sake. And it’s not like they took a chance on him, like WWE did, and he actually was on his best behavior once he got there. Oh no. He had an incident just a few month back at another PPV where they were so concerned about his behavior backstage that they nearly pulled him from the show and stripped him of the title (and, of course, in the end they didn’t, they just let him work, and then they gave the belt back to him again a month after he lost it to Mr. Anderson). HELLO? EARTH TO FUCKING IDIOTS. If this was legit, I have no sympathy for Dixie Carter whatsoever. In fact, I hold her even more responsible if this was real than if it was fake. If this was fake, they just did something ungodly stupid. If it was real, she continues to enable a guy with a real problem. She needs to get her fucking act together, like nine years ago. Not to mention that if he really was in no condition to perform, this was the best the creative team could come up with? A one-minute main event with a fluky finish? I mean, Jesus Christ, how long would it take you, the reader, to come up with something better, something that, I don’t know, DOESN’T INVOLVE JEFF HARDY? I mean, think about this. Let’s say he was under the influence of something. They actually thought – THEY ACTUALLY THOUGHT – that it would be better to PUT HIM IN THE RING FOR A ONE-MINUTE BULLSHIT MAIN EVENT than to, say, claim he got beat up by Kurt Angle and have Kurt replace him and do a 12-minute match with Sting. That decision right there, as a business owner, would cause me to swing low through this company in my sweet chariot, decapitating one member of creative after another with my flaming sword, so as to never see them again. Ideally everyone in the world would be employed, preferably in something they enjoyed doing, but for the love of God this company needs to die. Just die, Dixie can go back to being the friendly receptionist at Panda Headquarters in Texas, and if fate is such that there must be a “number-two” wrestling company in America, someone with a fucking brain will come by and pick up the pieces. And hopefully they can do it without rehiring everyone responsible for this Titanic of a company, unlike the current moronic braintrust who hired everyone responsible for killing WCW almost exactly ten years ago to the day. Over the years I have gotten one angry letter after another from the TNA diehards, trying to defend the utter bullshit nonsense that is Impact and the stupid decisions Dixie and her goofy crew make. This is what happens when you blindly support bullshit. You get this show, a show destined to be an entire chapter in a book someday.”

Guess we better start writing.

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67 Responses to "INDUCTION: Jeff Hardy vs. Sting – 89 Seconds That Tell The Tale of TNA"
  1. Skinnyfatass says:

    The worst part of this whole episode, was that Hardy had been wrestling out of his mind on drugs for months before VR2011. He smashed Ken Anderson in the back of the head and gave him a legit concussion, and TNA capitalised on this by turning Matt Morgan face for no reason at all. The Blueprint had been in storyline kicking peoples heads in against the ringpost for months prior.

    This moment was when TNA finally said Hardy had crossed the line. That 89 second match might not have even been the worst thing on the card. The Dam Van/ Mr Anderson match lasted 12 minutes and it was just awful.

  2. "The Big Cheese" Paul Kraft says:

    Great induction but the actual match is one of those rare things in wrestling that makes me really angry.

  3. Down With OPC says:

    Don’t forget that Sting “re-invented” himself during this match!

    • Anonymous says:


      • Autrach Sejanoz says:

        Anonymous, Down With OPC’s refering to Taz trying to make something of this mess of a match. “Ultra quick victory for the world champ…it’s like Sting re-invemted himself, Mike!”

  4. DeweyDTruman says:

    Not gonna lie moments like this are why I don’t have any sympathy for TNA and why I’m not really all that sad to see it go.

  5. Raven7309 says:

    Funny thing is, that belt design is a million times better than the divas belt. I mean, a “FRICKIN\'” butterfly for crying out loud!!!!
    The truly sad part about this though, is that it parallels what Scott Hall was going through in WCW, and the whole “Last Call Hall” debacle.

    • Saint Stryfe says:

      At least with the Divas belt you can claim “I want girls to like my product, so Girls=Butterflies”, which I guess is what you think of when you’re a 70 year old patently sexist WWE official. Jeff had no excuse for making his title look like a goddamn Marti gras mask.

      Also, can we step back from personalized title belts? They look terrible. They’re cheap cash grabs. I like one title. Also, crazy idea, can we have just a small logo? Do we need the whole face to look like the company’s logo that can change weekly?

      WWE used the Winged Eagle and WCW used Big Gold for years and they looked IMPRESSIVE. Back in the 80’s Warrior used different colored straps to personalize – that’s fine! It’s still a title. Even going back to the Attitude Era with the Smoking Skull belt, it was still the same silhouette of the main title, so it fit in. These things? No.

      • ZeroSignal says:

        What’s even worse about the personalized belt designs is that WWE used one for literally eight years. The Spinner Belt was initially made for Cena, and eventually would be held by Orton, HHH, Edge, RVD, Jeff Hardy, Batista, Sheamus, The Miz, CM Punk, Alberto Del Rio, and The Rock. In a 2007 radio interview, Orton stated how he despised the Spinner belt, claiming it was Cena’s title and saying it would be like The Rock and Triple H battling over the Smoking Skull belt in 2000.

        • C. Peter Roberts says:

          Of the non-Cena wearers of the Spinner Belt, Miz was the only one who pulled it off well, with the upside-down W. So he had that going for him. Which is nice.

          • ZeroSignal says:

            The only other one who tried anything was Edge in 2006, which was just a small mess. Edge throws Cena’s Spinner Belt into the Long Island Sound and debuts a new “Rated R” custom belt. Little did people know it was the exact same belt Cena had, just had Edge’s Rated R logo as the spinner instead of the WWE logo.

            The outcome? Edge loses the belt 3 weeks later, and Cena’s belt returns 24 hours later with no explanation (unless Edge found it the night Cena threw HIM into the Long Island Sound). The Rated R belt would never be seen again, since Cena would go on to hold the belt for 13 months.

            • Felicity says:

              IIRC, the first “Raw” I watched when I started watching wrestling again in 1996 had Stone Cold Steve Austin throw the Rock’s belt into the water. That blew me away at the time. I didn’t know they could do that!

      • Raging_Demons says:

        Funny you should say that. Hardy’s World Title was mocked heavily during social media in a way to judge what was worse. Hardy’s title or The Diva’s Title. I think I still have that match on my old computer.

  6. Kenneth Wise says:

    The one solace out of all of this is that after that ppv, TNA became a hell of a lot more watchable until the Aces and Eights storyline started.

  7. Brian E says:

    Ah, what a glorious train wreck of a match this was. While Impact Wrestling is still surviving (somehow), I’m convinced that “The Death of TNA” is not too far away, thanks to moments like this.

  8. Thomas says:

    Jeff Hardy looks very Buseyesque in the image at the top of the article.

  9. Mister Forth says:

    First, Slammiversary repeated the “Angle on the poster, not on the show” deal.

    Secondly, I’ve heard conflicting things about the behind the scenes stuff involving this match. Bischoff apparently told Sting backstage that if Sting had to shoot go home, to do so. But I’ve also heard that Bischoff was sent out to make it no DQ so that Jeff would do next to nothing in the match, and that Sting would be facing the other guys in Immortal. I’m not sure which is the real story, but I would venture to guess one of them is.

    Finally, as bad as it was that Jeff showed up in this state, it seems that he needed to hit this rock bottom(No, not that kind) in order to get help. As far as I know, he hasn’t gotten into any more trouble related to substance abuse. So ultimately, this is WrestleCrap, and is certainly a nail in TNA’s double wide, double deep casket, but the silver lining is it’s what made him realize he needed to get back on track.

    • Rex Kidd says:

      AS it happens, I heard that Bischoff had no idea what condition Jeff was in until he came out, because for whatever reason Eric was standing at the gorilla position. Basically Jeff was allowed to go out because nobody was willing to stop him or tell him not to (and I don’t blame Eric because if he was indeed at gorilla his only other choice would have been to physically tackle Jeff to the ground).

      But jesus, I mean, how hard is this, you know? If Sting was booked to win anyway what does it matter if Jeff can’t work the match, get somebody else out there. I’d have GLADLY taken (to give RD’s example) Angle in that match. Mr. Anderson, James Storm, fucking anybody. ANYTHING ELSE would have been a better decision. It’s just so goddamn baffling.

    • Ze Frenchie says:

      Psst: It’s not a casket, it’s a deathbed!

  10. Hulk6785 says:

    I still can’t believe TNA let Jeff Hardy wrestle while high as a kite. Dumbest fucking thing they’ve ever done.

  11. OneManChainGang says:

    GOOD GOD that belt was ugly. I dont understand why promoters come up with some of the most gawdiest looking belts. What ever happened to traditional gold belts, the ones that looked old and prestigious?
    To answer your question R.D. I would love to add “The Death of TNA” to my collection. I didn’t start watching TNA till about 2009 and stopped watching around 2011 so I know very little about what happened in the company before and after that time and think that behind-the-scene happenings could be just as interesting to read as the ones in “Death of WCW” considering some of the same people (Bischoff, Hogan) running TNA were running WCW too

    • Thomas says:

      The Belt looks like it belongs in a particularly fabulous stage production of Batman and Robin.

  12. Sean Bateman says:

    I shall call Death of TNA “Death of WCW 2: The TNA years”

  13. Autrach Sejanoz says:

    In all honesty, the entire show was a trainwreck – this was just the turd on top. Jim Cornette sent a tweet that night which summed it up brilliantly – “Just watched TNA – I have to come up with a new face.”

    I would also like to say that I’d gladly read The Death of TNA (or whatever RD & Bryan end up calling it).

  14. Preparation Triple H says:

    Have you thought about a Death of TNA audiobook? Each chapter could start or end with “FIRE RUSSO!” chants.

  15. Jimbolian says:

    This whole TNA and GFW farce is insulting.

    But I just thought of a true license to print money moment, know who would’ve been THE guy to have an inner monologue gimmick?

    George The Animal Steele, period.

  16. El J says:

    I remember here in the uk there was an issue with the broadcast of the Ppv (we had to wait till Wednesday for TNA Ppvs because apparently Challenge aren’t worried about potential spoilers) so they repeated it twice over the following week. Something about that always summed up the huge cluster duck that was that Ppv to me.

  17. John C says:

    All you have to do is look at that belt and realize that is a person with real problems. Who designs that if they’re not on a real bender. Vince Russo never booked a Drug of Choice on a Pole Match you could have had Jeff vs Scott Hall vs Sandman vs RVD vs Sabu vs Jake Roberts now that’s a six-pack challenge.

  18. Cameron A. says:

    Top Rope Belts was behind Jeff Hardy’s custom belt. TRB made a D.I.L.L.I.G.A.F. belt for Shannon Moore, meant for possible use in TNA storylines ( As bad as Hardy’s belt was, at least TNA only got the Book of D.I.L.L.I.G.A.F.

    Rob Van Dam’s 2010 TNA debut saw him win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship from AJ Styles, then drop the belt due to TNA using up RVD’s appearance dates, Abyss using Janice to possibly “puncture” RVD’s organs. Sting was brought back by “The Network”, piggybacking off Undertaker’s 2.21.11 vignettes with that 3.3.11 business. Both RVD and Mr. Anderson complained about not receiving TNA World title shots in the lead-up to VR2011 – “a**hole” Mr. Anderson because “The Network” displaced him with Sting, RVD because he was stripped of the title. It didn’t matter that Abyss kayfabe half-killed RVD months earlier; Abyss and AJ Styles were midcarders by VR2011. TNA’s 2011 main event picture was a mess, even by TNA main event standards. Even if VR2011 didn’t go down the way it did, that storyline summary hurts to TYPE – and Sting hadn’t yet debuted his Joker gimmick!

  19. Geoff says:

    Hey! It’s the autobot belt. I would so shill money to see them wrestle for the face of Optimus Prime around their waist. I’d pay $10 and probably get back $2 because of the 89 second match.

  20. rigorkrad says:

    when the referee , Brian Hebner, throws the “X-Sign” during the ring introductions, it’s a sign that the match should not continue. thanks to david mcdonald on youtube for pointing this out.

  21. ChrisV says:

    I remember that TNA brought Jeff back as a face after this and continued his push.
    I thought that was even more sad.
    True, Jeff didn’t mess up like this again, and as far as I remember, he didn’t win back the title.
    Yet, the fact that Jeff came back and blamed Bischoff for messing him up by feeding his ego (kayfabe wise) was just wrong.

  22. John Matrix says:

    I can’t hate something that gave the world the immortal “MINUS FIVE STARS!”

    • Autrach Sejanoz says:

      Actually, this was the second match to be given the infamous rating. The first was Sharmell vs. Jenna Morasca at Victory Road 2009.

    • PaulS says:

      Actually the original “MINUS FIVE STARS” was from Jenna vs Sharmell at Victory Road 2009.

  23. Kev says:

    Why not call the book “The Rise and Fall of TNA” with the ‘rise’ X-ed out?

  24. M says:

    This match highlights how far Jeff Hardy has fallen. In 2009 Jeff was well on his way to surpassing John Cena as WWE’s top star (I’d argue that he was closer than Daniel Bryan or CM Punk ever got), then he decided to piss it all away for drugs

    • Craig says:

      Dude, Daniel Bryan and CM Punk actually managed to surpass Cena as WWE’s top star. Sure it was only briefly due to injuries (on Daniel Bryan’s part) and crappy booking (on CM Punk’s part) but they actually did manage it. Jeff Hardy never even came close to getting the reactions D-Bry or Punk got when he was in WWE.

      • Evan Waters says:

        Strictly speaking neither ever did- Cena was still more of a draw at house shows and more of a merch seller than either Bryan or Punk, and probably still is #1 now even though Vince has changed how he uses him.

  25. Adam "Colorado" Curry says:

    I can’t believe this wasn’t inducted already. Really the show as a whole needs to be in the Hall of Shame.

    Fuck TNA and fuck Jeff Hardy.

  26. Mike says:

    I completely gave up on TNA for a while after this.

  27. CLS says:

    Thanks for the reminder on why I never watched TNA again. Add in the ill-treament of Dixie Carter to this company and we’ve got another wrestling promotion on life support.

  28. Alan Eves says:

    I’m tired of seeing TNA fanboys trying to argue that criticism of the company is just from WWE marks who want TNA, the plucky little Seabiscuit-esque underdog, to fail so we can maintain the status quo. This is rubbish. I enjoy (for the most part) WWE but I also recognise that the best thing for it, and for wrestling in general, is to have several 100lb gorillas and a 300lb one, instead of just one 1000lb one. Competition is good. TNA is not good, nor is it an underdog. It’s a glorified indy fed bankrolled by a huge corporation that has made error after error and continuously alienated fans and wrestlers alike, all while maintaining the frighteningly delusional and arrogant ethos that it had WWE on the ropes. This company is bad for North American wrestling, not to mention absolutely irrelevant now since Ring of Honor is on the rise, GFW (which hopefully Jarrett will not make the mistake of filling with the same idiots and egotists who have now crippled both WCW and TNA) has already confirmed some of the best-known and loved TNA names to be joining, and NXT has become the WWE alternative that TNA should have been – ironically while under the umbrella of WWE itself.

    • Anonymous says:

      NXT is not an alternative to anything. It don’t count as competition if it’s the same corporation.

  29. Alexandru says:

    This whole situation is the very definition of embarrassing. TNA was idiotic for letting Hardy come out in the first place. Hardy should have been fired on the spot but TNA were pushovers.

  30. Anonymous says:

    TNA has a pretty unique place in the history of professional wrestling. There’s never been a company that was both that hated, that low in the ratings, produced that much crap, made that many awful decisions, had that many booking/storyline disasters, AND lasted that long.

    In the future it’ll be almost surreal to look back on the company and their history. And that’s what separates them from WCW probably more than anything. WCW was a run-of-the-mill standard wrestling federation that did what any run-of-the-mill standard wrestling federation did: They made a lot of bad decisions that cost them in the long run, they made a lot of big money moves that they profited from big time and got insane rating out of and millions of fans, they hired a lot of legendary wrestlers, they hired a lot of nobodies, they aired a lot of terrible wrestling, and they aired some memorable shows. TNA on the other hand didn’t follow a path that any other wrestling federation in history had ever followed before. It was like they were being run by people who had never seen wrestling before, didn’t know what it even was, and instead just aired whatever form of television they could think of at random and for no apparent reason aired wrestling matches at random intervals during this all. There’s literally NOTHING else that I could think of to compare them to and no other company with a genuine comparable or similar history. People always try to cite WCW implying that TNA is “the new WCW”, but they really aren’t. They’re going to be remembered in the future as an almost otherworldly anomaly in the history of professional wrestling. The kind of thing that hardcore fans will discover as they get deeper into wrestling fandom and be endlessly perplexed by.

  31. Conquistador #3 says:

    People were saying TNA was going to go out of business ten years ago. And maybe it will, but it’s already been around longer than ECW was and about the same time that WCW lasted. Point being, if it leaves then we have even less wrestling on TV and more sports entertainment. I certainly like having the variety.

    • Skinnyfatass says:

      Well, considering that GFW has been founded (I hope that there is no invasion and that Bobby Roo is its first champion, not Double J) and RoH will take over on Destination America from TNA, I see no reason for TNA to still be around.

  32. Porter "Budsgrnad" Sultzbaugh says:

    When I see Jeff Hardy’s “Title Belt” I am always reminded of the Asian shows like UltraMan and / or Johnny Sokko And His Flying Robot.

    Here’s a “Supercard” for you…

    Sting vs. UltraMan
    Jeff Hardy vs. Johnny Sokko’s Flying Robot
    and “Drunken” JBL vs. Godzilla II

  33. SaviorGabriel says:

    The entirety of TNA’s legacy in less than 3 minutes.


  34. mrwednesdaynight says:

    Another thing that needs to be inducted is the Impact after this show. For better or worse, this incident got my attention. I tuned into the Impact after Victory Road to see what they were going to say about this incident and see if they did something amazing to win back the good will of the fans. What I remember was the first hour was nothing but talking. Really, really bad talking. I didn’t stick around for the next hour of the show because I was bored to death with Hogan, Bishoff, Anderson, Flair, and whoever else they had go out there droning on for an hour about absolutely nothing. That was the last time I watched TNA.

  35. Skinnyfatass says:

    And then there was Bound for Glory 2011. That show was a travesty, especially the main event which was changed at the last minute by Hogan to make sure that Hulks face turn was not overshadowed by the main event. That was almost as bad as this show.

  36. TheDude says:

    Omg I remember this. Yes another brilliant moment in tnas rapid downhill slide. They were good for a while, then they brought in Hogan and Bischoff and everything went to shit. I can no longer bring myself to watch Tna.

    R.D. please write the death of tna, as I can’t wait to read it

  37. ZeroSignal says:

    On top of all this, let’s also not forget that going into this induction, TNA straight up copied WWE’s cryptic return date promo right down to the font used, only replacing Undertaker’s return with Sting’s return.

  38. Kid From Iowa says:

    At least WCW wasn’t largely owned by of all things an energy company. Imagine WCW answering to BP or Chevron instead of Turner.

  39. Justin says:

    Sign me up for a copy of The Death of TNA. I wanted to like that company so badly. In 2005 when they signed with Spike I actually thought they’d become a viable #2 and be able to sign away all the great workers WWE was taking for granted, and make them stars. In 2006 when they signed Angle I thought that would be a game-changer. In 2009 when they made AJ the Champion again and refocused on him, Joe and Daniels, as well as signing Desmond Wolfe I thought they’d turned a corner. December 2009 was the last time I had any optimism for TNA. Since then it’s been an epic train wreck.

  40. mikes says:

    bruh this didnt win a gooker!? worst wrestling thing everrrrrr

  41. Krendall says:

    As a personal, vanity belt for Hardy (like the Smoking Skull belt for Austin), that design’s actually pretty awesome. For just about anyone else, it looks stupid as all hell.

    A “Death of TNA” book really should be written, if only to point out all the missed opportunities the company had to start climbing to the WWE’s level. There was a time when their roster consisted of so much raw talent it was ridiculous. AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, Team Canada, Motor City Machine Guns, America’s Most Wanted, Chris Daniels, Sonjay Dutt (who deserves better), etc. Unfortunately, the company decided to put all its focus on Jeff Jarrett instead of any of the talented wrestlers. Having Vince Russo as a booker didn’t help matters.

  42. Michael says:

    How did Jeff Hardy not only survive this and not his name be curse word in wrestling but to come back to WWE six years later albeit with his brother Matt? Only the universe knows.

  43. Paolo says:

    I thought heel Jeff Hardy in late 2010-early 2011 could have worked as a kind of a Raven-like character, but it was definitely not the time. People wanted to cheer him as a babyface

    My friends and I call that purple-and-silver custom belt monstrosity the “Hor-Dac belt”, as it closely resembles the said She-Ra villain.

  44. Felicity says:

    I remember tuning into “Impact” one night and seeing Jeff Hardy come out and apologise to the fans, and I wondered what that was about. Maybe that was the next show after this match.

    TNA disappeared off my TV for a while; I didn’t get any of the channels it came on. Then one day it came back and I set my PVR to record it. I watched an episode but it was boring. There’d been too much of a turnover, the style had changed too much, and it just didn’t speak to me.

    My PVR is still accumulating episodes of “Ring of Honor” but I haven’t gotten around to watch them either, as ROH tends to be kind of dull also. WWE lost me years ago. I don’t really have anywhere to go now except to support the local indy promotion when it comes near enough to me to attend, and to watch old episodes of WWF, WCW, and early TNA.

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