Impact, TNA, NWA Total Nonstop Action. The company started up by Jeff Jarrett and his father back up on the 19th of June in 2002, we wouldn’t know how it would have an impact on the world of Wrestling. No Pun intended. Many matches have been genuine Match of the year contenders (AJ Styles vs Christopher Daniels vs Samoa Joe at Unbreakable 2005) and many people have become household names in the Asylum or Impact Zone (depending on what era you’re from). Some matches or superstars from Impact are still talked about today whereas some others are completely forgotten about. So here’s some matches in TNA history that you have may forgotten about.
Shinsuke Nakamura vs Elix Skipper
Show: TNA Xplosion!
Date: January 28th 2008
Nowadays, both these men maybe talked about. One due to being a former Intercontinental Champion in WWE, the other being that one iconic moment he had in TNA when the odd wrestling fan reminisces on old TNA and how he was so different to what WWE was doing. At the time, Shinsuke Nakamura was enjoying his second IWPG World Heavyweight Championship at the time, recently defeated rival, Tanahashi, earlier that month at Wrestle Kingdom II main event at the Tokyo Dome. On the other hand, Elix Skipper, he would get released from his TNA Contract just months after this month happened.
LAX vs Tyler Black & Jeff Watson
Show: TNA iMPACT!
Date: October 5th 2006
LAX. One of the best factions to ever step out of TNA. Homicide, Hernandez and Konnan together, known as the Latin American exchange, helped put up the TNA tag division in its early days. But one match you might of forgotten that they had on a iMPACT show was against Tyler Black and Jeff Watson, which was to lead up to that years Bound For Glory show. One man you may recognise from this match is none other than former WWE Champion, Seth Rollins. Seth (as Tyler Black) and Jeff Watson was made quick work of here in this match as the match only lasted less than 5 minutes. It’s weird what happened to Tyler Black, you wouldn’t of thought of it, would you?
Jay Lethal vs Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart
Show: TNA iMPACT!
Date: November 12th, 2009
Jim Neidhart? In the Impact Zone? In 2009? Yep, I was asking myself that when I found out as well. It was Jim’s only appearance in TNA, and it was to answer Jay Lethal’s “Black Machismo Invitational”. The match according to CAGEMATCH, only lasted 90 seconds as the former Hart Foundation member got the win over Lethal. For the year it happened in, you definitely wouldn’t expected this match to happen.
Ric Flair vs Matt Hardy vs AJ Styles
Show: TNA iMPACT!
Date: March 10th 2011
One of the matches following Ric Flair’s retirement in WWE against Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania, just under 3 years prior. Matt Hardy vs AJ Styles sounds like a great match which could main event any TNA event during that era, but to add the Nature Boy, does seem weird to say the least looking in from the outside. This match to make things more bizarre was a three way Street Fight, which Flair won. Three legends in one match, and it’s gone forgotten, who would of guessed it?
Kazuchika Okada and Homicide vs Generation Me
Show: TNA Xplosion
Date: April 14th, 2010
One half of Outlaw Inc. with Eddie Kingston, the Ace of New Japan, half of the AEW EVP’s. That is where all of the members of this match are in today’s wrestling world. Generation Me went on to become the Young Bucks and split the Wrestling World in half, Homicide breached off out of Impact and now works for companies like NWA and Okada has returned to NJPW where he has had classics upon classics with the likes of Kenny Omega, Kota Ibushi and Tetsuya Naito, having at least 5 star matches will all three wrestlers.
So there’s 5 TNA/Impact matches, you probably had forgotten had happened. The matches listed can be found on YouTube, if not, will be found on Impact Plus, which is Impact’s On Demand Service, available on IOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV.