10 TNA Impact Wrestling Stars Who Were Bad In The Ring But Great Sports Entertainers

thesportster.com 63 days ago

Impact Wrestling has had a number of talented wrestlers on its roster. Some of them were average in the ring, but great at being sports entertainers.

Since its founding in 2002, TNA, now Impact Wrestling, has had its fair share of elite matches and memorable moments. In addition, some of the best wrestlers today got their start or even a second chance with the company. While numerous and often hilarious mistakes identified the promotion for a while, some of the best in the wrestling business have competed in the Impact Zone. Due to its status as the primary alternative to WWE after the fall of WCW, many performers were technically sound and were just undersized or a bit old for WWE's product at the time.

Still, as with every wrestling promotion, talent and popularity don't always need to coexist. A few of the most popular and enduring names on the roster were either well past their in-ring prime or never really that great, to begin. Although it is less common than in WWE, a couple of Impact's featured players were not all that gifted in the ring. Still, they managed to create memorable moments for the fans alongside their in-ring counterparts. These entertainers have helped create a legacy for what was once a growing, upstart independent promotion.

10/10 Hulk Hogan

Hulk Hogan TNA

When Hulk Hogan joined TNA in 2010, he was 57 years old and well past his prime. Hogan was never a world-class technical wrestler in his day, which was only highlighted by his joining a roster known for its higher work rate. However, his presence coincided with Impact's highest viewership and the company's worst creative period.

While he was used more as an authority figure on television, he did wrestle in some pretty bad matches against the likes of Sting. However, despite his deficiencies, having a name like Hulk Hogan was a boon to the roster, and he was very much over with the fans.

9/10 ODB

ODB Holding Impact Title

ODB has recently had a string of less than stellar matches on Impact. However, even though she has never been a great worker, especially by the Knockout division's standards, she has gotten massively over with the fans.

Her success in TNA has culminated in multiple TNA Knockout Championship wins, even if those were more about her character and less about her progression as a competitor. While limited in the ring, she had a solid career and kept herself in the conversation at the top of the card.

8/10 Scott Steiner

Scott Steiner TNA

As tag team wrestlers, the Steiner brothers were innovative. When the duo separated, Scott became one of WCW's most charismatic performers. However, as he got older, and the wrestling landscape changed, Steiner when from a hot commodity to a bit of an afterthought. TNA, though, did not see it quite the same way.

By the time Steiner joined Impact's roster in 2006, he was older and slower than during his peak WCW run, and it showed. However, his status as a legend made him a draw, and his work on the microphone was still massively over with Impact's fanbase.

7/10 Eddie Kingston

Eddie Kingston

Eddie Kingston is going through a career high point, consistently featuring in some of AEW Dynamite's best stories. Before he was one of Chris Jericho's best rivals, he was one of Impact's most compelling performers.

Often working in factions like LAX and the DCC, Kingston uses a brawling style, which certainly comes across as limited. However, Kingston's presence and charisma make him wildly entertaining even without the work rate of many of his colleagues on Impact and now AEW. The connection Kingston had with Impact's fans and continues to have today has carried him much further than in-ring skill probably could have.

6/10 Shark Boy

Stone Cold Shark Boy

If talented performers like AJ Styles and Samoa Joe are the backbone of TNA and its overall legacy, then Shark Boy represents the heart of the promotion. Shark Boys' whacky pairing with Curry Man, his Steve Austin parody, and much more are all hilarious moments of pure sports entertainment. All of this is despite being somewhat limited in the ring.

Shark Boy was never meant to be at the top of the card and never really won. He was typically booked to lose and wrestled accordingly. While the art of selling is often overlooked, Shark Boy wasn't a world-class worker miscast as a jobber. He was a sports entertainer that didn't need to be all that great in a match to make his minutes count and grow a cult following among Impact fans.

5/10 Matt Morgan

Matt Morgan in TNA

The Blue Print Matt Morgan had quite a bit of success on Impact though he has not been remembered like some of his contemporaries. His run was quite impressive, given it was after a lackluster WWE stint. Thanks to his size, Morgan's a physically remarkable performer and very entertaining on the microphone when he isn't saddled with an awful gimmick like his stuttering.

Morgan was never extraordinary in the ring, although he was more athletic than some of Impact's other big men. However, on a roster that included Kurt Angle, Samoa Joe, and AJ Styles, Morgan's charisma helped him keep up and even got him a few entertaining title runs on Impact television.

4/10 Raven

Raven NWA Champion

Raven never needed to be an in-ring master; he came up in the ECW era where hardcore performances were usually an acceptable substitute for exciting action between the ropes. In every promotion Raven joined, he was a compelling storyteller, master of his own lore, and would jump to extreme stipulations to blow off his feuds.

His mysterious character and always-entertaining storytelling carried him to a lot of success in the early days of TNA, even winning the world title in 2005. He continued some of his classic "cult-leader" personas along with a few new ones to significant effect, getting over and staying over through his entire TNA run, which is rare for those early wrestlers.

3/10 B.G. James

BG James in TNA

Impact's B.G. James, or Road Dogg to WWE fans has never been the most gifted in-ring performer. However, as a member of both rosters, James always made his most significant mark with a microphone in hand.

His career has been as a tag team specialist, and his frequent partnership with the talented Billy Gunn guaranteed the matches would be fine. This means that he could build his character without worrying too much about his wrestling. In TNA, he once again teamed up with Gunn and got to tell a number of interesting stories.

2/10 Kevin Nash

Kevin Nash TNA Legends Champion Cropped

Kevin Nash has the distinct accolade of being a main event talent in WWE, WCW, and TNA, which shows just how good a sports entertainer Nash really is. He helped create the nWo, was a champion for nearly a year in WWE, and helped add legitimacy to Impact in the early days.

Nash's overall success, though, has very little to do with his wrestling ability. He was always a character, not a world-class worker. Some of the worst matches in wrestling feature Nash, but so do some of the industry's best moments. He was okay for a man as large as he was, but his wrestling paled in comparison to who he was as a sports entertainer.

1/10 Jeff Jarrett

Jeff Jarrett

The founding father of Impact, Jeff Jarrett, was the cornerstone of the promotion for a long time and was booked as their top champion to start. Jarrett was never really the main event talent in WWE, but he was always in a prominent role. He kept the over-the-top attributes and "rhinestone" aesthetic that made him stand out before he helped launch TNA.

His wrestling has always been serviceable at best, and his run at the top did not produce very many classic bouts. Instead, his dramatic delivery and character work made him a believable world champion that most live fans then bought in on. In addition, Jeff Jarrett managed to take a predominately mid-card gimmick and crank it up a notch to get fans invested in a brand-new product.