TNA’s official website recently introduced the ‘Alumni’ section of their roster page, allowing fans to reminisce about their former favourites, who have since departed the company.
However, the pages on offer are simply old profile’s that offer no explanation of what the wrestler has gone on to do since. So, without further ado, here is part one of GiveMeSport’s ‘Where Are They Now’ look at some of the best and brightest former TNA talent:
• A.J. Styles
A two-time TNA World Heavyweight Champion, A.J. Styles was one of the most celebrated superstars in the company’s history, having been with TNA since its inception in 2002. The show’s first Grand Slam Champion, the Phenomenal One broke fans hearts when he departed the show at the end of 2013, following a feud with company owner Dixie Carter, and the recently crowned World Champion, Magnus.
Since his departure, Styles has returned to Ring of Honour – where he wrestled regularly between 2002 and 2006 – and joined New Japan Pro Wrestling, for whom he debuted in April 2014. Styles soon revealed himself as a member of the villainous Bullet Club stable, and defeated Okada to become the new IWGP Heavyweight Champion – making him the first American in nine years to hold the title. Styles’ has already made two successful title defences against Okada and Michael Elgin, in a three-way match, and again against Okada in a singles bout.
• Alex Shelley
One half of The Motor City Machine Guns, Alex Shelley wrestled in TNA between 2004 and 2012. He could usually be found alongside his close friend and tag team partner, Chris Sabin. The pair were voted the PWI Tag Team of the Year in 2010, with the MCMG’s winning the TNA Tag Titles in July of that year. They held the belts for 182 days – making them the third most successful tag team in TNA history. Shelley also won the X Division Championship during his time with TNA.
He too now plies his trade for New Japan Pro Wrestling, and is part of a long-standing, successful tag team known as Time Splitters, alongside Kushida. Together, the pair have won both the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship, and the Super Jr. Tag Tournament. Time Splitters are currently feuding with The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson, formerly Generation Me) in an attempt to win back their titles.
• Amazing Red
A three time TNA X Division Champion, and a one-time NWA World Tag Team Champion alongside Jerry Lynn, Amazing Red joined TNA in 2002, teaming with A.J. Styles in a duo known as the Amazing Phenomenon, winning the ROH Tag Team Championship. During a tour of Japan in 2003, he suffered a near career-ending knee injury, tearing his cruciate ligament and having to undergo surgery which kept him on the side-line for an entire year. Red returned to TNA briefly in 2004, and again between 2009 and 2011.
After officially leaving TNA in August 2011, Red returned to Ring of Honour for the 10th Anniversary Show, where he teamed with T.J. Perkins (who plays Manik in TNA) in a losing effort against the House of Truth (Michael Elgin and Roderick Strong). Red has since opened his own training school, House of Glory. Red and tag partner Crimson won the HOG Tag Team Titles by defeating the Young Bucks in May 2014.
• Brian Kendrick
Brian Kendrick returned to TNA in 2010, following a brief first stint with the company between 2004 and 2005. Kendrick picked up the X Division Title in July 2011 after defeating Abyss, holding the title until September when he was beaten by Austin Aries. Kendrick left the company by mutual consent in February 2012.
After making several sporadic appearances for the company throughout 2011, Kendrick returned full-time to Ring of Honour in May 2012, replacing Davey Richards (now a member of The Wolves), in the 2012 Best of the Super Juniors Tournament. Kendrick last appeared for ROH in November 2013 and no longer appears on the company’s roster page.
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