Upcoming on June 28th is TNA Impact Wrestling’s first full and proper Pay-Per-View on 2015 and it’s the big one!
Slammiversary 2015 will bring the important issue of the TNA Hall of Fame and the next inductee.
The TNA Hall of Fame is already full of iconic stars including Bully Ray & Devon (Team 3D/Dudleys), Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle and The WCW/TNA icon Sting.
So, with the upcoming induction let's take a look into the possible names that could be inducted, this list encompasses current and ex-talent but all have had a huge and lasting impression on TNA.
The “Professor” of wrestling, and the voice of TNA.
He has been there since day one and has called nearly every single match throughout the company’s 12-year history, until he was replaced on the panel by Josh Mathews.
However, Tenay has since returned to the commentary box and is much respected by fans the world over for his wrestling knowledge.
He has helped with booking, organisation, branding and just about everything else he could to get the company moving and progressing.
Described by many within wrestling as a walking encyclopaedia of knowledge and much respected both as a historian and colour commentator.
Yes that’s right Gail Kim! Without doubt one of the best female wrestlers in the business ever and most certainly the best plying her trade within The World’s top 3 promotions (WWE, TNA & ROH).
She was the first Knockout champion and along with Awesome Kong, was the first to headline Impact Wrestling; a first for female wrestling in TNA.
Two impressive runs in WWE included a Women's title and an aura that gave the Diva’s division a meaning, far from the current joke it has become. That's alongside two TNA runs that have so far brought three Knockout championships, Knockout Tag Titles and PWI recognition as the best female wrestler in the world.
She has feuded with everyone in the Knockout’s division and brought the best out of Madison Rayne, ODB, Kong, Mickie James, Tara and the Taryn Terrell. She is the linchpin the division is built around and a true wrestling professional. Kim should be recognised with a hall of fame induction and it’d be fitting to have her ultimate rival Kong inductee her alongside Dixie Carter too.
The Monster Abyss, a TNA original who along with James Storm is the only one left who appeared on their first broadcast. He's held every title in TNA and been more than willing to run with any ball that they have given him.
This includes working with Hogan when he first arrived in Impact as the “Chosen One” to his split personality story line with Eric Young as Joseph Park.
Abyss was at his best under the guidance of the brilliant James Mitchell many years ago, being able to pull off a monster-esque character that only Kane and The Undertaker have been able to do better. A real company man who has done everything and more to put TNA on the map, he continues to do so with his work on and off screen.
Where do you start with TNA’s Charismatic Enigma? Over the last 15 years he has been without doubt one of wrestling’s most marketable performers.
He's loved by fans for successful stints in TNA and WWE, which has led to six world title runs and many tag titles alongside his brother, Matt Hardy. The high flying nature of what Jeff Hardy does means we are now seeing the latter stages of his famous career, but with the new character he presented in Willow, it allows us to see another side of him.
Jeff Hardy would be as respected an inductee as Kurt Angle and Sting but it may be too soon and with Matt Hardy joining him once again in TNA, is it the right time?
Now on to three names who have departed the company, but again have a fair shout when it comes to the recognition that any Hall of fame status provides, first one I guess you will have guessed yourselves.
This may well be the the most controversial choice out of any of the names mentioned.
The guy that started it all and was the figure head both on screen and off it for many years.
The impending launch of Global Force Wrestling in Las Vegas in July and the terms in which he left TNA may make this a non starter for some.
But the multi time World Heavyweight champion has won titles everywhere he has been. Looking back at archive footage of TNA you can plainly see how much the “King of the Mountain” carried the company on his back.
Critically he should have not had spent all his time around the World Title picture and should have passed the torch on to the younger talent sooner than he did, but should he be the “Chosen One” again?
With his wife taking shots at Dixie Carter on Twitter this may also be a non-starter.
The poster boy of TNA for many years, I thought like many others that AJ would be TNA’s version of Sting, not in terms of character or gimmick, but that he would be there forever like Sting was in WCW.
He won everything and anything in TNA from leading the ground breaking X division, to multiple Tag and World Championships.
Still young and unfortunately no longer on our screens with TNA, AJ has already forged a successful career outside of TNA after signing contacts with ROH and NJPW.
Since leaving TNA he has had a strange relationship with them and leveled some negative comments towards the company, but Dixie is a forgiving lady and has stated in many of her interviews it's “never goodbye” when a talent parts ways with TNA.
Let’s say it may not be this year but the “Phenomenal One” will at some point rightfully take this place within the TNA Hall of Fame. Although you never know!
Lynn made a name for himself in ECW and WWE prior to his pioneering work in the TNA X Division alongside guys like the aforementioned AJ Styles, Low Ki, Amazing Red and Christopher Daniels.
Although a fantastic performer, he never hit the heights of fame that others have on this list and would be something of a shock inductee to the TNA Hall of Fame.
So let us know who you think should be the next TNA Hall of Fame inductee via twitter @EPJwednesday or in the GMS comments section below.
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