Puublished Jan 18 2020 By Hakeem Fullurton Of WrestlingWithWrestling.Com
The world of professional wrestling is no stranger to having a myriad of stories about wrestlers disliking the people they work or travel with; It often stems from backstage politics, ego, accidents, misunderstanding or someone using their position within the promotion to make sure that a wrestler gets blacklisted and their reputation is all but destroyed.
TNA/Impact Wrestling is no exception as issues between wrestlers and coworkers have become known to the general public, much to the dismay of the company's reputation.
So ,here are eight times the stars of TNA/ Impact Wrestling hated each other.
The founder of TNA, Jeff Jarrett has always been a polarizing figure in the wrestling world as many in the industry have accused Double J of being overrated and thinking of himself as a bigger deal than he actually is; Others dislike him for his marriage to Kurt Angle's ex wife Karen and turning it into a storyline as well as his lawsuit against Impact Wrestling following his termination in 2017 over his erratic behavior behind the scenes.
In the case of Matt Hardy, his distain over the so call "King of The Mountain" could be traced back to a botch that happened between the two of them at a North Carolina show called Wrestlecade IV in 2015.
Jarrett hit Hardy over the head with a guitar which was a signature move that Jarrett had done within his career, sadly this guitar shot by Jarrett went horribly wrong.
According to reports, Matt suffered a huge gash on his head which required him to spend a night in the hospital for observation as well as needing 38 stitches to close the wound.
Things didn't get any better in 2017 when Matt along with his brother Jeff Hardy were planning to return to the WWE but Impact's parent company, Anthem Sports and Entertainment filed a lawsuit over the "Broken" gimmick that Matt Hardy and then Impact employee Jeremy Borash help create.
8. Matt Hardy vs. Jeff Jarrett
This led to Matt's wife, Reby Sky (more on her later) going to Twitter and firing despairing remarks about Anthem and Impact(then known as GFW Impact) including the infamous "F### that Owl" comment that became a viral meme around the anti Impact Wrestling fandom as well as replying to Jeff Jarrett about a interview he did in 2017 where she said: "Stop doing stupid interviews before I release your drunk texts & the DUI records that somehow haven't gotten out WAIT OOPS".
While the suit over the gimmick would get resolved with Matt being able to keep his 'Broken' persona it's unclear if the issues between the two are still ongoing...On a more positive note, Matt Hardy and Anthem did make peace in 2018 and even Impact Wrestling made Matt Hardy's match with Jeff Hardy known as the Final Deletion the best match of the decade.
7. AJ Styles vs. Chris Sabin
Two of the most influential and celebrated figures within the early days of TNA’s X division were AJ Styles and Chris Sabin; Both men like so many others were instrumental in the X Division becoming a cornerstone in TNA/Impact Wrestling with the two of them holding the X Division title for a combined 14 times during there time within the company.
However when you have two talented wrestlers like Sabin and Styles working to see who is the better wrestler, a rivalry is certain going to manifest and sure enough it did...albeit more one-sided.
During a 2017 interview on the Grilling JR with Jim Ross podcast, AJ talked about how he initially disliked Sabin solely because Sabin was a very talented performer who knew what he was doing in the squared circle while AJ was still a little green in the ring.
AJ went on to mention that he checked his insecurities at the door as he believed both Sabin and himself could make the company a lot of money if they worked together and by all accounts that was it...AJ's reasoning for hating Sabin was due to his belief that Sabin was more talented then him and could be a bigger star but we all know that wasn't the case.
While it's the most lighthearted of all of the entries on this list, the fact that a rivalry between Styles and Sabin over who was the best wrestler is just to good not to mention.
6. Scott Steiner vs. Hulk Hogan
From Ric Flair to Triple H to Vince McMahon, Scott Steiner has had his far share of feuds and rivalries with some wrestling's most influential figures.
One of the most infamous would have to be Hulk Hogan, a man Steiner hates for a myriad of reasons all stemming from Hogan's run as an authority figure in TNA. Steiner has accused Hogan of ruining the careers of many young and talented stars in TNA well as putting his real life daughter, Brooke Hogan in a position of power in the company.
In 2015, the feud went from bad to worse as Steiner was accused by Hulk Hogan for harassing his wife in an airport but a lack of camera footage supporting these claims led to Steiner not being charged of anything.
Steiner would then go on to make remarks about Hogan being racist after his sex tape scandal revealed that the Hulkster was using racial slurs against African Americans in regards to his daughter dating a black man not to mention that Steiner threatened to kill Hulk Hogan at one point...so it's a safe bet that these two wouldn't be resolving their issues anytime soon.
5. Dixie Carter vs. Billy Corgan
Impact Wrestling’s multi-year struggle started in 2016 where it was revealed that the company was going through a financial crisis which allegedly lead to wrestlers being paid later than expected and various amounts of cost cutting which began to derailed the company’s momentum.
One of biggest examples of this would have to be Bound For Glory 2016, where the biggest issue wasn’t if the wrestlers would be paid but if they would have enough money to run the show in its entirety. Thankfully the company would be saved by Smashing Pumpkins Frontman, Billy Corgan (of all People) and the show went on without a hitch. However the celebrations were short when it was revealed that TNA president Dixie Carter had swindled Billy Corgan out money in exchange for the promise of having creative control of the company. When this happened a lawsuit was filed by Corgan against Dixie leading to more problems within the company.
Though the suit was settled and Corgan went on to take control of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), the lawsuit and scandal behind it all resulted in bad blood between the two parties.
4. Ivelisse Velez vs. Tessa Blanchard
Although this feud between Tessa and Ivelisse didn’t actually started in Impact, the tension between these two could be seen as a possible factor to why the former Gut Check participant was not brought back into the company.
During a 2018 interview, Ivelisse was set to make her long awaited return back to Impact after a brief time with the company back in 2013. However, at the last minute she was told that she would no longer be needed and any communications between her and the company had ended. While a reason for the last minute cancellation has never been confirmed it can be speculated that her previous beef with third generation wrestler and former Knockouts Champion, Tessa Blanchard may have something to do with it.
According to a documentary that chronicles Tessa’s life and career upon joining Impact Wrestling, she mentions that a certain individual told her that "I never had a family name. I had to work for everything I have from the streets". Tessa also mentions that she felt unsafe working with this individual during their time in Lucha Underground.
Many believe the individual Tessa was referring to was in fact, Ivelisse and that Tessa may be responsible for Velez's cancellation to Impact.
Considering that the locker room morale within Impact has been spectacular under the Don Callis and Scott D’Amore regime, it’s possible that Ivelisse’s sudden cancellation from returning was likely due to the possibility that the two could not only create more problems for the company but intensify their already lukewarm animosity.
But when you consider the recent allegations surrounding Tessa Blanchard's bullying and blacklisting of female athletes...you have to wonder does this story have any legit merit.
3. Austin Aries vs. Sami Callihan
The self-proclaimed “Greatest Man that Ever Lived” is no stranger to having quarrels with his fellow coworkers but today I’ll be taking about the issues between the former Impact World champion and the current World champion, Sami Callihan.
In February of 2019, a war of words were exchanged between Aries and Callihan with the latter accusing the former of "taking his ball and going home" following the controversial conclusion to Bound For Glory 2018 as well as mentioning him by his real; Aries took offence to this by calling Sami a 'mark' and the feud went on from there with the two men continuous making references to the 'taking you ball' line to Sami mentioning how his wrestling in three different promotions before Aries responded by calling Callihan a grunt boy before asking what major TV channel is the promotions his working for on and calling him out of shape for wrestling in a T-shirt during a match these two had in Ring of Honor.
The insults continued onward but since then neither man has made any comments about each other since their early 2019 Twitter war; Many believe the issues involving Aries and Callihan stem from Slammiversary 2018 after Aries called out Callihan on Twitter for having his match with Pentagon Jr. go longer than expected.
2. Awesome Kong vs. Reby Sky Hardy
Reby Sky has been notorious for her remarks on Twitter which has seen her step over the line or go too far when it comes to matters involving herself or her husband, Matt Hardy. While Reby's tweets about Jeff Jarrett's drunken history and the "F### that Owl" comment have resulted in her being demonized in the eyes of many Impact fans, it's her infamous backstage confrontation with TNA Knockout and legend, Awesome Kong that gets her on this list.
The issues between Reby and Kong go back to 2013 when the Awesome one made a comment referring to Sky as a 'Ho' during an interview with "Youshoot" and Reby Sky calling out Psycho Sid for no showing an indy event and calling Awesome Kong a lot of horrible names.
In 2016, during an Impact taping in the UK, Reby Sky got into an altercation with Awesome Kong after the two ladies were made to share a locker room together; The story has it that Kong threw Reby's bag out of the locker room and led to Kong either making an unsuccessful run for Reby or Kong choking her up against a wall before a road agent for TNA attempted to break it up...Oh yeah and Rebys/Matt Hardy's son, King Maxel was there to see the whole thing.
Kong was released from TNA not too long after they altercation but would return to pro wrestling in 2019 as the bodyguard of Brandi Rhodes' faction, The Nightmare Collective in All Elite Wrestling.
1. Vince Russo vs. Jim Cornette
Undoubtedly the most well known and infamous case of hatred between coworkers in TNA would have to be the one involving Jim Cornette and Vince Russo.
Much like the Tessa/Ivelisse feud, Russo and Cornette's problems began way before the crossed paths in TNA but became problematic by time it resurfaced. In 2007, Jim Cornette signed with TNA as an on air authority figure however his issues with Russo occurred backstage with Cornette having to constantly deal with the wild and crazy booking of Vince Russo which caused a large amount of stress and weight gain for Louisville Lip.
Jim Cornette wasn't any better as he would get into shouting matches with almost anyone and everyone in the locker room with names like Dutch Mantell, Jeff Jarrett and Dixie Carter getting involved either as peacemakers or witnesses to the numerous arguments that happened behind the scenes.
Eventually in 2009 Jim Cornette's complaining finally saw him get released from the company following a disagreement with the booking of Eric Young.
Since then both Vince Russo and Jim Cornette have become blacklisted in almost every major wrestling promotion in the world whilst continuing to antagonize one another via social media, restraining orders and on various podcasts.
Cornette has even gone as far as to say that he will live long enough to take a piss and shit on Vince Russo's grave when he dies...I could go on but how do you surpass saying or doing something like that.
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