The TNA name is coming back, but one WWE Hall of Famer questions if it will matter that much for the company.
At the IMPACT Wrestling pay-per-view Bound For Glory, which is the biggest PPV the company holds every year, a video package aired informing everybody watching that IMPACT Wrestling would be undergoing a name change. In January 2024, IMPACT Wrestling will become Total Nonstop Action again, which is a name familiar to fans of the company.
In 2017, after the company was bought by Anthem, they went with IMPACT Wrestling as the name of the company after 15 years of being called Total Nonstop Action.
Starting in January 2024 at the Hard To Kill pay-per-view, they will introduce new TNA championships and the company’s weekly television show will be called TNA Impact Wrestling.
The President of IMPACT Wrestling, Scott D’Amore, said recently that TNA was ready for a second golden age.
Rob Van Dam worked for TNA from 2010 to 2013 after his first run in WWE. He also worked there in 2019. During his career in TNA, RVD was a World Champion and X-Division Champion as well.
While talking about the transition from IMPACT Wrestling back to the TNA name on his 1 Of A Kind podcast, WWE Hall of Famer RVD admitted that he didn’t think the change was a big deal.
“I don’t know what went into their decision to do it, I don’t have that information. Without that insight, it could be a good or bad business decision.”
“They could have moved intellectual properties, they could have moved from one LLC to another for who knows what reason, maybe they have new investors, I have no idea, but just based on that question…going back to TNA Wrestling, from IMPACT Wrestling, this is just my opinion, I’m not trying to talk s**t on anybody; I don’t see it as making that big of a difference.”
Rob Van Dam doesn’t think the TNA name adds value to the company
As he continued, RVD explained why he thinks the TNA and IMPACT Wrestling names are interchangeable.
“To me, it doesn’t sound like earth-shattering news. When people call IMPACT Wrestling, TNA in conversation, it’s almost interchangeable.”
“On that basis alone, I don’t think that just by changing the name to TNA Wrestling, on that alone, is going to add a lot of value, or any value, in my opinion, being an outsider, to the company on its own. I don’t see it adding value to it. If It’s along with other plans, which I’m sure it probably is, then they probably have some potentially good ideas and more power to them.”
Another WWE Hall of Famer who was in TNA at the same time as RVD, Eric Bischoff, doesn’t think that the TNA name is going to matter at all.