The professional wrestling brand of Total Nonstop Action has been a very controversial subject in the year 2016. While there have been multiple changes in executive leadership over the years, namely a transition from Jeff and Jerry Jarrett to Dixie Carter, the company has been inundated with financial shortcomings and legal troubles for a number of years. While there have been numerous reports and speculations that the company has reached the end of the road, somehow the brand activates its proverbial nine lives and bounce back from adversity.
In just the past few years, TNA has experienced a mass exodus of stars departing the company for numerous reasons, with many of them not falling on a positive side. These names include Samoa Joe, Austin Aries, Eric Young, Bobby Roode, Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian, Sting, Jay Lethal, Kurt Angle, and AJ Styles, all having a significant part in laying the foundation of the company.
Despite this devastating blow, there is one person who has remained loyal to the company: Abyss.
Before he was known by his current persona, he began his TNA tenure during the company’s inception going by the name of Justice. A year later, “The Monster” Abyss debuted, and he has remained loyal to the company ever since. From feuds with AJ Styles, Sting, Jeff Hardy, Raven, and Matt Morgan, to being in alliances such as Planet Jarrett, Immortal, and The Revolution, Abyss has earned many stripes to become one of the most admired people backstage.
In 2006, WWE had a heightened interest in acquiring Abyss from TNA, due to his character being so strong. In fact, he was even pegged to commence a feud with The Undertaker, leading to a WrestleMania match, according to The Ross Report.
In a recent episode of the Pancakes and Powerslams Show, Abyss not only confirmed that he had no regrets, but he stated that it was a “pretty easy decision” to make.
“There was interest from [WWE]. I was at a time in my career where my contract was coming up. But I decided to stay with TNA… It was definitely an offer there in 2006 to work with Undertaker, but again, I was such a big part of the beginning of TNA, I was such a home-grown talent, a base talent who they were building around, I decided to stay. I have no regrets, to be honest with you. Like I said, TNA has been my home and treated me so good, so in the end it was a pretty easy decision for me to make, and I’ve never looked back.”
Most recently, the company has been dealing with severe legal problems with former short-term president, Smashing Pumpkins lead man Billy Corgan, and it appeared that TNA was finally going to fold. However, once again showing resilience, the organization is now funded by Anthem and will resume programming as usual.
The parent company recently released a statement of their desire to recreate a strong brand.
“TNA is a strong property for Fight Network and as a licensee and global distribution partner we have a keen interest in seeing the company not only survive but continue to grow and thrive, alongside our own growth. We are hopeful that the company can soon get back to doing what it does best, which is to produce great wrestling content.”
Currently, Abyss is a member of one of the biggest attractions TNA has for the brand along with Crazzy Steve and Rosemary, which is the faction known as Decay.https://www.instagram.com/p/BGqHf81D2Kj/?taken-by=tna_crazzy_steve&hl=en
While there have been reports that this acquisition will tremendously decrease the number of tapings, which could very well dilute any form of spontaneity and shock value, Abyss is still optimistic that TNA will experience its best years yet. He also gave an update on the next set of tapings scheduled for the weekly Impact Wrestling show.
“Everything is A-1 with us. It’s going to be an interesting year coming up. I know that we’re planning on taping the next set in early January, and I think the company is really going to be able to settle down now and focus on the future. And I think it’s a bright future. There’s a lot of hungry talent there, a lot of great people working behind the scenes to make it a great place to be at, and I think it’s really gonna come together. I think 2017 is gonna be a fantastic year for the company.”
Throughout the years, Abyss has shown that his loyalty to TNA has made him one of the most respected names in pro wrestling today and an attraction at every promotion he is affiliated with.
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