TNA: Animation Action, sometimes but rarely called Impact Wrestling: Animated, is the Animated Division of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), now known as Impact Wrestling. Animation Action refers to both the Animated Division and the show itself. Both the show and the Division have been around since 2007.
During an October 2007 episode of TNA Impact!, the boss at that time Jim Cornette came out and had a special announcement for the TNA fans. He spoke and revealed because of requests as well as competing with the "other company" (aka WWE), Total Nonstop Action Wrestling was going to make an Animated Division. He announced that the next week he would reveal the roster.
The Animated Division was revealed the following week. It mostly featured former WWE: Animated Superstars such as The Warners; Yakko, Wakko, and Dot as well various Pokemon gym leaders. The roster also featured more up and coming characters such as Jaden Yuki, Syrus Truesdale, Alexis Rhodes, Zane Truesdale, and Chazz Princeton from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX and also included newcomers John and Jane Shepard, Kaidan Alenko, Ashley Williams, and others from the Mass Effect video game series. After revealing the roster, Cornette revealed the one in charge of the Animated Division and that man was Giovanni, a former WWE: Animated wrestler who just recently retired from the ring. Once given the microphone, Giovanni told the fans this Division would have it's own show along with TNA and it would be called TNA: Animation Action.
The debut episode of Animation Action began the next week, airing two hours before TNA Impact! (that time slot still goes the same today). On this episode, Dot Warner beat Alexis Rhodes and Ashley Willians to become the first TNA Animation Women's World Champion (championship later changed to TNA Animation Knockouts Championship in 2008), Zane Truesdale and Chazz Princeton beat Urdnot Wrex and Garrus Vakarian to become the first TNA Animation Tag Team Champions, Wakko Warner beat Brawly, Kaidan Alenko, and Syrus Truesdale to become the first TNA Animation X DIvision Champion, and after suriviving a huge Battle Royal, Yakko Warner walked out of the debut episode as the TNA Animation World Heavyweight Champion; making all three of the Warner siblings hold 75% of the gold.
2010: The Struggling YearEdit
Over the next three years, despite getting beat by WWE: Animated in the ratings, TNA: Animation Action was successful. Fans loved it just as much as the actual TNA. In fact, fans considered it to be better than the actual TNA. More wrestlers came in jumping ship from WWE, getting a feel of the new Animated Division in the business as well as newcomers in the wrestling business in general such as Dudley Puppy and Kitty Katswell from T.U.F.F. Puppy and various characters from the video game Dragon Age: Origins.
However at the beginning of 2010, with the hiring of Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff on the actual TNA roster, things started to go downhill. Fans often consider 2010 a bad year for TNA, this was no different with Animation Action. Both shows were temporarily moved to Monday nights starting March 8, 2010 to compete with WWE Raw, but that run didn't last long as they moved back to Thursdays on June 24.
But that was only the start of their problems. Storylines were getting boring even after the additions of two new titles: the TNA Animation Television Championship and the TNA Animation Knockouts Tag Team Championships. And it didn't help that due to the high pay for Hogan and other huge stars on the TNA roster, budget cuts were forced upon Animation Action making them release dozens of wrestlers. Because of how many wrestlers were released, the ones who were left were afraid Animation Action would be forced to shut down. But then, there was Slammiversary VIII.
TNA's June pay-per-view Slammiversary VIII that year was the turning point for Animation Action. At that point wrestlers were getting released one by one and they were losing fans. According to people backstage, the wrestlers vowed to make this the turning point. The wrestlers gave it everything they got at this pay-per-view and it is still considered one of the best pay-per-views in Animation Action history. The shining moment that night however was the main event: a Last Man Standing match for the Animation World Heavyweight Championship between current champion Saren Arterius and the challenger Alistair. It was Alistair's title shots versus Saren's career on the line. The match went everywhere in the arena, tons of weapons were used, blood was spilling out, even Alistair almost died after Saren threw him off the rafters into three steel chairs with barbed wire on top of a glass table. The match lasted for almost an hour until Alistair was able to pick up the victory and win the title.
Since that night, Animation Action has been putting on better shows for their fans.
In 2011 when TNA was renamed Impact Wrestling, Animation Action was renamed to Impact Wrestling: Animated. Giovanni ended up switching the name back to TNA: Animation Action months later after not wanting to get into trouble with WWE: Animated. There are a few bit of fans out there that call it Impact Wrestling: Animated still.
Animation Action uses the same stage setup as Impact does and not much is really different from it. Unlike Impact however when it started using the four sided ring, Animation Action has always used the six sided ring since its start.
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Current Championships and HoldersEdit
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- Garrett Hawke (Dragon Age 2)
- Kratos(God of War)
- Alistair (Dragon Age Origins)
- Zevran Arainai (Dragon Age Origins)
- Yakko Warner (Animaniacs)
- Wakko Warner (Animaniacs)
- Falkner (Pokemon)
- Morty (Pokemon)
- Brawly (Pokemon)
- Jaden Yuki (Yu-Gi-Oh GX)
- Syrus Truesdale (Yu-Gi-Oh GX)
- Chazz Princeton (Yu-Gi-Oh GX)
- Zane Truesdale (Yu-Gi-Oh GX)
- Anders (Dragon Age 2)
- Fenris (Dragon Age 2)
- Carver Hawke (Dragon Age 2)
- Oghren (Dragon Age: Origins)
- Varric Tethras (Dragon Age 2)
- Nathaniel Howe (Dragon age Origins-Awakening)
- Dr. Neo Cortex (Crash Bandicoot)
- Dudley Puppy (T.U.F.F. Puppy)
- Verminious Snaptrap (T.U.F.F. Puppy)
- Larry (T.U.F.F. Puppy)
- The Chameleon (T.U.F.F. Puppy)
- Roark (Pokemon)
- Volkner (Pokemon)
- Flint *Sinnoh Elite Four* (Pokemon)
- Kaidan Alenko (Mass Effect)
- Seto Kaiba (Yu-Gi-Oh!)
- Marian Hawke (Dragon Age 2)
- Bethany Hawke (Dragon Age 2)
- Morrigan (Dragon Age Origins)
- Leliana (Dragon Age Origins)
- Dot Warner (Animaniacs)
- Minerva Mink (Animaniacs)
- Sabrina (Pokemon)
- Skyla (Pokemon)
- Cynthia (Pokemon)
- Alexis Rhodes (Yu-Gi-Oh GX)
- Merrill (Dragon Age 2)
- Isabela (Dragon Age 2)
- Kitty Katswell (T.U.F.F. Puppy)
- Mitsuki (Kappa Mikey)
- TNA: Animation Action President: Giovanni (Pokemon)
- General Manager: John Shepard (Mass Effect)
- Commentators: Keswick (T.U.F.F. Puppy) and Vellian Crowler (Yu-Gi-Oh GX)
- Ring Announcer: Elesa (Pokemon)
- Backstage Interviewer: Hello Nurse (Animaniacs)
- Unlike most wrestling feds in the FWM, this company isn't an actual story.