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Old 08-18-2015, 03:33 PM
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After watching some 2002 WWF/E and that Austin shoot via phone of an episode of Raw, which then after he quit the company, it led me to think about this. Stone Cold Steve Austin, signing with TNA, how would that have gone? TNA was headed for big things right from the beginning and having Austin as their biggest star would have been something. Many fans were expecting this to happen, myself included, as it took TNA a long time to find a "big star" and had they signed Austin, we could have seen feuds like Austin/Ron Killings, Austin/Jarrett, etc. Having Austin around would have been great for this new company and to this day, I still wish he signed with them after quitting the WWE. TNA needed to announce a blockbuster signing right off the bat and Austin would have been perfect seeing that he was fresh off quitting the WWE. Opinions?
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Well, he wouldn't have walked onto their first broadcast. That was on June 19th, 2002. Austin walked out on WWE in July of 2002, so he'd have been coming in at least a month after they'd already begun producing their weekly Pay-Per View programs. They ran weekly PPV's through to 2004 when they got their first television contract with Fox Sports.

So unless you think Austin was going to serve as a massive draw to fast-track their television contract, the only way you'd have seen him at the time was by illegally streaming their shows or paying for weekly PPV's.
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This makes no sense for either Austin or TNA for a number of reasons.

1 - Austin was past his prime - He was 38. He could probably still go but not too much longer.

2 - Austin would have wanted too much money - Austin didn't need TNA, and it was obvious he no longer had a passion for the business. Therefore, it's a correct assumption that Austin would have wanted a lot of money. Not saying Austin is wrong for wanting that money because circumstances dictated.

3 - TNA needed to distinguish itself - TNA should be different. Quit trying to be another WWE. Establish your own brand.

4 - Austin had other issues - The domestic violence issue started around May-June 2002. TNA wouldn't want to be tied to that.

Sorry, but this wouldn't have worked. Signing one of the the biggest wrestler (tied with Hogan) of all time sounds great on paper, but in reality not so much.
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My opinion is that this is extremely fucking stupid. Why would he sign with TNA where he would make less money when he was clearly tired of wrestling and wouldn't even show up for a WWE event where they were paying him pretty damn good. Stupid post. Nice try.
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Holy Moly Folks!!! It's can't be...It's...It's...Stunning Steve Austin!!!! But he's under contract to that company up North. Yeah, that NEVER would have happened. Mainly due to Austin's distaste for Jerry & Jeff Jarrett, but it was a nice try. Impact Wrestling still wouldn't have been able to compete. The only way WWE will ever face competiton from another organization is IF a media mogul or huge wrestling fan or maybe even a group of retired professional wrestlers back said organization. It would have to go almost identically to how the Monday Night War began with stealing TOP superstars from WWE. However, WWE is even better prepared now for a mass exodus IF that ever did happen with NXT.
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My opinion is that this is extremely fucking stupid. Why would he sign with TNA where he would make less money when he was clearly tired of wrestling and wouldn't even show up for a WWE event where they were paying him pretty damn good. Stupid post. Nice try.

settle down buckaroo your opinion is irrelevant. There is a reason why this started off with a what if? question. You're letting irrelevant stuff that is of no concern to you like money and his acting out towards Vince combined with your Austin fanboyism cloud your judgement. Austin would have done what is good business for Austins bank account and ego. if he actually wanted to do it and at that time the opportunity to keep raising hell unfiltered without the red bureaucratic tape and sticking it to vince would have been appealing at the very least.. in 2002. As long as you have a marqui name like Angle that did exactly that at some point facing the same issues( mostly his paycheck right?), anything you have to say to discredit that notion seems pretty silly.... AND THATS THE FISHING LINE BECAUSE SHARK BOY SAID SO

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Even if under some crazy scenario where he signed, I don't think it would've really made that significant of a difference. Assuming he signed in 2002, it may have increased their PPV buy rates, may have even gotten them a TV deal faster, but Austin was already done physically by then.

He was still a big name, but even by then he wasn't the draw he'd been a few years prior. I think the intrigue of it would've certainly resulted in a big bump for TNA, but in the long run, it's no different than Angle, Hardy, Sting, Hogan, etc. Booking, promotion, etc. are all just as big if not bigger than the performers themselves, and TNA has proven that even with some of the biggest names of all time, they weren't able to capitalize on it in any significant way.
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settle down buckaroo your opinion is irrelevant. There is a reason why this started off with a what if? question. You're letting irrelevant stuff that is of no concern to you like money and his acting out towards Vince combined with your Austin fanboyism cloud your judgement. Austin would have done what is good business for Austins bank account and ego. if he actually wanted to do it and at that time the opportunity to keep raising hell unfiltered without the red bureaucratic tape and sticking it to vince would have been appealing at the very least.. in 2002. As long as you have a marqui name like Angle that did exactly that at some point facing the same issues( mostly his paycheck right?), anything you have to say to discredit that notion seems pretty silly.... AND THATS THE FISHING LINE BECAUSE SHARK BOY SAID SO
Well apparently my opinion couldn't be THAT irrelevant if you took the time to respond to it. Don't get butthurt over what I said buddy.Also at what point did I say I was an "Austin" fan? I've never been an Austin fan but let me tell you something kid....If you think Austin joining TNA in 2002 would have been "Best for business, ego and bank account" than you're fucking delusional. I'm sorry...Angle who? Last time I checked that dude isn't on regular television programming and he's admitted he wants to end his career in the WWE. Take a fucking hike, idiot.

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Austin would not have made any difference. Besides Austin has a huge ego. He refused to put over Lesner coz it wasn't a big stage. What do you think TNA was back then? Not that it is a big stage now.
Sting and Hogan couldn't help TNA even when it was somewhat established.
They would want to create their own stars and moments. Something like Roode's title run and the other less famous Austin beating him.
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Well apparently my opinion couldn't be THAT irrelevant if you took the time to respond to it. Don't get butthurt over what I said buddy.Also at what point did I say I was an "Austin" fan? I've never been an Austin fan but let me tell you something kid....If you think Austin joining TNA in 2002 would have been "Best for business, ego and bank account" than you're fucking delusional. I'm sorry...Angle who? Last time I checked that dude isn't on regular television programming and he's admitted he wants to end his career in the WWE. Take a fucking hike, idiot.
I don't think your post advanced the conversation therefore I guess it wasn't very relevant. Seems like borderline trolling to me. The OP is posing this as a hypothetical. A "What if?" situation to see where others think TNA would be as a company if it had the benefit of the wrestling's biggest star who during the same time was going through a career transition. It doesn't matter why this wouldn't have happened. It didn't happen. That's what makes it a what if and that's what made your comment irrelevant. Also you responded to criticism by calling a poster "Kid" to try and gain some sort of imaginary leverage over him. That's probably one of the most annoying things people do around here.

Anyway, to the point of the thread and ignoring any timeline issues I think having Austin early on in TNA's lifespan would have sped up the process of them getting their first tv deal. With that said, TNA would have been forced to invest in other big name talent because the marquee value of Austin / Jarrett and Austin / Killings isn't appealing whatsoever. At least Hogan had Ric Flair and Vader when he got to WCW. TNA would have had to have gone out and bought themselves a few bad guys to accompany Austin. Otherwise the initial spike in interest they'd receive from adding wrestling's biggest star would fade pretty quickly I think.
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