5 WWE Superstars you didn't know were with TNA
These stars often surprised the world, appearing in TNA after earning a name for themselves in WWE. Who were they?
TNA has undergone a number of changes throughout its existence. First, known as Total Nonstop Action, they later renamed themselves after their weekly program, Impact Wrestling, and now have undergone a complete rebranding and are known as Global Force Wrestling. Something that has occurred lately is that a number of former TNA standouts have become current WWE talent.
It is commonly known that names such as Samoa Joe, Bobby Roode, AJ Styles, Eric Young and Mickie James all worked with the promotion, and fans are aware that many performers who made their name in WWE spent time in TNA.
However, a number of names often fly under the radar in the discussion of WWE performers that changed promotions. Who were or are these WWE Superstars who joined the competition? Whose time in and impact upon TNA is forgotten? These stars often surprised the world, appearing in TNA after earning a name for themselves in WWE.
Here are five WWE superstars you didn't know were with TNA.
#5 Tyson Tomko
He was brought into WWE as Christian's insurance policy, which essentially meant a bodyguard, after having worked in their developmental promotion Ohio Valley Wrestling. His WWE debut involved in an interference in Christian's match against Chris Jericho.
He was the ‘problem solver' to aid Christian and his on-screen girlfriend Trish Stratus in their feud against Jericho. While he did receive a minor push on his own, both in singles and as part of a tag team with Snitsky, he didn't have much of a role and left the company in 2006.
In 2006, Tomko joined TNA and was part of Christian's Coalition, once again coming to the aid of Christian and acting as muscle for the, then NWA World Heavyweight champion.
He remained with the promotion for a couple of years, and even left and returned a year later, first aligning with(also winning the tag team championships) with AJ Styles and then turning on him. In 2016, Tomko retired from wrestling but had a deceptively notable run with TNA.