The year 2012 has been a monumental one in the world of professional wrestling. One organization in particular, TNA Wrestling, has really captured (or re-captured) fans attention in this one year alone.
2012 was the 10 year anniversary of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. Ever since their weekly pay-per-views during the Asylum days in 2002, TNA has continued to grow and evolve over time.
There’s been a plethora of great moments for TNA in 2012. The introduction of the TNA Wrestling Hall of Fame, the rise of new stars, the birth of new concepts, many great shows, and much more.
Some may even consider 2012 as one of the greatest years in TNA history. There’s many things that make 2012 such a memorable year in TNA history. Some would include:
Wembley Arena was jam-packed for the superstars of TNA Wrestling, and both parties definitely delivered. As TNA put on nights of great entertainment, the UK crowd expressed their emotion and provided one of the best crowd reactions TNA has experienced all year.
With the success of the tour, TNA seems to have made a trip to the UK a yearly tradition, as television tapings are already scheduled in England for January 2013.
Shortly after Hulk Hogan was appointed General Manager of IMPACT Wrestling, many more concepts were born.
While some traditions may have died off (King of the Mountain, Feast or Fired, Six-sided ring), more have been put in place.
In 2012 alone, TNA has created four new concepts. We would see the televised debut of Gut Check, and the birth of concepts such as Open Fight Night, Championship Thursday, and “Option C”. TNA has also restructured the Bound For Glory Series concept, so it’s much clearer than the year’s past.
Fans might still want to see the resurrection of old traditions, but TNA has been very innovative in attempting to create new ones for fans to enjoy.
TNA’s creative team has also taken a different approach from years prior. The creative staff has been crafting more and more long-term storylines and angles this year.
Prime examples would include Roode/Storm, Styles/Daniels, Bully/Park, and the on-going Aces and Eights storyline.
However, with all of that said, when 2012 is long gone and etched in the history books, one memory will stand above the rest. One man carved his name deep into the history books for years to come. One man stood above the rest and proved that 2012 would be his.
When people look back on TNA in the year of 2012, they’ll look back to see the reign of the, “It Factor of Professional Wrestling” Bobby Roode.
10 years to build a company, four years to build a friendship, one bottle to destroy it all.
November 3, 2011
TNA World Heavyweight Championship
Bobby Roode vs. (c) James Storm
The Selfish Generation Begins
That night, Bobby Roode threw away four years of friendship to selfishly become the new TNA World Heavyweight Champion. Bobby Roode broke up he and James Storm’s tag team of Beer Money, and would trade in all the tag team success for his first taste of singles gold.
This would only be the beginning of Bobby Roode’s proclaimed, “Selfish Generation”, which he would name himself leader of.
The, “Selfish Generation” and Bobby Roode’s reign as TNA World Heavyweight Champion would last for a record-setting 256 days. And never before has TNA Wrestling seen a World Champion quite as dominant as Bobby Roode.
Bobby Roode defeated nearly every challenger set in his path. James Storm, AJ Styles, Jeff Hardy, Bully Ray, Sting, Rob Van Dam, and Mr. Anderson all failed to dethrone the reigning World Champion.
It was during his title reign when Bobby Roode would prove any critics wrong. The arrogant champion nicknamed himself the, “It Factor” and quickly became the most compelling character in TNA.
Bobby Roode would put on the best work of his career as TNA Heavyweight Champion. His promos were sharp, his matches were constantly great, his attacks (be it verbal or physical) were vicious, and his antics made him the most hated man in TNA.
Bobby Roode shattered the glass ceiling by leaps and bounds, thus becoming the top star in TNA. He had become the focal point of IMPACT Wrestling and was easily the reason why many fans worldwide tuned into IMPACT on a weekly basis.
Bobby Roode has done several media appearances during his time as World Champion, and main evented nine pay-per-views in this year. As of this writing, Bobby Roode has headlined more pay-per-views this year than WWE Superstar, John Cena.
Bobby Roode has proved that TNA 2012 has been the year of the, “It Factor”.
When it comes to determining the greatest TNA moment of 2012, it’s hard finding something that Bobby Roode was not involved with.