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Total Non-stop Action is a wrestling promotion founded by father-son combination Jerry and Jeff Jarrett in 2002, to fill the void left in the professional wrestling world when WWE purchased WCW from AOL Time Warner.

TNA was originally an affiliate of the National Wrestling Alliance, and, as such, licensed the NWA World Heavyweight Championship and NWA World Tag Team Championship to represent the champions of their company.

TNA also introduced the X-Division, complete with its own championship belt. The X-Division focuses on faster-paced, high-flying action usually seen in lower weight-class divisions in pro wrestling promotions. However, TNA did not want to discriminate against wrestlers based on weights. As such, to describe the X-Division, they innovated the tagline, "It's not about weight limits, it's about no limits!"

TNA began showcasing their product via weekly pay-per-view shows, at a cost of about $10 per show on June 19, 2002. TNA iMPACT! debuted on Fox Sports Net in June 2004, designed as a replacement to the weekly PPVs, so the company could focus on one major event each month. Their first three-hour, monthly PPV show, TNA Victory Road premiered on September 8, 2004.

In 2004, TNA withdrew from the NWA, but continued to use the licensed NWA Championships. In 2005, advertiser, promoter, and wrestling fan Dixie Carter urged her parents, the owners of Panda Energy International, to lend further financial support to TNA. They agreed, and Panda Energy International became the majority shareholders of TNA. As such, Dixie Carter was named President and Chairwoman of TNA. Co-founder Jeff Jarrett was named Vice President.

On October 1, 2005, TNA partnered with Spike TV and moved iMPACT! to Saturday Nights. In April 2006, iMPACT! was moved to Thursday nights, and October 4, 2007, iMPACT! was moved to a two-hour show.

In May 2007, the NWA withdrew their championships from TNA. As such, TNA introduced the TNA World Heavyweight Championship and TNA World Tag Team Championship, as well as a new design for the X-Division Championship which no longer bore the NWA logo.

In October 2007, Gail Kim became the inaugural TNA Knockouts Champion. Later that month, Booker T introduced the TNA Legends Championship, which became a sanctioned title after he lost the belt to AJ Styles.

On October 23, 2008, TNA iMPACT! had its first broadcast in HD. All iMPACT! episodes since have been broadcast in Hi-Def.

On September 20, 2009, the TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship was created and won by Taylor Wilde and Sarita.

The following month, there was a press conference in Madison Square Garden to announce that Hulk Hogan had signed on to partner with Dixie Carter to run TNA. TNA held a special three-hour live edition of TNA iMPACT! to launch the new era in Total Nonstop Action. It ran at the same time as Monday Night RAW on January 4, 2010, and it earned an encouraging 1.5 rating (at the time, Impact averaged 1.1 on Thursday). Therefore, Impact! moved to Monday nights in March 2010 where it fared more poorly than expected. Its ratings fell as low as 0.5 on Monday before TNA returned it exclusively to Thursday nights on May 13, 2010.

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