The world shook and the face of Eric Bischoff stood still Thursday night. Out from the depths of the back came a familiar face back into the fray of TNA Impact Wrestling.
Rob Van Dam is back in the house.
While Team Eric and Team Garett played "Let's Act Like the WWE," company general manager (gosh, do I miss Jack Tunney) Hulk Hogan played a bit of mind games. What was a 4-on-4 matchup in the cage on Sunday is now a 5-on-5 fallout. And while Eric Bischoff threw his name in the ring as the fifth member, Garrett was thinking outside the box and brought back the "Whole F'ing Show."
What a rush.
Van Dam has been out of action since before the new year, causing speculation he may sign with the WWE since his contract had expired with TNA. But when he appeared from the back and the crowd erupted, again the right buttons by the creative team were being pushed.
You have to love a game of momentum that just keeps on picking up steam.
Van Dam's revival does a few things for Impact Wrestling. It continues to show that the creative and corporate teams are moving forward. Van Dam is instant excitement and is a favorite among the TNA masses. He also creates a lot of great story ideas that could evolve after the Lockdown PPV on Sunday night.
Also, it remains to be seen what happens in the 10-man tug-o-war with teams vying for control of TNA (or so it would seem). Van Dam, being the fifth member of Garett's team means we will see daddy, Eric, get his ass handed to him. It could also signal the end of Ric Flair on Impact.
Van Dam's aerial assault would look great in a tag-team combo with Jeff Hardy, which would strengthen the tag-team division even more. And maybe he gets back into the TNA World Title picture. But with Bully Ray, James Storm, Bobby Roode, Austin Aries and others possibly all challenging for the title, Van Dam can be added to the mix (though we could also see him trying to make it happen with the World Television Title).
Either way, the move is better. The idea of him becoming a main-event wrestler again is promising, and the chance he could cause a little hell at Lockdown makes things a little bit more interesting.