With TNA Bound For Glory approaching in just a few weeks, its main event will feature Austin Aries defending his heavyweight championship belt against Jeff Hardy.
Hardy, who made his TNA return in late-2011 after his mishap at Victory Road earlier that year, was able to sneak into the top four in the Bound For Glory Series standings. At last week's Impact! Wrestling, Hardy was able to officially become the number one contender after defeating Bully Ray.
At Bound For Glory, will Hardy be able to capture the heavyweight belt from Aries? The answer to that is, yes, and here is why:
Hardy has been on a great comeback path with TNA. He is wrestling at a peak level in his career and is putting on entertaining performances for people watching TNA at arenas and in front of their television screens.
Putting the heavyweight title on Hardy could bring all sorts of benefits for the company. Hardy, who is an established star in the wrestling business, could be a major part in TNA's future growth as champion. Although Aries is a rising star in the making, Hardy would be champion as a baby face, rather than his infamous heel run in 2010 as the title holder and part of Hulk Hogan's led Immortal group.
Hardy as champion could help TNA grow its merchandise, ticket sales, Impact! Wrestling ratings and more. If TNA were to slot the belt on Hardy, the question rises on what to do with Aries? Aries, who would bring help to the X Division, should remain in the heavyweight title picture if he were to lose to Hardy at Bound For Glory.
With a short time left, TNA has its hands full with Bound For Glory, including possibly revealing the leader of the Aces and Eights group. On Sunday, Oct. 14, the Bound For Glory pay-per-view could bring an interesting twist to TNA's current television product.