It all started after Sting's Hall of Fame induction announcement on the June 14, 2012 episode of Impact Wrestling. After a short thank-you speech, Sting was attacked by an unknown masked man to end the show.
Eventually, after adding Hulk Hogan to the mix, the group revealed themselves as Aces and Eights, named after the two-pair hand in poker known as the "Dead Man's Hand."
The group caused friction within the TNA roster by having wrestlers accuse each other. The biggest red herring was James Storm, who many—especially Bully Ray and Bobby Roode—believed to be the culprit behind the attacks.
After weeks of attacks on people such as Kurt Angle, D'Angelo Dinero (who was disqualified from the BFG series as a result) and Mr. Kennedy, Aces and Eights had a chance to have "full access" to TNA if they defeated the "Strange Bedfellows" team of Sting and Bully Ray.
The segments in the clubhouse showing a seized Joseph Park, and specifically one interview that finalized the deal between Hogan and Aces and Eights, showed a person with his back turned at the table, wearing a hat and using a distorted voice.
Over the past few months, speculation of who that mastermind is behind the group has run rampant. Names such as Eric Bischoff, Jeff Jarrett and even Bully Ray have been at the top of the list, while others such as Matt Morgan, Garett Bischoff, D'lo Brown, Wes Brisco and Luke Gallows have been linked to possibly being affiliated with the group.
Meanwhile, during all of this, it was reported back in August that then-TV Champion Devon was done with the company due to stalled contract negotiations. Hogan made tweets that he would like to see Devon back, and even made a statement on Impact Wrestling before the TV Title tournament started that he didn't want to see him go.
Fast-forward to Bound for Glory. Aces and Eights win the match due to a member coming from the crowd and assisting the other two by giving Bully Ray a spinebuster through a table. After others come and attack Sting and Bully, Hogan comes from the back and cleans house.
There is one more left in the ring for Hogan to take care of.
He gets assistance by Sting and reveals him to be none other than...
While this was a decent swerve to revive Devon's character that was getting a bit stale, having him as the mastermind behind the group (as he kept alluding to while he was grinning and yelling at Hogan) was a bad payoff of the suspense that has been brewing for the past few months.
Yes, the person who was sitting on the other side of the table that made the deal with Hogan was not black, so more people could be unveiled as the weeks progress. However, the "reveal" portion of this angle has gone for too long, and people are starting to get annoyed and uninterested.
Hopefully, Wes Brisco can be revealed and start a feud with Kurt Angle, Garett Bischoff can be revealed and start a feud (along with Devon) with Bully Ray, Jeff Jarrett can be revealed to start a feud with Jeff Hardy and Eric Bischoff can be revealed as the mastermind behind the group as a result of being storyline-fired from the company in April.
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