With TNA’s last pay-per-view of the year—Final Resolution—out of the way, this week’s episode of Impact wrestling has more questions to answer than ever before.
The PPV did not make much sense in terms of booking or storyline evolution, but Impact is where TNA can save its biggest angles by using logic and reason to give the stories meaning.
Instead of the Aces & Eights running roughshod on the roster, TNA must start to tease why things are happening instead of allowing the fans to think there is no rhyme or reason behind the madness.
With Aces & Eights standing tall to end the PPV, TNA must convince fans that they truly have that kind of power instead of just letting things unfold as they will and playing it by ear.
TNA has amazing talent, but how the booking proceeds after this event will be a huge sign of what’s to come for the company.
Where: Universal Studios, Orlando, Fla.
When: Thursday, Dec. 13, at 8 p.m. ET
Watch: Spike TV
Jeff Hardy and the Next No. 1 Contender
After beating Bobby Roode at Final Resolution and being subsequently jumped by Aces & Eights, the natural progression would be for the company to use this week’s Impact to find the champion a new No. 1 contender.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Who’s next?
While TNA could give Roode another chance at the title or allow Aries to weasel his way into a match, the hope from many fans is that this need for a No. 1 contender results in a backstage segment with Hulk Hogan where he picks the next challenger randomly.
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 self-made entrance themes
As much as Hardy is exactly what TNA was looking for in a champion, the fact that he struggles to put a successful promo together so much so that the company must mask it by inventing a segment where we hear his inner thoughts proves Hardy is an upper-midcard star at best.
TNA News: Jeff Hardy is releasing an album (TNA Wrestling News)
Aries, Bully Ray and Brooke
In one of the most convoluted storylines in recent TNA history—even taking Claire Lynch into consideration—the fact that Bully Ray is possibly dating Brooke Hogan and Austin Aries and Hulk Hogan have a problem with that is sheer insanity.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Why does this feel like a reality show?
I don’t know if the Hulk and Brooke think VH1 renewed the Hogan Knows Best contract, but whatever the reason behind this affair angle, it isn’t good enough to continue this travesty. With two of the company’s top stars wrapped up in the angle, it’s frankly bad for business.
Hype Meter: 2 out of 5 wasted talents
Bully Ray was by far the best heel TNA had over the last year, and Aries emergence as a tweener leaning toward being a face this summer made him the company’s main attraction. With both on a collision course at the top of the card, TNA has put them in this awful Hogan angle and changed their roles. Not a smart move.
TNA Rumors: Injury Updates from Final Resolution (TNA Wrestling News)
Aces & Eights
There is nothing TNA does right now that hinders my watching experience more than the awful writing for the Aces & Eights storyline. While I understand why they’re there and what the angle is supposed to be, it’s not working.
Question on Everybody's Mind: What’s the long-term payoff?
The purpose of any invasion angle—just like the nWo in the past—is to show that the heel faction has a chance to take over the show and hold it hostage. With six jobbers hanging out in a broom closet on Universal Studio’s back lot, Aces & Eights doesn’t have the same impact.
Hype Meter: 1 out of 5 Sons of Anarchy Storage Trailer Raids
As much as this angle had the chance to be amazing when it started, it has been mishandled at every turn. While there is still an opportunity for TNA to save it all by changing the way it’s currently booked and the talent they are using, the realization that the best we’re going to get is D’Lo, Mike Knox and Eric Bischoff is frustrating.
TNA Rumors: Who worked as Aces & Eights members Sunday? (TNA Wrestling News)
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