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On Nov. 15, 2012, Todd Keneley inexplicably joined Mike Tenay and Taz at the commentator desk. At the time, I thought the move signified that someone was going to be leaving the company and/or replaced.
No reason was ever given, however. The three would continue to work together, albeit clumsily, as Taz seemed overly rough on Keneley, often berating him and ribbing him a bit too much for my taste. When no one left, things became curious again, for me at least. But again, no reason was ever given. Fans were left to assume that this was TNA, once again, making something harder than it needed to be.
This Thursday, everything suddenly made sense. Almost three months after Keneley joined the commentator desk, Taz was revealed as a secret member of Aces and Eights. Now Taz is free to interact with the story, the commentators have returned to their normal number, and Taz's new subtle foul attitude has finally been explained.
But three months, really?
For fans of TNA, this isn't anything new. The company only deals with storylines that stretch over the course of months, sometimes even years. How long has Joseph Park been finding out about his brother? How long has James Storm been chasing the belt? How long has this Aces and Eights story been going on?
TNA storylines sometimes get so inflated from the constant snowball effect they're subjected to that they collapse under the strain of their own weight. Most of the time, the expectations of some super payoff following such an enormous build are so high that the company ends up disappointing everyone to some degree.
Sometimes it does work, however. Hogan's face turn at 2011 Bound for Glory was a great example of a long storyline that had a good payoff. Similarly, Bobby Roode and James Storm's blood feud has been running since Roode cost Storm his world title, and that was over a year ago. That story has been kept fresh with creative making it more of an on-again, off-again affair.
But this Aces and Eights storyline may not be on the good side of that coin. Even though I stated in my first slide that Bully gaining Hogan's trust symbolizes the beginning of the end for the angle, I don't think it's going to be pretty.
I do think the payoff will be exciting, but for all the time put into it, I'm not sure it will be worth it.
What do you think, does TNA's long, in-depth and possibly drawn-out style of storytelling hurt more than help?
Sound off in the comments and thanks for reading, as always.