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It looks like the seeds for a Dirty Heel split have been sewn.
Last week, Christopher Daniels and Kazarian began their recruitment attempts to get both Bobby Roode and AJ Styles into a revamped version of Fortune. It's their plan to take down Aces and Eights. (Interesting question: would that automatically make them all faces?)
With Bad Influence being, well, a bad influence on Roode, it appears that he and Austin Aries' time as tag team partners may be coming to an end.
Yes, TNA faithful, it's a sad day. The great comic pairing of talented in-ring masters is coming to a close. But I can't say I didn't see it coming. Both Roode and Aries have proven that they can work perfectly fine, if not better, as solo wrestlers. I wouldn't mind seeing either wrestler make another run at the TNA Heavyweight Championship.
Besides, this only opens the TNA Tag Team Championship picture. First and foremost, I'd love for Bad Influence to get back into the title hunt. Daniels and Kazarian have been great during their time away from the title picture; it'd be nice to see them back in it.
Also last week, we saw the very obvious pairing of Jesse Godderz and Robby E. These two would make a great short-term feud for the champs.
Since it seems that Jesse and Tara have split, having the rookie work with Robby E, who doesn't get enough credit for his in-ring ability, could be mutually beneficial. It helps Jesse in his continued development as a star, and it keeps Robby E on the screen after his falling out with Rob Terry.
Then we have Aces and Eights who have two sets of ready-made tag teams waiting in the wings. The first and most likely pairing are Wes Brisco and Garett Bischoff. The two come off as very slimy and entitled and would make great foils for the champs, Chavo and Hernandez, who value tradition and hard work.
The problem with these two is that they're still very green in the ring and they're not that great on the mic. Chavo himself has made his distrust of young wrestlers known, so I don't think this would ever happen.
Next there's DOC and Knux, who would be an awesome tag team. They have the added benefit of being a bit more seasoned than their younger counterparts. Still, there's got to be a reason TNA has shied away from pulling the trigger on this tag team. One reason may be an uncertainty about Knux's in-ring ability as he has yet to be involved in a match.
It'll be interesting to see where TNA decides to take these two, because as of right now they're not being used.
All in all, TNA's tag team scene is still very much alive and well, Dirty Heels or not.