After a four-week journey across the Atlantic Ocean, the TNA Impact! Wrestling crew is finally returning to the United States for the continued build to March 10’s Lockdown pay-per-view.
There are only two weeks left to set the stage for this huge event, and the excitement of finally having the world champion Jeff Hardy back on television will make the hype around the next PPV feel legitimate. It was strange not having the world champion on TV for a month.
With very important episodes of Impact! Wrestling over the next two weeks, it is imperative that the company goes all-in on these shows and blows out the Lockdown PPV the way they should.
Where: Impact Zone, Orlando, Fla.
When: Thursday, Feb. 27, at 8 p.m. ET
Watch: Spike TV
Jeff Hardy Returns
The last four weeks of Impact! Wrestling did not feature TNA world heavyweight champion Jeff Hardy—he suffered a kayfabe injury, but really was not allowed to travel outside the United States because of his previous felonies (h/t Wrestling Inc.)—and the company is hyping his return to television this week like he is the savior of the sport.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Why is Jeff Hardy Still Champion?
Hardy sells merchandise and there is no questioning that he is arguably the most over star in the whole company. Despite Hardy’s selling power, TNA should be looking ahead as business and putting the strap on a wrestler that won’t damage the company’s long-term reputation.
Hype Meter: 3 out of 5 Returning Stars That Should Have Never Left
The only hope now is that the stage has been set for No. 1 contender Bully Ray to take over as the company’s champion for the run toward October’s Bound for Glory PPV. The angle with Brooke and Hulk Hogan is awful, but at least Bully Ray is a guy TNA doesn’t have to worry about embarrassing the company outside the ring.
TNA News: Hulk Hogan Buries Jeff Hardy (h/t TNA Wrestling News)
Sting and Devon Pick Teams
TNA is setting the stage for the Lethal Lockdown match between Team Sting and the Aces & Eights, and this week’s edition of Impact! Wrestling will feature the remainder of the team members being selected.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Will Aces & Eights JOB Again?
Since becoming a gang, the Aces & Eights have been the least impactful stable in the history of the sport, losing almost every big main event they have been a part of. Heels can lose, but when they lose all the time, they lose credibility as a viable threat.
No matter which stars are involved in this match, the Aces & Eights must win to salvage any semblance of a storyline.
Hype Meter: 1 out of 5 Matches With Nothing On the Line
Wrestling fans want to care about the Aces & Eights angle because heel stables are great, but there is absolutely nothing on the line in this match to get people invested. The problem all along for the storyline has been that their intentions are unclear and they are fighting for no reason.
Until the fans know something is on the line in the matches, Aces & Eights will continue to be the laughing stock of the wrestling industry.
Predicted Lethal Lockdown Teams
Team Sting: Sting, Samoa Joe, James Storm and Joseph Park
Aces & Eights: Devon, DOC, Mr. Anderson and Mike Knox
TNA News: Last Week’s Impact! Ratings (h/t TNA Wrestling News)