After revealing exactly how the Aces & Eights pulled off their master plan last week in a series of well-done vignettes, this week’s TNA Impact! Wrestling will be one of the wildest editions of Open Fight Night ever.
The TNA locker room is involved in an all-out war with the Aces & Eights, and led by No. 1 contender Jeff Hardy, the faces will spend the entire night fighting off members of the gang in the middle of the ring.
Thursday will be more of the chaos that we have seen each week since Bully Ray was revealed as the leader of the heel stable.
Add in the talk about which side AJ Styles is on in the Aces & Eights battle and the incredible feud brewing between the team of Bobby Roode and Austin Aries and Bad Influence, and Thursday’s edition of Impact! Wrestling is shaping up to be great.
Where: ASU Convocation Center, Jonesboro, Ark.
When: Thursday, March 28 at 8 p.m. ET
Watch: Spike TV
Open Fight Night
Now that it’s Open Fight Night once again for Impact! Wrestling, the main focus will be on which TNA Superstar will be the first to get in the ring and call out Bully Ray. While there are many viable options for the man that should call out Bully Ray for turning on the company, this isn’t a job for a man; this is a job for a cyborg like Kurt Angle.
Question on Everybody's Mind: How Many Members of Aces & Eights Will Fight?
The key for TNA now is that since this heel stable actually looks strong, it must keep them looking strong by letting them win matches. While it’s still acceptable to have the likes of Samoa Joe and Magnus beat up Garett Bischoff and Knux, from now on, the majority of the Aces & Eights matches must have the heels standing strong.
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Saved Angles
While there is no doubt that this could continue to be an awful storyline that is poorly booked and doesn’t make any sense, the way the company tied up the loose ends last week proves it could be taking a step in the right direction with this angle. With Bully Ray leading the charge, this storyline has a chance to become something memorable.
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AJ Styles Channels His Inner Crow Sting
Over the past few weeks on Impact! Wrestling, the company has teased a new darker and more cynical AJ Styles. Not only did the former champion attack the bad guys in the ring, he also laid out his former friend and fan favorite James Storm. Last week, Styles came to the ring and said nothing.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Is Styles Being Crow Sting from 1997?
When Styles lost the match that involved a year-long absence from the TNA World Championship scene, most fans thought that it would be the beginning of a slow-played heel turn, and many still believe that. Instead of turning heel, Styles will sit on the fence for weeks, not giving any hints on which side he’s on, before finally making the save for the good guys and revealing himself as a hero.
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Coincidental Similarities
While there is a contingent of fans that want to claim that this angle is based off what Sting was doing with the nWo in the late-1990s in WCW, the Crow Sting was much different. While there are some similarities (the lack of speaking, the leather jacket, etc.), TNA has done a great job adding more to this story and making it unique and interesting. No matter what the outcome, this is more interesting than Styles being the lovable babyface he was before.
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