In the fall of 2008, Samoa Joe was riding high, and so was TNA. Coming off their successful PPV in April, the company had ridden through the year with the company firmly perched on the back of Samoa Joe.
With his mentor, Kevin Nash, guiding his steps, he mowed through all opposition on his way to Bound For Glory, and it seemed like he was eventually destined for a rematch with Kurt Angle that would have been one for the ages. First, though, he had to get past Sting, who was on a winning streak of epic proportions when it came to winning the title at Bound For Glory.
Leading up to the match, they heavily hyped that Sting never lost in Bound For Glory title matches, and was coming to teach Joe some respect. But Joe wasn't afraid one bit and pretty much obliterated Sting from bell to bell, right up until Kevin Nash turned on Joe, causing Sting to beat him and win the title.
On the following Impact, Nash, Sting, Scott Steiner, Booker T, and Kurt Angle stood together in the ring and announced that a new stable had formed to keep the legends on top, and it would be called the Main Event Mafia.
TNA would never be the same.
Now it would be easy to criticize the angle for what followed after, with the whole "Originals/Frontline" storyline becoming incredibly watered down and confusing, and leaving the Mafia with no one to face and no real satisfying conclusion.
But with the shock of Joe losing the title coupled with this stable of absolute Hall of Fame legends, (who were all former World Champions), an unprecedented, well, precedent had been set. The Mafia had come to TNA. And every single thing that has happened since can be traced back to this moment.