It was only a matter of time before someone on the TNA roster figured out that Joseph Park and Abyss were one and the same, and it looks like "The Icon" Sting was that someone on Thursday's show.
Sitting down with the attorney in the locker room, Sting hinted at the fact that he needed Park to get his brother Abyss to show up next week, strongly hinting at the fact that he knew that the monster was inside of Park. Joseph was hesitant, telling the TNA Hall of Famer that his brother was dangerous and it may not be a good idea.
Sting made reference to Park "kayfabe-ing" him, a sign that he suspects Park may know he is also Abyss.
Joseph Park continues to be one of the more interesting characters in all of sports entertainment and the fact that someone has finally suspected that he is actually Abyss and not his brother shows great storyline progress and a potential post-Aces and Eights story for Sting.
"Give Me a SHELL YEAH!"
Shark Boy made his return to Impact Wrestling on Thursday, campaigning to be the tag team partner of James Storm for the Fatal 4-Way tag title match at Slammiversary. Entering the ring and grabbing the mic, he brought his Steve Austin impersonation out of mothballs and was legitimately entertaining for the few moments he had to address Storm and the TNA fans.
Comedy characters such as Shark Boy work in small spurts and it was nice to see him back on TV, getting an already hot crowd to react the way they did. He may not have a place on the full-time roster anymore, but small cameos like the one on Thursday night will always work.
Gunner Impressive in Return
As the aforementioned Shark Boy and Robbie E. argued over who James Storm should select as his tag partner for Slammiversary, Gunner made his return to the company and laid both men out. He then stood face-to-face with Storm, intensely staring into the eyes of the former Heavyweight champion. Moments later, Storm named him his partner.
There are some that may be understandably disappointed with the revelation—Gunner's return and addition to the tag title match at Slammiversary is very much like Curtis Axel being introduced as Paul Heyman's newest client this past Monday on WWE Raw. In this case, TNA stayed in-house, just like WWE, and elevated one of its young stars to a relevant spot on the show. It is the break Gunner needs, and now it is up to him to make a name for himself.
Mickie James Hints at Heel Turn
In a backstage segment early in the evening, Mickie James checked on Knockouts champion Velvet Sky, asking her if she was sure she wanted to go through with their scheduled title match. She even offered to go to Brooke Hogan and have the match postponed until Velvet's injured knee was healed.
Velvet refused to put the match on hold, saying that if she was unable to go through with the match, Gail Kim would win. After all, it was Gail who applied the figure four around the ring post that did more damage to the already injured leg.
Mickie seemingly understood, but there was something in the way she was talking to Velvet that seemed a bit disingenuous.
Later in the night, the two popular Knockouts locked up with the top prize in the division on the line. Mickie controlled the early portion of the match before Velvet made a comeback that would make the pluckiest underdog happy. Feeling a bit of desperation late, Mickie teed off and delivered a chop block to Velvet, taking that injured knee out from underneath her and finishing the champion off with the DDT.
The most telling sign of Mickie's inevitable heel turn came post-match, when referee ODB was checking on the injured former champion and assessing the damage to her knee while Mickie merely stood by, grasping the Knockouts title and failing to show any sympathy whatsoever.
Mickie has been so good for so long and has excelled as the energetic babyface for the last seven years that it is easy to forget how truly great she was as a heel during her early days with WWE. While the crazed stalker gimmick is unlikely to be in her future, she could bring a fresh face to the heel side of the Knockouts roster and create new matchups in the months to come.