TNA's New ECW Stable, Dixie Carter, Hulk Hogan, Abyss and More

The Doctor Chris Mueller@@BR_DoctorFeatured ColumnistJune 16, 2010

HOLLYWOOD - AUGUST 21: Wrestler Tommy Dreamer  arrives at the WWE's SummerSlam Kickoff Party at H-Wood Club on August 21, 2009 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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There is so much going on in TNA right now that I figured I would group a few stories into one article. Warning, this article will contain some spoilers from upcoming weeks of TNA iMPACT, so stop reading now if you don't want to be spoiled.

TNA's ECW stable

TNA seems to be forming a new stable. Tommy Dreamer showed up at TNA's PPV event on Sunday to a big pop from the crowd. He distracted Brother Ray during his match with Jesse Neal, enough to cause Ray to lose.

Spoilers for the following two week's of iMPACT have indicated that Dreamer will show up again, but this time he will have some company. And that company will come in the form of two ECW originals, Raven and Stevie Richards.

These three men had many matches during their tenure in ECW, and Dreamer and Raven's feud is arguably the best in ECW history.

So what does an ECW stable mean? It could mean a lot of things. First of all, there are other former ECW stars in TNA currently. RVD and Team 3D are former ECW wrestlers who could either join the new faction, or feud with them.

This new group could also see some other familiar faces brought into TNA. Sabu and Sandman are two wrestlers who I'm sure would be happy to work for TNA at this point. Spike Dudley has made sporadic appearances with TNA so he is another option.

Dreamer also has history with Pope from his days as Elijah Burke in WWE's version of ECW, so they may try to play into that a little.

However they decide to direct this angle, the one thing I am sure of is this will bring TNA some much needed publicity.

Dixie Carter

Dixie has been teasing a big surprise for weeks now, and she is keeping a tight seal on whatever it is. There are rumors flying around the dirt sheets as to what this surprise could be.

Since Dreamer already debuted, we know its not him. The main rumor at this point is that TNA will do away with PPV events and switch to live specials on Spike TV.

This change could do wonders for TNA. The one thing that holds many fans back from watching PPV events is obviously the cost. WWE events can cost as much as sixty dollars, and TNA isn't that far behind.

Having free events that would be in place of PPV events would gain huge exposure for TNA. Back when WCW would do live specials that were set up like a PPV, they got huge ratings.

TNA could see some new fans jump aboard if this is a success. I for one am all for it since I hate spending money to watch something I get for free every other week of the month.

Hulk Hogan and Abyss

Abyss is taking a turn back towards his psychotic character from before the Abyssamania angle started.

His recent matches have shown Abyss going back to his brutal hardcore style. In a promo between Abyss and hogan, Abyss said "they" told him to do what he has been doing.

When asked who "they" are, he brushed off the question. My gut feeling tells me that with Abyss getting more hardcore, and the introduction of an ECW stable, that "they" are the ECW stars.

It makes sense that these ECW guys could come in and push Abyss to be more hardcore like they were back in the day.

We will see where this goes soon. Hogan is a big supporter of Abyss so this will likely be a major angle in upcoming weeks.

Flair and Lethal

Ric Flair and Jay Lethal's feud is about to heat up as it is being reported that at the next TNA PPV event, the two will face off one on one.

Outside the ring, Flair is actually known as a huge fan of Jay Lethal. After Lethal did his Flair impression a few weeks back, Flair was talking about how great Lethal was to anyone who would listen.

This is like getting praise from Caesar. Flair is a god in the wrestling world, and not just because he says he is. His support could put Lethal over the top in TNA and maybe even lead the former Macho Man impersonator to a World Title.

Lethal has been wrestling as himself lately, which is good since fans who were not around when he first came into TNA may not known what he is really like.

The impression of Randy Savage earned Lethal great acclaim with the TNA fans, and from what I have read, even the Macho Man likes it. His backstage interactions as Black Machismo with Hogan were the best parts of those iMPACT shows.

I hope TNA continues to push Lethal, as he has paid his dues and deserves it. His skills in the ring are amazing and he can keep up with the best in the game.

That's all for now. Thanks for reading and please feel free to comment.