Abyss teased us for a few months about who “they” were. We found out exactly who he was referring to at Bound For Glory, but the usual amount of TNA fans were yet again left unsatisfied.
In the end, “they” were revealed as Hulk Hogan, Eric Bischoff, Abyss, Jeff Jarrett and new TNA World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Hardy. I’ve read a lot of stuff since the PPV and I feel it has gained a lot of bad press for no reason.
Yes, TNA always promise a change or surprise that will change the company forever, but this makes sense. You have Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff, who although were tipped by many to be a part of “they," were creators of the best faction in Professional Wrestling history: the nWo. TNA have done a lot of little things well in this storyline, one of them being the Hulk Hogan surgery reporting. I think most fans genuinely believed he wouldn’t be at Bound For Glory.
Then we have Jeff Jarrett, a permanent fixture in TNA since he founded the company along with his father Jerry. Jarrett is one of if not my favourite wrestlers of all time and is far better as a heel than he is as a face. Some of his NWA World Title runs in the early stages of TNA were excellent, and he more or less carried TNA for a couple of years. He can still go in the ring too.
Abyss is a guy I’ve always been a fan of. I hate what TNA did with him when they gave him that stupid Hall of Fame ring and other previous gimmicks such as the Christopher Parks one when he had Dr. Stevie as his “therapist”. Guys like Abyss don’t need to be changed. Look at Kane; ever since they unmasked him he has slowly declined and was verging on disappearing into nothingness until his recent WWE push. Even though they went a bit overboard with the level of violence, Abyss’ recent heel run has showed he can still hack it as a top monster heel.
You may be thinking because I like them all, I’m bound to like “they”. However, I’ve never been a big fan of Jeff Hardy. I respected his tag team work with his brother Matt when the Hardy Boyz, Edge and Christian and the Dudleyz made up an interesting WWE tag team division (R.I.P by the way).
I’ve never really got all the hype surrounding him as a singles competitor. I can see why TNA chose Jeff Hardy to turn and become part of “they” though. I mean who actually predicted a Jeff Hardy win? Next to nobody. Even though I’m not fond of him, he’s still one of the most over wrestlers in TNA and arguably the world. It’ll be interesting to see how Hardy operates as a heel (I’d prefer him to get rid of the face paint for a start) but this group has a solid nucleus.
Wrestling fans are always moaning that the “internet era” of professional wrestling has become too predictable but TNA have really proved that wrong and you have to give them props for that.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a big critic of TNA – as you can see in my other articles – but sometimes you have to look at the bigger picture and trust the people that book this stuff. I know "The Charismatic Enigma" has had problems with staying on the right side of the law in the past but if he had any danger of going to jail then I’m sure TNA wouldn’t have made him champion. Even Dixie Carter knows how harmful it would be for your World Heavyweight Champion to go to prison.
There are still questions that need to be answered regarding “they”. Does Dixie still have full control of TNA? Was all the Hogan surgery stuff a work? Will they recruit more members? We should start getting answers tonight on iMPACT!
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