TNA Impact: Immortal Takeover, Matt Morgan Shakes Things Up
I'll take everyone back to Bound for Glory. Well, the end of it that is. A broken and battered Kurt Angle, laying beside an equally broken and busted Mr. Anderson.
Jeff Hardy standing in the ring victorious, the new TNA world heavyweight champion, alongside his allies, Hulk Hogan, Eric Bischoff, Jeff Jarrett and Abyss.
On the next Impact, the five Immortals added Ric Flair's "Fourtune" to their historic stable, and have taken over the TNA locker room.
Since that night, Impact has had a new feel to it. A refreshing feel to it. Hogan, Flair and Bischoff have officially taken over.
The past month of Impact has been filled with Bischoff and Flair abusing TNA personnel, including Dixie Carter, Ms. Tessmacher, even a referee. But the most high-profile abuse was that of Mr. Anderson.
First, his shoulder was shattered by Jeff Hardy's attack with a chair. Then, he was dismantled at the hands of Hardy again this time by a ladder, crushing his arm again, and delivering a concussion to Anderson.
As if that wasn't enough, he was still being forced to fight in the main event at Turning Point, and he was being forced by Eric Bischoff and Ric Flair to fight Jeff Jarrett in a chain match.
One superstar took exception, Matt Morgan, from within the Immortal regime itself.
Morgan tried to convince Bischoff that it was wrong to make Anderson fight, to the point where he replaced Anderson in the chain match, and won, making a statement that he didn't want any part of Immortal.
Thursday's TNA Impact proved one statement true.
If you look away for one second, you will miss something.
Matt Morgan shocked the Impact Zone on Thursday, replacing the injured Mr. Anderson not only in a match on impact vs. Eric Bischoff, but in the world title match against Jeff Hardy on Sunday at Turning Point.
TNA has been full of shocks and surprises as of late, and mark my words, this is a good one.
Morgan was underused as a member of Fourtune in the beginning, and was still not being used to his potential. Something had to give, and a face turn was in the cards for Matt.
The face turn was executed to near-perfection.
With concussions being a real issue in many professional sports, including wrestling, football, soccer and hockey, this is a perfect opportunity to give TNA some real depth and realistic content.
With Anderson suffering from a concussion, it makes sense to have an advocate against concussions, and being reckless in attempts to perform through concussion symptoms.
Morgan turned out to be that man.
Clearly, Morgan valued the safety and security of his fellow wrestler, more than the greed of the Immortals.
Look where it got him. He's in the main event of Turning Point, with a legitimate chance to win. He's got a ton of momentum, but in my opinion, "The Antichrist of Professional Wrestling," Jeff Hardy, will retain his title, with a little help from the Immortals.
Although Matt Morgan was strong and took a stand against Bischoff and Flair, he may have dug his own grave in the process.
I'll be very interested to see how this all plays out.
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