Tuesdays at TNA: How AJ Styles' Injury Is a Good Thing For TNA
Welcome back to Tuesdays at TNA, where we break down all of the major issues and events happening in Dixieland!
On Sunday, TNA held their first PPV of the year, "Genesis," in which we witnesses Mr. Anderson defeat not only Matt Morgan, but Immortal's Jeff Hardy, to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.
Based on what I wrote last week, I was going to do a follow up on the importance of his title win, but something else occurred (or didn't occur) during the PPV, which could have more far-reaching implications down the line.
The theme going into the night was for Eric Bischoff's mandate to win all of the championships to be complete. Well, it happened, as Beer Money regained the Tag Team titles from the Motor City Machine Guns, and Kazarian defeated Jay Lethal to win the X-Division title.
Also, Abyss defeated Douglass Williams to claim the TNA Television title. Noticeably absent from that list is AJ Styles, who was slated to battle Williams instead, but was injured due to an apparent torn hip flexor and hip labrum. Although surgery hasn't been verified, if he does opt for it, he will be out anywhere from four to six months.
Now normally an injury of this type could hurt his momentum, as he would've more than likely regained the title he lost just a month ago. However, to quote DDP, "It's...a good thing." How?
Is AJ Styles injury good timing for TNA?
Think about this for a moment. There was already friction between him and Bischoff for his recent losing streak, and he was given the ultimatum of win or be gone from the Fortune stable. Besides, had he won the title back from Williams, he would just be in a holding pattern while Matt Morgan, Hardy and Anderson would headline the main event scene.
Styles has always been considered the promotion's best homegrown star and has won numerous championships during his time at TNA. However, there has always been this stigma that he was never the true top man, even after winning the World Title and having a successful title reign last year. Now that he is gone, this does help not only TNA, but Styles in many ways:
—It gives Abyss the opportunity to add a fresh face to the TV title scene. Now that Styles and Williams have established it as a true secondary championship, it will give guys like the Pope, Samoa Joe and others the chance to feud with the monster. Since he is one of the unstoppable forces in TNA, it would be interesting to see who will get the push to finally win the title from him down the line.
—This gives Styles the opportunity to come back strong as a returning face. Hardy will eventually get the belt back, and what better way for this Immortal/Fortune storyline to end than for Styles to get his revenge by beating Hardy and winning the TNA World Title. Since TNA has finally allowed younger talent to shine within the promotion, this would be a great changing of the guard.
—Absence makes the heart grow fonder in wrestling, especially when that star is one the fans can root for, even after having a long turn as a heel like Styles. Besides, he's at his best when he isn't trying to imitate Ric Flair (leave that to Jay Lethal) and he is doing Pele-kicks to the heads of his foes.
I believe that if Styles does take time off, it will make his return that much more exciting. Not only for his fans, but for TNA as a whole.
What do you think?
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