This is number 500 guys. I've taken everything into consideration from past feuds to present battlegrounds and I'm convinced that Impact Wrestling on August 23rd, 2012 will go down in history as a landmark night. How appropriate that number 500 should fall on a night when numbers are so important. The hand has been dealt....
Tonight I am more convinced than ever that this is the story to put TNA on the national level. The events of tonight put them over the top. This outranks nWo, in my opinion. It outweighs The Nexus. It trumps Evolution. It sinks The Four Horsemen. Nothing even comes close to Aces and Eights. This faction has changed my entire strategy of how the perfect faction is formed and has held my attention from beginning to this very night.
Two years ago, (and yes, it has been that long) we witnessed The Nexus tearing apart the landscape, whooping everything with a pulse. Within 6 months' time, the crew was dismantled, embarrassed, and quietly buried. That same year, we were subjected to "Them". You all know who I'm talking about and it took a full year to rinse the yucky off the product's good name. This year, TNA upped their game and have brought about a story to put in the archives. The faction that waged war on the entire roster. nWo did something similar, but with Aces and Eights, it has been a complete mystery as to how many members they're bringing to the party.
So....TNA took things even farther than I predicted. A wonderful play. My hopes are that this week's power play doesn't have an adverse effect on the way the story unfolds. With war on the horizon, the top brass HAS to introduce something to level the playing field. Answers don't even have to come out until after Bound for Glory. Fact is, this story could finish out the year, if they play it right.
Let me stress this as strongly as I can. The leader of this faction HAS to be very well thought out. The return of Jeff Jarrett or Eric Bischoff will look like an nWo rip-off and TNA has to understand that critics will only be on their side for as long as this remains interesting. Once it's revealed that a WCW guy is behind it all, a great deal of the momentum could be lost. Someone like John Morrison or Joey Ryan or even a returning TNA original (*Cough* Petey Williams* Cough*) would have a tailwind the likes of which could only be dreamed of. Fact is, every member of Aces and Eights that is revealed would have a sporting chance at having a bright career once the story has run its course.
This column is a great big congratulations to the TNA Creative Staff and their diligence in putting together something that will be remembered for years to come. In the battle of David and Goliath, the curtain will finally be pulled back in the coming weeks and I am anxious for what moves are made in preparation.