Birthed from comments to some recent columns, this post emerges. Some have wanted to know sources, others have said that most of my predictions are wrong, but nearly everyone claims I have enough writing talent to keep them engaged. While I can appreciate the views of all who post comments on this blog, and I refer to them as often as I find comments with enough bulk or substance to refer to them directly, I will admit, I have gotten a few things wrong over the course of this column in the time it has run.
Without going into names of sources, I will say that a few reputable news websites; LordofPain.net, TheWrestlingObserver.com, ProWrestlingTorch.com, PWInsider, among a host of others provide a good portion of the wrestling news for this site, but some of the predictions come from house show results, acquaintances working backstage, and friends who are closer to the action than I. I DO have a couple of notes to answer the most recent commenter, F5.....
In regards to Chris Masters, for a few months, Masters had been lobbying TNA for a job, taking to Twitter asking fans to aid him by tweeting and emailing Dixie Carter among others in upper management. It even worked for a time, as TNA decided to utilize him beneath a mask for a great many house shows and on television as well. The plan HAD been to reveal him as a member for AT LEAST a month or two before TNA management decided to rein in the numbers and cut the final stable number down to 8. Masters even began tweeting that he'd be making a TV appearance and that lead many (myself included) to speculate that he'd be joining the ranks of the Aces and Eights. Personally, I think he SHOULD have been included in the ranks, replacing Garett Bischoff, but apparently, management didn't share that assessment.
To address the 'third faction' I've been talking about for the better part of the month, Eric Bischoff made a statement a while back that once his contract was over with TNA, he wants to step back and focus on other pursuits, not the least of which being the TV programs he has currently in development. As has been reported on numerous news sites, Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff were signed at the same time and conceivably would leave at the same time as well. SO, when Eric Bischoff leaves at the end of his contract as 2013 comes to a close, it stands to reason that Hogan will follow. What has yet to be determined is what will happen with Brooke and Garett once their fathers have gone by the wayside.
Why do I bring this up? Simple. the current storyline is seeing Team TNA engaged in the feud with the Aces and Eights, right? Well right now, Hulk Hogan has been leading the charge for Team TNA. Matt Morgan and AJ Styles have already stated either in word or action that they aren't working for either faction. The reason? If Hogan is winding down his TNA tenure, we'll see a few things happen......
1. AJ Styles will continue to feud with Team TNA's members, leading the Aces and Eights to believe he's made a choice in their favor.
2. Styles will be continually courted by the Aces for allegiances, but will met with silence on THAT front also, leading to a possible beatdown, which in turn, is thwarted by Matt Morgan, who shares a belief that the Aces and Eights are a cancer needing to be cut out, but that Hogan created the problem to begin with and that he needs to be taken out as well.
3. AJ and Morgan do their own recruiting, shadowy and stealth, leading to a reunion of Fortune, at least in part, for the summer. AJ will work his way into the series and eventually either win the series or will be added to the Bound for Glory card as a by product of the Final Resolution 2012 results of his match there.
4. Jeff Jarrett will return, my guess would be either AT or shortly following Bound for Glory, leading to a three faction feud which will culminate in a three team match hinging on the disbanding of the Aces and Eights AND the voluntary exile of Hulk Hogan from TNA, thus closing the book on his tenure in time for his contract to expire at the first of the new year.
I will grant that I HAVE been wrong in my predictions about certain elements of storyline and the like, but I can see this playing out in such a way that will make sense to everyone. I doubt very much that developments like these will cause objections since Hogan has a very critical TNA fanbase to contend with.