So here's the crux of today's column......2 weeks from now, TNA goes live once more and there will be consequences to contend with, concerning the events of this coming weeks taped show. For those of you who don't want to be spoiled, feel free to skip this column, but for those of you who don't mind so much, you're welcome to follow me and explore something interesting.......
How does TNA use rumor and releases to create controversy and innovate something new from the ashes of Aces and Eights?
Let's face it, once Bound for Glory has gone into the books, Aces and Eights will be done and buried and you know what? I'm okay with that. It is running the course nWo SHOULD have. Eric Bischoff has learned his lesson and allowed the big stable to fade once and for all. I happen to like what was done and to date, this has been the most logically consistent storyline TNA has put out. For those of you who want to complain, Evolution lasted longer on WWE TV than Aces and Eights for TNA and I'll go on record and say that there was, quite simply, more to the Aces and Eights story than Evolution had going for it.
But that isn't the subject of this column. Next week, it's been teased that Dixie Carter is turning heel, which is something I'm dying to see. My question is simple......how far is Dixie willing to go to get some real heat from fans? Since TNA is the single best place in the wrestling world to find great heel characters in abundance (Bully Ray, Austin Aries, Bobby Roode, etc.) it stands to reason that it won't be hard to find good coaches for Dixie to gain insight from and, if TNA is of the persuasion that Hulk Hogan needs to wind down his career with them, Dixie could turn out to be a good stand in until someone (Jeff Jarrett) comes in as a relief for the long term moving forward.
Can Dixie pull off a heel character? Will it overcompensate AJ Styles return to his babyface persona? Both are good questions and we'll have to see where it all goes once TNA goes live in two weeks. I think it'll be interesting to see how her perspective has changed since last year during the awful Claire storyline and how she plays off the next week Styles promo.
If Dixie Carter can use the rumors of financial "ruin" and the recent roster cuts to enhance an actual full blown heel persona, it'd be a nice touch to bring back those names as mystery opponents for future championship matches just to illustrate that she has the power to command who she wants whenever she wants people to jump. If she can do THAT, I'm all on board.