For all the times I make predictions and surmise based on hunches and rumors from some within the walls of the most prominent wrestlings companies in the nation, there are always a few that, for one reason or another, fall by the wayside. A great example was pointed out just this week....the third faction I made a great deal of noise about. I shake my head now because I've heard an explanation for it all, but it doesn't make the pill any easier to take.
When TNA was deeply entrenched in the Aces and Eights storyline....even about as far as May 2nd of this year, there had been some tension between Matt Morgan and the regime running the show at the time, then Hogan and Bischoff. Morgan felt they weren't living up to their end of the bargain when he signed on for another year. His goal was simple. Win the World Title and enjoy a respectable reign. I don't think it was too much to ask for. Yet, upper TNA management at the time didn't share his opinions and when he faced Sting for the Number One Contender's match and lost EVEN though there had been a plan drafted to allow him to actually beat Sting and go on to face Bully Ray for the title and carry on the feud from there. As the time drew nearer, however, Morgan asked for his release and it became clear that this was the best time for them to bring AJ Styles back into the main event tier for another run with the belt and closure to a one year storyline that held Styles at arms' length from the title until Bound for Glory. SO, Sting beat Morgan and Morgan got his release, just as he asked, and whatever plans TNA had for putting together a third faction to work in disbanding the Mafia and Eights went with him.
Another plan to go belly up? Chris Masters being revealed as a member of the Aces and Eights. It is a verifiable FACT that Masters DID appear as a member of the faction under the mask. It is ALSO a verifiable FACT that one of the plans for the entire faction to consist of former WWE performers in a story not entirely unlike the nWo. It is ALSO a fact that Masters had been trying to impress officials enough to garner a contract for nearly a year as he had been featured on TNA's side project in India, Ring Ka King. It was said that Jeff Jarrett put in a good word and it was convincing enough to give him a spot under a mask as an extra for a COUPLE of episodes and a tryout match to boot, but when it came time to sign him, they decided against the deal.
Should I apologize when the storyline changes direction? It isn't my company and I don't have any control over what kinds of things actually make it into the storylines to begin with. I've been wrong and I will probably be wrong again from time to time, but if it was an entertaining read for those of you who come here day after day, I'd like to think I've done what I set out to do, which is, I'm coming to find, a two fold goal. First, to give a "wouldn't it be cool if..." scenario AND to educate on some history and give TNA a level playing field, just like they deserve. If I've hit on one of the two, I'll sleep well knowing the other will iron itself out.
BUT, there are a couple of things I DO want to bring up, now that I've been doing some reading up on the headlines of the day.
1. Turning Point is going to be AMAZING this year. The line up is top notch stuff.....
Samoa Joe vs. Magnus in a Falls Count Anywhere Match
Bobby Roode vs. James Storm in a Bull Rope Match
Gail Kim's Open Challenge
Bully Ray vs. Anderson in a No Disqualification Match (Anderson loses, he leaves. Bully loses the faction dies.)
Kurt Angle vs. Jeff Hardy
2. TNA has their eyes set on a few choice ROH roster members whose contracts are set to expire soon: Roderick Strong, Eddie Edwards, and Davey Richards. Dave Lagana, who is now a part of TNA's creative team, worked with all three as a member of Ring of Honor's creative team. In addition to those, a certain indy female performer was given a tryout match and may be bound for the main roster in short order. Her name is Candace Lerae and she was said to have impressed those making the cuts. Her Twitter account teased a possible move to the East Coast.....