Kevin Nash, Sting and now The Pope's current angle is a Take That towards Anti-Hogan/Bischoff regime fans.Not so far off as it turns out!
TNA is paid for by Vince McMahon to turn people off of Indy and foreign style wrestling.Come on! Only a genius at wrestling could create something so terrible.
The Fortune/EV2.0 feud is a Writer Revolt against the push of old ECW, WWE and WCW stars over homegrown talent.Fortune is portrayed as a fun loving True Companionship of Badasses who have a bunch of super popular stars like AJ Styles, Ric Flair and Kaz. EV2.0 has a bunch of washed up old losers who look like cowardly weak old men who have to cry to get their jobs back. What better burial of ECW then what TNA has done to it?
TNA post-Bound for Glory 2010 is a satire of WCWHogan's created a giant and unwieldy heel stable in the mold of the New World Order with Immortal. The Fingerpoke Of Doom was replayed with the Knockouts Title. Katie Lea Burchill (now Winter) seemingly has Warrior-style powers. The shows themselves have scaled back the wrestling even more than before. Expect J-Woww to pull a David Arquette any day now.
The writers are Obfuscating StupidityFortune/Immortal really has been in the works since Hogan's first day at the company.
The "They" Crimson is talking about is the Main Event Mafia.The group Crimson is talking about has to be a power stable. Speaking of whom, every time he "informs" them of "they," he is always dressed in a suit, which was the Mafia's dress code. Sting and Nash, the original opposition to "Immortal," as well as Kurt Angle, who took advantage of the distraction after Crimson's announcement, were members. And a week later Scott Steiner, who was the person Angle made the phone call to and also a member of the Mafia, made his return rushing off Immortal, also dressed in a suit.
Ric Flair turned against Fortune for their own good.As much as he cares about the stable that he helped created, Flair wanted to make sure that they were able to handle anything and everything that was thrown at them. By becoming their enemy, he could test them to see if they could handle the pressure on their own without his guidance, believing A.J. Styles was now able to lead Fortune. Flair turning on Fortune could be compared to a parent kicking their child out of the house once they've reached adulthood. Flair may appear to be pissed that Fortune decided to turn against Immortal without his consent, but on the inside he's proud that they decided not to play second fiddle to Immortal.
Ric Flair is in Immortal as a Reverse Mole, and he is the man behind the network.This goes into the above guess about him secretly being proud of Fortune, but is actually even bigger than that. Recently, the network has been subverting the control of Hogan and Bischoff over TNA. This is beginning to get attention from characters now, with Christopher Daniels commenting to Flair, ironically, that someone back there has been getting a leg up on Immortal. Hogan and Bischoff, discussing this frustratingly in their office, describe this by saying "they're thinking like a wrestler", and Bischoff is now out to intercept this all. Flair has asked "who is that talking to my boys!?" in reference to Fortune and Daniels, minutes after the latter's return to TNA, and in a promo the following week, the same one where Daniels, Hogan, and Bischoff noted the network pattern, he puts over the champions that Fortune are as well as how he "loved" them (but, of course, they made a "mistake" when they "decided to side with AJ over the Nature Boy").
Mick Foley being "fired" is just another trick of hisHe's faked out Hogan once before this. Either he sent a fake message himself or had the Network do it to trick them into trick them into thinking no one is watching them so they'll go back to their old ways and prove to the Network and get them even more furious at them. Think about it, why would they send a notice of Mick Foley being fired to them? Even in-universe it wouldn't make much sense unless there's something else behind it, and last week, the Network was on Foley's side. With as big of a Chess Master he's been lately, it'd certainly be in character.
Suicide is the secret Christopher Daniels is blackmailing Kazarian with.By now it's pretty much common news that Kazarian and Daniels are the two men who most frequently portrayed the former character of Suicide. On-screen, the Guns have threatened to unmask Suicide years ago, first assuming Suicide was Daniels, but they managed to get as a far as a suspiciously familiar tan-skinned jaw before Daniels came out to make the save. Daniels knows Kazarian was Suicide because he's literally covered for him in the role, and he's holding it over Kazarian's head due to the hot water this could put Kaz in with management. Kaz has started showing signs of rebellion either because he's figured out a way to prove Daniels' involvement or he's starting not to care anymore.
Joseph Park (Abyss's brother) is in fact Abyss.They're never seen in the same place at the same time, so...
Joseph Park, Abyss, yet another Chris Parks character, or all of the above, is the leader of the Aces & Eights.Assuming the big man who speaks for the group in their table vignettes is in fact the leader, anyway. His body shape screams Chris Parks, and while less than 100% clear due to the distortion effect, the inflection in his voice sounds incredibly akin to a Joseph Park promo.
Who are Aces & Eights?Put guesses as to who they are here.
Karen Jarrett is involved in the Aces and Eights in some capacity, and will become head of the Knockouts once again under their regime.This came about in the wedding episode. The wedding of the current head of the Knockouts division - Brooke Hogan - being attacked by Aces and Eights can only really mean a few things, most likely this one. And if you look at the tron after Brooke enters, you'll see the "Love" symbol which was part of Karen Jarrett's tron. Foreshadowing?
One of Aces and Eights is a Reverse Mole working for TNA.Basic conjecture, but Ken Anderson was never revealed or unmasked as a member. His appearance with the group, as well as a bit of shown static with their behaviors backstage raises red flags. That said, it's Ken Anderson. He's due to turn at least 3 more times this year.
Bully Ray planned the Jeff Hardy incident at Victory Road 2011.Outside of Kayfabe, Bully Ray only really received his main-event push as part of Immortal because of Jeff Hardy showing up to a match on drugs, and worked his way up to become a credible main even competitor. Bound for Glory 2012 would have been the culmination of his big plan, but, ironically, Jeff Hardy was there to stop him. So then came his brilliant Plan B.
All three of the current major stables running around in the "Big Three" promotions are in fact one and the same.At the moment, the three biggest promotions in the United States- WWE, TNA, and Ring of Honor, are each running with one major heel stable- WWE with The Shield, TNA with the Aces and Eights, and Ring of Honor with S.C.U.M. -The Shield were sold at one point, following the Rock/CM Punk match at the Royal Rumble, to have worked for Paul Heyman, the former ECW owner [who's never been, onscreen, sold as a WWE employee, merely as a personal employee of Brock Lesnar and CM Punk.] -The Aces and Eights leader, Bully Ray, plus members Devon and Taz, are ECW alumni, as are S.C.U.M. members Rhino and Steve Corino. Matt Hardy and Knux were also in WWE's ECW incarnation. In addition, all three groups have members whose careers intertwined: -Shield member Seth Rollins and SCUM member Jimmy Jacobs were previously partners in the Age of the Fall in Ring of Honor. -SCUM member Cliff Compton had gained notoriety on the Internet through a run in Nigeria as the tag partner of DOC. And they feuded in WWE, as Domino and Festus, respectively. In addition, eight of the nine Aces and Eights members had been fired from WWE in the past, while SCUM had three members who were released from the WWE, two of whom [and an additional SCUM member] were also released from TNA. That wrestler, Jimmy Rave, appeared without question at the recent TNA One Night Only: X-Travaganza PPV. All three stables have similar messages and motivations. In addition, many of the Aces and Eights members who qualified, as well as Hardy, were recently added to WWE's Alumni section. As such- The Shield, The Aces and Eights, and S.C.U.M. are all secretly one big inter-promotional stable, trying to destroy all three of the Big Three North American promotions in one go-round.
Aces and Eights are going to drive Joseph Parks to 'accept his family legacy'Joseph seems to be portrayed as the White Sheep of his family, IE, the only one of them that isn't a dangerously psychotic Wrestling Monster. We've seen a few traces of Abyss show up in him, particularly when blood in involved. Whether temporary or permanent, he'll go on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge channeling his brothers (perhaps even channeling Judas Mesias and cutting up through the ring and dragging someone into it) against Aces and Eights, invoking plenty of Mook Horror Show along the way, embracing the dark side of his family out of desperation.
Abyss returned because of Aces & Eights taking out JosephEven if they're the same person in real life, in Kayfabe Joseph was the only one in their rather demented family that seemed to care about Abyss at all. Aces & Eights' abuse of Joseph and finally taking him out was Awakening the Sleeping Giant and now his brother is on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
Regarding the 2013 BFG Series...From the 6/13 Impact - AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels have both qualified for the BFG Series. So my guess is that their match will end in double DQ because it wasn't meant to happen in the first place. That or another Aces and Eights run-in.
Why hasn't Bubba the Love Sponge sued Mick Foley?As awesome as it was, Mick Foley did still assault someone in front of several witnesses and on national television, so why didn't Bubba press charges or sue him? There are three possible answers: 1. Bubba can't prove that the punch wasn't a Work that was simply botched 2. Bubba can't find a lawyer willing to take his case 3. TNA management wouldn't let him. And by the time he'd been fired, it was too late
Crimson will fight alongside Sting against the Aces and Eights.Also from the 6/13 Impact. Sting announced that he would form the New Main Event Mafia to fight off the Aces and Eights. Crimson returned the same day, and was immediately defeated in his Bound for Glory Series qualifier. If that doesn't sound convincing enough, think back to the would-be MEM reunion, where Crimson was first to announce the second "They", and made a habit of going around in suits and saying they had made him an offer he couldn't refuse, implying he was going to be part of the second MEM in the first place. Nepotism-filled squash match on PPV, for example) are deliberate, to annoy fans and get them to boo Dixie Carter. There's no other option. It has to be. Right?
This whole thing surrounding AJ Styles being gone from TNA and Jeff Jarrett quitting to start a new promotion will turn out to be a massive work with the result being a babyface invasion which will inevitably beat out Dixie's Carter Kingdom and rebrand the company altogether.
Samuel Shaw's current angle is an attempt to draw in Lifetime-loving womenDixie has said they're looking at the untapped female demo, and this may be the means.
Gut Check's Ryan Howe will return to fight Ethan Carter The ThirdWhen ECIII fired Rock Star Spud, he made special emphasis on the fact that he felt Spud was a loser. Now there isn't a more perfect loser in American wrestling than Ryan Howe after he lost both WWE Tough Enough and TNA Gut Check. Furthermore, Ryan Howe and Rock Star Spud have had history teaming together as "Double Platinum" in Ohio Valley Wrestling. ECIII claims to represent the 1%. But his lot was handed to him by his incapacitated Aunt. Ryan Howe and Rock Star Spud will therefore shine as a hopeful beacon for the 99% who still have to claw their way to the top, showing that it can still be possible, even after multiple failures.
Havok is a super powered evil sideFear, setbacks, an inferiority complex and a tour of Japan caused Su Yung to degenerate into a Ju On state. After Havok's Last Stand at SHINE 21, Jessicka was assaulted by members of Valkyrie, including Su Yung, who spat mist on her. Gone is gloating Jessicka, justifying Jessicka, empathetic Jessicka. Jessicka was herself at TNA Queen of the Knockouts but after SHINE 21, Havok displayed only silent sadism in her Impact debut. Jessicka's gear and physical appearance even changed! The Grudge claimed Yung and saw opportunity to spread with Jessicka, who had gone through some of the same. But Jessicka's psyche was not as strained and Jessicka was already a monster, so she resists and becomes a more primal version of herself instead.