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Aces & Eights - The Reveal?
It's quite simple: I need some sort of reveal to this giant angle tonight, or I'm going to completely lose interest. My attention has been dwindling steadily every week, hoping they'd pull the curtain back just enough for me to peak in, but all we get is more attacks, more evasiveness, and more "Sons of Anarchy" bikers that just got out of a screening for the Dark Knight Rises. For awhile the Jeff Jarrett/Matt Morgan/Bully Ray/Luke Gallows/Bobby Roode speculation was enough to keep me coming back; I'm starting to think there's not actually a direction behind TNA's biggest angle at all...
I'm not asking for everything to suddenly make sense tonight, but - and I think a lot of fans will agree with me - I need something tonight. Give us a name, one of the leaders, or even a motive for all the attacks. We're a month away from Bound for Glory; TNA needs to start making steps towards drawing money out of their long-term investment.
Tonight Austin Aries calls out anybody man enough to face him. TNA wants us to think Aces & Eights are after the World title; my guess is it's a bait-and-switch to put Bully Ray in a position of power. Which means...
Bound for Glory Series Finally Finds Its End
So, after months of build up, dozens of excellent matches on pay-per-view and free television, we're finally going to get a #1 contender to the TNA World Championship. Bully Ray makes the most sense. In fact, if they don't go this route I will be both shocked, and slightly disappointed.
Jeff Hardy is a great talent, but his contribution to TNA this year has been limited, at best. He is one that could be easily entered in some sort of match with with Aces & Eights at Bound for Glory. He's the kind of crowd pleaser, along with RVD and Ken Anderson, that you're going to want teaming up to "defend the company".
Samoa Joe and James Storm are easily placed in Bound for Glory feuds of their own, with Magnus and Bobby Roode, respectively. Keeping Roode off television the last few weeks was a stroke of genius; when he does come down to screw over James Storm - and he will - fans won't be expecting it near as much as if they'd kept him around.
And that leaves Bully Ray. Out of the four guys left in the tournament, he's been the biggest mover and shaker in TNA this year, and most deserves the shot. Not that wrestling is always about who "deserves" the shot, but in this case it works out that he's also the best decision for storyline purposes. Bully and Aries have proven that they can work well together, and fans will get behind another match. Bully is also an extremely believable leader for the Aces & Eights; have you seen what they wear?