Justin Barr



As I have stated in the past I am not a big TNA fan, but the current storyline they have going now with the Aces and Eights group might get me watching. TNA has always had very good quality of wrestling in my opinion, but something has been lacking that hadn’t been to fully convert me to full time fan of their product. It has been their lack of consistency in production and storylines. Jeff Jarrett being involved and now Hulk Hogan among other retreads haven’t helped their product either. However, it seems like they are never too far away from turning the corner. One good, potentially great angle could give them that that push that the company needs. They have always had plenty of good young talent mixed with some great veterans. They just haven’t always known what to do with it and how to get over that hump enough to compete with the WWE.

I will say right now that I am a sucker for the whole mystery men/ invasion/ masked marauders storyline. It has been done several times, but I’ve said this before and I will say it again and stand by it. Wrestling is made up of many formulas and has been for years. The good ones work and usually will again if you bring it out at the right time. Timing is everything. What’s old can always become new again if done the right way and at the right time. For TNA this could be that time.
Nothing will ever top the NWO “invasion” storyline. That was pure genius and quite possibly the greatest angle and storyline of all time. It really made wrestling as big as it had ever been and pushed the WWE into overdrive with the Attitude Era. The Nexus storyline worked for a little while and was also well done because unless you watched or followed NXT, we had no idea who these young guys were. It also didn’t hurt that I got to see them beat the crap out of John Cena every week. The story line could’ve done a lot better, but it got away from WWE’s creative team and not even the great CM Punk could save it.

Here are some of the reasons why I think this angle can work and at least get me and hopefully others to watch Impact a little more:

THE NAME IS CATCHY

Aces and Eights is a cool name. I don’t know where it came from or how original it is, but I haven’t heard it anywhere so I like it. I do know that it is kind of a spin off or play on Sons of Anarchy which is a show about biker gangs. I have never really followed it, but I have seen a couple and it is a pretty cool show. It is also very popular which is what TNA needs to start being more aware of. They need to incorporate more current events into their writing. It works. My brother-in-law, better known as A2K, does follow the show as well as a few friends and they love it. He does watch Impact and I can’t wait to hear what he thinks about this direction in TNA.

IT WILL GIVE SOME NEW FACES/UNDERVALUED TALENT ANOTHER CHANCE TO PROVE THEMSELVES

You know how sometimes you see something in a wrester and they might get a mild push here and there but it never really seems to work out? Either they are in the wrong place at the wrong time, or they get in trouble and can never gain that trust back. For whatever the reason, in a lot of cases, wrestling is all these guys know. The chance to get back on TV and to make a better living after fighting like hell to get back to the big leagues is commendable. I respect the art form of professional wrestling and the athletes that put their bodies on the line day in and day out for our entertainment. A couple of the names reported on this website by Steve Carrier are Mike Knox and Chris Masters. Mike Knox was in the WWE version of ECW and I saw a lot of big guy potential there. They tried bringing him back nastier and meaner later on, but it just didn’t work out. I thought with some mic work and maybe a manager, he could’ve been good. Chris Masters got in trouble under the wellness policy and could never return to form. He not only came back a lot lighter, but he became known more for his musical pecs than his ring work. I do remember a time though when he and Carlito were getting big time pushes and were in serious title contention.

A POSSIBLE REVEAL WILL KEEP PEOPLE INTERESTED

Whenever these angles start, especially when it involves hidden identities, the payoff has to do just that. PAY OFF. Everyone wants to know who these people are and where they came from. Are they new, are they veterans, a mixture of both? The worst thing that TNA can do is reveal the identities of these men and have it be a big disappointment or let down. These guys have been attacked some big names already. If guys like Kurt Angle and Bobby Roode are going to be involved in this storyline, then TNA better have some talent in there that can hold their own. Will the above names be enough? How about Luke Gallows? Would he add something to the mix? My answer is probably not, but depending on the other guys that make up this group they could be role players. Either way, if TNA does this right and progresses this angle at a good pace, people will watch.

As I close out this blog, keep in mind what I said in the beginning. I am a sucker for this stuff. I’m not a TNA/ Impact fan, but I am intrigued enough about this to start watching. If any of you read my first blog about how the WWE screwed up the CM Punk leaving storyline and how I would’ve improved it, you’ll pick up on that. Was the “Black Scorpion” story line back in early WCW kind of corny and crazy? Absolutely, but I loved it. Remember Dusty Rhodes as the Midnight Rider? How about DDP as the guy who was stalking The Undertaker’s wife at the time (not my choice by the way, which goes with one of my points about the reveal above)? I could go on and on. Hell I even loved it any time Killer Bees did the old switcheroo with their masks.

My point is this: This could work and if done right, could help propel TNA to where they want to be.

This is my opinion, but I would love to hear yours.

Till next time….Peace out Y’all!!
Dee Thomas
I'm not a TNA fan either but the first time I actually tuned in to Impact, I saw the show end with Aces and Eights attacking Sting as the show went off the air. I loved it and have been tuning in weekly to see their next attack. It's new, it's fresh. It has Nexus beat because these guys are masked s...
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Jake "Mr. 24/7" Russell
My thoughts exactly Dee!
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Dee Thomas
also if Bischoff and Hogan will stay the hell out the way, I think TNA can go far. Jarrett finally got the hint and stepped out of the spotlight, Bischoff appears to almost be there, but they need for Hogan to step away which will be hard with his big ass ego. I think he secretly works with Vince an...
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Jake "Mr. 24/7" Russell
That wouldn't surprise me. Hogan is a whore who would do anything for the right price. For all the great things that Hogan has done for wrestling, he's done just as much bad for it.
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Jose Gonzalez
Dee, who do you think some of the guys behind the masks are. I don't watch Impact Wrestling anymore, I just catch whatever segments I can online, or news through the web, but I've got a feeling that either one or two of them are former WWE talent.
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Jake "Mr. 24/7" Russell
Other than the guys who I mention, I'm not sure. I'm sure some of these guys are only stand ins or fillers sometimes to keep people guessing until they reveal who they are.
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Pumbaa Zekunt
I'm still on the fence with this angle, for all TNA's good points they do fuck up storylines or just have complete shit like what they are doing with AJ and Daniels at the moment... Although 90% of the time they'll make up for that with the reason I actually watch wrestling, the in ring action...

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Jake "Mr. 24/7" Russell
Thank you Adolph!! I was hoping someone would chime in with that.
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Dee Thomas
Luke Gallows, Mike Knox, Wes Briscoe are the names I've seen. Apparently they're rotating different guys in to keep fans guessing as to who they may be. I heard D-Lo Brown was one of the attackers on Thursday but he won't be in the final reveal. Its possible Chris Masters could be in the final revea...
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