With TNA firing several wrestlers to make room for the grossly over paid veterans, Jay Lethal was considered to be next after it was announced that Consequences Creed, his tag team parter, was released. Yet, Jay Lethal has quickly risen up the ranks of TNA, thanks to the powers that be.
Jay Lethal’s former Black Machismo persona actually saved his career, since TNA Creative would have been remiss not to play around with a Mega Powers parody with Hulk Hogan now in TNA. With Machismo reminiscing of the days of their illustrious tag team, Hogan was simply left with no alternative one week than to leave Lethal in charge of Impact!, who pitched several match ideas with WWF superstars from the 80’s (both deceased and retired) that The Mega Powers had faced. Eric Bischoff, frustrated with “Black Machismo,” placed Lethal in a 2-on-1 handicap match against Beer Money. Unbeknownst to the fans, Lethal’s victory over James Storm and Robert Roode would restore confidence that TNA can still develop their own stars.
“The Nature Boy II”
Jay Lethal may have convinced wrestling fans that he was deranged in his “Macho Man” character, but when Hogan presented him with Ric Flair’s Hall of Fame ring, Lethal became stylin’ and profilin’. In one of the most comedic and uplifting opening segments in TNA history, Jay Lethal strutted to Ric Flair’s entrance theme, wearing an expensive suit and sunglasses. He then began to deliver a spot-on impersonation of Ric Flair, until the real Ric Flair interrupted. Ric Flair rejected Lethal’s apologies, and in turn started a feud.
Thankfully, Jay Lethal has not adopted an AJ Flair original robe, complete with TNA’s budget. Ric Flair, currently forming his new faction, Fortune, has thrown every obstacle in Lethal’s way. Jay Lethal has taken on Kazarian, AJ Styles, Kazarian and AJ Styles in a 3-way match, Desmond Wolfe, and even Matt Morgan, who claims Flair has been trying to recruit. And every obstacle that Flair has set in Lethal’s way, he has been victorious.
The only obstacle left for Jay Lethal to overcome is “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair at Victory Road.
Jay Lethal has been a diehard wrestling fan since he was a kid. During a time when these larger-than-life superstars wrestled in the ring with such magnificent personas that one couldn’t help but emulate. Aside from Hulk Hogan, superstars like “Macho Man” Randy Savage did not make a lick of sense during his promos, but he had a raspy voice and catchy phrases, which made him into an instant favorite. Ric Flair is a character all on his own, with his diamond feathered robes, his expensive suits, his struts in the ring, his lavish lifestyles, figure-fours, knife-edged chops, and the ever popular “Wooo!” In addition to both Savage and Flair having such wild personas that one only wished to live up to, the two were phenomenal technical wrestlers. So phenomenal, that the two have fought on the grandest stage at WrestleMania for the coveted WWF World Title.
Jay Lethal’s match with Ric Flair is not just a culmination of a feud, it’s the dream match from his child hood. It’s the sole reason why Lethal laced up a pair of boots, to one day become an icon mega power like Savage and Flair. Can Jay Lethal live up to the legendary status of either Randy Savage or Ric Flair to become The Man of TNA?