During a promo cut between “The Monster” Abyss and TNA Heavyweight Champion Rob Van Dam, Mick Foley appeared on the entrance ramp as Tommy Dreamer, Rhino, Raven, and Stevie Richards all ganged up on Abyss in the closing moments of the July 15th edition of TNA Impact!. For weeks, Abyss has been cryptically talking that “they” sent him to do this, and “they” said that he no longer needed Hulk Hogan. And with ECW once going by the slogan “Us vs Them” and them being WCW and WWF, it seemed that the Hardcore Legends were the ones behind Abyss’ heel-turn. But things took an unexpected turn when Dixie Carter stopped the brawl, which escalated to half of the TNA roster, to state that she had invited them.
What’s the deal, Dixie?
Extreme Violence 2.0, or EV2.0 for chanting purposes, have returned to have one last hardcore night. Dixie, in an attempt to boost ratings, has given Tommy Dreamer full control of TNA’s next PPV, now titled: Hardcore Justice. The entire PPV will solely be an ECW-themed PPV with no TNA Titles being defended on that night. And if that does not become a success, at least the blame cannot be put on Vince Russo.
But still… Who are “They?”
Let’s take a look at the possible, and the impossible, suspects:
The Original TNA Fans: When it came to TNA, fans got to see a real alternative to WWE. With the 6-sided ring resembling MMA’s 8-sided ring, TNA blended wrestling moves with the intensity of MMA fighting. In addition, fans got to see PPV caliber matches every Thursday night. But with the Hogan-Bischoff Regime doing away with the hexagonal ring for the traditional 4-sided ring, and mincing matches down to 3 minutes, TNA Fans have a sincere resentment towards Dixie Carter for allowing this.
Jim Cornette: Cornette was accused of “making terroristic threats” by TNA Attorneys. Jim Cornette vented some of his grievances towards TNA creative writer Vince Russo, who Cornette blames for marring the direction of TNA.
If I could figure out a way to murder him without going to prison, I would consider it the greatest accomplishment of my life.
Maybe he went a little too far, but how many times haven’t people said, “I’m going to kill that guy!” And just look at Abyss, he’s carrying a 2 by 4 with nails sticking out. If he actually hit someone with that, he would carve right into their skulls.
“The Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels: During the final two months of 2009, Daniels was contesting for the TNA World Heavyweight Title against former friend, AJ Styles. But when Hogan came in, The Fallen Angel fell from grace again and was thrown into a losing feud with Sean Morley (Val Venis) and then thrown back into the X-Division ranks before eventually being released. Now contesting in Ring of Honor to prove that he is the best wrestler in the world, Daniels’s recruitment of Abyss to tear down TNA is not far off.
The Anonymous GM of WWE RAW: Throughout the past couple of weeks, e-mails have been sent from an anonymous GM to be delegated by Michael Cole. If someone with a cellphone can command such power with an e-mail, maybe, just maybe… these e-mails are finding their way to Abyss.
The Masked Men: After losing a match on Impact! to Orlando Jordan, Samoa Joe was abducted by masked men. On March 29, Samoa Joe resurfaced in a video package talking cryptically as Abyss.
They… have spoken. And the results… will be different. Will be very… different.
However, Samoa Joe’s recent face-turn has made people forget about this whole episode. But Samoa Joe is simply biding his time until the moment is right.
“The Icon” Sting: Shortly after Sting was suspended indefinitely, Abyss turned-heel. Sting tried to get his message across to Dixie Carter, but Hogan, Bischoff, and Jeff Jarrett intervened. If anyone has ever watched over the Impact! Zone with such stealth and mystery, it has been “The Icon” Sting.