Throughout the past weeks, Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan have played Kevin Nash and Sting as the little wolves that cried conspiracy. Well, the cat is out of the bag. Hogan, Bischoff, Jeff Jarrett, and the new TNA World champion Jeff Hardy were revealed as the infamous “They” that have plagued Abyss to commit heinous acts. The new heel faction are expected to dominate TNA with Hardy as the company’s champion. So what now?
Hardy’s unprecedented heel turn took place during the final moments of TNA’s Bound for Glory. TNA knowingly placed their World championship, and centered a major storyline, around a man facing drug tracking charges. That does not bode well for the company’s image. That says that TNA rewards potential felons as long as they were once a big name.
Hence, TNA’s 2010 acquisitions: Scott Hall and Sean Waltman. No longer with the company but TNA has unfortunately left the door open for potential returns.
A program with Rob Van Dam, the champion who vacated the title back in August, is more than likely to occur. Especially after Jeff attacked Van Dam with the TNA title. Hardy stated that he would win the championship because of RVD, but carefully failed to mention that it would be in spite of him.
The bitter rivalry between these two stemmed during the Invasion Alliances angle of WWE. Rob Van Dam defeated Jeff for the Hardcore title in 2001’s Invasion pay-per-view. RVD then lost the title to Hardy, only to win it back in a high-profile ladder match at SummerSlam. Unified Jeff Hardy’s European title with the Intercontinental championship.
Then, on the night that RVD became the TNA World champion, he went through Hardy in a number-one contenders match before getting his title shot. With almost ten years of pent-up frustration, it was only a matter of time before the Enigma snapped.
Can Jeff Hardy pull-off the heel role?
With bizarre face paint, Jeff is one of the most unique individuals in the business. But the thought of Hardy turning heel, is the same issue that WWE is facing with John Cena becoming a member of Nexus. Both have the potential to do so, but it will be a long feeling out process.
Will a heel-turned Hardy be good for TNA’s direction?
Before turning heel, Jeff Hardy and Kurt Angle competed in two incredible matches at both TNA’s No Surrender and the following edition of Impact. Now that Jeff Hardy has the triumvirate of Hogan/Biscoff/Jarrett in his back pocket, the likelihood that he will continue to perform at that level is slim to none.
As of right now, TNA has Rob Van Dam, Kurt Angle, and Mr. Anderson as top babyfaces. Having Hardy turn heel presents a fresh pace to the TNA audience, instead of Abyss being the only bad guy.
Final Thoughts: TNA already has Ric Flair’s Fortune and the ECW Originals as the two rivaling factions. What was the point of having Hogan create his own faction to surpass the others? Are “They” now considered more heel than Fortune? Will “They” absorb Fortune seeing as they only have Jeff Hardy, Abyss, and Jeff Jarrett on active wrestling duty? And what about Wolfpac? With Kevin Nash posting on twitter that Bound for Glory was his final match, will Samoa Joe take his place? And why in the world are there so many factions?