The aftermath of Bound for Glory has created a vibe of apocalyptic foreboding within this week’s TNA Impact. Hulk Hogan stated that former TNA President Dixie Carter–after Bischoff swindled her out of the company–made promises that she couldn’t keep. So Hogan has decided, with his newly formed Immortal faction, to take TNA Hollywood. Which could only mean one thing, TNA will be dominated by a heel faction.
But Ric Flair and Fortune were already considered TNA’s top heel faction. The only possible solution would be for Immortal to absorb Fortune, which is exactly what transpired during the first half hour of Impact.
With Hogan’s Immortals forming an alliance with Flair’s Fortune, who can possibly stop them? The nWo Wolfpac seems to have dissolved with Kevin Nash leaving TNA, and Sting possibly following the same path. D’Angelo Dinero, the sole member of Wolfpac, got his taint handed to him in a 5-on-1 handicap match against Fortune on Impact.
The only option that TNA’s fan favorites have is to rely on the ECW Originals. But in order for EV2 to triumph against Hogan’s Immortals is to find a new leader and new members. Brian Kendrick, though not a member of the Original ECW, has lent them his services. Brother Ray and Devon should hold off on retirement plans in order to assist EV2, which they would clash nicely with Beer Money. And EV2 would do well to add D’Angelo, Samoa Joe, and X-Division champion Jay Lethal to the team.
As for a leader, Rob Van Dam is now reluctantly embroiled in a feud with Immortals’ lead heel, TNA’s World Champion “The Antichrist of Professional Wrestling” Jeff Hardy. EV2 will need a top babyface in order to balance Jeff Hardy. And who knows the ECW Originals more than Rob Van Dam?
And though Kurt Angle “retired” from professional wrestling because he failed to capture the TNA World title, Angle is not going anywhere. Kurt Angle has unfinished business with Jeff Jarrett. The founder of TNA not only screwed Angle in his championship match, but he screwed him out of his marriage with Karen Angle in real life.
Final Thoughts: The idea of TNA boiling down to factions is insulting to the wrestling product. Wrestling is not solely about forming alliances, it is about wrestlers going at it for themselves through matches. Ever since TNA brought in Hogan and Bischoff, not only did the quality of wrestling disappear from Impact, but the abundance of storylines have taken over the product. In the October 14 edition of Impact, there were only four matches: 1) A three-second TNA Knockout’s title change; 2) A DQ ending; 3) A five-on-one handicap match; and 4) A No-Contest.