February 3rd was the day Crimson proclaimed that another THEY would arrive to TNA. The THEY that Crimson spoke of was in the figurative sense as THEY arrived in the form of a face turn of Ric Flair’s Fortune. Now currently lead by AJ Styles, how has TNA’s Second Coming been panning out?
The members of Fortune started out strong when they stormed the ring on February 3rd to turncoat on their Immortal brethren, followed by an impassioned speech from Styles over the nature of Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff running TNA to the ground. But what as of late has Fortune done to cripple Hogan’s stable?
Bischoff once stated that those who hold the championships, hold the power. Fortune is still in possession of TNA’s X-Division and World Tag Team Championships, which they acquired while still in Immortal. Most recently, Robert Roode and James Storm successfully retained the tag belts against Gunner and Murphy, while Kazarian has turned away challenges from outside threats. Though Fortune is doing a splendid job of retaining the championships they already have, they have yet to formulate a plan to win the TNA World and Television titles.
TNA’s Television championship is currently held by “The Monster” Abyss, who Crimson brutally stabbed with Janice in late January. He hasn’t been seen since on TNA, and no mention of the future of the TV title has been made. The belt may have become so insignificant that Eric Bischoff has forgotten. Or he simply hopes that no one remembers so Immortal can attest to holding at least one championship belt; seeing as how the TNA World Championship is no longer with Hogan’s group.
By order of The Network (SpikeTV) (TNA making fun of WWE’s GM concept), “The AnitChrist of Professional Wrestling” Jeff Hardy was issued to defend the title against a mystery opponent, later revealed as the returning “Icon” Sting, who won the championship.
Will Sting join forces with Fortune in the fight against Immortal, or will he act alone as a symbol of vengeance?
With Abyss out of the picture, at least for now, and Sting the new World Champion, Immortal seems to be regrouping as they are not currently booked in any matches for this Sunday’s Victory Road pay-per-view.
As for Fortune, they has yet to bring the promised fight to Immortal that fans are craving for, or help out Kurt Angle (once rumored to be the leader of the new THEY) with his ongoing personal feud with Jeff Jarrett and his ex-wife Karen. And with Hogan back in the Impact Zone, it may only be a matter of time before Immortal strikes back.
So if Fortune wants to severely cripple Immortal, they will have to take out their messiah, the key player that solidified the faction, Jeff Hardy.