Who rang the bell? Seriously, that’s the masterful question that Sting and Mr. Anderson frantically posed during the closing moments of TNA Impact. The bell mysteriously sounded as Mr. Anderson and Sting, acting as the Special Enforcer, traded blows in the midst of yet another number one contender’s match to include both Anderson and Rob Van Dam. But the question remains, who rang the bell since the referee was knocked out?
The mystery of who rang the bell may be just as important, or even more so, as finding out the identity of WWE Raw’s General Manager. While Raw’s GM remains a conundrum thanks to misguiding e-mails masking its identity, the identity of the bell-ringer is unfathomable because Ringer-X was physically present in front of the Impact crowd, but went unnoticed.
Let’s sound off possible tangible suspects…
Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff: These two egotistical blowhards would never walk out into the Impact Zone without their music playing. As far as being the ones that orchestrated the whole thing, there is no doubt about it.
Jeff Hardy: The booze cruise known as Jeff Hardy could not have been the bell-ringer because his presence alone would have incited a huge pop from fans. Though, interfering in a contender’s match for the TNA World title does seem like Hardy’s M.O.
SoCal Val: Aside from her role as eye candy, SoCal Val usually, if not always, works as the time-keeper. But if SoCal Val rang the bell, what reason would she have to call the match early? This is where Hogan and Bischoff’s orchestration comes in. [insert implausible storyline tangent here]
Winter: The former WWE Diva has given off the impression of having supernatural powers. When she first appeared (and disappeared), she was visible only to Angelina Love. Now, as seen from this past Thursday, Winter can manipulate Love’s will, by having her drone back and forth like a zombie. What would stop Winter from controlling SoCal Val, and ordering her to ring the bell?
Brian Hebner: The referee who officiated the match in question was knocked out with a misguided lariat shot out of the corner by Mr. Anderson. Sting pulled Brian Hebner out of the ring before assuming the role as referee. So while the action was taking place inside of the ring, Hebner could have signaled SoCal Val to ring the bell. Why? Sting was an acting official, and Mr. Anderson put his hands on him, which would result in instant disqualification.
Then again, who’s to say that the bell rang from the time keeper’s booth? For all we know, the bell could have resonated from underneath the ring.