It took some convincing on the part of both Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff, some tough love from Immortal, and some threatening from Bully Ray, but it was all worth it. The TNA World Heavyweight title has returned to Immortal’s ranks thanks to their newest member Mr. Anderson.
In the fray of a predicted four-on-one handicap main event on Impact Wrestling, Anderson emerged at the top of the entrance ramp to fill in as Kurt Angle’s partner. The Impact crowd was solely behind Anderson as he knocked down each member of Immortal. But when it came time to tag out, Anderson impulsively (and predictably) grabbed Kurt and laid him out with The Mic Check. The tumultuous actions of Anderson left Immortal perplex as to why Anderson gave them the pinfall, until he jumped into Abyss’s arms.
We all knew it was bound to happen, but what took so long?
Since losing his title at Against All Odds, Anderson has done some down-right shady and despicable things. At Lethal Lockdown, Anderson opportunistically attacked Rob Van Dam with a lead pipe, while at the same time antagonizing Hogan. Anderson, in the weeks leading up to Slammiversary IX, dressed up like Sting’s “surfer” gimmick to get under his skin. Then at Slammiversary IX, Anderson didn’t object to Bischoff interfering in the World title match on his behalf; he used the momentum to deliver a low blow to Sting followed by The Mic Check to win his second TNA World title. And he still hadn’t join Immortal, he took the credit because Anderson admitted, “that’s what assholes do.”
So why now? Why side with Immortal? Simple. He wants to stay champion. It’s all about being the World Champion, and while Anderson hates being told what to do (shout out to Vince) he hates not being champion even more.
Anderson has seen from first-hand experience what happens to a World Champion without the backing of Hogan’s Immortals. RVD was practically butchered alive by “The Monster” Abyss. Anderson prematurely lost his first World title thanks to Bischoff forcing him to defend it against Jeff Hardy in a second rematch–a ladder match. Then, when Hardy failed to regain the World title back from Sting, his Immortal membership dissolved.
Not to mention that Anderson’s current opponents are enemies of Immortal. Anderson was lucky enough to wrangle the World Title from Sting. Would he be so lucky a second time? Then there’s the number one contender Kurt Angle. Anderson came out on the losing end of their feud in 2010. And with Kurt’s recent feud with Jeff Jarrett, his thirst to become World Champion has only made him more determined.
Let’s not forget Crimson who is undefeated in the Bound for Glory series–currently ranked #1. There’s also Gunner who already has a pinfall victory over him. Who’s to say Bischoff doesn’t schedule Anderson vs Gunner for the title?
Anderson may be an asshole, but he’s a smart man. Siding with Immortal, especially as their leader, will offer him back up against the likes of Sting and Kurt Angle.
Now… suppose Crimson doesn’t make it to B4G? Perhaps it will be Gunner. Could we see another Finger Poke of Doom classic?