If you attended Comic Con in hopes of running into former WWE Divas/TNA Knockouts, or getting your picture taken with the 5-time, the 5-time, the 5-time, the 5-time, the 5-time… WCW champion, last weekend was memorable for New York wrestling fans. But down in Orlando, Florida wrestling fans got to experience five new champions crowned, and a kick ass street fight at TNA’s signature event Bound for Glory.
TNA touted for weeks that Bound for Glory 2012 would create new memories, and they delivered because the IMPACT landscape now has a new X Division champion, a new Knockouts champion, new Tag Team champions, and, of course, a new TNA Heavyweight champion. That’s right, the charismatic enigma Jeff Hardy fulfilled his year-long quest for redemption by becoming a three-time TNA Heavyweight champion.
Now, I’ve never been one to shy away from a feel-good story such as this, but Hardy’s victory made for a bittersweet ending. Last month, immediately following No Surrender, word started circulating that Jeff Hardy was set to win the World title at BFG as a means to keep Hardy happy, who was said to have been considering another run in WWE for financial reasons. While his brother Matt Hardy refuted these claims on social media, Sunday’s outcome seems to suggest that “insiders” were right.
If Hardy’s rapid and unexpected victory of the BFG Series tournament at No Surrender wasn’t telling enough, Austin Aries, the defending champion, stated prior to BFG that he was being set to fail. He talked about how TNA was telling him what to say and how to act, and knew that his days as champion were numbered because the company had ignored his request to change his entrance theme to one more befitting of a champion. But he also stated that he worked best when it was him against the “system”; suggesting that TNA were possibly considering flipping the switch, but as you can see things didn’t change.
Jeff Hardy is no doubt TNA’s biggest merch seller, and it’s understandable that the company would want to keep him around, but forgoing the credibility of a championship match to make one person happy isn’t exactly the “memorable moment” that I was expecting.
Besides, what happens when that new champion feel starts to wear off? Will Jeff Hardy jump back to WWE, or will he lead TNA into the new year?
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