Imagine being told–as a wrestler–that you can never compete for the World title for the rest of your life? Sting’s loss at Slammiversary forfeited any possible opportunity for the TNA World Heavyweight championship. In The Icon’s 25+ years in the wrestling business, he has amounted an impressive collection of championship gold, including fifteen World championships. What is the Stinger to do if he can never become World champion?
If anyone understands what Sting is going through, it’s AJ Styles. As per the match stipulation, Styles’ loss at Bound for Glory last year prevents him for earning another championship opportunity for an entire calendar year. Style’s inability to challenge for the World championship was so devastating that he turned his back on the whole company and declared that he would do his own thing.
That was the reaction for only one year absent from the World title picture. Now Sting could have followed suit and chosen to escape back above the rafters, or even mask his pain with his Insane-Icon makeup. But instead he decided to go back home to his “family”.
Bully Ray, The President of The Aces & Eights, has been in possession of the TNA World Heavyweight title since LockDown, and is the man who pinned Sting at Slammiversary. The Aces & Eights, as Sting is well aware, have dominated TNA for over a year taking out all of TNA’s heroes one by one.
The current Bound for Glory Series and the return of Destination X, where the X Division champion can trade the title for a shot at the World championship, are noble plots to relinquish power away from The Aces & Eights but Bully Ray relies on the numbers game to keep his grasp around the championship.
That’s why Sting decided to reform The Main Event Mafia. At the conclusion of IMPACT Wrestling, Kurt Angle, the co-leader of the original MEM, was revealed as the first member. His reprised role in The Main Event Mafia came to light after a turnaround reminiscent of the backstage beatings by the Aces & Eights, as this time the Biker enthusiasts were laid out backstage by Angle and other members of MEM.
Strange how in TNA’s darkest hour, the Main Event Mafia would return as the heroic stable. Seeing as only a couple of years ago, MEM was a collection of veteran World champions who aligned themselves to take on TNA’s Front Line, the younger talents who MEM felt did not respect them.
With fellow TNA Hall of Famer Kurt Angle revealed as the first MEM, who else will Sting recruit? Will we see more past members return? Samoa Joe? Scott Steiner? Kevin Nash and Booker T? Or perhaps MEM will see new faces in Abyss and Matt Morgan? Comment your thoughts below!
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