When the stakes couldn’t be any higher. With a career hanging in the balance. The odds were stacked against The Main Event Mafia. MEM was out numbered four to five against The Aces and Eights going into the main event of Hardcore Justice #2. Sting reached out to Austin Aries; Rampage Jackson reached out to his former training buddy Tito Ortiz; no one would join the cause. To everyone’s astonishment, it was the most unlikely person who took a stand.
AJ Styles, who turned his back on TNA, who refused to accept the cut and ride with the Aces and Eights, stated that he would do things his own way. Styles insisted that he was tired of doing what was expected of him and that he would side with no one. So what changed?
The New Main Event Mafia originally consisted three of the elite pro wrestlers on the TNA roster: Sting, Kurt Angle, and Samoa Joe. The accolades of these three men will earn anyone’s respect regardless of the promotion. Then MEM added Magnus: a future rising star in TNA with a world of potential. Then Rampage Jackson came on board from the world of MMA. While Jackson has no credibility inside the squared circle, his love for the business has earned MEM’s respect.
Again, the question is what changed? As heard by the broadcast team, AJ Styles’ reform to the Phenomenal One was out of the respect he has for the MEM. Sting and the others were ready to go to war with The Aces and Eights–despite the numbers advantage–because that’s the type of heart and determination that makes up the New Main Event Mafia.
Since returning in March, Styles clearly still carried around a lot of grief from how things left off after his humiliating loss at Final Resolution. Although he did learn a devastating new submission hold, The Calf Killer, which has earned him a number of victories, his lone wolf mentality has kept him from his true potential.
Back in 2005, many pro wrestling purists believed that AJ Styles was the future of the business. And while many wished Styles would have fared better in the WWE; Styles always considered TNA Wrestling his home. As the lone wolf, coming out every night to Blues Saraceno’s “Evil Ways”, Styles felt disconnected with the fans and himself. But just like Sting, the night after he lost the right to ever challenge for the World title, stated that he needed his family; Styles needed a sense of family in his wrestling career.
The decision that Styles made as he came down the ramp at the start of the 5-on-5 Tag Team match between the two factions, has freed him of all the grief that he kept bottled inside for nearly a year. With his reemergence into the wrestling world as the Phenomenal One, Styles aided MEM by securing the winning pinfall; thus forcing Aces and Eights’s member Devon to leave TNA as per the match stipulation.
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