The TNA World title Tournament, much to the chagrin of TNA President Dixie Carter, will not crown a new World champion. In the coming weeks as the Wheel of Dixie spins, and the hand picked competitors clash for the right to be called the TNA World champion, there will still be one “phenomenal” problem.
As Samoa Joe alluded to on IMPACT Wrestling, the tournament was created to compensate for Dixie’s lack of business acumen to offer AJ Styles a better deal. Joe also made a promise that when he becomes the new World champion, he will defend it against a champion who never lost the title.
Dixie Carter can pretend that this tournament will solve her “red kneck” problem, but it’s only going to create controversy on the night the tourney concludes. Take it from WWE who incurred the same debacle when CM Punk skipped town with the WWE championship, and Vince McMahon concocted a one-night tournament to crown a new champion. The result? A returning CM Punk raising hell and placed in an undisputed championship match against the copy-champion.
Whether it’s at Final Resolution or Genesis, history will repeat itself with AJ Styles raising hell and challenging the copy-champion. Don’t believe it? Watch those “Sponsored by the friends of AJ Styles” videos. The man is determined to make Dixie Carter pay.
Since skipping town, consider what AJ Styles has been accomplishing outside of TNA: He’s been defending his TNA title in Mexico–most notably AAA who TNA has a working relationship with–and Japan, which reinforces the “World” in terms of the prestige of the TNA World Heavyweight championship. Styles is taking the “Rogue Champion’s” angle further than CM Punk ever did, and for that kudos to “The Phenomenal One”.
In different circumstances, this title Tournament would be interesting, but not only did Ring of Honor just have a 16-man World title tournament that culminated at Death Before Dishonor XI, but TNA just finished having the Bound for Glory Series tournament. One championship tournament after another is not exactly compelling television.
Although, the Wheel of Dixie has yielded some exciting pay-per-view caliber matches. Jeff Hardy, who advanced to the semi-finals, took on the X Division champion Chris Sabin in an extreme Full Metal Mayhem match. Imagine, it has been 16 years since Hardy made his wrestling debut, and here he is today still competing at full speed.
As for the second match, who wouldn’t pay money to see Kurt Angle and Austin Aries wrestle? As for their match, the Wheel of Dixie called for a Submission match. Now, Kurt Angle has won many championships with his ankle lock submission and his ankle lock submission 2 – ankle lock followed by a grapevine lock. And Aries has the Last Chancery, an awesome submission hold that cuts off the circulation of oxygen by tightly cinching in the neck and arm.
As much as everyone would have loved Austin Aries to win, Angle’s determination to have a Hall of Fame worthy career and his competitive drive against Bobby Roode (check out Bobby Roode vs Kurt Angle: The Defining Feud) gave the edge to the Olympic Gold Medalist.
Who will advance as James Storm takes on Bobby Roode in a Bull Rope match, and Samoa Joe against Magnus in a Falls Count Anywhere match?
Answer the Question: Will Dixie’s TNA World Title Tournament conclude in a new World Champion or Will AJ Styles return as the rightful TNA World Heavyweight Champion?
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